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Where are we? A PAW blog contest

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The table of contents in PAW’s Dec. 8 issue featured the photo at left above, along with the question, "Where are we?" If you guessed Wallace Hall, you have a good eye for campus buildings. And we’d like you to try another:

 

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Where are we now? Post your answer on PAW’s Facebook page or e-mail it to PAW. The first correct response will earn a prize.

 

UPDATE: Elise Wright ’83 was the first to correctly identify the Lewis Science Library. Become a fan of PAW on Facebook to follow future contests.

Call+Response

Film issues a call for action against human trafficking

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In the call and response chants that rose up among slaves in the United States, the call signified a need and the response meant that “I hear you and I’m going to rescue you.” Musician and activist Justin Dillon uses this musical concept in his debut documentary film, Call+Response, to address the international problem of human trafficking and promote the modern abolitionist movement.

Dillon’s documentary was screened in McCosh 50 Feb. 10, followed by a panel discussion with Professor Cornel West *80, author and journalist Benjamin Skinner, and activist Bridgit Antoinette Evans.

Dillon’s film focuses on the sexual enslavement of young girls in Cambodia, Thailand, India, and the United States, and he includes several familiar faces who have spoken out against this modern form of slavery (among them musicians Moby, Talib Kweli, and Natasha Bedingfield; actresses Ashley Judd and Julia Ormond; journalist Nicholas Kristof; and former ambassador John Miller). With more than 17,000 people trafficked into the United States every year, the problem hits home, advocate Kathy Maskell of the organization Love146 says in the film.

In the discussion that followed the screening, participants spoke about creating sustainable action for the cause. “You have to play to your core competencies,” Skinner explained, highlighting examples of how plastic surgeons, musicians, and movie directors all have given differently to the cause.

In a call to Princeton students to mobilize behind today’s abolitionist movement, Evans explained that “it’s going to require students to start talking amongst themselves. … Students are a core energy in any major social movement, but they have to be organized.”

And, searching for the response, West pointed to the crowded lecture hall, two-and-a-half hours deep into the presentation. Said West: “For Princeton students to stay this long when they’re all so busy is already a sign that they’re hungry and thirsty.” By Sarah Harrison ’09

[Ed. note: Story updated Feb. 13]

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Michelle Obama ’85 joins Nassau Inn wall of fame

Valerie Smith, left, the chairwoman of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies, and sociology department chairman Robert Wuthnow unveil a portrait of Michelle Obama ’85 in the Nassau Inn’s Yankee Doodle Tap Room Feb. 4. The Tap Room wall, an unofficial hall of fame for Princeton alumni, has honored distinguished graduates for more than a half-century.

Obama, whose photo hangs between images of former Secretary of State James A. Baker ’52 and astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad ’53, majored in sociology at Princeton before attending Harvard Law and working as a corporate lawyer and hospital administrator. No word yet on when the first lady plans to autograph the portrait (another Tap Room tradition). Her class will celebrate its 25th reunion in 2010.

(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Cover-worthy: Answers to the Feb. 4 Weekly Blog quiz

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This 1987 alumna was a P-rade sensation in 1986, rising above the Class of 1946 contingent in a Statue of Liberty costume. (It wasn’t the first or last time that her photo was featured on the cover of a magazine.) Answer: Brooke Shields

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PAW’s Oct. 21, 1958, cover shows President Robert Goheen ’40 *48 waiting to begin an interview with this famous CBS News reporter. The cover line reads, simply, “Hello, Ed.” Answer: Edward R. Murrow

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This 1996 cover subject – a Yale Law graduate – was on hand to help Princeton celebrate its 250th anniversary. He returned in 2006 to speak at Class Day. Answer: President Bill Clinton

Famous faces

Cover-worthy: A Weekly Blog quiz

Do any of these PAW covers look familiar? Even if they don’t, you might be able to identify the missing subjects from the clues that accompany them. Take our Weekly Blog quiz and send your answers to btomlins@princeton.edu. If you identify the three missing faces correctly, you could win a vintage PAW poster. Winners will be chosen randomly from the correct submissions.

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This 1987 alumna was a P-rade sensation in 1986, rising above the Class of 1946 contingent in a Statue of Liberty costume. (It wasn’t the first or last time that her photo was featured on the cover of a magazine.)

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PAW’s Oct. 21, 1958, cover shows President Robert Goheen ’40 *48 waiting to begin an interview with this famous CBS News reporter. The cover line reads, simply, “Hello, Ed.”

