What’s that giant insect you hear? Yeah, it’s the Princeton Drone

If you hear what sounds like a humongous insect flying your way, it’s probably the drone being used by photographers to take aerial pictures of the campus for the admissions office. Although this drone isn’t being used to kill people (we hope), it’s still a pretty fancy flying machine. Using six horizontal propellers to fly, the drone has two cameras attached to it: one used to take pictures of the campus and the other used by the pilot to orient the drone. There are tons of wires and lights wrapped throughout its black frame, making it look like a giant flying  mechanical spider.

Below are close up pictures of the drone:

[caption id="attachment_14425" align="aligncenter" width="515"] You can see the 6 horizontal propellers used by the drone to fly. You can also see the lights attached to the drone so it can be seen from far away.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_14424" align="aligncenter" width="515"] The drone is coming down from one of its flights, getting ready to land on the ground.[/caption]


The UPC PreFrosh Class Guide: April 22-23

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Be excited. But be silent.[/caption]

Among the hundreds of things that prospective Princeton students can do when they visit campus, sitting in on real classes–with real professors and real, live Princeton students!–is up there with finding free food and oversigning yourself on club email lists.

But what if the class listed turns out to be a snooze-fest? (You missed ice-cream for this!) What if there’s some cool, super secret seminar that isn’t listed?

The Ink has identified its top recommendations of classes to drop into for this Welcome Week. Some might be listed on prefrosh brochures– others are not. But first, let’s lay some ground rules:

Prefrosh Classroom Etiquette 101

  • Don’t raise your hand to interrupt a lecture larger than 20 people.
  • Do reserve your questions for students and professors for after class.
  • Don’t attempt to argue with a professor. Don’t be that prefrosh. Just don’t.
  • Do (at least pretend to) be engaged.
  • Don’t walk in late because you were coming in from another lecture, lest you incur the prof’s wrath, NYU-style.
  • For smaller seminars, do ask the professor beforehand if it’s okay for you to sit in. Small seminars are often better for participating.
  • Don’t feel overwhelmed!
Top Picks For Pre-Frosh Week Courses:

COS 333: Advanced Programming Techniques
Instructor: Brian Kernighan
Details: Tues, 11am-12:20pm, Room: Peyton 145

Reason to go: Kernighan is an absolute legend in the programming world; he’s also very receptive to pre-frosh, so try and stick around after class if you can. See the Student Course Reviews: (1) “Must take before graduation especially if you’re planning on going into industry.” (2) “You owe it to yourself to take this class and learn about computer science from the legendary and truly delightful Brian Kernighan.” (3) “This class is amazing, it really is. The lectures are always stimulating and interesting. You’ll learn a lot throughout the semester. And Professor Kernighan brings a lot of interesting stories to the class.”

Warning: Knowledge of Computer Science required.

ECO 100: Introduction to Microeconomics
Instructor: Harvey S. Rosen
Details: Tues, 2:30pm-3:20pm, McCosh 50

Reason to go: Harvey Rosen is a huge deal both as an economist and as a professor — he was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors for George H.W. Bush, worked at the US Treasury, and taught Greg Mankiw (author of a popular intro econ textbook and professor at that one really old school in Cambridge, MA) “how to be an economist.” He’s a legendary lecturer, and ECO 100 is highly accessible to all, econ-inclined or otherwise.

Warning: Rosen is a very snarky lecturer — it’s both part of what makes him great and also what scares some students away. If you’re called on or singled out, don’t take it personally or too seriously! He gibes because he cares.

ECO 332: Economics of Health and Health Care

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="208"] Reinhardt, seen here rocking the Suit ‘n’ Tie CSPAN look.[/caption]

Instructor: Uwe E. Reinhardt
Details: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:50pm, Robertson Hall 100

Reason to go: Student Course Reviews: (1) “Take this course. If you’re American, take this course.” (2) “As I have told other students before, ‘If Uwe Reinhardt is teaching, ART 106: Watching Paint Dry, I’d take it! If Reinhardt is teaching a class, TAKE IT!” (3) “If you’re not an econ major be prepared to do extra reading on the side or rely on your econ friends to explain some of the economic concepts in the problem sets.” (4) “Overall only take it if you’re looking for a more relaxed course.”

