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Uber, Lyft limited to campus perimeter By Benjamin Ball & Zack Shevin Senior Writer & Contributor

A longstanding University policy limiting Uber, Lyft, and taxi access to campus is now being enforced, affecting countless students, staff, and faculty who rely on these ride services. The change will prevent Ubers, Lyfts, taxis, and airport shuttles from entering campus between the Elm Drive kiosks. These transportation services, however, will still be able to to pick up students from any location around the campus perimeter at any time, according to an email from University Director of Transportation and Parking Services Kim Jackson. “The policy is in effect all day and accomplished with the assistance of Public Safety,” Jackson wrote in the same email. Isabel Leigh ’19 called an Uber during Thanksgiving Break to get to the Princeton Junction train station and catch a train to the airport. However, the guards on Elm Drive would not allow the Uber through, so she got in the car at the guard booth. By the time Leigh arrived at the station, her train had already left. Leigh heard about the policy through word of mouth. “It was unannounced. This policy was kind of dropped on us and it’s been

a real hassle,” Leigh said. With the Dinky out of service, students rely more heavily on Uber and Lyft to leave campus. “If the Dinky were working, I wouldn’t care as much,” explained Leigh. Anika Khakoo ’22 had a similar experience. “I was coming back to campus after Thanksgiving in an Uber with a friend. We were going through the back side of campus near Forbes,” Khakoo explained. “At the gate, the Uber wasn’t allowed to come onto campus. We just stopped there.” This policy has existed in the past, but it is now being enforced more strictly, according to Jackson. “University policy had always been to limit access on Elm Drive to University vehicles, approved vendors, select faculty, staff and guest at all times,” explained Jackson in her email. “Beginning this academic year, as we continue to limit the traffic volume on our pedestrian campus for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, the enforcement of the policy has become more uniform.” However, several students have recently taken an Uber or Lyft without being stopped at the gate. Saoirse Bodnar ’22 took an Uber to the local AMC Theatres during Thanksgiving break. “The Uber picked us up See UBER page 5


Perelman College will be located south of Poe Field and east of Elm Drive.

New residential college to be named Perelman College By Harleigh Gundy Contributor

In a statement Wednesday, the University announced that the seventh residential college on campus will be named Perelman College in honor of the Perelman family. Perelman College will be located south of Poe Field and east of Elm Drive. The Perelman Family Foundation has made the lead gift in the establishment of the new residential college, which is part of the University’s plan to expand the undergraduate student body by 125 students per class. “The campus expansion plan, of which this is an important facet, notes a second college [beyond Perelman College] would


also allow the University to move toward a system in which all residential colleges are able to offer spaces to interested juniors and seniors,” University spokesperson Ben Chang said. According to the statement, the expansion will “allow Princeton to admit more talented students who will realize the benefits of a Princeton education” and “enhance the diversity and vitality” of the University community. “People of all backgrounds and communities deserve access to the extraordinary education and training offered by Princeton and all the wonderful opportunities afforded its graduates,” said Ronald O. Perelman, who has previously made a gift to the University to create the Ronald STUDENT LIFE

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U.’s Turning Point USA chapter hosted a Free Speech Ball event earlier this fall.

U.’s Turning Point USA chapter promotes free speech, invites speakers to campus By Ben Ball & Zack Shevin Senior Writer & Contributor

Often considered a key social hub of the University, the Frist Campus Center is a place where students gather to do work, socialize, and enjoy themselves. But on Friday, Oct. 5, members of Turning Point USA (TPUSA) were the only ones who could truly say they were having a ball on Frist North Lawn.

