All About Our Members
Alina Spiegel '15Alina Spiegel is a freshmanic freshman, hailing from Allentown, PA, better known as the Land of Dorney Park. Having lived so close to Dorney, Alina grew up with a fascination of roller coasters and a desire to ride every one in the world. Her current tally stands at 456/10,237, but she insists the 5 roller coasters built in Antartica don't really count. She has a obsession with the mystical art of spoon-bending, whose known practitioners include Neo from the Matrix, and while on a journey to Tibet to ride a good 50 coasters she stopped by the Guru of Bending's Palace to master the art, an attempt that took a good 3 years of her life. Fantastically, she has succeeded at the endeavor and the next you time you bump into her, you should ask her to bend a spoon for you. No, go on, ask. She loves it.
Cal Peyser '15Cal Peyser is a fantastic, all-knowing singing and composing machine from the great state of New York where he has personified its motto "Ever upward" since the age of three when he first managed to climb onto his home's roof. Since then he has cleverly managed to overcome all obstacles in the pursuit of scaling the Empire State Building, the Parthenon, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Grad College Tower. Cal enjoys the company of zubats, Alaskans, and absolutely anyone named Daniel, Danielle, Dan, Danny, etc. Cal bakes countless muffins with sprinkles, writes little fugues, hopes to become a professional telepath, and is a fantastically enthusiastic member of Koleinu.
Chris McIlwaine '15Known for his dashing smile, the posh New Yorker Chris McIlwaine was hired by Koleinu as a full-time Fashion Analyst in Spring 2012. He is the 3th biological son of Cameron Diaz. Graduating from the London College of Fashion at the age of 7, Chris created a wedding dress out of Hallmark cards for his senior project, which is currently on display in MoMA. He is still unsure about his post-graduation plans--he will either accept a job offer for CEO at Banana Republic or return to the Brookhaven National Laboratory to create a scarf out of cosmic radiation. But for now, he is just focusing on schoolwork and his design of a yamaka that can play the first pitches of whatever Koleinu song the wearer is thinking of.
David Fridovich-Keil '15David Fridovich-Keil is a sophomore from Decatur, Georgia. He suffers from a severe case of Arachibutyrophobia (the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth) and thus has devoted his life to the eradication of this pale brown substance. He came close in High School when he invented a time machine and transported himself (along with a truckload of pink highlighters) to 1880 Iowa and strived in vain to convince George Washington Carver to bury his invention. The Lifetime original movie based on this experience, which starred Kim Kardashian, Al Gore and Suri Cruise, has since sold 5,367,892,413.2 copies on DVD. Roger Ebert called it “the nuttiest movie of the year.” When not battling the evil powers of this brownish oily paste, David plays clarinet, engineers stuff, guides tours around Princeton and sings.
Dodam Ih '15Dodam Ih comes from the far away land of South Korea. Like most South Koreans, Dodam was born to be a water ninja, but was exiled from the profession after he threw a temper tantrum at being provided with non-distilled water. Luckily for him, only a fortnight later, he discovered Adam Sandler’s "The Chanukah Song," which is the most important thing that has ever happened to him in his young life (and will forever retain that title, as he is now old). He has devoted his life to memorizing every last word of the song and verifying its undeniable truth. His latest academic paper (which he composed on the fourteenth floor of Fine Hall) is entitled “O.J. Simpson—really not a Jew?” If you are interested, and Dodam is of the strong belief that you all should be, it is located somewhere in the depths of Firestone Library. He is extremely excited to be singing with Koleinu because it brings him closer to his ultimate goal in life: singing "The Chanukah Song" with a really cool acappella group. In his free time, Dodam enjoys pouring water on tenors and eating gefilte fish with kimchi (gefilchi).
Oliver Marsh '15
At the age of three, Oliver was kidnapped from his landlocked Kansas home by a band of musical pirates. Targeted because of his perfect pitch and ravishingly good looks, Oliver was also allowed to cultivate his tuba and piano playing skills in his years with the Band of Misfits. Unfortunately, the pirates were very possessive of their catch, given his rare talents and charisma, and wouldn't allow Oliver to join any singing groups until his senior year. We are very excited that the pirates have given Oliver a year's sabbatical to share his talents with Koleinu.
