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Hundreds of University students and local activists marched in Palmer Square at noon in response to a previously scheduled demonstration by the New Jersey European Heritage Association (NJEHA), a white supremacist organization.

Protesters stand in solidarity against cancelled white supremacist march on Palmer Square By Oliver Effron and Rebecca Han Contributors

Protesters gathered in the town of Princeton on Saturday, Jan. 12, to protest against white supremacy — even when the white supremacists themselves were nowhere to be seen. Hundreds of University students and local activists marched in Palmer Square at noon in response to a previously scheduled demonstration from the New Jersey European Heritage Association (NJEHA), a white supremacist organization. In a tweet on Friday, Jan. 11, however, the NJEHA announced that its planned protest was, in reality, an elaborate hoax — de-

signed to increase publicity for the organization and demonstrate that “the so-called ‘tolerant’ phony privileged limousine liberals of Princeton have no respect for freedom of speech.” In preparation for possible security issues, the University locked down facilities beginning at 11:30 a.m. According to an email distributed from the University’s emergency notification system Tiger Alert, “the campus returned to normal operations shortly after 1 p.m.,” when the locked buildings were reopened. The Princeton Police Department maintained a strong presence in the area to ensure that protests remained peaceful, in case the NJEHA or other white

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supremacist organizations attempted to agitate. “We’ve got information that there may still be other groups that might come to take the place of this one,” Princeton Police Department spokesperson Sergeant Frederick Williams said. “But there’s nothing official.” Still, counter-protesters were not deterred, some arriving in sub-30-degree weather hours before the march officially began. Carrying a sign reading “end racism, use your voice to speak, your heart to listen, and your hands to hold,” Hopewell, N.J., native Heidi Wilenius arrived in Palmer Square after attending another protest in Paterson,

N.J., in support of Jameek Lowry, a young black man who died in police custody on Monday. Wilenius is the co-founder of the local group Hope Rises Up, which she said hopes to make political and social advocacy accessible to the broader Trenton community. Protesters, some independent and others representing an organization, chanted lines such “No ban, no wall, tear it down and free them all,” and “No hate, no fear, Nazis are not welcome here,” while marching around Palmer Square. Participating groups in Saturday’s counter-protest included Faith in New Jersey — a racially and religiously diverse social justice organization, the

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North and Central Jersey Democratic-Socialists of America (DSA), Not in Our Town Princeton (NIOT), and Heathens Against Hate, which protest Nazi appropriation of “preChristian Germanic” religious iconography. In a joint email statement sent to The Daily Princetonian by Ayesha Mughal — co-chair of the Central Jersey DSA — the Princeton Young DemocraticSocialists of America, the Central Jersey, North Jersey, and South Jersey DSA called for all to join them in resisting white supremacy, including by overwhelming such groups with large groups of counter-protesters. See PROTEST page 2

Church Postdoc becomes NJ’s first files lawsuit female South Asian mayor against U. By Josephine de la Bruyere Contributor



Tori Gorton ’21 said, “I find the new policy quite threatening, given that such a small accident, incident, or mishap could result in a 10-year suspension

U. supports lawsuit defending international students, faculty By Linh Nguyen Senior Writer

On Dec. 21, 2018, the Office of Communications announced in a statement that the University joined 65 other colleges and universities in public support of a lawsuit defending international students, professors, and researchers from a new federal visa policy which took effect in August. International students at schools such as Haverford College and The New School have already suffered from the new policy, which impacts the federal government’s definition of “unlawful presence.” The lawsuit was originally filed by Foothill-De Anza Community College, Guilford College, Haverford

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College, and The New School against the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and USCIS director Lee Francis Cissna. The plaintiffs described the newly implemented visa policy as “a massive reconfiguration of the immigration laws relating to higher education.” According to the complaint, since 1997, the U.S. government has defined the beginning of a visa-yielding individual’s unlawful presence as “the day after either a government official or immigration judge made a determination that the individual was outof-status.” See LAWSUIT page 2

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Leaders of the Eastern Orthodox Church have filed a federal lawsuit against the University over four historic religious manuscripts that date to the Byzantine era. The plaintiffs of the lawsuit include His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople; the Holy Metropolis of Drama; and the monastery of Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa. The plaintiffs state that the manuscripts are under unlawful possession by the University. After the University refused to agree to their demands to have the manuscripts returned, they filed the lawsuit as an action to recover the manuscripts. Three of the manuscripts include St. John Chrysostom’s “Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew,” written in 955 A.D. by Nikephoros the Notary; St. John Climacus’s “Heavenly Ladder,” written in 1081 A.D. in Constantinople by the scribe Joseph; and ninth-century pages that are likely out of “Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew” that may have been rebound to “Heavenly Ladder.” The manuscripts were purchased by University alumnus and trustee Robert Garrett, Class of 1897, in 1924 and then donated to the University See MANUSCRIPT page 2

On Thursday, Jan. 3, Sadaf Jaffer became New Jersey’s first South Asian woman — and the United States’ first Pakistani-American woman — to serve as a mayor. A scholar of South Asian, Islamic, and gender studies, Jaffer will continue to work as a postdoctoral research associate at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies while serving as mayor of Montgomery, N.J. She is currently working on a book about perspectives on Islam in India through the lens of Ismat Chughtai, ON CAMPUS

U. ASL intepreters support student academic pursuits By Naomi Hess and Marissa Michaels Contributors

Alicia Van Cleve and Victoria Rodriguez Mitchell, the ASL interpreters for Alik Zalmover ’22, wonder if people ever think that they are the first-year’s moms or sisters when the three walk around campus together. The experience of having interpreters is certainly unique. “It can’t be easy for an 18-year-old to come to university and have these two women following him around,”

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Rodriguez Mitchell said. Diagnosed as Deaf when he was two months old, Zalmover requires interpreters in order to have access to the same opportunities as other University students. He was paired with two sign language interpreters, Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell, through the University’s Office of Disability of Services (ODS) at the start of this year. The two women have worked together at the University since 2013. They emphasized that their job is See ASL page 3


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an Urdu writer and cultural critic. Jaffer received her undergraduate degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She began her studies there in 2001. But, barely a month into her first year, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks shook the United States. “Before 9/11, most people were simply ignorant about Islam,” Jaffer said. “But after it, the popular conversation about Islam became plagued with misinformation.” In part motivated by that cultural shift, Jaffer sought out courses dealing with the history of Muslim societies in the Arab world. She quickly





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Kussman: We just want to make sure everything’s peaceful PROTEST Continued from page 1

