Approaching 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.
In other news, Thomas Sweet looks to tap emerging markets in China by opening a string of franchises of the local favorite. Marco Cucci, owner of the Princeton-based company, plans to sell Thomas Sweet Ice Cream for as high as $12 a scoop in China. He believes Thomas Sweet can fit in to a growing Chinese appetite for premium brands of ice cream. At the very least, those involved in the deal hope the country’s so-called attraction to all things Princeton can sustain the expansion. The Thomas Sweet business will be based in Wuhan with stores spread out among other major cities as well.
In a somewhat unsurprising move, Brooks Brothers announces that they will sell Ivy League licensed apparel at their New York store. It will be the first time Princeton orange officially appears aside the Brooks Brothers logo in the company’s more than two hundred year history.
Need a house? Toni Morrison’s old pad, “The House of Seven Gables,” located at 280 Nassau Street, is up for sale. Built by Reverend William Harris in 1880, Morrison’s house runs for a steep near two million dollars.
Finally, with its endowment recovering from recession setbacks, the University borrowed $250 million through a bond auction on Wednesday, June 15th, to restore capital spending over the next few years. OK, maybe this didn’t exactly happen last week, but it certainly makes for a catchy title…
That’s all folks! Check back next week for even more riveting updates emerging straight from the Orange Bubble.