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Posted January 30, 2002


The university will build a memorial garden honoring the 13 alumni killed in the September 11 attacks, President Tilghman announced at a December 9 memorial service for the alumni. The garden will be created in the vicinity of the new humanities center under construction just to the east of Nassau Hall where East Pyne stands.

Elizabeth Diller and Kevin Kennon, a professor and a lecturer, respectively, in the School of Architecture, are among four architects who designed the new viewing platforms at the World Trade Center. The other two were Ricardo Scofidio, Diller’s partner in the firm of Diller & Scofidio, and David Rockwell. The first of the four platforms opened at the end of December; three more are scheduled to be open by the end of February.

FBI agents made copies on all of the university’s publicly assessable copying machines late last fall, as part of the FBI’s anthrax investigation, according to Theodore McLaughlin, head of photoservices at Firestone Library.

President George W. Bush has named politics professor Robert George to the newly created President’s Council on Bioethics, which will advise the president on key moral issues such as embryonic stem cell research and cloning.

The Alumni Council is offering a new Alumni Studies course this spring titled Jihad, Just War, Holy War. Participants can attend nine lectures on campus in March and May. The course begins February 10 with the first email discussion, but alumni, parents, faculty members, and staff members can enroll anytime during the semester. Carl Brown, the Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs, emeritus, and professor of Near Eastern studies, emeritus, is the course leader. (alumni.princeton.edu/Education/Spring2002.asp)

The student group Princeton Committee Against Terrorism (PCAT) has launched a new student publication, American Foreign Policy. “We hope that our publication will contribute an important student voice to the inevitable reevaluation of United States foreign policy prompted by terrorism,” says coeditor Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky ’04. (www.princeton.edu/~pcat/afp)

Hundreds of high school students received a “Yes!” letter from Dean of Admission Fred Hargadon in December through Princeton’s early decision program. Those students will make up about 45 percent of the Class of 2006, according to Hargadon. Those admitted are obligated to attend the university. Anyone who was deferred will be considered in the regular admission process.

Two seniors, Dan Hafetz ’02 and Jon Harris ’02, have published a new student-run magazine, Troubadour, which features “a compilation of personal accounts of travel expressed in a variety of creative mediums,” said Hafetz. He and Harris got the idea for the magazine after their own experiences on Study Abroad junior year. (www.troubadourmagazine.org)

Michael Rothschild, the dean of the Woodrow Wilson and a professor of economics and public affairs, will leave earlier than previously announced, on February 1, and will turn his attention to research. James Trussell, associate dean of the Wilson School, will serve as acting director until a new dean is named.

Pamela Bowen, the director of Health Services, for 11 years will leave her post in June to undertake a new project addressing issues in health care and health education for domestic and foreign students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Ernest Gordon, dean of the chapel at Princeton from 1955 to 1981, died January 16. He was 85 and lived in Princeton. One of his books, Through the Valley of the Kwai, published in 1962 about his experience in a Japanese prison camp building a bridge over the River Kwai during World War II, inspired a movie, To End All Wars, scheduled for release this spring.

A study of ancient and unpolluted South American forests promises to upend long-standing beliefs about ecosystems and the effects of pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The study, conducted by Lars Hedin, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and his former graduate student at Cornell and lead author Steven Perakis, focused on nitrogen, a plant nutrient that plays a critical role in maintaining everything from the health of local waterways to the global climate. Published in the January 24 issue of Nature, the study concludes that the high levels of inorganic nitrogen in the U.S., long thought to be the natural mainstay of the ecosystem, is really the result of acid rain and agricultural fertilizers. The authors argue that the ecosystems of South America, with their preponderance of organic nitrogen, are a window into the past, showing that U.S. ecosystems were very different before the industrial revolution.



The Princeton University Orchestra will give performances in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. this winter to benefit people affected by the September 11 attacks.

January 30 — 7:30 p.m, Stuyvesant High School in New York :
January 31
— 8 p.m., the University of Pennsylvania (call 610-353-6897 for ticket information)
February 1
— 8 p.m., George Washington University (call 202-994-1500 for information)

The Playwright vs. The Theater: Edward Albee, playwright
February 7 — 8 p.m. at TBA

Rededication of the Princeton University Chapel
February 10 — 3 p.m.

Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
Steven Pinker, Department of Brain and Cognitive sciences, MIT
February 11 — 8 p.m. at 10 McCosh Hall

Klinger to Kollwitz: Ambiguities in Modern German Art from the 1880s to the Third Reich
Peter Paret, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study
February 12 — 4:30 p.m. at McCormick 101

An Evening with Tony Kushner: Tony Kushner, playwright
April 4 — 8 p.m. at TBA

Biology after the Genome Project
Sydney Brenner, Oxford University and Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley
April 9-11 — 8 p.m. at TBA

Poussin’s Mad Pursuit: Presented by Timothy J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley
April 17 — 4:30 p.m. at TBA
Bruegel in the Land of Cockaigne:
Presented by Timothy J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley
April 18 — 4:30 p.m. at TBA




Ebay’s Meg Whitman ’77 and Avon’s Andrea Jung ’79 were among Time magazine’s list of the 25 most influential global business executives.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Ali Abunimah ’93, an Arab-American activist in Chicago, created his own Web site (www.abunimah.org) to conduct “electronic intifada” against the “Israeli media war machine.” Said Abunimah, “My goal is not to tell people what to think, but to provide an alternative source of information.”

