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MARCH 1824, 2015

And then
was light

Princeton Pi Day

UFAR founder talks

alleviating riverblindness
in the Congo and the
upcoming African Soiree
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Annie Kim, Janie Kim and Jade Levine of the Princeton Tour Company take a break to pose for the camera after spending the day
greeting Princeton Pi Day event-goers. For the full Pi Day story, visit

In 2004, Lawrenceville local

Daniel Shungu traveled home to
the Congo on a quest to give
something back to his brothers
and sisters. When inspiration
came from a Congolese minister,
Dr. Yagi Sitolo, Shungu embarked
on a 12-day trip covering 300
miles, nine major cities and many
desolate provinces rivers
buzzing with the infected black
flies that plague 60 percent to 70
percent of the population with
Seeing this with my own eyes
really touched me deep in my
heart and convinced me to do this
project, said Shungu referring to
his foundation, United Front
Against Riverblindness, which
please see FUNDRAISER, page 10


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First day of spring: Princetonians look ahead

After a grueling winter in Princeton, locals share their excitement for the upcoming season
The Sun
After a bitter, grueling winter,
locals eagerly await the first signs
of spring. March didnt let up
early on.
Not even two days into the
month of madness, a second winter storm had already eyed the
state as temperatures continued
to steadily decline well into the
single digits.
While schools and offices
around town closed, neighbors
and townspeople came from out
of their warm homes and quiet
shops, bundled from head-to-toe
to shovel out the persistent,
falling snow yet again.
Meanwhile, The Sun was collecting Princeton snow photos on
Instagram. A number of locals,
passers-by and photography enthusiasts alike began sharing
their snow-bitten Princetagrams on our page. While some
were still reveling in the beauty of
winter, others were frustrated,
hoping for the snow to disappear
Astronomically speaking, Friday, March 20 will mark the


Kathy Stratton says she is looking forward to being able to walk around outside and not worry about slipping on ice this spring.
March equinox more popularly
known as the first day of spring.
But, meteorologically speaking,
this may not be the case. One can
only keep their fingers crossed
and hope otherwise.

Nevertheless, here are what a

few Princetonians were chatting
about on the streets last week:
Princeton resident Jocelyn
Froehlich was out walking her
two dogs, Lucy and Lindy, when

she stopped to say what excites

her about spring in Princeton: It
is really fun when the Princeton
University students are back
from spring break. They bring so
much life to the town and to the

Kathy Stratton, a Princeton
employee, is looking forward to,
being able to just be outside and
walk around.
And of course, not having to
worry about slipping on ice, the
Princeton Junction resident
added with a smile.
Samantha Hasey, an employee
at Labyrinth Books in Princeton,
was spotted organizing the shops
outdoor display when she took a
break to chat about her anticipation for the spring season.
This spring I am looking forward to being able to finally shop
outside and walk around, she
said. And mostly, I am looking
forward to the nice weather.
The Sun also caught up Alicia
Grimaldi who works on Stockton Street during her lunch
break last week: I cant wait to
see the snow melt.
The Princeton worker spent
the rest of her break shopping
and catching up with friends via
her phone.
What are you looking forward to for
spring in Princeton this year? Tell the
Sun on Twitter @princetonsun.

Princeton public schools cafeteria workers negotiate contract

After benefits cut, food service workers continue to negotiate deal with Nutri-Serve Food Management
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For several months, food service workers in the Princeton Public School District have been trying to negotiate a contract with
Nutri-Serve Food Management.
These workers and the local
Service Employees International
Union went before the school
board at its meeting on Tuesday,
Feb. 24 to bring light to their negotiations.
While the workers have continued to take the necessary actions

to inform both parents and other

staff members about the status of
their negotiations, the staff altogether went on strike back on
Nov. 17, but only remained on
strike for one day.
Although they are technically
Nutri-Serves employees, as vital
members of the PPS community,
the workers feel as though NutriServes original proposal would
have eventually pushed them into
poverty. The starting hourly rate
as a food service worker has been
reported at less than $9 an hour.
According to a flyer that was

