Princeton Women’s Basketball Sets Program Record for Wins

The Princeton women’s basketball team beat Brown 79-67 tonight, staying undefeated on the season. The team, ranked no. 14 in the AP poll coming into the game, improved to 27-0.

That is the most wins the team has ever had in a single season, according to Princeton athletic communications.

The Kentucky men’s team is the only other undefeated in college basketball.

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Michelle Miller led the team with twenty points, and Annie Tarakchian, the team-leader in rebounds on the season, tied for the game high rebound total with nine.

Princeton pulled off the win despite a poor showing from three-point-range, typically one of their strengths. They shot 31% from behind the arc, just under ten percentage points below their season average, but significantly better than Brown’s 12%. They also had 18 turnovers, four more than their season average.

2097 people attended the game, nearly double the season average for the team at Jadwin. There were enticements for the crowd – the Class of 2016 even gave one Princeton student the chance to take a halfcourt shot for a chance to win $10,000. The student, a 2016-er himself, hit the backboard but missed.

The Tigers have three games remaining. They play at Cornell on Friday, and finish the season with Columbia on Saturday and Penn next Tuesday. Only a train ride away…


Correction: A previous version of this post stated that the team’s next game is at Columbia on Saturday. They also play on Friday, at Cornell.



The Super P-ton Facebook You Didn’t Even Know Existed

For years, there’s been an online, frequently updated, comprehensive, semi-facebook of over 3,500 Princeton affiliated individuals, and we just never knew. Don’t believe me? Well, read on. And look here.

From 2003 until this past summer, David Dobkin, a COS professor, served as the Dean of the Faculty. Working from Nassau Hall, Dobkin met with students and faculty daily and wanted to create a living memory of his tenure and the people he met. So he put up 1,500 (seemingly random) photos of of students and faculty, tagged by individual, on his personal Princeton page, which can be found here.

The individually tagged photo blog apparently has another unexpected use. “It evolved into a useful tool for people around the university who wondered what others looked like.  It has been used by many people to identify people they had to meet,” he said via e-mail.

Well, let’s dive in:

On the front page, there’s a great picture of University leaders at the beach. Some explanation from Prof. Dobkin helps: “One year after graduation, it was hot in our robes, so we went to the beach :-)” In this situation, “:-)” indicates Photoshop use.

[caption id="attachment_16171" align="aligncenter" width="852"] This picture speaks for itself.[/caption]

Then you can look at hundreds of pictures of random professors, staff, and students from the class of ’01 until now. What’s amazing is that since they’re tagged individually, you can search by name, class year/department, or by day taken. Yes, it’s down to the day.

[caption id="attachment_16170" align="aligncenter" width="289"] Photos organized by name.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_16169" align="aligncenter" width="469"] Photos organized by month[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_16168" align="aligncenter" width="190"] Organized by department and class year.[/caption]

All together, it ends up being a really cool collection of Princeton headshots and candides from across the years.

Want to find a picture of Cornel West from 2007? You’re in luck, it’s here.

Or how about Robby George from 2005 and 2007? Covered also, here.

There’s also Richard Just, alumnus and current visiting Ferris professor, from Reunions in 2011, here.

The tagging took a while: “I wrote a few computer scripts to turn photos into proof sheets and to enable adding text to proof sheets to create web pages.  This was originally used to record my history with my family.  When I became dean, I expanded the scripts I had written to record people by name, by date and by department.”

But thanks to Prof. Dobkin, I’ve got tons of Princeton history to search through.


Princeton’s Funkiest Gargoyles: A Photographic Tour

Princeton has a lot of gargoyles. As students we don’t notice much, staring at our phones while we walk to class, but we are surrounded by stone animals doing crazy shit.

Technically, Princeton’s gargoyles aren’t really gargoyles. Gargoyles in its literal sense refers solely to sculptures that sprout from gutters and are used to convey water off of building surfaces. Those types of gargoyles were mostly popular in the medieval era and have kind of gone out of fashion in the past few centuries, along with other items of the time period like tunics for men. Instead, most gargoyles fall more accurately under the categories of chimeras and grotesques, sculptures attached to building surfaces that serve only an aesthetic purpose. Princeton has a lot of these.

