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Mudd Library to close for renovations through 2021 By Paige Allen staff writer

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The 17% increase in energy production from wind turbines, previously credited to technological innovation, was in fact largely due to a reversal of wind speed pattern.

Increase in wind speed worldwide means boost for alternative energy, U. study finds By Rachel Sturley contributor

To the surprise of climate scientists, our world is getting significantly windier. Average daily wind speeds have picked up in the last decade after over 30 years of gradual decline, according to research led by a team at the University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The study, published in “Nature Climate Change” on Nov. 18, could implicate a dramatic surge in the efficiency of wind power in the coming years. The findings demonstrate a recent reversal to decreasing wind speeds over land — a phenomenon termed “global

terrestrial stilling.” The trend began in 1978. Since 2010, however, wind speeds have accelerated by approximately seven percent. This speed increase is three times faster than the rate of the previous slowing. As a result of this shift, wind turbines can produce 17 percent more energy now than they did a decade ago; the research team predicts a 37 percent increase in energy production by 2024. Zhenzhong Zeng, the first author on the paper, was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Eric Wood, the Susan Dod Brown Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, when he conducted this research. Zeng is now an associate professor of environmental

studies at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China. Zeng explained that wind speed on a daily basis is dictated by pressure patterns in the atmosphere, but scientists are not sure of the cause of these larger trends. The scientific community suggested two main hypotheses to explain the stilling: increased surface roughness, caused by greening and urbanization, and global warming reducing temperature gradients and affecting pressure differentials. “If the hypotheses were right, the stilling would continue …. The wind speed reversed See WIND page 5

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The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of Princeton University Library’s Department of Special Collections, will close for renovations in March 2020. Digitization services will cease in February 2020 in preparation for the renovation, which is predicted to last through January 2021. Mudd Library, located at 65 Olden Street, houses the University Archives, which document the University’s history and contain senior theses and doctoral dissertations. The library is also home to a special collection of Public Policy Papers relating to individuals and organizations who played a significant role in 20th-century American foreign policy, politics, jurisprudence, and international affairs. According to Sara Logue, Assistant University Archivist for Special Collections Public Services, some of the changes for library patrons after the renovation will include a refreshed lobby with a new front desk, a redesigned first floor to make better use of staff offices, a digital studio for in-house patron digitization requests, updated furniture, and the addition of a second classroom. The renovation will also focus on accessibility throughout the building and update the current restrooms to have four accessible, individual gender-neutral restrooms. In addition to these changes, much of the renovation will focus on areas unseen by the public but important to preserving the library’s collec-

tions. Specifically, there will be updates to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, fire suppression and alarm systems, and building security systems. According to the library’s renovation website, the building will be closed for the entirety of the renovation period. From mid-March through mid-May 2020, Mudd Library public services will be severely restricted as all collections are moved from the library to an off-site storage facility. “Most researchers, including the bulk of the campus community, should assume that there is no access to the collections during this time,” wrote Logue in a statement to The Daily Princetonian. Researchers who anticipate needing access to these collections during this period should contact the library as soon as possible. Logue explained that the relocation of all collections, while potentially disruptive, is necessary. “By closing the physical building and relocating the collections, we can ensure that the materials are well taken care of and are not disturbed by the construction process,” Logue stated. “If we kept the building open and tried to maintain service, the collections would be at risk, and the project would take much longer.” In June 2020, the collections will become accessible through a service point in Firestone Library’s Special Collections Reading Room on the C Floor of Firestone. Researchers will likely be required to See LIBRARY page 2

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Parking of electric scooters indoors raises accessibility concerns general safety hazards when they impede exits and entryways. Naomi Hess ’22, who makes her way around campus using her electric wheelchair, said that the presence of electric scooters inside buildings has affected her ability to navigate. Hess is a staff writer at The Daily Princetonian.

By Uchechi Ihenacho contributor

In recent weeks, signs reading “NO SCOOTERS OR BICYCLES INSIDE THE BUILDING” have been plastered on the doors of campus buildings, such as Fine Hall, Robertson Hall, Jadwin Gymnasium, and the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building. Electric scooters — indus-

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trial, larger versions of the traditional two-wheelers — have risen in popularity as a fast and convenient way to zip around campus. While scooters represent a slight increase in convenience for some, however, they can cause major obstacles for others. Parked scooters can make it difficult for students with physical disabilities to access necessary passages and create

Contributing columnist Richard Ma points out the use of stereotypical tropes in the latest Triangle show and Guest Columnist David Esterlit encourages students to invest more time and attention in USG.

