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Hilary Parker ’01 discusses passion for U.



Niko Fotopoulos co-founded Blackwell with friends from high school.

Niko Fotopoulos ’21 founds medical technology start-up COURTESY OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Hilary Parker ’01 will become vice president and secretary of the University, effective July 1, 2019.

By Jamie Kim Contributor

When she was seven years old, Hilary Parker ’01, the current assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the President, knew that she wanted to attend Princeton University. And now, on July 1, 2019, she will become the University’s next vice president and secretary. She will succeed Bob Durkee ’69, who will retire after serving the University for nearly 50 years. Parker’s current position will be merged with that of the vice president and secretary — which Durkee has held since 2004 — due to the overlapping nature of both jobs’ responsibilities. “When I first saw Princeton, and even after that, I just always had this sense that this was an extraordinary place where I hoped to go if I could be so lucky as to go there,” Parker said. “I never really wavered from that.” Her passion for Princeton was so strong that her only concern when she was admitted was about attending a school so close to home. But she quickly forgot about that worry once she matriculated. “To be surrounded by students, faculty, staff, [and] people who were so interested in engaging on all different topics and exploring new things was just wonderful,” Parker said. As an undergraduate, Park-

er majored in ecology and evolutionary biology and was involved in activities such as singing, playing the guitar, and team penning — an equestrian sport that involves herding cattle at a fast pace. “I’d come back from the barn, and I’d be dressed in wrangler jeans and cowboy boots, which isn’t the typical image of a Princeton student or someone who grew up in New Jersey,” Parker said. “But that was fun. That was a nice counterbalance to my academic life.” One of her fondest memories was having her room in Blair Hall become the gathering spot for many friends to hold engrossing conversations late into the night. Even after she graduated, Parker chose to spend most of her career with the University. In 2006, she returned as a writer for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Later, she worked in the Office of the Dean for Research and in the Executive Vice President’s office. She joined the Office of the President in January 2015. “I’ve been incredibly fortunate in all of those roles to work with tremendous people and to have supervisors and managers from whom I could learn tremendous amounts, so I consider myself very fortunate,” Parker said. “It’s also nice that they’re all still in positions at the University that I continue to intersect with, so See PARKER page 2

By Maddie Winter and Yael Marans Contributors

Among the researchers at Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs this summer were a group of undergraduates — Niko Fotopoulos ’21 and his researchers — who were also the first undergraduate team to ever work at BioLabs. They worked on their start-up, Blackwell, a medical technology company. The research is focused on creating more stable artificial ligaments to be used for ligament repairs procedures, such as those used in ACL repairs. The company is named after Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female to earn a medical degree

in the United States. Fotopoulos explained that he hopes to honor her as a pioneer for women. Blackwell’s role as a woman allowed her to disrupt the norms of the medical industry, and Fotopoulos hopes that his company will introduce new ideas to the field of biotechnology and continue Blackwell’s legacy of challenging the status quo. Fotopoulos created the company during his freshman year at the University with his friends from Biotechnology High School in New Jersey. He explained that Blackwell was founded in December 2017 but was officially incorporated in June 2018. The team consists of him; University of Pennsylvania sophomores Ricky Pati, Adam Konkol, and Dylan

Cook; and John Hopkins University sophomore Siddharth Iyer. Cook explained that the five of them first started working as team for local science fair competitions in high school. They realized that they had a “terrific working dynamic” and decided to continue collaborating into college. “Putting the entire history of the five of us into perspective, it almost feels like a group project gone out of control,” wrote Cook in a Facebook message. Each team member has nuanced interests and offers different contributions. “We all have a fundamental background in science,” Cook said. “But we each have been See FOTOPOULOS page 2


Guggenheim Fellow Western discusses research in US criminal justice system By Karolein Eid Contributor

On Monday, Oct. 15, Guggenheim Fellow Bruce Western of Columbia University and sociology professor Matthew Desmond of Princeton spoke about taking a humanistic approach toward studying incarcerated populations. For his newest book, “Homeward: Life in the Year after Prison,” Western frequently visited prisons and conducted over 100 interviews with formerly in-

carcerated persons released from the Massachusetts state prison system, rather than relying more on data analysis as he had done in the past. “The kinds of data analysis I was doing, which often reduced people to their age, their sex, their race, and their level of schooling … were not capturing the richness of people’s lives,” Western said. Desmond agreed with this focus on the human aspect in sociology research. “I feel like you have to

write honestly about people’s lives,” Desmond explained. Western also described how the presence of violence and other harmful factors in early childhood are common characteristics in the lives of people who end up incarcerated. He encouraged the audience to view criminal violence as a product of a person’s life conditions, especially in childhood. “Violence attaches to context rather than indiSee PRISON page 2


