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Vol. LXII, No. 23
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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“AIM HIGH AND BE BOLD”: Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman spoke of “the spirit of Bob Goheen and his beloved Princeton” as she said goodbye to the Class of 2008 Tuesday. “His strengths as a leader were embedded in the qualities we hope to have instilled in each of you.” Excerpts from the speech follow the Commencement story.

Front Page

Area Police Clamping Down on Truck Traffic

Ellen Gilbert

Lawrence Police Officer Bryce Dowers was describing a recent exchange he had with a truck driver. “‘I’m heading back to Montreal,’” he quoted the driver as saying. “Then what are you doing on Route 206?” was the officer’s response.

Borough to Make Public Parking Garage Financials; Comment Invited Tonight

Dilshanie Perera
Linda Arntzenius

The substance of Princeton Borough Council’s long series of private negotiations with its developer, Nassau HKT Urban Renewal Associates LLC., concerning Phase II of the development of the downtown area bounded by Tulane and Spring streets will be brought before the public tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall, along with a presentation of the costs of remediation of the basement of the Spring Street parking garage that was a part of Phase I of the development project.

Pres. Tilghman Honors Pres. Goheen at University’s 261st Commencement

Addressing approximately 7,000 Commencement Day guests on the front lawn of Nassau Hall Tuesday, Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman paid tribute to her late predecessor Robert Goheen’s ability to “lead change when it mattered most” while transforming the University at “a critical time in her history.”

Other News

Plainsboro Chinese School Event Raises Funds for Earthquake Relief

Dilshanie Perera

According to the latest estimates, last month’s earthquake in China’s Sichuan province, which measured 8.0 on the Richter scale, left almost 70,000 people dead, 370,000 injured, and five million homeless. Upon hearing the news, students and parents at the Plainsboro Chinese School (PCS) decided that they wanted to contribute to global relief efforts to assist the victims of the disaster.

“Paper or Plastic?” Preferably Neither, Says Princeton Environmental Commission

Ellen Gilbert

In the movie The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock is counseled that the future lies in “just one word: plastic.” Plastic, as in plastic bags, will have little or no future in this area if the Princeton Environmental Commission has its way.

Reunion and Book Tour Coincide for Princeton Alum

Ellen Gilbert

Book talks, a weekly (and sometimes twice-weekly) occurrence at Labyrinth Books on Nassau Street, have come to follow a fairly predictable format.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


PU Women’s Lightweight Walk-On English Hoping to Ride Out With IRA National Title

Bill Alden

After competing in lacrosse, volleyball, and swimming in high school, Caroline English arrived at Princeton University in 2004 knowing that she wasn’t going to play any of those sports at the college level.

Curtis Relished PG Year at Lawrenceville, Now Heading South to Tulane Track Team

Bill Alden

Kelly Curtis was the ultimate insider during her athletic career at Princeton High.

Former PHS Baseball Star Etherton A Big Hit in Chestnut Hill Debut

Bill Alden

Danny Etherton was excited to get in on the ground floor with the Chestnut Hill College (Pa.) baseball team as it fielded the first varsity squad in school history.

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Record Review

Venturing in the Slipstream With Van Morrison and Johnny Depp

Stuart Mitchner

“There was a redemptive element in the blackness, ultimate compassion for the suffering of others, and a swath of pure beauty and mystical awe that cut right through the heart of the work.”

—Lester Bangs on Astral Weeks

This is an anniversary year both for Johnny Depp, who turns 45 next Monday, and for the album that changed his life, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, which was recorded 40 years ago this fall. Though he came of age a decade later, Depp absorbed the “compassion,” “beauty,” and “mystical awe” Lester Bangs heard in this music created in the heart of the 1960s, and it’s the spirit of that decade, enriched by the influx of forces from the 1950s like Jack Kerouac and James Dean, that shaped and expanded his character as a performer.

Princeton Personality

Sarah Hirschman, Founder of People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, Wins “Bud” Vivian Award

Jean Stratton

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”

—René Descartes

This advice by the French philosopher has surely been at the forefront of Sarah Hirschman’s life and work. This year’s winner of the Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service, Mrs. Hirschman is highly educated, with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and master’s degree in French literature. Her schooling in Paris was complemented by reading Russian classic literature under the guidance of a Russian tutor, and she later studied existential philosophy with Simone de Beauvoir. She has put this comprehensive education and knowledge to use for others, especially those without formal education.

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