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Campus landmarks named after former slaves By Audrey Spensley Associate News Editor


Jimmy Johnson, a fugitive slave, served the Princeton campus for 60 years as a janitor and food vendor. In this picture he is selling fruit from his wheelbarrow.

can children in Philadelphia. “Betsey Stockton’s life followed a remarkable trajectory from slavery to freedom, from Princeton to the Pacific, and back again,” an essay published by the Princeton & Slavery Project noted. Returning to New Jersey in 1833, Stockton founded the first school in Princeton for children of color and helped found what is now the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in 1840. She went on to teach for almost 30 years in the school that she had founded. “She was a tremendous leader in local education and especially for African-Americans,” Creager said. “When she died, citizens of the town, both black and white, came to pay tribute to her.” The library garden will be located near both the church Stockton founded and Maclean House, where she lived as a slave. “The space was facing the town, and we wanted to honor someone


with a connection to the city as well as the University,” Creager added. Johnson arrived at the University in 1839 after fleeing slavery in Maryland. He worked as a janitor for four years but was recognized by a student and subsequently tried under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. Although he was indicted, Theodosia Provost — a granddaughter of Samuel Stanhope Smith, the seventh University president, and great-granddaughter of John Witherspoon, the sixth University president — paid for his freedom. University students contributed money for his business on campus and, later, for his gravestone. “His relationship with the campus and with Princeton students was complicated,” Creager said. “I think it forces us to reckon with our past.” Over his six decades working as a vendor at the University, Johnson became a beloved figure among students, as an essay on the Princeton & Slavery Project website notes. “He was a figure that every student ON CAMPUS



Denmark said he believes that a Chinese world order will cast aside assumptions of liberal internationalism.

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Abraham Denmark, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and current Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, spoke yesterday on China’s growing role in the international scene as part of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. In the talk, Denmark ana-

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lyzed recent trends in Chinese foreign and domestic policies to attempt to understand China’s emergent power and what a China-led world order may look like. Denmark began by pointing out the differences between Nixon-era China and modern-day China. “It’s easy to forget how far China has come since when President Richard Nixon and Dr. Kissinger first reached See DENMARK page 2

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U. eSports reflects on U. celebrates naming of decade of evolution By Bill Huang

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came in contact with,” said history professor Martha Sandweiss, founder and director of the Princeton & Slavery Project. “He not only sold snacks and food, but he sold old clothes and recycled furniture.” The Committee on Naming chose to associate Johnson’s name with the East Pyne arch in part because it “looks out on the places where he befriended students and sold his wares.” “This archway, which was right next to the statue of John Witherspoon, seemed a great place to acknowledge the complicated history of the institution around slavery,” Creager added. According to the University statement, the University’s first nine presidents, including Witherspoon, owned slaves. “I think for both [Stockton and Johnson], Princeton is a place where they made their long journey from slavery to freedom,” Sandweiss said. University trustees requested submissions for naming the two proposed spaces in November. Over the

Over six years ago, on March 9, 2012, teams from 23 colleges gathered in the Frist multipurpose room to kick off a weekend of competitive e-gaming. Playing for $1,500 and Collegiate Star League playoff eligibility, the teams undertook their challenge for the weekend — StarCraft. The video game StarCraft is notorious for being technically demanding. Players take command of one of three unique races. Each race has its own playstyle and tactics, and players must build an army and overwhelm the opponent. To have any chance at winning, they must master both “micro,” the ability to control each unit individually, and “macro,” the ability to maintain economy, as well as execute an overarching strategy. Professional players often average close to 500 actions per minute over the course of a game. The competition itself featured a group stage and a single-elimination bestof-five playoff. Each team brought in its own set of gaming laptops and connected to the local network

to play in the tournament. The power even ran out at some point due to the sheer number of electronics being used. Mona “hazelynut” Zhang ’12, founder of both the Princeton eSports Club and the CSL, said that at the time it was hard to believe that it’d all started just three years ago with a small group of Princeton gamers in 2009. She became involved in gaming in high school and wanted a gaming community when she was in college. “I was like, I want there to be a Princeton team or at least a Princeton community,” she explained. “The moment I came onto campus, I was on the prowl to pry gamers out of their proverbial gamer closets.” Initially, the group was composed only of StarCraft players. But they could not find enough to accumulate the 20 signatures required for becoming a Universityrecognized club. They decided to expand to include Super Smash Bros. and Guitar Hero players. “So our first name was SmashCraft Heroes,” Zhang said. Things moved quickly from there. SmashCraft See E-SPORTS page 7

