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May 22, 2002


The New Yorker’s "Talk of the Town" writer Nick Paumgarten had fun describing the controversy surrounding the Nassau Weekly’s sophomoric article "The Girls of Princeton: Our Ten Most Beautiful Girls" in its final edition of the school year. Two of the paper’s editors-in-chief, Adam Nemett ’03 and Alex Rosenfeld ’03 apparently surveyed a hundred male undergraduates to come up with a list of beautiful babes. Nemett has reportedly taken advantage of the situation, dating one of the Top Ten girls a couple of times. To read Wes Tooke ’98 on the topic, click here.

Forty-three professors signed a letter submitted to the Daily Princetonian that expressed concern over the recent statement circulating around campus calling for the university to divest from companies doing business in Israel. From the letter: "The statement, which has been signed by a number of our faculty colleagues, aims to remind us of the anti-apartheid campaign of the 1980s and to identify Israel with South Africa as it then was. We find it incomprehensible that anyone with even minimal knowledge of the two cases can make such a comparison.
"Let us recall that the opponent of the South African regime in the 1980s was the African National Congress. This organization, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, became deeply committed to the establishment of a democratic and multi-racial state and was ready for a historic compromise with the white minority. If Israel were dealing with such an organization, and a leader like Mandela, there would long have been peace in the Middle East.
"Instead, Israel confronts the Palestine Liberation Organization (and all its official and unofficial offshoots and surrogates), led by Yassir Arafat, who rejected a historic compromise, a two-state solution, in the fall of 2000. ...
Since that time, Palestinian politics has been driven increasingly by nationalist hatred religious fanaticism. It has culminated in terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians that clearly promote a strategy of massacre and evacuation. …
At the same time, we recognize the political and moral necessity of an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories.

Eighty percent of the members of the Class of 2002 have adopted the "Grad Pledge," — a nationwide movement to encourage recent college graduates to consider their social responsibility in whatever career path they pursue. The pledge reads: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

Graduate students voiced their concern over the shortage of university housing and high rents in town at the final Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC). Graduate Student Government Chair Scott Miller told the audience that 250 graduate students had not been granted student housing for next year reported the Daily Princetonian.

Michael Wood
, the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and professor of comparative literature, has been honored with Princeton’s Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities. Wood teaches modern and contemporary fiction and poetry, literary theory and history of criticism. He also leads courses in film and in Latin American studies.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has awarded its annual Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal to Princeton astrophysicist Bodhan Paczynski. The society recognized Paczynski for his "revolutionary" work in many areas of astronomy. Early in his career, Paczynski made important contributions to the understanding of the evolution of stars and the interactions of binary stars.

H. Vincent Poor *77, a professor of electrical engineering, will receive this year's National Science Foundation (NSF) Director's Awards for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Poor, who will receive $300,000, will receive the award at a ceremony June 19 at the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C.

An Alternative to Alcohol Abuse: Housing Reform in the Residential Colleges by Brian Muegge ’05

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"The Future of Internet Regulation: Open Access, Private Rights and Public Values,"
May 29, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room. The conference will bring together leading lawyers, policymakers and academics to discuss legal responses to the Internet age.

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Reunions 2002, May 30 - June 2, 2002

Commencement 2002, Tuesday, June 4

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Princeton Art Museum
Public tours, Saturdays, 2 p.m.

  • A collection of 23 works on paper are featured in the exhibition "American Drawings and Watercolors: Gifts of Leonard L. Milberg, Class of 1953," on view through July 21.
  • “Contemporary Views: Photographs by Paul Berger, Sarah Charlesworth, Barbara Ess, and Ray K. Metzker,” April 20-May 26
  • "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.

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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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.

Fund for Reunion (FFR), the Bisexual, Transgendered, Gay and Lesbian Alumni association of Princeton University, All Ivy Mixer, May 22, 6-8:30 p.m., Open, 559 West 22nd Street (corner of 22nd and the West Side Highway). LGBT alumni from the Ivy League and Seven Sisters, Williams, Stanford, UVA, Dennison and friends are invited to join in.

