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In Opinion The exiting graduate student board looks ahead at ways to continue improving graduate student interests, and the Editorial Board suggests ways to improve the room draw process. PAGE 4

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March 13, 1979 The U-council voted against a moratorium on University investment in banks that make loans to South Africa’s government. The vote also approved a similar resolution from the Resources Committee.

News & Notes Yale to offer online education program for prospective physician associates

Yale plans to expand online education with a “blended” program in the physician associates program, according to The Yale Daily News. Physician associates are healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine with doctors. The online degree option carries the same weight and price as a Yale campus degree. Yale School of Medicine faculty approve the PA program’s on-site clinical locations and teach the online curriculum. Program director James Van Rhee described the new platform as comparable in quality to traditional methods of teaching. “The blended program would provide the same didactic and clinical training that on-campus students receive, with key improvements such as immersive, interactive course videos that all of our students — both those in the traditional program and in the new blended program — can review as often as they want,” Van Rhee said. Yale plans to partner with 2U, an educational platform that integrates on-site clinical experience with an online curriculum that has previously collaborated with universities including Georgetown and Northwestern. 2U’s technology would allow students to access live classes, coursework and interact face-to-face with peers and Yale faculty. The PA program is pending approval by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.


The Graduate Student Government announced its new executive committee at its meeting on Wednesday.

New Graduate Student Government elected By Catherine Offord contributor

Akshay Mehra GS, a graduate student in the geosciences department, was elected president of the Graduate Student Government, GSG announced at its Wednesday meeting. He joins newly elected secretary Katie Wolf GS, treasurer Mike Hepler GS, special events officer Liz Davison GS and returning vice president Mircea Davidescu. The meeting marked the end of a challenging year for the previous GSG officer corps, which was burdened with repeated delays in the construction of Lakeside Housing Project, the new graduate housing site. High on the agenda this year will be plans to strengthen ties among graduate students across the University to create what Mehra said should be “a sense of a large community beyond individual departments.” One proposal, also discussed by last year’s committee, is the

introduction of a new on-campus graduate center. In contrast to the Debasement Bar, located in the basement of the Graduate College on the far side of the local golf course, the new establishment would provide a central, on-campus venue for people to socialize after work. “It’s crucial that we have a space,” Mehra said. Members of the new officer corps interviewed also said they hope to increase engagement both among graduate students and between GSG and the graduate student community, with only 351 of 2,697 total graduate students taking the time to vote. “One of the things I think is a big issue is that there is a lack of involvement or cohesion within the graduate student community,” Mehra, who ran unopposed in this year’s elections, said. He was motivated to run for the position in order to create a more cohesive voice for graduate students at the University, he said. Currently in its 26th year, GSG

comprises the executive board as well as representatives from each academic department and program. Its work over the years has included negotiating health plans and housing benefits for graduate students at the University. Involvement in this year’s elections was low, even by historical standards. Of the five positions open to election earlier this month, only one — treasurer — presented the option of more than one candidate. Moreover, just 13 percent of the graduate student population cast votes during the week-long voting period, down from over 20 percent last year and nearly 50 percent in 2013. A probable factor in this year’s turnout was the lack of competition for positions, outgoing president Sean Edington GS said. Voting for one candidate in favor of “abstain” or “disapprove of all candidates” certainly draws less attention than a race between two or more people, he explained. See GSG page 2

A proposal for an ethnography certificate program has been submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College. All of the members of the faculty in the anthropology department either did not respond to requests for comment or declined to comment on the potential certificate program until it is formally voted on and accepted or rejected. Deputy Dean of the College Clayton Marsh ’85 declined to comment, as did University spokesperson Martin Mbugua, who noted that review of the proposal is ongoing. Anthropology majors supported the potential institution of a certificate program in ethnography, which is the study of human cultures and races. Divya Farias ’15 said she thought the certificate would be relevant to students outside anthropology who could apply lessons from ethnography in other ways. “I think it’s a great idea,” Farias said, adding the certificate pro-

gram could be helpful to students pursuing independent work. “I have talked to a lot of other students that are not in the anthropology department that are really interested in ethnographic methods.” Aleksandra Taranov ’15 said she thought ethnography is key to the study of anthropology as well as being relevant to other disciplines. Olivia McShea ’15 said ethnography was her favorite part of anthropology and that it should be a certificate. Norman Stolzoff, president of Ethnographic Insight, a company that applies anthropological methods to marketing research, explained that ethnography is relevant in a number of contexts. As well as being a field of academic study, ethnography can be easily applied to business, he said. “It’s basically taking the tools of cultural anthropology and the research methodologies and branding it under the name of ethnography, but it includes a host of different techniques,” Stolzoff said. “I’d say the hallmark See ETHNOGRAPHY page 2


