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Vol. LXII, No. 37
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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PRINCETON PROCESSION: The Class of 2012’s “pre-rade” is on its way to officially enter the university through its main gate, following the Opening Exercises at the University Chapel.

Front Page

Tilghman Urges Class of 2012 to Vote

Dilshanie Perera

“Listen, learn, deliberate, and then, in an act of engaged and responsible citizenship that embodies the spirit of ancient Athens and revolutionary America, vote,” urged Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman in her address to the Class of 2012 during last Sunday’s Opening Exercises.

Toll Hikes, Parking Dominate Discussion at Committee Meeting

Ellen Gilbert

Revenues associated with trucks and cars provided two of the main discussion points at Monday evening’s Township Committee meeting.

New Committee Is Concerned With The Future of Valley Road Building

Ellen Gilbert

The formation of the Valley Road School Adaptive Re-Use Committee (VRS-ARC) was recently announced by charter members Ridge Applegate, Elric Endersby, Walter Krieg, Chuck Creesy, Anne Reeves, George McCollough, and Jim Firestone. Its goal, they say, is “to create a citizens group to step forward and, with proper funding, present a new vision and a solid plan for how the Valley Road Building can be saved and used.”

Other News

Over 120 People Defy Rainy Weather to Hear About Plans for Pool Complex

Ellen Gilbert

The genuine affection area residents feel for the Community Park Pool, and their consequent reluctance to see changes made in the complex, were clearly in evidence at last Saturday’s Princeton Recreation Department’s special free-swim/pool-renovations discussion.

Library Board OKs Budget; Looks Forward to Fall Events

Ellen Gilbert

At its meeting last Thursday, the Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees approved a budget for 2008 totaling $4,922,237. Library Director Leslie Burger described the budget as “exactly what we asked for,” and thanked the Borough and the Township for their respective contributions. Last year’s total budget was $4,550,390.

Jitney Seen as Opportunity to Fill Borough Transit Gaps

Dilshanie Perera

Borough Council member David Goldfarb elaborated upon the goals of the FreeB jitney shuttle service at the Council meeting last Tuesday. “The first is to get people out of their cars, and the second is to identify a long-standing unmet transportation need and get people where they want to go,” he said.

More of the Other News…


Peteraf Notches 1st Goal for PU Women’s Soccer, as Tigers Open New Stadium With Comeback Win

Bill Alden

Sarah Peteraf and her teammates on the Princeton University women’s soccer team were thrilled last Friday as they played the first-ever game at the school’s new soccer complex, Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium.

After Getting Taste of State Playoffs Last Fall, PHS Football Hungry to Become CVC Power

Bill Alden

For the Princeton High football team, reaching the state playoffs last fall turned into a matter of being careful what you ask for.

PHS Boys’ Soccer Stocked With Veterans, Aims To Be Title Contender Once Again

Bill Alden

In rolling through last fall, the Princeton High boys’ soccer team hit just one roadblock.

More Sports…

Art Review

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
Goya’s Book of Dreams: Sharp as the Point of an Etching Needle

Stuart Mitchner

Francisco Goya’s series of 80 etchings, Los Caprichos (The Caprices), has haunted, inspired, and repelled (instructively or otherwise) two centuries of writers and artists, composers, philosophers, and museumgoers, including the “simple artistic soul” Baudelaire likes to imagine coming to these “often terrifying” prints cold, with “no notion of the historical facts.” In other words, when the hypothetical witness meets these demons face to face, it’s a matter of pure, uncontextualized impact, “a sharp shock at the core of his brain” as Goya “plunges down to the savage level” and “soars up to the heights of the absolute,” translating the things he sees “naturally into the language of fantasy.” The analogy Baudelaire arrives at — ”those periodical or chronic dreams with which our sleep is regularly besieged” — is echoed in the title of the Zimmerli’s new exhibition, “Dark Dreams: The Prints of Francisco Goya, A Selection from the Collection of the Arthur Ross Foundation,” on view in the Voorhees Special Exhibition Galleries in New Brunswick through November 16.

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