More specifically, members of the organization brought what they called a “Free Speech Ball,” a giant beach ball, to the front of the building and encouraged passersby to write their most controversial opinions on the ball. The University’s chapter of TPUSA was founded last year and gained official Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students approval at the beginning of this year, according to Sungho Park

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’22 and Riley Heath ’20, the president of the University’s chapter of TPUSA. According to its website, TPUSA is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on June 5, 2012. The organization’s website claims its mission is to “identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.” The orSee TPUSA page 2

With only 52 current members, Charter Club has the smallest membership of any sign-in eating club. According to Charter President Conor O’Brien ’19, this has propelled rumors that Charter may be on its way out. Colonial has 133 members, and Quad has 96, according to their faceboards. According to Interclub Council (ICC) Chair Hannah Paynter ’19, Cloister has 107 members. Terrace has 160 members. O’Brien said there is “absolutely no truth” to those rumors. In an email to The Daily Princetonian, O’Brien explained that only five years ago Charter was discussing how to limit itself to fewer than 175 members. Clubs other than Charter were struggling with low membership, O’Brien wrote. “I heard [the rumor] more from sophomores, so it’s just clear that it’s a rumor among some people,” O’Brien said. Membership for sign-in eating clubs has generally been declining. For instance, last spring, 202 sophomores signed in early to one of the five signin clubs, a 30 percent decrease from the 287 early sign-ins the prior year. Meanwhile, the percentage of students double-bickering selective eating

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clubs rose last year. Charter itself had 139 total members in its 2015 and 2016 classes. “Most sign-in clubs have cyclical membership,” O’Brien added in the email. “Our graduate board expects these cycles and plans our finances accordingly.” According to IRS documentation, Charter possessed $2,177,743 in total assets in 2016. This puts Charter right in the middle of the sign-in clubs in terms of total assets: The same year, Colonial Club’s total amounted to $2,951,005; followed by Terrace Club at $2,944,960; Charter; Quadrangle Club at $882,369; and Cloister Inn at $856,719. Each of the six bicker clubs possess more assets than any sign-in club. “By design, our finances allow us to handle many years of low membership,” O’Brien said. Although Charter has fewer members, Reid Kairalla ’19 said he enjoys being in a smaller, more tight-knit club. “You kind of know everyone when you sit down for a meal,” Kairalla said. “When you’re looking for something to do, there’s still always people around.” He added that there are still just as many events, the food hasn’t gotten worse, and that the quality of the club hasn’t See CHARTER page 7


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O. Perelman Institute for Judaic Studies, in the statement. “The creation of Perelman College will help fulfill Princeton’s mission to create a more culturally and economically diverse community,” Debra G. Perelman ’96 added in the statement. Architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners has been chosen to design Perelman College. “[Expansion] is an inevitability, but it doesn’t mean it will be easy [for students] to adjust … being smaller is what a lot of people find attractive about Princeton,” said Ben Herber ’22 in response to the addition of the new residential college. This story is breaking and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.





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ganization has advocated for issues related to personal liberty, ranging from free speech to gun control. The group has been met with both support and pushback from students on campus. The Free Speech Ball event was TPUSA’s first large advocacy event on campus. At the same time, TPUSA members handed out free

copies of the Constitution. “People can write whatever they want on [the ball],” Heath said at the event. “The whole goal is that they see other people [with] the same unpopular opinions as them and feel as if they can be more open about [their opinions].” Opinions written on the ball included but were not limited to “believe women,” “Princeton is a little overrated,” “Hillary is a goddamn demon,” “white privilege doesn’t exist,” and one depiction

of male genitalia. The organization was founded by Charlie Kirk, a controversial author and public figure known for criticizing Democrats and his hard-right stances on issues such as immigration. Kirk previously claimed that colleges are “Marxist indoctrination centers and leftwing activist training camps” and that lawyers advising immigrants on how to declare asylum is “the latest strategy by the border jumpers and globalists to destroy our

