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McCarter Theatre receives $50k for programs at Trenton Public Schools By Benjamin Ball Contributor

“We’ve been really trying to increase the number of students we’re reaching, but even more than that, the number of impact hours, or the number of hours a student is working directly with an artist,” explained McCarter’s Director of Education and Engagement Erica Nagel. “What this grant will allow us to do is take some of the programs that have fewer impact hours and grow them.” The Princeton Area Community Foundation selected the McCarter Theatre’s programs as providing valuable community support. “With our Community Impact Grants, we support an array of excellent programs throughout our region,” said Jeffrey Vega president and CEO of the Community Foundation in an emailed statement to the ‘Prince.’ “We believe in arts education because it can transform young lives. We’re glad McCarter is among the organizations providing opportunities for young people in this region.” According to Nagel, one way McCarter assists in the Trenton area is through a strong partnership with Trenton Central High School. While the construction for rebuilding the high school campus is under way, the different “interest tracks” of the high school are separated on different campuses until the new facility is built. The McCarter program con-


Artists from the McCarter Theatre use their knowlege of the arts as a medium through which to teach literacy.

centrates on a community of around 300 students at the Visual and Performing Arts campus, supporting and implementing drama classes. It also partners with three middle schools in the Trenton area for activities during and after school hours. “The grant will allow us to, particularly in the middle

school program, expand those to a lot more sessions and hopefully be able to see the impact,” said Nagel. “It means that our school and community partnerships coordinator, who is also a wonderful teaching artist, will be on site more and connecting with students more frequently.” McCarter is also conducting a


project called “Theatre to Learn” in Washington Elementary School, a statewide initiative started by the Dodge Foundation which uses theatre to teach literacy skills to second through fifth graders. Nagel stated that the program is already implemented in the second through fourth grades and, with the

help of the grant, their program may be fully in place in the fifth grade as well. “The idea is that students are building the skills over time, so that when they get to middle school, students can explore theatre without first having to ask the question of, ‘What is a play?’” Nagel explained.

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Committee proposes finals before winter break By Linh Nguyen Contributor

In addition to recent attempts to reform the Honor Code, the University is currently considering a reform of the academic calendar. In October 2016, the Task Force on General Education made six recommendations in regard to undergraduate studies, one of which suggested that fall exams be moved to before winter break by beginning the fall semester earlier. At the time of the

Task Force recommendations, 75 percent of students who participated in an Undergraduate Student Government survey expressed support for this change. The Ad Hoc Committee on Calendar Reform, charged in spring 2017 and composed of faculty members, two undergraduate students, and one graduate student, released a final survey on Jan. 30 to gather student opinions on the proposed new calendar. This calendar feaSee CALENDAR page 3


“It boggles my mind why Japanese politics remain so subservient to what Washington wants,” Hatoyama said in a lecture Thursday.


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Respecting one’s dignity while respecting the dignity of others is the central principle behind uniting East Asia, said former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama at a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8. Hatoyama served as Japan’s prime minister from September 2009 to June 2010. He was the head of the Democratic Party of Japan, which he led to victory over the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party. In his talk, Hatoyama dis-

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cussed his desire for Japan to build an East Asian community similar to the European Union. He hopes to see East Asian countries including Japan, China, South Korea, and North Korea united. Hatoyama acknowledged arguments against this notion, especially considering the United Kingdom’s recent decision to exit the EU. However, he said that since the implementation of the union, there has been a “stable anti-war consensus,” one that he hopes East Asia can replicate. Hatoyama also addressed the

Anthropology Department Chair Carolyn Rouse responds to a professor’s recent use of the N-word, while Princeton Pro-Life explains why members participated in the March for Life. PAGE 4-5

tensions between North Korea and the United States. “A peace treaty must be signed,” he said, pointing to escalating sanctions and Kim Jong-un’s refusal to engage in meaningful dialogue. He expressed concern for a possibility of war between North Korea and the United States, and said that encouraging talks between the two nations is the “proper course of action for any Japanese leader.” Hatoyama also spoke about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the effect of President See JAPAN page 2

menthol cigarette sales By Sarah Warman Hirschfield Associate News and Film Editor

