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#ThrowbackThursday: The New Wawa, 1974

Princeton's Wawa in 1974. (PAW Archives)

Princeton’s Wawa in 1974. (PAW Archives)

In September 1974, PAW reported on a few summer changes around the campus — renovations at Frick Laboratory, an expansion of the Third World Center, a reorganization of Witherspoon Hall, and the opening of a new Wawa Food Store in a former warehouse on University Place. The Wawa’s home was described in the story as “dilapidated” (before the new tenant’s arrival) and “Alamoesque” (after). Operating until midnight seven days a week, the store was an immediate hit among residents of Spelman and Princeton Inn College (later Forbes).

In the years to come, it would pick up a nickname, “The Wa,” and a broad group of fans, including future TV star Ellie Kemper ’02, who penned an “Ode to Wawa” for PAW’s Humor Issue in January 2011. Continue reading

Hundreds of Bostonians Welcome Eisgruber ’83 at Town-Hall Meeting

By Kathryn Beaumont ’96

More than 700 people braved driving wind and rain Nov. 17 and packed into the ballroom at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston to welcome President Eisgruber ’83 on the 16th stop of his “welcome tour” since becoming Princeton’s 20th president in 2013.

Following a lively cocktail hour, alums settled in for a discussion moderated by Princeton trustee Brent Henry ’69. After getting Eisgruber to admit that students have been known to chant, “Ice Ice, Gruber!” in his presence, Henry’s questions touched upon Eisgruber’s arrival on the faculty at Princeton, his decision to accept the Princeton presidency after turning down several other such offers, his plans for the future, and the state of Princeton admissions.

Eisgruber, who was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, said his own passion for constitutional law was ignited at Princeton in Professor Walter Murphy’s constitutional-law class. After teaching at NYU for more than a decade, Eisgruber jumped at the chance to teach law and public affairs on the undergraduate level. After all, because Princeton had no law school, “I thought I had insulated my career from academic administration,” he laughed. Eisgruber said he could not imagine becoming a university president except at a place where you “can feel the music of the place and sing the songs of the place.” Continue reading

Tiger of the Week: Author S.C. Gwynne ’74

S.C. Gwynne ’74 (Corey Arnold)

S.C. Gwynne ’74 (Corey Arnold)

As a writer and executive editor for Texas Monthly, S.C. (Sam) Gwynne ’74 covered big names of the early 21st century, including White House adviser Karl Rove and football phenom Johnny Manziel. But as an author of nonfiction books, Gwynne has found a niche telling the stories of notable 19th-century figures. His 2010 book about Comanche chief Quanah Parker, Empire of the Summer Moon, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. His new release, Rebel Yell, a biography of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, has spent four weeks on the New York Times Best-Sellers list and earned praise from reviewers. Continue reading

Tiger of the Week: Disease Detective Rebecca Levine ’01

Rebecca Levine ’01 of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service during her September deployment in Sierra Leone. (Courtesy CDC)

Rebecca Levine ’01 of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service during her September deployment in Sierra Leone. (Courtesy CDC)

In July, Rebecca “Bex” Levine ’01 started a new job as an officer in Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. She spent one month in training and then began working as a disease detective on one of the most significant health challenges in recent years: the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Levine was deployed for a month in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with a CDC team that supported local partners in epidemiology and contract tracing, finding the people who’ve come in direct contact with sick Ebola patients. She will be heading back for another 30-day stretch beginning in mid-December.

The Ebola outbreak’s size and scope has presented significant barriers for public health officials, according to Levine. “It does sound like a major undertaking for us, as we sit here in the United States,” she said. “Take all of that and put it in a context where computers are not regularly used, where power is not reliable, where resources are so incredibly limited.” What we might think of as easy tasks, she said, become “immense challenges” in Sierra Leone. Continue reading

Election 2014: Results for Princeton Alumni Candidates


Ken Buck ’81 (Wikipedia)

The GOP dominated the midterm election results, which was good news for at least one Princetonian: Republican Ken Buck ’81, the district attorney for Colorado’s Weld County, will head to Washington, D.C., as a freshman representative from the state’s 4th district, the Denver Post reported. Buck ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2010 and lost narrowly in the statewide election, but voters in his home district backed him this fall with more than 65 percent of votes cast in his favor.

Greg Orman ’91 (Courtesy Orman for U.S. Congress)

Greg Orman ’91 (Courtesy Orman for U.S. Congress)

Other alumni challengers did not fare as well. Greg Orman ’91, running for Senate as an independent in Kansas, lost in a tight race to incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Orman gave Roberts “the strongest challenge of his three-decade congressional career,” according to The Wichita Eagle.

Republican Nan Hayworth ’81, a former congresswoman attempting to regain her seat in New York’s Hudson Valley, trailed incumbent Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney — but as of Wednesday morning, she had not yet conceded, according to The Journal News. (Update: Hayworth did concede Wednesday afternoon.) Paul Clements *92 *96, D-Mich., won 40 percent of the vote in his state’s 6th district but could not unseat Republican Rep. Fred Upton. Republican Peter Theron ’78 won 31 percent of the vote in Wisconsin’s 2nd district and fell to incumbent Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan. Continue reading

Quick Takes: Men’s Cross Country Team, Women’s Standout Curham ’17 Win Heps; Football Rebounds, Tops Cornell

Editor’s note: The Monday sports column is on a brief hiatus for fall break and will return Nov. 10.

Women’s Heps champion Megan Curham ’17. (Office of Athletic Communications)

Women’s Heps champion Megan Curham ’17. (Office of Athletic Communications)

The men’s cross country team earned Princeton’s first Ivy League championship of the 2014-15 academic year, outpacing the field on a cold and rainy day at the Heptagonal Championships Nov. 1. Michael Sublette ’16 led the Tigers, finishing second on the 8,000-meter course at West Windsor Fields. Princeton’s five scoring runners each placed in the top 12. Women’s cross country placed second in the Heps team standings, behind Dartmouth, and Megan Curham ’17 won the individual crown, becoming the first Tiger to win gold since Alex Banfich ’12 in 2010. She ran the 6,000-meter course in 20:24.3.

After struggling to find the end zone against Harvard last week, Princeton football rebounded on the road at Cornell, scoring 38 points to defeat the Big Red, 38-27. Receiver Connor Kelley ’15 had a career day, catching 13 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Quinn Epperly ’15 was sidelined by an injury for the second time in three weeks. Connor Michelson ’15 played well in Epperly’s place, completing 23 of 33 passes for 281 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Continue reading