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Hundreds of U. students participate in protest for increased gun control

By Rose Gilbert Staff Writer

On Wednesday at noon, several hundred students, professors, and Princeton residents gathered outside Frist Campus Center to call for increased gun control in the wake of the high school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. Hosted by Princeton Advocates for Justice, the rally was named “We Call BS,” a call to action for gun control activists originating from a passionate speech by Emma González, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, on Feb. 17. Students carried signs with slogans including “Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Save Lives!” and “Demilitarize Society.” They chanted “Enough is Enough!” and “We Call BS,” with featured speakers leading the crowd. Many, like Elijah Barnes ’21, had never attended a gun control rally before. “I came out here to support because no one seems to

be doing anything,” Barnes said. “We need change and policy makers need to see that.” Barnes added that he now plans to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the “March for Our Lives” on March 24 and to continue to call for change. Speakers included University students and Assemblyman Roy Freiman, who represents New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District. The town of Princeton is in the 16th District. They delivered speeches about gun violence and gun control reform. Many spoke of losing classmates and friends. Freiman reminded the crowd that student activism has helped shape the course of history, from the peace movement during the Vietnam War to divestment campaigns during South African apartheid. Freiman hopes that the recent outpouring of student activism will have a similarly transformative effect on gun control reform. “I came here to support the



Students share personal stories relating to their experiences with gun violence.

students and to support the movement around sensible gun control and ending gun violence,” he said. Freiman said that while New Jersey has strong gun

control measures already, it should always look for continuous improvement. “How do you continually look at tragedies and ask yourself ‘what did we miss?’

How do you strike the balance between gun rights and making sure the wrong people don’t have access to guns?” Freiman asked. See PROTEST page 2


PFARS members speak Stephen Hawking, honorary about time with EMT U. degree recipient, dies at 76 squad, medical interests By Katja Stroke-Adolphe Contributor

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Almost 80 years old, the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad is an integral part of both the town and community it serves, responding to thousands of calls in the local Princeton area each year. According to its website, PFARS is an independent, non-profit emergency medical services organization heavily reliant on volunteers in the local area, many of whom are students at the University. The Daily Princetonian interviewed two of these student volunteers. Nicholas Archer ’19 Archer first learned about PFARS the summer before his first year at the University while he was “surfing” the website of the Health Professions Advising Office. “I came across the EMTs and thought it was really cool,” said Archer. “I went to an info session that they held on campus and I just applied freshman fall and started the EMT class freshman spring.” Archer noted that his monthly routine with PFARS includes a minimum of 32 hours of on-call duty, as well as mandatory drills and meetings. As the corresponding secretary of the PFARS Executive Board, which directs and governs the organization, Archer oversees the volunteer application process. He also works on interviews, orientation sessions, and information sessions, culminating in approximately 40 hours with PFARS per month. “When people first join, they really don’t know what to expect, and your experiences that you learn on duty are much different from what you learn in classes,” said Archer about his growth as an EMT. “You go from learning through asking questions to being more hands-on.”

A molecular biology concentrator from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Archer explained that his experience as an EMT “definitely validated and confirmed that medicine is what I want to do.” “I had never really considered emergency medicine before, but I love how unpredictable it is and how it’s always something different,” said Archer. “I don’t know what specialty I’ll go into, but it’s caused me to be more hesitant about less hands-on medical professions.” Although Archer has had an immensely positive experience with PFARS, he noted that he believes that emergency medicine is “not for everyone” and that not all pre-medical students may enjoy it equally. “It’s a huge time commitment,” said Archer. “On top of that you need to be able to handle pretty intense and serious situations where people are very sick. But it’s something that can be valuable as a pre-med if you fit the bill.” Overall, Archer believes that his “college career would have been 100 percent different” without PFARS. “It’s an experience that I know I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else,” said Archer. “I view myself as very lucky for having this and I’m so glad that I made that decision.” Aside from PFARS, Archer researches hepatitis E and tropism in a University lab under professor Alexander Ploss, serves on the Princeton Undergraduate Research Journal (PURJ) peer review board, and is a Tower Club member. In the past, he has also been a two-time Community Action leader and an Academic Success Today member through the Pace Center. Jonathan Yu ’18 Currently a senior at the University, Yu has been involved with See EMT page 5

