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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

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Video: Weapons of Mass Construction


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More than 120 Princeton student-athletes spent April 5 working with the Princeton Varsity Club and Isles Inc. on a rebuilding and beautification project in Hamilton, NJ. Read more.


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Marty Johnson:
One of the great things about Princeton University is that any

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three or four of you could come together and form a course.

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Isles grew out of one of those seminars.

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Our mission is to foster self-reliant families

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in healthy and sustainable communities.

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Now this is a building that you are going to be working on

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that is an interesting demonstration project.

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This is going to be a village. We are calling it a sustainable

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urban village, and what we'll do is we are going to create

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a very high-performance space here

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that's going to have offices, it's going to have

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a training center; it's going to have a school.

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There is going to be for-profits here, nonprofits here,

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there's going to be housing, and it is going to be very energy-efficient.

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Now, the first thing is the greenest building is that one which doesn't have to get torn down.

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But we are also going to create in this space,

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for less than $170 a foot, we are going to create some

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very energy-efficient, cool spaces that are going to allow

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people to come together, again, to live, to work, to train.

(music and hammering)

Dan Dickerson:
Marty seemed to be able to hit the point about being a

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student-athlete and having responsibilities in and out of the pool

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or on and off the field and also in the classroom.

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That's just part of our social responsibility and just helping out

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our community. It's another way to expand your horizons at Princeton.

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Mark Paski:
You know, we really want to help get involved with the

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community. That was one of our goals this off season,

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was to get more involved with things outside of the program.

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It's been just a great experience for us, and I think it will help

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foster this idea for the younger grades of Princeton football.

Nikki Segueira:
As a varsity athlete at Princeton, I felt really lucky

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all the way through.

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I think it is just such a different experience being a

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student-athlete on campus and Princeton's Varsity Club is

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really great about giving back.

D.A. Graham:
I think it is really great for the community of Trenton to see

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Princeton University students and particularly the athletic

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department coming out and being a part of their community.

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Phil Spiniello:
I think the highlight for me today is seeing the

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student-athletes work together, like they work together on the

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playing fields.

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Seeing them do that off the fields;

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having fun together and representing the University.

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Christina Bortz:
As a representative of Princeton athletics and a

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student-athlete in general, I think it's really important

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to try to make an impact and get out there in the community.

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And also it's really great because it gives us as students

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a break from the regular rigors of your schedule;

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to kind of take a step back and just take a Sunday out

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of your time and get out here and do something different.

(music)

Marty Johnson:
What is most important to us down here in Trenton is the

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realization that we are not alone.

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We are always looking for ways for students and faculty to

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engage in our work.

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We get paid to do stuff, right?

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All the things we are doing on the ground are stuff.

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The thinking that goes on, the R and D,

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that has to happen by partnering with folks like

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Princeton University and students like you.

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