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The Center for Jewish Life and Whig-Clio hosted the annual Latke-Hamentaschen Debate this afternoon in the quest of answering the noble, eternal question of, you guessed it: Latkes or Hamentaschen?

Two traditional Jewish foods: fried potato pancakes vs. triangular pastries made with sweet fillings. Originating in 1946 at UChicago, The Latke-Hamentaschen Debate is an academic, yet hilarious debate concerning the merits of these two unusual foods.

Moderator: President Shirley Tilghman

Team Latke: Visiting psych professor Yarrow Dunham and Quipfire member Jake Robertson ’15

Team Hamentaschen: Philosophy professor Gideon Rosen and Quipfire member Amy Solomon ’14


The Best (out-of-context) Quotes of the Night: 

Shirley T: “She likes to claim she was being prescient, but I suspect she was just stoned.”

Amy Solomon:  “You may be asking how can Jake be defending a latke if he is basically a human hamentaschen: he’s in Triangle, he’s sweet…see though, he’s not filled with poppy seeds or cherries, but simply filled with shit.”

Shirley T: “The most interesting thing about this debater [Rosen], is that he has a dog named Harvey. Harvey Rosen.”

(Apparently, later on when Econ Professor Harvey Rosen got a dog, he named him Gideon. Cute.)

Gideon Rosen: “There’s good music and then there’s Britney Spears.”

Shirley T: “Rosen graduated from Columbia and majored in the metaphysics of Jewish food.”

Jake Robertson: “My mother has a theory that my grandmother is lying and is Jewish.”

Yarrow Dunham:  ”The Cardinal Virtues of The Latke.”

Gideon Rosen:  “The latke is down at the bottom with prime matter. Latke is fried prime matter. ”

Yarrow Dunham:  “Which is closer to the type of food served at Hoagie Haven? The answer is latke.”

The winner in the end? Team Hamentaschen.

The results are in. The Princeton admission office made 697 students (plus their parents) very happy today. Of the 3,810 students who applied to Princeton for the single-choice early action (SCEA) deadline, 18.3% were accepted–slightly more selective than last year’s 21.1%. You can read more statistics on the Princeton website, but The Ink is here to give you a more personal introduction to who will–and won’t–be making up the Great Class of 2017 (woah, you kids are young!).

We take you now on a tour of some of the highlights of applicants’ reactions, as posted in the College Confidential “Official Princeton University 2017 SCEA Results” forum. Yes, that’s a real page.

Why was this kid rejected? Because, in his words,

I’m surprised this one didn’t get in. Maybe in regular decision: 

This kid applied SEAC, got in, and is still hoping for an HYP three-peat. Doesn’t SCEA mean you really want to go to the place?

Pretty sure these guys have more impressive resumes than I do. (Seriously. Independent work? Getting a head start on your thesis?) Example #1:

Example #2:

Classic I’m So Awesome They Couldn’t Not Take Me post. (They took him. He’s from Alaska. Also, he has no weaknesses.):

And finally, in true orange-and-black style, some alcohol-induced happiness:

Recently, you may have seen this video of Princeton students waiting in a long line at New South to sign up for Creative Writing sections:

According to the official Princeton Facebook PR, this is just another awesome example of how amazingly popular these classes/professors are, and how enthusiastic students at Princeton are!

"Popular" in the way breadlines during the Great Depression were popular.

Am I the only one who finds this a little…



Luckily, this video was shot during a signup session where students were allowed inside the building. In the past, they’ve kept us queued outside in the freezing NJ cold for several hours. I once arrived at 6:30am…and I wasn’t even the first in line. (Note: many of these students aren’t waiting in line to get into a course– they’ve already gotten in.)

While I understand Creative Writing’s desire to honor a first-come-first-serve system for signing up for the in-demand professor you want, there is something else–something better– we could do. I’m told it’s called “the Internet.” 

Button-mashing may be arbitrary, but it beats breadlines.

But it seems, in true writerly form, Princeton’s CWR department is determined to do it the old-fashioned way.

Circa 1930s, to be exact.

There’s nothing like a compliment to brighten up your day, right? A new project called Pton Compliments hopes to “spread some love” via Facebook compliments, according to its Facebook page (“Pton Compliments”), which was created on Thursday.