Dalin, Krauss examine history of Jewish Supreme Court justices Contributor

On Monday, Oct. 15, Rabbi David G. Dalin joined George Mason University Professor of Law Michael I. Krauss for a discussion on the history and legacy of Jewish Supreme Court justices. The talk, moderated by McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Robert P. George, covered the lives and legacies of these justices in connection with their faith

and traditions. Currently, one third of the justices on the Supreme Court are Jewish, but that has not always been the case. “There was informally, but truly, a Jewish seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, just as there was a Catholic seat and a Southern seat,” said George. “It’s interesting, what a change that is.” The lecture began with a discussion of Judah Benjamin, a great orator in the

Senate and the first Jewish nominee to the Supreme Court. Though Millard Fillmore offered him the nomination, he declined. During the Civil War, Benjamin became the first Jewish secretary of state for the “not quite Kosher” Confederate government, according to Krauss. Justice Louis Brandeis, the first Jew to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, arguably had limited ties to the Jewish religion and culture.

Instead, Brandeis’s Jewish heritage appealed to President Theodore Roosevelt, as he was looking to oppose the British division of Palestine. Although his lobbying would be considered the “height of impropriety” by today’s jurisprudential standards, Brandeis did leave a legacy of Zionist advocacy on the Court, and was “single handedly responsible for persuading Woodrow Wilson to support the Balfour Declaration,” according to

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Dalin. The Jewish seat became further established with the appointment of Benjamin Cardozo, the only Jewish justice to be appointed by a Republican president, Herbert Hoover. Over the course of his tenure on the court, Cardozo faced anti-Semitism not only from the public, but also from his fellow justices, one of whom refused to take an official photo with Cardozo See JUSTICES page 3


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it’s fun.” In an email to The Daily Princetonian, Durkee called his successor “exceptionally smart and insightful.” “She is a gifted writer; she has an enormous capacity for getting things done and doing them extremely well; and she is deeply committed to this University’s core values and its mission,” Durkee

wrote. “She has played a central role in helping to identify and articulate the University’s strategic priorities, and her increased responsibilities in this role will provide her with even greater opportunities going forward to help achieve them.” In an email to the ‘Prince,’ ecology and evolutionary biology professor Daniel Rubenstein, who advised Parker in her senior thesis research in the social relationships among horses, said that Parker

is well-suited for the position. “Her passion and inquisitiveness,” he continued, ”along with her interactive nature have served her well upon her return to Princeton and will doubtlessly help her guide the board and serve the administration as Secretary of the University.” In a statement to the ‘Prince,’ President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 also agreed that Parker will “do an outstanding job” and emphasized that she is “a talented and ef-

fective administrator who has made significant contributions to the University’s strategic planning process and the initiatives that emerged out of it.” Parker is excited to use this role as another avenue to help the University and the community progress. “To me, [this role] represents an opportunity to contribute to an institution that I believe is making a tremendous difference in the world and has the potential to make

an even greater difference in the world for the better,” Parker said. While Parker plans to transition into her new position this upcoming summer, she knows that one aspect of the community will remain the same. “Here, the concentration of talent, intelligence, commitment, passion, desire to make the world a better place is truly inspirational, but that’s always been a thread throughout,” she said.

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drawn to different branches of science which lets us have varied perspectives on every design problem.” Cook, a biology and English concentrator, wrote that he creates lab procedures and writes and designs products. Iyer studies materials science, while Pati studies life sciences and management and Konkol is a biochemistry major. Fotopoulos, who is pursuing a concentration in molecular biology and a certificate in entrepreneurship, is interested in the business aspect of the startup. “Having that amorphous aspect allows us to evaluate different ideas a lot better than if one person was the ‘know-it-all,’” said Fotopoulos. “[With us] all having a little piece in it, we are all just able to generate better solutions.” Fotopoulos and his team’s summer research was funded by the New Jersey Health Foundation. They received $25,000 in funding. “[New Jersey Health Foundation] was an excellent resource for business knowledge and get-

