Weekly Bulletin
October 18, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 6
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Startup companies
Across Nassau St., down Witherspoon
Trustees reafirm commitment to academic freedom
University Archives: A Short History
Nassau Notes
In the news

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Startup companies

New patents, licensing policy permits Princeton to accept equity for granting rights
     When the Office of Patents and Licensing established a policy under which the University would accept equity positions in licensing agreements that flow from Princeton research, it hastened the growth of startup companies based on University patents.
     "Many of the technologies disclosed to our office are very early-stage," says John Ritter, director of patents and licensing. "A startup company is often the appropriate vehicle for transferring the technology to industry." [>>more]

Across Nassau St., down Witherspoon


350 students serve as tutors, English teachers, SAT coaches, Big Brothers and Sisters with Community House
     Thirty years ago seven Princeton undergraduates crossed Nassau Street and kept on going down Witherspoon. They were of different colors but had one purpose: to fight racism by sharing their Ivy education with disadvantaged youngsters in the neighborhood. Out of their commitment was born Community House.
     This year 350 students have signed up to follow in their footsteps. They may be less vocal than the students of the 1960s, but Community House director Marjorie Young believes they are no less committed. [>>more]

Trustees reaffirm commitment to academic freedom

On September 30 several faculty members wrote to President Shapiro regarding the commitment of the University's board of trustees to the academic freedom of all faculty members. On October 7 Robert Rawson '66, chair of the executive committee, responded as follows on behalf of the trustees. [>>more]

University Archives: A Short History


For the first 213 years of its existence, Princeton University (earlier the College of New Jersey) functioned without an official archives or a paid archivist.
     Two fires in Nassau Hall, in 1802 and 1855, could have destroyed everything, but virtually all of the vital early records of the University survive, including the charter from Governor Jonathan Belcher, a complete set of trustees' minutes, minutes of faculty meetings beginning in 1787, the treasurer's ledgers beginning in 1769 and the files of most presidents of the University from John Maclean (1854-1868) to the present. [>>more]

In the news

Princeton trustee Heidi Miller '74 was second in Fortune magazine's second annual ranking of the "50 most powerful women in business." (First was Stanford alumna Carly Fiorina, CEO and president of Hewlett Packard.) The list also included Meg Whitman '77 (no.5), trustee emeritus Nancy Peretsman '76 (no.9) and trustee Andrea Jung '79 (no.14). "Together [these women] are making the business world a lot less macho," wrote Patricia Sellers in the October 25 issue of the magazine.



Field hockey. The Tigers defeated Rutgers 3-0 October 6 but lost to Brown 2-1 October 9 and Duke 3-1 October 10. (6-3, 3-1 Ivy)

Soccer. The men lost to Columbia 1-0 October 6 but defeated Brown 2-0 October 9. The women beat Monmouth 1-0 October 5 and Brown 2-1 October 8. (Men: 5-3, 2-1 Ivy; women: 6-2-1, 3-0-1 Ivy)