February 7, 2018

FORD TOUGH: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Ben Halford guards the net. Last Friday, senior Halford came off the bench, making 16 saves and not giving up a goal in 32:03 of action as Princeton rallied from a 4-3 deficit to beat St. Lawrence 5-4 in overtime. The Tigers, who edged No. 3 Clarkson 4-3 a night later in improving to 10-10-3 overall and 7-8-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Brown on February 9 and at Yale on February 10. (Photo by Shelley Szwast, Courtesy of Princeton’s office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

When Ben Halford came to Baker Rink last Friday, he was expecting to play his accustomed supporting role for the Princeton University men’s hockey team as its backup goalie.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes over St. Lawrence and it appeared Halford would be witnessing a rout from his seat on the bench. more

FALLING HARD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Devin Cannady, right, dives to the floor for a loose ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star Cannady scored 27 points in a losing cause as Princeton fell 102-100 to Brown in overtime. The Tigers, who dropped to 11-9 overall and 3-2 Ivy League with the setback, were slated to host Penn on February 6 before playing at Harvard on February 9 and at Dartmouth on February 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As a post-graduate player for the Hun School boys’ basketball team last winter, Desmond Cambridge headed across town to Princeton University to play some pick-up games at Jadwin Gym.

“When Princeton was recruiting me, I came up here to play with the guys five or six times,” said Cambridge. “I got a feel for the gym; I didn’t really like it at first. It is a weird, funky gym. I got accustomed to it.” more

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Alexa Zammit, left, goes after the puck in recent action. Last Friday, senior star defenseman and team captain Zammit helped PHS defeat Pingry 6-4. The Little Tigers, now 7-5-3, are next in action when they compete the WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) tournament at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa. from February 16-18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having lost 11-4 to Summit in late December, the Princeton High girls’ hockey team was looking forward to a rematch between the foes last week in the annual State Cup game.

“Everyone was really excited to play them again,” said PHS senior defenseman and captain Alexa Zammit, reflecting on the January 30 contest. more

SPOILS OF VICTORY: Members of the Stuart Country Day School team show off the plaque they earned for placing first in the state Prep B indoor championship meet last Saturday at Lawrenceville. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Heather Kwafo, Alex Ottomanelli, Priscilla Francois, and Cara Carr. In the back row, from left, are senior captains Alison Walsh, Kendra Brenya, Michelle Kwafo, and Sonia Mohandas. Not pictured are Michaela Meyer, Miranda Maley, Taj’hana Tyson, Sarah Girgis, and Olivia Giblin. It marked the first-ever state indoor crown for the Tartans.

By Bill Alden

Coming into the state Prep B indoor championship meet last Saturday, Len Klepack wasn’t expecting his Stuart Country Day team to end up with the title.

“I thought we would maybe be in the top three because Villa Walsh would have too much distance strength; I think they won four of the last five titles and it would be very difficult to beat them,” said Stuart head coach Len Klepack in assessing the competition that was held in the Lavino Field House at the Lawrenceville School. “We planned on getting the most points that we could with the squad we had.” more

January 31, 2018

Princeton Day School students provide raucous support at McGraw Rink as the PDS boys’ hockey team hosted its annual clash against local rival Lawrenceville last Thursday. The Panthers drew a lot of cheers as they skated to a 3-1 win over the visiting Big Red. For more details on the game, see page 32. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Anne Levin

The real estate investment firm ML7 has purchased 90 Nassau Street, the five-story office building on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets that houses Bank of America on its ground floor. Jeffrey Siegel, ML7 president, said Tuesday that the company will renovate the unoccupied spaces of the building, which dates from 1899, but has no plans for significant changes.

“Our purchase of this building is not dissimilar to why we purchase a lot of things,” said Siegel, whose company has offices in Princeton and New York. “It is a premier property in Princeton and we love its architecture and history.” more

By Anne Levin

Barely a day after Princeton Council members Heather Howard and Lance Liverman revealed that they will not run for re-election, two people have announced their candidacy. Eve Niedergang and Dwaine Williamson, both active in the local Democratic party, have declared their intentions to enter the race.

The terms of Howard and Liverman end at the end of December. more

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) have invited the community to attend one of two town hall meetings on February 8 to discuss ideas for a new fifth and sixth grade school and the renovation and expansion of Princeton High School (PHS).

PPS will submit preliminary building plans to the State Department of Education (DOE) in April, and a referendum vote is scheduled for October 2. more

By Donald Gilpin

With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program March 5 termination date fast approaching, some 800,000 DREAMers, brought to the United States as children, remain in limbo, with lawmakers in Washington still unable to come to agreement on a proposal to replace DACA.

