In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, an Olympian’s visa is revoked, laundry services are scarce, and more.
July 31, 1996—Media Services loses about 30% of its equipment and three staff members are stranded on an elevator in 3-foot-high water when a flash flood fills the basement of New South Hall.
August 1, 1874—Today’s issue of Harper’s Weekly includes a sketch of the finish in the College of New Jersey’s (Princeton’s) first Intercollegiate Regatta on Lake Saratoga. Princeton’s froshes won their event, while the varsity team took last place.
August 5, 2008—Joey Cheek ’11 will be unable to attend the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. His Chinese visa is revoked today due to his outspoken support of Sudanese refugees.
August 6, 1943—Remarking that “One of the newer and more irritating aspects of a liberal education these days is of learning how to wash clothes,” because laundry services are scarce during World War II, the Daily Princetonian offers advises students to clean their clothes as well as themselves in the dorm showers.
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