Warning (not really): If anything, Reinhardt remains one of the most quotable professors on campus. For instance, on behavioral economics: “I’m a very risk averse person. I wear a belt…and suspenders.”

AMS 101: America, Then and Now
Instructors: Anne A. Cheng, Rachael Z. DeLue, Hendrik A. Hartog
Details: Tuesday, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm, McCosh 50

Reason to go: You get to hear the perspectives of three professors from different disciplines all talking about the same subject, America. For any patriotic Americans out there, this is the class for you. There’s also a lot of discussion about the evolution of American art, so also a great choice for artists.

Warning: It’s sometimes hard to understand one of the professors and there are often technical difficulties with slideshows.

JRN 440: The Literature of Fact: Narrative Writing
Instructor: Evan Thomas
Details: Tuesday, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Henry House 16

Reasons to go: As journalists, we may be biased, but journalism classes  are consistently among the highest rated at Princeton. Plus, Evan Thomas is a former Editor-at-Large of Newsweek (aka a complete boss) and a great instructor.

Warning: This is a 16-person class so there’s a chance you may not be able to sit in on this class. Write him a email beforehand or go to class early and ask Professor Thomas for permission to sit in.

ECO 363: Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions

Instructor: Yuliy V. Sannikov

Details: Tues, 11am-12:20pm, Frist 302

Reason to go: Preparation for your investment banking summer internship. Student Course Reviews: (1) “If you’re in any way interested in finance (as an academic or want to go to Wall St.), take this course. You will come out with a powerful, practical knowledge of the financial services industry, helpful for interviews, making money yourself, or just impressing people.” (2) “Overall you learn a lot about finance, capital structuring, options, valuation, and you should take it if you are at all interested. (3) “This course should really be offered BEFORE finance interviews, as you’ll know quite a bit of it already if you prepared well for said interviews beforehand. Having said that, it’s a great introduction to corporate finance.”

Warning: (4) “There are better courses you could be taking at Princeton.”

Other popular Princeton courses include:

PHI 306: Nietzsche on Tuesday, 1:30-2:20pm, McCosh 28

POL 240: International Relations on Monday/Wednesday, 11:00-11:50am, Roberston 100

HIS 362: The Soviet Empire on Tuesday, 10:00-10:50am, Peyton 145

HIS 393: Race, Drugs, and Drug Policy in America on Tuesday, 10am-10:50, Guyot 10

SOC 250: The Western Way of War on Monday/Wednesday, 11:o0am-11:50am, Frist Center 302

Happy Prefrosh Week!

Christopher Eisgruber ’83 New University President

Today, Christopher Eisgruber, provost of the University for the past nine years, was chosen as the 20th president of Princeton University, succeeding Shirley Tilghman as she steps down at the end of the academic year.

After almost 40 minutes of waiting in Maclean House (hopefully this new administration will get better at punctuality) news organizations were allowed into the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall, filled with members of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee. NJ Governor Chris Christie was also there, although I noticed him nodding off to sleep every so often (see photos below).

According to Eisgruber, he only found out early this morning that he had been chosen as the president. He will be the first president to have received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton since Robert Goheen, who served from 1957 to 1972.

Some highlights from the press conference in Nassau Hall:

Eisgruber opened by saying “It is a great joy for me to accept this appointment… This university has shaped my life ever since i set foot on this campus as a freshman 34 years ago. That time, as a student, then as an alumnus and a faculty member has given me a heartfelt appreciation for Princeton’s special strengths.”

President Tilghman expressed her utmost confidence in Eisgruber, asserting that “April the 21st will go down as a great day in Princeton history.”