handed out during the meeting,

Nutri-Serve planned to cut five
holidays and leave the workers
with only one paid holiday, slash
decent wage increases and wipe
out 21 paid days for jury duty.
The flyer also stated that NutriServe has said it is its philosophical belief not to allow the workers
to voluntarily contribute to their
political fund, which eliminates
their First Amendment right to
freedom of speech.
As a result, workers asked for
those willing to sign their petition
against Nutri-Serves benefits cut

and make a call to Nutri-Serves

owner Karen Fynan on their behalf.
Fynan could not be reached for
However, PPS Superintendent
Steven Cochrane said since the
labor dispute became public, he
has been in contact on a regular
basis with Fynan: I cannot share
what is being talked about in negotiations, but I believe that
progress has been made on a
number of key issues, and I hope
that progress can continue.
We recognize how important

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our cafeteria workers are in our

schools and in the daily lives of
our students. We are concerned
about the impact the negotiations
are having on them as individuals, and at our last meeting, I encouraged both parties to continue
to meet and work in earnest toward a resolution.
Food service workers met with
Nutri-Serve to negotiate their
contract on Dec. 18, and then
again on Feb. 23.
I am hopeful that the two
groups are continuing to meet,
Cochrane said.


Small World Coffee patron

reports $1,500 laptop stolen
The following reports are on
file with the Princeton Police Department.

nicipal Court warrant for $195.

The Trenton resident was released after posting bail.

On March 9, a female victim reported that her laptop valued at

$1,500 was stolen from
her handbag while
leaving it unattended
for a short time at
Small World Coffee.

A resident of Pettit Place reported on March 5 that unknown

actor(s) filed a fraudulent federal tax return
using his personal information.


Subsequent to a pedestrian
check on North Harrison Street
on March 3, a 23-year-old woman
was arrested on a Princeton Municipal Court warrant for $164.
She posted bail and was released.
On March 3, subsequent to a
motor vehicle stop on Nassau
Street. A 32-year-old man was arrested on a Franklin Township
Municipal Court warrant for
$150. He was released after posting bail.
A former resident of Broadmead Street reported on March 3
that $4,300 worth of sterling silver
flatware is missing from their belongings after moving to North

On March 5, a resident of Morven Place reported

that sometime during the early
actor(s) rummaged through two
vehicles parked in their driveway.
Nothing appeared to be stolen.
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop on State Road on March 8, a
26-year-old female was arrested
on warrants out of Atlantic City
Municipal Court and Newark
Municipal Court totaling $175.
The Philadelphia resident was released after posting bail.
Subsequent to a vehicle check
on Greenview Avenue on March
7, unknown actor(s) in the area of
242 Nassau St. stole a mans wallet containing credit cards and
identification after he dropped it.

Subsequent to a motor vehicle

stop on Spring Street on March 4,
a 27-year-old woman was arrested
on a Springfield Township Mu-

Free immigration
advice March 25
Free legal advice on immigration and other issues will be offered on Wednesday, March 25
from 78:30 p.m. in the second
floor Conference Room at the
Princeton Public Library.
The volunteer attorneys will
answer questions in their areas of
expertise as far as possible, and
make referrals as necessary.
Though not definitive legal consultations, this offers an opportunity for a brief review of current
applicable law or to get a second
Spanish interpreters will be
available. For more information,
please call (609) 924-9529, ext. 220.






The Jewish Center hosts Amy Adina

Schulman Memorial Lecture March 22
Understanding the Results of
the Israeli Election: What Direction for Israels Future? is the
topic for the 27th Annual Amy
Adina Schulman Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Bernard
Avishai. The lecture will be held
on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at
The Jewish Center of Princeton.
Israels parliamentary elections for a prime minister and
new governing coalition have
been called two years ahead of
schedule and will be held a few
days prior to this lecture. The
outcome of the voting will need
interpretation, as the electoral
system is increasingly complicat-