Darryl N. Johnson *62 took over as U.S. Ambassador to Thailand in late December, replacing Richard Hecklinger. Johnson, who speaks Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Polish, and some Lithuanian, had previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, responsible for China and Mongolia. Before joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1965, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, teaching English.

Alexander F. Wojciechowicz, Jr. ’61, of Princeton, New Jersey, known as “Woji” to friends, died January 5, when his twin engine turbo prop Cessna Conquest crashed in Puerto Rico. On the plane with Wojciechowicz were his daughter, Katherine Wojciechowicz Angrick, her four-year old son, Alexander Heath Gnagy, Katherine’s new husband, Mark Angrick, and Mark’s mother, Lois. Wojciechowicz and his wife, Carol, had just spent the holidays with their daughter and her family at their house on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico. His plane crashed when he was shuttling his passengers to San Juan to catch connecting flights home.

Three generations of Princetonians came together when A&E Network aired the three-hour TV movie The Magnificent Ambersons, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington 1893. Norman Stephens ’64 and Jonas Bauer ’91 were the executive producers.

Andrew Moore ’79, a visiting lecturer in Princeton’s visual arts program, won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival for producing a documentary of artist Ray Johnson, a seminal figure in the Pop Art era, titled How to Draw a Bunny.

Hearn Jay Cho ’88, a former freelance cartoonist and now oncologist in New York City, contributed a story to 9-11: Emergency Relief (Alternative Press). Featuring some of the comic world’s leading talents, 9-11: Emergency Relief is a collection of those cartoonists’ personal nonfiction accounts of their experiences related to the tragedy. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. (http://www.indyworld.com/relief)

Brad Smith ’81 will take over as Microsoft Corporation’s head legal counsel when General Counsel William H. Neukom leaves in July. Smith joined Microsoft in 1993.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Bill Colson ’72, the managing editor of Sports Illustrated, will step down at the end of the Winter Olympics. He has worked for the magazine for 24 years.



Princeton women’s hockey continued their winning ways after the exam break as Lisa Rasmussen ’04 notched two goals and an assist in 4-1 win over Yale at home on January 27. With their fourth victory in five games, the Tigers improved to 11-6-2 overall and to 7-3-0 in the ECAC’s North Division. The win also put Princeton in a three-way tie with Dartmouth and St. Lawrence atop the conference standings. Princeton travels to Montreal for matches at Concordia on February 2 and McGill on February 3.

Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams remained unbeaten this winter with impressive victories over Dartmouth at home on January 27. The two squads now have identical 5-0 records overall and 4-0 marks in conference matchups. In the women’s meet, seniors Kate Conroy (50-yard backstroke) and Sandra Kamholz (100-yard butterfly) won their events as Princeton coasted to a 152-118 triumph with victories in each of the first nine events. On the men’s side, Jess Gage ’03 won both the 75-yard freestyle and the 75-yard butterfly as the Tigers defeated Big Green 146-92.

Tora Harris ’02 set a new Princeton indoor track and field record when he jumped 2.25-meters in the high jump competition at the Armory Invitational in New York on January 26. Harris' jump is the highest mark in the country this year and automatically qualifies him for the NCAA finals. Other winners from the men’s track team included Cameron Atkinson in the 55-meter dash; Ryan Smith in the 500-meters; Kevin Gallagher captured the men's mile title and the Tigers finished first in the distance medley relay.

With 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics on the horizon, Andrea Kilbourne ’02 and the rest of the U.S. Women’s hockey team are hoping the American squad can make another trip to the podium. The Princeton forward, who led the Tigers in scoring the past three seasons, took they year off from school to skate with the U.S. national team and was named to the Olympic team in December. The Americans won the gold medal in Nagano in 1998, the first time women’s hockey appeared as an Olympic event. Annamarie Holmes ’01 was one of the final players released from the team.

Princeton volleyball commences its season in California this week with matches on four consecutive days. The Tigers will be at the University of LaVerne on Monday, January 28 and then they travel to UC-Irvine, the UC-San Diego and Hope International, respectively, during the next three days as they try to bounce back from a losing season.

A torn anterior cruciate ligament will leave men’s basketball team without one of its best players as it heads into the heart of its Ivy League schedule. Andre Logan ’04 tore the ACL in his left knee during the Tigers’ January 11 win over Harvard. Logan, who was the team’s second-leading scorer (9.3 points) while shooting 57% from the field, will miss the rest of the season. Ray Robins ’03 took Logan's place in the starting lineup at Dartmouth January 12 and led the Tigers with 14 points in a 57-46 win. Princeton is tied with Yale and Brown for the Ivy League at 2-0. The Tigers are off until Jan. 28 for first semester exams. When they return, eight of their next 10 games will be at Jadwin Gym.

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