Below are photos of some of Princeton’s best. Hopefully, next time you’re walking around campus, you will look up from your iMessage or Twitter or Facebook and find yourself staring at a monkey with a camera. It turns out, this gargoyle above 1879 arch was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, the same man who sculpted Mt. Rushmore.



These tigers outside McCosh Hall appear to be unphased by the snow. Their majesty is only challenged by that of the adjacent A/C unit.


This entrance to the side of the chapel is lined with various animals, including some dragons:


And on the subject of animals, probably almost no one knows that Guyot Hall is surrounded by over 65 animal gargoyles. Yes, you probably just screamed in amazement and disbelief, “but that can’t possibly be true!” but you heard me right. Even cooler, the east side of Guyot, which houses the biology department, is littered with gargoyles of living species while the west side, home to the geology department, is covered by gargoyles of now extinct animals. Some examples include this crocodile:

And this dinosaur head:



And while on the subject of animals, this goat is reading a book:


Moving up campus, attached to the Firestone Library Trustees Reading Room, hidden behind some trees, is this guy playing a flute. Who knew? It turns out there are sixteen gargoyles that line the sides of the reading room.

[caption id="attachment_16135" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Full disclosure: this picture is taken from the Flickr account of a wonderful photographer with the username Kitty Fox. Thanks, Kitty Fox![/caption]


Right across from Firestone, above the archway of East Pyne that faces towards the library, is this pretty fly gargoyle. Apparently, the gargoyle is supposed to be a metaphor for how the university opens up the eyes and the minds of its students.

My personal favorite gargoyle features an old-school football player running on top of the entrance to McCosh 10:


But the most famous Princeton gargoyle resides in the graduate college. Called the “Joy Ride,” it shows a young man, assumedly a student, driving away in a car with his date by his side. It was so famous, it was even the subject of its own New York Times article back in 1927:


And here it is, in all its glory, courtesy of Princeton Alumni Weekly:

If you want to read more about many of these gargoyles, you should check out this book, lined to here as a pdf:

Literary Map of Princeton, Google Streetview Edition

This decade-old, illustrated map of literary Princeton shows exactly where in Princeton famous authors and poets had lived at some point in their lives. For privacy reasons, the map doesn’t contain any drawings or addresses of the homes of authors who were living in town at the time. Current faculty were represented by campus buildings. Household names like Toni Marrison, Paul Mundoon, and JCO have arrows pointing to 185 Nassau Street, East Pyne is associated with John McPhee, Robert Fagles, and Clarence Brown, and F. Scott Fitzgerald points to Cottage Club.

Here’s a contemporary (and somewhat creepier) tour that includes what some of the homes on the original map look like now. If you don’t know some of the writers, the names are very google-able.

14 Alexander Street
T.S. Elliot resided in the modest home, with the two white columns, on the left.

William Faulkner lived in this odd, flattened house at 85 Elm Rd.

Thomas Mann (Death in Venice) hung out in this beautiful home at 65 Stockton Street.

For 1 Evelyn Place, we have Hermann Broch (Austrian writer, The Death of Virgil) and Erich Kahler from Prague. Broch passed away in New Haven while Kahler chose Princeton as his final resting place.

Poet John Berryman lived in what are now grad student apartments on Prospect Ave. Hopefully with friends?

Allen Tate, a poet of the American South, at 16 Linden Lane, out of his natural habitat.

Caroline Gordon, novelist and literary critic, had lived at 145 Ewing Street.

You can complete the tour on Google Maps, or go for a run and find the homes yourself. Maybe inspiration will strike as it did these great writers.


*Note: the addresses that the Google Streetview images read do not necessarily match the ones I’ve listed – just a glitch! They are the right homes we’re looking it!

This map was made by Aaron S. Madsen, Class of 1994, for the Council of the Humanities, where it remains.



CORRECTION: As of 2/34, 1:30 AM – “enormous house on Prospect” was changed to “what are now grad student apartments.” Please excuse the error.