ed. Polling predicts the main parties will have fewer seats than in
the current Knesset (parliament),
requiring combinations with
many feuding smaller parties in
order to cobble together a majority coalition government.
Avishai will help attendees understand what the various coalitions could look like and how
each might address Israels possible paths into the future regarding: the countrys economic situation, defense and security, the
role of the Orthodox, prospects
for renewed negotiations with the
Palestinian Authority toward a
two-state solution and the rela-

tionship between Israel and the

Following Avishais presentation, there will be an extensive
Q&A period. The evening will
end with a dessert reception.
This program is open to the public without charge.
Throughout the year, the Amy
Adina Schulman Memorial Fund
sponsors this lecture series,
awards grants to young adults
who volunteer for progressive social action projects in Israel and
around the world. To learn more
about the organization, visit


Mayor Lempert talks

Town-Gown relationship
One of my goals as mayor has
been to foster a more productive
relationship between the municipality and campus community.
I would like to focus on that
very relationship and look
at both the historic tensions
and the many
for synergies
between the
town and university.
First the
Liz Lempert
mainly into two areas development and economics. You cannot
really talk about the town-gown
relationship in Princeton without
talking about growth and development. As the largest landowner, the university has been the
driver of growth and change. But
it would be a mistake to see this
solely as a town-gown tension, because the university struggles
with this internally.
One of the more famous development battles in Princeton was
over where the graduate college
should be built and it pitted two
former U.S. presidents against
one another Grover Cleveland
and Woodrow Wilson. While Wilson wanted the graduate college
to be centrally located, Cleveland
wanted the graduate students to
have their own refuge apart from
the main campus. Cleveland won
out and got a bell tower named
after him among other things.
One takeaway is that Princeton
land use issues are compelling
enough to galvanize U.S. presidents. The other takeaway is 100
years after Cleveland and Wilson
duked it out over where to site the
graduate college, the university is
still struggling with versions of
this same debate where and how
it expands.
Two decades ago, the university president at the time, Harold
Shapiro, decided that after his
tenure, most future physical
growth of the university should
take place on the West Windsor
side of Lake Carnegie. He envi-

sioned a mirror image campus

developing over the following
decades and into this century.
Then, under Shirley Tilghman,
the university undertook another
extensive campus planning effort.
Those plans ultimately reversed
Shapiros vision of the mirror
West Windsor campus. Tilghmans campus plan focused
growth back on the Princeton
side of the lake, increasing density and pushing out along the campus borders. The reasoning behind Tilghmans plan was understandable Princeton was able to
maintain a large walk-able campus and a more compact, sustainable campus.
But the decision to concentrate
grown in Princeton had an unintended consequence and that
was increasing town-gown tensions, especially over development at the edges of the campus.
For one, the Murray Place neighborhood was impacted by development in the E- Quad. There
were also serious concerns as the
community watched the universi-

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ver the last few weeks, you

may have read on this page
our request to have you send
in the story of your marriage proposal. March 20 is National Proposal Day,
and we are celebrating the under-theradar holiday by telling the stories
of marriage engagements of the members of this community.
Why do we do this? As one of our associate editors would say, we love
And so, too, apparently, do plenty of
other New Jerseyans. A recently-released Census report shows that New
Jersey has the lowest percentage of
people who have married two or more
times. So, when we say I do, we tend
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Your story
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dont intend to say it again if things

dont go right the first time.
Wed rather focus on that first point,
though. New Jersey has long held one
of the lowest, if not the lowest, divorce
rates in the nation, and experts are
never surprised to read this. Why? Because New Jersey residents typically
fall into categories that put them at a
lower likelihood to get a divorce:
We have a high level of education,
so we often delay marriage to a later
age, making us more emotionally and

financially stable. Money troubles are

a leading cause of divorce, and since a
good portion of our newlyweds are in
a better financial position than their
counterparts in the South and West
where divorce rates are higher we
tend to avoid the D-word.
Which circles us back to what were
really talking about here wonderful,
head-over-heels love.
We have already received plenty of
stories from the community about
their memorable engagement stories,
and we thank you for them. Your stories will be told in these pages in the
coming weeks. If you want to share
your stories with the town, please
send them in. We love love, all year

The Sun wants to know: How did you get engaged?

