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  1. WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Yale seeks to impress at Princeton

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    Coming off of last season’s impressive second-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the No. 21 Yale women’s cross country team will travel to Princeton hoping to improve on last year’s results.

    Yale will send 13 runners to the West Windsor Fields course in Princeton, which has a six-kilometer track on which all eight teams in the Ivy League will compete against each other for the first time this year. The Bulldogs’ first-place finishes at the Fordham Fiasco, Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, Paul Short Run and the Central Connecticut State Mini-meet last weekend make the Elis a strong favorite heading into the conference title race.

    “Given the extraordinary body of work we have put in over the summer and throughout the season, we are all prepared to have exceptional performances,” Kelli Reagan ’18 said. “Our main focus going into the race will be to remain relaxed and to successfully execute our race plan, just as we have been doing all season.”

    Yale has the highest national ranking of any Ivy League team, followed by No. 24 Penn and No. 26 Harvard. The regular season has shown that the Bulldogs are capable of performing in a way that reflects this ranking, as the Elis have beaten the other teams in the Ivy League at every meet so far this season.

    Particularly encouraging is the strong performance of the Elis at the at the Paul Short Run, which was held on the same track as the one on which they will race this weekend. At this meet, which took place on Oct. 1, Yale won by a significant margin, finishing with a score 27 points lower than the runner-up, Georgetown, and 35 points lower than Penn, which claimed third place.

    “The fact that the track is the same as HYP this year is definitely an advantage,” captain Frances Schmiede ’17 said. “We did well there, which will help calm any nerves going in. Obviously the pace will be faster, but I think the race will play out in a similar way.”

    The Bulldogs will continue to focus on running in packs, a strategy that they have implemented all season. The Elis have excelled using the technique this year, with the spread between the top scorer and the crucial fifth scorer never exceeding 30 seconds. The largest margin between scoring runners was a 28-second spread at the Paul Short Run early in the season.

    “We are such a uniquely cohesive team and our ability to work together has really propelled us through the season,” Emily Barnes ’17 said. “Heps is a really unique race where the entire focus is on picking off bodies and taking places, but at the same time, we have had great success with keeping the focus on ourselves and our own team.”

    The Elis had a strong performance at the Heps last year: Their second place finish was the highest since 2002. At the meet, Schmiede and Dana Klein ’18, both of whom will travel to Princeton this weekend, finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Five other runners who will compete this weekend — Barnes, Reagan, Ellie Atkinson ’19, Andrea Masterson ’19 and Meredith Rizzo ’18 — also ran at the championships last year.

    This year, after an impressive regular season, the expectation for the Bulldogs is high. At the same time, both Scheide and Reagan stressed that the team will approach the race with the same mindset that they would bring to a middle-of-the-season contest.

    “While Heps is obviously an important race for pride in the Ivy League, it is just another step toward our ultimate goal of competing as a nationally ranked team through the end of the season,” Reagan said.

    The race will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

  2. MEN’S CREW: Mixed results for the two men’s crews

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    The Yale men’s lightweight crew raced to two successful finishes at the Head of the Charles in Boston, while the heavyweight team failed to reach the high bar it set a year ago.

    The Eli lightweight teams returned to New Haven with two excellent results, finishing second in the Lightweight Fours and fourth in the Lightweight Eights. Meanwhile, the heavyweight team slumped to a fourth-place finish in the Championship Eight and dropped to 12th in the Championship Four.

    “The Head of the Charles is an interesting beast,” lightweight captain Noah Baily ’17 said. “It is the largest regatta in the world, a celebration of rowing and the crowds bring an indescribable energy. The conditions are always tough with strong winds from variable directions, [and] the course also has a number of sharp turns. I am extremely proud of how the team attacked their races today, and am excited to see what we can do next weekend at Princeton Chase.”

    The Eli lightweight four cruised to the best result among collegiate boats at 18:05.7, finishing a whopping 13 seconds ahead of third-placed Columbia’s 18:18.3. The only boat to edge out the Bulldogs was the New York Athletic Club. The AC four just crept under the 18-minute mark, with a final time of 17:59.7. The splits display an identical eight-second gap between the top two boats at all three checkpoints, with a closing burst from the Elis bringing them within the final margin, but not enough to speed them to victory. Columbia, Georgetown and Cornell all finished within 20 seconds of Yale, but the remaining collegiate fours were all left in the dust and finished above the 19-minute mark.

