May 16, 2001:
residential college site chosen: New configuration of students will
address social concerns
for Class of 2005: Admission letters go out to 1,675
M. Tilghman named Princeton's 19th president
begin: Shapiro honors include professorship
Vietnam vision: A gathering in Hanoi reflects Princeton's reach
purchases Notestein Hall from university
On the Web now: Choosing a College President
Four men and 11 women
are enrolled in a freshman seminar called Getting Dressed, which
may be Princeton's first course on fashion. Participants discuss
topics such as the etiquette of dress, the economics of fashion,
and the role religion plays in what people wear. The class makes
field trips to New York's garment district and the Fashion Institute
a course in American culture, exploring the relationship between
clothing and the moral aesthetics of daily life," says the
teacher, Jenna Weissman Joselit, visiting professor in the religion
department and author of the forthcoming A Perfect Fit: Clothing,
Character and the Promise of America.
Each seminar begins with
a round of anecdotes on the topic of the day from the news or the
students' personal experiences. When the subject was etiquette and
fashion, participants spoke of the required attire for junior cotillions
and country club dinners back home. They also turned in a writing
assignment: an etiquette manual for modern times.
"We start with the
personal and move on to analytical discussion," Joselit says.
"Adults may think
all students today look alike and look terrible," she says,
"but they are very concerned with the minutiae of current fashion
for their age group. For instance, they are attuned to the cut of
T-shirts and jeans. The slightest variation from the accepted standard
can be fatal."
Joselit, who also teaches
classes at Yale and Temple Universities and writes books on American
Jewish culture, has taught other offbeat courses here, including
The Almighty Dollar, a course on the relationship between money
and religion, and Show and Tell, dealing with landmark art exhibitions
of the past.
By Ann Waldron
residential college site chosen
New configuration of students will address social concerns
The Board of Trustees
last month approved the area below Dillon Gymnasium as the site
for the sixth residential college. The board also approved the distribution
of students in the college, where 100 upperclassmen will be housed
as well as 400 freshmen and sophomores.
The new college is to
be built to accommodate the 10 percent increase in the student body,
which was approved a year ago.
At first, several sites
for the new college were considered, but two emerged fairly early
in the process as the most likely: the area south of Dillon where
the tennis courts are and a location near Forbes College.
Placing the college below
Dillon keeps the students close to the center of campus, although
it will require the demolition of several, if not all, of the tennis
courts, which will be relocated.
Open space is a concern
for students and administrators, and as much open space as possible
will be maintained.
"Studies that have
been done to date show that a college of the size required can be
put in that area and still keep very large open spaces," Vice
President Thomas Wright '62 said in the Daily Princetonian. An architect
has not yet been chosen.
Changes to college
The new building will
be an obvious sign of a change at Princeton, but the change that
will affect student life more profoundly is less visible. And that
has to do with the number and ages of students in the new college.
Currently Princeton's college system is for freshmen and sophomores;
juniors move out of the colleges into other dorms, and most join
The need for a new college
created an opportunity for the university to look at the current
college system and address what some students saw as a need for
more options. Not all students want to leave a college, and not
all students want to join an eating club. A committee was formed
several months ago, and it produced an interim report about the
residential system. After feedback from the campus, the committee
issued a final report that included the recommendation that three
of the colleges become four-year and three remain two-year colleges.
The report discussed
the dissatisfaction some students feel with the current system.
"While the proportion of dissatisfied students may be relatively
small, it is a significant number of each class, and their dissatisfaction
has continued over the years to be clear and strong. In answers
to the survey administered to all undergraduates, in individual
comments, and in campus group discussions, significant numbers of
undergraduates expressed a desire for an alternative to existing
residential options," it said.
The creation of three
four-year colleges will not lessen the number of students available
to join an eating club. The committee made it very clear that it
wanted to maintain the two-year colleges and the eating-club system
for most students. "Members of the committee are clear and
unanimous in their view that existing options are warmly embraced
by, and serve well the needs of, a very substantial proportion of
undergraduates, and that nothing that is proposed to accommodate
500 additional students should diminish the viability of the existing
options," stated the report.