Today on Campus Noon: The Struggle for Coeducation “Keep the Damned Women Out” — a talk by history Professor Emerita and former Dean Nancy Weiss Malkiel. Dickinson 210

Arthur Lewis Auditorium By Benjamin Ball Contributor

The University held a reception to celebrate the naming of the Arthur Lewis Auditorium of Robertson Hall on Wednesday, April 18. “Arthur established himself as one of the foremost public intellectuals of the 20th century,” said President Christopher Eisgruber ’83. “It’s fitting that his name will grace the Woodrow Wilson School’s main auditorium, a space that continues to welcome renowned public intellectuals to this day.” Eisgruber spoke briefly to welcome Lewis’ family, faculty members, and other guests to the ceremony. “Sir Arthur Lewis is an inspiring choice to grace the most prominent lecture hall in the Woodrow Wilson School,” said Eisgruber. “Arthur was a pathbreaking scholar.” Lewis served on the University faculty for See LEWIS page 3


The University Office of Communications announced in a statement on Tuesday that two prominent spaces on campus will be named after slaves who lived or worked at the University. A new public garden located between Firestone Library and Nassau Street will be named after Betsey Stockton, and the easternmost arch of East Pyne Hall will be named after James Collins “Jimmy” Johnson. These names were recommended to the University Board of Trustees by the Council of the Princeton University Community Committee on Naming. Composed of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, the committee has previously recommended the renaming of West College to Morrison Hall after African-American writer Toni Morrison, and Dodds Auditorium as Arthur Lewis Auditorium, after West Indian economist Sir Arthur Lewis. Both figures were long-time University professors and Nobel laureates. “Last year, with more academic buildings, we focused on names of people who were associated more with the academic side of Princeton,” said Angela Creager, the chair of the Committee on Naming chair and a professor of history. This year, however, the committee saw an opportunity to recognize those who have served the University community outside of the faculty role. “The committee was working really hard to recognize people from Princeton’s history who weren’t just faculty members, who might not otherwise have a story on campus,” said Devin Kilpatrick ’19, who is a member of the committee. Stockton was a slave in Maclean House, home of the eighth University president, Ashbel Green, Class of 1783. After gaining her freedom, she traveled to Hawaii as a missionary in 1822, where she established a school for native Hawaiian children. In 1828, she founded a school for African-Ameri-

following months, the committee sifted through suggestions submitted to a form on its website. “The process was very democratic,” noted committee member Jonathan Aguirre GS. “We received hundreds of recommendations from the campus community, the town community, professors, graduate students, undergraduates, administrators.” The Committee on Naming was established by the Council of the Princeton University Community at the suggestion of the trustees in September 2017, following controversy over the naming of the Wilson School. Its purpose is to assist the trustees in recognizing and honoring “individuals who would bring a more diverse presence to the campus.” “It’s definitely going to shed light on the complex history of the community, but I think most importantly it engages dialogues for the future University community,” Aguirre said. This year’s selections also come after extensive historical research by Sandweiss and the Princeton & Slavery Project. “One of the things we at least hoped when we did the Princeton & Slavery Project, which was completely focused on the past, was that people would work with the present,” Sandweiss said. “It’s really thrilling for us that our research is now being used in the way we hoped.” Sandweiss also expressed optimism for the future. “This is a project that doesn’t just re-contextualize what we have, it creates something new and in doing so it enriches campus,” she added. The selections come after recent activism and conversation regarding legacies of important figures. Last year, Yale University changed the name of Calhoun College to honor alumna Grace Hopper in a re-evaluation of John C. Calhoun’s legacy. On Wednesday, April 18, New York City took down a statute of J. Marion Sims, who “performed experimental gynecological surgeries on slave women at his home in Alabama.”





