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PUPP supports low-income high schoolers By Talha Iqbal Contributor

The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), founded in 2001, has helped approximately 400 low-income students in New Jersey gain admission to universities like Princeton, Columbia University, or Stanford. A tuition-free program sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, PUPP provides academic guidance and advising in the college application process for low-income students throughout their high school careers. The program currently supports six disadvantaged public high schools in Mercer County, New Jersey: Ewing High School, Trenton Central High School, Princeton High School, Trenton High School West, Lawrence High School, and Nottingham High School. According to a 2017 NPR report, low-income students make up only 3 percent of the enrollment in elite colleges across the country. For reference, a family of four in New Jersey that earns below $68,000 annually qualifies as “low-income.” According to the same report, 25 percent of these same students complete college applications alone with no assistance. “[Students] may have a calculus class with no teacher, a guidance counselor that is ill-informed about financial aid, or any number of difficult family situations,” said QuinnShauna Felder-Snipes, the program’s assistant director for college counseling

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and scholar development. PUPP’s curriculum includes academic courses, personal development workshops, and cultural excursions to theatrical productions, museums, and historical sites, Tieisha Tift, a PUPP program associate and program alumna, explained in an email statement to The Daily Princetonian. “We want to make sure that no one falls through the cracks,” wrote Tift. The rigorous selection process is primarily based on state assessment scores, honor roll status, and whether the student’s annual gross family income is below $55,000. The program consists of “weekly enrichment sessions that focus on helping them prepare their collaboration, presentation, listening and debating skills.” The program’s summer session, however, is even more rigorous. Fedjine Victor ’22, a PUPP scholar from Hamilton, N.J., explained that students would attend “college-like” classes in writ-

ing, math, literature, or social science during the sixweek program. The ultimate hope is that students not only receive admissions to their top-choice college, but that they also develop skills that they can continue to use throughout their undergraduate careers, said PUPP director Jason Klugman. Victor said that she never thought she would have the opportunity to attend a top university like Princeton. “I was not thinking too much about getting into a top school,” said Victor. “I was more concerned about being accepted into a college.” The program has been successful thus far. PUPP reports that their students are among the top 10 percent of their high school classes. In addition, 72 percent of PUPP scholars pursued and earned their college degree among the first 10 cohorts of the program, according to PUPP’s website. Five separate reports by

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Educational Testing Service, an international nonprofit organization which researches educational policy and assesses success, concluded that PUPP increased students’ knowledge of the college application process, broadened their pool of target colleges, and exposed them to new arts and cultural experiences. Although PUPP has resources and success stories to offer, Victor’s classmates barely knew the program existed. Instead, college preparation for her classmates meant only preparing for the SAT, Victor explained. Because of awareness concerns like Victor’s, PUPP administration has expressed interest in expanding its outreach. According to FelderSnipes, the program would be thrilled to have additional resources like case managers that help connect the scholars and their families to social service organizations in their communities. PUPP alumni associate Leslie Castrejon also sug-

gested that the program creates professional networking, support with the graduate school admissions process, and even social connections across cohorts to increase its outreach. “We continue to consider ways to better support the emotional well-being of our scholars and their families,” said Felder-Snipes. Eleven PUPP alumni are current undergraduates, one is a graduate, and five are employed by the campus, according to Felder-Snipes. If PUPP scholars choose to matriculate onto campus, they can utilize Princeton’s Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI) and Scholars Institute Fellow Program (SIFP), designed to assist low-income students with their journey through Princeton. However, PUPP support extends beyond graduation. Castrejon said that students all across the country can still count on PUPP for assistance. “What’s great is working in collaboration with the SIFP folks to think about [what] we can do for … PUPP alumni that attend schools as close as TCNJ and as far away as Occidental College in Los Angeles,” Castrejon said. Students have expressed gratitude for the success that PUPP has already achieved. “I am so grateful for the resources and help PUPP has provided me for the past three years,” Betsy Vasquez ’20 said. “If I could repeat the process again, I would. I wish every motivated, lowincome, high-achieving student had the opportunity to be in a program like PUPP.”

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Early on Dec. 6, Charter Club ‘s menorah was found destroyed in the fireplace.

