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U. Catholic chaplain resigns amid abuse allegation


Gen. Milley ’80 confirmed to Joint Chiefs of Staff By Marie-Rose Sheinerman Assistant News Editor

By Marie-Rose Sheinerman Assistant News Editor

Father Gabriel Zeis, the director of and chaplain at the University’s Catholic campus ministry, resigned on Wednesday following an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, which dates back to 1975. According to an email sent to student members of the Aquinas Institute, the on-campus Catholic ministry, Zeis denied the allegation but immediately resigned from both his position at the Institute and his position as Diocesan Vicar for Catholic Education. The email, sent by the Diocese of Trenton, said that the Provincial Superior of the Third Order Regular Franciscans (TOR) was notified on the evening of Monday, Sept. 9 of the allegation against the chaplain. The email stated that the Order is “pursuing an investigation into the allegation to determine its credibility” and asked that anyone with information or questions related to the notification contact the Franciscans through their website. With the approval of Bishop David O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton, Father Zeis served at the University. In an email statement to The Daily Princetonian, University spokesperson Ben Chang explained, “Father Zeis was not a University employee, and the University had no role in his resignation. The Diocese notiSee CHAPLAIN page 2


General Mark Milley ’80 speaks at the 2019 commissioning ceremony for graduating Princeton ROTC cadets.

Former Princeton ROTC Cadet General Mark Milley ’80 was officially confirmed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by the Senate on Thursday, July 25. The University alum will now be the highest ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces and will serve as President Trump’s most senior military adviser. Milley’s confirmation was decided on a 89–1 vote with broad bipartisan support, in an otherwise immensely divided legislative body. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley GS ’82 cast the sole vote against Milley’s confirmation.

U. to construct new environmental studies facilities By Katie Tam

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As the University plans the renovation and expansion of Guyot Hall, which will house the expanding computer science department, members of the Guyot-based geosciences department are preparing for the longawaited move. The Guyot renovation, which was made possible by a gift from former Google CEO and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt ’76 and his wife, Wendy, was announced in May of 2019 and is intended to consolidate the data sciences faculty into one hall. Construction is projected to begin in early 2024. The University’s announcement briefly mentioned a poten-

tial new building for the environmental sciences, where “the Guyot name will be recognized.” This new building is included in the Campus Plan, a document which details the University’s framework for development through 2026. According to the plan, several facilities devoted to engineering and environmental studies will be constructed on the east side of campus, along Ivy Lane and Western Way. These new facilities will include space for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), and the geosciences department. PEI and Geosciences are currently located in Guyot Hall. “Planning continues to meet the needs for improved and ex-

panded facilities for environmental studies, in line with the Campus Plan framework,” Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss wrote in a statement. According to University Spokesperson Ben Chang, a donor has not yet been identified for the environmental sciences building. However, the “University’s fundraising efforts continue apace, and environmental studies is a priority area,” Chang said. Although planning is still in the preliminary stages, faculty in Geosciences and EEB have been meeting with architects to budget square footage. In the next few months, more concrete details will be decided, said Tom Duffy, professor and Associate Chair of Geosciences. “We’re excited about the pos-

Three years later: fight for Xiyue Wang’s release from Iran still rages Senior Writer


The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were held on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, N.Y.

U. faculty, alumni, guest artists win big at 73rd Annual Tony Awards Six University alumni, faculty members, and guest artists received awards at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on June 9. The Tony Award for Best Musical went to Hadestown, produced by faculty member Mara Isaacs and Jordan Roth ’97. Faculty member Rachel Hauck and Lewis Center for the Arts

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guest artist Jessica Paz won for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical, respectively, for their work on Hadestown. Rodger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, produced by Roger S. Berlind ’52 and William Berlind ’95, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The Tony Awards are presented annually by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League to

