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In Memoriam: Merrell Noden ’78

We are heartbroken to report the death from cancer May 31 of our colleague and friend, Merrell Noden ’78, a longtime PAW contributor. For about two decades, Merrell wrote the stories of some of Princeton’s most captivating people and programs, always with eloquence and heart.

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Merrell Noden ’78 (Frank Wojciechowski)

You could tell a lot about Merrell from his articles. He was as curious as they come, happily taking on any topic we could throw at him — from word puzzles to Vietnam to mathematics geniuses. He loved running and literature and brought them together, once writing a piece for Sports Illustrated about Charles Dickens’ obsession with race-walking. He was full of good will, gratitude, and wonder, peppering his drafts with exclamation points that sometimes were deleted during editing, lest all that enthusiasm boil over.

About Professor Simon Morrison *97’s research on the composer Sergei Prokofiev, Merrell wrote: “Lucky Prokofiev! Few geniuses have had the good fortune to be served by someone as diligent and honest as Morrison.” In another piece, Merrell recalled the famous math-department teas: “What teas those must have been! It wasn’t just professors and grad students who came, but undergrads, visiting fellows, and brainiacs from the Institute.” He wrote about the digitization of books, noting that some people were questioning why we needed a bricks-and-mortar library at all. Merrell needed two exclamation points to comment on that prospect. “Aaaaarrhh!!” he wrote. “If, like me, you recall the libraries of your childhood as magical places, this comes close to sacrilege. Those libraries were warm and safe; you could spend entire afternoons opening books onto worlds you never knew existed, with the only threat being the sharp tongues of zealous librarians.”

As I re-read his emails and stories to write this note, I kept smiling.

Over the last few years, as Merrell endured the energy-sapping ups and downs of cancer treatment and it became harder for him to get around, he continued to take on PAW articles, saying they helped him feel connected to the campus and people he cared about. He submitted two pieces, well done as always, for our June 3 issue, then followed up with a warm note about the interesting assignments. His wife, Eva Mantell, said later that Merrell was quite ill when he was working on the last piece but cared deeply about completing it.

There is no number of exclamation points that can capture how much Merrell will be missed.

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New at PAW Online: Remembering Dean Fred; Alumni Day; Jeopardy! Champ

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What once was called the Letters section of PAW is now known as Inbox, a nod to the fact that readers contact us through various channels: online comments, Facebook, Twitter, email, and yes, letters too. The recent outpouring of remembrances following Dean Fred Hargadon’s death illustrated this point. We invite you to read an expanded selection of the messages we received.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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New at PAW Online: Tigers in Hollywood; Remembering Princeton-Georgetown; Alumni Books

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PAW readers may be familiar with alumni Oscar winners like Ethan Coen ’79, José Ferrer ’33, and Jimmy Stewart ’32, but how many remember Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage? They were the directors of Princeton: A Search for Answers, a 1973 recruitment film that won an Academy Award for documentary, short subject. Our resident historian, Gregg Lange ’70, tells the story in his latest column.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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What’s new at PAW Online: July 8, 2013

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During the festive week of Reunions and Commencement, Princeton was particularly photogenic, as you may have noticed from our July 10 cover and the dozens of images inside the magazine. There are even more photos available online, including a gallery of selections from PAW’s annual reader-photo contest. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to our colorful coverage of these memorable events.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 

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– Browse more than 50 images of the major-reunion classes.
– Watch P-rade highlights and a time-lapse view of the procession.
– View additional photos submitted by PAW readers.
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What is the most important thing you learned at Princeton? What was your best day? Who had the greatest influence on your experience? Listen to what 15 graduates had to say. WATCH
Also online: More photos from Commencement. VIEW
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Members of the Class of 1978 spoke with PAW at Reunions and recalled their student days, both good and bad. Excerpts from each interview are posted at PAW Online. VIEW 
 
Richard Etlin ’69 *72 *78 writes about “the subtle but profound rapport between a professor and his or her students in the context of a lecture,” an element that may be lost if more colleges adopt online learning. READ MORE
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In the final Rally ’Round the Cannon column of the 2012-13 publication year, Gregg Lange ’70 looks at the seven undergraduate alumni who preceded Christopher Eisgruber ’83 as Princeton presidents. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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Highlights from the July 10 issue:

Reunions! Reunions! Reunions! Princeton’s big bash.

Words to live by During Commencement week, the messages can be humorous or serious.

A wonderful life For nearly seven decades, Butler Tract has formed a happy domestic ­backdrop for ­students — not bad for “temporary housing.”

Eight selected as trustees New additions include alumni from education, finance, law, medicine, and nonprofits.

