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The eating clubs offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to become a part of a close-knit community. They reinforce existing friendships while also introducing you to a wonderful, new, and diverse group of Princetonians. The clubs offer a home on campus where students can come together to enjoy a great meal, take a breath to relax, and develop life-long
friendships.

Hannah Paynter ’19, President of the Interclub Council, President of Cloister Inn

You join the club because your friends are there, but then by the time you graduate you’ve also made dozens of new great friends for the rest of your life.

Liam Morton '02, Cap and Gown Club

Each of Princeton’s clubs is different and through the years has achieved a distinct personality and set of traditions. This is as it should be, for it will be a sorry day for the world if ever such distinctions and peculiarities, and the especial loyalties they invoke, are lost.

Struthers Burt, Class of 1904

By joining an eating club, I’ve gained a sense of home and community that keeps me grounded on campus. I’m incredibly grateful for the life-long friendships I’ve developed and the many opportunities it has given me to grow my community and enrich my Princeton experience.

Rachel Macaulay ’19, President of Tower Club

Eating clubs serve as the perfect bridge between your underclassman and upperclassman years. They reinforce the strong friendships you've established and encourage new relationships with a diverse new group of people. By spending time talking, eating, studying, and socializing, we find that we are surrounded by some of the most brilliant yet modest and talented yet compassionate people, all from incredibly diverse backgrounds with a wide range of different life experiences and stories to share.

Katrina Maxcy '14, Former President of Colonial Club

The eating clubs are so much more than where 70 percent of Princeton juniors and seniors take their meals. They are where students are studying, collaborating on assignments, and encouraging each other as they write the last page of that junior paper or senior thesis. They are where students are coming together at tables to discuss an interesting news story, a great movie someone has seen recently, a campus issue, or any of a cornucopia of possible topics. They are where students are socializing and celebrating the end of a stressful day or a stressful week at high-quality social events. They are where students are engaging in meaningful service to the community outside of the Orange Bubble. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton, and they exemplify what is unique about Princeton — a sense of always being able to come home, whether you're just joining as a sophomore or are coming for your 50th Reunion.

Jean-Carlos Arenas '16, Former President of the Interclub Council, Former President of Charter Club

Eating clubs are places in which to find a home on campus. More than just a building to socialize in, they exist to create that feeling of family and acceptance – somewhere where you’re free to just be yourself, and relax into a community that accepts and loves you for you. Being in an eating club allows you to meet so many great people that otherwise you might never have met – people from backgrounds and cultures that differ greatly from your own, but who will nonetheless become some of your closest friends on campus. Being a part of one of these groups enables you to have a community that will always be yours, and that you will continue to be a part of long after you graduate. I find that in my own experience, I am constantly and unerringly amazed by the people I have met through my club, and by the sheer kindness with which everyone treats one another. I wouldn’t trade my eating club experience for anything in the world.

Conor O’Brien ’19, President of Charter Club

icc_logoThe Interclub Council (ICC) is composed of the 11 undergraduate eating club presidents. The ICC meets on a weekly basis to discuss club policies, student life projects, and best practices to ensure a safe environment for all members and visitors to the clubs. The ICC provides information about the clubs and hosts events for sophomores as they consider dining and social options for their upperclass years. The club admission process is managed by the ICC in a coordinated effort that ensures all sophomores who would like to join a club have the opportunity to do so.

The ICC works with the Graduate Interclub Council (GICC) and Princeton University administrators and organizations to address topics of campus-wide concern regarding student life. The ICC President serves as a representative of the eating clubs to the University at-large and the town and liaisons with external parties interested in collaborating with the eating clubs.

The ICC has three advisors who provide guidance and support: the ICC Advisor, a recent Princeton graduate and former eating club officer who ensures the clubs implement policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students at the clubs; the GICC Advisor, who is the liaison with the Graduate Interclub Council, advises on key initiatives, and manages the interclub websites; and a representative from the Dean of Students Office who advises on all University-related affairs.

Members of the ICC (2019-2020)
ICC President: Meghan Slattery ’20, Cloister Inn
ICC Vice President: Aliya Somani ’20, Tower Club

ICC Marketing Chair: Daniel Pallares ’20, Quadrangle Club
Andrew Griffin ’20, Cannon Dial Elm Club
Polly Hochman ’20, Cap & Gown Club
Justin Hamilton ’20, Charter Club
Kevin Wu ’20, Colonial Club
Jamie Denham ’20, Cottage Club
David Babikian ’20, Ivy Club
Joe Collins ’20, Terrace Club
Joe Ratliffe ’20, Tiger Inn

ICC Advisor: Jean-Carlos Arenas ’16
GICC Advisor: Lisa Schmucki ’74
Assistant Dean, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students: Bryant Blount ’08

If you would like to discuss a project that you would like to collaborate on with the ICC, email ICC President Meghan Slattery at meghancs@princeton.edu.