The Weekly Blog: 11/29/06

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Red for a reason

The University illuminated Robertson Hall with red lights Nov. 27 as part of a campus-wide World AIDS Week program that includes panel discussions, an address by George Carter of the Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research, and participation in an international videoconference with students in Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

Photo by Katherine Anderson ’08/The Daily Princetonian

Tourney time for men’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming

Princeton men’s basketball travels to Milwaukee this weekend for the Blue and Gold Classic, the second of two in-season tournaments for the Tigers. Princeton (4-1) won two of three games in its season-opening tournament at Ohio State. Kyle Koncz ’08 has made nearly 55 percent of his three-point attempts and leads the team with 14 points per game. The Tigers will open this weekend’s play Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. against North Dakota State. The winner of that game will face either No. 9 Marquette, the tournament host, or Northwestern State.

At DeNunzio Pool, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host Rutgers, Brown, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Columbia, and Tennessee in the Big Al Invitational Dec. 1-3. The event honors the memory of Alan Ebersole ’07, a Princeton swimmer who died in a diving accident in the ocean during a 2004 team trip to Florida.

Faculty in the news

In its December issue, Esquire magazine featured electrical engineering professor Claire Gmachl and her work with quantum cascade lasers in a story about laser technology. … Astrophysics professor J. Richard Gott *73 wrote about the potential for establishing human colonies on Mars in a Nov. 18 New Scientist piece predicting scientific developments in the next 50 years. … On Nov. 27, Washington Post columnist Jackson Diehl took a closer look at the Princeton Project, a Woodrow Wilson School initiative to examine post-9/11 policy led by Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80 and Professor G. John Ikenberry. … Two of Princeton’s most prominent poets received national media attention. Professor Paul Muldoon, chairman of the University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, was described as “the poet most likely to inherit [Seamus] Heaney’s mantle” as the premier Irish poet in a New York Times Magazine feature Nov. 19. And Professor C.K. Williams, whose collected poems were published in a 682-page volume last month, was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. “When you’re reading poetry you are reciting it to yourself in your mind; that’s the way poetry is meant to be experienced,” Williams told the interviewer. “There’s nothing as intimate as that. … The other arts are as deep, but this is something that happens within you.”

Just for kicks

Norm Hunter ’78 has released his first film, Her Best Move, which focuses on a 15-year-old soccer prodigy as she juggles a boyfriend, school, overzealous father, and soccer, on her way to becoming the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. National Team. A former racecar driver, Hunter co-wrote the screenplay. His company, Summertime Films, produced the DVD, which is available through www.HerBestMove.com and rated G. In a press release, Hunter, a father of three and veteran soccer coach, said, “The first issue I wanted to address through film was the increasing professionalization of youth sports. In this movie, I wanted to empower the kids to lead their own lives.”

Collages ‘the old fashioned way’

New York artist Sara Sill ’73 is exhibiting her latest works at the West Chelsea Arts Building Studio 621 from Dec. 1-3. The studio is located at 526 West 26th St., between 10th and 11th Avenues, in New York City. For more information on Sill and her work, go to www.sarasill.com. Her Web site describes her artwork as collages made “the old fashioned way,” using scissors, glue, and paint. PAW profiled Sill in its Oct. 6, 2004, issue.

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