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Merwin ’48, Bradley ’80 Featured in New Films

Bob Bradley ’80 (Courtesy PBS)

Bob Bradley ’80 (Courtesy PBS)

Two Princeton alumni will be featured in documentary films released this month: W.S. Merwin ’48, a former poet laureate of the United States and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is profiled in Even Though the Whole World Is Burning, which premieres June 8 at the Maui Film Festival; and Bob Bradley ’80, a former coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team, is the central figure of American Pharaoh, a film about Egypt’s national team that will air on PBS stations beginning June 16. Continue reading

Introducing PAW’s 2014 Reunions Guide

Click on the cover to download a PDF of the 2014 Reunions Guide. (Illustration by Michael Witte ’66)

Click on the cover to download a PDF of the 2014 Reunions Guide. (Illustration by Michael Witte ’66)

PAW’s 2014 Reunions Guide will be available at all class registration sites and selected locations on campus. It features plans for the major-reunion classes, news about art exhibitions, interviews with Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp ’89 and rising opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo ’04, and more.

To download a PDF of the guide, click on the cover photo.

Girl Scouts Explore Science at PPPL Event

Atiba Brereton, a diagnostic engineer at PPPL, looks on as Mackenzie Keane, left, a fourth grader from East Brunswick, N.J., and Shreya Joshi, a fifth grader from West Windsor, N.J., try their hands at a cryogenics experiment at PPPL. (Courtesy Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications)

Atiba Brereton, a diagnostic engineer at PPPL, looks on as Mackenzie Keane, left, a fourth grader from East Brunswick, N.J., and Shreya Joshi, a fifth grader from West Windsor, N.J., try their hands at a cryogenics experiment at PPPL. (Courtesy Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications)

Princeton alumni, graduate students, and staff helped to encourage local girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math at the first Girl Scout STEM Fair, held at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) May 17.

Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman ’81, who has been working with Girl Scouts USA on the organization’s science platform for the last nine years, and Theresa Gillars, a Girl Scout leader and senior staff accountant at PPPL, began outlining plans for the event late last year. There was room for about 300 Girl Scouts from central and southern New Jersey, and the spots filled in two weeks, well in advance of the fair — a sign that girls have a strong and underserved interest in the sciences, Rowe-Rendleman said. Continue reading

Alumna Builds Support for Public Radio in Ukraine

Dora Chomiak ’91 has family ties to Ukraine and first traveled to the country in 1989, before her junior year at Princeton, to do research as a politics major. After finishing a senior thesis about local government in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, she returned to Kiev for three years, working for a center that aimed to incubate independent news organizations following the fall of the Iron Curtain.

hromadskeradioMany of Chomiak’s friends in Ukraine continue to work in the news media, including several at Hromadske Radio, a new public-radio network. In the turbulent days that led to the ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, Chomiak, a New York-based marketing professional, and an American colleague joined with Hromadske Radio journalists to generate support for the network’s programming. A three-week crowd-funding campaign raised more than $17,000; Princeton classmates were among the supporters, she said. Continue reading

New at PAW Online: Remembering Dean Fred; Alumni Day; Jeopardy! Champ

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What once was called the Letters section of PAW is now known as Inbox, a nod to the fact that readers contact us through various channels: online comments, Facebook, Twitter, email, and yes, letters too. The recent outpouring of remembrances following Dean Fred Hargadon’s death illustrated this point. We invite you to read an expanded selection of the messages we received.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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New at PAW Online: Tigers in Hollywood; Remembering Princeton-Georgetown; Alumni Books

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PAW readers may be familiar with alumni Oscar winners like Ethan Coen ’79, José Ferrer ’33, and Jimmy Stewart ’32, but how many remember Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage? They were the directors of Princeton: A Search for Answers, a 1973 recruitment film that won an Academy Award for documentary, short subject. Our resident historian, Gregg Lange ’70, tells the story in his latest column.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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Volcker ’49 Speaks About Restoring Confidence in Government, Educating Future Leaders

Public institutions must regain the confidence of the American people, Paul A. Volcker ’49, former chair of the Federal Reserve, said in a lecture in Robertson Hall on Feb. 7. 

“I’ve never doubted the importance of our public institutions or the need for constant vigilance by our public leaders, by regulation institutions, and by our citizens generally. Today you can sense that those central propositions are questioned,” Volcker said.

Paul A. Volcker ’49 (Photo: Ellis Liang ’15)

With his dry humor, Volcker elicited laughs from the audience even as he critiqued public administration and how universities educate future civil servants. He confessed that he had shied away from making speaking appearances but could not resist an invitation from his alma mater to speak about good governance.