What’s new at PAW Online: June 3, 2013

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For many of the alumni in attendance, Reunions 2013 provided an opportunity to bid farewell to President Shirley M. Tilghman, who will leave Nassau Hall at the end of this month after 12 eventful years in office. With that in mind, PAW has devoted much of the June 5 issue to exploring what the Tilghman years have meant for Princeton, in everything from academics to architecture. We invite readers to add their views to the conversation in the comments at PAW Online.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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See our first look at the colorful P-rade in four galleries from student photographer Lizzie Martin ’14, and share your own images in our reader-photo contest. VIEW
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Gregg Lange ’70’s column strolls on the four campus walks named for Princeton presidents. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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Charles Scribner III ’73 *77 examines a life and career that alternated “between success and setbacks like the alternating current of major and minor keys in a Mozart symphony.”  READ MORE
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Highlights from the June 5 issue:

The Tilghman years PAW looks back at what has changed.

A moment with … Curator Don Skemer on F. Scott Fitzgerald ’17 and Gatsby.

Asian-American studies Backers see hopeful signs.

Live, from Princeton, it’s Friday night! David Drew ’14 hosts a late-night talk show.

Perspective Jeff Chu ’99’s journey of faith and humility.

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What’s new at PAW Online: May 13, 2013

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What could be better than seeing your picture in PAW? Seeing your picture in PAW — that favorite photo you snapped at the P-rade, a sentimental shot of your roommates returning to your freshman dorm, or maybe an image of the Saturday fireworks. Share your Reunions 2013 photos with us for the chance to see them in the pages of our July issue — and win prizes. For more information about our annual reader photo contest, click here.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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From combing through reference materials to crafting a piece of performance art, the senior thesis offers challenges and rewards, along with a few rituals (such as growing a “thesis beard”). WATCH
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Columnist Gregg Lange ’70 explains how a century-old statue — Daniel Chester French’s “The Princeton student,” also known as the Christian Student — found its place on campus. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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Highlights from the May 15 issue:

Agony! Ecstasy! The thesis is a senior’s final lonely journey.

The future of education? As the world gets a taste of Princeton through online education, Princeton gets ideas to improve at home.

LGBT conference welcomes ‘every voice’

When girls were women: Reflections for a reunion

Class begins to paint picture of Princeton’s ties to slavery

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What’s new at PAW Online: April 22, 2013

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This email alert from PAW comes a day after the selection of Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83 as Princeton’s next president. Eisgruber sat down for an interview with PAW shortly after the University’s announcement; a link to excerpts from that interview appears below. See our May 15 issue for more on this story. PAW’s regular coverage begins with our feature about Dan Feyer ’99, who on most days can complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee. Feyer, the champion of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in each of the last four years, is one of several alumni who have turned their fascination with puzzles into a competitive pursuit. Read more about Princeton’s top solvers in the April 24 issue, and follow the video link below to see them in action.

– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
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Soon after his selection to become the University’s 20th president, Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83 talked with PAW about President Tilghman, Princeton’s interest in online learning, and why he subscribes to Rolling Stone magazine. READ

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Our video from the 2013 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament features interviews with top alumni solvers and highlights of the competition. WATCH
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Browse additional images from the Princeton Art of Science exhibit in a Web-exclusive gallery. VIEW
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Inspired by this issue’s Final Scene photo, our time-lapse video presents 60 minutes of footage in 60 seconds. WATCH
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Columnist Gregg Lange ’70 looks at the origins of Princeton’s Honor Code and the role of honor systems in higher education. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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Highlights from the April 24 issue:

Four down At the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, there is no match for Dan Feyer ’99.

Science as art A photo exhibition shows the beauty born in Princeton’s labs and field research.

Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80 to leave University The former Wilson School dean and State Department official will head a public-policy think tank.

A moment with … Jacob N. Shapiro An assistant professor and former U.S. Navy officer reflects on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war.

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What’s new at PAW Online: April 1, 2013

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Beginning on April 11, Princeton will host its first conference for LGBT alumni, and for our April 3 cover story, journalist Richard Just ’01 spoke with several older gay alumni. Some of these graduates felt completely alone on campus; others found deep friendships and love. Most have complex feelings about their time at the University. But in one sense, their stories have a theme we can all relate to: They spent their college years, as Just writes, “struggling to figure out who they really were.” 
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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The women’s basketball team traveled to Texas for its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Browse photos from the trip. VIEW
 
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Stanford professor Clifford Nass ’81 *86 explains why texts and social media don’t measure up to face-to-face interaction. WATCH
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Browse the archives to read profiles of planet-finder Courtney Dressing ’10, LGBT-rights attorney Christopher Clark ’87, novelist Mohsin Hamid ’93, and others. READ MORE
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Columnist Gregg Lange ’70 looks at the University as a landlord — and the unintended consequences that come with the job. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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Highlights from the April 3 issue:

Hidden lives Amid questioning, covering, and fear, gay students in the ’50s and ’60s found friendship and even love.

After Sandy Can Princeton professors help to ­prevent such damage from future storms?

Its nerdy image in the past, computer science takes off More than 1,700 students are taking at least one computer science course this semester, compared with 750 four years ago.