Share your stories with our readers for National Proposal Day on March 20
Maybe he popped the question on a picturesque summer day at the beach, a banner plane proclaiming his love flying overhead. Perhaps she organized your family
and friends into a flash mob, asking for
your hand in marriage at the end of an
elaborate song and dance. Or maybe it was
simple, both curled up on the couch at
home, sharing a pizza and laughing over

the latest episode of a favorite sitcom.

March 20 is National Proposal Day, and
no matter how you went from single to betrothed, The Sun wants to celebrate with
your stories.
Was it the most romantic proposal in
history? A proposal that went hysterically
wrong, but still with an enthusiastic yes
at the end? Maybe the third time was the

charm? Whatever your story, were calling

on you to send it in so we can share it with
Send in your perfect (or not-so-perfect)
proposal story, and a photo of you and your
special someone, to our news email, which
is listed to the right.
Watch for your stories in an upcoming
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Bryn Mawr-Wellesley hosts 84th book sale March 2024

After this dreadful winter, everyone is
eager for the first signs of spring robins
on the lawn, the first flowers and the Bryn
Mawr Wellesley Book Sale. Now in its 84th
consecutive year, it is the largest and oldest
used book sale on the East Coast and attracts buyers from as far away as Maine,
Florida and Ohio. Patrons will find more
than 85,000 books including non-fiction, fic-

tion, trade, hard back, soft cover, rare and

collectible books, recipe books, coffee table
volumes and photography books among
others. They are organized into 60 topics
and displayed for easy browsing.
Tickets for Preview Day, March 20, are
$25 and available at
Remaining days are free. Collectors Corner is open the same hours as the rest of

the sale except where noted. Hours: Friday,

March 20 ($25), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday,
March 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, March
22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Monday, March 23 (half
price except most Collectors Corner
books), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Collectors Corner
open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, March 24
($10 a box day) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Collectors Corner closed.

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Learn to Download Our Digital
Library, Technology Center, 10-2
p.m. Individual help with downloading material from our electronic collection is available by
appointment. Bring your device,
sit down and get started.
March Networking Madness: Mountain View Gold Course, 2-5 p.m.
Join the Mercer County Sports
and Entertainment Committee
for March Madness basketball
while eating game day treats,
having a few drinks, playing some
hoops and networking. Members:
$30, future members: $40.
Kiki Jamieson: Beyond Binaries:
Justice for Transgender and
Gender Non-Conforming People:
Princeton Public Library, Community Room, noon-1 p.m. This talk
will describe government efforts
to reveal authentic gender identity and to control individuals gender presentation.
Book Discussion: Outlander:

Princeton Public Library, Princeton Room, 7-9 p.m.

Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Reaching Blue: Finding
Hope Beneath the Surface:
Princeton Public Library, Community Room, 4-5 p.m. 45 minutes.
Folk Concert: Princeton Folk Music
Society, 8 p.m. Mary Gauthier
with guest, Allison Moorer.
Admission $20; $15 for members;
$10 for students age 12-22 and $5
for children under 12. For information, call (609) 799-0944.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Just Eat it: Princeton Public Library, Community Room, 7-9
p.m. 75 minutes.

Saturday Stories: Princeton Public
Library, Story Room, 10:30-11 a.m.
For children 2-8 years of age.
Adults must accompany children.
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Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Pelican Dreams: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
1-3 p.m. 80 minutes.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Chuitna: More Than
Salmon on the Line: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
3-4 p.m. 30 minutes. Followed by
a Q&A with the filmmakers via
video conference.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: En La Orilla: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
4-4:30 p.m. 12 minutes. Followed
by a Q&A with the filmmakers via
video conference.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Mother Kuskokwim:
Princeton Public Library, Community Room, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The
screening will be followed by a
Q&A with the filmmakers via
video conference.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Song of the Sea: Princeton

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6-8 p.m. 93 minutes.

Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Song From the Forest:
Princeton Public Library, Community Room, 11-12 p.m. 96 minutes.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Oil and Water: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
1-3 p.m. 77 minutes.
Sunday Stories: Princeton Public
Library, Story Room, 2-2:30 p.m.
For children 2-8 years of age.
Adults must accompany children.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Field Biologist: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
4-6 p.m. 53 minutes. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with
filmmaker, Jared Flesher and
Tyler Christensen, the subject of
the film.

Princeton Environmental Film Fes-

tival: No Pipeline: Say Friends of

Nelson: Princeton Public Library,
Community Room, 4-5 p.m. 29
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Switch: Princeton Public
Library, Community Room, 5:15-7
p.m. 98 minutes.
Talk: Finding the Right Volunteer
Opportunity: Princeton Public
Library, Conference Room, 7-9
p.m. Carol King of the Princeton
Senior Resource Center discusses how to connect to volunteer
opportunities that will help
expand horizons, create relationships and further personal and
professional goals while making a
difference in the community.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Above All Else: Princeton
Public Library, Community Room,
7:30-9:30 p.m. 95 minutes.

Chess: Princeton Public Library,
Story Room, 4-5 p.m.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: The Walking Revolution:
Princeton Public Library, Community Room, 4-5 p.m. 30 minutes.
Princeton Environmental Film Festival: Antarctic Edge: 70-degree
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riverblindness throughout the
Congo. UFAR will host its sole
fundraiser Saturday, March 22
from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Princeton
Theological Seminary.
The sixth annual fundraiser
for UFAR fuses international fare
with traditional Congolese art
and music. The event will illuminate the beauty in the African regions UFAR helps to remain colorful in the face of darkness. A
variety of Kuba art, which
arose during the era of Belgian

colonization and preserved tribal

pieces such as Congolese masks,
textiles, pottery, figurines and
beading with cowrie shells, will
be on view and for sale. All art
and ticket sales, $70 for adults and
$35 for children, will be donated
to UFARs training programs,
transportation and incentives to
keep the project going in the
Congo. Woman, Cradle of Abundance, also known as FEBA, will
also have a booth at the African
Soiree with bags and clothing
crafted by Congolese women to
support sewing schools for girls,
medical care for women and children with HIV/AIDS, counseling
for survivors of sexual abuse and
school fees for orphans.
As we enjoy the entertain-

ment, by gospel singer Selah,

and the delicious meals, we will
enable UFAR to keep an entire village from going blind, Shungu
said. With an array of international dishes, we want to welcome
everybody at ease, at peace.
To provide some Congolese
tastes, Shungu will prepare a goat
dish one Shungu modestly admitted as having been deemed
the best goat dish around; banana snack a type of beignet
made famous by New Orleans but
a favorite for centuries in the
Congo; and a simple dessert
fresh sliced mango.
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Theo Singer scored 12 points to
In the Boys 6th-7th Grade Divilead the scoring as Lependorf and sion playoffs, Jay Jackson scored
Silverstein topped Mack-Cali Real- 20 points, while Spencer Hamilton
ty, 28-26 in overtime in the opening and Dylan Ridall had 10 apiece as
round of the playoffs in the Boys the Lakers topped the 76ers, 53-25.
4th-5th Grade DiviTaylor had
sion of the Prince12 points and Olivton Recreation Dillon Youth Bas- er Bishop had seven in the loss.
ketball League. Jack Durbin The Suns topped the Bucks, 44-31,
added 11 points in the win; Phillip as MarShawn Ferguson scored 19
Christy had nine and Daniel Cib- points and Akira Nishiu added 10.
barelli had five in the loss.
Edan Blecher had 10 points and
In other first round playoff divi- Benjamin Kioko added eight in
sion games, William Doran scored the loss. In a non-playoff game, the
29 points to lead Mason, Griffin Spurs topped the Magic, 41-39, as
and Pierson to a 42-36 win over Jef- Benjamin Quinones scored 12
ferson Plumbing. William Brandt points, Ben Petrone had 11 and
had 22 points and Drew Petrone Ryan Bowen added eight. Andrew
added 10 in the loss. Vincent Friedman had 10 points and Nick
Baldino & Brothers topped Ace Trenholm had seven in the loss.
Hardware, 31-16 as Makhi ThompIn the Boys 8th-9th Grade Divison scored 11 points and Matthew sion playoffs, Ryan Farrell scored
DiMeglio added six. Nico Cucchi, 22 points and Mustafa Zaman
Charlie Howes and Jacob Rose-Sei- added nine as Charlotte topped Alden had four points apiece in the bany, 41-39. Yannick Ibrahim had
loss. Matthew Land had 10 points 14 points, Max Shi had 13 points,
and Max Blecher added nine to and Ben Amon had nine in the
lead Woodwinds to a 38-25 win loss. Montana upset Tennessee, 50over Corner House. James 39 as Razzy Wachtel scored 23
Petrone had 18 points in the loss.
points and Grant Luther added 10.