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sibility of moving to a new, modern building,” Duffy said. A new environmental sciences building has been in the works for more than a decade, when a committee led by former University president Harold Shapiro convened to explore the possibility. Nonetheless, the recent renovation announcement came as a “bit of a surprise,” said professor of Geosciences Frederik Simons. Bess Ward, professor and Chair of Geosciences, believes that the forthcoming renovation may expedite the construction of new environmental studies facilities. “The identification of a donor for the renovation of Guyot Hall means that they can’t throw us out on the street,” Ward said. “It means that they’ll build us a nice, See ENVIRONMENT page 2

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By Paige Allen

Milley will be the twentieth person to occupy the Chairman role and is set to replace outgoing Chairman Marine General Joseph Dunford, who will retire this fall. At the University, Milley received an A.B. in politics and took part in the ROTC program. Since his undergraduate years, he has risen through the military ranks, leading some of the most consequential counterterrorism efforts in the nation’s history. Milley served in Egypt, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan, before most recently serving as the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army.

celebrate theatrical excellence on Broadway. The ceremony is broadcast on six continents and features the announcement of awards for outstanding work in twenty-four categories in addition to special awards. The award recipients are selected by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, made up of ten members appointed by the American Theatre Wing, See TONYS page 2

On the third anniversary of Xiyue Wang’s detainment in Iran, Wang’s wife, Hua Qu, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., urging the Trump administration and the international community to do more to secure his release. “I implore Iran, the United States, my home country, China, and other members of the international community to secure the release of this innocent man, Xiyue Wang, and make our family whole again,” she said on Aug. 8, three years and a day after Wang’s arrest on Aug. 7., 2016. Wang, a graduate student in history specializing in late 19th and early 20th century Eurasian history, was in Iran studying Farsi and completing research for his doctoral dissertation. Despite his academic work, he was arrested, convicted of espionage, and sentenced to 10 years in the notorious Evin Prison. In her speech, Qu said that her husband and family members had become political pawns and “innocent victims in an apparently ever-intensifying quarrel between world powers.” “My husband is an academic researcher. He’s a father, a husband. He is not a political figure, and he definitely is not a spy,”

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she said. Qu called for a resumption of diplomatic talks and negotiations. Productive conversations about the release of Wang and other political prisoners have come to a standstill as tensions between the U.S. and Iran have risen. The Trump administration’s decision in May 2018 to unilaterally withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and Tehran’s downing of an American surveillance drone in June have only complicated matters. Although Qu noted the efforts of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert O’Brien, she urged that the same consideration be paid to Wang’s case as to that of A$AP Rocky, an American rapper who was freed from a Swedish jail last week after the President intervened. “I believe the ordeal of my husband and other unjust detention cases deserve the same level of attention,” Qu said. “We all know that nothing is impossible — all it takes is will,” Qu also said, imploring the Trump administration to act. Sarah-Jane Leslie, the dean of the Graduate School, also released a statement on Aug. 7 appealing for Wang’s immediate release. “Many of the graduate stuSee WANG page 3







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Currently the home of the geoscience department, Guyot is set to become the home of the computer science department.

new building before that,” she speculated. Guyot Hall was built in 1909 and named for Arnold Guyot, the University’s first professor of geology and geography. Although it has served the Geosciences department well throughout the years, the pace of modern sciences requires renovations, Geosciences faculty said. The original building was not intended for the more labintensive work required to make today’s discoveries, Simons said. Ward agreed, highlighting that renovations to accommodate new technology would cost millions. “We’re going to be sad to leave it, but scientifically, [the new building] is going to be a major improvement,” Ward said.

One of the key features of Guyot is its Great Hall, a two-story tall atrium surrounded by offices, where students and faculty may meet, have coffee, and gather around a nearly-complete dinosaur skeleton — a fossilized allosaurus — at its center. Ward, who called the Great Hall “the heart of the department,” said that she intends for a similar space to be created in the new building, along with places to display the rare minerals, ancient bones, and other artifacts scattered throughout Guyot. Ward and others are working with architects to preserve the “identity” of Geosciences, EEB, and PEI in the public display spaces and features. The new facility will emphasize the interconnectedness of the environmental sciences and their relation to every other department on campus, Ward added. Simons is hopeful that the

