history! . . .
The history department secretary prepares to take photographs
of seniors as they turn in their theses. (Photo by Adena Spingarn
April 24, 2002
Stan Allen *88, an educator and practicing
architect in New York City, has been selected as dean of the School
of Architecture at Princeton University. He will start July 1. He
will succeed Ralph Lerner. Since 1990, Allen has been a faculty
member in Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning and Preservation, and he has served as director of its
master of science in advanced architectural design program. A registered
architect in private practice, he is founding principal and director
of Field Operations, an interdisciplinary design practice in partnership
with landscape architect James Corner.
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Ben Bernanke met with President George Bush last week, presumably
to discuss his possible filling one of the two vacant seats on the
Federal Reserves Board of Governors. "I did meet with
the president," Bernanke told the Daily Princetonian, but "I
know that hes also talking with other people."
A group of students and faculty members who
are trying to stop the university from investing in corporations
that do business in Israel circulated a petition among students
and faculty, reported the Prince, and picked up hundreds
of signatures. The group presented the petition to the administration
on April 18 after a rally. On the same day,
the university received a petition from another group opposing divestment
from Israel. The Resources Committee of the U-Council, which would
consult with the trustees before divesting, has concluded that its
too early to consider the issue of divestment, as the divestment
campaign doesnt meet one of the committees guidelines
it has failed to demonstrate "sustained campus interest."
To offset a higher yield than expected last
year, Princeton offered admission to just 1,575 high school
students, down from 1,677 at this time last year. Of the 14,521
applicants for the Class of 2006, 10.8 percent were accepted.
Last weekend, former and current students, mentors,
and colleagues of Shirley M. Tilghman gathered for a symposium honoring
their mentor, titled "Exploring Genes to Genomes." The
event marked the closing of her molecular biology lab on campus
The Associated Press reported that "About
100 students said at a protest Sunday that Harvard President Lawrence
Summers is not doing enough to promote diversity and is responsible
for Professor Cornel Wests departure to Princeton."
West *80, who recently announced he would be leaving Harvard to
return to Princeton where he taught from 1988 through 1994 and served
as director of the Program in African-American Studies, will likely
fire a new discussion on campus on upping that program to departmental
Princeton researchers Joshua Plotkin, Jonathan
Dushoff, and Simon Levin analyzed the genetic sequences of flu
strains from the last 16 years and found patterns that could
be used to predict which strain is likely to predominate in the
following year. In a paper published in the April 23 online edition
of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Princeton
researchers proposed a mathematical method for predicting the coming
year's flu strain based on the genetic sequences of the strains
from previous years. Thanks to their research that could improve
the choice of viral strains included in each year's vaccine, millions
of people may one day have better odds of fending off the flu.
In a finding that could lead to better treatments
for lupus, a Princeton biologist has pinpointed what appears
to be a central cause of the disease. Martin Weigert has discovered
a point at which the immune system's procedure for making disease-fighting
antibodies breaks down and allows antibodies to attack the body's
own DNA, which is the hallmark of lupus. Although the processes
involved are complex and remain partly unexplained, the failure
comes down to a relatively simple mechanism that may be an attractive
target for drug developers, said Weigert. He already is developing
molecules that would block the disease in mice and could be the
starting-point for a drug for humans.
"Four undergraduates attempted suicide
during the last academic year, compared to a national rate of 1.6
percent, according to the National College Health Assessment Survey
in 2001," reported the Prince. "Twenty-eight undergraduates
seriously considered suicide one or more times, in comparison
to an average of 32 students per university."
Palestinian and Israeli rally held By
Melissa Harvis Renny 03
On Thursday, April 18, the Princeton Divestment Campaign and the
Princeton Committee on Palestine cosponsored a rally to demand university
divestment from companies doing business in Israel, where they presented
a petition signed by more than 300 students and 34 faculty members.
According to the Princeton Divestment Campaign, Princeton currently
has $104.3 million invested in Israel.
Calling self-defense a euphemism for human rights abuses, Mark Buchan,
professor of classics said to the group of about 100 people, "Weve
spent two weeks seeing what Israel calls self-defense. It involves
bulldozing peoples houses, and not allowing the Red Cross
or journalists to enter occupied areas."
