University Press Club is the only organization on campus to offer you the chance to work for real newspapers and magazines, to get paid for your writing, and to make connections with the “who’s who” of the journalism world.

This week, we’re kicking off our annual Candidates Period, a three-month application process to join the club. During Candidates Period, we’ll teach you the basics of writing, reporting, and journalism ethics, and you’ll work one-on-one with our members to develop your writing skills.

To learn more about the Press Club and the Candidates Period, come to one of our two Open Houses in Frist 205:

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — 4:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 4 — 4:30 pm

In addition, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, right after our first open house at 5:30 pm, Mike Allen of Politico will speak about Politics in the Age of New Media. The event is located in McCormick 101.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying for the Press Club but cannot attend an information session, please e-mail us at pressclb@.

Candidates Period is open to freshmen and sophomores. No prior journalism experience is required! We’ll teach you everything you need to know over the course of the Candidates Period.




Nothing Ever Happens in Princeton?

Nothing ever happens in Princeton? With the tale of the U-Store employee accused of engaging in prostitution after hours spreading like wildfire comes the release of the University’s annual security report. Here are some highlights:

There were 30 instances of “burglary,” 16 “forcible sex offenses,” one “aggravated assault,” four “drug abuse violation arrests,” and three cases of “illegal weapons possession judicial referrals” on the main campus in 2011.

Regarding the fire reports (in undergraduate and graduate buildings), there were 16 fires in 2011, some of which were “fires in a trash can” (3), “burnt food in a microwave” (3), and, my favorite, “paper towels in an oven” in Joline. Good thing there wasn’t a question about combustion on the Princeton college app…

Politics in the Age of New Media

How will the changing landscape of journalism affect this year’s election coverage? How do you stay one step ahead November’s non-stop political news cycle? Mike Allen, chief political reporter for Politico, author of the daily “Playbook,” and “The Man the White House Wakes Up To” will be coming to campus to discuss political reporting in the age of new media in light of the upcoming election. Come discuss politics, journalism, and the daily e-mail that runs Washington D.C. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the University Press Club as part of the annual Louis Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series.

Dates and times:
Rukeyser lecture: 10/2 at 5:30 in McCormick 101
Open houses: 10/2 and 10/4 at 4:30 in Frist 205
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.

In Honor Of Tilghman’s Retirement, a Wordle Retrospective

You’ve all probably heard the news by now: President Tilghman will be leaving us at the end of the year, ending her 12-year term as Princeton’s first female president. Her announcement yesterday caused a media frenzy and a slew of related commentary. For a visual reflection of this response and of President Tilghman’s legacy, check out this wordle, based on the first two pages of hits for a Google search of “Shirley Tilghman”:

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21 Questions with … Dean Cecilia Rouse


Name:  Cecilia Elena Rouse
Hometown: Del Mar, CA

What did you do this summer?
I spent a good part of the summer with my family in France, Switzerland, and Prague.  We took a long overdue vacation.

What do you think are the most pressing policy issues, domestic and international, that we need to work on?
I believe that ensuring public institutions (of all kinds) are structured adequately for our changing population and the increasingly global economy is key, especially as we continue recovering from the Great Recession.  I’m thinking of not only of reform of our entitlement programs and provision of education and health care, but also of the various policies in place that affect the business environment.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
There are too many wonderful Princetonians to choose from.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
My husband’s chicken with black beans and rice.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
At the moment, as dean I’m spending a lot of time listening.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Watching bad movies.

What is the one thing you want to change the most about Princeton/WWS?
More places to go for lunch and dinner.

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Princeton vs. Georgetown: Mitt Romney and Call Me Maybe

In case you missed the last 5,000 emails about the football tailgate at Frist (um since when does a tailgate include an inflatable obstacle course?), the Princeton vs. Georgetown game was yesterday evening. Here are two videos from the halftime show (because we’re not so into the actual football part either).

Yes, the band did just make fun of Mitt Romney. I think they’re in the formation of a stick figure man. Hangman anyone?

And, of course, no halftime show is complete without “Call Me Maybe”:


The Woman Behind the Piano: The Frist Piano Player

You’ve definitely heard her piano, but probably not her voice. (For the record, she has a cool German-British-Chinese accent.) UPC sits down with the Frist piano player again, but this time it’s a girl—Sophie Zhang, a post-year grad student in physics who interrupts your studies plays in Frist every day:

Why do you play at Frist?

Not many people can hear you, or at least they’re not paying attention, so it’s a good place to practice or do anything.

But doesn’t it take a lot of guts to play in one of the most popular places on campus?

Not really. Piano is something I’m comfortable playing in front of a lot of people.

What are your favorite pieces to play at Frist? Do you change up your repertoire according to your mood?

I don’t know that many pieces so it’s the same thing every day.

If you could play anywhere in the world, where would you play?

If I were really good, I’d say something like Carnegie Hall, but I don’t really care. I like Frist because it’s nice playing in front of people, even if they aren’t really listening. Also, you’re taking a lot of notes.

I know, I’m a journalist. Anyway, how do you respond to all the criticisms about “the annoying Frist piano player”?

Really? I’ve never heard anything.

During Dean’s Date, especially, people studying in Frist will complain about it or post something on PrincetonFML… in a joking manner, of course.

Well, Frist isn’t a particularly quiet space, so A) if no one is playing the piano themselves, they wouldn’t mind me taking up the space and B) I’m—hopefully—not really bad and creating excruciating pain to everyone around me.

Quidditch: The Real Clash of the Colleges

Welcome back to the land of the Weather Machine! Good thing the Machine was working, since it’s the last of the great outdoors many of us will get to enjoy once classes start and we start holing up in the depths of Firestone. And what a perfect day for the sixth annual Campus Rec Quidditch Tournament between the residential colleges.

The final match was between Butler and Mathey, and ended when both teams made sprints for Cat Lambert ’15, a rugby player acting as the golden snitch. Sara Ronde ’16, a track runner in Mathey, chased Lambert around Alexander Hall and finally caught her, leading Mathey to victory. “I didn’t even know what the seeker was and they were just like, ‘Run!’ and I said, ‘I can do that.'”

[caption id="attachment_13228" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Following the capture of the snitch, the Golden Broom was formally passed from Whitman College, last year’s champion, to the Mathey team.[/caption]

Spencer Caton ’14, Ronde’s RCA, couldn’t have been prouder. “She’s got great things ahead of her,” he predicted. “You grow up watching Quidditch on TV and you try and practice…This match was where practice meets dedication and dedication meets mastery. All together, that makes the Golden Broom.”

“It looks funny to be running around with a pool noodle between your legs,” admitted Matt Frawley, Director of Student Life for Mathey and also the coordinator of the frosh-week Quidditch match. But the games are “a lot of fun” and are great for building college loyalty and for having some good, silly fun before classes begin. While admittedly happy that Mathey came out as the champions, Frawley is still looking for Wilson College to take home the Golden Broom–Wilson is the only college without a title, and he’ll root for them next year so long as they’re not facing Mathey in the finals.