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The history department secretary prepares to take photographs of seniors as they turn in their theses. (Photo by Adena Spingarn ’03)

April 17, 2002


At its Board of Trustees meeting April 13, the university announced the appointment of Harvard University Professor Cornel West *80, the acclaimed teacher and scholar of religion, to its religion department. The announcement comes months after West began feuding with Harvard’s president Lawrence H. Summers over West’s recent scholarship and Harvard’s commitment to affirmative action. Earlier this year, Harvard philosopher K. Anthony Appiah said that he would leave Harvard for Princeton. "It’s the end of an era," Henry Louis Gates, Jr., told the New York Times. Gates had built Harvard’s Afro-American studies department by hiring West away from Princeton and other academic superstars. According to the Times, Gates himself "is considering an offer from Princeton."
     West is the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor at Harvard. He will return to Princeton as the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion. West was a member of Princeton's faculty from 1988 through 1994, serving as professor of religion and director of the Program in African-American Studies.
     Princeton also appointed Eddie S. Glaude Jr. *95, a Bowdoin College professor known for his work in African-American religious studies, to the religion department; and writer Chang-rae Lee, whose award-winning novel Native Speaker recently was recommended as the book to be read and discussed collectively across New York City, to a senior faculty post in Princeton’s Humanities Council and creative writing program.

The name of Princeton’s Third World Center is being changed to more accurately reflect its mission. At their April 13 meeting, the university's trustees approved a recommendation to change the name to the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, effective July 1. The name honors Fields, a former Princeton dean who was the first African-American to hold such a high-ranking post at an Ivy League school. Students who serve on the its governance board initiated the name change.

Demetri Porphyrios *80, one of the world's leading traditional-style architects, has been selected to design the university's sixth residential college. The principal of the London-based Porphyrios Associates was named the design architect for Whitman College (named for Meg Whitman ’77) by the university's trustees at their meeting April 13. His award-winning portfolio includes a number of buildings and urban projects carried out in England, Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Charles F. Kalmbach Jr. ’68 *72, an undergraduate and graduate alumnus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named Princeton’s senior vice-president for administration, effective June 1. Kalmbach, whose career as a management consultant has focused on developing sustainable strategies for institutional change, will be responsible for the overall leadership, management, and organization of the university’s administrative affairs and for all matters pertaining to the effectiveness of the nonacademic staffs.

Students on both sides of the issue debated the political situation in the Middle East in Whig Hall on April 10. "Neither side could agree on what should be done to stop the cycle of violence," reported the Prince.

The Center for Jewish Life sponsored a 24-hour vigil to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust. Students read the names of victims throughout the day and night, reported the Daily Princetonian.

Sila Maria Calderón, the first woman elected governor of Puerto Rico, issued a progress report that included strong support of the island's commonwealth status and condemnation of America's military presence in Vieques. She spoke in Dodds Auditorium on campus last week. "For half a century, the commonwealth has continuously opened new doors for freedom, self -government, prosperity and self-confidence," said Calderón. "It has provided a solid social platform from which to move forward."

What is the state of civil liberties in America today? "In a word, it’s precarious," said Anthony Romero ’87, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in a public lecture last week. Romero's talk at the Woodrow Wilson School assailed the scope of some laws that have been passed by Congress since the terrorist attacks. While intended to increase our nation’s security, these laws also threaten individual rights that are the very basis of democracy, Romero maintained.

After six years of work, Professor of Chemical Engineering Christodoulos Floudas and co-editor Panos Pardalos of the University of Florida have completed the Encyclopedia of Optimization, which was published recently by Kluwer Academic Publishers. With five volumes plus an index, the encyclopedia includes 500 articles by more than 400 authors in fields from astronomy to computer science to biology.