On the morning of March 14, Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist and the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from the University in 1982, died. He was 76 years old. As a beloved figure in popular culture, Hawking was wellknown for studying the properties of black holes. He compiled some of his ideas into a popular-science book on cosmology, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. In 1974, Hawking discovered that black holes explode and disappear, releasing radiation and particles. This emission of radiation is now known as Hawking radiation and it revolutionized physicists’ understanding of black holes. In 2002, Hawking decided that the formula for Hawking radiation would appear on his tombstone. Additionally, Hawking’s book, The Nature of Space and Time, which he wrote with Roger Penrose, a former University of Oxford mathematics professor, was published by Princeton University Press in 1996. The book features debates regarding the geometry of the universe, asks whether the universe only experiences expansion or has a more cyclical existence,


Stephen Hawking, the beloved physicist, died on March 14.

and queries whether information can escape from black holes. In 1963, while a graduate student at Oxford, Hawking found out he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which eventually made him unable to control his body beyond moving his eyes and flexing his fingers. Despite this, Hawking has managed to consistently look on the bright side. “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet,” said Hawking in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2010. “Try to make sense of what you see and

wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Hawking lived his life according to this principle: he once took a zero-gravity flight and he spent his 60th birthday in a hot-air balloon. His death has led to an outpouring of support, including a multitude of social media tributes, from the scientific and non-scientific community alike.


Terrace ex-employee arrested By Ariel Chen Associate Science Editor

On March 14, Darnell Pygum, the former Terrace Club employee who recently made threats against the club manager, was placed under arrest by the Princeton Police Department, according to a statement from the PPD.

Pygum turned himself in and was processed on a warrant for arrest which showed charges of “making Terrorist Threats and Criminal Trespass at the Terrace Club” on March 6, according to the statement. According to an email from University Public Safety, Pygum entered the club around 11 a.m. on March 6.

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Later that afternoon, according to an email distributed by Terrace president Elizabeth Yu ’19, he made threatening comments to the club’s house manager, whose job duties include coordinating with food services. Pygum had entered the premises intoxicated, according to the PPD press release, but was See TERRACE page 3


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Freiman: How do we make gun safety a part of gun culture? PROTEST Continued from page 1


“It’s interesting that gun safety is not a part of gun culture in the same way that

driving safety is a part of car culture,“ he noted. “So how do we make that a part of the culture, until it’s a nobrainer?” Freiman said he believes that the minimum age to

purchase a rif le in New Jersey should be raised to 21, the minimum age for purchasing handguns. He emphasized that gun control is a national issue, not confined to New Jersey.

“This movement is not just about New Jersey,” he said. “We’re rallying for things that took place in Florida right now, but before that it was in Colorado, it was in Connecticut, it was in Virginia. It’s a national issue.” Kiki Gilbert ’21 said that people of color, and particularly black people, don’t enjoy the same Second Amendments rights as white people. Gilbert cited many cases of people of color being mistaken for threats by police because they were armed, or because police thought they were armed, as well as stories of people being gunned down in their homes and on their front steps. As Time Magazine reported last year, black children are 10 times more likely to die from gun violence than their white counterparts. “The Second Amendment is racialized,” Gilbert said. “One of the worst and most dishonorable mistakes we’ve made is to pretend these issues [gun violence and gun control] exist in a social vacuum.” Ben Bollinger ’21 called gun suicides “the elephant in the room” of the national debate on gun control. Bollinger, who wrote a Daily Princetonian guest contribu-

tion on the subject, said that many make the mistake of assuming that gun suicides, more than any other type of gun violence, are purely a mental health issue rather than a gun control issue, and that gun suicide victims would have died regardless of whether a gun was involved. However, gun suicides are much more likely to be fatal, and make up a disproportionate amount (approximately half) of all suicide deaths. “Guns can take a momentary suicidal impulse and turn it into a permanent mistake,” Bollinger said, adding that waiting periods and extreme risk protection orders would reduce gun suicides. Watching from the crowd, Sophie Moullin, a fifth-year graduate student in the sociology department, and Sally Isaacoff, whose husband is a postdoc on campus, stood alongside one another with their strollers. Moullin said she was so horrified by the Sandy Hook shooting that she initially decided not to have children. “But then I had a child. And now it’s difficult to stomach raising a child in this country,” she said. “The way things are with gun violence, sending them to school is a nightmare.” Isaacoff, who is from the United Kingdom, agreed with her. “Just the idea of raising a child in such a violent society is pretty horrifying, really,” she said. “You have a new urgency about this issue as a new mom.” “March For Our Lives” gun control advocacy marches are taking place across the United States on March 24. You can find an event near you at

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cooperative and left when asked to do so by club officers. Pygum was reported to have said, “That is the last time you are going to yell at me, I got something for you, I’m going to snipe you, I’m going to get you, I’ll be waiting for you outside this afternoon when you leave

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work.” Due to this incident, Terrace was closed for dinner on March 6 and breakfast on March 7, and members were warned to avoid entering the club during that time. According to the PPD press release, Pygum was promptly taken to the Mercer County Jail by PPD officers upon turning himself in.

