Week in Review: Mixed Emotions Edition (July 11 – July 17)

It’s getting to be that point in the summer when you realize just how much has already gone by, particularly since most of this week’s Princeton news has a decidedly academic bent. So, after some sad news from the Triangle community, stick around for some tidbits that will start the gradual process of getting your brain back in fall-semester shape.

Sue-Jean Suettinger ’70, Triangle’s first female member, passed away earlier this week after battling leukemia. Triangle president Hil Moss ’12 said remembered “enormous applause” for Suettinger during their reunions shows.

“It’s funny, throughout the school year, I think it’s pretty easy to forget that Princeton only recently became a co-ed institution. There is one event, however, where it becomes glaringly obvious, and that is Reunions – if only for the fact that the male alumni outnumber the female alumni to such a great extent, and you certainly feel that at our Triangle reunion,” Moss said. “Triangle is now going on 121 years, so when Sue-Jean took the stage, it was already very established! Not to mention that one of its greatest trademarks, the drag kickline, was a male-centric joke in its own right. So for Sue-Jean to enter into what had for so long been a male organization.. it really set the stage for all future women of Triangle. We owe a great deal to Sue-Jean for leading the way!”

Steven Suettinger, her son, thanked the women of Triangle for a video they put together thanking Suettinger for blazing the trail for women to take part in music and the arts at Princeton. Moss said they chose the song, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” as it remains one of the earliest women’s numbers in the Triangle repertoire.

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21 Questions with … Eden Full ’13


efull-coxingphotoName: Eden Full

Age: 19

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Eating club/residential college/affiliation: Women’s Lightweight Crew, Butler

Tell us about Roseicollis Technologies.
Roseicollis Technologies is a project I started to deploy my inventions in both established industries as well as emerging markets. Our focus is currently on implementing The SunSaluter, a cheap solar panel rotator, to push solar technology to the forefront of the alternative energy effort in the developed world and electrify the developing world. The SunSaluter is a $10 solar panel rotating tracker that optimizes output by up to 40% through tilting the panel perpendicular to the sun. Because of its basic assembly, The SunSaluter requires less maintenance than a traditional tracking system and does not use electricity as a motorized one would.

What excites you most about being one of Thiel’s first Under-20 fellows and taking two years off to work on your startup?
College is a time for you to learn to understand yourself, make mistakes and meet people who are going to change you forever. I have had an amazing two years here at Princeton so far, but I could definitely use the time off to gain some hands-on experience developing a start-up. This way, I can understand WHY it is that I am learning what I have to learn so that when I come back, I can make the most of what I have left at Princeton. I should never take my college experience for granted, and I should never be in a rush to finish something I am not ready to finish. Moving to the Bay Area for the next two years will teach me so much. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am so honored to have this chance.

What are you most nervous about?
Not taking enough risks to live my life to its fullest.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do with the $100,000?
Buy a new solar panel.

What’s your greatest guilty pleasure?
“Lemme Smang It”, by Yung Humma and Flynt Flossy

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Your New Best Friend for Cheap Textbooks

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Shopping for textbooks will still be painful for your wallet next year, but at least it will be easier. This fall, Blackboard will launch with a feature that lets you buy textbooks from Labyrinth online, at a 30% discount. Once you’ve registered for courses, you’ll be able to see the required and recommended books within Blackboard, pick the ones you like, charge them to your student account, and drop by Labyrinth for the pre-bagged set, making it simpler than ever to be a lazy college student.

Yes, it’s still limited to Labyrinth, and no, it does nothing about the Pequod monopoly, but it will list prices for books in all conditions – not just new. Even better, a Labyrinth representative said the reading lists will be available before the week classes begin, eliminating one of the only remaining inconveniences to shopping around for cheaper books online.

Quiz Time!

In the wake of the procrastination extravaganza that was the Dean’s Date Liveblog, we here at The Ink feel a little guilty about our unintentional, but, we fear, effective, complicity in achieving the grade deflation quotas.

There's a reason the logo is orange.

There's a reason the logo is orange.

Sadly, we can’t do much to help you out with that orgo final. But we can help you bone up on your Princeton knowledge, and maybe rekindle the trivia love that got us on Sporcle’s top 25 colleges last semester.