Jonathan Frankle GSJonathan is the wicked, wild webmaster of Koleinu. He's also a devilishly dynamic dancer, terrifically terrifying trapeze artist, and a ninja. Jonathan has been described as "having rather short hair," and was recently spotted eating lunch at Wilcox. At the tender age of four, Jonathan defeated a rabid grizzly bear in a battle for turf, and since then has been known far and wide as "the man who defeated a rabid grizzly bear." At Ellis Island, Jonathan's family name was shortened from "Frankfutterpickle" to "Frankle," but those who have read his autobiography, "One Man Against a Rabid Grizzly Bear," know that he prefers to be called by his original name. He also responds to his middle name, which is Guilliburt. Guilliburt has told sources that he hopes to one day hack into the mainframe of the United States government, and to take over the world with threats of nuclear war. But the reader of this bio is advised not to tell anybody about this plot, as Jonathan Guilliburt Frankfutterpickle is a ninja, and has recently threatened the author with the ominous words "revenge will be had." [This bio has been modified slightly to conform to MLA standards. Since Jonathan controls the internet, he exercises the right to alter these bios whenever he feels like it.]
Feifei Liu '16Yunfei “Feifei” (狒狒) Liu was born into an impoverished family in the rural Southern Chinese province of Singalong during the early Tang Dynasty (~630 AD). At age four, his parents became fed up with his inability to produce sufficient annual crop yields, and subsequently sold him to the imperial court as a potential eunuch for 23 pieces of silver. By the age of seven, however, Feifei’s voice had already dropped so low that the court aristocrats spared him from castration, as they concluded that no physical alterations to his body could ever have made him equipped to sing in Emperor Taizong’s eunuch boys’ choir. Since Feifei’s kind and gentle personality also rendered him unfit for serving in the imperial army, it was ultimately decided that he would be made an explorer. Feifei sailed all the way to Equatorial Guinea and back, but ultimately returned to China with no gold, and was thus banished by the dragon gods to some unknown point in the far future on the opposite side of the earth. After landing on Princeton’s campus in September of 2014, Feifei was quickly abducted by Koleinu in order to serve as a desperately-needed bassist after he was heard snoring a low C while taking a nap on Cannon Green. He still neither speaks nor understands a word of English, which has remained a challenge for Koleinu members.
Molly Fisch-Friedman '16Molly Fisch-Friedman is a Freshwoman from Princeton Junction, New Jersey - it is said in the Garden State Chronicles that on the night of her birth, a star in the shape of a tomato fell from the skies towards Princeton University, and the people hailed the birth of a star and made tomato the official state vegetable of New Jersey. When Molly was four, she decided that kindergarden was too easy, and went to the Board of Trustees to ask for a special admission to the university. Though the Board found Molly to be exceptionally impressive in every regard, they decided that her awesomeness might cause the other Princetonians to feel insecure, and decided to offer her delayed admission on a condition that she stay on the other side of Route 1 until she was as old as other incoming freshmen. She then demanded a token of this offer, which was realized in the Dinky, which was to be Molly's private train between Princeton and her home. However, students from Forbes were starting to feel insecure about themselves and started applying for transfer to other schools whenever Molly danced 5 miles away, so the university made Lake Carnegie to insulate her awesomeness. Molly plans on saving New Jersey from itself when she graduates.
Sarah Jacobs '16
Once upon a time, Sarah Jacobs was born into a posh and wealthy circus family. Sarah was blessed with the gift of having double jointed arms, which brought her much wealth and good fortune. However, Sarah decided that the circus life was not for her. She moved to Tibet to become a mountain climber, a profession that came naturally to her due to her double jointed elbows. Sarah became the youngest person to climb Mount Keverest, Mount Everest's little known cousin. While living in Tibet, Sarah resided among the monks, where she learned the beautiful art of singing. Sarah didn't feel quite at home in Tibet, so she packed up her belongings and hopped on a plane to Princeton, where she was warmly accepted into Koleinu for her many talents.
Warren Bein '17
After making the great trek over from Connecticut, Warren has decided to rekindle his singing career as a tenor/baritone/bass for Koleinu. In his free time, Warren enjoys frolicking through the fields like a graceful gazelle, and taking long naps when he's done. His other hobbies include comparing himself to the skyscrapers of NYC and convincing himself that he's almost as tall. Warren's tall stature and gingy hair set him apart from the crowd, but let us not forget his many talents. These include his perfect pitch (we're not always off), his natural ability to sing dark (even on solos), and teach himself the arrangements quicker than anyone else. We are so glad he joined!
