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January 14, 2013
Our special music issue is filled with fascinating alumni, faculty, and students who are erasing the boundaries of music. We hope that reading their stories will encourage you to explore some of the sounds and videos at PAW Online, including 15 free audio downloads from featured artists and three Web-exclusive videos.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
Browse and download selections from 15 of the musicians and composers included in the Jan. 16 issue, including accordionist Rob Curto ’91, pictured. LISTEN
Watch Ajay Kapur ’02 play music with robotic instruments, discuss his roots as a percussionist, and explain why his projects are “always in beta.” WATCH
Director Penna Rose explains the elements of Benjamin Britten’s “Saint Nicholas,” and the Chapel Choir performs the cantata. WATCH
“Tune ev’ry heart” for this video collage of your alma mater, featuring the Rock Ensemble, Tigerlilies, Tigertones, and more. WATCH
Highlights from the Jan. 16 music issue:
Musical machines Using smartphones, robots, and even rubber chickens, Princetonians are expanding the way we think of music.
Composer at work In the world of musical composition, Professor Steven Mackey is a star.
Play a song for me Alumni recall the concerts that defined their college years.
Profiles in music Four Princeton alumni and their musical lives.
The D-I-Y road to stardom A music career requires more than talent.
December 19, 2012
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December 10, 2012
Working on Princeton’s campus keeps our staff in close contact with one of the most exciting aspects of the University: cutting-edge research. The Dec. 12 cover story highlights one example, Professor Paul Steinhardt’s adventurous search for a natural quasicrystal. We also share interesting findings in Ideas, a relatively new part of the Campus Notebook section. Amaney Jamal, an associate professor of politics, and engineering collaborators Naveen Verma and Branko Glisic are among the faculty members featured in this issue.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
From building to burning, students, alumni, and other Tiger fans enjoyed the Nov. 17 celebration of football’s victories against Harvard and Yale. WATCH
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Nearly a year after suffering a stroke, football standout Chuck Dibilio ’16 looks forward to being back on campus in February. READ MORE
PAW’s Weekly Blog covers campus events, including David Brooks’ recent lecture on “Politics and the Organization Kid.” READ MORE
Highlights from the Dec. 12 issue:
A world in a grain of sand Professor Paul Steinhardt’s long, improbable search for a natural quasicrystal.
Warfare under the radar Peter W. Singer ’97 explains how we can be at war and hardly notice.
Senior thesis moves into the digital era No more bound volumes will be added to the Archives.
Letters Readers share their views on Princeton’s transfer ban, the Tilghman years, and alumni giving.
December 6, 2012
November 19, 2012
The University’s presidential search committee did plenty of listening last week, holding four open forums in three days to seek suggestions and comments.
The first, which took place during a meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC), drew observations from students, faculty, and staff on a successor to President Tilghman, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year. The other forums targeted specific groups — members of the local community, staff, and graduate students.
The committee heard a wide range of views, with some common themes but sometime contradictory recommendations. At the CPUC meeting, one speaker urged the committee to consider endorsing a candidate from outside academia — a businessman or scientist “with a fresh perspective” — while another said experience with research and the faculty was most important.
Other advice: Select a candidate who values “interaction among different departments,” who embraces diversity, who is concerned about mental-health issues, who will ensure that Princeton continues to play a leading role in higher education, who will pay more attention to the humanities and social sciences, who has a vision of “where Princeton fits in the technological society of the 21st century,” who is more than just a competent leader but is willing to take some risks and “can inspire us to excellence,” and who has a “strong tie to the traditions of Princeton.”
And then there was what might be called the X factor — that the search committee should pick a candidate who “will excite you … You are our great hope.”
November 15, 2012
When the Tiger football team lights up Cannon Green on Nov. 17, it will be Princeton’s first celebratory conflagration since 2006 — and the first bonfire for every undergraduate on campus. We’ve combed through the PAW archives to provide a little advice.
Tip No. 1: Don’t jinx it.
This no longer applies for 2012, but it is worth mentioning for the future. When Princeton beat Harvard in 2005, the campus was beginning to sense the end of a 11-year bonfire drought. Jim Consolloy, then the University’s grounds manager, feared that after a dry autumn, the century-old white ash trees that surround Cannon Green might be at risk, so he made arrangements to soak the trees in advance. Yale put his fears to rest with a comeback victory at Princeton Stadium. A year later, Princeton managed to sweep the Big Three and light the bonfire; the trees were not harmed.
Tip No. 2: Be patient.
Student pranksters started the 1951 bonfire a bit early — actually, a day early. Half of the wood burned before the fire was put out, and the pile had to be rebuilt hours before the big event. PAW On the Campus columnist Geoffrey L. Tickner ’52 blamed both the students and the proctors charged with protecting the wood. “With the woodpile unguarded,” Tickner wrote, “their skullduggery was easy.”
Tip No. 3: Show up on time.
In 1988, captain Jason Garrett ’89 was expected to light the bonfire, but when the time came, the star quarterback was nowhere to be found. (PAW reported that he’d been in the weight room.) Garrett’s center, Bob Surace ’90, did the job in his absence. Surace will be back on Cannon Green Saturday, this time as the Tigers’ head coach.