But just a few feet away, the Princeton Israel Public Affairs Committee
held a counter-rally that also drew close to 100 protesters, holding
up signs that read, "Suicide bombing is not a human right."
Daniel Mark 03, president of the Center for Jewish Life, spoke
passionately, stating that his feelings on the subject overpowered
his desire to stay politically neutral as the leader of a Jewish
organization on campus.
"The Israeli army is the most moral army in the world!"
he shouted, emphasizing that Israel places her own soldiers at risk
rather than bombing suspected terrorist hideouts like the United
States did in Afghanistan.
The rally highlighted the heightened sense of campus awareness on
both sides of the conflict, and the passions that the Middle Eastern
conflict is stirring in Princeton students and community members.
The Princeton Divestment Campaign maintains that peace cannot be
achieved until what they call the "oppression and accompanying
human rights abuses" of Israel to the Palestinians end.
"The human rights violations affecting three million people
living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip must stop now, and we as
the Princeton community ought to work to make that happen, just
like we did in the case of South Africa," said Vincent Lloyd
03, organizer of the Princeton Divestment Campaign, likening
the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands to South African apartheid.
Although the rally consisted largely of the two groups trying to
drown each other out with clapping and cheering, Karen Bauer GS,
president of the Princeton Committee on Palestine, believes that
the raised awareness of these issues can lead to a greater chance
for campus dialogue and understanding.
"I see hope in being able to talk and listen to one another,"
Harvard professor discusses living-wage issues By Melissa
Harvis Renny 03
One year ago, a group of Harvard University students staged a 21-day
sit-in to demand that the university pay a minimum wage of $10.25
per hour to all its employees. They attracted the attention of the
media and the administration as they rallied around Harvards
lowest paid employees.
Because of these students, the Harvard Committee of Employment and
Contracting was formed, headed by Professor of Economics Lawrence
Katz. Under Katz, the committee examined Harvards labor practices
and determined many of them should be changed. Today, the minimum
wage for Harvard employees is $11.35 per hour.
"I think that this case study will clearly show an example
that while market forces are quite important in setting wages, things
like management policy, union strength and negotiating tactics and
political pressure, especially on a non-profit organization will
have a big impact on the labor structure," Katz said in a lecture
at the Woodrow Wilson School on Monday, April 8.
Katz spoke of the custodians, security guards, and dining services
workers as the lowest paid members of the Harvard University community.
He explained that in the past, Harvard had only hired in-house employees
employees contracted by the university and paid a certain
flat rate to fill these positions, but as the university
realized they could cut costs by outsourcing hiring employees
from outside the university for less they began to practice
outsourcing more frequently.
Due to this outsourcing, he said, Harvards standard wages
dropped, and there was a demographic shift in employees from non-immigrant
high school graduates to largely immigrant non-educated employees.
Katz spoke of museum security guards guarding $8-$10 billion of
art who were paid only $8-$10 per hour. He claimed that before outsourcing,
these guards were people who loved art and took an interest in the
museum, while after outsourcing the turnover rate for these guards
was so high that they werent considered trustworthy enough
to be given a library card.
"Why in the case of janitors and security guards is playing
hardball so important?" He asked, noting that at prestigious
universities faculty is paid much higher than average wages, while
janitors and security guards are often paid less than average.
Katzs discussed that an in-house monopoly with no outsourcing
was not the answer to the universitys problems, because often
employers were dissatisfied with the quality of work if there was
no competition. However, he said, unrestricted outsourcing brought
down wages. As a compromise, the Committee suggested that Harvard
use parity wages a set wage paid to both outsourced employees
and in-house employees.
Katzs committee also recommended that Harvard make immediate
initial wage increases, improve the quality of work life, and increase
the transparency of employment and contracting practices.
Although implementing these changes will by costly, Katz claimed
that in the case of non-profit institutions like Harvard, it is
beneficial to keep employees satisfied with their jobs.
Katz also encouraged student activists to be media savvy and learn
all they can about the universitys wage policies. He emphasized
that students with the right information can effect change.
"I have little doubt that without the students there wouldnt
have been any great change in wages," he said.
