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Archive – September, 2007

Community and Staff Day set for Oct. 6

Faculty, staff and local residents are invited to Community and Staff Day, the annual celebration of sports, entertainment and community service, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Princeton Stadium.

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Status of world's ecosystems is topic, Oct. 3

Cristián Samper, acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will speak on "Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Our Human Planet" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in McDonnell Auditorium.

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Whitman dedication honors towering achievement

Surrounded by soaring walls of hand-set stone and the magnificent crenelated tower of the new Whitman College, members of the Princeton University community gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, to celebrate the residential college's completion and formally dedicate it. 

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Video: Welcome to Princeton's Whitman College

Surrounded by soaring walls of hand-set stone and the magnificent crenelated tower of the new Whitman College, members of the Princeton University community gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, to celebrate the residential college's completion and formally dedicate it.

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Welcome to Princeton's Whitman College video transcript

Surrounded by soaring walls of hand-set stone and the magnificent crenelated tower of the new Whitman College, members of the Princeton University community gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, to celebrate the residential college's completion and formally dedicate it.

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Finnie appointed interim director of UHS

Janet Finnie, a Princeton alumna who has served as chief operating officer of University Health Services since 2000, has been named interim director of UHS.  

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Exhibition features diplomat's photos from rural China

Drawing from more than 1,600 photographs taken in rural China between 1913 and 1917, the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library is hosting an exhibition this semester based on the collection of the American diplomat John Van Antwerp MacMurray. The display, titled "Capturing China, 1913-1929: Photographs, Films and Letters of Diplomat John Van Antwerp MacMurray," will be on view from Friday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Jan. 18.

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Panels examine von Neumann's work, Oct. 5-6

The work and legacy of famed mathematician John von Neumann will be explored in two panel discussions featuring his daughter and Nobel laureate economist Thomas Schelling on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6.

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Novelist McEwan to speak, Oct. 4

Acclaimed British novelist Ian McEwan, this year's Belknap Visitor in the Humanities at Princeton, will read and discuss his work at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in McCosh 50.

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Racism is topic of Bonilla-Silva talk, Oct. 4

Duke University sociology professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will present a talk titled "It's REAL! Racism, Discrimination, Color Blindness and the Future of Racial Stratification in America" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Entrepreneurship talks set, Oct. 4-Nov. 13

Longtime entrepreneur and business school professor Julian Lange will lead a series of five public workshops beginning Thursday, Oct. 4, that explore the application of entrepreneurial principles in a variety of settings beyond startup ventures.

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Immigration panel set for Oct. 3

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will host a panel discussion titled "Debating Immigration" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Ehrenreich, McPhee to read, Oct. 3 - UPDATED

Barbara Ehrenreich's reading has been postponed due to illness. John McPhee will read as originally scheduled. A reading by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the bestseller "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America," and John McPhee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Princeton faculty member, is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Afghan director to speak at film screening, Oct. 2

"Return to Afghanistan," a documentary film about an Afghan woman who travels back to her native country, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Whitman College theater.

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Intelligence gathering is subject of talk, Oct. 2

Writer and commentator Patrick Radden Keefe will present a talk titled "The Espionage Industrial Complex: Costs of Privatizing Intelligence Post-9/11" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Documentary festival runs Oct. 1-7

The fifth Princeton Documentary Festival, highlighting the most recent, cutting-edge documentaries from Latin America and Spain, will be held Monday through Sunday, Oct. 1-7.

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South Korean ambassador to speak, Oct. 1

Lee Tae-sik, South Korea's ambassador to the United States, will give a lecture on "The North Korean Nuclear Issue and the Future of the U.S.-South Korean Alliance Relationship" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Humanities fellows bring wide-ranging perspectives to campus

From the critically acclaimed novelist Ian McEwan to a prominent avant-garde filmmaker and from a globally inspired musician to a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer — the distinguished fellows brought to campus this year by the Council of the Humanities and the University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts will represent a wide range of fields and interests.

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Golden to serve on federal committee

The U.S treasury secretary has tapped Andrew Golden, president of the Princeton University Investment Co. (PRINCO), to serve on a new committee that will offer proposals for best practices for investors to enhance market integrity. As a member of the Investors' Committee of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets, Golden will serve a three-year term -- subject to reappointment -- to develop detailed guidelines for investors in private pools of capital.

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Princeton's Whitman College marks revival of traditional architecture

Whitman College architect Demetri Porphyrios describes the residential college he designed for Princeton University in terms of music.   The Collegiate Gothic buildings rise in individual gestures of counterpoint that come together in a single composition.

