Runoff!: Vice-President, hummus on ballot

Elections redux: USG commander-in-chief Yaro this afternoon sent the student body a link to the runoff vote for next year’s USG vice-president and for the hotly contested hummus referendum.

First up, sophomore Catherine Ettman faces off against junior Austin Lewis Hollimon in the runoff for USG vice-president. Second on the ticket, the ballot introduces a referendum, presented by the Princeton Committee on Palestine, that reads as follows:

On behalf of the student body, the USG will make a formal recommendation to University Dining Services that it offers an alternative to Sabra Hummus in all University retail locations.

If you haven’t been following the debate surrounding the hummus referendum, you can read up on it here.

Cast your votes here and read candidate statements here; elections run through Wednesday.

The Future of Investigative Journalism

rukeyser-finalAre you concerned about the changing landscape of journalism? Do you wonder where the Woodwards and Bernsteins of our day are? Interested in efforts to “free” up creative content? Have we got the lecture for you.

Join the University Press Club for its annual Louis R. Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series, featuring Paul Steiger, president of Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and former managing editor of the Wall Street journal.  At 4:30 pm Tuesday, November 30th in McCosh 10, Steiger will give his take on the “future of investigative reporting.”

ProPublica is an “independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.” As newspapers cut budgets, foundation-funded news organizations like ProPublica are stepping in to fill the investigative journalism gap.  ProPublica’s innovative model allows its reporters follow stories for years on end — and all resulting articles can be freely distributed under a Creative Commons license (indeed, ProPublica’s website encourages readers to “steal its stories”).

The Louis R. Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series seeks to promote interest in the pursuit of journalism and to raise awareness of the role of the media in society. The event is co-sponsored by the USG.

Some Ambitious Freshmen Are Running for USG

After an unpublicized amendment to USG election policy, freshmen can now run for sophomore class senator. Yay for elections functionality!!! Screenshot below.

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(To be fair, they didn’t appear on the actual ballot. [I would’ve voted for them.])

Dipping in controversy: A look at Princeton’s hummus debate

The troublemakers in the flesh. (image source:

The troublemakers in the flesh. (image source:

It all started with a chickpea.

Harmless, you say? Not so, the Princeton Committee on Palestine (PCP) retorts.

And the battle begins. If you haven’t heard about The Great Chickpea Debate that has consumed campus for the past week or so, read on. You might be confused as to what’s really being debated, what you’ll be voting on, or just what this means for your taste buds.

So let’s take a step back and look at what’s actually brought us here.

Round 1: The controversy begins with PCP’s concerns about the Strauss group, partial owner of Sabra, the company that manufactures all the hummus sold on campus. In a petition to ban Sabra hummus, PCP President Yoel Bitran ’11 writes,

Sabra is partially owned by the Strauss group, which is an Israeli company that has a history of supporting the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces. The Golani brigade is known as a particularly reckless one and has been accused by human rights organizations of numerous human rights violations…The Princeton Committee on Palestine objects to the fact that Sabra is the only hummus brand that is offered in most university stores, and that students who wish to eat this traditional Arab food are forced to buy a product that is connected to human rights abuses against Arab civilians.

PCP creates this “Boycott Sabra Hummus” event on November 14 and things start to heat up.

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USG voting opens today

In today’s “things to do for the ten minutes before you start studying again, so you can feel marginally productive”: USG voting begins today. You can read the candidate statements here, and cast your ballots here. (Seniors should check their email for a separate ballot link.)

You’ll be voting for USG President, Vice-President, Treasurer; Academics, Undergraduate Life, and Campus and Community Chairs; and your class senators.

For some reason, the Helios interface is vaguely satisfying to click through.

The Fate of Sabra Hummus Remains Uncertain

Hello late meal

Hello late meal.

All you eager consumers of this savory garbanzo/tahini union, know this: you might not be voting on the fate of Princeton hummus today. After an appeal on Sunday night, the PCP’s referendum may not appear on Monday as originally planned.

