David E. Kelley ’79 speaks at the Lewis Center in 2010. (M. Teresa Simao/Courtesy Lewis Center for the Arts)
Writer and producer David E. Kelley ’79 has left his mark on a string of influential television shows, from L.A. Law, where he got his start as writer, to his own hour-long drama creations, including Picket Fences, The Practice, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal, and more recently, the half-hour Robin Williams comedy series The Crazy Ones. On Tuesday night, he added another line to his impressive credits: “inductee, Television Hall of Fame.”
Kelley was part of a six-member hall-of-fame class that included Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Fox Broadcasting founder Rupert Murdoch. Frequent collaborator Bill D’Elia presented Kelley for induction. The Television Hall of Fame is run by the Television Academy, which also oversees the Emmys. Continue reading
Annie Tarakchian ’16 scored 12 points off the bench against Penn. (Beverly Schaefer)
Princeton women’s basketball’s remarkable run as the Ivy League champion came to an end Tuesday night when the Tigers lost to Penn, 80-64, at Jadwin Gym, falling one game shy in their bid for a fifth-straight title. Both teams entered the game with 11-2 Ivy records, guaranteeing that the winner would be the league champion.
Defensively, Princeton had few answers for Alyssa Baron, the Quakers’ versatile guard, who led all scorers with 23 points, or 6-foot-3-inch freshman center Sydney Stipanovich, who finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds. Both played all 40 minutes. But the game hinged on Princeton’s offense, which managed just 64 points after averaging 75 in its first 27 games. Continue reading
Alex Wheatley ’16 (Office of Athletic Communications)
Nicole Hung ’14 (Office of Athletic Communications)
After taking care of business with two blowout wins this weekend, the women’s basketball team has set the stage for a high-stakes showdown Tuesday night against Penn.
“You always want to have a chance to play for an Ivy League title,” head coach Courtney Banghart said. “And to be able to do that after what this young team has had to go through and all the growing we’ve had to do in a short period of time, it’s really exciting.”
The Tigers, who had just two Ivy League losses over the last four seasons, find themselves in a much tighter title race than they are used to. A loss to Harvard in Jadwin Gymnasium near the start of Ivy play and a March 1 loss to Brown have put them in a tie for first place with the Quakers. Each team has an 11-2 record in the Ancient Eight. Continue reading
New book: Children of Rus´: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation, by Faith Hillis ’02 (Cornell University Press)
The author: Hillis is an assistant professor of Russian history at the University of Chicago. Her focus is on imperial Russia, with a special interest in 19th- and early 20th-century politics, culture, and ideas. In her research and teaching she explores how Russia’s peculiar political institutions — and its status as a multiethnic empire — shaped public opinion and political cultures. This is her first book.
The book: Hillis examines a little-known chapter in the history of tsarist Russia. Looking at the southwestern borderlands of the Russian Empire, an area that today is located in the heart of the state of Ukraine, she uncovers one of the most aggressive and politically successful Russian nationalist movements. Right-bank Ukraine was one of the Russian empire’s last territorial acquisitions and most diverse corners, with few of its residents speaking Russian as their native language or identifying with the culture of the Great Russian interior. Yet the southwest’s Russian nationalists identified as “Little Russians”— Orthodox believers who embraced what we today would understand to be Ukrainian culture while eschewing Ukrainian national separatism. Continue reading
Coach Cappy Cappon in 1958 with, from left, Jim Brangan ’60, David Fulcomer ’58, Carl Belz ’59, Artie Klein ’60, and Joseph Burns ’59. Herman Belz ’59 replaced Fulcomer in the 1958-59 “iron five.” (Photo: PAW Archives)
Princeton basketball has enjoyed triumphant moments in March, including a Final Four appearance in 1965, an NIT championship in 1975, and an NCAA Tournament upset of defending-champion UCLA in 1996. But the month has brought its share of heartache as well.
At PAW Online, fans have been sharing their memories of Princeton’s 1989 NCAA Tournament loss to Georgetown, which marks its 25th anniversary this month. In March 1959, 30 years before Alonzo Mourning swatted away the ’89 Tigers’ chances for victory, Princeton endured a last-second loss at the hands of another future NBA star: Dartmouth’s Rudy LaRusso. Continue reading
Rebecca M. Bergman ’78 (Photo: Courtesy Gustavus Adolphus College)
For nearly three decades, Rebecca Bergman ’78 has built a reputation as a leader in medical-device engineering. Now she is planning to apply her leadership in a new context as president of Gustavus Adolphus College. In July, she will become the first woman to lead the 152-year-old liberal-arts college in Saint Peter, Minn. Her appointment was announced Feb. 28.