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Naor is the second University professor in history to receive the honor. In 1995, it was awarded to professor emeritus, Andrew J. Wiles, who is best known for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem. The bi-annual award has seen a total of 16 recipients since its estab-

U. math professor Assaf Naor awarded 2019 Ostrowski Prize By Nobline Yoo contributor

Mathematics professor Assaf Naor has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Ostrowski Prize for his work in classical analysis and geometry, winning around $100,600. Naor is the fourth University professor in history to receive the honor. In 1995, it was awarded to Professor Emeritus Andrew J. Wiles, who is best

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known for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem. The biannual award has seen a total of 24 recipients since its establishment in 1989. According to the Ostrowski Foundation, the prize awards “outstanding achievements in pure mathematics and in the foundations of numerical mathematics.” The award was founded when Alexander Ostrowski, a longtime professor at the University of Basel, bequeathed his See MATH page 2

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A row of electric scooters parked indoors, on the A-level floor of Frist Campus Center.

“In the past month, there have been two incidents where I’m on the A-level of Frist outside late meal, and I’ve wanted to get on the elevator to get to another level of Frist, but there were so many scooters parked by the staircase that it was blocking the pathway to the elevator. I had to wait until someone noticed me struggling, and he moved the scooters,” said Hess. She said electric scooters have blocked her ability to reach the handicap automatic door buttons. “There are even more troublesome experiences,” Hess added. “When I was trying to take the elevator in Wu [Hall] … scooters were literally right in front of the elevator. There were probably three or four, and I couldn’t get to the button — I couldn’t get to the elevator door. Someone came and moved a couple of the scooters

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request Mudd Library materials through Special Collections with at least 72 business hours notice. More information about the post-relocation request process will be posted on the renovation website as soon as it is available. Logue encouraged library

patrons to take advantage of the digitized portions of Mudd’s collections available online through the finding aids database. The database includes the entirety of the ‘Prince,’ which is digitized and searchable, as well as senior theses from 2014 to the present, which can be accessed if the researcher is on campus or is able to remotely access campus resources.

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estate to it. Naor described what first animated him about the field of mathematics as a young scholar. “A Swedish mathematician in the mid-70s proved a theorem: an indication that there should be a way to talk about all kinds of high-dimensional geometric objects as though they were spaces which are much, much nicer,” Naor said. “It’s almost like somebody’s giving you a dictionary … but you’re not sure what it is. I’m not telling you.” In 1998, Naor began his Ph.D. under Joram Lindenstrauss at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he also earned his baccalaureate. “My feeling [at the time] was this was a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful field, [but] we were missing something,” Naor said. “When I was doing my Ph.D. in the 1990s, the field felt stuck,” Naor went on. “For many entries in the dictionary, there was simply no clue what they were. It’s not as much solving an open

problem, but actually coming up with a definition — how to even talk about something.” Naor has spent the past 20 years of his life filling in those gaps, and many of his discoveries have been successfully applied to scholarship in other fields. Since 2000, he has worked at the intersection of mathematics and computing at several institutions. Before joining the University in the fall of 2014, he conducted research at Microsoft and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. “There are all kinds of questions that are central to computer science, but for a lot of those, we have been making progress using tools from analysis: how to store data, how to partition, how to cluster networks,” Naor said of his most recent work. In addition to the Ostrowski Prize, Naor is a recipient of numerous awards for his work in metric spaces, including the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics in 2018, the American Mathematical Society’s Bôcher Memorial Prize in 2011, and the Salem Prize in 2008.

