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Isn’t this exciting? Our first snow day in years, and there’s tons of snow to play with? But you might be wondering what this means for your regularly scheduled programming.

First of all, all classes are canceled. So you can toss that out the window.

Second, what dining facilities are open? All dining halls are, Frist is open, and basically all dining facilities are open besides the WWS Café and Witherspoon’s in Frist (in front of Viv). But Witherspoon’s might be open later today. Café Viv is going to be closed.

Dillon Gym is going to be open also, so you can get your sweat on.

How about non-University stuff?

Well, Panera didn’t respond to our calls, so we can assume they’re closed. Olive’s is open at the moment, but will be closing early (around 2:30). Labyrinth says they’re open right now until noon, but might close for the afternoon. (We recommend calling to make sure if you plan on going up to these places, anyway.)

Wawa said they’re open for business today at the time of this post, and said they’d remain open whatever happened. Troopers, we say, real troopers.

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If you keep reading, this picture will make sense

You’d think the New Yorker would be solidly in the tank for the ol’ Orange and Black.  Editor-in-Chief David Remnick ’81 didn’t teach himself, after all.

In recent years, however, Yale has been getting most of the love from this classiest of rags (see here and here and here).  But as long as the stories are as entertaining as this week’s take on the  timeless musical fantasia known as “That’s Why I Chose Yale,” we won’t complain.

A choice passage:

James Goodale, Class of ’55, and a former general counsel for the Times, made it through all seventeen minutes—more collegians bursting into song, accompanied by “Up with People”-style dance numbers, and even some electric-guitar shredding in the art gallery—before reporting that the production seemed “intended for an audience that I couldn’t divine.” He added, “My God, if you’re a hockey player, you think, I’ll go to Princeton.”

In other New Yorker-related news, apparently Princeton Politics Professor Gary Bass sometimes writes in to give his opinion on current cinema?  Most random New Yorker blog post about one of my former professors EVER…

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The inimitable Peter Singer.

The inimitable Peter Singer.

Enjoying those orange-and-black-bedecked water bottles you just stocked up on at late meal? How about that latte you just bought at Small World? Or those cans of shaving cream you just invested in to spray all over residential college hallways during pickups?

Well if so, check out these great lines from a profile of Princeton’s very own Peter Singer, professor of bioethics extraordinaire, that was printed in Melbourne’s Sunday Star-Times.

“The money you spend on these luxuries, he says, is money you have not given to help the wretched of the earth. You are, he suggests, like someone who refuses to wade into a pond to save a drowning child because he doesn’t want to ruin his new shoes. Death sits at your cafe table, and will not go away.”

Ahem. How does that latte taste now? Want to go collect that shaving cream and reuse it?

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When Ross Ohlendorf ’05 isn’t pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he’s raising longhorn cattle at his family’s ranch. And when Ross Ohlendorf ’05 isn’t raising longhorn cattle at his family’s ranch, he’s interning at the U.S. Department of Agriculture or giving interviews to Sports Illustrated. Ross Ohlendorf ’05 does not mess around. Clearly.

Ohlendorf’s duties (after his morning workout) range from branding to feeding to measuring horns to naming the calves to photographing animals for the ranch’s website. It’s not always pretty, he says while searching for Big Chief: “My arms were covered in manure this morning.”

The Pirates’ ace spent the first two months of his off-season in a very different job, one that smelled a lot better and required him to wear a shirt and tie. He was an intern for the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington.

An ORFE major who rocked the SATs (shoutout to my College Confidential homies) and apparently served up a blistering thesis, Ohlendorf put his skills to the test “doing cost analysis of regulatory programs that identify and trace diseased animals and plants.” What now, A-Rod?

One of the cattle in his herd is named Big Chief. Ross Ohlendorf, you are our Big Chief. Keep juggling your absurd achievements — keep making us proud.

The many faces of Ross Ohlendorf:

All Business

Face #1: All business

Face #2: On the Mound

Face #2: On the mound

Face #3: Down and dirty (Technically his dad, but whatever)

Face #3: Down and dirty (Technically his dad, but whatever)

(image sources: http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/11/28/alg_ohlendorf.jpg, http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/03/12/sports/12yankees.span.jpg, and http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/200909/20090906wp_ohlendorf_500.jpg.)