“In that context, my speech can be both definitive and exceedingly short. The current state of our governing bodies is poor. Quite simply, they are not meeting the needs of our citizens. Are there questions?” Volcker said, jokingly.

Transitioning into a more serious tone, Volcker pointed out that while a certain amount of skepticism is an integral part of our government, what was once healthy skepticism has turned into corrosive distrust.

“No democracy — no government of the people, by the people, for the people, in Abraham Lincoln’s stirring words — can flourish or exist if the people themselves have lost confidence in the governing processes,” he said.

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New at PAW Online: Lives Lived and Lost, An Appreciation; More Princeton Sounds; New Music

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In the Feb. 5 issue, PAW pays tribute to alumni who died in 2013. It is intended to coincide with the annual Service of Remembrance, a beautiful and affecting service held each Alumni Day in the University Chapel. As we noted in our inaugural tribute last year, the alumni featured are not necessarily those who were well known or made extraordinary contributions to public life, though some were and did. Instead, PAW writers focused on ways of thinking and acting that set these alumni apart in large or small ways.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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Hsiao ’05 Helps To Put NFL on the Map in China

Super Bowl Sunday coincides with the celebration of a new year in China — the year of the horse. A good sign, perhaps, for the Denver Broncos? The story line may not seem particularly interesting to American fans, but it could be a draw for the viewers that Stephanie Hsiao ’05 cares most about.

San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana plays catch with a Chinese student while visiting the Great Wall of China in November 2013. (Photo: © Stephen Shaver/ZUMA Wire/

Hsiao works in Shanghai for NFL China and has spent the last five years marketing America’s most popular sport to the world’s most populous nation. She returned to New Jersey this week as a liaison for Chinese broadcasters and journalists covering the Super Bowl.

Football viewership has seen steady growth in China, both on television and online, Hsiao told PAW, and the game is beginning to find its niche as a participation sport. The NFL sponsors a 36-team intercollegiate flag football league, and a handful of youth and adult teams have sprung up in major cities.

Visits from NFL stars and cheerleading squads have helped to spark interest. (Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was the latest to tour the country.) Chinese fans often are drawn to the NFL because it’s different from other sports, Hsiao said, but new fans need to learn basics that even casual fans in the United States would take for granted. “You might not be able to explain what a 4-3 defense is, but [in the U.S.] everybody knows what a quarterback is and what a quarterback does,” she said.

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Remembering ‘Dean Fred’: Share Your Stories

The death of Fred Hargadon, a former admission dean known to a generation of students as “Dean Fred,” has drawn scores of tributes and words of thanks on social media, blogs, and in campus publications. In a memorial released by the Office of Communications, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 called Hargadon “a legendary figure in the lives of thousands of Princetonians.” Harold Shapiro *64, the University president during most of Hargadon’s tenure, told PAW that “for many students, he is the person they remember the most from Princeton.” And longtime Director of Athletics Gary Walters ’67 called Hargadon “the Moses of admissions deans,” in a Daily Princetonian interview.

Alumni who received one of Hargadon’s famous “Yes!” letters were particularly active on Facebook and Twitter, expressing gratitude for the opportunities that came with admission to Princeton. Student-athletes recalled Dean Fred as a consistent presence at games and meets, and Triangle Club alumni remembered him as the inspiration for a pair of favorite tunes from the late ’90s, “When He Says No,” and “YES!” A 2001 video of the former — featuring a Hargadon cameo and sung by Liz Greenberg ’02 — is included below.

PAW is collecting memories and stories of Dean Fred for a future issue of the magazine. If you have a memory to share, please leave a comment or send an email to


Richards ’85 Brings New Comedy to the Screen

Hoyt Richards, left, and Jon Huck in a scene from Dumbbells. (Photo: Courtesy Dumbbells the Movie)

Actor and screenwriter Hoyt Richards ’85 has followed an unusual path since leaving Princeton. After a chance encounter with a New York talent scout in his student days, the former Tiger football player started modeling and acting in commercials. He moved into modeling full time following graduation, appearing in the pages of major fashion magazines for more than a decade, and transitioned to acting in the late 1990s. Life in the movie business kindled an interest in writing, and this week, his first feature film, the R-rated comedy Dumbbells, will make its debut in theaters and on video-on-demand. 

