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U. to offer accommodations Students find Red for finals during Ramadan Bull cans under desks in McCosh


In the past, dining halls have allowed students to take meals to go during Ramadan.

By Albert Jiang Contributor

During finals period this year, the University is offering accommodations in the form of rescheduled final examinations for Muslim students observing Ramadan. The Office of the Registrar explained that it has long accommodated religious observance by rescheduling exams, in accordance with

its official final examination policy. This is the first time in recent years that the policy will be applied to the Muslim holiday. The holy month of Ramadan, based on the lunar calendar, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and involves obligatory fasting from sunrise until sunset. The start of Ramadan on Wednesday, May 16, will coincide with the first day of final exams.

“It has been a long-standing policy at the university to make reasonable accommodations for religious observances when possible,” said Sohaib Sultan, chaplain and Muslim Life Program coordinator at the Office of Religious Life. Sultan worked closely with University officials and notified them that the beginning of Ramadan this year would intersect with spring semester final exams. Although such a coincidence is rare, Sultan explained, “There is an increasing number of Muslim students on campus and [there must be a greater] awareness of the needs of Muslim students who are ritually observant.” Over a hundred students stand to benefit from this change, and those who choose to take advantage of this will need to inform their professors or residential college deans of studies beforehand. “I’ll probably be taking advantage of it for my exams that are in the evening, since the ones that are later on in the day will be around when the fatigue usually arises,” said Sirad Hassan ’20, the president of the Muslim Students Association. Hassan is a former news contributor to The Daily Princetonian. As a result, the University See RAMADAN page 2


“I thought it was a miracle because I pulled an allnighter and I was dying,” said Alex Reblando ’18.

By Sarah Warman Hirschfield, Ivy Truong, and Linh Nguyen Associate News Editor, Assistant News Editor, and Staff Writer

On the morning of Thursday, April 19, students sitting in the back row of McCosh 50 found energy drinks attached to the bottom of their seats along with promotional fliers. Alex Reblando ’18 was waiting for her lecture for PHI 201: Introductory Logic to start when she noticed a can of Red Bull attached to her seat. “I turned and looked at all the seats, and there was a bunch of Red Bull taped under the desks,” she said. “I thought it was a miracle because I pulled an all-nighter and I was dying.”

She took a Red Bull, and read one of the fliers. “Q) If you have an 8 a.m. lecture, then an exam at 10 a.m., and a project due by noon, what’s the trick to getting through the morning?” it read. “Check under your seat for the answer.” According to Red Bull’s website, Student Brand Managers (SBMs) are students at various universities across the globe who are “responsible for driving the brand image on campus, building belief in the product benefits, and ensuring long term loyalty starting with the college experience.” Red Bull boasts over 4,000 of these “student marketeers.” The company did not respond to reSee RED BULL page 5



NJ lawmakers oppose Trump admin. census

Former US cybersecurity coordinator urges caution


Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, “Census responses may only be used anonymously and for statistical purposes.”


The Trump administration’s plans for the 2020 census have caused controversy among New Jersey lawmakers from both political parties. The dispute hinges on whether the nationwide survey should include this question: “Are you a U.S. citizen?” For a state like New Jersey, which receives $63 billion in federal funding, the census could have immense consequences. Crucially, that funding is partially based on official population estimates determined by the census.

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The census will be conducted in 2020 by the U.S. Census Bureau, a part of the Department of Commerce. It will be the 24th census conducted since 1790. Participation in the census is mandatory for all U.S. households. The census currently asks about race, but it has not included a question on citizenship since 1950. According to opponents of adding the citizenship question, such as N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the new format would cause the census to undercount state populations. This is because non-citizens, or those living with a nonSee CENSUS page 3

Senior columnist Liam O’Connor encourages the University to advertise its alumni network to prospective students, while guest contributor and former eating club officer Alex Vogelsang urges upperclassmen to critically review their clubs’ sexual misconduct policies. PAGE 4


J. Michael Daniel presented his optimistic view on battling cybersecurity in the 21st century.

By Anne Marie Wright Contributor

On Thursday, April 19, J. Michael Daniel ’92, president of the Cyber Threat Alliance, discussed the implications of a growing cyberspace in his opening address to Cyber Security and Warfare in the 21st Century, a two-day policy conference on campus. Daniel addressed the common misconception that cybersecurity is a confusing field inaccessible to the general public. As an optimist, Daniel explained that his

positive approach necessitates framing the problem of cybersecurity in a way that diverges from the mainstream. In light of the new challenges and potential vulnerabilities facing society, Daniel explained that the timeliness of the conference. Vulnerabilities have arisen due to the expansion of cyberspace and the internet, which have become, according to Daniel, indispensable tools. Daniel emphasized that the cybersecurity problem is not a single-faceted chal-