new building will preserve and enhance Guyot Hall’s role as a hub for public outreach and education. “[Guyot Hall] is not just a science building,” Simons said. “It combines teaching, research, and outreach to the public.” To that end, Guyot Hall’s specimen collections need to be carefully curated for future display, Simons added. As Geosciences transitions to a new home, he continued, it is important to consider its role as a center for public engagement. For the Geosciences department, the relocation offers new opportunity. Through moving, improving, and upgrading facilities, Duffy said, faculty are working to ensure that the new building “reflects and illustrates the science that we do and the beauty of the natural world.”

Roger has produced or co-produced over one hundred productions On-Broadway and Off-Broadway since 1976 TONYS

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ten by the Broadway Theatre League, and one each by the Actors’ Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and United Scenic Arts. The big winner of the night was Hadestown which won a total of eight awards including Best Musical and featured the work of several University alumni, faculty, and guest artists. Isaacs and Jujamycn Theaters, of which Roth is the president, produced the musical inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Isaacs is the founder and Executive/Creative Producer of Octopus Theatricals. She has produced over one hundred productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and around the country and globe in addition to consulting and advising various organizations including Fiasco Theatre, The Civilians, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. As a University faculty member, Isaacs most recently co-taught ENG 282/ THR 382: International Theater: Plays and Politics with English professor Tamsen Wolff and taught THR 361: The Art of Producing Theater. “Anais Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, the entire creative team of Hadestown had a

vision for how the world could be,” said Isaacs in her acceptance speech for the Best Musical award. “If Hadestown stands for anything, it is that change is possible, that in dark times spring will come again.” Issacs’ fellow Hadestown producer Roth oversees five Broadway theaters as President of Jujamycn Theaters and has produced shows such as Mean Girls, Frozen, and The Book of Mormon. This marks Roth’s fifth production which has won best in its category after Angels in America (2018 Best Revival of a Play), Kinky Boots (2013 Best Musical), Clybourne Park (2012 Best Play), and Hair (2009 Best Revival of a Musical). Roth graduated from the University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a concentration in Philosophy and a certificate in Theater before receiving his MBA from Columbia Business School. He continues to be involved with the University and serves on the Lewis Center for the Arts Advisory Council. Roth ref lects on his experiences with theater at the University in a Princeton Arts Profile for the Lewis Center for the Arts. With Jujamycn Theaters, Roth also produced Torch Song which was nominated for the 2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Hauck won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for her

work on Hadestown. Hauck has designed for productions on Broadway, OffBroadway, and at regional theaters throughout the United States. At the University, Hauck co-teaches THR 213/MTD 213/VIS 210: Introduction to Set and Costume Design with Sarita Fellows. “At this incredible time, I could not be more proud to be part of a musical that preaches the power of love and hope and the power of community,” Hauck said in her acceptance speech. Paz and her associate sound designer Nevin Steinberg were awarded the Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Musical for their work on Hadestown. Paz is the first woman to be nominated for a Tony Award in this category. Paz’s previous sound design credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Bandstand, and many productions with the Public Theater. She contributed her talents to the Lewis Center for the Arts in 2018 as a guest sound designer for the Program in Theater and Music Theater production of Picnic at Hanging Rock and as a design advisor for the Program in Theater and Music Theater production of Next to Normal. Alexandra Mannix ’12 also contributed to Hadestown as assistant lighting designer to Bradley King who won the Tony Award for

Best Lighting Design of a Musical. Mannix has regularly served as a lighting designer on productions for Princeton Summer Theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts, designing over thirty productions as an undergraduate. She graduated with a concentration in Classics. Oklahoma!, a revamped production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic and winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, also featured the work of University alumni and faculty. Producers of Oklahoma! include Roger S. Berlind ’52 and William Berlind ’95, who have co-produced productions such as Dear Evan Hansen (2016 Best Musical) and Hello, Dolly! (2017 Best Revival of a Musical). Since 1976, Roger has produced or co-produced over one hundred productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway, many of which have won Tony Awards, including Amadeus (1981 Best Play), Passion (1994 Best Musical), and Proof (2000 Best Play). He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2009. Roger lends his name to the Roger S. Berlind ‘52 Professorship of the Humanities currently held by Tracy K. Smith; the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Playwright-inResidence Fund which has commissioned recent productions such as Gurls by

