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Playoff atmosphere starts early for men’s hockey and ECAC peers

For most teams in the ECAC men’s hockey league this season, there has been no such thing as a comfortable position in the standings. Princeton learned that the hard way this weekend, sliding all the way from third place to seventh with two 3-2 home losses, but such large changes have been common in one of the wildest editions ever of the ECAC. Just look at a chart of every team’s standing after the last nine weekends of conference play:

(Graph by Kevin Whitaker ’13)

Bear in mind, that crazy graph starts a full month into conference play, by which point every team had played 5-8 games and the standings should have stabilized a bit. Instead, they’ve only become more chaotic. Quinnipiac ran away with the league lead by winning its first 10 conference games, but five different teams, including Princeton, have held second place in the last two months.

Cornell opened the season ranked sixth nationally and was still in fourth place when the calendar turned; after a seven-game losing streak, it dropped to 11th within a month. Harvard was also nationally ranked as late as Dec. 17, five weeks before falling into the basement. On the other side, six straight victories propelled Rensselaer from 11th place to second in a three-week span, an almost unheard-of leap this late in the season.

Those jumps reflect a season of preposterous parity — every team can beat almost anyone, so the standings have formed a tight band right around .500. Entering Friday, the middle eight teams were separated by a mere four points, the difference between a good and bad weekend; even after a relatively orderly week, a four-point range still contains teams two through eight. “It seems like it’s always really tight [in past years], but this is pretty incredible,” head coach Bob Prier said.

If the ECAC Tournament had started last week, Princeton would have been the No. 3 seed, getting a first-round bye before playing a home game in the quarterfinals. If it started today, the Tigers would be seeded eighth, having to beat a solid Brown squad in the opening round for the right to visit national No. 1 Quinnipiac.

Of course, with the standings still so close, Princeton could bounce back as high as second place with a strong showing against Brown and Yale this weekend. With only four games remaining, every team except Harvard is still mathematically in the running for a top-four seed and first-round bye in the ECAC Tournament. “When that many teams are fighting for a bye that late in the season, these are really playoff-type games already,” Prier said.

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Men’s hockey drops home finale to Yale

By Andrew Robinton ’04
The Princeton men’s hockey team’s recent woes continued with a 5-4 loss against Yale Feb. 20 at Baker Rink. The Tigers’ loss to third-ranked Yale was their fourth loss in six games and dropped the team to the middle of the pack in the ECAC.
Rob Kleebaum ’13 scored three goals in the Feb. 20 loss to Yale. (Office of Athletic Communications)

Princeton (15-10-2 overall, 10-8-2 ECAC) entered Sunday’s game after a dominating 7-3 win against Brown a night earlier — a game that featured 43 Princeton shots and was its third seven-goal game of the season. Against Yale, the Tigers stormed out of the gates early, putting 16 shots on goal in the first period and leading 3-0 after the game’s first 14 minutes. But Yale, one of the country’s best teams and tied for the conference lead in points, total offense, and power play goals, stormed back as quickly as it had fallen behind.

Sophomore forward Andrew Miller, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, netted Yale’s first goal, a shorthanded tally at 14:24 of the first period. Miller’s wrist shot beat Princeton’s senior goalie Alan Reynolds and put the Bulldogs back in the game. Another shorthanded goal for Yale three minutes later reduced the lead to one goal, and Yale earned the equalizer with 11 seconds remaining in the first period.

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Sports shorts: Basketball teams lead Ivy at midpoint