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for me, but if there hadn’t been anyone around, I would have been literally stuck.” Though the signs on doorways are meant to combat this issue, they provide no context or explanation for the warning. Students — riders and pedestrians alike — interviewed by The Daily Princetonian did not know why the signs had been posted. “I think it’s pretty stupid,” said Fahd Nasser ’22, regarding the emergence of the signs. A sophomore on the men’s cross country team, Nasser sees his electric scooter as a way to save energy that he can exert at practice instead. “One thing about scooters on campus, especially for student athletes, is that we can get to our locations much quicker, and we don’t have to pedal excessively up and down Elm Drive or across different levels on campus,” Nasser explained. Nasser expressed frustration at the expectation for students to leave their scooters outdoors, where they may be damaged by snow or stolen. “It would be stupid to just say that you’re not allowed to bring them into the building …. It can get stolen easily, which is unfortunate,” said Nasser. “You can’t have it outside because there’s inclement weather like snow, and are you expecting kids to have their

scooters stop working? I just think that if the person is with their scooter, and it’s not in someone’s way, it should be alright.” Auset Taylor ’21, who does not own a scooter, expressed similar concerns that leaving scooters outdoors could lead to property damage. “I think that it’s interesting that they are not allowing them in buildings anymore, because they are expensive, and I don’t know if I would be comfortable keeping an $800 bike or scooter when there aren’t really any scooter locks,” she said. Sonia Gu ’22 echoed these opinions. “It’s not that annoying to most people … but also I think people should have more common courtesy.” All three students were surprised to learn of the impediment that electric scooters can create for students with disabilities and recommended creating a more robust plan for handling scooters on campus. “It’s an ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] violation essentially. There definitely needs to be an infrastructure in place so that they are not impeding people who have disabilities and need access to certain points in the building,” said Taylor. “I think rather than banning it, they should make designated scooter areas, in and outside building areas,” suggested Nasser. “We have to recognize the problem and try to work

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Signs taped to doors of Robertson Hall warn against bringing scooters into building.

around it.” Additionally, Hess and Nasser both stated that a campuswide email informing students on the scooter policy and the reasons behind it would be helpful. According to Transportation and Parking Services (TPS), as of now, electric scooters and bicycles are not allowed inside buildings. They could not, however, provide access to a formalized “scooter policy” because one does not officially exist. The TPS website does not include any information on electric scooters.

In an email to the ‘Prince,’ deputy University spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss wrote that currently, a team of campus partners is considering how best to accommodate not only scooter riders, but also pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and bus riders. The team plans to invite input on the issue at the next meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community on Monday, Dec. 9. The grouping of “bikes and scooters” on the signs suggests that the electric scooter policy could be crafted in rela-

tion to the University’s bicycle policy. The Biking Resources page states that bikes canot block wheelchair ramps or be “placed in a hallway, or allowed to impede a means of egress,” and that bikes that do not heed these rules are subject to confiscation and a fine. When an official policy comes into effect, Hess hopes to see the issues she has encountered addressed. “I think if we address it now before it gets even worse, then we can make some changes on campus,” she said.


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in 2010, but the roughness did not reverse, and global warming did not reverse,” Zeng said. “Our paper is the first to show that those hypotheses cannot be correct.” Instead, Zeng and his team proposed that naturally occurring ocean-atmosphere oscillations were the cause of this change, which had been previously understood to only affect ocean winds. The 17 percent increase in energy production from wind turbines, previously credited to technological innovation, was in fact largely due to this reversal of speed patterns, Zeng contended. “A big thing that came out of this finding is that the change in wind energy production is not just technology,” Zeng said. “Our understanding of the natural science is just as important.” Adrian Chappell, from Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, was a coauthor on the paper. He spoke to Bloomberg about the recent publication, emphasizing its importance for wind power. “This rapid increase in global wind speeds is certainly good news for the power industry,” Chappell said. “[The reversal] bodes well for the expansion of large scale and efficient wind power generation systems.” Professor Wood also mentioned the value of this finding to the planning of wind energy infrastructure. “If the wind is too strong or too weak, it’s not good for the turbines … If you have [a turbine] built already, it’s just

about monitoring,” Wood said. “But if you’re trying to decide where to build new wind farms, you want to know about this.” Both Wood and Zeng anticipate that their paper could help promote the replacement of the burning of fossil fuels with cleaner alternative energy sources. With such a large predicted uptick in efficiency, wind power may soon see a surge in usage. Though the data from the past decade suggests strongly that wind speeds will continue to rise for the next ten years, the nature of atmospheric data prevents scientists from making definite claims. Wood noted the limitations of the data’s ability to predict exact trends going forward. “Our data is maybe 20 or 30 years old. We don’t know, 100 or 200 years ago, what these longer-term trends look like. That’s one of the problems with this: Climate data should be long enough that you can actually see what is happening, but unfortunately, most of this is measured by satellite, so it is too short a record.” Zeng plans to continue his work on wind turbines in China, focusing on both onshore and offshore energy production. He is also interested in looking into the effects of this reversal on other climate phenomena, such as evaporation, sandstorms in Beijing, and air pollution. Wood also discussed his hopes that this finding could be utilized for studies beyond wind energy. “Wind affects lots of things,” said Wood. “Look at the patterns of wind storms in the past year, what does it mean for power outages … and it helps the little kids fly their kites.”

