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News & Notes Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

By a vote of six to two with one abstention, the Supreme Court turned down a challenge to a Michigan law that bans the implementation of affirmative action in college admissions. The Tuesday ruling made in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action could persuade other states to preclude the consideration of race in the college admissions process. Besides Michigan, both California and Florida have implemented similar prohibitions on affirmative action. The Supreme Court’s decision paves the way for the possibility of other states to reconsider the place of affirmative action in college admissions. This particular decision required five separate opinions, totaling 102 pages written over six months, indicating how divided the Supreme Court was regarding the role of race in college admissions. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, which stated that the Supreme Court does not need to be involved in state issues that do not target minority groups. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’76 dissented. Sotomayor has been vocal about affirmative action in the past, saying that it had a positive impact on her life. Elena Kagan ’80 recused herself.

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Redefine success, says Huffington

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Arianna Huffington urged the need for a definition of success that accounts for personal well-being in a panel discussion held on Tuesday. In her latest book, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder,” Huffington, chair, president and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, claims that people need to stop associating success only with money and power and instead consider “the Third Metric of success.” The Third Metric is constituted of what Huffington calls “four pillars” — well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. Huffington said that her own collapse in 2007 due to extreme stress allowed her to question the traditional metrics of success. “By conventional definition of success, I was successful,” she said, “but by

any sane definition of success, if you are lying in a pool of blood on the f loor … you are not successful.” That experience led Huffington to ask herself the questions that “all the philosophers have asked forever — What is good life? What is success?” Huffington explained that implementing those values of the Third Metric could make life fuller and more meaningful. Huffington discussed her book with Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, president and CEO of the New America Foundation and professor emerita at the Wilson School. In 2012, Slaughter shed light on the obstacles to reaching true gender equality in the professional world and spurred a national debate with her article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” which appeared in the June 2012 issue of The Atlantic Magazine. The two women discussed how applying the Third See SUCCESS page 4

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LOCAL NEWS

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NJ Transit to suspend service to Newark airport

Q&A: Odinga, former Kenyan Prime Minister

By Alex Jafari staff writer

Service to Newark Airport Rail Station along the Northeast Corridor will be suspended for 75 days starting May 1. The closure of the airport train station is related to maintenance work being done on the Newark Airport Monorail, which travels between the terminals and airport parking lots, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In a written statement, the Port Authority wrote that the closure is needed to allow for repairs to several eroded sites along the monorail’s tracks. Instead, riders will be able to take NJ Transit buses to the airport from Newark Penn Station. However, Jack May, vice president of the New Jersey

Association of Railroad Passengers, said this is not the most convenient solution for passengers, because NJ Transit could run a bus service directly from the Newark Airport train station to the airport itself, rather than from Newark Penn Station. Emergency access roads were constructed near and connected to the NJ Transit/ Amtrak/Monorail Intermodal Station when the Monorail was built in 1996. “I think it’s a very poor policy of theirs,” May said. “Suddenly they’ve turned the faucet off, and it’s not really a responsible thing to do because once you build up patronage, it takes a long time to get it back after it gets turned off.” Mays said that 3320 people board the NJ Transit at Newark Airport Rail Station on an average weekday.

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Former Kenyan PM talks changes in Africa By Jacqueline Gufford staff writer

After his lecture “The Awakening African Lion” on development and change on the African continent, former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga sat down with The Daily Princetonian to discuss current Kenyan politics, his experience as an African Union negotiator in the Ivory Coast’s 2010-11 conflict and the rise of terrorism and terrorist groups in Africa. The Daily Princetonian: Political pluralism was established in Kenya as recently as 1991, and yet the presence of multiple political parties seems to make maintaining a stable state even more diffi-

University Director of Community and Regional Affairs Kristin Appelget advised students going to Newark Liberty International Airport via NJ Transit to keep the construction in mind while planning their route. “What this all means for students who use the train to get from Princeton to the airport is that they’ll need to allow for some additional travel time,” Appelget said. Students have expressed their concern with the changes, especially in light of the upcoming end of the semester when many students have plans to f ly home from Newark Airport. “I’m a big NJ Transit customer, and I probably use it to get to Newark Airport around once a month,” Sebastian Marotta ’16 said. “So this’ll be a huge inconveSee NJ TRANSIT page 3