At the halfway point for Ivy League play, the MEN’S and WOMEN’S BASKETBALL teams are on track for their first Ivy title sweep since 1977. The Princeton men (19-4, 7-0 Ivy) dominated Columbia and edged Cornell Feb. 11 and 12 to maintain their half-game lead over Harvard in the standings. The women (17-4, 6-1) also swept their weekend games and jumped into first place thanks to a pair of Harvard losses.
i-afb992907ef41cf27734ed5266dccd95-wb_sports.jpgWOMEN’S FENCING successfully defended its Ivy championship in the league’s round-robin competition at Jadwin Gym Feb. 12-13. The Tigers captured Princeton’s first league title of the winter season with a perfect 6-0 record that included close wins against Harvard and Columbia. MEN’S FENCING placed fourth in the Ivies, and foilist Alexander Mills ’12 earned the league’s Most Outstanding Performer award after posting a 13-2 record in league bouts.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY beat Union and Rensselaer in its final regular season home games Feb. 11 and 12, aiding its chances at earning home ice for the opening round of the postseason. The Tigers (14-12-1, 11-8-1 ECAC), who face Brown and Yale on the road this weekend, are one point out of fourth place in the ECAC standings. The top four finishers serve as hosts in the ECAC playoffs.
MEN’S HOCKEY tied Harvard, 4-4, Feb. 11 and fell to Dartmouth, 4-1, Feb. 12. Princeton (14-9-2, 9-7-2) remains in sixth place in the ECAC.
In other weekend action, WRESTLING dropped its final two Ivy matches to Columbia and Cornell. … MEN’S SQUASH finished the regular season with a win over No. 4 Rochester and a loss to No. 1 Trinity. … WOMEN’S WATER POLO split its season-opening weekend, beating Brown but losing to Pacific. … MEN’S and WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD swept Harvard and Yale at the H-Y-P meet in New Haven.

Sports shorts: Back from exams

Thirteen Princeton teams were in action over the weekend as the athletic seasons resumed in earnest following the January exam break.
i-afb992907ef41cf27734ed5266dccd95-wb_sports.jpgKareem Maddox ’11 continued his extraordinary season as MEN’S BASKETBALL opened Ivy League play with home wins over Brown and Yale Jan. 28 and 29. Maddox sparked a key first-half run in a 78-60 defeat of the Bears and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Against Yale, he scored 17 points and made a key block in the final minute as Princeton (14-4, 2-0) held off the surging Bulldogs, 67-63. Head coach Sydney Johnson ’97 said that Maddox’s success has been aided by a talented and balanced Tiger lineup that can spread out defenders. “Kareem’s put the work in, but so has Dan [Mavraides ’11] and so has Doug [Davis ’12],” Johnson said after the Brown game. “We have a team of guys who are trying to improve everyday, and it’s hard [for opponents] to pick who you’re going to take away.”
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL also swept its weekend games to maintain a perfect league record. After coasting to a 70-48 win at Brown, the Tigers faced a challenging matchup at Yale, where the Bulldogs took a 22-20 lead into halftime. Princeton (14-3, 3-0) tightened its defense in the second half, holding Yale to 1-for-11 shooting on 3-pointers, and won by a comfortable 52-37 margin. Addie Micir ’11 scored 18 points in each of the weekend games.
MEN’S HOCKEY continued its winning ways after the January exam break, posting a 3-0 record in the last week. The Tigers capped that run with a 4-3 overtime win at Clarkson Jan. 29. Kevin Lohry ’11 scored the winning goal. Princeton (14-6-1, 9-4-1) is third in the ECAC standings, behind Yale and Union.

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Sports shorts: Winter updates

i-afb992907ef41cf27734ed5266dccd95-wb_sports.jpgA month after beating Pac-10 power Southern California, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL notched another win against a big-conference team, beating Wake Forest, 71-63, Dec. 31. Princeton (10-3) topped the Atlantic Coast Conference school on the road despite playing without star forward Niveen Rasheed ’13, who injured her knee in a Dec. 29 win over Davidson. Princeton plays La Salle Jan. 4 at Jadwin Gym.
MEN’S BASKETBALL will host Marist in its final game before the first-semester exam break Jan. 5. The Tigers (10-4) dropped a close game at 19th-ranked Central Florida Dec. 30. Before that, Princeton had won eight in a row, including six road games.
MEN’S HOCKEY will host Cornell Jan. 7 in a key ECAC Hockey matchup. Princeton (10-5-1, 6-3-1 ECAC) is unbeaten in its last six outings, including two wins that led to a tournament championship at the UConn Hockey Classic Dec. 29-30.

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Sports shorts: Kicking off the winter season

Addie Micir ’11 (Office of Athletic Communications)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL is off to a 4-2 start that includes impressive wins over Southern California, Delaware, and Lehigh, and a pair of close losses at Rutgers and No. 22 Vanderbilt. Senior captain Addie Micir was the hero in the Southern Cal game Nov. 26, sinking two free-throws with five seconds remaining to put the Tigers on top, 60-59. She followed that performance with a 20-point game against Vanderbilt and an 18-point effort at Delaware in which she hit six of seven 3-point attempts. Through six games, Micir leads Princeton in 3-pointers (3.8 per game) and ranks second on the team in scoring (13.8 points per game).

