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Matt Winn ’03 took this photo of Sarah Curran ’02 (seated) and Ashley Frankson ’03, who perform in Harold Pinter's Old Times, directed by Nick Ordway ’02. The performance is Ordway's senior thesis project and runs March 7-10 at 185 Nassau. For ticket information, phone 609-258-1742.


President Bush has nominated Robert Finn *78, a visiting lecturer in Near Eastern studies at Princeton, as ambassador to Afghanistan. Finn was ambassador to Tajikistan from 1998 to 2001. He served at the U.S. embassy in Croatia, opened the U.S. embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1992 and was deputy coordinator of the Kuwait task force during the Gulf War. His appointment requires Senate approval.

Students gathered in Firestone Plaza on March 1, to protest recent Israeli actions in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza, reported the Daily Princetonian.

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey Monday named President Shirley M. Tilghman cochair of Prosperity New Jersey, a state initiative aimed at preparing the workforce for world-class jobs and strengthening the economy. "I am pleased to have been asked to co-chair Prosperity New Jersey and to work with institutions of higher education throughout the state to develop more effective relationships with business, with state government and with our local communities to help meet the demands of a changing economy," Tilghman said.

James A. Baker III ’52, who has served as both U.S. secretary of state and secretary of the treasury, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Class Day ceremony June 3. The Class Day ceremony will be held on Cannon Green, weather permitting, at 10:30 a.m. A former Princeton trustee, Baker has served in senior government positions under three presidents: Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush.

Jed Marsh, associate dean of the Graduate School at Northwestern University, has been appointed associate provost at Princeton. He will be responsible for special projects and institutional research, according to Provost Amy Gutmann. He started his new duties on a part-time basis March 1, and will begin working full time on April 1.

A national Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, is trying to establish a chapter at Princeton. The university’s other Jewish fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, has about 30 members – roughly half are Jewish, according to a story in the Daily Princetonian. But AEP plans on a strictly Jewish membership.

Alan Blinder ’67, a professor of economics and former Federal Reserve Board vice chairman, spent a week in January at the World Economic Forum in New York "making $10 and $25 bets with other economists that growth would surprise to the upside this year," reported the Wall Street Journal online (WSJ.com). "He thinks there will be at least one three-month span this year in which the economy grows at an above-average 5% annual rate. When he presented his bullish scenario to top executives at a January corporate gabfest, he says he got a lot of blank stares."

Jonathan Goldberg ’02, a Woodrow Wilson School major, has been awarded a Martin Dale Fellowship, a university grant that provides support for nontraditional research. He will study the social effects of the current economic crisis in Argentina, reported the Daily Princetonian.

Seniors Natalie Deffenbaugh and Paul Hackwell have been awarded scholarships for study in England next year. Daffenbaugh, who will receive the Daniel Sachs ’60 Memorial Scholarship, plans to study for a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, politics, and economics at Worcester College, Oxford University. In particular, she plans to study the mechanisms of peace keeping and diplomacy. Hackwell, who will receive the Keasbey Scholarship, intends to study for an M.Phil. in English medieval studies from 1100 to 1500 at Oxford.

PAW seeks editor
Jane Chapman Martin '89, who has edited PAW since February 2000, announced that she will step down after the publication of the July 2002 issue because of family concerns. Martin and her husband, James K. Martin '89, have two young children.
The position will be formally advertised in the April 10 issue. Applicants may see the complete job description at http://jobs.princeton.edu/openjobs/.

Fewer alcohol-related problems at sign-ins

In the past, the excitement of joining an eating club has gone hand in hand with alcohol violations and trips to McCosh Infirmary and Princeton Medical Center. While several students this year were treated for alcohol-related problems during "initiations weekend," February 8-10, both at the "Street" and in the dorms, Princeton’s medical and law enforcement officials agreed that this year was calmer than years in recent memory.
Eight students were admitted to McCosh Infirmary for intoxication due to eating club related activity, and three were taken to Princeton Medical Center on the weekend of February 8 and 9, according to Dr. Pamela Bowen, director of Princeton University Health Services.
    "The numbers were definitely less than last year," Bowen said. "Sixteen students were treated for alcohol intoxication on Friday and Saturday of initiations weekend last year versus nine this year."
    According to Dr. Bowen, 12 students in all were treated this year compared to 23 students in 2001. Even with fewer students to treat, only one bed in the infirmary was open on Sunday morning, but not all were filled eating club related cases, said Bowen.
    According to public safety reports, six students were brought to Princeton Medical Center between Tuesday, February 5 and Sunday, February 10. Public Safety also noted "severe alcohol violations" on Friday, February 8, the day bicker clubs picked up their new members.
Princeton Borough Police issued two students summonses for carrying open containers, according to Captain Anthony Federico.
"Compared to past years, it was quiet," Captain Federico said.
This year, initiations weekend coincided with the spread of gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the stomach flu. On Sunday, February 10, the infirmary had admitted eight students with the stomach virus, said Dr. Bowen.
    "Princeton University Health Services surmises that the intense activity with many students in close proximity to each other over the weekend and allowed the gastroenteritis to spread more easily from person to person," Bowen said. – Melissa Renny ’03

