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Announcement On Friday, The Daily Princetonian did not run its regular Opinion section. Instead, a draft of a news page was printed due to an editorial oversight. The ‘Prince’ regrets the error and apologizes to its readers. Friday’s Opinion page is included in today’s edition.

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In Opinion The Editorial Board debates the merits of Students for Prison, Education and Reform’s new campaign, and Lea Trusty discusses Princeton’s socioeconomic minority. PAGES 3-4

Today on Campus 4:30 p.m. The Westminster Choir College of Rider University performs Arvo Pärt’s haunting “Te Deum” and more in Richardson Auditorum in Alexander Hall.

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Group seeks to alter U. application By Shelia Sisimit staff writer

Students for Prison Education and Reform launched their Admissions Opportunity Campaign with an online petition last week. The goal of the campaign is for the University to remove all questions regarding past involvement with the justice system from the undergraduate application. Currently, the University requires applicants to disclose whether they have a criminal record through a question on the Common Application that was introduced in 2006. The University adopted the question, although the Common Application is developed by an independent organization and is used by hundreds of colleges in the United States. According to SPEAR’s website, the petition should be signed because “the United States justice system is racially and economically discriminatory.” Shaina Watrous ’14, who cofounded SPEAR in fall 2012 with Joe Barrett ’14 and Grace Li ’14, said if a student commits a criminal offense and is a person of color, then he or she is more likely to be arrested. By asking for students’ past involvement with the justice system, she explained, colleges are perpetuating discrimination. “When people hear that some-

one has had past involvement with the justice system, they have this visceral reaction — they are the other, and we shouldn’t have anything to do with them,” Watrous said. “This is the kind of attitude we are looking to change.” Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye said in an interview that the Office of Admission finds it is important to ask about misconduct and convictions because “we [at the Office of Admission] consider the responses to these questions useful to our holistic review of the applicant.” Daniel Teehan ’17, the current chair of the Advocacy Committee of SPEAR, said when people think of people who are incarcerated, they automatically think of murderers. However, he noted that “when you delve into the numbers … you quickly realize that most of the people there are there because of minor drug infractions, selective policing and draconian sentencing practices.” The applicants most likely to be affected by the questions were arrested for doing some of the same things that many members of the current student body also did in high school, Teehan said. For him, the difference was that the applicants were unfortunate enough to be caught. “These are people that I, and See CAMPAIGN page 2



On Saturday, the Art Museum invited local families to take part in ‘Art for Families,’ an event which focused on the West African art of kente cloth weaving, traditionally practiced by the Akan tribe of South Ghana.



Mental Health Week focuses on outreach

300 students signed a petition to allow students to choose between smoking and non-smoking living areas in their housing application, citing health concerns from a “haze” of secondhand smoke.

By Corinne Lowe staff writer

Students study in the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology late Sunday night.

Princeton’s third annual Mental Health Week has taken a more interactive approach this year to increase awareness of mental health issues on campus. USG offered a variety of activities that gave students the opportunity to send postcards, make inspirational posts and t-shirts, receive free massages, take mood-screening tests and attend a variety of workshops and talks related to mental health, USG president Shawon Jackson ’15 said. “One of the major changes has been moving away from speakers and having more engaging activities for students,” Jackson explained. “This has been one of the projects that USG has received a lot of positive feedback for.” The Princeton Mental Health Initiative Board, which was formed this February, planned the week’s events and will continue to hold programs throughout the year, Zhan Okadu-



News & Notes Dartmouth proposes stricter sexual assault penalties

dartmouth president philip hanlon proposed mandatory expulsion for certain cases of sexual assault in a statement on the university’s website on Saturday. Expulsion would be mandatory in cases where students use “force, threat, or purposeful incapacitation” in order to have sexual penetration with another student, Hanlon wrote. The proposal comes as Dartmouth is under investigation by the Education Department for its handling of sexual misconduct. Sexual assault investigations are currently conducted internally. “For egregious offenses, separation from the college is not automatic, but it is the expectation,” Dartmouth spokesman Justin Anderson told Bloomberg. Princeton’s sexual assault policy is similar to Dartmouth’s current policy. According to the University’s Rights Rules and Responsibilities, “All forms of sexual misconduct are regarded as serious University offenses, and violations will result in discipline, including the possibility of suspension, expulsion, or termination of employment.”


Lin ’15, chair of the board, said. This week’s events were designed to address three major goals: improving access to campus resources, reducing the stigma surrounding seeking help and creating a constructive dialogue necessary for a supportive campus community, he said. The board will hold a strategic planning session to map out its missions and goals for the rest of the year, Okadu-Lin said. One key event was the Whig-Clio debate, in which students debated whether Princeton is “failing mental health.” One of the two debaters on the Whig side, the liberal of the organization, Paul Yang ’17, shared his thoughts on the importance of mental health and the long wait times required when scheduling an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services. “The University fails to bring up mental health as an issue of sufficient See USG page 2

U. offers graduate certificate Spring Lawnparties headliner concentrating on computation confirmed, not signed, USG says By Sarah Kim and Do-Hyeong Myeong contributor and staff writer

The Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering began offering a new graduate certificate in Computational and Information Science in January. Students go through specialized training in numerical analysis, computer science and programming, software engineering and statistics and data modeling to complete the program. Originally designed by computer science professor J.P. Singh, the certificate program recognizes computation as an important tool for research in the sciences, engineering and the humanities. The program focuses on practices in developing algorithms, programming and maintaining software systems and ana-

lyzing data sets, according to its website. Florevel Fusin-Wischusen, the institute manager and administrator for the program, called the graduate certificate “the first-ever of its kind to be offered in the University.” There are currently 25 students from 15 different departments enrolled in the certificate program, according to FusinWischusen. James Stone, program director and professor in the astrophysical sciences department, said the certificate program provides knowledge on the foundation of engineering. “It’s a fundamental technique now for great research,” Stone said. “It’s a very practical and useful training to have.” The certificate program was in See CERTIFICATE page 2

By Durva Trivedi staff writer

One of the headliners for spring Lawnparties has been confirmed, although contracts have not yet been signed, USG Social Committee chair Logan Roth ’15 announced at the meeting on Sunday night. The official announcement will be made in early April, he said. “I’d love to get people out of the clubs and out on the street together,” Roth said of his plans for Lawnparties this year. The total number of headliners expected for Lawnparties remains unclear. Last fall, USG booked two headliners, T-Pain and Chiddy Bang. However, this was not the case the year before, when USG only booked one headliner per Lawnparties. An event planned for Dean’s Date by

Roth did not receive funding from the Alcohol Initiative and will not take place, USG executive secretary Aleksandra Czulak said after the meeting. During the meeting, Roth that this was understandable because he had requested a lot of money. also said his pitch for a Dean’s Date event was vetoed did not receive funding from the Alcohol Initiative. He explained that his proposal was declined because of how large a sum of money he requested. However, Roth said he’s open to the idea of hosting a different event on a smaller scale. The leaders of several new projects, including an upcoming “how-to” series, a guide for international travel and the Princeton 2018 project presented their progress updates at the meeting. See MEETING page 2

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development for several years as an unofficial grouping of related classes, Stone said. When this initial program received positive reviews from students, the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering started putting together a set of courses that would be equally popular and attract more students. The institute finally implemented the certificate program this year to properly recognize the efforts of students who undertake this additional training because its courses generally do not fall under the course requirements of most Ph.D. programs. According to Stone, the certificate program is unique because of its interdisciplinary nature. “It’s training that any student doing a Ph.D., even in humanities, can do,” he said. “It’s a collaborative project between faculty across the campus and the people taking these courses from all different departments.”

