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Video: Student focus: 'Pre-rade 2010'


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In this light take on the 2010 Princeton Pre-rade, students welcome the class of 2014 with University lore, sage advice and "cautionary tales" of local wildlife.


Video Closed Captions

Jim Valcourt:
We're here at the Princeton Pre-rade, where we welcome the incoming freshman class of

Jim Valcourt:
2014 for the first time. Could you describe the tradition that's going on here, the Pre-rade? What's this all about?

Will Manning:
Well, the tradition of the Pre-rade is about welcoming the incoming freshmen, because when

Will Manning:
they walk in the gate, it's like they are walking into the student body.

[crowd noise, cheers, drums]

Jim Valcourt:
So, what is the FitzRandolph Gate superstition?

Maraiya Hakeem:
The superstition is that once you come through the middle of the gate, until you graduate,

Maraiya Hakeem:
do not go back through the middle of the gate or you will not graduate.

Jim Valcourt:
And do you believe that?

Maraiya Hakeem:
I don't know if I believe it, but I have not walked through the middle of the gate just

Maraiya Hakeem:
in case it actually is true.

Jim Valcourt:
What would it take to get you to walk through the gate?

Maraiya Hakeem:
Absolutely nothing. I was going to say $5 million, but even at that I think I need the

Maraiya Hakeem:
Princeton degree even more than $5 million right now.

Will Manning:
In like a million, billion years, it would not be worth it.

Jim Valcourt:
So, free T-shirts, lets talk about those. About how many free T-shirts would you say

Jim Valcourt:
you have from your time at Princeton?

Will Manning:
At least 30.

student:
I probably have at least 20 or so piled up.

Demetrius Lewis:
I've got at least 10 or 11 at home.

Jim Valcourt:
So, if you had to use all of your T-shirts for some creative use, like if you took them

Jim Valcourt:
to a desert island, what would you do with the T-shirts?

Demetrius Lewis:
I could probably make a tent out of them, since I have so many.

Jim Valcourt:
And you could live off those, not have to do laundry for a while?

Demetrius Lewis:
Exactly, no need to do laundry when you have free T-shirts coming at you.

Jim Valcourt:
What do you think of the Princeton squirrels?

Stacey Menjivar:
I've seen the squirrels. They are really aggressive. When they come in my way, I move and change

Stacey Menjivar:
paths. I don't wait for them to move.

student:
They are vicious here. They are not scared of people.

student:
I've seen them plotting. I'm very concerned.

David Drew:
I've been very impressed by the squirrels. I've seen a couple of really, really large ones.

David Drew:
I saw one on its hind legs that marked on me.

Jim Valcourt:
Has it attacked you?

David Drew:
Not quite yet, but I felt threatened.

Jim Valcourt:
Do you have any words of advice for the freshmen class?

Maraiya Hakeem:
I would say to go to many shows, talk to many people and try things out. If you don't like

Maraiya Hakeem:
it, move on to something else. Just make sure you actually go out to events and see what

Maraiya Hakeem:
the community has to offer.

Jarett Schwartz:
Advice in three words? Explore, study and study!

Will Manning:
Don't freaking procrastinate!!

Demetrius Lewis:
That's about it. Enjoy your time here. There is nothing else like it. Have a good time,

Demetrius Lewis:
and enjoy yourself.

Jim Valcourt:
Any last, final words for the freshmen?

student:
Watch out for the squirrels!

[music]

[locomotive chant]

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