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Eisgruber discusses U. expansion, ‘Ban the Box’ at CPUC meeting


President Eisgruber discussed a construction plan that would allow for expansion of the student body by 10 percent.

By Marie-Rose Sheinerman Assistant News Editor

At the first Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) meeting of the semester, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 talked about University expansion, diversity milestones, and research partnerships with corporations such as Google. This month’s CPUC meeting

was held on Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium in the Architecture School. The University is currently working on an eight-year construction plan that would allow for expansion of the student body by 10 percent, Eisgruber said. By fall 2022, the University is scheduled to have its seventh residential college, Perelman College, ready to house students.

Eisgruber explained that Perelman, along with the planned eighth residential college, will allow not only for expansion of the student body, but also renovation of Wilson College, whose residents may be temporarily housed in the new college during the project. “For every student we admit, there are eight or nine other applicants who are just as good,”


said Eisgruber, explaining that although the University currently turns down 95 percent of applicants, the Office of Admission believes that up to 18 percent of the pool would likely thrive here. Eisgruber began the talk by celebrating “She Roars,” recalling the historic decision to make the University co-educational as a precedent for expansion. “I am struck not only by how

wise the University was to include women, but also to expand,” said Eisgruber. With the admittance of women in 1969, the University’s student population expanded by 30 percent. The expansion to be completed by 2026 pales in comparison. Eisgruber argued that the University continues to “advocate in court and Congress on behalf of See CPUC page 4

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Bezos ’86 at center of controversy Sacklers’ donations to U. under fire due to with National Enquirer tabloid Contributor

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos ’86 has accused the tabloid magazine

National Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail.” Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post and is the world’s richest person, said he hired private investiga-

tors to look into the activities of American Media, Inc. (AMI), which owns the National Enquirer. In a blog post entitled “No thank See BEZOS page 7

claim Sacklers deceived public about OxyContin

By Haleigh Gundy Contributor


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ’86 accused the National Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail.”

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A recent court filing claimed that the Sackler family, which has donated extensively to the University, purposely misled the public about the current crisis of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey alleged that the Sackler family aimed to profit as much as it could from opioids. The court filing even alleged that Richard Sackler, who once served as the president of the developer of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, pushed blame on those who became addicted to the painkillers. According to an article published in The New Yorker, the Sackler family has a history of being “ruthless” in their marketing of painkillers. The Sacklers funded research in support of the drugs and paid doctors to “make the case that concerns about opioid addiction were overblown and that OxyCon-

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tin could safely treat an everwider range of maladies.” With their support, use of opioid painkillers has risen. In 2017, nearly 58 prescriptions for the drugs were written for every 100 Americans, according to the CDC. Purdue Pharma is tightly intertwined with the Sackler family. Many of the company’s buildings bear the Sackler name, and eight family members serve on the company’s board of directors. Purdue Pharma took the heavy-handed marketing of the Sacklers and applied it to OxyContin. By recommending the opioid to combat both long and short-term pain, relying on misconceptions about the strength of the drug, and misleading physicians to believe that its delayed absorption reduced the risk of addiction, Purdue Pharma helped prescription rates soar. As their wealth accumulated, the Sacklers began making donations to museums and universities. Members of the family sponsored the See SACKLER page 2


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Chang: U. naming policy does not pass judgment on donors


The Sackler family is tightly connected to Purdue Pharma, a company that helped the prescription rates of OxyContin soar.

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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the University Art Museum and funded the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Lecture in Astrophysics. The University, however, has not taken a stance on the Sackler family’s actions in the pharmaceutical industry and does not plan to rename the museum gallery or the lecture series.

“The naming policy does not pass judgment on the lives of the donors; it simply expresses our gratitude for the donation,” University spokesperson Ben Chang wrote in a statement to The Daily Princetonian. “Requests to name a program, position, or space must comply with the University’s policy on naming and be approved by the Board of Trustees,” he continued. According to the policy on naming, the naming “should

be presumed to be in the University’s overall best interests unless the name in question belongs to a person who has a record of malfeasance of a character that would make it inappropriate for the University to benefit from or establish a long-term association with the person.” Chang also noted that any donation to the University must undergo review before being approved. “Every offer of a donation that will be designated for a

specific purpose is reviewed to be sure it will support an approved University fundraising initiative,” he wrote. Chloe Fox-Gitomer ’22, who has experience working at a needle-exchange program, finds the Sacklers’ actions troubling. “[At the needle-exchange program], I learned that people prescribed these prescription pain medications are around 20 times more likely to be initiated into heroin use as those who did not,” she ex-

plained. According to Fox-Gitomer, it is important that students are aware of what the names of buildings and lecture series represent. “It is important for institutions like Princeton to recognize that by choosing to use people’s names in their buildings, programs, and lectures, that person – and their legacy – becomes forever intertwined [with the institution],” she continued.