Student and faculty participants of the program come from diverse home departments covering a wide range in engineering, natural and social sciences and the humanities. “Most other universities don’t have computation resources like Princeton does,” mechanical and aerospace engineering doctoral candidate Kevin Chen GS ’14, the first student to complete the requirements for the certificate program, said. Chen described his experiences with the program as “overwhelmingly positive” as he explained that most students who get the computation certificate start out their Ph.D. studies with little to no knowledge in computations but finish as experts. “This certificate gives you a well-executed training on handling those tools so when you get down to the nitty-gritty details in computation research, you can focus on science without letting the computation slow you down or get in the way,” he said. Stone said that he believed the program’s courses are great guides in helping students learn

the material quickly and efficiently, turning them into better researchers with the available resources. Otherwise, students try to learn through books and other students, and this method may take longer time. The certificate gives students an advantage in all job markets, Stone said. He said employers are interested in hiring candidates who have expertise in this field because many jobs today require high performance in research and data analysis. Fusin-Wischushen said she hoped “more and more students from other departments will enroll and complete the requirements.” Students undertaking this certificate program must complete two core courses that provide strong basic knowledge in scientific computation and one elective course offered by their home department that focuses on computation. Students are also expected to incorporate a significant computational component in their theses and conduct a seminar in their home department on their thesis research.

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gravity,” Yang said. “If you’re able to, for instance, get pregnancy tested every time you go to McCosh, shouldn’t you also be able to get counseling every time you go to McCosh?” Even though in the debate Yang was defending the resolution that the University is failing mental health, he emphasized that excessive criticism of CPS could make students feel uncomfortable going to McCosh for help, which is not the intention of these discussions. “You don’t want to demonize the psychological coun-

seling services,” Yang said. Okadu-Lin said that, given the recent debate over students being forced to take time off for mental healthrelated reasons, there needs to be a discussion about the way that the University responds to students who are facing serious mental health issues and may be at risk of hurting themselves or others. “We’re grateful for all the University has in terms of its resources, but I think we also understand that there’s always room for improvement,” Okadu-Lin said. Jackson said that another key event of the week featured photographer Steven Rosenfield, who continued his “What I Be” photography

project on campus. Students were able to participate in the project by discussing their insecurities with Rosenfield, who then helped them develop a phrase to write on their skin before photographing them. Okadu-Lin said he is optimistic that this week has triggered discussions around campus about issues surrounding mental health. “I’m confident that we’ve, in small increments, been able to help move the campus conversation beyond one where students might be afraid to be themselves, to one where students know there’s a supportive community and that they don’t have to be afraid,” Okadu-Lin said.

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many others, feel that our society has done a great wrong [to],” Teehan said, “and as of now, we are contributing to those punishments.” SPEAR members also explain on the website that individuals who’ve had past involvement with the justice system would bring more diversity to Princeton, and that past involvement is not an accurate prediction of a student’s on-campus behavior. “We’re not saying that if someone has a criminal record, they should be let into Princeton,” Watrous noted. “The application is extremely thorough. There are many ways to evaluate a person’s character.” Mackenzie Dooner ’17, who joined SPEAR this semester, added that, as an institution that values diversity so highly, the University should open its doors to everyone. “I think there’s no reason that

someone involved in the justice system couldn’t make academic contributions or contributions to campus life,” Dooner said. She added that the justice system suppresses those who have been involved with it, especially in terms of economic prosperity and educational pursuit. “The presence of the question on the application has the strong potential to discourage people who would check yes from applying at all,” Teehan said. Rapelye, though, said that a student isn’t automatically overlooked if he or she checks the misconduct or the conviction box. The additional essay explaining the circumstances helps the admissions committee make their decision. “This was accepted without enough thought as to what kind of message this sends to people in communities who are targeted by the justice system,” Watrous said of the University’s decision to require this particular question in the Common Application. Although the main goal of the

campaign is to eliminate the question from the application, Watrous said the conversation that the petition is generating is a big part of SPEAR’s mission. They would like to get people on campus to start questioning the justice system, she said. “This petition is just one part of a larger campus discussion that we wish to have and a consensus that we want to work towards in order to move towards having this policy reworked,” Teehan said. Watrous and other members of the campaign have been in Frist Campus Center trying to get student signatures on the petition, and she noted that they have received 474 signatures as of Sunday afternoon. Members of SPEAR have reached out to University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 and Dean of the College Valerie Smith in hopes that they would support SPEAR’s mission. Watrous said that the petition will be important in demonstrating student and faculty support for the campaign.

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U-Councilor Mallory Banks ’16 asked for senate feedback on the “how-to” series project she’s leading, which aims to provide workshops, group discussions and lectures centered on living and succeeding in the work place environment. Banks mentioned that students from different backgrounds come to the University with differing levels of skill in areas like interviewing, searching for internships and professional conduct. She said she thinks a project that teaches students these and similar skills is “a long time coming.” Banks is a former staff writer for the Street section of The Daily Princetonian. Class of 2016 senator Yonathan Benyamini presented an update

about an international guide for travel project, one that started with the intent of providing an online forum for students who study or intern abroad to blog about their experiences. However, because of intellectual property rights and management issues, this project might be “incredibly difficult to implement right now,” Benyamini said. The project team has consequently shifted their focus to creating a resource site that lists domestic and international internship and study opportunities that are available to students. The Princeton 2018 Project, led by IT Committee chair Clement Lee ’17 is looking to fully redesign the website that helps to welcome newly admitted students by focusing on usability and implementing a clean aesthetic. Possible changes would

include adding advice from current students to the welcome website, as inspired by the RealPrinceton tumblr. While providing an update on University Student Life Committee activities, chair Ella Cheng ’16 discussed her committee’s investigation into the possibility of providing late meal to residential college advisors, extending late meal to Cafe Vivian and posting more nutritional information about the foods served in Frist Campus Center. While preliminary meetings have already occurred, this project is ongoing. Cheng is a former staff writer for The Daily Princetonian. Additionally, the senate voted to approve the nominees for the USLC and the Campus and Community Affairs Committee. Five new members were approved for the USLC, and eight were approved for the CCA.


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The Invisible Minority


Lea Trusty Columnist

This column is the second in a series about socioeconomic diversity and low-income students at the University.


igning into Terrace Club was one of the best decisions I could have made this year. The people are awesome, the food is delicious, and it’s just a chill place to be. Admittedly, though, I still had to face the universally stressful facet of every eating club: sophomore dues. Though I knew I would have to pay dues this semester, I wasn’t actively thinking about it. Perhaps I imagined the financial aid office would help cover the fees, like they do junior and senior year, or maybe I thought the fee would be small. You can imagine my surprise and panic when I was slapped with an $800 due expected by the end of February. I called the financial aid office but was told the most they could do was offer me a loan and attempt to lower the amount if I didn’t meet my student summer savings amount. The next person I contacted was the assistant bookkeeper at Terrace who told me I could pay in three installments, after which I felt much less panicky. Still, what would have happened had I joined a club that did not offer this option? This is just one example of how low-income students’ experiences at the University are unique in ways other students may not even realize. When I reject a last-minute invite to go to a Kanye concert for “only” $100 or reluctantly split a check evenly among a large group of friends when I pointedly got a cheaper meal than everyone else, the subtext is so subtle that most people from different socioeconomic backgrounds don’t realize it exists. And from here, it is simple for unawareness of experiences of low-income students to translate to unawareness of the presence of low-income students in general. Having a minority status means just that: Your numbers are smaller, and therefore more effort is required so that your voice is heard. But unlike racial minorities, and even some religious minorities, there is no simple physical demarcation that says, “You’re a low-income student” (unless you’re very good at telling the difference between Old Navy and Sevens jeans). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing — people don’t want to be reduced to and identified by one piece of their lives. But because it’s only our personal experiences that are unique, rather than physical differences, it is almost as if lowincome students aren’t here. Ironically, this lower visibility is partially the result of one of the University’s greatest attributes — its amazing financial aid program. Students whose family incomes are

