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Vol. LXV, No. 50
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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HONORING AN ORIGINAL: On a recent trip to Hawaii where they participated in 70th anniversary ceremonies marking the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Princeton High School (PHS) Studio band met veteran Allen Bodenlos (in front of band). Commissioned the night before the attack on Pearl Harbor to start a dance band, Mr. Bodenlos said that he was the original “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” The band, of course, played the song for him.

Front Page

Borough Council Approves Arts/Transit Ordinance

Anne Levin

After five years of debate over the fate of the Dinky train station, Princeton Borough Council last week passed an ordinance that will allow Princeton University to proceed with plans for a $300 million arts and transit neighborhood. Should the measure receive final approval from the Regional Planning Board, the University will move the terminus 460 feet to the south as part of the plan.

IAS Housing Proposal Still On the Table After Second Meeting

Anne Levin

After another lengthy session taken up by extensive cross-examination of expert witnesses, the Regional Planning Board did not make a decision on the fate of the faculty housing project proposed by the Institute of Advanced Study. The next hearing on the plan, which is being challenged by the Princeton Battlefield Society, is scheduled for January 26, 2012.

Plans for Princeton Post Office Among Items at Council Meeting

Anne Levin

The future of Princeton Borough’s post office was among the items to be discussed at last night’s meeting [Tuesday, December 13] of Princeton Borough Council. A representative was to be on hand to update residents on the status of the Palmer Square station and answer questions about where a new, smaller post office will be located.

Other News

History of Women at Princeton Showcased In Mudd Library “She Flourishes” Exhibit

Ellen Gilbert

A little-known feature of Princeton University history is the fact that undergraduate coeducation there did not actually begin, as many may believe, in 1969. From 1887 through 1897, the University conducted a “dangerous experiment” with the creation of Evelyn College for Women.

Rush Holt Answers Questions From Voters; Discusses Economy in Telephone Town Hall

— Ellen Gilbert

“We’re under new management here and things aren’t going so well,” observed Congressman Rush Holt (D-12) in a recent telephone town hall with his constituents (“my peers,” as he described them, at one point).

Student Interest in Sport of Fencing Results in New High School Program

Ellen Gilbert


More of the Other News…


Starting Road Swing With Thrilling Win at Rutgers, Princeton Men’s Basketball Primed for Trip to Rider

Bill Alden

It was the first stop on an extended road swing for the Princeton University men’s basketball team and it exemplified the pitfalls of playing in an unfriendly environment.

PU Women’s Hockey Drops 2 to Quinnipiac; Needs to Show More Toughness After Break

Bill Alden

In last year’s ECAC Hockey quarterfinals, the Princeton University women’s hockey team battled Quinnipiac tooth and nail but couldn’t overcome the Bobcats.

Starting Five Needs to Display Character For PHS Boys’ Hoops to Have Big Season

Bill Alden

Over the past few years, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team has utilized a run-and-gun approach to develop into a consistent winner.

Denise Follows in Footsteps of Brothers; Helps PDS Boys’ Hockey Win Invitational

Bill Alden

As a grade schooler, Conrad Denise went all out as a fan at the Princeton Day School Invitational hockey tournament.

With Ofner Showing Finishing Touch, PDS Girls’ Hockey Making Progress

Bill Alden

Coming into its annual invitational tournament, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team had a clear point of emphasis.

More Sports…

Art Review

A Matter of Life and Death: How We Talk When We Talk About Art

Stuart Mitchner

Readers of Raymond Carver may recognize the variation on the title story from one of his most famous collections, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Roberta Smith used a version of the same title for a discussion of “the fashionably obtuse language of the art world” four years ago (New York Times December 23, 2007).

Book Review

“The Touch of a Vanished Hand”: Conan Doyle, Michael Dirda, and a Father’s Message

Stuart Mitchner

My father was easy to shop for at this time of year. “Anything to do with Sherlock Holmes” was the Christmas mantra. As December came around, some publisher always had a book to offer, although nothing could top William S. Baring-Gould’s boxed two-volume The Annotated Sherlock Holmes published in 1970 by Clarkson Potter. Any time I want to commune with my taciturn father, who died in 1986, all I have to do is browse in either volume, looking for his pencilled notes. Another way of getting in touch with him is to take out the bound typescript of his dissertation, an editing of the first three books (“which treat of Incorporeal Substances”) from the medieval encyclopedia that I cannot, to this day, pronounce without a hitch (De Proprietatibus Rerum), every word of it typed by my mother on a Royal portable.


Princeton University Orchestra Alumnus Conducts Program of Romantic Music

Nancy Plum

In his more than twenty-five years conducting the Princeton University Orchestra and directing the Program in Musical Performance, Michael Pratt has no doubt seen a number of his students go on to undertake careers in music. One of the department’s early success stories has been Hobart Earle, a 1983 graduate of the University (only six years after Pratt’s arrival) and now an international conductor with a long-term post in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. Mr. Earle returned to Princeton this past weekend to conduct his alma mater’s orchestra in a program of expansive symphonic works.

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