The Weekly Roundup, Edition 3

Feb 22 – Mar 2

This week in Press Club:

What the Patton Reaction Says About Campus Rape… A Taste of Vienna in Princeton… Diversity Task Force… Uber in Peril

The Atlantic - The ‘Princeton Mom’ Controversy and Campus Rape Today - Mary Hui ’17

Susan Patton sparked another round of controversy when she called certain instances that have been classified as rape a “learning experience.” The comments reminded a group of alums of problematic attitudes on rape that were prevalent when they were at Princeton, more than thirty years ago. They don’t want the University to go back there.

The longest piece yet in the Press Club’s ongoing coverage of sexual assault at Princeton.

The Princeton PacketUniversity Diversity Task Force to Begin Meetings - Tammy Tseng ’18

Princeton University recently established a task force to answer a call to action to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and administrators. The task force aims to develop recommendations for improving university policies and programs and enhance public dialogue on campus.

Planet PrincetonAnita Waldenberger: Bringing a Taste of Home to Princeton - Logan Sander ’18

Almost a year ago, Anita Waldenberger quit her job in real estate and opened up a Viennese coffee shop in Princeton, featuring recipes from her childhood growing up on a farm in Austria. You can find them at 200 Nassau. Choice quote:

“Her father, who was a lieutenant in the Austrian army, was a prisoner of war in the United States during the Second World War. When he came back to Austria, though, he told his daughter how wonderful the United States was and how friendly the people were.”

The Princeton Echo - Forbidden Fruit – Rebeccah Barger ’18

Looking to make some extra cash selling photos of Lewis Library ? You’re out of luck. Princeton has a restrictive imagery policy, allowing no commercial or outside photographers to take pictures of the campus’s five biggest attractions: Nassau Hall, Alexander Beach, Blair arch steps and tower, FitzRandolph Gate and the Lewis Library.

The Princeton Echo - Who uses Uber? – Rebeccah Barger ’18

The Princeton Town Committee is looking into putting restrictions on and potentially banning Uber because it is hurting local taxi companies. A look at the Princeton residents, students and Uber drivers who might be harmed by the change.

During the past few weeks, a great geese migration has come to Princeton in the form of down feathers stuffed into premium winter jackets. Canada Goose jackets are recognizable by their ubiquitous red circle patch on their sleeves and the coyote-fur lining used for their hoods.

A Canadian outerwear company, Canada Goose has been making jackets since 1957. However, they have only recently achieved massive commercial success: their sales have grown from $3 million annually in 2001 to a predicted $300 million in 2015. Since the company’s rebranding in 2001, Canada Goose’s jackets, true to their name, have been made exclusively in Canada.

Commenting on the sudden proliferation on campus, Jack Jundanian ’17, while wearing his Canada Goose jacket, said, “People definitely asked their parents for them over winter break. It’s probably similar to what happened with Barbour jackets three or four years ago.”

And these fur-lined parkas have received backlash on campus.  Injee Unshin ’15, Creative Director of Verte fashion magazine, wrote a scathing critique on Facebook, “If I see one more canada goose jacket, I will literally burn it… on the body of the person wearing it. Talk about a combination of lackluster taste and misplaced wealth…” Another unnamed student has described the jackets as “basic” and “opulent.”

Nevertheless, owners of the jackets laud their utility and warmth – perfect for nights out on the Street until they get mistakenly goosenapped in the Ivy coatroom.

Press Club reporters have taken to the field to get some shots of these geese in their natural Princeton habitat.

If you have $800 lying around, they can be purchased here.


The Princeton women’s basketball team beat Brown 79-67 tonight, staying undefeated on the season. The team, ranked no. 14 in the AP poll coming into the game, improved to 27-0.

That is the most wins the team has ever had in a single season, according to Princeton athletic communications.

The Kentucky men’s team is the only other undefeated in college basketball.

Early second half action.

