Writing on the wall

Letter locales: A Weekly Blog quiz

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Do the letters above look familiar? Two of them should, if you spent four years on Princeton’s campus. The “A” is a new addition. Identify the campus buildings from which the three letters were lifted, e-mail your answers to PAW, and win a prize – a vintage PAW poster. Answers will be posted in the April 30 Weekly Blog.

Burnett ’93 honored for Trying Leviathan

D. Graham Burnett ’93, an associate professor of history at Princeton, has won a 2007 New York City Book Award from the New York Society Library for Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature (Princeton University Press). Burnett will receive the award, given annually to books that capture the essence of New York City, on May 14 at the New York Society Library. Trying Leviathan explores an 1818 trial that centered on the question of whether whales are fish. (PAW wrote about Burnett’s book in the March 5, 2008 issue.)

Sports shorts

Softball | Princeton vies for division title

In an interview with PAW before the season, softball head coach Trina Salcido said she expected Kristen Schaus ’08 to bounce back from a 2007 season in which the pitcher’s earned run average crept one run higher and her confidence waned. “She’s changed her mental outlook and her whole perspective,” Salcido said. “I think she’s ready. She’s done a great job in the off-season, preparing herself physically and being a leader.”
Schaus has proved that on the field, compiling a 5-1 record and a 2.04 ERA against Ivy League opponents while striking out 47 batters in 44 2/3 innings pitched. This weekend, Schaus and the Tigers (15-1 in Ivy games) will take on Cornell (15-1) in a four-game series to determine the league’s South Division champion. The first two games will be played at Cornell April 25. The final two will be on April 27 at Princeton’s Class of 1895 Field, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Women’s golf | Aboff ’09 tops Ivy field

Seven birdies, 11 pars, and a league-record 65 in the opening round gave Princeton women’s golf star Susannah Aboff ’09 an early lead at the Ivy League Championships April 19-20. She never looked back, winning the individual title with an 11-stroke lead over her nearest rival, 2007 champion Emily Balmert of Harvard. Princeton placed third in the team standings at the 54-hole event held at the Atlantic City Country Club.

Names in the news

The Los Angeles Times profiled Jacques-André Istel ’49, a “tireless wayfarer with an insatiable curiosity and no tolerance for boredom” who founded the town of Felicity, Calif., in the 1980s. … On April 17, Anthony Shorris *79 resigned as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after a 16-month term in which he helped to oversee construction at the World Trade Center site, growth in the region’s ports, and upgrades to the PATH rail system that connects New York with parts of northern New Jersey. … The Harvard Crimson marked the passing of Henry C. Moses ’63, a former Harvard dean who more recently served as headmaster of Trinity School in New York City. … Princeton Professor Robert Socolow was one of several experts cited in an Earth Day story about immediate changes that could help the environment. Among his suggestions were measures that could reduce travel, including congestion pricing in cities and videoconferencing for would-be business travelers.

The Countdown:

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Days until Reunions 2008

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