November 11, 2015

Fuld Hall, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

David M. Rubenstein, a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, has donated $20 million to support the creation of a new building on the campus to be known as the Rubenstein Commons, it was announced Monday.

Mr. Rubenstein is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation based in Washington, D.C. more

On the night of the general election November 3, Democratic State Assembly candidate Andrew Zwicker made a speech in which he conceded to incumbent Republican Donna Simon in the 16th District race. But a week makes a difference. At press time Tuesday, Mr. Zwicker’s lead over Ms. Simon had risen to 78 votes after the provisional ballots in Mercer County were counted.

While the election has yet to be certified and Ms. Simon has neither conceded nor challenged the results, Mr. Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, appears to be the winner in the race. The Republican party has until next Wednesday to file for a recount. more


HOLDING COURT: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart answers a question at the program’s annual media day last Thursday. Banghart will be looking for an encore to last year’s season for the ages which saw the Tigers go 31-1 and win an opening round game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Princeton starts its 2015-16 season this weekend when it hosts American on November 13 and Duquesne on November 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In its landmark campaign last winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team posted a 30-0 regular season mark, won an opening round game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, and captivated fans across the nation. more

A New Jersey Tax Court judge last week rejected a claim made by Princeton University that the burden of proof in a case regarding its tax-exempt status should be with the four residents challenging the exemption.

Judge Vito Bianco ruled that the burden of proof for granting a tax exemption rests on the organization seeking the exemption, and would only be the responsibility of the residents if they were taking issue with the assessments for properties owned by the University. Challenging the University’s tax exemptions is a different issue, meaning the same burden of proof would not apply. more

An educator, a businessman (and boy scout leader), and a lawyer with extensive experience in regulatory and compliance law and finance won election to three-year-terms on the Princeton School Board last week.

Optimism, deep experience, and commitment to excellence for the district and its students characterize the three elected leaders, but their particular areas of expertise and their priorities reveal both contrasts and similarities.

Elected to office on November 3 were Elizabeth (Betsy) Kalber Baglio, former public school teacher and educational consultant, who won 2428 votes; incumbent Patrick Sullivan, private investor, former corporate lawyer and investment banker, who gained 2306 votes; and Dafna Kendal, a lawyer, who received 2032 votes. Robert Dodge, a research scientist working in a bio-pharmaceutical company, fell short in his bid, with 1780 votes. Each candidate has two children enrolled in the district.  more


SHE LOVES TO WORK: Princeton native Angeline Cifelli, center, shown with her son Anthony Cifelli and granddaughter Kim Lucas, says work is the key to her longevity. At Valley Road School, Princeton University, and a deli that was located where Hoagie Haven is today, she turned out thousands of lunches for generations of Princeton students and residents. She is celebrating her 100th birthday this weekend with family and friends.

Even as she closes in on 100, Angeline Cifelli can’t sit still. Seated in the solarium at Morris Hall on a recent morning, she used one foot to rock her wheelchair back and forth while reviewing her life, nearly all ten decades of which has been spent in Princeton.

She was born Angeline Pinelli on November 16, 1915. Her mother, who was from the Nini family, had come to Princeton in 1912. The Pinellis had 11 children, and Mrs. Cifelli is the only survivor of all her siblings. Five generations of her family will gather this Sunday to celebrate her centennial at a special brunch/breakfast in the Hilton Garden Inn. On the actual birthday, Mrs. Cifelli will entertain friends with a pizza party at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, where she has lived for the past three years. more


SEEING IT THROUGH: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer controls the puck in a game last season. This past Saturday, junior defenseman Koelzer chipped in a goal to help Princeton edge Colgate 3-2. The Tigers, now 5-1 overall and 3-1 ECAC Hockey, have a two-game set with Quinnipiac this weekend, playing at the Bobcats on November 13 and then hosting a rematch at Baker Rink on November 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing in its first home weekend of the season, the Princeton University women’s hockey team got out of the gate with a bang. more

Where are the Steve Jobs, the Bill Gates and the Mark Zuckerbergs of the next generation? You might want to check out the giant hackathon at Princeton University’s Friend Center this weekend.

