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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:

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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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Apparently, today was a good day for Princeton’s football team. The team, which shut out Brown 19-0 today, “Remains Perfect in Ivies.”

Despite the rivalry between the teams, however, our bands are pretty good friends. It’s become tradition that following the Princeton-Brown game each year, the two bands join together for a jam session in the Woody Woo Fountain, Speedos and tubas and all. In case you missed it (and in case you missed either of the bands parading through campus at ungodly hours this morning) here’s a clip:

Hey Princeton engineers! This one’s for you (for real)! The Times Higher Education has just released its list of the top 50 engineering schools, and guess what? Princeton ranked second – that is, second in the world – after the California Institute of Technology and ahead of MIT. #EQuadftw.

The rankings were based on “teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.” So I guess having a dining hall on the premises wasn’t a prerequisite. #Princetonengineeringstudentsproblems.

So it’s Monday night and we’re feeling the back-to-Princeton grind. Fall’s third week has started, Lawnparties is far behind us and we can’t even fall back on “But it’s only September!” as an excuse to avoid work anymore. Tonight I lingered over dinner until a friend got up, pushed her chair back and said “I’m going to start my thesis.” WHAT? Yeah, okay, this is real.

“To achieve the impossible, you must attempt the impossible.”

For anyone out there struggling to find motivation this evening, UPC has got the book for you. It’s fresh off the (Kindle) presses today and has a gold star title:

Singapore’s Lost Son: How I Made it from Drop-Out to Millionaire Princeton PhD

Whoa. Yes. Inspiring enough for you?

We haven’t gotten our hands on a copy yet, but the intro and summary are enticement enough. According to the Amazon description, this is the story of one Dr. Kaiwen Leong, a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and former postdoc here (PhD and MA in Economics, 2011) who was once “a boy with a simple dream — to become a man.” He started out rough as a high school dropout, but eventually worked hard, got a bunch of prestigious degrees and made millions somewhere along the way. It’s like a Horatio Alger story, but based in Singapore.

The book was also co-authored by two current undergrads, Edward Choi ’14 and Elaine Leong ’13. How is that possible, you ask? How do people on this campus have time to write JPs and theses, participate in 1982374 clubs, and casually co-author books on the side? Stop. Don’t ask. Watch this tearjerking book-promo-video. Get a copy of Dr. Leong’s book. Check out the laudatory quotes from Shirley T. Figure out why you’re not yet a millionaire or author or boy-to-man hero. Then go and have the most productive Monday evening ever! Happy October, y’all.

University Press Club is the only organization on campus to offer you the chance to work for real newspapers and magazines, to get paid for your writing, and to make connections with the “who’s who” of the journalism world.

This week, we’re kicking off our annual Candidates Period, a three-month application process to join the club. During Candidates Period, we’ll teach you the basics of writing, reporting, and journalism ethics, and you’ll work one-on-one with our members to develop your writing skills.

To learn more about the Press Club and the Candidates Period, come to one of our two Open Houses in Frist 205:

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — 4:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 4 — 4:30 pm

In addition, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, right after our first open house at 5:30 pm, Mike Allen of Politico will speak about Politics in the Age of New Media. The event is located in McCormick 101.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying for the Press Club but cannot attend an information session, please e-mail us at pressclb@.

Candidates Period is open to freshmen and sophomores. No prior journalism experience is required! We’ll teach you everything you need to know over the course of the Candidates Period.




Nothing ever happens in Princeton? With the tale of the U-Store employee accused of engaging in prostitution after hours spreading like wildfire comes the release of the University’s annual security report. Here are some highlights:

There were 30 instances of “burglary,” 16 “forcible sex offenses,” one “aggravated assault,” four “drug abuse violation arrests,” and three cases of “illegal weapons possession judicial referrals” on the main campus in 2011.

Regarding the fire reports (in undergraduate and graduate buildings), there were 16 fires in 2011, some of which were “fires in a trash can” (3), “burnt food in a microwave” (3), and, my favorite, “paper towels in an oven” in Joline. Good thing there wasn’t a question about combustion on the Princeton college app…

How will the changing landscape of journalism affect this year’s election coverage? How do you stay one step ahead November’s non-stop political news cycle? Mike Allen, chief political reporter for Politico, author of the daily “Playbook,” and “The Man the White House Wakes Up To” will be coming to campus to discuss political reporting in the age of new media in light of the upcoming election. Come discuss politics, journalism, and the daily e-mail that runs Washington D.C. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the University Press Club as part of the annual Louis Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series.

Dates and times:
Rukeyser lecture: 10/2 at 5:30 in McCormick 101
Open houses: 10/2 and 10/4 at 4:30 in Frist 205
The Louis R. Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series seeks to promote interest in the pursuit of journalism and to raise awareness of the role of the media in society.

In case you missed the last 5,000 emails about the football tailgate at Frist (um since when does a tailgate include an inflatable obstacle course?), the Princeton vs. Georgetown game was yesterday evening. Here are two videos from the halftime show (because we’re not so into the actual football part either).