Reading Room: Adam Alter *09 The psychologist and author of Drunk Tank Pink discusses surprising forces that shape behavior.

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What’s new at PAW Online: March 19, 2013

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President Tilghman’s final year has included trips to alumni events in the United States and abroad, not to mention a full schedule on campus. In February, she used her diplomatic skills to moderate the Center for Jewish Life’s annual latke-hamantaschen debate — in which funny and feisty professors and students debated the merits of these two traditional Jewish foods. PAW was on the scene to capture some of the night’s comical highlights. Follow the links below to see our video and view other web exclusives for the March 20 issue.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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Video: Latkes v. Hamantaschen
President Tilghman moderated February’s annual latke-hamantaschen debate at Whig Hall. Listen to some of the funniest arguments and find out which treat came out on top. WATCH
 
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Firestone Library’s latest exhibit displays nearly 100 items of Americana. In addition to the selections in the magazine, we’ve chosen more to highlight online, including the personal effects of a fallen Civil War soldier. VIEW
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From its origins in the 1920s, the senior-thesis requirement was a boon for library usage. Is the digital age reversing that trend? Gregg Lange ’70 looks at what the future may hold. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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The modern-dance star, featured in our cover story, moves from position to position — The New York Times counted “50 that went beyond any choreographic precedent” — in this memorable 2011 solo. WATCH
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Highlights from the March 20 issue:

The dancer How Silas Riener ’06 leapt from Princeton to the world’s top stages.

McCosh 50 enters the high-tech age A look at new enhancements to the 105-year-old lecture hall.

Can women have it all? Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80 and President Tilghman discuss women’s leadership and work-life balance. 

Six receive Princeton’s top student awards Meet this year’s Pyne Prize and Jacobus Fellowship winners.

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Will Israeli election restart peace process? Experts are not optimistic

Many observers of the Israeli election Jan. 22 might think that the results boded well for restarting peace negotiations with the Palestinians. At a panel discussion March 11, two experts – Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to Israel; and Yael Berda, an Israeli lawyer, social activist, and Princeton Ph.D. student in sociology – were decidedly less optimistic.

The two spoke as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to try to form a government. Voting had left Netanyahu’s hawkish Likud party weaker, while a party focusing on secular economic interests – Yesh Atid (There is a Future) emerged as the second-largest party in parliament. After the election, many pundits argued that Yesh Atid’s strength heralded the rise of the moderate center that could get negotiations back on track.

Not so fast, the Princeton panelists said, noting that the peace process, and foreign policy in general, had largely been absent from the campaign. Almost seven weeks after the election, Netanyahu still was struggling to put together a government, and Yesh Atid had united with the pro-settler Jewish Home party in their coalition negotiations with Netanyahu. Meanwhile, the Likud party itself had moved to the right.

“It’s not likely that this coalition will make advances” toward peace with the Palestinians, Kurtzer said.

The panelists did identify two things that could change that, however. Berda suggested that a grassroots social-protest movement that developed in 2011 “changed politics on the ground,” and that the movement might reassert itself. Kurtzer looked for change beyond Israel’s border: “We don’t know if Washington will make it a priority,” he said.

What’s new at PAW Online: Feb. 25, 2013

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PAW’s email alerts keep you informed about the web-exclusive content posted with each issue of the magazine. But there are plenty of new stories to see between issues, too, on The Weekly Blog. If you’d like to stay up to date on these items, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.

– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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Alumni Day 2013
Highlights from the weekend’s events, which featured top alumni award winners Mitch Daniels ’71 and Arminio Fraga *85. For a complete report, see the March 20 issue of PAW. READ MORE
 
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Dolgoff, a pediatrician featured on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, gives advice for parents on when and how to address weight issues. READ MORE
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In the age of streaming music, is the album dead? Kennedy talks about consumer choice and entrepreneurship in the music industry. READ MORE
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Would your class build you an office? The Class of 1879 did for classmate Woodrow Wilson, and that was just the beginning. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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Highlights from the March 6 issue:

Ditch the furniture; line up the laptops The lives of young entrepreneurs.

Tune in. Drop out. Start up. What Eden Full ’15 did on her break from college.

A Moment With … Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’76

Acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates to retire from University

Princeton to raise undergraduate fees by 3.8 percent

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What’s new at PAW Online: Feb. 4, 2013

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With the Feb. 6 issue, we hope to begin a new tradition: We will profile a small number of alumni, chosen by the editors, who died during the prior year. The alumni profiled are not necessarily well known, though many are. Nor did all make extraordinary contributions to public life, though some did. But behind each person — nine men and one woman — was a poignant or unusual personal story that we wanted to tell. We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments at paw.princeton.edu.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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Student videographers Lauren Zumbach ’13 and Vivienne Chen ’14 highlight deadline-stress relief, including the Dean’s Date fairies, the Holder Howl, and Princeton’s first silent disco. WATCH
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Browse scenes from the history of the summer camp, which will begin to break ties with the University this year. VIEW
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See works by calligrapher and artist Brody Neuenschwander ’81, who seeks to elevate calligraphy beyond mere decorative writing. VIEW
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Columnist Gregg Lange ’70 recalls two 20th-century trustees who served as interim presidents of Princeton; also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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Highlights from the Feb. 6 issue:

Lives lived and lost An appreciation of 10 notable alumni lost in 2012.

