Trace amounts of banned A-Rod found in Princeton

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Photo by NY Daily News.

Embattled probably-still-future MLB Hall of Famer Alex Rodriguez and his girlfriend, Torrie Wilson, stopped by Princeton on Saturday, presumably on the way to meet with one of Rodriguez’s attorneys, according to the NY Post. The Yankees third baseman, whose 2013 season has been made a nightmare by nagging injuries and the Biogenesis scandal, reportedly toured several of the campus’ notable buildings and visited the baseball and football fields.

No word on the exact purpose of the visit, although it’s possible that A-Rod was hoping to get Mike Ford’s autograph.

Or maybe it was a college visit. With the MLB ready to hand him its longest ever non-lifetime suspension – which would even ban him from playing in Japan and Korea – he may be considering using his expected increase in free time to go back and finally get that college degree. Although Rodriguez has missed the deadline to apply for the Class of 2017, he could certainly help his chances of getting into the Class of 2018 by donating a new stadium or three or by pulling some strings with influential Princeton grad Eliot Spitzer ’81, with whom he purportedly shares at least one mutual friend.

Although I’m sure he enjoyed visiting the place where they filmed A Beautiful Mind, and he would be all but assured a starting spot on the baseball team (or really any Princeton team), it isn’t likely that A-Rod will want to attend an institution with an honor code – he may, however, like the way they do things over at Harvard.

Mamoun’s to grace Princeton in the fall

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Praise be, the hegemony that the Frist food gallery has long held over Princeton’s late-night drunk-munchies market appears at end: according to the Times of Trenton, legendary Greenwich Village falafel joint Mamoun’s has announced plans to open a location at 20 Witherspoon St. in the fall. As any one of the scores of Princetonians who have spent summers interning downtown could tell you, this changes everything.

Photo by Flickr user roboppy, licensed under Creative Commons

Photo by Flickr user roboppy, licensed under Creative Commons

Mamoun's on St. Mark's. Photo by Flickr user moriza, licensed under Creative Commons.

Mamoun’s on St. Mark’s. Photo by Flickr user moriza, licensed under Creative Commons.

Prices appear to vary according to location, but across the restaurant’s New York City, New Haven, New Brunswick and Hoboken sites, vegetarian sandwiches ballpark at around $3 and meat sandwiches at around $6. A mango juice will cost around $2-3, which you’ll definitely need if you do Mamoun’s right and drizzle their house hot sauce all over your sandwich of choice. As keen observer of the human condition and Yelp reviewer Andrew S. puts it, “BEWARE the spicy sauce is spicier than anything I had in other countries.  Maybe it’s because I’m white, but if you don’t have an iron-clad digestive system, make sure you have pepto bismal [sic].” After years of performing such gastronomic feats as consuming buffalo chicken tender pizzas — with fries! — at the tender 2 a.m. hour, I think the collective student body is ready.

Google Maps says it's a 9-minute walk.

Google Maps says it’s a 9-minute walk.

Opinion Frosh Talk About Year Number One: Part II

Barbara Zhan: I was surprised by how much less important school is to me now than it was in high school. I thought by attending a top-tier school, it would be the opposite. But the immersive experience of college showed me that certain behaviors were not sustainable in the long-term. Living amongst such talented people forced me to realize that comparing myself to others on a daily basis was exhausting. Having the independence to determine my own work-life balance made me realize that caring too much about grades, or basing self-worth upon achievements, academic or extracurricular, was not maintainable over the next four years. In college, you have the freedom to use every free moment not spent in class studying. You could spend the next four years not talking to people, not building connections, not forming relationships, sacrificing personal happiness for the sake of a grade point average. College made me realize that the attitude I held in high school towards academics was unhealthy. I did lose some of my work ethic during my freshman year of college, but I also gained knowledge about how to live a fulfilling life.

Spencer Shen: When I first came to Princeton, I was not expecting for the campus culture to support groupthink and shun opposition so readily. Perhaps my hopes of having intellectually stimulating conversations with my peers were far too high, but surely the students at one of the best universities in the world would be able to engage in honest debate, I thought. Yet holding unpopular beliefs and voicing dissent often leads only to becoming the butt of jokes, being on the receiving end of ad hominem attacks, and having others dismiss your opinion as trivial, unenlightened or trash. Many Princeton students are convinced that they know the answers to our school’s problems, our nation’s problems, and our planet’s problems, but they seem unwilling to take on the responsibility of directly addressing opinions that differ significantly from their own. In short, the students at Princeton might possess exceptional intelligence and work ethic, but they make up for it by lacking patience, tolerance and humility. I came to Princeton expecting the students here to be mature and open-minded, but in reality, we are only a few years removed from being immature, impatient teenagers that know everything and decades away from being as wise as our parents and professors are.