PAW seeks editor
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
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Sidney Brenner, Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley,
"Biology after the Genome Project"
April 30, May 1 and 2, 8:00 p.m. For more information
The documentary "But You Speak Such Good English,"
by Marjan Safinia and Parisa Taghizadeh
April 30, 7 p.m., Betts Auditorium
Geneive Abdo, journalist: "Islam versus Islam in Iran
May 1, 4:30 p.m., Robertson 015
Myron Orfield, executive director of the Metropolitan Area
Research Corporation: "Regionalism as a Tool for Economic Growth
and Social Justice"
May 1, 4:30 p.m., Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Michael Novak, of the American Enterprise Institute: "On
Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding"
May 1, 4:30 p.m., 104 Computer Science Building
Avital Ronell, professor of German, comparative literature,
and English at New York University: "Proving Grounds: Nietzsche
and the Technology of Testing
May 2, 4:30 p.m., McCormick 101
Roundtable discussion on The French Presidential Elections:
The Threat of Le Pen. Participants: Ezra Suleiman, professor
of politics at Princeton; Pascal Tiche, journalist for Liberation;
Jean-Louis Turlin, journalist for Le Figaro; Sophie Meunier,
Center of International Studies at Princeton; and Nicolas Jabko
Center of International Studies at Princeton
May 2, 4:30 p.m., Bowl 2, Robertson Hall
James Axtell, the William Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities
at the College of William and Mary: "The Dream Realized: President
Wilson on Princeton Today"
May 5, 3:30 p.m., Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture.
Five French films will be shown on campus starting March 28
as part of a film series sponsored by the Department of French and
Italian. The films will be screened at 8 p.m. on five Thursdays
in March, April, and May at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau
Street. All the films have English subtitles. For more information,
contact Rachel Gabara at (609) 258-6127. "Voyages"
by Emmanuel Finkiel, May 2
Conference on The New Era in World Politics After September
May 3, 12:30 - 5:30, Dodds Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson School.
Charles Falco, University of Arizona, "Through a Looking
Glass: The Art of the Science of Renaissance Painting"
May 7, 8:00 p.m. For more information email email@example.com.
Charles Falco, University of Arizona, "The Art and Science
of the Motorcycle"
May 8, 8:00 p.m. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
"Space and Earth Exploration 2010: Opportunities and Challenges"
May 8, 8 p.m., Reynolds Auditorium, McDonnell Hall
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed
Mondays and major holidays.
Public tours, Saturdays, 2 p.m.
- "Anthony Van Dyck: 'Ecce Homo' and 'The Mocking of Christ.'"
March 9 through June 9.
- "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China."
Through Aug. 31.
- "Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of Expressionism."
Through June 9.
- "In the Mirror of Christ's Passion: Prints, Drawings and
Illustrated Books by European Masters." Through June 9.
- "New German Photography." Through March 24.
- "Anxious Omniscience: Surveillance in Contemporary Cultural
Practice." Through March 31.
Firestone LIbrary exhibits
"Seamus Heaney: Irish Poet in Greece" through April 20
Reunions 2002, May 30 - June 2, 2002
Reunions 2003, May 29 - June 1, 2003
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Watercolors by Anne-Marie Belli 84 are on view at
the New Jersey State Museum at 205 West State Street in Trenton,
New Jersey, through May 12, 2002.
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evenings of abbreviated art
Size does matter.
Wip Productions' festival lets audiences avoid three-hour maudlin
melodramas, stoic ramblings, and interpretive dance and blesses
them with a variety of brief performances from some of the best
young talent New York has to offer. Rosario Vaina '96 is
producing and appearing in the show.
Performers include comics Demitri Martin (from Letterman and Late
Night with Conan O'Brien) and Laurie Kilmartin (from Comedy Central's
Premium Blend); Muscians Kate Schutt and Sam Bisbee; author Kip
Conlin (Hey, God : Adult Letters to God and the upcoming I'm Okay,
I'm Okay) and many others.
Wip Productions is dedicated to providing emerging artists with
an opportunity to share their work in relaxed settings. This will
be the fifth production from this exciting new production company.
The group's mission is to produce fun and lighthearted shows that
examine wit and irony in our everyday experiences.