Quiz time!

1) How many pizzas were consumed at the dodgeball tournament? How many free t-shirts?

2) What’s the farthest spot from campus Princeton’s flag flies?

3) The first Ivy Leaguers to make the cover of Sports Illustrated were from Princeton. Which team took the honor, and in what year?

4) Which Princeton building lent its name to a chemical reaction?

5) What hidden message is embedded in the bricks of the computer science building?

Or maybe the bricks are just slowly falling out?

Or maybe the bricks are just slowly falling out?

6) The statues outside Nassau Hall weren’t always tigers. Who brought them to campus, and what did they replace?

7) When was the last Cannon Green bonfire? When will it happen again?

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Greeks Under Attack?

Looks like they won't give up that easily...

Looks like they won't give up that easily...

It’s the latest installment of the University-Greek scene faceoff – this time under the guise of the innocuously-named Report of the Working Group on Campus Social & Residential Life.

The report begins with Princeton, A History: Social Edition. It goes all the way back to when Princeton was known as the College of New Jersey, but since I think we can all agree that things that happened over 250 years ago won’t be incredibly relevant, I’ll just give you the highlights.

The recommended injunction on first-year rush is really just continuing a venerable 168-year Princeton tradition. Fraternities were banned in 1855, then became secret societies before disbanding for real in 1875, when 50 members were identified and suspended. They didn’t return until the mid-1980s, and by 1993, 15% of the student body had joined one of 18 unofficial Greek organizations on campus.

The return of frats and sororities didn’t exactly mean they were welcome, though, as the working group’s recommendation makes clear:

“Students should be prohibited from affiliating with a fraternity or sorority or engaging in any form of rush at any time during the freshman year, or from conducting or having responsibility for any form of rush in which freshmen participate. The penalty for violating these prohibitions should be severe enough to encourage widespread compliance, which probably means a minimum penalty of suspension.”

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Chords for Clunkers

Friar, a fender-bowing prodigy.

Friar, a fender-bowing prodigy.

Thought Techno Jeep exhausted the musical possibilities of junk cars? Think again. Sean Friar ’GS, a Ph.D. candidate in music, was recently named the youngest American Academy Prix de Rome winner in 25 years and will spend eleven months in Rome expanding his winning composition, “Clunker Concerto: A Junk Car Percussion Quartet Concerto.”

Yes, you read that right: junk car percussion quartet, backed up by a chamber orchestra. Friar went to junkyards harvesting scrap metal with promising musical possibilities, then analyzed their tones and sound textures with a computer to see where they might fit into his magnum opus.

He’s performed Clunker Concerto at Carnegie Hall, which must have been an unexpected sight and sound for patrons used to your standard Mozart and Bach. But really, when you think about it, why does it make any more sense to jam on a tuba than a hubcap or fender?

See Friar and the fender in action in the video below, or listen on Friar’s website.

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Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and … Dodge!

Yes, we really get that into it.

Yes, we really get that into it.

Let’s be honest, Princeton. We were never the super-athletes growing up. We liked the library, not P.E. We were nerds, and proud of it. We were also always the last ones picked in gym, no matter what sport, and apparently we never really got over it.

Dodgeball, according to the sport’s eminent authority Patches O’Houlihan, is “a sport of violence, exclusion, and degradation” that was basically designed to let stronger, more athletic, more popular kids humiliate the average elementary school-aged future Princetonian.

You’d think the mere sight of one of those red rubber balls would send us scurrying off in the other direction. Actually touching one ought to undo years of therapy.

But every year, we conquer our fears at Colosseum Club’s dodgeball tournament, because, as nerds among nerds, it’s finally our turn to be the gym class heroes. Sure, we could act like the adults we theoretically are and “rise above” our childhood torment. Instead we spend a night living out our fifth-grade fantasies.

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Paula Deen Would Be Proud

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Even today’s truly un-springlike weather didn’t keep students away from the Southern Society Pig Pickin’ Barbecue, an annual event that’s pretty hard to miss if you spend any time in Dod Courtyard.