In an effort to decrease the spread of conjunctivitis on campus, university health services will provide all students and staff with a free bottle of Care Instant Hand Sanitizer (waterless soap). The outbreak of conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, has continued after spring break, although at a lower rate than before the break.
Andrew Appel ’81, a computer science professor, testified last week in support of an antitrust case against Microsoft Corporation, reported the Prince. He testified in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The university is renovating McCosh Health Center to improve privacy, convenience, and outpatient services. Construction is expected to be completed by fall.
Samuel Atkins ’31 *35, professor emeritus of classics at Princeton, died March 20 at the age of 91 in California. Atkins, who served on Princeton’s faculty since 1937, died of congestive heart failure. The emeritus Professor of Classics on the Andrew Fleming West Foundation, Atkins was an expert in Vedic philology and Indo-European linguistics. He served as chair of the classics department from 1961 to 1972.

A USG committee reported last week that their data "indicates a high level of dissatisfaction" among students with precept. An online survey conducted in November revealed that "68 percent of the approximately 1,660 upperclassmen that responded expressed dissatisfaction with their preceptor’s teaching abilities," reported the Prince.

The student-run Princeton Charity Fashion Show will take place April 25 on the Frist lawn at 8 p.m. The show, organized largely by members of the Class of 2005, will include fashion from 10 major designers and performances by student dance and singing groups. Any funds raised are designated for cancer research. Also helping with the show are the student groups Princeton Against Cancer Together (PACT) and the Asian-American Student Agency (AASA). Ticket prices are $7 for students and members of the classes of 1980 and 1955, the Class of 2005's parent and grandparent classes, and $10 for general admission. donations are also being accepted. Contact pufashion02@yahoo.com. Clothing sponsors are Tommy Hilfiger, Laundry by Shelley Segal, Anne Taylor loft, Betsey Johnson, Miss Sixty, Enyce, Bisou-Bisou, Keiko, Laura Ashley, Nautica, and Prince.

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 Harvard’s 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 Harvard’s 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, Harvard’s 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 weren’t 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.
Katz’s discussed that an in-house monopoly with no outsourcing was not the answer to the university’s 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.
Katz’s 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 university’s wage policies. He emphasized that students with the right information can effect change.
"I have little doubt that without the students there wouldn’t have been any great change in wages," he said.

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/.

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

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Hamit Bozarslan, associate professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris: "Violence and Politics in the Middle East: Violence in Turkey, 1968-2000"
April 23, 4:30,102 Jones Hall

Barton Gellman '82, national correspondent for the Washington Post and Ferris Professor of Journalism at the Council for the Humanities: "The War on Terror Before September 11: What Were Clinton and Bush Doing?"
April 23, at 4:30 p.m., Bowl 1, Robertson Hall

Dipesh Chakrabarty, chair of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilazations at the University of Chicago: "Democracy, Discipline and the Politics of the Multitude
April 23, 4:30 p.m., McCosh 40

Elizabeth McAlister, assistant professor of religion at Wesleyan College and Joan Dayan, of the University of Pennsylvania : "Vodou Spirits, Rara Queens and Small Men: Gender, Vulgarity and Slavery in Afro-Creole Religion"
April 24,4:30 p.m., Frist Campus Center #302

Harold Pachios ’59, chair of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy: "Influencing Foreign Public opinion — America's Role"
April 24, 4:30 p.m., Bowl 1, Robertson Hall

Jean Tirole of the University of Toulouse will deliver a series of talks on "Egonomics: Explorations in Economics and Psychology"
April 24, 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

David Hoffman, foreign editor for the Washington Post: "The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia"
April 24, 4:30, 101 McCormick

Timothy Reiss, professor of comparative literature at NYU: "Descartes, Slavery,and Race"
April 24, 4:30 p.m., 105 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue

Edward W. Felten, Princeton professor of computer science: "Cryptography: Secret Codes, Spying and E-commerce."
April 24, 8 p.m., Reynolds Auditorium, McDonnell Hall

Hamit Bozarslan, associate professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris: "Violence and Politics in the Middle East: Violence in Middle Eastern Politics - A theoretical Perspective "
April 25, 4:30, 202 Jones Hall

Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University: "The New World Politics: Great Power Peace and Terrorism"
April 25, 4:30 p.m., Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

The Electric Tabla. Ajay Kapur ’02, electric tabla and friends. Works of Ajay Kapur, Peter Lee, David Hittson, and others.
Program in Computer Science event.
April 25, 8 p.m., Taplin Auditorium

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. "Pièces d'identité" (I.D.) by Mweze Ngangura, April 25
"Voyages" by Emmanuel Finkiel, May 2

The film Viridiana, introduced by Michael Wood, chair of the English Department
April 26, 7 p.m., James Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau Street

The documentary The First Year, an award-winning film depicting the emotional journey of five first-year teachers in the Los Angeles public school system.
April 26, 7:30 p.m., Liberation Hall, Third World Center

SANGAM. A program of dance, music, and theater performed by Princeton University Students. South Asian Students Association event.
April 26, 8 p.m., Taplin Auditorium.