lower than $60,000 — already well above the national median income — receive full tuition, room and board covered by the University. The average grant begins to decrease above the $60,000 mark, but it remains fairly generous still. Thus, the University does as much as possible to ensure that students are on financially equal footing in paying for their college education. But I find that much of university support for low-income and first-generation students stops with its widely lauded financial aid program. Once the tuition bill is paid in full, it is tempting to say our financial differences are then null and abandon the discussion all together. But receiving money for college does not mean the end of being low-income, and neither should it mean the end of acknowledgement of this status. However, discussing what it means to be low-income is generally taboo. This is not to say the University is willfully ignorant. I think it has room for improvement in addressing and discussing diversity in a number of forms. Socioeconomic diversity is simply the least obvious and, as such, the easiest to put on the back burner. Undoubtedly, the students here are ambitious. If they feel as if the University is missing something that could have a positive impact on campus culture, they take the initiative to create a new conversation. But taking the first steps to create a campus culture that embraces socioeconomic diversity is a difficult endeavor. A student’s socioeconomic status is not a defining characteristic, but it is a significant one that has affected personal experiences and interactions with the world for years. Sensitivity and fear of being stigmatized (or worse, endlessly sympathized) can be a deterrent from getting involved in student groups concerning low-income and first-generation experiences, or creating a new organization. And while Princeton has always boasted their self-starting students, a large portion of responsibility rests with the University to help make campus a safe, accepting place where students are comfortable enough to begin talking. Because of the silence from both the student body and the administration, the image and experiences of a lowincome student at Princeton are obscure. What comes to your mind? Hopefully you haven’t conjured up a picture of a 20-something-year-old Oliver Twist, asking for a bit more porridge at Rocky dining hall. But on the opposite side of the spectrum is … nothing. You have no idea what being a low-income student entails because it never crosses your mind. Both of these scenarios are bad. We want to move from ignorance to understanding the unique experiences and perspectives of low-income students as people. By doing so,

we break down the stereotypes that low-income students may face. We also invalidate the image of Princeton as an institution only for the rich and privileged and encourage prospective students to apply. The University has a major stake in transforming this image, then. Still, the time it takes to implement such change can often be so great that it hinders efficiently addressing issues. Here is when simultaneous student group initiatives take the forefront, proving that while individual efforts are often fruitless, there is always power in numbers. I am personally involved in Princeton University Quest Scholars Network as president and liaison. PUQSN is only a campus chapter that constitutes the national Quest Scholars Network, which aims to provide academic and professional resources for current undergraduate scholars while increasing the accessibility of higher education overall. Our campus chapter, though, also aims to create a sense of community for students here, through community service initiatives, study breaks and our mentor/mentee program. Our events help create a place where the floor is not only open but also comfortable enough for members to talk about their Princeton experience. We soon discover that while our similar socioeconomic backgrounds are what initially brought us together, we all share much

Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Among them are the Gates Millennium Scholars, a scholarship that covers a student’s undergraduate education and sometimes even graduate school, depending on the student’s area of study. There is also a Princeton chapter of Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, which is comprised of students who participated in the college preparatory program. Co-founder of the campus chapter, Kujegi Camara ’16, says she felt a need for the student group after her first few weeks at Princeton left her shocked at campus culture and the sense of alienation low-income and first-generation students can feel. At the same time, Camara says, “It’s easy for Princeton to strip you of your other identities to where you’re only a Princetonian. LEDA, and student groups in general, help you return to these other pieces of yourself.” It’s challenging to do this when you feel as if you are alone in your experiences, however, and this has been the motivation of creating student group conglomerate. Together, PUQSN, LEDA, Gates Millennium and affiliated student groups, have been working together to create a council — named Princeton’s Hidden Minority Council — under which student groups with an interest in low-income and first-generation Princeton students, current and prospective, could fall. The hope for

player in creating this council has been Brittney Watkins ’16, the other co-founder of the Princeton chapter of LEDA. “With the stress of home, work here, extracurriculars and actual academic life, I really wanted to create a space where students can come and say this is what I’m dealing with, and it’s okay that I’m dealing with it. And I think it’s important other students are aware of this experience.” Watkins says that efforts to raise awareness on and off campus have also been a major driver in creating the group. Student efforts have recently been mirrored in the administration. University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 has recently attended a White House summit for increasing college opportunity for low-income and first-generation students. Several faculty members, such as Vice President for Campus Life Cynthia Cherrey, Dean of the College Valerie Smith, Associate Dean of the College Diane McKay and Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students Thomas Dunne have been very supportive of these student initiatives and making campus a generally better place for low-income students. They are open and extremely responsive to suggestions and criticisms we have had and have even been active participants in our respective organizations. This past weekend, the treasurer and the community service chair of PUQSN, Dallas Nan ’16 and Ana

to express this facet of themselves, is paramount. We can’t successfully get to the root of the problem if we don’t stop the faux pas associated with the identity at the beginning.” This problem of perception, though, only applies to low-income students who make it to campus at all. It still remains that low-income students are not properly represented in the student demographic. As Bennett McIntosh wrote in his column, “In the service of the nation’s students,” Princeton students in the lowest university bracket, $60,000 and below, only comprise 15.8 percent of the population, while the median income for U.S. families in 2012 was $51,371. The discrepancy is overwhelmingly vast. Princeton remains responsible in shifting recruitment and admissions policy to get low-income students on campus initially. While Princeton awaits this change in admissions policy, student groups are joining forces to reshape the way we look at the low-income experience and create a sustained base of understanding and support. The University is actively advocating these efforts, and nationally actions are being taken to support low-income students, including both prospective and current undergraduates. The experience of what Princeton would consider a low-income family is far from unusual in the United States. Hopefully, as the University dedicates itself to a


more in common and realize these backgrounds are only a small part of our stories. And now, PUQSN is no longer an anomaly on this campus. Two other student groups representing low-income and first-generation students have recently been created and are officially recognized by the

this council is two-fold: getting more student members to become more active in their respective organizations and centralizing campus resources for them, while creating largescale events and campaigns on campus to engage with students who are not low-income or first-generation. A major

Maldonado ’16, attended the second annual First Generation College Student Summit at Amherst College in Massachusetts. On speaking about the importance of the PHMC, Nan says, “Establishing a foundation from the moment students enter this campus, making it safe for students

more accurate demographic representation of society, the lives and experiences of students on campus will come to better reflect those of young adults across the nation. Lea Trusty is a sophomore from Saint Rose, La. She can reached at


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A case against marriage inequality