In MEN’S BASKETBALL, Princeton has won its last two contests, scoring more than 80 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1975. Against Siena Nov. 28, Dan Mavraides ’11 hit a clutch 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, and Kareem Maddox ’11 led Princeton with a remarkable all-around performance that included 30 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. At Lafayette Nov. 30, Ian Hummer ’13 made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts to lead the Tigers with 22 points in a convincing win over the Leopards.
MEN’S HOCKEY hosts Clarkson and St. Lawrence Dec. 3 and 4 in Princeton’s last two ECAC Hockey games before the league takes a hiatus for fall-term exams at most of the member schools. The Tigers have rebounded from a sluggish start, winning five of their last six games, including shutout victories over Harvard and Quinnipiac.

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From the Archives: Captain Hobey Baker 1914

Captain Hobart A. H. Baker 1914, in a photo from the Jan. 15, 1919, issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Click on any image to view as a slide show.

On Nov. 11, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will induct Hobey Baker, Class of 1914, a legendary football and hockey star at Princeton. That Baker would be honored on Veterans Day seems appropriate: A World War I fighter pilot, he died in a flying accident the month after the Allies and Germans signed the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice that ended the war.

Baker, a native of Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., was an agile and swift open-field runner on the football field. He also earned acclaim for his kicking skills. But it was in hockey that he truly dazzled, earning a reputation as the greatest player of his era. At the time, hockey was a relatively minor sport on campus, in part because Princeton did not have its own rink. Varsity games were played in New York City.

Baker’s athletic exploits were well known to his contemporaries, but shortly after his death, the Princeton Alumni Weekly took a closer look at his contributions as an aviator with an article written by Maj. Charles Biddle 1911, a flying ace and one of Baker’s former commanders. In it, Biddle describes Baker as “a striking example of the finest that America can produce” – courageous, unselfish, and modest.

The full text of Biddle’s article is included below.

From PAW, Jan. 15, 1919

Captain Hobart Baker’s career in the service

By Maj. Charles J. Biddle 1911

To the many friends of Captain Hobart A. H. Baker 1914 the news from France that he was killed in an accident while flying at the Toul aerodrome on Saturday, December 21st, came as a great shock. With the fighting at an end we had all been hoping to see him home before long, where we could personally do him the honor which he so richly deserved, for no one ever knew Hobey Baker who did not admire him for his many splendid qualities and the work he had done, and love him for the man he was. His death makes us realize more than ever that the great war did not end with the signing of the armistice, nor will it end for many years to come, and we know that our friend has laid down his life for a cause to which his whole heart was devoted, just as surely as though he had gone down in combat on the lines.

After a long and phenomenal career as an athlete at Princeton, Hobey Baker took up flying more than a year before America’s entry into the war, with the idea of fitting himself for the service should the need arise. As might have been expected of probably the best and most successful athlete this country ever produced, he excelled in flying as he had in football and hockey. 

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Sports shorts: International Tigers

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Matt Striebel ’01, left, and Ryan Boyle ’04 (Photos courtesy U.S. Lacrosse)

MEN’S LACROSSE alumni Matt Striebel ’01 and Ryan Boyle ’04 are aiming to recapture the championship for the United States at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships, beginning July 16 in Manchester, England. [US Lacrosse]

Todd Harrity ’12, the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in MEN’S SQUASH, won a bronze medal at the 2010 World University Games in Melbourne, Australia, July 13. Harrity lost to German Jens Schoor in the semifinals but topped Leo Au of Hong Kong in the third-place match. [College Squash Association]

Donn Cabral ’12 of the MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD team won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the North America, Central America, and Caribbean Under-23 Championships in Miramar, Fla., July 10. Team USA dominated the medal count, earning more medals than the other 11 competing nations combined. [USA Track and Field]

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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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Sports shorts: Back in action

i-afb992907ef41cf27734ed5266dccd95-wb_sports.jpgPrinceton’s winter teams returned from the January exam break and posted a near-perfect weekend that included big wins for men’s and women’s swimming and a combined 7-0-1 record for the basketball and hockey teams.

