WICK to Launch Kickstarter Campaign This Week

The Kickstarter campaign for WICK, the “no-stress black dress” created by Liz Lian ’15, will go live this week. WICK, a clothing line created last year by Lian and Sanibel Chai of UPenn, is designed with the collegiate party scene in mind – the dresses, skirts, and tops have pockets and are made of fabric that is both comfortable and easy to wash.

The Wickstarter is complete with backer rewards including discounted first-run apparel and hand written thank you notes, a testimonial from Caroline Reese, and a video detailing how WICK can change a night out. Until the launch you can preview the page and leave feedback.

*Update: The page is now live on Kickstarter.

21 Questions With…Patrick Roche ’14


Name: Patrick Roche

Age: 22

Hometown: Nutley, NJ

Major: Classics

Eating Club/Res College/Affiliation: Whitman!


How did you first get involved with slam poetry?
I wrote on my own for a few years but never shared it with anyone. Then one of my friends saw a poem I had lying around my room, grabbed it, and ran out. She came back a little while later saying I should really share it, so I did a few open mic nights and Whitman Coffeehouses. As people started encouraging me to look into Ellipses, I reached out and went to my first meeting last spring, and I fell in love with it.

Where do you get inspiration for your poems?
I tend to write about my own experiences, so my inspiration for the subject matter usually comes from my own life—family, romance, etc. As for performance and style, I don’t know if I have any specific poets that I can point to as inspirations, but just in general, watching other poets perform is a huge inspiration.

What is your writing process like?
I usually end up realizing I have something I want to write about or express, and when I sit down to write, it usually comes out in one sitting…but it’s usually a complete piece of crap. So then I will bring it to other people in Ellipses and talk about it as we revise it.

What does it feel like to perform slam on stage?
It’s kind of terrifying sometimes because it’s so vulnerable and you’re putting a lot of personal stuff out there. I’m also always nervous, even if I’ve gotten more comfortable over the past year or so. More than anything, it feels relieving and cathartic, though.

How do you feel about your videos going viral?
Of course I’m thrilled, especially since so much feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. But it’s also really weird. I don’t really know how to process it, and it’s still strange knowing that my life story is so public now.

The rumor mill says Harpers Publishing offered you a book contract! Is this true?
Okay, y’all need to calm down. I will say that I have been presented with some opportunities as a result of these videos, and that may include discussing the possibility of publishing with certain publishers, but even if that were the case, nothing is guaranteed or has even been offered. But the fact that I have any opportunities at all as a result of all of this is incredible.

Who are your favorite poets?
As far as spoken word poets, I’d say Sarah Kay, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Sam Sax, Danez Smith, Mahogan
For more “page”-y poets, I’d say Oscar Wilde, John Keats, Frank O’Hara, Gwendolym Brooks, and so many more

Where’s your favorite place to write on campus?
It’s a little boring, but honestly just in my room, with a blanket and hot chocolate.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real of fictional?
Carlton Banks! I’m not even ashamed of my Fresh Prince of Bel-Air obsession.

What’s your favorite part of Princeton?
The friends I’ve made here, and the campus itself—I could walk around for hours and be happy.
Also the free food. All of the free food.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
I fight the forces of evil and crime with my unique blend of chocolate and coconut water-based justice.

What’s hanging above your desk?
A huge X-Men poster.

What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh: Other people falling
Cry: Me falling

What’s your greatest guilty pleasure?
Not anymore, but I used to watch Degrassi religiously and had gone back and seen all of the episodes of the current version of it. All ten or so seasons up to that point.

What’s on your playlist?
Beyoncé essentially is my playlist. But also Sara Bareilles, Taylor Swift, Grace Potter, Fleetwood Mac, Rufus Wainwright, and all sorts of pop.

When’s bedtime?
This year it’s been somewhere around 2 or 3 AM most nights. I told myself that was okay since I didn’t have class before 12:30.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at Princeton?
How to avoid doing laundry for as long as possible while still seeming presentable.

What’s one thing you would like to do before you graduate?
Go rock climbing—for four years I kept telling myself to take advantage of the wall and never did.

