21 Questions With … Luc Cohen ’14


Name: Luc Cohen
Age: 20
Major: Wilson School
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Eating Club/Residential College: Terrace / Whitman

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Delete the massive amounts of spam comments the ‘Prince’ website gets. Distinguishing between a bootleg Gucci salesperson and an average ‘Prince’ troll is harder than it may seem.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Skins. UK version.

What are your plans for the ‘Prince’?
To enhance our online strategy and make sure we’re prepared for the launch of our redesigned website (!!) later this year. Also, to improve long-term, enterprise reporting in all sections of the paper.

What were you doing right before you started filling this out?
Twiddling my thumbs waiting for my 21 questions to arrive, as I have been since I was elected in December.

Favorite thing about yourself?
I can hacky sack pretty well.

Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla, for ice cream. Chocolate for candy or anything else.

What is your biggest fear?
Missing a good story, or learning of it too late.

Top three things on your Princeton bucket list?
Go to the Grad College tower, eat a late-meal quesadilla at least one more time, and publish important stories that people wouldn’t have heard otherwise.

If your life were a movie, what would be the theme song?
“No Surrender.”

What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the past year?
Probably getting on a motorcycle taxi through a neighborhood in Rio with steep, windy roads. Isaac Lederman ’15 was on the one in front of me, and his crashed into a car. He was fine though, and he got his 2 reais back.

Are you a morning person?
What’s a morning?

When was the last time you cried?
When Andy Roddick lost to Del Potro in the U.S. Open last year, his last match ever.

Role model?
See above.

Favorite movie?
Pirates of the Caribbean.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten at Princeton?
Terrace Mexican night, every Friday.

What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed?
The front pages of the ‘Prince’ Homecoming issue, the Election issue, the Tilghman issue, and the issue with the Michelle Obama article.

If you could receive any gift, what would it be?
A lifetime supply of hummus, and anything (carrots, Wheat Thins, etc.) I can dip in it.

What are your pet peeves?
People who respond to the question, ‘Where are you from?’ with ‘Near New York City.’

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at Princeton?
That the CIA considered contracting the mafia to carry out the Bay of Pigs operation. Buried in a memoir I was reading for my JP last semester.

In 25 years, you will be…
Elated, because the Mets will have won a World Series in my lifetime.

What makes someone a Princetonian?
The ability to direct a lost tourist from the depths of the junior slums to the art museum.


Princeton Student is Israel’s Sassy Gay Friend

In light of the recent tensions between Israel and Iran, some Princeton students have decided that the best thing for Israel isn’t another negotiation or summit, but a sassy gay best friend (girl, please).

Whatever your politics may be on the Israel-Palestine / Middle East conflict, you can at least appreciate the exuberant incorporation of hummus and Brandon Davis ’13 ‘s delightful neck scarf. (Perhaps the best line in this entire hilarious script: “Yeah, and I’m 6’4 on my Grindr account.”)

Interestingly enough, in the process of searching for Sassy Gay Friend derivatives, I found an old Body Hype video of Sassy Gay Friend: Titanic version that has gotten a considerable view count. Princeton kids. What. what. what are you doing.

A Look Back at 2010

2010. A year of the same old Princeton happenings–bitching about Dean’s Date, bitching about grade deflation, bitching about bad FML posts. But there were a few things that we think set Oh-Ten apart: Robot Unicorn Attack, Supreme Court dominance, and the demise of Four Loko.

Here’s what happened in 2010:

  • January: There were exams. There are always exams. For the four years you are at Princeton, you will never have a January that isn’t at least partly awful, on account of exams. However: Dean’s Date liveblog. —DCW
  • February: Chatroulette was just starting to become a campus phenomenon, and by phenomenon, we mean something that people would do at parties when they were drunk. In February, we brought you the story of three friends who ran into each other on Chatroulette–while 16,216 other users from around the world were also chatting and nexting each other. -AW
    All month, we crossed our fingers and it happened: February 10th — Snow Day! With classes cancelled, Princetonians’ inner five-year-olds came out to play. The day unfolded like a story — like Beginner’s Reading story from Highlights For Children where nothing bad ever happens ever and instead the characters perform one wholesome recreational activity after another until it’s time to go home and get warm and Mom’s made hot chocolate with marshmallows oh yeah! It was simple. It was uncool. It was so, so wonderful. It was: Snowball fight in the Junior Slums! Quick now sled down Whitman Hill! Hide out in an igloo! Build a snowman on Alexander Beach! How could you not go to bed that night with a smile? — DCW
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    So you thought the hummus debate was over?