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Barbara Lawrence, executive director of New Jersey Future: "Smart Growth: New Jersey and the Nation"
March 11, 4:30 p.m., in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.

Paul Browne, senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: "Globalization and Social Policy: The Care of Health Care Reform in Canada"
March 11, 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 2, Robertson Hall.

A Women's History Month celebration features former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky: "Balancing Career and Life: One Woman's Perspective" during two sessions from noon to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m.
March 12, in Multipurpose Room C, Frist Campus Center. Space is limited; to make reservations, e-mail Debra Rundle.

Samuel Kassow
, the Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, will discuss the focus of his upcoming book, Polish-Jewish historian Emmanuel Ringelblum (1900-1944)
March 13, 4:30 p.m., Bowl 2, Robertson Hall.
At the outset of World War II, Ringelblum formed a secret group to document life in Nazi-occupied Poland. The group collected reports on the deportation and murder of Jews, Warsaw ghetto artifacts, photographs, children's school essays, diaries and art from September 1939 until January 1943. The artifacts were hidden in milk cans and tin boxes and buried in the cellars of several Warsaw buildings.

Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and Letters to Father": Galileo: Working Scientist"
March 14, 8:00 p.m., McDonnell Hall, A-02

Science & Ultimate Reality honors Professor, Emeritus, John Wheeler, by holding a symposium at the Harrison/Merrill Lynch Conference Center in the Princeton area, Friday evening to Monday afternoon, March 15-18. The program seeks to provide a forum to encourage and stimulate creativity to frame novel approaches toward cracking major mega-issues over the next few decades. The intention is to give major support for serious research and to plan a near-term project that is high-level, innovative, distinctive, and fun — a unique event with a future focus and the involvement of important young innovators. For more information, go to http://www.metanexus.net/Ultimate_Reality/gifindex

Plasma Physics Science on Saturday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.: Bioinformatics in the Post-Genomic Era, Mona Singh, Department of Computer Science. Heightened security measures are presently in effect at the laboratory because of the events on September 11. For more information about the series or the forms of ID required for entrance to the laboratory, call the Science-on-Saturday Hotline at 609-243-2121.

Tony Kushner, playwright
April 4, 8 p.m. at TBA

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

Timothy J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley: Poussin’s Mad Pursuit:
April 17, 4:30 p.m. at TBA

Timothy J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley: Bruegel in the Land of Cockaigne
April 18, 4:30 p.m. at TBA

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory presents Science-on-Saturday talks

The lectures are free and open to the public, Heightened security measures are presently in effect at the laboratory because of the events on Sept. 11. For more information about the series or the forms of ID required for entrance to the laboratory, call the Science-on-Saturday Hotline at 609-243-2121

March 2 — "How the Brain Got Its Folds: Learning About Function by Looking at Structure," Samuel Wang, Princeton Department of Molecular Biology.

March 9 —"The Science of Radiowave and Microwave Probing of Ionospheric and Fusion Plasmas," Raffi Nazikian, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (laboratory tour following lecture).

March 16 — "Bioinformatics in the Post-Genomic Era," Mona Singh, Princeton Department of Computer Science.

Heightened security measures are presently in effect at the laboratory because of the events on September 11. For more information about the series or the forms of ID required for entrance to the laboratory, call the Science-on-Saturday Hotline at 609-243-2121.

Art Museum

"Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of Expressionism," an overview of late-19th-and early-20th-century German art, will be on view through June 9.

Two religious paintings by Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck will be reunited for the first time in 20 years at the Princeton University Art Museum in the small, focused exhibition, “Anthony van Dyck: Ecce Homo and The Mocking of Christ.” The show will remain on view through June 9.