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............. out,” Denmark said. “At the time, few acknowledged the long-term geopolitical implications of engaging China and encouraging its rise,” Denmark said. “Those who did just spoke hopefully of China’s peaceful evolution and predicted liberalism’s eventual victory. For a time, it seemed that history was moving in this direction.” According to Denmark, the West hoped that China would conform and contribute to the existing liberal world order. As China continued to develop, however, it has adopted its own independent agenda. “China is emerging as a power we’ve never seen before: wealthy, technocratic, and confident national security state based on the strictures of Leninism and with ambitions driven by a force that goes beyond nationalism,” Denmark said. “While Beijing likely views its approach as benevolent and virtuous, a Chinese world order will cast aside assumptions of liberal internationalism and embrace a system founded on Chinese exceptionalism.” Denmark pointed out two key motivating factors of China’s world order. The first is Xi Jinping, who recently made headlines for abolishing the presidential term limit. To emphasize Xi’s potential influence on China, Denmark quoted three phases of Chinese socialism: “under Mao, China stood up; under Deng, China grew rich; under Xi, China will become strong.” The second is the party it-

self. China’s goal, Denmark explained, is to ensure that the Chinese Communist Party can pursue its interests without any obstacles. Similarly, a key attribute of China’s foreign policy, Denmark explained, is that it is almost exclusively motivated by domestic concerns. “There’s no discussion in China of Manifest Destiny,” Denmark said. “Their ambitions are much more narrow.” Such a narrow focus comes from cultural precedence as well as from China’s dynastic history. Denmark then went over a few more specific examples of China’s interactions with other nations, including the United States’s commitment to its alliances in the AsiaPacific region, Taiwan’s ambiguous status in relation to China, and the recent focus on diplomacy with North Korea. In regard to U.S.-China relations, Denmark emphasized that the relationship shouldn’t be hostile, stressing that the relationship should not be like the one between the United States and USSR during the Cold War. “Our goal should not be to win, whatever that means, but to find a way to live together with China, in a way that allows both societies to flourish,” he said. The question-and-answer session focused on the growing competition between the United States and China. The talk, titled “Beyond Nationalism: Considering a Chinese World Order,” took place in Robertson Hall on Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m.

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20 years. In 1963, the same year in which he was knighted, he was appointed as a professor of economics and international affairs, becoming the first black “full professor” at the University. In 1979, he won the Nobel Prize in Economics. Eisgruber noted that Lewis’ academic career spanned multiple countries. He was named the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at the University, was the first West Indian-born Vice Chancellor of the University, and lectured at the University of Manchester, where he became the first person of African descent to hold a name chair at a British university. The Trustee Committee on Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy at Princeton released a report in April 2016 in which it called upon the University administration to solicit ideas for naming buildings and other spaces not already named for historical figures or donors. According to Eisgruber, the committee’s work would “recognize individuals who would bring a more diverse presence to the campus.” Eisgruber then asked the University’s committee on naming to recommend a name for the Robertson Hall atrium, and the committee recommended that the name of Harold Dodds be used for the atrium, while Lewis was to be honored in the auditorium. “Through the naming of the Arthur Lewis auditorium, we not only recognize an intellectual giant who contributed greatly to the world, but also take an important step to illuminate this University’s history more fully, and to ref lect the vibrant diversity of

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our society,” Eisgruber said. “The work of building a truly inclusive environment requires the support and active engagement of all members of this community.” The reception was held at 5 p.m. in the Harold Dodds Atrium in Robertson Hall, while a 10-minute video tribute to Lewis and his legacy played simultaneously on loop in the auditorium.

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The Review Committee should go back to the drawing board Rachel Kennedy



he Princeton University Board Plan Review Committee has been reviewing dining hall options for the past two years, and this week released a memo detailing possible changes for both under and upperclassmen. This proposal replaced the current options available with a mandatory “Unlimited” package for first-years and sophomores, and a mandatory “Community” meal plan for juniors and seniors not involved in the eating club system. This plan is less considerate of the diverse needs and wants of students than the current system and is out of step with undergraduate life. There are currently three plans first-years and sophomores can choose from, each varying in the amount of dining hall swipes and pricing. Ranging from $6,285–$6,840, the plans are consistent with other college meal plan prices, but at least students get to choose based on what they and their families are comfortable with. This f lexibility is something the Board Plan Review should respect and uphold. Proposed options for juniors and seniors are just as limiting, as the Community plan would apply to all of those not in eating clubs.