Lea Trusty: Upon entering college, I had extremely low expectations concerning the relationship I would have with my roommate. I’d heard of idealistic stories of roommates becoming lifelong friends, and I was also told of roommates that were the stuff of nightmares. I hoped for a decent medium — someone who I could pleasantly live with for nine months, with whom I could share a joke or two and eat a few meals.

My roommateship is so much more than that; it’s a genuine friendship. We share more than a few jokes in a single day, talk about art and music and existential concepts like college students are wont to do and, most of all, we support each other. I know after I’ve had a crappy day, my roommate will be there, all ears, a cup of tea with agave in hand.

So here’s to another year of our roommateship while here at Princeton, and another year of a friendship that I hope will continue on long after walking through the FitzRandolph Gates again.

Part III forthcoming…


Opinion Frosh Talk About Year Number One: Part I

What was the most surprising/awesome/not awesome/unexpected etc. thing about Princeton this year?

Bennett McIntosh: Irina Spalko, the villain in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, dies in one of the most CGI-heavy instances of “careful what you wish for” in film history. Mere seconds after announcing “I want to know EVERYTHING,” the aliens grant her wish, much to her chagrin — side effects include mild-to-moderate anxiety, flame bursting out of her eyeballs and disintegration into cosmic dust. It turns out, for better or for worse, admission to Princeton isn’t like getting a wish granted by an alien. I’ve managed to keep my eyeballs, but I realize anew every day that I’ll never learn everything the world, or even this university, has to offer. Sitting in Murray-Dodge listening to my friends describe the intricacies of Arabic syntax or the development of modern war, I sometimes wish I had taken Arabic instead of Spanish, HUM instead of ISC, history instead of philosophy, but it’s enough to know that, as long as I’m here, I cannot run out of facts to learn, things to do or people to meet.

Ye Eun Charlotte Chun: One of the most bizarre (and pleasant) Princeton experiences I’ve had was running into people I had met in different parts of the world on campus. During high school, I had competed a lot for speech and debate, traveling to over a dozen countries and befriending students from many others. Those I had deemed to be good opponents or fun acquaintances, I had kept in touch with over Facebook, but had no expectation of ever seeing them again. However, during preview and throughout the year, I ran into a close friend I had competed against in Australia, a fellow mock trial judge from the Netherlands, a debater who had attended the same tournament as I had in Scotland but whom I didn’t know until we went to Community Action together. Even now, I run into friends of roommates from summer programs and hall mates who were neighbors of my Korean high school friends. It’s just been a truly bonding experience over how small the world is and how useful making connections are.

Part II forthcoming…

Leora Friedman ’14 Invited to VMAs to Honor her Charity Work


Friedman, founder of the non-profit organization called Music is Medicine, was recently recognized by mtvU’s Random Acts for her expansion of music to impact the lives of others. Music is Medicine brings music to pediatric patients who are gravely ill and attempts to raise money for their treatment.

The organization’s most recent initiative is called “Donate a Song” which seeks to pair up a famous artist with a patient. The artist will write a song for the patient and, by releasing it,  raise awareness about the disease afflicting the patient.

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Courtesy of


Glee star Darren Criss, on behalf of mtvU, surprised Leora during an interview and invited her to be his date to the Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 25th.  In mtvU’s promotional clip which was published today, Criss said that while he and Friedman walk down the red carpet together, they can promote and raise awareness about her charitable work.

MtvU also gave Friedman a $1000 grant to continue to expand the Music is Medicine initiative.

See The Daily Princetonian’s coverage of Friedman’s nonprofit here.

A Big Dunk to Silence Critics

While spring athletes are focused on Ivy championships and the rest of us are focused on Lawnparties, here’s proof that junior guard T.J. Bray is still hard at work. One of the team’s leading scorers this winter, Bray may have a few new tricks up his sleeves when he hits Jadwin next year, if this video is any indication.
Of course, there will probably be more people trying to stop from dunking on him when he takes the court for his senior season, but hey, he managed to leave the guys watching him speechless. Or maybe they just didn’t react much because it’s routine for him by now.
According to the caption, Bray posted the video because a friend asked him to, and “for all the people that say I don’t have bounce.” I can’t figure out who that would be exactly, but maybe Harvard’s Siyani Chambers said something to Bray this season?

Prox Opinion: When Freedom of Speech Becomes About Volume


It seems the First Amendment gets thrown around quite a bit today, between demonstrations for and against gay marriage, the Westboro Baptist Church and an increased attention to political correctness or a lack thereof. People tote even unpopular views for all to see, taking refuge under the solace of that little phrase, “freedom of speech.”

