July 4, 2001
file: Balkans illuminated
taken to improve salaries for low-wage workers:
President's discretionary fund to help close gap
for Li Shaomin *88
administrators move on
Tigers or Princeton Blues?
When Professor of Near
Eastern Studies Norman Itzkowitz *59 agreed to teach the university's
first online course, Demonization of the Other: Ethnic Conflict
in the Balkans, it was a leap into cyberspace. A faculty member
since 1958, Itzkowitz has
taught Ottoman history,
diplomatic history, Turkish language,
Few printed images, and certainly no digitized images, had entered
his classroom prior to the 1998 "Demonization."
However, continued involvement
in the online course ("We review 2,000 years of Balkan history,
right up to Slobodan Milosevic") has "profoundly"
influenced Itzkowitz's teaching and thinking.
"It has made me
much more aware of the importance of visual images and imagery in
making history accessible," he says. Now, when his Princeton
classes study the 1934 assassination of King Alexander of Yugoslavia,
Itzkowitz refers them to an online series of photographs that show
the assassin jumping up on the running board, shooting the king,
a police officer attacking the assassin with a saber, and the dead
man lying in the street. "In a textbook you might have one
picture," he says, "but online, you can show many pictures."
And Itzkowitz says that,
were he writing today his psychobiography of Kemal Ataturk, first
president of the Turkish republic (The Immortal Ataturk, 1984),
"I would put in more imagery, more description. I'd spend more
time describing Ataturk's clothes, as a clue to his narcissism."
Current projects include
"the university's first interactive online precept," a
follow-up to "Demonization," which is due to go live this
Says Itzkowitz, "I'm
proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks."
By Caroline Moseley
Steps taken to improve salaries for low-wage workers
President's discretionary fund to help close gap
Pictured: WROC organizers
David Tannenbaum '01, left, and Nicholas Guyatt GS (photo by Frank
One of the final financial
decisions President Shapiro made before his presidency ended in
June was to allocate nearly $400,000 - the remainder of his discretionary
fund - to the salary pool for members of the biweekly staff who
are being paid at or below market rates. This reallocation of money
was made in response to the Priorities Committee, which recommended
in a report at the Council of the Princeton University Community
(CPUC) meeting on May 16 that the "University should adopt
as a stated goal a policy that the total compensation of its biweekly
staff be at rates which are at or slightly above those of their
peer groups outside the University." It further recommended
that the improvements be made over the course of several years.
The estimated cost is $1.5 million. President Shapiro's fund will
take care of about one-third of that.
The reconvening this
spring of the Priorities Committee, which usually wraps up its business
by January, was prompted by members of the student-led Workers'
Rights Organizing Committee (WROC) who brought to light the pay
disparities and other problems with the wage structure of Princeton's
WROC, which held three
major rallies this year, asked for cost of living adjustments (COLAs),
improved pay and benefits for casual workers, a ban on outsourcing,
and differential pay for night and weekend staff.
In March the university
announced it would move several casual workers to benefits-eligible
term appointments or permanent staff positions. With the re-allocation
of the president's discretionary fund, the university hoped to bring
the issue to a conclusion before the summer break - and to avert
more protests. At Harvard this spring, students held a 26-day sit-in
to protest similar workers' rights issues.
Richard Spies *72, vice
president for finance and administration, said, "I would hope
that this isn't the first thing that the new president has to deal
with. So I think that it is important to get to a concluding point."
While noting the significance
of the additional funding for biweekly salaries, WROC is not satisfied
with the university's response to its proposals. Nicholas Guyatt
GS, one of WROC's organizers, explains, "In terms of absolute
wage levels, the university has recognized that some workers are
behind the market. . . . A more significant victory is the university's
concession that it should not base salary increases mainly on the
flawed and unfair pay-for-performance system.
"The bad news, however,
is that the Priorities Committee completely ignored the central
issue of WROC's campaign - a COLA for all low-wage workers.
Presently we're planning
to step up our operations in the fall. . . . Obviously we've been
watching Harvard, and it's clear that the kind of action taken by
Harvard's students may be the only recourse if administrators ignore
or dismiss crucial worker issues in the coming year."
for Li Shaomin *88
Pictured: Liu Yingli,
left, spoke on behalf of her imprisoned husband, Li Shaomin *88
(Photo by frank wojciechowski).
About 50 people gathered
on Firestone Plaza after the P-rade for a subdued demonstration
calling for the release of Li Shaomin *88 from a Chinese prison.
Shaomin, a U.S. citizen
and associate professor at City University in Hong Kong, went to
China to do research and was detained February 25. On May 15 he
was charged with espionage. The Chinese government has refused Shaomin
lawyer's counsel; U.S. consulate officials have been permitted to
see him about three times.
The university chapter
of Amnesty International and the Friends of Li Shaomin organized
the gathering. The speakers included Robert Durkee '69, university
vice president for public affairs, and Professor Gilbert Rozman.
"Even our State Department does not know where he is,"
said Shaomin's wife, Liu Yingli. "If Chinese security can get
away with imprisoning my husband, they can do the same to other
academics. If we protect Shaomin today, we protect others tomorrow."