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Africa has made economic strides in the last several decades and will expand further in coming years due to political advancement, former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga argued on Tuesday, in a lecture on development and change on the African continent. “If the continent you have in mind is of dictators and looters, think again,” Odinga said. Odinga, son of the first Vice President of Kenya, Oginga Odinga, held the position of prime minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013, when the political position was abolished with the passage of a new constitution. The executive position in Kenya is now vested in the presidency. To provide context for his argument that Africa has

progressed and continues to move forward politically and economically, Odinga noted several economic and political indicators. Over the past 20 years, real income per capita in Africa has increased over 30 percent, gross domestic product is expected to increase six percent per year across the continent, and 45 African nations are now considered democracies of varying degrees, he said. Chinese foreign investment in African infrastructure and raw materials has also increased, proving that Africa is a developing hub of trade, Odinga argued. Furthermore, he said that Chinese investment is not an exclusive partnership, so other nations should follow China’s lead and enter Africa as well. Though recent discoveries of vast oil reserves in See PM page 4

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cult. You, yourself have been a member of multiple parties. Has political pluralism helped or hurt your country? Mr. Raila Odinga: I think the answer is that it helps, because a democratic space has been opened, and the people are freer than they were under a single party dictatorship. In other words, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of association have all been enhanced by political pluralism. Granted, there are more political parties. But this is a nation of development, in a society which has been closed for far too long. But political parties eventually coalesce into groups. As See AFRICA page 2

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you can see, the new face [of Kenya] is coalition building. Like the last election, there were three major coalitions: the CORD coalition, the Jubilee coalition and the Amani coalition. That is where you see the formation of strong political parties. In other words you end up with a dual system like you have here in this country of Republicans and Democrats and the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats in Germany, and so on and so forth. But this is something in my view that is already in the making. DP: What about the ongoing changes in the structure of

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“... Freedom of expression ... freedom of assembly have all been enhanced by political pluralism.”

I think people would prefer more a mixed system rather than a presidential system; it is more accountable. DP: You were appointed as an African Union representative to participate in conflict resolution in the Ivory Coast in 2010. What was your experience in acting as an international mediator trying to help a nation resolve its troubles? RO: I think it was an exciting challenge. I had been through a similar situation back in Kenya and I thought our experience could be helpful to the Ivory Coast in solving their conflict. I went there with an open hand and negotiated with both sides very objectively, in an open manner. I think my going there, my involvement, somehow helped to create an international conscience to move decisively and end the bloodshed. DP: Let’s turn, for a minute, to the international community and the role they play in conflict resolution, for example in South Sudan. What is your opinion on the role of the involvement of the United Nations in the international community and conflict resolution? Should it be left to the African Union?

Raila Odinga, ex-prime minister of kenya government, including the abolishment of the Prime Minister’s seat in 2013? Do these changes help or hurt Kenya? RO: We went for a presidential system. This is an experiment and the jury is still out. We are used to a mixed system with [elements of a] Presidential and Parliamentary system. The President was a member of Parliament, and ministers were also members of Parliament. This new constitution has completely separated powers; members of Parliament are not ministers. Ministers are from outside. It is still frustrating.

ram have for African governments? Do they distract or set back nations trying to build infrastructure and pursue economic development? RO: Certainly yes. These terrorist groups impede development. They disturb national cohesion and create a lot of tension in a country. They disrupt the lives of people. They cause unnecessary suffering and pain to women, children and other people in society.

“We went for a presidential system. This is an experiment ... and the jury is still out.” Raila Odinga

DP: How can African governments solve that problem? How can they combat the rise of terrorist groups?

RO: The U.N. needs to move usually earlier and faster with resources. The AU can have the will, but they don’t have the ability because they don’t have the resources to send a peacekeeping force to stay in a country for a sustained period of time. That’s why there is a need for the U.N. to lead and the AU to be complementary. They [the UN] must also time their interventions. They often come too late, like in the case of Rwanda. The Rwandan genocide must not be repeated.

RO: They must unite, and they must support each other because these terrorist groups cross borders. They are not confined to one particular country. And they are interlinked, some of them, with international terrorist organizations. They have become an international issue, no longer a national matter. My opinion would be that all the countries in the world need to work together to share information and share experiences because many complement each other. This is an international affair and transcends national boundaries.

