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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   February 5, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 14   prev   next   current

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photograph by Dean Shaban

“Cryogenesis,” a photograph by freshman Dean Shaban

Murray-Dodge Hall lobby exhibition

“Cryogenesis,” a photograph by freshman Dean Shaban, is part of an exhibition titled “What’s Sacred? Princeton Views” on display through the end of the semester in the Murray-Dodge Hall lobby. The show includes 35 photographs by campus community members selected from 160 submitted to represent diverse interpretations of sacred imagery.

This picture of a plant in ice “represents the perseverance of life in the face of adversity,” according to Shaban, who received special commendation from the exhibition’s curators.

The show is sponsored by the Office of Religious Life, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, the Program in Visual Arts and The Daily Princetonian. The lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Campus plan website updated

The website created for the University’s campus planning effort has been updated with all of the comprehensive information presented at last fall’s open forum for the campus and local communities.

Viewers can now go to the site at and see the visuals and read the documentation that was presented at the Nov. 8 event in the Chancellor Green Rotunda. As work progresses, additional information will be posted on the site.

The University is midway through a two-year effort to create a comprehensive plan for the campus that will guide development over the next 10 years and beyond. The open forum — and now the website — provide an opportunity for the planning team to make available more detailed information on the planning effort as well as to learn more about issues that matter to the University and local communities.

Feedback is being sought through an e-mail link at on the “continuing dialogue” portion of the site.

The website incorporates and expands on the materials presented at the open forum. It includes a timeline describing the development of the campus since it was established in Princeton in 1756, along with maps and images. Like the open forum, it is organized by themes, ranging from landscaping and sustainability to parking and transportation, and by the various campus neighborhoods that are part of the plan.

The planning effort is being led by the award-winning firm of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP. Working with a team of seven other planning and design firms, BBB is taking a fresh look at the 400-acre campus.

The initiative follows an intensive series of internal discussions with senior administrators, faculty, architects and other key stakeholders through which the University has developed a set of overarching principles for campus planning and development: maintain a pedestrian-oriented campus; preserve the park-like character of the campus; maintain campus “neighborhoods” while promoting a sense of community; develop in an environmentally responsible manner; and sustain strong community relations.

Prospect board members sought

Nominations are being sought for the Prospect Association Board, an advisory group of faculty and staff members that serves as an advocate for Prospect House.

Prospect House is the private dining club serving faculty and staff at the University. It is the home of the Garden Room and Tap Room and hosts several special events throughout the year.

Board members attend monthly luncheon meetings at the house during the academic year, supporting management in planning and implementing Prospect’s programs and serving as a liaison between faculty and staff customers.

Those wishing to nominate someone should make sure he or she is interested in serving for four years. Nominators should forward the prospective board member’s name and a paragraph of 100 words or less about the person and why he or she would be a good advocate for Prospect House to Cass Garner at no later than March 9. Self-nominations are accepted.

Connelly to speak on women in Greece

Art historian and archaeologist Joan Breton Connelly will discuss women’s roles in ancient Greece in a lecture scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in McCosh 50.

Connelly, whose talk is titled “Visual Space/Ritual Space and the Agency of the Greek Priestess,” is an associate professor of fine arts at New York University. Her upcoming book, “Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece,” is a comprehensive cultural history of priestesses in the ancient Greek world. It challenges long-held beliefs to show that women played far more significant public roles than previously acknowledged.

Connelly is known for her groundbreaking analysis of a sculptural frieze adorning an exterior colonnade of the Parthenon. Connelly argued against the traditional conception that the frieze confirms Athens’ reputation as a misogynistic society, contending instead that it depicts women being venerated as social leaders and martyrs.

Connelly has led excavations throughout Greece and Cyprus. Since 1990, she has directed NYU’s excavation of Yeronisos, a small island off the western coast of Cyprus, a project noted for its integration of ecological and archaeological fieldwork.

Connelly earned an A.B. in classics from Princeton in 1976. Her talk, designated as a Spencer Trask Lecture, is part of the University Public Lecture series.

Expo set on spring break, summer camps

University families can learn more about upcoming opportunities for their children at the Spring Break and Summer Camp Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms B and C.

The Office of Human Resources is hosting the event, which will feature information from campus and community organizations, including Community House, the Department of Athletics, the Princeton Family YMCA and the Princeton Public Library. A list of participating organizations is available on the human resources website at

The Department of Athletics will have representatives available to answer questions and to assist University families in pre-registering their children in the Summer Day Camp and the Travel Camp. Early registration for University families will run from Feb. 8 until March 1. Registration for the general public starts March 1 in 3 Dillon Gymnasium.

For more information, contact Mary Piteo at or at 258-8543.

painting by Agnès Seugnet

“Whirlwind of Poppies,” by Agnès Seugnet

University League Art Gallery

“Whirlwind of Poppies” is among the works on view Feb. 10-19 at the University League Art Gallery, 171 Broadmead St., as part of an exhibition, “Agnès Seugnet: Oils and Pastel Paintings, Giclee Prints, Note Cards.”

Seugnet was born in Lyon, France, and educated at the Sorbonne and the Ecole National des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She currently resides in Princeton.

Hours for the exhibition are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 10 and 17 and Monday, Feb. 19; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 11 and 18. An opening reception is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11.

Newsletter offers updates on events

Monthly updates on performances and other events at venues across campus are now available through a new electronic newsletter offered by University Ticketing.

The e-newsletter includes details about concerts, theater performances, varsity athletics and other events sponsored by various departments and organizations. Subscribers also will receive special discount ticket offers.

Venues represented include the Frist Campus Center, Richardson Auditorium, University Chapel, Berlind Theatre, Hamilton-Murray Theater, 185 Nassau St. and all athletic event sites.

The e-newsletter will be available only during the academic year. To subscribe, visit the University Ticketing website at


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