The Palestra was certainly rocking last night ? way before fans had even begun to arrive for the men's basketball game.In the first of two nailbiting Princeton wins, the women's basketball team topped Penn, 73-67, in its season finale.The win gave Princeton (16-10 overall, 10-4 Ivy League) its best record since 1991 and a dramatic turnaround from last year's finish of 7-19, 6-8 in the Ivy League."It was a game of desire," Thirolf said, "and we wanted it most.
While some looked to add to an already successful season, others looked for a measure of vindication as the men's and women's squash teams competed this weekend at the United States Intercollegiate Squash and Racquets Association individual championships held at Amherst, Mass.Two weeks removed from a national title, the women's contingent, headed by freshman Julia Beaver, the top seed in the 64-player draw, came away with mixed results in the season-ending tournament.Beaver, who was undefeated on the season and the favorite to win the individual title, dropped a close semifinal match to eventual tournament champion Ivy Pachoda of Harvard, 3-2.
The tips that participants of Outdoor Action have long found useful now are available to the public in "The Backpacker's Field Manual," written by Outdoor Action program director Rick Curtis.The book, released last month, is a revision of the manual that OA leaders have brought with them on trips.
"To sum up Harvard ? it was just another successful drive-by. The Crimson bled profusely," said men's volleyball's sharpshooter, senior opposite Scott Birdwell.The scene at Dillon Gym Saturday was brutal, as Princeton (8-5) spared no one, not even Harvard opposite David Olson, a high school teammate of Birdwell and senior outside Jeff Cooper.Princeton cruised to a 3-0 victory, downing the Crimson by three identical scores of 15-6."We rocked them ? Ivy League style," sophomore outside Pablo Clarke said.
The saga of the Millstone Bypass continues.Supporters of the bypass have been trying to rush the project toward approval in recent months, trying to work through the web of laws and regulations.The Millstone Bypass, which would close the tree-lined section of Washington Road entering campus, has been planned for 20 years, said John Dourdarian, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.The bypass would also replace three traffic lights along Route 1.
It would have been a disaster in most other circumstances.As the men's tennis team's game against Rutgers drew to a close yesterday afternoon, the Scarlet Knights' Scott McGrath was down 5-4, 30-0 in the third set of his match against Princeton's No.
Aliens landed on campus.Or so students might have thought Monday night.The University home page usually displays picturesque images of campus, but late Monday those photos were replaced with images that Manager of Web Instructional and Media Services Serge Goldstein described as "puzzling and strange."The new photos included a man shouting in a vacant room, a large, unidentifiable face and a blurry, spherical object that closely resembled a flying saucer.Now you see 'em . . ."We were just using a new set of rotating pictures for the home page," Goldstein explained.
So far this winter, there have been deadly tornadoes in Florida, ravenous floods in California and a vicious ice storm in Canada.It has taken the apparent cancellation of Nude Olympics, however, to convince most Princetonians that all is not right with the world.In a year in which El Ni
Ah, Italy enslaved, hostel of misery, ship without pilot in great tempest, no princess among the provinces, but a brothel!" I begin this column with Dante's great apostrophe to Italy in order to express what must be the sentiment of anyone who truly cares for this beautiful but seriously diseased and overrun university.While all of its publications have remained strangely silent or unceasingly self-congratulatory, Princeton has become enslaved to the disease of corporate greed, home to myriad forms of boredom, misery, loneliness and discontent ? a leaderless, purposeless place, and a sink of human cruelty and indifference.
The University will close Patton Hall for renovation next year to place an arch through the center of the building and refurbish dorm rooms.The arch will create a path that runs straight through campus, connecting Forbes to the soon-to-be-built Campus Center and McCosh Health Center.Undergraduate Life Committee chair Dana Berneman '99 said she supports construction of the arch.
If New Jersey native Red Mascara has his way, University students and Garden State residents alike will soon be proudly singing the tune "I'm From New Jersey" along with the more established patriotic odes "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Old Nassau."Mascara, a 75-year-old resident of Phillipsburg, N.J., has been staging a 38-year effort to get his song "I'm From New Jersey" adopted as the official state song.Mascara said he penned the "bright" ditty to express his state pride, perhaps counteracting Jersey detractors who term the state the "armpit of the nation."Mascara said not only is his tune written for New Jersey, but it can be adapted to any twoor three-syllable municipality like Princeton, Newark or Trenton.
Although a victory by first-place Harvard Friday evening led to women's basketball's inevitable elimination from Ivy League title contention, Princeton continued to make a spirited push towards second place.Led by senior guard Zakiya Pres-sley, the Tigers cruised past Columbia (4-22 overall, 0-14 Ivy League) and Cornell (5-21, 2-12) over the weekend at Jad-win Gym, keeping alive their hopes of winning 10 games in conference play for the first time since 1991.While the Tigers were certainly not at their best this weekend, they were never in any serious danger of losing to either Ivy League doormat.