MEN’S and WOMEN’S SWIMMING swept Harvard and Yale at the annual H-Y-P meet, held in DeNunzio Pool Jan. 29-30. The Tiger men opened the action Friday night and sealed victory by winning six of the nine races held Saturday. Jon Christensen ’12 won three individual events in the meet. In the women’s competition Saturday night, Meredith Monroe ’12, Courtney Kilkuts ’10, and Alicia Aemisegger ’10 each set school or pool records. Those three also joined Megan Waters ’11 to break the Princeton record in the 200-yard medley relay.

MEN’S BASKETBALL opened Ivy League play with wins at Brown (63-46, Jan. 29) and Yale (58-45, Jan. 30). Douglas Davis ’12 led Princeton in scoring in both games. The Tigers improved to 11-5, including nine wins in their last 10 games.

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Triumph at Carville

Alumnus’ documentary tells the story of leprosy’s cure

Director John Wilhelm ’59 recounts the story of a little-known community of leprosy patients and its role in curing the disease in his latest documentary, “Triumph at Carville,” written and produced with wife Sally Squires. The film, which premieres March 28 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS, documents the triumph over mankind’s most feared disease and tells a tale of bravery, perseverance and compassion that flourished within the Louisiana leprosarium known as Carville.
Wilhelm, who began his career writing for Time magazine, has enjoyed award-winning success as a filmmaker, with acclaimed works that include the four-part PBS series The Health Century and the Emmy-nominated PBS science special Comet Halley.
i-e71db9053ac5baf253a2882135a4f0b9-Carville Graveyard.jpgWilhelm’s latest film captures the history of Carville from its beginning in an abandoned, antebellum sugar plantation 25 miles south of Baton Rouge. Conditions there were horrific, and it took decades for the hauntingly beautiful grounds to become a refuge for leprosy patients from all over the world.

In time, greater understanding about this mysterious ailment emerged from the extensive research conducted at Carville. (Leprosy today is known as Hansen’s disease, named for Gerhard Hansen, the Norwegian discoverer of the bacteria that cause it.) The facility gradually evolved into a more hospital-like environment and later into something that resembled a gated community, complete with golf course, athletic fields, dances and an annual Mardi Gras with hand-me-down costumes from the New Orleans celebration. And out of this unique community came a gift for the entire world: a multi-drug therapy that today is considered a cure.
Patients in the United States no longer are quarantined. With early diagnosis and treatment, they can lead entirely normal lives. In 1999, the U.S. Public Health Service transferred Carville back to the state of Louisiana. Some 5,000 patients had passed through its gates.

Crafted from contemporary interviews, as well as old radio shows, movie news accounts and other archival materials — including an exclusive trove of photographs taken by a longtime patient — “Triumph at Carville” takes viewers inside Carville and introduces them to patients, Daughters of Charity nuns, doctors and staff who lived and worked there.
Photo: Graveyard at Carville, courtesy of Allen Moore/The Wilhelm Group, Inc.

Hockey champions move on to NCAAs

Goalie Zane Kalemba ’10 notched his third shutout of the postseason in Princeton’s 3-0 ECAC Hockey semifinal win over Colgate March 21, and the Tigers continued their hot streak with a 4-1 victory against Harvard in the championship game March 22. Kalemba, who made 35 saves against the Crimson, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
With the ECAC Hockey title in hand, Princeton will move on to face North Dakota in the NCAA Championships March 29 at 3 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Check goprincetontigers.com for information about tickets and regional television coverage of Princeton’s NCAA games.