    The Yale lightweight eight rowed across the line in third place, with a raw time eight-tenths of a second ahead of Princeton’s 15:51.5. However, the Bulldogs were assessed a five-second penalty, and the error dropped them to fourth with a time of 15:55.7. The Eli’s raw score put them nine seconds behind the golden Western Ontario crew at 15:41.4. The Bulldog boat caught a crab — an errant stroke that traps the blade underwater and forces the boat to come to a complete stop to readjust the oar — that accounts for most of the deficit. Aside from a couple of errors that slightly marred the three-mile race, the Yale lightweights put in an excellent shift on the water.

    “We’re a fun team that loves racing with each other,” head coach Andy Card said. “If the Charles were a baseball game, we had great pitching, hit the ball well with power and scored double-digit runs. We also had too many errors, and that cost us the game.”

    Eric Esposito ’17 also snagged a silver finish in the Club Single sculling race for the second consecutive year.

    Success proved more elusive for the heavyweight crew. Last year, the Elis powered to victory in the Championship Eights. Facing a strong roster of crews, some of whom they will not see again until the National Championships in June, the Bulldogs ended up in fourth at 15:03.1. The University of Washington, sixth a year ago, won the regatta with a dominant 14:40.8 performance, while the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard replicated their second- and third-place finishes respectively. The Eli crew rowed well, but struggled to navigate the unique features of the regatta. Unlike the standard straight-shot 2000-meter races the team will row in the spring, the Head of the Charles features many twists and turns and six bridges that condense the racecourse at certain points. At the halfway point, the Bulldogs only lay eight seconds behind the Huskies, but faded as the race drove towards its conclusion.

    “The team was a little disappointed with today’s result,” heavyweight captain Robert Hurn ’17 said. “We rowed well but had some steering issues that resulted in a finish that was not indicative of our true speed. We will take this as a motivator going into the long winter training period.”

    In the heavyweight fours, Yale finished 12th, a slight drop-off from its ninth-place mark a year ago. The Elis finished in 17:55.1, over a minute behind the leaders.

    Similar to some other races, the winning crew was not collegiate, but instead came from a USTC-Princeton crew composed of four Olympians that finished in 16:41.9. The highest-ranking collegiate crew came from UC Berkeley, which snagged the bronze. The Golden Bears clocked in at 17:05.6.

    “In college athletics, everyone dreams of being a national champion,” heavyweight assistant coach Michael Gennaro said. “If you don’t have those dreams, you shouldn’t be involved in college athletics. Our guys learned today that if we want to be national champions this year, we won’t be getting an early lead off the start and cruising our way to victory. We learned today from racing the top crews in the country [that] there’s going to be a fight [and] we’re going to have to earn it.”

    The lightweight team will next race in the Princeton Chase on Sunday.

  3. Princeton extends coverage to include sex-reassignment surgery


    Princeton University has announced that it will extend employee health care coverage to include gender reassignment surgery effective July 1, the Daily Princetonian reported on Sunday.

    According to The Daily Princetonian, the decision was made on April 17 and partly in response to changes in coverage policy at many peer universities. Yale Health announced in April that gender reassignment surgery coverage would be extended to Yalies, joining Harvard, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania. The extended insurance — which was granted to faculty and staff in 2011 and to unionized workers in January — will go into effect at Yale on August 1.

    “While I applaud Princeton’s decision to extend coverage to transgender employees in this manner, it is a shame that the same inclusion has not been extended to students,” Princeton Pride Alliance co-president John Parvin told the News. “Princeton is lagging behind many of its peer institutions despite having one of the largest university endowments and despite supposedly advocating for the welfare and inclusion of all its students.”

    Parvin added that he believes Princeton has been looking to its peer institutions, including Yale, in deciding whether to extend this coverage.