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Construction of Princeton's Whitman College video

Construction of Whitman College, Princeton University's sixth residential college, began in 2004 and was finished in time for occupancy this fall.

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Construction of Whitman College video transcript

Construction of Whitman College, Princeton University's sixth residential college, began in 2004 and was finished in time for occupancy this fall.

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Llinás receives newly created NIH award

Princeton's Manuel Llinás has been selected to receive a National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award, which provides early-career scientists with $1.5 million over a five-year period.

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University community invited to CPUC meeting, Oct. 1

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) will hold its first meeting of the academic year from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture. All members of the University community are invited to attend.

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Anti-Americanism is panel topic, Sept. 27

A panel discussion titled "Anti-Americanism in Europe: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy" is planned for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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University introducing new graphic identity

Princeton University is introducing a new graphic identity that is intended to provide a strong, consistent look across a range of media and materials produced by members of the campus community. 

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Students in 19 cities win Princeton Prize in Race Relations

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations awards program has recognized 92 high school students in 19 metropolitan areas across the country for outstanding work to advance the cause of race relations.  

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Residential life remodeled: Princeton moves into new four-year college system

A new era in residential life at Princeton, years in the making, dawns this fall with the launch of the University's four-year residential college system.

The opening of Whitman College, the University's sixth residential college, is the most visible element of a massive campuswide effort to enable undergraduates from all four classes and graduate students to more closely share their Princeton experiences.

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Commentary published on Robertson case

Vice President and Secretary Robert K. Durkee addressed the debate about issues relating to donor intent that are raised by the Robertson lawsuit in this commentary published in the Sept. 20, 2007, edition of Forbes.com. The commentary is in response to an article submitted by a plaintiff in the lawsuit, which was filed against the University in 2002. This commentary also appears on the University's Robertson lawsuit website, which provides background and information about the case.

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Construction focuses on science facilities, Butler College

The launch of the new four-year residential college system marks the completion of one of the largest construction projects in Princeton history, Whitman College, and moves the focus of campus construction onto two new major science facilities and the rebuilding of Butler College. 

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Book club, home study programs offered

Members of the University community have the opportunity to participate in home study programs offered by the Alumni Association this fall. "Tiger Tomes: Princeton's Online Book Club" brings together alumni and other University community members for online discussions of Princeton-related books.

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Kahn, Peterson discuss the Internet, Sept. 27

Robert Kahn, considered one of the fathers of the Internet, will join Larry Peterson, chair of Princeton's computer science department, in a public talk on the future of the Internet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Friend Center auditorium.

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Book club, home study programs offered

Members of the University community have the opportunity to participate in home study programs offered by the Alumni Association this fall.

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Exhibit focuses on women in India, Sept. 29-Jan.6

"Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh," a provocative exhibition of works by the artist, activist and Princeton alumnus, will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from Saturday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 6.

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Hit the classroom before the stadium

The Alumni Association is once again offering Tiger football fans a chance to hit the classroom before they hit the stadium.

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Irish writers present works, Sept. 28

Irish writers Anne Enright and Colm Tobin will read from their works at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Service, symposium honor Paczynski, Sept. 28-30

A memorial service for Bohdan Paczynski, a Princeton professor of astrophysics, is being planned for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the University Chapel. A symposium in honor of Paczynski's career will take place on campus the following Saturday and Sunday.

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Symposium examines Buddhist art, Sept. 28

Leading scholars of Buddhist art and manuscripts from northwestern China will travel to Princeton to present research in a symposium at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Kahn, Peterson 're-imagine the Internet,' Sept. 27

Robert Kahn, considered one of the fathers of the Internet, will join Larry Peterson, chair of Princeton's computer science department, in a public talk on the future of the Internet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Friend Center auditorium.

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Quantum computers symposium set, Sept. 26

Princeton will host a symposium on "Frontiers in Quantum Computation" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in A10 Jadwin Hall.

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Newberg discusses God and science, Sept. 26

Physician and author Andrew Newberg will give a talk titled "Born to Believe: God, Science and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Moss kicks off leadership lecture series, Sept. 26

Seasoned entrepreneur Frank Moss, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, will give the opening talk in this year's "Leadership in a Technological World" lecture series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

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Poets Doty, Kinsella to read, Sept. 26

Poets Mark Doty and John Kinsella will read from their works at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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'Trade and Equality' is lecture topic, Sept. 26

Robert Kuttner, a founding co-editor of The American Prospect, will deliver a lecture titled "Trade and Equality" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in 219 Burr Hall.

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Director Breth leads workshops, Sept. 25-27

Andrea Breth, one of Europe's most celebrated and innovative theater directors, will lead workshops on acting and directing Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 25-27.

