Communiversity brings town and gown together


Sophomore Jackie Rangel gave Princeton resident Zac Meisel a tiger look at a face-painting booth on the Nassau Hall lawn.

Below left:
The Tigertones
a cappella group entertained the crowd during an arch sing at East Pyne.

Photos: Denise Applewhite

The campus and downtown areas were transformed into a colorful fairground during the annual Communiversity celebration Saturday, April 23.

Sponsored by students at the University and the Arts Council of Princeton, the event each year brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more. Merchants, nonprofit organizations, musicians, performing and visual artists, food vendors and 60 University student organizations and performing groups offered activities for students and families alike.

Numerous student and community groups performed on four stages, and the streets of Princeton and the front of campus were filled with vendors, information booths, art exhibits and food stands. Besides traditional favorites, this year's Communiversity featured: a variety of sports games and demonstrations by Princeton's student athletes and cheerleaders on Cannon Green; performances by the University's a cappella groups in the East Pyne arch; and hands-on art projects for children led by a sculptor sponsored by the University Art Museum on Nassau Green.


Tours of the campus by the student-led Orange Key guide service started from in front of Nassau Hall throughout the festival.  

The University's International Center continued its tradition of participation with an elaborate flag procession, which each flag representing a Princeton student's home country. The center also provided international foods and sponsored performances, including the popular Chinese lion dance. There also was interactive story-telling by the Middle Earth Theater as well as other activities sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library on the Firestone Library lawn.

The University's participation was coordinated by the Office of Community and State Affairs.