Liechtenstein Institute roundtable discusses Catalan indepedence By Layla Malamut contributor

Self-determination may shatter states since national movements for independence often culminate in tensions and conflicts among subgroups, Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, the founding director of the Liechtenstein Institute on SelfDetermination at the University, argued at a Thursday roundtable discussion on the question of Catalan independence. Catalonia has been part of Spain since it was established in the 15th century. There was a resurgence of Catalan national identity and the beginnings of a movement for separatism from the monar-

chy since Catalonia’s democracy was restored in the 1970s after the Franco dictatorship. “There is the idea in Catalonia that the individual man, woman and child has the right to, in the very Wilsonian sense, find the two dimensions of self-determination,” Danspeckgruber said. Danspeckgruber explained the “possibility for a people to determine their destiny.” He discussed the two forms of self-determination that Catalonia aspired towards, contrasting the internal issues of the form of self-governance with the external orientation, including one’s own alliance and status within the international See LISD page 3


Office of Human Resources defines essential personnel By Doug Wallack contributor

When a delayed opening or a campus closing is announced due to severe weather, essential personnel are often the only group of employees required to come to work. The Office of Human Resources defines essential services employees generally as those who “perform jobs that are necessary and required to maintain basic University operations during scheduled closures or unscheduled suspension of normal operations due to emergencies, events, or other situations.” The designation is not based on an employee’s department but generally includes workers in Building Services, Dining Services and a limited number of Frist Campus Center and University Library employees. In the event of severe weather, the University might send an email by approximately 6 a.m. delaying opening for non-essential personnel or advising them to stay home for the day. By

that time, many essential personnel will have already arrived on campus. Non-essential personnel is often determined on a caseby-case basis, according to the University’s Office of Human Resources website. Administrators and faculty are often considered non-essential personnel, but there are no absolute standards. Building Services janitor Ernest Brooks said that, even with snow, his early morning drive into campus is usually fine, as few other people are on the road at that time. When the University calls off non-essential personnel, it pays essential personnel for their travel time in addition to overtime, he added, noting employees are not penalized if the weather is so bad that they cannot report to work. “[The University is] fair with us,” Brooks said. Travel credentials provided by the University are meant to prevent essential personnel from being ticketed should they be pulled over during their commutes, Dining Services employee Heather Parker explained, See PERSONNEL page 3


Essential staff on campus include workers in Building Services and Dining Services, among others.

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is participant observation, which is the observational, experiential form of doing social science research.” When asked why he thought a certificate in ethnography would benefit the University, Stolzoff said ethnography is the practical application of anthropology. “All too often, anthropology departments have been very strong in the theoretical study of anthropology with not enough emphasis on how anthropology can be used in the world to impact organizations, to impact companies, to be a part of the process of innovation and design,” he explained. Students not majoring in an-

thropology could also benefit from studying ethnography, he added. “There are so many fields that can benefit from the holistic experience and methodology of observing context and interacting with people from different backgrounds and having a way to interpret and analyze that in ways that are beneficial, in ways that we can make changes that benefit all of us,” Stolzoff noted. While the ethnography certificate would organize ethnography into a formal course of study, the University has offered a number of ethnography courses in the past and is offering three this semester. The three offered this semester are ANT 301: The Ethnographer’s Craft, ANT 407: Ethnography of Law and SOC 550: Oral History and Ethnography.


However, political apathy among the University’s graduate population cannot be completely explained by the lack of competition for positions. Similar concerns were raised by GSG officers in an April 2012 Daily Princetonian article, which experienced a comparably low turnout despite a competition for the position of president. Edington said he believes there are more complicated, “structural” reasons contributing to low engagement in GSG politics. “For most graduate students, the reality is that you come in from off-campus housing, you go to your department — which is usually around the fringe of the campus — and then you go back,” he said. “That removes a powerful

motivation to get involved, and it also makes it less convenient to get involved.” For some, there may be more to it than a decentralized population. Max Hirschberger GS, a resident of Stanworth Apartments, said that he viewed the GSG as having “almost zero influence.” “I don’t think they did a bad job with Lakeside,” he said. “They tried to communicate, but it sounded a bit like they were saying ‘Let’s just make sure nobody can say we didn’t do anything.’ ” Davidescu, the returning vice president who worked with Edington and the administration on rent forgiveness for students stranded by delays to Lakeside’s construction, said the disillusionment with the GSG’s ability to effect change is fairly common. “People assume that if the administration wants to, they can just ignore us,” he said. “That is


definitely not the impression that we have got working here and with the USG. We’re trying our best to improve that.” Surveys and polls on housing and transport issues throughout the year have much better response rates than elections, he added, noting that GSG is therefore still able to work with the administration on behalf of students. However, there is certainly room for improvement in the transparency of communication between administration and the graduate population, Wolf, the incoming secretary, noted. “Some of the communication to graduate students about the process could have been a bit more clear,” she said of delays at Lakeside. “We need to be kept informed. We need to know when things are happening.” GSG also has plans to improve transit between campus and

