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#ThrowbackThursday: Princeton’s Student Strike

Forty-five years ago today, President Richard Nixon announced the U.S. invasion of Cambodia in a televised address. The speech set off a wave of protests at college campuses, including Princeton, where the response began one of the most tumultuous months in University history.

06301970_coverHundreds of students handed in their draft cards at protest meetings in the University Chapel. Nearly 4,000 students, faculty, and staff attended a May 4 assembly at Jadwin Gym and voted to approve a strike against the war in Vietnam, postponing the remaining academic work in the spring semester. Students protested at the Institute for Defense Analyses on campus and firebombed the Army ROTC headquarters at the Armory.

The activism continued through Reunions and Commencement: Members of the Class of 1970 boycotted the alumni P-rade and wore “Together for Peace” armbands at graduation. (Priscilla Read ’70, one of the first eight women to earn a Princeton undergraduate degree, was pictured on PAW’s cover, right, wearing the armband.) Continue reading

Eisgruber ’83 Discusses Princeton’s Present and Future in Visit to Dallas

By Sandy Thatcher ’65 *67

On April 21 some 200 members of the Princeton Club of Dallas/Fort Worth turned out for a chance to meet with President Eisgruber ’83 at an event sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs.

Former Princeton trustee Terdema Ussery II ’81, president and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, served as interlocutor for the interview that got the discussion under way. Eisgruber also fielded questions from the audience. While many serious issues were brought to the fore during the hour-long session, it was frequently punctuated by lighthearted humor.

Ussery began by asking the president about his background and experiences growing up as the son of immigrant parents in Indiana and Oregon. In particular, this part of the dialogue explored what in his past led Eisgruber to have the views he does about religious freedom as an essential element of the Constitutional framework. The president revealed that his mother, who had fled Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, suppressed her Jewish roots after converting to Catholicism, and it was only much later, when he got involved with his son in an elementary school project investigating his family’s history, that he discovered that his mother had been categorized at Ellis Island as Hebrew.

Having rebelled as a youth against his religious upbringing, the President acknowledged that this became an important revelation for him and led to his eventually coming to identify as a secular Jew, very interested in the Jewish tradition that he only came to appreciate later in life. It further fueled his lifelong interest in religious freedom, which was the subject of one of his books, Religious Freedom and the Constitution (2007). Continue reading

Tiger of the Week: Stu Nunnery ’71, a Musician on the Comeback Trail

Stu Nunnery ’71 (David H. Wells/The Wells Point)

Stu Nunnery ’71 (David H. Wells/The Wells Point)

As an undergrad at Princeton, Stu Nunnery ’71 played guitar and sang at Tower Club (and at the Holiday Inn on Route 1). After college, he released an album that placed two singles on the top 100 of the pop charts. And in the decade that followed, Nunnery had a successful run composing songs for the advertising industry.

Nunnery’s life in music ended abruptly in the early 1980s, when he suffered a serious hearing loss. Relying on hearing aids, he was able to converse in everyday life, but his ability to hear music was gone.

This month, however, with help from advances in hearing-aid technology, a stint in what he calls “music rehab,” and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Nunnery is preparing to return to the recording studio to complete a new album. Continue reading

Quick Takes: Women’s Tennis Clinches Title Share; McMunn ’15 Sets Record; Men’s Lacrosse Wins Big

Katie Goepel ’15 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Katie Goepel ’15 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Dorothy Tang ’17 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Dorothy Tang ’17 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Princeton women’s tennis posted weekend wins on the road at Dartmouth (4-3 on Saturday) and Harvard (5-2 on Sunday) to improve to 5-0 season and clinch at least a share of the Ivy League championship for the second straight year.

Dorothy Tang ’17 and Katie Goepel ’15, the Tigers’ No. 5 and 6 players, earned singles wins in both matches. No. 1 singles player Lindsay Graff ’15 suffered a rare loss in a three-set match against Dartmouth’s Taylor Ng but bounced back with a win at Harvard.

Princeton completes the regular season with matches at Columbia April 17 and at home against Cornell April 19. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Meet Me at the Sundial

(Elizabeth Menzies/PAW Archives)

(Elizabeth Menzies/PAW Archives)

For more than 100 years, the Mather Sundial — a replica of Charles Turnbull’s Pelican Sundial at Oxford’s Corpus Christi College — has been a recognizable campus landmark and gathering spot for students like the ones pictured above, between classes in 1950. At the time, only seniors were allowed to sit on the sundial’s steps. That tradition faded in the 1960s.

As PAW contributor W. Barksdale Maynard ’88 wrote in 2013, within a few years of its 1907 dedication, the sundial “quickly became a Princeton icon, much photographed and filmed, from a 1925 home movie showing students scurrying to class to a 1977 television commercial starring Joe DiMaggio.”

#ThrowbackThursday: Princeton in the Spring

06-11-08-coverJohn Peale Bishop, Class of 1917, devoted his class poem to the spring, his favorite season on campus:

… Princeton is the place of places

Where first she lingers in her traces.

Flowers are many and grass is deep,

And all the ways are calm as sleep

And rich as a dream. There she stays

And half forgets to count her days.

The University owes much of its springtime appeal — what Bishop’s classmate F. Scott Fitzgerald called its “lazy beauty” — to famed landscape architect Beatrix Jones Farrand, whose work at Princeton began in 1912 and spanned more than three decades. The pink saucer magnolia featured on PAW’s June 11, 2008, cover was a Farrand favorite. A bench outside the University Chapel honors her contributions with a simple, grateful inscription: “Her love of beauty and order is everywhere visible in what she planted for our delight.” Continue reading