borders and the rule or law (sic).” Heath noted that not all of Kirk’s views were representative of TPUSA as a whole or the University’s TPUSA chapter. “Every chapter is given a great deal of independence,” Heath explained. “I definitely think [Kirk] says some dumb stuff sometimes.” Park, a member of TPUSA’s executive board, claimed the organization is more accurately described as a “libertarian” than “conservative” organization. He also described the organization as “non-partisan,” claiming that although the organization still espouses a particular ideology, that does not necessarily make them beholden to one party. “Most of our members are conservative leaning,” Park acknowledged. “But that does not mean we cannot be non-partisan. I don’t think party and ideology should be aligned.” The TPUSA website, however, wrote that the organization’s mission is to “build the most organized, active, and powerful conservative grassroots activist network.” Park made the distinction that he does not believe the organization to have an opinion on “social issues,” such as abortion or LGBTQ rights, but just on issues of “personal freedom,” such as advocating for free markets or free speech. Park himself said he was not very socially conservative, saying that he is pretty indifferent socially. Heath echoed much of Park’s assessment, agreeing that a lot of TPUSA’s members tend to fit under libertarian or conservative umbrella. Heath, however, reiterated that the chapter is open to a variety of ideas and disagreement. “We allow anybody with any kind of ideas as long as they can agree to simple, pro-freedom type ideas like free markets or free speech,” Heath said. “It’s about the ideas, not the people.” Heath and Mack Blanz ’19, the TPUSA chapter treasurer, are two of the founding members of the group. Blanz described himself as more of a centrist than some of his fellow members. According to Blanz, he felt drawn to Turning Point after the 2016 election after which he felt isolated in his political views. “There wasn’t really a spot for people left alone after 2016,” Blanz said. “There were definitely people in the middle who felt left out.” The way in which the group advocates for its beliefs on campus are either through “advocacy events,” such as the Free Speech Ball, tabling in Frist, or by inviting speakers to campus. The chap-

ter had 30 people sign up at the activities fair at the beginning of the year, and according to Park and Heath, the chapter now has 90 members signed up. The group has been met with some controversy on campus. In advertising for one of their invited speakers, 17-year-old Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland shooting survivor, students debated on the Butlerbuzz listserv about how this Dec. 4 event was presented to students. TJ Smith ’20 accused the advertisement of being “ambiguously worded” and warned others on the listserv to know what the speaker and the organization advocated for prior to attending. Smith was alarmed that there was no mention of Kashuv’s pro-gun rights views in the email distributed to students. Instead, the email invited students to “[c]ome listen to a survivor’s take on guns and America.” “It can be harmful to people’s mental health to go to events like this, if they are not clear on what the event is actually about,” Smith wrote in an email to the listserv. Smith has not responded to request for comment. S Sanneh ’19, who replied with a similar accusation on the WilsonWire listserv, felt that TPUSA deliberately attempted to mislead students with their advertising. “They have a right to their opinions ... but the issue I have comes from when they’re sending out these ambiguously worded emails and misrepresenting their events,” she said about TPUSA’s presence on campus. In her reasoning for responding to the email, she noted that TPUSA is not the only group on campus she feels misleads students. Sanneh pointed out that the Anscombe Society also uses the same misleading tactics. “As a person who is part of the LGBT community, [I] have gone to an Anscombe Society function not knowing what they represent,“ said Sanneh. “It is uncomfortable for students who belong in communities that [these student groups] seem to be against to show up to these events, thinking one thing and then being surrounded by rhetoric that we don’t agree with at all and we’re not even prepared for.” Heath defended the group’s advertising, saying that while the vagueness was entirely intentional, it was not meant to mislead. Heath noted that the first email was sent out a few days after the Pittsburg shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and he felt advertising Kashuv’s pro-gun views would be seen as insensitive and would have discouraged people to attend.

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Thursday December 6, 2018 “We made our advertising like that for a reason,” Heath said. “We wanted to be sensitive, because it was a very sensitive topic.” The event itself consisted of a 30-minute speech by Kashuv, who is also TPUSA’s director of high school outreach. His speech was followed by an extensive Q&A where those who disagreed with Kashuv were allowed to ask their questions first. “It’s still kind of crazy to me why a bunch of Ivy League students would care what a 17-yearold schmuck has to say, but I’m

The Daily Princetonian very grateful that you guys came here tonight,” Kashuv said during the event. “Hopefully, I can change your mind about the common misconceptions about guns in America.” In his speech, he went on to discuss what he believes should be learned from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, what he considers “common misconceptions about guns in America,” his take on originalism, and a pointby-point rebuttal to March for Our Lives’ policy agenda. All of the seats in McCormick

