Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Getting McCoshed

Here are some fun facts that you may not have known about Princeton (thanks, wikipedia!).

-According to the university, it is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and is one of the eight Ivy League universities. Originally founded at Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, it relocated to Princeton in 1756 and was renamed Princeton University in 1896

-Princeton has never had any official religious affiliation, rare among American universities of its age

-Princeton offers two main undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and the Bachelor of Science in engineering (B.S.E.). Courses in the humanities are traditionally either seminars or semi-weekly lectures with an additional discussion seminar, called a "precept" (short for "preceptorial"). To graduate, all A.B. candidates must complete a senior thesis and one or two extensive pieces of independent research, known as "junior papers" or "JPs."

-Princeton is among the wealthiest universities in the world, with an endowment just over 11 billion US dollars (#4th largest in the United States) sustained through the continued donations of its alumni and maintained by investment advisors. Some of Princeton's wealth is invested in its art museum, which features works by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol, among other prominent artists (fuckin' sweeet).

-Tradition: The Clapper or Clapper Theft - climbing to the top of Nassau Hall and stealing the bell clapper so as to prevent the bell from ringing and, thus, from starting class on the first day of the school year. For safety reasons, the clapper has now been removed permanently (If you ask me, this is just asking for the covert installation of an independently purchased clapper).

-Robo - commonly played team drinking game at Princeton University, thought to have originated there. Beirut is equally popular (Read the article for Robo; it was apparently written by Tay, or his nemisis, Princeton Tay).

-The Tory - The Princeton Tory, conservative bimonthly magazine ("The TORY"? Man, they are just asking for it).

-The Princeton University Band serves as the marching band and pep band of Princeton University. Like most other Ivy League bands, it is a scramble band (Read the article for scramble band. That's my kind of marching band.).

P.S.: So Wanninger (or someone else with a reasonable command of the English language, I guess), can you explain to me the correct usage of "that" and "which"? For example the first sentence of this post: was it correct?

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At 9:58 PM, October 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In general, here is the "rule" (it's more of a usage suggestion thaht is widely accepted):
That is used for restrictive clauses (clauses that are essential to the meaning)
Which is used for non-restrictive clauses (clauses that could be omitted without chnaging the essential meaning.)

Examples:
The popcorn that I picked up off the floor is very sticky.

The popcorn, which was invented by some guy, tastes very good.

The penguin that you stole from me is dearly missed.

The penguin, which comes from Antarctica, is a bird.

 
At 10:00 PM, October 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can omit the word "that" or "which" then it signals that you should be using "that."

 
At 10:28 PM, October 17, 2006, Blogger Tay said...

all i'm going to say is that real men play pong.

 
At 10:43 PM, October 17, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

Tay organize a rugby match between Princeton and Dirtmouth.

We Will Bury You.

 
At 11:20 PM, October 17, 2006, Blogger Josh said...

so you goin' to this place?

 
At 11:21 PM, October 17, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

We?

already decided then, maxwell?

 
At 11:39 PM, October 17, 2006, Blogger Sara said...

Where is Kubas?

 
At 12:12 AM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Samwalkertron said...

Those facts were decidedly not fun.

 
At 9:34 AM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Rianna said...

Kubas: "Oh, and Max, I missed out on the torrid affair with Kubas because between his devotion to Pelkey and Sarah hair-raping him, I just couldn't get in on his Kubas-y goodness. *sigh*" -gregarious mime
Just thought I'd let you know what was happening last year. ;)

 
At 9:43 AM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Tay said...

first off, we (and i can actually say this because i am a part of the college) would kick princeton's ass. second, while it is nice to think that you are already in at princeton, please bear in mind that:

1) both jason and i applied there and neither of us got in
2) out of 8 applications between jason and i that went to "ivy league" colleges (i include georgetown and mit on top of two to havard, two to princeton, one to yale, and one to dartmouth) only 1 of them came back with an acceptance letter

just saying, don't count your eggs before they hatch and/or don't get yourself down if you don't get in.

 
At 10:43 AM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Kid C said...

Princeton doesn't have a law school or business school.

 
At 2:16 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Pelk said...

"just saying, don't count your eggs before they hatch and/or don't get yourself down if you don't get in."

A lesson so much more meaningful when it comes from a person who learned it by experience.

 
At 2:19 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

i was waitlisted at Princeton. granted, that probably means I would never have had the opportunity to enroll there, but we'll never know now, will we?

And Max, you have connections, don't you?

Just saying, it's now what you know, it's who you know.

 
At 2:20 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

and it also may have something to do with the ability to type "not" instead of "now", but that's not quite so important.

 
At 5:51 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

I mostly just posted these fun facts because I will be visitng Princeton over this weekend.

I realize I probably won't end up being admitted there, but I still plan to have a good time.

And sam, these facts were a laugh riot.

 
At 6:22 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Kara said...

Enjoy the campus, Max. I've visited two Ivy League campuses, if you ask Tay, lesser Ivy League campuses, and they're pretty awesome.

Then again, I just kind of like college campuses in general. Does that make me strange? Maybe it's my general longing to be at one.

 
At 6:43 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger mayah said...

but good for you for trying, little bro. if they don't take you, you're clearly not meant to go there - rich/smart kids can be real douchebags, and the universe will point you in the right direction... but i bet you'll get in. just go to a big school with lots of majors, because lord knows it's hard to choose.

 
At 9:37 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

heck yes, try, although $80 application fees are a bit outrageous...

but yes, listen to your older, wiser sister.

 
At 9:38 PM, October 18, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

kara did you by chance visit Georgetown? I loved the campus...

 

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