............. “Recognize that peace without justice is tyranny,” the groups said in their statement. “We are protesting this rally not to provoke violence, but to show the white supremacists that our communities will not stand for their hate.” The groups also referenced the statement that the Charlottesville chapter of DSA put out after the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally, in which counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others injured when rally-goer James Alex Fields Jr. rammed a car into a crowd of protestors. “We ask that you join us in confronting all forms of white supremacy in your community,

however explicit or subtle,” the Charlottesville chapter said in its statement. “We are tired of having our religion absconded by white supremacists,” Heathens Against Hate organizer Robert L. Schriewer told the ‘Prince’ on Saturday. Erich Kussman, a Faith in New Jersey organizer and vicar at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Paterson, said his group received word that the Aryan Strikeforce, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi organization, might “show up to instigate.” “We just want to make sure everything’s peaceful and loving, and reassure that love trumps hate, all puns intended,” he said. Faith in New Jersey has protested white nationalism in the

past and was in Charlottesville, Va., to demonstrate against the Unite the Right rally. Numerous protesters from the University — many of whom first heard about the NJEHA’s supposed demonstration through Facebook or other friends — marched alongside the groups. Emma Harlan ’22 was first notified of the NJEHA’s planned protest from an NIOT email. She said that by later claiming the “it’s okay to be white” march was a hoax, the NJEHA might have thought that they won, but it didn’t mean that other groups shouldn’t organize against the message of white supremacy. Brittani Telfair ’22 said that it was important to attend the counter-protest even if no white supremacist organizers made an appearance.

“It’s important to send a message that this type of thing is not acceptable,” she said. “I’m from Virginia, and when the Unite the Right rally happened, a lot of my friends were freaking out.” “Especially because it’s on the Princeton campus, we have to show up for the community,” Kathy Palomino ’22 said. In an email sent Friday, Jan. 11, to the University community, Vice Presidents for Campus Life and Human Resources W. Rochelle Calhoun and Lianne Sullivan-Crowley and Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev R. Kulkarni announced that certain locations — including the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and the Office of Religious Life — would be open Saturday for students wanting a “place to gather with others in

community and conversation.” Certain eating clubs also took security precautions, including Cap & Gown Club, which locked all doors except the front door from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and stationed two bouncers at the front door. Tower Club also said it increased security measures, according to Interclub Council President Hannah Paynter ’19. Though the march began to dissipate at 1 p.m. — and it became increasingly clear that the NJEHA would not make an appearance — some saw it as an expression of the town’s commitment to maintaining a safe and loving environment. “I’m glad that it turned out the way it did,” Bent Spoon owner Gabrielle Carbone said. “I think it shows that Princeton is a community that just wants to do good things and be united.”

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But since Aug. 9, 2018, nearly two decades after the United States initially created its definition of “unlawful presence,” the status has been defined as beginning the day immediately after an individual loses status. In other words, although the previous policy required official government notification prior to the “unlawful presence” timer’s beginning, the government is no longer obligated to provide notification, potentially leaving many visa holders in the dark in terms of their status. The legal definition of “unlawful presence” is the primary method by which the U.S. government determines the length that an individual violating visa policies should be barred from the country. After an individual accrues 180 days of unlawful presence in the United States, an individual would face a three-year-long bar from reentry. Following a period of one year or

longer of unlawful presence, an individual would be barred for 10 years. In the policy memorandum released by USCIS on Aug. 9, USCIS justified the new policy by claiming that it would help “to reduce the number of overstays and to improve how USCIS implements the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility.” Furthermore, USCIS cited the overstay rates in the fiscal year 2016 as further justification: 6.19 percent for F visa nonimmigrants, 3.80 percent for J visa nonimmigrants, and 11.60 percent for M visa nonimmigrants. Within the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argue that the new policy would not only cause “concrete, significant harms to colleges and universities” through the loss of “irreplaceable community members, … tuition dollars, and … trained employees,” but that the policy is also unlawful. The plaintiffs condemn the defendants for their lack of transparency and attention to legal procedures and requirements in compliance with “requirements imposed by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).”

Furthermore, the plaintiffs claim that the policy violates the “statutory text” as well as “protections guaranteed by the Due Process Clause.” Two of the plaintiffs, Haverford College and the New School, have already experienced drastic changes within their international communities on campus as a result of the policy. The colleges have become “more likely to refer students to outside immigration lawyers” and also report that some students have withdrawn from their institutions out of fear of the new policy. The lawsuit estimates that tens of thousands of students and professors will be affected by this new policy annually. Ellen Scott-Young ’20, who hails from Australia, noted that she is most concerned about the lack of transparency regarding the new policy. She expressed uncertainty about how the changes would affect her visa status, immigration, and border-crossing experiences. “It’s the uncertainty that is truly worrying,” Scott-Young said. “I know

for sure that I want to work here after graduation, but some of the process seems so daunting and unclear to me that balancing Princeton, finals, graduation, and the responsibilities as an international student seems an impossible task at times.” Tori Gorton ’21, a sophomore from the United Kingdom, echoed ScottYoung’s sentiments. She expressed concern that her plans for education in the United States beyond undergrad could be hindered by the new visa policy. “I find the new policy quite threatening, given that such a small accident, incident, or mishap could result in a 10-year suspension,” Gorton said. “Especially since the mistake can also be on the side of a college official.” When asked if she found the University to be a dependable resource for international students, Gorton noted that she appreciated the commitment to accessible information and community, but found that legal support could be improved. “If you ever have a question, they’re very informative, and they hold a lot

of events and information sessions,” Gorton said. “But regarding these new federal policies, I don’t believe that I was informed about these changes. I think, in that respect, they could be better.” Scott-Young also found that, despite the University’s current levels of reliable support to international students, more relevant information should be communicated to students in a timely manner. “As an international student on campus, I do feel fully supported by my friends and faculty, and the administration does a great job making you feel like your place here is secure and valued,” Scott-Young said. “However, it would be great to receive notification exactly what they foresee these changes to be and who they foresee these to be affecting.” “If the administration could do a better job of working with us to determine what those changes would be, that would be a more collaborative approach to the situation that we find ourselves in,” she said.