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Commentary published on Forbes.com

This commentary was published in the Sept. 20, 2007, edition of Forbes.com:

William Robertson recently wrote a commentary for Forbes.com that thoroughly misrepresents the "donor intent" issues raised by his five-year-old lawsuit against Princeton University. Contrary to what he claims, his lawsuit seeks not to honor donor intent, but to violate it. It seeks not to protect arrangements put in place by his parents 46 years ago, but to overturn them. Specifically, through his lawsuit he is seeking to seize control of funds that his mother, Marie Robertson, gave to Princeton in 1961.

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Shakespeare company holds festival, Sept. 20-22

The Princeton Shakespeare Company will hold a festival featuring three plays performed in the manner of the Elizabethan period -- without rehearsals -- Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22. Performances will be at 5:30 p.m. in Dod Courtyard.  

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Freshman class reflects success of diversity efforts

The Princeton class of 2011, selected from a record-high number of applicants, reflects continued success in the University's efforts to attract a diverse student body. 

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Committee issues statement on grading results for 2006-07

The Faculty Committee on Grading today announced the results of the first three years of implementation of Princeton's new grading policy. "The Princeton faculty has now demonstrated conclusively that with clear intent and concerted effort, a university faculty can bring down the inflated grades that -- left uncontrolled -- devalue the educational achievements of American college students," the committee said. "The Princeton faculty is working successfully to restore educational content and meaning to the letter grades earned by the highest-achieving students in the United States."  

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Grading policy change yields strong results

After three years in effect, Princeton's new grading policy has proven successful in bringing grades in undergraduate courses under better control. Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel announced at the Sept. 17 faculty meeting that the new policy, adopted by the faculty in April 2004, has made significant progress toward achieving its goal of curbing grade inflation. The policy sets an institution-wide expectation for the percentage of grades in the A range and provides clear guidelines on the meaning of letter grades.

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Weekly farmers market to run Sept. 25-Oct. 23

Members of the University and local communities will have an opportunity to purchase fresh locally grown produce on campus at a new farmers market at Firestone Plaza, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 25 through Oct. 23.

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Adventures and surprises await, Tilghman tells freshmen

Gazing out at the class of 2011 assembled before her in the University Chapel, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman described the "grand adventure" on which the freshmen are about to embark. "Your next four years will be filled with exuberant engagement and exploration -- with ideas, with members of the faculty and with your fellow students," she said in her address at Opening Exercises on Sunday, Sept. 16.  

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Students honored at Opening Exercises

The accomplishments of Princeton's students were celebrated with the awarding of four undergraduate prizes at Opening Exercises Sept. 16. 

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Concert launches new arts series, Sept. 23

A Sunday, Sept. 23, concert featuring the music of acclaimed composer Michael Friedman, a visiting fellow at Princeton, will kick off the new Center Stage program, a series of lectures, readings and performances by notable artists sponsored by the University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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Library exhibit highlights Mexican political prints

An exhibition of early prints and posters from Mexico's foremost political printshop, El Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP), will be on view in Firestone Library's Milberg Gallery from Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 10.

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Gilbert to speak on decision-making, Sept. 20

Harvard University psychologist Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestseller "Stumbling on Happiness," will deliver a lecture titled "How To Do Precisely the Right Thing at All Possible Times" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in McCosh 50.

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Talk focuses on Pakistan and democracy, Sept. 20

Ayesha Siddiqa, an analyst of Pakistan's military and security affairs, will present a talk titled "Can Pakistan Become a Democracy?" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Adviser to discuss 'Preparing for the Worst,' Sept. 19

Frances Townsend, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, will present a talk titled "Preparing for the Worst," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Katz gives Constitution Day lecture, Sept. 17

Princeton legal scholar Stanley Katz will give a Constitution Day lecture titled "Who's Afraid of Senator Byrd? The Constitution and the Uses of American History" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Information technology usage guidelines posted

The 2007-08 edition of the guidelines governing appropriate use of University information technology resources and Internet access has been posted online.  

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New website intended for prospective applicants

The Admission Office has launched a new website intended for prospective applicants, their families and guidance counselors. 

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Green skies: Engineer's work may reduce jet travel's role in global warming

Princeton Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Fred Dryer has a lofty goal: end the nation's reliance on oil for jet travel. With potentially major benefits for energy security and the environment riding upon his success, Dryer is advancing the fundamental knowledge of jet fuels while developing practical, innovative energy sources. 

