Bonfire In Our Near Future!

Although rumor has it a few Yale pranksters snuck onto campus a week ago to spread some Bulldog mischief the night before the football game (see evidence below), it didn’t stop us from destroying their team 29-7, a victory that secured for the Tigers the almost mythic celebratory Bonfire, unknown to Princeton students of the last 6 years.


This Saturday, on the cusp of the winter season, Princetonians will gather ’round Cannon Green to bask in the warmth of athletic glory and school pride.

For a taste of what’s to come check out footage from the 1926 fire and the 2006 fire. (And if you still aren’t excited, a little USG propaganda should do the trick).

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FuLu Your Frenemies!

Add to the list of Princeton undergraduate start-ups:, an anonymous email server launched this year by sophomores Ash Egan and Jason Adleberg and junior Bobby Grogan.

After a brief hiatus during which the site was closed for reconstruction, FuLumail is once again up and running, allowing users to continue their slew of anonymous communication in the form of brief textual messages, now with the feature of adding photos and videos.

“What we envision … is a sort of news feed/message board where people can post whatever they’d like about whom or whatever they’d like, with a ratings system and a flagging system in place to moderate content,” said FuLu creator Ash Egan.

These young entrepreneurs have harnessed the whirlwind of emotions that thrives on a college campus and created a catalyst through which we can finally confess our most secret sentiments without fear of revelation.


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We’re Back, Baby: Princeton ranked #1 National University

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Like a J-Lo summer pop single, Princeton has made a comeback, tying Harvard for #1 on the US News and World Report 2011-12 Ranking of the best undergraduate colleges in the United States.

After a year of being slighted by the Crimson menace, Princeton has returned to its former place on the leaderboard chart. One trivial beef I have: we always seem to inexplicably “tie” with Harvard and yet are listed after it– and don’t tell me it’s in alphabetical order.

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Changes from last year among the Ivies were sparse:

  • Dartmouth falls from #9 to #11
  • University of Pennsylvania is still tied in a pan-America five-way with CalTech, Stanford, MIT, and University of Chicago.
  • Columbia’s holding strong after a huge four-spot jump to #4 last year (mirroring their plummeting acceptance rates with the adoption of the Common App, or, as my theory goes, the result of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”. See also: Brown’s Emma Watson effect.)
  • Cornell: Still in Ithaca.

Other than that, rankings haven’t moved much. Methodology changes every year, and  people always debate the legitimacy of college rankings. Unfortunately, we can’t all be Sarah Lawrence.


A list of reasons why it’s good to be Princetonian right now:

1.) Midterms are over.

2.) Spring break is upon us.

3.) Our basketball men just beat Harvard 63-62 to win a bid to the NCAA Tournament!!

A snapshot of the Tiger blood gushing all over Facebook:

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And a personal favorite:

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Enough said.

UPDATE: A commenter correctly notes that this was just a playoff game for the NCAA bid — Princeton and Harvard still share the Ivy League title for this season.

Princeton Basketball – Living Up to the Hype

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When I came to Princeton, I thought one of my birthrights as a newly minted Tiger was a reliably awesome basketball team. After all, Princeton is the school of Bill Bradley! We’ve got a freakin’ offensive system named after us! But my freshman year (the 2008-09 season) the Tigers went a decidedly middling 12-14 – it wasn’t all that much fun to be a Princeton basketball fan.

Last year, things got a little better – Princeton finished the regular season a respectable 20-8, and made a run at the CBI postseason tournament.

But this year? Watch out, world — the Tigers may be the team to beat in the Ivy League.

(Note to the Women’s Basketball Team: You’re awesome. But you were awesome last year, too. So this post will focus on your male counterparts.)

Princeton is 14-4, with two of our losses coming against ranked NCAA opponents (then 1 Duke, and later a nail biter against 19 Central Florida). We’re undefeated through two games in the Ivy League, and we’re 9-1 in our last 10 games.

The only team standing in our way is Harvard. The Crimson squad is 15-3, 4-0 in the Ivy League, and riding an eight game win streak.

Friday night’s game, then, at home against Harvard, is the most important game of the season for Princeton. Win, and we take control of the Ivy League. Lose, and we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to try to exact our revenge. But either way, make it down to Jadwin this Friday night at 7. Princeton basketball is living up to its lofty heritage. Make sure you’re there to appreciate it.

Ivy League! Tremble at Princeton’s Autumnal Athletic Dominance (Sorry Football)!

Senior Striker Kathleen Sharkey, Probably About to Score One of Her Nation-Leading 20 Goals.

Junior Striker Kathleen Sharkey, Probably About to Score One of Her Nation-Leading 20 Goals. (photo credit: Beverly Schaefer)

Pop quiz, sports fans: if you ignore the football teams (hi sprint!), how many games have Princeton sports teams lost to Ivy League opponents this year?

Zero. Zilch. Nary a one. You read that correctly: field hockey, men’s water polo, women’s volleyball, and both soccer teams are UNDEFEATED in Ivy League play. (Granted, men’s water polo doesn’t actually play in the Ivy League, but they beat Harvard and they’re also undefeated in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division. Boom!)

