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For the week of September 8-14:
The College goes coed, a NASCAR champion talks with engineering students, the first African American joins the faculty, and more.
September 10, 1981—An ongoing rash of Oriental rug thefts on campus baffles proctors and local police.
September 12, 1996—NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is the first racecar driver to speak at Princeton University, giving a talk on “the human side of engineering” in the parking lot between the Engineering Quad and Bowen Hall.
September 14, 1955—When classes begin on this date, Princeton’s newly appointed first African American professor, Dr. Charles T. Davis, is among the faculty teaching them.
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