graduate student housing, as service is currently infrequent or in some cases unavailable over weekends and University holidays, he said. Davison, the incoming special events officer, is a first-year graduate student and said she ran for the position after Hepler recruited her. Hepler said he had been previously involved in GSG in other capacities and was proud of social events he helped to put on in the past. Mehra said he hopes that better access to campus, combined with greater incentives to remain there outside working hours, will result in a more cohesive and more involved graduate community. “There are 2,700 graduate students,” Mehra said. “That’s more than half of the undergraduate population. It would be nice to have a level of engagement that mirrors that.”

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Midterms week winds down but some students still sequestered themselves in Marquand Library on Thursday evening.

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as the work of keeping the grounds safe, students fed and libraries running must continue. “The State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania identify specific job functions that may be eligible for a travel restriction exemption,” Uni-

versity spokesperson Martin Mbugua said. “The University provides eligible essential services employees with appropriate travel documentation or credentials for use when they are required to report to work during a travel ban.” The University provides essential personnel with meals in the dining halls and at Frist, Building Services janitor Ryan Rick-Wag-

ner said. If they are needed overnight, the Frist Multipurpose Room and other spaces on campus can be transformed into impromptu bunk rooms with cots and blankets, he added. On rare occasions, the University also puts up essential personnel in a local hotel, Parker said. “I think they make an effort to take care of everybody,” she said.



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community. “There is an overwhelming majority in favor of a referendum to decide the political future of Catalonia,” said politics and Wilson School professor Carles Boix. “Consistently for the last years, it has been only about 25 percent of the population, or even less, who have opposed this referendum.” Despite a majority of Catalans in favor of voting on the state of their political future, the Spanish government still denies the national character of Catalonia and denies their right to organize this referendum, according to Albert Royo, the Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia. “The Spanish constitution is one of the few, if not the only one, that foresees a government that can act against its own people,” said Royo. Royo explained that in 2010, the Spanish government deleted the sentence that recognized Catalonia as a nation in the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia. In turn, Catalan public opinion grew increasingly

in favor of holding a referendum to decide whether Catalonia should become an independent state from Spain. Francesc Vendrell, mediatorin-residence in the UN political affairs department and international relations professor at Johns Hopkins, asked whether a government could ignore the right to decide to secede. “According to international law, it is clear that this right cannot be ignored,” he said. “The question is whether at the European level, of old democracies, the demand to exercise the right to decide is something that can simply be totally ignored.” Vendrell pointed out many European nations that have peacefully seceded from their mother country, such as Croatia and Hungary. Danspeckgruber pointed out that in the theory and application of self-determination, every nation is different, and actions always depend on the global context. Despite these struggles, Boix said, the Catalan independence demonstration that took place in 2012, attracting over 1.5 million people, drove the Parliament of Catalonia to adopt the Declaration

on the Sovereignty and Right to Decide of the Catalan People. Boix noted that the Catalan government announced a referendum on independence would take place in November 2013. Even without Spain’s approval, the Catalan government has also decided to start preparation for a possible transition to independence by establishing the Advisory Council on the National Transition. The Spanish government has made its stance clear by blocking the referendum and declaring the declaration of sovereignty to be unconstitutional and void. With elections coming up in September of 2015, Boix noted that the members of the Catalan independence movement will be waiting in anticipation of the state of their independence movement. “We cannot accept the use of force to resolve territorial conflicts,” Royo said at the end of the discussion. “If there is a conflict, let us use the democratic way to solve them. We are sure that in the end, democracy will prevail.” Entitled “The Political Future of Catalonia: Views from a Global Perspective,” the discussion took place at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall.

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Reclaiming our humanity Bennett McIntosh guest columnist