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This 1996 cover subject — a Yale Law graduate — was on hand to help Princeton celebrate its 250th anniversary. He returned in 2006 to speak at Class Day.

Names in the News

Princeton donors Peter Lewis ’55, Gerhard Andlinger ’52, and Dennis Keller ’63 are among this year’s “Slate 60,” a list of the top charitable contributors in America. [Slate]

Assistant coach Armond Hill ’85 helps to keep the ball moving on offense for the Boston Celtics. [Worcester Telegram & Gazette]

Nobel laureate Gary Becker ’51 is not convinced that the economic stimulus packs enough punch. [CBS News]

San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young ’02 wins the team’s Chariman’s Award for his contributions to the local community. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

Provost Christopher Eisgruber ’83 weighs in on the ideological balance on the Supreme Court. [The New York Times]

Mielke ’07’s Olympic bid falls short

Alumnus Matt Mielke ’07’s quest for a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Curling Team ended Feb. 1 in the challenge round of the U.S. Nationals, held in Mielke’s home state of North Dakota. Mielke’s team, captained by Matt Hames, won three of nine matches in round-robin play, finishing tied for seventh in a 10-team field. The top four teams moved on to the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held Feb. 21-28 in Bloomfield, Colo.

Reunions recap

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Reunions 2008 draws 20,000

With more than 20,000 alumni, family members, and friends attending Reunions Weekend, it may seem difficult for one person to stand out in the crowd. But Malcolm Warnock ’25, left, drew a remarkable amount of attention in Saturday’s P-rade.

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Carrying the Class of 1923 Cane as the oldest alumnus at Reunions (for the fourth time), Warnock rode through campus to waves of applause and cheers. He is 102 years old, set to turn 103 later this month, and the next-oldest alumni in the P-rade were nine years behind him in school. But Warnock did not see reason for all the fuss. “I have received today more completely unwarranted attention than I have ever received in my life,” he said.
The Class of 1983 led the P-rade as this year’s 25th reunion class, and its reunion was the first to be held at Whitman College. Co-chairman Steve Simcox ’83 summed up the new site in one word: “spectacular.” While bands played and class members danced in the Class of 1963 Courtyard, others found a spot for quiet conversations and coffee breaks a staircase away in the Chester Courtyard, where baristas were on duty from morning to midnight.
Photos by T. Kevin Birch

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Remembering 1968

Forty years ago this week, the normally festive Princeton Reunions took on a sober tone as visitors mourned the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy’s funeral train passed through Princeton Junction on Reunions Weekend, bringing the tragedy of the previous Tuesday evening even closer to the thoughts of alumni.
The University cancelled the annual alumni baseball game and rerouted the P-rade to keep festivities on campus, ending the procession at Blair Arch, where the Alumni Association held what William A.B. Paul, the secretary for the Class of 1918, called in his PAW Class Notes column a “dignified meeting” followed by “thoughtful discussions about the turbulent conditions today and those student agitators who are so hard for old Princetonians to underst0and.”
Duncan van Dusen ’58 wrote in PAW’s Class Notes that while Kennedy’s death caused a drop in Reunions attendance, there were some positive returns for those who came to campus. “The modified schedule of events provoked much discussion about the future of the United States, where we are going, and where we ought to be going,” he wrote. “Liberals, moderates, and reactionaries, all equally concerned, exchanged ideas without blows, often nearing agreement if not as to programs, at least as to the problems.”

Answers to the Reunions 2008
Princetoniana Challenge

Congratulations to Ashley Prescott ’06 and Jonathan Sapan ’04, who each scored a perfect 10-for-10 on the Princetoniana Challenge. Both winners received copies of The Best of PAW: 100 Years of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, edited by J.I. Merritt ’66. For readers who were stumped by the quiz, an annotated list of answers is printed below.

Where is…

1. A building that once served as the nation’s capitol for the Continental Congress?
Nassau Hall served as the headquarters of the Continental Congress from July-October 1783.

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2. This display containing skeletons of a modern and a prehistoric tiger?
The skeletons of a modern Bengal tiger and of its evolutionary predecessor, a 28,000-year-old Smilodon or saber-tooth tiger, are on display at the Frist Campus Center, 100 level, by the windows at the rear.
3. The “Fountain of Freedom,” in the center of which is one of the largest bronze castings in the world?
The Fountain of Freedom was designed by James Fitzgerald in 1966 and rises from the Scudder Plaza pool in front of Robertson Hall.
4. The grave of Nathaniel FitzRandolph, donor of Princeton’s original campus?
It is under the eastern arch of Holder Hall and Rockefeller Hall, and there is a plaque explaining the significance of the site. FitzRandolph solicited donations of land and money and donated some of his own land as well. His family’s burial ground was here.