The new configuration
allows for the possibility of a pairing between colleges, with each
two-year college matched with a four-year college. It is hoped that
a wider intermingling between members of the classes will benefit
everyone. Some graduate students are expected to be hired as residential
advisers, and their presence will further broaden connections for
The sixth residential
college report is available online at www.princeton.edu/ ~vp/finalreport.html.
for Class of 2005:
Admission letters go out to 1,675
Princeton sent out its
admission letters last month, giving 1,675 high school students
good news. Of the 14,287 applicants for the Class of 2005, 11.7
percent were accepted. Last year, the university received 13,654
applications and accepted 1,670, or 12.2 percent. The expected enrollment
Of the admitted applicants,
just under 51 percent are men and just over 49 percent are women.
Of those who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 37 percent
indicated a minority background. International students comprise
10 percent of those admitted. Those offered admission include students
in all 50 states and in 51 other countries. About 34 percent of
the students were admitted in early decision last December. More
than half of the applicants had SAT scores of 1400 or higher and
had grade-point averages of 3.8 or higher. Close to 4,400 applicants
had a 4.0 GPA.
It is too early to see
whether Princeton's change in its financial aid policy will affect
the numbers of students who decide to attend.
M. Tilghman named Princeton's 19th president
Shirley M. Caldwell Tilghman,
the Howard A. Prior Professor of the Life Sciences, was named Princetons
19th president in a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on
Tilghman, who joined
Princetons faculty in 1986, is the universitys first
female president and the first president in more than a century
not to hold a Princeton degree. She takes office on June 15.
Shapiro honors include professorship
When the Board of Trustees
met last month, the schedule of events included a farewell dinner
for President Shapiro and his wife, Vivian. Held on a Friday night
in a white tent set up on the green between the Frist Campus Center
and Guyot Hall, the dinner was a relatively small affair, with about
180 people invited.
After dining on sea bass,
guests listened to heartfelt thanks from Robert Rawson '66, chair
of the board, and warm, emotional words from both the Shapiros.
In his remarks Rawson
announced the creation of the endowed Harold T. Shapiro *64 Professorship
of Economics. "We believe it is most fitting that this chair
will strengthen the distinguished department that first drew you
to Princeton and reflects not only your love of teaching but also
your determination to keep Princeton's faculty at the forefront
of research and scholarship," Rawson said.
In addition, the café
at the Frist Center will be named for Vivian, and the walk between
the Woodrow Wilson School's Scudder Plaza and the E-Quad will be
named for the Shapiros.
horizons have expanded considerably over the past 13 years in the
intellectual realm and, in more readily visible dimensions, in the
physical campus," Rawson said when announcing Shapiro Walk.
"New pathways are being forged to link academic disciplines
and new campus walkways are being created to link old and new facilities
Other gifts to the Shapiros
included a timeline booklet that chronicles the Shapiro presidency
and a bound volume of all of the President's Pages from PAW. Professor
and poet Paul Muldoon delivered an ode to the president called "An
Horatian Ode." (To read the ode, please
Other farewells are scheduled
through the rest of the academic year, including other receptions
and a picnic at the Graduate College.
A gathering in Hanoi reflects Princeton's reach and influence
then-President Bill Clinton told a group of students at Vietnam
National University in Hanoi last November, "is a country,
not a war."
Even once the applause
died down, the Clintons left Vietnam to continue their Asia tour,
and the pundits and their camera crews checked out of Hanoi's Metropole
hotel, most agreed that Clinton's visit to Vietnam, the first by
an American president since the end of the Vietnam War, seemed to
herald a new era of U.S.-Vietnam relations.
Watching the hoopla of
the Clinton visit as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow working in Hanoi,
I was impressed by the pageantry and touched by some of the sentiments
exchanged by the two governments. Two months later, I had the chance
to observe another, much less public, Vietnam visit, and some of
the real meaning of this new era was brought home.
The occasion was a Princeton
event - an impromptu dinner hosted by Charles Bailey *72, the Ford
Foundation representative in Hanoi, in honor of Michael Rothschild,
dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, and his wife, Lynn Greenberg,
a clinical social worker at McCosh Health Center, who visited Vietnam
in early January.
Here we were, about 20
of us, seated at a table at Hanoi's Hilton Opera hotel, a motley
crew of Vietnamese Princetonians and non-Vietnamese Princetonians-about-Hanoi,
a few Hanoi academics, and some representatives of the Ho Chi Minh
Academy (a sort of Party training school for high officials).