In Short Order will be performed May 2, 9, 16, and 23rd at RM (Rubber
Monkey, located at 279 Church Street @ White St. All performances
are at 8:00 pm, the bar opens at 7:30 pm. Admission is $12. For
reservations, call 212-592-3291.
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New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer
81 has mounted an unpopular crusade exposing Wall
Street firms that duped investors. USAToday.com reported: "New
Yorks crusading attorney general is taking on some of the
nations most powerful Wall Street firms in an effort to protect
individual investors from long-standing but until now generally
ignored conflicts of interest between analysts and investment bankers.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to join
the investigation into allegations that Wall s Street analysts publicly
promoted stocks they knew were flawed to get investment banking
fees." Spitzer, a Democrat, is up for reelection this year.
Black Entertainment Televisionss founder
and chief executive officer Robert L. Johnson *72 has been
selected as the 2002 Humanitarian of the Year by the T.J. Martell
Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer, and AIDS Research. Johnson will
be honored at the T.J. Martell Foundations annual gala on
June 11, 2002, at the Hilton New York. Johnson, who founded BET,
the nation's leading 24-hour television network providing entertainment,
news, and public-affairs programming for the African-American audience,
has established himself as an industry pioneer and one of the nation's
most successful and respected entrepreneurs.
Democrat Dan Ballou 87 is trying
to unseat South Carolina Representative Gary Simrill, who has won
the Rock Hill-based S.C. House District 46 for 10 years. According
to the Charlotee Observer, "Ballou says its time to get
serious about education in South Carolina and that York County needs
strong leaders who do more than toe the party line."
Members of the Missouri House of Representatives
have called on the University of Missouri, Kansas City, to fire
Harris Mirkin *67, a political science professor, because
of his writings about pedophilia and homosexuality, reported the
Kansas City Star. Mirkin has argued that "the topic of sexual
relations involving children needs open discussion, not just emotional
reactions that call all such relationships evil," reported
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
named Victoria Kaspi *94 among the top 20 leading scientific
minds in Canada age 40 and under. According to the Montreal Gazette,
Kaspi is "an astrophysicist with neutron stars in her eyes
who left a secure position at the renowned Massachusetts Institute
of Technology to teach at McGill."
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Women's softball wins first Ivy title since
Princeton's softball team won its first Ivy League title since 1996
after sweeping a doubleheader from Brown at home on April 21 thanks
to two home runs from Melissa Finley `05. The Tigers also swept
a doubleheader from Yale at home on April 20 after Kristin Del Calvo
`04 slammed three home runs.
The wins gave the Tigers a 13-1 mark in the conference and earned
them the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA regional tournament,
which will be played May 16-19.
Women's lacrosse clinches Ivy title, awaits
The Tigers used four goals each from seniors Lauren Simone and Charlotte
Kenworthy to roll over Dartmouth 15-3 at home on April 20. The win
earned Princeton at least a share of the Ivy title and extended
its winning streak to 13 games - the longest in the nation. The
victory also assured them an NCAA tournament bid.
Princeton goalie Sara Kolodner `05 stopped Dartmouth with a career-high
13 saves and improved to a perfect 12-0 in goal as a starter.
Princeton (13-1, 6-0 Ivy) is ranked #1 in the country and will face
seven-time defending national champion Maryland at home on Wednesday,
April 24, at 7:30 p.m. In 1994, Princeton defeated Maryland in the
NCAA Finals to win its first national championship.
Men's lacrosse keeps NCAA hopes alive with
12-7 win over Cornell
With their backs against the wall and one of the country's top teams
on the other side of the ball, the defending men's national champions
kept their hopes of repeating alive by handing fifth-ranked Cornell
a 12-7 thumping at home on April 20.
A Cornell win would have ended the Tigers's string of seven straight
Ivy titles. If Princeton (6-4, 3-1) beats Dartmouth on the road
on April 27 and Brown on May 4 in Providence, the Tigers would earn
the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Princeton scored five goals in a 4:16 span of the third quarter
to break open a tight game against Cornell. The win gave Princeton
coach Bill Tierney the 200th win of his collegiate career. He won
166 of them at Princeton. Scott Farrell `02 was named the IvyLegueSports.com
Player of the Week for his defensive efforts in the win over Cornell.