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lenge. “Cybersecurity is not just a technical problem,” Daniel explained, adding that there are also political, economic, psychological, and behavioral challenges. “If you don’t take this all into account, you will fail,” Daniel said. Daniel previously worked as Cybersecurity Coordinator on the National Security Council staff. He was also Special Assistant to former President Barack Obama, a post in which he developed a national cybersecurity stratSee CYBERSECURITY page 3


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agreed to allow observing students to reschedule any nighttime finals to the following morning. This policy allows students to break their fasts after sundown and commit themselves to devotional prayers and the recitation of the Qur’an. “The policy is further proof that Princeton University is a global university that respects the freedom of religion and the practice of religious traditions,” said Sultan. The last day to reschedule exams with the Registrar is May 4. In the past, when Ramadan fell during the school year, the dining halls have given students the option to come in during normal hours to create to-go dinners and breakfasts to consume postsundown and pre-sunrise, respectively. “Muslim life on campus has definitely been improving, with the introduction of halal food to most of the dining halls on campus,” said Hassan. However, she said that the main thing she

would like to see improved is the introduction of more interfaith prayer rooms. “There needs to continue to be momentum to have the University administration listen to the requests of the Muslim community, especially regarding more prayer spaces and the implementation of a halal co-op for independent Muslim students,” Hassan said. “We are in the middle of working with the Office of Religious Life and students from MSA to brainstorm and identify the best possible options during Ramadan,” said Chris Lentz, associate director of marketing and community engagement at Campus Dining. “As of right now, there are no specific plans to alter dining hall hours; we are in still in conversations with them to figure out possibilities,” Lentz said. Currently, there are no definitive changes to food service hours or the implementation of accommodations outside of the dining halls, but Campus Dining plans to release additional details by the end of the month.

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egy. Urging caution, Daniel explained that, “The cyber threats we face are very serious. If we don’t begin to address some of the national security threats I’ve laid out here today, the benefits [of cyber technology] could begin to wither.” Daniel touched upon the speed at which the cybersecurity industry is growing. He explained that cyberspace is an issue unlike any other political challenge because it lacks borders. Daniel mentioned that every day, cyberspace is expanding by 10 million devices, and by 2020 there will be over 20 billion devices. He added that there are four pressing concerns regarding the growth of cyberspace, explaining that the cyber threat is becoming more broad, more frequent, more dangerous, and more disruptive as we continue to augment the industry. Cybersecurity is not a two-player game, explained Daniel, adding that when it comes to combating cyber

threats, there are many adversaries. Known as one of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse” during his tenure on the NSC, Daniel defied his moniker at the talk, emphasizing that dangerous cyber threats can be combated. He also mentioned that enemies of the state face limitations and constraints in their pursuits, and their pathways for action are limited. While rightfully recognized as a threat, cyber capabilities can also be used to level the playing field. Daniel pointed to Estonia as an example of a country which is not strong militarily but can still reap benefits from cyberspace. Daniel concluded that cybersecurity is not a problem to be solved and then ignored. It will not disappear, and therefore is an ongoing risk for our society — one that we need to learn how to manage. The conference is being cohosted by the Center for International Security Studies and the Center for Information Technology Policy and will continue with speakers and panels throughout Friday, April 20.

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citizen, may choose not to participate in the census for fear of arrest by immigration authorities. For states with large undocumented immigrant populations, like New Jersey, a population underestimate would mean significantly less funding for infrastructure and other federally funded projects. On a national level, this could cost New Jersey seats in the House of Representatives. New Jersey has joined a coalition of other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over this question. The legal basis for suing is that the census must count the number of “free persons” in each state. The lawsuit alleges that, given

this constitutional definition of the census, there should not be a question about citizenship. New York and California, states with two of the largest undocumented immigrant populations, are party to the lawsuit. “The 2020 Census count must be accurate, efficient, and completely nonpartisan. Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census questionnaire compromises each of these core goals,” said N.J. Senator Cory Booker. On the other side of the debate, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross defended the citizenship question, saying that it “is no additional imposition since census responses by law may only be used anonymously and for statistical purposes.”