ting us into the Princeton BioLabs,” wrote Konkol in a Facebook message. “It was great to have friendly mentors that we could easily access for questions and planning.” Cook agreed that their mentors have been helpful thus far. “There are so many professionals out there who are willing to listen to you and help you so long as you have something to say,” wrote Cook. “Not every connection is a massive success, but those who resonate with you give you the motivation to keep moving forward.” Fotopoulos’ team has also been supported by several of the entrepreneurship resources on campus, including Tony Williams in the Office of Technology Licensing, who provided valuable insight for running the business. The research aims to improve ligament repair procedures. Replacing the ligament with an artificial ligament is one of the most common and least invasive techniques used for ligament repairs. According to Fotopoulos, artificial ligaments create the strongest holds, but because they are foreign material, the body’s autoimmune reactions tend to de-

grade them, leading to very low success rates for the procedure. The Blackwell team undertook the challenge of trying to make artificial ligaments more biocompatible. They aimed to devise a way where the same strong artificial ligaments could be used without the body rejecting them. Fotopoulos’s solution was to create a proprietary protein coating for the artificial ligaments, which creates a barrier and prevents the bodily reactions that would otherwise attack the ligaments and render them ineffective. The team finished the physical testing of the prototype over the summer and are planning to publish a research paper. It is currently communicating with potential investors to determine its next steps. Although Fotopoulos and team have now found momentum in the project, they have struggled along the way. Pati explained that receiving FDA approval was the largest challenge that Blackwell faced. “We were a group of 19-yearolds, aiming for our device to be approved by a committee of established clinicians, researchers, and engineers,” Pati wrote in an

email to The Daily Princetonian. The team eventually received FDA approval, explained Pati. Pati noted that his personal challenge in working on the project was “the pace of work.” “Wanting immediate satisfaction, I was constantly discouraged by the lack thereof,” Pati wrote. “After [realizing] that was the wrong mindset, I was able to appreciate the various intricacies of the research process.” According to Fotopoulos, however, the biggest challenge was getting their first idea. He explained in an email statement to the ‘Prince’ that brainstorming took the team a few months of researching which areas of medicine they could impact the most. “Many [ideas] were good, but were they rewarding enough for us?” Fotopoulos wrote. “Would they disrupt the industry to the scale we wanted them to and attract the interest of investors the most?” He added that several of his own ideas were “shot down” by his team members because his medical device ideas weren’t “disruptive enough.” “I can see that those ideas would not be able to have the same scope of impact that our

current product concepts have,” Fotopoulos wrote. “It was really important that my team gave honest feedback at that stage so we could put our energy toward a more worthy product now.” Fotopoulos credits his experiences as a pre-med for a lot of his ideas. “I pull from my molecular biology research side to research and assess devices, but actually in developing [and creating] the device, I pull from my pre-med side and experience shadowing doctors,” Fotopoulos said. He explained that he hopes to innovate in surgery and medicine, either through research, medical technology, or a career as a doctor. “It’s all about the amount of people I can help,” Fotopoulos said. Despite the struggles and successes, the relationship between Fotopoulos and the researchers remains quite simple and genuine. “In the end, I think we’re all just close friends enjoying running Blackwell,” wrote Konkol. “At the end of any meetings, we could always step back, make some jokes, and leave on a good note. That’s really the best part of Blackwell.”

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vidual dispositions,” Western said. During a question-andanswer section after the lecture, Western encouraged students to join service organizations and advocacy groups which address the issue. He also spoke about The Square One Project, which he is currently working on, and its efforts in criminal justice reform. The project seeks

to address issues including educational inequality and poverty which, according to Western, contribute to failures in the U.S. criminal justice system. In response to one audience question about why the Trenton education system and community are not doing enough to keep children in schools and away from the criminal justice system, Desmond highlighted the role of educational inequality in changing the outcomes for young people.

“We need to stop funding schools just through property taxes so there’s a rich kids’ school and a poor kids’ school,” Desmond said. “That’s an insane thing we do in the United States of America.” Western also emphasized the role of law enforcement and communities in this process, explaining that police in upper-middleclass communities exert effort to keep young people out of the system, instead of placing them in it. Remy Reya ’21, who in-

tends to major in the Wilson School, attended the event. “From this conversation it’s very clear that it goes a long way in terms of bridging the gap, like Bruce Western said, between the data and the humans behind it,” Reya said, “and I really feel like it’s incumbent upon all of us as not only members of a really elite institution but also members of society to go out of our way to bridge that gap.” Amanda Eisenhour ’21, an

active member of Students for Prison Education and Reform, was also in attendance and spoke about her appreciation for Western’s emphasis on “approaching violence as a product of a social context.” “It’s so easy to individualize the problems and carry those blames and carry that stigma against somebody rather than acknowledging what environment that’s a product of,” she said. The lecture was held at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall.