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The Triangle Show was excellent, but… Richard Ma

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I loved Triangle Club from the moment I saw them diss Yale during Princeton Preview, and I’ve been there for every frosh-week, fall, and spring show during my two years here. Indeed, when the Shark Ghosts made a reprise appearance in this year’s frosh-week show, “23&Me,” I was delighted. Though this year’s fall production, “Once Uponzi Time,” was excellent, it included problematic elements. The show was really cohesive, hilarious, and politically sharp, even by Triangle Show standards. Yet, I found its portrayal of Asian characters unsettling. Two of its depictions of Asian characters included outdated and inappropriate stereotypes that have figured in the Western media’s portrayal of Asians for decades. Perhaps unintentionally, Triangle perpetuated the tropes of Asian men as easily-bullied nerds or effeminate oddities. These enduring stereotypes must end. Tim Spladd, one of the show’s

main characters, portrayed by the ever-excellent Richard Peng ’20, is, at least before intermission, a bullied and somewhat helpless office worker and number cruncher, though he has several standout moments in the second half. Zachary Lopez ’23, a standout first-year actor, at one point portrays an effeminate bidder at an auction reminiscent of ideas of Oriental strangeness from the early 20th and late 19th centuries. I don’t believe Triangle intentionally perpetuated long-standing stereotypes, but I would urge the club to be more conscientious in the future regarding such tropes. Much of these tropes’ harm derives from their history. In the mid-1800s, when Asians first began immigrating to the United States on a large scale, American newspapers and magazines were quick to depict them as strange and exotic. Asian women were sexually voracious, as suggested in the 1960 Hollywood production “The World of Suzie Wong,” featuring a Hong Kong prostitute. Asian men, by contrast, were

often lacking in masculinity, through either the absence of or exaggeration of certain traits. Today, they are often also seen as set-upon nerds, unable to stand up for themselves as they become punching bags for bullies. Most Asian nerds remain one-dimensional characters relegated to comic relief. Triangle could have maintained the show’s comedic excellence while also being more aware and subverting these stereotypes. Indeed, it begins to do so after intermission. Peng’s character, Spladd, delves deeper by being both morally upstanding and ironclad in resolve when others attempt to coerce him into betraying his friend and romantic interest. Spladd, in addition to having one of the core emotional scenes in the musical, is also the one who ends the show on a positive note, as he becomes engaged to his fiancé. One could argue that these positive moments are all the stronger in juxtaposition to the helplessness Spladd displays earlier in the show. Spladd, however, never confronts

his bullies from those scenes, making that alleged growth too implicit. We see only one instance in which he displays the strength not to cave in — not enough evidence to demonstrate that he can stand up to the physical bullying he suffered earlier. I’ve always found Triangle’s incredibly diverse cast and crew, wonderful writing, and social awareness to be its core strengths. Despite its uncomfortable depictions of Asians, “Once Uponzi Time” was no different, and I emphasize again how much I appreciate the hard work, talent, and time it took to create. Triangle is so often a symbol to me for how playful, inclusive, and thoughtful Princeton and our larger community can be. I hope it can continue to evolve in its depictions of its characters to be a model for theatrical performance. Richard Ma is a sophomore from Kirksville, Missouri. He can be reached at richardma@princeton.edu.