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as a gift in 1942. The fourth manuscript, a 16thcentury version of “Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew,” was purchased by the University in 1921. According to a New York Times article, all four manuscripts in question originate from an auction house based in Frankfurt named Joseph Baer & Co. It is unclear whether the University directly purchased the fourth manuscript from that auction house or if it went through more exchanges between the auction house and the University. The lawsuit said that the Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa Monastery, located in northern Greece, was attacked by a group of Bulgarian guerilla forces near the end of the First World War in March of 1917. The forces assaulted the monks and stole the most valuable manuscripts, including the four manuscripts that are at the center of the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Princ-

eton University Press published “Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century: A Descriptive Catalogue” — which identifies that some items in the University’s collection were removed from the monastery by Bulgarian authorities — in 2010. “This is Princeton’s book, issued by the Princeton press, about Princeton’s collection, written by Princeton employees,” said George A. Tsougarakis, legal counsel for the Patriarchate and a lawyer with Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York, which is representing the plaintiffs. “In our view, that’s about as concrete an admission as you could get,” he said. Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss disputes the allegations. Hotchkiss said that the issue was brought to the University’s attention in late 2015. “We have found no basis to conclude that the manuscripts in our possession were looted during World War I or otherwise improperly removed from the possession of the Patriarchate,” Hotchkiss said.

During a phone interview with The Daily Princetonian, Tsougarakis expressed his optimism about the chances of his clients winning the lawsuit against the University. “We stand on very solid legal grounds to request the return [of the manuscripts],” Tsougarakis said. “It is almost uniformly the trend [for] institutions like Princeton and art museums and the like to return the items that have been stolen. And the most notable trend that we have seen recently is with the Nazi-looted artwork.” Tsougarakis highlighted that, historically, much of the stolen artwork has been voluntarily returned to the rightful owners. In cases where they were not voluntarily returned, lawsuits have been filed, and the heirs of the owners have invariably returned the artworks. For instance, officials of the Eastern Orthodox Church stated that the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has voluntarily returned a 337-page edition of New Testament written in the ninth century by a monk named Sabas. The edition was also allegedly

stolen from the monastery in 1917. The plaintiffs are also pursuing other documents that are under the possession of Duke University and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City for the concern that those documents were also looted by the Bulgarian guerillas. Tsougarakis expressed that the plaintiffs are also on strong legal grounds to seek the return of manuscripts under possession by Duke University and the Morgan Library. Classics associate professor Emmanuel Bourbouhakis, who specializes in the study of medieval Greek and Byzantine manuscripts, suggested that the rationale behind the plaintiffs’ lawsuit may be insufficient. “The representatives of the monastery are claiming that the manuscripts in question must have been among those looted by the war party, yet the manuscripts given by Garrett were not in the inventory of the looted manuscripts held by the Bulgarian authorities,” Bourbouhakis said. Bourbouhakis also indicated that the manuscripts could have been

sold off as well, rather than stolen. “There is at least as much evidence that this and other monasteries under Patriarchal jurisdiction, which had fallen on hard times, had sold off valuable manuscripts before the Balkan Wars in order to [financially] sustain themselves,” Bourbouhakis said. As such, Bourbouhakis expressed that the University should demand “far more solid evidence” before giving up ownership of the manuscripts. Nadya Fishchenko ’22, a student of Eastern Orthodox faith, expressed her recognition of the reasons for both parties to possess the manuscripts. “In Eastern Orthodox [theology], the Sacred Tradition is treated as an essential part of faith. That is why, to church, those manuscripts are not just unique because of their age. Still, I personally believe that those manuscripts will be more useful to [scholars than] to the church, but I think that it shouldn’t be forgotten that it is a part of church’s heritage,” Fishchenko said.

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discovered a passion for the subject, leading her to spend her junior year studying at the American University in Cairo. Upon her return to the United States, Jaffer realized something troubling: At Georgetown and across academia as a whole, there was a dearth of research on Islamic and South Asian history. She took it upon herself to change that. After two years studying Urdu in India, Jaffer pursued a Ph.D. in the Indo-Muslim culture program at Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. There, she met Daniel Sheffield, now an assistant Professor in the University’s Near Eastern Studies department. They married in 2011. Jaffer then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Global Studies at

Stanford University. Shortly afterwards, she and Sheffield moved to Montgomery Township, N.J., and became passionate about local government there. “When we first moved to Montgomery,” Sheffield said, “it was a town in which the local government was all white and Republican. But we quickly realized it was a diverse community with large East Asian, South Asian, and Hispanic populations. We didn’t see any representation for them in local government.” Disappointed by the contrast between Montgomery’s residents and its elected officials, Jaffer quickly became involved in local government. She was selected to be in the inaugural class of Emerge New Jersey, a training program for Democratic women leaders. After losing her first race as a writein candidate, she appeared on the ballot the next year and won a spot on the township committee. Only a year later, she became may-

or. “Things move fast,” Jaffer said with a laugh. To residents of Montgomery Township, her leadership — only 10 days in — has come as a welcome change. “As we’ve been going out into town recently,” Sheffield said, “we keep getting stopped by people who are commenting on how proud they are that Sadaf was elected, and how happy they are to see South Asian representation at the level of the local government.” However, reception to Jaffer — and to Montgomery’s diversity — was not always positive. Just weeks into her township committee role, Montgomery was the scene of an anti-Muslim bias crime — someone left pork on a Muslim family’s car. As debate ensued about the severity of the incident, Jaffer’s academic expertise proved instrumental. She provided a wealth of research to the

township committee and to her constituents about Islamophobia and the history of using pork to target Muslims. Her ability to turn the distressing incident into a learning experience for the community was emblematic of her personality, according to deputy mayor Catherine Gural. To Gural’s mind, Jaffer’s career as an educator and a lecturer makes her uniquely qualified to foster civic engagement and unity. “I’ve never seen Sadaf upset,” Gural said. “In the midst of her own campaign, she had negative mailers sent out about her, and a number of her lawn signs were destroyed and thrown into the woods. She maintained her composure, remained rational, measured, and thoughtful. She does a great job of bringing disparate groups together, creating an environment where everyone can participate and learn.” To Jaffer, her mission is bigger than

her own accomplishments. Her roles as an academic, a politician, and an activist complement each other. Not only does she want to accurately represent her district, but she wants to show those around her that public service does not have to come at the expense of a career. “When our systems of government were formed, the assumption was that people would only serve for a few years,” she said. “I think it would be great if more academics — and more people of all backgrounds — would consider running for office.” And Jaffer is already succeeding in inspiring those around her, like Montgomery resident Sukaina Ali. “The community showed that Montgomery is not a ‘melting pot’ but a ‘salad bowl’ where diversity is encouraged and individuality is valued,” Ali said. “To me, as a South Asian female, it inspires me to excel in my field and gives hope that hard work does pay off.”