Construction set to begin on arts-and-transit project With its final approval in hand, the University will begin construction this spring.

Blairstown sets a new course The University soon will sever most of its ties to the Princeton-Blairstown Center.

Still shooting for top scores Former NBA standout Brian Taylor ’84 heads an Arizona charter school.

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What’s new at PAW Online: Jan. 14, 2013

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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
 
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Browse and download selections from 15 of the musicians and composers included in the Jan. 16 issue, including accordionist Rob Curto ’91, pictured. LISTEN
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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
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Director Penna Rose explains the elements of Benjamin Britten’s “Saint Nicholas,” and the Chapel Choir performs the cantata. WATCH
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“Tune ev’ry heart” for this video collage of your alma mater, featuring the Rock Ensemble, Tigerlilies, Tigertones, and more. WATCH
Columnist Gregg Lange ’70 surveys the history of campus singing groups and recalls the joy of touring Europe with the Glee Club; also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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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.

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What’s new at PAW Online: Dec. 10, 2012

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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
 
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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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History columnist Gregg Lange ’70 salutes the Class of 1925 by reminiscing about a few of its notable members; also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN

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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
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PAW’s Weekly Blog covers campus events, including David Brooks’ recent lecture on “Politics and the Organization Kid.” READ MORE
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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.

Princeton trails Ivy peers in enrollment of veterans

Multiclub bicker, with some limits, to return to the Street in February

Letters Readers share their views on Princeton’s transfer ban, the Tilghman years, and alumni giving.

What’s new at PAW Online: Nov. 12, 2012

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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 paw@princeton.edu.
 
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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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
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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
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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.

Tigers stun Harvard with come-from-behind victory

Lloyd Shapley *53 wins Nobel Prize in economics

3.1% return for endowment as its value shrinks slightly

What’s new at PAW Online: Oct. 22, 2012

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Princetonians love a good show. Over the years, the campus has hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna — and the list goes on. What was your favorite concert in your time at Princeton? Post your memories at PAW Online or send them to paw@princeton.edu. We plan to publish a selection of submissions in the Jan. 16 issue.
 
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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With an improbable 29-point fourth-quarter rally, the Tigers edged the Crimson to take sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. READ MORE
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Gregg Lange ’70, fashion columnist? Our resident reviewer of Princetoniana looks at Ivy style, from Brooks Brothers to the beer suit. Also available as a podcast. READ or LISTEN
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“The Election for Woodrow Wilson’s America,” an exhibit at Firestone Library’s Milberg Gallery, illustrates mileposts along Wilson’s road to the White House. READ MORE
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Does the University throw a flag on itself — and Tiger teams — by not allowing transfer students? Read Merrell Noden ’78’s Extra Point column, and add your view in the comments. READ MORE
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In the week after she announced plans to step down at the end of the academic year, President Tilghman spoke with PAW about her decision and discussed a few of the notable themes of her time in Nassau Hall. READ MORE
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Highlights from the Oct. 24 issue:

‘I can’t put my life on pause’ A young alumna chronicles life after a cancer diagnosis — in The New York Times.
 
Hidden Princeton Stories behind the people and equipment that keep the campus running smoothly each day.
 
Decision to leave helm ‘very easy,’ Tilghman says The president explains why the timing was right for her to step down.
 
On Twitter and Facebook, reaction comes quickly to Tilghman’s news Student fans and detractors respond to the announcement.
 

What’s new at PAW Online: Oct. 8, 2012

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The cover of PAW’s Oct. 10 issue features a familiar face and an important piece of news: President Shirley Tilghman plans to step down at the end of the academic year, her 12th at the University’s helm. Read more about Tilghman’s announcement in Campus Notebook and the editor’s letter.
 
A 17-member committee of trustees, students, faculty, and staff is scheduled to meet later this month to begin the search for Princeton’s 20th president. PAW will provide updates on the search in the magazine and at PAW Online.
 
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 

Browse images from the orientation activities for the Class of 2016 and this year’s new grad students, including the Freshman Step Sing, pictured at left. VIEW
Read Professor William Gleason’s feature story on the future of children’s and young-adult literature, and send your questions to PAW. Responses will be published in a future issue and at PAW Online. READ MORE
Musing about Ai Weiwei’s sculpture installation on Scudder Plaza, columnist Gregg Lange ’70 recalls Princeton’s own revolutionaries, circa 1776. Also available as a podcast. READ or LISTEN
“Yes, there are other countries in the world that, like Egypt, are passionate about soccer,” says filmmaker Jeffrey Plunkett ’97. “But Manchester United’s fans didn’t help overthrow a regime.” WATCH
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Highlights from the Oct. 10 issue:

Tilghman to step down as president President announces plans to leave Nassau Hall in June 2013.
 
