Oh Princeton, you commie, you…



Hello Princeton student. Did you think you went to the apathetic, relatively conservative Ivy? Well, shhhhhh. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Princeton’s actually commie.

What am I referring to? Why, this comment, among many others, from the Prince’s comment sections on the recent and controversial appointment of Van Jones to be a visiting fellow next year:

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Jonathan Safran Foer ’99 Denounces the Sense of Taste

For someone who makes such a big deal about food, author-turned-activist Jonathan Safran Foer ’99 sure has a fairly low opinion of gustation. I don’t quite agree with his hierarchy:

“Look, taste is clearly the crudest of our senses: this is scientifically, objectively factual. It is less nuanced. Eyesight is extraordinary – hearing, touch. I find people who devote their whole lives to taste a little strange.” He stresses the last words as if this was a vast understatement.

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Perhaps Dining Services weren’t in their finest form in the late ’90s?

Well, a lot of things aren’t quite right about this interview — it all sounds a little detached, a little demure. (He apparently checks his watch constantly and only answers questions in the negative.) Although if I were drinking something “the colour of manure” and considering food only in weighty philosophical terms–“symbols” or “the centre of stories”– I might be sort of down, too.

Cheer up, JSF. And maybe trade your dogma for a hot dog?

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On Civic Knowledge and Badmouthing that Freshman in Your POL Precept

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Hey Princeton, think you’re learning useful things in those history classes? Think again, says the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). The institute administered civic engagement quizzes in 2007 and 2008 to individuals across the country (click here to try your hand at the quiz). Reaching a grand total of 16,508 adults and students at 50 colleges, the ISI returned some startling statistics.

Take, for example, this one: the average score of a senior on the civics knowledge test was a 54.2%. Or maybe this one: 30% of office holders didn’t know that “life, liberty, and happiness” are the inalienable rights to which the Declaration of Independence refers. Or how about this one: 51% of Americans were unable to name the three branches of government. Kind of scary, isn’t it?

But to those of you who suspect that Princeton might be the exception to the rule, here’s the kicker: college seniors across the U.S. showed an average 4-point improvement since freshman year. But Princeton? Not so much. Freshmen at Cornell, Yale, Princeton, and Duke scored better than seniors on the exam.

Hold on, what fine print told us that we were actually going to be unlearning while at Princeton? Because I certainly didn’t see it. Interesting, though, that the ISI website makes it a tad difficult to locate the average scores that yielded this discrepancy…

From these results, the ISI has determined the following:

Universities are becoming round the clock factories churning out poorly instructed liberals with little civic knowledge and even less faith and less devotion to principles of liberty than those Americans who didn’t go to college…what a formal education at one of America’s university [sic] does so effectively, however, is engender doubt in the American way of life, incubate irreverence for the pillars of liberty upon which the nation was built, and perhaps most disturbingly, sap the faith in God and the institutions of religious worship.

(Insert fist pumping here).

I guess this doesn’t bode well for the Woodrow Wilson School.

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Street Signs Not Classy Enough for Princeton Borough

from centraljersey.com

from centraljersey.com

Princeton’s biggest crisis since concrete curbs has hit our dear Nassau Street.

You know that sign in front of Zorba that lists the specials of the day–the one that always seems to include steak for breakfast? Or the really colorful blackboard-y one in front of Twist with the health benefits of yogurt written on it?

Yeah, not allowed.

Last Tuesday, the borough’s zoning officer said at the borough council meeting that these signs are a Serious Problem–and are taking advantage of an ordinance that allows signs only for special circumstances, according to the Princeton Packet.

But these signs have been around forever, you say. I’ve been here for seven semesters and I’ve always seen the psychic sign! Hell, it’s even convinced me to get my palm read a few times!

So what happened? Why now?

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Daily Princetonian opinion piece has media up in arms

On Monday, freshman Iulia Neagu contributed an opinion column in The Daily Princetonian entitled “The real ‘Sex on a Saturday Night.'” It’s sparked a nationwide controversy and the story has been picked up by popular news site Gawker and its sister site, Jezebel. The piece has blogs and their commenters foaming at the mouth with accusations of upholding patriarchy, mysogyny, and untrammeled conservatism at Princeton.

Jezebel, a self-proclaimed feminist blog in the Gawker network, has seen their coverage blow up with user feedback, having more than 15,000 views and 713 comments on their story at the time of this posting. Gawker has 296 comments and more than 14,000 views.

Blogs aren’t the only interested parties. Amelia Thomson-Deveaux ’11, co-editor of the feminist blog EqualWrites.org, tells us that a Fox News reporter sent an email on the subject to the EqualWrites address earlier today. At this point she doesn’t “know what their plan is.”

The Daily Princetonian has not issued a response to the controversy. Mendy Fisch ’11, executive editor for opinion, declined to comment for this post on Princetonian standards for vetting potentially inflammatory opinion pieces or the process of editing and approving opinion pieces.  He also declined to comment on the Prince’s rationale for running this particular piece by an aspiring regular columnist.

Jack Ackerman ’11, editor-in-chief of and spokesperson for the Daily Princetonian, has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

What’s the hubbub about? At the risk of reducing Neagu’s argument, the gist of the piece is this:

She knew what would happen if she started drinking. We all know that the more people drink, the less likely they are to make wise decisions. It is common sense.

Therefore, the girl willingly got herself into a state in which she could not act rationally. This, in my opinion, is equivalent to agreeing to anything that might happen to her while in this state. In the case of our girl, this happened to be sex with a stranger.

The Princetonian‘s own website has a current 231 comments at the time of this posting, and the paper printed a response to the opinion from members of SHARE and SpeakOut on Tuesday.