The movie, co-written with Brian Drolet, stars Drolet as a former basketball phenom and personal trainer and Richards as a former model producing a reality TV show in a Los Angeles gym. Richards’ character, Jack Guy, was a star quarterback at Yale — he’s a bit pompous, Richards jokes, so the alma mater seemed to fit. Filled with locker-room humor and a handful of famous faces in supporting roles (Tom Arnold, Jaleel White, Fabio), Dumbbells pays homage to the dialogue-driven comedies of Richards’ teen years — movies like Stripes and Caddyshack. But it’s not all cameos and crass gags, Richards insists: “We wanted to give it some heart.”

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What’s New at PAW Online: Jan. 6, 2014

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Is anything secret anymore? What can metadata reveal about your daily life? How much do advertisers know about what you do online? In our special issue on privacy, alumni and faculty experts address these questions and many others. We invite you to participate in the conversation by sharing your comments at PAW Online.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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Princeton Footnotes To Make TV Debut Tonight

The Princeton Footnotes have a handful of mottos, passed down through generations of students. Jonathan Schwartz ’14, the all-male a cappella group’s current president, has one particular favorite: “Taking silly seriously since 1959.”

The Princeton Footnotes are one of 10 groups competing on The Sing-Off. (Photo: Courtesy NBC)

As Schwartz and his fellow Footnotes prepare to watch their debut on NBC’s The Sing-Off, they’re hoping that the silly and serious shine through on screen. The group aims to have fun, he said, but they also want to be on the leading edge of choral performance. “A cappella is cool again, in certain circles, and there are a lot of innovative things going on in this small community,” Schwartz said.

The Sing-Off, now in its fourth season, aims to capitalize on the cool factor. (Promos mention, among other things, the cult-favorite movie Pitch Perfect.) Beginning Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central, 10 teams will compete for a recording contract in a two-week, seven-episode series. Footnotes members and fans will watch the debut at a Frist Campus Center viewing party, sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.

Schwartz said that simple changes, like singing with microphones and remembering new choreography, made the TV experience much different than a typical gig. It also was an “incredibly emotional experience,” he said, because when the Footnotes finished singing their opening song, several friends were in the audience, waving signs and wearing the group’s T-shirts.

After NBC finishes airing the Footnotes’ Hollywood run, the group has another memorable trip on its calendar: In late January, members will be touring Israel during intercession.

WATCH: Below, an NBC interview with Footnotes members Jonathan Schwartz ’14, Adam Hyndman ’12, and Josh Lavine ’10.

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What’s New at PAW Online: Dec. 2, 2013

What does Princeton sound like? Inspired by Professor Emily Thompson *92’s research on the sounds of New York City in the 1920s, featured in this issue’s cover story, we asked one of our interns to record and share some of his favorite campus sounds. Listen to what he collected — and tell us what your favorite Princeton sounds are in the comments. We’ll do our best to record your suggestions and post them in a follow-up collage.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
Hear Martin Page ’16’s collection of campus sounds, from the Fountain of Freedom to the coffee shop. LISTEN
Princeton’s Ivy League co-champion football team celebrated another Big Three bonfire with students, alumni, and others on a freezing night in November. WATCH
Gregg Lange ’70 finds an unexpected gift in the form of a Civil War-era student’s immaculate math notebook. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
Read about a handful of projects developed at HackPrinceton, including a musical staircase and the viral Facebook app What Would I Say?. READ MORE
Listen to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” from Adegoroye’s new album of Christmas songs, recorded during her senior year at Princeton. LISTEN
Members of the Princeton Opera Company and the Ellipses slam-poetry team gave World War I poems new life in a Nov. 11 performance. WATCH
PAW contributor Christopher Connell ’71 caught up with 15 of the 32 professors who transferred to emeritus status in June. READ MORE



Listening for the ‘Pitch of the Past’
Peddlers, jackhammers, whistles: Historian Emily Thompson *92 lets you hear the sounds of life in 1920s New York City.

Passing the Torch
A wave of retirements eases the way for a younger, more diverse faculty.

A Hub in China
Amid concerns over intellectual freedom, Princeton will open a new center in Beijing.

Going Inside a Cell
Haw Yang is working to build a tiny lab that can travel into a cell.

Decoding a Dog’s Brain
Humans leave an impression on our four-legged friends. Could it be love?

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ROTC Director Honors Veterans at Chapel Service

The director of Princeton’s ROTC program, Lt. Col. Peter G. Knight, paid tribute to the University’s military veterans across generations during the annual Veterans Day service Nov. 11.

