NY Magazine Over the last year or two, certain Americans have delighted in screenwriter Craig Mazin's candid recollections of his time as Texas senator Ted Cruz's freshman-year roommate. According to Mazin, the current presidential candidate “endlessly hit the snooze button,” creeped out female peers by hanging around their hallway in a bathrobe, and “had SERIOUS body odor issues.” Other Princeton classmates haven't been much kinder, calling Cruz “abrasive,” “intense," “strident,” “arrogant,” and a “crank.”
"More than anyone I knew, Ted seemed to have arrived in college with a fully formed worldview. And what strikes me now, looking at him as an adult and hearing the things he's saying, it seems like nothing has changed," said another person who knew (and disliked) him back in college. Even the guy who has been identified as one of Cruz's few friends at Princeton agreed with that assessment, though he seems to view it as a positive thing: "He's not someone who shifts in the wind. The Ted Cruz that I knew at 17 years old is exactly the same as the Ted Cruz I know at 42 years old."