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Vol. LXII, No. 11
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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THE ROLE OF THE COURTS: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was on campus Friday to receive the 2008 James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service, given by the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the political, literary, and debating organization. The 71-year-old Trenton native gave an address on “The Role of the Courts in a Liberal Democracy” as Robert George, Princeton University’s McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, and Molly Alarcon, president of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, looked on.

Front Page

Couple Pledges $25 Million to Hospital

Matthew Hersh

A Pennsylvania couple this week pledged $25 million for the completion of a Plainsboro-based replacement facility for the University Medical Center at Princeton, just months before Princeton HealthCare System entered the public phase of its capital campaign.

Cell Tower Proposal Could Fill Dead Air, but Residents Worry

Matthew Hersh

As Township Hall looks for ways to improve what police are calling a radio signal dead zone for patrols and emergency services, residents showed concern this week over one of those solutions: the installation of a cellular radio tower on a parcel of public land near the Great Road and Cherry Valley Road.

Library Bows Out of One-Card, Heartland and PRS Plans Intact

Ellen Gilbert

After the most recent Princeton Public Library Board meeting at which some board members expressed reservations about a debit card with the library’s imprimatur, Heartland Payment Systems CEO Bob Carr offered library director Leslie Burger a chance to bow out, and she did.

Other News

School Board Adopts Tentative Budget, New Board Candidates Welcomed

Ellen Gilbert

At its monthly meeting last week the Princeton Regional Board of Education adopted a tentative budget amounting to $72,547,296 for the 2008-09 school year. Under a proposed 3.32 percent tax increase, $56,965,650 of this amount will come from taxpayers.

Internal Disputes Precede Police Suspensions; County Prosecutor’s Office to Investigate

Matthew Hersh

A conflict that has been simmering between Princeton Borough’s chief of police and the local police union has now surfaced with the paid suspension of three of the Borough’s 34-member force.

Grim Report Challenges Borough Hall to Find Alternate Revenue Streams

Matthew Hersh

Borough Hall will have to exercise significant belt tightening in upcoming budget cycles if significant tax increases are to be avoided, according to a staff report delivered to Borough Council last Tuesday.

More of the Other News…


PU Men’s Hockey Hosting Yale in Playoffs; Aims to Use Balance, Speed to Top Bulldogs

Bill Alden

It was a rare sour note in the uplifting winter produced by the Princeton University men’s hockey team.

Lewis-Lamonica Storms to 7-Goal Effort as PU Women’s Lax Upsets No. 3 Duke

Bill Alden

Last Wednesday night, Katie Lewis-Lamonica was sidelined by an injured right ankle as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team cruised to an easy 16-8 win over Rutgers.

PU Women’s Swimming Does Special Things as Freestyle Star Shiflett Reaches Potential

Bill Alden

There was a sense of excitement surrounding the Princeton University women’s swimming team as it looked forward to the 2007-08 season.

More Sports…

Book Review

George and Martha Live: Happy Birthday, Edward Albee

Stuart Mitchner

“Art is not pacification. It’s disturbance.”
Edward Albee in a 1980 interview

Today is Edward Albee’s eightieth birthday, and if he takes the occasion as seriously as he did in 1958, he’s probably at work on something. According to the authorized chronology accompanying Conversations with Edward Albee (1988), he wrote his first play, The Zoo Story, “as a present to himself on his thirtieth birthday.” Adopted into a wealthy family two weeks after he was born, he was named for his adoptive grandfather, the owner of vaudeville theatres in the Keith-Albee circuit.


Princeton University Orchestra Warms Night With Program of Early 20th Century Music

Nancy Plum

Nothing warms up an audience on a raw and rainy winter evening like the lush chords of Impressionistic music, and the program the Princeton University Orchestra presented on Friday night seemed to do just the trick for the very appreciative audience in Richardson Auditorium. The concert, which was repeated on Saturday night, brought together three programmatic works from the early 20th century which were both a challenge for the ensemble and a pleasure for the audience to hear.

It’s New to Us

24-Hour Supervision and Quality Care Offered at All Good Dogs Daycare

Is your pet a “pooch potato”? If your dog is becoming a bit too sedentary, inactive, and lonely while you are away, the answer may be “a home away from home.”

All Good Dogs Daycare, with three locations — South Brunswick, Cherry Hill, and Lawrence — offers a safe, friendly, and spacious environment for dogs to socialize with other dogs under the supervision of trained counselors.

ePrep, Video-Based Instruction Helps Students Prepare for SAT

Karl Schellscheidt’s education background is impressive and extensive. A list of his degrees includes a B.S.E. in civil engineering from Princeton, a masters in education from Seton Hall, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

He practiced law at Derchert LLP in Princeton until 2002, when as he says, “I left to follow my heart and teach. I then got so busy tutoring kids privately that I had to turn some away. That led to the ePrep on-line video-based system.”

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