Democrats continue to call for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but without sharp cuts to legal immigration, significantly-enhanced enforcement, or a $25 billion wall. They have rejected the most recent White House proposal leading up to last night’s State of the Union address, which occurred after press time.  more

ROBOTICS CHAMPS: From left, freshman Alex Maiorov, advisor and engineering instructor Gregory Herman, and team leader senior Savva Morozov traveled to MIT earlier in the month as part of the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science Zero Robotics team and scored a victory in the International Space Station Finals of the Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2017.

By Donald Gilpin

Competing against more than 400 high school students from around the world, Princeton International School of Math and Science’s (PRISMS) 13-student team claimed a championship spot at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) earlier this month in the Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2017.  more

Man is like a ball, the plaything of Chance and Passion. —Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

God, how I hate it when somebody yells “Good luck!” at me when I’m leaving somewhere. It’s depressing. — J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)

By Stuart Mitchner

Schubert, whose remarks about “Chance and Passion” are from a journal he kept at 19, was born on the last day of January in Vienna. Salinger, who was born on the first day of January in New York City, is speaking in the voice of his creation Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, which came out in 1951. When his collection Nine Stories was published in 1953, Salinger prefaced it with a Zen Koan: “We know the sound of two hands clapping. But what is the sound of one hand clapping?” more

DEVASTATING DAMAGE: The home and art studio of painter Marina Ahun is littered with clumps of insulation material that froze as firefighters battled the December 27 Griggs Farm blaze. While the fire did not spread to Ahun’s apartment, water damage and the caved-in roof took a significant toll.

By Anne Levin

A month after the devastating fire at Griggs Farm that took one life and left 35 residents homeless, Marina Ahun was allowed to return to her apartment to retrieve whatever she could. She gets emotional when recalling what she found. more

By Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Sunday afternoon centered on guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein, but another subtler theme also ran through the performance. PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov programmed a concert with a narrative covering three hundred years of music history, featuring innovation and new musical ideas within well-known frameworks. The addition of dynamic and technically dazzling American pianist Simone Dinnerstein made the afternoon that much more exciting.  more

By Kam Williams

Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born black in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1932, which meant she was a second-class citizen. In fact, she spent the first six months of her life in prison with her mother, a sangoma (witch doctor), who was sent to prison just days after giving birth.

Luckily, her mother was also an amateur singer, and that was a gift Miriam inherited. She married at 17 and had a child a year later, but was soon abandoned by her abusive husband. So, to support her young daughter, she started singing professionally.

After performing and recording with several different bands, she found a measure of fame as the lead singer of an all-girl group called The Skylarks. However, while on tour out of the country in 1959, Miriam’s passport was revoked after the release in Italy of Come Back, Africa, a secretly filmed anti-apartheid documentary drama in which she appeared.  more

YOUNG GUN: Princeton University men’s squash player Youssef Ibrahim displays his form in a recent match. Freshman Ibrahim is undefeated at No. 1 as Princeton has posted a 7-1 record and risen to No. 6 in the national rankings. The Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they play at Penn on January 31, at Harvard on February 3, and at Dartmouth on February 4. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Youth is being served this winter as the Princeton University men’s squash team is enjoying a breakthrough campaign.

After going 6-13 last season and 4-10 the year before, Princeton has started 7-1 this winter and is ranked sixth nationally, going with a lineup featuring four freshmen (Youssef Ibrahim at No. 1, Cole Becker at No. 3, Duncan Joyce at No. 6, and Alex Engstrom at No. 9) and two sophomores (Adhitya Raghavan at No. 2 and Gabriel Morgan at No. 7). more

RICH EXPERIENCE: Princeton University men’s basketball player Richmond Aririguzoh grabs a rebound in recent action. Last Sunday, sophomore forward Aririguzoh tallied eight points and eight rebounds to help Princeton defeat Division III Rowan 86-60 in its first game after a 15-day hiatus for exams. The Tigers, now 10-8 overall, resume Ivy League play when they host Yale on February 2, Brown on February 3, and Penn on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

He is the guy from Trenton Catholic, but Richmond Aririguzoh brings a lot more than local flavor to the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

Born in Italy, Aririguzoh speaks four languages and is handling a pre-med class load. more

LIVING IT UP: Princeton University women’s squash player Olivia Fiechter covers the court in recent action. Senior star Fiechter is 8-0 at No. 1 so far this season, helping Princeton post a 9-0 start on the way to being ranked No. 1 nationally. In upcoming action, the Tigers hit the road for matches at Penn in January 31, at Harvard on February 3, and at Dartmouth on February 4. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communication)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University women’s squash team, inserting three freshmen into its starting lineup has made it stronger from top to bottom.

