The Weekly Blog: 4/11/07

NOTE: This post was originally published at princetonalumniweekly.blogspot.com.
 
Welsh trio

From left, Michael McMillan ’09, Dan Kublick ’08, and Steve Pearson ’09 are shown in a scene from Theater-Intime’s performance April 7 of Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood.” The play details a day in the life of a small Welsh village.

Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

Not-so-friendly skies

In an interview in PAW’s April 4 issue, Walter F. Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, emeritus, mentioned that he has been placed on a terrorist watch list and he believes it is because he spoke out against President Bush in a lecture at Princeton. This week Murphy, a retired Marine Corps colonel, detailed his recent experiences with air travel in a post on the legal blog Balkinization. “I presented my credentials from the Marine Corps to a very polite clerk for American Airlines,” Murphy wrote. “One of the two people to whom I talked asked a question and offered a frightening comment: ‘Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that.’ I explained that I had not so marched but had, in September 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution. ‘That’ll do it,’ the man said.”

Princetonians in the News

EBay chief executive Meg Whitman ’77 has been making a strong impression in politics with her work as a national finance co-chairwoman for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to Forbes.com. Whitman helped the Romney campaign raise $23 million in the first quarter of 2007, tops among Republican candidates. … Woodrow Wilson School professor Michael Oppenheimer, a lead author on the report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change April 6, spoke on PBS’ News Hour about the consequences of global warming, including changes in agriculture, sea level, and public health. “Those are all things that start to happen at relatively low warming, and this presents policymakers with some stark choices,” he said. “How much warming are we going to accept? In fact, how much is inevitable? And where are we going to stop it?” … Former Iowa congressman and current Woodrow Wilson School lecturer Jim Leach ’64 interviewed fellow alum Bill Bradley ’65 about his new book, The New American Story, on “After Words,” a weekly C-SPAN books program, April 7. Video of the interview is available at BookTV.org. Bradley, a three-term senator from New Jersey and onetime presidential candidate, also stopped in at a bookstore a few miles from campus March 28 on his book tour and appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show April 9, where he joked about Princeton-area turnpike exits with host Jon Stewart, a native of nearby Lawrence Township.

Play ball

Princeton’s lone major leaguer, San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young ’02, opened his season with two solid starts, picking up his first win of the year against the San Francisco Giants April 9. In minor league towns across the country, several Princeton baseball alumni are vying to join him on professional baseball’s highest level.

Pitcher Ross Ohlendorf ’04, recently acquired by the New York Yankees, began the year with the triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, where he pitched five innings in a 5-3 win April 7. In the Padres’ system, outfielder Will Venable ’05 has moved up the ladder to the double-A San Antonio Missions, batting .313 in the first five games of the young season. Tim Lahey ’04, a catcher at Princeton who has become a relief pitcher in the pros, picked up his first save for the double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins) against the Portland Sea Dogs April 9, allowing no runs after entering the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning.

Other alumni in the minors include Thomas Pauly ’04 and B.J. Szymanski ’05, teammates on the Cincinnati Reds’ single-A team in Sarasota; Brian Kappel ’05 of the single-A Tacoma Rainiers, a Seattle Mariners affiliate; and Pat Boran ’02, who is slated to play for the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League.

Spring-loaded weekend

This weekend promises to be a busy one for sports on campus, with six varsity teams competing at home. Men’s tennis starts the action against Dartmouth at 2 p.m. April 13 and faces Harvard at 2 p.m. Saturday. Women’s track and field takes on Penn and Yale April 14, and men’s golf hosts the Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club April 14 and 15. The baseball team will face Columbia in a pair of doubleheaders April 14 and 15, with the first games of each set starting at noon. The four games could prove important in the race for the Ivy League’s Gehrig Division title.

Women’s and men’s lacrosse headline the action at Class of 1952 Stadium April 14. The Princeton women, coming off a tough 6-5 loss to Yale in its last Ivy game April 7, will try to bounce back against Harvard at noon. Men’s lacrosse takes on the Crimson at 3 p.m. The 7-2 Tigers have won their last five games, including an impressive 12-8 victory over Syracuse April 7.