DP: What challenges does the rise of terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab and Boko Ha-

Interview conducted, edited and condensed by Jacqueline Gufford.

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nience if I had to take the shuttle from Newark Broad Street.” Other students have sought alternative routes to get to the airport, such

as the Princeton Shuttle to Newark Airport offered by Olympic Airporter. “It’s a good thing I use the shuttle service from Baker Rink,” Alexandra Toth ’17 said, “It’s really simple and helps avoid all the trouble caused by these changes.” Students like Kiana Amirah-

madi ’16 said that they hope the changes are only temporary. “If it’s just for 75 days, I think it’ll be fine,” Amirahmadi said. “But, if it extends further than that, I can see it becoming a major issue.” Service to Newark Airport will resume in the middle of July.

News & Notes Chance the Rapper cancels performance at Yale’s Spring Fling Chancelor Bennett, more commonly known as Chance The Rapper, has canceled his performance for Yale University’s Spring Fling on Saturday. Chance was expected to perform at the event with electronic-dance DJ Diplo and pop artist Betty Who.

According to a letter posted on his Twitter account by his manager Patrick Corcoran, Chance fell ill Friday night following his performance at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. On Sunday morning, he was hospitalized at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital with a high fever and difficulty speaking. Chance is currently recovering at his home.

The announcement that he would not be able to perform at Yale occurred the same day he announced that he would not recover in time for his second set of the closing night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. According to the Yale Daily News, the organizers of Spring Fling are in the process of finding another performer.

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Metric in everyday life could transform one’s life. Slaughter, who said that she established a personal morning ritual to focus on her wellbeing after reading Huffington’s book, said that her life had been more joyful and full of wonder ever since. Huffington and Slaughter noted that both men and women need to be included in the discourse on redefining success. Huffington said that women need to step up and lead the change. “The way the world is constructed at the moment, designed by men, it’s not working now,” Huffington said. “It’s not working for women; it’s not working for men.” Slaughter added that new role models for young boys are needed to prevent boys

The way the world is constructed at the moment, designed by men, it’s not working now. Arianna Huffington Huffington Post of life. She said that men are often more restricted in life choices, which is partially why the male vision of success is narrower. “We need to allow their sons the same choices that we give their daughters,” Slaughter said. An audience member who

did not identify herself by name raised concern about student mental health issues at the University, asking what Huffington thinks the problem is and how institutions could help students deal with extreme stress. Huffington answered that the main issue is the general view that stress and depression are part of a normal college experience. “It’s not an inevitable part of student life. It should never be,” she said. Huffington added that institutions should enable students to speak about their problems by initiating the conversation on mental health issues, as well as telling students what is important in their lives. The discussion, “Redefining Success,” took place at 7 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Center.

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over 12 African nations have triggered international predictions that more conf lict lies in Africa’s future, there are “equally compelling reasons to be hopeful,” Odinga said. “[African nations are] determined to invest oil money in infrastructure and human well-being,” he said, and added that “the power of the gun no longer confers the pride it once did.” However, despite significant developments, challenges remain if growth is to be sustained, Odinga acknowledged. African nations must address five key issues to move forward: expanding democracy, building infrastructure, facilitating interAfrican trade, addressing poverty and combating corruption, he said. The issues of corruption and infrastructure development, Odinga argued, are particularly important for African economies. Corruption is a widespread issue that deprives Africa of an estimated $148 billion annually, he said. Similarly, the lack of infrastructure internally and on the international level lim-

its economic development and inter-African trade that could contribute billions to African economies. To solve these complex issues, African states need to take initiative, citizens of African nations need to speak out, and the interna-

“The Asian tiger has danced on the stage for far too long, the African lion is now here and saying, ‘I am awake’” Raila Odinga ex- prime minister of kenya tional community must assume a role as well, he argued. Odinga expressed his support for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion initiative to bring solar and wind power to Africa — a project entitled Power Africa — as a critical step in building much-needed energy infrastructure on the African continent. More broad future goals, Odinga said, should include unification similar to that

of the European Union, so that travel and trade among African nations can increase and benefit all. The spread of technology and the growing African middle class prove that a unified Africa is not only possible but also developing right now, and is rendering national borders in Africa increasingly meaningless, he added. On the state and international levels, however, the dialogue must shift from issues of sovereignty and nationalism to focus on forming a community, Odinga said. Nevertheless, Odinga said that Africa is poised to enter the international stage as a location for economic investment and industry. “The Asian tiger has danced on the stage for far too long, the African lion is now here and saying, ‘I am awake,’ ” he said. The lecture, “The Awakening African Lion: Raila Odinga on the Continent’s Transformations and Challenges,” was held at 4:30 p.m. in Roberston Bowl 016 and was sponsored by the Wilson School, the school’s Innovations for Successful Societies and the University’s Program in African Studies.