Much less expensive than the $6,630 underclassmen plan, the $2,500 upperclassmen plan aims to “reduce the stress associated with sophomore spring” — the season of bicker and sign-in for eating clubs and co-ops. While this is an important goal, the Review Committee should focus in a way that does not target student’s decisions to enroll in co-ops or becoming independent, popular alternatives to dining halls and eating clubs. While the plan aims to foster more cohesive communal eating spaces, it threatens late meal — the meal most conducive to community building. The memo that has been circulating slyly slips that “need for Late Meal swipes” would be limited under the new plan. The Committee is failing to see how late meal functions as a bridge for many different spheres of undergraduate life. From athletes finishing practice to those staying up to study in McGraw, late meal provides a centrally located, bustling, and entertaining environment not readily available anywhere else on campus. Especially for first-years, this provides an opportunity to interact more freely than the dining halls, enabling students to bounce from table to table and meet each other in a low stress, high energy space. Whether I have attended late meal prior to heading to Firestone, or following a night out on the Street, I always look forward it and know many would feel the absence of this community

feel if late meal were to be if it were stripped from their daily or weekly routine. Late meal facilitates campus connections and lively discussions, as well as the consumption of fried food and pizza. There is nothing wrong with a little selfindulgence here and there, but I understand everyday trips to the impressive quesadilla bar may not be the best choice. Although the University should encourage healthy eating, curbing access to late meal is not the right method. Fried food and ice cream are still available at all the dining halls, and students should learn how to forgo comfort food every once in a while, despite having constant access to it. There is at least one McDonald’s in most American towns, and any trip to the grocery store or pharmacy presents an opportunity to indulge in chips or some candy. These are the temptations of everyday life, and students should learn to take ownership of their health. While the University should sponsor healthy snack options for study breaks and promote the benefits of healthy eating through posters, it should also be aware limiting late meal does not actively impact students’ diets. As many features of the proposed plan seemed to contradict what I think to be students’ favorite aspects of the dining hall experience here, I researched how many students were in fact on the committee. I give the Review Board cred-

it for having a very easy to use website that does speak to its commitment to transparency, but what I found about “The Committee” plan was more disappointing than I had anticipated. On a committee of 23 members, only three are students. The University should be very aware of which aspects of student life are impacted when planning to curtail the freedoms of students. Three voices are not sufficient to research, communicate, and advocate for the viewpoints this student body. The Committee should either grow to maintain an even ratio of administrative and student voices or replace non-essential administrators with student leaders. As a first-year, I have not experienced the evolution of dining options that happens following bicker and sign-in period for eating clubs and understand that looms as an experience that informs many of the feelings regarding student life, and especially the necessity of eating at Princeton. But I am hesitant to support any mandatory program at a University that has made strides to be a more inclusive and accepting space. Although well-intentioned, this proposal seems to place more limitations on students rather than facilitating student’s growth towards making healthy decisions for themselves. Rachel Kennedy is a firstyear from Dedham, Mass. She can be reached at

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ark Zuckerberg’s cong ressiona l hearing was undoubtedly one of the most culturally relevant testimonies of recent American history. On April 10 and 11, the Facebook CEO sat down with legislators in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in response to the scandal of Cambridge Analytica — the political consulting firm that used the personal data of almost 87 million Facebook accounts in the spreading of Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential campaign. In the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg answered questions for 10 hours on Capitol Hill, speaking with over 100 lawmakers and answering over 600 questions in this congressional marathon of testimony. Zuckerberg himself can’t take much credit for the fact that his hearing made massive waves on the internet. Elected officials’ foolish and painstakingly out-of-touch questions for the Facebook CEO are what’s drawing attention. The list of comical yet shocking questions from Congress is too long to include in its entirety, but that doesn’t matter. The nature of Congress’ questions is what should cause worry in us — the youthful electorate. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii asked a question about “emailing in Whatsapp,” while Senator Lindsey Gra-

ham — through a metaphor about a Ford and a Chevy car — implied that Facebook holds a monopoly within the Internet, complete failing to grasp the reality that a host of other social media platforms (i.e., Twitter and Snapchat) compete with Zuckerberg’s. Frank Pallone Jr., one of our own state representatives in New Jersey, was unhappy when Zuckerberg answered questions with more-than-a-one-word answer. While Zuckerberg claimed that the issue was much more complex, Pallone expressed displeasure. Arguably the most buffoonish sight of both hearings was Utah Senator Orrin Hatch’s question about how Facebook could sustain a business model without charging its members anything. After a pause and look of befuddlement, Zuckerberg responded, “Senator, we run ads” to an apparently startled and confused Hatch. Videos of the hearing have circulated since last week, and the various scenes of elder, non-millennial legislators fumbling through questions surrounding the nature of Facebook and the internet at large have symbolized a very true and shocking reality. Our legislators are completely out of touch with the distinct realities of our ever-changing and multifaceted world. Legislators should put in the time to adapt to the progress of time or we should elect new representatives who exhibit a clear understanding of our world. Through their inability to truly grasp the nuance of technology-laden American life — exemplified