In a discussion on Oct. 15, sociology professor Matthew Desmond and Guggenheim Fellow Bruce Western of Columbia University talk about prison reform in Robertson Hall.

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Kagan ’81 became her synagogue’s first ever bat mitzvah JUSTICES Continued from page 1



Dalin and Krauss lectured on the long history of Jewish justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

on account of his religion. The “scrupulously honest” Justice Cardozo “was a progressive in terms of policy, but in terms of jurisprudence, he was always someone who believed in the restraining rule of the court,” said Krauss. To this day, Cardozo’s writings on tort law are still cited in Supreme Court decisions. The third Jewish justice, Felix Frankfurter’s legacy is tainted by his “virtual silence during World War II,” according to Dalin’s book. Upon receiving proof of the Final Solution, Frankfurter ignored it and never urged Franklin Roosevelt to attack Auschwitz. The next Jewish Supreme Court justice, Justice Arthur Goldberg, had his time on

the bench cut short when President Lyndon Johnson asked him to resign in order to make room for for his close friend and political ally Abe Fortas. After Fortas was eventually caught up in a financial scandal, he resigned in disgrace. It then took 24 more years before there was another Jewish justice. According to Dalin, the self more recently described “allergic to discrimination” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg developed the field of gender law and became the first female law professor to gain tenure at Columbia University. In 2003, when the first day of the court’s session was scheduled to fall on Yom Kippur, she and fellow Jewish justice, Justice Stephen Breyer, successfully lobbied to change the date. The most recent Jewish justice, Justice Elena Kagan ’81, advocated for herself in

the face of discrimination early in her life. According to Dalin, girls in the Orthodox tradition typically did not have bat mitzvahs. However, Kagan persevered and had the first bat mitzvah in her synagogue. “They did not allow her to have her bat mitzvah on Saturday morning, she had to do it on a Friday night. She could only read from the prophets, she could not read from the Torah,” Krauss said. “This was a young girl who insisted on equal rights.” Students and community members alike enjoyed the lecture. “I thought it was terrific,” said Sarel Anbar ’20. “It was funny and informative. I learned a lot about the history of the Jewish Justices.” The lecture took place at 4:30 p.m. in the Lewis Library.

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ing of No. 29 and regional ranking of No. 3. Despite its success, women’s cross country remained relatively untested before Friday. HYP and the Loyola Lakefront Invitational featured soft fields; with the Penn State Open, Princeton

entered the fray against some tough competition. The race marked the first time that the team’s runners raced against chief regional and rankings-level competitors. Four nationally ranked teams lined up against Princeton on Friday: No. 14 Michigan State, No. 19 Penn State, No. 26 Georgia Tech, and No. 27 Utah. Daunting as that was, the team had a plan: to stray

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Rodriguez and Ryan Seggerman, and first-year Karl Poling had byes in the first round. In the doubles bracket, the sophomore team of Rodriguez and Seggerman had a bye. Princeton played brilliantly Saturday, with wins across the board for the singles and doubles competitors. All six remaining Princeton players won their respective matches. Seggerman, Rodriguez, Duo, Poling, Roberts, and Peters advanced through the singles round of 64. Meanwhile, both of Princeton’s remaining doubles teams advanced past the round of 16 with two wins. Sunday’s schedule included two rounds of singles matches and the doubles quarterfinals. Rodriguez was Princeton’s only singles player who won both matches on Sunday, and he advanced to the quarterfinals. However, the competi-

tion continued to grow more difficult, and Princeton’s match results reflected this difficulty. In the round of 32, Duo fell to Harvard’s Andy Zhou, and Roberts lost to Penn’s Kyle Mautner. Poling was incapacitated due to illness and unfortunately could not play. Seggerman and Peters both won their first matches but lost to Columbia’s Jackie Tang and Dartmouth’s Charlie Broom respectively in the round of 16. Both matches were extremely close. In doubles, Princeton’s team of Barki and Duo lost to top-seeded Jack Lin and William Matheson from Columbia. Princeton’s Rodriguez and Seggerman defeated Penn’s Kyle Mautner and Dmitry Shatalin 8–6, advancing to the semifinals. On Monday, Rodriguez and Seggerman lost to Columbia’s Lin and Matheson, the national No. 8 team that defeated Barki and Duo on Sunday. Lin and Matheson won 6–4, 6–4.


