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Volume LXXIII, Number 14

PU Senior Chen Shares Musical Knowledge with Trenton Students . . . . . . .5 New Era, New Location for Chabad Center . . . . . . . .12 Nuclear Weapons Experts Speak at CFPA Gathering . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Celebrating Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks . . . . . . .21 Capuano Excited to Take Helm of PHS Baseball . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Goalie Craven Stars as Hun Boys’ Lax Produces 2-0 Start . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Legendary Lax Coach Tierney Makes PU Homecoming . . . . . . . 37 Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors . .16, 17 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . 35 Classified Ads . . . . . . 47 Dining & Entertainment . . . 33 Mailbox . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Music/Theater . . . . . . 22 New To Us . . . . . . . 28, 29 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . 45 Police Blotter . . . . . . . . 6 Real Estate . . . . . . . . 47 Religion . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Topics of the Town . . . . 5 Town Talk . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Wilson’s Mixed Legacy To Be Embodied In Upcoming Sculpture

Commissioned by Princeton University to create a work of art capturing both the positive and negative sides of Woodrow Wilson’s legacy, acclaimed African American artist Walter Hood recalled when he was a young man leaving for college, “My father said to me, ‘Junior, you’re going to have to be both black and white when you go out there, a double consciousness, navigating the world through the eyes of others.’’’ Double Consciousness, drawn from W.E.B. Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk, will be the title of Hood’s sculpture that will be installed this summer adjacent to the fountain on the Washington Road side of the plaza of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS). Hood will present a free, public lecture about the value of public art in helping us reflect on our past at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Friend Center, Room 101, co-sponsored by the WWS and the Campus Iconography Committee. Reflecting on the concept of “two-ness” in a TED Talk last year about public spaces reclaiming the past and embracing the future, Hood continued, “W.E.B. Du Bois said it’s this peculiar sensation that the Negro has to walk around being viewed through the lens of other people — this two-ness, this double consciousness.” In commenting on the Wilson installation in a Princeton University press release, Hood explained, “This peculiar and burdensome condition that affects African Americans is re-appropriated here as a method and framework for critique, lining up positive and negative aspects of Wilson’s legacy side by side. A progressive to some and a bigot to others, Wilson left a complex legacy this installation aims to capture.” Double Consciousness will be a 39-foot-high vertical sculpture of two columns, one leaning on the other, with black-and-white stone surfaces bearing quotations that represent both sides of Wilson’s mixed legacy. Two vertical planes face each other at the sculpture’s center, one reflective stainless steel and the other glass with images of Wilson’s critics. In April 2016 the University’s board of trustees adopted a report and recommendations made by the Wilson Legacy Review Committee on how the University Continued on Page 10

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Discord Continues Over Choir College Sale The struggles continue between the administration of Rider University, which wants to sell Westminster Choir College (WCC) to a Chinese company, and those who oppose the plan because they fear it will mean the end of the renowned music school. Rider and WCC merged in 1991, and the University announced plans to sell the music school two years ago. Since naming Kaiwen Education, originally a bridge and steel company, as the buyer, Rider has been sued by two entities intent on stopping the sale. A meeting of the Choir College faculty was called for late Tuesday afternoon, April 2, by Marshall Onofrio, dean of the Westminster College of the Arts (at Rider University), but was cancelled at the last minute because a representative of Rider’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) said he was going to attend. Onofrio wanted the meeting limited to Westminster faculty members. “Marshall Onofrio sent an email to all of the Westminster faculty about this meeting, and the union asked me to attend as

a representative,” said Jeffrey Halpern, an associate professor in Rider’s Department of Sociology. “I sent him an email rather than just showing up, and he responded ‘You’re not invited.’ And I’m not paraphrasing.” While the subject of the meeting was not revealed, “In light of recent developments it is important that we all gather,” said Halpern. “Onofrio said, ‘This is not a bargaining session. It’s an opportunity for the community directly affected by

the situation to gather and talk, and you are not invited.’ I’ll go anyway, and talk to people going in and going out.” Onofrio’s letter cancelling the meeting said per University policy, he has the right to call a closed meeting “and there is clear guidance under the National Labor Relations Act about the conditions under which union leadership has the right to attend. This meeting does not fall under Continued on Page 8

Two Organizations Merge to Form Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber

The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce (MJCC) and the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce (PRCC) have merged to become the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber (PMRC), the two groups announced last Thursday at a meeting at Mercer Oaks in West Windsor. The consolidation of the two chambers will create an organization that serves more than 10,000 individual contacts,

more than 1,600 member companies, and a network of more than 350,000 employees. The new chamber will be the largest regional chamber in the state. The combined organization is expected to save companies and individuals money that has been spent on duplication of membership costs and programming, and, as Peter Crowley, president and CEO of the newly established PMRC Continued on Page 11

ARTJAM ON PALMER SQUARE: HomeFront’s 10th Annual ArtJam, featuring works by more than 125 artists, runs through April 16 in a pop-up gallery at 19 Hulfish Street . The event brings together professional artists, undiscovered artists who have experienced homelessness, and the community in a celebration of creativity . Proceeds benefit ArtSpace, HomeFront’s therapeutic art program . (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

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