Many women who belong to Tiger Inn, one of the oldest eating clubs at Princeton University, spent last Thursday and Friday celebrating the election of the first female president in the club’s history.
The election made national headlines. The New York Times wrote a story about it. Many students and alumni celebrated what they hope is a new chapter for the club, which made the news last October for two sexist emails that were sent to the entire club listserv.
But the jubilation faded quickly on Saturday when the new vice president of the club, Cole Lampman, sent the following email to the Tiger Inn listserv.
Dear Savages and Savagettes,
I’d like to start off my first email as your newly elected (Vice) President by thanking you for the generous support. It means a lot that you’ve looked past the facts and imagined myself as a responsible and lovable leader.
That being said, tonight marks the final home meet in Dillon at 7 for the wrestling team in which we are taking on Nebraska who is a perennial powerhouse. It’s an awesome opportunity for the team to turn some heads before the postseason starts.
It’s also Senior night, so I urge all of you to come out and support our seniors, who all also happen to be TI members. It’s your last shot to see Ryan Cash use his head as a heat seeking missile. Richard Eva takes on a 3x All American so he’s got a shot to make a huge upset. Jake Intrator, Josh Ellis, Steve Leshinger, and Adam Krop will all be honored and they would love nothing more than the undying support from the green.
Following Ben’s abuse of power, there will also be one strike given to any member that is not seen at the match. So seriously, wear green, yell obscenities, a lot, and show your support for the senior wrestlers of the Tig.
Your President of Vice,
Many female club members were livid about the email, feeling it did not show respect for the first female president or other female officers.
“He identifies himself as the newly elected (Vice) President,” said one member. “Would a newly elected female vice president have sent an email with the same words if a male had been elected president? Of course not.”
Some interpreted the email as Lampman thinking he should have been president.
“This email is a poor start to the new semester and speaks to the pervasive culture at Tiger Inn,” said one student. “This should be the time for the officers to demonstrate that they are competent and take their responsibilities, and gender equity, seriously.”
Planet Princeton contacted Lampman via email on Sunday but has not received a response. Hap Cooper, the head of the graduate board, was also contacted.
Lampman sent an apology to the club early this morning, saying he only meant the email as a light-hearted joke. The following apology was posted to the Tiger Inn listserv by another member on his behalf.
To the members of the Tiger Inn,
Last Saturday night, I sent an email beginning with the line, “…as your newly elected (vice) President…” I would like to publicly apologize first to Grace and next to the membership and officers, both current and elect, for the inappropriate nature of what was originally intended to be a lighthearted joke. My intention was not to undermine either Grace’s or the club’s position and accomplishments. I am in full support of all of our officer-elects and have nothing but respect for Grace, Ben, Victoria, Maria, and Brad.
I want to acknowledge that I made a mistake and express my appreciation to the members that approached me with their valuable and constructive feedback on this matter. Members want to see the club thrive, and by communicating with the officer-elects openly and candidly, they are actively pursuing that objective.
I love this club and its membership, and I am looking forward to serving both to the best of my ability as Vice President elect. The club deserves nothing less than the best I have to give. In the future, I urge all of you, old members and new, to continue to come to me with any comments or concerns you have. Please, if you do not know me – especially new members – come up to me at a meal or a night out and introduce yourselves so I can put a face to your name and get to know you. I look forward to meeting you all and working with you over the next year and a half to make TI the best damn club on Prospect.
With Love & Respect,