very possible sign points toward the inevitability of gay marriage’s nationwide legalization. A new Washington Post/ABC poll found that 59 percent of Americans support same sex marriage, a new record and a complete reversal from a decade earlier. The federal government alone provides 1,138 protections and benefits for married couples. Beyond the law, marriage is a stabilizing force for families. Gay marriage advocates are fighting with increasing success to extend those benefits to same-sex couples. A slew of challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage have the potential to reach the Supreme Court. Collectively, the legal challenges may spur the Supreme Court to declare a federal right to same-sex marriage as early as June 2015. I will address the constitutional case for marriage equality in a follow-up column to come. But first it’s important to address the philosophical and social science claims that underlie the legal arguments against same-sex marriage. Princeton politics professor Robert George, regarded as the most formidable defender of what he terms “traditional marriage,” justifies limiting marriage to between one man and one woman because of their capacity to reproduce, even if the couple is infertile. Encouraging exclusively conjugal sex, according to his argument, preserves marriage’s integrity because intercourse is not treated as a good in itself. The biological capacity to reproduce is the higher good that makes heterosexual, monogamous marriage a unique and vital institution. George presumably holds this view because he wishes to foster a society in which the couples who marry also become excellent parents. I’d tend to agree with the goal, but not the method. Limiting marriage to between a man and a woman in order to promote child rearing presupposes that the biological capacity to conceive a child — or to behave in a way to do so — is necessary to parent well. In this day and age, the ability to have children — or, again, to act as if you can — is in itself neither sufficient nor necessary to create and maintain a loving family. It would seem that a legitimate marriage would be one that encourages sexual conduct that generally affirms more profound ends. George repeatedly argues that love — along with the procreative element — is the greater good. However, limiting truly meaningful sex to vaginal intercourse debases the very institution of marriage that George intends to protect. The singular fixation on legitimate sex as a potentially procreative act reduces it to a purely physical exercise. Lawyers defending gay marriage bans across the country repeatedly argue that states have a compelling interest in limiting the institution so that it is conducive to child rearing, which means excluding same-sex couples. Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, conducted the most recent and widely-cited study that purports to prove that gays and lesbians are inferior parents. In fact, he recently testified in a court challenge to Michigan’s gay marriage ban. Regnerus’ prominence implies that his work is the standard by which accusations against same-sex parenting capabilities should be assessed. The study itself, the New Family Structures Study, alleges that the children of gay couples lead significantly worse lives than kids brought up by heterosexual parents. As it turns out, the study is sloppily structured and misleading in its results: The study categorizes a child as having grown up in a same sex household if either parent has ever had a same-sex relationship during that child’s first 18 years of life. But an even deeper structural flaw yielded the work’s extreme conclusions. Among the children who reported living with what the study would term a “gay father,” less than half reported also living with the father’s male partner for longer than four months. Less than 2 percent of the same subset of children said they lived with both partners for at least three years. These percentages are mirrored by the sample of children raised by lesbian parents. Only a handful of the children who are supposedly products of same-sex families actually spent their entire childhoods with two specific parents of the same gender. The study’s structure and those who cite its results perpetuate a circular, pernicious logic. Regnerus’ work only reaffirms the grave social and economic costs of unstable households on children, not the inherent deficiencies of same-sex parents. William Saletan of Slate writes that “the study doesn’t document the failure of same-sex marriage. It documents the failure of the closeted, broken, and unstable households that preceded same-sex marriage.” If those who cite the study are sincerely troubled by its results, then they shouldn’t withhold the solution — marriage — from those whom they blame for the problem in the first place. Actual evidence of gay and lesbian parental ineptitude remains illusive, yet dire warnings of harms to children are invoked in courts of law to prevent same-sex marriage. Time is on the side of those who believe that parental rights should accompany marriage equality. Gay marriage’s expansion across the country means that the number of alternative households will also increase. As same-sex couples settle down and start families, they will shatter prejudice with dignity, simply by loving their children. David Will is a religion major from Chevy Chase, Md. He can be reached at

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Evaluating the ‘Admission Opportunity Campaign’

ast week, the University’s Students for Prison and Education Reform began circulating a petition, titled the Admission Opportunity Campaign, calling on the University to change its admissions practices. In light of racial and socioeconomic inequalities found in the United States criminal justice system, the petition asks the University to remove all questions about past involvement with the justice system from the undergraduate admission application. University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua wrote in an email to the Board that the admissions office currently uses the information as part of a “holistic review of the applicant.” “If a student checks yes on the misconduct and/or conviction question, the additional essay explaining the circumstances informs our decision. We read and assess every file individually, and the fact that the misconduct and/or conviction box has been checked does not automatically disqualify a student from being admitted,” Mbugua wrote. With this information, we, the Board, recognize SPEAR’s petition as well intentioned but poorly informed. We endorse the admission office’s current process for considering misconduct and convictions. Moreover, we believe the Common Application’s format, which has students who have had involvement in the justice system check a box indicating their involvement and write an essay explaining the circumstances under which misconduct or a conviction occurred, is well suited to provide fair and useful information for admissions offices. The Admission Opportunity Campaign’s strongest argument is that a history with the justice system is an unfair and biased metric. Thus, if prospective students with criminal backgrounds are rejected on account of such a history alone, those students who sincerely want to turn over a new leaf by means of education will be denied the opportunity. The Board recognizes this is true but does not conclude we should reject ques-

tions about criminal records as useful tools for evaluating potential students. The admissions office places value on high grades, exceptional test scores and challenging high school curricula. Nonetheless, these indicators of student performance carry similar biases against students who are too busy working to spend adequate time on schoolwork, unable to afford tutoring or born in locations that lack well-funded schools. We accept them as valuable tools in the admissions office’s toolbox because, despite their bias against the less privileged, they provide information to the University of a potential student’s performance at Princeton. The Board observes that knowledge of an applicant’s history with the justice system, especially within the context of the explanatory essay, can be useful for the admissions office and believes the University has the right to request that students provide such information. The essay section is especially valuable, as it enables applicants to tell their full stories to admissions counselors so that counselors can evaluate the convictions given the context of the applicants’ explanation and background, just as the admissions office considers outside circumstances when evaluating high school achievement. The Board sees two primary ways in which knowledge of a student’s involvement in the justice system might contribute to the admission office’s holistic review of applicants. First, it might indicate a student’s likelihood of committing crimes on campus. The Admission Opportunity Campaign attempts to refute this notion, claiming there isn’t empirical evidence to indicate screening improves on-campus safety and that 97 percent of students who engage in misconduct do not report criminal records. We reject this assertion. Its first claim comes from an unpublished dissertation and contradicts a reasonable inference that students who have committed a violent crime in the past would in the future. The Board believes the 97 percent statistic is misleading and uninformative without knowledge of what percent

of a student body does or does not have a criminal record. If 99 percent of the student body lacked a criminal record, for example, the statistic would indicate that individuals with records commit crimes on campus at a higher rate than those without records. Many teenagers who commit nonviolent crimes are, in fact, one-time offenders. However, in the campaign to protect these students, we cannot assume that all offenders fall into this category. The Board is especially concerned about individuals who have committed violent crimes such as sexual assault. Thus, the Board finds SPEAR’s argument unconvincing and encourages the University to continue considering past convictions. The second effect of the admissions office having knowledge of a student’s involvement in the justice system might actually benefit less privileged applicants who have been discriminated against by biased law enforcement. The Board believes that a well-authored essay explaining hardship as an explanation of past misconduct or conviction has the potential to add another dimension to someone’s application and enables the admission office to see that such a student could bring valuable viewpoints to the University’s classrooms. Moreover, SPEAR recognizes diversity as a goal to strive for, but we wonder how SPEAR expects the admission office to increase the number of students who have had past involvement with the justice system if the admission office is unaware of applicants’ pasts. The Board would like to join SPEAR in advocating for an increase of Princeton students with past involvement with the America’s flawed justice system. We recognize their enrollment as a powerful means of both individual and systemic reform. However, we do not believe removing the application question is the best means to improve the situation of these applicants or the University. Cara Eckholm abstained.

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e are writing in response to your March 5 editorial, “Transparency regarding mental health forced withdrawals.” University Health Services and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students work closely with campus partners, including residential college staff and the Office of Disability Services, to mitigate student health and safety risks through support services on and off campus. We have a comprehensive array of accessible, responsive and well-utilized services, which have received high levels of satisfaction in student surveys. Our missions are based on removing obstacles to student success. We use all available resources to help students stay in school even as they may be going through very difficult times. Most students are able to use this help and thrive in school without needing to withdraw.