106, a relatively small classroom in the art museum, were filled, with many students forced to stand during the talk. About 75 people in total came to the event. Students across the political spectrum came to listen and question the speaker. John Hariri ’22 said that he wanted to hear what Kashuv had to say about gun rights, since Kashuv had such a unique perspective on this issue. “It’s a perspective you don’t hear a lot ... on this campus,“ said Hariri. “So I was excited to see what he

would say, ... what the people who came to disagree with him had to say, ... and how he would respond.” Grace Brightbill ’21 came to the talk primarily for her public speaking class. “I’m writing a paper ... in support of gun control,” she said, “so I thought it would be really interesting to get a counter-argument here.” Abraham Waserstein ’21, who asked Kashuv questions about the AR-15’s damage potential and statistics that Kashuv cited in his speech, enjoyed the event.

page 3 TPUSA currently has plans to bring even more speakers to campus. The next on their list is Pete Hegseth, a FOX News Contributor, and it hopes to eventually bring in speakers such as Dave Rubin or Ben Shapiro, prominent libertarian and conservative commentators, respectively. “We want dialogue,” Blanz said. “We want debate.” Given both the support and the controversy the group has garnered, Blanz and Heath concluded that, at least to some extent, they have gotten that wish.

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on Elm [Drive]. There was no trouble with the guards or anything. It was really easy,” Bodnar said. “Sometimes you can get through. It just depends on who the guard is. Some are more strict than others,” Leigh said. Victoria Pan ’21 was dropped off near Frist Campus Center when she took a Lyft from Trenton Transit Center with other students after fall break. Ubers and Lyfts can still access Frist because it is not between the two guard booths on Elm Drive. Devorah Saffern ’20 explained the benefits of

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Ubers and Lyfts being allowed on campus. “In my experience as an independent student (not on a meal plan), I find it really helpful to be able to travel by Uber or Lyft to and from campus, especially when I have a lot of groceries to carry back to my room,” Saffern wrote in an email. “Since having a car on campus is not so common and it is difficult to park, being able to travel this way is very important.” “I just think [this Uber/ Lyft policy] is an unnecessary inconvenience for the students,” Leigh said. For now, students will have to trek to the outskirts of campus if they want to catch their Uber or Lyft.


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decreased at all. Members of the club, Kairalla said, do not even think about the possibility of Charter closing. “I feel like a lot of this has been blown out of proportion because it’s sort of like a tabloid headline, ‘Oh, are they gonna shut down this club because there are no members joining?’ The reality is very different,” he said. O’Brien agreed that it is “really excellent” to be part of a small group. “You sort of feel very acutely privileged to be in this beautiful mansion, enjoying all these things with a smaller group of people,” O’Brien said. O’Brien explained that he joined Charter because the club made him feel the happiest due to its welcoming atmosphere. He noted a common expression at Charter: “There are infinite seats at a round table.” Despite the praises for the small group atmosphere, Charter has increased recruitment efforts this year. Kairalla noted that there have been a few more sophomore events but no drastic changes. O’Brien explained that Charter members wants to promote the club and share their positive experiences with the rest of the student body. “It’s been a lot heavier on members personally reaching out to sophomores, like really pushing forward, whereas in previous years you can afford to be more complacent,” O’Brien said. In an email to the ‘Prince,’ Paynter explained that ICC’s primary focus this past year has been increasing the cultural and financial accessibility of the eating clubs. “Financially, the presidents have been working closely with the Financial Aid Office in order to provide prospective members with the most accurate information concerning club costs,” Paynter wrote. “Culturally, we have been working to make all eleven clubs … safe and welcoming spaces on an equal playing field.” Paynter described a new bicker process that will be put in place in 2019. “In practice, this means that open and selective club admissions timelines will be streamlined into one week of exploration this year,” she wrote. Sophomores will request recruitment event invitations from the ICC website. To encourage sophomores to consider joining open clubs, students must request an invitation from at least one open club. This spring, recruitment events will take place from Feb. 3 to Feb. 6. During the “Preference Window,” from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, every sophomore will rank all of the sign-in clubs in addition to clubs they bickered. This new system, Paynter wrote, will guarantee an offer to every student on Feb. 8. “On the whole, [this change] should be pretty positive because it necessarily broadens your audience,” O’Brien said. He said he thinks that these changes, aside from ensuring that every sophomore has somewhere to go, will help Charter showcase the unique aspects of its culture and membership. “They’re obliged to also find out a little bit about sign-in clubs and sign-in club culture,” O’Brien said. “Whether or not they go to any of the sign-in clubs’ events is obviously is up to them,” he said. O’Brien said that showing there is not a distinction between bicker and sign-in clubs will have a positive effect. “We encourage every student to explore all of their options this year, because all eleven clubs offer a unique community, great food, beautiful spaces, and so much more,” Paynter wrote.


