Week In Review: Connoisseurs In Debt Edition (June 19 – June 25)

JeffNunokawaApproaching the deep patriotic recesses of summer 2011, Princeton newsmakers seem to have taken a bit of time to focus on their tastes. From the discriminating pages of The New Yorker to an Ivy League pop-up shop, if anything ties this past Week in Review together, it is of the lighter nature.

The July 4th edition of the New Yorker features English literature Professor Jeff Nunokowa’s ongoing production of daily Facebook notes. Nunokowa has written upwards of 3000 notes to date, usually beginning with a literary quote and peppering in some insight and confessional.

“They are brief essays. That is to say, what Hume was getting at in the essay on essay writing: rendering the sphere of scholarship sociable,” Nunokowa told The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead while dining at Rockefeller College.

Continue reading…

Week in Review: Monkeys, Poker, and Prison Edition (June 12 – June 18)

We tried to find a unifying theme for this Week in Review — really, we did! — but ultimately, summer’s here, and sometimes, a scattershot title’s all you got. Without further ado, let’s dive in to what happened last week.

Professor Charles Gross, San Quentin inmates, and a sheep brain!

Professor Charles Gross, San Quentin inmates, and a sheep brain!

1. MONKEYS!

Princeton is in trouble again for its treatment of primates in lab research; this time, the university was cited by the USDA for six violations, regarding the feeding and water schedule for the monkeys. New PU spokesman Martin Mbugua, asked about the violations, said, “Princeton’s approach to animal care is based on a commitment … to ensure that our facilities make use of established best practices. Only animals that are well cared for can provide beneficial scientific data and help achieve research goals and outcomes.”

Continue reading…

21 Questions With Aku Ammah-Tagoe ’11

DID YOU READ…? YOUNG ALUMNI TRUSTEE AKU AMMAH-TAGOE ’11 TELLS US WHAT’S WRONG WITH PRINCETON, WROTE A KANYE-FUELED THESIS, IS AN “OLD PERSON”

Mail AttachmentName: Aku Ammah-Tagoe
Age: 21
Major: English
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Eating Club/Residential College/Affiliation: Terrace/Forbes RCA

What was your initial reaction when you found out about your selection?
It was the Thursday morning of Reunions, and I was sitting on the Dinky platform at Princeton Junction as it slowly filled up with alumni getting off the train from New York. I wasn’t allowed to talk about the results yet, so I couldn’t do anything dramatic, but it was cool to sit there surrounded by so much of Princeton’s past and present, knowing that I’ll get to impact all of their lives now in tangible ways. At that point the election process had been going on for what, two and a half months? So I felt more relieved than anything else. But I definitely got excited as the weekend went on.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Adoley Ammah-Tagoe ’14, my little sister! She actually makes Princeton sparkle.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Dinner at Prospect House at the English Majors Colloquium my junior spring. I don’t actually remember what we ate, but the Majors Colloquium is one of my favorite things about our department, and the company — juniors and seniors in the department, our favorite professors — was perfect.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Read and write (and read and write emails).

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Lately, one of my Pandora stations, TLC Radio. It’s so 90s! And you get a lot of girl power, “Independent Women Part I”-style songs that are ideal for, um, cruising through your childhood suburb in your parents’ Toyota.

What do you hope to accomplish as a YAT?
My two main constituencies — the residents of McCosh Hall and the Forbes Addition — have been asking a lot about renovation plans. But mostly I’d like to become the type of person who should hold Princeton in trust; I’d like to listen a lot, learn as much about the University as possible, and make informed decisions that are in its best interests.

Continue reading…

Week In Review: Passing the Baton Edition (June 5 – June 11)

A bit of shuffling over at the helm of The Daily Princetonian: Ameena Schelling ’12 was appointed the new editor-in-chief after Gabriel Debenedetti ’12 resigned for “personal reasons.” Schelling, who formerly served as managing editor, took over as per Prince bylaws, and she’ll hold the position until February 1.

Debenedetti declined to comment, citing the Prince policy that only the editor-in-chief is authorized to speak to the media; Schelling did not respond to requests for comment. In an email to the Prince staff, president of the Prince grad board Richard W. Thaler, Jr. noted that it was a “difficult decision” for Debenedetti, thanked him for his service, and summed it all up as “a painful moment for Gabe, a challenging moment for Ameena, and a hopeful moment for the Prince.”

9698057-large

This is known as "steeplechase."

Meanwhile, some more literal batons were being passed. While you were trolling Hulu or interning or exploring exotic locales on the Princeton dollar, a handful of your peers were running extremely quickly in Iowa. Donn Cabral ’12 and Ashley Higginson ’11 both notched top-10 finishes at the track and field NCAA Championships in Des Moines, and a total of 12 Tigers earned All-America honors. That includes the members of the 4×400 relay team, who were profiled in a fresh NYT piece a while back.

Continue reading…

Week in Review: Animals from hell edition (May 29 – June 4)

Whether you walked out of Fitzrandolph Gate one week ago, diploma in hand, or you’re waiting for your freshman roommate assignment, we at the Ink know you’re already desperate for more news from Old Nassau. Since nothing ever happens in Princeton, and especially not in the summer months, we’ll skip the more frequent updates and post our weekly summer feature, Week in Review–a short post on anything and everything that has to do with Princeton, once a week.

This week, it’s all about animals from hell. Mostly because–aside from a tornado warning–nothing much happened in the post-Reunions afterglow.

Continue reading…