Thank God This Isn’t Your Professor

Why would NYU students refer to him as a "self-important jackass"

We wonder why NYU students refer to him as a "self-important jackass"?

Have you ever spent shopping period class hopping (i.e. sitting in on multiple classes that occur simultaneously)?  One student at NYU’s Stern Business School employed such a strategy during their add/drop period to devastating ends. As he attempted to walk into the middle of Professor Scott Galloway’s course, he was kicked out and informed that late students were not permitted to enter. The student later emailed the professor, insisting that this policy was unfair. Here’s an excerpt from Professor Galloway’s response:

“Thanks for the feedback. I, too, would like to offer some feedback.

Just so I’ve got this straight…you started in one class, left 15-20 minutes into it (stood up, walked out mid-lecture), went to another class (walked in 20 minutes late), left that class (again, presumably, in the middle of the lecture), and then came to my class. At that point (walking in an hour late) I asked you to come to the next class which “bothered” you.


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How P-Krug Gets His Groove Back


P-Krug's incisive editorials always get to the Croix of the matter.

From a profile of Economics Professor Paul (“Nobel Laureate”) Krugman in this week’s New Yorker:

When it is cold at home, or he has a couple of weeks with nothing to do but write his Times column [but what about WWS 543?], or when something unexpectedly stressful happens, like winning the Nobel Prize, the Princeton economist Paul Krugman and his wife, Robin Wells, go to St. Croix…

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David Remnick ’81 to publish “pimped out” biography of Barack Obama

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David Remnick ’81, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker (and former Press Clubber aw yeah!), has a biography of Barack Obama in the works. The Alfred A. Knopf imprint of Random House said it plans to publish the bio on April 6.

Remnick’s written about Obama in the past, and he promises the book would not simply be a “pimped out” version of this New Yorker article published in November 2008.

Confession: Remnick didn’t say “pimped out,” but rather “pumped up,” but the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog had reported he had. Which is hilarious, because, does anyone at The New Yorker use “pimp” as a verb not ironically?

(hat tip to Daily Intel for catching the switch)

It’s a Beautiful day in the (Science) Neighborhood

page1Way over on east campus, basically on Route 1, Princeton is putting the finishing touches on The. Biggest. Campus. Building. Ever. The 265,000 square foot steel and glass giant will be the new home for the university’s chemistry department.  Last friday, Senior Project Manager James Wallace estimated that the chemistry facility is about 80 percent complete.

Slated to open next fall, the new alchemy abode is the latest addition to Princeton’s new “Natural Sciences Neighborhood.” Quiet, with an ultra-low crime rate, this new hamlet is home to the Biology, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Astrophysics departments.  These departments will soon be joined by Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Psychology. Too much fun for main campus, Princeton has moved the neighborhood totally off campus and across Washington Street.  But, don’t worry! They’re going to be connected by this sick bridge.

What have London-based Hopkins Architects stuffed inside these humongous headquarters?  A description of facilities that would make Marie Curie tear up– after the jump:

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Better know a pre-frosh: Jonathan Krohn

Toy trucks and tomes

Toy trucks and tomes

Jonathan Krohn, 14 year old conservative pundit and author of Define Conservatism, is already thinking about college. Which? Hint: Rhymes with Cringeton.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Krohn noted his desire to attend Princeton some time in the future. Why? Mr. Robert George teaches here, of course:

“He goes on both sides of the aisles,” Jonathan says, “I love Robbie George.”

Oh, how young and smart, but yet so naïve.

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Today in Politics: Yaroshefsky ’12 endorses Princeton Charter Club

In his first major endorsement as USG President, Michael Yaroshefsky ’12 emailed the student body today to express his strong support for the Princeton Charter Club.

The announcement appeared at the bottom of a seemingly unrelated communication announcing a new student life survey.  Somewhat curiously, Yaroshefsky’s endorsement was written in invisible ink, and only became visible after this reporter highlighted the entire field of text:


What, you may ask, is this organization with which Yaroshefsky has so emphatically cast his lot?  According to its official website, Charter, one of Princeton University’s ten storied “Eating Clubs,” is “a place to relax and be among friends; it is clean and comfortable; it provides good food and a pleasant social atmosphere.”

In the past, USG executives have often shied away from such formal (and emphatic) endorsements.  Last year, a political scandal erupted after then-President Josh Weinstein ’09 incorrectly implied in an email that President-elect Connor Diemand-Yauman ’10 supported Vice Presidential candidate Mike Weinberg ’11 in Weinberg’s race against Nick DiBerardino ’11.

It’s currently unclear whether today’s endorsement will provoke a similar firestorm.

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Why They Chose Yale: The Sex

We dominate.

We dominate.

Yale has a few reasons to be ashamed of itself: We routinely beat them at the U.S. News and World Report game. Our application numbers soared this year while they saw 200 fewer suitors. Despite all this, there is one department in which Elis seem to be more…satisfied…than Princetonians.

It’s “Sex Week” at Yale, which means the Yale Daily News conducted and released a sex survey, pretty similar to the one The Daily Princetonian printed last month.

Let’s check the competition:

Percent of Men Who Claim to Have Had Sex:
Yale: 69.5%
Princeton: 62.4%

Percent of Women Who Claim to Have Had Sex:
Yale: 59.8%
Princeton: 51.0%

What could possibly account for Yale’s ability to beat us at this game? One Yale student says, “At the end of the day, you can get laid. … You’re not forced to see them on a daily basis so you can get away with it.” Is the problem just that Princeton is too small for this spirit of casual hookups to be acceptable? No. The problem must be deeper than that. Let’s look at some parallel discrepant figures:

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