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not merely to help Zalmover but instead to also support him in his academic pursuits. “We’re here to provide a service that allows him to succeed at his top level,” Rodriguez Mitchell said. ODS said they want to see each accepted student thrive. “Students with disabilities have demonstrated their abilities as have all students who are accepted to the institution,” Elizabeth Erickson, director of disability services, wrote in an email. “So we want to provide them with appropriate accommodations to allow them to learn and grow in this environment.” “For students who are deaf, accommodations may include the provision of sign language interpreters for classes and Princeton-sponsored programs, CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), and other academic accommodations,” Erickson wrote. At the University, Zalmover plans to major in a STEM subject. He is involved in many extracurricular activities, including Matriculate and the Entrepreneurship Club. However, he said “the number one priority is the classes.” Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell attend all of Zalmover’s classes, but they only accompany him to other events when he asks them to come in advance. Zalmover wears hearing aids and is able to talk. On a daily basis, he said he only uses the interpreters when it’s obvious that people don’t understand what he’s saying. The two women acknowledge their important role in supporting Zalmover’s success by providing the best opportunity for him to have equal access to communication, Van Cleve said. In order to maintain the best professional relationship possible, they need to give each other space at times. Van Cleve admitted that they have good days and bad days. “Sometimes we’re on point and other days we’re like ‘What are you saying?’” Rodriguez Mitchell said. “We’re a team and it’s a process,” Van Cleve said.

In addition to supporting Zalmover, Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell must assist each other. If one needs a moment of space or a break to watch a cute animal video, the other will assist Zalmover. “As interpreters, we support each other so we can best support the student,” Van Cleve said. Other important aspects of being an interpreter are maintaining confidentiality and faithfully interpreting under the national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Both women take their responsibilities very seriously by not disclosing how many students they have worked with or which events they have attended. They acknowledged that “rendering the message faithfully” takes a lot of practice. It is important for them to understand the desires of the student they are working with. American Sign Language (ASL) is a language with different codes, which are similar to dialects. Sometimes a student needs an exact word-for-word interpretation from English in work settings, while other times a different code is suitable. “As interpreters, we support each other so we can best support the student,” Van Cleve said. To train, Van Cleve went to an interpreter training program, a twoyear college program, and took a national exam three years later. Rodriguez Mitchell first learned sign language from her childhood best friend’s Deaf parents. She was certified under an older system and was recently recertified. Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell have experience working with University students, but acknowledge that, as in any relationship, there is an adjustment period. “It was a little difficult at first because they were two new interpreters,” Zalmover said when describing his first days with Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell. “Victoria and I have pretty big personalities and it was maybe for him a bit overwhelming at first,” Van Cleve said. “It was!” Zalmover exclaimed in agreement. Now, the team has a close and loving relationship.

Overall, Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell feel grateful to work with Princeton’s welcoming community. “Both of us adore being here at Princeton,” Rodriguez Mitchell said, mostly because they enjoy interacting with students and working for ODS. However, their jobs are not their only responsibilities. Rodriguez Mitchell has a husband, five sons, and a dog, and Van Cleve has a cat, four ducks, and five chickens. Both have to leave their houses about two hours before they meet Zalmover to ensure that they arrive on time. They spend very little time at home, but if not for the joys of their job, they “wouldn’t make that sacrifice,” Van Cleve said on interpreting at Princeton. “It’s obviously worth it,” she said. It is clear from their dedication to and appreciation for Zalmover that they recognize the importance of their jobs. “When we’re here, we try to dedicate everything that we can,” Rodriguez Mitchell said. “It can be difficult to balance, but our dedication is

strong to Princeton.” This is evident to the University’s students, who see Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell at events ranging from Community Action orientation to on-campus concerts. Many people became familiar with the trio during first-year orientation activities when Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell interpreted for Zalmover in front of thousands of people each day. Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell care so much that Zalmover has equal access to these events that they practice concerts and theater performances beforehand to nail down the nuances of the art. Though they spent their first two weeks getting to know Zalmover through orientation activities, Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell said that they never felt like first-years themselves. “It’s not our experience because we wouldn’t even be having this experience if it weren’t for Alik,” Van Cleve said. While the two are grateful for their jobs, they do hope that in the future more of the student body will be able

to communicate with Zalmover and other Deaf students on their own. They both encourage everyone to learn ASL, feeling that hearing people miss out on the chance to know an amazing community of people because of a communication barrier. Princeton offers two semesters of ASL classes, but they do not count towards the University’s language requirement. ASL use is not limited to communication with Deaf people but could also be used in a loud room or with older people losing hearing, according to the two women. Regardless of whether or not someone decides to learn ASL, Van Cleve and Rodriguez Mitchell encourage people to ask questions about interpretation, which is “better than to make assumptions,” Van Cleve said. While they perform an invaluable service for Zalmover, they look forward to a future in which everyone signs and interpreters for Deaf people are not necessary. “I hope one day my job becomes obsolete,” Rodriguez Mitchell said.


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Each night, likely while you’re sleeping, we send our page files to a printer in Philadelphia. A few minutes later I get a call — usually from Mike or Leo — to tell me the pages are good to go. As I walk to my room in 1903 Hall, the sounds of the printing press I heard on the phone echo in my mind. I imagine the pages flying across the press and stacking neatly at the end of the line of machines. When you pick up a copy in your dining hall, residential college, or eating club, I hold my breath, praying there isn’t a ghastly typo adorning the front page. British journalist G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “Seen from the outside, [the newspaper] seems to come round as automatically as the clock and as silently as the dawn. Seen from the inside, it gives all its organisers a gasp of relief every morning to see that it has come out at all; that it has come out without the leading article upside down or the Pope congratulated on discovering the North Pole.” I tell you this not just so that you understand how

a daily paper materializes each morning — an antiquated fact soon to be forgotten in the internet age — but to illustrate the dedication of your fellow students. With well over 150 students contributing to its production, The Daily Princetonian is one of the largest student organizations on campus. We have a collective mission that is larger than just the journey from newsroom production to Philadelphia printing press to dining hall. It’s a mission that drives us every day to report the truth, even when the truth is ugly. In an age where truthiness is common, some news organizations lean toward mimicking state media, and the absurd becomes the norm, that quote has become more prescient. What your fellow students are doing every day is important, not just on our campus and our community. It’s important because the ‘Prince’ has an educational mission: Who we train and prepare for a career in journalism will compose the next generation of newsrooms. Journalism today has incredibly high barriers to entry. It requires unpaid internships or low-paid fel-

lowships just to have clips. It requires a pricey degree from a fancy school just to make connections with future employers who will not deign to pay you living wage. Newspaper unions that could protect journalists are busted, and copy editors are deemed superfluous. For freelancers, editors ask to “repurpose” articles but refuse to pay their authors. It has become a payto-play industry. Yet people are still asking why it is mostly white and male. The solution seems selfevident to me, and I’m sure to many of you reading this. For a profession so essential to democracy, lowering those barriers and giving journalistic education to more people is critical. An organization like the ‘Prince’ must have a deep commitment to training a diverse generation of journalists to fill tomorrow’s newsrooms. That’s why we’ve published the editorial we did today. We have not met this obligation, but we promise to do better. We have and we will continue to make it part of our mission to ensure that voices previously excluded are prominent in our newspaper and are encouraged and supported to be leaders of the organization. The obligation of the ‘Prince’ to train and educate future journalists includes finding ways to lower our own barriers to entry. It means training students with no background in journalism, who come from underrepresented groups, and those with greater financial needs. It’s our job even as a student organization. Until recently, the University did not even offer a journalism certificate. Training new journalists from diverse