Sophomore Davey Rodriguez was the only Tiger remaining during Monday’s action.

from the typical Tiger strategy. “We tend to be a team that races from the back,” Leach said. “But we needed to make sure that we gave ourselves a chance to be up with the best of the competition. We needed to be assertive and brave, to look at everyone else on the line and to know we’re just as good as they are.” It paid off. Princeton

knocked off 27 Utah and beat Dartmouth, Brown, Penn, and Cornell to finish fourth overall. With Penn State over, the team now faces an intense and critical series of meets. Princeton will host Ivy League Championships (commonly called Heps or Heptagonals) on campus on Oct. 27. Then come midAtlantic regionals — run

on the same course as this weekend’s race — followed by NCAA Nationals, pending qualification. Friday’s performance inspired the team; they are optimistic about the postseason competition fast approaching. “This is a really exciting time,” said Leach. “We’re the fittest and strongest we’ve ever been. Qualifying for nationals is totally within our grasp.”

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The profound cruelty of a post-Roe America Sam Aftel

Assistant Opinion Editor

Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court cements a five-tofour conservative judicial majority, which could enable the overturn of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to access abortion. The overturn of Roe would further systematize misogyny and gender discrimination in the United States. Likewise, it would compound the pain of countless American women who have been traumatized and angered by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, in which she alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a 1982 high school party in Maryland. I hope — perhaps in vain — that the Supreme Court exercises ideological restraint and upholds the precedent of Roe. Should the majority of the Justices choose otherwise, American society would regress

to an even darker age of patriarchal dominance over women’s bodily autonomy. While I am pro-choice, I respect the moral and philosophical complexity of abortion. But this much is simple: If abortion is legal, those who oppose the operation are in no way forced to participate in abortion themselves. On the other hand, in jurisdictions where abortion is outlawed, women who would otherwise access abortion are forced to give birth against their will — or to choose a potentially unsafe, illegal abortion option. Hence, the legalization of abortion does not impede the individual liberties of those morally opposed to the operation, but prohibiting abortion limits the reproductive rights of women. Nonetheless, many who oppose abortion have tried to justify a legal restriction on the operation by claiming abortion is equivalent to “murder.” But the abortion-is-murder argument is intellectually disingenuous. Even if one believes “life” or “personhood” begins at conception, it is illogical to equate abortion with homicide; the moral

intent, social impact, and medical nature of abortion are categorically distinct from those of criminal violence. In reality, most arguments against abortion access are rooted in grotesque misogyny. Many social conservatives believe women who experience an unwanted pregnancy deserve to suffer the consequences of their sexual behavior — meaning that these women must survive the physical and psychological torment of maintaining a pregnancy and giving birth against their will. Eliminating access to abortion, therefore, is part of a process to punish women for expressing their sexuality. Furthermore, let us not forget what an America without legal abortion access — that is, America before Roe — looked like. When abortion was criminalized in the United States, many women still pursued the operation. While most pre-Roe abortions were safely performed by physicians, some women died from the operation, as pre-Roe abortions were not regulated to ensure safety. In fact, in 1965, “illegal abortion still

accounted for 17 [percent] of all deaths attributed to pregnancy and childbirth,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. If Roe is overturned, women will be forced to choose between continuing an unwanted pregnancy or reverting to a secretive, illegal abortion. The former may risk their physical health or even their life, while the latter puts them in legal jeopardy and could be medically hazardous or even fatal. Accordingly, the overturn of Roe would condemn countless American women to unwanted parenthood, potentially unsafe, illegal abortions — and in the most extreme cases, physical injury or death. At this point, though, the Supreme Court can still decide to uphold the precedent of Roe and therefore protect a woman’s constitutional right to abortion access. More specifically, I hope Justice Kavanaugh, who could be the decisive vote on a potential lawsuit against Roe, will do the right thing: If Kavanaugh is guilty of sexual assault, as Christine Blasey Ford alleges, I hope he begins his atonement by upholding Roe. And if Kavanaugh is innocent of sexual assault, as he claims, I hope he will be all the more motivated to protect women’s bodily autonomy. One day, Kavanaugh’s two daughters — like many children — will hold their father accountable and ask him if he is the “good” man he now claims to be. At the very least, I hope the Supreme Court Justice can look his daughters in the eye and say that he has done everything he could to maintain their constitutional rights as women and human beings. Samuel Aftel is a junior from East Northport, N.Y. He can be reached at saftel@