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Ryan Dukeman

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AP credits should fulfill distribution requirements

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hen the time comes to pick classes at the end of each semester, we all find ourselves going through some stage of the same basic process: We consider how we’re going to fill our distribution requirements, what prerequisites or departmentals we need, which classes fill another class’s prereqs or how we’ll take classes around our independent work. Inevitably, the process becomes even more complicated when we factor in the afterthought of which classes we’d really like to take, which ones have the best professors or which ones have the most interesting topics. I believe that currently, the University’s distribution requirements — while much less restrictive than those of other schools — are still unnecessarily restrictive and that by eliminating or reducing some regulations concerning these requirements, Princeton can better achieve its goals. The goal of fostering a comprehensive liberal arts education is both understandable and laudable. One of the things that most distinguishes the American higher education system from that of the U.K., Canada or other countries is that at the undergraduate level, one can take courses in a variety of disciplines. Because of the 12-course rule, which mandates that no more than 12 courses can be taken in a given department, we can (and are required to) take classes completely unrelated to our major even after we’ve declared it. There are myriad reasons why such diversity of exposure is beneficial to one’s education, and they need not be rehashed here. Suffice it to say that by expanding our horizons, we create well-rounded learners who can apply their knowledge to the interdisciplinary problems of the modern world. While in principle I fully support the distribution requirements’ goal of furthering such academic exploration, I think that the quantity and specificity of the distribution requirements are of such a degree at present as to, in fact, work contrary to that goal. First, by designating how and what we are to explore, the distribution requirements overstep the bounds of such exploratory encouragement. Whereas the 12-course rule directly leads to exploration by forcing us outside of our departments (a negative obligation, in a sense), the distribution requirements tell us what to do with those free classes (a positive obligation). This directly contradicts the freedom to explore that which Princeton wishes to espouse. Promoting well-rounded students — instead of just allowing students freedom in course selection — by forcing them to take certain distribution requirement classes makes sense, as these two goals don’t necessarily overlap. But I believe that by expanding the AP credit acceptance policy, Princeton can increase the freedom students have in course selection without significantly hurting its efforts to create a well-rounded student body. This is not to say that there should be no distribution requirements at all, however. It seems logical and necessary that in the 21st century all college graduates should have some experience with science and lab work, some exposure to literature and the arts and some exposure to math, for instance. The (true) idea that a well-rounded 21st century college graduate ought be exposed to a wide array of subjects is not mutually exclusive with also allowing students freedom in choosing their course loads (beyond major and certificate requirements). For instance, it is true that all students should have some experience with literature and the arts, but it seems flawed to assume that a 5 on AP Lit doesn’t in any way fulfill an experience similar to taking a Literature and the Arts course. The main counterargument here is that the University already allows for a great degree of exploration and that the distribution requirements are there to promote well-roundedness instead of exploration. To this, however, it seems necessary to clarify that I’m not saying we don’t get enough exploration; rather, that by allowing for greater freedom in passing out of distribution requirements through AP and similar credits, we can have a student body that is both wellrounded academically and has yet more freedom to explore. The similar experiences, for example, of AP World History and HIS 201: History of the World Since 1300 should be recognized. Someone who does well on AP World History has, according to the original reason for the creation of APs (to allow advanced high school students to take college-level courses), received an at least roughly equivalent experience of an introductory Historical Analysis requirement class. Therefore, by allowing that student to pass out of one of his HAs and thus take any class he wants, the University allows its student body even more freedom in choosing classes without limiting the academic well-roundedness it rightly seeks to create. By allowing greater academic exploration without significantly diminishing the quality of the well-rounded liberal arts education Princeton seeks to instill in students, the increased use of AP and other credits to fulfill distribution requirements will be beneficial to the entire student body, regardless of degree program or academic discipline. Ryan Dukeman is a freshman from Westwood, Mass. He can be reached at rdukeman@princeton.edu.