in the barrage of questions asked of Mark Zuckerberg lawmakers on both sides of the aisle demonstrated that while they claim to represent the American people, they don’t understand some of the most integral aspects of our society today, namely social media, modern culture, and the Internet as a network and as a community. The average age in the U.S. Senate is 63. While I do not want to purport any sense of ageism, this reality must be surfaced and discussed. Such a vast disparity negates the true, intended essence of democratic government: to stand for and represent the voices of all peoples. In this rigid divide of old and young made clear by Zuckerberg’s hearings, there exists an inconsistency in how our voices and opinions are being heard and understood in Washington. The internet is arguably the greatest invention of modern history, and the culture, networks, and communities within this ubiquitous part of our lives are not something to be dismissed or half understood by those in power. Without a deep understanding of the nuances and intricate nature of the Internet, there exists a potent risk of ruining and destroying the beauty of this human creation. It is difficult for legislators to appreciate that which they do not fully understand. And without the deep awareness of what the internet truly entails and represents in our modern world, there will be no moment of pause or second thought before they take steps to restrict, undermine, and ruin the


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essence of its creative and human magnificence in the foreseeable future. A lack of true consideration and basic comprehension surrounding the Internet could spell the end of the burgeoning creativity, far-reaching communication, and incrediblyaccessible information that it provides us today. Albert a pessimistic view, we could soon lose the freedom and the beauty of the internet because of Washington’s failure to speak its language and hear its necessity. We — the students of America — are the incoming members of this democratic system, and our voices should be heard, equally and powerfully, among the rest. While we lack in experience, we make up for it with a keen awareness of the times in which we live. As students at Princeton, this awareness manifests itself not only through the intense popularity of technologydriven concentrations such as Computer Science and Operations Research and Financial Engineering, but also through the ubiquitous role that technology holds in our education and daily life. Princeton is not unique in this pattern, instead serving as one ripple among the wave of technologically-focused progress in education and American life. It is undeniable that technology has come to occupy a substantial pillar of our lives, and this societal shift requires constant effort to remain afloat. While this recent event pertains most directly to the way that Americans access and use the internet, it represents a dynamic that could present destructive

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outcomes for a host of other issues. A disparity in understanding between legislators and the majority of the American people stands in the way of true democracy and the fulfillment of meaningful government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Members of Congress are elected and propelled to the national stage on the votes and support of us — the people. They are given this opportunity to work for us and to represent our voices in the nation. I have only one message for our Senators and Representatives in Congress: Adapt or lose. Kaveh Badrei is a sophomore from Houston, Tex. He can be reached at kbadrei@princeton.

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Heroes had its first intramural StarCraft match on Nov. 21, 2008, and its first intercollegiate StarCraft match against MIT on Feb. 7, 2009. In preparation for the MIT match, the team trained weekly in Frist 309, oftentimes practicing into the early morning. These sessions came complete with a coach, pizza, and homework. Unfortunately, the SmashCraft Heroes lost to MIT 2–3. Two months later, the team faced off against Tsinghua University in China. The match between the two colleges, ranked no. 1 academically in their respective countries, even prompted a New York Times article. By fall of 2009, the CSL had been formally incorporated, and soon after, the league had 26 schools in the first season. By Zhang’s senior year, the CSL had grown exponentially, featuring a nationwide league complete with regional local area networks and hefty prize pools. “It was a nightmare to put together… I did really poorly on my thesis by my standards, but I threw an

event that I will remember forever,” Zhang said. Nearly 10 years later, eSports has grown tremendously. The CSL now spans 10 different games with over a thousand competing teams and a six-figure prize pool. The professional scene has grown even more. Dota 2’s “The International 2017” offered a prize pool of $24,787,916 and League of Legend’s “2017 World Championship” reached 60 million unique viewers. Neither game even existed when SmashCraft Heroes was formed. “It definitely felt like a small beginning back then,” Zhang said. “The scene’s really growing.” Because the gaming scene has been changing so rapidly, SmashCraft Heroes changed its name to the Princeton eSports Club, Zhang said. Over the next few years under Kevin “uikos” Lin ’14 and An “StaRDuST” Chu ’17, the club also shifted from focusing on competitive StarCraft to accommodating a myriad of new video games. In particular, the “multiplayer online battle arena” genre took off. Beginning as a StarCraft custom game module, the MOBA DotA Allstars, followed by its counterpart