More than 600 students from over 80 universities will descend on the Princeton campus this Friday through Sunday to experiment with cutting edge technology and participate in HackPrinceton, a collaborative and competitive software and hardware creation marathon.

“Student hackers are the CTOs, founders, and innovators of tomorrow,” stated Mike Swift, co-founder of Major League Hacking, the official student hackathon league, which supports this event and more than 150 others in North America and Europe every year. “These students are already making amazing projects now. Imagine what they will be doing in a few years.” more

Everything you always wanted to know about animals — and probably a lot of interesting information you didn’t even know you wanted to know — is coming over the air in Pets and Their People on 920AM The Voice.

Broadcast every Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., the show, sponsored by Dogs and Cats Rule pet stores, just celebrated its 100th episode, discussing everything animal-related from puppy mills to therapy dogs to a mountain lion that climbed a telephone pole, a zoo visitor who decided to pet a polar bear, and a dog who suffered predictable consequences when he chose to confront a porcupine (last three incidents did not actually take place in the studio).

Of all the many visitors to the show, Bocker the Labradoodle (combination Labrador and poodle), a celebrity therapy dog, boasted the most impressive resume. Featured in many different TV commercials and movies, he’s listed as the author of a book and a coloring book, and he’s been on the cover of the Tommy Hilfiger Magazine, and appeared in Target Magazine and Animal Planets Dogs 101.  more


Claire Connolly, professor of Modern English and head of the School of English at University College Cork, will present a lecture entitled “The Holyhead Road” on Friday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2015-16 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Connolly will explore how journeys along the Holyhead Road from London to Dublin and across the Irish Sea, which have been represented by novelists, playwrights, and poets from Jonathan Swift to James Joyce, create a cultural exchange between Ireland and Britain. This is part of her larger research into the ways in which the Irish Sea scales and shapes diverse relationships between infrastructural links and cultural identities.

Ms. Connolly’s research has focused on the cultural history of 18th- and 19th-century Ireland, as well as Scottish and Welsh romanticism. Her books include A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829 (2012); The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture, edited with Joe Cleary (2005); and Theorizing Ireland (Palgrave, 2002).

Information about Fund for Irish Studies series events can be found at

Post Office Open

The new post office is up and running, and the first customer to send mail is Joseph Telese, shown here with United States Postal Service worker Charles Lovers, whom you may recognize from the old location at Palmer Square. The new, smaller branch is where a laundromat once operated at 259 Nassau Street, behind the building that is being turned into a 7-Eleven. The USPS sold the longtime location on Palmer Square to LCOR Ventures, which will use the space for either a restaurant or a retail business. (Photo by Ryan Stark Lilienthal)

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“TRENTON MAKES BRIDGE”: Local photographers capture the beauty of winter across the world in “The Quiet Months” exhibit at the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Hamilton. (Photo by Jonathan Michalik)

The Tulpehaking Nature Center will feature an exhibit that is a celebration of winter and water. Through photographs and interactive activities, The Quiet Months: An Exploration of Winter, opening December 4, takes a look at the special properties of water that make winter unique; how plants and animals survive the frigid season; and how we all can enjoy the marvels of nature in winter.

The exhibit will feature the work of regional photographers with images from near and far — from the Abbott Marshlands and Delaware River in Trenton to ice fields in Iceland. The photographs illustrate how water freezes to create varied textures and patterns, and show the beauty found by those who take the time to look. more

Book RevNear the end of her new memoir M Train (Knopf $25), Patti Smith returns from a trip to find the West Village café she considers a second home closed, for good. When she taps on the window, the owner lets her in and offers to make her a last cup of coffee. She sits there all morning in the closed café, the “picture of woebegone” shown on the cover with her camera and her coffee, head propped on one hand while she keeps the other hand palm down on the table, as if to hold it, claim it, keep it until she’s ready to give it up. The cover photo was taken by a bystander with a Polaroid camera like the one Smith uses to illustrate her travels with pictures of stations along the way, her aim being “to possess within a single image the straw hat of Robert Graves, typewriter of Hesse, spectacles of Beckett, sickbed of Keats.” After sitting at her corner table “a long time thinking of nothing,” she picks up her pen and begins to write.

