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By Linh Nguyen Associate News Editor


The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, from which Carlos Lozada, one of two Princeton-affiliated Pulitzer Prize winners this year, graduated in 1997. U . A F FA I R S

On Monday, April 15, Eliza Griswold ’95 and Carlos Lozada GS ’97 were named 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in general nonfiction and criticism, respectively, at a ceremony at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Griswold and Lozada join the ranks of University alumni such as Cold War diplomat George F. Kennan ’25, University journalism professor John McPhee ’53, and journalist and novelist Lorraine Adams ’81. Griswold — a journalist, poet, and 2014 Ferris Professor of Journalism at the University — received this year’s Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for her book, “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.” The book compiles research from seven years of reporting to tell the story of Stacey Haney, a nurse in Amity, P.A., who becomes a prominent activist in her small town after an oil fracking company

severely damages and pollutes the surrounding environment. In an email to The Daily Princetonian, Griswold noted that her time as a professor helped to shape the Pulitzerwinning book and encouraged current students, especially aspiring journalists, to take classes in the journalism department. “The journalistic community at Princeton right now is particularly strong,” Griswold wrote. “I loved being a Ferris Professor and that time served me so well while working on this book.” In addition to investigative journalism focusing on unethical practices in fracking companies, Griswold has reported extensively on the Middle East and South Asia. She is well-known for working with Pakistani journalist Hayatullah Khan, who was kidnapped in 2005, found dead the following year, and was alleged by the journalist community to be a victim of the Pakistani governSee PULITZER page 2


Kruse, Vinitsky win Google Cloud CEO Kurian ’90 Guggenheim Fellowships challenges Amazon CEO Bezos ’86 with Google Cloud for Retail Head News Editor

On Thursday, April 11, the University announced that professor of history Kevin Kruse and professor of Slavic languages and literature Ilya Vinitsky have received 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships. The awards will allow Kruse and Vinisky to complete their current research projects. Kruse was notified of his pending award about a month ago. Kruse specializes in the political, social, urban, and suburban history of 20th-century America and was awarded the fellowship in general nonfiction. Kruse’s project, entitled “The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement,” focuses on the life of John Doar ’44, whom Kruse described both as “the face of the federal government to the civil rights movement” and “the voice of the civil rights movement back to the federal government.” “Doar was at the center of the civil rights struggle and yet has not really appeared in a lot of the literature,” Kruse said. “This is largely due to a personal approach he had in which he believed you can get anything done as long as you didn’t care about the credit, so he often wrote

himself out of the story.” The project began when Kruse received an email from the head archivist at Mudd Library, saying that Mudd had recently acquired records of Doar’s civil rights advocacy. “[The archivist] asked me if I could write a sentence for a press release. I sat down, and I tried to boil all the stuff I was excited about John Doar in a sentence, and I think I got it down to about three paragraphs,” Kruse said. “As I wrote this, I thought, ‘Wow. This is gonna be a fantastic book for somebody,’” Kruse added. “At the end of the day, I thought, ‘This is going to be a fantastic book for me. I want this project.’” Kruse expressed excitement about the project, and said he looked forward to delving even deeper into Doar’s story. Vinitsky’s won the fellowship in intellectual and cultural history, and his project focuses on an earlier figure in both American and Russian history. The project, “The Absolute Faker: The American Dreams of a Russian Con Man,” focuses on the life of Ivan Nardony, a Russian-Estonian-American arms dealer, journalist, writer, art critic, promoter, and, most notably, con man. “He came to the United States See GUGGENHEIM page 2


Kruse and Vinitsky were selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants.

