Just last week U.S. 1 editor Richard K. Rein ran a column highlighting some of the research efforts underway on the Princeton University campus. He began that column by noting that “Princeton townies care far less than one might imagine” about the inner workings of the esteemed university.

So how does he explain this week’s column: an 8,000-word opus devoted largely to Princeton lore and Tiger sports legends shared by him and Frank Deford, the celebrated sportswriter. Rein’s answer: the university’s annual celebration of its alumni. Whether you live in town and witness the scene that overflows from campus to Nassau Street and beyond, or are just traveling nearby and feel the increased traffic, the events of Thursday through Sunday, May 26 through 29, are worth noting.

Rein’s “column” begins on page 26. It is accompanied by a sidebar on page 27 that gives a glimpse of the many alumni panels held on Friday and Saturday. Though officially university events, guests often fill in the empty seats.

This week’s cover is another tribute to Princeton Reunions. The sketch was created by Michael Witte, who will be one of the alumni throng, celebrating his 50th reunion with the Class of 1966. Rein first met Witte on some late night on the upper floors of 48 University Place, where Rein was toiling for the student newspaper and Witte was drawing cartoons for the Tiger, the campus humor magazine.

Since then Witte has published more than 10,000 humorous drawings and caricatures in national journals, including the covers of the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, and Forbes. In addition — and this is the amazing kind of thing you learn at Princeton Reunions — since 2005 he has worked as a major league pitching-hitting consultant for the company he co-founded, Classic Baseball LLC.

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Last month was Parkinson’s Awareness Month and the Princeton community displayed its strong support with donations and efforts to raise awareness of this disease.

For the seventh straight year, McCaffrey’s offered their customers the option of donating to the Parkinson Alliance when they checked out at all four of their stores. As a result, more than $5,500 was raised for research.

The following restaurants participated in the seventh annual Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s Disease Research: Blue Point Grill, Despana, Eno Terra, Gennaro’s, Mediterra, Pj’s Pancake House, Teresa Caffe, the Peacock Inn, Trattoria Procaccini, and Witherspoon Grill. These restaurants donated a percentage of their proceeds during a one-week period to the Parkinson Alliance.

Our organization raises funds for the most promising PD research that will improve the quality of life for those living with PD and ultimately, help find a cure. While we fund research nationally, the Parkinson Alliance is also a resource in our area for those living with PD.

Carol Walton

CEO, the Parkinson Alliance

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