Among the handful present
dressed in reunion gear was Bathabile Mthombeni-Njenga '97, a native
of South Africa, who came because "I feel I owe it to all the
people who stood up for me in standing up against apartheid to do
the same in supporting others." By Maria LoBiondo
Photo by Ricardo Barros
Shirley Tilghman took
the presidential oath of office at the Board of Trustees meeting
on June 4 and assumed office June 15; an installation ceremony will
take place September 28. Tilghman plans to remain in Princeton over
the summer, "getting my feet on the ground, speaking with staff
and faculty about their departments, setting in motion key academic
and administrative searches, and thinking about the future,"
Look for our profile
of her in the September 12 issue.
administrators move on
As President Shapiro
cleaned up his desk in Nassau Hall and made way for his successor,
several other top university administrators also have decided to
After six years as the
university's second-ranking officer, Provost Jeremiah Ostriker will
leave that office at the end of this summer and become the Plumian
professor of astronomy and experimental philosophy at the Univer-sity
of Cambridge. He will also continue to hold his faculty position
at Princeton as the Charles A. Young professor of astronomy and
to work with his graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Ostriker
plans to hold the Plumian professorship for three years and then
return to Princeton.
Dean of the Chapel Joseph
Williamson retired at the end of this academic year after 12 years
with the university. Williamson plans to spend more time with his
family and on lifelong interests, such as the intersection of religion
and politics and increasing educational opportunities for the poor.
Williamson was a member of President Shapiro's cabinet and was responsible
for ecumenical Christian worship in the Chapel and three university
interfaith services each year.
Howard Ende, a member
of Princeton's legal staff for 27 years and general counsel since
1991, will leave the university at the end of this year to become
president next fall of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, the primary
funding source for the Mpala Research Center, a training facility
located in central Kenya that focuses on environmental and social
sciences education and research. Ende became involved in the center
a dozen years ago when he began working with George L. Small '43
to set up the Mpala Research Trust, which administers the center.
Small wanted to dedicate 45,000 acres he owned in Kenya to advance
the understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem processes.
Raymond Clark, treasurer
of the university for 14 years, retired in February. Now treasurer,
emeritus, Clark will continue to have an office on campus and will
oversee the conclusion next year of Partnership 2000, an effort
to replace the university's administrative systems with cutting-edge
Vice President for Development
Van Zandt Williams, Jr. '65 has served since 1980 and plans on retiring
as soon as Princeton's new president is ready to choose his successor.
"I figured it was time to let someone else have the fun,"
said Williams, who has managed two fundraising campaigns: the 250th
Anniversary Campaign, which concluded in June 2000 with a record
total of $1.14 billion; and A Campaign for Princeton, which began
with a $275 million goal and ended with $410 million raised in the
Joan Doig, vice president
for human resources since 1996, will retire at the end of this year.
Doig joined the university staff in 1974 as a special collections
assistant in the Astrophysical Sciences Library. Two years later
she transferred to the department then known as Personnel Ser-vices
as a personnel representative and subsequently took on additional
responsibilities as manager of training and manager of benefits
before serving seven years as general manager of the department.
Tigers or Princeton Blues?
Princeton and Oxford
Universities announced in April a major collaboration that will
create new research partnerships, increase faculty and student exchanges,
and provide opportunities to share resources required for cutting-edge
scientific ventures. Research partnerships will be initiated in
the humanities and social sciences, as well as in the natural sciences
In addition to identifying
and encouraging specific research partnerships, the universities
are planning to establish a significant exchange of students, including
"Research and learning
increasingly are global endeavors, involving collaboration among
faculty members and students from around the world," said President
Shapiro. "This new program will create important new opportunities
and synergies by drawing on the complementary strengths and perspectives
of faculty and students at two of the world's leading universities."
Already 12 collaborative
research projects have been provisionally identified, in fields
spanning nanotechnology, astrophysics, genomics, and stone and art
University leaders believe
the initiative will enhance research by bringing together scholars
with different perspectives and approaches, and improve teaching
by increasing interaction among undergraduate and graduate students
from different cultures.
Last year, Oxford and
Princeton were among the founders of a $12-million Web-based learning
venture that will provide online courses, interactive seminars,
multimedia programs, topical Web sites with links to research information,
and live and taped coverage of campus speakers and events.
Randall Hack '69 and
his wife, Mary, have endowed a chair in finance that will be named
in honor of Hack's grandfather Otto A. Hack 1903. Hack, who has
served as president of Princeton's investment company, Princo, is
also a cofounder of Nassau Capital, which invests the university's
endowment funds in alternative assets. The professorship will support
the work of a distinguished scholar in the university's Bendheim
Center for Finance. Since Hack's grandfather came to Princeton,
two dozen members of the extended Hack family have attended Princeton.
Over Reunions weekend,
the university-owned Garden movie theater reopened after extensive
renovations brought the 80-year-old theater up to date with stadium
seating, new infrastructure, and better soundproofing. The theater
opened in 1920 with a showing of Civilian Clothes, starring Thomas
John Matthews '51 and
Dean of the Graduate School John Wilson were on hand for the May
17 dedication of a plaque commemorating the Merwick Rehabilitation
Unit of the Medical Center at Princeton as the first residential
graduate college in the U.S. From 1905-13, Merwick was known as
Princeton University's "Graduate House," where 12 graduate
students and a professor lived. The building was bought by the Matthews
family and later donated to the medical center.
Battelle, an Ohio-based
concern that develops technology and products for industry and government,
has announced a $3-million gift to establish a professorship in
physics to honor John Archibald Wheeler, the Joseph Henry professor
of physics, emeritus. The professorship recognizes his groundbreaking
research in theoretical physics, his service to the nation, and
his service to Battelle, where he was a trustee for 30 years.
The Council for Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE) has awarded PAW a silver medal in
the category of Visual Design in Print for the cover of the October
25 issue, which featured a close-up of President Shapiro. The cover
was designed by Marianne Nelson, PAW's art director; the photograph
was taken by Rich Tucker '01.
Viewers of the June 11
episode of Weakest Link, a crafty vote-'em-off trivia show, saw
David Calone '96 win $83,500 when his opponent in the final round,
a middle-school teacher, flubbed the answer to the question, Who
wrote Paradise Regained?