Future of Food Writing with New York Times Restaurant Critic

Rukeyser Lecture 2011 Poster (Final)-2

Whether you’re interested in fine dining and criticism or still have food on the brain after Thanksgiving break, join the University Press Club for the annual Louis R. Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series featuring Pete Wells, the New York Times’ newly announced restaurant critic.

Wells, the editor of the New York Times’ Dining & Wine section since 2006 and a five-time James Beard Journalism Award winner, will give his take on food journalism and criticism and the future of food writing.

The details:

8:00 pm Wedneday, November 30

McCormick 101

So excited you can’t wait for Wednesday? Whet your appetite with this cheatsheet with some of Wells’ reviews & writing (and some of his best “zingers”).

The Louis R. Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series seeks to promote interest in the pursuit of journalism and to raise awareness of the role of the media in society.

Four Princetonians Named Rhodes Scholars

Four Princetonians – Elizabeth Butterworth ’12, Miriam Rosenbaum ’12, Astrid Stuth ’12 and Mohit Agrawal ’11 – were among the 32 American Rhodes Scholarship winners announced today.

Agrawal, a math major and former co-president of Engineers Without Borders, is currently getting his master’s in economic policy evaluation at the National University of Ireland on a Mitchell Scholarship. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in financial economics.

oxfordButterworth, a classics major interested in arts education, will pursue a master’s in comparative and international education. While at Princeton she founded and directed a music program for children of low-income families, and she has worked on excavations in Greece and Italy.

Rosenbaum, a Woody Woo major with minors in African American studies, Judaic studies, and Near Eastern studies, is the president of SHARE Peer Advisors and the Religious Life Council. She is interested in bioethics and healthcare policy and plans to do a master’s in public health.

Stuth, an East Asian studies major who hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy, went to high school in Hong Kong and has represented the US in debate competitions in China in Chinese. She’s also president of the Tigressions and co-founder of a peace conference for U.S. and Iraqi teenagers. Stuth plans to pursue a master’s in international relations.

Check back this week for more on this year’s winners. But did you notice something unusual about the 2012 Rhodes contingent?

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Occupy Princeton No Longer Remains Silent

Last Friday, when the Occupy the Highway march came through Princeton, freshman Whitney Blodgett yelled four simple words:“We’re the 1 percent!” It was an almost painful caricature of the apathetic and elitist Princeton student. But as if on cue, Occupy Princeton held its first General Assembly this afternoon on Frist North Lawn. It turns out, there are some radicals in our midst.


Over 50 students — undergraduates and grad students — as well as a Princeton High School student and an adult community member gathered in front of Frist (watch the videos here) at 4:30. Here are some key quotes:

“We have no leader. Everyone is equal in being able to describe how they feel and how they can take action” — Edna Bonhomme, grad student

“This is our time to stand in solidarity and proudly engage in peaceful civil disobedience.” — Polly Korbel, junior

“Growing up we were taught to question everything except our right to positions of power…. There is this perception that because we are very smart and work hard, we deserve more. All of us at Princeton have extraordinary privilege, whether we were born with it or not. I ask you, does a Princeton degree really make you better?” — Brandon Davis, junior

“I am so happy to see you all here tonight after two years of being on this campus and feeling like I was the only one who cared.” — Polly Korbel, junior

Student after student spoke to voice their concerns about:IMG_0123

  • economic inequality
  • treatment of University workers such as janitors
  • the University’s investment in HEI Hotels & Resorts, which has been accused of abusing its workers
  • immigration and the lack of financial aid for undocumented students (support the Dream Act here)
  • LGBTQ rights and the need to extend gender neutral housing beyond Spelman
  • human trafficking
  • environmental injustice
  • the criminal justice system
  • the lack of a support group on campus for survivors of sexual assault

The rest of the world may see Princeton as part of the 1% and we certainly do create our share of Ibankers. But we are home to the 99% as well. The next General Assembly will be Tuesday.

Weekend Arts Roundup: See-It-All Edition, Part II

315642_2144702616931_1227210983_33271968_581668594_nAnother week, another arts roundup!  As we mentioned in last week’s column, we’ve been faced with an embarrassment of riches on campus between now and Thanksgiving break. Follow our advice…and see it all!