Bronze memorial stars at West College. (Photo: Brett Tomlinson/PAW)

“Princetonian military service dates from our most recent conflicts all the way back to the days of James Madison [1771], as a young military colonel in the American War for Independence,” Knight told a gathering of about 100 in the University Chapel. “It is indeed an incredible legacy.”

Citing figures that less than 1 percent of the U.S. population will ever serve in a military uniform, Knight said that observances like Veterans Day help keep the military connected to American society while also honoring all veterans.

He cited several alumni “who have followed [Princeton’s] selfless ideas into the profession of arms”: Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley ’80, commander of NATO ground forces in Afghanistan; Brig. Gen. Christopher Cavoli ’87, deputy commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division; Ambassador Alan Lukens ’46, who as an Army PFC helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945; and former congressman James Marshall ’72, who took a leave of absence from the University to serve in Vietnam as special operations platoon sergeant.

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Glee Club Hosts Yale for Centennial Concert Nov. 15

The Princeton University Glee Club performs at the 2012 Princeton-Harvard concert. (Courtesy Princeton University Glee Club)

In both presentation and voice, the Princeton University Glee Club embodies refined harmony, donning tuxedos and dresses while performing classical vocal selections. But for two nights each year, the members take on a different role, leading festive and feisty preludes to Princeton’s rivalry football games against Harvard and Yale.

Singing medleys of fight songs tends to draw the rowdiness out of otherwise placid audiences. Concertgoers have been known to launch paper airplanes, interrupt the music with hoots and cheers, and kidnap club mascots (stuffed animals, thankfully, not costumed students).

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What’s New at PAW Online: Nov. 11, 2013

Alumni who came back for the Princeton-Harvard football game last fall enjoyed a stunning comeback win by the Tigers. This year, the Princeton-Yale weekend (Nov. 15-17) promises more excitement: The football team is aiming for its first Ivy League title since 2006, and the weekend schedule includes tailgates, concerts, and shows. Visit PAW Online throughout the week for previews of the game and other campus events.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
Putnam, the director of the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, speaks about the lingering fascination with JFK and the greatest accomplishment of his unfinished presidency. READ MORE
PAW digs into the archives to identify some of Princeton football’s most memorable victories against the Bulldogs. Add your favorite Princeton-Yale memories in the comments. READ MORE
Gregg Lange ’70 explores the exploits of Hobey Baker 1914 on the gridiron, on the ice, and in the skies during World War I. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
Listen to “Gloria,” a track from a new CD, directed by Urquhart, that highlights the work of often-overlooked Franco-Flemish composer Pierrequin de Thérache. LISTEN
Browse photos from the archives recently featured on the Weekly Blog, including this one of the Triangle Club kickline in 1933. VIEW



Buddy Story
In this script, two college friends dream of the big time, muddle through rejection, and come away with TV’s top honor.

Tigers and Dinosaurs
In the golden age of paleontology, Princetonians joined in the “Bone Wars” to build a renowned collection — even if that sometimes meant academic hanky-panky.

Fresh Look at Grading
President Eisgruber ’83 asks faculty members to review Princeton’s grade-deflation policy, despised by many students.

Many Minds, Many Stripes
A conference for graduate alumni welcomes them back as full members of the Princeton fold.

Capturing Stillness
A retrospective of photographer Emmet Gowin’s career displays intimate portraits.

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#ThrowbackThursday: A Princeton President in China

As President Eisgruber ’83 travels through Asia during fall break this week, we reminisce about a previous president’s journey to China in December 1974. President William Bowen *58, part of a delegation of 13 American university presidents and educators, spent most of his three-week visit touring educational institutions, including six major universities, several middle and elementary schools, and the Institute of Physics. 

(PAW Archives: Jan. 28, 1975)

During his trip, PAW reported, Bowen was struck by the small percentage of Chinese students who attended university (then only about 400,000 in a nation of more than 900 million). Students were required to spend at least two years working in a factory or on a commune before university, a Cultural Revolution policy aimed at preventing the creation of a new elite. Bowen worried about how the Albert Einsteins of the world — “someone who is very bright but who may be a miserable worker” — would fare in such a system. When he raised the question, he was told that “no such people exist.”

Bowen did take some positive lessons from the Chinese education system, noting that universities encouraged students to be more familiar with the world and the society around them — an area in which American institutions “haven’t always done as well as we might."