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Reunions are forever

Liam O’Connor

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or the past two Mondays, gaggles of elated high school seniors have been wandering around campus with their brightorange folders for Princeton Preview. They’ve been admitted to Princeton and are now seeing what the University has to offer. Despite the myriad activities — ranging from a cappella shows to public lectures — Preview is missing a significant aspect of Princeton which no prospective student should leave without knowing about. I hosted four students over the past two weeks and asked them if they heard anything about the University’s alumni network at Preview. They said no. Daniel Day, the assistant vice president for communications, confirmed in an email that Preview doesn’t have an alumni presence. This is a major pitfall. The Alumni Association of Princeton University is one of the University’s most fundamental aspects. Future Previews should have an event that allows admitted students to learn about the post-graduate Princeton experience. Preview has two goals.

First, it allows seniors who have already picked Princeton to meet their future classmates and explore the school’s activities before officially arriving as students in September. Second, there are many students who have been accepted to multiple colleges in addition to the University. Preview is an opportunity for them to determine if they “fit in” and if they want to commit. This second goal is crucial because the University has historically lost a number of admitted students to other institutions. In 1985, Spencer Reynolds — the assistant dean of admissions at the time — said, “The numbers have been fairly consistent over the years. Harvard has been the college students choose and represents the largest loss we have.” He added, “Stanford is considered a ‘hot’ college. It’s [sic] appeal may be faddish, but it’s a terrific university.” Today’s admissions officers aren’t so blunt in their comments. But little has changed. The University still loses admitted students to Harvard, and Stanford is a fierce competitor instead of a fad. Both institutions — along with Yale and MIT — had higher yields for the class of 2020 than the University, meaning that a greater percentage of admitted students chose to

attend those colleges than decline their offers. In light of these statistics, the University should do everything possible to ensure that the best and the brightest choose Princeton over Palo Alto. This school has two strengths that no other institution can beat: its undergraduate focus and alumni network. The former is drilled into admitted students’ heads throughout Preview. The latter is missing. Although I haven’t graduated, the alumni have already been a special part of my Princeton experience. As I marched through FitzRandolph Gate during the Pre-rade, I immediately felt connected to a larger community when I saw white-haired alumni sporting goofy orange blazers and showing an indomitable school spirit. Since then, I’ve enjoyed going to many alumni dinner talks and having coincidental run-ins with them across the country. I haven’t even touched on the Reunions juggernaut. The prospect of having an annual party with one’s college friends for the rest of one’s life is a very appealing aspect that could lure some students away from the big H. Fantastic career connections are also a significant benefit of being a Princeton alumnus. But admitted students currently walk away from Preview without knowing this.

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An alumni presence should be integrated into future Previews just like any other Princeton program. Perhaps it could be an open house to teach school traditions or a miniature cocktail party, sans alcohol, where admitted students talk to alumni about their experiences after graduation or allay their fears about job prospects with Princeton’s tough grading. Another, albeit more ambitious, option would be to ask alumni interviewers to meet with admitted students in their area. The alumni have a vested interest in helping Preview, too. These talented high school students are possible future alumni – though they won’t join the alumni’s ranks if they become Bulldogs instead of Tigers. Everyone at Princeton knows that it’s the best university in the world. But admitted students haven’t realized that yet. Preview is an opportunity to show off Princeton’s strengths. As alumni are the school’s most enthusiastic supporters, their presence at Preview can ensure that more admitted students pick orange over crimson. Liam O’Connor is a sophomore from Wyoming, Del. He can be reached at

The role of upperclassmen in sexual misconduct culture Alex Vogelsang

Guest Contributor


he first time I met the Class of 2019, I was Anna in the SHARE play. I met the Class of 2020 the following year, as a director. A funny thing happened to me when I did that. When I told people, “I’m directing the SHARE play,” more often than not, they would tell me their opinions about misconduct on campus. Sometimes, people would share a personal story. I learned that lots of people don’t know the University’s definition of sexual misconduct. I learned that many people, more than I originally thought, have dealt with misconduct, but would never dream of talking to the University’s Title IX committee and couldn’t handle the stress of an investigation. Moreover, I learned that people don’t talk so much about misconduct after freshman year. One RCA went so far as to say that juniors needed to see the SHARE play again — that they were the ones who needed it. With all this in mind, I became an eating club officer. Aside from my direct responsibilities, I wanted to do only one thing: Change my club’s sexual misconduct policies. There were office hours. I spent roughly six hours a week talking about sexual misconduct during April 2017. I spoke to students and SHARE administrators, officers and non-officers, to people with whom I agreed and disagreed. I have been told things I have promised never to share with others. I changed my mind a huge number of times. At the end of all this listening, I tried