Gwen (composed of women alumni from Princeton and other ivy league and seven sisters Schools) in cooperation with FFR/Princeton btGALA, are hosting an event at the Women's National Basketball Association game between New York Liberty and Detroit Shock. June 5, 7:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden. Tickets are $13.50 per person. For more information, visit FFR’s Web site at http://alumni.princeton.edu/~ffr-gala/ or send an e-mail to cowlss@towers.com.

At Princeton Reunions:
An LGBT Twist on Princeton University Reunions Weekend, May 31, June 1:
Cocktail Party, 9-11 p.m., Whig Hall Lounge
LGBT Princetonians Serving our Community, June 1, 10 a.m., Betts Auditorium
Reception, 5-7 p.m., Library of Bendheim Hall,
Annual Meeting, post reception, Library of Bendheim Hall
Dance at after hours dance party, Midnight-4 a.m., Terrace Club

Upcoming Princeton Women’s Network events:

Tap-artist Roxane Butterfly’s BeauteeZ ’N the Beat, May 23, 9 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th Street, New York. Discounted tickets are $15. RSVP to Hadley Owen ’00 (hadley.owen@symphonyspace.org, (212) 864-1414 x211)

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Walter Lord ’39, the author of most notably A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic, died May 19. He was 84 and lived on Manhattan’s East Side. A "writer who could bring drama, terror and suspense to historical narratives," according to the New York Times, Lord wrote about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the World War II evacuation of Dunkirk, the Battle of Midway, the fall of the Alamo, the War of 1812, and the enrollment of James Meredith as the first black student at the University of Mississippi. (You can read PAW's 1998 interview with Lord.)

Sean Hartman ’97
completed the Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands), known as the toughest footrace on Earth, last month. He wrote about his adventure: "From April 7-13, I had the opportunity and privilege to compete in the 17th Annual Marathon des Sables, a 7-day, approximately 141 mile footrace through the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Competitors are required to carry all of their own food and gear for the entire week and are provided only 9 litres of water per day (staged out over each day) and an open-sided Berber tent at night by the race organizers. It has been described as ‘The Toughest Footrace on Earth.’ Why? Well, my first response to people who ask me ‘Why?’ about this and other things I do is typically, ‘If I have to explain it, you don’t understand.’"

Playwright Billy Aronson ’79’s one-act play, Reunions, ran last week at Manhattan’s Ensemble Studio Theater’s Marathon 2002. A New York Times reviewer called it "funny and even touching." From the review: "Three recognizable types — a single career woman, a pregnant wife and a perennially ignorable nerd—begin trading their apt and ordinary life stories around the punch table, and in the audience your eyes blink from the dust being blown off this antique cliché, and your heart sinks in disbelief. This, it turns out, is exactly what Mr. Aronson and his deft director, Jamie Richards, want, and I confess, I took the bait. Suddenly the play takes a decidedly loopy turn, and the delight is all the more piquant for being a surprise." The Ensemble Studio Theater is located on West 52nd Street.

Sidney Pestka ’57, a professor and chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will receive the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest achievement for technology, at an award ceremony at the White House on June 13. His breakthroughs have made an enormous impact on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and on the development of new biotherapeutics for medicine.

Wendy Kopp ’89’s Teach for America, the nonprofit group that places new college graduates in urban schools after a summer of training, "has received 14,000 applications this year — nearly three times the number it received last year. Interest was especially high at Yale," reported the New York Times.

F. Scott Fitzgerald ’17 is the subject of a made-for-TV movie to air May 25, 8 p.m. ET on Showtime. Starring Jeremy Irons as Fitzgerald, Last Call is based on a 1985 memoir by the author’s former secretary Frances Kroll Ring (played by Neve Campbell). People magazine called the movie "a poignant portrait of an artist at twilight."

Katherine Mosby ’79
’s second novel, The Season of Lillian Dawes (HarperCollins,) is a "blend of social comedy, romance, and mystery," according to the Star Tribune. She set the tale in New York City in the 1950s.