Goodnight, iPad? Children’s literature in a digital age.
 
American Lucifer Can Aaron Burr be redeemed?
 
The world is his classroom A professor teaches a class online, and learns along with his students.
 
A new round of college rankings High marks for Princeton from U.S. News, Forbes, and others.
 

What’s new at PAW Online: Sept. 18, 2012

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Faculty engagement with students is “a hallmark of a Princeton education,” Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80 writes in her essay for the Sept. 19 issue of PAW. “Why should that stop just because students graduate?”
 
In Slaughter’s case, the extended faculty-student engagement has come as a result of her cover story in The Atlantic on “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” In PAW, she outlines some of the compelling responses she received from alumni. You can add your voice to the conversation online, in the comment box, or by sending an email to paw@princeton.edu. Responses will be published in a future issue and at PAW Online.
 
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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Princetonians won a school-best seven medals at the 2012 Olympics. See Princeton’s  Olympians in action in this collection of photos from the games. VIEW
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More images from the Global Seminars program’s trips to Poland and Japan, featured in the Sept. 19 cover story. VIEW
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The Princeton University Band debuted its signature plaid jackets 60 years ago this fall – an anniversary that has columnist Gregg Lange ’70 thinking about campus music. READ MORE
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Allen S. Johnson ’55 fondly recalls the freshman-week tradition of stealing the clapper from the bell in Nassau Hall. READ MORE
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Highlights from the Sept. 19 issue:

‘Respect the grievous history’ of this place
In Poland, students reconcile a horrific past and a puzzling ­present

The way back
In post-tsunami Japan, Princeton students find hope, despair, and many questions

You can’t have it all 
Princetonians respond to Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80’s essay

Letters on George F. Will *68’s July essay, graduation ceremonies, online courses, the end of Hibben-Magie, and more

 
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What’s new at PAW Online: Aug. 22, 2012

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The fall’s first issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly will reach mailboxes in about four weeks, and during the summer, we’ve continued to update campus and alumni news at paw.princeton.edu. Visit the links below to see some of the stories you might have missed.

– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
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Economics and public affairs professor Cecilia Rouse has been named the new dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, effective Sept. 1. READ MORE
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Seven of Princeton’s Olympians returned home with medals, including soccer star Diana Matheson ’08, left, who netted Canada’s bronze-clinching goal. READ MORE
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Our Dale Award profiles tell you about undergraduates who have used the grant to raft down the Mississippi, learn the fine points of European coffee, and more. READ MORE
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Recent honorees have included Mars rover scientist James Wray ’06, left; Senate candidate Ted Cruz ’92; and novelist Pauline Chen *96. READ MORE
Browse Web-exclusive letters received this summer on topics that include Middle East policy, Princeton’s Olympic history, and undergraduate study habits. READ MORE
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What’s new at PAW Online: July 9, 2012

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Princeton’s academic year ended with characteristic fanfare, from lively and well-attended Reunions to the graduation events for our newest readers in the Class of 2012. The online videos and slide shows for PAW’s July issue capture some of the highlights from that memorable week.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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Princeton graduates reflect on four years and look ahead to the future in a video by Vivienne Chen ’14; plus a gallery featuring more photos of Class Day, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.
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Clips include a colorful P-rade time-lapse, alumni games, physics fun, and cars making the easy ride down Elm Drive.
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Images of each of the major-reunion classes and more than 60 of the creative shots submitted by PAW readers.
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Members of the Class of 1962 describe the Princeton they knew in excerpts from PAW’s series of oral-history interviews.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE JULY 11 ISSUE:
  • London calling Though their hearts might wear orange, Princeton’s Olympians are aiming for gold.
  • Reunions 2012 Princeton’s annual bash draws reuners spanning 87 classes.
  • Commencement 2012 Speeches, parties, and teary farewells: Never say goodbye.
  • Campus Notebook Firestone renovation on track; GeoGrad Reunion; Aspire tops goal; Mudd Library opens ACLU records; more.
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What’s new at PAW Online: June 4, 2012

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Do you have great Reunions photos on your camera or priceless P-rade videos on your phone? We’d love to see them. Share your pictures and videos in our Facebook timeline or send an email to pawvideo@princeton.edu. Editors will choose the funniest, most sentimental, and most creative images from Reunions 2012 to run in the July issue and at PAW Online. Facebook users will have the chance to vote for our readers-choice prize, given to the photo that receives the most “likes.”
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