When she says “good-bye to her corner,” the owner gives her the table and chair. It’s a Patti Smith moment.


In M Train, which has been on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list for several weeks now, Patti Smith withdraws into her own “atmosphere,” and wherever she goes, the atmosphere, like Mary’s little lamb, is sure to follow. The effect on chosen scenes, situations, places, objects, and dreams resembles Keats’s notion of the poetical character, which “has no self … is every thing and nothing … enjoys light and shade” and “lives in gusto, be it foul or fair, high or low, rich or poor, mean or elevated.”  more

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“BARNES HALL”: This still image from the “Barnes Hall 2012-14” exhibit at the Princeton Day School (PDS) Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery will be on display from November 24 to December 17. The exhibit features the photography and video work of PDS alumna Eleanor Oakes ’03.

A new exhibition is opening at the Princeton Day School (PDS) Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery on November 24 and will run through December 17. The exhibit titled Barnes Hall 2012-2014 features the photography and video work of PDS alumna Eleanor Oakes ‘03. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, November 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the gallery. There will also be an open house with the artist on Friday, November 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

PDS alumna Eleanor Oakes is an artist and photography professor currently living in Detroit. She received a BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Princeton University in 2007 and an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2014. Her work has received awards, such as a Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award from the San Francisco Foundation (2013) among others, and has been featured in publications and exhibitions such as 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers and a recent solo exhibition at Tyler Wood Gallery in San Francisco. Her work can be viewed online at more

Princeton Symphony Orchestra continued its journey through “significant voices of our time” with a concert of appealing yet complex music Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium. For this concert, in a season dedicated to women’s creativity, PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov chose to explore the topic through guest solo pianist Joyce Yang, an international superstar who mesmerized Sunday afternoon’s audience with demonically virtuosic playing.

Concerts featuring guest stars often ‘warm up’ the audience with a familiar work before the star attraction. PSO put a great deal of faith in its audience on Sunday afternoon by beginning the concert with a full-length symphony by Princeton composer Edward T. Cone. Cone’s 1953 Symphony showed the musical influence on Cone of the early 20th-century Second Viennese School in its use of small melodic fragments passed around among the players of the orchestra. In the opening Sostenuto random pitches seemed to come from throughout the stage, as conductor Mr. Milanov maintained steady control over the building intensity. The texture continually changed as different instruments came to the forefront during the course of the work.  more

Theater Bollywood

From acclaimed Artistic Director Rahis Bharti, Bollywood Masala invites audiences on a lively musical journey from Radasthan to Mumbai at McCarter Theatre on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

For their Princeton debut, a company of 17 musicians and dancers will perform traditional Rajasthani dance, including pot balancing, standing on swords, the Maharaja (spinning dances), and even the spectacle of fire breathing. The dancers will be accompanied by musicians using a variety of instrumentation.  more

Music Flute

Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud will perform with guitarist Christian Rivet at Richardson Auditorium on Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m. The musicians will perform selections from their 2014 award-winning recording titled, Around the World, a collection of music linking four continents across three centuries. The program will include both original works and special arrangements by Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ohana, Francesco Molino, Ravi Shankar, George Frederic Handel, Elliott Carter, Christian Rivet, and Béla Bartók. There will be a musical preview at 7 p.m. free to ticketholders, featuring the Princeton Pianists Ensemble performing arrangements of Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin, and Ravel for up to eight hands. more

November 4, 2015

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It’s fitting that a painter helped make Lake Carnegie possible. When Andrew Carnegie was having his portrait painted by Howard Russell Butler, Class of 1876, Butler told him of the Princeton crew’s need for a place to practice and compete. That was in 1902. On December 5, 1906, the dream became a reality — at a final cost of $450,000 or about $9.5 million today. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Princeton women's soccer vs. Cornell

CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENT: Members of the Princeton University women’s soccer team celebrate after they defeated Cornell 2-0 last Saturday, a win which gave the Tigers at least a tie for the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Later in the day, Princeton earned the outright Ivy title as second place Harvard tied 1-1 with Dartmouth. The Tigers, who got goals from Tyler Lussi and Jesse McDonough in beating Cornell and earning their 11th straight victory, improved to 13-3 overall and 6-0 Ivy. Princeton wraps up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 7. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Hosting a stingy Cornell team last Saturday that had yielded only six goals in its first 15 games, the Princeton University women’s soccer team didn’t want to get mired in a defensive battle with the Big Red.

