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Vol. LXIII, No. 22
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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GENERAL STUDIES: Princeton University celebrated graduation over three days, which included remarks from U.S. Army General David Petraeus, A.M. ’85, Ph.D. ’87 (pictured, with students) during the Baccalaureate ceremony on Sunday; speeches from students in the Class of 2009, and from CBS Evening News anchor and honorary ’09 inductee Katie Couric on Monday during Class Day; concluding with Tuesday’s 262nd Commencement.

Front Page

Crumiller, Wilkes Win Borough Primary Election

Dilshanie Perera

Jenny Crumiller and Kevin Wilkes carried the Borough Primary Democratic election on Tuesday, garnering 530 and 470 votes, respectively. The win means they will be placed on the ballot in November’s election as Democrats for the two contested seats on Borough Council. Challenger Mendy Fisch received 396 votes.

Pres. Tilghman Highlights Importance of the Arts At 262nd Commencement

Dilshanie Perera

The lively three-day-long graduation activities at Princeton University concluded with the 262nd Commencement on Tuesday, which saw degrees conferred upon 1,128 undergraduate and 753 graduate students.

Final Agreements in Police Contract Stir Up Debate in Borough Council

Dilshanie Perera

Council approved the final agreements between the Borough, the Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 130, and the Sergeants of the Superior Officers’ Association in a 3-1 vote last Tuesday. The agreement delineates salary increases, compensation, vacation time, insurance, training, and other terms that are in effect until December 31, 2009, and are retroactive to January 1, 2008.

Other News

“The Struggle Is Still With Us”: Civil Rights Focus of HSP Panel

Dilshanie Perera

Reflecting on Princeton’s civil rights history during a panel discussion organized by the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP), four longtime residents who had experienced the struggle firsthand spoke at the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church on Monday about their own experiences while highlighting present-day challenges.

Commission Votes “Not to Oppose” Use of Synthetic Turf on Local Fields

Ellen Gilbert

After a protracted, contentious discussion, the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) voted not to oppose the installation of synthetic turf (syn turf) playing fields in Princeton Parks. The vote was five to one, with PEC Chair Wendy Kaczerski the dissenting vote.

“We’re Working On It”: Committee Assignments, Sustainability, Discussed by School Board

Ellen Gilbert

“We’ve had lots of competent people on this board, but we’ve never been in a situation where we had a finer collection of people,” observed President Alan Hegedus at last week’s Board of Education Meeting where new committee and liaison assignments were announced.

More of the Other News…


With Senior Star Teti Doing Family Name Proud, No.1 PU Men’s Lightweight Crew Primed for IRAs

Bill Alden

The Teti name is synonymous with success in U.S. rowing circles.

Experiencing Rollercoaster PU Crew Career, Davis Aims to End on High Note at IRA Regatta

Bill Alden

Madeline Davis has traveled a rollercoaster ride in her career with the Princeton University women’s lightweight program.

PU Women’s Open Crew 6th at NCAA Regatta, Taking a Step Forward but Hungry for More

Bill Alden

As the Princeton University women’s open first varsity boat prepared last week for the NCAA women’s rowing championship regatta, it finally gained a sense of continuity.

More Sports…

Book Review

On Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday: “Poesy Triumphant” Over the “Trickery of the World”

Stuart Mitchner

In Allen Ginsberg’s poem “City Lights City,” a flight of fancy from 1994 set in 2025, the streets and landmarks of San Francisco bear the names of literary figures. The Oakland Bay Bridge and Golden Gate have been named for Philip Whalen and Gary Snyder; it’s the Ken Kesey Freeway, not the Bayshore; there’s a Robert Duncan Boulevard with cross-streets named for Diane DiPrima, Henry Miller, and Gregory Corso (the latter being home to the Neal Cassady R.R. Station); Czeslaw Milosz Street signs “shine bright on Van Ness,” a Philip Lamantia Tower “crowns Telegraph Hill,” and on Via Ferlinghetti & Kerouac Alley “young heroes muse.” It’s a Mecca of theosophic shops, where the Greyhound Station is “surrounded by Bookstore Galleries, Publishers Rows, and Artists lofts.”


Princeton Girlchoir Celebrates 20 Years, Honors Founder in Gala at War Memorial

Nancy Plum

The Princeton Girlchoir closed a chapter in its history Saturday evening with a gala entitled “Celebrate the Journey,” commemorating both the 20th anniversary of the ensemble and the retirement of its founding director, Janet A. Westrick. For events such as these, the Girlchoir has outgrown Richardson Auditorium, and this year’s gala concert was held in the Patriot’s Theatre of the Trenton War Memorial. The celebratory performance featured all of the choirs of the Girlchoir organization, as well as a newly-commissioned piece in honor of Ms. Westrick.

It’s New to Us

Bastille Day Celebration Scheduled for July 11 as Fund-raiser for Trinity Counseling Service

Jean Stratton

When you need help, it is an enormous relief to know that it is available. It is even more heartening to know that it will be there for you regardless of ability to pay, that a time of financial hardship will not stand in the way of your getting needed counseling.

Handcrafted Furniture and Home Accessories Are Displayed at Tuscan Hills’ New Location

Jean Stratton

“Tuscan Hills is a treasure trove of artisanal craftsmanship in a sea of mass production,” said an ASID-certified interior designer recently.

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