21Questions with…Alec Egan ’13


Name: Alec C. Egan
Hometown: Abilene, Texas
Major: History
Club and Residential College Affiliation: The Illustrious Cap and Gown Club and The Woodrow Wilson College of Destiny

What did you do this past summer? Bench, Squat, Clean.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional? Dr. Jon Osterman

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton? Lamb BLT and an Oatmeal Cookie Stout from Triumph

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day? Run head first into things, sometimes school work, sometimes food, sometimes doors, but mostly people.

Favorite spot in Cap? Kegerator

What club did you think you’d be in as a freshman and why? Cottage

What is your greatest guilty pleasure? Restaurant Impossible

If you could change one thing about Princeton, what would it be? Proximity to fast food

What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed? Texas Flag

What is your biggest fear? Global shortage of steak

Favorite class you’ve taken? Toss up between SOC 250: Western Way of War and HIS 400: Winston Churchill, Anglo-America and the Special Relationship

What’s your drink? Whiskey-Dr. Pepper

What’s your personal anthem? Fat-Bottomed Girls

Who is your mortal enemy? Walter Snook

When’s bedtime? I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Best memory in your club? Kitchen Parties

Worst memory in your club? Well if I remembered it, it wouldn’t be the worst

Which club do you frequent the most besides your own? Cottage, Cloister and Cannon.

In 25 years, you will be… either in the white house or a white castle

What makes someone a Cap member? Food obsession, conversation proliferation, and love of relaxation

What makes someone a Princetonian? “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us” – Winston Churchill


Pton Compliments Spreads Happiness

There’s nothing like a compliment to brighten up your day, right? A new project called Pton Compliments hopes to “spread some love” via Facebook compliments, according to its Facebook page (“Pton Compliments”), which was created on Thursday.

Pton Compliments was inspired by a similar project started at Queen’s University, and the phenomenon has spread to Harvard, Yale, McGill, Columbia, Wash U, Stanford, Penn and William & Mary, among others.

So how does it work? Submit a compliment/shout-out for a fellow Princeton student here and then it will be published anonymously on the Pton Compliments page. The recipient of the compliment gets tagged in the post (once he/she accepts Pton Compliments’ friend request). And happiness is spread. Happy complimenting!

Bonfire In Our Near Future!

Although rumor has it a few Yale pranksters snuck onto campus a week ago to spread some Bulldog mischief the night before the football game (see evidence below), it didn’t stop us from destroying their team 29-7, a victory that secured for the Tigers the almost mythic celebratory Bonfire, unknown to Princeton students of the last 6 years.


This Saturday, on the cusp of the winter season, Princetonians will gather ’round Cannon Green to bask in the warmth of athletic glory and school pride.

For a taste of what’s to come check out footage from the 1926 fire and the 2006 fire. (And if you still aren’t excited, a little USG propaganda should do the trick).

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Weekend Arts Roundup, November 15-18

We know, we know: we’ve got some serious bonfiring to do this weekend, along with all of the raucous revelry that a bonfire requires.  But when you’re not celebrating around Cannon Green this weekend, there are a host of exciting arts events in store.  And hey, let’s be real: do any of your professors actually expect you to do legitimate work the weekend before Thanksgiving? (Note: lots of arts events are actually starting at 8:30pm on Saturday night instead of at 8pm to reflect the night’s festivities. Be sure to check online for updates or call ahead!)

First step: check out last week’s Arts Roundup for some great two-weekend events, including theater productions from Theatre Intime the Lewis Center for the Arts.  Next, check out this weekend’s newest offerings below:

