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This Week in Princeton History for March 4-10

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, competing protests take place on Nassau Street, dormitory phones get voicemail, and more.

March 4, 1965—Competing groups of students, faculty, families, and other locals march in Palmer Square, one group to protest escalation of America’s military intervention in Vietnam and the other to support it. The group supporting military intervention ends their demonstration by laying down their protest signs and singing “Old Nassau,” while opponents gather signatures for a petition asking for an end to the bombing.

Image from the Daily Princetonian.

March 6, 1977—Students express surprise and dismay when the Princeton police bring a suspect in a robbery they witnessed at the local Wawa to their dorm room at 4:00AM to identify him. One student claims the police justified this choice as no compromise to the safety of the witnesses because “He’s not a real criminal, he was born and raised in Princeton.”

Princeton’s Wawa Food Market, ca. 1970s. Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection (AC126), Box 34.

March 8, 1991—The Daily Princetonian reports that students will soon be getting voice mail service on dormitory telephones.

Princeton offered voice mail training to the campus community when the system was new. These are some sample voicemail greetings the training suggested to staff in 1990. Office of Information Technology Records (AC366), Box 22.

March 9, 1944—The Princeton Roundtable, a wartime substitute for Whig-Clio, gathers to debate the merits of Princeton becoming coeducational.

Roundtable News, March 9, 1944. (Click to enlarge.) Office of the Secretary Records (AC190), Box 70.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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