Perusing PRISM posters

Jacob Tarver, a graduate student in chemical engineering, reads about Princeton research in the Friend Center during the PRISM University-Industry Symposium March 18. The two-day program covered topics in “Materials for Energy” and “Photonics, Sensors, and Networks.”
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

Rising star

Questions and answers with actress Molly Ephraim ’08

What do a religion major from New Hope, Pa., and Donny Osmond have in common? They are related. On screen, that is. In the recently released Walt Disney movie College Road Trip, Molly Ephraim ’08 plays Osmond’s daughter, Wendy. Throughout the movie, the duo terrorizes co-stars Raven Simone and Martin Lawrence with annoyingly cheerful show tunes. Ephraim, in addition to making her big-screen debut, played a murder victim in a recent episode of Law and Order. When not acting off-campus or with the Princeton Triangle Club and University Players, she tries to find time to work on her thesis, an investigation of female figures in Hindu and Buddhist religions. Ephraim recently spoke with The Weekly Blog’s Julia Osellame ’09.

When did you start acting?
My first passion was dancing, which I started when I was really young, 3 or 4. I started acting when I was 8 or 9, but my first professional show when I was 13. My parents always joke that I was asking for an agent for my birthday when I was 10. Most kids that age are asking for a pony. Coming to Princeton after I had done two Broadway shows, I was pretty certain of what I wanted to do with my life, but I wanted to keep my options open.
What was most difficult about your movie debut?
When you’re used doing theater you know the lingo, but when you do a movie, nobody sits you down and says, “Here’s the vocabulary list you need to know.” The first day on set, Donny Osmond was five feet ahead of me and was rehearsing the scene really quietly. I thought he was on vocal rest, something done to save your voice for theater shows. Of course, I couldn’t realize why I was so much louder than everyone. I had forgotten that the microphones pick up your voice, so you don’t need to project as much as you do on stage. The director said I was speaking six decibels higher than everyone else, but that it was great for keeping in Wendy’s character.
Did filming College Road Trip interrupt your summer?
Filming was only four days at the end of the summer. It was a great summer job! I went from working in the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in Chelsea to doing a Disney movie.
What is being on a movie set like?

I was just really happy to be there more than anything else. There isn’t the instant gratification of doing something in front of an audience, but working on a movie is much less stressful than being on Broadway. With all the little perks, it was like I was a kid in a candy store, literally. I’d stash Starbursts in a little purse that I carried. And I was so happy to have my makeup done by somebody else, but the makeup artist could always tell that I was snacking, because my lipstick would come off.
Any upcoming plans?
My next project is my thesis and then after that, I don’t know. I’ve been taking things as they come, which has been great. I’ve been really lucky and one project has been rolling into the next. But I do look forward to auditioning again. A Broadway actor’s schedule isn’t much different than a college student’s ― go to bed after a show at 1 a.m. and wake up at noon. I like being a night owl.

Skating to the semis

i-bae28d49c0600848dee89dd58636f89d-WEB319.jpgThe Tiger mascot glided around Baker Rink between periods during the opener of the men’s hockey team’s ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series against Yale March 14. Princeton won the first and third games of the best-of-three series, with help from two shutouts by goalie Zane Kalemba ’10, to advance to the league semifinals for the first time in a decade. Princeton faces Colgate at 4 p.m. March 21 at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
The NHL Network and Time Warner Sports will broadcast the Princeton-Colgate game live, while SportsNet New York will show the game on tape-delay March 22 at 1 p.m. Three regional networks ― Time Warner Sports, SportsNet New York, and Comcast’s CN8 ― will show the ECAC Hockey championship game live, March 22 at 7 p.m.
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

Names in the news, March madness edition

ESPN ranked Bill Bradley ’65 No. 7 on its list of the 25 Greatest Players in College Basketball. … Longtime Princeton coach Pete Carril was included on USA Today‘s list of the five best college coaches who never reached the NCAA Final Four. … John Thompson III ’88 is back in the NCAA Tournament with his Georgetown team, seeded No. 2 in the Midwest Region. … Former Princeton hoops star Will Venable ’06 is turning heads in baseball’s spring training as a top prospect for the San Diego Padres. … Sports marketing executive Rick Giles ’83 launched a third postseason tournament, the 16-team College Basketball Invitational, with a field that included two teams coached by Princeton alumni. Chris Mooney ’94‘s Richmond squad fell two points short in its upset bit at Virginia March 18, while Brown, led by coach Craig Robinson ’83, lost a close opening-round contest against Ohio University.