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Women’s lacrosse wins it all!

A 12-7 win over Georgetown in Maryland on May 19 gave Princeton its second NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse championship.
The Tigers (19-1) stomped North Carolina 16-2 to get to the final and did not waste the opportunity to take home the national title for the first time since 1994. Although the game was tied 4-4 at the half, Princeton’s seniors, including tourney MVP Lauren Simone, Mimi Hammerberg, and Charlotte Kenworthy, led an eight-goal explosion that put the Tigers on top for good.
The victory avenged Princeton’s only loss of the season, a 15-13 overtime defeat to the Hoyas in the season opener back on March 3. According to the Princeton Athletics department, the Tigers hold a valid claim as the greatest women’s lacrosse team to ever play at the University. The 2002 Tigers never trailed at regulation’s end and set school record for most points in a season, most goals in a season, most wins in a season and longest winning streak in program history – 19 games.
The Tigers also set NCAA tournament records for most points in a game (25), largest margin of victory (22) and fewest goals allowed in a Final Four game (2). Princeton claims the 2002 crown after ending the regular season ranked No. 1 in the IWLCA national poll. The Tigers held the top spot for each of the season’s final five weeks and was ranked No.1 longer than anyone else.
"When we had our first team meeting this year you could tell this was a fantastic group of individuals," says Coach Chris Sailer. ‘They have come together to form the most special group I’ve ever been around. It’s a great day in Princeton lacrosse history, but it’s just one of many great days this season."

Men’s lacrosse battles its way into Final Four this weekend
Ryan Boyle ’04 scored with four seconds remaining to give Princeton a 14-13 win over Georgetown in the NCAA quarterfinals at Hofstra University on May 18.
The victory sends fourth-seeded Princeton to its ninth Final Four, where the Tigers will Johns Hopkins in the semifinals Saturday, May 25, at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey at noon.
The Tigers (9-4) have now won 12 straight NCAA games that have been decided by one goal and improved to 13-1 all-time in one-goal NCAA games. Each of Princeton’s last five NCAA wins has come by one goal, including all three a year ago as the Tigers won their sixth NCAA title in 10 years.

Softball loses two heartbreakers in NCAA regional
Senior Brie Galicinao pitched two great games for Princeton in Minnesota but the Tigers could not muster enough offense to move on in the NCAA softball championships.
The Ivy League champions lost their final game of the year 3-0 against Penn State on May 16. The team had dropped a 2-1 game to Minnesota in it first game in the double-elimination tourney.
Galicinao pitched both games, striking out 11 against Minnesota and seven against Penn State. "We just didn’t play sharp softball today," said head coach Maureen Davies ’97. "We committed a couple of errors and Penn State deserved to win the game." Reflecting on the season, Davies added, "We have a lot to be proud of and this year’s team was the beginning of something great."

Simmons ’02 captures 800m title at ECAC championships
Lauren Simmons ’02 captured the 800m title with a time of 2:09.20 at the 2002 ECAC outdoor track and field championships. Princeton served as host to the meet, which featured more than 1000 athletes and over 100 schools. The Tigers finished in 23rd place with 15 total points.
Simmons qualified for the finals of the 800m with a time of 2:07.30. This season, Simmons recorded the 12th fastest time in the country, 2:05.23 at the Duke Invitational and captured the outdoor HEPS title with a time of 2:07.03.

Men’s track and field place sixth at IC4A championships
Liam Morton ’02 finished fourth in the javelin with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 67.88m (222’8") as the Tigers finished sixth at the 2002 IC4A outdoor track and field championships. Princeton served as host to the meet, which featured more than 1000 athletes from more than 100 schools.

\Taylor Northrop ’02 in NFL camp
Although he was not drafted, kicker/punter Taylor Northrop ’02, Princeton’s all-time leader in field goals, participated in the Cleveland Browns’ mini-camp last month. Northrop, a rookie free agent, is one of three kickers on the current Browns roster.

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