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Vol. LXIII, No. 2
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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PUBLIC SERVICE: Students from John Witherspoon Middle School fulfilled their public service requirements by helping out at the Princeton Area Change for America’s “Cans, Clothes, and Coins Drive” Saturday on Hinds Plaza. Items collected were divided between the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, HomeFront, and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

Front Page

University Facing Decline in Endowment

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton University’s endowment, which supplies more than 45 percent of the institution’s operating revenue, is seeing a sharp decline as a result of the current economic crisis, President Shirley Tilghman said in a letter to the campus community issued last Thursday. From July 1 to October 31, the endowment lost 11 percent of its value, with the University estimating that by the end of the fiscal year the endowment could shrink by as much as 25 percent.

Nobel Prize Winner Maskin Talks to Chamber About Financial Crisis

Dilshanie Perera

At the monthly membership luncheon hosted last Thursday by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Eric Maskin, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and 2007 Nobel Prizewinner in economics, explained why financial crises occur. Newly-appointed Chamber President and CEO Peter Crowley also addressed the gathering.

Township Makes Citizens’ Finance Committee Permanent, Reconstitutes Ad Hoc Deer Committee

Ellen Gilbert

At its Monday evening meeting, the Township Committee approved the permanent creation of the Citizens’ Finance Committee (CFC) and the reconstitution of the Ad Hoc Deer Management Program Evaluation Committee.

Other News

Green Screen: Environmental Films Inform and Entertain at Public Library’s Festival

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Public Library’s third annual Environmental Film Festival was a 10-day celebration of all things green, with films, talks and panel discussions dealing with topics ranging from plastics and retrofitting to organic farms and garbage. Organized by librarians Susan Conlon and Martha Perry, the festival opened on January 2.

Sleuths Ponder Landau’s Mysterious Discovery

Ellen Gilbert

What do Albert Einstein, Lindi the Icelandic lamb, and two old pieces of jewelry have in common?

They all can be found at Landau’s.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Edwards Comes Up Big in Ivy Debut as PU Women’s Hoops Whips Penn

Bill Alden

Exuding physical grace and a low-key demeanor, Los Angeles native Lauren Edwards personifies the image of the laid back Southern Californian.

With Maddox Displaying All-Around Game, Tiger Men’s Hoops Turns Tables on Lehigh

Bill Alden

It was one of the bleakest moments in a rough winter for the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

As MacKenzie Gets Back on Board, PHS Boys’ Swimming Gets a Big Boost

Bill Alden

It was a seemingly routine 200 freestyle race last week as the Princeton High boys’ swimming team hosted Hamilton.

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Art Review

Michener Art Museum/Silva Gallery
Imagining China and Iceland: Excellent Adventures in Art

Stuart Mitchner

“It turned me into a sculptor,” says Anne Elliott, who in addition to trekking to the base camp on K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, has climbed 25 others. “The experience of total wilderness, of being where the creation of the Earth is still visibly in progress so transformed my work that I found two-dimensional forms no longer adequate.” So what does she do? She makes her own rice-paper caves and mountains.


University Shows-off Its Music Students With Rarely Performed Monteverdi Opera

Nancy Plum

There is a lot going on in Princeton University classrooms, and occasionally the public gets to listen in. This past weekend, the Music Department’s Music 214 class showed the fruits of its fall 2008 semester labors with a fully staged and costumed production of Claudio Monteverdi’s 1641 opera The Return of Ulysses. Even though augmented by a few pros, Friday and Saturday night’s performances in Richardson Auditorium easily demonstrated the depth of vocal talent in the student body.

All in a Day’s Work

Jack Roberts

Ellen Gilbert

I was raised in Montclair where I worked summers for the Recreation Department. I had just finished a tour of duty in the army in 1970 when I was hired to be assistant director by then-Director Don Barr. I served in that capacity for almost 19 years. Don retired in 1989, and I’ve been the director ever since. When I started there was Don, myself, and one secretary in a small room. The department had begun in 1965, and when I came on we had the pool, the tennis courts, and Community Park South. We’ve obviously grown a lot.

It’s New to Us

Personalized Approach to Health and Fitness Provide Unique Workout at Phrog Fitness Studio

Jean Stratton

A new year, a new you? Toning up, losing weight, eating better — these must appear on nine out of 10 New Year’s resolution lists. Making it happen is another thing!

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