to advocate for change. In retrospect, I think I was trying to be a vessel for the opinions of others. I’m sure many students’ Princeton experiences evade discussions of sexual misconduct. Mine has been drenched in them. The next thing I learned was a lesson of perspective: No matter how many people you try to represent or advocate for, you will never be more than one person. Looking at you, someone doesn’t see how many different opinions you’ve heard and weighed; they see one person, one opinion, one vote. Individuals cannot make change alone; groups make change. I changed almost nothing. Everyone’s time was wasted. Fast forward to this spring. I am not an officer anymore. A junior is complaining about something. He doesn’t like something our eating club does. I listen, and explain how I think that thing could be changed. He responds, “I would be so happy for you to change that. Let me know if I can help.” I am leaving Princeton with lower tolerance for those who complain about something they can change and then do nothing. I cannot be a vessel for the opinions of others anymore. It is ineffective. Moreover, I am a senior. I am leaving. I am not an officer. I am exhausted. Yet, for all the people who confided in me, for all the bathroom conversations I’ve had about Title IX cases, and for all the times I’ve heard someone who prevented a hookup call it “kind of rapey,” I feel it would be irresponsible not to try one last Hail Mary before I graduate. This is it. I turn to you. I am only one; you could be many.

Many of Princeton’s eating clubs need to have real, meaningful conversations about their sexual misconduct policies. I’m sure some of the clubs have passed down complete and well thought-out policies. I am also sure that many have not. Perhaps you are in an eating club whose only formal policy is the Interclub Council’s. The ICC policy reads: “Sex and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, (as defined under ‘Rights, Rules, Responsibilities’) are prohibited on or about all Club premises…. Members shall endeavor to ensure that the Club maintains an atmosphere free of any pressures on other members, guests and employees relating to sexual misconduct.” Here are many questions that the ICC guidelines do not answer: What kind of documentation should be passed down through eating club officer corps and memberships related to misconduct? Should sexual misconduct be treated differently than other disciplinary problems, like violence or destruction of property? How should eating club officers handle a sexual misconduct complaint from one member about another member? What if the complaint was about an officer? What about from a member about a nonmember? How much investigatory responsibility should an officer corps take on related to these complaints? Are eating club officers responsible for enforcing university no-contact orders? Which kinds? What about no-contact orders related to Title IX investigations? If you are a Bicker club, how best should your

Bicker process handle sexual misconduct? Should your club care about the results of Title IX investigations if the investigation was about one of your members? Or an officer? With which verdicts? What are your responsibilities if you witness misconduct, or more specifically assault, in your club’s building between nonmembers? (P.S. Do you know the University’s definition of sexual misconduct?) If you are an eating club member: Do you know your club’s answers to these questions? Does it matter to you? You are paying dues, after all. Misconduct is a disciplinary problem, and thus one of the University’s responsibilities, but more than that it is a cultural problem. How our most prominent social institutions handle sexual misconduct says volumes about how we, the students, tolerate and normalize misconduct in our own communities. Can you say you are proud of the culture that you have supported? If you are an officer: Your corps should have answers to these questions. Perhaps you will never deal with a Title IX conf lict, or a nocontact order, or any of the other conf licts alluded to above during your time as an officer. I can promise you that there have been officers before you that have not been so lucky. You are in a position to alter the culture of the communities that many Princetonians call home. Think critically, listen often, and thank you for your time. I write not to tell you what to think, just that you should think. Members, talk to your officers, and officers, talk to your grad boards. One prescription will not fit all. Addition-


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BOARD OF TRUSTEES president Thomas E. Weber ’89 vice president Craig Bloom ’88 secretary Betsy L. Minkin ’77 treasurer Douglas J. Widmann ’90 Kathleen Crown William R. Elfers ’71 Stephen Fuzesi ’00 Zachary A. Goldfarb ’05 John Horan ’74 Joshua Katz Kathleen Kiely ’77 Rick Klein ’98 James T. MacGregor ’66 Alexia Quadrani Marcelo Rochabrun ’15 Richard W. Thaler, Jr. ’73 Lisa Belkin ‘82 Francesca Barber trustees emeriti Gregory L. Diskant ’70 Jerry Raymond ’73 Michael E. Seger ’71 Annalyn Swan ’73