Charter Club menorah found destroyed By Rebecca Han, Zachary Shevin, Claire Silberman, and Silma Berrada Contributors

Earlier today, Charter Club’s menorah was discovered broken in the great room fireplace. The menorah had previously stood on a table in the club’s front atrium. Officers think the incident occurred sometime after 2 a.m. this morning. The incident is currently under investigation. In an email to club members, which was anonymously forwarded to The Daily Princetonian, Charter

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president Conor O’Brien ’19 wrote, “we under no circumstances condone any sort of hate action, nor this absolute disrespect for a culture.” He also wrote, “this is not what Charter is, nor what it stands for, and I am frankly appalled that this could take place in our club.” In concluding, O’Brien wrote that “this is never an acceptable thing to happen, and it will be dealt with with the seriousness that this sort of action requires. It is not ok.” According to a statement O’Brien and Charter presidentelect Justin Hamilton ’20 sent

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to the ‘Prince,’ the officer corps has received a message from a Charter member implicating another Charter member in having committed the act. “However,” they wrote, “there was no physical/admissible evidence that proved any finding of guilt, which necessitates our ongoing investigation and efforts regarding this matter.” The accused member has been told not to attend Charter social events or have meals in the club while the investigation is ongoing. Charter officers have also See CHARTER page 2

“Stop telling your students to Google things,” said Safiya Noble, a professor at UCLA and the University of Southern California and a leading expert on how search engines control the flow of information. Noble, whose previous career in publicity and advertising has informed her knowledge on Google’s transactional system, has helped past clients get better representation in Google search results. She explained that Google manipulates its search results, so that corporations who pay the most money secure appearance on the first page, and thus those corporations gain the most prominent representation. She proceeded to discuss revealing examples from her book, “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.” According to Noble, a Google search of the phrase “black girls” yields a variety of pornography sites. According to Noble, the pornography industry, known for its extreme wealth and discriminating practices, gets prime representation in this way. “I was really concerned that 10-year-olds and 13-year-olds were going to find this [porn] as representation of themselves,” Noble said. “That really created a sense of urgency for me.” When Noble first began research

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on the topic in 2009, she entered an existing conversation about the problems surrounding Google, but she thinks she was filling a void within that discourse. “There were people who were writing about the politics and power systems embedded in different kinds of platforms, and there were people who were writing about Google, but there weren’t people who were centering around black women or vulnerable people at the epicenter of the questions they might ask,” Noble said. “Of course that was leading them to look for different kinds of evidence, or it precluded their ability to see evidence [of racism] that was everywhere,” she continued. According to Noble, this manipulation of information flow reinforces American systems of oppression. She showed cartoons of young black girls from the Jim Crow era displayed on Google, drawing a connection to the sexualization of black women today. This demonstrates the link between historical tropes of oppression and contemporary bias. “The only way the enslaved labor force can continue to exist is if it’s reproduced on this continent,” Noble said. “You have these kinds of stereotypes that emerge to help reproduce the economic and social power systems and keep them intact.” According to Noble, when someSee NOBLE page 2

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one searches a popular white nationalist phrase such as “black on white crime” on Google, the search results offer multiple routes to white nationalist platforms and present no potential counterpoints such as places where the phrase appears in scholarly or activist materials. White nationalists also co-opt phrases popular in academic circles, such as “Boasian anthropology,” to lead people to their sites when they might not be drawn to them otherwise, Noble explained. Noble referenced the example of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine African Americans at a church in Charleston in June 2015. A blog post Roof had published shortly before the shooting revealed that he had been inspired by the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization. Google executives claim it is against their principles to manipulate their algorithms, which could allow them to control this phenomenon. According to Noble, though, it is clear that Google search results for the same words vary by country, making it clear that Google facili-

tates different results for different cultural audiences. Colleagues and students often ask Noble why her research targets Google. “Google is the monopoly leader,” Noble said. “You have to study the monopoly leader because everyone else is trying to do what they do.” Noble was invited by associate professor Ruha Benjamin to be the keynote lecturer for the Year of Data conference held by the Center for Digital Humanities. “I think she has a way of drawing in both people who are starting to think about these issues for the first time as well as provoking people who have been reflecting on it for a while,” Benjamin said. “I was riveted, and I hope everyone else in the room was, too.” “I am almost a little bit ashamed to say that was mind-blowing for me,” said Ingvild Skarpeid, a psychology Ph.D. student visiting Princeton as a student research collaborator this year. “Because I know there is bias, but that it’s there on such an innocuous level like that tiny Google search is more jarring.” The lecture was held on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in East Pyne Hall. It was hosted by the University’s Center for Digital Humanities.