What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done this past year?
When four other members of Ellipses and I were in Colorado for CUPSI, the national college poetry slam, we drove to the top of one of the mountains (they called them hills, but they were obviously mountains. They had snow at the peak and everything). And we climbed out to the edge and took in the view, which was amazing. But also if I slipped, I would have fallen straight down.

In 25 years, you will be…
47. And hopefully married, with a wonderful family, financially secure, and doing something I love, whether that’s still poetry or working at an educational institution, or something totally different. Who knows!

What’s one question you wish we had asked and answer it.
What would the title of your memoir be?
Probably “#MLIPatrickRoche” or “It Gets Bitter: The Patrick Roche Story,” or “Riding Tandem Bikes Alone,” but that will probably work better as a book of poetry.


Watch Patrick’s performance of “21”: 

“The Great Princeton Adventure” by Ari Satok ’14

Yesterday, Ari Satok ’14 published his first story online. The Great Princeton Adventure is a 40-stanza poem about the Princeton experience, written and illustrated by Satok. It’s a wonderfully accurate depiction of the Princeton experience, with everything from bullshitting precepts to visits to CPS to somehow ending up on Wall Street. Satok manages to fit in something that can speak to the experience of nearly every undergrad. Although the poem is a message to the class of 2014, it’s really about Princeton in general.

[caption id="attachment_15524" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Cover image of “The Great Princeton Adventure,” written and illustrated by Ari Satok ’14[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_15527" align="aligncenter" width="515"] The first stanza of “The Great Princeton Adventure.” Although it opens and closes with messages to the class of 2014, it’s really a story that speaks to the Princeton experience as a whole, regardless of class year.[/caption]

The Great Princeton Adventure manages to combine the styles of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuess–mostly simple and occasionally silly. The project arose when Satok began to reflect on his four years at Princeton and to put that into words. “My hope was that it would make people smile, laugh, reflect, and reminisce in a way that was at once nostalgic and honest about the Princeton experience.” The poetry itself depicts a very real Princeton experience, and the extra quips and social commentary that the illustrations provide make The Great Princeton Adventure an even truer reflection of what many people experience–even if they’re not willing to talk about it. “Ari’s piece is quietly powerful and singular in the way it tells the college story from admission to graduation and beyond, while acknowledging both the highs and the lows along the way,” said Amalya Megerman ’16, who colored the title page.

Though this is not the first poem Satok has written, it was the first time he’d tried his hand at drawing. A member of the Edwards Arts Collective, he decided to give it a shot. After completing pencil-sketch illustrations for each stanza, Satok “thought it would be really fun to get friends to come and color them in to bring their own creativity to the project.” So he did–and each of the drawings is accordingly reflective of the different styles and tastes of the students who colored them.

In publishing The Great Princeton Adventure online, Satok hopes that “others who’ve gone through this Princeton experience can hopefully enjoy it and connect to the book as well.”

LIVEBLOG: Dean’s Date, Spring 2014

8:00 pm – The End, really


Here we go round the 14 inch Apple
Sleek Apple sleek Apple
Here we go round the 14 inch Apple
At five o’clock in the afternoon
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the sleep-deprivation
And the caffeination
Falls Dean’s Date
For Princeton is the Kingdom
Between the conception
And the bull-shitting
Between the 4 a.m. epiphanies
And the frantic typing
Falls Dean’s Date
Reading Period is very long
Between the 5-Hour Energy
And the spasm
Between the Frist crepe booth
And Midnight Breakfast
Between the sunrise
And the 4:59 submission
Falls Dean’s Date
For Princeton is the Kingdom
For Princeton is
Life is
For Princeton is the

This is the way Reading Period ends
This is the way Reading Period ends
This is the way Reading Period ends
Not with a bang but a five-hour long nap.


5:50 pm – Holder

A little Dean’s Date wrap up.

To reflect on the day, and get ready for some music tonight.

– SP

5:14 PM – Still working, not dead yet

HAPPYYYYYYY DEAN’S DATEEEEEEEEE EVERYBODY!!!!!! [insert celebratory GIF here, I was never good at finding those]

Sooo I haven’t been contributing much to this liveblog. But if you recall, I helped start out this post with a log exactly 24 hours ago, and I figured I’d help close it out.