Reunions 2002, May 30 - June 2, 2002

Reunions 2003, May 29 - June 1, 2002

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Barnes & Noble Book event, Ralph Nader ’55, author of Crashing the Party, March 14, 7 p.m., Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, 212-253-0810

Barnes & Noble Book event, Sheldon Rampton ’82, author of Trust Us, We’re Experts, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Park Slope, Brooklyn, 267 Seventh Avenue at Sixth Street, 718-832-9066. (www.bn.com)

The photographs of Fazal Sheikh ’87, who went to Afghanistan after the Taliban had taken power, are on display at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at the State University of New Jersey, at Rutgers, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, through March 31. (732-932-7237) The show is titled "The Victor Weeps: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh of Afghan Refugees, 1996-98."

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John Kamm ’72 and his human rights work in China with the Dui Hua Foundation, which interacts with the Chinese and U.S. governments to help secure the release of political and religious prisoners in China, was the subject of a New York Times Magazine story on March 3.
Lindsey Kozberg ’92 will serve as communications director of the USA Freedom Corps office at the White House. She has been director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Education since 2001. (www.usafreedomcorps.gov)

Barbara Cassani *84, the chief executive officer of Go, the United Kingdom-based low-cost airline carrier, made WSJ.com’s list of Europe’s 25 most successful businesswomen. Cassani founded Go in 1998.

Richard Revesz ’79, a professor of law at New York University School of Law, has been selected as the 14th dean of the school and will take over June 1. Revesz succeeds John Sexton, who last May was tapped to be NYU’s president.

Antonio Lasaga ’71, a world-renowned geochemist and former Yale professor, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a New Haven youth and possessing child pornography, according to a report in the Daily Princetonian.

George Will *68, a syndicated columnist, in his February 28 op-ed that appeared in the Trenton Times railed against the increasing number of obese people in the U.S and the consequences to health. "Most American adults – 61 percent – are overweight or obese, primarily because they eat imprudently and exercise negligibly," he wrote. "Illnesses related to obesity … kill 300,000 [a year]." He cited Eric Schlosser ’81's book Fast Food Nation in his column.

Thomas W. Morris ’65, executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, will take over as artistic director of the venerable music event the Ojai Festival when its current director Ernest Fleischmann retires on June 30, 2003. Morris, an accomplished percussionist, is the first non-Californian to take on that post, according to the Ventura County Star. (www.ojaifestival.org)

Democrat Gary Watts ’69 is running for mayor of Tulsa. He faces a Republican and three independents on the March 12 ballot. He has served on the city council for 10 of 12 years since 1990.

The Reverend Frederick Borsch ’57, a former dean of religious life at Princeton, has been appointed interim head of the troubled Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, reported AP. He replaces Ralph William Franklin, who left "after auditors questioned his management of the school’s finances."

Robert Tepper ’77, Millennium Pharmaceuticals' chief scientific officer and executive vice president. has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research of the National Institutes of Health.


End of the road for men's basketball March 7
The Palestra was the end of the road for Princeton men’s basketball on March 7. But Penn did not kill the Tigers NCAA tournament hopes, it was Yale, which drubbed Princeton 76-60 in a playoff game forced by the Ivy League’s first-ever three way tie for the conference title. Yale plays Penn on March 9 to decide who will get the league’s automatic NCAA tournament bid, while the Tigers were hoping for an NIT bid.
Princeton could have won the league title outright on March 5, but lost to Penn, 64-48, in the regular season’s final game.

Not over yet: Penn routs Princeton March 5 in the Palestra; first three-way tie for title in Ivy League history

Men’s basketball set for showdown at Penn
Twenty-five games later it all comes down to 40 minutes against its fiercest rival for the 2001-2002 Princeton men’s basketball team, which is one victory from returning to the NCAA tournament.
It’s not winner take all at the Palestra on Tuesday, but if the Tigers win they take the Ivy League title outright. If they lose, it sets up the Ancient Eight’s first ever three-way tie for first place. Princeton would then play Yale in a playoff for the chance to take on Penn again in a single game to decide the Ivy title and a trip to the NCAAs.
The scenario was set up by two nail-biter road wins for Princeton at Cornell and Columbia this weekend. Senior Mike Bechtold had a career game at Columbia with 25 points, including a three-pointer in the final minute that gave Princeton its first lead of the night and the 49-48 win. Princeton beat Cornell 61-57 thanks to clutch free throw shooting down the stretch.

Women’s and men’s lacrosse teams falter on opening weekend

Lacrosse season got off to a bad start at Princeton as the defending NCAA men's lacrosse champions lost to Johns Hopkins on the road and the women’s team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Georgetown at home.
Sophomore Theresa Sherry’s third goal of the game sent the women’s game into overtime at 13-13. But fourth-ranked Georgetown hit two goals in the extra periods to beat the third-ranked Tigers.
The men’s squad, ranked first in the nation in preseason polls, fell to the third-ranked Johns Hopkins squad 8-5 in Baltimore on Saturday despite a strong showing in goal for Julian Gould ’03, who had 14 saves.
Both teams will try to rebound this week as the women take on Lafayette on Wednesday at Class of 1952 Stadium at 7:30 p.m. and the men travel south to face the University of Virginia on Saturday.