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06 and We Were Everywhere by Joanna Evans, Shariffa Ali, and Avi Amon; and the Roger S. Berlind Theatre in the McCarter Theatre Center. Roger graduated from the University with a concentration in English, and William graduated from the University with a concentration in Comparative Literature. Roger discusses his time at the University and his life in the theater in a Princeton Arts Profile for the Lewis Center for the Arts. Past University faculty member Daniel Fish was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical for his work on Oklahoma!. Other notable University affiliates include Andrea Grody ’11 who served as the music director, musical supervisor, vocal arranger, and incidental arranger for the musical Tootsie which was nominated for Best Score and 2008-2009 Hodder Fellow Tarell McCraney whose play Choir Boy was nominated for Best Play. The Hodder Fellowship is awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts to promising artists to provide them the resources and support to pursue significant independent projects at the University over the course of the academic year. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were held June 9 at 8 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, N.Y.

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fied us that this action had been taken.” Chang went on to encourage any students in need of support “to speak with a member of their residential college staff, the Graduate School, or one of our confidential resources, including SHARE, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the chaplains in the Office of Religious Life.” The Diocese of Trenton clarified in their email that they have not received any complaints against Father Zeis relating to his service and ministry at the University. They went on to encourage “anyone who was sexually abused as a minor or vulnerable adult by any representative of the Church to report that abuse to local law enforcement authorities and the Diocese of Trenton by calling our hotline at 1-888-296-2965 or emailing to” Matthew Igoe ’20, student

president of the Aquinas ministry team, wrote in an email statement to the ‘Prince’ that “the accusation did come as a shock, as we have only known Father Gabe to be a kind and generous chaplain during his time at Princeton.” “We await the conclusion of the investigation conducted by Father’s religious community, the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, as we continue to pray and work for the renewal of the Catholic Church in this country and throughout the world,” he continued. “Our activities as a ministry will continue while we wait for the arrival of a new chaplain.” Father Zeis did not respond to request for comment by the time of publication. The allegation follows Catholic prelature Opus Dei’s settlement in a sexual misconduct case regarding Father C. John McCloskey, a former Associate Chaplain for The Aquinas Institute. McCloskey’s act of assault was originally reported in 2002, and Opus Dei reached a settlement with the victim in 2005.


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U.N.: Wang’s arrest reaches level of absurdity WANG

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dents who entered Princeton with him completed their degrees this year; it is well past time for him to be permitted to return to his studies and complete his degree,” she wrote. In an investigation last year, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found no legal basis for his arrest, concluding that his detention was “arbitrary,” and that Wang was given an unfair trial and sentence. These sentiments were echoed by three U.N. experts on human rights, who wrote in a statement issued this spring that “Iranian authorities’ use of espionage charges against Mr. Wang simply for having sought access to century-old historical documents reaches the level of absurdity.”

The groups also expressed concern for his health and welfare in the harsh conditions of the prison. The American Council on Education, the International Science Council, and the European University Association have also joined the calls for Wang’s release. On Feb. 20 of this year, graduate students organized in a Day of Action, including a “call-athon” to elected representatives, a rally, and a candlelight vigil. Students and community members gathered to advocate for Wang’s cause and send postcards to representatives, friends, family, and “anyone with influence.” At the Communiversity ArtsFest in April, Qu and others staffed a booth to raise awareness, urging passersby to write to elected officials. Despite these efforts, little has changed in Wang’s case, as Qu expressed in her speech.