  4. Ivies, Stanford, MIT post record-low admit rates


    It’s that time of year again — several colleges released their admissions decisions this week, sending hundreds of thousands of anxious high school students into either incredible elation or crushing disappointment.

    Seven out of the eight Ivy League schools posted all-time low acceptance rates for the class of 2017 yesterday, making for the most competitive admissions cycle in history. Yale accepted a record-low of 6.72 percent of its 29,610 applicant pool, and Harvard — the only Ivy more selective than Yale this year — saw its acceptance rate plummet down to a mere 5.79 percent.

    Columbia and Princeton reported rates of 6.89 percent and 7.29 percent, respectively, while Cornell, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania posted rates of 15.15 percent, 9.16 percent and 12.1 percent.

    The only Ivy League institution that reported an increase in its acceptance rate this year was Dartmouth, rising from 9.43 percent in 2012 to 10 percent yesterday.

    Outside of the Ivy cluster, MIT also reported an all-time low acceptance rate, admitting just 8.3 percent of its applicant pool. Over on the opposite coast, Stanford announced today that it accepted only 5.69 percent of its applicants — 2,210 students from a pool of 38,828 applications.

    The record-low admission rates this year continue the trend of increasing selectivity at top colleges nationwide. Experts interviewed were divided on the question of whether or not this trend will continue into future years.

  5. Sexual misconduct statistics at Princeton released

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    More than 15 percent of Princeton’s female undergraduates reported being victims of nonconsensual vaginal penetration, according to results from an unpublished 2008 survey described in a Monday article from The Daily Princetonian.

    The survey — which was based on data provided by 1,595 Princeton graduate and undergraduate students from the classes of 2008 to 2011 — measured the frequency respondents said they faced various sex-related scenarios.

    According to The Princetonian, 70 percent of respondents were female. More than 28 percent of respondents reported being touched in a sexual manner or having their clothes removed without consent, while 12 percent reported being forced to receive or perform oral sex.

    The results suggest that the reported rates of sexual misconduct at Princeton are significantly lower than actual rates of occurrence.

    Amada Sandoval, director of the Princeton Women’s Center, told the The Daily Princetonian the results were “not anything unexpected.” According to The Princetonian, one Princeton administrator said the university did not want to attract unwanted attention by publicizing data on sexual activity that was in line with the national average for rape, which is one in five for women.

    The report comes amid rising scrutiny into the sexual climate in college campuses across the country. In November 2011, a report from Yale’s Advisory Committee on Campus Climate concluded that students had misconceptions and a lack of information about the sexual misconduct resources available on campus. The report suggested Yale improve communication regarding sex-related resources, expand the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education Center, and increase sexual misconduct prevention and intervention training on campus.

    Results from Yale’s second campus sexual climate assessment survey, which are being conducted by Yale’s Title IX coordinators and began in November 2012, have not yet been released.

  6. Princeton, Columbia early applications rise

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    In line with the overall trend of early application numbers this year, Princeton and Columbia have both reported increases in their early application counts for the class of 2017.

    Princeton received 3,791 early applications this year, marking a 10 percent increase from last year, while Columbia received 1.3 percent more applications, bringing its total this year to 3,126.

    Due to power outages and other issues following Hurricane Sandy, both Princeton and Columbia extended their early application deadlines this year by several days. Princeton Dean of Admissions Janet Rapelye said her office would consider early applications submitted up until some time after Thanksgiving.

    Yale, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania all reported increases in the numbers of early applications this year, though Dartmouth reported a sharp decrease. Harvard and Cornell have not yet released the number of early applications they have received this year.

    Early admissions decisions for all eight Ivy League schools will be released mid-December.

  7. FOOTBALL | Princeton overtakes Yale 29-7

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    With wide receiver Henry Furman ’14 playing quarterback and running back Tyler Varga ’15 standing on the sidelines, many questioned if
    Yale could run the ball. But that is exactly what the Elis did, gaining 348 yards of total offense. That would not be enough, as Yale (2-7, 1-5 Ivy) fell 29-7 to Princeton (5-4, 4-2 Ivy) at the Yale Bowl this afternoon.

