Web Exclusives: From the P-Nut Gallery
a column by Nate Sellwyn firstname.lastname@example.org
an alternative view of the seven-week rule, see President Tilghman's
President's Page in February 26, 2003, issue.
'03 v. Rumsfeld '54
A run-in with a picture frame sets up Tigers to lose Dartmouth game
By Nate Sellyn '04
We all know the Nassau Inn is a hotspot for trouble. Located right
in the middle of Palmer Square, the Inn has many times borne witness
to senseless acts of rage: vandalism, wine and cheese tastings,
and investment banking presentations.
No experience could have prepared the Inn for the cataclysm that
tore through it a few weeks ago, however. The April 22 issue of
the Princeton Packet reports that senior Sean Hartofilis "allegedly
punched and smashed a glass picture of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld ['54]." Other, unconfirmed reports suggest that the
photo was "doing some mean trash-talking, and totally using
the chandelier to send off a wicked glare." In the end, the
picture proved to be all talk, and Hartofilis got the better of
it. He would have escaped, if it hadn't been for those darn kids...
at American Express. He was traced and charged after his name was
uncovered... on the credit card he used to pay the food bill, according
to the newspaper.
Let's look at how Hartofilis, Princeton lacrosse's leading goal
scorer this season, and Rumsfeld, who was undefeated as a senior
on the wrestling team, match up: THE COMPETITORS
Age: 70! The guy looks great.
Weight: Classified by the Pentagon
Height: Classified by the Pentagon
Wearing: A suit
Record: Undefeated, recent massive victories in "lands afar"
Last opponent: Saddam Hussein
Major: Politics '54
Notable achievements: Promoting democracy in other nations through
the use of any means necessary... Presidential Medal of Freedom
recipient... proposed the Unified Command Plan... disestablished
Space Command... attended Princeton University on academic and N.R.O.T.C.
scholarships... has also served as White House chief of staff, U.S.
ambassador to NATO, U.S. congressman and chief executive officer
of two Fortune 500 companies
Catchphrase: "Hartofilis? That doesn't sound Iraqi."
Weight: 175 lbs.
Reach: Longer with his lax stick
Wearing: Orange and black, plus a helmet
Record: 9-3, this season
Last opponent: Dartmouth for the team, Loyola for Hartofilis
he was suspended by the team for his actions with Rumsfeld's photo.
Major: Politics '03 assuming nothing else goes wrong
Notable achievements: 12th all-time in goals scored at Princeton
... a preseason second-team All-America by Inside Lacrosse 2002
a second-team All-Ivy selection... has scored 22 goals in
nine career NCAA tournament games...owns a credit card
Catchphrase: "Harto angry! Harto smash!"
Hartofilis's outburst was a key factor in the Tigers' loss to
Dartmouth a loss that cost them an undisputed Ivy League
title. Dartmouth won 13-6, so the upset was not a close one, and
who knows if Hartofilis could have made up the difference.
Much has been made of the chemistry he produces with fellow star
attack Ryan Boyle '04. Would Boyle have been better had Harto had
been on the field beside him? The Tigers might have scored more,
and they certainly would have been key in disrupting the Dartmouth
backfield, probably costing the Big Green some offensive opportunities.
It is impossible to gauge the effect of Hartofilis not playing,
but the P-Nut feels the conduct of one player off the field cost
his team a game on it.
Well done to Coach Bill Tierney for suspending Hartofilis with
full knowledge of what was at stake. He easily could have delayed
the suspension, or punished Harto in another way. "Some day,
when I finally leave here," Tierney told the Trenton Times
after the incident, "I hope they'll remember the national championships
we've won, the league championships, the All-Americas we produced,
but mostly I hope they'll remember the kind of program we ran, the
strict rules of conduct we set and the way we never compromised
them. If I hadn't suspended Sean, it would have violated everything
we've done. As soon as I finally was told about it, I took the immediate
action. It hurts when you have to, but there is no alternative.
Everyone knows the team rules." Coach T., you don't need to
leave, I'm already impressed.
END NOTE: Some readers may remember Dana Pasternak, the J.V. tennis
captain I interviewed earlier in the season. While Dana, for the
most part, continued his poor performance, I'm happy to report that
he was victorious in the final match of his Princeton career. Dana
scored a difficult and hard fought victory over a high school
You can reach Nate at nsellyn@Princeton.EDU