Princeton University Orchestra, Michael Pratt, conductor; Jennifer Borghi ’02, mezzo-soprano; and Kueh Hao Yuan ’02, piano. Works of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Stravinsky. Stuart B. Mindlin Memorial Concert.
April 26 and 27, 8 p.m., Richardson Auditorium. Tickets: $15; students, $5

Kirsten Jerch ’02, soprano, Christine McLeavey, piano, and others. Works of Vivaldi, Fauré, Handel, de Falla, Lilburn, and Hill. Friends of Music at Princeton student recital.
April 28, 3 p.m., Taplin Auditorium

Princeton Symphony Orchestra
, Mark Laycock, musical director, with The American Boychoir, Vincent Metallo, music director. Sacred Music Concert: works of Martin, Messiaen, and Thomas.
April 28, 4 p.m., Richardson Auditorium. Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $30, $27; seniors, $27, $24; students, $8, $6

Andy Luse ’02, piano. Works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. Friends of Music at Princeton student recital.
April 29, 8 p.m., Taplin Auditorium

Sidney Brenner
, Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley, "Biology after the Genome Project"
April 30, May 1 and 2, 8:00 p.m. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

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

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 publect@princeton.edu.

Charles Falco
, University of Arizona, "The Art and Science of the Motorcycle"
May 8
, 8:00 p.m. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

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

Art Museum
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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Illyria, adapted by Peter Mills ’95 and Cara Reichel ’96 from William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, April 12-13, 17-20, 23-27, 8 p.m., April 14, 20-21, 27-28, 2 p.m.; The Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, New York (www.smarttix.com, 212-206-1515). For more information on performances, visit www.ProspectTheater.org.)

"Lilies/Pale Yellow" (2001) by Anne-Marie Belli ’84

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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Senator Bill Frist ’74, the Senate’s only doctor, told his fellow Senators, "After considering the overwhelming ethical concerns about human embryo cloning experimentation, I conclude that a comprehensive ban on all human cloning is the right policy at this time," reported the New York Times. President Bush is rallying support for legislation that would prohibit all types of human cloning — for reproduction or medical research.

In a news article on April 8 titled "Google’s Toughest Search Is for a Business Model," a New York Times reporter asked, "Can Google create a business model even remotely as good as its technology? … The biggest challenge for Mr. Schmidt … is balancing Google’s increasing popularity among Web users with the needs and demands of the other Web sites, like Yahoo, for which it provides search technology." Eric Schmidt ’76, took over as chairman of the Internet search company Google in March 2001.

Jim Flaherty ’70 finished second to Ernie Eves in a run for premier of Ontario, Canada. Eves told the Toronto Star that "all four of his competitors will be in his cabinet."

President Bush appointed Jeffrey N. Shane ’62 associate deputy secretary of transportation. Shane, who is currently a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Hogan & Hartson, will take office immediately.

With the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal boiling, the academic work of Harris Mirkin *67 on pedophilia and adult-child sex has received attention of late. A political science professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mirkin has "questioned whether sexual abuse ruins every child’s life and suggested that some sex between children and adults is acceptable" reported the Associated Press. He told the AP, "It’s frustrating because the position I have is distorted. It makes me sound like I’m head of a pro-sex-with-children organization." He says he has simply tried to tone down the "hysteria" around child sex abuse.