e (or, at least, I) entered Princeton ready to immerse ourselves in the life of the mind. The eager admitted student whose soul is imprinted on the pages of my application knew exactly what he wanted out of college. In chemistry or biology or engineering, I would learn the skills necessary to make my fortune and my mark upon the world. That mark, I was sure, would be academic: adding my share of knowledge to the pool the world uses to improve the human condition. However, I didn’t bargain on spending so much time on the “improving” bit that I’d neglect the “human” side. What nobody managed to explain to me before freshman year was the intensity of it all. For much of the first year, I described academics here as “drinking the nectar of the gods — from a fire hose.” The short semester only increases the pressure coming out of the hose (and the amount which, inevitably, fails to stick with us). Almost by definition, though, University students are excellent at absorbing this sweet, sweet knowledge, so I lapped it up and asked for more. Absorbing that nectar as fast as we can is a priority — so much so that the University all-too-often refuses to accommodate mental illness by reducing courseload, fearing, I suppose, that such a decreased schedule detracts from the true (high-octane) Princeton experience. This rapid, perpetual work spills over into the social scene. “Work hard, play hard” becomes a mantra. It’s no coincidence that the two supplements marketed so heavily by students over the last year, Luminate and Thrive+, are devoted to optimizing the respective halves of that mantra — the former for helping students concentrate, and the latter for helping mitigate the effects of hangovers. I never much enjoyed nights on the street, perhaps feeling too much nihilism in the urge to have fun like there’s no tomorrow. I feel the same pressure in other frivolous pursuits. With the University Band, whether dancing under Blair Arch or scrambling around the football field, I can’t stop asking myself “Am I having fun yet?” If I’m not working, I should be having as much fun as humanly possible, right? In the noise of precepts, pregames, problem sets and parties, something quieter is lost. Early freshman year, I found a spiritual home in the small evening gatherings of the Princeton Presbyterians. Weekly meetings gave us a time to be still, to digest Princeton and to remember what we were here for. However, as I joined more organization, wrote more, studied more and played more, I lost that time. I don’t put much stock in claims of the moral depravity of our generation. However, I was struck by a post in The New York Times last week warning of the danger of teaching our children of the dichotomous nature of facts and opinions, as if there are no moral facts. The author failed to draw as much of a line between moral and scientific truths as I would; it’s far easier to stand up in a lecture hall and say “We know E = mc2” than to declare “Using this knowledge for nuclear destruction is inherently wrong.” Moral “facts” may not be irrefutable. However, the importance of learning moral reasoning is inescapable. Albert Einstein is remembered well for that famous equation, but his most valuable contribution to humanity is his work in shaping how that knowledge was used and the rest of his tireless work for peace. In the rush, we cannot forget our humanity, or we risk both mental illness and, worse, failing to address societal ills. We have many refuges from the fire-hose of Princeton. With friends in campus ministries, co-op kitchens or eating club lounges, we can be human and explore our hopes, fears, morality and silly moments together. This is something lectures and even precepts do not — cannot — offer. Yet even in these invaluable pockets of humanity, the dehumanizing drive for quantifiable achievement festers. The paradox of Bicker is that the process we use to build comforting communities with like-minded peers becomes just another measure of success, or worse, failure. I have my doubts about the Hose Bicker campaign: we will make of Bicker what we will. As with Bicker, so with Princeton in general, it is up to each individual student to build his humanity around, and in spite of, the intensely driven life surrounding him. So this spring break, take a break. Catch up with an old friend. Fight for a cause you believe in. Read a book that challenges your most dearly held beliefs. Create something with solely artistic intent. Stroll through Prospect Gardens or the Princeton Cemetery, or through McCosh Courtyard, pondering the words of H. E. Mierow, Class of 1914: “Here we were taught by men and gothic towers democracy and faith and righteousness and love of unseen things that do not die.” That’s what this place is for: not your job, not even your calling, but your life and the things beyond it. You’ve spent enough time on the tangible this week. Bennett McIntosh is a chemistry major from Littleton, Colo. He can be reached at bam2@


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Improving room draw


y the time University freshmen reach their spring semester, it is assumed that the rich experiences and individuals they have encountered in the first few months of college will allow them to decide with ease where and with whom they would like to live the following year. And, although the process of choosing housing is no longer a novelty once students reach sophomore spring, finding upperclassman housing can still be daunting. Room draw policies play a major role in students’ lives each spring, and in order to create the most efficient experience possible, the Editorial Board offers three proposals: (1) institute an internal review system of dormitory conditions, (2) release statistics relating to upperclassman housing earlier to coincide with eating club decisions, and (3) arrange University-wide socials for students seeking roommates during the hectic draw process. We first call for the institution of an annual dormitory survey to be filed by rooms’ previous residents to aid in the room selection process. Students would be asked to fill out a mandatory survey in which they review different aspects their rooms. Important conditions and experiences to note might include aspects of the floor plan that future residents might overlook, as well as unexpected disturbances. This survey would

allow future residents to choose rooms that best fit their needs. Similar to how grades cannot be accessed until academic course evaluations are completed, access to the room draw form would be restricted until students submit the room survey. Another policy change which could be implemented to the benefit of sophomores and juniors would be the release of the statistics regarding drawing in Spelman Halls at an earlier date. These statistics are currently found on Housing and Real Estate Services’ website. This year, these statistics were released on the same day as the room draw application, Feb. 13. The late statistics release date poses problems because many students base their decision to go independent or join an eating club on the availability of Spelman rooms. In the future, we would like to see the release of these statistics before the January Interclub Council deadline for Bicker and sign-in club selection. Finally, with respect to the process of finding a roommate or hallmate, the Board proposes that more can be done in order to alleviate the stress that is associated with the search. Certain residential colleges currently have their own individual “roommate socials” late in the draw process. Currently, these meetups occur in the form of physical gatherings within residential colleges. However, the

