Last week, students from “VIS 439: Art as Interaction” installed “The Surface,” a series of wooden boards designed to encourage passerby to scribble whatever they wish. Since then, the project’s incited op-eds, news articles, and even censorship by the University. We here at the University Press Club wonder, what’s the big deal? Long before the idea for the Surface even existed, student angst and crudely drawn penises had another home: the Butler Library carrels. Take a look:

“Be happy knowing that nothing really matters.” “My problem set matters!”

“I’d love to awaken one day and see not that life is only a dream I’d been living but that dream is the life I am living.”

“Is there light at the end of the tunnel? B/c I don’t see it!”

“Nobody comes to Princeton to take easy classes. Work.”

“Hey fratboy. Suck my dick cuz I’m a frat boy too.”

“Leave your mark on a greater place. Graffiti Firestone.” Or the Surface?



Name: Liz Lian

Age: 21

Hometown: Chester, NJ

Major: Anthropology

Eating Club/Res College/Affiliation: Ivy/Mathey

What is WICK, and why did you found it?
WICK is the answer to the everyday problems the modern lady faces when she’s getting dressed to go out. Say she wants to wear a dress with a low back but doesn’t have or doesn’t want to wear a sticky bra. Or the skirt she’s wearing reveals VPL (visible panty line), or the party she’s about to attend is sure to be packed with red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere, and she knows a regular shirt will get spilled on our sweat through. That’s where WICK comes in.

We (I started the company with my friend from high school and current UPenn student, Sanibel Chai) started WICK to make clothes with the goal of making these dilemmas a thing of the past. Our dresses, skirts, and tops are made from performance activewear fabric that you would wear to work out or do yoga, so they dry off quickly when you sweat and won’t cling uncomfortably. Plus, we’ve designed them with function in mind. Our skirts and some dresses include pockets to hold your phone, cards, cash, keys, etc. We’ve built in bras and shorts in pieces that need them so our wearers can stay safely covered. Everything is professionally and originally designed and totally machine washable, so you’ll still look great but won’t have to worry about dry-cleaning.

Where did the name, “WICK,” come from?
I read somewhere that the lady who started Spanx read that the hard “k” sound was supposed to sound catchy and funny, so we took a page out of her book and went with something that also had a hard “k” sound. So thanks, Spanx lady.

Are you planning on making menswear as well?
Based on the conversations I’ve had with a lot of guys about WICK, WICK for men is in high demand! I would love to try it out in the future, because men definitely need an alternative to the sweat-unfriendly cotton button-down shirt, but until then, our focus is on womenswear.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real of fictional?
Jack Donaghy. I wish he could mentor me.

What’s the best meal you ever had at Princeton?
Some friends and I have treated ourselves at Mistral a couple times, and the food and company are always excellent.

In one sentence, what is it you actually do all day?
Convince myself that I can have it all.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Dropping lavish sums on bath products at Marshalls.

What is your biggest fear?
Getting trampled, and monkeys. I never thought about it until now, but getting trampled by monkeys would be pretty awful too.

What is the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the past year?
As I was answering the 7th question in this questionnaire, I saw a spider on my desk, captured it with a plastic cup, then slipped and fell down as I was taking the spider cup outside. Luckily, the spider remained in the cup and I managed to safely return it to the great outdoors, but who knows what could have happened if it had gotten out. Seven questions later, I am still feeling the adrenaline rush.

What makes you laugh? Cry?
Laugh: My own jokes. Cry: Videos of soldiers coming home to their families and dogs. Also, tears of pride thinking about my friends going after their dreams and doing their own thing and watching them succeed.

What’s your favorite piece of unconventional clothing?
All my WICK clothes, of course!

When’s bedtime?
I usually aspire to 12:30ish, but end up actually going to bed much later. I’m trying to become a morning person, though. It’s rough.

Where do you do your best thinking?
In my bed or driving in my car.

When do you do your best thinking?
In the wee hours when I’m trying to fall asleep.

What is hanging over your bed/desk?
Over my bed: paper cutout letters strung together to spell out, “WICK: THE NO STRESS BLACK DRESS.” Over my desk: a Miley Cyrus bandana that I bought at her 2009 Wonder World tour.

What do you like most about Princeton?
Free laundry and printing, the accessibility of the facilities, how close it is to home, Frist, the supportive and ambitious people I’ve encountered.

What do you like least about Princeton?
When people (myself not excluded) complain about the problems in our social and organizational structures but don’t take the initiative to change them, when people are inconsiderate of shared spaces, raising your hand to participate in a class discussion, the overuse of the non-word “interesting.”