November 12, 2012
In the Nov. 14 issue, we highlight Librarian of Congress James Billington ’50 and his work to select notable songs, performances, and other sounds for the National Recording Registry — a soundtrack of America, at least for the era of recorded audio. We also went to the University Archives to pick out some interesting audio from Princeton’s history (see below). But we’d like to hear from you, too: What were the sounds that defined your Princeton years? Late-night arch sings? A favorite professor’s voice? Squeaking sneakers in Jadwin? Share your memories at paw.princeton.edu or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
After the Tigers’ 29-7 victory in New Haven, a Big Three bonfire will light up Cannon Green for the first time since 2006 (Saturday at 7 p.m.). In other sports news, field hockey reaches the NCAA Final Four and women’s soccer wins in round one of the NCAA College Cup. READ MORE
PAW chose a handful of interesting audio clips from the University’s Historical Audiovisual Collection, including a rare Jimmy Stewart ’32 singing performance from the 1931 Triangle show. LISTEN
Librarian of Congress James Billington ’50’s recent choices for the nation’s historical soundtrack include an Edison talking doll from the 1880s and music from a women’s jazz band that toured in the 1940s. LISTEN
Ten Princetonians were on the ballots for the Nov. 6 Congressional elections — five Democrats and five Republicans — and six of them will be part of the new Congress. READ MORE
The Nov. 14 issue includes a story culled from PAW’s oral-history interviews with the Class of ’62, collected during their 50th reunion. Hear more of what class members had to say in a series of video clips. WATCH
Highlights from the Nov. 14 issue:
‘Pay attention to your life’ Writer Fred Buechner ’47, an ordained minister, has spent a lifetime bringing the sacred to a secular society.
America’s soundtrack What are the sounds that define U.S. culture? Librarian of Congress James H. Billington ’50 judges what makes the list.
November 7, 2012
Ten Princetonians were on the ballots for Tuesday’s congressional elections — five Democrats and five Republicans. Read below to see how these alumni fared.
Randy Altschuler ’93, R-N.Y.
After narrowly losing to Democrat Tim Bishop in 2010 (the race was not settled until more than a week after election day), Altschuler again challenged Bishop in New York’s First Congressional District on Long Island. Altschuler lost another close race, this time by a four point margin, according to The New York Times.
Ted Cruz ’92, R-Texas (Senate)
Cruz, a former state solicitor general and Tea Party favorite in the race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, may have won his most important race in late July, when he defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff. In November, he scored a “solid victory” over Democrat Paul Sadler; the Austin American-Statesman reported the result just minutes after the polls closed.
Ricky Gill ’09, R-Calif.
The 25-year-old Gill was still in law school at the University of California, Berkeley, when he declared his candidacy (he graduated this year). He challenged Rep. Jerry McNerney, a three-term Democratic incumbent who moved to California’s newly drawn Ninth Congressional District, and lost in a close race, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Nan Hayworth ’81, R-N.Y.
The New York Times reports that Hayworth will not return to Congress after falling to Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, a former White House adviser in the Clinton administration, in New York’s 18th Congressional District. An ophthalmologist who entered politics in 2010, Hayworth served one term representing New York’s 19th Congressional District before running in the re-drawn 18th.
Derek Kilmer ’96, D-Wash.
When 18-term incumbent Rep. Norm Dicks announced his retirement, several Democrats in northwest Washington State considered running for the opening in the Sixth Congressional District. Kilmer, a state senator and former state representative, earned Dicks’ endorsement. On Tuesday, he won the seat, defeating Republican Bill Driscoll, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
Leonard Lance *82, R-N.J.
Lance retained his seat in New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District, defeating Democratic challenger Upendra Chivukula, according to Star-Ledger. A Congressman since 2009, Lance has a long history in public service. After earning an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School, he was an assistant counsel for Gov. Tom Kean ’57 in the 1980s, served in the state assembly for most of the 1990s, and spent 2001 to 2007 in the state senate.
Jared Schutz Polis ’96, D-Colo.
The Denver Post reports that Polis has earned his third term as the representative from Colorado’s Second Congressional District, defeating Republican state Sen. Kevin Lundberg. A former a former Web entrepreneur, Colorado Sate Board of Education member, Polis has been a prominent education advocate, co-sponsoring the 2011 Race to the Top Act.
Hayden Rogers ’95, D-N.C.
Rogers worked behind the scenes in Washington as chief of staff for Rep. Heath Shuler, and when Shuler decided not to run for re-election, his top deputy decided to make his own bid for the job. After earning the Democratic nomination, Rogers lost in the general election to Republican Mark Meadows, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
John Sarbanes ’84, D-Md.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Sarbanes was elected to a fourth term as the representative from Maryland’s Third Congressional District, which spans from Annapolis to Baltimore. Sarbanes’ time on Capitol Hill began in 2007, just as his father, Paul, was leaving office. Sen. Paul Sarbanes ’54 served in the Senate from 1977 to 2007.
Terri Sewell ’86, D-Ala.
Sewell handily defeated Republican challenger Don Chamberlain and will continue to represent Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. A Harvard Law graduate and former partner in a Birmingham firm, Sewell became the first black woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Alabama in 2010.