Princeton Defensive End Caraun Reid was selected by the Detroit Lions in the NFL Draft today. Reid, picked in the fifth round, is Princeton’s highest NFL draft selection since Bob Hews in 1970. Projected to go as high as the third round, he was a steal for the Lions who have looked to bolster their defense in the draft. Reid was a force on the field, he was Princeton’s first two-time All-American in twenty years, but was also active in music and religious life on campus. You can read more in a profile of Reid from Tuesday’s New York Times. Looks like a Tiger might be just what the Lions need.

Despite the shorter Previews and the meningitis scare, Princeton’s yield rate held steady for the Class of 2018.

67.4 percent of admitted students, or 1,306  in total, chose to attend the University, said University spokesman Martin Mbugua today. This is a negligible drop from the yield of 68.7 percent last year. While the University doesn’t release official statistics until September — because some applicants may be taken off the waitlist — these are the numbers as they stand now.

High school seniors had to make their decision by May 1.

Princeton’s Tal Fortgang ’17 continues to garner public attention for his controversial opinion piece on privilege published in The Tory this April. What do the rest of Princeton students think?

Read more by Press Club’s Gabe Fisher in the New York Times here.

Freshman Tal Fortgang was interviewed on Fox News Thursday night about the issue of privilege. Fortgang appeared on the show “On The Record With Greta Van Susternen” to discuss an article he wrote for the April edition of The Princeton Tory, Princeton’s conservative publication.

Fortgang has received significant publicity after his article, “Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege,” went viral two days ago. The article has been shared over one hundred thousand times on Facebook after being picked up by the website thecollegefix.com on Tuesday. Since then, the article has been republished on websites such as theblaze.com and youngcons.com. Fortgang has been interviewed on numerous radio stations before appearing Thursday night on Fox News.

In his interview on Fox News, Fortgang discussed why he takes issue with being told to “check his privilege.” Fortgang said that he takes offense to what he perceives as people who believe that just being white makes him privileged.

Fortgang ’17 on Fox News

“The idea that my white skin has gotten me everything that I have handed to me on a silver platter is laughable,” Fortgang said.  Fortgang cited his family’s difficult journey to the United States, noting that his own path to Princeton was never assured.

“I am two generations removed from Hitler trying to kill my grandparents,” Fortgang said.

Outside of the conservative blogosphere, his now viral article has received a cold reception from many of his peers. Only days after his article was published, freshman Mitchell Hammer wrote an op-ed in the Daily Princetonian titled “What ‘check your privilege’ really means,” criticizing Fortgang for misunderstanding what it means to be privileged.

Hammer wrote:

“What Fortgang does not realize is that privilege does not necessarily require being able to trace your lineage back to Rockefeller or Vanderbilt. Privilege can be independent of your family’s past, of your actual socioeconomic status, of real hardship you or your ancestors may have endured. What privilege means is being able to confidently enter any social sphere without fear of rejection. Privilege means never questioning the bias of the feedback and grading you receive from your professors or employers. Privilege means living your life free from consideration and hyper-awareness of your race, gender or sexuality.”

On Wednesday, two students from Columbia University also published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator, Columbia’s daily newspaper, similarly criticizing Fortgang for misunderstanding the idea of white, male privilege, writing that “he clearly hasn’t checked his privilege—because he doesn’t even understand what it is.” 

The Instagram account of Total Frat Move, boasting 214,000+ followers, recently posted a picture of the University Cottage Club’s fourth and final “Sunday Funday” of the year. The caption to the photo read “Sunday Funday #TFM.” According to the top definition on Urban Dictionary, the phrase TFM is “used in response or to describe an action of a male who exudes all things fraternity.” Presumably #TFM was used to express approval of the pictured event’s “Country Funday” theme, where attendees dressed with a focus on displaying their love of America.

Sunday Fundays take place on every Sunday of April for Cottage Club members and approved guests. These “Fundays” are centered around sunbathing, day-drinking, and photography.

Total Frat Move is a college humor website. The picture (and the TFM Instagram account) is viewable online.

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?

 

WICK FOUNDER LIZ LIAN ’15 IS CHANGING THE GAME IN WOMEN’S PARTYWEAR, FEARS MONKEYS, OCCASIONALLY LAUGHS AT HER OWN JOKES, AND HANGS ONTO MILEY CYRUS MERCHANDISE CIRCA 2009. 

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:

PrincetonFML

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.

 

Twitter

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

Princeton Horse – self-explanatory

Buzzfeed

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 passesforlatemeal.com.

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.