Vol. LXIII, No. 2
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
(Photo by E.J. Greenblat)
PUBLIC SERVICE: Students from John Witherspoon Middle School fulfilled their public service requirements by helping out at the Princeton Area Change for Americas Cans, Clothes, and Coins Drive Saturday on Hinds Plaza. Items collected were divided between the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, HomeFront, and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
Princeton Universitys endowment, which supplies more than 45 percent of the institutions operating revenue, is seeing a sharp decline as a result of the current economic crisis, President Shirley Tilghman said in a letter to the campus community issued last Thursday. From July 1 to October 31, the endowment lost 11 percent of its value, with the University estimating that by the end of the fiscal year the endowment could shrink by as much as 25 percent.
At the monthly membership luncheon hosted last Thursday by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Eric Maskin, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and 2007 Nobel Prizewinner in economics, explained why financial crises occur. Newly-appointed Chamber President and CEO Peter Crowley also addressed the gathering.
At its Monday evening meeting, the Township Committee approved the permanent creation of the Citizens Finance Committee (CFC) and the reconstitution of the Ad Hoc Deer Management Program Evaluation Committee.
The Princeton Public Librarys third annual Environmental Film Festival was a 10-day celebration of all things green, with films, talks and panel discussions dealing with topics ranging from plastics and retrofitting to organic farms and garbage. Organized by librarians Susan Conlon and Martha Perry, the festival opened on January 2.
What do Albert Einstein, Lindi the Icelandic lamb, and two old pieces of jewelry have in common?
They all can be found at Landaus.
Exuding physical grace and a low-key demeanor, Los Angeles native Lauren Edwards personifies the image of the laid back Southern Californian.
It was one of the bleakest moments in a rough winter for the Princeton University mens basketball team.
It was a seemingly routine 200 freestyle race last week as the Princeton High boys swimming team hosted Hamilton.
“It turned me into a sculptor,” says Anne Elliott, who in addition to trekking to the base camp on K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, has climbed 25 others. “The experience of total wilderness, of being where the creation of the Earth is still visibly in progress so transformed my work that I found two-dimensional forms no longer adequate.” So what does she do? She makes her own rice-paper caves and mountains.
There is a lot going on in Princeton University classrooms, and occasionally the public gets to listen in. This past weekend, the Music Department’s Music 214 class showed the fruits of its fall 2008 semester labors with a fully staged and costumed production of Claudio Monteverdi’s 1641 opera The Return of Ulysses. Even though augmented by a few pros, Friday and Saturday night’s performances in Richardson Auditorium easily demonstrated the depth of vocal talent in the student body.
I was raised in Montclair where I worked summers for the Recreation Department. I had just finished a tour of duty in the army in 1970 when I was hired to be assistant director by then-Director Don Barr. I served in that capacity for almost 19 years. Don retired in 1989, and Ive been the director ever since. When I started there was Don, myself, and one secretary in a small room. The department had begun in 1965, and when I came on we had the pool, the tennis courts, and Community Park South. Weve obviously grown a lot.
A new year, a new you? Toning up, losing weight, eating better these must appear on nine out of 10 New Years resolution lists. Making it happen is another thing!
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