Michelle Miller led the team with twenty points, and Annie Tarakchian, the team-leader in rebounds on the season, tied for the game high rebound total with nine.

Princeton pulled off the win despite a poor showing from three-point-range, typically one of their strengths. They shot 31% from behind the arc, just under ten percentage points below their season average, but significantly better than Brown’s 12%. They also had 18 turnovers, four more than their season average.

2097 people attended the game, nearly double the season average for the team at Jadwin. There were enticements for the crowd – the Class of 2016 even gave one Princeton student the chance to take a halfcourt shot for a chance to win $10,000. The student, a 2016-er himself, hit the backboard but missed.

The Tigers have three games remaining. They play at Cornell on Friday, and finish the season with Columbia on Saturday and Penn next Tuesday. Only a train ride away…


Correction: A previous version of this post stated that the team’s next game is at Columbia on Saturday. They also play on Friday, at Cornell.



For years, there’s been an online, frequently updated, comprehensive, semi-facebook of over 3,500 Princeton affiliated individuals, and we just never knew. Don’t believe me? Well, read on. And look here.

From 2003 until this past summer, David Dobkin, a COS professor, served as the Dean of the Faculty. Working from Nassau Hall, Dobkin met with students and faculty daily and wanted to create a living memory of his tenure and the people he met. So he put up 1,500 (seemingly random) photos of of students and faculty, tagged by individual, on his personal Princeton page, which can be found here.

The individually tagged photo blog apparently has another unexpected use. “It evolved into a useful tool for people around the university who wondered what others looked like.  It has been used by many people to identify people they had to meet,” he said via e-mail.

Well, let’s dive in:

On the front page, there’s a great picture of University leaders at the beach. Some explanation from Prof. Dobkin helps: “One year after graduation, it was hot in our robes, so we went to the beach :-) ” In this situation, “:-)” indicates Photoshop use.

This picture speaks for itself.

Then you can look at hundreds of pictures of random professors, staff, and students from the class of ’01 until now. What’s amazing is that since they’re tagged individually, you can search by name, class year/department, or by day taken. Yes, it’s down to the day.

Photos organized by name.


Photos organized by month


Organized by department and class year.

All together, it ends up being a really cool collection of Princeton headshots and candides from across the years.

Want to find a picture of Cornel West from 2007? You’re in luck, it’s here.

Or how about Robby George from 2005 and 2007? Covered also, here.

There’s also Richard Just, alumnus and current visiting Ferris professor, from Reunions in 2011, here.

The tagging took a while: “I wrote a few computer scripts to turn photos into proof sheets and to enable adding text to proof sheets to create web pages.  This was originally used to record my history with my family.  When I became dean, I expanded the scripts I had written to record people by name, by date and by department.”

But thanks to Prof. Dobkin, I’ve got tons of Princeton history to search through.


Princeton has a lot of gargoyles. As students we don’t notice much, staring at our phones while we walk to class, but we are surrounded by stone animals doing crazy shit.

Technically, Princeton’s gargoyles aren’t really gargoyles. Gargoyles in its literal sense refers solely to sculptures that sprout from gutters and are used to convey water off of building surfaces. Those types of gargoyles were mostly popular in the medieval era and have kind of gone out of fashion in the past few centuries, along with other items of the time period like tunics for men. Instead, most gargoyles fall more accurately under the categories of chimeras and grotesques, sculptures attached to building surfaces that serve only an aesthetic purpose. Princeton has a lot of these.

Below are photos of some of Princeton’s best. Hopefully, next time you’re walking around campus, you will look up from your iMessage or Twitter or Facebook and find yourself staring at a monkey with a camera. It turns out, this gargoyle above 1879 arch was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, the same man who sculpted Mt. Rushmore.



These tigers outside McCosh Hall appear to be unphased by the snow. Their majesty is only challenged by that of the adjacent A/C unit.


