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Vol. LXII, No. 42
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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MEDIA EVENT: Monday’s press conference for Nobel Prize-winning economist (shown here with Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman) drew swarms of photographers and reporters to Robertson Auditorium at the Woodrow Wilson School for International Affairs.

Front Page

Nobel Prize Winner Meets the Press

Ellen Gilbert

Economics Professor and 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Economics Paul Krugman shook his head in wonder as Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman spoke at the beginning of a press conference for him on Monday at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs.

New Billing Procedure, Property Reevaluation, Approved by Borough

Dilshanie Perera

Last Tuesday Borough Council approved a new capital billing and payment procedure drawn up by administrators to address monies owed to the Borough by the Township and vice versa.

Local Merchants Remain Optimistic In Face of National Economic Crisis

Dilshanie Perera

“When Wall Street sneezes, the rest of us catch a cold,” said David Newton, vice president of Palmer Square Management. Despite fears of national economic collapse, local merchants are “putting up a united front to a very challenging situation,” he said.

Other News

Parks Alliance Awards $5,000 For Skate Park Beautification

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Parks Alliance, a non-profit parks conservancy, awarded $5,000 to the Princeton Recreation Department last Wednesday for additional landscaping at the new skate park being built at Hilltop Park.

New Medical Center in Plainsboro Will Feature Purposeful Design

Dilshanie Perera

The new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) recently broke ground for its new building, which is slated to open in 2011. The new hospital is 2.5 miles away from its current location in Princeton, and will be located on Route One between Scudders Mill Road and Plainsboro Road.

Candidates Miller and Nemeth Share Concerns about Township

Ellen Gilbet

Democrats Bernie Miller and Sue Nemeth, who are both running unopposed for Princeton Township Committee seats, share many of the same concerns. In a recent interview they pointed out that while they are not running a “joint” campaign, their advertisements highlight common objectives. Ms. Nemeth, who moved here in 2000, is quick to enumerate three of their main goals: “Keeping Princeton affordable, promoting sustainability, and full municipal consolidation.” Their interest in sustainability extends to existing facilities, not just new ones, and keeping Princeton affordable means “keeping a lid on expenses” and creating a “long-term framework.”

“Harp till You Drop” the Message As Harpers’ Escapists Play Library

Ellen Gilbert

“It’s hard to make the harp sound bad,” joked Harpers’ Escape co-founder Kathy DeAngelo at the group’s Sunday afternoon concert at the Princeton Public Library. After an hour-and-a-half of lilting, wistful, somber, and toe-tapping traditional Scottish and Irish music, the audience that filled the library’s Community Room seemed unlikely to disagree.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Football Battles Hard at Colgate but Falls 27-24 on Last-Second FG

Bill Alden

With Princeton leading the Raiders 16-14 at the break, Hughes conveyed a simple message to his players in the locker room.

Busch Fires Up Princeton Men’s Soccer but Tigers Drop Heartbreaker to Brown

Bill Alden

Brandon Busch made no effort to hide his emotions.

With QB Ryan Keeping Cool and Firing Away, PHS Football Tops Steinert With Stunning Rally

Bill Alden

Although the senior quarterback had hit on several big passes as PHS battled visiting Steinert last Saturday, he had also thrown two interceptions which had helped put the Little Tigers in a 16-7 hole with 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Record Review

Inner Voices and Butterfly Moments: The Piano Poetry of Bill Evans

Stuart Mitchner

Fifty years ago Bill Evans (1929-1980) made a record that was packaged and designed to put him on the map. It was called Everybody Digs Bill Evans (Riverside 1958/Original Jazz Classics CD1987) and featured Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, along with a cover displaying testimonials to the pianist’s talent, taste, and originality from his then-better-known peers, Miles Davis, George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal, and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. The album landed among a stack of records for review at the offices of Down Beat, where an editor who had yet to discover Evans noticed it, took it home, listened to it, and was still listening at 4 a.m. In his nicely felt profile, “The Poet,” Gene Lees says that what stood out more than the brilliance of the playing was “the emotional content of the music,” which spoke to him “in an intensely personal way.” Lees decided to put Evans on the cover of Down Beat, and soon became a close friend.


Theatre Intime Presents a Timely Post-Apocalyptic Sermon: “Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends”

Donald Gilpin

Yes, this is a comedy. Under normal circumstances, I could probably assume you’d realize that a play titled Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening With the Illuminati) couldn’t be anything but satiric. But at last Thursday’s opening night, on a day when the stock market tanked again en route to the worst week in Wall Street history, the timeliness of this end-of-the world theme was frightening.

Latin American Jazz Group Electrifies Audience in Richardson Auditorium

Nancy Plum

The Princeton University Music Department is apparently not the only department presenting concerts in Richardson Auditorium these days. For the past five years, the Program in Latin American Studies has also been sponsoring musical events on campus to further acquaint the Princeton community with the culture of Latin American countries and artists. One of the premiere Latin American musical groups, Choro Ensemble, came to Richardson on Friday night, and this quartet of artists treated the audience to a wide variety of Brazilian musical styles and songs.

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