Do you like the New York Times? Do you like hearing really, really interesting people speak? Well have we got the lecture for you.

The University Press Club is excited to bring New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn M.P.A. ’88 to Princeton. They’ll give a lecture titled “Half the Sky” at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, on Thursday, February 4, in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. (That’s Woody Woo, in case you were wondering.)

And if that’s not enough, they’ll stick around for a book signing of their new book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

Get there early – seats will be limited.

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. The event is also sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School.


So Obama’s approval rating has seen better days. What’s Cornel West got to offer the Commander in Chief?

Well, besides having a slick set of clean duds every morning.

Check out one of Dr. West’s more recent public appearances in this video put out by the BBC. The professor encourages President Obama to not “simply be the friendly face of the American Empire.” West even goes so far to ask him, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” He insists, “Don’t be seduced by the elites.”

And the professor begs for democratic policies in place of technocratic ones, splicing in images of afflicted Americans. But in spite of the tough criticism, or, as he calls it, “loving pressure,” he does offer Obama a fair consolation prize: “I applaud your brilliance; I applaud your charisma.”

Mmmmm. Bill Bradley.

Enjoy it, Cornell. We've been here before.

After the boys from Ithaca crushed their Crimson cousins Saturday night by a score of 86-50, Cornell moved into the top 25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll for the top teams in college basketball.

This is a big deal for Ivy League basketball. The Ancient Eight haven’t had a ranked team since back when I was in the second grade, otherwise known as the 1997-1998 season.

(And who was that team? The Princeton Tigers of course.)

It’s been a good run for Cornell basketball. They’ve made the NCAA tournament the last two years, and it looks like they’ll be headed back to the big dance.

We’re actually  a little intimidated. Basketball used to be our thing, our defining sport. Cornell has now officially seized that mantle. And we can’t even take comfort in our new(er) sport of dominance, lacrosse, because Cornell bounced us from the NCAA tournament last year.

So instead we’ll do what we always do in these situations: hearken back to our glorious past, and remind the young up and comers who still stands dominant in the annals of Ivy League Basketball history (other than Penn).

(This also gives us the opportunity to make fun of Harvard’s impressive ZERO men’s basketball Ivy League titles. And making fun of Harvard always makes us feel better.)

Full feel-good historical standings after the jump!

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Dean of Admissions at Yale Law School Asha Rangappa ’96 said in a comment on the New York Times’ Choice blog today that the much-debated grade deflation policy won’t affect the admission chances of Princeton grads. The comment follows the Times’ Sunday article about grade deflation at Princeton.

Rangappa said that admissions officers consider students’ GPAs within the context of their own schools, and that the top law schools are generally less interested in absolute GPAs to inflate their rankings.

For students concerned about their GPAs, Rangappa’s comment might come as a relief. To Dean Malkiel, it might be a satisfying I-told-you-so.

The comment in full after the jump.

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[UPDATED 1/28/10: SEE BELOW]

When President Obama reappointed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in August (who was a Princeton economics professor and department chair before his 2005 appointment), his second term seemed almost assured and his Senate confirmation appeared to be smooth sailing–until, of course, this month.

Public anger over bank bailouts and bonuses has made Senators nervous, and Bernanke has been on the receiving end of the resulting political backlash. With Bernanke’s Senate vote suddenly put in doubt, the market has plummeted in recent days in the face of uncertainty.

Princeton professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has weighed in on the issue this week: he supports Bernanke’s reappointment…barely.

Where do I stand? I deeply admire Mr. Bernanke, both as an economist and for his response to the financial crisis. (Full disclosure: before going to the Fed he headed Princeton’s economics department, and hired me for my current position there.) Yet his critics have a strong case. In the end, I favor his reappointment, but only because rejecting him could make the Fed’s policies worse, not better.

Bernanke, according to Krugman, has been too complacent on financial reform and unemployment, and too prone to seeing the world “through bankers’ eyes.”