 
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Browse photographer Brian Wilson’s images of Saturday’s festivities, featuring some of this year’s most creative apparel.
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Has the Fed done enough to encourage job growth? Can the euro be saved, and should it be saved? Read the Princeton professor and Nobel laureate’s responses in our extended online interview.
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PAW student videographer Alice Su ’13 profiles Umqombothi, an a cappella ensemble that specializes in traditional African music.
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Rally ’Round the Cannon columnist Gregg Lange ’70 looks at the phenomenon of the class time capsule, “a permanent group Facebook page.”
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The memorial service for Nicholas Katzenbach ’43, mentioned in the June 6 issue, will be held at noon Thursday, June 21, in Richardson Auditorium. Our announcement contained an error in the time of the event.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE JUNE 6 ISSUE:
 
  • The Dissenter Most experts think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. Not Gerta Keller.
  • Renaissance Man If you think a scientist can’t be a humanist, meet Erez Lieberman Aiden ’02.
  • Campus Notebook Major trends: Math is hot, decline for social sciences; Great race: ‘Today’ vs. (blindfolded) Tigers; Rocking the house for Cornel West *80; retiring professors; and more.
  • Inbox Letters on illegal immigration, early computers, Greek policy, drug laws, and more.
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What’s new at PAW Online: May 14, 2012

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The new issue of PAW includes a brief preview of Reunions events, and we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to one in particular, sponsored by the Princeton Alumni Weekly: “PAW-litics,” a panel of alumni journalists who will offer an insider’s look at the presidential campaign at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2 in McCosh 10. To see the full lineup of panelists, visit the event page on Facebook.  
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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Watch PAW senior writer Mark Bernstein ’83 and his dog, Butter, sample some of the gourmet treats from Kit Feldman ’78’s new cookbook, The Culinary Canine. And if you cook for your pets, share your recipes at PAW Online.
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“You could teach the whole history of American architecture using the Princeton campus,” says W. Barksdale Maynard ’88, author of the new book Princeton: America’s Campus. Read more about Old Nassau’s distinctive treasures.
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Thirteen students participated in a stand-up comedy master class sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Watch highlights from their New York City gig in a video by Lauren Zumbach ’13.
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With about 3,000 participants, the Princeton Dodgeball Tournament is among the most popular events on campus. As one student told videographer Vivienne Chen ’14, the game’s simplicity – “pelt or be pelted” – is part of the draw.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MAY 16 ISSUE:
  • Philosophy tests Philosophers are considered a solitary bunch, working out thought problems on their own. But a new breed is using surveys and brain-imaging scans to bring philosophical questions to ordinary people.
  • Revolution from afar Graduate student Karam Nachar works on his dissertation in the United States, far from the battles raging in his homeland, Syria. But he’s still playing a role in the uprising.
  • Princeton joins consortium to offer free online classes Princeton is teaming up with Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania to make some lectures and other classroom materials available online for free.
  • Inbox Letters about college admissions, the quest for Mideast peace, green design, and more.
 
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What’s new at PAW Online: April 23, 2012

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Alumni often communicate with PAW – and with each other – through letters to the editor. While we don’t have space to print all the letters and emails that we receive, many of them find a home online. Click here to browse a dozen Web-exclusive letters posted with the current issue, on topics that range from diversity to green design. 
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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This issue’s On the Campus column looks at the student colony near New South – home to a Princeton Atelier course that hosts student-led projects and visiting artists. Video contributor Vivienne Chen ’14 spent a day at the colony in March.
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Dillon Gym is home to a nationally ranked table tennis team – recognized by those who know the sport but mostly overlooked on Princeton’s campus. PAW contributor Jonathan Lin ’13 profiled the team before its recent trip to the collegiate championships.
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Jeff Kuperman ’12 is a talented playwright, choreographer, and videographer. His senior thesis blends all three skills in an original production, scheduled to debut this week.
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The Woodrow Wilson School’s undergraduate concentration will soon be open to all students who meet a new set of prerequisites. Gregg Lange ’70 believes that’s good news for Princetonians who aim to be “in the nation’s service.” Also available as a podcast.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE APRIL 25 ISSUE:
  • Crisis Contrived Professor Douglas Massey *78 says that most of what we think about Mexican immigration is wrong.
  • Hidden Treasure You never know what you will find in the depths of Firestone Library – here are some of the surprises.
  • Campus Notebook Tough penalties suggested for frosh-rush ban violators, a record low for the admission rate, new architecture dean named, a campus pub update, and more.
  • Perspective Criminal justice – A view inside the courtroom, by Benjamin West ’01
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What’s new at PAW Online: April 2, 2012

