By Morgan Jerkins '14
On Episode 4 of America’s Next Top Model, featuring Jane Randall ’12, the contestants must pose on a rollercoaster, exemplifying an emotion instructed by J. Alexander and Nigel Barker. Randall’s emotion was “melancholy”. Even though Randall mastered the stretched lips and tense face, Nigel expected a more believably, melancholic countenance. However, he did note that she did look beautiful.
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Next, Matthew Rolston, a famous photographer who the legendary Andy Warhol discovered, created a mermaid photo shoot. The models, costumed as mermaids, were photographed while fully submerged in water.
At deliberation, Andre Leon Talley called Randall’s photos “generic” and Rolston labeled them “not that memorable.” Randall’s face gradually became more and more downtrodden and pessimistic as each girl was called as still being in the running for ANTM. But chin up, Jane, because Rhianna, the girl whose reputation of having the same look, was sent packing. So we all still have a reason for watching the show, at least for one more week. Keep it up, girl, and remember to show that tiger ferocity.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
By Morgan Jerkins '14
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
By Ashwath Rabindranath '13
Despite only showing up for the free Indian food, I had an entertaining time at Let's Talk Sex's panel on defining sex at Campus Club Tuesday night. Three student panelists spoke each for a couple of minutes on how their experiences in life have helped them better define their views on sex. Mildly interesting though their stories might have been, all three speakers all ended on the same note of wanting more emotional intimacy in their sex/personal lives ... hardly the intelligent debate that the group claims to prize.
To continue Ashwath's LetS adventures, click the Jump!
I snagged another piece of naan before we were divided into discussion groups to talk about some questions relating to defining sex. The lack of novelty seemed unstoppable as we proceeded to ask the profound question of who has sex and when the boundaries of sex become unclear.
A more amusing discussion on the difference between second and third base ensued. The use of the word 'slut' was also a serious topic of non-discussion. At this point I was certain that not only had I crashed a teenage girl's slumber party, but I was enjoying myself!
Upshot: Highly entertaining but completely lacking in depth. This event was an opportunity for people to complain about the subtleties involved in using the word 'hookup'. It failed to make any serious and novel points. Perhaps the only saving grace was the well-chosen Indian food. Masala Grill over Mehek any day!
By Morgan Jerkins '14
Those long Saturday afternoons watching “Legally Blonde” and “How High” have totally corrupted my view of college life. Sure, I knew that Princeton was not a University of Miami or even a Penn State, but all these diverse (and dare I say good-looking) men who come from all over has ignited within me a fiery and unbridled optimism that maybe….just maybe my luck in the romance department would change.
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One Saturday night, I conversed with several underclassmen girls who slightly drooped their heads down low and slouched their postures once the topic of boys came into the discourse. We hypothesized that Princeton men are too busy with their problem sets to notice the additions standing right in front of them. But being the open-minded person that I am, I decided to interview two men. You be the judge.
1. Do you consider yourself socially awkward?
Freshman: Not really. I could be far worse.
Sophomore: In some ways, I’m not terrible but I’m no James Bond either.
2. Was interacting with the opposite sex a goal of yours in coming to college?
Freshman: A goal?...In terms of a relationship, I don’t plan on it per se. But I expect it to crop up eventually.
Sophomore: Not specifically. Girls are nice, open, social: It is actually the guys that are more difficult to connect with.
3. Did you date in high school?
Freshman: Not often, but occasionally.
Sophomore: No. Too much of a distraction.
Sure the pressures of precepts, lectures, internships, and JPs can be overwhelming, but the girls seem able and willing to accept the challenges of balancing an academic and romantic life. Have the men become too focused on facts and the future that we are missing out on the illogical emotional adventures that may be waiting by our dorm doors?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My lovely room in Dod is much less appealing due to the constant jumbles of sounds emanating from Dillon. I can’t imagine how the kids in the south end of Little even survive. FOLs
Monday, September 27, 2010
CDY and friend navigated through Boston to Logan airport and took off to London. Upon touchdown, the contestants found their way to Stonehenge and then Eastnor Castle. Tasks involved:
-- scaling the castle wall while under the fire of bucketfuls of water
-- retrieving a medieval flag
-- traveling across the moat to find the knight corresponding to the flag
-- engaging in a jousting match
-- firing watermelons at suits of armor, and then locating the juggling jester with the final clue
And, to address the emotional aspect of this riveting piece of television, in the midst of the driving nightmares, ricocheting watermelons, and knights in shining armor, the true sides of the contestants emerged. While others hysterically screamed "Go, go, go!" and couples peevishly bickered, CDY and friend lightheartedly bounced from destination to destination, maintaining lighthearted humor and boyish enthusiasm.