For the uninitiated, here’s a quick recap of The Great Hummus Debacle of 2010:

Currently, the only hummus served on campus is an American brand called Sabra, partially owned by the Israel-based Strauss Group. The Princeton Committee on Palestine (PCP) has claimed that Strauss Group is propagating human rights violations because they support the Israeli military. PCP created a petition for their cause and got over 200 student signatures — the amount required to get a referendum onto the USG ballot, where the entire student body can vote on it. The PCP’s referendum insisted that the USG issue a formal recommendation to Dining Services, asking them to provide alternative hummus options. It was cleared to appear on tomorrow’s ballot.

But no!

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Watching cells can be super trippy

Have you been staring at your textbook for too long? Gazing blindly at your computer at a blank document that is supposed to be an essay? Dreaming about Thanksgiving break? If you want a quick break that you can pretend is studious, look no further: molecular animation! These animated videos of cellular life are super trippy. They may not help you study for your MOL 215 midterm, but perhaps they’ll give you a new-found appreciation for the cell.

This one depicts white blood cells attacking diseases.

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Dreams do come true: Bent Spoon is hiring!

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How many times have you gazed into the eyes of a Bent Spoon employee as he hands you a sample of coconut sorbet and thought to yourself, man, this guy has the best job in the world?

How many years have you spent wishing you were at Bent Spoon rather than in your room/your carrel/the dining hall/the Firestone B-floor?

How many banana whips does it take before you know that you just really need to be around that juicer all day? (2)

The Press Club does many things, but one of our favorites is making your dreams come true. So I’m here to say that…Bent Spoon is hiring!

According to their website, that delicious shop of delicious delicious goodies wants to hire “future super-special full & part-time spoonies that will be able to commit through the end of May/into the summer starting the end of March, 2011.”

Are you that person? Download an application here.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Drag Kicklines, A Cappella, and More

73111_10150310883250492_768420491_16082699_7903694_nNearly to Thanksgiving, guys! Here are some great events to help you through that final pre-Turkey Day stretch…if you’re not rushing off campus to relish Harry Potter with all due nerdiness, that is.

  • Up this Friday and Saturday only, Princeton Triangle Club’s 120th annual fall show, Family Feudalism, is not to be missed. Billed in their press release as “Triangle’s first-ever all-Medieval review,” it’s a show (we kid you not) entirely about castles, complete with time-honored drag kickline.  Do you really need more encouragement? The hardest part by far is getting tickets: they’re all sold out at Frist, so stop by McCarter Theatre’s box office tomorrow if you want a shot at standing room.  Matthews Theater at McCarter Theatre Center, 8pm November 19-20. Tickets $8, student events eligible.

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Triangle: Staying Sassy While Minding Their Manors

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In the distance, when the light is just right and the wind is tousling their bright blonde wigs, they really do kind of look like cheerleaders.

It also helps if you squint. A lot.

They are the men of Princeton University’s Triangle Club, and they are advertising their 120th annual original musical production by taking their playful crossdressing to the streets – and your classrooms.

According to the Triangle website, their current show, Family Feudalism, features “hot tunes, high kicks, and heraldic ha-ha’s [that] are sure to lay siege to your funny bone.”

The show is this Friday and Saturday evening at 8 p.m. at McCarter Theatre. Tickets are $10 each, unless you saved that handy 2-for-1 ticket you got in your Frist mailbox. Student Events Eligible.

21 Questions with… Jane Randall ’12


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Name: Jane Randall
Age: 20
Major: History
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Eating club/residential college affiliation: Cottage

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Anything post-Street.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Radio Disney

What’s your favorite article of clothing (that you own)?
Anything purple.

What’s the last student performance you saw?
The [Shakespeare] production that was put on in the New Butler amphitheater last year. I could see it all from my room.

What’s the best place on campus for a photoshoot?
Cuyler – I think Ralph Lauren actually shot an ad in the courtyard two summers ago.

What makes you laugh?
South Park.

What makes you cry?
The idea of actually working one day.

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