October 2008 Archives

Princeton's Evolving Campus: The New Butler College


A new dormitory for Butler College under construction.

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The University has razed five dormitories in Butler College and are reconstructing new dormitories, designed by renowned architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, in their place. The new dorms are slated to be open in Fall 2009, when Butler will become a 4-year residential college.

The new dormitories will have spacious suite rooms, common areas including classrooms and a cafe, and will incorporate “green” roofs intended to decrease heating and cooling loads.

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Photo: Andrea Kane

Go Princeton!


Not quite up for chest painting, the Princeton Band still shows Tiger spirit!

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Photo courtesy of Princeton University Archives.

Go Princeton Tigers!


Tiger fans wear their hearts on their sleeves, or chests, rather...

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Photo: Beverly Schaefer




This undated postcard of Whig or Clio (“the two literary societies”) bears witness to the tradition of the Big Three bonfire on Cannon Green to celebrate athletic triumphs. The author anticipated an upcoming September bonfire in honor of a past June baseball victory.

Which year? It’s hard to say. Princeton played Yale at Commencement from the 1890s through the 1960s and beat both Harvard and Yale many times during those years. But it must have been before 1952, because the stamp box says “Domestic: One cent” and 1951 was the last year a postcard cost a penny to mail.

Princeton football plays Harvard this Saturday, October 25, in a home game at Princeton stadium, then later takes on Yale in New Haven on Saturday, November 15.

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Photo: Historical Postcard Collection

Princeton's Evolving Campus: Lewis Library

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A sweeping arc of aluminum, glass, and steel on the new Lewis Science Library.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the new 87,000-square-foot science library is named for Princeton University trustee Peter B. Lewis '55.  The building houses library collections for astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics, and statistics, as well as the Office of Information Technology's Education Technologies Center, New Media Center, and Broadcast Center. 

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Photo: Brian Wilson

Art and Engineering


Janice Lee '09 working on a model of a building designed by Spanish architect and structural engineer Felix Candela.

The model is for an exhibition "Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Artist" at the Princeton University Art Museum, a collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Undergraduate and graduate students in civil and environmental engineering were given major works of Candela's to analyze and model in a project led by Maria Garlock, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and David Billington, Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of the Program in Architecture and Engineering,

All of the student-created scale models can be seen in the exhibition, which opened this past weekend, October 11, and runs through February 22, 2009.

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Photo: Andrea Kane

The Princeton Experience: Outdoor Action


Outdoor Action participants show their love for OA.

On Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10, the Outdoor Action program will be hosting its annual Frosh Trip Slide Show, featuring photos from over 900 students who went on this year's trip. The Frosh Trip, a six-day backpacking trip, offers incoming freshmen one of their first Princeton experiences. More than half of each incoming class participates, making new friends and learning about the environment. Outdoor Action has been active on campus for the past 34 years, organizing trips, courses, and outdoor activities year-round for students, faculty, and staff.

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Photo courtesy of Outdoor Action.

Princeton's Evolving Campus: Roberts Soccer Stadium


Men's Soccer vs. Lehigh, playing on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium

Princeton men's and women's soccer opened their season this September in a new, state-of-the-art stadium, made possible through the support of alumni and friends of Princeton soccer. Roberts Stadium is named in honor of Thomas S. Roberts '85, a former record-holding goalkeeper on the men's soccer team. The new playing field is named in memory of Robert Hauter Myslik '90, a soccer player, teacher, and former assistant Princeton soccer coach who was killed in an automobile accident in 2003.

The Princeton women's soccer team has appeared in six straight NCAA tournaments from 1999 to 2004, and won four of five Ivy League titles from 2000 to 2004. The men's team has won six Ivy League Championships and has seen 13 players achieve All-America status.

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Photo: Beverly Schaefer