Young Talent Kickstarts Men’s Cross Country Team’s Season

The West Windsor Fields were far from their top condition for the Princeton Inter-Regional Meet on Saturday — it poured for the entirety of the day before, and strong gusts prevailed throughout the day — but the Princeton men’s cross country team wasn’t concerned.

“I think a lot of us ran personal bests on Saturday despite a wet course and all the wind,” said Brett Kelly ‘16, co-captain of the Tiger men’s squad. “The race really built our confidence.”

Steven Sum ’19 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Steven Sum ’19 (Office of Athletic Communications)

The team finished second at the meet out of 11 teams, placing behind No. 19 Indiana and ahead of ranked squads from Providence, UNC, and Virginia Tech. Such a strong performance against top teams means the Tigers themselves likely will be nationally ranked soon.

Steven Sum ’19 crossed the finish line of the 8,000-meter course in 24:12.4 (6th overall), followed by Michael Sublette ’16 (24:18.8, 8th), Noah Kauppila ’18 (24:17.5, 11th), Sam Berger ’16 (24:25.4, 21st), and Jeremy Spiezio ’19 (24:26.5, 24th).

“We competed really well on Saturday,” said head coach Jason Vigilante, noting the win was part of an exciting start to the season — on Sept. 11, the Tigers defeated Harvard and Yale for a first-place finish in the HYP meet at Cambridge.

The West Windsor race showcased the talent of freshman runners Sum and Spiezio, who have been contributing throughout the season. “Jeremy was our fourth guy at HYP and Steven was our fifth,” Vigilante said. “I have to be very careful with them and do everything I can to make sure we don’t push them too hard as we go through.” Continue reading

Girls Coming to Tech! by Amy Sue Bix ’87

Amy Sue Bix ’87

Amy Sue Bix ’87

The book: In the 1950s, women made up less than one percent of students in American engineering programs. By 2010, that number had skyrocketed — women were earning 18 percent of bachelor’s degrees and almost 22 percent of doctorates in the field. Amy Sue Bix ’87 explores how the few women who did enter engineering overcame gender biases before World War II, when wartime needs channeled women into defense work. Through case studies of postwar engineering coeducation at Georgia Tech, Caltech, and MIT, Bix discusses the various stereotypes women faced: They would waste their education, they wouldn’t be good at engineering, and they must be unfeminine to be interested in science.

The author: Amy Sue Bix ’87 is an associate professor of history at Iowa State University, where she also is director of the Center for Historical Studies of Technology and Science.

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Tiger of the Week: Allegra Wiprud ’14, Conservation Leader

Allegra Lovejoy Wiprud ’14 (Jeanette Beebe ’14)

Allegra “Lovejoy” Wiprud ’14 (Jeanette Beebe ’14)

By Jeanette Beebe ’14

Allegra “Lovejoy” Wiprud ’14 gets emotional when she recalls her first land stewardship trip at the D&R Greenway Land Trust, an 18,000-acre land preservation and conservation nonprofit. It was an invasive species removal job in Hopewell, N.J. That day, the dangerous plant that her team tracked down, cut back, and destroyed — the climbing growth that covered, choked, and threatened to kill a tree — was English ivy (Hedera helix).

Perched on a picnic table outside the Johnson Education Center, a historic barn overlooking Greenway Meadows, Wiprud mimes how she removed the ivy, grabbing the vine with her hands as if it were a snake coiled around her neck. By clearing the ivy away, she says, “We can give the tree its life back.”

Ivy might look quintessentially Princeton, but as Wiprud is learning, the non-native plant climbs and grows so fast that it smothers other plants and starves trees of sunlight.

