Marching back in orange and black
Reunions 2008 promises to combine annual favorites, like the P-rade, alumni-faculty forums, and fireworks, with a few new additions. The Class of 1983 will host the first reunion at Whitman College, alumni musicians will face off in friendly competition at the first Battle of the Bands, and University officials will talk with alumni about plans for the renovated Princeton Campus Club, scheduled to open in the fall.
PAW’s 2008 Reunions Guide, available at registration desks, includes brief previews of the major reunions, a feature about the comfort foods that fuel students’ study breaks, profiles of alumni Ward Chamberlin ’43 and Kelly Alford ’83, a crossword puzzle from Graham Meyer ’01, a story about David Rieff ’78’s latest book, an article about a successful alumni ice hockey squad, and more. UPDATE [May 29]: The 2008 Reunions Guide is now available online.
The P-rade begins Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Reuners can check this year’s route and find the meeting places for the major classes on the interactive map below.
Reunions photo by T. Kevin Birch
Speaking with the experts
Leaders from government, law, the sciences, and other fields will talk about hot topics and answer questions at panel discussions and presentations during Reunions. Notable alumni scheduled to speak include White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten ’76 (“The Executive Office of the President: Theory and Practice,” May 30, 2 p.m., Robertson bowl 16); Hong Kong entrepreneur Sir Gordon Y.S. Wu ’58 (“What to Do About Free Trade and China,” May 30, 2:30 p.m., McCosh 50); and Georgetown men’s basketball coach John Thompson III ’88 (“Is There an Honor Code in Sports?,” May 30, 9:15 a.m., McCosh 50). To read detailed daily calendars of Reunions events from the Alumni Association, follow these links:
Thursday, May 29 | Friday, May 30 | Saturday, May 31 | Sunday, June 1
PAW-litics 101: The reading list
On Friday, May 30, PAW will host its first Reunions panel discussion, “PAW-litics 101,” at 1:30 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center’s air-conditioned Film/Performance Theater (room 301). The event will provide an insider’s look at the 2008 presidential campaign from alumni journalists. To read some of what the panelists have been writing about this year’s candidates, follow the links below.
Todd Purdum ’82, the national editor at Vanity Fair wrote a feature story about John McCain in February 2007 and another about Barack Obama in March 2008. Purdum also talks politics on the VF Daily blog.
Reporters Kathy Kiely ’77 and Juliet Eilperin ’92 each have written extensively about the campaign. Click here for a list of links to Kiely’s USA Today stories and here for links to Eilperin’s Washington Post articles.
PAW-litics panelists also have published their insights on blogs, including ABC News’ The Note, written by Rick Klein ’98; Newsweek‘s Stumper, written by Andrew Romano ’04, and Achenblog, the home page of PAW-litics moderator and Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach ’82.
Looking back at the 2007 P-rade
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