By Taylor Sharbel Contributor

On Wednesday, April 10, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian ’90 announced the creation of Google Cloud for Retail, an AI platform built to help retailers with tasks such as predicting sales and making product recommendations. This is part of Kurian’s plan to improve Google Cloud’s enterprises and target specific industries in the retail sector. Kurian’s primary competitor is Amazon, with CEO Jeff Bezos ’86 at its head. Google

Cloud is already collaborating with companies that compete against Amazon, such as Target, Shopify, Kohl’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond. During a press briefing, Kurian said that Google Cloud was working toward helping companies in a wide range of industries, spanning from retail and media to healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services. Kurian also stated that this is Google Cloud’s first time launching an AI program with an aim toward business processes of specialized industries. Google Cloud for Retail will

comprise hosting and search capabilities. The hosting capabilities will provide extra support needed by company websites at peak traffic times, such as Black Friday, to help protect a company’s revenue and overall brand from a website crash. The search capabilities will involve a mobile app in which consumers can take pictures of items that appeal to them and find similar items sold by that particular retailer. It will also track consumers’ online behavior to customize their product See KURIAN page 5


Siemens chief human resources officer Janina Kugel discusses future of work By Shira Moolten Assistant Prospect Editor

For Janina Kugel, Chief Human Resources Officer of Siemens AG, a German multinational tech company, there is always a better way to be doing something. She summed up this mentality in a story about a high speed rail connection between Madrid and Barcelona. Siemens told its employees to promise passengers a refund if the train took longer than six minutes. Although their customers did not think it would work, the business model succeeded and is still in use today. “We don’t just sell trains — we sell the fact that trains will run on time,” said Kugel, who is also a member of Siemens’s Managing Board. On Tuesday, April 16, Kugel gave a talk at the Univer-

sity on the “future of work” and the challenges presented by an ever-changing workplace in the digital age. For Kugel, whose job is to help Siemens adapt to these changes, there is no such thing as “peace.” According to Kugel, the future offers both exciting new prospects and challenges — not only for Siemens’s endeavors in the world at large, but how it structures itself and treats its own employees. “New things are coming up, old things are disappearing,” Kugel said. “How do we manage that as a society?” For Siemens, the answer to this question is constant reinvention. For instance, a high school student recently used Siemens software to design an improved prosthetic limb. Kugel described recent efforts to im-

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prove safety using virtual reality technology, in which employees actually experience what could happen if they don’t follow safety guidelines. “If you are really experiencing it, you do not need any explanation,” Kugel said. When and where people work has also become increasingly f lexible, she noted. For instance, Siemens’s HR encourages employees to deliver, but focuses less on the time or place. The traditional hierarchical leadership of most companies may also shift toward a more open structure, which Kugel called “agile” leadership. Siemens’s employees will have to improve on and gain entirely new skills in order to keep their jobs. But according to Kugel, See KUGEL page 3


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ment for his own investigative journalism on Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. According to The New York Times, Lozada received the Pulitzer Prize for criticism “for reviews and essays on politics, truth, immigration and American identity in the Trump era,” which he provided through his position as the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post. The Pulitzer Prize Administration described his work as a series of “trenchant and searching reviews and essays that joined warm emotion and careful analysis.” A graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Lozada went on to become an economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. After two

years, Lozada became the managing editor for Foreign Policy magazine, where he worked for five years before moving on to the Post. Prior to becoming the nonfiction book critic for the Post, Lozada held the consecutive positions of economics editor, national security editor, and Sunday Outlook editor. Lozada did not respond to request for comment by the time of publication. The Pulitzer Prizes were named for Joseph Pulitzer, a newspaper publisher and prominent New York congressman in the late 19th century. In 1917, six years after his death, Columbia College established the Prizes to fulfill Pulitzer’s will, which stated his desire to advance “the progress and elevation of journalism.” According to the Pulitzer Prize website, each Pulitzer Prize winner receives $15,000 cash award and a certificate.