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Board proposes that this be expanded to an online forum for greater convenience to those students seeking roommates. Such events enable students looking for a fourth member to their quad or a single student looking for another student with whom to share a double to meet others who are in the same predicament. The Board encourages this to be extended to all residential colleges, and for the University to publicize the event. A similar process could be implemented on behalf of upperclassmen in the same situation, organized by an entity such as the USG Student Life Committee. These meetups would occur as close to the start of the application process as possible so as to create the least stressful situation for all those involved. Changing roommates, hallmates or entire residences can be a major nuisance to deal with for the student, residential college adviser or housing representative involved. In order to provide everyone with the most pleasant room draw experience possible, the Board encourages the University to take these three proposals to heart next spring. The Editorial Board is an independent body and decides its opinions separately from the regular staff and editors of The Daily Princetonian. The Board answers only to its Chair, the Opinion Editor and the Editor-InChief.

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A better Princeton for graduate students, a better Princeton for everyone

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e, the Graduate Student Government Executive Committee, have completed our year at the helm of the University’s graduate representative body. After advocating for graduate interests on campus and expending significant effort to make the best of the challenging circumstances surrounding the Lakeside housing complex, we would like to leave some parting thoughts as we pass the baton to our promising successors. Graduate students occupy an uncomfortable space on this campus. In many ways, the University’s college and undergraduate program are its very heart, and always will be. Just the same, the University discharges its mission as both a teaching and research institution far better as a university than it ever could as a college — and the University would not be a university without the Graduate School. Even though the University’s graduate students play roles both indispensable and innumerable in support of teaching and research, we remain largely campus outsiders to the detriment of all Princetonians and to the benefit of none. We believe that the solution to this challenge is straightforward, but not trivial. A significant problem demands a significant remedy, and there aren’t any shortcuts to strengthening the University’s graduate community. Graduate students are outsiders in large part because the graduate student experience at the University has long been defined by the experience of displacement. Unlike undergraduates, graduates cannot expect to spend their

years here in campus housing. Nearly all of us, at some point in our graduate careers, are forced to leave campus housing and the close-knit community it fosters. Moreover, even graduate students who are able to stay can find themselves unmoored in a campus community that has little place for a graduate student culture outside of individual departments. This is an experience that hurts the entire campus community and accounts substantially for low graduate alumni participation. It is hard to ask graduate students to contribute when they never felt like they belonged. We believe the correct and overdue course of action is for the university to expand its graduate housing capacity and to reallocate room on the central campus to establish a meeting, study and social space dedicated to graduate students. A call for more graduate housing from members of the GSG should come as no surprise to any informed party. The constancy of this item on the GSG’s agenda over the past decade is telling. Expansion of graduate housing is a demonstrated structural need, not a passing fancy. While the imminent (fingers crossed) completion of Lakeside Graduate Housing is exciting, it nonetheless barely compensates for the closure of the Hibben and Magie, Butler and Stanworth complexes, ultimately yielding an overall decrease in graduate housing capacity from around 80 percent to around 70 percent of regularly enrolled graduate students. This figure is too low without further qualification, and it doesn’t include students past their fifth year of study, nor does it account for future growth in the graduate student body. Lakeside represents a significant improvement in graduate housing quality, but is merely a stopgap in terms of

capacity. More is needed. At present housing levels, practically all University Ph.D. students who elect to live in university housing are forced to vacate their university residence during the course of their graduate program, often during the critical fourth year. Housing in the Princeton area is sparse and expensive, so most of these students must find apartments in surrounding towns and buy a car if they don’t already own one. Each time this happens, a member of the University’s residential community leaves to become a commuter and our graduate community is weakened. Therefore, it is our strong belief that the University should construct additional graduate housing in support of its graduate students and the University community. This housing should be proximal to campus, it should be affordable, and it should structurally support the growth of residential community through provision of central and flexible meeting and activity space. The call for centrally located graduate student space on campus has not historically been marked by the same high profile as has the matter of graduate housing, but dates back at least as far as 2007, when the GSG published a detailed proposal for an on-campus graduate center. The University trails its peers — nearly all of whom provide a centrally located graduate space — in this regard, and the campus community suffers. An appropriate graduate facility would provide configurable space for use by student groups, workspace where graduate students — alone or in groups — can study outside their departments, and an inviting lounge. Such a facility would encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and socialization among graduate students. It would give graduate students a physical touch-

