Archive for the ‘Princeton University’ Category

The leakers: Who’s to gain?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Princeton University professor Sean Wilentz, contributing editor of The New Republic, asks, Would You Feel Differently About Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange If You Knew What They Really Thought? 

The payoff of the Snowden affair for Putin and the Russians thus far has been substantial. Just as the Kremlin’s human rights reputation, already woeful under Putin, has spiraled downward, it is able to swoop in to rescue an American political outlaw, supposedly persecuted by the Obama administration. The dissident journalist Masha Gessen has observed, “The Russian propaganda machine has not gotten this much mileage out of a U.S. citizen since Angela Davis’s murder trial in 1971.”

Go read the whole thing.

Princeton University is already paying taxes

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

As you may know, I’m running for Princeton Municipal Council.

The Wall Street Journal had an op-ed article by James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley: Why Shouldn’t Princeton Pay Taxes?
Money-making ‘nonprofit’ universities don’t pay a fair share of the costs of local public
. I did a post on the real issue affecting Princeton residents, i.e., fiscal responsibility doesn’t grow from more revenues – you must recognize that the taxpayer is not an open checkbook.

The Princeton Patch did an article on my post, Should Princeton University Pay Property Taxes?

Please read my update, Princeton University is already paying taxes (cross-posted at the Princeton Patch). Contrary to what Piereson & Riley assert, PU is already paying taxes.

It’s easier to get into Princeton than it is to get a job in this economy

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Princeton University’s acceptance rate is 10%.

6% got jobs when they applied at McDonald’s:
One Million Apply for 62,000 Jobs…with McDonald’s

The world’s biggest restaurant chain reported that it received one million applicants for open positions, which resulted in 62,000 people gaining employment. Another 900,000 plus were turned down.

A McDonald’s spokeswoman said the company had planned to hire only 50,000 new employees. But the intense demand prompted it to take on an additional 24% in staff.

No word on how many of the new hires are Ivy League grads.

UPDATE, Saturday 7 May,
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Restrepo director and photographer killed in Libya; film playing tonight on PU campus

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya,

Two photojournalists — Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tim Hetherington and Getty photographer Chris Hondros — were killed on Wednesday after coming under fire in the besieged Libyan town of Misrata.

Hetherington, co-director of Afghan war documentary “Restrepo”, and Hondros were among a group working together on Tripoli Street, a main thoroughfare and scene of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

“It was quiet and we were trying to get away and then a mortar landed and we heard explosions,” Spanish photographer Guillermo Cervera said.

Doctors first said that Hetherington had died while Hondros had suffered brain injuries. Getty Images later released a statement saying Hondros had died of his injuries.

Hetherington, who won the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year award, co-directed with Sebastian Junger the 2010 documentary “Restrepo”, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary

Restrepo is playing tonight at 8PM on campus. Attendance is limited to Princeton University students and staff.

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Princeton: University Scraps Arts and Transit Plans UPDATED

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The Dinky stays where it is…for now,
University Scraps Arts and Transit Plans (emphasis added)

The first phase of the proposed Arts and Transit Neighborhood plans involved the creation of a Steven Holl-designed arts complex, the conversion of the existing Dinky buildings into cafe and retail space, the move of the Dinky farther from the downtown into a transit plaza that would include an indoor waiting area and the Wawa, a roundabout at University Place and Alexander Road, a separate pedestrian crossing for Forbes College, and a new entryway into the Lot 7 garage.

The Dinky had already been moved away from the center of town once’ this move would have made it even more impractical.

The University is Not.Pleased.

With respect to future collaborations between the University and the two municipalities, and how Monday’s outcome affects that relationship, Mr. Durkee noted, “I don’t think it helps at all.”

That’s tact!

UPDATE:
“Tact”, and possibly revenge?

However, there may be an unexpected downside to halting the planned Arts and Transit Neighborhood for the Township and the Borough. The University currently supports the community with voluntary payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs. Administrators said that the cancellation of the Arts and Transit Neighborhood would likely have an impact on the payments.

The University’s current agreement with the Borough is set to expire this year and was expected to be renewed.

“I think that is completely up in the air at the moment,” Tilghman said of the renewal. “There is no question that what happened last night is going to factor into our thinking about this going forward.”

The negative outcome of Monday’s meeting may have even further-reaching consequences, as Durkee said the community’s failure to move the Arts and Transit Neighborhood project forward would put a damper on the future of the University’s relationship with the town.

“It doesn’t augur well for future relationships when the response to the University’s request for support … is the response we got last night,” he said.

Developing…

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Mario Vargas Llosa wins the #Nobel in Literature UPDATED

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The Nobel Literature Committee has awarded the Prize to the best living Spanish-language writer, and one of the best writers in the history of literature:
Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Literature Prize

Vargas Llosa is not only a white male, he’s also a free-market libertarian who believes in democracy. His books have been bestsellers for decades.

He’s currently teaching at Princeton, and will be giving a public lecture at Princeton U next Monday – I expect it’ll be mobbed.

