The Princeton University Library has added another rare book to its collection — thanks to the Friends of the Princeton University Library, which made a gift in honor of outgoing President Shirley Tilghman on June 20. The book was owned by the first president of the College of New Jersey, Jonathan Dickinson. The text, Tactica Sacra (translated from the Latin into English: Sacred Strategies), by John Arrowsmith, is a “manual for the spiritual warrior.”
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Visual artist Sarah Charlesworth, a Princeton faculty member since 2012, died June 25 at age 66. Her conceptual art included the “Modern History” series, comprised of photographed newspaper covers that she altered in various ways, such as removing all words except the verbs.
Charlesworth taught in MFA programs at the School of Visual Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design for 20 years before joining Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts as a lecturer with the rank of professor in the visual arts. Her courses at the University included “Introductory Photography” and “Advanced Questions in Photography,” and she was slated to teach a freshman seminar in the fall.
The Princeton flag over East Pyne has been raised at half-mast in Charlesworth’s memory.
June 20, 2013
By Hilary Levey Friedman *09
For the first time in more than a decade, a Princeton student will compete for the title of Miss America. Cara McCollum, a rising senior and PAW On the Campus columnist, was crowned Miss New Jersey on June 15 in Ocean City. (In 1999, two Princetonians won state pageants — New Jersey’s Victoria Paige ’01 and Iowa’s Jennifer Caudle ’99.) The next stop for McCollum is Atlantic City, where she will vie for the Miss America crown on Sept. 15.
Princeton students frequently distinguish themselves inside and outside the classroom, but it’s rare to see them wearing crowns. (In contrast, Harvard has sent 10 undergraduates to the Miss America stage.) However, the relationship between Ivies and Miss America isn’t as strange as you might think. The Miss America Organization is the largest provider of scholarship money to women in the world — this year approximately $45 million will be awarded.
When she was crowned on Saturday night McCollum not only won a crown, but also $11,000 to apply to her Princeton education or graduate education. In a few months she’ll try to win another $50,000 at Miss America.
May 29, 2013
In the two and a half weeks leading up to Reunions, PAW’s Twitter account (@pawprinceton) has been posting links to some of our favorite Reunions items from the archives, under the header “Things to know about #PrincetonReunions.”
Read below for the full list of tweets and links to the featured stories, videos, and audio clips. And remember to tag your weekend posts with the hashtag #PrincetonReunions.
Photo by T. Kevin Birch.
May 10: Tigers are both fun and funny http://youtu.be/y6c5ObwPBDA
May 11: Long before YouTube and email, class promos came on vinyl http://ow.ly/kSZox
May 12: Class jackets aren’t just for Reunions http://ow.ly/kSZrV
May 13: For some, there’s never an “off” year http://ow.ly/kSZwK
May 14: The difference between the 5th and 50th tents http://ow.ly/kSZEC
May 15: You’re never too old to meet new friends http://ow.ly/kSZJF
May 16: Beer jackets have been in style for 100+ years http://ow.ly/kSZO2
May 17: Walking the P-rade is great; dancing to “Thriller” is better http://ow.ly/kSZRD
Princeton’s culinary scene has changed quite a bit over the past few years, and alumni returning for Reunions may find that some of their old favorites have closed their doors. But with the current crop of dining options, visitors are sure to start new traditions at restaurants on Nassau Street and beyond.
The town’s newest fine-dining establishment is Agricola, which took over the venerable Lahiere’s space on Witherspoon Street. Agricola is a farm-to-table restaurant showcasing local and seasonal ingredients. The “community eatery” has a cozy, rustic interior with communal tables and a kitchen visible to the street.
Efes Mediterranean Grill, at the corner of Nassau and Olden, serves the only Turkish cuisine for miles. The menu includes cold appetizers like hummus and baba ganush as well as charcoal-grilled kebab, lamb chops, and dorado. Across the street from Efes, the owners of Hoagie Haven have opened a new brick oven pizzeria, Slice Between, in the former location of Old World Pizza. One of Slice Between’s most popular menu items is the Sanchez Pizza, a crossover concoction topped with chicken, mozzarella, and Sanchez sauce, just like the gut-busting hoagie next door.
Nassau Street has also added a few chain restaurants. Qdoba Mexican Grill, located in the old Ricky’s candy store space, offers fast-casual tacos and burritos. East of Washington Road, Naked Pizza serves health-conscious pizza made with all-natural, whole food ingredients, and Cheeburger Cheeburger serves burgers, fries, and milkshakes in a classic diner setting. Finish Cheeburger’s famous “Pounder” burger, and you’ll earn a spot on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame.