point on, a meaningful connection to, and reason to frequent the central campus. Finally, it would help provide for graduate students who lack convenient or sufficient workspace in their departments. In short, dedicated on-campus space would enrich Princeton’s graduate community in ways we can today only imagine. There are no losers in a future where the University houses a greater proportion of its graduate students, and there are no disadvantages to a University community that brings its graduate students deeper into the fold. Apart from graduate students themselves, every element of the campus community stands to benefit from such enhancements: undergraduates will get better, more engaged preceptors and a wider field from which to draw friends and mentors; faculty will gain a happier, more local, more available and more productive research workforce; and administrators will enjoy greater collaboration with smart, invested volunteers on University committees, task forces, and focus groups. A better University for graduate students is a better University for everyone. Let’s take the first steps towards making this better University a reality. THE 2014-15 GSG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Sean Edington, President Mircea Davidescu, Vice President Julia Wittes, Secretary Rachael Barry, Treasurer Thomas Morrell, Communications Director Mike Hepler, Special Events Officer Çağın Ararat, Academic Affairs Chair Andrew Edwards, Facilities and Transportation Chair Pam Mueller, Health and Life Chair April Williams, Social Chair

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freshman Kial Kaiser both needed three sets to win. This was the first Tiger victory against Binghamton, leaving the all-time series record at 1-3. Later in the afternoon, Princeton extended its alltime record against Army to 61-2. The Tigers started the match by once again sweeping the doubles point. The Tigers used the same lineup they used against Binghamton in doubles and secured victories at all three spots with respective scores of 6-3, 6-1 and 7-6 (6). The Tigers faced a bit more of a challenge in the singles matches, however. Vives’ match at fourth singles was the only one

that did not go to a third set or a tiebreaker in either of the first two sets. Vives extended the Tigers’ lead to 2-0 with a straight set victory of 6-2, 6-4. McCourt brought the Tigers one step closer with a 6-1, 7-6 (3) victory at the top singles spot. Once again, Gamble’s match proved to be decisive, as he won his match 6-2, 7-6 (8) to give the Tigers yet another victory. Colautti, Day and Kaiser all still finished their matches and clinched a perfect 14-0 day for the Tigers. The women were inactive this weekend and will travel to San Diego with the men over spring break. The brackets for the tournament have yet to be released. After the teams return, Iv y League play will begin for both teams.


with 23 stops to Kruger’s 22. The intensity and competitiveness of Game 1 carried over to the following night, as the Big Green and the Tigers battled once again through a tight 60 minutes of hockey that could have seen either side emerge victorious. Despite a combined 18 shots (10 by Dartmouth, eight by Princeton) and a power play opportunity for the visitors, the first period ended scoreless. The Tigers found themselves on the defensive in the following period. After fighting off a penalty early in the frame, the Tigers conceded a goal at 16:59 to forward Brad Schierhorn, the only one of Dartmouth’s 15 shots in the period to beat Phinney and find

the back of the net. On the other end, Princeton’s five shots were not enough to sustain pressure on Kruger and the staunch Big Green defense. The Orange and Black knew that the final 20 minutes of the game would be the last of the season without an equalizer, but despite the team’s best efforts, it could not score the elusive game-tying goal. After a late power play opportunity proved fruitless, the Tigers pulled Phinney for the last 1:02 of play in search of some late heroics. Following heart-pounding, desperate Princeton attacks on Kruger on one end of the ice, however, Robinson found the puck on his stick at the other and sounded the death-knell for Princeton’s season as he sent the puck through the vacated visitor net with five seconds remaining. Dartmouth had won the game and the

series by 2-0 margins, with the Tigers unable to pull off the upset. Dartmouth will travel to Hamilton, N.Y., next weekend to square off against fourth-seeded No. 16 Colgate (19-11-4, 11-7-4 ECAC) in a quarterfinal best-of-three series. Saturday marked both the last game of the season for the Tigers and the last time seniors Tom Kroshus, Tucker Brockett, Aaron Kesselman, Tyler Maugeri, Aaron Ave and Ryan Benitez suited up for the Orange and Black. Junior forward Jonathan Liau led the team in points this season, with 14. He and sophomore forward Ben Foster were the leading goal scorers, with four apiece. Phinney impressed in net all year, finishing with a .910 save percentage over 29 games. When first-year head coach Ron Fogarty took the

Princeton job last summer, he knew he would have his work cut out for him if he wanted to return the program to its former glory. While the man who entered the season with college hockey’s best career-winning percentage could not duplicate the immediate success he enjoyed at Adrian College — his last gig — there have certainly been signs of improvement on display for Princeton men’s hockey this season. With nine freshmen and eight sophomores on the squad this year, the Tigers still managed to compete with more experienced ECAC foes all season, and pushed Dartmouth to the brink twice in two games last weekend demonstrating the promise of the team. When frost and frigid winds return to Princeton next winter, the Tigers should have a solid foundation on which to work.

