Like polar-bear plungers, seniors in the Woodrow Wilson School celebrated handing in their theses at 4 p.m. April 7 with a dip in the Fountain of Freedom. The 40-degree weather did not deter the excited students from carrying on the annual tradition. Other departments, like history and English, which also had April 7 thesis deadlines, held less soggy celebrations with ice cream, cookies, and snacks in their department offices.
By Julia Osellame â09
Photos: Above, tradition trumped cold temperatures for the Woodrow Wilson School's Class of 2009. At right, seniors Carol Shih, Katherine Fallon, and Devjoy Sengupta didn't mind getting their feet wet. (Photos by Julia Osellame â09)
Recent lacrosse alumni offer their take on Princeton's 'big city' win
Hundreds of Princeton students and lacrosse alumni piled into Giants Stadium April 4 to watch the men's lacrosse team take on the No. 2 Syracuse Orange in the Big City Classic. The Tigers delivered, maintaining an early lead and clinching a 12-8 victory over the defending NCAA champs. With hat tricks from senior Mark Kovler and sophomore Jack McBride, the Tigers (9-1, 2-0 Ivy League) showed the Orange that they came to score big.
In four of the team's first nine games, the Tigers have taken more than 50 shots on goal. Before this season, the team had crossed the 50-shot mark only seven times in the last decade.
"This year's offense has been incredibly fun to watch and has definitely helped the â09 Tigers achieve the record they have," said former Princeton midfielder Mike Gaudio â08. Gaudio noted that the change began during a summer tour of Ireland and Spain, when head coach Bill Tierney encouraged the team to take more shots.
Former All-American goalie Alex Hewit â08 said "the confidence and pride that the offense has been playing with is quite obvious. They are taking chances every time they have the ball, which is very intimidating for the opposing defense." But this offensive success would not be possible without the "strong defensive unit" supporting the team, Hewit added. With the standout freshman goalie Tyler Fiorito backed by veteran defensemen Chris Peyser â09 and Jeremy Hirsh â10, the Tigers are strong on both ends of the field.
"They are a great group of guys, and it is about time that Princeton lacrosse returns to the prominence they enjoyed in the second half of the â90s," Gaudio said. Princeton topped Ivy rival Penn, 10-9 in overtime April 7, and has four Ivy games remaining, including home dates against Harvard (April 11), Dartmouth (April 25), and Brown (May 2).
By Sarah Harrison â09
Angels at 185 Nassau
Lovell Holder â09, in the role of Prior Walter, and Heather May â10, playing an angel, rehearse a scene from
Angels in America
April 1. The Lewis Center for the Arts production, staged at the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau St., began April 2 and will include performances of "Millennium Approaches (Part One)" at 8 p.m. April 9 and 2 p.m. April 11; and "Perestroika (Part Two)" at 8 p.m. April 10 and April 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
Researchers, lab unharmed by Italian quake
The powerful earthquake that struck central Italy April 6 did not damage a major underground laboratory that has led to important findings in astroparticle physics by a Princeton team. Physics professor Frank Calaprice, principal investigator of the Princeton team that plays a lead role in the Gran Sasso National laboratory near the city of L'Aquila, said the mile-underground lab had been built to withstand a severe earthquake. The epicenter of the quake was less than 12 miles from the lab, he said. Three Italian employees who worked on the Princeton research were not injured, he said.
Names in the news
Michelle Obama â85 isn't the only Princeton alumna looking stylish in
this month. Law student
Keiyana Fordham â04
was featured in a story about finding the right look for a job interview. [
Business management consultant
Peter Bregman â89
spoke about starting a business in difficult economic times on CNN. [
William Clay Ford â79
, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., told NPR that his company does not need a bailout. [
All Things Considered
U.S. women's hockey goalie
Megan Van Beusekom â04
shut out Japan in an 8-0 United States victory April 4 at the World Hockey Championships in Sweden. [