We aren’t totally to blame: Why college students struggle to vote Madeleine Marr

Senior Columnist

Millions of voters voted by absentee ballot in the last midterm election. Given that most Princeton students aren’t

from the surrounding area, the large majority of eligible student voters will also be sending absentee ballots and ballot requests through the Frist mail center this month. While there has been a vocal criticism of college students for our historically low voter turnout rates, not much attention has been paid to how difficult it is for college students to actually get


their ballots to the voting box. It is important that college students increase their voter turnout, yet absentee voting is antiquated and prevents college students from fully participating in the electoral process. Only five states allow the request for an absentee ballot to be filed entirely online (Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, and Utah). In Detroit, voters can request an absentee ballot through an app. Some counties in Arizona also have online absentee ballot registrations — already, the specificities of these options seem to invite confusion. For the majority of states, a form must be accessed online to be printed, filled out, and mailed to the relevant election office. That office sends back a ballot, which the voter then sends back to that office. The actual mailing process may take up to a week with the addition of the processing and pick-up time in Frist Campus Center, but voters may wait over a month for their request to be processed. And in 2012, more than a quarter of a million absentee ballots were rejected. The primary reason was because the ballots reached the election office after election day. However, when a physical ballot request must be physically mailed to an election office that could be across the country, college students are often left waiting until the last min-

ute for their ballots to arrive. Military ballot requests are processed first, so even prompt students have to accept a delay. Once the ballot (hopefully) arrives, the paper ballot has to be sent back through the mail with the hopes that it will make it through the postal service in time for the election. Young people’s absentee ballots were also among the most likely to be rejected in one study of California voting. This is incredibly troubling news for out-of-state college students who don’t have the option to vote in person. Some students may choose to register and vote in New Jersey, but many feel ties to their home states or think their vote matters more there. Furthermore, there is actually no dependable procedure for what to do if your absentee ballot doesn’t even arrive in time to be sent back before election day — while there is a blank Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, the FAQ page is vague on whether it can be used for in-country out-of-state voters. This results in a nervewracking, weeks-long voting process for students who truly want to vote. “It’s hard to keep track of paper. I’m pretty sure I mailed it, but it’s hard to know for sure. I can’t just go into my inbox and search sent,” Sarah Radwan ’21 explained. The answer is to implement

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fully online absentee ballot requests for every state. Understandably, voting itself cannot be done through an online form, as electronic voting systems are particularly susceptible to hacking and voter fraud. However, a ballot request requires no security. Illegal voting only occurs in the actual instance of attempting to file a vote, so making absentee ballot requests more accessible through an online process will only expand the electoral process so more students can vote. Madeleine Marr is a sophomore from Newtown Square, Pa. She can be reached at

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No. 3 field hockey routs Brown, looks ahead to No. 11 Harvard By Molly Milligan Staff Writer

On Alumni Day, No. 3 Princeton field hockey (11– 3 overall, 4–0 Ivy League) bested the Brown Bears (4– 8, 0–4) in a dominating 8–0 win. After moving up to No. 3 in the nation with an impressive defeat of the UConn Huskies, the Tigers showed

they have no plans to let go of their spot. The Tigers got on the scoreboard just 1:50 into the game as senior fullback Annabeth Donovan picked up a loose ball in front of the goal and sent it home. She was one of five different Princeton players to score during the match. It was a career day for sophomore midfielder Julianna Tornetta, who scored

three goals to have her first hat trick in a Princeton jersey. Her first tally was blast off a corner, assisted by sophomore striker Clara Roth and senior fullback Elise Wong. Tornetta added another in the first half as junior midfielder MaryKate Neff found her open in the circle. Her final score was a successful penalty shot with only four minutes left


Sophomore Julianna Tornetta earned Ivy League Player of the Week Honors with her offensive performance against Brown.

to play. First-years Hannah Davey, a midfielder, and Ali McCarthy, a striker, also added goals to make the it a 5–0 game at the half. Roth continued her stellar play up front, putting through her 10th goal of the season to get Princeton started in the second half. McCarthy also continued a hot streak, making Saturday her second consecutive multi-goal game after collecting her own rebound and getting it past the Brown goalie with 20 minutes left to play. McCarthy credited her successes to “the effort and support of [her] teammates.” “The intensity is much greater than it was in high school so it was been really fun,” she said, regarding the season so far. Princeton’s eight goals were the most the team has scored in a game since last year’s meeting with the Bears, an 11–1 win. They also held the opponent without a shot for the first time in two years, making it a very slow afternoon for junior goalkeeper Grace Baylis. The Tigers finished the game leading 29–0 in shots on goal.