What are your plans for this summer?
I’m still figuring out the details, but I’ll definitely be working on WICK.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at Princeton?
I learned recently that there’s never really going to be a “right” time to start doing something, whether it’s starting a business, starting a new routine, pursuing a music career, or putting on a play. No one is going to tell you, “Okay, the universe is ready for you, it’s your time!” You kind of just have prepare yourself as best you can, even if you don’t feel prepared at all, and go for it.

Where is your favorite spot on campus?
Tie between Frist and the back porch of Ivy on a warm, sunny day.

In 25 years you will be…
Reading this on a hologram in my hybrid house, chuckling about how little I knew back then.

Are you a post-thesis senior with little to do but scour the Internet for amusing Princeton-related tidbits during your last two months on campus? A recently-admitted pre-frosh who is already running out of online material to fuel your imagination as you dream about your arrival on campus?

Don’t worry, we’ve done all the work for you! UPC is proud to present an introduction to Princeton’s plethora of online sources to sustain your procrastination in the next four years.

Here are some of our go-to gems:


Platform for cross-campus complaints.

Tiger Admirers

Although the Facebook page seems to be (temporarily?) unavailable, this site gets a lot of action (and generates a lot of action) throughout the school year as students fawn over their classmates.

And to give you a taste of some college-level literary analysis, watch English Professor Jeff Nunokawa’s original interpretation of the text here.



Pi Phi in the library is you classic (spoof) sorority girl with a twist!

Princeton Horse – self-explanatory


An excellent source for non-Princeton-related procrastination, but when the two are combined, who can resist?


Your very own Class of 2018 Facebook Page! (increases in value as time goes on)



And, as always, your number 1 site for your years on campus, and beyond: The Ink!



Congratulations, Class of 2018, on your admittance to Princeton! You cured cancer/scaled Mount Everest/[enter impressive accomplishment here]. Many of you have already wisely chosen to matriculate, but for those of you still on the fence, here is a list of some great Princeton perks – beyond the outstanding academics and beautiful campus (and I won’t dare to say, meningitis).

  1. Discounted Broadway tickets. Each residential college regularly sponsors trips for students to go see Broadway shows for a mere $25. The $25 cost includes coach bus transportation to and from New York City and a snack on the bus on the way back (think: chocolate chip cookies and chips). Shows this year have included The Book of Mormon; The Lion King; Wicked; and Mamma Mia. The seats are typically very good, and it’s truly an amazing opportunity to take advantage of.
  2. Free movies in town every weekend. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m., the local Garden Theatre allows students to see a free movie upon presentation of their student ID (“prox”). Free soda and popcorn are included. This weekend, the theater is showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but past showings have been Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Mean Girls; The Heat; and The Silence of the Lambs, among others.
  3. Late meal. At some other colleges, if you miss lunch or dinner, that’s it. Make some Ramen, go buy some food, or go hungry. But at Princeton, if you’re an underclassman, and you miss a meal because of class or what have you, you can still enjoy campus food. The University offers late meal from 2-3:30 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center. The cash credit allowance is $5.95 for late meal lunch and $6.95 for late meal dinner. There’s sushi, sandwiches, a salad bar, and delicious quesadillas, among other options. If it’s any indication from our recent UPC post, late meal is possibly the greatest thing ever. Underappreciated by underclassmen and coveted by upperclassmen, late meal is definitely one of Princeton’s greatest perks.
  4. Free cookies every day at Murray-Dodge Café. From 3:30-6 p.m. and 10-12:30 a.m., you can stop by the café to savor some warm, freshly-baked cookies and drink tea. While eating your cookie, you will realize that the freshman 15 at Princeton is more like the freshman 30. 
  5. Cool apps that make Princeton life a little easier. One app, called ICE (Integrated Course Engine), allows you to browse courses, read reviews, and then add classes into a calendar to check for scheduling conflicts. You can also “friend” people to view your friends’ semester schedules and to determine if they’re in any classes with you. Another great one is LaundryView, which tells you how many (and which) laundry machines are available at any given time, so you don’t have to trek downstairs with your laundry only to discover that there are no free machines. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up to receive a text when your laundry cycle is done.
  6. The beautiful study spaces. Firestone Library and Chancellor Green are particularly gorgeous places to study. There’s nothing like studying with a huge stained glass window overhead.
  7. Famous people come to speak here – frequently. Actor Steve Martin. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. NBC’s Tom Brokaw. TV Talk Show Host Dr. Oz. Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Novelist Elie Wiesel. The list goes on.
  8. Free tango and salsa classes/videography workshops/yoga and zumba classes/jewelry workshops. These classes and workshops are great stress-relievers.
  9. Froyo machines and ice cream carts in the dining halls. Don’t forget the sprinkles.
  10. Great study breaks. Another post about food, yes. The residential college councils and RCAs (residential college advisers) periodically organize study breaks with free food, ranging from s’mores get-togethers to make-your-own sundaes to Chipotle burritos.

