This Week in Princeton History for September 14-20

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the infirmary surprises incoming freshmen with a nude photo requirement, a water shortage prevents students from showering, and more.

September 14, 1887—Although the name of the school is still The College of New Jersey, the New York Herald Tribune reports that its alumni have all been referring to it as Princeton University and that it is “a university in everything save the name.”

September 17, 1989—Virginia Cha ’86 is named first runner up in the Miss America pageant and wins a $20,000 scholarship, which Cha says she plans to use to pursue graduate studies in journalism. She will later become a news anchor for ABC 10 in San Diego.

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Virginia Cha ’86 modeling at a local fashion show in Princeton in February 1986. Photo from the Daily Princetonian.

September 19, 1966—The Daily Princetonian reports that McCosh Infirmary has surprised everyone by re-instituting the practice of photographing incoming freshmen in the nude.

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A Daily Princetonian cartoonist’s interpretation of the experience of incoming freshmen.

September 20, 1999—In response to a water shortage caused by Tropical Storm Floyd, the University closes nearly all athletic showers, Baker Rink, DeNunzio Pool, and most of the campus laundry facilities. Students are asked not to shower or wash their clothes. This, combined with an air conditioning shutdown in many campus buildings, makes for a grungy Monday.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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