Week in Review: Tigers vs. Ralph Lauren Crew (July 30-August 6)

This week has been a big one for Tiger athletes, least of all because of some impostor-Princeton rowers hitting the boats at Lake Carnegie. The much-anticipated Ralph Lauren fall collection photoshoot, which took place on campus in early May, is finally online, so if you’re missing the Dinky or Blair Arch or the courtyard outside the U-Store, just play it on repeat. (We’d also like to let all nervous 2016ers know that real Princeton students are much happier than the models pretending to be Princeton students).

But the Ralph Lauren rowers have nothing on our real Tiger rowers, who have brought in a medal of each color in the past week. Caroline Lind ’06 helped the US women’s eight win their second Olympic gold in a row on August 2, and Andreanne Morin ’06 and Lauren Wilkinson ’11 brought home silver medals for Canada in the same race. The women’s eight gave Princeton its first medalists of the London Olympics. On August 4, Glenn Ochal ’08 and the US men’s four came away with bronze.

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Week In Review: GRΣΣK Σdition (July 23 – July 29)

Sorry ’16ers, as much as we tried (and boy did we try: liveblog transcript of evidence here), none of you will be able to join a sorority or fraternity this year. As I have no doubt the administration has already alerted you, a full-fledged freshman Greek ban was instated this spring, prohibiting the rush of, and enrollment in Greek organizations during a student’s first year on campus.

But considering this year’s 66.7% overall yield, and 89-student increase over the University’s enrollment target (don’t worry; we are “confident that we will be able to accommodate the incoming class comfortably”), this development doesn’t seem to faze you.

Rather, this post is concerned with a considerably more ancient Greek tradition: the quadrennial summer Olympic Games, in which the representation of this notable collegiate institution has not let you down.


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And it begins!

Yesterday, hundreds of seniors turned in their theses–and promptly went to Princeton Sports Bar.

Check out these photos of the Woody Woo seniors splashing around in the Woody Woo fountain in (drunken) post-thesis glee! Video to come.



Thought you had a bad week?

Yeah, midterms have come and gone, and they hit some of us hard (I currently am watching a passed out underclassman drool on a table littered with sheets of math in Frist). Can you imagine what it’s like in the real world, though? More specifically, in the political world?

Take note all you Woody Woo majors: it gets worse!

...then CA was like, meh

...then CA was like, 'meh'

  • The cherry on top of Meg’s campaign? At least she’s kind of like, the female “Governator,” or at least according to this attack ad running now.

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New Robertson foundation will actually fulfill its purpose

from nj.com

Robertson Hall (from nj.com)

Remember that lawsuit two years ago involving the Robertson family and the Woodrow Wilson School’s $900 million endowment? (You know, Robertson like Robertson Hall?) In 1961, Charles and Marie Robertson donated $35 million to Princeton, with the purpose of supporting the Wilson School in preparing students for careers in government. In 2002, the Robertson family sued Princeton…basically, because they realized that Woody Woo majors were really just going into banking and consulting, not public service. The case ended with a $100 million settlement.

Eight months ago, the Robertson family used that money to start the Robertson Foundation for Government, a non-profit “dedicated to helping government meet its talent needs by identifying, educating and motivating top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers.” This year it funded the education of 11 fellows at four graduate schools (UC San Diego, Syracuse, University of Maryland and Tufts)–who do seem to actually really want to go into public service.

OK, not that they really have a choice anymore. According to Sign On San Diego, students have to perform three years of government service within five years… “or they must repay the funds.” (The total scholarship is about $70,000 over two years.) Looks like the Robertson Family learned their lesson the first time around.

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Enjoy your free food, but keep it classy

(source: Princeton.edu)

(source: Princeton.edu)

Look, we get it. One of the greatest perks of going to Princeton is the free food. I say this with only a small amount of sarcasm, because we, too, have experienced the bliss of stumbling across a platter of abandoned cookies from Olives or walking into a study break just in time to snatch the last samosa.

