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Praise be, the hegemony that the Frist food gallery has long held over Princeton’s late-night drunk-munchies market appears at end: according to theTimes of Trenton,legendary Greenwich Village falafel jointMamoun’shas announced plans to open a location at 20 Witherspoon St. in the fall. As any one of the scores of Princetonians who have spent summers interning downtown could tell you, this changes everything.
It’s hot. It’s crowded. The beer is warm. My orange shirt shows sweat marks on the small of my back. The grass stains aren’t coming out of my white shorts. But it’s the P-rade — those things don’t matter. I love it.
Today’s presidential panel featured President Shirley Tilghman and her soon-to-be successor, Christopher Eisgruber ’83. Eisgruber fielded several questions from the audience, one of which came from a man from the Class of 1951 who oversees his class’s Annual Giving. He expressed concerns about not letting in legacy children, as this often causes alumni to scale back or altogether cease their donations. He urged Eisgruber and the admissions committee to let in more legacy applicants. Eisgruber’s closing comments on the matter were: “Rather than picking one over the other, I’d like to simply have more available spots.”
Today’s Asian-American Alumni panel, titled "Trailblazers," brought back Don Lu ’88 and Chris Lu ’88, who are not related, to discuss being Asian-American at Princeton and in the world today. Chris Lu pointed out that Asian-American studies is not a department here at Princeton and urged Asian-American alumni to withhold their annual giving until such a program was installed in the university.
Yesterday's panel on Princeton in the Arts brought back young alumni who currently work full-time in the arts. This month marks the Lewis Center for the Arts’ fifth anniversary, and it’s undeniable that the University has a strong and growing relationship with theater, creative writing, dance and visual arts.
At a panel discussion entitled “Black Theatre at Princeton: A State of the Union Forum,” the moderator shared the statistic that only seven percent of current Princeton students identify as African-American. Despite the frequent discourse on diversity, or lack thereof, on this campus, the number surprised me. I wasn’t ignorant to the fact that the number isn’t high, of course, but seven percent seemed especially low.
Attending Princeton comes with privileges, even in comparison to other institutions of higher education. In his talk today, “The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: MOOCs, Money and the Future of Liberal Arts Education,” President-elect Christopher Eisgruber '83 told a story about Princeton’s struggle with regulators. In 2009, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education argued that Princeton didn’t demonstrate enough evidence of student achievement. The Commission was looking for more data-driven assessments. Luckily, Princeton was able to maintain its current evaluation system after reemphasizing the requirements for the senior thesis.
Any classical musicians out there? Be sure to head over to the front lawn of Woolworth to join in the fun with the Princeton University Orchestra. I guess only go if you’re really good though, since it’s all sight-reading… Should be cool to go watch as well! It starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 2:30 p.m.
Random Access Memoriesis in many ways Daft Punk, but it’s not quite the same Daft Punk that longtime fans will remember. Their older albums (Homework, Discovery, Human After All)made a huge impact on the house music scene, and their songs were largely electronic. Brilliant songs that characterized their style, like “Harder Better Faster Stronger” and “Technologic” combined impressive sampling of singing modulated with a vocoder with very danceable electronic drums, bass and synthesized melodies. Meanwhile,Random Access Memoriesshowcases significantly more live instruments: drum machines are frequently replaced by drum sets, electronic bass has taken over for electronically generated bass in many tracks, and guitar occasionally plays in place of synth. A number of the vocal tracks on the album even lack the characteristic robotic vocoder usage found in the majority of their earlier work, “Get Lucky” being the prime example.
How much do we really know about the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s? We know of the Khmer Rouge, the communist guerrilla organization responsible for the deaths of over two million Cambodian lives. We know of Pol Pot, the party’s cruel leader. But we know very little about how that tragedy is still affecting Cambodians today. How do former child soldiers in the Khmer Rouge cope with the experiences of their past?
B.O.B., Far East Movement, Wiz Khalifa...Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros? USG has certainly taken a bold step with this year's selection for the Lawnparties headliner, breaking its steady tradition of hiring rising rap and/or electronic artists in favor of an established indie presence. This choice was sure to cause some sort of reaction – responses on my Facebook newsfeed ranged from elated to horrified, with many expressing confusion at the selection of a band whose catalog doesn’t quite fit the definition of “pump up music.” Nevertheless, I’m excited for a breath of fresh air—I believe it’s quite possible to have a great time listening to music that you don’t have to jump up and down to—but we’ll see how the set turns out. I interviewed Christian Letts, a guitarist and vocalist in the (decidedly large) group about how the group is preparing for Sunday, and what they feel their music is about. You can catch Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Quad at 2:30 on Sunday.
B.O.B., Far East Movement, Wiz Khalifa…Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros? USG has certainly taken a bold step with this year’s selection for the Lawnparties headliner, breaking its steady tradition of hiring rising rap and/or electronic artists in favor of an established indie presence. This choice was sure to cause some sort of reaction – responses on my Facebook newsfeed ranged from elated to horrified, with many expressing confusion at the selection of a band whose catalog doesn’t quite fit the definition of “pump up music.” Nevertheless, I’m excited for a breath of fresh air—I believe it’s quite possible to have a great time listening to music that you don’t have to jump up and down to—but we’ll see how the set turns out. I interviewed Christian Letts, a guitarist and vocalist in the (decidedly large) group about how the group is preparing for Sunday, and what they feel their music is about. You can catch Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Quad at 2:30 on Sunday.
Marking the two-week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, University students held a candlelight vigil at the Wilson School fountain Monday evening to honor the victims. The vigil had a donation box to raise funds to help support the victims of the attacks. The event was organized by Emily Chang '16 and supported by the Butler and Wilson college offices.
Freshman Fred Vystavel settled on a women’s size 10 “faded glory” pair of jeans that might make you feel as though you are back in the 1990s. Sophomore RJ Johnston went with a tight-fitting bright pink pair, which, while certainly being a more vibrant choice, seems to make walking just slightly more challenging than it should be. Senior Allan Amico is keeping things simple with a solid beige colored pair.
Miracles of Modern Science—name sound familiar? Probably! This band of Princeton alums–Evan Younger ’08, Josh Hirshfeld ’08, Kieran Ledwidge ’08, Geoff McDonald ’07, Tyler Pines ’09–formed in 2005 at our very own Princeton U with modest beginnings: playing at open mic nights, Café Viv, and of course, Terrace. And to Terrace they return to grace us with their outstanding musical presence once again.
By TEDDY SCHLEIFER
Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie spent a lot of time in the Orange Bubble this weekend, and not only because of the big news out of Nassau Hall. In addition to appearing at the press conference announcing Chris Eisgruber as the next president of the University, the governor stopped by Clarke Field on Saturday and Sunday to watch his son Andrew who is a member of the baseball team.
The selection of Chris Eisgruber ’83 to replace retiring University president Shirley Tilghman is a decision with enormous implications for the future of the University. It also tells us a fair deal about what the search committee and the University as a whole values in the next decade. Here’s my top five thoughts:
ProvostChristopher Eisgruber '83 has been namedthe next president of Princeton University, the U. announced ata press conferencein Nassau Hall Sunday afternoon.