Managing to maintain Nassoons tunes despite their bad luck in losing their way, getting stuck behind a competing team's stalled car, then further delayed by another team's flat tire, they nevertheless pulled ahead to land themselves in third place, bless their hearts.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
In our beloved Frist 307 this afternoon, former classroom of Albert Einstein, professor and internationally renowned global warming skeptic Fred Singer opened the debate. Professors Robert Socolow and Isaac Held took up the G.W.'s defense.
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Though I spent most of Frosh Week attending as many useless open houses as possible, I was able to amuse myself by constructing a Hierarchy of Concentrations. I soon began to understand where all these valedictorians/student body presidents /musicians /artists /wunderkinds fit in this new hypercompetitive microenvironment. And so, I present:
For The Intellectual Pecking Order at Princeton (in order of perceived godliness) see the Jump.
1. Mathematics. I met my first math major at the open house “Women in Science and Engineering,” which, by the way, had two boys in attendance. I introduced myself and described my math-less schedule (in retrospect, the lack of an appreciative nod when I mentioned Woody Woo should have warned me), adding that I wasn’t really a “math person.” Frizzy-hair-girl looked at me with a mixture of condescension and confusion and proceeded to give me the hackneyed “There’s only one right answer in math” spiel. My cue to leave and meet some premeds.
Bottom line: Math majors see nothing hipster in taking a seminar about poetry. They’d much prefer Fourier series, all day, every day, and someone else equally sainted to check their p-sets with.
2. Physics/Engineering. These ones are a bit more people-friendly than their direct superiors and always go on about how physics/engineering is so much cooler than math because you (not you, but they) can apply it. However, because a lot of them are B.S.E candidates, they’re always a little bit irritated about walking all the way across campus to take a goshdarn computer class, and the fact that they have to take more classes than the rest of us anyways.
Bottom line: They can help you with your homework, but when engineers start complaining about how they don’t get as much attention as, say, Woody Woo majors, you feel like asking them why they didn’t go to MIT instead.
3. Chemistry. They generally don’t have that whole god-complex, but chemistry majors can get a little snotty about having taken orgo as freshmen while the rest of us slog through it sophomore year. On the plus side, having one as a roommate comes in handy when you can’t figure out the last isomer for C3H4O.
Bottom line: They’re generally a good sort, and while sometimes inclined to go premed, they usually forgo that path for the joys of materials synthesis and Ph.D’s.
4. Biology. Here is where it gets kind of iffy. You have the students who like molecular biology, like ecology, and all the premeds who realized that being a classics major is not going to get them into med school. The latter are either gentle souls or students with an unparalleled skill for resume-padding and insincere philanthropy (i.e. volunteering at the University Health Center and any other internships they can get their hands on since we don’t even have a medical school).
Bottom line: They’re aware of the fact that they’re not exceptionally talented at any of the above sciences, but that sure won’t stop them from raking in cash ten? fifteen? (how long does it take to get out of med school nowadays?) years down the road.
5. Everyone else. This includes the social sciences, humanities, and other obscure majors now made cool by the fact that they aren’t pigeonholed above (instead, they’re all lumped together at the bottom of the hierarchy).
About la gamine: la gamine is a writer for the Prox. She enjoys long walks on the beach, collecting absurd names, and doing crosswords. In her free time, she dabbles in fashion, listens to good music (Queen, Alanism Morisette) and reads incessantly.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Dear Science Professors Enamored with I-Clickers,
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Congratulations to Labyrinth Books for making it onto the symptom list for Princetonitis, a common inflammatory disease specific to the undergraduate student body resulting in self-induced hair removal and mild to severe spasms. Not to mention tears. Oh, the tears. Watching my paycheck for the next seven weeks disappear with one swipe of the Visa Debit and the acceptance of two plastic bags full of used paperbacks from which approximately 30 pages each will be read. (And that's collectively among the entire class.)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Princeton students may not always master the fine art of precept participation, but sundress participation for Lawnparties is an entirely different story. You will not find a person on the Street today (male, female or otherwise) caught without their sundress problem set. To the innocent passerby, Lawnparties may appear to be some sort of country club circus, but in reality, it is just that.
Wake up in the morning feeling like a USG-elect
I put my prox in my Vera, gonna hit Prospect
When I leave brush my teeth with a mimosa mix
Because when I leave for the morning I’ll have my –OH fix.
