21 Questions with… Jordan Culbreath ’10


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Name: Jordan Culbreath ‘10
Age: 21
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Falls Church, VA
Eating club/residential college/affiliation: University Cottage Club

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Phat Lady and Cheese Fries

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
I visit the doctor, relax, and work on my senior project.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Phat Lady and Cheese Fries

What’s the last student performance you saw?
Our Documentary Theatre performances for my writing seminar

Do you know all the words to Old Nassau?
Most of them

What do you hate most about Princeton?
Attendance at athletic events

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Princeton FML Sort of Sucks. FML.

Remember that post a few weeks ago about the impending Princeton FML site? Well, it’s here, and so far the posts have been less than stellar.

Look, college-specific FML sites are a great idea. The best moments on sites like FML come when you’re nodding your head while you’re laughing, because the comment rings true. And having a common set of experiences to draw from should mean more of these moments.

But too many of the posts are hyper-generic, in the mold of, “I’m a Princeton student and have a lot of work. FML.” It seems like people are using Princeton FML as a place for mundane complaints, which fundamentally misses the point. FML is meant to celebrate the absurd moments, the times when life gets so ridiculously bad that you can’t help but laugh. And we, in turn, get to laugh with you, a wonderful combination of cathartic venting and schadenfreude at its very finest.

It’s still early, and the rate at which people are posting is a good sign – the more we post, the better we’ll get at FML. And we’re really looking forward to the inevitable moment when we’ll be able to identify the author of a particularly funny FML. But for now, there are only a couple real gems in the otherwise lackluster crop so far.

Our favorites after the jump.

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Mr. Ohlendorf goes to Washington

3442058458_e80387d525_bWelcome back to campus, Inkblots!  It’s been lonely without you.

If you’re at all like me (and don’t worry, you’re probably not), you spent at least one sad hour of your break realizing how you’ve already missed the application deadlines for, like, twenty awesome summer internships.  And now you’ve resolved to really buckle down and begin the hunt for that perfect (unpaid) placement.

If you need some inspiration, consider Ross Ohlendorf ’05.  He’s probably a lot busier than you — he pitches for the Pittsburgh Pirates and helps run his family’s longhorn cattle ranch in Texas.  And yet he still found the time to snag himself a coveted Washington internship with the US Department of Agriculture.  The AP reports:

Ohlendorf, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds, shares a small office with another USDA employee. His work is mainly focused on animal identification — the nationwide tracking system intended to pinpoint an animal’s location after a disease is discovered.

Sweet deal, right?  Well, this internship can be yours once Ohlendorf reports to Spring Training.  Send in your application today!  Do keep in mind, however, that unlike Ohlendorf you’re probably not gonna also get to travel around with Michelle Obama talking up heathy eating during your time in DC.  Unless you can prove to the White House that you, too, can hurl a baseball 95 screaming miles per hour.

Twitter catch-up: Hard feelings edition

So because I’ve been in Oxford for something like three months now, and am completely out of touch with Princeton (and much of America), I turn, sometimes, to a trusted news source to catch up on things orange and black:

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I jest. To some degree. (Come on, it’s hard finding legit campus news from across an ocean.)

Today, it seems there’s a lot of hubbub over a basketball game with GW, as you can see by a post from one wisemana.

Seemed alright with me, except… Well, it seems a lot of the Twitter-ers aren’t cheering for any Tigers. And then there’s this GW guy, who “got rejected by Princeton five years ago” and would like to see GW “beat the hell out of” us tonight. Glad to see he’s over it.

Nonie Darwish speaks!

Well, writes, actually – about being disinvited from Princeton.  Read it here.

An excerpt:

I understand why Jewish groups disinvited me after Muslim pressure, since they are the ones who must live daily with Muslim groups who can make life unpleasant….

By stifling free speech, shaming speakers of the truth and calling them names, we allow tyranny to win. Fear tactics has worked for centuries in the Muslim world; now it is spreading like cancer in U.S. institutions of higher learning.

Sophomore Runs for President; Princeton Forgets to Tell Freshmen No One Cares About USG

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The USG just released the list of candidates running in the winter 2009 elections (full list here). A couple quick things worth noting about this year’s candidate pool:

The majority of positions will not be contested!

Seven positions (ULC Chair, Academics Chair, Treasurer, and both Senate seats for the classes of 2011 and 2012) have only one candidate running. This is going to make it really tricky for the USG to mess up these specific elections. But if anyone can do it, the USG can!

A sophomore is running for USG President!

Michael Yaroshefsky ’12 is one of four candidates running for USG President, but he’s the only one who isn’t a junior. Leslie-Bernard Joseph ’06 was famously defeated when he ran his sophomore year and won his junior year.*

The entire freshman class is running for Senator!

Not really. But 19 candidates are running, more than all the candidates running for all the other positions combined! It seems like this happens every year – lots of kids run, lots of hopes and dreams get smashed, and the crushing inevitability of incumbency begins its slow and deliberate process.

The take-away? Unless you’re a freshman or passionate about the presidency and vice-presidency, your vote isn’t really going to matter. You will, however, get to use the super-sweet new voting system, which for us is incentive enough. Yay democracy!