Yes, the band did just make fun of Mitt Romney. I think they’re in the formation of a stick figure man. Hangman anyone?

And, of course, no halftime show is complete without “Call Me Maybe”:


The reason we are using this potentially controversial meme is to pique your interest in an upcoming post by VC '14, re: yellow fever, Asians, etc. Yeah, STAY TUNED! Also, browsing the Princeton memes site makes me homesick for campus. Also this comment is fiendishly long. I apologize.

The reason we are using this potentially controversial meme is to pique your interest in an upcoming post by VC '14, re: yellow fever, Asians, etc. Yeah, STAY TUNED! Also, browsing the Princeton memes site actually makes us really homesick for campus. Aww. Also this comment is fiendishly long. I apologize.

First up, shout out to our incoming freshmen! Princeton 2016 is getting all worked up this week – with good reason, since they’ve received both their res college assignments and chance to flip through the fall frosh seminars catalogue.  It includes the classic free trip (!) seminars with promises of fall breaks in Costa Rica or Cyprus – but also a range of gems like “Bad A$$ Asians” (the namesake of this Ink post), a Joyce Carol Oates fanfest, and the chance to literally spend $50,000, as long as it’s philanthropic and approved by Stan Katz. Protip: pay attention to the prof teaching your seminar, not just to the topic. Like, Nancy Malkiel’s “Coeducation” course sounds great, but incoming GPA-sensitive, grade-deflation-fearing premeds might want to do a little background check first…

In any case, we remember those overexcited, over-sharing-on-Facebook days. (Upperclassmen, bored at your internships? Go back and look at the posts your friends made in your class FB groups when you were prefrosh. GUARANTEED LAUGHS.) We think it’s cute! And we welcome you in all your enthusiastic, over-enrolled glory! Case in point, see The Princeton Tiger’s thoughtful suggestions for where to put all the extra frosh:

10. Re-purpose unused Firestone carrels
9. Quad
8. Build a Forbes Annex Annex
7. During Frosh Week, erect large fences around Cloister’s backyard
6. Charter boat, discover new continent
5. All CA groups now focused on building housing for themselves
4. Make OA year-round, Princeton-based
3. Lift the ban on the steam tunnels
2. Rutgers
1. University of Princeton® online

No really though, UPC loves frosh and wants you all to apply for journalistic futures with us. Check out our res college reviews, written last year but very much valid for your incoming lives. Of course you may be placed into what we used to know as Wilcox’s yoga studio and art room, or a Whitman study room, but whatever. Princeton is Princeton and you’ll love it.

Teaser! Click through for the full comic.

Teaser! Click through for the full comic.

Jumping straight from pre- to post-Princeton, our endowment also made headlines this week with the announcement that Aspire, STilghz’ 5-year fundraising campaign, exceeded its $1.75 billion goal by raising $1.88 billion, the highest in Princeton history. Meanwhile, our 2011-12 Annual Giving campaign also broke Ol’ Nassau records by raising $57.2 million. Bad A$$ (more like, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$) indeed.

We leave you with two pieces of Princeton Internet Gold. From a still-undergraduate perspective, we love and identify with this comic from Willa Chen ’13. It was crafted in response to this much-forwarded article on elite education by William Deresiewicz. Agree? Disagree? Comment! Go!

And last, it’s good to see that our former USG president CDY and his Nassoon/Amazing Race BFF Jonathan Schwartz, both favorites of UPC coverage, are still alive and well and contributing great things to society:

Bad A$$. We rest our case.

And in case you were unsure, this useful website confirms your suspicions. We’ll be offering occasional dispatches on the insanity, as per usual. In mere hours, thousands of accomplished alums will return to campus to regress into some kind of animalistic state. Among those accomplished alums is Brooke Shields ’87, who is said to be returning for her 25th Reunion. And while we’re on the subject of famous people, non-alum Bon Jovi will perform at the 25th tent, according to several anonymous tipsters.

Living on a prayer.

Coming to a beery, sweaty tent near you.

Leaving Firestone to walk back to my room just now I passed by Cannon Green only to hear the strumming of banjos, ukuleles, and guitars and the piercing tunes of an expect harmonica player.

I stopped by for a while to join Rise Up Singing, the folk-singing group that meets once a week in Murray Dodge on Wednesday nights. When the Weather Machine is on they meet outside. Tonight you’ll find them on Cannon Green (until it starts pouring, at which point they’ll relocate under the East Pyne arch) for the sixth annual All Night Rise Up. They’ve been there since 11:30pm, and will be there until the sun rises, so you’ve got time (this clip is just a teaser)…

From the email sent to the Rise Up listserv today:

“Originally inspired by the challenge to sing as many songs as possible, this is the sixth year for this event.

We’ll meet in cannon green, the lawn behind Nassau, with sleeping bags, headlamps, instruments and voices to sing the night away. If you can’t come for the whole time, just drop by when you can. Additionally napping out on the lawn is welcomed.” (TE ’13, CC ’13, LM ’13)