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Rite of passage

Taking the thesis plunge



Like polar-bear plungers, seniors in the Woodrow Wilson School celebrated handing in their theses at 4 p.m. April 7 with a dip in the Fountain of Freedom. The 40-degree weather did not deter the excited students from carrying on the annual tradition. Other departments, like history and English, which also had April 7 thesis deadlines, held less soggy celebrations with ice cream, cookies, and snacks in their department offices. By Julia Osellame ’09

Photos: Above, tradition trumped cold temperatures for the Woodrow Wilson School’s Class of 2009. At right, seniors Carol Shih, Katherine Fallon, and Devjoy Sengupta didn’t mind getting their feet wet. (Photos by Julia Osellame ’09)

Recent lacrosse alumni offer their take on Princeton’s ‘big city’ win

Hundreds of Princeton students and lacrosse alumni piled into Giants Stadium April 4 to watch the men’s lacrosse team take on the No. 2 Syracuse Orange in the Big City Classic. The Tigers delivered, maintaining an early lead and clinching a 12-8 victory over the defending NCAA champs. With hat tricks from senior Mark Kovler and sophomore Jack McBride, the Tigers (9-1, 2-0 Ivy League) showed the Orange that they came to score big.

In four of the team’s first nine games, the Tigers have taken more than 50 shots on goal. Before this season, the team had crossed the 50-shot mark only seven times in the last decade.

“This year’s offense has been incredibly fun to watch and has definitely helped the ’09 Tigers achieve the record they have,” said former Princeton midfielder Mike Gaudio ’08. Gaudio noted that the change began during a summer tour of Ireland and Spain, when head coach Bill Tierney encouraged the team to take more shots.

Former All-American goalie Alex Hewit ’08 said “the confidence and pride that the offense has been playing with is quite obvious. They are taking chances every time they have the ball, which is very intimidating for the opposing defense.” But this offensive success would not be possible without the “strong defensive unit” supporting the team, Hewit added. With the standout freshman goalie Tyler Fiorito backed by veteran defensemen Chris Peyser ’09 and Jeremy Hirsh ’10, the Tigers are strong on both ends of the field.

“They are a great group of guys, and it is about time that Princeton lacrosse returns to the prominence they enjoyed in the second half of the ’90s,” Gaudio said. Princeton topped Ivy rival Penn, 10-9 in overtime April 7, and has four Ivy games remaining, including home dates against Harvard (April 11), Dartmouth (April 25), and Brown (May 2). By Sarah Harrison ’09


Angels at 185 Nassau


Lovell Holder ’09, in the role of Prior Walter, and Heather May ’10, playing an angel, rehearse a scene from Angels in America April 1. The Lewis Center for the Arts production, staged at the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau St., began April 2 and will include performances of “Millennium Approaches (Part One)” at 8 p.m. April 9 and 2 p.m. April 11; and “Perestroika (Part Two)” at 8 p.m. April 10 and April 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)


Researchers, lab unharmed by Italian quake

The powerful earthquake that struck central Italy April 6 did not damage a major underground laboratory that has led to important findings in astroparticle physics by a Princeton team. Physics professor Frank Calaprice, principal investigator of the Princeton team that plays a lead role in the Gran Sasso National laboratory near the city of L’Aquila, said the mile-underground lab had been built to withstand a severe earthquake. The epicenter of the quake was less than 12 miles from the lab, he said. Three Italian employees who worked on the Princeton research were not injured, he said.


Names in the news

Michelle Obama ’85 isn’t the only Princeton alumna looking stylish in O Magazine this month. Law student Keiyana Fordham ’04 was featured in a story about finding the right look for a job interview. [O Magazine]

Business management consultant Peter Bregman ’89 spoke about starting a business in difficult economic times on CNN. [American Morning]

William Clay Ford ’79, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., told NPR that his company does not need a bailout. [All Things Considered]

U.S. women’s hockey goalie Megan Van Beusekom ’04 shut out Japan in an 8-0 United States victory April 4 at the World Hockey Championships in Sweden. [Boston Herald]


‘Now Dance’

Fehlandt celebrates with a signature solo


When Tina Fehlandt e-mailed renowned choreographer Mark Morris, with whom she had danced for 20 years, about a piece of his she could perform at Princeton’s bi-annual faculty dance concert, he suggested Peccadillos, a signature solo set to short piano pieces for children composed by Erik Satie. When Fehlandt, a lecturer in theater and dance, performs it Nov. 21-22, at the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau St., it will mark the first time a woman has ever performed the work. It has been danced only by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Morris, and current Mark Morris Dance Group member Joe Bowie. Fehlandt, who retired from dancing with the Mark Morris Dance Group in January 2000 and turned 50 earlier this year, says, “It seemed appropriate to do something special to commemorate such a momentous occasion!”
Peccadillos, which originally premiered at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2000, is “a 10-minute solo with nine different sections, each with its own distinct mood,” explains Fehlandt. She likens it to a “young child playing make-believe. … The dancer is in her [or] his own world of make-believe.” Critic Tobi Tobias described it as “a charming little joke and turns out to be a tragedy in miniature.”
Fehlandt, who is teaching Beginning/Intermediate Modern Dance Technique and staged a Mark Morris work at last year’s spring dance Festival, is among several faculty members and guests performing or having their choreographed works performed at the concert, Now Dance. Elizabeth Schwall ’09 will dance Cloud Song, choreographed by Ze’eva Cohen; Rebecca Lazier will present Terminal, performed by her New York dance company Terrain; and Dyane Harvey will perform The Corner, a work-in-progress based on the life of Muhammad Ali. Now Dance begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22. By Katherine Federici Greenwood

Above, Tina Fehlandt danced front and center with other Mark Morris Dance Company dancers. She will perform Peccadillos at the faculty concert, Now Dance. (Photo by Tom Brazil)


Early freeze

Cold temperatures on Nov. 19 put a hold on the water flowing from the Fountain of Freedom in Scudder Plaza.
(Photo by Lolly O’Brien)

Political activism in a digital age

In his Nov. 13 campus speech on the “cute cat theory of Web activism,” Ethan Zuckerman, a research fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, talked about how social activists are using Web-hosting sites to combat government censorship. Zuckerman, who helped to found the Web-hosting service Tripod.com, has developed a weak test for the success of a user-generated content system: If it does not attract pornography, then it does not work. If users actually begin to use the site for political activism, he argued, that’s an even stronger measure of the participatory media’s success.
Zuckerman recalled an example from his days at Tripod in the mid-1990s. He was surprised to see Malaysia ranked third among Tripod’s user countries, behind the U.S. and Canada. “What are we hosting here?” Zuckerman asked political scientists at Williams College.
The political scientists found that Tripod was hosting the Malaysian political opposition movement, which used the site to push for imprisoned Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s return to power. The Malaysian government’s heavy investment in Internet infrastructure allowed the Web to become a powerful propaganda tool for the opposition.
Trivial uses of the Web can play a role in fighting what Zuckerman called “an increasing censorship trend” in some countries. When governments block sites used by activists, they anger citizens who use these sites for banal purposes. The group of citizens who visited the site “to see the video of the cat flushing itself down the toilet” begins to ask the government why it was shut down. In this way, censorship heightens political tensions. Zuckerman advises activists to use banal sites like Google’s “Blogger” because government opposition simply “is not going to take down Google.” By Sarah Harrison ’09