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reached out to the Princeton police and have been in contact with Bryan R. Blount, assistant dean of undergraduate students and manager of strategic communications. Earlier tonight, Charter held a club lighting of the repaired menorah. “Our only goal is to ensure the safety, comfort, and happiness of our membership, and so we intend to pursue this investigation with all the resources that are available to us,” O’Brien and Hamilton’s statement concluded. John Beers ’76, a member of Charter’s graduate board, said that there were never similar issues during his time at Charter. He said Charter is treating the issue “as an urgent matter.” “I told the president that we need to find out exactly what happened,” Beers said. “We need to do an immediate investigation, and we need to make sure that the club members know that this kind of conduct is not tolerated.” Beers did not say whether he thinks the University should get involved in the investigation. “This is a brand-new incident,” Beers said. “Haven’t gotten that far yet.” An anonymous Charter member told the ‘Prince’ that they were in shock and could not imagine who inside the club could have destroyed the menorah. “The events that occurred have been extremely unsettling,” they said. In a post submitted to Real Talk Princeton, a Tumblr blog on which University students can anonymously ask questions to a team of student contributors, another anonymous student stated that “The Charter menorah was destroyed and I don’t know what to do.”

The student reported feeling “extremely uncomfortable that I’m in a club who has members who would do this.” “Regina” from RTP, who replied to the student’s question, told the ‘Prince’ that she was shocked by the incident. “Honestly, I think whoever committed it should be ousted from the club. I think it’s really disgraceful to do something like that,” Regina said. Additionally, Regina feels the perpetrator “should also have some ramifications from the school.” Rabbi Julie Roth, executive director of the University’s Center for Jewish Life, said that “part of the CJL’s role is to make sure Jewish students feel safe on campus.” She emphasized that the CJL is “committed to being part of a broad campus coalition that publicly celebrates differences.” “As we celebrate Hanukkah on campus with hundreds of students over the course of this week, each one of us needs to find a way to be a light in the darkness,” Roth wrote. The Department of Public Safety was unaware of the incident as of Thursday evening, and said its jurisdiction does not extend to eating club property. To begin an investigation on this prejudice misdemeanor, the Princeton Police Department must receive a filed report. The Princeton Police Department did not respond to requests for comment. Interclub Council chair Hannah Paynter ’19 deferred comment to O’Brien and Hamilton. Deputy University spokesperson Michael E. Hotchkiss said that more information from the Office of Communications would be available soon. This story is breaking and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.


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remember when I was at The Daily Princetonian’s pickups party a couple of months ago. There was tangible cheerfulness in the air; after all, everyone was excited to become a part of this grand organization — that is, until the head editor announced to us that journalism was not something that should be taken lightheartedly. A construction worker had died onsite the previous day; in the same week, a professor had been dismissed for sexual misconduct. The ‘Prince’ was the leading, if not the only, source that had reported on such developments on campus — and we were now part of that same organization. As someone who had never been a part of a student newspaper before, that night was memorable not because I had a great time on the Street but because of that moment. It made me truly appreciate the role journalism, and particularly the ‘Prince,’ plays in facilitating awareness of our surrounding environment. At the same time, my previous lack of knowledge about those events signals something about the people who have access to articles from the ‘Prince.’ While many professors, local residents, and a certain sect of the student body subscribe,

that is not the case for a lot of students on campus. Many know that it exists and read selected, attention-grabbing articles, but rarely do I find people who regularly read the school newspaper. Although it may seem a little ironic that I am writing about how we should read the ‘Prince’ on the ‘Prince,’ to whomever is reading this, I want to say that it’s not too late. We should all encourage each other to read the ‘Prince’ more, particularly those who have never read it. Share articles via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, GroupMe, etc.; comment on news articles; and invite people to like our Facebook page. I do know that I have the risk of sounding as if I am shamelessly plugging an organization that I am a part of, similar to those massive waves of promotional emails students receive at the beginning of the year. But I promise this is not the case. This just happens to be the forum I am writing on — but there is value in reading the ‘Prince’ beyond my own columns. Reading about events that happened on campus, whether they are positive or negative, could play a significant role in fostering a sense of community. The communities that currently exist on campus are definitely healthy and prevalent, but they tend to be fragmented along eating club or other