Students at Princeton University have mentored inmates at New Jersey correctional facilities and worked to advocate prison reform throughout the state.

This weekend they are launching their first conference on prison reform.

“This is the biggest civil rights issue that I can think of at this time, and we want to give students the tools to advocate and to understand the different avenues for advocacy,” said Princeton senior Shaina Watrous.

Watrous is a founder of Students for Prison and Education Reform (SPEAR), which today and tomorrow is bringing students, academics, and activists together for a conference titled “Building A New Criminal Justice System: Mobilizing Students for Reform.”

Read the full story here at The Times of Trenton.

Photo courtesy of the Trenton Times

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke reflected on his experience to a packed McCosh 50 yesterday. The talk was a conversation with Econ Professor Alan Blinder, and the Press Club covered it for the Trenton Times. You can check out the front-page story here.

“Underclassmen have late meal. Upperclassmen have passes. Sounds like an easy fix to us,” reads the About page for Passes For Late Meal, a website where students can exchange late meal swipes for eating club passes.

Photo courtesy

The website, “made with love by hungry upperclassmen,” allows underclassmen to request Cap, Cannon, Cottage, Ivy, TI, or Tower passes. Meanwhile, upperclassmen looking for late meal swipes can offer their passes.

Students can either post an offer and wait for a match, or email people who have already posted offers. Once a student has posted an offer, his or her name is replaced (often with cutesy titles like “Passtafarian” or “LouisPassteur”) to maintain anonymity. When an underclassman is matched with an upperclassman, the site sends an email to both parties to coordinate the exchange.

Some underclassmen expressed that they are conflicted about whether to use the service.

“I think it’s a brilliant idea, especially because I rarely use late meal,” a freshman, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “But I don’t want to be judged by upperclassmen for being desperate for passes.”

UPDATE: The website was recently taken down since the University felt it violated their dining hall contract. See our good friends at the Daily Princetonian for the full story.

It was the fastest I had run in my life. My backpack bounced left and right on my back, harshly pressing me on with each step. My brother Ricky, though more stressed than I was, lagged behind. His long-legged strides weren’t fast enough.

We were about to miss the Dinky.

Okay, okay, so maybe I could’ve packed my bag more quickly. But, come on, Ricky didn’t have to show me that stupid Youtube video. Regardless, we sprinted towards the station, under our breaths cursing the Arts & Transit Neighborhood like never before.

We made it just as the Dinky began to move. The conductor almost barred our entry, physically. We slid past him, ignoring his protests and throwing words in his direction about how we couldn’t miss the train, we made these plans a while ago, Matthew you’re so stupid, Ricky no you are. In the end, he sold us tickets. But they were $4 extra, each. That was my lunch money!


I wish I could say I learned a lesson that day, but in reality, it seems like every time I need to take the Dinky I’m sprinting over there at the last minute. But the point is I don’t need to worry about that mean ol’ conductor anymore. (But let’s be real: normally those guys are pretty nice!) Why, you may ask? Because now NJ Transit offers the MyTix app, where you can easily buy and present train tickets digitally!

I downloaded the app five minutes ago (although it’s apparently been around since January), and happily discovered that NJ Transit actually did a great job! Setting up is simple – just follow the steps at the end of the post.

I just wonder how the conductor notes whether a digital ticket has been used. The potential bad news is you can no longer end up with an un-hole-punched, reusable (What? Cheat the ticketing system? Never!) ticket.

At the very least you’ll stop having that nightmare where you’re buying tickets at the bottom of the stairs when suddenly the train pulls away as the machine takes its time, sloooowly, sloooowly printing out that useless receipt.

1) After you’ve made your account/added a credit card, this page should appear.

2) As expected, you can choose origin and destination. What a clean interface!

3) If you want, you can even designate stations as favorites to quickly choose them!

4) Finally, buy your ticket! You can bring as many children and adults as you want – fantastic!