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in February of 1906, and he presented himself at the ship as John D. Rockefeller, because it was the richest name he knew,” Vinitsky said. “He was a master con man, and he fabricated tons of mystifications and forgeries.” Vinitsky said Nardony published constantly and was responsible for disseminating misinformation all over the United States and the world. “His hoaxes spread all over the world, and I’m diligently collecting them.” Vinitsky said. Vinitsky is an expert in Russian Romanticism and Realism, the history of emotions, and 19th-century intellectual and spiritual history. He has recently become intrigued by the history and methodology of liars, which he calls “bubbleology.” Studying Nardony and American history, Vinitsky said, intrigues him, particularly because of his Russian scholarly background. “I take research as a challenge: learning what you do not know,

applying what you already know, and moving forward in your intellectual journey toward the unknown,” Vinitsky said. Kruse is the author of “White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism” (2005), “One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America” (2015), and “Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974” (2019), which he co-authored with fellow University history professor Julian Zelizer. Vinitsky’s publications include “Ghostly Paradoxes: Modern Spiritualism and Russian Culture in the Age of Realism” (2009); “Russian Literature” (2009), co-written with Andrew Baruch Wachtel; “Vasily Zhukovsky’s Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia” (2015); and “The Count of Sardinia: Dmitry Khvostov and Russian Culture” (2017). Vinitsky joined the University faculty in 2016, while Kruse arrived in 2000. Kruse and Vinitsky are among 168 recipients of 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships, from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants.

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the hardest part of enacting change is getting people to give up what they already know. “Learning things is easy,” she said. “Unlearning certain behavior is much more difficult.” This challenge has particular relevance when it comes to diversity in the workplace, an issue that Kugel has made one of her priorities. From a business standpoint, she pointed out, a lack of diversity is simply disadvantageous. For instance, she described a male-dominated research team at Siemens 10 years ago, who were tasked with trying to develop an Xray that women would like. The men decided to make the X-ray pink. “If you were having an injury or whatever, and you go to have an X-ray, I

don’t think it would matter whether it’s pink or not,” Kugel said. “So this is something we need to look at.” Yet despite Kugel’s personal efforts toward positive change within Siemens, when asked whether she saw her work as “in conf lict with the public good,” she said that she did. She emphasized that, although Siemens markets itself as a socially responsible company, it is not an NGO. A significant aspect of her job as Chief Human Resources Officer is to announce layoffs. “I can give you the business rationale,” Kugel said. “Will that help anyone who has to come home and say ‘I was laid off’? No, it won’t. So I think that’s the discrepancy that we actually have, and I think you have to live with that.” The talk was held in McCormick 101 at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

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What we can learn from New Zealand Julia Chaffers

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n March 15, a gunman killed fifty people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in a horrific act of white extremism that struck the heart of the country and the world. The country’s swift and decisive reaction to the attack has thrown into sharp relief the shortcomings of America’s responses to gun violence.

New Zealand’s response is both inspiring and instructive for us here in America. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Christchurch and addressed the people, many of whom are Muslim refugees, whose communities had been targeted, assuring them and the rest of the country that “they are us.” It was an act of leadership, inclusion, and empathy that feels far removed from our own politics. Compare this to President Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville. Rather than bringing Americans together against white supremacy, Trump defended the Neo-Nazi marchers as “very fine people,” neglecting to reassure the people of Charlottesville and the nation that such hatred and violence was reprehensible. Moreover, while he condemned the Christchurch attack, Trump declined to acknowledge the rising threat of white extremism

around the world. Ardern’s response is the one we should push our leaders to emulate. In a time of division and hatred, it is vital to have a voice of unity and reassurance, not one that seeks to further divide us. But New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch tragedy was more than rhetoric. Just days after the shooting, Ardern announced that “our gun laws will change — now is the time.” Not that they will try to change them, but that they unequivocally will have reform. Less than a month later, she followed through. On April 10, a bill banning military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault weapons — including all the weapons used in the Christchurch shooting— and instituting a buyback program passed Parliament with just one opposition vote out of 120 members. Ardern promised that this would be the first of a series of measures to reform gun laws in the country. This is a pace of change unimaginable in the United States, where mass shooting after mass shooting — not to mention the quotidian gun violence that pervades communities across the country — has motivated no meaningful national gun reform. Even legislation as basic as universal background checks has stalled in Congress despite overwhelming popular support. As evidence of this inaction, in February, the House of Representatives had its first hearing on gun

