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Nassau Notes

20,000 expected for Reunions

Some 20,000 people — alumni and their families — are expected on campus Thursday through Sunday, May 26-29, for Reunions activities.

Highlights of the weekend will include: the annual P-rade throughout campus beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday; alumni-faculty forums and department open houses during the day on Friday and Saturday; and performances by groups including Quipfire!, Theatre Intime and the Triangle Club, receptions and student/alumni arch sings on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The University Orchestra will present its annual lawn concert at 8 p.m. Saturday on Finney and Campbell fields. Fireworks will follow at 9:15 p.m.

All alumni and University representatives once again will be required to have wristbands to participate in Reunions activities in the major reunion headquarters courtyards (wristbands are not required for attending lectures, watching the P-rade or attending the concert and fireworks). Faculty and staff who ordered wristbands in advance from the Alumni Council may pick them up from 7 to 11 p.m. each night in the Maclean House parlor (enter through the front door).

For more information on Reunions activities, visit <tigernet.princeton.edu/Events/Reunions.asp>. During Reunions, more information also is available by calling 258-1721.

Roads closed for Reunions

The main campus will be closed to all vehicles except those with Reunions passes from 8 a.m. Thursday, May 26, through 8 a.m. Sunday, May 29. For information, call 258-3157.

Reunions information on Web

Reunions are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, May 26–29, on campus. For more information, visit <tigernet.princeton.edu/Events/Reunions.asp>. During Reunions, more information also is available by calling 258-1721.

Bradford memorial service set for May 20

A memorial service for David Bradford, a Princeton professor of economics and public affairs who died in February, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The service is open to members of the University community and the public. Colleagues, friends and family members will speak in Bradford’s memory, and musical selections will be performed.

Bradford, an influential authority on taxation issues, died Feb. 22 from injuries sustained while escaping from a fire in his home. He was 66.

For the complete obituary, go to <www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S10/91/12O18/>.

Photo of:

Freshmen in their dinks assembling fuel for a bonfire in 1920.

Mudd exhibition

An alliterative group of objects that has a prominent place in Princeton history is on view through July 15 in the Wiess Lounge at the Mudd Manuscript Library. “Clappers, Canes and Cats: Traditionally Princeton” features several showcases full of material illustrating some well-known University customs.

One showcase focuses on “dinks,” the black or striped beanies that sophomores forced freshmen to wear. This tradition dates at least to the 19th century and, following a brief revival, ended in the late 1940s. The freshmen pictured here in their dinks were assembling fuel for a bonfire in 1920.

Another showcase concentrates on clappers from the large bell in the Nassau Hall tower. The bell, which tolled to summon students to breakfast and classes, was an unpopular sound and often the target of student pranks. The clapper (pictured at left) was first stolen in 1863, and the feat soon became an annual challenge for the freshman class. The clapper was permanently removed in 1992 due to safety concerns.

Other showcases cover tigers, cane spree and FitzRandolph Gate and include memorabilia ranging from a tiger sculpture to inscribed canes to a model of the gate. A final grouping is devoted to the classes of 1955 and 1980, which are celebrating significant Reunions this year.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, during Reunions.