Y’guys remember how, 24 hours ago, I discovered this POL paper is due at midnight tonight? And how I thought I’d just finish by 5 anyway? Yeahhhhhh about that…7 hour writing marathon here I goooooooooo!!!


4:40 PM: Nearing the finish line!

Download this Chrome extension that automatically cites the websites you’re on.


gogogogo you’re almost there!!


4:40 PM – Little-Known Area of the East Asian Library

When work absolutely must get done (as in, t-20 minutes), the frigid AC, personal bathroom, and desolation of this strange floor in Frist/the East Asian Library does the trick.


2:41 PM – at wit’s end

Me right now:

h/t Quadchat


2:12 PM – 48 University Place

Apparently this video is being taken down today. It’s pretty cool and sufficiently odd enough for those who are losing it as the 5 P.M. Dean’s Date deadline looms.


12:12 PM – Awake

Going *over* the page limit is not usually a problem on Dean’s Date, but say you got carried away a little and don’t know what to do? Have no fear, PHD Comics is here! (h/t our #1 fanboy ZOL)

– VC

10:56 AM – Princeton Theological Seminary Library

If you’re tired of fighting turf wars in Firestone, take the extra 15 minutes to walk to the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. This library is gorgeous, with a four story open atrium that reminds me more of the MoMA than a library. And best of all, since Seminary students finished their exams yesterday, the building’s practically empty. I definitely recommend this hidden gem if all the second-hand stress on campus starts getting to you. The only downside is it’s a bit farther away from food sources (though there are vending machines in the café), and some construction is going on in the lower level (it’s inaudible if you move into the eastern portion of the building).


Read more about the building’s layout and access to wifi and printing.


1o:02 – Firestone 2nd Floor

How lucky are we to now have access to a library with three entirely above-ground floors? Natural light is streaming in this morning and all the early risers here are feelin’ fine. Not sure I can say the same about the all-nighters (Am I the only one getting Heidegger joke Snapchats?). No matter where you spent the last six hours and no matter how dark they really got, you’re going to need some medical advice to get you through the next seven. Lucky for you, Press Club’s done the research  for you, and with a little help from WebMD, we’ve got some great news to share.

“Pushing through the night to study, work, or respond to an emergency can feel downright heroic. You did what you had to do, against the odds.” 

That’s right. You’ve responded to the emergency, and that’s downright heroic.

“‘You would think you would be the most impaired the longer you’re awake, but that is not the case,’ says sleep expert David Dinges, PhD, chief of the division of sleep and chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania and editor of the journal SLEEP. Because of the natural flow of your body clock, or circadian rhythm, ‘you’re actually at the worst 24 hours after your habitual wake-up time,” Dinges says. “You’ll have an unbelievably difficult time staying awake and alert.'”

Your body clock also will give you a periodic boost, as it triggers a wake signal in your brain. You may feel a second wind in the mid-morning (around 10 a.m.) and again in the early evening (at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.).

So, bad news for tomorrow morning. But great news for today! This means you won’t even hit your worst until after the 5PM deadline, and straight through the Dean’s Date celebrations tonight.

The article also leaves several helpful medical tips for surviving the day after. Things like napping, drinking coffee, sitting in sunlight, and exercising will all help you survive the rest of the day.

And WebMD drops some serious knowledge by the end: “The antidote to sleeplessness is sleep,” according to NASA fatigue management expert Mark Rosekind.  I guess there’s no getting around it. But in the meantime, we have some more pressing issues to deal with.

Now let’s take advantage of that second wind!
– LC


8:41 AM – My room

Good morning! Here are some soothing sounds from Tycho’s new album (aptly named “Awake”) to ease you into another eight hours of writing…

3:35 AM – Rocky

It’s getting late, and you probably need a little inspiration. Check out some thoughts from these Rocky RGSs – and keep working.



2:24 AM – Finally finished a draft!