As the U.S. and Iran have no diplomatic relations, the Swiss consulate functions as a go-between for the Iranian government and the State Department. Qu said that her last interaction with authorities was two months ago. And although she discussed the case with the State Department last week, she noted, “there has literally been no progress.” Qu spoke about the impact of Wang’s imprisonment on their six-year-old son, Shaofan, who was only three when Wang left for Iran. When they moved to a new apartment recently, Shaofan asked if his father would be able to find them, Qu recounted. But, she added, Shaofan has few memories of those early times with his father. “I continue to pray that when Shaofan blows out his birthday candles next year, Xiyue will be right there with us,” she said.

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In a year that will mark the University ROTC program’s 100th anniversary, current cadets anticipate that Milley’s appointment as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will serve to elevate the status and renown of the program in the eyes of the military community. ROTC Cadet Captain Caleb Visser ’20 has observed firsthand how Milley’s stature can impact the program’s reputation while attending conferences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. “One of the first things they say when they find out I go to Princeton is, ‘Oh, that’s where General Milley went, so you must have a pretty good program,’” Visser said. “We’ve had generals in the past, of course, but very rarely have we seen a Chief of Staff of the Army or a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs who didn’t graduate from a service academy.” During the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held earlier this month on July 11, Milley told senators he would carry out any “legal, ethical, and moral” orders from the President but would “not be intimidated into making stupid decisions” and would give his best military advice regardless of the consequences to

himself. “The American people elected civilian control of the military. We’ll provide our advice, we’ll provide course of action, we’ll talk about risk and consequence,” Milley said. “When the decision-maker makes the decision, it’s our job to execute.” During the hearing, he also discussed modernization, rising Chinese military power, and transgender military service. He emphasized that he considers China “a competitor” as opposed to “an enemy,” but emphasized that he sees China as “the primary challenge to the U.S. national security over the next 50 to 100 years.” New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez voted to confirm the General, while New Jersey Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker was not present at the vote, spending the day in Indianapolis to speak at the 2019 National Urban League Annual Conference. Of the other six 2020 presidential candidates currently in the Senate, only Colorado Senator Michael Bennet cast a vote. Bennet voted to confirm Milley. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, California Senator Kamala Harris, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren did not vote on the matter.

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Scholarly work should be more relevant Emma Treadway

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very student on campus, whether it be in first-year writing seminar or during the senior thesis grind, has had experience with entering the “scholarly conversation.” Entire databases on the Princeton University Library website — not to mention the millions of physical books in the libraries themselves — are devoted to countless scholarly works. Most of these journal articles, books, and encyclopedias are the result of extended research and careful analysis from experts who have studied these various subjects for decades. Much of the existing scholarly work — as well as the millions of works both Princeton students and professors will continue to contribute — however, is unread, unused, and essentially useless. This is a bleak sentence for the prospects of academia and the wealth of information and possibility it holds.

As I sat writing my D3, a paper that holds fond memories for few students, I noticed a significant disconnect between what countless scholars were saying in their journal articles and books and what policy-makers and world-leaders were doing to solve world crises. My paper details the nature of the many individuals who are attracted to terrorist organizations like ISIS. Contrary to the common

notion that these individuals join or are forced to join largely because of poverty and lack of education, most of the members who constitute these groups are relatively well-educated and are situated in higher socioeconomic strata. Countless political analysts and scholars and professors have shown this to be true — even Princeton professors like Claude Berrebi have discussed this reality. However, neither the statements of government leaders nor the policies put into effect reflect the work and research done by scholars. Government leaders around the world have denounced poverty as the reason for the growth and thriving of Islamic terrorism: President Bush, President Obama, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and many more have explicitly stated these sentiments. These statements have led to policy proposals from leaders; for example, the President of Serbia, in addition to many other leaders in a 2017 UN conference, proposed targeting poverty as a hotbed for terrorism. These policy recommendations conf lict with the prevalent scholarly notion that targeting poverty can actually aid the growth of extremism instead of hindering it, even if it is admittedly crucial to settling some of the turmoil in the Middle East. Although such political statements are by no means always or even

