Prox-Access Locks May Replace Four-Digit Code Bathroom Locks

After GirlCode and bathroom peepers, the latest development in the Princeton bathrooms saga is…no more bathroom codes (maybe)!

USG is currently in discussion about replacing current four-digit code locks on dormitory bathrooms with prox-access locks, based on a recommendation by a team of USG and USLC (University Student Life Committee) members and representatives from Housing, Public Safety, and ODUS.

The USG Senate voted against the proposal yesterday (4 in support, 9 not in support, and 8 abstaining), and will vote again on the recommendation next week.

Currently, female corridor bathrooms require access through four-digit codes that are unique to each residential building. If new locks are installed, all students will be able to prox into any dormitory bathroom, regardless of gender.

The USG recommendation states that the motivations behind the potential change are the following:

– Eliminating gender inequity in the University’s bathroom access policy
– Responding to students’ requests to secure and restrict access to the bathrooms
– Allowing students to provide bathroom access to all of their guests, regardless of gender
– Enabling all students to have independence and privacy in making bathroom use selections

USG received 1,754 responses from student surveys about bathroom locks administered at the end of the 2014-15 academic year and the beginning of the current 2015-16 academic year. Of the respondents, 832 indicated they most frequently used female bathrooms, 621 male bathrooms, 278 in-suite bathrooms, and 23 gender neutral bathrooms.

29% of respondents indicated support for codes only on women’s bathrooms, 28% for codes on both women’s and men’s bathrooms, 56% for prox access for all students to all bathrooms, and 64% for no bathroom codes.

The USG recommendation stated that the “no-bathroom-lock option would address the issues of equity and convenience.” However, “significant differences…between respondents who most frequently used female bathrooms and respondents who most frequently used male bathrooms…indicated a desire for security at the bathroom door itself,” which is why the prox access system was proposed.

At this time, only dormitory corridor bathrooms in undergraduate dormitories would be affected by the change. Bathrooms in the graduate dormitories, Old and New Graduate College, and undergraduate and graduate and annexes will not have their locks replaced.

If the proposal is adopted by the University, lock installation could take place as soon as summer 2016, according to the recommendation.


The Pink House: Possibly the Best, Little-Known & Almost-Secret Dorm in Princeton


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In a land far, far away, there lies Forbes. And right next to Forbes, on 99 Alexander Street, there is the Pink House (literally, a pink house). The house is owned by the University, and is part of Forbes College. About ten students separately draw into the Pink House each year.

Come Fall 2016, however, the Pink House will become home to an eco-friendly experiment.

Gavin Hall ’18 and nine other rising juniors will transform the house into a testing ground for low-cost sustainability projects. They will grow their vegetables in the Forbes Garden next door and potentially even raising chickens for eggs.

Hall and his future housemates were awarded the Pink House after Forbes College fielded student proposals to form a “living and learning community” that would “promote the use of…campus as a living laboratory” for sustainability-oriented goals.

“A lot of traditional environmental activism focuses on individual action, like turning off lights and eating less meat,” Hall explained. But this individually-focused approach is “pretty mathematically ineffective” and also “inaccessible to a lot of people” because of the economic costs involved.

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Hall’s group intends to make environmentalism affordable. “We recognize a classism inherent in the eco movement and wish to counteract it; we hope to show…that an environmentally friendly lifestyle doesn’t need to break the bank, and that green, social solutions to life’s problems are accessible to almost everyone,” Hall’s group wrote in their winning proposal.

Big plans are in store for the house. In addition to cultivating their own vegetables and raising chickens, they intend to monitor and measure the environmental impact of the house using metrics like their electricity and water use, and waste output. They also plan to work with elementary school students from Trenton, inviting them to plant food in the garden and cook in the Pink House kitchen.

The Pink House project is going to be “so completely different than anything that’s ever been done on Princeton campus before,” Hall said. “I’m really excited to see how that turns out.”






Breakout Students Introduce Photo Campaign, Princeton Feminists

Princeton Feminists, a project created by students from the Breakout trip “Sex, Sexism, and Sexuality in the 21st Century,” is asking students to show their support for feminism this week in Frist.

Breakout participants have set up a table with white boards titled “#I’maFeministBecause” and “#MyFeminismIs.” Students are encouraged to complete the hashtag and take a photo with their boards, which are uploaded to the Princeton Feminists website.

Sophomores Vanessa Phan and Melanie Ho led the 2015 fall trip to New York City, where students spoke with organizations including International Planned Parenthood Fun, Equality NOW, Women’s World Banking and the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Participants decided to bring some of theses conversations back to campus by starting a photo campaign, similar in style to the photo campaigns previously carried out by ODS and the Princeton Perspectives Project, Phan said.



“For me, the point of this campaign isn’t just to raise awareness of gender issues, but also to bring in people who disagree with feminism and to create a conversation that will lead to a better understanding of the issues at hand,” Phan said.

