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The Year at Princeton: Top five campus headlines


There was little doubt about the year’s top campus headline — PAW’s editors unanimously chose President Tilghman’s September announcement that she would step down at the end of the academic year, her 12th in Nassau Hall. But for the other four spots on our list, opinions varied. Read the consensus choices and share your picks below in the comments.


5. Rocking the house for Cornel West *80

The University never has bid goodbye to a departing professor quite the way it did May 16, when it rolled out a parade of rap stars, hip-hop artists, and funk music personalities at a retirement celebration at McCarter Theatre for West, a prominent African-American studies professor. READ MORE

Related story: West *80 to leave Princeton faculty


4. Cecilia Rouse named Wilson School dean

As economics and public affairs professor Cecilia Rouse takes over as the new dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, her first task is the implementation of major changes already under way at the school. Rouse, a well-known scholar of the economics of education and a faculty member for two decades, took over the post Sept. 1. READ MORE

Related story: Brown chooses Paxson as next president


3. Ban on freshman rush alters social life, spurs changes at Greek organizations

The Class of 2016 was the first to experience the ban on freshman rush of Greek organizations. The new policy led to changes on the part of the Greek organizations: Fraternities were considering ways to shorten their pledge process so that it ends before bicker, and both fraternities and sororities revamped their publicity campaigns to attract sophomores. READ MORE

Related story: Tilghman OKs penalties for violating Greek policy


2. At 7.9 percent, admission rate is Princeton’s lowest ever

The University offered admission to 2,095 students, or 7.9 percent of the near-record 26,664 applicants for the Class of 2016. Almost 35 percent of the admitted students applied through early action and were notified in December, while the rest learned of their acceptance March 29. READ MORE

Related story: Converting lounges into dorm rooms, Princeton squeezes in 53 extra frosh


1. Tilghman to step down as president

President Tilghman will step down in June, after 12 years at Princeton’s helm. Her decision was announced Sept. 22, a day after she informed University trustees who were meeting on campus. The news follows the conclusion of the Aspire fundraising campaign, which raised $1.88 billion over five years. READ MORE

Related story: Decision to leave helm ‘very easy,’ Tilghman says

The Year at Princeton: Top five alumni newsmakers

Part two of our year in review looks at some of the year’s top alumni newsmakers, as selected by PAW’s editors. This post fills in for our Tiger of the Week segment, which is taking a brief hiatus and will return in January. Share your picks below in the comments.
Susan Cain ’89 (Photo: Aaron Fedor)
5. (tie) Susan Cain ’89
Cain, a former corporate lawyer, made a splash with her first book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking, a best-seller that was featured on several best-of-2012 book lists.
5. (tie) Robert Caro ’57
The release of The Passage of Power, volume four in Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson, was accompanied by appreciative profiles of the author in The New York Times Magazine and Esquire, as well as a National Book Award nomination.
4. Laurence Pope *77
A month after Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi, the U.S. State Department announced that Pope, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer who had served 31 years and been U.S. Ambassador to Chad, had arrived in Tripoli as chargé d’affaires, the top U.S. diplomat in Libya.
Ted Cruz ’92 (Photo: Wikipedia)
3. Ted Cruz ’92
A former state solicitor general and Tea Party favorite in the race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Cruz scored an upset victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff before winning convincingly in the general election. Media outlets are already speculating that Cruz could be a presidential candidate in 2016.
2. Lloyd Shapley *53
As a young graduate student interested in game theory, Shapley played board games with fellow mathematician John Nash *50. In October, Shapley was selected to receive the Nobel Prize for economics, in recognition of his work on the design of markets and matching theory, and joined Nash on the list of Princeton’s laureates.
Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80 (Photo: Denise Applewhite/ Office of Communications)
1. Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80
Slaughter, a former Woodrow Wilson School dean and U.S. State Department official who returned to the Princeton faculty last year, wrote a widely-debated Atlantic feature about balancing career and family life. (She also wrote one of PAW’s most-read stories of 2012, reviewing some of the feedback she’d received from alumni.)

The Year at Princeton: Top five sports headlines

PAW editors ranked the top five Princeton sports headlines in an eventful year that included three national championships, seven Olympic medals, and a memorable Saturday at Princeton Stadium. Share your picks and rankings below in the comments.


5. Cabral ’12 leaps to victory in NCAA steeplechase

An exceptional year for the men’s track and field team ended with Donn Cabral ’12 doing what no Princeton runner had done in nearly eight decades: With his first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships June 9, he became the first Princeton runner to win an NCAA title since 1934. READ MORE



4. Football stuns Harvard with come-from-behind victory

During the Oct. 20 football game against Harvard, 10,823 Princeton fans learned how wide a range of emotions they could feel in a three-and-a-half-hour span. READ MORE


3. Princetonians excel at London Olympics

Seven Tiger athletes won medals, including repeat gold-medalist rower Caroline Lind ’06, and Russia men’s basketball coach David Blatt ’81 led his team to bronze. It was the best showing in Princeton’s long history at the summer games. READ MORE


2. Field hockey beats North Carolina to win first NCAA title

Before 2012, the field hockey team had a history of November heartbreak. Princeton had reached 11 quarterfinals, five semifinals and two championship games — but it had never won the big one, falling short in the 1996 and ’98 title games. All that changed on a Sunday afternoon in Norfolk, Va. READ MORE


1. Men’s squash defeats Trinity for national title

In front of a raucous crowd in a packed Jadwin Gym, the men’s squash team ended Trinity’s 13-year streak as national champions Feb. 19, winning its first national championship since 1993 with a 5–4 victory against No. 1-seeded Trinity. READ MORE