Weekly Bulletin
December 6, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 11
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Page one news and features
Physics for all mind-sets
Campaign reaches goal; important needs remain
Miss New Jersey

Four professors join tenured faculty
Trustees appoint 14 assistant professors
Honored: William Lockwood, McCarter Theatre's special programming director
Color of Success: Third World Center welcomed Afeni Shakur
Obituaries of retired employees

Nassau Notes
Holiday volunteers opportunities


Nassau Notes

Holiday colunteer opportunities



Holiday volunteer opportunities


Toys for tots

Holiday volunteer opportunities
Toys for tots. The Office of Community and State Affairs invites you to celebrate the last holiday season of the 20th century by participating in community service initiatives that will extend the holiday spirit into the 21st.
    Toy drive (through December 19). The Princeton Human Services Commission is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children (infant through 13) living in Princeton Community Village, Griggs Farm, Redding Circle and Clay Street. One of the drop-off locations is 220 Nassau Hall, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
    Holiday baskets. A department or office or individual can "adopt" a family through a social service agency, by buying food and gift items customized to the needs and wishes of the family. A list of participating agencies is available on the Community and State Affairs web site at
    Rescue Mission. The Trenton Rescue Mission accepts donations of clothes, shoes and bedding any time in its drop box located in Lot 16, near the Faculty Road kiosk. Receipts for tax purposes are available from Community and State Affairs.
    For more information on any of these programs, call 258-3204. For more suggestions, contact Hands on Helpers, a clearinghouse that helps connect individuals and volunteer opportunities throughout Mercer County (see or phone 921-8893).

Dress for success


Dress for success
Hire Attire in New Brunswick provides "gently used" business clothes for men and women, as displayed by Ben Codjoe and April Bollwage. From December 8 through 15, the offices of the Associate Provost and Community and State Affairs are conducting a drive to benefit Hire Attire.
    Needed are all types of clothes in good condition and appropriate to wear to work, including suits, dress slacks, khakis, dress shirts, ties, belts, jackets, blazers, sweaters, dresses, coats and accessories.
    Items may be deposited in the Human Resources Training Room at the Armory (Washington Road side) between 8:00 and 9:30 am and noon and 2:00 pm weekdays between December 8 and 15. For more additional information contact Claire Del Medico at 258-6110 or Blanche Scioli at 258-3204. (Photo by Karen Woodbridge)

Benefit UNICEF
    Holiday greeting cards, ornaments, gift wrap, games and toys are on sale at the University Store, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm through December 24. The sale, which benefits UNICEF, is sponsored by the Friends of the International Center.


Junot Diaz


Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz will read from his new fiction at 8:00 pm on December 8 in 101 McCormick. He is the author of Drown, a collection of stories that explore the experiences of Latino immigrants in New Jersey, where he grew up after emigrating from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The event is sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies. (Photo by Marion Ettlinger)


Christmas at McCarter

Christmas at McCarter
Stephen Temperley as Scrooge (l) and Sam Blackman Boyles as Tiny Tim will appear in McCarter Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol through December 24.

Art Museum
"Head of a Woman" by Pablo Picasso stands in front of the Art Museum and is part of the John B. Putnam Jr. memorial Collection of sculpture on campus. Throughout the year the museum offers public tours on Saturdays at 2:00 pm, gallery talks on Fridays at 12:30 pm (repeated on Sundays at 3:00 pm) and talks for children on Saturdays at 11:00 pm.


Neuhaus speaks on religion, public policy
Richard John Neuhaus will speak on "The Public Square: Naked, Sacred or Civil?" at 4:30 pm on December 9 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
    A Lutheran clergyman, Neuhaus has been actively involved in civil rights, international justice and ecumenism, and has held presidential appointments in the Carter, Reagan and Bush admin-istrations. A survey of national leadership in U.S. News and World Report named him one of the 32 "most influential intellectuals in America." Now president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, he was senior pastor of a low-income parish in Brooklyn for 17 years, and in 1991 he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.
    Editor in chief of First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, Neuhaus is the author of numerous books, including Freedom for Ministry; The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America; The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World and, with Rabbi Leon Klenicki, Believing Today: Jew and Christian in Conversation.
    His talk is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for the Study of Religion.


Scholars assess German democracy
"From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic: Fifty Years of Democracy in Germany" is the topic of an international conference to be held December 9 through 12 in 1 Robertson Hall.
    Panelists will discuss the historical and structural changes of democracy and society in post-war Germany, including the constitutional and institutional choices that established a decentralized parliamentary democracy in a former authoritarian and fascist country; the challenge of integrating a capitalist and a former socialist nation in one society; and the multiple problems of political and cultural identity in Germany today. Particular attention will be given to the relationship of Germany and the European Union, the future of the transatlantic community, and the relationship of Germany and the United States.
    Panelists include Cornel Metternich, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany; Brigitte Sauzay, counselor of the German Chancellor for German-French Relations; Helmut Schlesinger, former president of the Bundesbank; Karsten Voigt, coordinator for German-American cooperation, Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Robert Zoellick, former undersecretary of state and deputy chief of staff for the White House.
    Institutions represented include Columbia, Harvard, New York and Princeton universities; Dartmouth College; the universities of Konstanz, Freiberg, Bremen and Heidelberg; Humboldt University; the Free University of Berlin; and the Berlin Bureau of the New York Times.
    Organized by Princeton's Committee for European Studies, the conference is supported by the Center of French Studies, Center of International Studies, Council on Regional Studies and Woodrow Wilson School, and by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, German Information Center, Goethe-Institut New York, Max Kade Foundation and Max Weber Chair of New York University.


Essay contest features $1000 prize
Continuing a 10-year-old tradition, Princeton invites high school and middle school students to participate in its Martin Luther King Day celebration by entering essay and poster contests. Winners will be announced at the Martin Luther King Day program on January 17, 2000, when Melvin McCray, an award-winning writer, producer and editor, is the featured speaker.
    For the essay contest, students in grades 9 through 12 are being asked to propose, in 500 words or less, an innovative but feasible way to improve the communities in which they live. The Princeton Class of 2000, which is sponsoring the contest as part of its year-long Millennium Project, will award a $1,000 prize to the winner, as well as seed money to an appropriate community agency to try and start implementing the winning proposal. Honorable mention winners each will be awarded $100. The deadline for these essays is December 10.
Middle, elementary school
Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to submit essays of no more than 300 words about the effect of television on race relations and social justice. Does television help or harm efforts to create the kind of society that Martin Luther King envisioned? How could television do a better job?
    Fourth, fifth and six graders are asked to design posters that show a television screen conveying a message about race relations or social justice that the student would like to see on television. Judges will place more emphasis on the quality of the message than artistic excellence.
    Winners of the middle and elementary school contests will receive a $100 first prize, $50 second prize and gifts for the honorable mention prizes. The deadline for the middle school essays and grade school posters is December 17.
    All entries should be submitted to Robert Durkee, vice president for public affairs, 221 Nassau Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544.