By Sarah Xiyi Chen ’13 and Amy Olivero ’13
Every senior on campus is now deep in the much-anticipated Post-Thesis Life, when they can sleep (or at least reduce coffee consumption by six cups), attend lectures by Paul Krugman and Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, and finally get around to that “Princeton bucket list” created in the four years between walking through FitzRandolph Gate and running to turn in the senior thesis.
The spectrum of activities on these lists is impressive: take a professor out for coffee, have a drink in Firestone Library, carve your name into a table at PJs Pancake House, or eat a meal at every eating club. The Daily Princetonian recommends that you read Brooke Shields ’87’s thesis in Mudd Library and “friend” beloved English professor and Rockefeller College master Jeff Nunokawa on Facebook.
One senior, Ashley Eberhart ’13 created a blog (everycarewithdraw.weebly.com) to document her progress. The first item on her list? Visit Shirley Tilghman’s office hours to get more suggestions for her list. The outgoing president suggested both on- and off-campus activities such as attending a Princeton University Orchestra concert and visiting the Grounds for Sculpture in nearby Hamilton Township.
Richard Youngblood ’13 was inspired by a reality show called Shaq Vs., in which former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal competed against professional athletes in their own fields. This idea evolved into his own version of a bucket list, which he called “Youngblood Vs.” “One day I was looking around Cap and Gown and realized that I won’t be around some of these really talented peers for much longer,” he said.
For some Princeton students, Dean’s Date is a campus-wide marathon of suffering; for others, it was a day for dancing on NBC’s The Today Show in Manhattan.
Millions of viewers watched the Princeton University HighSteppers, a co-ed step team at the University, stomp, slap, and shout live in Rockefeller Plaza on May 14. The team arrived in Manhattan at 5:15 a.m. and had its final rehearsal at 8:30 before beginning to shoot teasers for the live segment.
HighSteppers president Somers Fairchild ’15 called the experience “exhilarating,” noting that many of the group’s members had been eager to participate even though the event coincided with Dean’s Date. “Usually it’s kind of… I don’t want to say ‘pulling teeth,’ but it’s hard to get people to perform because people are busy all the time,” he said. “But I got flooded with emails [saying yes].”
After discovering the HighSteppers from YouTube videos of competition performances, The Today Show staff emailed the group to ask if they would perform for the show’s Varsity Week. “Of course that was a yes,” Fairchild said. After the email, which Fairchild received three weeks ago, the group began supplemental practices for their TV appearance at the same time as they were rehearsing for a guest performance at the BodyHype Dance Company spring show.
The group arrived back in Princeton at 11:30 a.m., giving some members time to continue working on their Dean’s Date papers to make the University’s 5 p.m. deadline. “I napped for an hour and tried to finish all my work,” said Fairchild, who turned his final paper in at 4:58.
Video: Watch the HighSteppers’ Today Show performance below.
Ryan Crocker *85, career ambassador with the U.S. Foreign Service, cautioned against a shift towards “neo-isolationism” at the Woodrow Wilson School’s annual colloquium May 4.
“I worry about the increasing mood in the administration of ‘pull back, fix our own problems, and if we’re going to do something, pivot to Asia,’” said Crocker. “If you pivot to Asia, you expose a very important part of your anatomy to the Middle East, which is probably going to bite it very hard.”
This year’s colloquium, on “Challenges to U.S. Policy in the Middle East,” drew 175 graduate alumni and their guests and featured several prominent speakers, including former Sen. George Mitchell, the U.S. special envoy for Middle East peace from 2009-11, who delivered Friday’s keynote. Crocker, who spent four decades in the Foreign Service and served as ambassador throughout the Middle East, most recently in Afghanistan, spoke during the Saturday keynote address.
Crocker said that his experience left him with two lessons: Be careful what you get into, but be just as careful of what you get out of. “Disengagement can have consequences as great and grave as getting in in the first place,” Crocker said.
The greatest challenge facing the current administration is Pakistan, he argued, with nuclear weapons, instability, and a government willing to support the Taliban “as a hedge against U.S. withdrawal.”
Just as the University is encouraging students to go abroad, the Office of Religious Life is pursuing its interfaith agenda on a global scale, according to ORL Dean Alison Boden, who has organized and led five trips since coming to Princeton seven years ago. “We are growing the number of trips,” she said. “It’s complementary to the institution’s overall emphasis on more international experiences for students.”