Unlike the local flora, Wiprud, a native of Brooklyn, has flourished amongst the ivy. While at Princeton, she meditated, studied, and practiced yoga. She quickly found a home in Murray Dodge Hall, a center of religious and spiritual life on campus. Eventually, she unearthed and discovered within herself a new belief: Hinduism. She took the lead in student religious groups, planning programs, retreats, and service projects for the interfaith Princeton Religious Life Council and the National Hindu Student Council. Continue reading

Balanced Offense, Big Plays on Defense Help Football to First 2-0 Start Since 2006

For New York Mets fans, it has felt like a lifetime since their team last made the playoffs in 2006. As the Mets clinched their first National League East title in nine years on Saturday night, the Princeton football team also completed an important feat for the first time since ’06: starting the season 2-0, thanks to a 52-26 win over Lehigh at Princeton Stadium.

Quarterback Chad Kanoff ’17 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Quarterback Chad Kanoff ’17 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Leading the explosive Tiger offense, junior quarterback Chad Kanoff is beginning to reap the fruits of his labor. A native of Pacific Palisades, Calif., Kanoff arrived at Princeton as one of the top recruits in the country, ranked 14th nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks by Kanoff’s arrival in 2013, however, gave him little opportunity to start: Standout quarterback Quinn Epperly ’15 was at the helm, and went on to earn 2013 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors while leading the Tigers to a share of the conference title. With hopes of getting more reps during the 2014 season, Kanoff was sidelined by an injury for his entire sophomore season.

After Kanoff’s first two performances this fall, people unfamiliar with the new quarterback’s background would hardly be able to guess that he has spent a majority of his college career on the sidelines. He has racked up 451 passing yards and three touchdowns in blowout victories over Lafayette and Lehigh. Behind Kanoff’s strong passing game and the Tigers’ remarkable rushing, Princeton has scored 92 points in its first two games, better than any squad since the 1950 team scored 100 points in the first two games of its national championship season. Continue reading

It’s Been Beautiful: Soul! And Black Power Television by Gayle Wald *95

Gayle Wald *95

Gayle Wald *95

The book: It’s Been Beautiful: Soul! And Black Power Television tells the story of the groundbreaking but understudied television program Soul!, which was broadcast on public TV between 1968 and 1973. The only nationally televised program of that time dedicated to cultural expressions of the black freedom movement, Soul! provided a stage for black-culture heroes such as Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte as well as a forum for activists Stokely Carmichael and Louis Farrakhan. Airing at the height of the Black Power era, the show also serves as an archive of black performance.

The author: Gayle Wald *95 is a professor of English and American studies at George Washington University. She is the author of two other books, including Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and has published articles on race, popular music, and feminist and gender studies. Continue reading

Tiger of the Week: Vin Gupta ’05, Pursuing Work in Clinical Practice and Health Policy

Vin Gupta ’05 (Courtesy Vin Gupta)

Vin Gupta ’05 (Courtesy Vin Gupta)

Although there is “increasing evidence” that universal health care improves health outcomes, many of the world’s lower- and middle-income countries have not pursued universal health care policies, according to a recent article by lead author Vin Gupta ’05 and three colleagues, published online in The New England Journal of Medicine. With that in mind, Gupta and his colleagues studied the adoption of universal health care in six countries — Chile, Mexico, China, Thailand, Turkey, and Indonesia — and the political, social, and economic factors that made the change possible.

The results, Gupta told PAW, are “more diagnostic than prescriptive,” but the research could play a useful role as the United Nations discusses new development goals at a summit that begins later this week. For example, the group found that “societal solidarity” (admittedly difficult to measure) was not a prerequisite to adding universal health care. Economic growth, on the other hand, was present in all six countries during the periods in which the government added universal health care.

Gupta said that more of the research, including details from individual countries and examples of “how they navigated common problems,” will be part of a new book, A Convenient Truth: The Politicization of Health Reforms and Electoral Success in the Southern Hemisphere. His co-authors include Eric Goosby ’74, a professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine who served as the U.S. Global AIDS coordinator in the Obama administration from 2009-13.

Gupta, a chemistry major at Princeton, attended medical school at Columbia, starting a path toward clinical practice. But a few years later, a Fulbright fellowship in public health took him to China and East Africa and kindled a deep interest in foreign policy and global health. Now, with his M.D. from Columbia and a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge, Gupta is pursuing both tracks in his career.

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