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The fear of reconnection Jess Nyquist

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hile holidays mean, above all, food and family, trips home often carry the awkwardness and anxiety of reuniting with high school friends. These are the people you shared time and experiences and secrets with, but slowly the relationships drifted from weekly FaceTimes to intermittent texts to obligatory birthday calls. I often get the feeling that I should be so excited to see them again, but I can’t shake a worry that it won’t be what it used to be. While I jump at the opportunity to sit in my friend’s dorm and do nothing on a Tuesday night, it takes a pep talk to muster up the energy to hang out with high school friends the one night we’re all home. When I discuss this pattern with Princeton friends (usually with undertones of shame or regret or embarrassment), we often come to the conclusion that the lack of connection is because we are in different places in our lives — different college experiences, different relationships to home, different goals and interests. But I think the apparent distance is not a total drifting apart but a general discomfort

that arises from leaving the social framework that becomes our first language — the Orange Bubble. We are used to relating to our peers based on common experiences. My friends at the University of Texas are used to discussing tailgates and SAE’s Jungle party. I’m sure they feel the same nervousness when they wonder who I will be when we reconnect and what we’ll talk about. But these relationships, with people with whom we share so much history and such formative years, are worth making the effort for. I notice how attached we get to the local vernacular whenever someone has a friend from out of town visit. Every conversation seems inseparable from the Princeton experience, and the guest is left completely unaware of what’s happening. We talk about eating clubs and professors and deadlines and dining hall food and Nassau and assorted buildings and Princetoween and intercession and that flasher on the tow path. None of the conversations are totally in American English. I find myself turning to the guest every few sentences to define vocabulary and bring them up to speed. I try to include them by asking about their own experiences, but somehow the conversation — almost like a magnet — instantly veers back toward Princeton. We are used to speaking

to people on campus daily who know the jargon of our worlds — our dorm, our study spots, our newspaper, our professors. Sure, I may do different activities or take different classes or attend different social events than the person I sit next to on the Dinky, but anyone I encounter will share so much with me as a consequence of sharing the same few acres of living space. While in Boston or New York you may encounter students from dozens of different schools, in Princeton you are unlikely to meet many people our age outside the Bubble except for those high school kids who hang out at Princeton Pi or the skateboard clique found terrorizing Robertson’s Hall Fountain of Freedom. We learn on campus to connect with people through these shared experiences or spaces. But when we return home, none of these social crutches are available. We don’t share the 90 percent of our lives that we did when we left home, and maybe we don’t share many experiences in college. While this often gives off the feeling that we don’t share anything, I think there is space to reconnect and enjoy these people we’ve loved so long. We have let go of our go-to conversations and find those values and world-views and passions we shared and built a relationship on. I refuse to believe I shared my life for

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so many years with people out of convenience — there must be something more even if it isn’t as easy or obvious as it used to be. So the mission I pose for myself — and maybe for you — is to reach out to anyone who’s home and meet up. Reconnect even with the people you feel it’s been too long to reach out to. Swallow the moment of uncertainty or discomfort and find yourself back in the familiar folds of childhood friends. Remember together high school sports and driving for the first time and whose parents were overbearing. Appreciate where they are now and fall back into a rhythm. Trade in the talk of the Street and late meal for conversations remembering that late night fast food place you’d flock to after football games (Whataburger) and that old red Jeep Wrangler she used to shuttle you around in. As a senior, I realize that these breaks are one of the last times that my old friends will all come home at the same time. We are not incapable of staying in touch. We are not so different than who we were. We are just a little out of practice — nothing that a few old pictures and favorite stories can’t fix. Jessica Nyquist is a senior concentrator in computer science from Houston, Texas. She can be reached at jnyquist@