Tigers look to dominate in the NCAA tournament W. B-BALL Continued from page 6



The Tigers finished their regular season ranked first in the Ivy League.

Softball to face strong opponents this weekend SOFTBALL Continued from page 6


off of a loss against James Madison University last weekend, but will also likely be a difficult opponent. Three batters have averages over .300, led by Hannah Dewey, who has batted an incredible .394 on 66 at bats.

The Maryland pitching staff is led by Kaitlyn Schmeiser, who has an ERA of 2.12 on 95.2 innings. The games against George Washington will be held at 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. on Sunday in Washington, D.C., while the game against Maryland will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday in College Park.


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difference for a team who defeated their last two opponents by an average of 26 points. The first part of the second half was just as intense a battle as the first. The Quakers would get off to a quick start, scoring four straight points to start the half and bring them to within one point. The Tigers, in turn, would respond with an 11 — 4, seeming just on the cusp of breaking away from the home team, as they had done in so many previous games. However, the point differential would not rise to exorbitant heights, as has happened quite often with this team.

Princeton’s lead would remain around 12 points for the remainder of the game, and would finish with a victory of 55 — 42, their 4th smallest margin of victory in the regular season. The score is even more remarkable knowing that this Princeton squad has averaged 75.8 points a game in Ivy League play this season. A look at the box score highlights how the Tigers had to earn every point they got. The Tigers have shot 49.3% from the field and 40.6% from the three point line in league play – they were held to 39.3% and 21.1% respectively in this one. They also had difficulty getting to the line in the game, with only 4 free throw attempts for the entire team. Of course, no Princeton

women’s basketball game is without its bright spots. As has been the story all season, the Tigers’ rebounding effort was excellent, beating out Penn 42 — 34 on the boards. In particular, junior forwards Annie Tarakchian and Alex Wheatley cleaned the glass all night. Each finished with a double-double, with Tarakchian putting up 10 points and 12 boards, Wheatley 17 points and 12 boards. Wheatley would make her presence felt on defense, as she picked up two steals and swatted a season high four shots. Senior guard Blake Dietrick would also shine in this one. Despite a rough night shooting wise (35.7% on the day, compared to 49.1% in league play), she still stuffed the stat

sheet, putting up 11 points, 5 boards, and 7 assists on the game. Sophomore guard Vanessa Smith would also contribute to the victory, putting up 10 points on the game. Perhaps the most impressive part of the victory was the Tigers’ ability to maintain their lead without much rest for the key players. Four of the five starters played for 35+ minutes – junior guard Michelle Miller played all 40 minutes of the contest. With an astonishing regular season finished, the Tigers now set their eyes on the biggest prize of all – NCAA Championships. The Tiger’s seeding for the tournament (along with their overall bracket) will be revealed on Monday, March 16th.

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Softball to head down coast to D.C., Maryland for matchups this weekend By Sydney Mandelbaum associate sports editor

The Princeton Women’s Softball team will travel to Washington, D.C. and Maryland to face off twice against George Washington University and once against the University of Maryland in what is shaping up to look like a promising season. The Tigers (3-6) have already played in two tournaments, both in Florida, this season. Princeton has had notable victories over Florida A&M University and the University of Iowa, a member of the Big Ten, while falling to the nationally ranked University of Central Florida by one point. The Tigers have opened the season playing incredibly well despite injuries on the pitching staff, with top returning junior pitcher Shanna Christian spending limited time on the field and sophomore pitcher Erica Nori sidelined while she recovers. Freshman pitcher Ashley LaGuardia has stepped up to fill the position well, pitching 35 out of 55 innings so far. Two weekends ago, LaGuardia pitched two games on Friday, finishing the day with a scorching 0.72 ERA and pitching a 2.05 ERA over the entire weekend. In fact, LaGuardia played so well that she was named not only Ivy League Pitcher of the Week but she was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

Junior catcher Skye Jerpbak also received Ivy League recognition last weekend and was named Ivy League Player of the Week after batting an absurdly high .636 on the weekend, leaving her with the highest batting average on the team so far this season at .391. Five Tigers with double-figure at-bats are hitting at or above .300, with sophomore infielder Haley Hineman following close behind Jerpbak with a .348 average. Hineman finished last season with the highest batting average on the team, .307. Senior infielder/outfielder Rachel Rendina, senior catcher/ firstbaseman Cara Worden, and junior firstbaseman Emily Viggers follow close behind, with .310, .308 and .300 averages, respectively. Junior firstbaseman/thirdbaseman Kayla Bose, senior firstbaseman/ thirdbaseman Sarah McGowan and sophomore pitcher Claire Klausner all have been batting above .300 as well, but all three have been at bat less than seven times this season. George Washington (10-8 as of March 12) is on a five game hot streak, and will likely be a tough opponent. Four players have batting averages above .300, while pitchers Paige Kovalsky and Sarah Costlow have ERAs of 2.85 on 39.1 innings and 3.28 on 64.0 innings, respectively. Maryland (14-9) is coming See SOFTBALL page 5


The Tigers closed their regular season on Tuesday at Penn, finishing the season ranked 13th in the country and with a perfect 30-0 record.