Over 100 students have already participated within the first two days, freshman campaign leader Jamie O’Leary said. The group’s website displays all photos taken so far.

“This is good for people who are afraid of the label ‘feminist’ just because it has a lot of stigma today,” freshman volunteer Josie Baltimore said. “Because there are a lot of people doing it, there’s a sense of anonymity, but you are also identifying your own definition.”

The event will run in Frist through the end of this week during late meal lunch and dinner. To see photos of students’ responses, visit


A Field Trip to Princeton’s Psychic, 26(.5) Witherspoon Street

The Princeton Village Psychic is on 26 ½ Witherspoon Street. It’s easy to miss and surprisingly spacious. Although a blue sign advertises the business on the main sidewalk, you have to squeeze into the passageway between Mandalay and Teresa Café to find its entrance.

An address in flux seems fitting for a business that sells the intangible. It also echoed my frame of mind on the evening I enlisted two of my friends, Kathy  and Jacqueline, to have their palms read with me.

My inner rationalist said that I shouldn’t waste $20 on something I inherently distrusted, yet I was also curious about this niche market and how it survived in a sea of J-Crew and gourmet cheese shops.

“Psychic Trish” unlocked the front door for us after I waved from outside. The store offers different services in ascending price order; a simple palm reading, a palm and facial/full body reading, a half deck tarot card reading and a full deck tarot card reading. Prices range from $20 to $85. We went for the cheapest option.

Trish said that she had inherited “the gift” from her grandmother, who originally started the business. She doesn’t usually read palms for Princeton students. Most of her younger clientele are from Rider University in Lawrenceville.

“Princeton students seem too busy and stressed.”


Kathy, a junior in the English department, started off the readings. Trish said she had a very long and deep lifeline, and that she was “meant for marriage and love.”

“You love very deeply and care a lot about others,” the psychic said as she held Kathy’s hand. “You should think more about yourself.”

The psychic said that Kathy was very creative, but that she had been having difficulties settling on a direction for her work.

“I was trying to keep my poker face on,” Kathy recalled after the reading, noting that she had recently been reflecting on her aspirations in the performing arts.

The psychic also predicted that she had recently started seeing a boy whose name includes the letters J or N.

“I would have been more skeptical if she had listed vowels, but the letters worked out,” Jacqueline noted.

Other predictions included a strong academic future and summer travel plans abroad, specifically to “the south,” where she would meet new people and have several summer flings.


One of the first observations that Trish made about Jacqueline was that she had not been sleeping well because of stress and anxiety. She said that Jacqueline was worried about her grades, but that she was very successful and intelligent.

“I just started a regime of sleepy-time tea and no caffeine after 3 pm to prevent nighttime restlessness,” Jacqueline said later. “But I also just look really tired and nerdy today.”

The psychic predicted that Jacqueline would pursue a post-graduate degree and that she would have a leadership position later in life.

Jacqueline flinched, however, when Trish said she would be working with children.

“I definitely don’t see myself working with children,” Jacqueline said later. “Maybe law school students?,” I offered.

When Jacqueline asked about her summer plans, of which she was already fairly certain, the psychic accurately predicted that she would not be traveling internationally.


“I feel like I’ve read you before,” Trish said when I opened my palm to her. I said that I had not, but looked on expectantly as she started my reading. It was strangely intimate to sit across from her. When she wasn’t looking at my palm she maintained eye contact.

Trish said that I had a strong character and that I would probably start a business of some kind. Although I also have a creative streak, she said I would settle on an industrial career.

“Someone in your family is very worried about you, and you’ve lost contact with them. A father or a mother.”

It was probably the most negative statement that Trish had made over the course of our séances, and it rung strangely true. Kathy and Jacqueline, with whom I had discussed the issue at length in the last few weeks, raised their eyebrows in unison.

“It was definitely the most striking moment,” Kathy recalled later.

Even though the experience did not convince me to rely on palm reading as a reliable science, I was surprised by how intently we focused on Trish’s words. Even though some of her statements seemed wildly beyond contemplation – like the prediction that I would get married in my 20’s and have four children – the ones that struck home made us think about our priorities and relationships.

In the end I interpreted the reading as an experiment in human faith. When faced with high stakes and deadlines in a place like Princeton, connections between a stranger’s voice and thoughts about your own life can be oddly comforting.


21 Questions with Princeton Tonight Host, Jordan Salama

Jordan Salama is a freshman from Pelham, NY and the co-founder and host of Princeton Tonight, Princeton’s first student-run broadcast television series.

Princeton Tonight’s first episode features a studio performance and interview with Mike DelGuidice, Billy Joel band member. You can watch it on February 27th at 8pm on cable TV (Channel 7 in Princeton) or on YouTube. Salama promises there will be an original theme song.

University Press Club sat down with Salama, the next Stephen Colbert, to learn more about his show, his bedtime, and his mortal enemy.


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What do you like about TV?