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backgrounds, both in our newsroom and through the University’s Ferris journalism program, helps ensure that the basest injustices and abuses of powers are exposed. In “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases” (1892), investigative journalist Ida B. Wells wrote, “The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.” And the press can only educate if newsrooms represent the communities they cover. I quote these famous people not only because they can say what I want to much better than I can, but also to illustrate journalism’s long history. It has stood in and stood up when things are unjust or just plain evil. It tells stories, sometimes painful, of forgotten or overlooked people. That’s our job at the ‘Prince.’ It’s what we try to do every day, albeit sometimes imperfectly. More than 150 people have worked tirelessly this year to better our journalism and to serve you, our community in and around this university. I am incredibly grateful for every single minute they have logged. We have built a community that supports each other even when it’s hard. To work with you, ‘Prince’ staff, has been the most fulfilling work I have ever done. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as editor-in-chief, and I am excited to see Chris Murphy ’20 lead the 143rd Board. Thanks for reading. Marcia Brown is a history major from Shaker Heights, Ohio. She can be reached at m a r c i a g b r o w n 19 @ g m a i l. com on Twitter at @Marcia_ Brown9.


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Condemning white nationalism is too easy Kiki Gilbert

Guest Contributor


n 1991, a brutal video of police officers beating motorcyclist Rodney King was released to the general public. Across the country outrage surged, with anger towards King’s assailants crossing racial and political lines. As critical theorist Kimberle Crenshaw describes, the video represented an “easy event for the entire mainstream of American culture to abhor, it did not present any of the hard questions of nineties’ controversies over race.” Disgust over the beating united left-leaning and conservative politicians alike; who, after all, couldn’t condemn a clear example of “old-style … racist power” that was caught on tape? Of course, Crenshaw wasn’t insinuating that the beating of King shouldn’t have been thoroughly condemned. The scholar merely points out that overt examples of racism, such as the King videotape, “[gave moderates] the opportunity to oppose clear-cut racism,” thus supposedly demonstrating that an ignorance on more nuanced racial issues was not “linked to interests in racial supremacy.” Though I diverge

from Crenshaw, I begin my piece with echoes of her ideas. This past weekend, the New Jersey European Heritage Association — a white supremacist group — was scheduled to protest near Princeton’s campus on Saturday afternoon. They planned to do so to assert defiantly that “It’s Okay to be White”; they pulled a similar stunt last October, and were preceded by yet another white supremacist group in August. Since the most recent announcement, groups both on and off campus have taken the time to thoroughly denounce the presence and hateful ideology of white nationalist organizations, and hundreds showed up to demonstrate against the white nationalists who ultimately didn’t arrive. A number of University students have also rallied around the cause. Full disclosure, I both attended and largely supported the speedily planned counterprotests organized against the racist vitriol approaching campus. Beforehand, I attended a last-minute meeting hosted by student leaders in the Center for Jewish Life to discuss safety protocols with Princeton Police Department Chief Nicholas Sutter, and giddily marched next to Cornel West for a duration of the

protest. Though not an explicit organizer of any counter-protesting that occurred, I worked to ensure that students had access to information on counterprotests, and left with a sizeable group of peers to join those gathered in Palmer Square. During the events of this past weekend, I’ve personally witnessed admirable displays of allyship towards marginalized communities. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be uplifted by University peers and administrators who’ve offered to check in on me during both this and other times of heightened vulnerability. I don’t mean to downplay the courage and compassion of these Princetonians when I say, broadly speaking, that checking the temperature of race relations both on and off campus only when a group of white nationalists is encroaching is not enough. Condemning white nationalism then becomes too easy. As a politically active student on campus, I’ve been inspired by those who’ve taken stances against the NJEHA. I in no way aim to dissuade my fellow peers and administrators from reflecting on how both dangerously absurd and normalized anti-Other sentiments must si-

multaneously be for a pro-White group to consider marching near our institution in 2019. I’m instead saying this to point out the many ways that more seemingly innocuous manifestations of white supremacy still impact and seep into the campus’s and larger society’s social fabric. Yes, you can call out white supremacists, but are you actively informing yourself on the gentrification of Princeton’s largely black and brown low-income sector? Of course, one can set time aside to denounce the overt implications of blown-up racism, but how often are the less positive experiences of black and brown students on the University’s campus centered and honed in on? With Woodrow Wilson’s racist legacy being complicated instead of condemned, and Amy Wax — a woman who’s made blatantly racist statements, such as “Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior” — purportedly leaving some administrators and professors frustrated after she nearly spoke on freedom of speech on campus, there is clearly a wide array of racially relevant issues to be contemplated, challenged, or at least acknowledged by campus at-large. Even off campus, how many students are aware that

some parts of Trenton, N.J., have dangerously high levels of lead in their water, or that one advocacy group compared Newark, N.J., to Flint, Mich., due to water contamination? Arguments like these, to varying degrees, can be applied to the variety of marginalized communities on and off-campus right now. It shouldn’t take the crashing of a menorah, for example, for students to confront anti-Semitism on campus. Marginalized groups need students and administrators to stand up for them when it’s hard — when a group of angry, marching white men isn’t the only indication that something is deeply wrong with the allocation of power in our country. I hope that any released statement deploring white supremacy over these past few days has been followed by reflection. The power in such sentiments, after all, is fleeting if one is unwilling to take the same care to tease apart the more embedded, but just as dangerous manifestations of racism, antiSemitism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, etc. within our campus and nation. KiKi Gilbert is a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C. She can be reached at

Frist Campus Center: Employing architecture to combat student loneliness Gabe Lipkowitz