And we, like many before us, have wondered just how easy it would be to be a freegan here at Princeton. Last week we even gave you “The Scavenger’s Guide to Princeton” to share our wealth of free food-related knowledge.

But you gotta have style.

Not to point any fingers (You’ll get this pun in a minute.) but we’re talking to you, Woody Woo.

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Elena Kagan ’81 is the Freshest Potential SCOTUS Nominee


Still wearing the Orange and Black

Ivy League diplomas and hotshot reputations define President Obama’s three potential nominees to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced on Friday that he would be retiring after 35 years on the bench.

The three leading candidates to replace him — Obama is considering about ten names in all, the White House says — are Elena Kagan ’81, Merrick Garland, and Diane Wood.  If Kagan is selected, she’ll be the third consecutive Supreme Court Justice nominee to be a Princeton alumna/us.

Kagan is currently Obama’s solicitor general (the administration’s top advocate before the Supreme Court), a position that has already let her practice  that tricky process of  Senate approval. During her confirmation hearings, Kagan drew some criticism for arguing that battlefield law, or indefinite detention without a trial, should apply even if an enemy was captured outside of the physical battlefield.

That little black mark aside, Kagan’s basically a shoe-in.  Why? She’s super youthful. Coming in at a vibrant 49, Kagan could wear the robe for decades.

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“The right tools” take a dip in Robertson fountain

Upon turning in their senior theses today at 4:00 P.M., the Woody Woo senior class took their traditional post-thesis swim in the Robertson fountain to commemorate the occasion.

Armed with an inflatable boat, some paddles, and a floatie or two, a very excited group clad in their “Right tools for the job” shirts splashed around in the spring sun.

Oh, to be so carefree! Congrats, guys.

(Not pictured: A very dry set of Politics majors standing on the steps of Corwin.)

Health Care Examined, Woody Woo-Style


Ah, the good 'ole days of SHR: "I'm just a bill..." (source: pastemagazine.com)

One week after the health care jump, and the Tea Partiers are all busy rallying their troops (to the extent that Obama publicly acknowledged the movement in an interview on the Today Show this morning).  As the rumors fly and rallying cries are shouted, it’s a relief to find a writer who outlines what the new health care actually does in a clear way.

Enter Uwe Reinhardt, Woodrow Wilson’s James Madison Professor of Political Economy. Reinhardt’s specialty is Health Care policy, and as such, he’s been everywhere this past week.  His most recent post on the NYTimes’s Economix blog (a site which is meant to “explain the science of everyday life”) helps demystify the process a great deal: read it here.

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IN PRINT: Stanley Hoffman calls for a “radical change” in foreign policy

RobertsonExpStanley Hoffman, a Harvard professor and foreign policy commentator, called for a “radical change in the emphasis and usage of power” in U.S. foreign policy, during a public address delivered in Robertson Hall Thursday afternoon, October 15.

Hoffman’s speech was titled “U.S. Foreign Policy, Past and Future,” and was the third in as many days as a part of the Richard Ullman Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and Princeton University Press.

“We need to abandon unilateralism on the stage,” Hoffman said during his Thursday speech. “We need to create zones of multilateral action.”

With regard to the military, Hoffman said the U.S. needs to lower the numbers of nuclear weapons, avoid foreign deployments and “create a regime of controllable materials.”

Read the entire article at Woodrow Wilson School News here.

IN PRINT: Gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett describes NJ’s economic challenges

For New Jersey’s independent candidate for governor Chris Daggett, the one policy issue looming above all others during a public talk Oct. 7 at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School was the economy – and how to fix it.

Daggett was the only independent candidate to raise enough funds to participate in the gubernatorial debate last week against Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine and Republican candidate Chris Christie, he said.

“The two parties have demonstrated an inability to work together…it’s very discouraging, and part of my reason for running is that I’m so disappointed and disillusioned by both parties,” Daggett said. “And I honestly believe, whichever party is in Trenton, it won’t make any difference.”

To read on, see the Woodrow Wilson School News.