Pton Compliments was inspired by a similar project started at Queen’s University, and the phenomenon has spread to Harvard, Yale, McGill, Columbia, Wash U, Stanford, Penn and William & Mary, among others.

So how does it work? Submit a compliment/shout-out for a fellow Princeton student here and then it will be published anonymously on the Pton Compliments page. The recipient of the compliment gets tagged in the post (once he/she accepts Pton Compliments’ friend request). And happiness is spread. Happy complimenting!

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).

See you there!

See you there!

Whether you’ll be attending the Yale game or not, hopefully you’re excited about the (very real) possibility of having a Bonfire (yes capital b) next week. Here’s a brief history of the Bonfire, according to the Princetoniana website:

The Bonfire used to celebrate baseball, not football, victories. And if you were a freshman, well, you had to do some of the grunt work; freshmen were tasked with gathering wood from the surrounding area. So current frosh, start looking for wood now. I mean Hurricane Sandy already did most of the work for you…

An additional feature of the Bonfire celebration used to include an effigy of John Harvard and/or a Yale Bulldog.

From 1950 until 1966, the University had seven bonfires. But since then, there have only been four. Here is proper protocol for the Bonfire, according to Sam Howell ’50:

  • Schedule the Bonfire for the Thursday or Friday following the Yale Game, and treat it as both a Big Three celebration and a rally for the season finale.
  • Assign the Freshman Class to collect scrap lumber, crates, and pallets from University workers, town merchants, and other local sources.
  • Seat a stuffed bulldog in the outhouse.
  • Begin the festivities by unleashing the Band to roust students from across campus.
  • At the foot of Blair Arch, hold a pep rally at which the head coach and team captain make brief remarks.
  • Follow the anointed flarebearers to Cannon Green for ignition.

The last Bonfire occurred in 2006. Come on, Tigers, time to crush Yale!


So we’re all back to campus for the post-fall break grind, some of us a little worse for wear. To all who survived for days without electricity or heat, eating ramen and doing thesis reading by candlelight: RESPECT. To all who stayed on campus and experienced a full 3 traumatizing minutes of losing power: get out of the Bubble (please, let’s). To all who spent fall break on free class trips to Shanghai, Yellowstone, etc: don’t rub it in.

(Actually though, way to choose classes like a boss. May we all be so lucky in this semester‘s course selection.)

We know it’s hard getting back into the swing of things. But whether you’re pumped for classes, still fazed from the hurricane, or out celebrating Jersey-lloween right now, UPC wants to make sure you don’t miss out on the most crucial day of the week: Election Day! Voting time! The future of America in your hands! Princeton’s got loads of political activity lined up over the next few days, and we’ve compiled it all for you here:

  • VOTING. If you’re registered to vote on campus and didn’t read Dean Dunne’s email, check this campus map to see where you should cast your ballot tomorrow. Essentially everyone who lives on campus should be voting in Icahn Lab – unless you’re living in one of the eating clubs, in which case you’ll vote in the COS building by the Friend Center. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your prox!
  • Election Night. Whig-Clio is hosting a viewing party “extravaganza” from 7 p.m. on in Whig Hall. If you’re a die-hard Democrat or Republican, head to the basement or third floor respectively, where the College Dems and Republicans will be headquartered. If you’re more moderate or just intimidated by the aggressive political debater kids, show up for free stuff! They’ll have pizza, red and blue cupcakes, and free election themed drawstring backpacks from 7:30 on.

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It pains me to say this, but the Wa has just closed.

And so, it’s come down to this:

Yes, that is the Forbes Private Dining Room, and yes, we will probably be eating a diet of instant noodles for the next 48 hours… or at least until we can get a Wa Hoagie tomorrow.


Let us know your Sandy survival tips in the comments or this writer really will be a starving journalist.

For those of you who missed the email, and the text, and the automated phone message, and every weather report for the last week (basically, anyone who has been under a rock for the past week): yes, Hurricane Sandy is scheduled to hit Princeton pretty soon (updates on the Princeton homepage).

Pretty good timing, Princeton.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll run into if you try to do some hurricane stock-up at the U-Store. The bread is out, the peanut butter supply is low, and some kid walked out with cases and cases of bottled water. At 3:30, there were 25+ people in line. Among the things people were buying: cereal, water, pasta, water, salad, water, plastic utensils, water, sandwiches, water, applesauce, water, chips, water, crackers. Don’t worry, Princeton has generators. And a call to Public Safety clarified that the dining hall (Rocky-Mathey) is considered “critical and essential staff,” and will be opened.