[caption id="attachment_14403" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Eisgruber and Governor Christie shaking hands after press conference. Eisgruber approached Christie to thank him for coming.[/caption]

Speaking about the importance of Princeton’s financial aid program, Eisgruber said “A place at Princeton is a gift. One that can transform the life of any student, faculty member, or other scholar… we have an obligation to ensure that this gift is fully available to the entire range of people.”

Responding to criticism in newspapers about the worthiness of the high price of a Princeton education, Eisgruber said that a liberal arts education is still critically important to any young scholar. “Not only is a liberal arts degree still an economic benefit,” he said. “[But] the benefit of a college degree is increasing over time.”

[caption id="attachment_14405" align="aligncenter" width="412"] Eisgruber, Tilghman, and Kathryn Hall, Chair of the Board of Trustees, sitting at the end of a long table of journalists, answering questions[/caption]

Calling community-wide conversation “a very good thing,” he emphasized the important of continuation saying that “Princeton traditions are living things. They are constantly being renewed, refreshed, reinvigorated and re-created.”

Governor Christie said that he’s known about the decision since yesterday. Christie also said that Eisgruber “isn’t going to need a manual about this place” since he has been at the University as both an undergraduate and as a faculty member. He also mentioned that President Tilghman has told him that he is one of the governors that has gotten most involved in the University in the ex-officio capacity in which NJ governors sit on the University’s board.

[caption id="attachment_14394" align="aligncenter" width="361"] Christie on his phone at the press conference[/caption]

21 Questions with David Remnick ’81

2013 CLASS DAY SPEAKER, PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, AND NEW YORKER EDITOR DAVID REMNICK ’81 LOVES UMLAUTS, PJ’S WAFFLES, AND THINKS TINA BROWN COULD BEAT ZOMBIE LENIN IN A FIGHT. ALSO A HOMEBOY.

Name:
 David Remnick
Major: Comparative Literature
Hometown: Hillsdale, NJ
Residential college/eating club affiliation: Wilson College

 

For those seniors who may have never heard of you, how would you describe yourself?
As a guy who got a D in Russian at Princeton–and then made his stripes…where else?… in Russia. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Albert Einstein (he counts, right?) and Robert Cohn, the impotent boxer in “The Sun Also Rises.” And some classmates: Elena Kagan, for sure.

Steve Carell, last year’s Class Day speaker, is a hard act to follow. What’s your game plan?
Hire Steve Carell to write my speech.

What’s your greatest guilty pleasure?
If I counted up the hours lost to watching uniformed people tossing, whacking or carrying various-shaped balls on television, I would probably drink hemlock.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Read, edit, cajole, beg, hope. And that’s not even a sentence, strictly speaking.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Waffles at PJ’s. In an altered state.

What are your thoughts on the future of journalism?
That there is one. Because without real journalism– innovative, aggressive, tough-minded, fair journalism– you’ve got North Korea.

What’s your drink?
I am not very particular.

What’s your personal anthem?
The Miles Davis classic: “So What?”

What makes you laugh?
Almost everything.

What makes you cry?
Death and onions.

Who’s your mortal enemy?
Anyone who thrives on cruelty.

Who would win in a fight, former New Yorker editor Tina Brown or a reanimated Vladimir Lenin zombie?
Tina.

What magazine/newspapers do you read besides The New Yorker?
Too many to name, but, for starters, The Times, The Washington Post, Haaretz, Al Jazeera online, some Russian papers, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, loads of websites…anyway, a cascade of things.

Favorite New Yorker cover of all time?
Damn near anything by the great Saul Steinberg.

Umlauts. How do you feel about them?
I feel goöd about them.

When’s bedtime?
Midnight to five, five-thirty.