  • Tickets are going like wildfire (or like bonfire, ammirite?) the Princeton Triangle Club‘s newest show, Tree’s Company: Forest’s a Crowd!, which runs this Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8:30pm, and Sunday at 2pm.  It’s in the Matthews Theater at McCarter (the big one at the top of the hill), and tickets sell out fast, so get on it!  Click here for more.  They sell out of tickets at the Frist Box office extremely fast–as of this afternoon, they didn’t have any more for Friday night’s show–so your best bet is buying tickets directly from McCarter’s box office. You can purchase them in person during business hours, or order them via phone at 609-258-2787; couldn’t be easier.
  • Princeton South Asian Theatrics always presents a hilarious night of theater, and this year’s original offering, The Masala Chai Candidate, is sure to be no different!  Runs Thursday at 8pm and Saturday at 9pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theater: tickets are $7 for students, events eligible.  Click here for more. 
  • Now in its third year, the Princeton Opera Company presents its first full-scale opera (they’ve previously produced some terrific concerts of arias and operatic scenes), Meanwhile, Back at Cinderella’s.  With a stacked cast of talented performers, it’s sure to be an entertaining–and beautifully sung–take on the classic fairy tale.  November 15th at 8pm, Nov. 16th at 8 pm, Nov. 17th at 2 pm in Whitman Class of 1970 Theater.  Click here for more.


Bonfire in our Near Future?

Whether you’ll be attending the Yale game or not, hopefully you’re excited about the (very real) possibility of having a Bonfire (yes capital b) next week. Here’s a brief history of the Bonfire, according to the Princetoniana website:

The Bonfire used to celebrate baseball, not football, victories. And if you were a freshman, well, you had to do some of the grunt work; freshmen were tasked with gathering wood from the surrounding area. So current frosh, start looking for wood now. I mean Hurricane Sandy already did most of the work for you…

An additional feature of the Bonfire celebration used to include an effigy of John Harvard and/or a Yale Bulldog.

From 1950 until 1966, the University had seven bonfires. But since then, there have only been four. Here is proper protocol for the Bonfire, according to Sam Howell ’50:

  • Schedule the Bonfire for the Thursday or Friday following the Yale Game, and treat it as both a Big Three celebration and a rally for the season finale.
  • Assign the Freshman Class to collect scrap lumber, crates, and pallets from University workers, town merchants, and other local sources.
  • Seat a stuffed bulldog in the outhouse.
  • Begin the festivities by unleashing the Band to roust students from across campus.
  • At the foot of Blair Arch, hold a pep rally at which the head coach and team captain make brief remarks.
  • Follow the anointed flarebearers to Cannon Green for ignition.

The last Bonfire occurred in 2006. Come on, Tigers, time to crush Yale!

Weekend Arts Roundup: Theater, Dance, and A Cappella Galore

With the insanity of New Jersey’s doomsday weather this week (first a tropical storm, then a blizzard…where are the locusts?) comes a slew of exciting arts opportunities this weekend!  These next couple of weekends before Thanksgiving have a multitude of great shows and concerts in store, nearly all of which you can attend for free with your Student Events Eligible pass (a.k.a. a simple swipe of your prox).  Don’t delay–these babies are sure to sell out fast!

  • Tonight, the Princeton Katzenjammers present a one-night-only musical extravaganza of co-ed a cappella.  If their great vocalizing isn’t enough to tempt you, the night’s also featuring a performance by former KJ Ben Taub ’14, fresh from his stint on NBC’s  The Voice.  11pm Thursday night, Theatre Intime.  Click here for more.
  • This weekend only, the Princeton University Players present Nine, a sexy musical directed by sophomore Eamon Foley ’15.  Song, dance, leggy ladies with great pipes: who could ask for more?  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street.  Click here for more.
  • You won’t want to miss eXpressions Dance Company‘s electrifying fall show, Uprising.  Tickets go fast for this one-weekend event, so get ’em while you can!  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theater.  Click here for more.
  • This weekend and next, Theatre Intime presents the hair-rasing comic thriller Wait Until Dark, directed by sophomore Mike Pinsky ’15.  8pm Thursday-Saturday for two weekends in Theatre Intime, with a 2pm matinee next Saturday (11/17).  Click here for more.
  • All-Nighter with David Drew, Princeton’s only live late-night talk show, presents its second episode at 11pm this Friday in Frist.  The first show was a huge hit, so it’s definitely worth a watch!  Featuring guests Bruce Easop ’13 (USG president), Professor Sam Wang (election predictor extraordinaire), and singer-Songwriter Mark Watter ’14.  Click here for more.
  • The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater collaborates with the Department of Music to present its fall show extravaganza, Der Bourgeois Bigwig.  Chock full of hilarious hijinks from a talented team of actors, music from the University Orchestra, and stunning costumes and set, it’s a must-see.  Friday and Saturday at 8pm; next Thursday-Saturday at 8pm (11/9-10 and 11/15-17). Berlind Theater and McCarter Theater Center (across from the Dinky).  Click here for more.
  • This Friday only, the Princeton Tigressions present a great night of female a cappella at Richardson Auditorium for their biannual Jam.  It also features guest performances from BAC Dance and the Princeton Footnotes (male a cappella).  A terrific night of music and dance in a beautiful venue!  Click here for more.
  • This weekend only, Princeton Chinese Theatre presents Rhinoceros in Love, directed by Jianfei Chen ’15 and Liukun Wu ’15.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, with a 2pm Saturday matinee, in Whitman College’s Class of 1970 Theatre.  Click here for more.
  • As you plan your weekend’s viewing schedule, remember to snag tickets for the Princeton Triangle Club‘s newest show, Tree’s Company: Forest’s a Crowd!, which will run next Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday matinee (11/16-18).  It’s in the Matthews Theater at McCarter (the big one at the top of the hill), and tickets sell out fast, so get on it!  Click here for more. 

