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Vol. LXII, No. 35
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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LIMBERING UP: Members of the Princeton High boys’ soccer team stretch as they get ready for a training session last Monday at the Valley Road field. PHS, which won the Mercer County Tournament last fall on the way to posting a 17-1 record, is slated to host North Brunswick for a preseason scrimmage on August 29. The Little Tigers will start regular season play when they host Lawrence High on September 12.

Front Page

Superintendent Anticipates Busy School Year

Ellen Gilbert

While the first day of school for children in Princeton public schools is Thursday, September 4, the school system has been hard at work during the last two months. “We have been in full swing all summer with excellent programs for both teachers and students,” said Princeton Regional School Superintendent Judy Wilson recently.

Green Expectations: Chamber Members Study Sustainability

Dilshanie Perera

There’s no denying it: green is in vogue. Beyond contemporary fashion, sustainability and heightened environmental consciousness have become key issues in a time of high gas prices and global warming.

US News and World Report Survey Ranks Princeton University No. 2

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton University finds itself behind Harvard in the 2009 U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranking that was released last week. The ranking system places Harvard, Princeton, and Yale in the top three spots, with MIT and Stanford sharing position four.

Other News

A Cast of Thousands in “Herringbone”? Not Really, but One Will Play Many

Ellen Gilbert

Clad in a Princeton University wrestling team tee-shirt, actor BD Wong took center stage at the Princeton Public Library’s first official program of the fall season last Thursday evening. Along with Director Roger Rees and Producing Director Mara Isaacs, he talked about their upcoming McCarter Theatre production of Herringbone, a one-man show in which he plays eleven roles.

John Foster Dulles, Class of 1908, Honored in “From Diploma to Diplomat”

Ellen Gilbert

Among the medals, citations, publications, diplomatic passports, NATO cufflinks, UN pins, pens, caricatures, stamps, and other memorabilia on display in Seeley W. Mudd Manuscript Library’s new exhibit about the life of John Foster Dulles (Princeton ’08), there is a photograph of Mr. Dulles in India placing a floral wreath on Gandhi’s tomb.

Princeton Residents Work With NGOs in Three African Countries

Dilshanie Perera

Regarding refugee camps on the border between Tanzania and Burundi, Princeton resident Tim Callahan said, “You see flyers saying ‘donate this amount of money,’ and pictures that bring you so close, but you’re still so far away,” adding that the unidirectional gaze “sometimes makes you feel even more removed.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Rising from Walk-On to All-Ivy Punter at PU, Hometown Product Coyle Getting Last Kicks

Bill Alden

Ryan Coyle was right under the noses of the Princeton University football coaches but he wasn’t on their radar screen when it came time for serious recruiting.

After Seeing Action for PU Football in 2007, Hun Alum Gallagher Primed for Final Season

Bill Alden

The Princeton University football team got its 2007 season underway with a kickoff return by Pete Ploszek.

Former PHS Standout Nie-Medalia Ready to Step Up for PU Field Hockey

Bill Alden

May-Ying Nie-Medalia is not afraid to do some globetrotting when it comes to honing her field hockey skills.

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Record Review

A Few Words on the Return of Randy Newman

Stuart Mitchner

Novelist Philip Roth, who turned 75 in February, and singer-songwriter Randy Newman, who will be 65 in November, both take on aging and illness in their most recent creations. Roth assumes the guise of Nathan Zuckerman again in Exit Ghost, and given the demoralized Zuckerman’s struggles with impotence and incontinence, it’s not exactly a cheerful read. In the title track of Harps and Angels (Nonesuch $18.95), his first recording since 1999’s Bad Love, Newman assumes a role he’s played as often as Roth has played Zuckerman, except this time the nameless good old boy isn’t amusing us by venting his prejudices. He had a near-death experience and he’s telling us about it.

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