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Let it die so you can live: the beauty of a dead phone Rachel Kennedy Columnist


hen my friend group eats at a restaurant, one of my friends almost always asks to be seated by an outlet. I’ll admit that I have tanked an Uber driver’s rating because she did not provide a charger in the car. Members of my family have paid nearly the cost of a second phone for a charging cases. Some of us have become so dependent on our phones that panic ensues whenever their battery level falls to a measly 50 percent. We’ve come to tend to their batteries like they are our babies.

We are so willing to shift, sweat, and spend to keep these phones alive. But, why? What is so scary about just letting them die? I’m the friend whose phone is always dead and I can tell you it’s liberating. Exhilarat-

ing, in fact. This habit started off as a result of poor planning (it doesn’t help that Apple iPhones have some of the lowest battery lives in the smartphone game), but has continued, because a dead phone brings me peace of mind. Does it annoy people that my phone is never on? Yes. Did I get grounded a few times in high school because my dad couldn’t reach me? Yes. But I would rather neglect the phone in my back pocket than the person sitting next to me. Or myself for that matter. The buzzes and bings make me feel like I am at the beck and call of others, and sometimes I only want to be responsible for myself. I want to immerse myself in my environment without anticipating interruption. Aside from allowing me to enjoy my time more fully, a dead phone also makes the day pass less stressfully. For some, knowing they can contact and be contacted by whomever, whenever grants them a sense of security. For me, the constant presence of

my contacts makes me feel less present and more anxious. I value the time I spend in person with people, and the beeps of notifications distract and detract from those conversations. Disconnecting enables me to focus on who is in front of me, instead of who’s not. I may not like my phone, but I still think I am addicted to it. The Do Not Disturb function silences it, but the notifications are still only a glance away. When I am studying, I often bring my phone to the library just to turn it off. But the temptation of checking how many Instagram likes I’m racking up or if that special someone has texted me yet today wears down what little self-control I have, and five minutes later, it’s back on. This petty need to check my phone makes me insecure. I don’t like waiting on the next text or Snap to validate my relationships. I think my phone brings out the most immature parts of myself, and I resent it for that. When it’s dead, it feels like a professor cancel-

ling a precept last minute. I am so happy to have no choice but to invest in the moment. People raise many objections to this point, but at Princeton, the main obstacle is the duo authentication system. I understand that the system is in place to protect our information, but I think it should be optional. I do not think anything on TigerHub or Blackboard is sensitive enough to prompt me to charge my phone and interrupt my day of zen. The OIT office rents students little duo pagers that can be returned any time before they graduate but, still, the University should allow students to decide to what lengths they are willing to go to protect their online accounts. Clearly, I’m not willing to go very far, and certainly not all the way to a charger. Princeton already limits phone use during Outdoor Action and Community Action trips for first-years. The University could further facilitate a less phone-focused culture by promoting the pagers or not requiring duo authentication.

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With U.S. consumers reportedly spending up to five hours each on their phones every day, we may need to be forced to step away. And that is not to say that I don’t view owning a smartphone as a privilege. I am thankful for all the ways that it does benefit my life. I would not want to permanently turn back the clock, and live in a time when a camera, a calendar, and the internet weren’t all in our back pocket. I’m not saying people shouldn’t use their phones or take advantage of the technology available to them, but we should be aware that we can function without it. And sometimes being without a phone is exactly what we need.

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emergency medical services since his senior year of high school. “I was really interested in the sciences and volunteering,” said Yu. “Ever since I was little, I was obsessed with listening to sirens. I lived in an apartment building and every time I heard sirens go by, I would run to the window to see what was going on.”

In Yu’s junior year of high school, the local emergency medical services organization in Edgewater, N.J., handed out flyers, prompting him to “decide to try it out and see if it was something that I would enjoy.” Yu took a certification class the following summer and became heavily involved with the organization throughout his senior year. In addition to being an on-call EMT at PFARS, Yu was also a member of the executive board for two

years. He regularly teaches CPR classes and continues to attend as many PFARS training classes as he can, despite being a senior member. Because of his numerous roles, Yu estimates that he dedicated up to 20 hours a week to PFARS during his sophomore year, the peak of his involvement with the organization. Although Yu is a B.S.E. computer science concentrator, his time working with emergency medical

services has cemented his desire to pursue medicine after graduation. “Over time, I’ve basically decided that I want to pursue medicine,” said Yu. “It’s pretty much all thanks to my time as an EMT. I’ve really enjoyed every aspect of it.” Despite the significant time commitment, Yu recommends the EMT experience for prospective pre-medical students. “It kind of shoves you into the real world where you’re seeing

things that really do happen in the [medical] world,” said Yu. “I saw a lot of things around me that not everyone realizes is happening in their community.” Outside of PFARS, Yu is an ESL tutor for El Centro and a grader for the computer science department. He has formerly been a Tower Club member, Taiwanese American Students Association social chair, Princeton University Mathematics Competition officer, and HackPrinceton officer.