142ND MANAGING BOARD managing editors Isabel Hsu ’19 Claire Lee ’19 head news editors Claire Thornton ’19 Jeff Zymeri ’20 associate news editors Allie Spensley ’20 Audrey Spensley ’20 Ariel Chen ’20 associate news and film editor Sarah Warman Hirschfield ’20 head opinion editor Emily Erdos ’19 associate opinion editors Samuel Parsons ’19 Jon Ort ’21 head sports editors David Xin ’19 Chris Murphy ’20 associate sports editors Miranda Hasty ’19 Jack Graham ’20 head street editors Danielle Hoffman ’20 Lyric Perot ’20 digital operations manager Sarah Bowen ’20 associate chief copy editors Marina Latif ’19 Arthur Mateos ’19 head design editor Rachel Brill ’19 cartoons editor Tashi Treadway ’19 head photo editor Risa Gelles-Watnick ’21

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ally, I am not targeting any single club. Too many in my own circle scapegoat clubs like Tiger Inn and Cottage Club to absolve their own. Sexual misconduct does not limit itself to one club, and does not exist only in the stereotyped pockets of this campus. Misconduct is a campus-wide issue. Perhaps it is time for our most famous social institutions to start treating it like one. Alex Vogelsang is a senior in the Department of Computer Science. She can be reached at

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quest for comment. This advertising strategy is not new for Red Bull. Steven Lindsey, a student brand manager at Grand Valley State University, uploaded a video in January 2017 that showed how he also put Red Bull cans under tables, and left the same Red Bull advertisements on top. Others across the country also reported finding the advertisement and the accompanying Red Bull can in packages containing textbooks. Facebook user Derek N. Tammy Scott posted a charged message on his timeline after finding one of the flyers and a Red Bull can in his son’s textbook order. “[S]hame on you red bull [sic] for sending free cans of redbull [sic] in our college kids [sic] textbook order saying[,] ‘looking for the right study buddy’…. [U]hhh[,] hell to the poisonous NO!!” the post reads. “Ruthless[.] How about get good rest, exercise & eat healthy!! & send $$ for groceries.” The company is currently looking to hire SBMs at other Ivy League universities, including Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Responsibilities include integrating Red Bull products and brand with “Big Moments” on campus, developing relationships with “campus opinion leaders,” helping local sales teams with distribution on campus, and reporting school beverage contracts to company management. Requirements for this position include being a fulltime college student and being fluent in English. There is no job listing for the University, or any other college in New Jersey. The incident in McCosh Hall comes more than a month after a person advertising for Cousins Paintball walked into various lectures on campus and offered heavily discounted prices for paintball tickets. Hear or see anything about Red Bull on campus? Send an email to

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Women’s club soccer, Wawa United compete in a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ By Harry Lord Staff Writer

Last Friday evening, fans f locked to FinneyCampbell Field for an historic soccer game: the inaugural Wawa United FC vs women’s club soccer derby. Wawa United is a soccer club made up of Princeton students, which was founded last year by Jonny Hopcroft ’20, the current team captain. The team normally plays its games in a local recreational league. The stakes had been set by a preceding week of speculation and anticipation. Carson Clay ’19, a member of the women’s team, previewed the game as a “Battle of the Sexes,” while teammate Rucha Alur ’20 explained that, “If we lose, I’m going to be really, genuinely disappointed.” Meanwhile, score predictions were being thrown around like empty promises in a USG election campaign. Wawa’s social chair, Matan Grinberg ’20, laid out perhaps the most ambitious forecast the day before the game, declaring, “I think we [Wawa United] will win 7–0…. We can do it.” Clay is a writer for The Daily Princetonian’s Street section. When specially appointed referee Ale Tenconi-Gradillas ’21 blew the starting whistle, coaches of both sides looked to decipher the opposition’s tactical setup. This task was made considerably easier as a drone was sent

into the sky to capture bird’s-eye-view footage of the game. After a fractious opening period, Wawa center-half Jan Domingo Alsina ’20 managed to break the deadlock. Exploiting his 8-inch height advantage over his counterpart on the opposing, Domingo stood tall to “head” home from the corner (the ball actually def lected in off his shoulder). Despite Wawa’s early lead, women’s club soccer was clearly a strong competitor, and it quickly showed itself to be a well-drilled unit. Technical prowess was complemented by physical intensity, as defender Naomi Cohen-Shields ’20 let Tom Salama ’20 know who was in charge with an early tackle, sending the helpless Wawa playmaker to the ground. The women were rewarded for their efforts, as Natalie O’Leary ’21 capitalized on a piece of suspect goalkeeping to stab home the equalizer from close range. Salama is a former opinion writer for the ‘Prince.’ However, after the team snatched a goal through Dan SitbonTaylor ’21, Wawa United led 2–1 at half-time. With manager Matthew Timo ’20 barking instructions to his players through a megaphone, Wawa looked revitalised in the second half. Hopcroft attributes the change in fortunes to his tactical reshuff le. “I told them we were switching to a 4–5–1 in the second half,” he