frequently representative of the policies actually put into place, their words are nevertheless misleading for the general populace because they spread inaccurate portraits of the reality of the situation and can spark public support for the wrong cause. Still, far too many enacted counterterrorism policies actually do reflect the misleading words of politicians and not the scholarly consensus. For example, according to the Department of Homeland Security, there have been several anti-poverty initiatives to provide economic security that were based on the assumption that poverty breeds terrorism. Clearly, there is a serious disconnect between scholarly findings and the policy decisions — which have real and lasting consequences — that government leaders execute. Without the advice of experts and individuals who have studied these issues and their roots for decades, world leaders may end up making faulty or uneducated decisions when it comes to monumental issues like counterterrorism. One article notes this discrepancy, saying that “many of the world’s most talented thinkers may be university professors, but sadly most of them are not shaping today’s public debates or influencing policies.” One of the “highest impact” journals concerning water and the various crises surrounding its accessibility and cleanliness, contains scholarly pieces from people who have studied the issue extensively. India, whose water crisis

has left over 163 million people without access to clean water, needs the help of experts desperately; yet, there are only four subscribers to this journal in the entire country. Furthermore, the water minister of India and many of the officials working under him were entirely unaware of the journal’s existence, yet were making policy decisions. Clearly, this is a problem. What is the use of spending years contributing to an ever-growing mountain of scholarly work if it will never be read or used in actual policy? Perhaps one step would be to include more experts in policy-making and in the decision-making of government officials. If officials are appointed or elected to a certain position, it ought to be mandatory that they, at the very least, be familiar with scholarly material commensurate with their office. This basic familiarity would hopefully pave the way for more informed decisions that would more effectively solve problems and provide tangible benefit — and perhaps it would reinvigorate the scholarly incentive of discouraged professors and academics who have contributed monumental research to no avail in the policy sphere. This column previously appeared in print on May 10, 2019. Emma Treadway is a first-year from Amelia, Ohio. She can be reached at emmalt@princeton. edu.

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Having a car on campus should be accessible to everyone, not a privilege Elijah Benson

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iving in New Jersey, I had the convenient option of loading my car up, driving it to campus and unpacking all my stuff as I moved into year two of my Princeton journey. After a few hours of moving bags and boxes into my room and saying farewell to my family, I had one final thing to do: say goodbye to my precious Toyota Rav 4. Not yet belonging to an eating club and not having what the university calls “a compelling need” to have a car on campus, I had to watch as my family took my car back home, leaving me in the suburban bubble of central New Jersey.

As I remember from my first year, transportation to get away from Princeton isn’t exactly robust. Therefore, my only means to get off campus were the Dinky/ bus, an Uber, or — most efficiently — my own two feet. But why is that the case? As the owner of a working vehicle, why should I have to constantly rely on other

means of transportation? Examining this problem reveals an issue of privilege versus accessibility. With the addition of Perelman and another residential college yet to be named, the physical landscape of campus will expand to include more living and recreational spaces for students. This will presumably include dorms, a dining hall, some sort of library, maybe even a volleyball court. Even with the new space and amenities, however, I believe campus would still be incomplete. You may ask: what else could be added to campus to complete it? The answer: a parking lot exclusively for the cars of undergraduates. While many upperclass students may park their cars in eating club parking lots and parking facilities are available for graduate students, underclass students are not afforded the same accessibility. Near the Dinky, there is already a parking station where: a) the intended purpose of the station is for employees of the University and b) the price of leaving

your car is exorbitant. The fee for an undergraduate student to park a car is currently $350 and requires “a compelling need” to acquire a parking permit. Presumably, the limited number of spaces for cars justifies the permit and gives rise to the need to properly reserve a space to store a car. Student fees, however, account for a considerable 17 percent of the school’s operating budget. With all of the endowment, tuition, and other things of the like that the school already receives, the $350 fee that the few students with a “compelling need” pay is surely not making a dent in the budget of the University. While discussing the $350 parking permit, the accumulated fees don’t contribute much to the University relative to its large endowment. In contrast, however, the price tag is considerably expensive to many individual students. Even if the “compelling need” aspect of parking a car were eliminated, the fee should also be removed as a way of making the parking lot equally