Men’s hockey shuts out Harvard for first time in 50 years

Senior goalie Dave Stathos’ timing was impeccable this weekend. Stathos recorded his first career shut out in his final regular season game with 36 saves against Harvard, propelling the resurgent Tigers into the ECAC playoffs. The 3-0 win on Senior Night at Hobey Baker Rink was the Tigers’ (11-16-2, 10-10-2 ECAC) first shutout of the Crimson in 50 years.
Seniors David Del Monte and Ryan Kraliz and junior Trevor Beaney scored Princeton’s goals. The Tigers, who finished the season with three wins, now travel to Rensselaer for the first round of the ECAC playoffs on Friday.

Men’s swim team takes EISL championships
Juniors Jesse Gage and Garth Fealey put on a show at the EISL Championships in Cambridge, Mass. to help Princeton rally past Harvard on the final day of competition and take the meet title 1,522 to 1,494 points.
Gage and Fealey set several school records during the competition while capturing individual and relay titles. Fealey broke a 13-year-old in the 100-yard breaststroke while Gage eclipsed his own mark in the 100-yard butterfly. The pair saved some of their best action for the meet’s final day as Gage took the 100-yard freestyle title and Fealey won the 200-yard breaststroke.
Gage also swam with the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay team that edged Harvard to close out the meet.

Women’s basketball splits weekend games
A heartbreaking 73-72 overtime loss to Columbia in Jadwin Gym on Saturday halted a two-game win streak for the Tigers, who finish their turnaround year at home against Penn on Wednesday night.
The game featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties after Princeton jumped out to an 11-4 lead. Maureen Lane ’03 provided much of the offensive pop, scoring 20 while pulling down 11 rebounds.
Lane’s offensive prowess also showed on Friday, when the Tigers spanked Cornell 70-56 in Jadwin. Allison Cahill ’03 almost accomplished a triple-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and handing out eight assists. Princeton tied a school record of 13 three-point baskets during both games.
The Tigers head into the Penn game with a 10-16 record overall and a 4-9 mark in the Ivy League.

Women’s water polo opens season 8-1

Princeton beat Harvard, Brown and Queens College at the Brown Invitational in Rhode Island this weekend. The 11-4 win against Brown sends out an early message for the Tigers, which handily won the rematch of last year’s Eastern Championship finals. Brown took last year’s game 11-10 in overtime to reach the NCAA Final Four.
The Tigers' lone loss this season came at the hands of Michigan during the weekend tourney and their record now stands at 8-1.

Evans falls in men’s squash intercollegiate championship final

For the first time in three years, the national intercollegiate men’s squash individual champion will not be wearing Orange and Black. Trinity’s Bernardo Samper defeated Princeton’s Will Evans ’03 (6-9, 9-5,9-0,9-1) on Sunday at Jadwin Gym to take the national title.
Samper’s win ended a run of three straight Princeton champions, two by Peter Yik ’00 and one last year from David Yik ’03. The defending champion reached the semi-finals this weekend but lost to Samper.

Women’s hockey drops two to end season
The women’s hockey regular season ended on a down note this weekend as the Tigers dropped a pair of road games to Harvard and Brown.
Princeton (15-9-3, 10-6) now skates against Harvard in Hobey Baker Rink on Friday in an ECAC-North quarterfinal playoff game.
The 7-1 loss to Harvard in Cambridge and the 4-1 loss to Brown in Providence dropped the Tigers into a fourth place tie with the Crimson in the ECAC-North, but Princeton won the tiebreaker and home ice thanks to a better conference record. One of the few Tiger highlights from this weekend’s action was goalie Megan Von Beusekom ’04’s career-high 50 saves against Brown.

Senior Tora Harris, who owns the best high jump mark in the country this year, and Josh McCaughey ’04, one of the nation’s best 35-pound weight throwers, are heading to Arkansas this weekend to represent Princeton at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Harris is a three-time All-America at the 1998, 1999, and 2001 outdoor championships. It seemed that every week this season he was setting a school or meet mark. Harris was only one of two jumpers in the U.S. to clear the 2.25-meter mark this year.
McCaughey earned All-America status in his freshman year when he finished 14th at the 2001 indoor championships with a 19.5-meter throw. This year, he qualified with a toss of 21.19 meters.

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