New Jersey could become the first state to outlaw the sale of menthol cigarettes. Democratic Assemblyman Herb Conaway ’85, a physician and chairman of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, is sponsoring a bill that would add menthol-flavored cigarettes to New Jersey’s list of prohibited flavored cigarettes. Menthol, which has cool-

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ing, desensitizing, and proanalgesic effects, is attractive to young first-time smokers, putting them at risk of adverse health effects and addiction, according to the bill. The bill also mentions that women, communities with lower socioeconomic status, and African-American communities are disproportionately affected. Menthol cigarettes marketing has heavily targeted black communities. Nearly See CIGARETTES page 3


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Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement. While Japan has reached compromise with other countries without the involvement of the United States, some countries, including Canada, are now reluctant to get on board. The TPP without the United States, according to Hatoyama, is “largely an exercise in futility.” Japan has always, to a certain extent, found itself at the mercy of U.S. interests, Hatoyama said. While structuring foreign policy, Japan “remains sensitive to the United States’s desires.” According to the former prime minister, this effect is sometimes even seen in internal Japanese policies, such as the privatization of the Japanese postal service. “It boggles my mind why

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Menthol has cooling, desensitizing, and pro-analgesic effects, which are attractive to first-time smokers.

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80 percent of black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes, compared to 21 percent of white smokers, and black men and women are more likely to die of lung cancer. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, concerned for the health of young people, prohibited tobacco companies from selling other flavored cigarettes and required new warning labels about the health risks associated with products that are particularly alluring to youth. Menthol cigarettes, also popular among youth, was not included in the ban. A survey by the Harvard School of Public Health found that a third of college students smoke tobacco products at least once a month. The University, in line with state law, prohibits smoking in all University buildings and outdoor spaces within 25 feet of all those buildings. The executive director of University Health Services, John Kolligian, did not immediately respond to a re-

quest for comment. Menthol’s cooling effect allows smokers to draw more toxic substances into their lungs and hold them there, according to Conaway, who thinks the federal government ought to have included menthol cigarettes in the 2009 bill. In addition to adding menthol cigarettes to state’s list of prohibited cigarettes, the bill will add clove cigarettes, which are made with a blend of tobacco, cloves, and other flavors and were part of the 2009 federal ban. “Science supports the fact that it [menthol] promotes cancer,” he said. “That’s why the other flavors and cooling agents have been removed.” Conaway did not respond to immediate request for comment. “Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death,” said Brian Shott, the New Jersey government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “ACS CAN supports efforts to reduce tobacco use and the availability of these deadly products.” ACS CAN, a leading cancer advocacy organization, does

not currently have a position on the bill but plans to work with the sponsor and other members of the legislature as it continues to review the legislation and determine its potential impact, according to Shott. There are concerns that the ban would result in financial losses for convenience stores and small businesses that sell menthol cigarettes, which account for 35 percent to 40 percent of their total sales, not accounting for the ancillary sales such as snacks and coffee that the stores will lose, according to The New Jersey Food Council, a nonprofit alliance of food retailers and their supplier partners. As a result of decreased profits, the state stands to lose tax revenue. Roughly $750 million in tax revenue is generated from tobacco sales each year. The bill was approved Monday by the New Jersey Assembly’s Health and Senior Services Committee by a vote of 7–3 with three abstentions. Now it heads to the Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

tures a fall semester that would begin as early as Sept. 1 and end between Dec. 19 and 23, resulting in shortened reading periods and finals periods. By comparison, the spring semester would remain unchanged, save beginning and ending a week earlier. In conjunction with reworking the fall exam schedule, the Ad Hoc Committee also proposed a two-week Wintersession with “optional, non-credit-bearing activities.” “The challenge has been how to accomplish this without sacrificing the unique and positive features in our current calendar, like the reading period and midterm break,” wrote computer science professor Aarti Gupta, the Ad Hoc Committee Chair, in an email to The Daily Princetonian. “In addition to better alignment with study abroad and summer programs/internships, we hope that the proposed calendar will lead to new intellectually enriching opportunities for students on campus and abroad during January,“ he wrote. Like the majority of student responses to the USG survey conducted in October 2016, most students interviewed by the ‘Prince’ were in favor of the new calendar. “I personally support moving final exams before winter break because I feel that the majority of schools in this country have exams before winter break,” said Grace Chen ’21. “Having final exams for basically an entire month in January just seems unnecessary, and I feel that I could be using that time for something else that’s more productive.” Russell Kim ’20 echoed these sentiments, emphasizing that he “would like to be able to relax during winter break.”