“We have a good mix, people that were higher are now in the middle,” said Princeton head coach Gail Ramsay, whose squad is 9-0 and now ranked No. 1 nationally. “We are competitive with everybody because we are deeper.” more

CELEBRATING HISTORY: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track team celebrate last Sunday after they placed first at the Mercer County Track Indoor Championships in the Lavino Field House at the Lawrenceville School. It was the first-ever indoor county crown for the program, which last earned the outdoor county title in 1982.

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High boys’ track team appeared to have the pieces in place to win the Mercer County Track Indoor Championships last Sunday, Ben Samara knew nothing was guaranteed.

“We knew we were the favorites going in, but as I said to the guys on the bus, that doesn’t really matter because we were the favorites indoors and outdoors last year too,” said PHS boys’ head coach Samara, noting that PHS had never won the indoor county title and last earned the outdoor crown in 1982. “You have to get the job done and that is the bottom line.” more

January 24, 2018

A gentleman catches up on the news in “The Newspaper Reader,” J. Seward Johnson Jr.’s bronze sculpture set near the Princeton Battle Monument. This past weekend provided warmer weather to enjoy outdoor activities. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Donald Gilpin

A community collaboration of more than 30 organizations in and around Princeton will explore the theme of migrations in a variety exhibitions, performances, lectures, and other programs from February through May.

“We shaped the theme of migrations in order to invite as many nonprofit organizations as possible to participate,” said Princeton University Art Museum Director James Steward, who initiated the idea. “Immigration and its real world consequences are so much in our minds that we wanted to open a conversation that includes the migrations of animals and even of ideas, and in doing so increase the resonance across ideas and organizations.” more

By Donald Gilpin

Sustainable Princeton Executive Director Molly Jones, in a speech at the Universalist Unitarian Church Monday night, described the challenges of climate change, outlined Princeton’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), and explained how citizens can most effectively get involved.

In the presentation hosted by Indivisible Princeton, Jones emphasized, “Climate change is not a silver bullet problem. It’s a silver buckshot problem. There are many small things we can do.”  more

By Anne Levin

Since the December 27 fire at the Griggs Farm complex that took the life of one resident and displaced 35 others, the local community has responded with food, clothing, and funds. But the needs of the residents, who will be out of their homes for a period estimated at 10 months to a year, continue.

Ed Truscelli, executive director of Princeton Community Housing Development Corporation, which owns and manages the affordable housing section of Griggs Farm, reported to Princeton Council at its Monday, January 22 meeting that while the community’s response has been “overwhelming,” lodging is still needed for those who are still in an extended stay hotel on U.S. 1.  more

BIRD’S EYE VIEW: This 1874 imagined aerial view of Princeton includes Morven, just off Nassau Street at Bayard Avenue, as it was then known. The tiny rectangle behind the house is evidence of Colonel Stockton’s greenhouse, which is the subject of the next exhibit at Morven Musem & Garden. The map is included in the exhibit.

By Anne Levin

At the front end of what is now the parking lot of Morven Museum & Garden, a small glass building once stood. Commodore Robert F. Stockton’s 19th-century greenhouse was filled with lemon trees, japonicas, cacti, azaleas, and other varieties, according to account books and inventories from the time. more

By William Uhl

Two Princeton University freshmen are venturing into the uncharted frontier of cryptocurrency finance. As they weather finals week, Hunter Sporn and Kevin Zheng are also part of a small team hard at work on their startup, Everest Capital. Using algorithms to monitor multiple factors, including price data, consumer sentiment, and social media analytics, they hope to offer cryptocurrency investment forecasts, mitigating risk in a market with immense volatility.

Cryptocurrencies — digital, decentralized currencies not under the control of any government or organization — have gone from theory to global phenomena in the past eight years. Bitcoin, the first and most prevalent cryptocurrency, has skyrocketed in value, worth pennies per bitcoin in 2010 and now over $10,000 per bitcoin at the time of writing. more

“LET THEM EXPERIMENT:” Eliza Hammer (left) and Mary Robinson, teachers at the Princeton Montessori School and leaders of the after-school program, make sure that, as the students are engaged in experiences in problem-solving, “the teachers are having fun and the children are having fun.”

By Donald Gilpin

Imagine a school where children don’t want to go home at the day’s end.

Eliza Hammer and Mary Robinson teach in the classrooms of Princeton Montessori School during the day, then carry their enthusiasms and the Montessori philosophy into the after-school program they run from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

“We bring our passions into the classroom,” said Robinson.  more