Princeton junior star Tyler Lussi didn’t waste any time getting the Cornell defense on its heels, arching a shot into the back of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead 7:51 into the contest. more

Heather Howard and Lance Liverman, both Democrats, were re-elected to Princeton Council in the general election on Tuesday. Ms. Howard received 2665 votes, while Mr. Liverman earned 2517. These are unofficial results.

Contesting them were Republicans Kelly Di Tosto, who got 1067 votes, and Lynn Lu Irving, who earned 968. Both Ms. Di Tosto and Ms. Irving were new to the local political scene. Mr. Liverman served on Township Committee and Ms. Howard on Borough Council prior to consolidation in 2013, when both became members of the merged Princeton Council. more

A study rating hospitals on safety has kept University Medical Center of Princeton in the “B” category, while Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell has retained its “C.” Capital Health’s Regional Medical Center in Trenton, however, dropped from an “A” grade to a “B.”

Results of the bi-annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey are based on information submitted by hospitals across the country. The survey takes three areas into consideration: how patients fare, resources used in caring for patients, and leadership and structures that promote patient safety. more


IN FOCUS: Princeton High field hockey player Trish Reilly focuses on the ball last Thursday as PHS hosted East Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 sectional quarterfinals. Senior star midfielder Reilly chipped in a goal and an assist to help the third-seeded Little Tigers cruise to a 6-1 win over sixth-seeded East Brunswick. The victory improved PHS to 13-5-2 and set up a sectional semifinals matchup at second-seeded Hunterdon Central slated for November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trish Reilly brought a special sense of urgency as the Princeton High field hockey team hosted East Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Thursday.

“Today was my last time playing on this turf so there was a lot of emotion on on the line, a lot of nostalgia,” said PHS senior midfielder Reilly. more

Investigations continue, as local school and police officials work with the FBI and other state and federal authorities to confront the fraudulent bomb threats at area schools.

About 50 parents of Princeton school children joined Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter and Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane in the John Witherspoon School Auditorium last Thursday evening for a Community Forum on Swatting, a discussion of the ongoing investigations of swatting threats and the evolving responses implemented to help mitigate these “acts of terrorism,” as Mr. Sutter described them.  more


HARNESSING THE POWER OF LITERATURE: Last month, a group of select librarians from around the country came together at Princeton Public Library to learn the techniques of People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos, which shares literature with those who might otherwise not have access. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the participants were led by Pat Andres and Alma Concepcion, fourth and fifth from left, of People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos.

It wasn’t exactly quiet in the Quiet Room at Princeton Public Library. Seated around a table one day last month, nine librarians from around the country were reviewing a short story and how it can be used to get the people they serve excited about literature. While tones were muted — these were librarians, after all — the discussion was animated.

Josie Andrews, from Nevada City, California, counts a large homeless population among her library clients. Cindy Welsh, from Greeley, Colorado, works with refugees and immigrants with low literacy. Aida Quinones, from Athens, Georgia, manages a bilingual library that attracts a lot of migrants. more

You see them blowing in the street or beside the road. You’ll see them if you wander into the woods. You’ll see them in streams, rivers, and the ocean. You probably have a few in your car, maybe a bag full in your garage or under the sink or in the kitchen closet.

Each of us brings home hundreds of plastic bags every year — more than 100 billion total in the United States, according to the United States International Trade Commission. There’s widespread agreement that this is a problem for our environment, and widespread disagreement over the best thing to do about it. Can we break our addiction to plastic bags, which didn’t appear in grocery stores until the late 1970s, and embrace reusable non-plastic bags?  more