And the amendment makes sense, of course. We want conversation. We want open dialogues and impassioned discourse. In theory, how can I not support freedom of speech? As a writer (more specifically an Opinion writer), those three words let me say what I want to say, the things I sometimes feel need to be said. But when we shed light on the amendment’s darker side—the side that protects insulting or hateful speech—things become tricky. I’m a lot less apt to champion the Constitution when homophobic, racial and other slurs of the like make their way into the conversation. Thus after reading The Daily Princetonian’s “The night a preacher hit the Street,” I remain unsure who is right.

Now my gut says that Michael Stockwell, the preacher who shouted words of warning to students making their way to and from the Eating Clubs, shouldn’t be able to tell people that “drinking and fornication” are sinful and they should repent in order to be saved. I am a firm believer in letting people lead their lives as they so choose. I don’t mind differing opinions as long as views aren’t forced on another. The bottom line is that one’s personal beliefs shouldn’t dictate the life of someone else. I would like to go enjoy the Street without being told I am damned. If that be the case, let me make my mistakes.

On the other hand, Stockwell wasn’t forcing anyone to stand before him and listen. He wasn’t forcing anyone to believe in what he said. The main charge against him was the violation of the noise ordinance (as he was using an amplifier and microphone without a permit) – not excessive preaching.

Nevertheless, the case makes me uneasy. If it hadn’t been about religion, would the case be so heated? Or if he had been preaching a sentiment I agree with, would it bother me at all? I’m afraid the answer is “No.” And with that I feel like I have to fall on the side of the Constitution. I don’t like it, not at all, but I suppose to put the good words—the uplifting, the encouraging, the progressive—into the world then we must be willing to also allow the offensive or hurtful.

The detriment is that it becomes a battle of who can speak the loudest. My fear is that we will all end up shouting over one another and freedom of speech becomes freedom of an incoherent roar. Without open discussion and respectful conversation, we are left with only incompatible views that become white noise until nothing gets heard at all.

Who Wears Short Jorts?


Freshman Fred Vystavel settled on a women’s size 10 “faded glory” pair of jeans that might make you feel as though you are back in the 1990s. Sophomore RJ Johnston went with a tight-fitting bright pink pair, which, while certainly being a more vibrant choice, seems to make walking just slightly more challenging than it should be. Senior Allan Amico is keeping things simple with a solid beige colored pair.

“It’s not about color,” Amico said. “I’ve done white jeans; I’ve done regular. In the end, the real competition is who will cut them the shortest.”

The heavyweight men’s crew “jorts” tradition began on Monday and will continue throughout the week, ending with a photo shoot prior to Lawnparties on Sunday. Each day, the team cuts off a little more of their jeans. By Sunday, most members have gone about as far as they can with the scissors.

The idea started back in 2006 when some of the seniors on the team came up with the idea. It happened after seeing a Tobias Fünke Halloween costume from the Fox TV show “Arrested Development.” Fünke claims to be a “never-nude,” which, as the name implies, means he is never fully derobed. Instead, he is always wearing a pair of cutoff jeans, even while showering and sleeping.

As the days go on, shorter lengths of pants correspond to different themed looks: On Monday, the team leaves the pants at normal length. By Tuesday, a few inches are snipped as they go for a “Huck Finn” look, just slightly above the ankle. The inches continue to fall on Wednesday and Thursday as the team eases into an imitation of ’70s American band REO Speedwagon, whose music may have been forgotten but apparently whose knee-length jeans still live on. Friday’s “Top Gun” theme starts creeping into the realm of the uncomfortable, as Saturday’s “never-nude” day marks the complete crossing of that line. The week culminates as the Daisy Dukes look pervades campus throughout Lawnparties. It is unclear whether Edward and the Magnetic Zeros will be more alarmed at some of our scarcely dressed classmates or the Princeton student body when we wait, for the second time in one year, in Quad’s backyard for the band to play the one song whose lyrics we can sing along to.

While there is no clear winner for the week, it’s not hard to find out who cut their pants the shortest or whose outfit was most attention-grabbing. Much of the team is divided, in fact, between sticking to the traditional jean look that stays true to the fashion in which the tradition began and the neon colors and animal print styles that are sure to be fan favorites.

Regardless, it’s a fun week for all as some extra flare makes its way to the Princeton campus. With a big race against Brown this Saturday, hopefully light spirits will prove for a relaxed but focused squad come the weekend.

Candlelight Vigil Honors Victims of Boston Marathon Bombing

Marking the two-week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, University students held a candlelight vigil at the Wilson School fountain Monday evening to honor the victims. The vigil had a donation box to raise funds to help support the victims of the attacks. The event was organized by Emily Chang ’16 and supported by the Butler and Wilson college offices.
Photos by Wendy Li ’15
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