Back to School: Spring Edition – New Gunners, New Officers, and Thriving Members!

Life at Cannon has been quite lively recently! In the last month, we held a successful bicker, elected a promising officer corp, and have accomplished some incredible athletic and academic feats.

New Gunners:

Thanks to Bicker Chair, Elizabeth Brennan, and the current members, Cannon hosted a lively and successful bicker! The famously fun Cannon bicker returned in full form this spring with bickerees breaking the ice in a club scavenger hunt, inflatable jousting, and karaoke. We welcomed 107 new members who are eager to carry on the Cannon legacy and ensure we remain the best club on the street!

Out with the Old and in with the New Officers:

The 2023 Officers have officially entered retirement and are now “tenants” of the Club. We feel so grateful for their leadership and service to Cannon. As an Officer Corps, this crew revamped the theatre room, hosted incredible social events, and made Cannon feel like home for all. They exemplified Gunner pride throughout their year as officers and will be missed immensely.

It is my pleasure to introduce our newest officers:

The new group has started out strong by arranging a therapy dogs study break, throwing an indoor “rave night” featuring a student DJ, and increasing social media presence on Instagram (@cannonclub) and Facebook (The Princeton Cannon Dial Elm Club Facebook Group).

Thriving Members:

Our very own scholar athlete Ella Gantman has been awarded the 2023 Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.

The prize is awarded to the senior who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership. Previous recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the late Princeton President Emeritus Robert F. Goheen. Cannon member, Sydney Jordan’ 19, was the most recent Pyne Prize winner in the club before Ella.

Gantman is a SPIA major and a goalie for the Princeton Women’s Soccer Team. In the fall, she will be pursuing a masters in public affairs at SPIA through the Scholar in the Nation’s Service Initiative. As a scholar, Ella exemplifies excellence. The associate dean for student life in Yeh College celebrated how “Ella not only thinks critically about improving the communities that she’s a part of to be more inclusive and engaged, but follows through and creates that change.” Her passion for improving communities was on display when co-founded the Poll Hero Project with gunner Ryan Schwieger ’20.

She has left a lasting legacy on the Princeton and Cannon community. We are so proud of Ella and so grateful that she is a member of the club!


A number of Gunners are competing in NCAA Championships this upcoming weekend. Congrats and best of luck to Princeton Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s Wrestling – Travis Stefanik’ 23, Quincy Monday ’23, Nate Dugan’ 24, Luke Stout’ 25, Ryan Jenkins’ 24 (Women’s Fencing), Jessica Lin’ 25 (Women’s Fencing), Nikki Venema’ 23 (Women’s Swimming), and Nic Lim’ 24 (Men’s Swimming)!!!

Support the Cannon Dial Elm Club

The memorable experiences hosted by Cannon are not possible without the support of our alumni. Your continued financial support to the Cannon Dial Elm club is greatly appreciated and would help maintain the excellence of the club. Contributions can be made through our website donation page ( As a valued member of the Cannon community, thank you in advance for your consideration.

Lots and lots of Gunny Love,

Kate 💚

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