According to the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy magazine, several names have been thrown around as possible Bernanke replacements, with Princeton professor (and Press Club alumnus) Alan Blinder ’67 as a top contender. Krugman, too, mentions Blinder (who was Vice Chair of the Fed during the Clinton administration) as a good candidate for Bernanke’s job.

Still, Krugman offers his lukewarm support for Bernanke because he believes appointing someone else would create unneeded political turmoil. Krugman says the country would also risk getting someone who lacks the influence and sway to prevent the other members of the Fed (who, he says, are worse) from ignoring unemployment and financial reform.

UPDATE 1/28/10:

Who said Princetonians don’t look after one another? First it was Krugman (albeit half-heartedly), and now it’s Blinder. Two Democrats supporting a Republican? So post-partisan!

Blinder’s thoughts after the jump!:

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Cornel West at his freshest!

Cornel West at his freshest!

If you’re taking one of Professor Cornel West *80′s two seminars this coming semester make sure you do your reading! Because he will be “real fresh”! That, apparently, includes clean clothes–an aspiration that is a constant struggle for Princeton students.

West was recently featured in The New York Times‘ “Sunday Routine” series. On the subject of class preparation, he said:

I try to shoot to be home by 8 or 9 at night. I like to get home and wash my clothes. I have to read all night; I have to be real fresh for class. I like to read two or three hours every night. Right now I’m reading Robert Brandom, one of the great pragmatic American philosophers. I read until 2, 2:30 a.m. I don’t really need that much sleep.

Curiously, West also said he has never spent a weekend on campus:

I’ve never spent a weekend in Princeton. I would like to be at home, but my calling beckons me.

Instead, he usually visits four cities each weekend! And he does all this on DECAF coffee, which is the craziest thing we’ve ever heard.

(image source: princeton.edu)

Rep. Albert Wynn and Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt rallying on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org)

Rep. Albert Wynn and Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt rallying on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org)

So unless you’re a virtual Rolodex of historical dates, Supreme Court decisions, or sexual health statistics (any of which would be commendable and—in the true Princeton spirit—somewhat marketable personality traits), the thought of January 22 most likely conjures up nothing more than that warm glow in the bottom of your belly that accompanies the end of the final exam period.

But January 22 holds significance that extends far beyond that infamous orange bubble. January 22 is about abortion.

Participants in the 2009 March for Life (SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AntiObamaBiden.jpg)

Participants in the 2009 March for Life (SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org)

As we reached the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week–and watched the pro-life, pro-choice, and the annual March for Life rallies in DC–something was just a little bit different this year. This year, after all, is the year of health care reform and of fears (or hopes) that the conservative high court may overturn the landmark 1976 case–that the strides made by women may be slipping away.

But here at Princeton, a voice rises above all of this. In 1994, Dr. James Trussel, Princeton’s current Director of the Office of Population Research, began The Emergency Contraception Website, a site free from pharmaceutical or for-profit affiliation that’s designed to provide a comprehensive and clinical examination of emergency contraception (EC) options and providers both in the United States and abroad. The site has grown, and in 1996, a corresponding hotline was introduced (1-888-NOT-2-LATE). Although this resource has expanded tremendously–now offering personal stories, FAQ’s about emergency contraception, and information for providers–it remains under the auspices of Princeton’s Office of Population Research and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.

More on abortion and EC after the jump.

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Emma Brown at Brown orientation, surrounded by giants. (From flixster.com)

Emma Watson at Brown orientation, surrounded by giants. (From flixster.com)

After only a two percent increase in applications for the Class of 2013, Princeton University has been pushing its hefty financial aid package–and it’s working.

The 19 percent jump in applications to Princeton this year was greater than that of Harvard (5 percent) and Yale (Not really a jump, more like a…tiny step backward.), prompting Bloomberg News to proclaim to the Internet: “Princeton Surge Beats Harvard, Yale as Applications Soar.” Hahaha, we won!

But why the competition? Why not some Ivy League bonhomie? Why must we always be bickering like over-privileged siblings in a race to be Mom’s favorite? Am I even allowed to use bicker in this context this time of the year?

So instead, let’s talk about Brown.

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