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Shuffling through the ruins of poetry's wasteland

Quickly now: outside of class, what was the last poem you read?Perhaps this question has left you slack-jawed and silent; if not that, it has most likely forced you to dig a little bit deeper into your memory than if I had asked, say, "What was the last trashy paperback you read?" or "Where was the nearest bathroom your freshman year?"My point, of course, is that the reading of poetry in America as a form of entertainment has fallen into disfavor in recent years, and it is currently so rare that I have given up my search for a soul with whom to spend the early morning hours discussing John Donne's quirky brilliance, T.S.

OPINION | 04/09/1998

Rocky closes kitchen, pool room after recurring vandalism, mess

Aspiring chefs and future billiards champions currently residing in Rocky are out of luck.Rockefeller College staff decided Monday to close the Holder Hall pool room and the Witherspoon kitchen due to recurring vandalism and excessive mess.The two facilities will probably remain closed for the rest of the academic year, college administrator Pat Heslin said.The decision to close the Holder pool room occurred after the ceiling was damaged for the fourth time this year, Heslin said.

NEWS | 04/09/1998

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Softball opens Ivy League season with high-powered Cornell, Penn

In 1995 and 1996, the softball team wore the crown of undefeated Ivy League champions. But last year, the Tigers were dethroned by Brown, costing them the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament that accompanies the Ivy title.This weekend, Princeton (16-10 overall) will begin its quest to reclaim the coveted title when the Tigers travel to face Cornell (17-2, 2-0 Ivy League) today and Penn (7-16, 2-2) tomorrow for its Ivy openers and attempt to prove that Princeton is still the power in the league."A lot of teams in the Ivies think that they can beat us," freshman catcher Devon Keefe said.

SPORTS | 04/09/1998

Native Americans sponsor programs to dispel stereotypes

In the hope of introducing the University community to American Indian culture and history, the student group, Native Americans at Princeton, the Third World Center and various University departments are sponsoring Native American Day today.Since there are only 32 American Indians currently enrolled here, the group struggles to remind people of its presence."We hope to make people aware of the Native American tradition," NAAP secretary Amanda Colegrove '00 said.

NEWS | 04/09/1998

Community commemorates life of 'native son' Robeson

Exactly 100 years ago, a boy was born at 72 Witherspoon St. whose birth certificate bears only one word ? "Robeson" ? on the line provided for his full name.Tuesday night, University faculty and administrators came together with supporters of the Princeton Arts Council to celebrate the centennial birthday of "Princeton's native son," entertainer Paul Robeson.Provost Jeremiah Ostriker, the evening's first speaker, called Robeson "Princeton's most famous son," but said it was unfortunate that the multi-talented entertainer was a "casualty of the Cold War," betrayed by the country's racist and anticommunist sentiments. A colorful historyRobeson's father was an ex-slave, who escaped from Virginia at the age of 16 and eventually became the pastor of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church.Robeson graduated from Somerville High School and attended Rutgers University, where he was valedictorian of the Class of 1919.

NEWS | 04/08/1998

Rosen traces era's hysteria

In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, there are no witches, no flying broomsticks or bubbling cauldrons, none of the markings of black magic that we have come to expect from the centuries of lore that support the existence of witchcraft.

NEWS | 04/08/1998