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the students, faculty, and staff from around the world who contribute so powerfully to our University,” according to his presentation slides. “We as a university and we as a country benefit from the free flow of talent,” Eisgruber said. Reiterating many points from his Town Hall letter published on Feb. 6, he also stated that Title IX issues will require community-wide attention in the months ahead. Eisgruber also supported Harvard University in the hotly debated affirmative action case, Fair Admissions v. Harvard, explaining that, as a constitutional lawyer, he struggles with the nuances of the case. “It is simply unlawful under existing jurisprudence, regardless of whether [a university] has an affirmative action policy, to discriminate in admissions based on racial stereotypes,” Eisgruber said. “So, firstly, there’s a factual issue here as to whether or not Harvard used such stereotypes against Asian Americans.” Eisgruber spoke about the idea of “merit-based” admissions but challenged the notion that the best measure of an applicant’s merit lies in their numerical scores. “I don’t believe college should be a test-taking competition, I don’t believe getting into college should be a test-taking competition, and I don’t believe life is a test-taking competition,” he emphasized. During the question-and-answer section, students raised the issue of “Ban the Box,” a movement pushed on campus by Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), continuing a line of questions from December’s CPUC meeting. Ban the Box is an ex-offender rights campaign, aimed at persuading institutions of higher education and employers to remove the application question that asks whether the applicant has a criminal record. Leopoldo Solis ’21 pushed the question of why the University

“still feels the needs to include the box,” considering that evidence “has shown time and time again” that there is bias in the criminal justice system. Eisgruber emphasized his commitment to confronting racism within the education system, but also stressed that it is important to look to people from all underrepresented backgrounds. “If all else is equal, if we have two students from underrepresented backgrounds and one has committed a crime and one has not, I feel it is reasonable to look to that as a factor,” said Eisgruber. He further explained that it would be reasonable for applicants with criminal records to have a space on the application to provide additional explanation of their circumstances. Eisgruber maintained that “people should be held accountable for their actions” and that the “box” can reflect the character of the students admitted, particularly in terms of sexual assault convictions. When Eisgruber asked the protesting students whether they believed people who commit sexual assault should be held accountable, Amanda Eisenhour ’21 responded: “Is everyone on this campus who sexually assaults held accountable?” Eisgruber responded, “Yes,” dismissing Eisenhour’s reference to “stories” she has heard about Title IX violators returning to campus unpunished. The meeting began with Provost Deborah Prentice’s presentation on the role of the Priorities Committee for Fiscal Year 2020. Prentice explained that the report was very similar to last year’s, since the University’s financial influx and expenditures have largely stayed the same. Prentice lauded the University’s “robust financial aid program,” with 61 percent of undergraduates receiving financial aid. She also explained that “every student is subsidized;” the University’s “sticker price” tuition only accounts for approximately 50 percent of per capita education expenditures. The next CPUC meeting will be held on March 25.

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After Bezos and his wife announced their divorce, the Enquirer published “intimate text messages” in a story about Bezos and his relationship with Lauren Sanchez.

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you, Mr. Pecker” from Feb. 7, Bezos cast doubt on AMI’s claim that it is not inf luenced by external or political forces. David Pecker is the chairman and CEO of AMI. Bezos also suggested a link between AMI and President Donald Trump, who has supported the Enquirer and frequently sparred with Bezos, recently calling him “Jeff Bozo” and mocking him over his divorce. As Bezos mentioned, AMI was granted legal immunity by New York prosecutors, since it agreed to cooperate in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged hush-money payments to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who supposedly had an affair with the president. After Bezos and his wife announced they were divorcing, the Enquirer published “intimate text messages” in a story about Bezos and his relationship with news anchor Lauren Sanchez. Bezos claimed in the blog post that he had hired people to investigate AMI and that, in response, the Enquirer threatened to publish more text messages and photos, allegedly including photos and messages from Sanchez and nude or partially nude photos of the Amazon executive. He emphasized in the blog post that “rather than capitulate to extortion and