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    Well, think again.

    The referendum failed in a vote of 1014 to 699, as we reported yesterday. However, Dining Services is still considering offering an alternative to Sabra hummus.

    “We will continue the conversation with the students and hope to include faculty and staff opinions as well,” Stu Orefice, director of Dining Services, told the Prince yesterday.

    By creating buzz about Sabra both on campus and in the national media, PCP may have succeeded in its goal, despite the results of the election. After all the national media attention, the University may ultimately decide that it does not want to appear anti-Palestinian.

    Or the University may simply value offering options to students, irrespective of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

    Or it may do nothing.

    But whatever the eventual result, PCP, headed by Yoel Bitran ’11, plans to continue the debate in the hope that they will convince the University to offer an alternative hummus brand. Bitran tells us,

    We will take the 699 votes in favor of the referendum to Dining Services. Hopefully, we will be able to convince them that this is enough of a demand for an alternative Hummus to merit providing one at least in some retail locations. We will continue to raise awareness and ask students to personally boycott Sabra and other products linked to Israel’s human rights abuses.

    We’ll let you know what happens as this story continues to develop.

    Dipping in controversy: A look at Princeton’s hummus debate

    The troublemakers in the flesh. (image source: http://chewandswallow.wordpress.com/)

    The troublemakers in the flesh. (image source: http://chewandswallow.wordpress.com/)

    It all started with a chickpea.

    Harmless, you say? Not so, the Princeton Committee on Palestine (PCP) retorts.

    And the battle begins. If you haven’t heard about The Great Chickpea Debate that has consumed campus for the past week or so, read on. You might be confused as to what’s really being debated, what you’ll be voting on, or just what this means for your taste buds.

    So let’s take a step back and look at what’s actually brought us here.

    Round 1: The controversy begins with PCP’s concerns about the Strauss group, partial owner of Sabra, the company that manufactures all the hummus sold on campus. In a petition to ban Sabra hummus, PCP President Yoel Bitran ’11 writes,

    Sabra is partially owned by the Strauss group, which is an Israeli company that has a history of supporting the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces. The Golani brigade is known as a particularly reckless one and has been accused by human rights organizations of numerous human rights violations…The Princeton Committee on Palestine objects to the fact that Sabra is the only hummus brand that is offered in most university stores, and that students who wish to eat this traditional Arab food are forced to buy a product that is connected to human rights abuses against Arab civilians.

    PCP creates this “Boycott Sabra Hummus” event on November 14 and things start to heat up.

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    The Fate of Sabra Hummus Remains Uncertain

    Hello late meal

    Hello late meal.

    All you eager consumers of this savory garbanzo/tahini union, know this: you might not be voting on the fate of Princeton hummus today. After an appeal on Sunday night, the PCP’s referendum may not appear on Monday as originally planned.

    For the uninitiated, here’s a quick recap of The Great Hummus Debacle of 2010:

    Currently, the only hummus served on campus is an American brand called Sabra, partially owned by the Israel-based Strauss Group. The Princeton Committee on Palestine (PCP) has claimed that Strauss Group is propagating human rights violations because they support the Israeli military. PCP created a petition for their cause and got over 200 student signatures — the amount required to get a referendum onto the USG ballot, where the entire student body can vote on it. The PCP’s referendum insisted that the USG issue a formal recommendation to Dining Services, asking them to provide alternative hummus options. It was cleared to appear on tomorrow’s ballot.

    But no!

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