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, here’s a late night tune courtesy of Princeton student and Detroit Lion Caraun Reid.
(From All Nighter with David Drew, Princeton’s very own late night talk show)

After watching this one more time, I’m not sure how great of a pick-me-up this is. I mean, he’s a professional NFL player and he can sing like this?! I can barely (hopefully) even make it through Dean’s Date…


1: 55 AM – Under East Pyne

Firestone finally just got locked up for the night and all of the wonderfully energetic students excited to keep writing relocated to new locations.

On a brighter not, here’s a list of 101 totally not-fun study breaks. I have no idea what the person who made this was thinking.

For example:

11. Do a crossword — Isn’t this studying?

53. Read a chapter of a book — Also tons of fun.

54. Make paper snowflakes — arts and crafts time!

63. Play hangman or tic-tac-toe with someone — are we 5?


1:22 AM – Butler basement

If only struggling looked this cute.

Thanks XW ’15 for the tip.


1:00 AM – Pyne (Holder Courtyard) 

We got some footage of the biannual Holder Howl – a midnight release for students pulling all-nighters. Do we feel bad for those Holder residents who finished all their papers early and are already sleeping soundly in their beds? No, no we don’t.

(Apologies for the dark video, but it’s the sound that counts!)

– LC

12:51 AM-somewhere in the CJL basement

Breaking News: Loki, The ODUS Hedgehog, Has Disappeared

As you may recall from the last LiveBlog, the Press Club got into some serious trouble after writing about the ODUS (The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Student Life) hedgehog Loki and referring to his “hamster wheel.” Loki, who operated his own twitter account, angrily responded with:

Looking to make peace and hoping for some material for my prolonged procrastination, I returned today to the live LokiCam only to be greeted by this mysterious message:

Indeed, Twitter, that is weird.

A quick investigation led me back to Loki’s twitter account where his last tweet, dated January 15, 2014, read:

What this mysterious message means, no one can tell for certain. However, on behalf of the Press Club, I want to express that Loki and his hedgehog wheel are sorely missed on this Dean’s Date.


12:32 AM – studying for comps

Comps (senior comprehensive exams) are the worst. Anyone who has met a senior English major (or other discipline that likes misery instead of a thesis defense) in the past week has probably heard, and the following conversation has likely taken place:

“You have comprehensive exams? On what?”

Exacerbated Senior:


So, in reviewing my notes from freshman year English 200 for the two-day, 4-hour per session exam I stumbled upon some of my freshman wit:

How to ID Piers Plowman: If it’s old, spelled weird, and does NOT sounds like Chaucer, it’s probably this.

Thomas Wyatt’s “They Flee From Me” – about courting sexy ladies

Shakespeare Sonnet 1: procreate

Sonnet 3: procreate OR DIE LIKE THE LAND

Sonnet 12: procreate or DIE LIKE A STUPID FLOWER

Gonna ace this gaiz. Dis ull b gud.


12:12 AM – 1901 Hall

A text I’ve received: I will murder the next person who whispers up in here I swear to God. There is a bitch SNAPPING HER GUM.

Let’s keep the gum-chewing in the library to a minimum, people.

Completely unrelated: Dean’s Date makes me question some of my friendships.



It’s Dean’s Date! Enjoy this other single-function website, TD4WButton. Who knows what it does?


11:57 PM – Firestone Reading Room

To add to AJS’s wonderful How To Do list, here is a tutorial on how to make a coke slushi for that original 4 AM study break you’ve been trying to think of all night. It’s like a 7/11 in your dorm! I’d advise only doing this outside.


11:50 PM – Greendale Community College

Still reeling from the unjust cancellation of my favorite show (that my closest friends think I’m weird for loving) Community, I realized there’s no better place for all your DEAN’s Date-related puns than the flamboyant Dean of Greendale community college.

Perhaps the finest freestylin’ peanut bar ever:

Dean Dunne, why aren’t you dressed up in costumes delivering candy and pertinent announcements? GET ON THAT ODUS.