organizational lines; there is seldom inter-community interaction. If everyone read the school newspaper, however, there would be at least some sense of commonality established among the campus body, or at the very least, some kind of interaction with each other in the form of campus debate over events and policies. For instance, events that happened on one side of the campus, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates’s visit, could now be communicated to the other side of campus, to those perhaps previously unaware of the writer or the on-campus organizations that were present at the event. Furthermore, the term “Orange Bubble” gets thrown around by students — even in my very own column a few weeks back — often mocking the general atmosphere of conservatism that dominates the campus. Yet many of those students simultaneously ignore the very forum from and within which that bubble could be most potently broken. This is where the ‘Prince’ can make a critical step. Events that I mentioned before, such as the death of a construction worker or sexual misconduct investigations, are significant issues that demand response from the University administration itself. If we, as the student body, want a certain kind of response — if any at all — from the Univer-

sity, then we must at least remain informed about the events shaping up this campus. Healthy discussions — and promoting effective forms of activism — simply cannot emerge if students themselves are uninformed by what is happening on campus. If we have learned anything from taking politics classes, or simply just watching the President speak on television, it is that no authority should remain unchecked — and that includes the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) as well as the University’s administration. The issue isn’t just limited to ones mentioned above; USG holds tremendous power despite the relatively undemocratic nature of its election processes, and Princeton’s very own German department is strongly alleged to have committed rampant gender-based discrimination. So if anything, the time is now. Stay informed and fight back. Not only can the ‘Prince’ provide a significant source of campus-wide community, but it has tremendous potential to become a critical rallying point for campus activism. So if you’re reading this, it’s not too late: Go tell your friends to read the ‘Prince.’ Jae-Kyung Sim is a first-year from Sejong City, South Korea. He can be reached at j.sim@ princeton.edu.

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common class schedule students will have, based on the structure of most University courses, is two 50-minute classes per day, Monday through Thursday. This schedule features two serious f laws: It creates barely usable downtime between classes, and it can cause organizational issues in regard to precepts. A solution to both problems would be the University offering more 100-minute courses that meet once a week so students could more often have just one 100-minute class per day. If a student takes two Monday-Wednesday classes

and two Tuesday-Thursday classes, it could result in an unideal schedule where the student only has 70 minutes between said classes each day. One way to use this time could be getting a meal, but depending on the class locations on campus, leaving one class to go to a dining hall or eating club and heading straight to the next class could easily leave someone with only 30 minutes of downtime. For some students, this is not enough time to work on assignments or do readings effectively. If a student wants to be at class a few minutes early to find a seat and get situated, they may only have 25 minutes of free time between a meal and class, which may not even be enough time to go to a dorm or library, due to the time spent walking. Taking one 100-minute class a day would eliminate this problem. With the ex-

ception of precepts or labs, students would only have one academic activity per day, with a set time and location. This would allow for the student to use the other hours in the day in whatever way they find best. For example, having class from 9 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. would mean that the rest of the day, besides a precept or lab, would not have any other mandatory scheduled events, so almost all the time before and after that class could be used freely. On the other hand, having one class from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. and another class from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. puts constraints on how a student can use the downtime between classes. A counterargument is that students can just have two back-to-back, 50-minute classes per day, such as one at 9 a.m. and one at 10 a.m. However, this one exception to the problem

of downtime does not answer the problem of precept and reading organization. If a class meets on Monday and Wednesday, it is possible that for a given week of precepts, certain sections will actually cover less course material than others. For example, if this Monday-Wednesday class has precepts on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the students in the Tuesday precept will not have seen Wednesday’s lecture material. Instead, they will either be covering material from the previous week’s Wednesday lecture, or worse, they will be going over material the students have not even seen. Having class once a week prevents any precepts from falling behind the others, prevents any precepts from attending more lectures than the others at any given time in the semester, and guarantees a more equal expe-

rience across precepts in general. This problem does not just exist at Princeton; Harvard, Yale, Brown, and other institutions also have classes with this structure, and I would suspect their students face similar issues to those outlined in this article. University departments should make an effort to offer more 100-minute classes that occur once a week. Currently, a vast amount of courses are 50 minutes twice a week with a precept component as well. Making this change will give students more options for how to schedule their weeks and more time to engage with course material. Hunter Campbell is a junior politics concentrator from East Arlington, Vt. He can be reached at hunterc@princeton.edu.

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The men’s hockey team is preparing to compete against Arizona State on Friday and Saturday at Hobey Baker Rink.