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student project this semester, which I saw advertised by email, sought “to come up with a way to help mitigate the feelings of loneliness on Princeton’s campus.” To do so, these students solicited student feedback on one building: Frist Campus Center. Their idea, as they explained, is “to build upon the current student center (Frist) in a way that fosters interactions and brings meaningful connections back to the center of campus so that students will encounter one another more naturally.” I fully agree with the goal of these students’ project. At the same time, I question their targeting of Frist, of all buildings on campus, for not successfully promoting “meaningful connections” and “fostering interactions” among students already. On the contrary, I would argue that Frist epitomizes and encourages the best of college socialization,

merging work with play and relaxation, thanks to subtle yet significant architectural gestures. As such, I argue that we should not interpret Frist as a cause of our collective problem of loneliness; rather, it should serve a model for more spaces on campus to solve that issue. “We want to re-design Frist such that we have more eateries,” the authors of this project write. In fact, I would argue that one of the most unique qualities of Frist is how its plethora of dining options, each of which provides a different eating experience, facilitates diverse forms of social interaction. Café Witherspoon presents the opportunity for a casual chat, made exciting and spontaneous by the constant movement of students and faculty in and around the space delineated by translucent walls. Café Vivian offers a jazzy aura, somewhat removed, better suited for a quiet chat with a friend or focused discussion of a project. Downstairs, mere steps away, the proverbial “late meal” area gives students a lively, rambunctious experience of mingling with friends in a crowded environment. But the characterization of Frist’s dining areas as distinct

units should not emphasize the separations between them. To the contrary, spatial, auditory, and visual continuities exist between spaces to make Frist, as a whole, a unified place to engage and connect with friends in the experience of eating. “We want Frist to become the “town square” of Princeton’s campus,” the authors of the project also state. “[W] e want to innovate it in a way that will increase interactions in the lives of everyday students.” Once again, I would assert that Frist, through its design, is in many ways already the “town square” of our campus. Last month, I noticed a far-right group, Turning Point USA, tabling outside Café Vivian to advocate concealed carry on campus. While not expressing my own views on their position, I do note that their presence, and therefore demonstration of free speech principles, is hardly an accident, architecturally speaking. The flexibilities inherent in Frist’s design, which allow for fluid arrangements of tables and other furniture, readily accommodates diverse student groups to advertise immediately next to corridors of heavy

student traffic. In a sense, this is the microcosmic embodiment of the ideal urban form, the downtown or as others might put it, “town square,” in which pedestrians walk alongside, or in parallel to, various attractions, on their way to a given destination. In this way, Frist is already designed in precisely this way: as a “town square,” the project authors are looking for. A final goal of the project is to create “a way to connect to the wider campus community in a way that didn’t involve a huge time constraint.” They seek “a way to bump into more people throughout the day.” No surprise here, but again I assert Frist already does this. Viewed as an architectural system, Frist is remarkably efficient in its ability to connect students through dynamic and rapid mechanisms. This is not just because there are so many different functions encapsulated within the building. More than that, synergistic architectural design features promote such interaction even further. Its floor plan, viewed in only a cursory manner, reveals few starkly defined and delineated spaces. Instead, dy-

namic fluidity characterizes the entire first floor. The television area, to take just one of many examples, may give the impression of being defined by its own geography, thanks to a tactfully placed carpet, but in truth it is remarkably illdefined. Only two walls, not four, delineate the space, allowing traffic from a convenience store, package center, and central stairway to converge and intersect. More than a few times, I have personally seen conversation spark as a result. Student loneliness is certainly a problem we should seek to address at Princeton, which, as any institution, has such problems to address. Architecture is a perfect vehicle to do so. To this end, I argue here that we should look to Frist as a built environment that is not part of the problem, but a first start at the solution. Using Frist as an exemplar, we should advocate for even more spaces like it on other parts of campus. Gabe Lipkowitz is a senior concentrator in molecular biology from Charlottesville, Va. He can be reached at

Response to ‘Google’s AI lab in Princeton endangers academic freedom’ Guest Contributors


n his Jan. 6 opinion piece in The Daily Princetonian, Jon Ort ’21 underscores the importance of academic freedom that is the lifeblood of the University, but incorrectly suggests that Google’s recently announced plans to open an artificial intelligence research lab in Princeton undercuts that freedom. In engineering and applied science, collaboration with industry is often an essential source of valuable research ideas that combine inherent fundamental interest with “real world” relevance. The resulting work, accordingly, often has considerable positive societal impact. Many faculty members collaborate

closely with a wide range of companies, not only through sponsored research but also through sabbaticals and student internships. What is essential is that we craft agreements that protect our faculty members’ right to pursue whatever research they see fit and to publish their results at will. Clearly such arrangements require care, but there is a lot of room for mutual benefit. The Princeton-Google research agreement honors those principles. The University and, more broadly, New Jersey, have both benefited tremendously from cross-fertilization between industry and academia, starting with the industries brought to the state by Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

The father of information theory, Claude Shannon, did the majority of his research just north of Princeton at AT&T Bell Labs. Princeton University’s computer science and electrical engineering departments benefited substantially from collaborations with Bell Labs, where several current faculty members worked previously. NEC Labs, Siemens Corporate Technology, SRI International, and Sarnoff Corporation are all located near Princeton, a proximity that benefits both the University and the companies. It’s also important to clarify that much — probably most — of the research in AI and its associated areas, such as machine learning at the University, is happening outside of this particular collaboration with

Google. Similarly, our worldleading strength in addressing issues at the intersection of artificial intelligence and ethics is not limited to activities at the Center for Information Technology Policy, as the writer incorrectly suggests. The writer noted that professor Rexford referred to work in this area as one of our distinctive pillars of strength; but “pillar” (support) is not to be confused with “silo” (isolation). A hallmark of research and teaching at the University is that it fluidly integrates the most fundamental and interesting issues in natural and engineered systems — all in the service of humanity. Working with companies while preserving academic freedom is a critical way to fulfill that promise.

Emily Carter is Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment; Pablo Debenedetti is Dean for Research and the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering; Edward Felten is director of the Center for Information Technology Policy and the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs; Jennifer Rexford is Chair of the Department of Computer Science and the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering; Elad Hazan and Yoram Singer are professors of computer science.