On the Daily Show last Thursday, Jon Stewart and company ripped into Susan Patton, the infamous “Princeton Mom.” What fun!

Be warned: the first one is funner than the second one.

Clip 1:


Clip 2:


James Franco, the actor and director known for roles in the Spider-Man trilogy and the TV show Freaks and Geeks, visited campus Monday. Along with 40 or 50 cast and crew members, Franco filmed key scenes from The Sound and Fury, an adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1929 novel in which Franco directs and stars.

Franco spent most of the day near the Washington Road bridge to film a scene in which a central character commits suicide by jumping into a river. But just before 6 P.M. filming relocated to the area near 1903 and Feinberg Halls. A crowd of students whispered and watched as a young actor led a little girl down the diagonal walking path and extras passed by in the background. After the shot was taken, Franco, in a hat and sunglasses, yelled, “That’s a wrap!”

Students hesitantly walked towards Franco, hoping for a picture; one of Franco’s colleagues whispered, “Are you ready to say no?”

The mob appears.

“I’ll give them a group picture,” Franco answered. Students, hearing this, rushed him from all sides, put on unbearably excited smiles, and shifted their eyes nervously from camera to camera. Some brave students tried getting selfies with Franco, and he didn’t mind; he’s apparently quite fond of the selfie.

Photo by Lara Norgaard ’17.

After the pictures, Franco stepped back and bellowed the obligatory “Go Yale!” (He’s a Yale Ph.D. candidate.) Students began screaming and some even pushed Franco down. He freed himself from the crowd and ran away, unable to deal with the sound and fury of Princeton students.

I’m bored while writing a paper so…

here are 3 random (and under the radar!) facts about our bright orange university:

ONE: As many of you already know, Princeton was originally named the College of New Jersey and only changed its name to Princeton in 1896. More interestingly, in 1996 Trenton State College decided to change its name to the College of New Jersey (aka TCNJ) and Princeton sued it for stealing the university’s former name that it hadn’t used in (a coincidence?) exactly a hundred years. Knowing our school, not a shocker, right?

TWO: Princeton had more delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 than any other American college. So even though the convention was in Philly, the Constitution is really ours. Plus, we sent James Madison so he counts double. If you look really close at the bottom left corner of the Constitution you can see in invisible ink “Princeton ’71″.

Yay, our fourth president!

THREE: Alexander Hamilton, father of our country’s financial system and graduate of Columbia, originally wanted to study at Princeton but was rejected. As can be seen here, Columbia still hasn’t gotten over this. For those history nerds out there, (yes, they created their own wikipedia page) has a strange take on their great alumnus’s death:

Princeton subsequently graduated Aaron Burr, who was so upset at the inferior quality of his education that he killed Hamilton in a jealous fit of rage. This was one of many reasons that the Philolexian Society declared war on Princeton in 1987.


Also, Daniel I hope you see this.

The view from late meal, courtesy of Ellie McDonald.

Roughly thirty-five students simultaneously laid down on the Frist stairs Thursday night, silently protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. Led by Mason Herson-Hord and some of the other campus activists who had tied themselves to the White House gates last weekend protesting the pipeline, the students laid on the steps of Frist for twenty minutes during late meal. The protest coincided with the end of the State Department’s public comment period for the pipeline – midnight on Friday, March 7th.

The students, dressed in black, proceeded silently toward the Frist gallery from the doors of the first floor entrance a few minutes after 9 p.m. When they reached the steps, Herson-Hord clapped twice and the students fell to the ground in unison. He silently held up a sign which read “We will defend our future. We will resist.” The sign included a link to pledge to help fight the construction of the pipeline.

Herson-Hord said that the goal of the anti-Keystone movement is the promotion of energy sources less destructive to the environment by “making use of coal and petroleum as expensive and painful as possible for industry.”

Students were initially unsure what was taking place, but word spread through the gallery according to freshman Ellie McDonald. Responses ranged from cheering to peering curiously down the stairs to discussing support for the pipeline.

Onlookers and a laptop set up with information on the pipeline.

After twenty minutes Herson-Hord clapped twice, and the students stood up in unison and walked up the stairs. Two P-Safe officers showed up towards the end of the twenty minute protest, but only to look into what was going on, and the protests ended of the protester’s own accord.

While many were confused by the protest, students also remarked that the pipeline issue had become more prevalent on campus recently.

“It’s becoming more talked about,” said sophomore Natalie Hejduk.

The protesters, from the top of the stairs.