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his spring, we Princetonians are experiencing what has been called “easily the worst lineup of all the Ivies.” I am referring, of course, to USG’s disappointing decision to subject us to GRiZ and Mayer Hawthorne this Lawnparties. Picking two acts who are generally unknown to the Princeton population is bad enough, and that decision was made even worse by the April Fool’s joke that preceded it. On April 1, all Princeton students received a USG email telling us that this year’s Lawnparties headliners would be JoJo and Nickelback. Perhaps this was never the intent of the joke, but excitement was instantaneous. I don’t think that they accounted for the fact that JoJo was the soundtrack to many a Princetonian’s life back in middle school. And the fact that she hasn’t released anything recently made her just washed-up enough to be plausible (hello, Aaron Carter!). I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that I, along with many of my friends, was already picturing myself singing along to “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little, Too Late” minutes after the email was sent out. Even Nickelback, the Internet’s most hated band, would be preferable to the acts who were eventually announced; we know them, at least, and we have heard their songs on the radio. But GRiZ and Mayer Hawthorne? Come on, GRiZ doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, and Mayer Hawthorne plays sleepy soul music, which hardly seems appropriate for the Lawnparties atmosphere. So instead of an

exciting afternoon belting out throwback songs from middle school, we will either be staring at a virtually unknown producer or falling asleep in front of some soul singer. The contrast between our potential Lawnparties and the actual event is extremely strong and disappointing. These acts would have been unsatisfactory in any case because of the infinitely superior acts at our fellow Ivy League schools. For example, Harvard will have Janelle Monáe, and Columbia will have Lupe Fiasco. USG should have realized that Princetonians would not exactly be pleased with the choices, especially in the face of such competition. Therefore, USG should have done everything in its power to mitigate the inevitable discontent. I am not necessarily blaming it for choosing such unknown musicians because it is clear that they were the best we could afford. As USG social chair Logan Roth ’15 told The Daily Princetonian directly after the announcement was made, “The best part, of course, is that they fit into our budget, that they’re available and that they’re down to come and play.” With this kind of rousing endorsement from the very guy who booked the acts, the larger Princeton community cannot have been expected to be excited about Lawnparties. However, his quote also makes it obvious why they were picked; anyone we would have actually heard of would be too expensive or wouldn’t care to come. Perhaps the problem is that we have two concerts whereas most schools only have one in the spring. Take Harvard, for example. It spends the entire year’s concert budget on one performance in the spring, Yardfest. Harvard also cuts

costs by having student bands open for the main act, Janelle Monáe. These cost-cutting measures are probably what allowed the school to hire an established and popular musician. The question for Princetonians then becomes: Which would we prefer? Do we want to keep Lawnparties as a biannual event with the risk that the acts hired will then be substandard, or would we prefer one big, blow-out event? Do we need two headliners, or could we settle for one? If the money spent booking GRiZ and Mayer Hawthorne were combined, then perhaps we could have gotten one musician who was greater than the sum of their parts. Of course, this means we might have to settle for an amateur opener, the way Harvard did with its student bands. However, I think the payoff of having one larger, more crowd-pleasing act would be worth such a small sacrifice. Of course, here at Princeton, we have a secret weapon that has no counterpart at Harvard: the eating clubs. Since, traditionally, the eating clubs also organize acts during Lawnparties, perhaps they could join forces to host one act that would please the student population. The main issue with Lawnparties is we need to develop an attitude of quality over quantity. Whether we reduce the number of Lawnparties in the year or the number of performers at each Lawnparties, we need to scale something down. With this new focus on less is more, we should be able to afford people who would really get us excited. Who knows, maybe we could even get JoJo. Zeena Mubarak is a freshman from Fairfax, Va. She can be reached at zmubarak@ princeton.edu.