Weekly Roundup Feb 15 – 22

The Weekly Roundup, Edition 2

Feb 15 – Feb 22

This week in Press Club…

New York Times: At Princeton, Women Make Strides at Clubs That Once Barred Them – Spencer Parts

“But this week, Tiger Inn made news of a different sort: For the first time since the university began admitting women in 1969, it elected a woman, Grace Larsen, as its president. Ivy Club, the oldest eating club, recently elected its second female president, Eliza Mott. Ivy and Tiger Inn were the last two clubs to admit women, and only did soon after a 1990 court order. Women are in charge at four of the clubs, the highest total since 2002 and three more than last year.”

Planet Princeton: Princeton People: Courtney Banghart, on and off the Court – Logan Sander

Courtney Banghart has hitchhiked through Alaska, taught high school biology, bungee-jumped in Switzerland, and just finished reading “American Sniper.” She is also currently the coach of the only undefeated team in the NCAA Women’s Basketball League right now.

The Times of Trenton: Ex-Health Secretary Sebelius Says Obamacare Good for Individuals, Economy – Alexandra Markovich

The Affordable Care Act has been good not only for individuals who now have affordable care, but also for the economy, according to Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Princeton Packet:  Queen Noor of Jordan receives Woodrow Wilson Award – Tammy Tseng

Woodrow Wilson Award Recipient Queen Noor of Jordan spoke about the importance of nonviolent and international understanding as the key to modern peace at Princeton University’s 100th Alumni Day celebration.

Princeton Alumni Weekly: Student Dispatch: ‘It’s Hard Being a Student Journalist,’ Editor Says – Because of Other Students – Jean Wang

When Marcelo Rochabrun ’15 became the top editor of The Daily Princetonian last year with plans for “more aggressive” reporting, he was expecting a sometimes-thorny relationship with the Princeton administration. What he found, however, was that the students were the hardest to work with.

Princeton Alumni Weekly: Wintersession 2015: Plenty of Learning, Packed Into a Week – Photos by Mary Hui

Princeton Hidden Minority Council launches “Thoughts” campaign

The Princeton Hidden Minority Council (PHMC), a group of students dedicated to eradicating the stigma around students identifying as first-generation or low-income, has created a new project this January to help further its goal: “Thoughts.”

The Thoughts Campaign asks a simple question: What goes on in the minds of low-income or first-generation students on a campus that is known for its abundance of wealth and wealthy students? The PHMC has been talking to students who identify as low-income or first-generation, then posting their pictures along with thought bubbles representing their experiences on campus.

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The pictures can be found on PHMC’s blog and Facebook page as well as on posters around campus.

Brittney Watkins, one of two co-chairmen of the council, said that the campaign’s purpose is to shed light on Princeton’s socio-economically disadvantaged community and to make sure that those students do not feel alone.

“[The] PHMC Thoughts campaign helps to spread dialogue about first-generation and low-income students, and while we cannot fully convey all of the obstacles that they face, it just gives people a little taste,” she said.

Watkins explained that the PHMC and this campaign aim to bring attention to a minority status that is not physically recognizable, hence the name “Hidden” Minority Council. Other students on campus, she said, don’t always think about the financial situations of others, but that for the people who are disadvantaged, thoughts about finances are common.

“As a low-income first generation student, these thoughts plague you throughout your everyday routine,” she said. “At a place like Princeton, not everyone is comfortable coming out and saying that they are low-income or first-generation because […] you’re in a world or an environment where there is just such extravagance.”

Though the project is aimed at spreading discussion to the campus on a larger scale, Watkins said that the project also helps those who participate in it.

“For the people who are participating in the campaign, it kind of empowers and allows them to take ownership of their identity and say ‘Yeah, these are the obstacles I face while I am here, but I’m pursuing on despite this,’” she said.

(UPDATED) Whitman, Forbes Dining Halls closed, some staff sent home due to measles concerns

‘Tis the season, apparently, of dining hall closings. Forbes Director of Student Life Mellisa Thompson notified students earlier today by email that the Forbes dining hall will be “closed until further notice.” This comes only a few days after the Center for Jewish Life briefly closed its dining hall due to a pipe burst.

The causes for the two closings are unrelated, though the one-two punch is sure to leave students out cold as Forbesians in particular will have to venture to other dining halls in these final Winter weeks.

