Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday: A Chilly Thesis Plunge

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With afternoon temperatures in the 40s, the Class of 2009’s Woodrow Wilson School majors kept their splashing to a minimum after jumping into the Fountain of Freedom to celebrate turning in their senior theses on April 7 that year. Julia Osellame ’09 captured this photo for The Weekly Blog.

For our alumni readers: How did you celebrate finishing your thesis? And what advice would you give to members of the Class of 2014 as they count down their last two months on campus? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

#ThrowbackThursday: Signs of Spring

Mahlon Lovett/Office of Communications

Mahlon Lovett/Office of Communications

Nothing says spring like a game of whiffle ball. Mahlon Lovett of the communications office captured this shot of undergrads in action in 1983, and PAW featured it on the cover of the April 20 issue that year. The names of the players were not provided, so if you can identify them, please let us know in the comments. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Iraq War Demonstrations

(Frank Wojciechowski)

(Frank Wojciechowski)

The start of the U.S.-led war in Iraq in March 2003 brought demonstrations — pro and con — to the steps of Robertson Hall. On the afternoon of March 20, during the University’s spring break, war protesters from the Princeton Peace Network gathered in the rain for a rally, followed by a march through town. The following week a contingent of Princeton students, organized as the Princeton Committee Against Terrorism, rallied in support of the war. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: ROTC at Princeton

Princeton students are a chronically busy crowd — we love to fill our schedules with as many classes, extracurriculars, and social events as possible. And yet, there is a group of Princeton students that goes above and beyond by somehow finding time to also serve their country through ROTC. This fall, the University will welcome back Naval ROTC for the first time since the Vietnam War, partnering with Rutgers to allow students to participate in a “crosstown” training program.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Outdoor Action

Outdoor Action members in the mid-1970s. (Photo: PAW Archives, March 18, 1975)

Outdoor Action members in the mid-1970s. (Photo: PAW Archives, March 18, 1975)

It’s hard to talk to Princeton freshmen without the topic shifting to Outdoor Action, or OA. Last fall, more than 700 members of the Class of 2017 participated in the annual “frosh trip” and over the past 40 years, more than 18,000 Tigers have been able to count trekking into the wilderness as one of their first Princeton memories.

But OA, like any other program, had to have a bit of a growth spurt to get to where it is today. When it first started in 1973, it had only eight participants and took place at the nearby Princeton Blairstown Center. Its original mission was to “propel incoming students into immediate contact with a number of their new classmates under sometimes character-testing conditions.” Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Basketball Heartache, 1959

Coach Cappy Cappon in 1958 with, from left, Jim Brangan ’60, David Fulcomer ’58, Carl Belz ’59, Artie Klein ’60, and Joseph Burns ’59. Herman Belz ’59 replaced Fulcomer in the 1958-59 “iron five.” (Photo: PAW Archives)

Coach Cappy Cappon in 1958 with, from left, Jim Brangan ’60, David Fulcomer ’58, Carl Belz ’59, Artie Klein ’60, and Joseph Burns ’59. Herman Belz ’59 replaced Fulcomer in the 1958-59 “iron five.” (Photo: PAW Archives)

Princeton basketball has enjoyed triumphant moments in March, including a Final Four appearance in 1965, an NIT championship in 1975, and an NCAA Tournament upset of defending-champion UCLA in 1996. But the month has brought its share of heartache as well.

At PAW Online, fans have been sharing their memories of Princeton’s 1989 NCAA Tournament loss to Georgetown, which marks its 25th anniversary this month. In March 1959, 30 years before Alonzo Mourning swatted away the ’89 Tigers’ chances for victory, Princeton endured a last-second loss at the hands of another future NBA star: Dartmouth’s Rudy LaRusso. Continue reading