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Letter to the Editor: April 23, 2014 To the Editor: Several recent op-eds in the ‘Prince’ have erroneously asserted that when the University makes decisions regarding students coping with mental health issues, it is motivated by concerns about liability and reputation. No evidence is offered to support this claim, and I can say from personal experience that it is simply not true. I cannot remember a single case when these concerns were even mentioned. The fact is that decisions are based entirely on two considerations: what is in the best interest of the student and what is in the best interest of the other residents of

this campus community. When the decision involves a withdrawal or a return to campus, each case is carefully assessed on its own merits and with broad consultation across all the offices that can contribute to an informed and thoughtful judgment. These offices can include the deans of the college and student life, the residential college staffs, University Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services, among others; if a graduate student, the Graduate School deans and staff can be included as well. We consult as fully as we can with the student’s doctors and family members, in each case trying to learn as much as pos-

sible about any risks the student may present to him or herself or to others in the community. We want our students to succeed. But we also want them to be safe. When a student is under the care of an outside physician or other health professional, we want to learn whatever that person can tell us, but we cannot delegate the decision about whether to encourage a student to leave or whether to permit a student to return solely to that person, to the student or to the student’s family. We have a responsibility to make our own assessment on behalf of the University based on all of the evidence available to us and to protect as fully as

possible the health and wellbeing of all members of the campus community. When a student is returning, we also have a responsibility to make sure appropriate support is in place so that the student has every chance to return successfully and to thrive. These are responsibilities we take very seriously, and we carry them out in a manner that respects the specific circumstances of each individual and each situation, even if, because of privacy reasons, we cannot discuss those circumstances with the press. Cynthia Cherrey Vice President for Campus Life Lecturer, Wilson School


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ers were used to, though that seems like selling college players short. The problem is, despite what it may look like, college baseball is not high school baseball. Though — unfortunately for us fans — the NCAA isn’t chock-full of Major League talent, college players are quite often as old and as big as MLB players. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, for example, was still 20-years-old and 6 feet 2 inches, 180 pounds when he made the AL All-Star team last year. Princeton has 23 players heavier than that and 12 players 6 foot 2 or taller on its roster this season. Sure, college student-

athletes are smaller than MLB players on average, but plenty of guys in the NCAA stack up with big leaguers in size. They may come in being used to metal bats, but college players looking to make it at the next level will have to get used to wood sooner or later, and they do. Metal bats first came into use in the 1970s when college baseball was almost unheard of. Today, while it’s still far more common for players to find MLB success out of high school, college baseball is seen as a legitimate proving ground for Major League hopefuls, and teams are increasingly willing to draft players who went to college. So why shouldn’t college baseball look more like the MLB? Plenty of college players

have already played in wood bat leagues as high schoolers, and that continues in college. It was his phenomenal offensive performance in a woodbat league, in fact, that finally convinced New York Yankees scouts to sign Princeton slugger Mike Ford. He had just won Ivy League Player of the Year, but they didn’t sign him until he hit over .400 with a wooden bat. Yes, a college player can be productive with a wooden bat. Coaches and players grumbled when new rules mandated “BBCOR” bats a few years ago, but the game seems all right to me. These bats are supposed to mimic wooden bats by reducing the “trampoline effect” of traditional aluminum bats, and they’re certainly a step in the right direction, but they

aren’t doing enough. According to the New England Baseball Journal, a ball that leaves a metal bat will be traveling at around 80 mph when it’s two inches away, whereas a ball that leaves a wooden bat will be traveling at 60 mph at that distance. Furthermore, the drop in velocity is “more precipitous.” BBCOR bats have reduced sweet spots, but they’re still there, and the reaction time for a pitcher who finds himself in the path of such a hit is less time than it takes to blink an eye. Good thing Foote didn’t blink. It’s not just pitchers who are in danger. If you’ve ever attended a Princeton home game, you know that the teams tend to sit outside the dugout with nothing between

them and the foul balls that are often hit that way. Plus, there’s no fence or net between the batter’s box and the stands. The only reason metal bats became prevalent in the first place is economics. While metal bats rarely break and are virtually impossible to shatter on contact with a pitch, broken wooden bats are a routine occurrence. Banning metal bats would undeniably put more of a financial strain on college teams, as they would have to compensate for each hitter breaking a bat or two over the course of a season. But it’s difficult to argue that increased chance of death by baseball is justified by the savings. Besides, what Ivy League school is going to be bankrupted by the

cost of a few more bats? The Ivy League can take the lead on this. It is often criticized (often by me) for spurning the NCAA and going in its own direction in favor of tradition — the Ancient Eight still does not allow its football teams to play in the NCAA postseason and prohibited freshmen from playing varsity basketball until 1977 — and a little bit of oldfashioned Ivy exceptionalism would be welcome here. Why can’t a league that bases so much of its policies on tradition see the benefit of going back to wooden bats? There’s nothing like the sound of the ball coming off a wood bat, and when you throw in the fact that wood makes the game safer, it seems like a nobrainer.