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any of my friends from high school have lovingly graced my social media feeds with #StandUpToHarvard, campaigning to end Harvard’s rules affecting those who are a part of “unrecognized singlegender social organizations (USGSOs),” commonly Greek fraternities and sororities. Beginning with the class of 2021, undergraduates in USGSOs are barred from leadership roles in major clubs and sports, and, perhaps most discouraging, will not be endorsed by the school for prominent scholarships, like the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. Lawsuits were filed Monday against Harvard on the federal level by Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma, and on the state level by Alpha Phi and the Delta Gamma Fraternity Management Corporation, an Ohio-based group that supports the Delta Gamma sorority. Statements on the campaign’s website,, assert that students “deserve the right to shape their own leadership and social paths, and such decisions shouldn’t be dictated to them by administrators,” and that the Harvard administration’s decision came

about through suspicious and intimidating means, with vast opposition from students, faculty, parents, and many others affiliated with the Harvard. Most notable to the spread of this campaign, they claim these decisions have erased women’s spaces, forcing these social clubs to either close down or admit men. This decision, as the website claims, “disrupts the missions and expressive characteristics of the groups founded on the basis of sisterhood and designed to create environments in which women could support and empower one another” and “tells women that — for their own good — they can’t join groups without the presence of men and must submit to the control of often male administrators.” Forming opinions on this issue is, frankly, a bit weird for me, and my views are certainly not the most informed on either the affairs of the “Hschool” or of Greek life, but it is at the insistence of my social media feed that I attempt to articulate my thoughts. I was never interested in either of the aforementioned parties, which definitely influenced my decision to apply to Princeton. In the case of Greek life, however, my social media stream has been consistently filled with high school peers pledging their allegiance to a series of chap-

ters, spending time with their newly found brothers or sisters, and occasionally promoting charitable events at their respective campuses sponsored by the club. Earnestly, I think these groups have been an important aspect of many people’s college careers, and though I agree with decision of many universities to not endorse single-sex Greek groups, Harvard’s policy targeting students who partake in them doesn’t really seem to accomplish much when it comes to promoting equality or redefining gender norms or deconstructing conceptions of gender. Single-sex organizations are still endorsed by Harvard through sports teams and music groups, and this policy in my view only restricts students’ freedom to associate with a group because it doesn’t inherently serve the campus community at large. Sure, they host social events that are normally accessible to most students, but Harvard hosts its own social gatherings that are in a more controlled and likely more legal setting. In the administration’s eyes, these groups are liabilities that compete for the students’ attention and presence. So, though I personally support the goals of the campaign, I find it difficult to make a statement outright

supporting the campaign or the organizations, because I don’t know their role in campus life, the benefits that membership entails, and the mission of their continued operation. I see posts of my peers’ involvement, and how much they love their brothers or sisters, and their events supporting charity, and still have no idea what they are. Even eating clubs, which were for me similar organizations surrounded in mystery, have a specific and defensible purpose, despite that purpose being supplemented with the partying and controversy that Greek clubs provide other universities. As time progresses, so do our lovely little elite schools’ notions of gender and women’s empowerment. If they wish to remove the stereotypical image of little more than controversial Hellenistic funhouses, Greek organizations will have to do better in defining their missions and objectives to the public eye and the schools around which they operate. Simply appealing to concepts of tradition, opportunity, and brother or sisterhood in a more critical and mindful world becomes less effective each day. Chris Leahy is a first year from Galesburg, Ill. He can be reached at cpleahy@princeton. edu.