In a later email announcement, Dean of Forbes Patrick Caddeau explained that the closing was in response to reports earlier this week of a student with a suspected case of the measles. “The University is immediately sending home workers in other dining halls on campus who might possibly have been exposed to measles,” Dean Caddeau wrote. To deal with the lower staff numbers, Forbes workers will cover shifts in other dining halls.

“At this point, there are no reports of anyone falling ill with the virus, but this is a necessary precautionary measure,” Caddeau wrote.

UPDATE: The Whitman College dining hall, Frick Chemistry Café, and Studio ’34 will also be closed for all meals on Friday, February 20th. The Whitman College Office notified students that dining hall closings will continue, with some opening and others closing in daily shifts: “Based on the availability of their staff, Campus Dining will be making decisions daily about which Dining Halls will be open. We will provide you with this information on a daily basis,” the email read.

[caption id="attachment_16057" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Forbes College, in a more beautiful time of year[/caption]


The Birds Are Back

Since the end of 2014, construction noise from the Arts and Transit Neighborhood has died down around Forbes College, making room for a different kind of music: geese. A gaggle of about 60 can be spotted on the lake and manicured lawns of the Princeton golf course, day and night.

“They make a lot of noise,” Forbes College Building Superintendent Toni Cifelli said, adding that geese and robins seem to have settled at Forbes unusually early this year. “I think it’s because people feed them.”

Forbes students whose rooms face onto the golf course said they began noticing the geese several weeks ago, and that the birds are surprisingly active.

“It seems like they’re always awake. I don’t think they ever sleep,” Neamah Hussein ’17 explained, adding that they are particularly loud in the morning.

“I hate the geese,” Sam Harris ’17 said. “You can hear them all night.”

Check out the music from within a Forbes room, windows closed…



– AW

Gansa Campaign Leader Joins “Government Club” as Communications Director

When the Prince first interviewed Will Gansa regarding his campaign to become president of USG, he was joined by friend and adviser Nick Horvath, who identified himself as Gansa’s press secretary, a position invented by Horvath on the spot.

Horvath is now USG’s Director of Communications. He was appointed to the position last month.

His press experience, or rather his leadership of the Gansa campaign more generally, made him a standout to Ella Cheng, the current USG President who defeated Gansa in the runoff election, she said.

She was shocked by the success of the Gansa campaign, and saw it as an imperative to shake things up, she added. She thinks Horvath will bring that new perspective, building a stronger connection between USG and the student body, and that he will give her his honest take on what USG is doing. But she added that USG did an extra interview with him, to make sure that he was “taking the responsibility seriously.”

He was introduced to the rest of the group as the “king of waffle fries,” during their annual retreat.

[caption id="attachment_16007" align="aligncenter" width="160"] Nick Horvath ’17, in his Facebook profile picture.[/caption]

Horvath agreed with Cheng that the recent election indicated a need for the group to change course, and he said he wanted to be part of it.

“If a joke candidate can win by 13% of the vote, either you didn’t do anything or people think you didn’t do anything,” he said.

He thinks it is, for the most part, the latter. “There’s a lot of important stuff going on,” he said.

Horvath is not the political outsider that Gansa was. He interned with a Congressman in Colorado and worked as a legislative aide for Colorado State Sentor Morgan Carroll. Last year he ran, unsuccessfully, to be one of the Class of 2017’s representatives in the USG Senate.

So far, Horvath has primarily been occupied with picking members for the communications team that he will lead, a responsibility that previously was not given to the Director of Communications.  He has also been advertising USG referenda and initiatives on his Facebook page. There are other developments in store – Cheng said USG will be rolling out a new website in March.

And as for bike reform, it appears to have also made an impression on USG leaders. “Bike safety, repairs, and rentals,” is among the projects on the docket for the USG 2015 Senate.

[caption id="attachment_16009" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Bikes inexplicably piled in the Holder Courtyard. A call for reform?[/caption]


CJL Dining Room Temporarily Closed

The Center for Jewish Life (CJL) dining room will be temporarily closed after a frozen pipe burst in the dining room.