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What’s New at PAW Online: Oct. 21, 2013

With congressional approval ratings in the cellar after a 16-day government shutdown, this may not be an ideal time to be highlighting the work of alumni politicians and pollsters. But two articles in the Oct. 23 issue — about alumni who’ve run for office and the work of strategist Mark Mellman ’78 — offer some encouraging perspectives on electoral politics. Ravi Sangisetti ’03, a Louisiana Democrat who lost his bid for a House seat in 2010, told reporter Kathleen Kiely ’77 that raising money and shaking 25,000 hands was an “amazing experience,” even though it came with doses of rejection and humiliation: “I had an opportunity as a young person to experience other people’s lives and understand what they were going through.”
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

Princeton was front row, center in the theater of the mind when Orson Welles performed War of the Worlds 75 years ago this month. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
Ward tells the story of her daughter’s transition from high school to college — and the informal study carrel that went from a table of gloom to one of promise. READ MORE
Read remarks by Hunter Rawlings *70, left, president of the Association of American Universities, and Professor Deborah Prentice, delivered at the installation of President Eisgruber.
Read a profile of Decker in the Oct. 23 issue, and watch a trailer from her new film, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, at PAW Online. WATCH



A ‘Prince of Polling’
When a Democratic candidate needs data to win a race, Mark Mellman ’78 is likely to get the call.

Running the Race
Despite the state of politics, these alumni don’t regret their trips down the campaign trail.

President Eisgruber’s installation features a defense of liberal arts — and a big party.

Q&A: Frank Sharry ’78 on Immigration Reform
Sharry, the founder and executive director of America’s Voice, sees public support for reform that combines a path to citizenship with strong enforcement.

Smarter Smart Phones
Electrical engineering professor Mung Chiang helps to clear congestion on the information superhighway.

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What’s New at PAW Online: Oct. 7, 2013

When Christopher Eisgruber ’83 was introduced as Shirley Tilghman’s successor last April, we began to learn more about the provost, a Nassau Hall fixture since 2004. In the Oct. 9 cover story, classmate and PAW senior writer Mark F. Bernstein ’83 provides a portrait of Princeton’s new president, highlighting his sense of humor, his musical tastes, his deep interest in ethics, and his plans for the coming year.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor
Tour Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg with co-founder Jonathan Butler ’92, a flea-market entrepreneur at the center of New York’s artisanal food movement. WATCH
Why did Dean of the Faculty David Dobkin start collecting bottle caps? “Because they were just too good to throw away.” See images of the dean’s ephemera, featured in a recent campus art exhibit. VIEW
In his new book, Breach of Trust, Andrew Bacevich *82 looks at how the American public views the military. READ MORE
Columnist Gregg Lange ’70 reflects on the NSA revelations by looking back at the University’s move away from classified research. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
The Class of 2017 is the most diverse in Princeton history. But how does it stack up with previous ’17s? Check out our comparison of the classes of 1817, 1917, and 2017. READ MORE



Eisgruber Takes Charge
The new occupant of One Nassau Hall is a folk-rock fan with a sharp sense of humor and a deep interest in ethics — and a plan to spend the year listening.

In a Nation’s Service
This new college has roots in Princeton, but it was created for a place 5,700 miles away.

Fresh Faces
A new president greets a new class, Princeton’s most global, selective, and diverse.

Q&A: William Ruckelshaus ’55 on the Watergate Scandal
The former deputy attorney general reflects 40 years after the so-called Saturday Night Massacre.

Trustees’ Report Urges Stepped-Up Diversity Efforts
A trustee report faults Princeton for not coming “close to looking like America today.”

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Tilghman, Shapiro *64, Ambar *94, and Chopp Discuss the Future of Higher Education

Despite its number one spot on college rankings, Princeton must continue to experiment with how it educates students, former University president Harold Shapiro *64 said at a Sept. 29 conversation on education.

From left, Charles Gibson ’65, Carmen Twillie Ambar *94, Harold Shapiro *64, Rebecca Chopp, and Shirley Tilghman participated in a Sept. 29 conversation about higher education, presented by the Princeton Adult School. (Photo: Ellis Liang ’15)

The conversation, held in the Friend Center, was part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Princeton Adult School, a nonprofit organization that offers classes for adult residents of the Princeton area. University trustee and former ABC News anchor Charles Gibson ’65 discussed changes in higher education with four current or former college presidents: Shapiro, Shirley Tilghman, Carmen Twillie Ambar *94 of Cedar Crest College, and Rebecca Chopp of Swarthmore College.

Tilghman pointed out that at Princeton, one significant ongoing change is the diversity of the student body. “We have to continue to do a much better job at finding highly talented students from all over the world, and we’ve got to find them in all socioeconomic categories,” she said.

Tilghman also stressed that there still remain many high-achieving low-income students who are not getting the education they deserve and that Princeton should increase efforts to reach out to them.