In a later interview, Chen expressed concern that the late time frame for exams would be inconvenient for students going home for winter break, “especially international students.” According to the Calendar Reform FAQs, the fall semester would end as late as Dec. 23 in “one year out of seven.” In response to these concerns, which were also voiced by three other students interviewed, Connor Pfeiffer ’18, an undergraduate member of the Ad Hoc Committee, commented that the late end to the semester would be necessary to accomplish the calendar reform’s main goals. “Student surveys have shown strong support for moving finals before winter break, and I know that a full week for fall break is also popular with students,” wrote Pfeiffer in an email. “While ending between Dec. 19 and 23, depending on the year, is not ideal, I believe that the benefits, keeping a full week of break after midterms and finally having a real winter break free from academic work, outweigh the costs.” While no students interviewed expressed strong opposition towards the calendar reform, some conveyed little issue with the current academic calendar structure. “I don’t really have a strong opinion, but I don’t have a problem with the way it is right now,” said David Liu ’21. “It feels smooth and for me, it’s less stress, even though other people might disagree.” The Ad Hoc Committee on Calendar Reform hopes to submit a definitive proposal to the Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy by March 2018. According to the Ad Hoc Committee, if the calendar reform is approved, the University would “continue to operate on the current calendar for two academic years before putting the changes into effect.”

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ove saves lives. This was the theme of the 45th annual March for Life in Washington D.C., which drew tens of thousands of pro-life activists — including 40 students from Princeton Pro-Life — to protest the legalization of abortion in Roe v. Wade. Though four and a half decades of marches have not overturned Roe, we persist in joyfully and peacefully witnessing to the sanctity of all human life. Love saves lives. The prolife movement calls for the respect of all human lives. We believe that the unborn child is a member of the human species and endowed with fundamental dignity, just like every other human being; abortion extinguishes this life and the remarkable potential it bears. We stand for the lives of the elderly and dying, who should be protected and cared for, not discarded through euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. We march for the physically and intellectually disabled, who are aborted at tragically high

rates and who face many hardships if they are born. At the March for Life this year, marchers carried signs protesting police brutality towards AfricanAmericans, the infanticide of girls in China, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the use of the death penalty. There are many ways in which human lives are being disrespected in our nation and our world. By numbers, abortion is the largest source of violence in our country, but this doesn’t mean we should ignore the other offenses against the dignity of human life. To protect anyone’s right to life, we must affirm and defend every person’s right to life. Love saves lives. Critics of the pro-life movement sometimes call it “pro-birth,” suggesting that we advocate for babies to be born without seeking to improve the quality of life of those who are born. While the right to life undergirds all other rights, and neither poverty nor disability reduces the worth of a child, the pro-life movement can do a better job demonstrating love put into action to

provide a supportive safety net to all lives that are threatened. Saving lives is not a numbers game. Rather, the pro-life movement must continually seek a deeper sense of what saving lives can be - giving hope to those in desperate situations, supporting single mothers, empowering fathers to take responsibility, strengthening families and communities, integrating the elderly and disabled into mainstream life. Saving lives is not about one-time actions, but about transformation. Love saves lives. A world where abortions are illegal but people still want them is no victory for the pro-life movement. The goal should be to increase love, and the movement should be motivated by love. We can fight the evil of rape. We can make society more welcoming to people with disabilities and their families. We can make our workplaces and schools more compassionate towards pregnant women and families. The pro-life movement is not about passing judgment or expressing anger. Love is rooted in unconditional respect for the other, and is

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perfected in action and relationship. It is love alone that can change someone’s heart and make them see the good that can come from an unplanned pregnancy. It is love alone that can heal the wounds of women who regret having an abortion and men who regret lost fatherhood. We affirm that every life is good and beautiful, despite whatever challenges it may contain. If anything is true, this is true. To think that any act of violence against an innocent person can be justified in the name of some greater good is to dismantle, piece by piece, the fabric of equality and human rights that any truly loving and peaceful society is built on. Violence and apathy have taken their toll on both sides of the life issues debates, and have blinded us all to the need for personal action and responsibility. It takes courage to show love and to ask for love, but it is what our world needs more of right now. Princeton Pro-Life (PPL) is a campus group. The President may be reached at acavasos@

