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Vol. LXIII, No. 3
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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MUSICAL TRIBUTE: The Oasis Youth Steel Pan Ensemble performed on the steel pan, a musical instrument developed in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, at the Princeton University Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday.

Front Page

University Celebrates King and Obama

Ellen Gilbert

“President Obama’s cabinet could learn a lot from all of you,” said President Shirley Tilghman as she saluted the student essay and poster contest winners attending Princeton University’s Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday afternoon in Richardson Hall. The students had been asked to respond to the question, “If he were alive today, what would Dr. King most want our newly elected president to be concerned about?”

JaZams Will Get New Mezzanine Level, Says Planning Board

Dilshanie Perera

The Princeton Regional Planning Board approved a request by the toy store jaZams Thursday for a minor site plan variance allowing it to expand its mezzanine level to a total of 312 square feet. The reorganization meeting also saw the reappointment of Peter Madison as the chair, and Jacqueline Tillman and Wanda Gunning as the vice cochairs for the Township and Borough, respectively.

Borough Shade Tree Commission Proposes Forestry Management Plan

Dilshanie Perera

Members of the Borough Shade Tree Commission proposed a community forestry management plan to Council last Tuesday. Chair Polly Burlingham reported that the commission is comprised of five volunteer members, who each have received forestry training. They were seeking approval by Council of their second five-year forestry plan.

Other News

“An American Hero”: Witherspoon Students Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King

Ellen Gilbert

In song, dance, recitations, visual images, instrumental music, and sheer spirit, students at the John Witherspoon Middle School celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. last Thursday morning.

Jazzman Wycliffe Gordon To Help PRS Celebrate Black History Month

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Regional School District’s celebration of Black History Month this February will be highlighted by the three-day residency of jazz impresario Wycliffe Gordon and his ensemble, culminating in a family concert on Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Princeton High School (PHS). The concert will benefit George Washington Carver Senior High School, located in the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans which was hard hit by Hurricane Katrina and is still recovering.

Arts Council Moves “Beyond the Document” As Five New Exhibits Open at Robeson Center

Dilshanie Perera

Abstract color photographs, platinum prints, works in video and sculpture, and a showcase of Arts Council faculty work are featured in the five new exhibitions that opened last Thursday at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Muscling His Way to the NHL, PU Alum Powe Playing for Flyers

Bill Alden

Darroll Powe is used to getting his way on the ice.

After Rocky Start to College Basketball Career, PHS Alum Cook Is Starring at William Paterson

Bill Alden

As Erin Cook developed into a 1000-point scorer during her career with the Princeton High girls’ basketball team, she gained a self-assurance on the court.

Former PHS Swimming Star Shapiro Producing a Fast Start for Kutztown

Bill Alden

Jordan Shapiro harbored a special aspiration as she started her college swimming career this past fall at Kutztown University (Pa.).

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Book Review

R. P. Blackmur on Nassau Street: When Princeton Was the “Available Reality”

Stuart Mitchner

The art of poetry is amply distinguished from the manufacture of verse by the animating presence in the poetry of a fresh idiom; language so twisted and posed in a form that it not only expresses the matter in hand but adds to the stock of available reality.
R.P. Blackmur


Mother and Daughter Clash in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”; Shaw Classic Was Banned in 1893, Still Troubling Today

Donald Gilpin

Banned in 1893 and attacked by early reviewers as “wholly immoral and degenerate,” George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession still has the power to provoke and disturb audiences.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Presents World Premiere of Clarinet Concerto

Nancy Plum

Oboes and clarinets were busy on Sunday afternoon as the Princeton Symphony Orchestra presented its winter concert in Richardson Auditorium. Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, a new assistant conductor with the Atlanta Symphony, led the Princeton ensemble in pieces which placed a great deal of emphasis on winds, most notably Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds and a newly commissioned clarinet concerto by American composer Paul Moravec.

It’s New to Us

Fashions and Accessories for Women Are Focus at Princeton’s Ma Chérie Boutique

Shopping has become more fun with the addition of Ma Chérie Boutique, the women’s clothing and accessories shop which opened last October at 20 Nassau Street.

Superior Cuts, Color, Styling, Personal Attention Highlight Princeton’s New casaAZIZ Salon

A new hair style, cut or color — there’s nothing like it to give you a new look — and outlook — especially in the winter. When the days are shorter and the nights longer, you need more light in your life!

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