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This Week in Princeton History for May 18-24

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Nassau Lit celebrates its centennial, pranksters kidnap a professor during a final exam, and more.

May 18, 1942—The Nassau Literary Review’s centennial issue comes out, with selections from many of its best-known historical contributors, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Booth Tarkington, Woodrow Wilson, Jacques Maritain, and Norman Thomas.

Cover of the Nassau Literary Review, May 1942.

May 20, 1977—A group calling themselves “The People’s Front for the Liberation of Nothing” disrupts the final exam in organic chemistry with six different pranks, including bringing in a troop of girl scouts on an Orange Key guided tour to photograph the students taking the test and kidnapping professor Maitland Jones, Jr.

May 22, 1895—A Princetonian editorial urges the administration to choose a name for the building under construction on campus. Despite controversy, the name students are pushing for—The Casino—will ultimately stick.

The Casino, 1895. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP24, Image No. 569.

May 24, 1929—The Princeton Alumni Weekly reports that many students refer to their roommates as “wife.”

Roommates Ralph “Rip” Horton, J. ’39, Kirk LeMoyne “Lem” Billings ‘39 and John F. “Ken” Kennedy (then a member of the Class of 1939 as well), 1935.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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