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Men’s hockey will face Arizona State this Friday and Saturday in a doubleheader at Hobey Baker Rink. The Tigers, who are 3–6–1 overall, are looking to snap a fivegame losing streak, which includes two straight losses to No. 9 Quinnipiac last weekend. Both of these losses came ended with a three-goal margin. The six goals the Tigers gave up on Saturday

were the most they have conceded in a game all season. The Tigers are hoping that the matches against Arizona State this weekend will mark a turning point in what has been an underwhelming season thus far. Predicted to finish second in the ECAC preseason poll, Princeton is currently fifth in the conference standings. Nationwide, the Tigers have dropped out of the top 20 for the first time this season. Despite their struggles,

the early season has not come without positives for the Tigers. The team has benefitted from strong senior leadership throughout the season, with defenseman Josh Teves and forwards Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau playing crucial roles in the Tigers’ success. Kuffner is currently fifth in the nation in points per game, with 1.6, while Veronneau is 15th, with 1.3. The Tigers will face stiff competition from Arizona State, as the Sun Devils are

10–6 for the season and rank 19th in the nation. Their offense is led by sophomore forward Johnny Walker, who ranks 12th in the nation in total points, with 18 overall. As a whole, the Sun Devils have the ninth best penalty kill in the country at 86.5 percent. Their defense is bolstered by the strong play of junior goaltender Joey Daccord, who allows 2.45 goals per game and has a .919 save percentage, both of which put him in the top 35 nation-

wide. The Tigers will likely have plenty of power play opportunities against the Sun Devils, who rank second in the nation in total penalty minutes. This plays right into the Tigers’ strengths, as their power play is seventh best in the nation at 27 percent. If they can capitalize on these opportunities, and come out on top this weekend, the Tigers will be one step closer to rescuing their season.

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The Tigers face Quinnipiac on Saturday at Jadwin Gymnasium for the 10th matchup of the season.

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Women’s basketball (2– 7) hosts the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday night at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Tigers are coming off a 65–57 victory over the Davidson Wildcats this past Sunday. Sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield has starred for the Tigers this year. She put in 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds

against Davidson. Littlefield is part of the young, new Princeton core who are still finding their way in the absence of reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, junior forward Bella Alarie. Alarie has yet to play this season as she recovers from a broken arm. Princeton used a 16–6 run to finish off the Wildcats in a game that had been close all along. The Tigers outscored their opponent 21–12 in the fourth

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quarter and converted seven of nine free throws down the stretch to help secure the win. After the game, Littlefield said her team followed head coach Courtney Banghart’s directives to “buckle down” on defense in order to come away with its first home win of the season. “We’ve learned how to come together,” Littlefield stated. “We’ve had some toughness lessons, and that’s really valuable

with some young players.” Princeton will again be put to the test when Quinnipiac comes to town. The Bobcats sit at 4–4 for the season, having just posted a five-point win over the Tigers’ Ivy League competitor, Harvard. Last season they won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac is led by senior guard Aryn McClure, who was a First Team AllMAAC honoree last year. The team nearly bested the No. 12 Texas Longhorns at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Nov. 23, falling by just one point. On her weekly podcast, The Court Report, Banghart discussed the upcoming match-up. “They’re gonna try to outtough you, they’re gonna try to win on the glass, they’ve got five guys at a time that are usually the best matchups on the f loor.” Banghart is pleased to have such a strong regional competitor and complimented the Bobcats’ style of play. “They play together,” she said. “Wherever the hole is, they’re gonna find it.” Banghart referenced Quinnipiac as an overlooked team, lamenting that the Bobcats and her

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Tigers started this series because they are “two good teams that can’t get anybody to play them.” A win this weekend would help Princeton regain its footing and get back on everybody’s radar after a slow start. As for Quinnipiac as an opponent, Banghart said: “We wanna play them because they’re gonna be playing for a championship every year. So are we.” It’s clear that Banghart is focused on developing her team as the season progresses. “I’m committed to the long game and I’m committed to winning Ivy titles,” she said on The Court Report. In the preseason poll, Princeton was picked to win the Ivy League over Pennsylvania and Harvard. For now, much of that load is shouldered by Littlefield. Over the team’s three games at the Cancun Challenge in November, she averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists — good enough to be named to the All-Tournament team and earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors on Nov. 26. Princeton will tip off against Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia+.

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