Week In Review: By the Numbers Edition (August 7-13)

Diana Matheson ’08 celebrates her game-winning goal

The Olympics are now over, but one more Tiger managed to take home a medal: Diana Matheson ’08, who scored Canada’s only goal in the bronze medal women’s soccer match against France for a 1-0 shutout win.

That means Princeton had seven medalists, which, as @PrincetonBetch points out, beats the country that invented the Olympics.

We were slightly less successful in the other Olympics – ahem, Alumpics – taking silver behind Dartmouth (really? Dartmouth?!), with Cornell solidly in third. In case you missed it, this was the Ivy League photo-liking competition – the more people that “liked” a school’s photo on Facebook, the better that school does in the rankings. Dartmouth, Princeton and Columbia were the only schools to actually get any points, and Dartmouth’s overwhelming victory seems to suggest that perhaps no one else really cared, but if nothing else the photos will satisfy some of the summertime Orange Bubble withdrawal.

Moving past the Olympics, we put in a pretty good performance in Newsweek’s college rankings:

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Child molestation riles up professor

Religion professor Elaine Pagels’ groundbreaking work on the Gnostic gospels helped win her a MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 1981. Since then, her continued investigations of early Christianity have earned her considerable renown and consistently full lecture halls. But it turns out she’s also got a thing or two to say about current developments in the world’s largest faith. Here she is in a recent Newsweek article on the Catholic Church:

“I see [the hierarchy] as outrageously indifferent to the welfare of children,” says a fuming Elaine Pagels, professor of religion at Princeton. “For you and me this is hard to understand. It seems to us out of step with the world. But they don’t want to be in step with the world.”

God2-Sistine_Chapelimage: Wikimedia Commons

Newsweek’s Evan Thomas on Snarkasm

Sarcastic Cat is Sarcastic.

Sarcastic Cat is Sarcastic.

Ever notice how some blogs (ahem) are overwhelmingly, painfully snarky? As in, you wouldn’t feel comfortable approaching the writers, out of fear of becoming their next target– a helpless dartboard for all their incisive criticisms and breezily-tossed epithets? Point is, some bloggers come off sounding like mean dudes, even if they aren’t mean at heart. (And especially if they are.)

Newsweek editor-at-large and Princeton Ferris Journalism Professor-in-Residence Evan Thomas also noticed this phenomenon. He’s seen his fair share. Recently, he visited my Writing Seminar and ended up telling us a little tale of snarkiness and sarcasm– or snarkasm, if you will.

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IN PRINT: Black Princetonians Discuss Campus Race Relations

Here are two Newsweek video clips that are companion pieces to this week’s article on “post-racialism” at Princeton. The round table discussion features Princeton students talking about race relations on campus and what it means to be a black Princeton alumnus in the real world.

Another clip after the jump:

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IN PRINT: Black in the Age of Obama

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Michelle Obama ’85 didn’t like her time at Princeton. In her senior thesis, she wrote how she always felt she was “black first and a student second” because of

a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society … never becoming a full participant.

Almost 25 years later, do Obama’s observations still reflect what it’s like being an African American student at Princeton? Newsweek interviewed two multigenerational black families that attended Princeton, and their experiences show what “postracialism” actually means in today’s world.

Click here for the full Newsweek story and for video of Princeton students discussing race relations on campus today.

Krugman: LOOK AT ME I’M SO MODEST!!!!!!!111

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Princeton professor and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman appears on this week’s cover of Newsweek, complete with an adorable (or “whimsical,” as one Press Clubber puts it) picture and a profile penned by visiting journalism professor Evan Thomas.

Though the profile is an interesting look at Krugman’s role as a liberal critic of the Obama Administration, the part that stood out to us was this little passage:

Krugman pointed out that unlike some earlier Nobel Prize winners, he has not asked for a better parking place on campus. (He was not kidding.)

Oooo! What a diss! Krugman is so liberal and such a crazy commie that he’s okay not getting a better parking space because that’s, like, totally for the bourgeois. But whom could he be talking about? There’s been a bunch of faculty who’ve won the physics Nobel Prize since the 1980s, but there’s only been a few who’ve won the economics prize. Aside from Krugman, the most recent faculty member was Eric Maskin (2007) who is a visiting professor. And then there’s Daniel Kahneman (2002) and John Nash (1994). For some reason, I just can’t imagine John Nash demanding a better parking space, but who knows?

(image source: newsweek.com)