Chopp added that at Swarthmore, not only is today’s student body more diverse in terms of socioeconomic status, but it is also more diverse in terms of learning styles. According to Chopp, one way institutions are addressing this change is by using technology to enhance education.

“I think about teaching in the future as improv jazz instead of handing down knowledge over generations,” she said. “We’re going to see more and more hands-on learning, more and more flipped classrooms, which means the students are first watching the lecture in their bedrooms and going in to the seminars.”

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Tiger Tailgaters Reach a Milestone

Tom ’56 and Joanne Meeker are pictured at the Princeton–Lehigh football game Sept. 21, following their 25th wedding-anniversary tailgate at Cap and Gown Club. More than 100 people — Cap alumni and friends and family of 1956 — partied in honor of the couple, who have organized tailgates at the eating club for the past 28 years.

Tom Meeker ’56 and wife Joanne celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary before the Sept. 21 football opener against Lehigh. (Photo: Fran Hulette)

The first tailgate in 1985, according to Tom Meeker, was “just eight of us — myself, Dave Jordan [’56], and a six-pack. Now we set up four tables and two tents.” Former ’56 class president Royce Flippin credits the Meekers with fostering great class spirit through the tailgates, which also feature performances by the University Band. The Meekers provide “munchies” for band members at every home game and helped solicit $3,499 in donations for the band from ’56 tailgaters last year.

Class members hope their tailgate tradition will be continued by younger classes, but for now, Tom Meeker plans to keep his tailgates going. “It’s like eating peanuts,” he says. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”

Gellman ’82 Discusses Snowden in Wilson School Talk

There has never been anything like Edward Snowden’s leak of hypersensitive NSA information, reporter Barton Gellman ’82 said in a Sept. 17 talk at the Woodrow Wilson School. Not even the Wikileaks documents were as highly classified.

Gellman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Woodrow Wilson School author-in-residence, joined former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer, who served as moderator, to discuss the Snowden affair in front of a full house at Dodds Auditorium. Gellman, who has played a leading role in The Washington Post’s coverage of the NSA surveillance programs, began the talk by explaining how he came into contact with Snowden, initially through a colleague who received information in encrypted messages from the former NSA employee.

On the subject of NSA operations and secrecy, Gellman said, “The NSA has, with court authority for seven years and without court authority for some years before that, collected the records of every single phone call that all of you made.” Most members of Congress did not understand what the executive branch had authorized, he said, adding that the NSA can keep its operations secret because the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court “relies entirely on the NSA to self-report.”

So were Snowden’s actions justified?

Snowden’s argument for doing what he did was to give the public a broad understanding of what the government was doing, according to Gellman. The revelations have raised the question of how to balance liberty and security — a question that, in Gellman’s view, remains unanswered. Gellman also said that he had yet to see a poll in which more Americans saw Snowden as a traitor than as someone who promoted an important debate.

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What’s New at PAW Online: Sept. 17, 2013

As Princeton begins its academic year, the Princeton Alumni Weekly has returned with a new look — our first redesign in more than a decade. In addition to visual changes on the cover and in the magazine, we have added two new sections (Life of the Mind, focusing on Princeton research; and That Was Then, our back-page history feature) and revised several others. You can read more about the changes in my From the Editor column. We consider the redesign to be part of an evolution, not a revolution, and we invite you to share your reactions to the new PAW.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

Ricardo Barros’ photo essay in the print issue captures the uncommon beauty of the Graduate College. Browse more of his images online. VIEW
View a collage of PAW cover styles in a two-minute video that features more than 100 covers from the last 113 years. WATCH
The new Life of the Mind section highlights Drosophila and its role in genetics. View a sampling of what Princeton researchers see when they watch fruit flies develop. VIEW
Watch footage of the grinding, imaging, and 3-D reconstruction process at geosciences professor Adam Maloof’s innovative lab. WATCH
Gregg Lange ’70 explores honor (and dishonor) in the context of the Class of 2017’s summer reading assignment. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN



Searching for Palestine, and Herself
In the shadow of her father, Najla Said ’96 forges her own identity.

Away From the Horde
Graduate School Dean Andrew Fleming West won his famous feud with Woodrow Wilson a century ago. The result was a college of uncommon beauty.

Some Respect, Please, for the Glorious Drosophila
Hate those pesky fruit flies? Think again.

Challenge Over Taxes
Buildings’ use and royalty payments lead to a lawsuit over the University’s tax-exempt status.