Men's golf captures third straight Ivy League
The men's golf team earned its third straight Ivy League championship
at the Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, New Jersey on April
21 with a two-day team total of 894.
James Milam '02 shot a two-over par 218 to claim the individual
title. Creighton Page '05 placed second with a 222 score. The team
earned an automatic bid to the NCAA regional, which begins May 16.
Women's water polo falls in Southerns, prepares
to host Easterns
Senior Cassie Nichols's seven goals were not enough against Michigan
in the finals of the Southern Divisional Tournament this weekend
at Villanova, as the Tigers lost a heartbreaker 10-9.
Princeton defeated Gannon (14-7), Mercyhurst (18-5), and George
Washington (16-3) to get to the finals.
The Tigers will now host the 2002 women's water polo Eastern championships
in DeNunzio pool from Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28.
The champion of the eastern tournament earns a berth in the NCAA
championships to be held on May 12-13.
Princeton, the 3rd seed will face Harvard on April 26 at 3:20 p.m.
and Bucknell on April 27 at noon. Michigan is the top seed and Hartwick
is the 2nd seed. Hartwick defeated Princeton, 11-9 in the semifinals
of the ECAC championships nearly two weeks ago.
Baseball takes three out of four games from
The Tigers (16-18, 11-5) are still in the hunt for the Ivy League
title this season after taking three out four games from Columbia
in New York this weekend.
Princeton pounded 12 hits and scored 11 runs in the first game of
Sunday's doubleheader en route to an 11-4 win. But Columbia used
a late-game rally to win the second game 6-5 and avoid the sweep.
On Saturday, April 20, the Tigers cranked out 27 hits in their 7-6
and 14-9 wins.
The Tigers went into the weekend series tied with the Lions at the
top of the Gehrig Division standings. The two teams now each have
five losses, but Princeton holds the edge with four more Ivy games
played. The Lions meet Cornell next weekend in Ithaca before closing
out the Ivy portion of their season on May 4-5 with a home-and-home
four-game series vs. Penn.
Princeton travels to Cornell for a pair of games on May 3 before
returning home to close out the four-game series on May 5. The Tigers
are at home against Monmouth on Wednesday, April 24 at 3 p.m.
Gary Walters 67 to stay at Princeton
Princeton Director of Athletics Gary Walters '67 announced on April
16 that he had withdrawn himself from consideration for the vacant
AD position at UCLA, where he was on a shortlist of possible candidates.
He called going through the selection process for the position "edifying,"
but in the end the three-time letter-winning former point guard
could not leave his alma mater.
"(Princeton) is a university with a magical name that has a
unique place in the past and present of intercollegiate athletics.
I'm looking forward to further strengthening Princeton's commitment
to the ideal of the scholar-athlete," said Walters in a written
Women's golf finishes third in Ivies; Avery
Kiser '05 wins individual title
Avery Kiser '05 won the individual title at the 2002 Ivy League
women's golf championships with a three-round total of 226 at the
Trenton Country Club on April 21. Princeton relinquished its Ivy
title to Yale, finishing 17 strokes back with a team total of 980.
Crew teams split the weekend
Men's heavyweight crew's varsity 8 lost the Compton Cup to Harvard
on April 20, its first loss of the season. The freshman 8 won its
race in 6:04.
Women's open crew took the Eisenburg Cup by beating Yale on April
20. Men's lightweight crew took the Platt Cup by beating Cornell
and Rutgers on April 20.
Men's track and field tops four-team field
Dwayne Banton `05's first place finish in the 100m in a time of
10.86 seconds helped the Tigers finish first in a meet featuring
Iona, Manhattan, and Rutgers. Princeton took the meet title with
211 points. Rutgers (159) was second, followed by Manhattan (83),
and Iona (58).
Tyler Bengtson `04 finished second in the Sam Howell Decathlon with
6946 points, setting a new personal record and qualifying for the
IC4As. Bengtson's score is the highest in the Ivy League this season.
Canino `05 takes pole vault as women's track revs up for Penn relays
Freshman Chelo Canino cleared 11'6" to take first place in
the pole vault competition as the Tigers competed at the Lafayette
Invitational on Saturday, April 20. Princeton will compete at the
Penn relays next weekend, with events starting on Thursday, April
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