More at PAW Online

PAW’s Web Exclusives for the March 19 issue include:
Gregg Lange ’70’s Rally ’Round the Cannon column, which highlights the contributions of the late Hugh de Neufville Wynne ’39 *40, a Princetonian with a “big grin and a nose for quality orange and black junk.” Click here to read more
An essay by Richard M. Waugaman ’70, who dissects the idea that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true author of William Shakespeare’s works. The “smoking gun”? De Vere’s bible, which highlights many of the passages to which Shakespeare alludes. Click here to read more
A profile of Sarah E. Walzer ’82, executive director of the Parent-Child Home Program. The program aims to “bridge the achievement gap for low-income families by empowering parents to see themselves as their children’s first and foremost teachers,” she says. Click here to read more

The Race Beat

Writers who moved the nation

“A rogue Klansman knocked on our door at a motel in Louisiana … [and] cordially invited us to a cow pasture across the road in Mississippi,” said Gene Roberts at a lecture last week, recalling one of many experiences covering issues of race during the 1950s and 1960s.
Under the impression that they were invited to “get the story straight” about the Klan, Roberts and his colleagues ventured out to that Mississippi field. The demonstration they witnessed soon turned so derogatory and threatening that the reporters needed to be escorted out by a V-shaped blockade of robed Klansmen.
Roberts was on campus Feb. 21 to speak about his book, The Race Beat: The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation with co-author Hank Klibanoff. The book, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, explains the media’s coverage of the civil rights struggle and includes personal anecdotes from Klibanoff and Roberts, career journalists who covered many of stories about race before and during the civil rights movement.
Roberts, a native of North Carolina, said he came up with survival techniques that included “speaking Southern” to blend in and imitating FBI agents, to help himself “stay alive” when covering charged mob scenes, like the Klan meeting.
“Often, we don’t recognize that the status quo is a problem, and have more difficulty covering that than we do in covering change,” Roberts said of why the press was at first reluctant to explore the race issue. With the increasing prominence of television coverage and a more pronounced media presence in the South, America started to listen.
Roberts, now a journalism professor at the University of Maryland, worked as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, and The New York Times before becoming the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. “Gene was part of a time when The New York Times had an enormous influence,” Klibanoff said of Roberts’ reporting on race. “It moved the nation.”
Klibanoff reported for the Boston Globe and worked as an editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years. He is now the editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. By Julia Osellame ’09

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Women’s squash | Repeat champions
Princeton’s Emery Maine ’10 dominated the last two games in a 3-1 win over Penn’s Tara Chawla to seal the Princeton’s second consecutive title at the Howe Cup, the sport’s national collegiate championship, at Jadwin Gym Feb. 24. The top-ranked Quakers were a perfect 15-0 entering the match, but the No. 2 Tigers prevailed, 6-3, thanks to strong performances in the middle of the lineup.

Men’s hockey | No goal, but still a win
Late in the second period of Princeton’s men’s hockey game against Cornell Feb. 23, Cam MacIntyre ’10 ripped a rebound into the back of the net for an apparent goal that would have put the Tigers up 3-1. But the puck popped out of the net as quickly as it entered, and the officials and goal judge did not register the score. Cornell, looking to capitalize, opened the third period with a barrage of shots, but Princeton held firm, thanks largely to goalie Zane Kalemba ’10. “If you didn’t look at the fans and didn’t look at the score, you’d think that he was playing a noontime hockey [pick-up] game,” coach Guy Gadowsky said of his poised netminder. “He has such a calming effect.”
Princeton held on for a 2-1 win, locking up a first-round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. Gadowsky, who had argued for MacIntyre’s goal, would not comment on the call after the game, other than to say he was glad it wasn’t a factor in the final outcome.

Women’s basketball | Cowher nears 1,600 points
Basketball star Meagan Cowher ’08 could become the fourth Princeton woman to reach 1,600 points when she plays the final two home games of her career this weekend against Brown (Feb. 29) and Yale (March 1). With five games left on the schedule, Cowher also has an outside shot of becoming Princeton’s all-time scoring leader. She needs 23.6 points per game – 6.6 points more than her season average – to tie Sandi Bittler ’90’s total of 1,683 points.