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Our April 4 issue looks at the role Princetonians played at the dawn of modern computing – a timely topic this spring as the world celebrates the centenary of Alan Turing *38. Read about more of Princeton’s computing pioneers at PAW Online, and visit princeton.edu/turing for details about the upcoming Turing events on campus.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
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Joshua Bennett, a Ph.D. candidate in the English department, has made a name for himself in spoken-word circles. Watch him perform at the White House, and read more about the self-described “hypernerd.”
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Jay Famiglietti *92, director of the Center for Hydrologic Modeling at the University of California, Irvine, explains satellite tracking of water resources in the new documentary Last Call at the Oasis.
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Read about hot topics and interesting visitors, including Planned Parenthood president Cecilia Richards (pictured) and international affairs expert Joseph Nye ’58.
Photo: Sameer A. Khan/Courtesy Woodrow Wilson School
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In this issue’s Rally ’Round the Cannon column, Gregg Lange ’70 looks at the selfless contributions of two legendary trustees from different eras: John “Jay” Sherrerd ’52 and Dean Mathey 1912. Also available as a podcast.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE APRIL 4 ISSUE:
  • The optimistic ambassador Professor Dan Kurtzer believes an Israel-Palestine peace deal is possible – but he’s a realist, too
  • Daybreak of the digital age This spring, the world celebrates computing pioneer Alan Turing *38
  • Plan B for Ph.D.s Ending the stigma of jobs outside academia
  • Perspective The race to a top college starts early, by Tamara Sorrell ’81
  • Inbox Letters about the Occupy protests, wrestling’s reversal, library collections, and more
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What’s new at PAW Online: March 19, 2012

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Generations of Princeton alumni know about the late Fred Fox ’39’s deep love for his alma mater, and many have heard Fox’s quip that he’d “majored in Triangle Club.” But relatively few are aware how that love of theater helped to win World War II. The March 21 issue of PAW tells that story – and PAW Online adds to the tale with rare video footage and other images from Fox’s Ghost Army unit.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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View images and film footage of Fred Fox ’39’s World War II army unit, featured in this issue’s cover story.
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Photos and documents recently given to the University Library’s collection provide glimpses of Berg, the enigmatic pro baseball player and World War II spy.
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Watch highlights from mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Michael Littman’s Alumni Day presentation, based on his popular freshman seminar.
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Princeton women’s basketball, making its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, lost 67-64 to Kansas State March 17. Kevin Whitaker ’13 recaps the game in his weekly sports column.
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What’s new at PAW Online: Feb. 27, 2012

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There’s more to see at PAW Online, including the Web Exclusives below, which are linked to our March 7 issue. In the weeks between print issues, you can read even more on The Weekly Blog, a frequently updated site that relies on a talented team of student writers. This month, our bloggers have covered the Ivy League-champion women’s basketball team, a campus discussion of Syria, and a forum honoring the legacy of mutual-fund innovator John C. Bogle ’51. To browse these stories and more, click here.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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View a collection of archaeological images and photos of mosaics on campus.
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Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80 writes about designing your own profession.
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Princeton owes a great deal to its graduate alumni — and not just the Madison medalists, columnist Gregg Lange ’70 writes.
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View production images from Allison Arkell Stockman ’96’s Washington, D.C.-based Constellation Theatre Company.
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Our new PDF version is a great option for tablet users. Try it out and send your feedback to paw@princeton.edu.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARCH 7 ISSUE:
  • Dig of the century For decades, students and visitors to campus have walked past ancient mosaics of Antioch with barely a nod to Princeton’s treasures. Here’s how it began.
  • Altered paths Though most alumni have landed on their feet, the last few years have been rough on some young graduates trying to begin their careers during the Great Recession.
  • In support of the Occupiers A leftist defends activism on Princeton’s campus.
  • Inbox Letters about parenting, teaching and grading, the Princeton Progressive Action Committee, and more.
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What’s new at PAW Online: Feb. 6, 2012

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In each issue of PAW, we highlight recent online feedback in our Buzz Box, which has covered topics ranging from school reform to free speech on college campuses. Where will the “buzz” be this week? It’s up to readers like you. To join the conversation, leave a comment on any story at paw.princeton.edu.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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David Madden ’03, the History Bowl founder and 19-time Jeopardy! champion profiled in the Feb. 8 issue, supplied five zingers for our online quiz. Click here to read the questions and send your answers to paw@princeton.edu for a chance to win a Princeton T-shirt.
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Columnist Gregg Lange ’70 looks at Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Woman, the cubist sculpture on the south end of campus that holds symbolic weight for Princeton in the 20th century. (Plus, from the side, it resembles a tiger.) Also available as a podcast – LISTEN
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In the fall semester, visual arts students at Princeton created art books for their junior-year independent work. We spoke with two students about their projects. See more PAW videos, including six years of Reunions, on our YouTube channel.
 
