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Names in the news: Mickelson’s pro-am partner, powerful Chicagoans, notable philanthropist, and more

i-cb871462d587ce5377455ff9e2535dd3-wb_alumni.jpgBarclays executive Hugh “Skip” McGee ’81 had an inside-the-ropes view of Phil Mickelson’s PGA Tour victory Feb. 12, teaming with the golf star in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. [Bloomberg]
United Continental CEO Jeff Smisek ’76 and Ariel Investments CEO John Rogers ’80 and president Mellody Hobson ’91 were listed among this year’s 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans. [Chicago Magazine]
The late steel mogul William S. Dietrich II ’60 was No. 2 on this year’s “Philanthropy 50.” He donated nearly $400 million to Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh before his death in October and left $15 million to Princeton. [Chronicle of Philanthropy]
Since 2008, Stona Fitch ’83’s Concord Free Press has given away thousands of books — and received $250,000 in donations. [Los Angeles Times]
Richard Land ’69, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics and religious liberty commission, discussed Rick Santorum’s recent caucus victories on The Kudlow Report. [CNBC.com]
Following violent clashes at an Egyptian soccer game, national team coach Bob Bradley ’80 marched with Egyptian fans to honor the dead. [Sports Illustrated]

Names in the news: Critiquing Obama, Chuck Berry in bronze, and more

Cornel West *80 (Courtesy Wikipedia)
In a recent Q&A, Professor Cornel West *80 said that President Barack Obama should “be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it.” [New York Times]
St. Louis unveiled an eight-foot bronze sculpture of rock ’n’ roll icon Chuck Berry, created by local sculptor Harry Weber ’64. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
U.S. Soccer ended Bob Bradley ’80’s five-year run as the men’s national team coach, dismissing him on July 27 and hiring former German national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann. [FoxSoccer.com]
Seattle columnist David Brewster remembered the lasting contributions of arts patron Bagley Wright ’46, who died in July. [Crosscut.com]
A New Hampshire newspaper profiled Jacques-Andre Istel ’49, whose wide range of experiences include spurring the growth of recreational skydiving and founding a town in the California desert. [Keane (N.H.) Sentinel]

Alumni bloggers capture World Cup buzz

If you’ve watched any games from this year’s World Cup, you’ve probably heard the hum of vuvuzelas, the long plastic stadium horns favored by South African fans and visitors alike. For the past few weeks, a handful of alumni soccer fans have been contributing their own sort of buzz on the blog Yankee Vuvuzela, a creation of two former Princeton soccer players: occasional PAW contributor Giles Morris ’97 and classmate Jeff Plunkett ’97.

Morris and Plunkett played for U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley ’80 when Bradley was at Princeton, and they have recruited former teammates John Talbott ’94, Tyson Hom ’95, and Lee Topar ’95 to chip in thoughts about Bradley’s coaching style and the U.S. team’s World Cup run. Former Princeton basketball star Mitch Henderson ’98, an avid soccer fan, also is a contributor.

The blog’s authors provide opinions, analysis, and humor — some of it self-deprecating. Morris’ bio, for example, recounts how Bradley responded to a defensive misstep in a game against Seton Hall:

“After the game, Coach Bradley told Giles he lacked competitive maturity and benched him for the rest of the season. Giles did not let that affect their relationship, however, visiting Bradley’s open office hours frequently to contribute to the running philosophical discourse on the beautiful game with comments like, ‘Some players are better in games than in practice,’ and ‘I see myself in the mold of a Finidi George [the former Ajax midfielder].’ Needless to say Coach Bradley was not shaken from his own philosophical foundation and pressed Giles to obtain skills like tackling, shooting, and passing.”

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Sports shorts: Princeton in the pros

Alumni of Princeton’s athletic teams are playing key roles in a trio of professional championships this month.

At the men’s soccer World Cup in South Africa, head coach BOB BRADLEY ’80 and assistant coach JESSE MARSCH ’96 will lead the U.S. national team, which opens play against England June 12. The team came to Princeton’s campus in late May for its final stateside training camp, choosing a venue that has multiple alumni connections. Princeton’s soccer facility — Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium — carries the names of two players Bradley coached during his time with the Tigers, Tom Roberts ’85 and the late Rob Myslik ’90.

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With a 98-0 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Denny Chin ’75 as a justice on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit April 22. [New York Times]

Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson ’83, the brother of Michelle Obama ’85, discussed his new book, A Game of Character, with Stephen Colbert. [Colbert Report]

Jennifer Weiner ’91 is touring with fellow authors Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, and others in a series of charity concerts by the Rock Bottom Remainders. [Wall Street Journal]

Former Princeton soccer coach Bob Bradley ’80 will be back on campus May 17-23 to coach the U.S. men’s national team as it trains for the 2010 World Cup. The practices, to be held at Roberts Stadium, will not be open to the public. [ESPN]

Tiger of the Week: Bob Bradley ’80

i-7eb8cab74300ac563b53c0f5d5efd8d5-bradley.jpgIn soccer, national-team coaches ultimately are judged by how their teams perform at the World Cup, but just getting into the tournament can be a challenging process. This week, head coach Bob Bradley ’80 and the U.S. men’s national team earned its ticket to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, winning in Honduras Oct. 10 to improve to 6-1-2 in qualifying matches.