Oscar-worthy Tigers: Answers to the Feb. 20 Weekly Blog Quiz

Congratulations are in order for four Princetonians: Ethan Coen ’79, Todd Wider ’86, and Jedd Wider ’89, whose films won Oscars on Feb. 24; and Anthony Cerminaro ’76, who correctly identified all six films from last week’s Oscar quiz. The answers were: 1. Scent of a Woman; 2. The Philadelphia Story; 3. Cyrano de Bergerac; 4. A Beautiful Mind; 5. M*A*S*H; Bonus: Alice Adams.

Icing the Ivies

Kaiser ’10 helps men’s hockey sweep Dartmouth, Harvard

Princeton men’s hockey outshot Dartmouth 28-14 in the first two periods at Hobey Baker Rink Jan. 5 and took a commanding 3-0 lead halfway through the third period. But a minute after the third score, the Big Green fired back with a goal of its own. Dartmouth nearly narrowed the gap to one goal when a slapshot popped out of the glove of Princeton goalie Zane Kalemba ’10 and tumbled toward the goal. But center Kevin Kaiser ’10 sprinted to the crease and cleared the puck before it reached the net.
Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky said Kaiser’s defensive recovery was “a tremendous hockey play” that helped to determine the game’s outcome. Brett Wilson ’09 scored a few minutes later, giving Princeton some room to breathe, and the Tigers went on to win 5-2.

PAW AUDIO: Listen to Gadowsky’s description of Kaiser’s open-net save against Dartmouth.
The following night against Harvard, Kaiser again skated into the spotlight at a key moment. With the score tied 1-1 late in the third period, Landis Stankievech ’08 slid to block a Harvard shot. The puck deflected toward Kaiser, who rushed to the opposite net on a breakaway and scored the game-winning goal.
With the two wins, Princeton climbed to a tie for first place in the ECAC Hockey standings and improved to 3-0 in Ivy League games. The Tigers also re-established some much-needed confidence on their home ice, where the team had started 1-6.

“We love to play here, [and] we feel badly about our record here,” Gadowsky said after the Dartmouth win. “We’ve played well on the road, but we haven’t had the big wins here. So this was an opportunity, getting back in league play and having an Ivy League game, to prove that we love playing at Hobey.”

Molecular landscape


The image above, created by graduate student Sieu Ha, is science fiction. Science, because the details were captured by a scanning tunneling microscope, but fiction because the “sky” and “land” are pasted from separate samples (the former is the organic molecule THAP on a gold substrate, exposed to a high background pressure of cobaltocene, while the latter is hexaazatrinaphthylene, also on a gold substrate).

Ha, a fourth-year graduate student in the electrical engineering department who studies the physical and electronic properties of organic materials with Professor Antoine Kahn *78, submitted the image to the Science as Art competition, held in November at the Materials Research Society’s fall meeting in Boston. Ha’s image earned second-place recognition.
Courtesy Sieu Ha

Faculty in the blogosphere: Presidential politics edition

A Dec. 19 New Republic story by Sean Wilentz that examined political pundits’ tendency to build an “emotional attachment to [a] candidate’s oratory or image” sparked a debate about experience vs. instinct on the New Republic‘s Open University blog. … In a Dec. 19 entry on the Huffington Post, Woodrow Wilson School professor Julian Zelizer aligned the three top Democrats with three of the party’s political traditions: populism (John Edwards), anti-politics (Obama), and pragmatic liberalism (Hillary Clinton). … In a Dec. 20 entry on his blog, Freedom’s Power, Woodrow Wilson School professor Paul Starr previewed his article in the January-February American Prospect, “The Democrats’ Strategic Challenge,” which “set[s] out what the Democrats could accomplish if they win the election and take control of the White House and Congress.”