Princeton and the President: Election Day Roundup


So we’re all back to campus for the post-fall break grind, some of us a little worse for wear. To all who survived for days without electricity or heat, eating ramen and doing thesis reading by candlelight: RESPECT. To all who stayed on campus and experienced a full 3 traumatizing minutes of losing power: get out of the Bubble (please, let’s). To all who spent fall break on free class trips to Shanghai, Yellowstone, etc: don’t rub it in.

(Actually though, way to choose classes like a boss. May we all be so lucky in this semester‘s course selection.)

We know it’s hard getting back into the swing of things. But whether you’re pumped for classes, still fazed from the hurricane, or out celebrating Jersey-lloween right now, UPC wants to make sure you don’t miss out on the most crucial day of the week: Election Day! Voting time! The future of America in your hands! Princeton’s got loads of political activity lined up over the next few days, and we’ve compiled it all for you here:

  • VOTING. If you’re registered to vote on campus and didn’t read Dean Dunne’s email, check this campus map to see where you should cast your ballot tomorrow. Essentially everyone who lives on campus should be voting in Icahn Lab – unless you’re living in one of the eating clubs, in which case you’ll vote in the COS building by the Friend Center. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your prox!
  • Election Night. Whig-Clio is hosting a viewing party “extravaganza” from 7 p.m. on in Whig Hall. If you’re a die-hard Democrat or Republican, head to the basement or third floor respectively, where the College Dems and Republicans will be headquartered. If you’re more moderate or just intimidated by the aggressive political debater kids, show up for free stuff! They’ll have pizza, red and blue cupcakes, and free election themed drawstring backpacks from 7:30 on.

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21 Questions with…Ben Barron ’13


Name: Ben Barron
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Major: Comparative Literature
Club and Residential College Affiliation: Tiger Inn, Butler College

What did you do this past summer? Studied Spanish at Middlebury and convinced Comp Lit to fly me to Morocco.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional? T.A. Barron ’74

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton? Burgers and beers every Wednesday night

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day? Wonder what the phrase “free time” means.

Favorite spot in TI: Behind the bar.

What club did you think you’d be in as a freshman and why? The Glorious Tiger Inn. It’s full of people who like to have fun for the right reasons.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure? Playing folk music, especially if there’s a banjo involved.

If you could change one thing about Princeton, what would it be? Mountains. Big mountains.

What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed? Colorado flag, Montreux Jazz Festival poster, respectively.

What is your biggest fear? Sarah Palin.

Favorite class you’ve taken? Performance Studies.

What’s your drink? Fat Tire.

What’s your personal anthem? Dispatch’s “The General”.

Who is your mortal enemy? Jason Ramirez

When’s bedtime? June 2013.

Best memory in your club? Pickups weekend as a sophomore.

Worst memory in your club? Cleaning up after Lawnparties.

Which club do you frequent the most besides your own? I try to keep it an even spread, but I find myself at Cap and Terrace a lot.

In 25 years, you will be… Hopefully backpacking, traveling, and raising a family.

What makes someone a TI member? Let’s just say it’s self-selecting.

What makes someone a Princetonian? An unfathomable tolerance for songs like “Call Me Maybe” and “Party in the USA”