  • Thursday, November 17, 8pm:Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation, produced by the Department of Theater at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, takes the classic Lope de Vega play and stages it within the context of the La Baracca Theatre Troupe in 1930s Spain; it’s a beautiful production full of great performances. Friday-Saturday Nov. 10-11, Thursday-Saturday November 17-19, 8pm; student tickets $10, events eligible. For a terrific concert, check out alt-folk legend Crooked Still’s one-night-only show at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, part of the Music Department’s Making Tunes concert series. 8pm; click here for ticket information.
  • Friday, November 18, 8pmThe Footnotes Jam,A Gentleman’s Game, is sure to be a great night of a cappella: 8pm Friday in Richardson Auditorium, student tickets $8, events eligible.
  • Saturday, November 19 matinee, 2pm: This weekend’s your last chance to see Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll at Theatre Intime. A play that combines Czech Communism, British rock music, ancient Greek poetry, and epic love stories…how can you resist? Thursday-Saturday at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday; student tickets $8, events eligible.  The November 18th 8pm performance will include a talk-back after the show with the Music Department’s Simon Morrison, who has an extensive background in Slavic history and music (and who’s basically the coolest thing since sliced bread).
  • Saturday, November 19, 8pm: The Triangle Club’s 2011 show, Doomsdays of Our Lives, centers on the apocalypse…and with a Ke$ha-inspired cockroach number, a killer drag kickline (the teaser: Mayan virgins about to be sacrificed), and more high hilarity, it’s not to be missed. Tickets always sell out, so buy yours now! Friday-Saturday at 8pm; student tickets $10, events eligible.
  • Sunday, November 20, 3pm: The University Chamber Choir, an offshoot of Glee Club, will present “The Unspoken Word,” a concert of Catholic music written in secret under 17th-century Protestant regimes in England and the Netherlands.  Fascinating liturgical music, gorgeous voices–and free!

Why Cornel West Matters: On His Leaving Princeton

Triangle sold out so fast when people thought this was a real Sondheim-adapted rap musical.

Triangle sold out so fast when people thought this was a real Sondheim-adapted rap musical.

Cornel West, African-American Studies/Religion professor and one of our many celebrity academics, recently announced that he will be leaving his Princeton post in 2012 to teach Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, the school where he first began his career in academia.

For his time at Princeton, West will be remembered for more than just his commitment to paideia (which I learned is not a Spanish rice dish), his multiple political arrests, and his theological bromance with fellow professor Robbie George.

Oh, and that time his cartoon self roundhouse kicked some R. Kelly supporter in the Boondocks.

Since he began teaching at Princeton in 2001, West’s radical liberal politics have made him a controversial figure. A smattering of editorials and always well-phrased comments in the Prince since his arrival highlight the various opinions on West: “Princeton’s foremost hire” to “clownish entertainer,” “hero” to “charlatan,” and “exemplary human being” to “media whore.” My crowd of friends isn’t a big fan of West either, and as one friend once put it: “Why is he in academics at all? Why does he matter?”

I’ll be honest. Despite his platitudes, gangster proclivities, and propensity for showmanship, I believe Professor West matters.

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Wonder What Princeton Thinks About OWS? (Or, “Ask a Freshman” with The Washington Post)

Other than the occasional high-profile arrest of a professor, Princeton hasn’t seemed all that gripped by the “Occupy” movements. In Cambridge, Harvard has restricted access to the Yard over “security concerns” raised by Occupy Harvard; so far no tent cities have sprung up in front of Nassau Hall. There isn’t much immediacy to the movement here on campus in central New Jersey; it’s something that’s happening out there, somewhere else.

Well, that changed for a little while on Friday night, as the “Occupy the Highway” march came through our secluded glen, Washington Post reporter in tow, on their way down to D.C. They were met by erudite, thoughtful students who shared their divergent views on economic theory and philosophy with the protestors.

Just kidding.

The conflagration began after Princeton student Whitney Blodgett started to yell at the marchers as they passed by the bar. “We’re the 1 percent!” Blodgett yelled at them, laughing and making a thumbs up sign. “Get a job!” his friends yelled in chorus.

Alcohol. Freshmen. Pseudonyms. (The reporter was initially given the name “Whetney Brockton.”) Light jeering. Yup, those are all the elements I would want present for the lead anecdote about Princeton students’ views on the Occupy movement. Fortunately, the Post was able to get a different student viewpoint, too. What did this other student, incidentally also a freshman and, according to the Post, the only person to show up in support of the march, have to say about the general sentiment on campus?

