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President of increasingly popular Charter Club to lead ICC for the next year

A stone building with a wooden door and multiple windows. There are four flags on the building, including the American flag and the LGBTQ+ flag.
Charter Club, one of the 11 eating clubs on Prospect Ave. 
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

This year’s Interclub Council (ICC) elections saw little drama.

Mia Beams ’24, President of Charter Club, was elected as ICC President after running unopposed in the election on Monday, April 3. The same evening, Josh Coan ’24, President of Cannon Dial Elm Club, took the position of ICC Vice President, and LaJayzia Wright ’24, President of Cap & Gown Club became the ICC Communications Chair.


The ICC is an organization composed of the 11 undergraduate eating club presidents who internally elect their officers. The Eating Clubs of Princeton University explain that the ICC meets weekly “to discuss club policies, student life projects, and best practices to ensure a safe environment for all members and visitors to the clubs.” 

“The new ICC corps has shown incredible initiative and momentum and I am so excited to have the opportunity to help lead the body alongside ICC VP Josh Coan and ICC Communication Chair LaJayzia Wright for the upcoming year,” Beams said in an email to The Daily Princetonian.

The ICC also manages the admissions process for sophomores who join the eating clubs during the second week of their second semester. During Street Week 2023, the eating clubs accepted 1,149 Princeton students with 633 bicker slots allotted and 516 sign-in slots allotted. Acceptance rates fell between 25 percent and 65 percent as the eating clubs welcomed an increased number of applicants due to the increased class size of 2025. 


Charter on the rise

Beams’s election as ICC President speaks to a remarkable comeback for Charter in recent years. While five eating clubs use the bicker process and five clubs use the sign-in process to acquire new members, Charter is the one club that takes a hybrid approach with “selective sign-in.” The plan was accepted in January 2020, when the club had only 28 members, by Charter’s Board of Governors and was a part of a proposal written by 11 sophomores.

The student proposal also put forward a plan to limit the then-weekly “Charter Fridays,” then open to all undergraduates to once a month. While Charter regularly hosts Friday night events, they are primarily only open to members and guests.

“I know a lot of my friends who are sophomores are very hesitant about going to Charter, because for one, like, every Friday, they have Charter Fridays, and I think the conception is that most of the people who go are freshmen,” a prospective Charter member had told the ‘Prince’ at the time

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Moreover, there were plans to increase Charter’s financial aid, expand the number of vegetarian and vegan options, renovate the club’s interior and exterior, and install a “Charter neon sign that acts as an iconic photo spot.” 

In a February interview with the ‘Prince,’ Beams said that Charter is financially accessible. 

“Charter has consistently charged less than [the University’s board] amount so that students on full aid have no out-of-pocket costs for Charter,” she said.  

In February 2020, after the proposal was accepted, Charter admitted 125 members, more than four times the number of members at the time. 

Beams also provided a brief overview of the future goals of the ICC as the eating clubs prepare for end-of-year formal events and lawn parties on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

“The ICC has recently emphasized four key initiatives to advance important aspects of the Street as a whole. The initiatives are: a continuation of efforts toward Sustainability and Community Service, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and Financial Aid, and strengthening relationships with SHARE and other on-campus resources.” 

Rebecca Cunningham is an assistant News editor for the ‘Prince.’

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