accessible to all students. Simply because you don’t have the money to pay for a permit doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to have your car on campus. Every student should have the option of parking a car on campus for free, regardless of their class year — especially in light of Princeton’s suburban location. Unlike Columbia or Harvard, both universities with multiple public transportation options located in large cities, Princeton’s options of transportation are inefficient, inconvenient, and uneconomical compared to a car. There is the bus, which limits where a student can go depending on the schedule and does not run on demand. There is the train, with similar problems as a bus, with a schedule and limited options as to where to go while also being more expensive. Another final alternative mode of transportation is Uber. Going somewhere as close as the mall, however, costs more than $20 round trip. Compared to having your own car, all of these options

are highly inefficient. Therefore, I propose getting rid of the fee and creating a new parking lot for undergraduates to park their cars. The few students who do pay the $350 fee do not make a significant difference to the University budget, since so many students do not meet the “compelling need” prerequisite imposed by the University. This realization underscores the fee’s ultimate superf luousness and supports the idea of it being taken away. With the fee gone, more students could take advantage of having a car and having mobility while living on campus. In actuality, this is secondarily an issue of mobility and primarily an issue of accessibility. With the fee imposed, only those financially able to pay $350 can store a car. Getting rid of both these conditions would give students both more mobility and more accessibility. Elijah Benson is a sophomore from Newark, N.J. He can be reached at ebenson@princeton. edu.

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The team lifts the EIVA trophy after winning the championship.

By Alissa Selover Associate Sports Editor

The 2019 season brought Princeton’s men’s volleyball team (17–12, 13–1 EIVA) a total of 1202 kills, 170 service aces, 674 digs, 1122 assists, 209 blocks, and a total of 2286 points, and they aren’t done yet. The Tigers hosted the 2019 EIVA championship tournament this past weekend, with George Mason (17–9, 10–4), Penn State (15–15, 10–4), and Saint Francis (15–14, 9–5) in attendance. Princeton was the No. 1 ranked team in the tournament and faced Saint Francis, the No. 4 ranked team, on Thursday in the semifinals. The Thursday evening game was a quick win for Princeton, who beat Saint Francis 3–0 (25–23, 25–21, 25– 19), advancing the Tigers to their second straight EIVA championship game. Throughout the course of the three sets played between the Tigers and the Red Flash, Saint Francis continually started out strong and with the lead, forcing the Tigers to come back to win it all. Senior Kendall Ratter led the team with 11 kills and four aces with junior George Huhmann following with eight. Sophomore Joe Kelly had 27 assists. “I’m pleased with the guys’ resilience. I thought we started off shaky as Saint Francis came out on fire, but we responded well in the first set and battled back,” head coach Sam Shweisky said postgame. Resilience is exactly the word that junior Parker Dixon said described this season the best. “A lot of times this year we were down and had to fight back, and our team never gave up,” said Dixon. Saturday night brought

a thrilling five set match (28–26, 22–25, 25–18, 20–25, 15–13) between Princeton and the Penn State Nittany Lions that gave the Tigers their first EIVA championship since 1998. The first set was a preview for the excitement that was to come for the rest of the match as the Tigers defeated the Nittany Lions 28–26. Penn State was up 23–24 with set point in their hands before head coach Sam Shweisky called a timeout. After the time out, the set continued to be back and forth ties before Dixon and junior Greg Luck had back to back kills for the win. The second set was a battle for the lead with neither team holding an advantage of more than two points until a Tiger attack error gave the Nittany Lions a 19–22 advantage. The Tigers fought for the comeback but a service error at set point gave Penn State the win, making the match a 1–1 tie. Set three was hard fought for the first 25 points, giving the Tigers only a 13–12 advantage before they went on a 8-of-12 run to jump ahead 21–16 after a massive double block by senior Billy Andrew and Luck that lead to a Penn State timeout. After the timeout, Penn State tried to fight back but a service error put Princeton up 24–18 and Luck’s serve gave the Tigers the third set win. With the chance to win it all in the fourth, the Tigers were beaten by their own service errors. After three straight Princeton service errors, Penn State carried a 3–5 lead. With the Tigers having the championship in mind, they came back to a 19–23 deficit, forcing a Penn State timeout. A Princeton service error and Penn State kill extended play to a fifth set.

