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Tiger of the Week: Stu Nunnery ’71, a Musician on the Comeback Trail

Stu Nunnery ’71 (David H. Wells/The Wells Point)

Stu Nunnery ’71 (David H. Wells/The Wells Point)

As an undergrad at Princeton, Stu Nunnery ’71 played guitar and sang at Tower Club (and at the Holiday Inn on Route 1). After college, he released an album that placed two singles on the top 100 of the pop charts. And in the decade that followed, Nunnery had a successful run composing songs for the advertising industry.

Nunnery’s life in music ended abruptly in the early 1980s, when he suffered a serious hearing loss. Relying on hearing aids, he was able to converse in everyday life, but his ability to hear music was gone.

This month, however, with help from advances in hearing-aid technology, a stint in what he calls “music rehab,” and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Nunnery is preparing to return to the recording studio to complete a new album. Continue reading

Quick Takes: Women’s Tennis Clinches Title Share; McMunn ’15 Sets Record; Men’s Lacrosse Wins Big

Katie Goepel ’15 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Katie Goepel ’15 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Dorothy Tang ’17 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Dorothy Tang ’17 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Princeton women’s tennis posted weekend wins on the road at Dartmouth (4-3 on Saturday) and Harvard (5-2 on Sunday) to improve to 5-0 season and clinch at least a share of the Ivy League championship for the second straight year.

Dorothy Tang ’17 and Katie Goepel ’15, the Tigers’ No. 5 and 6 players, earned singles wins in both matches. No. 1 singles player Lindsay Graff ’15 suffered a rare loss in a three-set match against Dartmouth’s Taylor Ng but bounced back with a win at Harvard.

Princeton completes the regular season with matches at Columbia April 17 and at home against Cornell April 19. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Meet Me at the Sundial

(Elizabeth Menzies/PAW Archives)

(Elizabeth Menzies/PAW Archives)

For more than 100 years, the Mather Sundial — a replica of Charles Turnbull’s Pelican Sundial at Oxford’s Corpus Christi College — has been a recognizable campus landmark and gathering spot for students like the ones pictured above, between classes in 1950. At the time, only seniors were allowed to sit on the sundial’s steps. That tradition faded in the 1960s.

As PAW contributor W. Barksdale Maynard ’88 wrote in 2013, within a few years of its 1907 dedication, the sundial “quickly became a Princeton icon, much photographed and filmed, from a 1925 home movie showing students scurrying to class to a 1977 television commercial starring Joe DiMaggio.”

#ThrowbackThursday: Princeton in the Spring

06-11-08-coverJohn Peale Bishop, Class of 1917, devoted his class poem to the spring, his favorite season on campus:

… Princeton is the place of places

Where first she lingers in her traces.

Flowers are many and grass is deep,

And all the ways are calm as sleep

And rich as a dream. There she stays

And half forgets to count her days.

The University owes much of its springtime appeal — what Bishop’s classmate F. Scott Fitzgerald called its “lazy beauty” — to famed landscape architect Beatrix Jones Farrand, whose work at Princeton began in 1912 and spanned more than three decades. The pink saucer magnolia featured on PAW’s June 11, 2008, cover was a Farrand favorite. A bench outside the University Chapel honors her contributions with a simple, grateful inscription: “Her love of beauty and order is everywhere visible in what she planted for our delight.” Continue reading

Tiger of the Week: Wyoming Legislator Mary Throne ’82

Mary Throne ’82 (Louis Jacobson ’92)

Mary Throne ’82 (Louis Jacobson ’92)

By Louis Jacobson ’92

These days, getting elected as a Democrat in Wyoming isn’t easy. While the Democrats have won the governorship as recently as 2006, it could be a long while before they win it again. The Republicans currently have a lock on every elected statewide office and have monopolized the congressional delegation for years. And the GOP holds an overwhelming lead in the state Senate (26-4) and in the state House (60-9).

In other words, the political hand dealt to Mary Throne ’82 — the Wyoming House Democratic Floor Leader — is far from ideal.

“It’s really hard to overcome the dislike of President Obama,” Throne said. “And the national energy policies are not good for Wyoming — that’s really the source of most of the angst. All that makes it very hard for a statewide Democrat.”

That said, Throne and her fellow party members are able to pick their spots. Education policy is a good example. Even as other Republican-led states have been urgently backpedaling from the Common Core — the set of standards created by and adopted by a majority of states, then later touted by the Obama administration — Wyoming lawmakers have minimized the flack and forged ahead with implementation on a bipartisan basis. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Princeton Baseball

With the 2015 Princeton baseball team set to begin its Ivy League schedule this weekend, we turn back the clock to check out a pair of Tiger teams from the illustrious 150-year history of the “Nassau Nine.”

baseball_1870Above, the 1870 Tigers hold a special distinction as the first Princeton team to beat Yale. They topped the Elis in New Haven, 26-15, in a game that — despite the high score — lasted just over two hours, according to the official boxscore.

baseball_1941Seventy-one years later, the 1941 Tigers duplicated the 1870 poses in a photo for PAW. The ’41 squad also had Yale’s number, beating the rival Elis twice en route to Princeton’s first Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League championship.