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Our diversity and what we can do about it

oday, there are more female students, more FLI students, more students of color, and more students who identify as LGBTQ+ than there have ever been at the University. In covering this changing community, The Daily Princetonian has not kept pace. The need to provide coverage on and for the student body motivates our efforts to recruit and support a more diverse staff. In an era when newsrooms increasingly strive to represent the communities they cover and to include voices previously excluded, the ‘Prince’ recognizes its responsibility to follow suit. Doing so especially behooves an organization dedicated to educating the next generation of journalists. To evaluate the ‘Prince’ against the University, the Board circulated a 10-question survey to the entire staff, which is comprised of undergraduate students. Approximately two-thirds of the staff responded to the survey. By studying the results, we have identified where the ‘Prince’ lags behind, and we have developed plans to rectify these shortcomings. In addition, we welcome suggestions from our readers. From observation, we know that our editors are less diverse than the larger staff. This is deeply concerning. Although our leadership should be representative of our staff, it is not. A group of almost exclusively white and East Asian students currently decides what gets published. To ensure that such decisions are accountable to our readers, representation is critical. Below we have offered a set of solutions that attempts to address both this particular inadequacy and the larger problems we have identified. Solutions The ‘Prince’ intends to establish internal liaison positions, drawing from a range of campus organizations. This spring, we will offer the members of our staff in such organizations the opportunity to serve as the paper’s liaison with Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources, and Education (SHARE); the AccessAbility Center; the LGBT Center; the Women*s Center;

and the Carl A. Fields Center. Such liaison positions coincide with our broader initiative to reach out — through a variety of means — to students from all walks of life and campus experiences. Contributing to the ‘Prince’ or serving on the Managing Board requires significant investments of time and energy. In some cases, serving as a ‘Prince’ staffer or editor requires students to sacrifice other commitments, particularly jobs that may provide critical income for their families or financial aid packages. Furthermore, we recognize that members of our staff have varying financial needs. With the support of our Board of Trustees, the 142nd Managing Board is examining how to assist these members. The 143rd Board, which begins next month, will continue this work. For students from disadvantaged backgrounds, journalism has a high barrier to entry. The industry has traditionally required journalists to know the particular style and lexicon of reporting. Although we train all of our staff, we plan to pay special attention to staffers who have never formally interacted with journalism. We will recruit as widely as possible. We will strive especially to recruit from historically underrepresented groups in newsrooms. By offering one-on-one mentorship with our staff and workshops with professionals, we believe we can introduce the field to a range of student journalists. Finally, we acknowledge that we will only accomplish our goals if the paper’s uppermost leadership reflects the community we cover. Many students of color and students from disadvantaged backgrounds contribute to the ‘Prince,’ but fewer go on to serve as editors. Through mentorship and training for all students, we hope to diversify every level of the Managing Board. With these goals in mind, we discuss our findings below. Results The survey was open between Sunday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, and received 100 responses, or approximately two-thirds of our staff. We consider this num-


ber to be representative. Each question received between 97 and 100 answers. Gender. Sixty-nine percent of respondents identified as female. The rest identified as male. None identified as trans, non-binary, or other. In contrast, the University reports that, for this 2018–19 academic year, the undergraduate population is 49 percent female and 51 percent male. The University does not make available the number of trans, nonbinary, or other gender non-conforming students. Sexual orientation. Seventyeight percent of respondents identified as straight, and 12.5 percent identified as bisexual. The remaining 9.4 percent selected gay or lesbian, asexual, or queer, with none indicating other. The University does not report statistics on sexual orientation, but an estimated 95 percent of U.S. adults are straight (4.5 percent identified as LGBT in 2017). Disability. In response to “Do you have a disability and/ or are you handicapped?”, 6.1 percent answered “yes.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.3 percent of the population ages 15 to 24 lived with a severe disability in 2010. The prevalence of any disability in this age cohort was 10.2 percent. U.S. citizenship. Of the respondents, 8.2 percent indicated that they were not U.S. citizens. According to the Davis International Center, in the 2017–18 academic year, 11.7 percent of undergraduates were international students, defined as “anyone who is not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.”


Zip codes. There were no respondents from Alaska or Hawaii, so the map below represents the continental United States. Among respondents, all but one of the 92 percent who are U.S. citizens indicated their zip code. Similarly, members of the Class of 2022 hail from the states illustrated in the map below. Many students come from New York and California, and more students hail from the East Coast than the West. The fewest come from the Plains states. Ethnicity. Of the respondents, 10 percent identified as Hispanic or Latino, while the remainder identified as “other” or “none of the above.” By comparison, 11 percent of the undergraduate student population identifies as Hispanic this 2018–19 academic year. Race. Nearly 48 percent of respondents considered themselves to be nonwhite. Among total respondents, 28 percent identified as “Asian or Asian American,” 14.3 percent as “Black or African American,” 4.1 percent as “other,” and 1.0 percent as “American Indian or Alaska Native.” No respondents identified as “Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander” or “other indigenous.” We chose these distinctions to correspond to the categories used by the U.S. Census. In comparison, the University’s undergraduate population is 45 percent white, 25 percent Asian, and 9 percent black, according to Many Voices, One Future — the University’s resource for diversity and inclusion. Religion. Of our respondents, 60 percent identified with an organized religion, such as Christianity, including Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, or other. The remainder were atheist or agnostic. No respondents selected Catholicism, Native American, or inter/nondenominational. According to the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of the United States is Protestant. Including other denominations, that number of Christians rises to 71 percent. In the United States, 21 percent of respondents are Catholic, compared to 0 percent of our respondents; 2 percent are Jewish, compared to 19 percent of our respondents; and 1 percent each are Muslim and Hindu. In the United States, 23 percent of the population is religiously unaffiliated, compared to 39 percent of ‘Prince’ respondents. The nation’s population, however, is on average much

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older than the University’s undergraduate student body. Guardian education level. All respondents answered a question about the highest level of education or highest degree that any parent or guardian attained. Of these, 76 percent answered graduate degree, and 9 percent answered bachelor’s degree. The remaining 14 percent indicted their parents or guardians did not have a college degree, including 3 percent of respondents reporting their parents or guardians have less than a high school diploma. None answered associate’s degree. Similar to our statistic, 17 percent of the Class of 2021 is firstgeneration college students. Income. Lastly, all respondents answered a question about 2017 household income before taxes. Of our respondents, 28 percent indicated that their household income was more than $250,000, 30 percent indicated an income between $100,000 and $250,000, and 15 percent responded “I don’t know.” According to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, all families with incomes less than or equal to $180,000 per year in the Class of 2021 qualified for financial aid, and about 60 percent of undergraduates receive financial aid. That being said, the vast majority of those with family incomes between $180,000 and $250,000 received financial aid packages, and so the 40 percent of families who did not receive financial aid mostly comprised families making more than $250,000. By comparison, 39 percent of ‘Prince’ staffers who responded to the poll had incomes of $150,000 or less. Methods A survey was emailed twice to the listserv of the full ‘Prince’ staff. The survey questions collected information about gender, sexual orientation, disability, zip code, U.S. citizenship, ethnicity, race, religion, guardian education level, and household income. Neither the survey nor any individual question was mandatory. Responses were disaggregated and anonymized. Board chairs Marcia Brown ’19 Emily Erdos ’19 Board members Samuel Aftel ’20 Isabel Hsu ’19 Jon Ort ’21 Samuel Parsons ’19 Sebastian Quiroz ’20 Cy Watsky ’21

