Former Dial Member to be recognized at the Ivy Basketball Tournament

Maggie Meier Benchich ’78 a former Dial member, has been recognized as a Princeton legend and will be honored on March 10th at the Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournament semifinals. The game will take place at the Palestra.

Maggie was a two season captain and remains the only one female player to have scored upwards of a thousand points during her Princeton Career, (1,165) and 1,000 rebounds (1,099). Furthermore, Maggie has distinguished herself off the court and leads an exceptionally successful career at IBM. She was honored with the Louis V. Gerstner Chairman’s Award. This is IBM’s highest level of recognition. During her career she led the establishment of IBM’s commercial publishing imprint (IBM Press) and began the industry’s first fully-staffed, 3-D virtual sales office. She is truly a CDE alum to admire. Screen Shot 2018-01-18 at 2.56.08 PM.png

In addition to Maggie, Craig Robinson ’83 will also be recognized as a Princeton legend at the Ivy League Basketball Tournament. Craig Robinson collected 1,441 career points, and collected two First Team All-Ivy selections and three Ivy League titles while at Princeton. While not a CDE member, Robinson’s daughter, Leslie Robinson, is the current Activities Chair at Cannon and the captain of the women’s basketball team (#45). We hope that Leslie will be appearing in that semi-final game at Palestra.

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Cannon takes Japan

This weeks post was written by our treasurer, Goodies. It covers her another Cannon members exciting winter break!
Jack Springer (Cannon ’18) and I went to Japan for New Years. Our very good friend, and my sophomore and junior year roommate, lives in Tokyo so we went to visit her with 3 of our other friends. We stayed in Tokyo for most of the time, but also went to Hakone, a quiet mountain town in a hot spring area, for one night. In Tokyo we got to wear beautiful kimonos (they even had one that fit someone that’s 6’1’’) that were all hand painted. It was really fun getting to try something so traditional, and it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
It was really cool being there for New Years, as it is a very big holiday in Japan. On New Years Day, we went to a shrine where we made a wish for the new year, and got a fortune for 2018. If people didn’t like their fortune they could have it burned in order to get a better one, but thankfully the fortunes we got were pretty good so there was no need. We ate a lot of interesting food, including Shirako (look it up if you’re interested – trust me, you’re interested), but most of it was phenomenal. I do need a few month break from sashimi though.
We did a lot of other things too: we walked around different neighborhoods, saw the Shibuya Crossing which is the busiest intersection in the world, went on a hike, did karaoke like the locals, saw Mt. Fuji, took a Japanese hot spring bath, and went to the Tsukiji fish market – the world’s largest fish market. It was an incredible trip, and I’ll have to visit Japan again to see more.

Welcome Back

After a long 3 week break gunners are slowly starting to filter back on to campus. As usual break does not exactly mean break for most Cannon members. Many of our members were only home for a short period of time before they hastily returned to their sports season.

Although, we don’t feel too bad for all of them that their break was cut short. Soon after their return Men’s Basketball ventured all the way across the country to sunny LA, where they took on Cal Poly and USC. They came out with a W for both games, dominating Cal Poly 80-60 and winning in a OT nail biter against USC 103-93. They then flew to Hawaii for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond head Classic. They competed in 3 games, emerging with a 2-1 record. They also got to do some well earned island exploring.

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Check out this episode on Princeton Men’s Basketball: Aloha

Men’s Basketball was initially supposed to open up in Ivy League play against Upenn last night. Due to extreme temperatures, they will now open this afternoon at 4pm. Tune into the Ivy League Network to watch!

Women’s Basketball also escaped the cold, and headed down to Florida for the Gator Holiday Classic. They beat both Chattanooga and Saint Joseph’s. They also proceeded to beat UMBC 77-40 on December 30th. The women will also open up against Upenn today. Their game will begin at 1pm… tune into the Ivy League Network to watch!

For a little pre-game information listen to their coach Courtney Banghart talk about their upcoming game. The picture and interview courtesy of Princeton University.   Interview with Courtney.Screen Shot 2018-01-06 at 10.15.17 AM.png

Stay tuned as more updates about what Gunners did over break keep pouring in.

Cannon Alumnus injured in Afghanistan

Victor Prato, a 2015 graduate of Princeton University and a Cannon alumnus was seriously injured while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan on November 13th. His injury was sustained during his first week in Afghanistan where he was serving is an engineering officer and lead of his platoon. A suicide bomber attacked his envoy leaving him and three others seriously injured. Lt. Prato and the others were quick airlifted to Bragam, Afghanistan where he quickly entered surgery. Victor is recovering in Walter Reed’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit located in Bethesda, Maryland.

We have heard from another Cannon alumnus and close friend of Victor’s, that him and his family are in good spirits. Please keep Victor in your thoughts and prayers. We are thankful for his service and lucky to have him and others like him serving our nation. Updates will continue to be posted, and in the meantime  If you wish to send a greeting to Lt Prato, his mailing address is Lt Victor Prato; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; 8901 Rockville Pike; Bethesda, MD 20889.

Alternatively, there is also a private Facebook group “Cheering for Victor(y) <> ”  to share videos of well-wishes and general goodwill with Victor via Facebook.

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Semis and Sports

This past weekend was another exciting weekend for the Cannon Dial Elm Club. Formals went off without a hitch. The theme was “Winter is Coming” the slogan for a popular T.V show Game of Thrones. People sat down to enjoy an incredible dinner of delicious mac n Cheese, followed by either steak, fish or pasta. People also enjoy taking pictures on the Iron Throne, a key piece of the show, and work of art built by our very own bicker chair, Stuart Pomeroy.

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As for our winter sports update, Men’s ice hockey took home a win and loss against Arizona State this weekend, while Women’s ice hockey also won and loss to Quinnipiac.

Women’s basketball won 60-46 against Quinnipiac, while Mens Basketball fell to George Washington this past Wednesday. They will face off against Monmouth at 7pm tomorrow, tune into ESPN3 to watch the game.


Back from Break

This past week was an active and exciting few days for gunners. Thursday night, we had a Cannon Members night. Rock Band was set up in the basement projected onto a big screen screen, while a bonfire blazed out back. Needless to say it was a great night. The next day followed with Holiday spirit. Gunners came together to build some ginger bread houses, and watched the Grinch. See pics below.

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some ginger bread houses were a little better than others..

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On the athletic front we saw a stellar performance from Cannon’s David Hallisey on the ice. He had 3 goals and 2 assists helping the tigers to a 9-2 win over Dartmouth and contributing to both goals in their 5-2 loss to Harvard. Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 9.13.59 PM.png

What did we miss?

After an absolutely incredible season women’s soccer fell to UCLA 3 – 1 this past Saturday in the NCAA Division 1 Quarterfinals. Despite the loss, this season marks a historic run for Women’s soccer, placing them in the Elite 8 for the first time in over a decade. Cannon’s own Vanessa Gregoire was awarded Ivy League Offensive Player of the year and will finish her career as Princeton’s all time assist leader, with 27.

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Also another IM update

More Soccer…

After a difficult defeat in last year’s finale, Cannon was poised for redemption this season.  We assembled a star-studded team that proved to be a dominating force. On average, Cannon outscored its opponents by 4 goals a game, and only allowed three goals on the whole season. Though competitive and fun, each match was easily won in the end by our squad. Cannon carried this trend throughout the season and into the playoffs, where we capped the season with a 5-0 victory in the championship game.


Cannon members who had past soccer experience flocked to each game and contributed important goals throughout the season. Captain Steven Sobel led our recruitment and promotion of the team, which was key to the championship bid. Steven’s efforts earned him the MVP title.