    Yale’s first drive of the game saw two completions by Furman and 16 rushing yards from running back Mordecai Cargill ’13 before the Elis were forced to punt. Princeton’s offense was stalled by the Eli defense and punted to Yale’s 37-yard line without moving the chains.

    Furman then led the Bulldogs 63 yards down the field, finishing with a 14-yard bullet up the middle to wide receiver Grant Wallace. Yale took a 7-0 lead with 6:27 left in the first quarter – Yale’s first points since Varga scored in the fourth quarter against Columbia two weeks ago.

    For the second straight series Yale was able to hold Princeton without a first down. Linebacker Dylan Drake ’13 and nose guard Nick Daffin ’13 both had tackles behind the line of scrimmage on the drive.

    The Elis yet again drove into Princeton territory, but running back Kahlil Keys ’15 was dropped in the backfield on third down by linebacker Tim Kingsbury.

    Princeton finally drove the ball on its next drive, but quarterback Quinn Epperly’s apparent touchdown pass was called back due to offensive pass interference.

    Epperly’s next throw was then intercepted by defensive back Collin Bibb ’13 in the end zone.

    Yale could do nothing with the new possession, however, and Princeton finally found the end zone on its ensuing drive. Wide receiver Roman Wilson punched the ball across the goal line with 10:27 to go in the second quarter.

    Linebacker Wes Moyer’s ’13 28-yard kick-off return set Yale up at its own 46-yard line and two plays later Furman dashed for 18 yards to Princeton’s 32. The Elis’ fortunes turned suddenly when Cargill fumbled.

    Three plays later the Bulldogs would get the ball back when Bibb jumped a corner route and intercepted quarterback Connor Michelsen on Princeton’s 39-yard line.

    On third down and 12 yards from the Princeton 29, Furman found wide receiver Austin Reuland ’16 22 yards down the sideline for first and goal at the 7.

    Poised on the Tigers’ goal line, the Elis went to a trick play on second down when Cargill tried to throw to Furman.

    Calamity struck when Cargill’s pass fell short and into the hands of cornerback Trocon Davis. He then ran untouched 100 yards to give Princeton a 14-7 lead with just 1:01 remaining in the second quarter.

    Princeton added to its lead on the first drive after the break when Epperly dove into the end zone from 1-yard out just three minutes into the second half. The Tigers upped the score to 22-7 when the snap on the extra point was fumbled, but kicker Nolan Bieck picked it up and fell across the goal line for the two-point conversion.

    Both sides traded punts before wide receiver Cameron Sandquist’s 21-yard return started the Elis on Princeton’s 34-yard line.

    Yale’s drive ended when Cargill was falling to the ground just outside the Princeton goal line. Just before he hit the ground, the ball popped out of Cargill’s hands into the end zone, where it was recovered by the Tigers.

    Powered by linebacker E.J. Conway’s ’15 6-yard sack of Michelsen, Yale’s defense forced a three-and-out by the Tigers after Cargill’s fumble. The fumble was Cargill’s third turnover of the game and sixth fumble of the season.

    Unable to move the ball on the next possession, Yale head coach Tony Reno called for a fake punt on fourth and five from the Princeton 38. Moyer’s pass fell incomplete, though, and the Elis turned the ball over on downs.

    The final quarter began with the Bulldogs and Elis again trading punts, then the Tigers began to drive once again.

    Starting on their own 31-yard line, the Tigers took six minutes to march down the field for first-and-goal on Yale’s 6. The Elis held Princeton on the first two plays, but on third down Epperly threw a fade to the back right corner for wide receiver

    Matt Costello. The wideout leapt into the air and kept his feet in bounds to give the Tigers a 29-7 with 4:23 left in the game.

    The Elis just barely missed a touchdown yet again on the next drive. Faced with fourth and 12 from the Princeton’s 31-yard line, Furman threw deep down the left sideline for Wallace, but the referees called Wallace out of bounds in the end zone. The Tigers were then able to run the clock out on just their third win over Yale in the last 11 years.

    Furman finished the day 18-28 for 184 passing yards and a touchdown in addition to 28 rushing yards. Cargill paced Yale’s running attack with 101 yards on the ground. Sandquist led all receivers with nine catches for 103 yards.