Gabe Lebeau had 18 points in the

loss. In a non-playoff game, Hofstra defeated Cal-Poly, 39-20 as
Noam Davidoff scored 15 points,
Thomas Reid had 10 and Louis
Jamieson-Dove had eight. Andrew
Moss had eight points in the loss.
In the 4th-5th Grade Girls Division playoffs, Princeton Restorative Dental topped Princeton Orthopedic, 22-18. Freya Patel led
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Teammate Brian Palmer discusses what it takes to be a great gymnast
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The Schafer Gymnastics All
Star Special Olympics Team competed in its first meet of the season on Sunday, March 1 in Mt.
Head coach Shannon Schafer
started the team last year with
only one athlete, but since then,
the team has grown significantly
now boasting seven highly committed athletes ranging from 8 to
12 years of age. Assistant coach
Kirstin Bowers is also a vital
asset to the teams coaching staff.
Schafer has been committed to
working with children with special needs for the past 16 years
and is dedicated to giving every
child an opportunity to participate in the sport of gymnastics.
Schafer coached the National
Special Olympics Team last summer, and two of her athletes are
now headed to Los Angeles this
summer for the World Summer
Games for Special Olympics.
Schafer said her new team is
looking forward to its upcoming
Sectional Meet in May and the
Summer Games with Special
Olympics in June. The team is
also working on planning a
fundraiser with Thomas Sweets
in Princeton.
As the team gears up for its upcoming competitions, The Sun
caught up with teammate Brian
Palmer, 10, who has been involved
in gymnastics since he was 6
years old. A student at the Lewis
School in Princeton, Brian works
on the rings, pommel horse and
the parallel bars, but his favorite
routine is working on the floor.
He plans to work as hard as he
can to move to level 3.
See The Suns full interview
with Brian below:
The Sun: How did you first get
interested in gymnastics?
Brian: My mom signed me up
for private lessons and I realized
that I really enjoyed it.
The Sun: What is a typical practice with your team like?
Brian: First, we do some warms

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Brian Palmer, 10, of Princeton

stops to pose for the camera
during a gymnastics meet.
ups jumping jacks and flips on
the trampoline. Then, I work with
my coaches on routines. They
take videos of me on their iPad
and I watch them back to see
where I need to improve. Sometimes our team does relay races.
I'm the fastest one out of everyone right now. We practice for one
hour once a week, and at the end
of practice, my muscles are really
The Sun: Who are your heroes?
Brian: Gabby Douglas was awesome to watch in the Olympics

last year. I like mixed martial

arts and I like Phil Baroni and
George St. Pierre. I really admire
people who are athletic, strong,
fast, big and smart.
The Sun: What attributes do
you believe make a great gymnast?
Brian: A great gymnast is
strong, fast and athletic. To get
that way, you have to work really
hard and stay focused and listen
to your coaches. It is best to try
not to be too nervous in the meets.
A great gymnast has to enjoy the
sport a lot and not be afraid to get
The Sun: What is the best advice your coach has given you?
Brian: Coach Schafer tells me to
listen carefully. She tells me that
the best thing I can do is practice
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a lot and to not be afraid to try
new things.
The Sun: What is one obstacle
you have faced in gymnastics and
how did you overcome it?
Brian: Something that is really
hard for me now is the turn over
on the parallel bars, but I'm working on it. It is easier if you take
small steps to master a new skill.
I'm learning to do a straddle and
then do the turn over. At first,
when I was learning gymnastics,
my hands hurt a lot. But they get
tougher and stronger the more
you do it. I overcome things by

