Friday 4/29: Izumi Nakamitsu Discussion Lunch

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Ms. Nakamitsu was called to Geneva at the last minute to participate in a high-level conference, but the Whig-Clio Society looks forward to welcoming her to campus sometime next fall.

Izumi Nakamitsu will discuss her work as an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director of the UN Crisis Response Unit, and Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme. Hear her first-hand account of managing the challenges of international governance, working on disaster and political crisis responses, and serving as a woman in a position of political and diplomatic power. RSVP here by Tuesday, April 26 to join us for this exciting and interactive discussion over lunch from Olives!

Thursday 4/28: Senior Roast and Banquet

At 6:45pm on Thursday, April 28 in the Senate Chamber, over 100 Whig-Clio members gathered for our annual and hilarious tradition to say goodbye to our graduating seniors: the Senior Roast & Banquet! Chinese food and cupcakes were served and the following senior/roaster pairings provided fine entertainment throughout the evening.

  • Brian Litchfield ’16 –> Sam Mathews ’17
  • Nassim Fedel ’16 –> Matt Chuckran ’17
  • Ali Hayat ’16 –> Sumer Parikh ’17
  • George Papademetriou ’16 –> Roman Papademetriou ’18, Jenny El Fakir ’18, and Hope Kean ’18
  • Hannah Schoen ’16 –> Ryan Dukeman ’17
  • Ella Chang ’16 –> Paul Yang ’17
  • Jenny Zhou ’16 –> Paul Yang ’17
  • Pia Sur ’16 –> Romie Desrogène ’17
  • Jeff Leibenhaut ’16 –> Carolyn Liziewski ’18 and Nathan Raab ’17
  • Evan Draim ’16 –> Theodore Furchtgott ’18
  • Ben Dinovelli ’16 –> Sarah Dinovelli ’18
  • Tucker Jones ’16 –> Sarah Dinovelli ’18
  • Seamus Daniels ’16 –> Martha Jachimski ’18

Wednesday 4/20: Marijuana Senate Debate

UPDATE: Results of Voting

With about 70 students and prefrosh attending the debate, the resolution passed by a vote of 19-7. More coverage available at the Daily Princetonian. Additionally, this wrapped up our Princeton Preview recruitment activities — between the two Previews, Whig-Clio got 110 prospective student sign-ups!

Timed to coincide with the second Princeton Preview, the Whig-Clio Senate will debate the following motion on Wednesday, 4/20 at 7:30pm in the Senate Chamber. There will be pizza and ice cream after and prefrosh are welcome!

This House would legalize marijuana.

For Legalization (Whig Party)

Bruno Schaffa ’18 & Alexander Singleton ’17

Against Legalization (Clio Party)

Joseph Carlstein ’18 & Maya Aronoff ’19

Sunday 4/17: Communiversity

Below are some photos from the Whig-Clio booth at this year’s Communiversity celebration, an annual event during which student and merchant booths bring together over forty thousand Princeton students and residents. Our booth included flyers with information on how to join and a poster outlining what Whig-Clio is and some of the events we host. We also ran fun activities like a Political Compass game and gave out Whig-Clio wristbands.

Great work organizing this to our Community Outreach Pragya Malik ’19!

Communiversity opinion boards Communiversity 2016

Monday 4/11: Princeton Preview & Intra Party Debates

UPDATE: Results of Voting

Both the Whig and Clio Parties voted in opposition to their respective motions. That is, the Whig Party preferred race-based affirmative action versus income-based affirmative action for college admissions, and the Clio Party believed principled conservatives should not support Donald Trump in the general election if he is the Republican nominee. About 80 students, including prefrosh, stopped by one or both debates and enjoyed delicious ice cream afterwards.

As part of Princeton Preview activities to welcome prefrosh to campus, Whig-Clio’s two parties – the left-leaning Whig party and the right-leaning Clio party – will host intra-party debates at 6pm on Monday, April 11. We invite current and prospective students to join us for either of these two great debates and also for a joint ice cream social after the debates at around 7:15pm! Earlier in the day, from 11am-12:30pm in the Senate Chamber, we will host a Political Activities Fair for prospective students to connect with our subsidiaries and other affiliated groups.

In the Senate Chamber, the Whig Party will debate the following motion:

This House prefers income-based affirmative action to race-based affirmative action for college admissions.

In Oakes Lounge, the Clio Party will debate the following motion:

This House believes principled conservatives should support Donald Trump in the general election if he is the Republican nominee.

Contact Whig Chair Matthew Parodi and Clio Chair Theodore Furchtgott with any questions!

Thursday 4/7: End of Discussion

Whig-Clio, along with the Princeton Open Campus Coalition, College Republicans, Campus Conversations on Identities, Princeton Tory, and AEI on Campus are excited to host Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham on April 7th in the Senate Chamber at 6:30pm. Free dinner will be provided.

Guy Benson is the political editor of Townhall and a Fox News contributor, and Mary Katharine Ham is the editor-at-large of Hot Air and a CNN contributor. They will be speaking to Princeton students about their new book, End of Discussion, which discusses how political correctness on college campuses and in American society is dangerous for free speech and open dialogue. Guy (as an openly LGBT individual) and Mary Katharine (as a woman) have been criticized for their political views, which do not fit the mold of most people in their respective communities.

Wednesday 3/30: Fossil Fuel Divestment Debate

UPDATE: Results of Voting

With nearly 60 students in attendance, side Whig – pro-divestment – narrowly won the debate. Whig-Clio enjoyed engaging with another topical Princeton issue, and the speakers explored a range of issues from those surrounding divestment itself to Princeton’s financial interests to environmental policy.

On Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm in the Senate Chamber, the Senate will debate the motion:

This House would divest Princeton’s endowment from fossil fuels.

The Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative, a cosponsor of the debate, has recently released a petition calling on the University to divest. Princeton University Energy Association, which opposes PSII’s petition, is also cosponsoring this debate. The Whig Party will propose the motion and the Clio Party will oppose it. 

Side Affirm (Whig)

Sid Anand ’19 and Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler ’19

Side Negate (Clio)

Connor Pfeiffer ’18 and Owen Smitherman ’17

Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Do you support “the moral case for fossil fuels?” What about Princeton’s endowement – should it be used to effect political change? Given the timely nature of this debate after PSII released its petition, we hope you’ll come out and share your thoughts!

Tuesday 3/22: Latke-Hamentaschen Debate

UPDATE: Results of Voting

In a spirited debate attended by over 100 students and faculty, side Hamentaschen reigned supreme! Each side presented lively defenses of their chosen Jewish food, and attendees enjoyed the delicious latke and hamentaschen the CJL generously provided. A recap of the debate is at the Daily Princetonian and the video of the full debate is available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

It’s back and better than ever.  Join Whig-Clio and the Center for Jewish Life as some of the world’s most brilliant minds convene for the annual tradition of debating a question of upmost importance. Which is the superior Jewish food: the Latke, the potato-based, fried pancake or the Hamentaschen, the tricornered cookie with a preserve-filled center? Join us to decide and kick off the second half of the semester on a fun and tasty note!

Whig-Clio and the CJL are proud to host the Annual Latke Hamentaschen Debate on Tuesday, March 22nd at 4:30 PM in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.  VP for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun will moderate the debate, and Whig-Clio President Allison Berger ’18 and CJL Student Board President Josh Roberts ’17 will both give introductory remarks.

Afterwards, we invite you to judge for yourself by eating FREE FOOD, including latkes and hamentaschen!

Side Latke

Prof. Melissa LaneJonah Herzog-Arbeitman ’19

Side Hamentaschen

Prof. David DobkinPaul Schorin ’19