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5. This parking garage, which won a design award from the American Institute of Architects?
The parking garage is next to Bowen Hall at 70 Prospect Avenue (between Olden and Murray Place). Built in 1991 and designed by Machado Silvetti Associates (Boston), the garage won a design award in 1993 from the American Institute of Architects.
6. The statue of a dean who argued about the location of the Graduate School with a future president of the United States–and won the argument?
A statue of Andrew Fleming West (class of 1874), first dean of the Graduate School, is in the Thompson courtyard of the Old Graduate College. Although Woodrow Wilson, as president of Princeton, wanted to build the Graduate College in the main part of campus, West thought that it should have a separate location. West won the argument in 1910 when alumnus Isaac Wyman (Class of 1848) died, leaving a bequest that helped to fund West’s plan. “We’ve beaten the living,” said Wilson to his wife, Ellen, “but we can’t beat the dead.”
7. A building in the shape of an octagon?
The octagonal Chancellor Green building, designed by William A. Potter and dedicated in 1873 as Princeton’s first freestanding library, is now part of the Andlinger Center for the Humanities.

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8. This stained-glass window, called the “Seven Liberal Arts Window”?
The Seven Liberal Arts Window, designed by William and Annie Lee Willet, is at the west end of Procter Hall at the Graduate College.
9. A flag from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton IV, which sank during a battle in 1944?
The flag is in the University Chapel. It came from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton IV, which was commissioned in 1942 and had one of the most distinguished service records among Navy ships during World War II until it was sunk in 1944 during the Second Battle in the Philippine Sea. James Forrestal, class of 1915, presented the ship’s flag to the University when he was Secretary of the Navy in 1944-45.

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10. This word carved into the pavement?
This inscription is on the path from the Dinky to the new Whitman College. It refers to the wording of the letter sent to accepted applicants during the 1988-2003 tenure of Dean of Admission Fred Hargadon. A dormitory at Whitman College is named in honor of Dean Hargadon.
Images courtesy of the Princetoniana Committee. Visit the Princetoniana section of the Princeton University Website for more Princeton lore.

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Campus lore

Take the Reunions 2008
Princetoniana Challenge

Think you know the Princeton campus? The Princetoniana Committee has a quiz for you. Before you march in the P-rade, use your walking shoes and the help of friends and family members to track down answers to these 10 questions. Each object, architectural detail, building, or place is located on campus, stretching from the Graduate College to the E-Quad. Send your answers to PAW for a chance to win one of our prizes. Entries must be received before June 4, when we will post the answers on The Weekly Blog.

Where is…

1. A building that once served as the nation’s capitol for the Continental Congress?

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3. The “Fountain of Freedom,” in the center of which is one of the largest bronze castings in the world?

4. The grave of Nathaniel FitzRandolph, donor of Princeton’s original campus?

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6. The statue of a dean who argued about the location of the Graduate School with a future president of the United States–and won the argument?

7. A building in the shape of an octagon?

i-89cd1b575c661f576b1973784fe182d4-window_PC.jpg8. This stained-glass window, called the “Seven Liberal Arts Window”?

9. A flag from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton IV, which sank during a battle in 1944?

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Images courtesy of the Princetoniana Committee. Visit the Princetoniana section of the Princeton University Website for more Princeton lore.

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PAW will host its first Reunions panel discussion, “PAW-litics 101,” on Friday, May 30, at 1:30 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center’s air-conditioned Film/Performance Theater (room 301). The event will provide an insider’s look at the 2008 presidential campaign from alumni journalists Jim Kelly ’76, managing editor of Time Inc.; Kathy Kiely ’77, a reporter for USA Today; moderator Joel Achenbach ’82 of The Washington Post; Todd Purdum ’82, national editor at Vanity Fair; Juliet Eilperin ’92, a reporter at The Washington Post; Rick Klein ’98, senior political reporter for ABC News; and Andrew Romano ’04, an associate editor at Newsweek.
More information about the full calendar of Reunions events can be found online at the Alumni Association’s Web site.