Alumni in the news

Curator Jodi Hauptman ’86 earned acclaim for her Museum of Modern Art exhibition, “Georges Seurat: The Drawings,” which closed Jan. 7. Critic Patricia Zohn wrote in her Huffington Post blog that the exhibit showed “a quiet brilliance that perfectly echoes one of the artist’s defining features: his self-chosen muteness.” … Word of mouth can help underdog candidates keep up with well-funded frontrunners in the presidential primaries, according to a Jan. 6 New York Times op-ed by pollster Mark Mellman ’78 and colleague Michael Bloomfield. Voters tend to trust their neighbors, Mellman said, at least more than they trust what they see in 30-second advertisements. A December poll of Iowa voters found that 69 percent trusted “comments from friends, relatives, and colleagues,” compared to 38 percent who trusted information provided by TV ads. … Colbert Report writer Jay Katsir ’04 discussed life on the writers’ guild picket lines with Metro, a free daily newspaper in New York, Jan. 8. Katsir joked that he has turned on the TV for positive reinforcement. “I have been getting a lot of support from people like Dr. Phil. He helped me today to not be ‘that girl.'”
The Boston Globe‘s Dec. 31 roundup of books to watch for in 2008 mentioned three Princeton alumni: Randall Kennedy ’77, a Harvard Law professor whose book about betrayal in the black community, Sellout: The Politics of Racial Disloyalty, is due out this month; Joseph Nye ’58, the former dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, who will address international affairs in The Powers to Lead: Soft, Hard, and Smart, which will be published in February; and Louis Masur *85, a professor at Trinity College, who will examine a famous photo from Boston’s antibusing demonstrations of 1976 in The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked America, slated for an April release.

History lessons

Exploring the nuances of fear

One aim of the enlightenment was to end the era of fear, according to Gyan Prakash, director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. Scholars hoped to use science, rationality, and knowledge to eliminate the anxieties of the Dark Ages. But, Prakash said, “It turned out to be different.”
Fear endured, taking new forms throughout history, and this year, the Davis Center is taking a closer look at the nuances of fear in several periods, from the Incan empire during the Spanish conquest to fascist Italy in the first half of the 20th century. “I thought that it would be interesting to look at other contexts of fear, so that we don’t always see fear in the context of the present,” Prakash said.

Weekly workshops draw 40 to 50 participants to discuss papers about sources of fear in history. The author’s paper is distributed in advance, and a designated commentator opens the discussion with questions about the research.
Prakash said that Davis Center devotees were very enthusiastic about the idea of studying fear. (Other popular seminar themes have included “utopias and dystopias” and “cities: space, society, and history.”) In addition to papers from historians, the center received submissions from psychoanalysts, political scientists, diplomats, and retired military officers.
Prakash, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, said that the discussions have been building from week to week, despite the seemingly disparate topics. The series resumes its weekly schedule Feb. 7 when Alain Boureau of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales will discuss “Fear as a Passion of the Soul in Scholastic Thought.” A full-day fear workshop is scheduled on April 12. For more information, visit the Davis Center Web site.

Tigers on the ’Tube

If you search for “Princeton” on YouTube, you’re likely to find a range of material not related to the University, from clips of Avenue Q to rock concerts featuring New Jersey teenagers. But the video-sharing site also includes material from Princeton’s student artists, athletes, scientists, engineers, and amateur filmmakers. Here are just a few recent additions spotted by PAW:

Roaring 20 meets Third Eye
A capella singers from the Roaring 20 perform Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” at Richardson Auditorium, with soloist Julian Hertz ’07 front and center.

Let’s hear it for the bio
Molecular biology students learn lab techniques, with inspiration from the movie Footloose.

Goal! Goal! Goal!
CSTV posted highlights from its broadcast of the women’s soccer team’s Oct. 2 win over Rutgers, which gave coach Julie Shackford the program record for wins. Ivy League Player of the Year Diana Matheson ’08 sparkles with two near-perfect assists. Also on YouTube: a maddening moment for Princeton soccer, from a Sept. 17 men’s game against Seton Hall. One of the Pirates scores from near midfield in a clip dubbed the “most incredible soccer goal ever.”

Fine tuning
A team of undergraduate engineers takes a spin through town to make final adjustments to its self-driving truck, which was entered in the DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored contest. Reporter Kevin Coughlin of the Newark Star-Ledger captured the action.

Back to school
In their undergraduate days, Nick Confalone ’03, Brandon Tung ’03, and Andrew Wang ’03 experimented with walking, running, and even talking backwards and then reversing the film and soundtrack to create an amusing video.

Programming note: Princeton-Dartmouth at Baker Rink

The Princeton men’s hockey team’s home game against Dartmouth will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. The game will be Princeton’s first ECAC Hockey game since Dec. 1, when it beat Union 4-3 at Baker Rink. The Tigers also face Harvard Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.