The Tigers are now on a six-game winning streak that they hope to extend this Saturday against No. 11 Harvard (12–1, 4–0). The Crimson have won nine in a row and are coming off their own eight-goal performance in a win over Cornell. Junior fullback Carlotta von Gierke said the Harvard game is a regular-season matchup the team always works toward. “We are going to play them on home turf this year and we are very excited to face them, especially given how strong our team has been so far,” she noted. She said that the meeting of the two remaining undefeated teams in the Ivy League will no doubt be decisive. McCarthy detailed Princeton’s plans prior to the meeting with Harvard. “We know we can’t take any game lightly, and that they always give us a good game,” she said. Game time is set for 12 p.m. on Oct. 20. Come out to support your Tigers in their quest to remain undefeated and capture a regular-season Ivy League title.


No. 29 women’s cross country takes fourth in Penn State National Open By Jo de La Bruyere Contributor

Women’s cross country placed fourth in its last meet before the Ivy League championships. The team’s top runners traveled to the Penn State National Open in University Park, Pa., last Friday. There, the No. 29 Tigers faced some of the toughest competition they have seen this season, including four other top-30 teams, and got a chance to scope out the course for November’s NCAA regionals. Early-season success earned the Tigers a national ranking going into the Penn State meet. Last month in Cambridge, Mass., Princeton

edged No. 24 Yale by a single point to claim the HarvardYale-Princeton trophy for the second year in a row. Racing in a Princeton bib for the first time, first-year Gillian Wagner led the Tigers with a second-place finish. Close behind her came sophomore Melia Chittenden and seniors Brighie Leach, Maddie Offstein, and Allie Klimkiewicz. At the Loyola Lakefront Invitational two weeks later, with senior Alie Fordyce cracking into the scoring five, Princeton ran its way to a commanding victory — 14 points ahead of second-place Grand Valley State. More importantly, the win bumped Princeton to a national rank-


The Tigers aced their first tough test of the season in the Penn State National Open.



Rodriguez prevails for men’s tennis as Princeton hosts ITA Tournament By Ethan Li


After five days of grueling matches, the ITA Northeast Regional Championship nears its end. The finals for both the singles and doubles competitions will be held Tuesday at Lenz Tennis Center. Of the original 11 competitors from Princeton, only

sophomore Damian Rodriguez remained in singles competition on Monday. Harvard’s Andy Zhou defeated Rodriguez in the singles quarterfinal, 7–6(5), 6–2. Matches began last Thursday, but players quickly had to relocate to Jadwin Gymnasium and alternate indoor courts due to rain. First-years Bill Duo and Will Peters both

won two consecutive matches to qualify for the main draw singles event. Duo defeated Matthew Johnson from SUNY Buffalo 6–1, 5–7, (10–3) and Diego Huttepain of West Point 6–2, 7–5. Peters won his matches against Monmouth’s Austin Klapman 6–2, 3–6, (12– 10) and Drexel’s Youssef Lahlou 6–1, 6–2. On Friday, Princeton per-

formed strongly in the singles bracket round of 128. Duo beat Max Green from Fordham 6–3, 6–4. Fellow main-draw qualifier Peters also won his match, convincingly defeating Yale’s Dylan King 6–0, 6–2. However, Princeton also suffered its first loss in the tournament. Senior Jimmy Wasserman lost to Cornell’s Jake Hansen; Hansen won 6–0, 6–2. In the

doubles bracket, the first-year team of Justin Barki and Duo defeated David Gorshein and David Mitchell of West Point 8–2. Princeton’s team of junior captain Payton Holden and first-year Karl Poling lost to Srdjan Jakovljevic and Will Cooke Wharton from Monmouth. Junior captain Davey Roberts, sophomores Damian See TENNIS page 3

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October 16, 2018  
October 16, 2018