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consider a voluntary withdrawal. In situations where a student is unable or unwilling to carry out substantial self-care obligations or presents a substantial risk of self-harm or harm to others, and the student declines to voluntarily withdraw, the dean of undergraduate students has the authority to place the student on an involuntary withdrawal. Such decisions may be appealed in writing to the vice president of campus life.” During our years at the University, we have seen staff taking every possible measure to keep students in school safely and able to complete their academic requirements. Individual situations are unique, and every circumstance and factor known to the University is considered on an individual basis. The Editorial Board is right to be concerned about inaccurate and unintended messages that deter students from accessing necessary

mental health care. Our advice to students who may be struggling or have fears about what will happen if they seek help is this: There is no better way to get accurate information about Princeton’s support services and policies than going right to the source. Schedule a meeting with your director of student life. Talk to your residential college adviser. Make an appointment at Counseling and Psychological Services with a clinician or the director. Make an appointment with the UHS director. Please engage the resources that are here for you. There are many highly trained staff members at Princeton who want the very best for students who are struggling with mental health concerns. Michael Olin Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students John Kolligian Executive Director, University Health Services

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UNC’s all-America attackmen Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey to two and one goals, respectively. Senior long stick midfielder Derick Raabe led the Tigers on the ground with six ground balls. At the level that these two teams play, very little delineates winning and losing. A missed shot here or a lost ground ball there can swing games wildly. Such was the case on Friday. The largest leading margin was UNC’s 10-7 advantage with just under four minutes to play in the third quarter. Fifty seconds later sophomore attackman Ryan Ambler, who also tallied an assist on the day, scored to start a 4-0 Princeton run. The teams entered the final period tied at 10-10. As the cliché goes, lacrosse is a game of runs. The four goal series by Princeton, which spanned four minutes and started at the three-minute mark in the third, gave the Tigers a one-goal advantage with 14 minutes left to play. As so often happens, the team with the last scoring run emerged victorious. The scoreboard clock read 10:09 when UNC’s Shane Simpson scored to equalize off of an assist by Chad Tutton. It took until 3:50 remained on the clock for Tutton — a midfielder particularly lethal to the Tigers who scored the

game winner in last year’s contest — to dodge from up top and rip a shot past O’Connor. The Tar Heels spent the final minutes of play running out the clock. Princeton had to empty its net in an effort to regain possession, and with 13 seconds left in the game, UNC’s Bitter found the open net for his second goal and his team’s 13th, unlucky only for Princeton.

“There are critical moments when you just need that next step, in terms of poise.” Chris Bates men’s head coach

Tar Heel Tutton’s three goals, including the go-ahead score, matched the three of Princeton’s star senior midfielder Tom Schreiber. The three-time all-American added three assists, including a beautiful pass through UNC’s defense to find junior attackman Mike MacDonald at the 9:41 mark in the third quarter. Schreiber’s point streak continues, and his point totals of 86 goals and 82 assists continue

CORRECTION Due to an editing error, the front page photograph “Keystone Protest” inaccurately described how long the protest went on for. The protest went on for 20 minutes. Due to an editing error, the March 7 article “Princeton in the Middle East program to send postgraduate fellows abroad” misidentified the name of the reporter. The story was written by Sharon Deng. The ‘Prince’ regrets the errors.

to mark what will undoubtedly be a historic career. But if in this, his final season, he manages to lead his team victorious through its biggest games, he will be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest. “Tom’s a playmaker,” Bates explained. “And you can tell that when the game’s on the line, his blood pressure is sky high in a good way. He helped get us back in the way. There are times when I look at him and I think, ‘Wow, I didn’t coach that.’ But Tom wants to win games like this. And he wants a couple plays back, because that’s the sort of competitor he is. That’s what makes him a special player.” UNC’s ability to ride clears produced five turnovers for the light blue offense. These few plays helped the Tar Heels establish the edge between what were two squads very close in talent. “There are critical moments where you just need that next step, in terms of poise,” Bates said. “Playing an ACC team and a top-ten team, you’ve gotta do that.” Scoring totals of nine and 11 over the past two contests have seen a Princeton offense just a shade shy of its 12.07 per game average last year, though the Tigers have shown improved offensive depth this year. “It’s constantly evolving,” Bates said of the offense. “We had a plan going in to an entire second unit: six guys coming on the field. But the

flow of the game just didn’t lend itself to doing that. We’ve got some guys waiting in the wings who have been doing great things in practice. But we’ve got a pretty short bench. I’m not playing a lot of guys. I don’t think it hurt us today, but as the season wears on, I think we need to get some more guys and a deeper rotation.” Bates also noted that he placed sophomore midfielder Jake Froccaro at attack late in the game. The sophomore drew a long stick defender where junior attackman Will Rotatori often matched up against a short stick. That adjustment in personnel may be worth consideration moving forward, in this writer’s opinion. This coming Saturday, Princeton will host Penn in both sides’ first game of league play. The Quakers proved themselves to a dangerous side with a 12-10 upset home win over then No. 6 Denver on March 1. Faceoff between these top Ivy teams will be at 3 p.m. on the Class of 1952 Stadium’s Sherrerd Field. Women lose to Brown for first time since 1991 In what turned out to be a trying weekend for Princeton lacrosse, the No. 16 women looked to begin Ivy League play on a positive note. Beating Brown had become more or less a formality for Princeton, which had won 23 consecutive matchups in this

series. The Rhode Island side has occupied the bottom half of the league table for the past several years. However, at Providence’s Stevenson Field the Bears (4-0) managed an overtime upset win over the Tigers (1-3) by a 14-13 margin. An equal 16 shots came for both sides in the first halfhour period, but the visiting Tigers team held a 11-7 lead going into halftime. The Bears battled back, however, with a 6-0 scoring run that opened at the 29:01 mark in the second half and lasted nearly 20 minutes.

“We’re going to watch that tape, and it’s going to make us sick to our stomachs.” Chris Bates men’s head coach

With the Tigers trailing 13-12, freshman midfielder Anna Doherty took and converted a free position shot — this more or less equates with a penalty shot in soccer — to equalize with just over a minute to play. This goal marked her sixth of the year and eighth point.

Neither team would break the deadlock during regulation. Brown’s Bre Hudgins found the net for her third goal of the day with 0:32 left in the first sudden-victory overtime period. In the second period, Princeton converted only one of nine free position opportunities. Brown’s Kellie Roddy, who managed a fairly spectacular nine saves in the second half, deserves credit for stopping four of these nine penalty attempts. Still, the Tigers will wish to have some of those shots back. Sophomore attack Alexandra Bruno continued to demonstrate a scoring touch. She notched a hat trick on the day and her nine goals lead the Tigers through four games. Senior goalie Caroline Franke, who has started in all four Princeton contests, yielded her spot in the crease to junior Annie Woehling after 44 minutes of play had elapsed. Franke recorded 10 goals against and three saves, while Woehling notched only one save to Brown’s four goals against. It is very likely that after this loss, the Princeton side which was ranked No. 16 by the Coaches’ Poll and No. 19 by the Brine Women’s Media Poll, will fall out of the top 20. Although a difficult schedule has pitted the Tigers against top competition, they will need to rediscover their winning ways if they hope to keep pace in a winnable Ivy League.

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Sports Shorts Men’s hockey: Tigers win overtime thriller, but lose playoff series Princeton men’s hockey (625 overall, 4-18 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) was not expected to make much of a splash in the ECAC playoffs. Sitting at the bottom of the league table, they drew against No. 24 Clarkson (19-15-4, 11-92) to whom they had lost two games earlier this year by an aggregate 7-4 margin. In what was one of the most impressive wins of their fairly disappointing season, the Tigers pulled off an overtime upset at Potsdam’s Cheel Arena. Drawn 2-2 after 60 minutes of regulation, the teams looked toward an extra 20 minutes of play. As so often happened throughout the season, senior winger Andrew Ammon provided the scoring touch at the 12:02 mark. With assists from classmate and center Andrew Calof and sophomore winger Jonathan Liau, he notched the goal which gave his team the improbable victory. Remarkably, the defeated Golden Knights emerged from the first evening of series play having outshot the visiting Tigers by a 41-29 margin. Freshman goalie Colton Phinney, who has shared starts with senior Sean Bonar, recorded a 39 saves across three periods and an overtime period. The following night the Tigers struggled to muster offense and ended up without a goal in a 4-0 Clarkson victory. Bonar got the start between the pipes, but despite tallying 33 saves across three frames, left his final collegiate game with a loss. He faced a total of 37 Clarkson shots, while his team managed 24 attempts on goal. The final game of the series Sunday night echoed the score of the first game, but reversed the outcome. Clarkson won a close 3-2 contest to move on to the next round of the ECAC playoffs.

