CD-Y Either Won The Amazing Race or got his South Korean TV Personality Salary Early

Our favorite little Princeton celebrity and The Amazing Race contestant/ likely loser Connor Diemand-Yauman is getting the full star treatment back in Princeton.  People kept hush-hush about his TAR involvement/ probable loss because they knew how sore he’d be he hadn’t made it to the final round with fellow a cafella Jonathan Schwartz, but that didn’t stop the paparazzi.  We got this razzi-shot from an anonymous tipster who said:

My roomate stuck in Princeton doing research this summer saw him on Sunday on Nassau Street getting into his new car. I am almost positive he didnt have this on campus.

We’re still pretty sure he didn’t win the race because we spotted him on FB chat while the race was still being run, so what mysterious source of income could have paid for this car?  Schwartz’s singing career?  His close personal relationship with General Petraeus?  His South Korean TV career?  His parents who send him to an Ivy League school?

CD-Y, you never cease to bewilder us.

Here’s a close up of CD-Y opening the luxury vehicle to confirm it’s really him:

Aww.  Cheer up, CDY.  There’s so much more reality TV ahead of you.

CDY Spotted on Facebook Chat: Has he Already Lost The Amazing Race?

Connor Diemand-Yauman, the Princeton superstar/ campus celeb/ korean TV personality/ future reality TV celeb who iscompeting in this year’s This Amazing Race is definitively NOT the winner of this year’s race (TAR17).  CDY, whose partner is aca fella fellow Princetonian Jonathan Schwartz, was recently spotted on Facebook chat, confirming that he is currently not in Korea or LA, which is where the last legs of the race are being run.

Connor’s email address still automatically replies, “I will have intermittent internet access until June 20th. If this is
an emergency please call XXXXXXXXXX.”  According to The Amazing Race aficionados over at Reality Fan Forum, however, CD-Y was probably kicked out around the 4th leg of the journey, somewhere in Stockholm.  Connor and Jonathan successfully made it from Gloucester, MA to England, to Accra, Ghana, to Germany and then to Stockholm, which was their last reported sighting (on June 1st).

A word to Jonathan and Connor:  you haven’t just let yourselves down.  This is a big upset for everyone in the Ivy League.  You represented us, you were ambassadors sent into the world of reality television, sent to win The Amazing Race in honor of dear Victoria, who embarrassed us all with her not-top-model-worthy looks.  The Ivy League will suffer from this.


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Princetonian on The Amazing Race Gets a Private Commencement

These days when a Princetonian skips graduating with
his class in favor of  starting his reality television journey on The Amazing Race Princeton rolls out the red carpet.  Sending him out into the world to join the community of reality TV spin-offs and stardom without a final good-bye attended by CD-Y’s gal pal University President Shirley Tilghman and celebrity professor Cornel West is just not in the University’s nature.  CD-Y was not able to attend the official graduation from the college he loves so dearly on June 1st so according to this mega-fan he got to graduate in private at his own so-called “Mini-Commencement” on the 20th of May.  Amazing Race teammate and fellow celeb Jonathan Schwartz, (who starred as “Matt” in the Broadway show The Fantasticks) was not given similar Golden Child treatment.  I guess you have to win a Pyne Prize, pose with General Petraeus, star on Korean Television, and run USG to get a private graduation at Princeton.

According to Amazing Race freaks over at Reality Fan Forum Schwartz and CD-Y are members of Team Nassoon, named for the a cappella group the pair were members of in their days at Princeton.  They made it through the first leg of the journey which took place in Gloucester, MA and the pair then travelled to London (with a stop at Stonehenge) and then to Accra, Ghana.  Reality TV freaks at Reality Fan Forum and  Survivor Sucks are abuzz with news, rumors, speculations about TAR17.  We’ve found out that the team is doing well so far and that an interesting connection has been made between Jonathan and Amazing Race 13 winner Nick Spangler: both played the same part in The Fantasticks.

If the pair don’t get into a fight about which one is more beloved by the University (duh it’s CD-Y) they may stand a good chance of winning.

Princetonians/ Nassoons/ TAR fans with news about the duo drop us a line!  More news coming soon.

Connor Diemand-Yauman Speaks!

