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Vol. LXI, No. 23
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
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THAT'S 'DR. CHAMP' TO YOU: Three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer Muhammad Ali was one of seven individuals to receive an honorary doctoral degree Tuesday, at Princeton University's 260th Commencement exercises. In all, the University awarded degrees to 1,127 undergraduates and 716 graduates in front of an estimated crowd of 7,000.

Front Page

Trotman Wins in Borough Primary

Matthew Hersh

Princeton Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman handily defeated Democratic primary challenger Kim Pimley Tuesday in the first primary mayoral election since 2003.

Tilghman Criticizes DOE Higher Ed. Study; Warns Against Uniformity

Matthew Hersh

Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman Tuesday slammed a 2006 U.S. Department of Education study that urges measuring the growth of student learning in college and devising a framework built from quality assessment data in gauging the academic aptitude of the nation's colleges and universities.

Cottage Club Prevails in Tax Battle; Borough on the Hook for $326

Matthew Hersh

An appellate division of the state Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that a privately owned eating club serving members of Princeton University's student and alumni population could receive more than $320,000 in county, school, and municipal back taxes — a decisive victory for the club, and a potentially devastating blow to Borough Hall, as well as Borough taxpayers.

Other News

Teacher Receives Exemplary Practices Award From New Jersey Amistad Commission

Linda Arntzenius

Princeton resident and John Witherspoon Middle School teacher, Constance Killian Escher, received one of three Exemplary Practices Awards from the New Jersey Amistad Commission at its third annual awards ceremony and reception at Drumthwacket, the Governor's mansion, last Thursday, May 31.

Commission Sides With Deer Path Study, but Historic Designation Not There Yet

Matthew Hersh

A cluster of mid-20th century houses last week came one step closer to officially acquiring the "historic" tag when a Township municipal commission signed off on an outsourced study recommending historic status, and the protections and building limitations that go along with it.

Blue Moon Rises, but It Isn't Blue; Princeton Enjoys Two Moons in May

Linda Arntzenius

At least a dozen times a year, there is a chance to walk along the towpath of the Delaware & Raritan canal by the light of a full moon — that is if the weather cooperates with a clear sky.

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Banghart Named to Lead PU Women's Hoops; Aims to Apply Lessons Learned at Dartmouth

Bill Alden

Courtney Banghart knows a little something about beating up on the Princeton University women's basketball team.

PHS Boys' Lax Loses Nailbiter in States as it Displays Feistiness to Last Minute

Bill Alden

Coming into last week's state Group II semifinal clash as West Morris Central, the Princeton High boys' lacrosse team had the sense that it hadn't yet produced its 'A-game' this spring.

Reaching Special Competitive Level, PHS Girls' Track Posts Banner Spring

Bill Alden

James Smirk wasn't sure whether his Princeton High girls' track team was destined to develop into a powerhouse this spring.

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Record Review

Sgt. Pepper, June 1967: Living Up to the Legend

Stuart Mitchner

Forty years ago today ….

It was the best of times and the best of times.

The first week of June 1967 on radios across land and sea, “the lovely audience” in the makebelieve Music Hall created by the Beatles heard the album that was a legend before anyone played it. Whether or not it was their best (I still prefer Revolver), the record lived up to the legend. It was, simply, amazing. And it was everywhere. The day it came out you’d go to a gas station and the guy filling the tank would ask, “Have you heard it yet?” Somebody else you didn’t know would say, out of nowhere, “They’ve done it again!” No need to specify “it” or “they” — such were the dimensions of the event called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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