I'm talkin' BOB on the QUAD QUAD
Ditchin' my iPOD POD
Checkin' out my hot BOD BOD
Aint goin till the sun comes down down
Till the bouncers want to frown frown
See ya out there tigers!
Friday, September 17, 2010
I moved into Upperclass Housing and now Whitman is punishing me. Two years of calling the dorm my home means nothing when it comes to handing out fluorescent tank tops for the Whitman Olympics. No level of begging could make the Whitman College Council loosen their iron grips on the highlighter colored articles. Even Harvey Rosen, Master of Whitman College and a former member of President Bush's Board of Economic Advisors, could not resist these irresistibly bro-ey tanks. So while the rest of the campus hit up the activities fair in Dillon, Whitmanites partied with Meg in the courtyard. Whitman bicker is not officially recognized by the University.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
So here's what I'm facin':
3 felonies, 6 years of probation"
Sometimes I think theres nothin' to live for
I almost break down and cry."
Kenneth Gemmill '32, a distinguished Philadelphia lawyer, and his wife Helen died in 1998. The couple established a family foundation in 1961 devoted to charity. Half a century and $30 million later, the heirs of the foundation have decided to bestow the foundation's wealth on Delaware Valley College in Doylestown. Too bad Princeton didn't make its way into the family's good graces. With that much money, New Butler could have a turf field installed on the roof and the Office of Sustainability could hire more people to knock down students' doors at 8 AM warning them about fines for failing to recycle properly. Thankfully that was my friend's morning, not my own. But why should Pyne be graced with the green police and Scully spared? Did anyone else have similar experiences?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
If you were looking for the party tonight, you should have checked 1903. By 11 PM, scores of Keystone Light cans and empty beer boxes littered the courtyard. Rumor has it two sports teams held the rager and managed to disappear before PSafe arrived. If you're stumbling back from the Street right now and looking for a way to sober up, go help facilities pick up the mess!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The physicists at the U. are some of the most decorated around, but physical attractiveness is rarely one of the judging categories. Now physics students will put beauty before brains and nominate who they believe is the most attractive physicist. On the Physics and Physicists blog, author ZapperZ writes, "I want to have a contest where we nominate the physicist who we think is attractive, and then we all vote on them! How much fun is that? :)"
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Roger Clemens, winner of seven Cy Young Awards, is taking a break from throwing broken bats at the Mets to face a six-count indictment of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of Congress. Now ace lawyer Michael Attanasio '87 will stand beside him on the mound.
This Wilson School major and former soccer player for the U. is a partner of the Cooley law firm in San Diego. Attanasio and his firm have been closely involved with the defenses arising from the Mitchell Report, an almost two-year long investigation implicating Clemens, Miguel Tejada, Andy Pettitte, among others, in the use of performance enhancers.
Bob Bradley, coach for the U.S. national soccer team, coached Attanasio on the Princeton team in the 1980s. "Michael was very hardworking, and a guy who was committed to the team," he said. "You could see that as a player, a student and a person that he had great character and always wanted to hold himself to a high standard."
Attanasio's father Tony was an agent who represented Dave Steart, Bobby Valentine, Davey Lopes and Ichiro Suzuki.
The trial is set for April 15, 2011.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Get excited Nassoons, Tower Club members (is there a difference really?), Amazing Race fans, and those of you who might just be a little bit in love with CDY!
Amazing Race 17 premieres on Sunday, Sept. 26 and, here at the 'Prince,' we're excited because we now have an excuse to watch reality TV when we should be putting out Monday papers. We'll be rooting for Princeton's own Green Team, Connor Diemand-Yauman '10 and Jonathan Schwartz '10, and you can check here for weekly Race updates in case you miss an episode or want to comment on a week's happenings.
More deets and their CBS Team trailer after the jump...
Don't expect the other teams to know that we have Tigers in the Race, though. In its official CBS trailer, the pair says it wants to keep its Princeton affiliation secret because the two "don't want targets on our backs from the get go." Instead, they're going to say they're from a college named T-O-N-E-P-R-I-C (clever, but maybe not the best way to go avoiding those targets).
Other highlights from the clip, which we'll nickname "100 Reasons Why Jonathan and Connor are Best, BEST, (Did We Mention BEST?) Friends":
-- Nassoons, Nassoons, Nassoons
-- CDY as student body prez turned reality show contestant
-- And, our favorite is at 02:05. Hope CDY doesn't have to do any cross dressing on the Race!
In the comments on their Entertainment Weekly profile, it looks like they've already been pegged as the Nerd Team. But, we love you anyway. Good luck!!
(Image Credit: ET.com)