Wawa United defeated women’s club soccer in a friendly match last week.

explained at full-time, “this really helped us in the center of midfield.” From side-line observation, however, the tactics seemed similar to the previous strategy; Wawa kicked the ball forwards and ran towards the opposition goal. The only difference was that they did so with more energy and intent. Salama and Gabe Birman ’20 finished off chances to make the score 4–1, before Lorenzo Munoz ’21 put the nail in the coffin for the women’s team. The crowd looked surprised by his genuinely skillful goal, as

an exquisite half-volley rif led home the ball into the roof of the net. Sadly, the match ended with hints of controversy, after the integrity of referee — and friend of Hopcroft — TenconiGradillas, was brought into question. Screams of injustice reverberated around Finney-Campbell Field. “Two of the goals were clearly offside — why do you want them to win?” exclaimed one angry pitch-side fan. Despite drone footage of the offside goals, it was maintained that the incidents in question were irreversible. Hopcroft

was quick to assert that, “As with Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup Final, these controversies shouldn’t obscure what was a momentous and significant win for the club.” Women’s defender Celeste Claudio ’20 carries the scars of last Friday’s tough encounter, a soccer ball imprint still patterning her leg. Women’s club soccer will be keen to avenge its loss in the next chapter of this newly constructed rivalry, and if the first game is anything to go by you definitely won’t want to miss it.

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Review of ‘Crowns’: A McCarter Production Isabel Griffith-Gorgati Contributor ‘19

I settled into my balcony seat at McCarter Theater Saturday night on the promise of “a joyous musical celebration,” and “Crowns” delivered in unexpected ways. The musical, which features an entirely black cast, opens with the main character, Yolanda, rapping about her neighborhood of Englewood, Chicago — a home she had been ripped away from following the death of her brother, Teddy. Yolanda’s hip-hop expression starkly differentiates her from the gospel music of her old-fashioned, Southern, church-going, hat-bearing grandmother named Mother Shaw, with whom she reluctantly moves in. As the two painstakingly

Their runway? Church on Sundays. The hats aren’t just a fashionable indulgence — they are steeped in traditions of empowerment, both personal and cultural. Wearing hats, accumulating hats, taking hats off — these gestures unite, divide, and propel lives, and even civil rights movements. The cast is small and stays onstage for virtually the entire production, which features no intermission, in an impressive feat of energy. Only one pianist and one drummer are on the stage, and they carry the cast through the whole show. The show thus captures a sense of intimacy as well as expansiveness — the latter helped by the constant projections of different settings, themes, and memories on the back wall of the stage. The actors switch in

loss, and isolation: I heard audible gasps from the audience when Yolanda, entrenched in her worst memories, delivers the line, “My love shot my love, and killed me.” An outline of a body on the ground serves as a con-

stant reminder of Teddy’s death and the hole he left behind. The women’s joy is all the greater for their suffering. I was moved to tears when a woman at church sings exultantly to Yolanda, “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,” as if she might pull the teenage girl’s pain right out of her body. overcome the gulf between them, their modes of musical expression gradually converge in a way that can only be described as “joyous.” Bringing hip-hop into this reimagined version of an early-2000’s McCarter Theatre hit keeps the story rich, contemporary, and sharp. The name “Crowns” refers to the numerous elaborate hats that adorn the heads of the “hat queens” gracing the McCarter stage, and the women are as glorious as their attire: Yolanda’s grandmother and her exuberant group of friends of all ages and backgrounds.

