Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday: Einstein in Princeton

The March 23, 1951, issue of PAW. Click to Enlarge.

The March 23, 1951, issue of PAW. Click to Enlarge.

Before Albert Einstein made his first visit to Princeton, to deliver the Stafford Little Lectures in May 1921, few in the United States knew much about the man, beyond what had been written of his work. As PAW explained in a brief preview, “We are apt to think of such an eminent scientist as Dr. Einstein as a man advanced in years, and no doubt most Americans were surprised to learn that he is but slightly over 40. … He has said that Princeton is the one American university at which he especially desires to speak, because more has been done here in relation to his theory than at any other place in the United States.” Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: A Chilly Thesis Plunge

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With afternoon temperatures in the 40s, the Class of 2009’s Woodrow Wilson School majors kept their splashing to a minimum after jumping into the Fountain of Freedom to celebrate turning in their senior theses on April 7 that year. Julia Osellame ’09 captured this photo for The Weekly Blog.

For our alumni readers: How did you celebrate finishing your thesis? And what advice would you give to members of the Class of 2014 as they count down their last two months on campus? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

#ThrowbackThursday: Signs of Spring

Mahlon Lovett/Office of Communications

Mahlon Lovett/Office of Communications

Nothing says spring like a game of whiffle ball. Mahlon Lovett of the communications office captured this shot of undergrads in action in 1983, and PAW featured it on the cover of the April 20 issue that year. The names of the players were not provided, so if you can identify them, please let us know in the comments. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Iraq War Demonstrations

(Frank Wojciechowski)

(Frank Wojciechowski)

The start of the U.S.-led war in Iraq in March 2003 brought demonstrations — pro and con — to the steps of Robertson Hall. On the afternoon of March 20, during the University’s spring break, war protesters from the Princeton Peace Network gathered in the rain for a rally, followed by a march through town. The following week a contingent of Princeton students, organized as the Princeton Committee Against Terrorism, rallied in support of the war. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: ROTC at Princeton

Princeton students are a chronically busy crowd — we love to fill our schedules with as many classes, extracurriculars, and social events as possible. And yet, there is a group of Princeton students that goes above and beyond by somehow finding time to also serve their country through ROTC. This fall, the University will welcome back Naval ROTC for the first time since the Vietnam War, partnering with Rutgers to allow students to participate in a “crosstown” training program.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Outdoor Action

Outdoor Action members in the mid-1970s. (Photo: PAW Archives, March 18, 1975)

Outdoor Action members in the mid-1970s. (Photo: PAW Archives, March 18, 1975)

It’s hard to talk to Princeton freshmen without the topic shifting to Outdoor Action, or OA. Last fall, more than 700 members of the Class of 2017 participated in the annual “frosh trip” and over the past 40 years, more than 18,000 Tigers have been able to count trekking into the wilderness as one of their first Princeton memories.

But OA, like any other program, had to have a bit of a growth spurt to get to where it is today. When it first started in 1973, it had only eight participants and took place at the nearby Princeton Blairstown Center. Its original mission was to “propel incoming students into immediate contact with a number of their new classmates under sometimes character-testing conditions.” Continue reading