11:45 PM – Firestone Library

Firestone is open for two more hours, and your papers aren’t due for another 17, so you’ve got plenty of time to spare; you might as well procrastinate! But what better way to procrastinate than by learning?! Press Club has compiled the best and most ridiculous WikiHow tutorials out there. Hopefully, some of these can prepare you for tomorrow night. 😉


11:30 PM – Frist

“Happy Deeeeaaaan’s Date” – The Dean’s Date Fairies

– SP

11:16 PM – Whitman

Whitman Midnight Breakfast isn’t exclusively for Whitmanians this year! The line moves fast, and there’s a wide variety of food (unless you’re vegan). Protip: forget the crepes in Frist and head to Whitman.

[caption id="attachment_15467" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Photocred EW ’15.[/caption]


11:00 PM – Murray-Dodge (or should we say, Murray Doge?)

Murray Dodge Café is serving cookies all night long, so check them out for a study break as the night gets darker.


10:50 PM – Firestone

The Band just left Firestone, but they’re still terrorizing the rest of campus. Here’s an article about it.


10:38 PM – Frist 

The line for crêpes from Jammin’ Crêpes at Frist right now is longer than the paper you have yet to finish writing.

All the power to those people who are stress-gymming and not stress-eating. Can’t say I’m one of those.

I can just say this:


9:50 PM – Wa run

Caved in and bought Half Baked Ben & Jerry’s to indulge my Dean’s Date woes. I’ve been running to WaWa more recently, both because I’m a #GDI (Goddamn Independent) who is far too lazy to do groceries with only one week left of finals and because I’m working on a video for Princeton Alumni Weekly on WaWa.

Thus, a favorite for the Ink, Throwback (almost) Tuesday at “the Wa”:



9:40 PM – Friend

If you’re looking for some fresh energy and creativity, try some of these Shiatsu self-massage techniques. This seems only as useful as Luminate, but these are desperate times.


9:20 PM – Outside Feinberg

“She doesn’t even go here.”


9:04 PM – Trustee Reading Room

Show your mom so love on this belated Mother’s Day.

Check out: http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/


7:35 PM – Trustee Reading Room

Summer’s almost here, so get excited! Hopefully this video will give you a little bit of inspiration…

Plus, Olaf’s great and it has 25 million views!

PS. Shout out to Amanda for finding this!



7:20 PM – RoMa

And for dinner tonight? Waffles! Looks like the dining halls have gotten a heads up on the sort of comfort food we’re in need of this evening.

The first of many caloric indulgences Princeton will so generously facilitate over the next 22 hours. We’ll keep you updated on what’s where and when so you never go hungry…

– LC


7:13 PM – in a metaphorical construction zone

Now if this doesn’t inspire you to get working, I don’t know what will. I mean this video has everything: the music, the patriotism, the obvious parallels between building/renovating the Washington Monument and writing papers for Dean’s Date…

Also, on a related note, the Washington Monument has reopened after three years of renovations.

On another related note, apparently the Washington Monument was closed for three years for renovations. Who knew?


6:47 PM – the struggle bus

The internet tells me the “Struggle bus” (a term I’ve only heard in popular speech as of two years ago) dates back to 2009:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="504"] The wheels on the struggle bus go, “ughgughgh”[/caption]
Struggle bus (n.) Used to metaphorically describe a difficult situation, as in hard schoolwork.

Now you can get on your own Dean’s Date struggle bus, thanks to folks at UPenn!


6:30 PM — Whitman Library

No one told me #PTL would be like this, but my progress in doing Dean’s Date work has mostly been:


5:36 PM — Firestone Trustee Room

In Firestone for almost 7 hours so far today… I almost feel like I know the kid sitting across from me. We’re both wearing glasses — instant connection. Also, we’re both wearing gray-ish shirts. I can tell he’s having a great day because every 10 minutes he leans back and stretches or pretends to sleep. No clue what his name is though. He won’t even realize I’m talking about him if he reads this. Well, I guess that’s a little bit creepy.

Just found this song. Listen to it, Matt’s great.


5:23–on top of a bathroom sink somewhere 
Before everything goes terribly wrong and it’s suddenly 4:00 AM and you still haven’t started that paper, here’s some video inspiration to get you on the right track:

Remember, “I love my [papers]!”