John McPhee ’53, Princeton’s Ferris Professor of Journalism, can be heard April 23 in the PBS television special, America’s First River. McPhee provides the voice of Washington Irving and will read excerpts from Irving’s work. "Irving is one of my all-time favorite writers," says McPhee, "as fresh and topical today as he was in 1819. He is so sharp and funny, and the rhythms of his writing go across time." The two-hour program tells the story of the beginnings of America’s environmental awakening, which took place in the Hudson River Valley. Hosted by Bill Moyers, America’s First River was directed and coproduced by Monica Lange s’76.

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Women’s lacrosse crushes Harvard 14-4, retains # 1 ranking
The top-ranked Tigers stretched their win streak to 11 games with a 14-4 thrashing of Harvard on Saturday, April 14, and a 16-8 win over 20th-ranked Temple on April 10. Princeton got a career-high four goals from Lindsey Biles ’05 and Charlotte Kenworthy added three goals in the road win over Harvard as the Tigers improved to 4-0 in the Ivy League and 11-1 overall.
Senior Lauren Simone led the Tiger attack against Temple at home, scoring four of her five goals in the first 15 minutes of the game and handing out two assists. Princeton now begins a three-game homestand against Ivy League foe Penn on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse still in the hunt after rolling over Harvard 18-4
Princeton handed Harvard its first home loss this season on Saturday, April 13, but more important the 18-4 thumping sets the eighth-ranked Tigers up for a major meeting with fifth-ranked Cornell this Saturday, April 20, at noon in Princeton.
If Princeton (5-4, 2-1 Ivy) beats Cornell (9-1, 4-0), the Tigers could still win their seventh straight Ivy League title and the automatic NCAA bid that comes with it. A Cornell win, and the Big Red takes the conference. Cornell has won nine straight games, including a 15-11 win over top-ranked Syracuse, which dropped in the polls this week.

Softball rips Dartmouth, splits with Harvard
The Tigers traveled to Harvard last weekend and split a doubleheader with the only other undefeated team in the Ivy League. Princeton won the first game 4-3 thanks to seven strong innings from senior Brie Galicinao. In the second game, Harvard’s Tiffany Whitton cracked a game-ending grand slam in the seventh inning to give the Crimson a 7-4 win.
On Sunday, April 14, the Tigers (23-15, 9-1) let loose on Dartmouth, sweeping both ends of a doubleheader 9-1 and 5-1. Princeton hosts Yale on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Baseball splits with Yale and beats Rutgers for first time since 1991
The Tigers (13-16, 8-4 Ivy) needed extra innings to beat Yale on Sunday, April 14, as they took the second half of a doubleheader 6-3 in 13 innings in New Haven. Princeton lost the first game of the day 8-1. Earlier in the week, the Tigers got six strong innings from pitcher Chris Higgins ’02 to beat Rutgers 8-1, Princeton’s first win over their Garden State rivals since 1991.
Princeton travels to Seton Hall for a 3 p.m. game on Thursday, April 18, before heading to Columbia for a big four-game series on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21.

Women’s water polo falters in ECAC Championships semifinal match
Princeton was unable to defend its ECAC title this weekend in Cambridge as the Tigers fell to Hartwick 11-9 in the semifinals of the ECAC Championships. The Tigers defeated Iona 11-7 and the U. of Massachusetts 10-5 to advance to the semifinal round.
The Tigers now head to Villanova for the Southern Championships being held from Friday to Sunday, April 19-21.

Men’s and women’s track teams each place second in weekend meets
The women’s track team placed second at a Philadelphia meet that featured Ivy rivals Yale and Penn. Penn won the meet with 75 points, Princeton finished with 64 points, and Yale with 63. Senior captains Lauren Simmons (1,500m) and Catherine Casey (3,000m) each placed first in their events.
On the men’s side, Princeton played host to several Pennsylvania schools and finished second to Penn State, which scored 190 points. Princeton finished with 184, Penn scored 170 points for third, and Villanova finished with 106 points. Seniors Ryan Smith (800m) and Tora Harris (high jump) won their events to pace the Tigers and earn provisional qualifications for the NCAA championships.

Women’s golf takes third at James Madison Invitational

Men’s golf places fourth at Princeton Invitational

Women’s open crew defends Class of ’75 Cup for 13th straight season

Men’s heavyweight crew brings home the Childs Cup

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