violence in eight years. Of course, the context of New Zealand’s gun culture is fundamentally different than our own. There, owning a gun is a privilege. Here, the second amendment endows it as a right. But every right has reasonable limits, and the prevalence of gun violence in the United States, not just mass shootings but also homicides and suicides, necessitates a change of course. There’s a reason America is such an outlier when it comes to gun violence: Among developed countries, the U.S. has far and away the most homicides by firearm, with almost four times as many as the nextclosest country, Switzerland. Comparisons across both countries and states show that more guns equals more violence. We make up 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but have almost half of the world’s civilianowned guns. So given the intransigence on this crucial issue, how can we prevent further violence, as New Zealand is working to do? We in the public have to do more to force legislative action. The public favors tighter gun control. The majority of Americans support restricting access to assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines, while 70 percent support a federal government database for tracking gun sales. 84 percent support background checks for private sales and gun shows. Common sense gun reform is indeed common sense for most Americans, just not

for our politicians. We have to translate the popular will into political pressure to force the government to act. The survivors of the Parkland shooting have been inspiring in their dedication and passion, igniting a movement challenging Americans to face the reality of gun violence and pushing lawmakers to increase gun control. Throughout American history, young people have driven progress and change, from the Civil Rights Movement to LGBTQIA+ rights and environmentalism. The lobbying power of the National Rif le Association (NRA) keeps Congress mired in the status quo; we need a countervailing force to push the government to action. That power can come from us. We can all do our part to fight for more gun control. We may not get the leadership from the top, as in New Zealand, but we can and should pressure our government to act. So call your congressperson, donate to a nonprofit fighting for gun reform, or support candidates who stand for gun control. Join a political group on campus and translate thoughts and prayers into constructive collective action. We each have power. For too long, we’ve pretended like there’s no solution to the cycle of gun violence. New Zealand has shown us there is. Now it’s our turn. Julia is a first-year from Wellesley, Massachusetts. She can be reached at chaffers@

Mandatory Voting and a Restructured Election Process Emma Treadway

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his semester’s USG referendums and elections have been a hot-topic in recent columns. Columnist Claire Wayner urged students to vote, noting that the referendums can push the University to adhere to certain policies or take certain actions supported by the student body. Another column by Liam O’Connor argues that “the sophomore and junior class president races are the two most important offices,” since “those officers sit on the Honor Committee.” The student body, however, seems largely apathetic and disengaged with USG affairs. After elections, little is known as to whether candidates actually did uphold their campaign policy or if they really intended to pursue their causes after being elected. Clearly, the way undergraduates approach voting and elections to USG ought to change. During the last USG election, a mere 38 percent of the undergraduate population voted. In contrast, the 2016 presidential election had a nationwide turnout of 58.1 percent. The difference between these two is inexcusable, especially considering voting for USG

requires just a few clicks as opposed to lengthy process of going to the polls to cast a ballot. This comparison is not to equivocate the USG and presidential elections but instead serves to emphasize that if that many people could be motivated to drive to the polls, we could at least be motivated to get onto Helios, the online voting site. Furthermore, the poor voter turnout in college could become habit for lack of civic engagement later on, a problem which already plagues the United States. The approach to rallying undergraduates to vote needs to be made mandatory or at least more highly incentivized. Mandatory voting may help to change the dynamic surrounding USG voting. If undergraduates had to vote, it might prompt them to look more closely at their candidates of choice. Or it might change the way or intensity with which candidates campaign. Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama, advocated for this policy on the national level. According to a talk she gave at the University last November, creating a mandatory voting requirement would force politicians to style their campaigns for the average voter, rather than toward the extreme ends of the political spectrum “where the money is.” With this appeal toward the mean of the population,