Princeton drew level in the middle frame with a goal from sophomore defender Kyle Rankin, who made the score 2-2. But Clarkson struck back soon after with a game winner at the 12:49 mark in the second period. Despite the last second efforts of the Tigers and a fairly even shot total, the visitors were unable to pull off what would have been a remarkable series. Despite a season replete with tough losses and losing a strong graduating class, Princeton men’s hockey hopes their roster will improve with a year of experience. Men’s volleyball: Princeton falls to Harvard in second five-set match between the two teams this season Princeton extended its fivematch win streak with a 3-1 victory over Sacred Heart (712 overall, 2-6 EIVA) at Dillon Gymnasium. The Tigers (9-5, 6-2) played a somewhat sloppy match, hitting .214 overall and losing the first set to the sixth place EIVA team. They survived a set point in the fourth, ultimately ending the match with a 27-25 win. Junior middle blocker Will Siroky hit .545 on 11 attempts, while freshman setter Chris Kennedy notched 36 assists. Harvard limped into Dillon Saturday having suffered an unlikely straight set pounding at the hands of otherwise mediocre George Mason the previous night. But the Crimson (9-5, 7-2) brought its Agame for the Tigers and won the last two sets en route to a 3-2 victory. The teams first split a pair of 25-20 sets, then a pair at 25-18. The fifth set was tied 12-12, until Harvard mustered up one last run. The team hit just .163 combined, while Siroky was again the most efficient Tiger. Outside hitters junior Cody Kessel and senior Pat Schwagler shared the match-high total with 16 kills each. Kennedy had 44

assists and freshman middle blocker Junior Oboh contributed nine blocks, but Harvard’s cleaner play gave them the win. Princeton is off for midterm week, before playing seven road matches over spring break. Women’s water polo: Princeton moves to 14-0 with trio of victories at Harvard Invitational The No. 8 Tigers escaped late runs to defeated No. 19 Hartwick and Iona on Saturday in Cambridge. Princeton (14-0) jumped out to a 7-2 lead through three quarters against Hartwick (9-7) behind two goals apiece from junior utility Ashley Hatcher and senior utilities Molly McBee and Katie Rigler. But the Hawks stormed back with five straight goals before sophomore utility Diana Murphy gave the Tigers an 8-7 win. Princeton managed a 6-3 halftime advantage against Iona (3-9), behind sophomore goalie Ashleigh Johnson’s incredible 14 saves. She would end up with 19, one shy of her single game program record from earlier this season. Iona got to within two multiple times, but no closer, as the Tigers held on for a 9-7 win. McBee scored a career-high four goals and the team’s leading scorer Rigler added two. Princeton finished the weekend with the season’s fourth victory over a ranked opponent, No. 18 Santa Clara, by a score of 14-11. Princeton again jumped out to a halftime advantage, 7-4, widening it to 10-6 going into the final period. Like the Gaels the previous day, the Broncos outscored the Tigers by a goal in the fourth quarter but could not really scare the top-ranked East Coast team. Murphy and Hatcher both notched hat tricks, while four others netted a pair of goals. Princeton resumes play next weekend in sunny San Diego.

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by major decision and fall, respectively, in his next two matches had Krop just one match shy of wrestling for third place, in a bracket where the top four automatically qualify to wrestle at NCAA’s in Oklahoma City. Facing nationally ranked Cody Ruggirello of Hofstra, though, Krop dropped a 7-4 decision, which placed him in the fifth place bout. After claiming fifth with a win over Navy’s Alex Johnson, Krop will have to wait and see if he receives an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore 157-pounder Kevin Moylan and freshman Ray O’Donnell both found their way to the podium, as the two underclassmen finished eighth in their respective weight classes. Continuing what has been a strong freshman campaign, 184-pounder Brett Harner dropped a tough overtime loss in the quarterfinals on Saturday to Harvard’s Cameron Croy. But three consolation matches later, Harner found himself wrestling against Croy again, where he defeated him 3-2 for fifth place. While the top four wrestlers at 184 pounds receive automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament, Harner will join Krop in seeing whether he receives an at-large

bid to Oklahoma City in two weeks. The ultimate bright spot for the Tigers was sophomore 197-pounder Abram Ayala, who entered this weekend ranked No. 20 in the nation and as the sixth seed in the tournament. Two victories in his first two matches made Ayala the only Princeton wrestler to reach the EIWA semifinals, but losses to Cornell’s Jack Bennett and Navy’s Paul Rands saw Ayala wrestling for fifth on Sunday, which he earned via medical forfeit. Despite his semifinal loss on Saturday, Ayala had already clinched a berth to the NCAA Tournament, as the top seven wrestlers at 197 pounds receive automatic bids to Oklahoma City.


After a successful season, the Princeton wrestlers fell just short of expectations at EIWA finals.

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at bat. When a sac fly from sophomore shortstop Billy Arendt plated Baer, the Tigers had a 4-0 lead. They added three more runs while senior Jonathan York, a utility player who made his second appearance on the hill Friday, went four scoreless innings to secure the 7-3 victory. Saturday was a day of mixed results. Sophomore pitcher Cam Mingo, expected to be the anchor of the Tigers’ rotation, made his season debut, letting up two runs in two innings in the first game. Sophomore Luke Streiber relived him but could not hold off the Wolverines, allowing three tworun innings in four innings of work. A third sophomore, Chris Bodurian, rounded out

the day with two scoreless frames, but the offense mustered only two runs to Michigan’s eight. As if designed to restore faith in Princeton’s pitchers, the nightcap saw two freshmen, Keelan Smithers and Bryce Keller, combine for just three earned runs in nine innings (Keller pitched four innings and got the win). Meanwhile, the Tigers exploded for 14 hits. Keller went three for five in the leadoff spot, Baer was two for five with two RBI and a triple, and Hernandez knocked in a run as DH while freshman Zack Belski saw time at first and went two for three. Two errors made the game close, but the Tigers pulled it out 6-5. Yet another freshman pitcher, Chad Powers, started the series finale. Chased in the sixth by two runs which tied the game, he went five

complete innings and allowed just four hits, another sign that the bullpen will survive the losses of Zak Hermans ’13 and senior Mike Ford. Michigan added two more runs in the seventh, however, and managed to keep the Tigers quiet, winning 4-2 and splitting the series. The Tigers will next see action in Greensboro, N.C. for a three-day, three-game set against UNC-Greensboro next Saturday to Monday. Women split double-header at Finney-Campbell Field The softball team’s tournament in Maryland was cancelled due to field conditions, but the Tigers (1-6) were able to schedule a Saturday double-header with Hartford, making for an impromptu, early home opener at a patch of pieced-together turf on Finney-Campbell Field.