Princeton’s southern contingent puts out quite a spread – biscuits, sweet tea, watermelon, and corn on the cob – but the centerpiece was a 150 lb. pig they slow-cooked for 16 hours.

They even had some alums back for a mini-reunion – Ben Oliver ’10 and Andrew Davis ’10.

“Back in my day, it snowed at the pig pickin,’” Oliver said. “Not really, but I like to pretend.”

Liz Anderson ’13 said it’s the Southern Society’s biggest annual event, but they also host Chick-Fil-A study breaks and a southern ball. If it sounds like your thing, don’t worry, you don’t need to be a southerner to join – just a southerner at heart.

We got photos of the pig, too, but only post-pickin,’ and decided it might be little on the gory side for our highly refined audience. But if you’re curious, you can check out a photo of last year’s Wilbur on their blog.

IN PRINT: Princeton coders #winning

Xufan Zhang, Eddy Ferreira, Arman Suleimenov, and Bohua Zhan on the way to a 2nd-place finish

Xufan Zhang, Eddy Ferreira, Arman Suleimenov, and Bohua Zhan on the way to a 2nd-place finish

Princeton stole the show at the first-ever New York Google Games last Saturday, which brought 175 students hailing from Columbia, NYU, Stony Brook, Rutgers, Princeton to Google’s NYC headquarters for some head-to-head competition.

It was sort of like a heptathlon, but not one any track fans out there would recognize. Teams vied to be the first to finish challenges like geek trivia, a word association game, coding challenge, and gaming blitz.

Michael Sobin, Alex Ogier, Jeff Hodes, Adam Hesterberg, and Frank Xiao took first  place, crushing Carnegie Mellon’s former speed record while completing an extra puzzle along the way. Hesterberg won the individual title as well, scoring a new tablet in addition to the Android phones each team member received.

Another Tiger team – Xufan Zhang, Eddy Ferreira, Arman Suleimenov and Bohua Zhan, Edward Zhang – took second place, while Columbia ruined a would-be Princeton sweep.

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Getting to Know the USG: First Annual Report

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Because there's more going on in that office than the free coffee.

The USG published its first annual report Monday, giving us an inside look at what exactly our student government does with $166,172.50 each year.  Many of the initiatives described were projects we already know and love – Lawnparties & Houseparties festivities, Garden Theater movies, and the like. But even more interesting was the chance to see the things the USG does that we don’t usually hear about – works in progress, on hold, or shut down – and their own assessment of how they’re doing.

Yaro kicked it off with an interpretation of the USG’s mission: “make students happy.” If that’s the goal, then their emphasis, at least as evidenced by where they put their dollars, makes sense. During the fall semester, 46.6% of the total budget went to social projects – Lawnparties and the UFO (just like you learned in ECO 100, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: Garden Theater movies might be free for you, but Princeton’s picking up the $17,500 tab). Add in Projects Board funding, and it jumps to 67.7%.

Still, it’s a pretty heavy focus on fun for an organization whose constitution begins with the following noble mission statement:

The Undergraduate Student Government is dedicated to the proposition that students must be included in the making of decisions that affect them. We hark back to the words of Woodrow Wilson: We shall fight for the things which we have carried nearest to our hearts…for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments.

It seems like the USG might agree.

“Most notably, we were weakest in the area that matters the most: academics,” Yaro notes in the opening. “The areas in which we can and did achieve the most are the areas where the benefit to students is the least impactful.”

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Princetonians Protest Something Other Than Hummus

You might want to sit down for this: Princeton students were protesting in Frist today, and hummus was nowhere in sight.

But don’t worry, we haven’t dropped our exclusively food-oriented take on social issues. Maybe there weren’t any chickpeas, bananas, or students masquerading as packed meat, but there was a giant ear of corn.

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The anti-Farm Bill protest was one of ten held at universities around the country today. Organizer Will Herlands ’12 said students at other schools planned to dance through fields, but the Princeton team stuck to our tried-and-true tactic — petitions.

It’s probably just as well. Agriculture is New Jersey’s third largest industry (who knew, right?) and Mercer County is a farming hotspot, so a crowd of students sporting anti-“Big Ag Bill” buttons probably wouldn’t have been welcome in the local cornfields.