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While the Tigers’ chances are slim for climbing to the top of the Ivy South by the end of this weekend, a sweep against Cornell and three wins for Columbia could even Princeton with Columbia and Penn.

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DP: What’s your least favorite thing about being a student-athlete? EH: I’d say the time commitment. Having practice late, and then having to do work after practice; it’s difficult because you’re so tired. DP: What sport other than tennis would you play here? EH: Soccer. I played soccer until I was probably 16. And then I decided to just pursue tennis. DP: What has been the proudest moment of your career? EH: Definitely winning Ivies. I did not expect that we would win my sophomore year. It was, just … the best feeling ever. DP: Did any professional tennis players inspire you while you were growing up? EH: I actually don’t watch a ton of tennis. So I was never a huge fan of one certain player. I think if I had to choose one, it would be Kim Clijsters. She’s retired now, but she was just such a great competitor. Her presence on court had a lot of impact.

DP: Could you talk a little bit about what preparation you guys put in on the mental side of the game? EH: After every match, we always go into the team room. We start with one doubles and then we go through every dou-

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bles match. Each player discusses how their match went — what they did well, what they didn’t do well. Then we go through the singles lineup as well. Whoever’s not playing in the lineup will make comments about what they saw and what we can improve on. We didn’t do that last year. I think that this year, that really helped us. DP: Could you talk about the different mindset you have going into a doubles

as opposed to a singles match? EH: It’s very different. In doubles, you feel a lot more pressure because you have a partner. I think that we approach them both completely differently. Doubles is very team-oriented. You want to be able to pump up your partner and give her confidence. In singles, you just focus on yourself and what you need to do to win the match. DP: Could you talk about how your team has built an atmosphere of support for your players? EH: I think that what we do really well is that we do a lot of things off the court. We hang out a lot. We go to a lot of meals together. I think that really helps us bond because, especially this year, we learned that having a good connection with your teammates is important. Because everything shows on the court. DP: Who is the quirkiest member of the team? EH: Definitely (freshman) Dorothy Tang. We call her D-Tang. Every Ivy match, our coach buys a box of chocolates. And Dorothy eats them literally on the court, when she’s playing. It’s for energy. And it works. I don’t think she’s lost a match.

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After a strong freshman season, sophomore Emily Hahn played singles and doubles on the Ivy League Champion women’s tennis team. Her sport is commonly known as one of the most “mental” games. While the Tigers certainly put a lot of time into their strokes, serves and positioning, preparing a winning mindset has been a focus this year. We at the ‘Prince’ had an opportunity to sit down with Hahn to discuss the dynamics of her team. The Daily Princetonian: Where are you from, and what’s it like there? Emily Hahn: I’m from Richmond, Va. I’ve lived there my whole life, so I have a lot of good friends there. DP: What’s your concentration here? EH: English.

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DP: What’s been the best class you’ve taken at Princeton? EH: ENG 345, with Jeff Nunokawa. 19th Century Fiction. I liked his lectures a lot. He was always very interesting.

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DP: From that class or any other, what’s been your favorite book that you’ve read here? EH: Probably Jane Eyre, in 19th Century Fiction. I had never actually read it. So I got a chance to and then write a paper about it. It was one of my favorite books. DP: Could you talk a little about any notable prematch rituals you or your teammates have? EH: At the start of Ivies, we wore this all-black outfit. After we won that match, we continued to wear it throughout all seven matches. We had to do a lot of laundry. But I think it worked. DP: What’s your favorite thing about playing tennis at Princeton? EH: I think probably the team aspect. Before, in junior tennis, it’s very individually focused. Coming here, you’re able to be on a team and play for your teammates as opposed to just for yourself. When you win a match, it’s great to help your team. But then if you lose, and your team wins, it’s still a great feeling. See ON TAP page 7

