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Vol. LXII, No. 18
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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MAKING ART AT THE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Street art flourished Saturday at Communiversity 2008. The Arts Council activities booth featured games inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Close to 200 artists, crafters, merchants, and local organizations joined in the festivities. See page 36 for more photos.

Front Page

When Bad Things Happen in Good Places

Stuart Mitchner

One week before Communiversity, at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Campus Safety Conference marking the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, Princeton University Sociology Professor Katherine S. Newman presented a paper entitled “Why Terrible Things Happen in ‘Perfect’ Places” The talk was based on her findings after two years of examining school shootings.

Borough Challenged to Open NHKT Sessions to Public Discussion

Linda Arntzenius

Mark Alexandridis of Princeton didn’t mince words last week when he asked Borough Council to “come clean” about its closed session negotiations with developer Nassau HKT Urban Renewal Associates, LLC.

School Board Swears in New Members; Elects Alan Hegedus as President

Ellen Gilbert

Following the previous week’s Princeton Regional School Board election in which the proposed budget was passed and three member seats were filled, the Board held its annual organizational meeting last Tuesday evening.

Other News

Grow Your Own in Princeton: Seasonal Plots Now Available

Ellen Gilbert

No backyard or space for a garden? No problem. The Princeton Recreational Department has seasonal garden sites available for those herbs, flowers, or vegetables you may have been wistfully thinking about.

Cleveland Lane Residents Prefer Granite, Looking to Borough Council for Redress

Linda Arntzenius

Meeting in public session last week, Princeton Borough Council was asked by residents of Cleveland Lane for redress concerning the installation of concrete curbing on the street in front of their homes.

Hope for “Human Flourishing” in Face of Forced Migration

Ellen Gilbert

Describing a “global challenge rooted in myriad local conflicts,” George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), delivered a lecture on forced migration last Friday at Princeton University’s Frist Campus Center. The address was part of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies’ 2008 Spring Colloquium on Refugees and Forced Migration.

More of the Other News…


Lettire Provides Late Inning Fireworks as Princeton Softball Wins Ivy South

Bill Alden

Jamie Lettire wanted to keep things simple but it wasn’t easy under the circumstances.

As the sophomore star strode to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning last Sunday for the Princeton University softball team in the game 1 of its doubleheader with visiting Cornell, Princeton’s Ivy South title hopes were flickering.

With Senior Star Holland Leading the Way, PDS Boys’ Tennis Sweeps Singles at MCT

Bill Alden

David Holland felt like he was alone on an island last Wednesday as he played in the first singles championship match in the Mercer County Tournament.

The two-time defending champion from Princeton Day School realized that the crowd at the stadium court at Mercer County Park was rooting for him to lose to his opponent WW/P-S’ Leland Richardson.

Sparked by Scott’s Catching, Hitting Prowess, PDS Baseball Rolling Into Tournament Play

Bill Alden

Jon Scott displayed his polished game last Wednesday as the Princeton Day School baseball team took on cross-town rival Hun.

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Book Review

Listening to the Voices of Poets

Stuart Mitchner

Besides being National Poetry Month, April is also Jazz Appreciation Month, and, on top of that, 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the seminal Beat Generation works. Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Coney Island of the Mind contains seven poems “conceived specifically for jazz accompaniment,” two of which were recorded with Kenneth Rexroth and the Cellar Jazz Quintet on Fantasy LP No. 7002.


Princeton University Orchestra Pays Tribute To Former Member With Towering Symphony

Nancy Plum

It has been twenty years since Princeton University Orchestra percussionist and community member Stuart Mindlin died. The Mindlin children are now all grown and successful, and despite the number of years which have passed, the University Orchestra never fails at this time of year to present a mammoth orchestral work to honor its former member. This concert, which this year featured Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, also honors the graduating seniors of the orchestra, many of whom sit first chair in their sections and hold key positions within the orchestra organization.

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