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John Edwards ’08 catches up on some reading on Cannon Green May 7, during the spring semester reading period. Spring finals begin May 14.
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Seniors honored for top research

Since 2004, the Princeton Undergraduate Research Symposium has provided students with a chance to share some of what they have learned in their independent work with a wider audience – and win prizes in the process.
This year, 42 undergraduates participated in the event’s poster presentations, held in the Carl Icahn Lab atrium March 7. Contestants were judged on a range of criteria that included creativity, scientific thought, demonstration of skill, and communication. Biology and engineering were the most popular categories, drawing 20 and 15 entrants, respectively. Molecular biology concentrator Ryan Corces-Zimmerman ’08 earned the top overall prize and first place in the biology category for his study on how a specific protein affects the longevity of C. elegans, a worm commonly used in lab research. Jerry Moxley ’08, another biologist, placed second overall for his work examining how spotted antbirds search for their prey. Raleigh Martin ’08, a civil and environmental engineer who won the engineering category, placed third overall for his senior thesis examination of Beijing’s summer-season climatology.
Other honorees included Kevin Kung ’08, who earned first place in physical sciences and won the Interdisciplinary Award, and Catherine Digovich ’08, the first-place winner in social sciences.

The Countdown:

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Days until Reunions 2008

Sports shorts

Two Tiger teams vie for Ivy titles; senior pitcher finishes on top

Softball | Tigers to face Harvard in Ivy Championship

Two dramatic come-from-behind wins against Cornell April 27 propelled Princeton softball to the Ivy League’s South Division championship, and with an 18-2 league record, the Tigers also earned the right to host this weekend’s best-of-three championship series against North Division-champ Harvard (14-6 Ivy). The winner earns a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Princeton has been explosive on offense, hitting a school-record 51 home runs this year, including 38 in Ivy games. Harvard aims to counter with strong pitching: Crimson pitchers have allowed just six home runs in 20 Ivy contests. The series will be played at Class of 1895 Field, with the first two games beginning May 3 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The third game will be played May 4 at 12:30 p.m., if necessary.

Men’s lacrosse | Postseason hopes hinge on finale

Princeton men’s lacrosse has seen ups and downs in the last two weekends, upsetting then-No. 3 Cornell April 19 but losing at Dartmouth April 26. The Tigers still have the inside track for a share of the Ivy title and, with a tiebreaker over Cornell, the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. But to claim that prize, Princeton must beat Brown May 3 in Providence. (Princeton, Brown, and Cornell each have one loss in Ivy play.)

Baseball | Miller ’08 holds Cornell hitless

Steven Miller ’08’s final start as a Princeton pitcher had a rocky beginning: Two walks, an error, a hit batsman, and another walk in the first inning gave Cornell an early 2-0 lead. But Miller settled down, striking out 10 Big Red batters in seven innings and never allowing a hit in what would be a 3-2 Princeton victory April 27.
Miller was the first Tiger pitcher to throw a complete-game no-hitter since Randy Blevins ’73 accomplished the feat against Columbia in his senior year. Miller’s win, he told The Daily Princetonian, “was probably the ugliest no-hitter that’s ever been thrown. But to do that in my last collegiate start, that was definitely special.”

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Ryan Dowd ’11 takes a break from getting hit in the face with whipped-cream-and-fudge-syrup pies from a charity pie toss held April 26 at Communiversity, Princeton’s town-gown street fair.
Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

A fresh Take on modern dance

Take Dance Company, a New York group with ties to two Princeton generations, will open its spring show May 15 at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. Sharon Park ’02 and Kristen Arnold ’06 are among Take’s principal dancers, and the group’s board includes James Kraft ’57, who was instrumental in the company’s founding four years ago, Henry Bessire ’57, and Louise Bessire, Henry’s wife.
Take draws its name from Takehiro Ueyama, the company’s founding choreographer and artistic director. “Dancing today can look like an exhausting dash to the finish line,” Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times wrote in one review of Ueyama’s work. “Mr. Ueyama brings a soft and silky calm and sunny sweetness to everything he does.” For more information about Take’s May 15, 16, and 17 shows, visit the company’s Web site, takedanceny.com.

Answers to the April 23 Weekly Blog Quiz (Letter locales)

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From: Frist Campus Center, which still bears the inscription of its former name, the Palmer Physical Laboratory.

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From: The School of Architecture, recently renovated with a new glass entryway.

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From: West College, which carries the labels “North West” and “South West” over its two entrances.

The Countdown:

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Days until Reunions 2008