not getting too frustrated and

never giving up.
The Sun: What is one of your
proudest moments thus far while
on the gymnastics team?
Brian: I felt really proud doing
my routines at my first competition. And it was awesome to get
my very first medal. It is fun
being part of a team. I've never
been part of a team like this before.
The Sun: What is one goal you
hope to accomplish in gymnastics
this year?
Brian: I just want to get better
at everything I do in gymnastics. I
especially want to get better at the
rings because I think that is the
most fun part. I'm excited to win
more medals.

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Street. And then there was the
Dinky Station move where the
university moved the public train
station further away from town in
order to accommodate the expansion of campus.
Issues around growth and development are inevitably going to
cause some tensions because the
university and community are on
fundamentally different growth
trajectories. The town is largely
built out, and our population is
relatively stable. We are basically
a small town and like it that way.
The university, on the other hand,
has evolved into a major international research institution. The
square footage has essentially
doubled since 1965. And to maintain its standing in the international arena, the university is
going to need to build and modernize and grow. The challenge is
how to accommodate both the
towns desire to keep its character
and the universitys inevitable expansion.
The university is now embarking on its campus plan for the

next three decades. Obviously, the

direction the university takes on
where and how it plans to expand
has significant effects on the
town. It is vitally important for
the community to be part of the
planning process so that impacts
can be acknowledged and efforts
can be made to address them. The
good news is there is improved
communication and a better understanding and recognition on
both sides of these tensions. President Eisgruber meets with the
Princeton Council every year,
which is important for the substance of what is being discussed
as well as the symbolism of the
president and council gathering
around a table to talk. Personal
relationships are important to institutional ones, and he has been
a terrific partner. We may have
conflicting needs at times, but
that doesnt mean we cannot
work together. The town of
Princeton wouldnt be Princeton
without the university. And the
university experience wouldnt
be the same without the town.
The other tension concerns
Princeton is not a universally
wealthy community. There are
pockets of poverty and longstanding working and middle-class

neighborhoods. Feelings of economic pressure in the community are sometimes coupled with
the perception that there is infinite wealth on the other side of
Nassau Street. When there are
changes on the campus border,
community residents have felt a
loss of control over their neighborhoods in the face of this large,
growing institution with enormous financial resources.
Princeton University is both
the largest taxpayer and the
largest non-tax payer. While some
properties are taxable, the bulk of
the university is tax exempt. The
municipality and university last
year entered into a seven-year
agreement, negotiated by Council
President Bernie Miller and
Councilman Patrick Simon,
where the university pays approximately $3 million/year. In
addition, in recognition of shared
needs, the university pledged financial support for a variety of
capital projects including $250,000
for the construction of a public
works facility, $550,000 for a new
rescue squad building, $250,000
for the expansion of the fire
house, $500,000 towards the purchase of a new fire truck and the
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donation of a parking lot on
Franklin Street, which is worth
approximately $1 million.
At the end of the day, there is
significant overlap between the
university community and the
larger community. Many residents have some connection to
the university either they are
alum, or they work on campus, or
someone in their family does. It
behooves us to do right by one another.
The fact is, we have many
shared areas of common interest,
and the list is long and deep. To
outline just a few:
Public safety: Princeton relies
on volunteers to staff its fire
squad and rescue squad. We created a program with the university to facilitate staff volunteering
on the fire squad. Also, several
pre-meds volunteer with the rescue squad. Collaboration, cooperation and good communication
between campus public safety
and the towns police department
is essential.
Public health: Princeton has
unfortunately been on forefront
when it has come to infectious
diseases, from meningitis B to
measles to Ebola. Diseases dont
respect the boundary of Nassau
Street. A PU student liaison now
sits on the board of health.
Transportation: One of the
biggest potential areas of collaboration and shared goals in the
new campus plan will be transportation improvements. Reducing car trips, ensuring good transit connections and creating a
safe bicycle network are in everyones interest.
Diversity: When it comes to
diversity, the university cant really go it alone. If you want to create a diverse student body with a
diverse faculty, youre recruiting
from a group that is going to be
looking at the surrounding town
and seeing if thats a place they
can see themselves. As mayor, I
want to foster a community