League of Legends and its successor Dota 2, gained massive popularity. Instead of managing an entire army, players would control a single powerful hero in a five-on-five battle. First-person shooter games, strategic card games, and countless other games have also emerged within the club. Each has its own appeal, so a range of players can find a game they enjoy. “The diversity in terms of interest has never been as big as it is now,” Chu said. “The problem of being a part of a group where you don’t play the same game has always been an issue for the eSports Club.” “Kevin’s philosophy, which I was basically running off of, was that Kevin valued having a club that was more about having a group of friends together,” Chu said. In one sense, club meetings are an avenue to relax and have fun. For instance, Chu recalled that the club created a lot of memes even when memes didn’t become mainstream yet. But Chu also emphasized that club meetings are also meant to “develop meaningful relationships.” Keo “NaCl” Chan ’18, captain of the DotA team, explained that “being on a


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team is not just about how you play; it’s also about communication and building a connection between players.” The club’s role, then, was pretty clear. Chu noted that in 2013, the team was required to spend time together due to limited internet infrastructure and insufficient audio communication. Recent technological innovations have largely resolved this necessity. The popularization of Twitch, a platform for viewing livestreamed gaming, ushered in an era of spectator gaming where streamers make a living off entertainment. The introduction of Discord, a platform providing audio communication between gamers, allowed gamers to play from the comfort of their dorms. Gaming no longer required gathering people, laptops, and wires into a single room. Nowadays, the eSports Club serves a facilitative role. Justin “JPirate” Tran ’20, the current president of the club, explained that “we develop a casual side and a competitive side.” The club organizes competitive teams that primarily compete in the various CSL leagues. This semester, the League of Legends team maintained a perfect 14–0 record. In addition, Tran noted that both the Princ-

eton League of Legends and DotA teams were invited this fall by the World Cyber Arena to an all-expenses paid collegiate tournament in Beijing, though they could not attend. Frank “Deltice” Li ’19, a member of the Hearthstone team, explained that the preparation process for tournaments requires significant strategizing. “We prepare by checking what decks past opponents have played and predicting what they would play against us, and then picking our decks as a best response,” he explained. The club also runs gaming events, which encourage gamers to meet and play, and a Princeton eSports Facebook group that helps connect its 389 members. “For me the main benefit of eSports is giving a sense of community — it provides an easy to reach entertainment and social scene rather than going to parties,” Himawan “Hima” Winarto ’18, a member of the DotA team, said. When asked about the future of eSports, Zhang wondered when the community would “reach a stability point where we can really just start committing to these games,” since the current fast-evolving nature of gaming leads it to be “more about breadth and less about depth.”

The Princeton regional LAN, 2012.

“My hope is that through all this experimentation and creation of amazing games, eventually the one true game, two true games of their genres crystallize and consolidate, and people can return to them to make it their life sport,” Zhang said. Chu noted that this raises the question of whether the club should receive more administrative support, especially in light of the rising popularity of eSports. Chu stressed that eSports should be treated separately from conventional sports and shouldn’t be fit into “an existing space of competition.” “eSports needs to be promoted to a level of support that transcends an ODUS club,” said Chu. “Perhaps if there is interest in doing that, you know, and if Princeton decides, whether it’s the administration or students or maybe the society at large, which wants to see more collegiate competition.” As technology inevitably advances, gaming and eSports will continue to evolve, with the possibility of incorporating recent progress in artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The tournaments for this school year are all finished, but the club is already planning an Ivy League eSports conference event for the fall.


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Golf prepares for Ivy League tournament GOLF


The men’s and women’s teams hope to end the season on a high note with success at the Ivy Tournament.