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College baseball deserves wooden bats “That ball went right past the head of Foote!” Seton Hall’s radio guy said after one of Seton Hall’s players lined a ball right back at the Tiger baseball team’s junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Foote. Everyone in the press box laughed at the play on words, including myself. But if the ball had been hit a little lower, or if Foote’s reflexes hadn’t done their job so well, we would have been dealing with a very different situation. We might have been waiting for an ambulance. We might have been wondering whether a young man was concussed or even alive. In many ways, college baseball is a lot more like high school ball than it is the MLB. Games are relatively sparsely attended; fields are almost always the same shape and rarely feature outfield bleachers; and players will switch positions routinely (Tiger senior infielder Jonathan York was recently named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week). And, like they do in high school, the players use metal bats. Maybe metal bats were first used in college because they were what high school play-

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One week of regular-season play remains, and the seeds of the four-team postseason tournament remain to be decided. Harvard and Dartmouth rule the North Division. Their upcoming series will determine who will get home-field advantage in the postseason. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the Ancient Eight stack up. Dartmouth (26-14 overall, 15-1 Ivy League): While the Big Green lost its final game of last weekend’s series to Brown, the women of Hanover had won their previous 16 games in what has been a nearly perfect Ivy season. Dartmouth presents dangerous threats on both offense and defense: the Big Green’s Kelsey Miller is currently batting .373, good for third-highest in the league, and hurler Kristen Rumley has the second lowest ERA in the conference with 1.91.

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Penn (15-17, 10-5): Winners of eight of their last 10 Ivy games, the Quakers have turned their conference season around remarkably over the last few weeks. A strong performance in this weekend’s four-game series against Columbia will solidify them as winners of the Ivy South Division. Leah Allen’s .417 batting average is currently the best of all Ivy Leaguers, as is her mark of 34 RBI. Alexis Borden leads the Quaker pitching staff with a 2.15 ERA, currently third-best in the league.

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Harvard (27-11, 13-0): The gap between Harvard and the two teams above is miniscule as the Crimson has not lost since March 21 and currently boasts a perfect conference record. At the same time, though, Harvard only played one game against Penn because the other game was suspended. The mettle of the Cambridge women will truly be tested this weekend when they take on Dartmouth. Kasey Lange’s .387 batting average and 29 RBI are both secondbest in the league, and Laura Ricciardone has the lowest ERA (1.48) and most wins (17) of all Ivy pitchers this season.

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Princeton (15-24, 7-9): The Tigers currently sit three games out of first in the Ivy South. This weekend’s season against a mediocre Cornell side could give Princeton a chance to climb to the top of the Ivy South, should it sweep the Big Red while Columbia takes at least three of four games against Penn. Bizarrely, Princeton is the only team in the league currently coming off a win. Freshman pitcher Erica Nori currently has the fourth-lowest ERA (2.21) and the fourth-most wins (eight) in the Ivy League. Columbia (21-19, 8-8): These New York City softballers, like their stateswomen below, sit around the middle of the pack in scoring. They have managed 61 runs through 16 games. A recent bright spot was the stellar performance of infielder Alyssa Rodia, who won both Player and Rookie of the Week honors. In six games over four days, she tallied 10 hits in 19 at-bats, three homers, nine RBIs and eight runs. Wow. With a few wins over Penn, Columbia could upset Princeton and take the second seed in the South Division, thus earning a postseason bid.

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Cornell (15-23, 6-8): The Big Red will have a chance to improve on its subpar 2013 performance where it finished 8-12 in league play. However, the Ithaca side will have to do so on an away diamond, as it will be in Princeton for a pair of doubleheaders. A run total of 65, through 14 conference games, puts the Big Red just above the league average. In what has been a very poor effort from the pitching mound, Cornell’s rotation has allowed a league worst 5.33 earned runs on average.

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Yale (5-32. 1-15): It is quite shocking that the Bulldogs have been unable to put together more than 26 runs in 16 games. A batting average of .197 indicates a substantial dearth of offensive ability. Only three players have scored double-digit runs, and only four have knocked in home runs. Yale will likely find itself very close the bottom of the league, one year after winning only five of 20 games. Brown (3-31, 1-15): The Bears are likewise a mess, struggling offensively and defensively. In the former category, the Providence squad has produced only 30 runs. Additionally, Brown batters have been struck out an in-league high of 104 times. That’s 20 more than the next worst team (which is, unsurprisingly, Yale). The pitching has yielded a nigh-unwinnable ERA of 4.76. What’s more, the 23 errors are the worst in conference play. Maybe next year, Bruno.

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