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Reunions 2007

At Reunions, the class returning for its 25th takes center stage, with a position of honor at the front of the P-rade. But being in the spotlight does not mean you can’t let loose and party, said Scott Oostdyk ’82, a reunion co-chairman for his class. The nearly 600 class members in the ’82 contingent adopted a Mardi Gras theme, tossing beads to the crowd as they marched through campus wearing brightly colored shirts and blazers. The costume, Oostdyk said, gave a nod to Princeton’s traditional orange and black while also catching the class’s “fun and frivolous” side.

Reunions 2007, May 31 through June 3, drew more than 20,000 alumni, family members, and guests back to campus. Visitors caught up with college classmates, filled lecture halls for educational panels and programs, and celebrated into the night at class dinners and tent parties. Hot, humid weather in the daytime and Friday-night thundershowers did not dampen the festivities. In fact, the rain seemed to rally the crowd at the Class of 2002’s fifth reunion, according to reunion co-chairwoman Kate Serafini ’02. “You can’t really go wrong once everyone’s muddy,” she said.

Reunions photos by T. Kevin Birch

Raising the Bard

It’s hard to cover 37 plays in an hour-and-a-half and even harder to keep your wig straight in the process, but Max Miller ’08, left, and Lovell Holder ’09 try to keep up with the challenge as they perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged!” in the East Pyne courtyard for a Reunions weekend audience May 31.

Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

Alumni in the news

Wall Street dealmaker Bill Hambrecht ’57 faces long odds as he plans to challenge the NFL with the United Football League, a new pro league that he hopes will kick off in 2008, according to an article in PLAY, a quarterly sports magazine published by The New York Times. Recent NFL challengers like the USFL and the XFL have been short-lived, but Hambrecht told the magazine that patient investors could make his new league viable. … Computer scientist Michael D. Smith ’83 was named dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard University, The Harvard Crimson reported June 5. Smith has taught at Harvard since 1992. … Historian Michael Oren *86, a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and an expert on the Six-Day War, was interviewed by several news outlets covering the war’s 40th anniversary, including Time magazine, The Jerusalem Post, and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” … Encouraging lifelong bonds between classmates has rewards, according to a story about Princeton Reunions on American Public Media’s “Marketplace” radio show. Reunions turnout and alumni giving rates make Princeton the envy of fundraisers at other institutions, the report said.

More at PAW Online

Under the Ivy – Carl Fields became the University’s first black administrator against long odds; Gregg Lange ’70 tells who helped behind the scenes.
On the Campus – In a class on entrepreneurship, Tim Ferriss ’00 promised a round-trip plane ticket anywhere in the world to the student who contacted the most hard-to-reach person with the most intriguing question. Adam Gottesfeld ’07 describes what happened.
Good books – Alumni authors make recommendations for summer reading.

Summer hiatus for The Weekly Blog

With Reunions and Commencement complete and the campus calendar slowing to its summer crawl, PAW’s regular blogging year will end with this post. Occasional updates may be added in the summer months, and The Weekly Blog will return Sept. 19, as fall semester classes begin. The cover date for PAW’s final print edition for the 2006-07 academic year is July 18.