Connor Diemand-Yauman — Pyne Prize winner, pouting/pushuping supermodel, Princeton senior — (pictured here with Princeton President Shirley Tilghman) spoke to IvyGate about his future teaching English in South Korea and those insane photos.

What does winning the Pyne Prize mean to you?

Winning the Pyne was an incredible, unexpected honor. At first I thought it meant that a lot of my professors and the others who recommended me for the award made a terrible mistake. Since the dust has settled though, I like to think that my winning the Pyne shows that people have recognized my commitment to Princeton and getting as much out of my college experience as possible.

What activities or qualities do you think you had that led to winning this prize?

I do my best to keep things in perspective. I’ve sincerely enjoyed the work that I’ve done while at Princeton, but I’ve tried to remember that while the activities/initiatives that I’m involved in may be extremely important to me, some, if not most other people couldn’t care less. I try to bring that levity and sense of perspective into everything that I do. I think that has helped.

Who suggested the “thug” pose with your University President? What was the motivation, and are you happy with the photo?

I suggested the photo. While I was in office, some students seemed to prefer that their student reps be angry and antagonistic with top administrators, despite the fact that our student government has absolutely no control over University policy without administrative support and collaboration. My administration used a more conciliatory, strategic approach and we accomplished a lot as a result.

The BAMF stance, as you guys called it, was supposed to poke fun at this expectation that we be angry and at odds with one another. I think the picture is hilarious.

What about the push-ups? Were you nervous Gen. Petraeus would do more push-ups than you? Who suggested it?

I suggested it. How many opportunities do you have to challenge one of the highest ranked generals in the US army to a pushup contest?

Unfortunately, we didn’t really get to have a contest after General Petraeus and I asked Congressman Jim Leach to join in. Because we didn’t want the 67 year old congressman to have a stroke, we settled for a couple push ups and a nice photo op. I think that was a wise decision.

I’m probably lucky we stopped there — Petraeus would’ve destroyed me. He’s a machine.

Why did you take goofy pictures at your ceremony? Were you worried it’d make you seem less serious?

I try to avoid being serious when I can. Plus, given the nature of the event, I didn’t feel like I had anything to prove. I was just happy to be there and I wanted to have a good time.

What are you up to in the future? Will your prize help?

Right now I’m trying to secure plans to briefly volunteer with the Global Literacy Project in St. Vincent and the Grenandines. After that, I’ll be heading to South Korea where I’ll be filming and writing English educational videos, hopefully on my own show if everything pans out as promised.

CD-Y to Take Pout and Push-Ups to Pusan

As with everything about Pyne Prize superstar Connor Diemand-Yauman, this just makes us say OMG: He’s going to be an Asian TV star! A tipster confirms the bizarre clause in this article to be true:

Next year, he hopes to volunteer with the Global Literacy Project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. After that, he intends to accept an offer to write and act on his own children’s English educational show on Korean PBS.

Yep! Our tipster tells us that he’s going to star in the kids’ show after he graduates — anyone want to TiVo it for us? At least Connor obsession isn’t alone. We hear from our tipster:

My roommate and I currently have a Nassoons poster in our room (stolen from Frist, no less) with a large pink-sharpie heart around CDY’s head.

So many words in that sentence make so little sense to us. But the pink-sharpie heart — that is eternal. If you get lonely in Korea, Connor, at least you can get a few guest stars to join you on the show.

IvyPics: Seriously, What Happened at this “Awards” “Event”?!

Via Priceton Alumni Weekly: Yes, that’s General David Petraeus. And former Congressman James Leach. What kind of power does certified big man on campus Connor Diemand-Yauman POSSESS?! How many ridiculous pictures of powerful people can one college senior possibly have? Please email us everything you know, tipsters!

IvyPics: Bigwig BFF Edition

Watch out Bonnie and Clyde. Princeton Prez Shirley Tilghman and former USG head-honcho Connor Diemand-Yauman ’10 are obviously a pair of unapologetic BAMFs. And matching ones at that.

The unlikely snapshot was taken just before the well-coiffed matriarch awarded young Connor the Pyne Prize, Princeton’s highest undergraduate honor. And don’t forget the scrilla: the prize comes with a year’s-worth of tuition, which we can only assume was paid out in unmarked Franklins.

This picture is just begging for a sassy caption. Commenters: Find us the perfect one and we’ll credit you. Eternal glory awaits.