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Despite being down, the Tigers continued to cheer for their teammates after every point and every action. “Our team’s philosophy is to cheer after every point, no matter what happens, and it serves a couple of purposes. It helps us not get down on ourselves after a bad play, and it also takes away some of the momentum of the other team if they do something good. A lot of times the other team looks confused when we are celebrating after they win a point, and anything we can do to get even the smallest bit of momentum is helpful,” Dixon explained. The fifth and final set was just a thrilling as the rest of the game for both Princeton and Penn State fans. The set was consistently back and forth and was tied much of the time. A Huhmann kill put the Tigers up 3–2 until Penn State took their first lead at 5–6. A Dixon and Huhmann double block put the Tigers up 8–7 before they went on a run, with another block putting them at 11–9. A timeout from Penn State after the score had reached 13–11 brought a ton of excitement from inside Dillon Gym. A massive service ace from Ratter gave the Tigers set point. “The final couple points I was just trying to focus on finishing the job. I was thinking about what could happen when we won, and I just focused on making that happen, without celebrating too early. Volleyball is a game that can change point by point, and it was important for us to keep our focus through the final point, which we did,” Dixon said. The final point was a kill from none other than EIVA Player of the Year and EIVA Tournament MVP, George Huhmann, to give the Tigers their first EIVA Champion-

ship since 1998. “The accolades are great, but volleyball is a team sport and I wouldn’t have been able to have the success I’ve had without my teammates,“ Huhmann said. “I’m grateful to have received Player of the Year, but I’m always focused on getting better and looking forward to NCAAs.” Huhmann finished with 25 kills and six blocks, while Dixon had 15 kills. Ratter contributed eight kills and Luck added seven. Kelly had 51 assists during the five sets and senior Corry Short had seven digs in his last Dillon Gym appearance. “I looked into the stands late in the fifth set and saw alumni, family and friends giving their wholehearted support for this team, and in that moment, I was immensely proud to wear Princeton on my jersey,” Short, the captain of this Princeton volleyball team, explained. “This team and the Princeton Volleyball program as a whole has been constantly refining itself over the last decade into becoming what it is today. This victory is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, as well as the foundation built by the Princeton Volleyball players that have come before me, and I could not be more proud of this team.” For the seniors, this championship season has been running through their minds for four years. “In the time I’ve been here, we’ve always talked about the ’98 team winning the conference and making it to the final four like some sort of legend. It’s a pretty cool feeling to be up there with them now. It is absolutely something I will never forget,” Andrew said. Billy Andrew took time off between his junior and senior years so coming back

and being able to play with this team was, as he describes, unbelievable. When asked about his favorite moment this season, he said, “ I would have to say our five-set loss to Cal State University Northridge earlier in the season. It was only my third match after rejoining the team after the first semester had finished and I was really excited to be back out on the court with everyone.” “But I just remember realizing after the game that our team was pretty good, that we had a real shot to do something special this season. I think in my mind that’s when I knew that we would do something that no Princeton Volleyball team had done in 21 years … So the CSUN match was where it initially all clicked for me that this season was going to be one to remember,” Andrew said. Saturday, April 20, was historic for the Tigers. Not because they hadn’t won before, but because this was the first time they had won the championship in Dillon Gym. “Winning this EIVA Championship on our home court — something that no other Princeton team has ever done — has been my favorite memory of my four years as a member of Princeton Volleyball, let alone this season,” Short said, reflecting on his time as a Tiger. If Corry Short could describe this season in one word, it would be incredible. Princeton travelled to Wilson, N.C. on Thursday, April 25, and took onon Barton College for the opening round of the NCAA tournament. This piece previously appeared in print on April 22, 2019.

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