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Top five most-commented stories of 2010

Every story, letter, and blog post at PAW Online and on The Weekly Blog offers the chance to comment. These five stories were the most popular discussion points for Princeton Alumni Weekly readers in 2010.
1. Temperatures rising
PAW’s March 17 story about faculty global-warming skeptics Robert Austin and William Happer *64 drew responses from supporters and detractors… Read more
2. Finding a new purpose
Readers were inspired by Noel Valero ’82 *86, who suffers from the painful movement disorder dystonia and has become a leading advocate for those with the rare disease… Read more
3. Perspective: A good and perfect gift
Amy Julia Truesdell Becker ’98 told the story of how having a daughter with “limitations” helped her break through boundaries as a mother… Read more
4. No club hopeful left behind?
Alumni responded to a new proposal for an eating-club selection plan that could be an alternative to the current bicker process… Read more
5. Return to Dachau
A Web Exclusive essay by Alan W. Lukens ’46 told the story of his visit to the concentration camp he’d helped to liberate 65 years earlier… Read more
More stories from 2010: The Year at Princeton
Year at Princeton stories from past years: 2009 2008 2007 2006

Top five sports headlines of 2010

1. Women’s basketball sprints into history
Princeton’s five starters — along with a deep, versatile bench — enjoyed unprecedented success, including team records for scoring average (70.7 points per game), wins (26), and longest winning streak (21 games). Most importantly, Princeton earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament… Read more
2. Cross country wins Ivies, finishes strong at NCAAs
Donn Cabral ’12 won the Ivy Heps with the second-fastest time in meet history, headlining a Princeton victory and a sweep of this year’s team and individual honors. Earlier, the Tiger women, led by champion Alex Banfich ’12, earned their fifth straight Ivy title. Both teams would go on to top-15 finishes at the NCAA Championships… Read more
3. Men’s soccer makes history with Ivy sweep
Beginning with a 3–1 win over Richmond, the Tigers won 12 consecutive contests, the longest single-season winning streak in team history. By beating Yale in November, Princeton completed the program’s first perfect Ivy season… Read more

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Top alumni newsmakers of 2010

After much deliberation, we’ve narrowed our list of top alumni newsmakers to six standouts in business, sports, the arts, and public service, presented below in alphabetical order. Add your write-in candidates or thoughts about our top six in the comments section.
Jeff Bezos ’86
The Amazon.com chief has staying power: 11 years after his appearance as Time’s Person of the Year, he was named one of the CEOs of the decade by Marketwatch.com. 
Jason Garrett ’89
A midseason promotion made the former Tiger star Princeton’s first NFL head coach. Through six games at the helm, his Dallas Cowboys are 4-2.
Elena Kagan ’81
This year, Kagan went from arguing cases in front of the nation’s highest court – as solicitor general – to serving on it as a Supreme Court justice.
W.S. Merwin ’49
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Merwin again joined elite company in the world of letters by becoming the 17th poet laureate of the United States.
David Petraeus *85 *87
In June, Petraeus left the U.S. Central Command to take over new responsibilities as the top American commander in Afghanistan, replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Terri Sewell ’86
One of Princeton’s newest alumni in Congress, Sewell, an Alabama Democrat, made history as the first African-American woman to represent her state.
Photos: Wikipedia (Bezos, Garrett, Kagan, and Petraeus); Library of Congress (Merwin); Sewell for Congress (Sewell).

Top five campus headlines of 2010

Our annual year in review series kicks off with the top headlines of 2010, as selected by the PAW staff. Add your favorites in the comments section below.
1. New selection process proposed for clubs
In May, after seven months of study, a task force concluded that the University and its students are “well served” by the eating clubs, but proposed a new method for selecting members that is modeled after the medical-school match program… Read more
2. A 14.7% investment return as Princo ‘stays the course’
Princeton’s investments grew 14.7 percent in the year ending June 30, rebounding from the heavy losses suffered during the financial crisis and outpacing all but one Ivy League school… Read more
3. Malkiel plans to step down after 24 years as dean of the college
In September, Nancy Weiss Malkiel announced her intention to step down as dean, a post she has held since 1987, at the end of this academic year. She will depart as Princeton’s longest-serving dean of the college, responsible for the undergraduate academic program… Read more

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