perhaps voters would be more engaged on the civic level and would be prompted to vote themselves and raise the turnout in general. While appealing to the extreme is not necessarily applicable to USG elections, mandatory voting could still raise levels of engagement. Another less harsh solution could entail creating a greater incentive to vote. Perhaps voters could be entered into a drawing or raff le if they voted, or USG could fund an additional food-related study break if the voter turnout surpassed a certain threshold. Either way, beyond just voting, students need to become more engaged with the referendums up for vote. However, voting is only one part of the problem: elections should be examined as well. For the 10 UCouncil positions, only 12 are running. Especially if a candidate is already wellknown on campus, there is little incentive to campaign to the fullest extent and, as O’Connor notes, “We’ll rejoice if even one of them campaigns in-person.” How do we encourage more undergraduates to run? One solution may be in a lottery system. Many students who would consider participating in USG in one of these positions may feel discouraged by a lack of popularity or charisma. After all, many undergraduates who do vote often choose based on rec-

ognizable names. Additionally, few candidates follow through on their campaign promises, which limits the necessity of having a campaign to spread your name. For this scenario, I will limit my proposal to the UCouncil. This change could happen in one of two ways: the entire group could be elected based on lottery, or a few reserved seats could be drawn from a lottery. Interested students who don’t possess a well-known name or popularity on campus could then submit interest forms. Then, the U-Council or the few select spots would be filled by motivated members of the Princeton community without the disincentive of lack of popularity. This procedure could motivate more students to consider USG, thus increasing civic engagement and the candidate pool. It is clear that something needs to change with regard to voting and civic engagement. Whether it’s a change like the ones I proposed above or something less drastic, we cannot condone the low voter turnout USG experiences each year — doing so may have poor implications for the future of our civic engagement. Emma Treadway is a firstyear from Amelia, Ohio. She can be reached at emmalt@

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recommendations. Google Cloud will also consist of real-time inventory management and analytics capabilities, allowing retailers to stay up-todate on their products in stock. At Google Cloud’s annual conference, Kurian emphasized Google Cloud’s commitment to being the best possible partner.

He listed two ways he thought the company could achieve this goal, saying, “The first way is bringing expertise to help you on that journey. The second is to be the easiest cloud provider to do business with.” Kurian also stated that “our work in these industries would not be complete if we didn’t build our enterprise capability.” Kurian succeeded Diane Greene as Google’s cloud chief in November 2018.


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Baseball avoids sweep but loses 2 of 3 games against Penn By Brendan O’Dwyer Contributor

This past weekend, Princeton baseball (7–21 overall, 4–8 Ivy League) traveled to Meiklejohn Stadium at the University of Pennsylvania for three games against Penn (19–11, 8–4), hoping to come away with their first Ivy League series win of the 2019 season. That goal would not be achieved, as Princeton dropped games one and two of the series 15–9 and 1–0, respectively. The Tigers were, however, able to come together and avoid the series sweep with a big 7–2 win in the series finale. The series opened on Friday afternoon in Philadelphia with a high-scoring affair. Princeton was locked in a tie game until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Quakers put a four spot on the board, jumping out to a 7–3 lead. Princeton answered right back with four runs of their own to tie it up at 7–7 in the seventh, behind clutch hits from junior outfielder Chris Davis. Penn proved to be too much for the Tigers in the end, putting up seven runs on five hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the game out of hand before eventually taking the contest by a score of 15–9. After putting up 24 runs in game one, the two teams could only scratch across one combined run in game


Senior Ryan Smith started Game 1 for Princeton against Penn.

