Princeton Weekly Bulletin   June 2, 2008, Vol. 97, No. 28   prev   next   current

Nassau notes

Commencement events set

Several University activities for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their families are planned for Monday and Tuesday, June 2-3:

• The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, on Cannon Green (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). The speaker will be Stephen Colbert, the Emmy Award-winning actor and writer and host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

• The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, June 2, in McCarter Theatre. President Tilghman and Graduate School Dean William Russel will preside.

• The University’s 261st Commencement ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). Tilghman will preside and address the graduates.

Admission to all events is by ticket only. The Class Day ceremony will be simulcast in McCosh 10 and 50; no tickets are required at the simulcast site. The Hooding ceremony will be simulcast in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall; tickets are required at the simulcast site. Commencement will be simulcast in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; no tickets are required at the simulcast site.

The Hooding and Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and on Channel 27 on Princeton cable television. They also will be webcast live at and will be archived for later viewing at the same site. The Class Day ceremony will be webcast live only.

Detailed information about the events, including parking instructions for members of the University community and guests, is available online at

To ease traffic congestion, some University employees are being asked to park in alternate lots on Monday and Tuesday. In addition, employees who are not needed to perform critical activities associated with Commencement will be permitted to leave work at noon Tuesday with supervisory approval. For details, employees may visit the Office of Human Resources website at or ask their supervisors.

Authors discuss Iraq war at Labyrinth

Authors Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Derek McGee, an Iraq war veteran, will discuss their recent works on the war at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

Hedges’ new book, “Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians,” is a collection of interviews with Iraqi war veterans. McGee’s book, “When I Wished I Was Here,” chronicles his reflections on combat as a U.S. Marine in Fallujah and on the transition to civilian life.

Hedges, a former visiting scholar at Princeton, was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio.

McGee served two tours in Nasiriyah and Fallujah. He joined the Marine Reserves in 1999 and was activated to serve at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The event is cosponsored by the publisher of McGee’s book, the Crumpled Press, which was cofounded by Princeton graduate student Alexander Bick.

For more information about this and other events at Labyrinth, visit

photo of student artwork

Artwork by students from each of the courses offered this spring

The Lewis Center for the Arts is hosting an exhibition of artwork by students in the Program in Visual Arts — highlighting selected pieces from each of the courses offered this spring — through June 4 at 185 Nassau St.

The featured works include: freshman Snow Li's self-portrait from an "Introduction to Painting" course; an installation by freshman Nick Slavin, which is a monumental light box made of foam core board that is perforated by a series of X-ray panels, each depicting a silhouette created by a plastic action figure; and a ceramic cookie jar in the form of a supersized woman in a flowing gown made by sophomore Talia Nussbaum.

Frist hosts summer concert series

The Frist Campus Center will present six concerts this summer at 4:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays on its south lawn:

• June 11 — Folk by Association (eclectic).

• June 18 — Reed Kendall (folk/pop/rock).

• June 25 —Mike Montrey (acoustic rock).

• July 2 — Tim Blane (pop).

• July 9 — Ben Carroll (blues).

• July 16 — Yosi (children’s music).

The concerts are free and open to the campus community. Refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will take place in the Frist Food Gallery on the A level. For more information, visit

Staff picnic set for June 11

The annual University staff picnic is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Alexander Beach. In case of rain, the event will take place at Jadwin Gymnasium.

This year’s gathering is centered on a Mardi Gras theme. In addition to food, the event will feature prizes, music, contests and games.

Staff members must bring their Princeton University IDs to enter. For more information, visit the Office of Human Resources website at or contact Zia Bartley at 258-9149 or

  • PWB new logo
  • Submit items for future calendars by using the calendar submission form link on the PWB home page.
  • The Bulletin is published weekly during the academic year, except during University breaks and exam weeks, by the Office of Communications. Second class postage paid at Princeton. Postmaster: Send address changes to Princeton Weekly Bulletin, Office of Communications, Princeton University, 22 Chambers St., Suite 201, Princeton, NJ 08542. Permission is given to adapt, reprint or excerpt material from the Bulletin for use in other media.
  • Subscriptions. The Bulletin is distributed free to faculty, staff and students. Others may subscribe to the Bulletin for $30 for the 2007-08 academic year ($18 for current Princeton parents and people over 65). Send a check to Office of Communications, Princeton University, 22 Chambers St., Suite 201, Princeton, NJ 08542.
  • Deadlines. In general, the copy deadline for each issue is the Friday 10 days in advance of the Monday cover date. The deadline for the Bulletin that covers June 16-Sept. 6 is Friday, June 6. A complete publication schedule is available at pr/ pwb/ deadlines.html; or by calling (609) 258-3601.
  • Managing editor: Eric Quiñones
  • Assistant editor: Jennifer Greenstein Altmann
  • Calendar editor: Shani Hilton
  • Contributing writers: Cass Cliatt, Karin Dienst, Kitta MacPherson, Ruth Stevens, Isabel Wilkinson
  • Photographer: Denise Applewhite
  • Design: Maggie Westergaard
  • Web edition: Mahlon Lovett
  • Subscription manager: Elizabeth Patten
  • PU shield