*Correction: An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly stated that Leslie-Bernard Joseph ’06 had won the presidency in his sophomore year.

(image source: http://artupton.com/newtom/newsflashes/images/voting_booth.gif)

IN PRINT: A treasury of French images for youngsters

If you only ever venture into Firestone because of an awkwardly-scheduled precept, here’s another reason to visit the library. It might not be as compelling as that participation grade, but the Cotsen Children’s Library at Firestone is currently exhibiting a rare collection of French prints for children from the nineteenth century–before the age of TinTin and the Smurfs.

The exhibition, at the library’s Milberg Gallery, offers a glimpse of a relatively unknown period of the popular French art form known as “Images d’Épinal” after the city where the illustrations were first printed. In many ways a precursor to the modern comic strip, many prints feature several images that together tell a story.

One visitor, 11-year-old Corie Borgarhoff, who attended the exhibition with her aunt, said she enjoyed the art and that it reminded her of the modern comic strips she saw in the newspaper. Her favorite: the whimsical cartoon of “the scientist who puts on his lab coat and it becomes puffy, and he flies away.”

To read about the collection, visit Centraljersey.com.

On the Tory’s Gender-Neutral housing issue

2276524796_e3f35f976a_bThings I’m thankful for this November: British electropop, $2 eggrolls at the U-Store, and The Princeton Tory.

Passion at Princeton thrills me. Students here are often accused of being apathetic; Tory writers are anything but.  No subject is too large or too small for the publication to take on. Any brutal assault on our moral heritage is one brutal assault too many.

Sometimes, though, I do wish they knew when to pull back.  I’m big on seeing Princetonians succeed; I’m a sucker for dreams come true.  So let me give this advice: if Tory editors want to someday become top Republican strategists – Uber-Roves who usher in an age of permanent GOP majorities – then they’ve got to learn not to make silly tactical mistakes like devoting practically an entire magazine to the non-issue of gender-neutral housing.

I’m reminded of the Mormon Church’s recent decision to support a Salt Lake City ordinance outlawing “discrimination against gay men and lesbians in housing and employment.”  Why was this a great move?  Because now the church can more convincingly say, “We didn’t oppose Prop 8 because we’re unreasonably anti-gay – look at our support for the Salt Lake City law!  Nope, we just want to protect traditional marriage.  What’s so wrong about that?”

Lesson: Concede something small and unimportant to gain a big and very important tactical advantage. Gender-neutral housing?  Not that big of a deal.  Really.  Here’s why:

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Things I Wish Would Happen While I’m Eating Lunch…

…A musical number from Les Miserables, of course!

Well, actually, no.

But still, as this Youtube video (via Yale Daily News) attests, it was pretty epic when it happened during lunch in Davenport College (one of Yale’s 12 residential colleges). The clip shows a group of students spontaneously belting out a rendition of “One Day More” as a fight between Harvard and Yale, in light of Saturday’s Harvard-Yale football game (Harvard won). The production even included brass and string instruments!

When can we expect something similar to happen in Rocky dining hall? It would be EPIC and would definitely pump me up for the rest of the day. Perhaps the two opposing sides could be students and grade deflation? That’s the closest thing I can come up with that can be considered our rival.

Yalies even produced their own version of “Where The Wild Things Are” with the Yale football team (complete with Arcade Fire, of course!). It’s pretty hilarious, and it definitely beats Yale’s traditional “Bladderball” event, which was just bizarre. The video after the jump:

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Princeton Rhodes Scholars Over the Years

With today’s news that Henry Barmeier ’10 has been selected as the sole Rhodes Scholar from Princeton, the total tally of Princetonian Rhodes Scholars now stands at 193. Harvard, where five students were named Rhodes Scholars this year, has the highest total number with 328, followed by Yale with 219 (two Elis were selected this year).

Here’s a look at the number of Princetonian Rhodes Scholars over the past nine years:

Rhodes Scholars Graph

(source: dailyprincetonian.com, princeton.edu)

Princeton Fires Football Coach

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Princeton has fired head football coach Roger Hughes, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Hughes was 47-52 during his ten year tenure at Princeton. The Tigers finished this season 4-6 after beating Dartmouth Saturday.

Princeton went 9-1 in 2006, winning the Ivy League. But Hughes had only two other winning seasons since coming to Princeton in 2000.

Athletic Director Gary Walters said he would meet with Hughes to figure out the now ex-coach’s role as he finishes his contract, according to the statement released by the Princeton Athletic Department.

Stay tuned for the new-coach search. Last we checked, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, P ’08 ’10, was still looking for a job…

(image source: http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/new_jersey/20091122_ap_princetonfiresfootballcoachrogerhughes.html)

IN PRINT: Kindles Suck!

Okay, we’re all getting pretty sick of the same old Kindle story: it sucks! But here’s one more anyway. Sorry!

Over the summer, I received an unexpected e-mail from the University about my upcoming “Civil Society” seminar with Professor Stanley Katz.

Would I like to receive a $489 Kindle DX e-reader at no cost — and keep it after the course ends? Would I like to have my course books downloaded onto the device for free? It was like Christmas in July…

Read more over at the PAW.