blackmail,” he has “decided to publish exactly what they sent [him], despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.” In that post, he published emails that were sent from the AMI Chief Content Officer to Bezos’ lawyer, emails that detailed the personal information the Enquirer claimed to possess. “My lawyers argued that AMI has no right to publish photos since any person holds the copyright to their own photos, and since the photos in themselves don’t add anything newsworthy,” Bezos wrote. He remains firm in his belief that the magazine’s actions were politically motivated. The National Enquirer, meanwhile, has repeatedly argued that it has not engaged in either blackmail or extortion, and that its actions have been lawful. It remains to be seen whether AMI will face legal charges. On Sunday, Feb. 10, The Daily Beast reported that Bezos’ investigators had identified Michael Sanchez, the brother of Lauren Sanchez, as the source of the alleged leakage of Bezos’ personal content. Michael Sanchez, a strong supporter of President Trump, has not been charged with any crime. Bezos did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication. Quadrangle Club, the eating club of which Bezos was a part during his time at the University, declined to comment on the matter.

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It’s never too early Madeleine Marr

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rinceton students are arguably obsessed with planning. There are a myriad of advisers assigned to students from the moment they step on campus, with additional optional advisers as their career paths emerge. There are academic advisers, advisers within majors, and advisors for junior papers and senior theses, advisers for the pre-med and pre-law tracks, Career Services. It seems that every possible life plan has a corresponding point of guidance available on campus. Security and advice abound for future-obsessed Princeton students. Despite this overwhelming number of advisers, Princeton offers essentially no guidance for the students asking how they will fit a family into this plan, particularly for those students on whom the largest burden of childbirth and child-rearing is traditionally placed. There is a large yet unrecognized gap of guidance regarding future, planned pregnancies and how

to incorporate those pregnancies into the lives the University subconsciously encourages its students to lead. Family planning is a substantial aspect of a student’s future that must be considered in concert with career planning. Such questions are not asked, let alone answered, in most campus settings. When is the best time to have a child if you want to go to grad school? Is it possible to have a child at any point during the medical track, or should you expect to wait until far after the grueling process? What companies are the best at offering flexible options for new parents? The best advice to these questions has been given to me informally, by female professors who have had similar experiences. (This is yet another reason why more female faculty are needed, especially in departments that have been traditionally inhospitable toward women). Without those chance opportunities for mentorship, many female students are stranded and left without guidance. And female students are more likely to be impacted by this advising gap. As a result of the biological toil of childbirth and inequitable family leave laws, women are more likely to need and want to take time off after childbirth or integrating an

adopted child into the family. Women are also expected, even in otherwise equal households, to bear more of the burden of child-raising, household chores, and other tasks that conflict with work responsibilities. The Princeton community has thankfully moved past the days when female students were expected to be there for the “MRS degree,” educated only to find a husband and return to the home. Now, female students are among the most highachieving on campus, equally as ambitious as their male counterparts. At every career event, female students can be seen networking, making moves to pursue the lofty career that the Princeton education supposedly guarantees. Yet despite this comprehensive career planning, little attention is paid to how family will fit into this equation — an absence that perhaps belies a philosophy within the University that female students can learn here, as long as they exhibit the same concerns as male students. It should be noted that female students have a laudable amount of information and resources to help them prevent unexpected pregnancies, and the value of these resources should not be ignored. University Health Services (UHS) and

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Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education (SHARE) offer counseling, birth control options, and referrals to help students who face unexpected pregnancies. But potential future pregnancies, an important aspect of many students’ upcoming lives, also merit a presence in this advising system. The solution is simple and would incorporate seamlessly into Princeton’s existing advising infrastructure. A subdepartment of Career Services dedicated to advising students on how to include family planning into their career considerations would allow students to work within already-understood paradigms. Both female and male advising could be provided and could work with the female health section of UHS to provide any necessary medical referrals. Without this resource, female students can continue to ask how to “have it all,” but no one will answer. Princeton’s advising system must include the female students who need advice specific to their experiences. Otherwise, those students will be left searching in the dark. Madeleine Marr is a sophomore from Newtown Square, PA. She can be reached at mmarr@princeton. edu.