where every resident feels they

have a voice and feels they belong. I know the university is
working to improve itself on this
front as well, and we might be
able to find ways to work together
in becoming more welcoming and
My hope is for all of you to see
the community of Princeton as a
laboratory for innovation and excellence. In looking for topics for
your junior projects and senior
theses, be open to the possibility
that there may be something for
you to study right here in your
backyard. If youre a student in
ecology, you might want to work
with our shade tree commission
on devising a plan to deal with an
invasive pest that is expected to
wipe out 1,000s of our street
trees the Emerald Ash Borer. Or
if you are a CS major, help us use
technology to better reach our
residents or deliver services in a
more innovative way; or if youre
a politics major, develop a plan for
how Princeton can be a model for
town-gown relations.
Let me close by saying this is a
challenging and an exciting time
to be working in local government. When there is gridlock in
Washington or dysfunction in
Trenton, the problems dont go
away. They are pushed down to
the municipalities to figure out.
This is where the buck stops. How
to develop a humane immigration
program, how to build livable sustainable communities in the face
of climate change, how to build
police departments that earn the
trust of everyone in the community? I dont think theres been a
more exciting time to be involved
in local government. I encourage
all of you to think about how you
might want to engage with the
community during your time
here. I encourage you to cross
Nassau Street and explore; there
is much to learn in our municipal

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reality of those who suffer is
grave. The black fly that bites the

Congolese who frequent the

rivers edge for sustenance and
daily routine carries a parasite.
This parasite can live in its host
for 10 years and hatches thousands of larvae who travel into
the bloodstream to the eyes and

cause blindness. This has been

going on in the Congo, according
to Shungu, for hundreds of years
so long the people have integrated the sickness into their belief
system as something that happens when one does not act in accordance with moral or religious
The word disease does not
even exist, Shungu exclaimed
still seemingly bewildered by the
phenomenon that infects his people. It is not until I show them
charts, pictures of the worms
that are the same as those creating nodules on their skin, and dissected flies from their rivers that
they realize it is even a disease.
UFAR has for the last 10 years
worked to set up centers through-

out the Congo where individuals

are trained to educate and administer a drug that kills the parasites offspring. One of their five
territories is three times the size
of New Jersey and is, according
to Shungu, a major operation.
Each territory is designated into
different health zones with a doctor and a hospital. Because the
parasite lives for about 10 years,
the drug called Mectizan created in 1989 to be distributed for
free must be retaken every year
until the adult worm dies on its
In many of these villages, people are relieved of all ailments
with this drug. Children who
have had other parasites such as
bed worms or ticks will run into

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from inflated to flat and asking
for food, Shungu said. It is a
miracle drug; a wonderful, wonderful drug. It is a godsend that is
really making a major impact on
an endemic.
Shungu is thrilled as UFAR approaches its 10th year and is
eager to eliminate the disease as
one of the projects reaches the
end of its cycle. If UFARs doctors
can no longer see offspring in a
patients blood under a microscope, they will be convinced
theyve stopped the disease completely.
Shungu, who left the Congo at
18 for an exchange program and
remained in the U.S. because of
post-independence turmoil, feels
this project came to him as a
Doing what I am doing is just
natural. It is time to try to give
something back to those less fortunate. Sometimes when I watch
the TV, at those children covered
in flies and dirt and snot on their
little noses, I think, I could have
been one of them! Why me? Why
me? Shungu cried out. I have
been blessed by so many measures.

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