“That’s what happens when you come to a campus of ibankers,” the student, who did not give her name, said. “Princeton students are benefitting from this system, so why would they protest?”

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IN PRINT: Krugman Weighs in on Jobs Crisis

Last weekend, Nobel prizewinning economics professor Paul Krugman took part in a panel discussion on the jobs crisis that’s hit Newark and other New Jersey cities particularly hard. Whether you agree with his views on the economy or not, you have to admit he’s pretty good with metaphors. A few favorites from his talk:

  • On the financial crisis and mounting consumer debt: “It was our Wile E. Coyote moment. We were going along just fine until we looked down and realized we’d run off a cliff.”
  • On Occupy Wall Street: “The state of discussion was so surreal, the emperor had no clothes, yet no one was saying it. And then a fairly ragtag group started camping out in a few parks in major cities, and it’s like the country woke up.”
  • And then there was the whole business with aliens. After explaining that the surge in demand accompanying World War II is what finally ended the Great Depression, he suggested a modern-day equivalent – defense against an intergalactic invasion. Turns out, he’s kind of a fan of the belligerent extraterrestrials metaphor. According to this CNN interview, a massive buildup of outer space defenses could end the current crisis in as little as 18 months.

More on the jobs panel here.

3547 Early Action Applicants!

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A whopping 3547 students applied Early Action to Princeton this year, according to the Prince. That’s up from 2,275 Early Decision applicants in 2006 (Though this is not a fair comparison since Early Action is not binding and the number of high school graduates has risen since 2006).

As we all know from when we applied, Princeton has been without an Early Action or Early Decision Program since the 2007 application cycle, when it eliminated Early Decision in an effort to increase socio-economic diversity by making the application process more fair. At the time, President Tilghman told the Prince that “Early Decision was advantaging those who were already advantaged.” Harvard and UVa eliminated their Early programs around the same time.

All three reinstated Early programs last year, after it became clear that other Universities weren’t following suit and Princeton was losing students to other schools with Early programs. But the new program is non-binding, so that students can compare financial aid packages. Perhaps this is the best of both worlds — allowing students to pick Princeton as their first choice, relieving some applicants’ stress when they are admitted early, but not disadvantaging low SES students. Or perhaps this is just PR. What do you think?

Weekend Arts Roundup: See-It-All Edition!

382044_2269905390733_1341540238_32222342_340565205_nThis weekend and next always have the year’s largest number of arts events on campus…and here at The Ink, we want to help you to enjoy every bit of it! We’ve made a fancy-pants version of how to see it all between now and Thanksgiving break:

  • Thursday, November 10: I might be slightly biased in this play’s favor (full disclosure: I’m the director), but Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll at Theatre Intime is shaping up to be a wonderful show. Spanning 20 years of the underground rock movement in Communist Czechoslovakia, from the 1968 Prague Spring to the 1989 Velvet Revolution, it’s a fascinating play–and the cast is top-notch.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm this weekend and next, with a talkback on November 18th with Simon Morrison, the Music Department’s preeminent Slavic music scholar.  Student tickets $8, events eligible.
  • Friday, November 11: The Princeton Glee Club’s Yale vs. Princeton Football Concert is always a great annual event chock full of beautiful music: Friday at 8pm in Richardson Auditorium, $5 student tickets, events eligible.374633_10150357682173661_653008660_8286638_2073660683_n
  • Saturday matinee, November 12: Shaved heads, Baptist revivals, gore galore, bestiality…hooked yet? The Princeton University Players’ Bat Boy at Matthews Acting Studio, a dark musical comedy directed by Claire Greene ’13, has all that and more.  This weekend only, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm with a 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets $8, events eligible.
  • Saturday night, November 12: We’ve got two great a cappella options for Saturday night: first, The Nassoons’ Annual Yale Jam with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, is always a blast (8pm Saturday in Richardson Auditorium, student tickets $8). If gorgeous female voices are more your thing (and you’re looking for a great concert that’s also kind on your wallet), the Tigressions Thirtieth Reunion Concert is also a great bet: it’s free at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall at 7:30pm on Saturday.

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