two. Junior pitcher James Proctor was masterful on the mound, striking out five batters across eight innings of one-run, five-hit baseball. That run served to be the difference maker, as Princeton was not able to produce a run in the penultimate game of the series, and — despite out-hitting the Quakers 6–5 — dropped the game by a score of 1–0. After two tough losses to open the series, the Tigers pulled through in a big way

in the final game of the series before heading back to Princeton on Saturday. The Tigers pushed across seven runs in the top of the second inning behind the bats of Ramzi Haddad, Chris Davis, David Harding, and Conor Nolan. The second inning alone proved to be enough for Princeton, as junior pitcher Andrew Gnazzo, who has pitched very well so far this season, gave up only two runs through six innings of work to help

the Tigers to a 7–2 victory. The 2019 season has not necessarily gotten off to the start that Princeton Baseball had hoped for, and the Tigers currently stand with a 4–8 record against Ivy League opponents and a 7–21 record overall. The Tigers have certainly shown that they can compete with any team in the Ivy League, given that they’ve recorded a win against every Ivy League opponent so far this season. Their problem

is that they’ve only been able to do just that, coming away with exactly one in each of their three-game series against conference opponents this year. “Unfortunately, we haven’t closed out some of the games that were in our reach in some of our league series,” said sophomore infielder Jake Boone of the team’s struggles in conference play thus far. Boone has been one of the team’s best hitters so far this season, leading the team with 36 hits out of the two spot in the batting order. Despite the way things have gone for the Tigers so far, Boone has a positive outlook for the remainder of the Princeton season. “I think it is just a matter of bringing everyone together moving forward. We have shown that we can beat any Ivy League opponent, so it is just about maintaining focus and effort through these next few weekends to close out our season strong.” Looking ahead, the Tigers will host Rider at Clarke Field on Wednesday before going back on the road to Ithaca, New York for a three-game set with Cornell. Princeton will look for their first Ivy League Series win against Cornell, who currently sits at the bottom of the Ivy League with a 3–9 conference record (8–19 overall).


Softball wins series against Penn as Blanchard continues to dominate By Sam Lee Staff Writer

Facing off against Penn (18–13 overall, 9–6 Ivy League) in a three-game set this weekend, Princeton softball (12–17, 8–4) almost recorded its second series sweep of the season, taking the first two games of the weekend before dropping the third. The first game of the weekend saw two Tigers record multi-RBI performances, with sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Meyer and senior outfielder Kaitlyn Waslawski both bringing in two runs. Waslawski’s RBI came on a two-run shot in the second inning, her second of the season. Senior catcher Keeley Walsh also drove in a run with a two-out single in the third, pushing her season total to a team-leading 18. Sophomore pitcher Allie Reynolds turned in a strong performance, giving up two runs while striking out three in a complete-game effort. The strong pitching continued into the first of Saturday’s games, which saw first-year pitcher Ali Blanchard throw nine score-


Ali Blanchard threw nine scoreless innings to clinch a series win for Princeton Saturday.

less innings in a 1–0 Tigers win. Blanchard gave up just three hits and struck out seven to help the Tigers overcome a lackluster offensive showing, in which they went scoreless for eight innings and stranded seven

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runners on base. The Tigers finally broke through in the top of the ninth, when Waslawski plated the winning run with a sacrifice f ly. In recognition of Saturday’s dominant performance, Blanchard was

named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, her second time this season. Blanchard, who leads the Ivy League in opposing batting average and is third in strikeouts, has played a significant role in the Tigers’ success through-

out the season. She has split the starting pitching duties with Reynolds, and has thrown 62 of the Tigers’ 175 innings this year and has been particularly stellar recently, giving up just three runs combined in her five most recent appearances. The Tigers lost the final game of the series 14–5, in a game that saw Penn explode for eight runs in the third and five in the fourth. The game was not without bright spots for the Tigers, however, as senior infielder Kaylee Grant hit a grand slam in the fifth, the first for the Tigers since Emily Viggers ’16 hit one in April of 2016. Grant is now second on the team in RBI, and she leads the team in OBP, slugging percentage, and batting average. Saturday’s loss brought an end to the Tigers’ six-game winning streak, their longest of the season. They are now third in the Ivy League standings, trailing Harvard and Columbia by a game. They will face Lehigh in a doubleheader at Class of 1895 Field this Wednesday before returning to Ivy League play with a three-game series against Harvard.

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