Hillel Friedman '17
Hillel Friedman ambled his way over to Koleinu from the village of Lawrence, New York, and hasn't looked back. (He knows from what befell Lot's wife, of course, that this would have been a bad move -- transforming into a pillar of salt doesn't cut it as Hillel's ideal form of self-actualization.) In his spare time, Hillel finds joy in Sedgeway birdwatching, Futhark-language Sunday crossword puzzles, and men's rhythmic gymnastics. It is also a little known fact that he is the namesake for -- you guessed it -- Hillel, the very foundation for Jewish campus life and programming at most every college. Way to go, Hillel! He aspires one day to travel to every country in the world beginning in the letter "I," while practicing as a roving tutor in the art of spelunking and writing poetry about string theory. He bears no relation to another scintillating member of Koleinu, Molly Fisch-Friedman, but he assures us all that they are still very close kin on a spiritual level. We are all ecstatic to have him on board.
Lily Gellman '17
Lily Gellman comes from the great city of New York. She highly values equality, so much so that it’s her middle name! Although she’s spent most of her life in New York, in the year before she joined Koleinu, Lily moved to South Tel Aviv, where she became a member of Matzpen. Because of this intense job, Lily traveled to the far-off reaches of desert and jungle and learned various languages including Twi and Aramaic. After her formative experience in the Israeli slums, Lily moved on to Wilson College, the slums of Princeton, where she dabbles in world domination, South Pacific dance, and sumo wrestling. We’re so excited to have Lily in Koleinu!
Tamar Novetsky '17
Tamar Novetsky hails from the great state of New Jersey. From intensively studying Inuit throat singing to mastering the cries of the ancient Himalayan warrior, Tamar has always proven that she stands out above the rest. Being cultured and well-groomed, Tamar will only allow herself to eat food from cultures whose language she is fluent in, encouraging herself to embark on a lifelong quest for knowledge. Due to her desire to learn many languages, Tamar has sought out ways to go beyond typical human capacities; for the past six months, Tamar has been living in the forest, learning to speak with the animals and referring to herself as "Dances With Wolves." She also likes waffles. We are so glad she's in Koleinu!
Mallika Viswanath '17
Mallika hails from the far away land of Teaneck, New Jersey, where she lived on a cooperative farm. Her role was feeding the chickens and hens and tending to the herb garden. At a young age, she discovered that by singing to the herbs, she could make them grow faster, so she often sang to them, until one day, one of the bean sprouts shot up from the ground and went all the way up into the sky. She decided to climb the beanstalk, and it took her to a mysterious man in a tuxedo who told her that she had a beautiful voice. He then told her that she would go to Princeton and be a glorious alto in Koleinu, and, well, the rest is history.
Rachel Xu '17
Rachel Xu is the only member of the alternative a cappella group Koli (translation “my voice”) where she sings alto, soprano, bass, and trombone; at the same time. When she is not practicing for her four voice solos, Rachel curiously designs knewbie arch posters for her rival group Koleinu. Maybe her background will shed some light on these interesting facts. Rachel is the only female member of an elite group of Tahitian monks that can sing up to 7 voice parts simultaneously. Her other talents include elephant taming and spontaneous Nutella creation, but Rachel does not like to discuss these things. We hope that one day Rachel will bring her talents to Koleinu. Oh wait. I just received news that Rachel has joined Koleinu! Awesome! Nutella for all of us!
Miranda Rosen '18
Miranda Rosen grew up in the great city of Las Vegas, where she mastered the dark magic of Blackjack by age 5, and inspired the movie 21 by age 15. In her Las Vegas abode, she often entertains guests the likes of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Alina Spiegel. While getting to know these infamous world leaders, she became so enamored by their exquisite tastes in food that she decided to use Blackjack to open a portal to Britain for five years, during which she became Gordon Ramsay and ate her (his?) own food all day. Having tired of cursing overweight Americans out of the kitchen, Miranda decided to go back to being Miranda and sing Jewish acapella. In her free time, she enjoys cooking Michelin-starred food free of charge for Koleinu members.