Rolling 25 deep

But as of this posting, not a drop of rain had fallen. Come on, Sandy, we’re ready for you!

Heyy Princeton!  As we all descend into midterm mania, here are a few more snippets and sightings to remind you that you’re not alone.

2nd Floor Frist:

Wow, getting sassy.  We don’t blame you, whoever used the kleenex sticker to tape this up.  Being sick and slammed with work is a rough combination.  To those of you still looking for study rooms, good luck.  Even the East Asian Library was full this evening, but there’s probably room for you in a hallway or stairwell!


Downstairs, a quick conversation with the late night Frist employees showed that they were coming to their own conclusions about our mental state…

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To relieve you from (remind you of?) the misery/frenzied panic/chill times (you know who you are…) that is midterms week, we at the UPC have decided to do a daily round-up of midterms-themed sightings around campus. Consider this a friendly warning: don’t sleep in public places for the next few days.

On PrincetonFML:

Come on, mods…

On #whatshouldwecallprinceton

When I Thought I Studied Enough For My Midterm

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“Presidential Bicker” 2012

Hey politicos, excited for tonight’s presidential debate? Concerned about the future of America? Aware of the huge debate viewing party taking place in Richardson Auditorium with commentary from Anne-Marie Slaughter?

Too swamped with problem sets and midterms to attend?

We at UPC have got your back – tonight we’ve embedded ourselves on both red and blue sides of Richardson Auditorium, and we’ll be liveblogging not just the presidential debate, but Princeton’s live reactions too. We’re on standby for campus verbatim too, so if you’ve got any witty jokes, fact-checking action, overheard commentary or Big Bird jokes, send them our way! Email, tweet @UnivPressClub, or post ‘em in the comments. Show us what you’ve got, Princeton.

8:29 PM

Zach Beecher ’13 introduces campus fave Anne-Marie Slaughter. She’s sitting on the Democrats’ side of the auditorium, but chose to dress in classy neutral (black) instead of red or blue tonight. Cheers for her from both sides.


8:33 PM

AMS says we’re likely to hear questions pointed at specific foreign policy issues tonight – when are we getting out of Afghanistan? How much support will we show for Israel? What about Iran? Romney and Obama actually don’t disagree dramatically on these questions, Slaughter says. “On the specifics, you’re not likely to hear a big difference.”

8:39 PM

AMS gives bipartisan credit for effective anti-terrorism policy. “I think we can ask Americans on this, ‘How do you feel? Do you feel safer 4 years ago than 10 years ago? I think the answer’s going to be yes.”

8:41 PM 

AMS on Clinton’s apology: “She was right to say that and frankly that’s the woman I work for. She had to step up and own it…but president can’t hide behind secretary of state. It would surprise me and be a bad political move to say, ‘Oh yeah, that was Hillary’s fault.’”

- LZ

8:42 PM

Second speaker! AMS wraps up with a shout-out to Hillary Clinton (“She’ll step up and own it”) and final point that there won’t be a huge axis of difference between Obama and Romney, but that Barack will offer a solid debate. Now we’ve got politics and international affairs professor John Londregan on stage. He wasn’t too fond of Romney’s 47% comments or of the left’s depiction of Republicans as “clinging to their guns,” he says. What solution does he offer for those who aren’t huge fans of either candidate this year?

“I am hopeful that in 2024 or 30, in some years, two of you will be competing candidates!” High hopes…


8:56 pm

Oh, some commentary on the actual scene here: full house! American flags hanging from the balcony, red and blue balloon arches at the from doors of Richardson, CARDBOARD CUTOUTS of Michelle and Barack for photo ops (was there a Romney one on the other side? I didn’t see) and free foam fingers! There’s a pretty visible chunk of kids wearing red or blue in the front rows, but everyone else behind looks more neutral. In terms of dress, at least. We’ll see how the audience vibe goes when the actual debate starts.


8:58 pm

The second speaker is talking for a long time. People are getting antsy… overheard from the Democrat side:
“They should have food for us.”

Also, from the blue crowd as he leaves the stage: “Time to watch Obama whup some ass.”

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