This entrance to the side of the chapel is lined with various animals, including some dragons:


And on the subject of animals, probably almost no one knows that Guyot Hall is surrounded by over 65 animal gargoyles. Yes, you probably just screamed in amazement and disbelief, “but that can’t possibly be true!” but you heard me right. Even cooler, the east side of Guyot, which houses the biology department, is littered with gargoyles of living species while the west side, home to the geology department, is covered by gargoyles of now extinct animals. Some examples include this crocodile:

And this dinosaur head:



And while on the subject of animals, this goat is reading a book:


Moving up campus, attached to the Firestone Library Trustees Reading Room, hidden behind some trees, is this guy playing a flute. Who knew? It turns out there are sixteen gargoyles that line the sides of the reading room.

Full disclosure: this picture is taken from the Flickr account of a wonderful photographer with the username Kitty Fox. Thanks, Kitty Fox!


Right across from Firestone, above the archway of East Pyne that faces towards the library, is this pretty fly gargoyle. Apparently, the gargoyle is supposed to be a metaphor for how the university opens up the eyes and the minds of its students.

My personal favorite gargoyle features an old-school football player running on top of the entrance to McCosh 10:


But the most famous Princeton gargoyle resides in the graduate college. Called the “Joy Ride,” it shows a young man, assumedly a student, driving away in a car with his date by his side. It was so famous, it was even the subject of its own New York Times article back in 1927:


And here it is, in all its glory, courtesy of Princeton Alumni Weekly:

If you want to read more about many of these gargoyles, you should check out this book, lined to here as a pdf:

This decade-old, illustrated map of literary Princeton shows exactly where in Princeton famous authors and poets had lived at some point in their lives. For privacy reasons, the map doesn’t contain any drawings or addresses of the homes of authors who were living in town at the time. Current faculty were represented by campus buildings. Household names like Toni Marrison, Paul Mundoon, and JCO have arrows pointing to 185 Nassau Street, East Pyne is associated with John McPhee, Robert Fagles, and Clarence Brown, and F. Scott Fitzgerald points to Cottage Club.

Here’s a contemporary (and somewhat creepier) tour that includes what some of the homes on the original map look like now. If you don’t know some of the writers, the names are very google-able.

14 Alexander Street
T.S. Elliot resided in the modest home, with the two white columns, on the left.

William Faulkner lived in this odd, flattened house at 85 Elm Rd.

Thomas Mann (Death in Venice) hung out in this beautiful home at 65 Stockton Street.

For 1 Evelyn Place, we have Hermann Broch (Austrian writer, The Death of Virgil) and Erich Kahler from Prague. Broch passed away in New Haven while Kahler chose Princeton as his final resting place.

Poet John Berryman lived in what are now grad student apartments on Prospect Ave. Hopefully with friends?

Allen Tate, a poet of the American South, at 16 Linden Lane, out of his natural habitat.

Caroline Gordon, novelist and literary critic, had lived at 145 Ewing Street.

You can complete the tour on Google Maps, or go for a run and find the homes yourself. Maybe inspiration will strike as it did these great writers.


*Note: the addresses that the Google Streetview images read do not necessarily match the ones I’ve listed – just a glitch! They are the right homes we’re looking it!

This map was made by Aaron S. Madsen, Class of 1994, for the Council of the Humanities, where it remains.



CORRECTION: As of 2/34, 1:30 AM – “enormous house on Prospect” was changed to “what are now grad student apartments.” Please excuse the error.


The Weekly Roundup, Edition 2

Feb 15 – Feb 22

This week in Press Club…

New York Times: At Princeton, Women Make Strides at Clubs That Once Barred Them - Spencer Parts

“But this week, Tiger Inn made news of a different sort: For the first time since the university began admitting women in 1969, it elected a woman, Grace Larsen, as its president. Ivy Club, the oldest eating club, recently elected its second female president, Eliza Mott. Ivy and Tiger Inn were the last two clubs to admit women, and only did soon after a 1990 court order. Women are in charge at four of the clubs, the highest total since 2002 and three more than last year.”