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They were cramped, poorly lit, and, well, kind of ugly. But Firestone Library’s study carrels still evoke nostalgia in alumni. Post your memories of the spaces where generations of seniors wrote their theses.
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As familiar spots like Lahiere’s and Carousel disappear, Nassau Street continues to add more chain restaurants. Share your views on this trend, and tell us about your favorite Princeton eateries, then and now, at PAW Online.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FEB. 8 ISSUE:
  • Funny girl: From Princeton’s stages to television and film, actress and writer Ellie Kemper ’02 brings a fresh voice to comedy
  • Fly me to the moon: Two Princetonians are competing in a race to the moon — and with a $20 million prize, there’s more than ego at stake
  • Campus Notebook: Occupy Princeton protests create a stir on campus
  • Inbox: Letters about Princeton and Wall Street, admissions, diversity, school reform, and more
 
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What’s new at PAW Online: Jan. 16, 2012

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Many of the stories in our new books-themed issue deal with the present and future, from the new tastemakers to the changing role of libraries. And we ask you to look back – specifically to the books that made an impression on you when you were a student. Share your memories in the comment box here or send an email to paw@princeton.edu. A selection of responses may appear in a future issue of the magazine.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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Paul Katz *85, James von Klemperer *83, and Joshua Chaiken ’82 *85 of the architectural firm KPF have helped to design some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. VIEW
 
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In his regular history column, Gregg Lange ’70 cracks open the 1896 novel A Princetonian, written by the illustrious Col. Jim Barnes, Class of 1891. READ MORE Also available as a podcastLISTEN
 
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Students explained the joy of reading for pleasure – when time permits – after PAW visited the Mathey book group’s late-November meeting. WATCH
 
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Fitzgerald scholar Anne Margaret Daniel *99 w’86 reviews a recent production of Gatz, the word-for-word play drawn from The Great Gatsby. READ MORE
 
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Brothers Desaix Anderson ’58 and Buford Anderson ’62 celebrate art and culture with a new gallery in their hometown of Sumner, Miss., population 310. READ MORE
 
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE JAN. 18 SPECIAL ISSUE:
 
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What’s new at PAW Online: Dec. 12, 2011

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Email alerts like this one help us to share some of the additional content available at paw.princeton.edu. But PAW Online is not a one-way street — the website (along with our Facebook and Twitter accounts) allows readers to share their thoughts with other alumni. Every story, letter, and memorial offers a chance to comment, and we look forward to hearing from you.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 

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In her feature story for this issue, Lisa Belkin ’82 writes about how hard it is to let your kids go off to college. We asked students at the Frist Campus Center for their side of the story. WATCH
 
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Listen to San Francisco Symphony principal violist Jonathan Vinocour ’01 play two movements from a Dmitri Shostakovich sonata and talk about a recent performance. LISTEN & WATCH
 
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Photographer Accra Shepp ’84, a lecturer in visual arts at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, created a series of portraits at the protests in New York’s Zuccotti Park. VIEW
 
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At the National Gallery of Art, part of Andrew Robison ’62 *74’s job includes deciding which works of art to save in the event of a disaster. Which of these Rembrandt drawings would he select? READ MORE
 
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Princeton was on top of the college gridiron scene when Dick Kazmaier ’52 won the 1951 Heisman Trophy, but changes were already shifting the Tigers and their Ivy peers away from big-time football, columnist Gregg Lange ’70 writes. READ MORE
 
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DEC. 14 ISSUE:

 
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What’s new at PAW Online: Nov. 14, 2011

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In the cover story of our Nov. 16 issue, we look at the creative and high-tech program in robotics, led by Professor Robert Stengel *65 *68. At paw.princeton.edu, you can watch two videos of student-designed robots in action. Also at PAW Online, check out a slide show of the Nov. 11 Orange and Black Ball, which revived the Princeton tradition of a fall football-weekend dance.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
 
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See Mohammad Javed ’11’s manta ray-inspired robot take a test swim in the Woodrow Wilson School fountain and follow the student-designed Phobetor as it tries to deliver a holiday fruitcake. WATCH
 
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On the eve of Princeton football’s game against Yale, about 3,000 students partied at a campus-wide dance in Dillon Gym. VIEW
 
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Professor Sam Wang, profiled in the Oct. 26 issue of PAW, answers brain-related questions from readers, covering educational toys, language acquisition, and more. READ MORE
 
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The newest installment of Gregg Lange ’70’s history column recalls the explosive episode of the “A-Bomb Kid,” a memorable campus story from the Cold War 1970s. LISTEN
 
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Browse PAW’s directory of nonprofits created or led by alumni – and let us know about others in the comments section. READ MORE
 
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NOV. 16 ISSUE:
  • Robo shop Want a fruitcake delivered? Need to keep your guitar in tune? Undergraduates have designed robots that can do those tasks and more.
  • Invasion of the devil wagon Autos arrived at Princeton more than a century ago, quickly changing campus culture and creating congestion that remains with us today. PAW looks back.
  • Banner year for endowment Princeton’s endowment soared to $17.1 billion in the year ending June 30, rebounding strongly after losing nearly a quarter of its value in the global financial crisis.
 
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