Tigers obtain perfect record, prepare for March Madness By Miles Hinson sports editor

Hannah Montana once told me that nobody’s perfect. She clearly never met this Princeton women’s basketball team. They capped off what has been a season for the ages, defeat-

ing the Penn Quakers in Philadelphia on Tuesday to obtain the coveted undefeated status in the regular season. The Tigers (30 — 0 overall, 14 — 0 Ivy League), despite winning by double digits, had one of their harder games of the season in this one. Penn


(20 — 8, 11 — 3) came into this final game ranked No. 2 in the Ivy League. While they were out of contention for the league title, they could still look to play the role of spoiler and put a slight damper on an incredible season. Both halves featured a tight

struggle between the two. In the first, the Tigers were unable to break away from their foe, never leading by more than seven points. As the buzzer sounded, they would head into the locker rooms up by just 5 points — a notable See W. B-BALL page 5


Hockey falls to Dartmouth in final games of the season Men’s tennis claws past

Binghamton and Army in twinbill without losing a single match

By Mark Goldstein contributor

With snow melting and temperatures rising, another remnant of winter faded away last weekend when the men of Princeton hockey played their final games of the 2014-15 campaign. Twelfth-seeded Princeton (4-23-3 overall, 2-18-2 Eastern College Athletic Conference) travelled to Hanover, N.H. to take on fifth-seeded Dartmouth (17-10-4, 12-82) in the opening round of ECAC postseason play. The best-of-three series began on Friday night in front of 1,603 spectators at Dartmouth’s Thompson Arena. The underdog Tigers sent a message in the first period, refusing to be intimidated by the talented home side. Freshman defenseman Matt Nelson scored his first career goal just six minutes into the first period, with sophomore Ryan Siiro assisting on the tally. Princeton carried the 1-0 advantage into the second stanza, backed by a strong performance from sophomore goaltender Colton Phinney. In the second, the Big Green struck back. When the referee’s hand went up to signify a delayed penalty

By Chris Grubbs contributor


The games against Dartmouth marked the last time that Tiger seniors would don the Orange and Black.

on freshman Eric Robinson for slashing, Dartmouth goalie James Kruger sprinted to the bench to allow for an extra skater. Dartmouth capitalized on the 6-on-5 opportunity, with forward Tyler Sikura notching the game-tying goal at 11:14 of the period. Unlike in the NHL, delayed penalties in college hockey are not wiped away by extra at-

tacker goals. It was during the ensuing power play, just 46 seconds after the first score, that Robinson netted his team another goal, giving Darmouth a 2-1 lead 12 minutes into the period. Despite the momentumshifting goals, the Tigers refused to let the game escape them. Sophomore Garrett Skrbich, assisted by Robinson and junior Kevin Liss,

netted his second goal of the season at 8:53 of the final period to set up a thrilling finish. However, the underdog story was squelched late in regulation, as Dartmouth forward Eric Neiley scored the decisive goal with 1:27 left in Game 1 to send Dartmouth to a 3-2 victory and a 1-0 advantage in the series. Phinney finished the night See M. HOCKEY page 5

In the final matches before heading to San Diego, Calif., for a spring break tournament, the men’s tennis team (12-3) swept at an out of conference double header last Sunday. The Tigers, ranked No. 25 in the nation, had dominant showings over both Binghamton University (29) and the United States Militar y Academy (9-4) . The Tigers went a combined 14-0 this weekend, winning both matches by a score of 7-0. The Tigers started the weekend w ith a face-off against Binghamton. The Tigers came out to a roaring start, sweeping the doubles matches with ease. Senior Zack McCourt and sophomore Tom Colautti won 6-3 at the first doubles court. On the second doubles court, freshmen Luke

Gamble and Diego Vives were victorious, winning with a final score of 7-5. Finally, at third doubles, sophomore Alex Day and freshman Ben Tso claimed the victory with a 6-3 win. It did not take long for the Tigers to clinch the needed four wins in the singles matches, as the Tigers won three singles matches in straight sets w ith ease. McCourt was first off the court with a quick 6-2, 6-0 victory at first singles. McCourt’s doubles partner, Colautti, was second to finish in his own singles match with a swift 6-3, 6-0 win. Gamble’s 6-2, 6-2 victory proved to be decisive at the last singles position. The rest of the singles matches continued to play through even though the Tigers had already clinched the w in. Vives won his match by a score of 6-1, 7-5, while Day and See M. TENNIS page 5

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