Planet Princeton: Princeton People: Courtney Banghart, on and off the Court - Logan Sander

Courtney Banghart has hitchhiked through Alaska, taught high school biology, bungee-jumped in Switzerland, and just finished reading “American Sniper.” She is also currently the coach of the only undefeated team in the NCAA Women’s Basketball League right now.

The Times of Trenton: Ex-Health Secretary Sebelius Says Obamacare Good for Individuals, Economy - Alexandra Markovich

The Affordable Care Act has been good not only for individuals who now have affordable care, but also for the economy, according to Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Princeton Packet:  Queen Noor of Jordan receives Woodrow Wilson Award - Tammy Tseng

Woodrow Wilson Award Recipient Queen Noor of Jordan spoke about the importance of nonviolent and international understanding as the key to modern peace at Princeton University’s 100th Alumni Day celebration.

Princeton Alumni Weekly: Student Dispatch: ‘It’s Hard Being a Student Journalist,’ Editor Says – Because of Other Students - Jean Wang

When Marcelo Rochabrun ’15 became the top editor of The Daily Princetonian last year with plans for “more aggressive” reporting, he was expecting a sometimes-thorny relationship with the Princeton administration. What he found, however, was that the students were the hardest to work with.

Princeton Alumni Weekly: Wintersession 2015: Plenty of Learning, Packed Into a Week – Photos by Mary Hui

The Princeton Hidden Minority Council (PHMC), a group of students dedicated to eradicating the stigma around students identifying as first-generation or low-income, has created a new project this January to help further its goal: “Thoughts.”

The Thoughts Campaign asks a simple question: What goes on in the minds of low-income or first-generation students on a campus that is known for its abundance of wealth and wealthy students? The PHMC has been talking to students who identify as low-income or first-generation, then posting their pictures along with thought bubbles representing their experiences on campus.!thoughts/zoom/cvzq/i31ama

The pictures can be found on PHMC’s blog and Facebook page as well as on posters around campus.

Brittney Watkins, one of two co-chairmen of the council, said that the campaign’s purpose is to shed light on Princeton’s socio-economically disadvantaged community and to make sure that those students do not feel alone.

“[The] PHMC Thoughts campaign helps to spread dialogue about first-generation and low-income students, and while we cannot fully convey all of the obstacles that they face, it just gives people a little taste,” she said.

Watkins explained that the PHMC and this campaign aim to bring attention to a minority status that is not physically recognizable, hence the name “Hidden” Minority Council. Other students on campus, she said, don’t always think about the financial situations of others, but that for the people who are disadvantaged, thoughts about finances are common.

“As a low-income first generation student, these thoughts plague you throughout your everyday routine,” she said. “At a place like Princeton, not everyone is comfortable coming out and saying that they are low-income or first-generation because […] you’re in a world or an environment where there is just such extravagance.”

Though the project is aimed at spreading discussion to the campus on a larger scale, Watkins said that the project also helps those who participate in it.

“For the people who are participating in the campaign, it kind of empowers and allows them to take ownership of their identity and say ‘Yeah, these are the obstacles I face while I am here, but I’m pursuing on despite this,’” she said.

‘Tis the season, apparently, of dining hall closings. Forbes Director of Student Life Mellisa Thompson notified students earlier today by email that the Forbes dining hall will be “closed until further notice.” This comes only a few days after the Center for Jewish Life briefly closed its dining hall due to a pipe burst.

The causes for the two closings are unrelated, though the one-two punch is sure to leave students out cold as Forbesians in particular will have to venture to other dining halls in these final Winter weeks.

In a later email announcement, Dean of Forbes Patrick Caddeau explained that the closing was in response to reports earlier this week of a student with a suspected case of the measles. “The University is immediately sending home workers in other dining halls on campus who might possibly have been exposed to measles,” Dean Caddeau wrote. To deal with the lower staff numbers, Forbes workers will cover shifts in other dining halls.