Maybe sometimes you flip over the Prince at breakfast and inadvertently catch a score or headline while trying to read the Quote of the Day. Maybe the big event of your athletic calendar this fall was the time you wandered over to the football stadium after tailgates because there were pretzels for sale inside. Maybe you had no idea we were nationally ranked in a couple fall sports. (By “you,” of course, I mean me.)

Consider this blog post a mid-season recap; a cheat sheet of reasons to care about Tiger sports this fall. Let’s break it down, team by team!

Field Hockey

(9-2, Ivy 3-0)

Holy crap, field hockey’s good. How good, you ask? Prepare yourself.

The team’s ranked #4 in the country. Striker Kathleen Sharkey ’12 leads the nation with 20 goals scored. And they already beat off the top team in the country, Maryland, 4-2, back in late September. Get down to 1952 Stadium!

Next home game: Brown at noon this Saturday, Oct. 16.

More Teams After the Jump!

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Ivy League NCAA Sports Redux

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Cornell may have ended its historic March Madness run last night (read the NYTimes’s take on it here), but the Ivy League still lives strong in the NCAA. Next up: Yale’s hockey team is going up against North Dakota tomorrow afternoon in the Northeast regional semifinals. Yale was ranked No. 9 in the nation after an impressive season (20-9-3), and the game will be aired live on and Fox Sports Net North at 5pm ET on Saturday. So shelve that Tiger pride, take a much-needed study break, and cheer on your fellow Ivy! Enjoy the weekend, everybody.

On sex and elitism in the Ivy League

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The High School argument.  Over the years here, there’s been too many of these dustups to even begin to count. You know what I’m talking about: Public schools have bad teachers, Private schools are elitist, Prep schools are SUPER-elitist, and on and on and PUMP MY GAS on and onnnn… It’s garbage, all of it.

What were we talking about? Oh yes — the eternal, exhausting Public versus Private debate. Well, we’d say that each side’s talking points have been the same since time immerorial — but turns out that’s not the case.

In December 1957, Ivy Magazine ran point-counterpoint articles in favor of and against public schools — specifically, about how well prep-school and public school graduates fit in at Ivy League colleges. Interestingly, differently, both sides centered their cases around sex.  As in, “how much” and “what kind” the opposing side is having.  It gets vicious.

“Almost all the public high school graduates have had the benefit of adolescent contact with the opposite sex,” wrote Bryce E. Nelson in “Toddlers in Tweed,” the pro-public school piece.  “[The public school graduate’s] classmate has had a far different adolescence.”

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Frisbee days of Princeton yore

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Ever wonder how the frisbee got its start? Right here at Princeton!

That’s right, the hippie sport(?) began as the privileged past time of Ivy League elites, especially Princetonians, in the spring of 1957. An article about the fad even appeared in the New York Times on August 11, 1957, written by Gay Talese. Called “the friz” by Princeton students, it only cost 79¢.

Here are two of our favorite quotes from Talese’s article:

“One Princeton crew cut said that the gadget kept students so busy that they had no time for rioting.”

“Neither stamina nor brains are needed to make it work.”

Ahhh… so that’s why it was so popular here.

Grades go down, University celebrates.


The proportion of “A” grades received by undergraduates finally dipped under 40 percent last year, the Faculty Committee on Grading reported happily today. A smashing success! Welcome back to school!

“A” grades made up only 39.7 percent of undergraduate grades given in the 2008-09 academic year, down more than eight percent from 2002-03, before the grade deflation policy took effect.

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Walter Kirn is Lost in the Meritocracy


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In his upcoming book Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever, novelist Walter Kirn ’83 writes about his experience at  Princeton, where, as he said in an interview with the Chicago Maroon, he felt “alienated among the indoctrinated.”

The book description on Amazon describes the university as:

an arena for gamesmanship, snobbery, social climbing, ass-kissing, and recreational drug use, where the point of literature classes was to mirror the instructor’s critical theories and actual reading of the books under consideration was optional.

Compare that to a comment on an article in the Daily Princetonian posted today:

who comes to pton to “learn”? pton is a means for the end that is employment with a high salary/status/etc. with this ridiculous deflation policy, cheating will only increase as people realize that in the real world, no one cares about your “honor” but rather your gpa.


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Forbes Magazine discovers something called “prep schools”

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Perhaps we’re being assholes, but isn’t the existence of prep schools, like, pretty much common knowledge? We half expect Forbes to write about something called the “Ivy League” and “parochial schools” next week.

In addition to a slideshow of some prep schools, the piece offers wonderful insights such as, “The Ivy League is still the Ivy League.” The rest of the article can basically be summed up as such: Prep schools are private! They can be famous! They have pretty campuses! Rich people go there! But so do poor people! They have famous alumni! They send their kids to the Ivy League! But so do public schools!

The most obnoxious part of the article is at the end:

But at the end of the day, writing Harvard or Princeton on your résumé really does mean something. So does what prep school you attended.

Okay, we can only hope writing “Princeton” on our résumé “really does mean something.” Because with grade deflation and the Great Depression 2.0, we’re just sure our prep school education will come in real handy.

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