For Bradley and his players, the celebration was cut short Oct. 13 when Charlie Davies, a 23-year-old forward on the team, was seriously injured in an early-morning car crash that killed one passenger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family, as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved,” Bradley said in a press conference. “As a team, we are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard.”

Bradley, the U.S. coach since December 2006, was a successful player at Princeton and coached the Tigers from 1984 to 1995, leading his team to the NCAA Final Four in 1993. In professional soccer, he coached the Chicago Fire to the Major League Soccer championship in 1998.

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101 and counting

On the basketball beat

If you go to a Princeton men’s basketball game, you can expect to see at least two things: a 3-point basket and Jon Solomon. The Tigers have converted at least one 3-pointer in every game since 1986, and Solomon, the founder and editor of princetonbasketball.com and an honorary member of the Class of 1976, has covered Princeton’s last 101 Ivy League games at home and on the road — a streak that dates back to the 2000-01 season.
From the bleachers of out-of-town arenas or his regular seat in the second row of section S4 at Jadwin Gym, Solomon documents the details of each contest on his clipboard and posts stories, audio clips, and photos on his Web site afterward. He has followed the Tigers since childhood, when he faithfully read local newspaper accounts. Back then, Solomon assumed that all writers traveled with the team. Now, on many road trips, he’s the only Princeton reporter waiting outside the locker room. “I like the idea of the old-school beat reporter,” he says. “I take pride in being a constant.” (Away from the gym, Solomon has been a near-constant on the radio, hosting WPRB’s 24-hour Christmas marathon, from Christmas eve to Christmas day, in 19 of the last 20 years.)
For basketball games, Solomon rarely travels alone — his wife, Nicole, and his parents are Princeton fans as well — and he has a few favorite stops in each Ivy League city, from falafel in Providence to Thai food in Ithaca. Watching road games has had its rewards: Solomon says that two of the most memorable games in his Ivy streak took place away from Jadwin. In 2001, Kyle Wente ’03 hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to top Harvard near the beginning of Princeton’s league championship run, and five years later, Scott Greenman ’06 hit two long-range shots in a double-overtime win at Cornell.
Solomon’s 100th consecutive Ivy game was played at Jadwin Feb. 1, and the Tigers did not disappoint, taking a 7-point lead late in the second half against Dartmouth and holding the Big Green at arm’s length in a 57-53 win. The next night, Princeton again played well in the second half, topping Harvard, 68-54. With a 2-0 league record, the Tigers will continue their Ivy schedule against Cornell (4-0) at Newman Arena Feb. 8. Solomon plans to be there.

‘female Hamlet’

Irene Lucio ’08, front, and Rob Grant ’08 rehearse scene from Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” in preparation for a Feb. 8 debut at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Critics have compared the title character to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Click here for more information about the Princeton production.
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

Saturday is for science

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory launched its annual Science on Saturday program last month, and this week, Iain Couzin, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton, will deliver the fifth installment, covering “Collective Motion and Decision-making in Animal Groups.”
The 2-hour lectures start at 9:30 a.m. in the Gottlieb Auditorium on the Forrestal Campus. The program is “geared toward high school students,” according to a University release, but all are invited to attend. This year, selected sessions also will be broadcast live to the “interactive theater” at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
For more information, including a complete schedule and links to videos of past lectures, visit the Science on Saturday Web site.

Names in the News

Brooke Shields ’87, star of NBC’s Lipstick Jungle, told Newsday that sees parallels between the women in the show and some of her Princeton classmates. “When I look at the people I went to school with — those who graduated when we graduated – they are all CEOs of major, major companies,” she said. “They were pretty hungry, all of them. In their way, they had passions that were very distinct.” … Former Sen. Bill Frist ’74 tried his hand at acting in a Super Bowl commercial for Coca-Cola that featured him side-by-side with Democratic strategist James Carville. The Associated Press declared Coke a winner in the cola ad wars, but USA Today‘s ad-meter ranked the Frist-Carville spot 29th out of 55 commercials. … The New York Giants’ Super Bowl win was sweet for Marc Ross ’95, who joined the team as its college scouting director last spring. Before the game, Ross was quoted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about his team’s powerful offensive guards. … TV commentator and former NFL lineman Ross Tucker ’01 answered questions about the Giants’ upset victory in a Feb. 4 Washington Post online chat. … The soccer magazine 90:00 will run an extended interview with U.S. national soccer team coach Bob Bradley ’80 in February, written by Giles Morris ’97. When asked about what makes a player great, Bradley said: “The yardstick is always the game. You can try as many tricks as you want and if you win games there [are] no issues. The game doesn’t lie.”