[caption id="attachment_16018" align="aligncenter" width="384"] The Northeastern cold spell has left its mark on the Center For Jewish and may affect the state of your stir fry[/caption]

On Tuesday, the CJL staff will be serving a limited menu of options with limited spacing available downstairs, according to emails obtained by The University Press Club.  It is yet unclear how long the main dining hall may remained closed but it is possible that the repairs may last for several days. However, lovers of stir fry need not despair too much — the CJL dining hall should be up and running in due time. At least according to emails obtained by the University Press Club.

Updates will be posted as the CJL informs the Press Club on the state of the repairs.

The Weekly Roundup

This is the first edition of a new feature of The Ink: The Weekly Roundup.

The Weekly Roundup will highlight all the work of the Press Club from the week, bringing you a curated list of articles about the happenings at Princeton in the past week.

Without further ado, highlights from this week:

Time Magazine: ‘Princeton Mom’ Is Now an Icon—and Fellow Alumni Aren’t Happy About It — By Logan Sander

Members of Princeton’s Class of 1978 have written a collective letter distancing themselves from fellow alum Susan Patton

New York Times Education Life:  Made in China: Fake IDs , A Campus Guide’s Guide — Oren Fliegelman

Forget old-school resources like an older sibling or Photoshop. In today’s global economy, students import their fake IDs.

South China Morning PostOccupy insiders give their verdict on the protests — Mary Hui

The Occupy movement marked a coming of age for Hong Kong’s ‘millennials’, often referred to as strawberries: self-centered, faint-hearted and easily bruised. Mary Hui talks to three women who have helped redefine a generation.

The Times of Trenton

Alums challenge ‘Princeton Mom’ on acquaintance rape — Spencer Parts

Malcolm X daughter challenges Princeton students to continue her father’s legacy — Ally Markovich

Author of ‘Far from the Tree’ urges parents to accept children with disabilities — Matthew Silberman

Princeton alum, Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp touts organization’s successes — Kevin Cheng


The Princeton Footnotes, BodyHype, and diSiac Drop Some Collaborative Funk

Princeton University is famous for many reasons, but its funk scene has never been one of them. But today the Princeton Footnotes may have changed that with the release of their music video cover of the hit song Uptown Funk. The video features the singing Footnotes—decked out in colorful, albeit somewhat stereotypically Princeton, outfits—dancing around Princeton’s campus with members of both the BodyHype and diSiac dance companies.

The collaborative video was the brainchild of Jacob Schatz ’15, a member of the Footnotes since freshman year. Schatz said that he came up with the idea of making a music video around Thanksgiving, just when the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars song blew up.

“In the last two weeks before winter break the Footnotes decided we were going to make a full court press to make a video of Uptown Funk,” Schatz said, explaining that he arranged the song over winter break with the help of Casey Kolb ’15 and Chris Snyder ’17, the musical directors of the a capella group.

While arranging, Schatz realized that the video would benefit from the inclusion of other performing arts groups on campus.

“Over winter break I had the idea to get BodyHype and diSiac involved so we wouldn’t have to do all the choreography ourselves and also to showcase some of the other performing groups on campus,” Schatz said.

By the time the group got back to campus for reading period, they immediately began recording the song so they could film the video before intersession.

“Our recording was due to the dance groups on Dean’s Date,” Schatz said jokingly, explaining that they needed to get the audio recording to the groups as quickly as possible so they could begin choreographing.

Eamon Foley ’15 choreographed and directed the BodyHype segments while Colby Hyland ’16 and Angie Chiraz ’16 arranged and choreographed the diSiac segments. Nonny Okwelogu ’15, with the help of members of the Princeton Film Productions, filmed and edited the video, which was shot over the course of just six days during finals.

“Without any of them, this would have been a boring old, singing-to-the-camera music video. But with their help we made it something more,” Schatz said. “The collaborative aspect of this project definitely fueled its success.”

Schatz hopes that besides being catchy and enjoyable to watch, the video will shed light on the talented students at Princeton and serve as a catalyst for future collaborative projects.

“It shows the untapped potential of the art community at Princeton because we have so many talented people but everyone sort of keeps their heads down and keeps to themselves,” he said. “And if you pick your head up you might end up doing something like this.”