What could have been
the usual round of toasting and mutual-complimenting became more
personal and genuinely emotional as members of the older generation
-- both Americans and Vietnamese -- told their stories of
the war, and of making academic careers in spite of it. What emerged
was a picture of a small, war-torn country struggling to make a
new way in the world, and a vision of how American institutions
such as Princeton can build on the current idealism in Vietnam.
"We in Vietnam need
to learn how the Americans think," said Minh Quang Vu *95,
a Woodrow Wilson School graduate working in Vietnam's Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. "We are partners, we are counterparts, we
are sometimes rivals. Misunder-standing is often a source of conflict,
and it is important that we have some common language.
in Vietnam are doing some very good things - Charles Bailey at the
Ford Foundation, for instance," Vu continued.
"What we learn
at Princeton is not just the lectures and the seminars, but the
whole learning environment, the sense of community. You can't see
it, but I feel somehow that I belong to Princeton still."
Looking around at the
assembled faces, I felt struck more than ever before by what a truly
global institution Princeton is, and by how fitting it was that
this dinner should be to welcome the dean of the Woodrow Wilson
School. I thought about how pleased - and perhaps vindicated - Woodrow
Wilson himself might have felt at the idea of all of us sitting
down together, and talking of books, and war, and great people,
and even greater institutions.
By Katherine Zoepf
Katherine Zoepf '00 is
a former On the Campus Writer for PAW.
purchases Notestein Hall from university
Last month the alumni
graduate board of Dial, Elm, and Cannon Club (DEC) exercised its
option to repurchase Notestein Hall - the former home of Cannon
Club - from the university. DEC plans to reopen as the 12th eating
club within two years.
Notestein Hall became
university property when Cannon closed in 1975. Unable to meet its
financial obligations, Cannon asked the university to assume its
mortgage and liabilities.
In 1990, Dial, Elm, and
Cannon Clubs merged to form DEC. Members of the new club dined at
Elm, and some were housed in Dial Lodge. DEC was forced to close
because of financial problems in 1998 and sold its properties to
the university, but negotiated the option to repurchase Notestein
Hall by April 15, 2001. Vice President and Secretary Thomas Wright
'62 explains the transaction: "It included the purchase of
three properties north of Prospect Street by the university from
the DEC Club. The three properties were the former Elm property,
the former Dial property, and a vacant lot behind the former Dial
property. In return, as part of the same transaction, the university
paid DEC a sum of money, and also DEC received an option to purchase
from the university the former Cannon property (Notestein Hall)
on certain terms."
It will be at least a
year before the club reopens. Renovations to Notestein Hall, which
had been home to Princeton's Office of Population Research, will
be extensive. During the interim, DEC and the university may make
joint use of the facility. Wright said the building could house
the new undergraduate writing program on a temporary basis.
On the Web now: Choosing a College President
As one adviser
of many presidents once remarked, with pardonable hyperbole, It
is desirable that he have the wisdom of Solomon and the heart of
a lion, but it is indispensable that he have the digestion of a
to read what President Dodds had to say about selecting a university
president. His remarks were originally published in PAW in September
Helen Zia '73, an Asian-American
rights activist, spoke March 28 on "The Asian-American Emergence."
Noted choreographer and
dancer Bill T. Jones was on campus April 12 to present a workshop
Donald Wilson '51, former
deputy director of the U.S. Information Agency, who was on hand
at the White House during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, spoke
April 14 to a large gathering of students and faculty after a screening
of the movie Thirteen Days, saying that the film was quite accurate
in its portrayal of the people and the situation.
Former director of the
U.S. Census Bureau Kenneth Prewitt spoke April 16 on "What
I Learned About America From Census 2000."
Nobel laureate Gerard
't Hooft spoke April 16 on "Quantum Field Theory, the Gravitational
Force, and the Future of Quantum Mechanics."
Craig Venter, president
and chief scientific officer of the Celera Genomics Corporation,
lectured on the sequencing of the human genome on April 17.
Nicholas Katzenbach '43,
former attorney general who served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations,
April 19 about the changes
over the decades of the relationship between the Justice Department
and the White House.
Ron Tinsley, urban youth
minister and developer of the Streetwizdom urban apologetics Web
site, presented a workshop entitled "The Gospel According to
Hip-Hop" on April 22 at the Third World Center.