Hartford (2-4) got four runs off of Princeton freshman starter Claire Klausner in the first two innings in the first game. The score remained 4-0 until the fourth, when sophomore first baseman Emily Viggers’ leadoff single started a four-run rally. Junior infielder Alyssa Schmidt and freshman infielder Haley Hineman both singled in runs, and, in an impressive display of speed, Hineman stole home to knot the game at four. Klausner was picked off at second and junior centerfielder Rachel Rendina was caught stealing to end the rally. After Hartford responded with a run, Princeton manufactured another in the next frame, as senior catcher Maddie Cousens singled with an RBI to tie the game up again. Two scoreless frames turned the game to extra

innings, where each inning began with a runner placed on second per extra-inning rules. Hartford scored its runner with a sac bunt and a sac fly, plating the go-ahead run without recording a hit in the eighth inning. Thus, though Klausner retired the side in order in the final inning of her extra-innings complete game, she was saddled with the loss after the Tigers failed to answer in the bottom half. Princeton got its revenge in the second half of the twinbill, again putting up four runs in an inning. With two outs and no runs on the board for either side in the third, the Tigers got singles from Rendina, Schmidt and junior catcher Cara Worden, who went two for three in the game. In what was surely the highlight of her young career, freshman outfielder

Marissa Reynolds came to the plate with two outs and belted a grand slam, which proved to be the game-winner. Hartford got one run back in the top of the fourth, but it was the only chink to appear in Princeton’s armor. Sophomore pitcher Shanna Christian, working her way back from an offseason injury, allowed no more runs over her three innings of work. Her fellow righty Meredith Brown kept the Hawks scoreless through the first three frames, and freshman Erica Nori notched her first career save to give the Tigers their first win of 2014. The Tigers will play 13 games in California over the next two weeks before they first take their actual home field, Class of 1895 Field, against Monmouth on March 26.

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the game were played exceptionally close, with neither team holding more than a five point advantage over the other during that interval. Bray, as he is apt to do, scored 15 points in the last 15 minutes to guide his team to victory. He did not turn the ball over all game, even as the Lions implemented a full-court press in the last few minutes. He and the rest of the Tigers were brilliant all night, running plays to perfection and finding passing lanes the Columbia defense did not even know existed. Bray ended up with 25, one shy of his career high, on 8-12 shooting with three steals. More importantly, he thoroughly outplayed Columbia’s forward and leading scorer Alex Rosenberg, keeping him to 25 percent shooting and scoring at will on offense. Bray is now a mere .2 points per game down on Rosenberg and Yale’s Justin Sears in the Ivy League scoring race. A 23-point performance against Penn on Tuesday will give him the crown, Princeton’s first in over 40 years! It’ll also make him part of the program’s 1,000 career point club, alongside legends like Bill Bradley ’65, Ian Hummer ’13, Kit Mueller ’91, Brian Earl ’84, and Steve Goodrich ’98. “When anybody that gets an opportunity to do something special like score 1,000 points and be recognized by his peers — that’s important to me,” Henderson said. “But what’s far more important is the kind of teammate that T.J. is, how he makes his teammates better, how he shows up for practice every day. You can point to him on any given day and just say, ‘Do it like he does it.’” The statistics ended up around Princeton’s season average for most categories, including the 45.3 percent shooting overall, 35.3 percent from deep, 36 rebounds, 15 assists, 34 rebounds allowed and 42.4

percent shooting allowed. The win, however, was anything but normal. Columbia is a good team, ranked just outside the top 100 in most computer ratings. Beating them by double digits on their own floor is certainly Princeton’s biggest accomplishment of 2014. “We just ran the same stuff they did, except ours is a little faster, a little harder, and we’ve been doing it for a long time, so it’s nice to see it pay off,” said Wilson, whose 16 points on 6-7 shooting equaled his career best from the previous night.

“[This is] the best they’ve played defensively as a unit.” women’s head coach Courtney Banghart

If the team played this well for every single league game, it would easily handle every team not named Harvard and quite possibly steal a game from the Crimson. In any case, we’ll probably get to enjoy the Tigers some more in either the CBI or CIT postseason tournaments, where they will be serious threats for the title. But before any of that happens, Princeton will finish the regular season tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at Jadwin. It will be the last home game for the senior class, so take a quick study break and make it a special night for the players that helped Princeton win 68 percent of its games these last four seasons! Women easily handle Cornell and Columbia to set up winner take all finale against Penn Princeton took care of business this weekend with two comfortable victories to ensure at least second place in

the league and an appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Playing Cornell at Jadwin on Friday, the Tigers (20-7 overall, 11-2 Ivy League) never trailed en route to a 69-46 win. The next night saw them absolutely destroy Columbia 92-48. Penn beat the same teams this weekend and shares Princeton’s league lead. The two teams meet at Jadwin Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to the NCAA tournament. When asked how she keeps her team from thinking too far ahead, head coach Courtney Banghart said, “It’s easier for me since I’m not smart enough to retain more than one game at a time. I just lean on my upperclassmen for that. Our senior captains are responsible for what happens on the floor on game day, and they’ve done a really good job of keeping the team focused on a night to night basis.” Princeton scored eight straight to open the game against Cornell (14-14, 6-8), and the lead left single digits for good just six minutes in. The Tigers played some of their best defense of the season in the first half, allowing the Big Red just 17 points on pitiful 20.8 percent shooting. It was that early defense that made the difference, as Princeton only outscored Cornell by three points in the second half and shot a below average 40 percent from the field for the game. The Tigers held +6 and +14 turnover and rebounding margins, respectively. Sophomore forward Alex Wheatley put up a gamehigh 14 points and three blocks. Senior guard and co-captain Nicole Hung doubled her previous season best with 12 points and added more season bests with five rebounds, two assists and two steals, in one of her last games ever at Jadwin. “[This is] the best they’ve played defensively as a unit,” Banghart said about her squad. “Cornell runs a lot of scripted stuff, so you have to be able to defend as a fivesome, and that’s what we did. We had a lot of people help us

out tonight.” Columbia (6-22, 3-11) had not known victory in its 11 games against Princeton since 2009 and, as the second worst team in the league, had little hope of hanging with the Tigers. It took about five minutes for Princeton to heat up, before an 8-0 run cracked the game open for good. The score was 46-22 at the half behind sophomore Michelle Miller’s 13 points. Unlike the previous night, there was no letting up in this one, as the team rolled to its highest margin of victory this year. The 58 rebounds were Princeton’s most in at least three years, including 21 offensive boards, as many as Columbia had defensively. The Tigers shot 48.6 percent overall, while holding the Lions to 29.8 percent. Four of them reached double-digit scoring and four had at least eight rebounds. Senior cocaptain Kristen Helmstetter was

in both groups, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Annie Tarakchian was nearly her equal with 14 points and eight boards. Penn has obviously been quite good this year, as its overall and conference records would suggest. The Quakers have not, however, been nearly as dominant as the Tigers in league play. Some of it is due to their slow pace, but the bottom line is that Penn outscores its league opponents by ten points a game, while Princeton has outscored its Ancient Eight competitors by nearly 20. The Quakers have a pretty mediocre offense, scoring just 64 points per game on 40.2 percent shooting. They shoot well from beyond the arc, leading the league at 37.1 percent, but take the third fewest threes of any team. Where Penn shines, though, is on defense. Here it is among the country’s best with 53.4

points allowed per game on 32.9 percent shooting. The Quakers also hold slight rebounding and turnover advantages relative to their opponents. They are led by the highest scoring trio in the league of guard Alyssa Baron, center Sydney Stipanovich and forward Kara Bonenberger, who each average more than 11 points per game. The senior captain Baron is third in the conference at 15.3 points and 3.7 assists per game, while the rookie Stipanovich is second in rebounding at 9.1 boards per contest and an incredible sixth in the country at 3.6 blocks per game. Do not let the docile mascot fool you — these Quakers have torn teams apart, including a 67-38 evisceration of 21-7 Harvard. They’ll visit Jadwin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday night to try and stop Princeton’s streak of four straight conference crowns.


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Men, women fall to UNC, Brown in heartbreakers

By Andrew Steele sports editor


Sophomore midfielder Jake Froccaro had a goal and an assist in his team’s losing home effort against the Tar Heels.

