100 Years of PAW - April 18, 2000

Princeton Alumni Weekly remembers
Gentlemen's agreement... spring break... clubs... an Oscar... book boycott... Chinese intrigue

April 13, 1951

"The best pitching staff in college baseball" is the claim that Emerson Dickman, highly respected Princeton coach, freely made at the start of the 1951 season. On the cover this week are the four main reasons for such a claim: (l. to r.) Dave Sisler, Harry Brightman, Frank Reichel and Ray Chirurgi. Brightman and Chirurgi, both juniors, were the aces of last year's co-championship team, and Sisler, son of George Sisler, is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Princeton's baseball history.

April 21, 1933

Club Closed for Two Weeks

Campus Club was closed from March 31 to April 15 for violating the gentlemen's agreement. Although the discipline committee never releases the names of individuals, it is understood that one man was dismissed from college and several others suspended. In this connection it was rumored that Prasob Mom Chow Sukhsvasti '35 of Siam had been dismissed. Dean Gauss indicates that this is not the case in the following statement: "Any report that Mr. Sukhsvasti was dismissed from Princeton is untrue. Princeton had nothing but the friendliest feeling from him when he withdrew two weeks ago."


April 13, 1956

Spanish Gold

There are other ways to spend the spring vacation, but almost always they include sun and surf. Brooks Fenno '56 took an expedition down to Florida this spring to dive for sunken treasure in the waters off Key West. Exactly one year ago Brooks and his party were diving in the same waters and discovered what they believed to be the sunken remains of a Spanish galleon. This spring the same crowd spent ten days skin-diving in that shark-and-barracuda-infested area and returned laden with coral-encrusted booty which they swear is a collection of Spanish doubloons. A vigorous time was had by all.


April 20, 1965

No More Clubs!

(Letter to the editor from Carl H. Schulser '23).

The Alumni Weekly of 2/16/65 had I believe a disgraceful article "On the Campus" by Edward H. Tenner '65!!!

I am Class of '23. I'm sick and tired of this club situation! Any boy acceptable to Princeton should be acceptable to a club! All clubs should decide the number they can accept and all students should be accepted! Please see that Tenner sees this letter. Any more about clubs-stop my Weekly-and I'll stop my Annual Giving (small as it is)!!

P.S. Please acknowledge.


April 23, 1974

Oscar Won

Everyone should know by now that the university's new recruiting film, Princeton: A Search for Answers, has received the ultimate accolade: a Hollywood Oscar. On the evening of April 2, while countless Princeton students and administrators were glued to the tube, a breathless Raquel Welch read off the film's name on nationwide television at the awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscar was for the category of "Best Documentary Short Subject." . . .

The Oscar was accepted by the film's producers, Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage Jr. . . . One of the film's biggest and most influential fans is Joshua Logan '31, who on his own initiative wrote a personal letter to all the members of the Academy praising the film as "a moving, funny, and stimulating account of a university I once knew but had almost forgot."


April 20, 1988

Students Boycott University Store

On April 4, the Princeton student body began a boycott of the Princeton University Store, a cooperative that is independent of the university but that supplies students with textbooks and other items. Textbooks are at the heart of the dispute. Students say that the U-Store charges too much for them. They also complain about poor service and stock shortages in the textbook department.


April 15, 1992

Death threats

The F.B.I. arrested a Chinese national in early March on a charge of extortion, after he had allegedly threatened to kill Chinese dissidents associated with Princeton if he was not admitted to the graduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The man, He Niendong, twenty-seven, has been living in the United States as a political refugee since April 1991. . . . He, a former intelligence officer for the Chinese government who speaks good English, apparently claimed that he was more deserving of admission to Princeton than "phony dissidents" already admitted.

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