Lester Little *62, scholar,
teacher, and interpreter of Europe in the Middle Ages, presented
the final lecture in a year-long series celebrating the centennial
of the Graduate School on April 22. He spoke on "Monasticism
in Western Society: From Marginality to the Establishment and Back."
As part of a speaking
tour sponsored by the NATO Council, four ambassadors addressed the
new European defense initiative, how European NATO members and prospective
members see the role of NATO in Europe in the coming years, and
other related topics in a panel discussion on April 24. Ambassador
Karel Kovanda, permanent representative to the Czech delegation;
Ambassador Lazar Comanescu, head of mission of Romania to NATO;
Ambassador Peter Burian, head of mission of the Slovak Republic
to NATO; and Ambassador Matjaz Sinkovec, head of mission of Slovenia
to NATO, were members of the panel, which was moderated by Robert
Hutchings, assistant dean for graduate and professional education
of the Woodrow Wilson School.
Writer appearances: Poet
Kenneth Koch spoke March 28. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky gave a
lecture, "American Culture and the Voice of Poetry," on
April 4. Rebecca Goldstein *77 read from her work on April 10. Mary
Gordon spoke about the work of Willa Cather, Katherine Anne Porter,
Jean Stafford, and Eudora Welty on April 10. Doug Wright, who wrote
the play Quills, spoke April 16. Novelist Richard Ford spoke April
18. Cultural critic and feminist author bell hooks [sic] spoke April
19 on "Ending Domination: What's Love Got To Do With It? "
Howard Stix *53, professor, emeritus, of astrophysical sciences,
died April 16 of leukemia. He was 76.
After earning his bachelor
degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1948 and his
Ph.D. from Princeton in 1953, he joined Project Matterhorn, then
a small classified project on Princeton's Forrestal campus. The
project aimed to harness fusion energy for peacetime use.
Project Matterhorn grew,
and, in 1961, when Professor Stix headed the experimental division,
its name was changed to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
Stix's work revolutionized
research in plasma physics by showing how waves could heat plasma.
This early work was presented at the Second International Atoms
for Peace Conference in Geneva in 1958, held soon after the major
nations working on controlled thermo-nuclear fusion research agreed
to declassify their work.
Stix showed how microwaves,
injected from antennas or waveguides, could heat plasma to thermonuclear
temperatures while confining it within powerful magnetic fields.
Among his inventions was a structure in which sections of coil were
wound alternately around the device clockwise and counterclockwise.
In 1962, Stix published
his classic text, The Theory of Plasma Waves. In the same year,
he was appointed professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton.
Enormously influential, his textbook explored and formalized the
growing subject of waves in plasma, both for laboratory and astrophysical
applications. The book has educated several generations of plasma
In 1980, Stix received
the James Clerk Maxwell Prize, the American Physical Society's highest
award in the field of plasma physics. In 1991, Princeton recognized
his contributions as a teacher and educator by awarding him its
first University Award for Distinguished Teaching.
usual, Reunions features bands and singers throughout the weekend.
Some of the names will ring familiar to reuners, but others are
new. How many do you know?
Sandy Maxwell 39,
Rock King 45, Stan Rubin 55, Ben Tousley 71, Ruth
Gerson 92, the Nassoons, the Tigerlilies, the Katzenjammers,
the Party Dolls, Rich Pasmantier, the Grease Band, Manhattan Samba,
Dixieland Jazz Band, Stu and the Geezers, Big Eric and the Budget
Crunch, Nik and the Nice Guys, the Blues Family, Leggz, Peacock
Crossing, the Coolerators, Midnight Movers, Liquid Pleasure, Boogie
Wonder Band, B, S, & M, Superstar, and Hot Buttered Elvis.
Li Shaomin *88, a U.S.
citizen living in Hong Kong who had earned his doctorate in sociology
at Princeton, was detained by Chinese authorities as he was trying
to enter China at Shenzhen on February 25. A native of China, Li
is an assistant professor at City University in Hong Kong. On April
17, President Shapiro wrote a letter of concern to Chinese president
Jiang Zemin. "Since [Li] is an active researcher and scholar,
there is great concern that his detention may be related to his
academic activity, and thus could have a chilling effect on scholarly
engagement between the United States and China," he wrote.