Tar Heels edge Tigers in primetime matchup An electric atmosphere filled the Class of 1952 Stadium, where 1,717 fans attended a heavyweight bout between No. 14 Princeton (2-2) and No. 8 North Carolina (4-1). This primetime contest was billed to refresh a rivalry marked by close games and a high level of play. While the Tigers’ level of play was high, the Tar Heels just edged out the home side with a 13-11 light blue victory. In many ways, the result of Friday’s UNC 13 game resembles PRINCETON 11 the product of last year’s thrilling contest, which the home North Carolina side won by a 16-15 margin. Early March is hardly the time to decide a team’s fate. However, this contest appeared to hold a great deal of import for both the Tigers and Tar Heels. Both teams came out of the previous weekend with home losses to ranked opponents, and both programs have reputations incongruous with two-game losing streaks. Even having faced an incredibly high level of competition, the second consecutive home loss will give head coach Chris Bates, his staff and his players a great deal to consider as they move toward league play. In the words of Bates, “Everything was correctable.”

Five games against UNC have resulted in five defeats in Coach Bates’ tenure. What’s more, these games have been decided by a mere combined nine goals, with three stinging one-goal losses. This loss to the Tar Heels was no less heartbreaking. “We’re going to watch that tape,” Bates said postgame, “And it’s going to make us sick to our stomach. That’s a good team. We’d like to play them again, if we could. But I figure that we’ve gotta forge on. There’s a lot of positives to be taken. But that doesn’t make us feel better right now. It’s going to be a hard film to watch tonight.” BROWN 14 The fifth year PRINCETON 13 head coach highlighted some encouraging play to take away from the loss. Sophomore Matt O’Connor received the start for the first time this season. His 12 saves – some of which were particularly outstanding – ties his career high. “We decided to stay with him, which wasn’t the plan,” Bates explained. “We thought that he gave us the best chance to win. And I think [senior] Brian [Kavanagh] understood that. I’m happy for him. He stood tall and had a pretty good game.” Additionally, Bates pointed to the high level of play provided by his close defenders. The unit of sophomore Mark Strabo and freshmen Will Reynolds and Bear Goldstein held See LAX page 5



Princeton’s ballers earn 4 strong wins

Ayala earns lone automatic NCAA qualifying bid with EIWA finish

By Eddie Owens associate sports editor

Men sweep Cornell and Columbia on the road, ensure .500 record in conference If only the Tigers could have played this well the entire conference season. CORNELL 51 Princeton (19PRINCETON 91 8 overall, 7-6 Ivy League) COLUMBIA 64 played two of PRINCETON 74 its best games of the season this weekend with wins over Cornell and Columbia. Playing in Ithaca Friday night, the Tigers turned in their best shooting performance in a 91-51 rout of the Big Red (2-26, 1-13). In a crucial matchup the following night, they got revenge for Columbia’s (19-12, 8-6) first win

at Jadwin Gymnasium in 21 years with their own 74-64 victory in New York City. Princeton’s win over Cornell set a season best for points scored in a game and was the widest margin of victory for the Tigers in an Ivy League game since they beat the same team in the same gym in 1991. Princeton scored the first 25 points of the contest, and the margin was never fewer than 14 points after that. The team shot 64.2 percent overall, its best rate in two years. Even more impressive was the 14 for 23 performance from three, by far a season’s best. The Tigers outrebounded the Big Red 33-26 and notched 23 assists, another season high. Senior guard and captain T.J. Bray tied senior forward Will Barrett with a game-high 21 points. Barrett shot

a perfect eight for eight overall, making him just the fourth Tiger ever to record a perfect shooting night with at least eight attempts. The outburst also snapped an eight game PRINCETON 69 streak of scorCORNELL 46 ing less than his season avPRINCETON 74 erage. FreshCOLUMBIA 64 man guard Spencer Weisz grabbed a career high 12 boards, most in a single game by anyone this year. Junior guard Clay Wilson dropped a career high 16 points and added three assists. “Open shots and moving the ball — I think we did a good job of that tonight,” head coach Mitch Henderson ’98 said. “Guys were sharing the ball from the very beginning of the game. We’ve been a

good shooting team, I just haven’t seen the ball go in as much lately.” The win against Columbia gives Princeton a chance to tie the Lions for third place in the Ivy League and also significantly betters its postseason chances. The Tigers jumped out to a 10-point lead after 11 minutes only to see it cut to one five minutes later. They rallied back, though, and took a 32-24 advantage into the locker room. The score was an eerily similar 35-27 at the half a month ago in Princeton, before a second half letdown gave Columbia the win. This time, the Lions cut the lead to five three times in the first five minutes, before Princeton went on an eight-point run that Columbia could never make back. The last 12 minutes of See B-BALL page 7


On the road and at Finney-Campbell Field, men and women earn first wins By Stephen Wood senior writer


The Tigers can take plenty of positives away from weekend’s split series against Michigan.­

Tigers find offense and defense in Florida series against Michigan It’s always nice to get that first win under your belt. And though MICHIGAN 3 this part of the season PRINCETON 7 is comparable to spring training, a period of pracMICHIGAN 8 tice before the Ivy League PRINCETON 2 schedule begins, both the baseball and softball MICHIGAN 5 teams now have their first PRINCETON 6 wins. Playing at the New York MICHIGAN 4 Mets’ spring training faPRINCETON 2 cility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the baseball team (2-5) met the Michigan Wolverines for the first time in a century. The

Wolverines (6-10-1) came in with two more weeks of play under their belt, but the Tigers held their own, splitting the four-game weekend set. Friday’s matchup went PRINCETON 4 to Princeton thanks chiefHARTFORD 1 ly to senior left-handed pitcher Michael Fagan, PRINCETON 5 who pitched five no-hit inHARTFORD 6 nings. The Wolverines got to him for three runs in the sixth, but he left the game having struck out 10 batters while walking only two and allowing just three hits. The Tigers had already put up four runs in the second with a rally started by freshman first baseman Nick Hernandez. Another rookie, right fielder Danny Baer, knocked in two runs with a double, and senior centerfielder Alec Keller singled in a run in the next See BASEBALL page 7

By Jack Rogers associate sports editor

A weekend of high hopes for the wrestling team came up short of overall expectations this weekend at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships in Philadelphia. While five of the Tigers’ 10 representatives found their way to the podium, unfortunate breaks and circumstantial matchups gave Princeton only one automatic NCAA qualifier. Facing stiff competition at the lower weights, the Tigers were unable to medal in the first three weight classes. Junior 125-pounder Ryan Cash fell in his first match to Lehigh’s Darian Cruz, and after winning his first consolation match was knocked off by Chris McGinley of Boston University. Senior 133-pounder Garrett Frey dropped two straight matches after a decisive 9-4 win over Brown’s Anthony Finocchiaro in one of the tournament’s opening matches. In a season filled with close matches against top-ranked opponents, freshman 141-pounder Jordan Laster picked up two victories in his first EIWA Tournament outing. Laster would fall to Tyler Rauenzahn of Army by a score of 8-3 in the wrestlebacks, just one match shy of placing in the top eight. Sophomore Judd Ziegler experienced similar disappointment to Laster at 165 pounds, where Ziegler fell to the tournament’s fourth seed before winning two consolation matches to have a shot at placing in the top eight. But an 11-6 loss to Devon Gobbo of Harvard ended Ziegler’s chances at qualifying for nationals. In his final EIWA appearance, senior Ryan Callahan won two matches and lost two, coming up two matches short of a place on the podium. At 149 pounds, high hopes for junior Adam Krop started to dwindle on Saturday, as the Maryland native dropped his quarterfinal bout to move to the consolation bracket. Wins See WRESTLING page 6

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