Letter to the Editor: In defense of Rosen Carolyn Rouse Contributor

I write to provide important context to the events reported on Feb. 7 in The Daily Princetonian story “Students walk out of anthropology lecture after professor uses the word “n****r.” The students signed up for a course about hate speech, blasphemy, and pornography, so Tuesday’s class introduced them to the topics of the course. Like every semester, at Princeton or Columbia Law, professor Lawrence Rosen started the class by breaking a number of taboos in order to get the students to recognize their emotional response to cultural symbols. By the end of the semester, Rosen hopes that his students will be able to argue

why hate speech should or should not be protected using an argument other than “because it made me feel bad.” Importantly, why did Rosen’s example of a student wiping her feet on the American f lag not elicit any anger, while the use of the N-word did? In a different setting — a different university for example — the student response might have been the reverse. A student wiping his or her feet on the American f lag might have caused a riot. So, whose feelings should the law protect? And why? This is a critical question now before the courts. Should a baker, for instance, be allowed to refuse service to a gay couple because he or she finds homosexuality offensive or blasphemous? For students who would like to be able to answer

those questions, for students who are interested in law for example, Rosen’s course helps do just that. In the last two years academic institutions have been caricatured as liberal bastions for snowf lakes. Actually, that has never been the case. In the Department of Anthropology, for example, our entire pedagogical mission has never been about reaffirming the political points of view of the day, right or left. Our goal is to get students to move beyond their common sense to see how culture has shaped their beliefs and emotions. If our students leave our classes knowing exactly what they knew when they entered, then we didn’t do our jobs. Rosen has used the same example year after year. This is the first year he got the response he did from the students. This

is diagnostic of the level of overt anti-black racism in the country today. AntiAmerican and anti-Semitic examples did not upset the students, but an example of racism did. This did not happen when Obama was president, when the example seemed less real and seemed to have less power. I feel bad for the students who left the class not trusting the process. Rosen was fighting battles for women, Native Americans, and African-Americans before these students were born. He grew up a Jew in anti-Semitic America, and recognizes how law has afforded him rights he would not otherwise have. Carolyn Rouse Professor of Anthropology Chair, Department of Anthropology


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Men’s hockey extends winning streak to 4, faces ECAC rivals Brown and Yale By Sam Shapiro Staff Writer

Men’s hockey faces Brown (6–13–4 overall, 5–10–1 ECAC) and Yale (11–11–1, 6–9–1) this weekend, with six games of ECAC play remaining. The team is coming in on a four-game win streak, with solid wins over Clarkson (19–6–3, 11–3–2), Quinnipiac (11–13–4, 6–8– 2), St. Lawrence (6–20–2, 2–13–1), and Dartmouth (9– 12–2, 7–8–1). The team has a 10–10–3 record, and is 7–8–1 in conference play. However, this record does not reflect the team’s tremendous talent and its ability to compete with any team in the nation. The team showcased its competitiveness in two its matchups against No. 4 St. Cloud State (17–6–3) in December, which both ended in a tie. “When we played St. Cloud, they were No. 1 in the country at that time, and we didn’t get enough credit,“ said first-year defenseman Matthew Thom. “We should have won at least one or both of our games that weekend. While our performance wasn’t reflected by the rankings after that weekend, we subconsciously realized that we can play with any team if we’re consistent.” Nonetheless, prior to its game against Harvard Crimson, the team had been battling inconsistency with its team chemistry. The team had a turning

point after its loss to Harvard. “Everyone was at their lowest point,” junior forward David Hallisey said. “We were fed up. We knew we had Dartmouth the next day, and we came in really fired up. This weekend, knowing that Clarkson was ranked No. 3 going in, we had a lot of energy.” The time off during Intersession may also be a contributor to the team’s recent strong performance. “The time off was relaxing and helped us focus and clear our heads. It was really nice to have no school on our minds, so we could just dial in. Intersession was distraction-free,” Thom said. “We’ve been playing our game, and moving the puck a lot better. We’ve realized that we can compete with any team, and we’ve been bringing that to the forefront mentally and it’s now translating physically.” The strength of the team lies in its strong junior class. Particularly noteworthy are forward Ryan Kuffner, forward Max Véronneau, defenseman Josh Teves, and forward Alex Riche. Kuffner was recently named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week and the NCAA Hockey First Star of the Week. He currently leading the nation in scoring. The team also boasts an outstanding freshman class, who is finally acclimating to the increased speed of the collegiate game. Freshman goalie Ryan Ferland


The Tigers look to carry their momentum into final leg of the season with just six ECAC games remaining.

has been a huge addition for the Tigers. Thom and Hallisey have also been key contributors; Hallisey clinched the latest win for the Tigers with a clutch goal against Clarkson. During its last matchup against Brown in November, the Tigers lost 0–3.