Nicholas Archer finds a unique experience with the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, on top of other on-campus activities.

Jonathan Yu branches out from his computer science concentration, prepares for a medical career through his volunteer work.


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Women’s basketball team set for first round battle with UMD By Chris Murphy

Head Sports Editor

Following their victory in the 2018 Ivy League Tournament, the women’s basketball team earned a chance to “go dancing” at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The official bracket was released on Monday — the Tigers received a No. 12 seed in the Kansas City Region and will take on the No. 5 seed Maryland Terrapins on Friday in Raleigh, N.C. Let’s take a look at some of the major storylines heading into the game. Sizing Up the Opponent The Maryland Terrapins finished second in the Big Ten this season, amassing a conference record of 12–4 and an overall record of 25– 7. They finished second in the Big Ten in both points per game and rebounds per game, and were fourth in the league in total defense per game. Maryland also finished second in the Big Ten Tournament, losing to No. 1 seeded Ohio State in the championship game.

The loss caused Maryland to fall from a No. 4 seed, or possibly a No. 3 seed, to the No. 5 seed. This drop is crucial, because the Terrapins lost an opportunity to host for the first two rounds of the tournament (the top four seeds host the first two rounds in the women’s bracket). The Terrapins were 12–3 at home, and 10–3 away from College Park.

A Battle of Young Stars While senior leadership paved the way for the Tigers in 2017 and 2018, this first round matchup will highlight a battle between the underclassmen of both teams. After losing a strong senior class last season, Maryland has relied on sophomores Kaila Charles and Blair Watson to carry them this season and provide much needed depth. On the Tiger side, look no further than the freshman duo of Carlie Littlefield and Abby Meyers who lit up Yale and Penn from beyond the arc in the Ivy League Tournament.

Containment from Deep The Terrapins are among the best at shooting the long ball, ranked 10th in the nation in three point percentage. At the same time, however, they are one of the worst teams in the nation at defending the three. For Maryland, it will be senior Kristen Confroy — the 12thbest three point shooter in the entire nation — leading the way from deep. On Princeton’s side, look for Littlefield, Meyers and Kenya Holland to light it up from beyond the arc. The Tigers will need to continue their suffocating defensive gameplan if they want to contain the Terrapins’ deep attack. A Presidential Approval Former U.S. President Barack Obama released his annual women’s March Madness bracket earlier this week. In it, he gave Princeton and his niece, senior forward Leslie Robinson, some love by picking them as one of his first round upsets. Leslie vs. Jones A key matchup to watch down low will pit Robin-

son against Maryland’s forward Stephanie Jones. During a conversation with the ‘Prince,’ Maryland student Harrison Cann, noted, “The player Maryland will be focused on will likely be Leslie Robinson. Her versatility could cause problems for the Terps down low, with her ability to score and rebound. She’ll be a nice matchup against Stephanie Jones, who plays a very similar role for the Terps.” Cann is also a writer for Maryland’s student newspaper The Diamondback. Something to Prove? The Tigers are looking to avenge the 2015 Princeton squad in this rematch against Maryland. In their previous NCAA Tournament meeting, the No. 1 seed Terrapins got the best of the No. 8 seed Tigers and handed the Orange and Black their first and last lost of the season. On the f lipside, Maryland has not made it past the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, and will be looking to overcome those disappointments and make a deep

tournament run. Keys to the Game According to a Diamondback article, Princeton will win if “they play with as much versatility as they showed against Penn. With Leslie Robinson dominating the high post, Abby Meyers nailing threes and Bella Alarie being aggressive and commanding the paint, the Tigers are a tough team to stop. If all three are playing at their best, the defense will be too much to overcome, even for a 5 seed like Maryland.” If Maryland wins, according to Cann, “it will be because of the efforts of Ieshia Small, who was able to provide solid scoring off the bench. The senior guard was named the Big Ten Sixth [Player] of the Year and can provide a nice spark if the starters are struggling.” Viewing Essentials When: Friday, 12:30 p.m. Television: ESPN2, WatchESPN App and the Ivy League Digital Network Radio: Fox Sports 920 Site: Raleigh, N.C.


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