Q&A: A. Scott Berg ’71 on Woodrow Wilson 1879
The biographer explains how Wilson blazed a trail for progressive presidents.

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Walters ’67 to Step Down as Director of Athletics

Athletic director Gary D. Walters ’67 will step down at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, his 20th at the helm of Princeton athletics, the University announced Sept. 4.

Gary Walters ’67, seen here in 2007, has led Princeton athletics for nearly 20 years. (Photo: Beverly Schaefer)

Since 1994, Walters has overseen a remarkable string of on-field successes that include 214 Ivy League championships — the most by any school in that span — and 48 national team or individual titles.

“Gary Walters has made Princeton’s athletic program a model for the nation,” President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 said in a University news release. “His leadership has produced not only sustained competitive excellence, but, more importantly, a program that cares first and foremost about the education and character of the students who participate in it. At a time when many colleges have cynically abandoned the ideal of the scholar-athlete, Gary has upheld it with unstinting passion and energy.”

Walters has overseen notable additions and upgrades to the University’s athletic facilities, including the construction of Class of 1952 Stadium (1996), Princeton Stadium (1998), and Roberts Stadium (2008). He also has played a prominent national role in intercollegiate athletics, most notably as a member of the selection committee of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.

As an undergraduate, Walters helped the men’s basketball team win a pair of Ivy titles and reach the NCAA Final Four with Princeton’s 1964-65 team. He was a successful coach at Union, Dartmouth, and Providence colleges before leaving the sport in 1981 to work for the financial services firm Kidder, Peabody & Co.

A committee of faculty, administrators, alumni, coaches, and students will begin the search for the next athletic director this fall. Read more about Walters and his tenure in an upcoming issue of PAW.

Kosior ’10 competes on new survival reality show ‘Capture’

Rob Anderson, left, and Jacob Kosier ’10 teamed up for the CW reality-TV show ‘Capture.’ (Photo: Courtesy Eddy Chen/The CW)

Before his freshman year at Princeton, Jacob Kosior ’10 participated in Outdoor Action, the University’s outdoor education program that sends groups of students and student guides on weeklong hiking trips. For most, it’s a bonding experience that helps ease the transition to college. For Kosior, it also turned out to be good preparation for reality TV.

Kosior recently spent a month competing on the new CW show Capture, a Hunger Games-style survival challenge in which 12 pairs of twenty-somethings take turns in the roles of the hunters and the hunted, vying for a $250,000 grand prize.

The show is not about survival in the life-or-death sense, Kosior said, but it does require coping with a range of obstacles, including staying physically and mentally sharp while living with no bed and limited food. Kosior, who stands 6-feet, 4-inches and normally weighs about 220 pounds, received a paltry ration of 600 to 700 calories per day. He said that he routinely woke up wondering, “What am I doing?” But once the day’s competition began, he settled back into a competitive rhythm.

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A view from Cairo: Ozalp ’95 shares his thoughts on recent events

Opponents of then-President Mohamed Morsi protest in Cairo’s Tahrir square on July 2. (Photo: © Ahmed Asad/APA Images/

Weeks after the 2011 revolution in Egypt, Ahmed Ozalp ’95, a founder and managing director of the corporate-finance firm Akanar Partners and chairman of the Alumni Schools Committee in Egypt, shared his reactions to the events in an essay published in PAW’s March 23, 2011, issue. Ozalp said the country had been on “a dramatic and emotional roller coaster of an experience that I hope to endure only once in my lifetime.” More than two years later, the roller coaster ride continues in some respects. But in daily life, he said, most Egyptians have continued business as usual, even during the recent turmoil that led to the military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

“It’s never as dramatic as what you see on television,” Ozalp said in a conversation with PAW late last week. “People go about their business, cafés are open, kids go to school. When there are disturbances or there are protests or various other incidents, they’re usually fairly localized. … In practicality, not much has changed, though obviously you are living in more anxious times because it is unstable. We sort of try and make the best of it.”

Ozalp’s work deals with mergers and acquisitions, and he said that while some prospective investors shy away from Egypt, those who visit often leave with a favorable impression. “Most people who are willing to give Egypt a chance have a positive medium- to long-term view,” he said. “Where it’s more difficult to predict is in the short term.”

Egypt’s political landscape in the last two years has been defined by shifting alliances, and Ozalp, who identifies with the secular liberal side, is hesitant to make any predictions about the future. He does have a few things that he’d like to see, including competent leadership and governance, and a less polarized, more conciliatory conversation between those whose political and ideological views differ.