Try new things:

The cliché to remember when choosing courses Katie Goldman

Contributing Columnist


f you google “advice for college students,” many of the resulting articles will suggest that you “try new things.” For example, a Huffington Post article titled “The Only College Advice You’ll Ever Need” advises, “Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.” Many writers expound on the benefits of being adventurous during college. Most people scoff at this overplayed cliché. While the recommendation may lack originality, I find it valuable. The advice to “try new things” applies to many areas of college life, one of them being course selection. My first semester at Princeton, I followed this tip when selecting my courses. I could have taken courses that were similar to the ones I took in high school. Yet, in the back of my mind, I remembered that cliché drilled into my head by my parents, teachers, and counselors: try new things. I took the plunge and took two courses that

were extremely new for me — COS 126: Computer Science, An Interdisciplinary Approach, and HUM 350: Battlelab — The Battle of Princeton. In high school, I took standard core classes; my most thrilling course decision was to take chemistry before biology. When I arrived at Princeton, I encountered an abundance of options. This was equally overwhelming and exhilarating. Before taking COS 126, I didn’t know anything about computer science. I had never heard of “data types” — ints, doubles, or strings. (For non-coders, my lack of knowledge was comparable to trying to write without knowing the alphabet.) While I was nervous to try such a new class, the concept of coding excited me. I decided to challenge myself and enrolled. HUM 350 was also very novel. The Battlelab is an interdisciplinary course that examines narratives of the Battle of Princeton, a major turning point in the Revolutionary War fought throughout the town. Archaeology is a large component of the course; we went to the battlefield and excavated the site multiple times during the semester.

Before taking the course, I had no idea what groundpenetrating radar was, I had only seen metal detectors in movies, and I had never held a shovel. My knowledge of archaeology did not extend beyond the plot of Indiana Jones. The class, however, seemed interesting. My experiences in COS 126 and HUM 350 were tremendously different. HUM 350 ended up being my favorite class of the semester. Archaeology fascinated me. Before taking the course, I did not fully appreciate archaeology’s ability to aid our understanding of the past. Now I recognize the dozens of conclusions that can be drawn from an artifact as seemingly insignificant as a shard of ceramic. Every week, I looked forward to going to the battlefield to see what history we would uncover. I am now considering a certificate in archaeology. COS 126, on the other hand, was far from my favorite class. I spent a large percentage of my semester in office hours, and I was relieved to receive a “P” after electing the pass/D/fail option for the course. While I will probably never code again, I am still glad that I broadened my horizons.

Trying new things can have both positive and negative outcomes. You might find something that you love, or you might waste your time doing something that you hate. While it is easy to be wary of experimenting, given the chance that you may not enjoy your experience, I believe that even “bad experiences” can have long-term benefits. For example, it may appear that my decision to take COS 126 was a mistake. Although I may not use the coding skills that I learned in COS 126, I do not regret taking the class. Enduring such a challenging course taught me to be persistent, to have confidence in my abilities, and to seek out help when necessary. Princeton offers an abundance of intriguing courses in over 100 subjects. Most students are only at Princeton for four years, and the number of courses that each of us will take is limited. General education requirements may seem like bothersome distractions, but I urge you to use them as an opportunity to experiment. Katie Goldman is a first-year from Western Springs, IL. She can be reached at kpg3@


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Men’s hockey beats Yale in comeback By Sam Lee

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Men’s ice hockey (7—14— 2, 5—10—1 ECAC) snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday with a 4–1 win over Yale (11—9—3, 9—6— 1 ECAC). The victory saw eleven different Tigers scoring points, with junior forwards Joey Fallon and Liam Grande scoring their first goals of the season. Senior forward Ryan Kuffner, Princeton’s all-time leading scorer, added two goals, bringing his career total to 70. Junior forward Mitchell Smith opened the scoring for Yale with six minutes to go in the first period, beating senior goalie Austin Shaw over the right shoulder after a turnover in the Tiger’s zone. Princeton was unable to find the net in the first period, but their offense picked up in the second, putting 16 shots on goal to Yale’s nine. Firstyear forward Corey Andonovski almost found the net at 6:00 after stripping the puck from sophomore defenseman Phil Kemp in the offensive zone; and the Tigers’ power play forced senior goaltender Sam Tucker to make multiple saves. The Tigers finally leveled the score at 12:06, as Fallon scored on assists from junior forward Jeremy Germain and senior forward Spencer Kryczka. Senior