“While Brown is a physically talented team, that was a below-average performance,” Hallisey said. The Tigers beat Yale in November, but according to Hallisey, “We can’t take them lightly. Regardless of rankings or records, any team can beat anyone on

any night. We proved that ourselves.” “Regardless of wins and losses, we should be be able to win the next of our six games. It’s all about keeping our consistency up. We have a real shot at ECAC championships.”


Basketball to enter Ivy League doubleheader against Harvard and Dartmouth By Owen Tedford Staff Writer


Tigers are third behind second-place Harvard in the Ancient Eight.

Tweet of the Day “Your @PrincetonWBB team is back tomorrow vs Harvard, and then again Saturday vs Dartmouth for the annual Pink Zone Breast Cancer Awareness game. Come early Saturday for pre-game info fair and giveaway! #TigerUp #BCA” Princeton Tigers (@ PUTigers), basketball

This weekend will be a busy one for Princeton basketball. The men’s team (11–10, 3–3 Ivy) will be going on the road to Harvard (10–11, 5–1) and Dartmouth (4–15, 0–6) on Friday and Saturday night respectively. The women (14–4, 4–1 Ivy) are at home playing against the Crimson (13–6, 5–1) and the Big Green (12–7, 4–2) on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Both teams are getting into the heart of their season and will reach or pass the halfway point of their seasons by the end of this weekend. For the men’s team, this weekend is all about staying in competition for the top four to make the Ivy League tournament in mid-March. With the loss on Tuesday to league-leading Penn, the Tigers are now tied for third at 3–3 with Brown and Columbia, who will meet each other this Saturday night in Providence. This is Princeton’s first weekend road weekend trip of the Ivy League season, and opening in Cambridge will not be an easy first test as it tries to bounce back from consecutive home losses.

The Tigers should not be without confidence, as last year they got their first win at Lavietes Pavilion since 2010. Based on past history, a close game on Friday night is to be expected with last year’s two matchups getting decided by a combined five points, with a key factor being the lack of turnovers by Princeton. When the Tigers meet Dartmouth on Saturday night, do not let the record of the Big Green influence your perception that this will be an easy test. Dartmouth has shown the ability to shoot well from the floor, shooting over 40 percent in every game but three this season. Despite this, Dartmouth has struggled to keep up with teams that shoot well from beyond the arc, so look for the Tigers to try to exploit this matchup advantage against the Big Green. The women’s team this weekend will face two other top-four competitors right now in key matchups for Ivy League tournament seeding. Currently, Harvard sits at No. 1 in the women’s rankings and Dartmouth sits at No. 4 just behind Princeton, who is tied at No. 2 with Penn, which the Tigers will play on Tuesday at Jadwin Gymna-

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200th Head coach Ron Fogarty recorded his 200th career win in Princeton’s OT victory against St. Lawrence.

sium. Most important for Princeton this weekend will be its defense, especially from beyond the arc. This was a source of struggle for the Tigers last weekend against Yale, which shot 66.7 percent in the first half to gain an early lead from which it never looked back. Princeton’s defense improved against Yale in the second half, limiting it to 27.27 percent, and against Brown, which they held to 23.5 percent for the game. In addition to three-point defense, the Tigers will be looking for active hands to force more turnovers against a turnover-prone Dartmouth team on Saturday night. After this weekend, the men will be facing four of their last six games on the road at Cornell University, Columbia, Yale, and Brown. Their last home weekend will be against Harvard and Dartmouth the weekend of Feb. 23. The women are in a similar situation, with four of their last seven still on the road playing at Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Harvard. If you are unable to make it to the women’s games this weekend, the team will be in action again on Tuesday against Penn at Jadwin Gym with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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