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Herman ’73 featured in new ESPN documentary ‘Let Them Wear Towels’

Robin Herman ’73, seen here during her time as a sports reporter for The New York Times in the 1970s, is featured in the ESPN documentary Let Them Wear Towels. (Photo: Courtesy The Daily Princetonian Larry DuPraz Digital Archive)

When Robin Herman ’73 joined The Daily Princetonian staff in 1970, the newspaper’s practice was to give each reporter a news beat and a sports beat. But when she looked at the assignments, her name was not listed on the sports sheet. The editors assumed that Herman, part of the first cohort of undergraduate women at Princeton, would not want to cover sports.

“It struck me as inequitable,” Herman says, so she spoke up. “It was a reflex, really.” She volunteered to cover rugby and later moved on to men’s squash, men’s tennis, and football before becoming co-editor of the section.

After graduation, Herman went to work for The New York Times and joined a small, determined group of women sportswriters who broke barriers in the profession, including the denial of access for locker-room interviews. Their stories are the basis of the new documentary Let Them Wear Towels, which premieres July 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film is part of the network’s “Nine for IX” series, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Herman tells her Prince story in Let Them Wear Towels and shares other memories from her years covering professional hockey for The New York Times. Princeton’s decision to admit women was “one of the links in the chain” of her career, she says: She didn’t mind working in a predominantly male field because her four years on campus had acclimated her to that kind of environment.

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Have we changed enough? Kwartler ’11 on the Voting Rights Act

By Zach Kwartler ’11

An assignment in my freshman writing seminar led me to spend the last two years teaching 11th-grade U.S. history at Holly Springs High School in the northwest corner of Mississippi. To try to make history come to life for my students, I showed them two black-and-white photographs of segregated classrooms from the 1940s. My class of 22 African-American students and one white student stared at the images with blank expressions. “That’s just like Holly Springs and Marshall Academy,” one of my students said, referring to the local public and private schools.

Everyone knows about Mississippi’s civil rights history and the progress that the state has made. In the past 50 years, Mississippi has overcome the violent integration of Ole Miss, the assassination of Medgar Evers, and the murder of three Northern civil rights activists during Freedom Summer. The Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was based on the progress that Mississippi has made in the past 50 years. The Supreme Court is right. Our country has changed. But I find myself asking: “Have we changed enough?”

On the 50th anniversary of James Meredith’s integration of Ole Miss, I took my top U.S. history student to a speech by Harry Bellafonte at the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude Ford Auditorium. The program started with an address from Kimberly Dandridge, the first African-American student body president in the history of Ole Miss. Then, in his keynote address, Bellafonte described driving at midnight on a pitch-black road between Greenwood and Indianola in the 1960s, trailed by a KKK-controlled police car. Bellafonte said that he knew if he went one mile over the speed limit, he would be pulled over and at best would have to pay a large fine.

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What’s new at PAW Online: July 8, 2013

During the festive week of Reunions and Commencement, Princeton was particularly photogenic, as you may have noticed from our July 10 cover and the dozens of images inside the magazine. There are even more photos available online, including a gallery of selections from PAW’s annual reader-photo contest. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to our colorful coverage of these memorable events.
– Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

– Browse more than 50 images of the major-reunion classes.
– Watch P-rade highlights and a time-lapse view of the procession.
– View additional photos submitted by PAW readers.
What is the most important thing you learned at Princeton? What was your best day? Who had the greatest influence on your experience? Listen to what 15 graduates had to say. WATCH
Also online: More photos from Commencement. VIEW
Members of the Class of 1978 spoke with PAW at Reunions and recalled their student days, both good and bad. Excerpts from each interview are posted at PAW Online. VIEW 
Richard Etlin ’69 *72 *78 writes about “the subtle but profound rapport between a professor and his or her students in the context of a lecture,” an element that may be lost if more colleges adopt online learning. READ MORE
In the final Rally ’Round the Cannon column of the 2012-13 publication year, Gregg Lange ’70 looks at the seven undergraduate alumni who preceded Christopher Eisgruber ’83 as Princeton presidents. Also available as a podcast. READ MORE or LISTEN
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A list of graduate and undergraduate alumni deaths recently reported to the University. READ MORE

Highlights from the July 10 issue:

Reunions! Reunions! Reunions! Princeton’s big bash.

Words to live by During Commencement week, the messages can be humorous or serious.

A wonderful life For nearly seven decades, Butler Tract has formed a happy domestic ­backdrop for ­students — not bad for “temporary housing.”

Eight selected as trustees New additions include alumni from education, finance, law, medicine, and nonprofits.