“At this point, there are no reports of anyone falling ill with the virus, but this is a necessary precautionary measure,” Caddeau wrote.

UPDATE: The Whitman College dining hall, Frick Chemistry Café, and Studio ’34 will also be closed for all meals on Friday, February 20th. The Whitman College Office notified students that dining hall closings will continue, with some opening and others closing in daily shifts: “Based on the availability of their staff, Campus Dining will be making decisions daily about which Dining Halls will be open. We will provide you with this information on a daily basis,” the email read.

Forbes College, in a more beautiful time of year


Since the end of 2014, construction noise from the Arts and Transit Neighborhood has died down around Forbes College, making room for a different kind of music: geese. A gaggle of about 60 can be spotted on the lake and manicured lawns of the Princeton golf course, day and night.

“They make a lot of noise,” Forbes College Building Superintendent Toni Cifelli said, adding that geese and robins seem to have settled at Forbes unusually early this year. “I think it’s because people feed them.”

Forbes students whose rooms face onto the golf course said they began noticing the geese several weeks ago, and that the birds are surprisingly active.

“It seems like they’re always awake. I don’t think they ever sleep,” Neamah Hussein ’17 explained, adding that they are particularly loud in the morning.

“I hate the geese,” Sam Harris ’17 said. “You can hear them all night.”

Check out the music from within a Forbes room, windows closed…



- AW

When the Prince first interviewed Will Gansa regarding his campaign to become president of USG, he was joined by friend and adviser Nick Horvath, who identified himself as Gansa’s press secretary, a position invented by Horvath on the spot.

Horvath is now USG’s Director of Communications. He was appointed to the position last month.

His press experience, or rather his leadership of the Gansa campaign more generally, made him a standout to Ella Cheng, the current USG President who defeated Gansa in the runoff election, she said.

She was shocked by the success of the Gansa campaign, and saw it as an imperative to shake things up, she added. She thinks Horvath will bring that new perspective, building a stronger connection between USG and the student body, and that he will give her his honest take on what USG is doing. But she added that USG did an extra interview with him, to make sure that he was “taking the responsibility seriously.”

He was introduced to the rest of the group as the “king of waffle fries,” during their annual retreat.

Nick Horvath ’17, in his Facebook profile picture.

Horvath agreed with Cheng that the recent election indicated a need for the group to change course, and he said he wanted to be part of it.

“If a joke candidate can win by 13% of the vote, either you didn’t do anything or people think you didn’t do anything,” he said.

He thinks it is, for the most part, the latter. “There’s a lot of important stuff going on,” he said.

Horvath is not the political outsider that Gansa was. He interned with a Congressman in Colorado and worked as a legislative aide for Colorado State Sentor Morgan Carroll. Last year he ran, unsuccessfully, to be one of the Class of 2017’s representatives in the USG Senate.

So far, Horvath has primarily been occupied with picking members for the communications team that he will lead, a responsibility that previously was not given to the Director of Communications.  He has also been advertising USG referenda and initiatives on his Facebook page. There are other developments in store – Cheng said USG will be rolling out a new website in March.

And as for bike reform, it appears to have also made an impression on USG leaders. “Bike safety, repairs, and rentals,” is among the projects on the docket for the USG 2015 Senate.

Bikes inexplicably piled in the Holder Courtyard. A call for reform?


The Center for Jewish Life (CJL) dining room will be temporarily closed after a frozen pipe burst in the dining room.

The Northeastern cold spell has left its mark on the Center For Jewish and may affect the state of your stir fry

On Tuesday, the CJL staff will be serving a limited menu of options with limited spacing available downstairs, according to emails obtained by The University Press Club.  It is yet unclear how long the main dining hall may remained closed but it is possible that the repairs may last for several days. However, lovers of stir fry need not despair too much — the CJL dining hall should be up and running in due time. At least according to emails obtained by the University Press Club.

Updates will be posted as the CJL informs the Press Club on the state of the repairs.