By Sam Shapiro Staff Writer

Heading into the Ivy League championships this weekend, men’s and women’s golf hope for wins to secure bids to the NCAA tournament. The league showdowns will run Friday through Sunday, with one round each day. While the course is not at “home” per se, the Tigers may benefit from the courses’ close proximity to Princeton: the men’s tournament will be held at Stonewall in Elverson, Pa., and the women’s will be held at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. Men’s golf hopes to

capture the championship after finishing in third place last year. The team will return four of its top five golfers. Look out for sophomore Evan Quinn, who has had a stellar season. Finishing third in the roster for the Tigers at the Ivy League championships last year, Quinn has led the Tigers throughout this season. The team finished in the middle of the Ivy League pack last weekend at the Princeton Invitational, tied with Cornell, ahead of Harvard, Columbia and Brown, but behind Yale and Penn. Women’s golf enters the tournament as the returning league

champs, hoping to capture a second straight title. Princeton returns with three of its four top golfers from last year: 2017 Ivy League Champ junior Amber Wang, second place finisher sophomore Alison Chang, and sophomore Maya Walton, who finished in seventh place. The Tigers are coming off of a fourth place finish at the Harvard Invitational, where they finished ahead of league competitors Brown and Penn but behind Harvard. Last weekend featured several strong individual performances, including a personal low score from the team’s sole

senior, Tenley Shield. “It’s always fun to have a low round, and it’s easier for me to play well when I push any individual focus on myself away and focus on contributing to the team,” Shield said, ref lecting on her exceptional performance. “I’m so confident that my teammates will be playing well that it allows me to be way more loose on the course, and also makes me fight for every shot, and I know a lot of my teammates feel the same way.” “We like to take our tournaments one round at a time, and we have team scoring goals we try to meet

every time we play,” Shield said, anticipating the championships this weekend. “For Ivies this will be no different, and each day we will focus on our own team and what we need to do ourselves, as that’s all we can control. Of course, our goal is to win Ivies this weekend, but we will do that by focusing on the same goals we have been all season long.” “The biggest challenge is always playing your best golf when you need to, which I’m confident we can do this weekend if we focus on ourselves and take it day by day,” she added.


Gross tosses first-ever shutout, but Princeton loses series against Penn By Jack Graham Associate Sports Editor

Baseball (8–16 overall, 5–4 Ivy) continued its Ivy League conference schedule this weekend with a three-game home series against Penn (11– 19, 5–6–1). The team received an absolute gem of a pitching performance in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader from senior righthanded pitcher Ben Gross, who threw his first ever complete-game shutout in a 3–0 win, but still lost the series after falling 7–2 and 10–1 in the other two games. The weekend’s results ​ brought Princeton’s conference record to 5–4, dropping them from second place to fourth place

in the Ivy League standings. The two teams with the best regular season conference record will play each other in a three-game championship series for the Ivy League title. ​ I n Friday’s series opener, Princeton got off to an early 1–0 lead on a second-inning single from junior catcher Alex Dickinson. Junior lefthanded pitcher Ryan Smith was solid through the first five innings for Princeton, keeping Penn off the board to preserve the one-run lead for the Tigers. In the top of the sixth, however, the Quaker bats woke up. Penn scored six runs in the inning, chasing Smith from the game. Princeton strug-

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gled to generate offense throughout the game, finishing with just four hits, and was unable to mount a comeback on Penn’s bullpen, losing by a final score of 7–2. ​ Going into the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Princeton needed a stellar performance from their ace Gross, and that’s exactly what they got. Gross allowed nine hits but conceded no runs, holding Penn scoreless for nine innings to record the complete-game shutout. Princeton’s offense was not spectacular, but it was efficient enough to give Gross the cushion he needed. Junior outfielder Jesper Horsted led the way, going 3–4 with an RBI single in the first

inning, and Princeton added runs in the third and fourth innings en route to a 3–0 victory. ​ Princeton was unable to capitalize off the momentum from the early game Saturday, getting blown out 10–1 in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Sophomore righthanded pitcher Andrew Gnazzo gave up five runs in the first inning and was pulled from the game immediately afterwards. The game would not get any closer from that point, as the Princeton bullpen conceded five more runs over the course of the game, and the Princeton offense did not manage to score until the ninth inning. T ​ his weekend, the team

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will begin its busiest and most important stretch of the season. They will play nine games in nine days, beginning with a road series against Columbia (12–21, 8–4) this weekend, continuing with a weekday home series, rescheduled from earlier this year, against Harvard (14–16, 4–5), and finishing next weekend with another home series against Yale (15–15, 9–3). With so many games ​ left to play, Princeton will certainly have the opportunity to return to the top of the Ivy League standings. If the Tigers wish to do so, however, they will need to play better than they did this weekend.

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