"Princeton is one of many universities where there has been
much fruitful scholarly collaboration and student exchange with
China in recent years. As I am sure you appreciate, these activities
depend on respect for the freedom of academic inquiry and the thoughtful
pursuit of academic research."
The Workers' Rights Organizing
Committee (WROC) held a rally at the Frist Campus Center April 9,
where local politicians, several professors, and some workers spoke.
WROC is seeking modifications to the pay structure and wages paid
to the lowest-wage workers at Princeton. About 180 people attended
the hour-long event. After the rally, about one-third of the crowd
marched to Nassau Hall, where students chanted outside Provost Jeremiah
Ostriker's locked office. At press time, the Priorities Committee
was further evaluating the issue. Some improvements involving the
use of casual workers had been agreed to in March.
Princeton is not the
only university that is challenged by students about wages paid
to workers. Last month close to 50 Harvard students were involved
in a sit-in of Massachusetts Hall, Harvard's administration building,
protesting on behalf of low-wage workers there. The sit-in, which
at PAW's press time had lasted nine days, attracted support from
more than 200 people at Harvard as well as Senator Edward Kennedy,
who met with Harvard president Neil Rudenstine '56 in Washington,
D.C., about the issue on April 24.
Karen Bates GS filed
a sexual harassment suit in March in New Jersey Superior Court naming
as defendants Professor of Architecture Georges Teyssot, Dean of
the School of Architecture Ralph Lerner, and Associate Dean of the
Faculty Katherine Rohrer.
In the suit, Bates accuses
Teyssot of unwelcome and harassing comments and Lerner of threats
to take away her funding when she complained to him. According to
the suit, Bates went to Rohrer last May, and an investigation by
university administrators began. The investigation was completed
last September and a confidential report was issued. The university
has a well-publicized policy against sexual harassment and does
not discuss personnel matters with the press. Teyssot has been on
leave this year. Bates seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
the annual town-and-gown street festival, took place on Saturday,
April 28. Organized by students and cosponsored by a local arts
organization, the event was coupled for the second year in a row
with the university's International Festival. This year, Communiversity
was dedicated to President Shapiro and his wife, Vivian. At the
end of the afternoon, a free concert took place on Cannon Green
featuring two bands appealing to two different eras: G. Love &
the Special Sauce for the young'uns and Willie Nelson for the president.
Shapiro, who has a deep appreciation for the country singer, quoted
Nelson when he announced his resignation to the Board of Trustees
last September. "I've climbed many mountaintops, but I've many
more to climb," he said, referring to his certainty that Princeton
would achieve ever greater heights in the years to come.
The university recently
made two donations to the town of Princeton. In February, it was
announced that $155,000 was going to the Princeton First Aid and
Rescue Squad to buy an up-to-date ambulance. Twenty-six university-affiliated
people volunteer on the squad, including 21 students, four alumni,
and one staff member. The squad in 1999 made 295 emergency calls
to the university, and provides stand-in service at university events.
In March, the university pledged $500,000 toward the local school
district's $78-million building referendum, as yet unpassed by voters.
The gift will help with "urgently needed" renovations
to the high school, said President Shapiro. The donation "demonstrates
the university's ongoing support of the Princeton Regional Schools
and the education of its children," said the schools superintendent.
Chris Thomforde '69 was
inaugurated April 29 as president of St. Olaf's College in Northfield,
Minnesota. After Princeton, Thomforde was drafted to play basketball
for the New York Knicks, but instead went to divinity school at
Yale, eventually making his career on college campuses as a minister
and later as an administrator. Among the speakers at Thomforde's
inauguration was James Billington '50, Librarian of Congress and
a former professor at Princeton, who had been one of Thomforde's
mentors and who had kept up with him over the years. Another recently
appointed president of a college is John Balkcomb '69, who this
year was named president of St. John's College in Santa Fe, New
Jack Wagenseller '44,
former associate director at the Alumni Council from 1982-91, died
March 18 of complications from a stroke. At the Alumni Council,
he worked with numerous regional associations and also managed campus
reunions, where he came to know vast numbers of alumni. A memorial
service will take place in Princeton on May 31 at 2 p.m. at Trinity
Church, followed by a reception at the Nassau Club.