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Men’s basketball beats Penn again one week later, 62–53, sweeping season series By Jack Graham Associate Sports Editor

One week after beating Penn (10–6, 0–2 Ivy) in overtime to open Ivy League play, Princeton (9–5, 2–0) defeated the Quakers again, this time at the Palestra in a 62–53 defensive struggle. Everyone involved agreed that playing both legs of the Princeton-Penn men’s basketball rivalry on consecutive weekends in early January felt bizarre. However, after the Tigers emerged from the stretch with two wins, they should see little reason to complain. “It was a long two weeks,” said head coach Mitch Henderson ’98. “Of course, we came out on top, but I thought it was two really tough, good games.” This game followed a similar script to last Saturday’s. Once again, Princeton got off to a slow start before bouncing back to take control of the game in the second half. Once again, both teams struggled to find a rhythm offensively. And once again, Princeton relied heavily on its senior leaders, guards Myles Stephens (13 points) and Devin Cannady (20 points), along with its breakout star, junior center Richmond Aririguzoh (17 points). Despite not logging major minutes until this sea-

son, Aririguzoh looked at times like Princeton’s best player. With the team shooting abysmally early in the first half, his closerange baskets and rebounding kept them in the game. Then, with Princeton clinging to a 54–50 lead late in the second half, the ball found its way to him in the post. He f lipped in a layup over Penn’s star forward AJ Brodeur to all but clinch the win. “He’s been playing amazing,” said Cannady about

Aririguzoh. “The way he guarded Brodeur, the way he’s scoring on offense, he makes us so much better.” Somewhat unexpectedly, Princeton owes this win to its defense and rebounding rather than its high-powered offense. The Tigers began the game shooting 2–17 from the field, but held the Quakers in check to keep the game competitive. Penn finished the game with just a 32.8 shooting percentage and Princeton held the rebounding ad-

vantage 55–34, including 16 offensive rebounds. “We didn’t play well in either game, but we defended well,” said Henderson. “Tonight, we didn’t shoot the ball well, and we turned it over, but we had offensive rebounds.” “Especially since we were missing shots in the first half, we had to come up with those boards,” added Aririguzoh. Eventually, Princeton managed to get its offense going as well. After trail-


One week after beating Penn in overtime to open Ivy League play, Princeton defeated the Quakers again, this time at the Palestra in a 62–53 defensive struggle.

ing 20–10 during the first half, the Tigers fought back to tie the game at 27 at halftime. In the second half, as Penn continued to brick shots, Princeton slowly began to pull away. The critical juncture came midway through the second half when Stephens scored 10 of Princeton’s points in a row to put the Tigers up 54–47 with less than five minutes remaining. Penn closed the gap to four but never got any closer than that. “I think [Stephens] understands the success he’s had in the Ivy League,” said Cannady. “His focus and his willingness to do things he hasn’t done in the past for the team is making leaps and bounds for our program.” With this year’s Ivy tournament moving to New Haven, Saturday’s game was the last for Princeton’s seniors at the Palestra, which was nearly packed and highly energized throughout despite Penn students still being on winter break. Those seniors, several of whom played major roles on the Princeton team that won the inaugural Ivy tournament at the Palestra in 2017, made sure they left the historic arena the right way. “For us seniors, it’s our last time playing in the Palestra,” said Cannady. “So coming here, we needed a win.”


Men’s hockey notches first win over Harvard since 2013, lose to Dartmouth following day By Jack Graham Associate Sports Editor

The last time Princeton men’s hockey (6–11–2, 4–7–1 ECAC) beat Harvard (7–5–3, 4–4–2), its senior leaders, including forwards Max Véronneau, Ryan Kuffner, and Alex Riche, weren’t on the team. Friday night, those seniors played a critical role in the team’s 4–2 home win, the first over the Crimson since 2013. “Our class has never beat Harvard, so that was good to get the monkey off the back,” said Riche, who scored the goahead goal on the power play early in the third period. Harvard entered the game with one of the most potent power play units in the country, scoring on over a third of its power play opportunities on the year. The Crimson did get one power play goal in the second period from its star defenseman Adam Fox, but it was Princeton’s power play that made the difference. In the first period, junior defenseman Derek Topatigh blasted in a one-timer from the point on the power play to tie the score at 1–1. Then, in the third period, Riche got the puck through traffic and past Harvard goalie Michael Lackey to give the Tigers a 3–2

lead. “[Veronneau] just put it on the net. The puck was bouncing, and luckily I got good wood on it, and it found its way in,” Riche said. Princeton started the game somewhat shakily, as Harvard controlled the puck early on and opened the scoring with a

goal following a face-off play. Princeton rebounded with Topatigh’s power play goal to even the score going into the first intermission, and both teams scored a goal apiece in the second period as well. In the third, Princeton took the lead on Riche’s goal and secured the win with a Kuffner

empty-net goal late in the period to make the score 4–2. “Other than those couple [goals allowed], I think we were pretty dominant the whole way,” Kuffner said. “Even when they did have scoring chances in front of our net, we had all five guys back there at least limiting


Friday night, the hockey team celebrate its 4–2 home win, the first over the Crimson since 2013.

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second chances.” Head coach Ron Fogarty switched up the lines prior to the game, letting junior forward Jackson Cressey play on the top line with Kuffner and Veronneau and moving Riche to the second line. The maneuver seemed to work out well for the Tigers. “There was some good chemistry for all four lines,” Riche said. “We all know we just have to play for the guy next to us,” Kuffner . “Whoever that is on a given night.” Having lost two consecutive games against ECAC opponents by one goal, the team was glad to finally earn a narrow win of its own. “The ECAC is so tight, it’s usually going to be one-goal games,” Riche said. “It was nice to finally come out on the right side of one.” Unfortunately for the team, that success would not carry over to the following night’s game, as they suffered a 5–0 defeat to Dartmouth (6–8–2, 5–3–1). Nonetheless, the Tigers will hope beating a rival for the first time in years in the final weekend before an extended break will give them the momentum needed to finish the regular season strong.

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