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Date Posted: 18:17:06 06/06/18 Wed
In reply to: joiseyfan 's message, "Re: Princeton, Harvard, Yale. . . ." on 10:45:30 06/06/18 Wed

How is Princeton Field Hockey (or Tennis or Lacrosse) integral to the education of *everyone* on campus?

And why the gratuitous swipe at the SEC - because they value school spirit and campus life?


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Date Posted: 00:57:40 06/07/18 Thu

Fair questions.

For the first, I'll refer you to someone qualified to comment. The three Academic-Athletic Fellows of the Field Hockey team are the Assistant Dean and Director of the University's International Internship Program, the Executive Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the holder of an endowed postdoctoral fellowship in Astrophysics. Ask them.

As for the second, SEC athletics have as much to do with education as they do with Mongolian crop circles.


Meanwhile, the conference is on the cutting edge with nine men's sports, counting X-country and indoor/outdoor track as three.

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Date Posted: 13:06:44 06/21/18 Thu

Joisey, what do you think that the academic athletic fellows tangibly do? I'm not trying to be overly skeptical, but I would guess that mostly they attend a few games, perhaps share a couple of meals with the team and generally provide moral support. Is there more to it than that?

Don't get me wrong. I think that's all to the good. To the extent that some of the fellows are very senior members of the faculty or administration, you know that their time is very valuable. But is there anything more tangible that that?

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Date Posted: 23:34:59 06/27/18 Wed

AO —

Apologies for missing your question — I’ve been stretched thin.

From what I’ve seen, it varies somewhat by faculty member and team, although they are weeded out annually via athletic department reporting paperwork. The model for the program, sociology dept. chair Marvin Bressler, couldn’t be pried away from the men’s basketball team with a crowbar during the season. I also heard through the grapevine — I have no idea if it’s true — that he was a major player in recruiting Courtney Banghart, as well as other coaches in various sports when Gary Walters called his number. Others no doubt just became attached to sports they’ve played themselves. But as powerful as the faculty is at Princeton — far more than all of extracurricular combined — it represents serious intent.

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