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One goal, one plan: Junior wrestler Kolodzik eyes national championship By Jo de la Bruyere Sports Contributor

“If anyone can win a national championship,” says freshman wrestler Patrick Glory, “it’s Matt.” Every collegiate ranking platform agrees. For junior Matthew Kolodzik, it’s non-negotiable: “I have to go out there and wrestle,” he says of the March national championship. Kolodzik has never known life without wrestling. His father wrestled through high school. Seven years older than Matthew, his brother Daniel began wrestling as soon as his parents would let him. The older Kolodzik went on to wrestle at Princeton and graduated with the class of 2012. Matthew gravitated toward both the family tradition and the sport — “kids just wrestle naturally, don’t they?” Starting when he was two years old, he tagged along to Daniel’s practices. He watched from the sidelines as the older boys wrestled. He did push-ups with them when their sessions ended. One day when Kolodzik was four years old, his father let him onto the mat at the beginning of practice. Kolodzik has never had a breakout season, a breakout match, or a breakout moment. There have been no ups and downs in his career. He has simply dominated the wrestling world ever since that moment, 18 years ago. His freshman year of high school, Kolodzik worked as a one-man team, with his father as coach. The two of them traveled to some of the most competitive meets in the nation; he was a Super 32 and Ironman runner-up, a Cadet freestyle champ, and finished at Fargo as a double All-American. That year, he won Ohio’s state wrestling championship, one of the most competitive state meets in the country. That wasn’t enough for him. “For most of the guys I knew and trained with in Ohio,” he said, “wrestling was their whole

life. I wanted more — I wanted to work harder.” His sophomore year of high school, he transferred to Blair Academy, a New Jersey boarding school with the top high school wrestling program in the country. He thrived there, balancing rigorous academics with his sports commitments. He claimed titles at Powerade, Ironman, Beast of the East, the Geary Invitational — some of the most competitive tournaments in the country. He won three consecutive national championships. His senior year, InterMat and FloWrestling ranked him the nation’s top recruit for his weight class, then 138 pounds. Kolodzik started receiving recruiting offers his junior year. From the outset, he knew what he wanted: a school that, like Blair, would present both an academic and an athletic challenge. He also aspired, once more, to follow in his brother’s footsteps. “Because of Daniel,” explained Kolodzik, “I knew exactly what Princeton could offer me, knew about the caliber and quality of the coaching staff. I also knew the infrastructure had developed a lot since Daniel had been here — in terms of the network, the funding, the coaching staff. I wanted to make a shot at winning a national title or two. Princeton seemed like the place to do it.” Head wrestling coach Chris Ayres was just as enthusiastic about Kolodzik. “He just fit our program so well,” he said. “He had interests besides wrestling, had this strong desire to be an engineering major. And he wasn’t only one of the best recruits for his weight class; he was one of the best recruits overall.” Kolodzik was Princeton wrestling’s first top-10 recruit in history. From the moment he set foot on campus in 2016 (after a gap year during which he qualified for the World University Games) he has clinched milestone after milestone for the


Junior Matthew Kolodzik has had a prestigious wrestling career to date, and now sets his sights on the biggest prize of all. program. He was Princeton’s first freshman All-American in history, its first freshman victor at EIWAs (the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championship), and its second wrestler to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year. His third place finish at NCAA Nationals his sophomore year was the program’s best since 2002. (As a sophomore, Kolodzik also repeated as an All-American and EIWA champion.) In the past three years, he has won 63 matches. He has lost 10. His number one ranking is the first for a Tiger in more than a decade. “It’s kind of absurd to see Kolodzik’s success,” said Glory.

“He’s doing the same things we are — training with the same coaches with us, eating with us, doing the same work. Why can’t we do what he does?” Kolodzik answered that question himself. “I’m great at identifying problems, and great at ignoring what’s going well. That’s part of the reason I have so much success — I’m always critiquing myself.” Sophomore Patrick Brucki agrees. “Kolodzik’s work ethic sets him apart from the pack. The guy comes in early probably three to five times a week. He’s just a workhorse. He does everything to a a T, follows coach’s orders. He’s totally bought into our program. He’s just all in.”