Favorite spot on Princeton’s campus?
The basement of East Pyne, where I (tried to) learn Russian and in various other classrooms scattered around the building, where I got to study with Bob Hollander, John McPhee, Sandy Bermann, Bob Fagles, and Suzanne Nash. I’m pretty fond, too, of wherever P. Adams Sitney was showing movies. And since the drinking age then was eighteen, what you know as a place to get coffee was once called “The Pub.” Trust me, “the Pub” was better. Or so I recall.

Favorite class you took at Princeton?
A dead heat: Robert Hollander’s Dante course and John McPhee’s writing seminar.

What grammar mistake do you find most annoying?
Are you sure that question is grammatical?

What makes someone a Princetonian?
God willing, not an obnoxious question like the previous. What it has meant lately is that you had the chance to be there under a truly great university president. Shirley ruled; she rules; and will always rule. She really set an example on every level.

Honor Code Fail

Sometimes you have to proofread carefully to make sure you haven’t any words out. (Yes, that was intentional.) Especially when it’s the operative word in the illustrious Princeton Honor Code:

[caption id="attachment_14368" align="aligncenter" width="515"]I pledge my honor that this Honor Code pledge is false. “It made me laugh,” writes the Prof in pink. (h/t DB ’14)[/caption]

That said, the student (name redacted to protect dignity) for all we know could have been telling the truth! (Quick! Someone call the Honor Committee! No one expects the Princeton Honor Committee.) At least that’d make him/her honest about the dishonesty.

April Fools’ Day Roundup

Ah, April Fools’ Day. It’s one of two days in the year when all of your friends are suddenly pregnant. You can’t trust anyone or anything, and April 1st is tough for the unsuspecting. Check out some of the highlights of April Fools’ Day on campus.

ORFE Paradise

The Operational Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) department converted a Sherrerd Hall elevator into a mini tropical paradise. The elevator was complete with beach chairs, flip-flops, and potted plants. The illusion was bolstered by sweet smelling perfumes and a wall-sized print of a beach.

[caption id="attachment_14349" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Sad ORFE majors know it’s the closest they can get to happiness until they go to Goldman.[/caption]

Eating Club Hijinks

Tower
Tower officers announced that the club had moved behind Campus Club, and that the club is holding an all-day meeting that is mandatory for all members. Officers also announced a number of fictional parties and lamented that Franzia had discontinued its varieties of white and rosé wine.

Colonial
Colonial officers stared social relevance in the face and announced that the club would no longer allow freshmen to enter the club to “boost our status on the social ladder.” Another email announcement showed the club buckling to legal pressures and unveiling a plan to turn away students from the club if they are unable to produce a valid driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate.

Terrace
In an email sent to Terrace members, president Neal Donnelly ’14 said that, in light of an inordinately large sign-in class, the club would be retroactively bickering its sophomores. Among other criteria, sophomores would be evaluated on how hard they could chill and their arts portfolio.

A USG Resignation

USG President Shawon Jackson ’15 sent an email to the undergraduate student body, announcing that he was taking a job at the White House and stepping down from USG. USG Vice-President Carmina Mancenon ’14 would take his place, and a new Vice-President would be elected during Spring Elections. Later in the email, Jackson revealed that it was all a ruse.

The Ultimate Housing Prank

On Monday morning, a rather convincing email purporting to be from the Office of Housing and Real Estate Services was sent to the student body and stated that draw times would be reassigned due to incorrect point values. An email sent by Associate Director of Student Housing Lisa DePaul confirmed that the announcement was a prank, and that OIT is investigating the email.

Though the email was sent from opshsg@princeton.edu, instead of the Housing office’s real email address (ushsg@princeton.edu), The Daily Princetonian reported that many students believed the announcement because of technical difficulties during last year’s room draw process.

Yesterday evening, Will Harrel ’13 posted a Facebook status taking credit for the email. This too was an April Fools’ Day prank, and Harrel later revealed that he was unconnected with the housing announcement. In the meantime, the real perpetrators have also taken to impersonating Harrel, and their identities remain unannounced.