Max Véronneau skates in the team’s win over Yale University.

forward Max Véronneau almost added to the score with 15 seconds to go in the second half, hitting the post with a powerful shot. After a defensive start to the third period, Kuffner put the Tigers ahead at 10:41, followed by a goal from Grande at 15:08. Kuffner then put the game to

bed with an empty net goal at 18:15. Saturday’s game was the first in almost a month for senior goaltender Austin Shaw, who last played against Dartmouth on Jan. 12. Shaw made 23 saves in the game and allowed only one goal. “Always dying to get in

the net, and glad I could help out the boys,” said Shaw. “And it was a big rivalry game too, so that was fun. A lot of people at the rink tonight, and it’s always fun to play in a packed house here at Princeton.” The Tigers’ success on Saturday was, in part, fueled by a shuff ling of lines,

with senior defenseman Josh Teves playing as a forward on the line with Véronneau and Andonovski. “I think everybody was on board,” said Kuffner, when asked about the line changes. “[Especially] that line where Teves came up and played with Max and Corey – I thought they were probably the best line tonight, especially energywise. They had the puck in their end a lot, and they had some good chances. I think they’re a great line, and I think they brought everybody up throughout the game no matter what the score was. I think that was massive.” The Tigers will look to build on Saturday’s victory when they play Rensselaer on Friday, Feb. 15. Despite their recent struggles, they are confident in their ability to close out the season strong and make a deep run in the playoffs. “We know we can do it. We did it last year,” said Kuffner. “We know that we just have to make sure we’re playing our best at the end of the season. I think every guy in there can tell you that we’re playing well and with confidence, and we know what we can do going down the stretch. Getting these two points was massive, but we still have six more to go. And then it’s time to go on a run. A big run.”


Women’s basketball defeats Brown to finish double header weekend By Nancy Tran Contributor

On Feb. 9, women’s basketball (11—9, 3—2 Ivy) defeated Brown (9—13, 1—5), in its fifth Ivy League game of the season. The night before, during its alumnae weekend, the Tigers suffered an overtime loss to the Bulldogs. When asked about the significance of beating Brown after a tough defeat, head coach Courtney Banghart explained that the loss against Yale contributed to the team’s learning curve. “As long as we take lessons from every game, there is a tournament now in the Ivy League,” Banghart said. “What matters is that the lessons we take, we get better game to game.” Led by senior guard Gabrielle Rush, Princeton defeated Brown 93–74. As a whole, the Tigers held a field goal percentage of .500 over the Bears, who only managed a percentage of .386. Rush was able to make out with a total of 22 points and six three-pointers, a personal best, for which she credits her teammate, junior forward Bella Alarie. “I think it helps a lot playing with Bella,” Rush said. “She’s been playing so incredible lately that teams are having to sell out more inside, which is leav-

ing shooters open, and my teammates have been doing a great job of finding me where I can succeed most.” Alarie also contributed to the Tiger offense with 20 points and 16 rebounds, followed by senior guard Sydney Jordan’s 12 points, and 7 points from sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield. While the Tigers’ offensive game was noteworthy, their defense against Brown was equally important in securing the win. When she was interviewed after the game, Banghart admitted that while Brown maintained a solid offense, the Tigers’ improving defense allowed them to hold their ground against the many shots taken against them. “They’re a really good offensive team,” Banghart said of Brown. “But if they have to take that many shots to be effective, I can live with that.” In addition to the team’s success, the attendance of alumnae made the night special. Most notably, players from the 2014-2015 team, a historic year in which the Tigers held the greatest record in Ivy League men and women’s basketball, going 30–0 in an undefeated regular season, attended the game. When asked what it was like to have former teammates and players watch and cheer them on,

Banghart and Rush paid tribute to the support the team continuously receives. “They’re a lot of the reason the program is what it

is,” Rush said. “Just to have them here cheering us on in the sidelines shows a lot of what this program is about – and what it will be about for a long time.”

The Tigers will next make their way to Harvard for their game on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a game at Dartmouth on Saturday at 5 p.m.


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