Bergman has been a trustee of Gustavus Adolphus since 2007, but her career has been primarily outside of academia, in biomedical engineering. She’s spent the last 26 years at Medtronic, a Minneapolis-based medical technology company, and currently serves at its vice president of research, technology, and therapy delivery systems for cardiac rhythm disease management. In 2010, Bergman’s contributions to medical-device technology were recognized when she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
At Princeton, Bergman majored in chemical engineering and served as a resident adviser. Following graduation, she studied chemical engineering and materials science at the University of Minnesota.
Bergman told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that a colleague on the Gustavus Adolphus board of trustees first asked her about the presidency last summer, and after considering the idea, she felt a “call to serve” the Lutheran institution that two of her four children have attended. Her family supported the move, she said: “Everyone’s smiling in my household, and that means a lot to me.”
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The last time the men’s volleyball team beat Penn State, Cody Kessel was six years old. On Friday night, the junior outside hitter contributed 14 of Princeton’s 55 kills and helped secure the Tigers’ first win over the Nittany Lions since 1998.
Cody Kessel ’15 (Photo: Courtesy Office of Athletic Communications)
After Princeton dropped the first set of the match 18-25, everything indicated that things would go in the same direction as they always have for Penn State. The No. 10 Nittany Lions have won every EIVA championship since Princeton’s lone title 15 years ago. Heading into Friday night’s match, Penn State had dropped just one conference loss in the last five years and entered on a nation-best 12-match winning streak.
Penn State’s circumstances quickly changed when Princeton clawed its way to a 22-25 second set victory. The Tigers ran away with the third set as well after jumping out to a formidable 8-1 lead off the serving of senior Pat Schwagler and freshman Chris Kennedy.
“We knew we had to be aggressive with our serving game to get Penn State out of system,” Kessel said. “We were able to do that this time better than we have in the past. Even though I think they hit better than us percentage wise, we were able to win the serve battle.” Continue reading
Colleges that succeeded in the American Colonial period were reliant on slavery and the slave economy of the Atlantic world, Craig Steven Wilder said in a Feb. 25 campus lecture about his recently released book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. Wilder, a professor of American history at MIT, joined Princeton history professor Martha Sandweiss in a conversation as part of the Carl A. Fields Center’s Black Heritage Month.
The history of the elite colleges of the Northeast is inextricably linked with the slave economy, Wilder said. “We don’t expect to look at colleges and see slavery — and that’s precisely why looking at colleges and seeing slavery is valuable, because in fact we start to see just how central the African slave trade was to the Atlantic economy and to the rise and sustenance of the English Colonies in the Americas.”
The publishing of Wilder’s book, a labor of 11 years, comes at a time when American colleges are increasingly interested in addressing their own complicated entanglement with slavery. Sandweiss has taught a course called “Princeton in Slavery,” in which students conduct close examinations of texts to uncover Princeton’s relationship to the institution of slavery. Harvard, Yale, Brown, and the College of William & Mary, among others, have undertaken similar projects. Continue reading
Jorey Hurley ’96 (Photo: Courtesy Jorey Hurley)
Nest, by Jorey Hurley ’96 (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
The author: A designer and illustrator, Hurley studied art at Princeton and design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. From 2005 to 2010, she was on the design team at Hable Construction, a textile design company based in New York. Though not new to illustrating, this is her first book. She says that her inspiration comes from animals, plants, and the beauty in daily life. Continue reading
Julie Brill ’81 (Photo: Federal Trade Commission)
“Big data” analytics may lead to promising changes in our lives, but the collection and storage of deeply personal data also raises key privacy issues, said Julie Brill ’81, a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a Feb. 20 talk at Robertson Hall.
Brill, who started working in consumer protection after law school, began a six-year term on the FTC in 2010. Addressing students, faculty, and community members, she noted the alarming amount of information that is now for sale from data brokers, particularly in the area of health.
“The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that one data broker includes in its consumer profiles information about 20 or more specific diseases, including cancer, diabetes, clinical depression, and prostate problems,” she said. “All of this creation, analysis, and use of consumers’ health information is happening outside of HIPPA, outside the U.S. regulatory regime designed to protect health information.” Continue reading