December 6, 2013
December 5, 2013
Most students recall the bustling Activities Fair on the Friday of the first week of classes freshman year, where campus groups try to draw first-year additions to their ranks. But the first activities fair, on Alumni Day in 1948, was held for a different purpose: to showcase the myriad undergraduate extracurricular options to visiting alumni. Thousands strolled through the aisles of Dillon Gym, hearing from undergrads about the accomplishments of each organization. At left, Malcolm Forbes ’41, founder of The Nassau Sovereign, browsed the magazine with editor Robert Heimann ’48.
After the fair, alumni remarked about how thrilled they were to see the vibrancy of post-war undergraduate life. A Daily Princetonian editorial recommended “an encore in September … to give incoming freshmen some idea of the varied outlets at Princeton for their talents and interests.”
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December 4, 2013
Since graduating in June, Timothy McGinnis ’13 has kept busy, working for Wellbody Alliance (former Tiger of the Week Dan Kelly ’03’s healthcare nonprofit, which serves patients in Sierra Leone), taking pre-med courses at Harvard University Extension School, and running the New York City marathon. Last week, McGinnis added another item to his agenda: In the fall, he’ll travel to Oxford to begin studies in the history of science, medicine, and technology and global health sciences as a Rhodes scholar.
McGinnis is one of two Princetonians to receive the Rhodes this year, joining undergraduate Adam Mastroianni ’14, a psychology major whose campus activities include Quipfire! improv comedy, Triangle Club, and a co-hosting role on the campus late-night talk show All-Nighter.
McGinnis, who majored in anthropology, had a nontraditional path through Princeton that included a two-year leave to study at Deep Springs College in California. After returning, he wrote his senior thesis about a medical anthropology project that he conducted at Wellbody’s Sierra Leone clinic in the summer of 2012.
In the project, McGinnis managed to “relate lessons learned in Sierra Leone to other dilemmas of care closer to home,” his adviser, Professor Carol Greenhouse, said in a University release. After Oxford, McGinnis hopes to continue his studies in pursuit of a medical degree.
McGinnis and Mastroianni join a group of more than 200 Princetonians who have studied as Rhodes scholars since 1904, a list that includes notable alumni such as Nicholas Katzenbach ’43, Paul Sarbanes ’54, Neil Rudenstine ’56, Bill Bradley ’65, Randall Kennedy ’77, Eric Lander ’78, and University president Christopher Eisgruber ’83.
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December 3, 2013
By Nellie Peyton ’14; Photo by Frank Wojciechowski
Bustling groups of students walking past Frist Campus Center Nov. 21 were sobered by the sight of a solitary figure within a space, outlined by tape, that measured seven feet by nine feet – the size of a typical solitary-confinement cell in a U.S. prison. During a 24-hour period, 23 students (including Eleanor Roberts ’15, above) each spent one silent hour within the space. It was empty for the final hour, a reflection that prisoners in solitary confinement are given one hour a day to go outside or shower.
Grace Li ’14, president of Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), organized the demonstration to raise awareness of the harsh conditions and prevalence of solitary confinement. “Four percent of all inmates are in solitary, but this is where 50 percent of prison suicides occur,” Li said. She said the event had achieved its purpose: “I feel like people are talking about it, and that’s the most important thing.”
December 2, 2013
What does Princeton sound like? Inspired by Professor Emily Thompson *92’s research on the sounds of New York City in the 1920s, featured in this issue’s cover story, we asked one of our interns to record and share some of his favorite campus sounds. Listen to what he collected — and tell us what your favorite Princeton sounds are in the comments. We’ll do our best to record your suggestions and post them in a follow-up collage.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
Hear Martin Page ’16’s collection of campus sounds, from the Fountain of Freedom to the coffee shop. LISTEN
Princeton’s Ivy League co-champion football team celebrated another Big Three bonfire with students, alumni, and others on a freezing night in November. WATCH
Gregg Lange ’70 finds an unexpected gift in the form of a Civil War-era student’s immaculate math notebook. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
Read about a handful of projects developed at HackPrinceton, including a musical staircase and the viral Facebook app What Would I Say?. READ MORE
Listen to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” from Adegoroye’s new album of Christmas songs, recorded during her senior year at Princeton. LISTEN
Members of the Princeton Opera Company and the Ellipses slam-poetry team gave World War I poems new life in a Nov. 11 performance. WATCH
PAW contributor Christopher Connell ’71 caught up with 15 of the 32 professors who transferred to emeritus status in June. READ MORE
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DEC. 4 ISSUE
Listening for the ‘Pitch of the Past’
Passing the Torch
A Hub in China
Going Inside a Cell
Decoding a Dog’s Brain