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Preparing to Lead: Internships pair students with executives

Mechanical and aerospace engineering major Zhen Xia is accustomed to solving problems that have cut-and-dried solutions, but an internship at IBM this past summer taught him how to approach problems that don't have one right answer. As part of a new internship program, Xia spent three months working with senior marketing executives at the IBM corporate offices in Somers, N.Y. From analyzing the brand's image to establishing a business case for a new product launch, he found himself in the midst of the complicated intricacies of the business world.

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'La Bohème' to be simulcast at Richardson, Sept. 23

Princeton is one of 32 schools across the country presenting a live broadcast of Washington National Opera's new production of  "La Bohème" on Sunday, Sept. 23. The performance will be simulcast from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and is anticipated to be the largest-ever simultaneous viewing of an opera in the world, with more than 45,000 expected viewers.

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Kopp, students to reflect on service, Sept. 13

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp and four Princeton students will discuss their experiences with civic engagement at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Dillon Gymnasium. 

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Frist open house set for Sept. 12

Princeton University students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Frist Campus Center's annual open house from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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International students have a blast at pre-orientation

Ninety-four international students hailing from 38 countries got a hands-on introduction to Princeton University last week by fishing poker chips out of the Scudder Plaza fountain, doing push-ups on the top floor of Fine Tower and finding an upperclassmate in Firestone Library just by using the barcode of a nearby book. The scavenger hunt assignments were part of a four-day program tailored to introduce newly arrived international and exchange students to life at Princeton.

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Community House, SVC join Pace Center; civic engagement at Princeton to be strengthened

As part of a continuing effort to make Princeton a "center of excellence" for civic engagement and community service initiatives, two programs have joined the Pace Center. Community House and the Student Volunteers Council, which were part of other departments within the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, joined the Pace Center on July 1.  

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Letter to the editor of the Washington Post

This letter to the editor was published in the Sept. 9, 2007, Washington Post:

Your article “Exacting Donors Reshape College Giving” omits the key phrase in the document that establishes Marie Robertson’s intent in making her gift to Princeton University in 1961. That phrase clearly states her intent that these funds should be used solely to “maintain and support at Princeton University” a graduate school “as a part of the Woodrow Wilson School,” a school that does an excellent job of preparing its students for careers in government service and related fields. 

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Year-long concert series showcases Mander organ

A year-long series of organ concerts highlighting the renowned Mander organ in the University Chapel will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 19. 

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Reconstruction of Butler College begins this fall

As construction crews put the finishing touches this summer on Whitman College, the University's newest residential college, workers across Elm Drive started demolishing much of Butler College.

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Memorial service planned for Maruca, Sept. 14

A memorial service for Anthony (Tony) Maruca, a University administrator from 1957 to 1987, is planned for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the University Chapel.  

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Charles Berry, economist and 'dedicated University citizen,' dies at age 77

Charles Berry, who touched the lives of thousands of students as a teacher of economics and as a residential college master at the University, died Sept. 2 at home in Princeton of complications from cancer. He was 77.

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Bicentennial of Princeton geologist celebrated, Sept. 5-Oct. 26

The 200th birthday of Arnold Guyot, a Princeton University geographer and geologist whose extensive research was a basis for the U.S. Weather Bureau, will be honored with an exhibit, ceremony and public lectures at Princeton.

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Princeton celebrates Whitman College opening with lecture, dedication Sept. 26-27

The University plans to mark the opening of Whitman College with a public lecture by design architect Demetri Porphyrios Wednesday, Sept. 26, followed by a dedication ceremony for the campus community Thursday, Sept. 27. An open house is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 10, for members of the campus community interested in touring Whitman College .

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'Profile' gives snapshot of Princeton

The latest edition of the University's "Profile" publication is now available in print and online, answering the most frequently asked questions about Princeton and providing audiences across the country and the world with a snapshot of the diverse resources available to members of the campus community.

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Frist offers moonlight movie, Sept. 8

The Frist Campus Center will welcome the class of 2011 with a moonlight movie presentation of "Shrek the Third" at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the Frist south lawn.

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Ceremony marks start of the year, Sept. 16

The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the University Chapel.

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Princeton engineers develop low-cost recipe for patterning microchips

Creating ultrasmall grooves on microchips -- a key part of many modern technologies -- is about to become as easy as making a sandwich, using a new process invented by Princeton engineers. 

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Campus safety investigates bomb threat hoaxes

The Department of Public Safety is investigating two e-mailed bomb threats received by the University in the past week and deemed to be hoaxes. One threat was directed at the school of engineering and the other was directed at the Lawrence Apartments housing complex. Both were anonymous, similar to e-mail threats being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that were sent to other colleges and universities across the country over the past week.

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