5:14 – CJL Library

Just discovered my Politics paper is actually due at midnight tomorrow.

On one hand, YESSS!! On the other hand…great, now I’m just going to procrastinate for 7 more hours.


5:00 PM – My room

“Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year. The phrase, passed through the lips of those underlings at Rutgers, descends recklessly, like some university-sanctioned grading policy, and aims laser-like at my orange-and-black regalia…

Perhaps it’s the privilege of having 30 pages due a week after my JP and two days before a slew of finals, spending all night writing and writing, fueled only by a blend of caffeine and hysteria, while the marching band invades all my quiet study spaces and men in drag throw candy at my head. Yes, I go to a school with an $18.2 billion endowment, but the struggle is real. Join UPC’s Liveblog as we document pains that only a Princetonian can understand.


Caraun Reid Headed to Detroit

Princeton Defensive End Caraun Reid was selected by the Detroit Lions in the NFL Draft today. Reid, picked in the fifth round, is Princeton’s highest NFL draft selection since Bob Hews in 1970. Projected to go as high as the third round, he was a steal for the Lions who have looked to bolster their defense in the draft. Reid was a force on the field, he was Princeton’s first two-time All-American in twenty years, but was also active in music and religious life on campus. You can read more in a profile of Reid from Tuesday’s New York Times. Looks like a Tiger might be just what the Lions need.

Breaking News: Class of 2018 Yield: 67.4 percent

Despite the shorter Previews and the meningitis scare, Princeton’s yield rate held steady for the Class of 2018.

67.4 percent of admitted students, or 1,306  in total, chose to attend the University, said University spokesman Martin Mbugua today. This is a negligible drop from the yield of 68.7 percent last year. While the University doesn’t release official statistics until September — because some applicants may be taken off the waitlist — these are the numbers as they stand now.

High school seniors had to make their decision by May 1.

Princeton Freshman Tal Fortgang Appears on Fox News

Freshman Tal Fortgang was interviewed on Fox News Thursday night about the issue of privilege. Fortgang appeared on the show “On The Record With Greta Van Susternen” to discuss an article he wrote for the April edition of The Princeton Tory, Princeton’s conservative publication.

Fortgang has received significant publicity after his article, “Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege,” went viral two days ago. The article has been shared over one hundred thousand times on Facebook after being picked up by the website thecollegefix.com on Tuesday. Since then, the article has been republished on websites such as theblaze.com and youngcons.com. Fortgang has been interviewed on numerous radio stations before appearing Thursday night on Fox News.

In his interview on Fox News, Fortgang discussed why he takes issue with being told to “check his privilege.” Fortgang said that he takes offense to what he perceives as people who believe that just being white makes him privileged.

[caption id="attachment_15365" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Fortgang ’17 on Fox News[/caption]

“The idea that my white skin has gotten me everything that I have handed to me on a silver platter is laughable,” Fortgang said.  Fortgang cited his family’s difficult journey to the United States, noting that his own path to Princeton was never assured.

“I am two generations removed from Hitler trying to kill my grandparents,” Fortgang said.

Outside of the conservative blogosphere, his now viral article has received a cold reception from many of his peers. Only days after his article was published, freshman Mitchell Hammer wrote an op-ed in the Daily Princetonian titled “What ‘check your privilege’ really means,” criticizing Fortgang for misunderstanding what it means to be privileged.

Hammer wrote:

“What Fortgang does not realize is that privilege does not necessarily require being able to trace your lineage back to Rockefeller or Vanderbilt. Privilege can be independent of your family’s past, of your actual socioeconomic status, of real hardship you or your ancestors may have endured. What privilege means is being able to confidently enter any social sphere without fear of rejection. Privilege means never questioning the bias of the feedback and grading you receive from your professors or employers. Privilege means living your life free from consideration and hyper-awareness of your race, gender or sexuality.”

On Wednesday, two students from Columbia University also published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator, Columbia’s daily newspaper, similarly criticizing Fortgang for misunderstanding the idea of white, male privilege, writing that “he clearly hasn’t checked his privilege—because he doesn’t even understand what it is.”