Letter from the President
Greetings from 61 Prospect Ave!
My name is Polly Hochman, and I’m honored to have been elected to the role of president here at the Illustrious Cap and Gown. I am so grateful to the Cap community for all that it has given me over the past year, and I look forward to working with the rest of the 2019-2020 Officer Corps, the Grad Board, and Dennis Normile, our club manager, to continue to maintain and improve this wonderful place that I am proud to call my home on campus.
We kicked off this semester with bicker. Cap continued to have the largest number of bickerees of all the bicker clubs on the street with a whopping 287. This number is up from Bicker sessions last year. Discussions, led by senior Bicker Chair Jacob Schwartz ‘19 with assistance from senior Technology Chair Ryan McCaffrey ‘19, went smoothly. Following a week of late nights and weekend of pickups and sign-ins, we are proud to announce that we have added 98 new sophomores and 2 new juniors to our Cap family.
The following week we held officer elections. We hit the ground running planning a Valentine’s Day semi-formal to welcome the sophomores. Members enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Greg and the kitchen staff. Social Chair Jona Mojados ’20 planned a fabulous event that included a live band, beautiful decorations, and stations for members to write valentines to each other.
Following the flurry of bicker and planning semis, we have started to settle into our weekly routines. Jona has been planning members nights on Mondays and movie Wednesdays. One highlight was a “Cap Family” event where each sophomore was paired with a junior and a senior to play get-to-know-you games and facilitate bonding across classes in the club. It has been great to see movie Wednesdays so well attended by members of all classes coming together to relax and de-stress in the middle of the week. Club nights on Thursdays have continued to have delicious themed meals and drinks through the efforts of Vice President Arielle Lawson ’20, Bicker Chair Laura Zecca ’20, and Chef Greg.
Treasurer Matthew Hetrick ’20 has been busy collecting dues from sophomore members and budgeting for this spring. House Manager Curtis Leonard ’20 has been working on keeping the club-house in good condition. This has even included helping to make fires in the fireplace for the occasional s’mores evening! Members have also been enjoying participating in intramural sports, coordinated by Athletics Chair Ian Lawrie ‘20. Our broomball and basketball games have been very exciting and we have advanced to the playoffs for IM basketball and broomball!
Our new Culturally Cap Chairs, Bojan Lazarevic ‘20 and Sneha Iyer ’20, have gotten right to work, continuing to highlight members of the week and planning a midterms Hoagie Haven study break. Our Sustainability Chair Riley Wagner ’20 has been working on putting together a monthly Cap Sustainability Newsletter to send out to membership to raise awareness about how much energy the club uses and updates on other future sustainability initiatives. Additionally, instead of having two sustainability chairs, we have added the position of Safety Chair and are excited about the opportunities this will afford to continue to make sure everyone and everything is safe on nights when we are open to the street and at other members’ events. So far our new Safety Chair Kate Andre ’20 has worked on making the schedule for and coordinating with members who are on safety duty.
Beyond the Cap community, both our senior and junior Community Service Chairs, Morgan Bell ’19, Allison Shim ’19, and Kennan Ewing ‘20 are working hard to prepare for Truckfest, an annual fundraiser run by the Community Service Inter-Club Council, which is coming up soon. If you will be around Princeton this April 20th, come stop by Prospect Street and eat some yummy food to support a great cause!
As we move towards the end of the semester, we are looking forward to the excitement of Houseparties and the bittersweet graduation of our seniors. We are excited for the grand opening of the Cox Wing during this year’s Reunions! We hope to see many of you then, but in the meantime, if you are ever in the area, please don’t hesitate to stop by. Come grab a meal, check out the progress that has been made on the Cox Wing construction, or just enjoy the beautiful spring weather in the backyard.
All the best,