Weekly Bulletin
March 6, 2000
Vol. 89, No. 19
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Two-week issue. This issue of the Princeton Weekly Bulletin covers two weeks, March 6 through 19. The copy deadline for the next issue, which covers the week of March 20, is March 10.

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Sally Freedman
Associate editor:
   Caroline Moseley
Calendar and
production editor:
Carolyn Geller
Contributing writers:
   Justin Harmon,
   Ken Howard,
   Steven Schultz
   Denise Applewhite
Web edition:
Mahlon Lovett





Alumni Day

At the annual Alumni Day luncheon on February 26, outstanding students and alumni received special honors.
     The University Band provided a festive welcome for more than 1,400 people who attended the Alumni Association Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Jadwin Gym on February 26. The luncheon is the centerpiece of Princeton's annual Alumni Day and Parents Program celebration and honors outstanding alumni and students. [>>more]

New roles for Muslims

Course examines changing attitudes toward gender in modern Islamic societies
     Gender, Desire and the Body: The Islamic Tradition is the title of a course being offered this semester by the Department of Religion and the Program in the Study of Women and Gender.
     It "examines the changing construction and representation of gender roles, of the body and of sexuality in modern Islamic societies," says Associate Professor of Religion Shaun Marmon.
     The course, which uses novels (in translation) and films as well as studies in anthropology, history and religion, has drawn about 25 students, "from different and essentially diverse backgrounds," according to participant Stratis Minakakis '02. [>>more]


Combination of materials improves light emission

Princeton scientists have created light-emitting materials that could accelerate the development of flat-panel computer screens and other compact video displays.
    The discovery, a feat of engineering materials at the level of quantum mechanics, also may yield insights into the basic properties of light-emitting substances. [>>more]

Princeton, Stanford, Yale discuss distance learning

On February 29, Provost Jeremiah Ostriker wrote to the faculty concerning Princeton's plans for the development of distance learning programs. He referred to the following announcement, which Princeton has made in cooperation with Stanford and Yale universities [>>more]

Record contribution

Craig Lafferty (r), president of the United Way of Greater Mercer County, received a check representing the University's donation of $168,646 from Robert Durkee, campus United Way fund drive chair. "Again this year, the University United Way campaign resulted in an extraordinary showing of good will and generosity by the University community on the main campus and at the Plasma Physics Lab," said Durkee, vice president for public affairs. "This year's contribution represents an increase of nearly $22,000 in giving and is the most ever raised for the United Way campaign." The campaign raised more than $148,000 in contributions from faculty and staff -- $123,210 from the main campus and $25,240 from PPPL. The University matched employee gifts with a contribution of 15 cents on the dollar for every payroll deduction and 10 cents on the dollar for other gifts, making a University contribution of $20,196. (Photo by Denise Applewhite)


Basketball. The men won 63-48 and the women lost 47-43 against Harvard on February 25, but both teams beat Dartmouth on February 26 (men 68-57, women 64-51). (Men: 17-9, 9-2 Ivy; women: 7-18, 4-7 Ivy )

Fencing. On February 26 the men's team defeated both Harvard and Yale for its third Ivy League title in four years and its 11th overall. The women outfenced the same teams for their second Ivy League title in as many years and first outright; they finished the season undefeated with a University record of 15 wins. (Men: 12-3, 4-0 Ivy; women: 15-2, 5-0 Ivy)

Swimming and diving. The women finished first at the Ivy League Championships with five individual champions and a relay championship. Diving coach Greg Gunn received the Diving Coach Peer Recognition Award. (Women: 9-0, 7-0 Ivy)


In the news

E-commerce pro and con

The bushwhackers who hit the Internet's top commercial sites served notice that, despite widespread enthusiasm for electronic business, the World Wide Web still has its Wild West qualities.
     President Clinton struck back by calling an Internet security summit in hopes government and industry leaders can work together to head off attacks. Commerce Secretary William Daley says the assaults are "a wakeup call" and a reminder that e-commerce is not without risks.
     Princeton University economist Alan Blinder, the former Federal Reserve vice chairman, says the Internet may be the engine of growth that's finally speeded up the US economy after 20 years of computer investments.

"Wild, wild web still holds plenty of perils," by Mary Deibel, Journal of Commerce, February 15