In June five students will go to Ghana to examine the role of religion in its society by meeting with leaders of civil and religious communities there. Later, 10 students will spend two weeks in Thailand with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists — an organization that integrates the practice of Buddhism with social action — to learn about INEB’s leadership training for social-justice projects, and then travel to Myanmar (formerly Burma) to see how its work is put into action.
Under Boden, the ORL also has expanded its international focus through partnerships with the United Nations Population Council and the Social Science Research Council, a think tank in Brooklyn, N.Y., and last summer the ORL co-sponsored a conference in London that brought together about 25 faith-based and humanitarian-aid organizations to demonstrate how working together can increase their effectiveness.
Although the international trips are “very much interfaith in focus,” Boden said students go for a variety of nonreligious reasons. Some are interested in the environmental issues of the countries being visited. Others may have family that came from the region. Many simply appreciate the opportunity to get a “window into issues in a totally different part of the world,” Boden said.
No more than 20 students are accepted per trip. Financial aid is available.
The Princeton campus will come alive this weekend with music, song, and dance. From April 25-28, Princeton Arts Weekend will celebrate the ways in which University and community members create art. The weekend will feature performances, exhibits, and collaborative projects. On Sunday, the weekend will culminate with Communiversity, the annual town-gown street festival, and Shirleypalooza, a tribute to President Tilghman’s dedication to the arts.
Some of the art that will be showcased is the product of classroom projects. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding taught an Atelier course this semester on songwriting. The students will perform their original songs Saturday night at Small World Coffee.
“It’s been a joy to work with these student writers and musicians,” Muldoon said. “Each and every one of them is remarkable in some way. I fully expect this class to throw up some people who will become household names.”
For some students, Princeton Arts Weekend marks their debut. Performing for the first time at Princeton, Avanthika Srinivasan ’16 will be singing classical Indian songs at Blair Arch.
“To be performing here in Princeton and to have all my friends come support me and learn more about my culture definitely means a lot to me,” said Srinivasan. She added that she also appreciates the University’s “willingness to give platforms for artists like me to share our passion for music, dance, or any other art form, with the community.”
For others, this weekend is the culmination of four years steeped in the arts. Daniel Rattner ’13 is presenting his senior thesis show “O Where Are You Going?” on Saturday and Sunday.
April 16, 2013
Aluminum and bamboo might seem like an odd mix of materials for a bike frame. But entrepreneurs Nick Frey ’09, Drew Haugen *12, and James Wolf believe it may be the next big thing in cycling.
Frey, Haugen, and Wolf are cofounders of Aluboo, a startup that builds on earlier work by Frey, a professional cyclist and mechanical engineer, and Wolf, a craftsman and industrial designer. The two created Boo Bicycles, handcrafting frames from tam vong (“iron bamboo”) rods and carbon fiber joints in a workshop in Vietnam. Boo bikes have competed successfully in a number of cycling and cyclocross races, and Frey contends that “you could race the Boo in the Tour de France.”
Bamboo is actually an ideal material for bikes: The plant’s strong, fibrous structure dampens road vibrations and provides for an exceptionally smooth ride, and it is more sustainable than other popular bike materials, such as steel.
The major drawback is the price tag. Each Boo bike is custom-made and priced between $5,000 and $14,000 — not a bike for the weekend warrior. That’s where Haugen comes in.
Ever have that nightmare where you still haven’t finished your thesis? Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson *86 has.
Returning to campus can counteract that “recurring nightmare,” Jackson said, addressing an audience of students, faculty, and community members in Dodds Auditorium April 9.
“I still have that nightmare that it’s the day before my master’s thesis defense. And I haven’t finished it, but I’m really stressed,” she said, the audience laughing. “But every time I’m here, it reinforces that I got the degree.”
Jackson, a chemical engineer who served as head of the EPA in the Obama administration from January 2009 until February of this year, recounted her personal story of how she came to define herself as environmentalist.
Noting that the word “environmentalist” has, in some circles, come to refer to environmental activism for political purposes, Jackson provided her own definition: An environmentalist is someone “who cares deeply about and prioritizes the environment — the environment, not as an outside concept, but more for its impact on our health, its impact on our well-being ... and its impacts on our prosperity,” she said.
Jackson recalled learning about environmental issues during her undergraduate years at Tulane, when she first heard of the “soup of chemicals” in the Mississippi River causing problems downstream in New Orleans as well as the government’s inability to adequately respond to large-scale, hazardous environmental problems like the infamous Love Canal in upstate New York.