I love to tell stories. When a story can be seen and not just heard, it takes on a real-life aspect.

How did you get started?

In high school, I had a talk show called the Pelican Brief. I started this show hoping that one day I could interview James Taylor. Then I worked for Inside Amy Schumer during my senior year of high school.

Princeton Bucket List?

Travel on Princeton’s dime. Sled down Whitman hill. Interview James Taylor. That hasn’t happened yet.

TV Inspirations?

SNL. I love John Stewart and Stephen Colbert.  Jimmy Fallon. Seth Meyers. All the talk shows.

What do you actually do all day?

Watch soccer, play soccer, and think about Princeton Tonight.

Tell me more about Princeton Tonight.

It’s an interview-based variety show. It has a main interview component, but, for example, the first episode is going to have a sketch comedy component to it as well. We interview guests from off and on-campus. Each show is 20-25 minutes long. We also have the guests do a university-wide event to give back to the University, like the Mike DelGuidice event. It’s run by 25 students, mostly freshmen and no seniors, through Princeton Broadcast Center.

What was that event like?

I’m a big Billy Joel fan, and I used to see Mike perform all the time in Long Island in the summer. When [Mike] was picked up by the Billy Joel band, it was a big publicity thing. I knew he really liked giving back to schools, and I sent him a Facebook message asking him to perform at Princeton and do a show for us.

Mike was amazing. He held a concert and master class. He can play any song you ask him to play. He could sound just like Paul Simon. He did a duet with a student on the piano, and he sounded exactly like Elton John. He did the Piano man as his last song and asked the crowd to sing along.

What’s coming up next on Princeton Tonight?

Khalil Muhammad from Amy Schumer’s show (Inside Amy Schumer) is going to do his one-man show, “Pryor Truth,” a tribute to Richard Pryor. That’s February 26th. John Caglione Jr., the make-up artist who created the Joker’s look and the SNL Coneheads, reached out to us. He’s going to be on the show in April. We’re also doing one with Emmanuel Udotong, a Princeton freshman who started a multinational company dedicated to providing support for struggling entrepreneurs in Africa.

How is Princeton Tonight different than All-Nighter?

All-Nighter is very Princeton-oriented in terms of guests and we are trying to produce our show for a more general audience. And then we are broadcast on cable television and all our content is pre-recorded, while All-Nighter is more centered around the live event show.

Where will be you be in 25 years?

Having fun with whatever I’m doing.

Who is your mortal enemy?

The German National Soccer Team. Every player on it.

What is the best meal you’ve eaten at Princeton?

The Brooklyn slice at Princeton Pie. In New York they call it a grandma slice. I don’t know what they do to it, but it’s so good.

How did you celebrate your last birthday?

I went to Louie and Ernie’s Pizza in the Bronx with my parents.

What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?

Driven 45 miles through a snowstorm in a Prius.

Are you a dictator or laissez-faire leader?

Neither. I’m a fair leader but I want to get things done. I co-founded the group with Ryan Ozminkowski ’19. I am the creative and production side, and he does business and logistics. We make a good team.

What hangs over your bed?

A dead guy. Pause. The vent above my bed has been dripping all year with some kind of red liquid. We joke it’s a dead body.

What word do you overuse the most?


What makes you laugh?

Everything. I laugh too much.

What makes you cry?

 When Argentina loses in soccer. I’m Argentinian.

Guilty pleasure?

Cry Baby Tears Sour Candy. It’s not like sour patch kids. I’ve only found them at Five Below.

When’s bedtime?

9:30. I try.


The first episode of Princeton Tonight will air on February 27th at 8 pm. There will be a viewing party in East Pyne, you can watch on Cable TV, or on YouTube.





AAS Professor arrested for 3-year-old parking ticket, tweets about mistreatment by police

Professor Imani Perry was arrested Saturday morning for an outstanding parking ticket from three years ago, according to tweets she posted on Sunday.

Perry, who is the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies, tweeted the following:

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She tweeted the details of her arrest to her ~32,000 followers, including what she experienced as mistreatment at the hands of Princeton police officers:

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Perry sees her arrest as emblematic of the disproportionate treatment of people of color, in particular women of color, by police officers across America.

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Responses by Professor Perry’s followers were mixed, with many extending support but some criticizing her for not paying the parking ticket. Half an hour later, she followed up by tweeting:

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Her tweets have been generating a heated debate about race relations and law enforcement in America. This arrest comes amidst a broader conversation across the country about the criminal justice system’s approach to people of color and the proportionality of arrests for minor infractions, including speeding tickets and parking fines.

Professor Perry was taken into custody Saturday after being stopped for speeding and found to have a suspended license and active warrant for her arrest, according to Princeton Chief of Police Nick Sutter in an email to the University Press Club.

The active warrant was for a violation of the Parking Adjudication Act, which states that a judge may suspend the license of a driver who has not paid outstanding parking fines or penalties.

Professor Perry has not yet responded to request for comment on the arrest.