It seems that they Woody Woo building itself won’t be the only marvel in the area this fall, as the university has announced that Scudder Plaza (just in-front of Woody Woo—had anyone heard this name before?) will play host to an installation from the acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” consists of 12 “monumental sculptures” (approx. 10 feet high) which have toured the world; now, they’ll remain by Woody Woo for a calendar year (beginning August 1, 2012). The location is fitting: Weiwei is well known for his role as a social activist and his commitment to free speech.
Switching gears to athletics: our Princetonian-Olympian superhumans keep popping up in these WiRs, and rightfully so. To give you a quick update on Donn Cabral ’12, the London-bound steeplechase star has been setting personal bests heading into his stay at the USA training camp, shaving over 5 seconds off his 3k and over 3 seconds off his 1.5k. Make sure you stay updated through his fan page!
I’ve also seen reports floating around that the world-famous Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football/soccer club have been holding their summer training camp in Princeton. If you’re on campus, I’d say it’s well-worth a trip down to Myslik Field, although some may argue that PSG are no U.S. Women’s National team (shoutout to my roommate for getting Hope Solo’s autograph).
Closing on some slightly more serious updates: it’s been announced that Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter has a book deal! Though untitled as of now, Slaughter will expand upon her recent essay in The Atlanic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in which she describes the challenges that women face in balancing their work and personal lives.
And, finally, Coursera has had a pretty big week. The site seeks to offer free, massive online courses from top universities to people around the world and, although Princeton was included in Coursera’s list of original partners, the site has announced an influx of a dozen universities. Keep an eye out for this one.