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USG President Op-ED David Esterlit

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My name is David Esterlit ’21, and I am running for USG president. I began my freshman year at Princeton in the fall of 2014, and I was introduced to USG for the first time. That year’s winter election was a three-way race between Ella Cheng ’16, William Gansa ’17, and Molly Stoneman ’16. The “joke” candidate, Gansa, ran on a platform of waffle fries, ripe fruit (hand-ripened by Gansa himself), and wonderfully vague “bike reform.” Gansa beat out Cheng in the preliminary elections by 44 percent to 32 percent; Stoneman came in last with 24 percent. Later, Cheng won the runoff against Gansa, with 1,984 votes to Gansa’s 1,126. Of the undergraduate student body, 59 percent turned out to vote. Two years later, I took a threeyear leave of absence to join the Israel Defense Forces. Honorably discharged, I returned to Princeton this fall only to discover that the problems of 2014 have remained the problems of 2019. Since 2014, candidates of various levels of seriousness have entered the race, debating in front of audiences ranging from 15 people strong to the mid double digits. In the four winter elections since then, turnout has yet to approach Gansa’s 59 percent. Though the candidates’

names may have changed, their platforms have remained largely the same: from USG transparency to grocery store transportation for independent students, from fixing Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) to establishing more student spaces. The list of platitudes and broken promises is as long as it is repetitive. Is it any wonder that Princeton students remain cynical, and USG elections remain unenthusiastic, with turnout for presidential elections falling as low as 30 percent? I believe Princeton students don’t view USG as a consequential body because it fails to deal with issues of consequence. USG spends zero effort on the price of tuition, the extent of financial aid, and side jobs students work to make ends meet. Meanwhile, while middle- and lower-income students and their families feel the squeeze, USG concerns itself more with planning Lawnparties, passing resolutions, and playing government than with the financial health of its constituents. As a result, there is no institution that can apply pressure on the administration, an institution that can advocate for the economic well-being of every student and the family behind every student. University financial decisions continue to be dictated to the student body top-down, under the fair as-

sumption the student body will accept whatever decision was made, in whatever way it was made, sight unseen. But injustices do exist, injustices USG can advocate to remedy. Twenty-four percent of the class of 2023 have received a Federal Pell Grant, designed for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need. But zero percent of these students actually receive this grant; instead, Princeton deducts the exact dollar amount of the award from the students’ financial aid. Meanwhile, Princeton estimates these same students who display exceptional financial need have to come up $3,500 in miscellaneous expenses: things like travel fares, school supplies, textbooks, and so on. Our veterans on campus face similar challenges. None of Princeton’s veteran community uses its well-deserved G.I. Bill benefits to pay for this school — they tell me it just isn’t worth it because Princeton deducts their federal benefit from the financial aid grant anyway. But we can meet our veterans’ unique needs by very publicly broadcasting when they are not met. Every day that USG stays silent is another day that this silent minority on campus, who has sacrificed so much for us, continues to be treated unfairly. These administration policy failures primarily impact veter-

ans and lower-income students. They are the most economically sensitive students among us. They are the least able to seek out outside psychological help when CPS does not meet their needs, and Ubering to the grocery store may be enough to put them in the red. I do not have confidence in the ability of USG or the administration to fix CPS from within. Nor do I have confidence in the ability of USG or the administration to arrange grocery store transportation for independent students. They’ve had five years to fix this. Apparently, a more convenient busing schedule is a bridge too far. Returning the Pell Grants solves these problems. The federal government has already determined these students’ financial need and has granted them up to $6,195. These funds can make the difference between a student seeing the right therapist for themselves or going without. These funds can make the difference between an anxiety-ridden trip to the grocery store or being food-secure. But what can USG even do about these issues? Sure, USG can apply pressure, but will the administration be responsive to that pressure? Well, the administration has been responsive to external pressure. A few years back, other wealthy colleges were beating Princeton on cost of attendance,

despite having lower per capita endowments than Princeton. While Princeton was a pioneer with its need-based financial aid system, other colleges had met and surpassed it over the years. In 2016, in order to stay competitive with these other elite institutions, Princeton revised its definition of your “need,” and increased its financial aid spending. Similarly, Yale was rocked by summer earnings contribution protests in the 2018-19 academic year. To prevent something similar happening here, Princeton preemptively cancelled the summer earning expectation for scholarship students. But why does this pressure always have to be external? It seems to me we have a perfect institution available to us, a student-run institution that can apply pressure on the administration, an institution that can loudly advocate for the economic well-being of every student and their family. That institution is called USG, and it has not lived up to its potential. And that is why I am running for USG president. David Esterlit ’21 is a junior running for Undergraduate Student Government president. He can be reached at esterlit@princeton.edu.

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