Yolanda’s journey is one of recovering connection and finding spirituality. “Crowns” is positively triumphant, both emotionally and artistically. As the second-to-last show of the season, it closes off a year of jubilant McCarter productions.

and out of different characters seamlessly, although there are some instances of confusion or incongruence — for instance, one male actor plays a range of characters of very different ages, some more convincingly than others. This extravagant ode to hats is liberally showered with moments of self-aware humor, such as one woman’s declaration that she’d sooner lend her children than her hats, or a frustrated husband’s reminder that Mother Shaw has so many hats but “only one head!” Yet it is also punctuated by moments of intense pain, All images courtesy of

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A Senior Thesis Exhibition by Pauline King Heather Greace Contributor ‘18

Image courtesy of The Art Newspaper Senior Pauline King’s “Somatoscapes” is showing in the Hurley Gallery at the Lewis Center for the Arts

Image courtesy of Heather Grace “Somatoscapes” are pyramidal sculptures made of industrial-looking plywood with metal coatings

Though winter and spring seem to be playing a sick game of hide-andseek, “thesis season” is no doubt upon us (and unaltered by Mother Nature’s on-again, off-again sense of control). For seniors in the visual arts department, however, “thesis season” refers to the entire spring semester, with some thesis shows happening as early as the last week in February and continuing through the first week in May. To accommodate solo exhibitions for each senior in the program, some students show during the same week, utilizing exhibition spaces at 185 Nassau Street, now the main headquarters for the Department of Visual Arts, as well as Hurley Gallery, an added venue for exhibiting seniors since the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts this year. This week marks the fifth week of thesis shows in the visual arts program, with senior Paulina King’s exhibition “Somatoscapes,” currently on view in Hurley Gallery. Primarily a sculptor and photographer, King has worked with tri-color film portraits and process-oriented sculptural series that combine industrial materials with a spatial sensibility informed by the natural world. In “Somatoscapes,” a title that signals the importance of the viewer’s bodily relationship to the sculpted environment, King shows new

works that explore materiality and repetition within an immersive landscape. A series of pyramidal sculptures serve as the focal point of the show, exhibiting King’s year-long exploration into patinas, which cover their triangular surfaces. Cut from plywood, each piece is then treated with metal coatings and a solution of ammonia, vinegar, and salt to produce a patina on top of the wooden surface by the end of a one to two-day drying period. By varying room temperature and the salt solution’s formula and application method, King achieves a range of colors and textures throughout her series. As a whole, the works have the appearance of an unnatural mountain range, with coppery and blue-green colorations covering the clustered peaks. There is a simultaneous stability and complicating subtlety to the works, whereby the initial associations of solid metal and monumental ancient structures are nuanced by the realization of their simplistic plywood construction, along with a knee-height scale that packages the pyramids as art objects rather than massive architectural features. This contrast also appears between their hard, geometric edges and the delicate, swirling surfaces of the patina, which have a more organic look. Certain patinas do more work than others in bridging this space between geometric and organic, such as the three pyramids that feature a brick-like pattern, alluding to geometric units and physical construction processes. Working at the intersection of natural and industrial forms, King draws influence from her own relationship with nature, having grown up with enviable views of the western United States. Many of her sculptural works have been installed outdoors — one wooden piece King created last year now lays in a field at the family farm in Kansas — and she even considered exhibiting her thesis show in an outdoor space. Commenting on her thought process between the natural and industrial aspects of her practice, King said that the two often seem to work together, but ultimately manifest in different ways. “So, the metal pieces look industrial, and even the pyramids [do, too],” King said, “but when they come together as a collective, they form an organic shape that feels more natural than the object alone.” “Somatoscapes” by Paulina King is on view until Saturday, April 7, 2018. Hurley Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.


-Ask Auntie J-

Auntie J here with your weekly dose of wisdom. And, even if you’ve only seen the rain this week, I can promise you that there’s salacious gossip, mystery, intrigue, romance, and much more floating around in this Jersey air. Our question this week comes from ‘Fed up with being polite’:

Hello sweeties! “In CA this fall, I met a student “Mark” and hung out with him a lot in the first few weeks of the semester. As I got to know him better I felt that we didn’t really click as friends and that I don’t enjoy his company; for example, our senses of humor don’t mesh and he is very political while I am not. Although our

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CA group met for lunch often

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Friends or More?

Dear Sexpert, Do you think that the emotional intimacy that you have with a friend versus a romantic partner is substantively different? — Friends or More?