Glory called Kolodzik a perfectionist. “He’s the kid who comes in the most for private lessons for coaches. He’s always watching video. He spends all his free time always critiquing little things. His whole life is this structured plan of how he’s going to win a national title. On Sundays, he plans out the whole week ahead — exactly when he’s going to eat, study, go to class, watch film.” Ayres described what he views as the keys to Kolodzik’s success. “I joke that he has the ‘clutch-gene,’” he said. “If there’s a big stage and a big moment, he just comes through. When he’s put in a tough spot, against a really good guy, that’s when he’s at his best. He feeds off the pressure. It’s incredible.” Kolodzik’s success serves as a marker of how far Princeton wrestling has come in the past years. During Ayres’ first two seasons, the Tigers went 0–35. Last weekend, they beat No. 8 Lehigh for the first time since 1968. And his success is also contagious. His individual victories motivate his teammates. “Our program is right on the edge of breaking into the top ten teams nationally,” said Glory. “We have the talent and the resources. At this point, it’s about believing, about trying to get these kids to believe in themselves. I would say that Kolodzik is the sole reason anyone believes we can do it.” Ayres echoed that. “Every milestone gives the collective more confidence. He sets the bar very high.” But to Kolodzik, only one milestone matters. “The expectations are higher this year. I can sense it. Everybody else can sense it. Everything between now and March is just hype. We haven’t had a national champion since 1951,” he said. “His name was Bradley Glass, and his picture’s hanging up in our team room. It’s black and white. We need a color photo up there.”


Men’s basketball falls to St. Joseph’s 92–82

By Tom Salotti Sports Writer

Men’s basketball (4–3 overall, 0–0 Ivy) was defeated by St. Joseph’s University (5–4) on Wednesday night, with a final score of 92–82. The Tigers, despite staying competitive for most of the first half and tying the score twice, never took the lead during the entire game. Senior captain and guard Devin Cannady had the game’s first shot, missing a three pointer for the Tigers. St. Joe’s Charlie Brown Jr. put up the first points of the game in the 18th minute, with a three-pointer. Junior center Richmond Aririguzoh was the first Princeton player to score, with a good layup from the paint. St. Joe’s responded with a layup, but the Tigers brought the game within one point in the next minute, 5–4, with a jump shot from junior guard Jose Morales. St. Joe’s went on to score a seven-point run over the next two minutes, until Cannady broke the

momentum with a great threepointer in the 14th minute. The two teams went back and forth until Aririguzoh hit two fouls shots in a row in the 11th minute and subsequently hit a layup from the paint, with an assist from senior captain Myles Stephens, bringing the Tigers within two, 18–16. In the following minutes, the Tigers would again be victims of a seven straight point run by St. Joe’s. A layup by Stephens and a dunk by sophomore guard Ryan Schwieger, followed by his successful free throw, enabled the Tigers to lower the gap to six, bringing the score to 29–24. After St. Joe’s responded with a dunk, Princeton went on a sixpoint run with shots from sophomore forward Sebastian Much and Aririguzoh, who hit four free throws in a row, to tie the game 31–31. More points from both sides allowed the game to remain close until the whistle blew for the half, with Princeton tying the game again at 34–34. The half ended with a score of 39–36 in St. Joe’s

favor. Stephens was the first Princeton player to score in the second half, with a great layup under pressure bringing the score to 40– 38. Following Stephens’s basket,

Brown was taken out of the game after he suffered an ankle injury. Despite some swishes from Princeton both inside and outside the three-point line, the Tigers began to fall behind. By the time 14


Myles Stephens handles the ball against St. Joseph’s.

minutes were left in the game, the Tigers trailed 60–45. In the sixth minute, sophomore forward Jerome Desrosiers hit a perfect three-pointer hitting only net, bringing the Tigers within six points at 72–66. That would be the closest the Tigers would come to St. Joe’s for the rest of the game. Princeton’s Ethan Wright, a freshman guard, scored the last points of the game when he hit a three-pointer from wide with two seconds to go. The game finished 92–82 in St. Joe’s favor. “[St. Joseph’s] lost one of their best players to a concussion, lost another to a sprained ankle and were still very good and hard to stop,” head coach Mitch Henderson ’98 said. “We weren’t our best and have a lot to learn.” But the Henderson noted that he was optimistic about the team’s upcoming season. “We just want to be getting a little bit better every day,” he said. “We just haven’t put it together yet, but it’s coming.”

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