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I’ll mention this news item briefly in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, and then talk about American politics with Moe Lane.
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UPDATE
Nick Gillespie:

Vargas Llosa is one of those rare literary creatures who has not only helped to define the aesthetic stylistic innovation of his period but directly influence its events.

The author of over 30 books – and very nearly the president of Peru – Vargas Llosa is one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the post-war era and one of the great libertarian heroes of the age at least since his highly public criticism of the Castro regime starting in the early 1970s. An outspoken critic of authoritarian regimes on the right and the left, who else but Vargas Llosa would have called for the legalization of drugs while addressing the American Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner a few years back? He has been a consistent voice against repression wherever he finds it and an eloquent champion of freedom in all its manifestations. His insistence that all aspects of liberty – political, economic, and cultural – are inextricably linked is as powerful as it is rare among writers of his stature.

Reason has published two articles by Vargas Llosa: The Children of Columbus, and Global Village or Global Pillage?
Why we must create a universal culture of liberty

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Saturday night tango: Robin & Kat

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

From last year’s Princeton Tango Festival,

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Save the Dinky! UPDATED with VIDEO

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The local paper has a story on a completely local item, namely the shuttle train from the downtown Princeton train station to the Princeton Junction train station. To take the train from Princeton to New York or Philadelphia you have to get yourself to the Princeton Junction (which, to add to the confusion, has Princeton address. Seventeen areas not in the Borough or the Township have Princeton address since “Princeton” is perceived as a prestige location. Prestige or not, it ain’t cheap).

The shuttle is called the Dinky. It’s been around for 145 years. Here’s what it looks like:


(photo from the Save the Princeton Dinky Facebook page)

What happens is that Princeton University, which owns the land where the Dinky is located, wants to build an Arts Neighborhood, and doesn’t want the the Dinky, so they want to replace it with buses. Then there’s NJ Transit,

For one thing, New Jersey Transit, which operates the train, has raised Dinky fares and cut off-peak service, much as it has done with other trains and buses in these tight economic times. It has also consulted with local and university officials on a proposal to pave over the Dinky’s tracks and install a bus system that would extend through the whole town. Such a system, supporters say, could reach more people, run more frequently than the Dinky and even ease a dispute that has long delayed the establishment of a university arts complex.

Not a good idea. Any of us who have been stuck on traffic between Princeton Junction and Princeton trying to get across Route 1 don’t want to be on streets – particularly in bad weather.

It’s not as if no one is relying on the Dinky. As the NY Times article, Dinky or Bus? A Town Is Torn, reported,

But if these are the Dinky’s final days, one might not immediately sense it from riding the train. On a recent weekday morning, most of the seats in the Dinky’s one open car were filled with commuters sharing newspapers and conversation.

Never mind the “newspapers and conversation”; when you take the Dinky late at night, it’s full to capacity.

As it happens, there already bus service through the Borough, which is rarely used at all by passengers. Taxpayer money, empty buses.

Today’s Town Topics states (no link available yet)

Official discussions about the fate of the Dinky will take place at a Princeton Future meeting on Saturday, September 25 from 9 to 11AM in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library. It will also be on the agenda of the Princeton Regional Planning Board’s Thursday, September 30 meeting, which will be held from 7:30 to 9 pm in the main meeting room of the Township municipal building.

Considering how those two agencies have rubber-stamped anything the University wishes, let’s hope those of us who want to save the Dinky get our wish, for a change.

UPDATE:
Fox News report,

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Get out of Yale

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

David Bernstein asks,
Isn’t This a Bit Much?

The president went to Harvard, and barely defeated a primary opponent who went to Yale. His predecessor went to Yale and Harvard, and defeated opponents who went to Yale and Harvard, and Harvard, respectively. The previous two presidents also went to Yale, with Bush I defeating another Harvard grad for the presidency. And once Elena Kagan gets confirmed, every Supreme Court Justice will have attended Harvard or Yale law schools.

A case could be made that this sort of networking is almost the only reason one would aim for a Harvard/Yale/Princeton education. The costs involved are astronomical ($40,000-$55,000); in order to recover that $200,000 on college expenses (never mind the law school fees), you better get a big bang for your buck after graduation.

Get out of Yale

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

David Bernstein asks,
Isn’t This a Bit Much?

The president went to Harvard, and barely defeated a primary opponent who went to Yale. His predecessor went to Yale and Harvard, and defeated opponents who went to Yale and Harvard, and Harvard, respectively. The previous two presidents also went to Yale, with Bush I defeating another Harvard grad for the presidency. And once Elena Kagan gets confirmed, every Supreme Court Justice will have attended Harvard or Yale law schools.

A case could be made that this sort of networking is almost the only reason one would aim for a Harvard/Yale/Princeton education. The costs involved are astronomical ($40,000-$55,000); in order to recover that $200,000 on college expenses (never mind the law school fees), you better get a big bang for your buck after graduation.

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