Dear Friends or More, Emotional intimacy is a universal component of interpersonal relationships. We feel a degree of emotional intimacy with our parents, best friends, professors, coaches, and significant others. What distinguishes these relationships from each other is the intensity of emotional intimacy between involved parties. By emotional intimacy, I mean the “perception of closeness

to another that allows sharing of personal feelings, accompanied by expectations of understanding, affirmation, and demonstration of caring.” Emotional intimacy is highly dependent on trust between individuals. When trust is built between two people, it leads to mutual disclosure of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Unfiltered sharing of one’s true self undoubtedly leads to feelings of closeness which can be expressed via verbal and nonverbal cues. For example, emotionally intimate friends may demonstrate their closeness by sharing a recent triumph or offering a physical shoulder to cry on. Because trust can be achieved in the context of any interpersonal relationship, it is natural to question whether the nature of this trust would differ in a platonic versus a romantic relationship. Often the word “intimacy” is associated with sexual activity. But there are many types of intimacy, and emotional intimacy can undoubtedly be achieved without sexual intimacy. However, achieving other types of

intimacy within a relationship can strengthen emotional intimacy simultaneously. Types of intimacy include intellectual, experiential, sexual, and emotional. While both intellectual intimacy (closeness associated with sharing ideas and thoughts) and experiential intimacy (closeness achieved by being involved in mutual activities) can be achieved in platonic and romantic relationships alike, sexual intimacy is unique to romantic relationships. Since sexual encounters often involve making oneself vulnerable to a partner, they often require an increased degree of trust between partners. Trust and comfort with a romantic partner can come from sexual encounters but can also be built up through sharing expectations and desires or working out conflicts within the relationship. For assistance in building trust with your partner or strengthening your emotional intimacy, consider making an appointment for couples counseling (or an individual consultation) at Counseling

and Psychological Services. They can help couples improve communication, learn conflict resolution skills, and work together to build a healthier relationship. Working with a clinician individually may help you figure out what you want or need, and how to communicate that to

your partner(s) or in other relationships, romantic or otherwise. You can also contact Princeton’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, and Education office if you have concerns about the health of your relationship. ~ The Sexpert

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FAKE NEWS A Real Problem on April First

Anoushka Mariwala Contributor ‘21

Journalism is no stranger to April Fools’ Day and its traditions. Indeed, April 1 invokes a long tradition of journalists’ publishing hoax stories to trick readers and listeners. By the early 20th century, the phenomenon had already firmly entrenched itself into the American reporting tradition. These jokes are oftentimes witty and self-aware; in 2014, NPR posted an article with the headline “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?” on Facebook. Those who clicked on it were whisked to an NPR page that explained the inside joke: sometimes people who comment on articles have not read them, so those reading the article should only like the post and not comment. Research has also confirmed the presence of a recurring motif, the journalistic pseudonym “Loof Lirpa,” which is, in fact, simply the phrase “April Fool” spelled backward, and is used to serve as a warning or indication that the story is fictitious. Sometimes, however, these pranks have unfortunate consequences — for example, in 1978, a writer at the Erie Times-News was fired for reporting that the “monofilament fishing line” had been banned, causing concern in the fishermen community and mass purchasing of the product. In

the wake of these pranks and their unintended consequences, whole news staffs have had to hand in resignations and papers have had to release public apologies. Pranks like these have, on numerous occasions, incited readers and sparked debate among journalism ethicists. “Credibility is one of the most important things we have, and it should not be endangered lightly,” explained Jane E. Kirtley, a prominent ethicist in the field. Debate around April Fools’ pranks in the realm of journalism, as suggested by an NPR article titled “Media Mischief On April Fools’ Day” has revolved around questions on whether “first-of-April tomfoolery strengthens – or weakens – the bond between a news organization and its constituency.” The Internet complicates the situation; the World Wide Web is “an epistemological freefor-all,” which is “wonderfully democratic,” but also a “source of anxiety,” notes Megan Garber from The Atlantic. In engaging with April Fools’ jokes, is the media feeding this anxiety? Some media outlets choose not to engage with it — a specific example of this is when The Banner of Bennington, Vermont decided to stray from its tradition of publishing a made-up article in 1969 because the real news “seemed so dire that April Foolishness was somehow out of place. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that the state of the world is so negative that a bit of foolishness is considered inappropriate,” the article

noted. A consumer of news should not have to distinguish between fact from fiction, especially not at the cost of embarrassment, shame, or fear. And a reader should definitely not have to do this in today’s political climate. While I don’t mean to reject or denounce the spirit of April Fools’ Day, the outlandishness of real news makes me question the relevance, intention, and goal of fake news. The journalistic truth is more important now than ever, and the dynamic between writer and reader must be established and stabilized for us to believe and trust a certain truth over another.

Image courtesy of Metro The BBC is one of the more prolific April foolers in the news realm

Image courtesy of Pinterest BBC News posted their own April Fools news story in 2012

Mariwala cites this April fools story, posted by NPR to be shared on Facebook

Image courtesy of Readers Digest

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