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This Week in Princeton History for April 1-7

By April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, Witherspoon Hall draws praise, a local egging is blamed on the influence of students, and more.

April 1, 1932—Tiger magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Hotel New Yorker.

April 4, 1988—Nearly 400 people show up at an anti-racism rally on campus on the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 5, 1877—Theodore Cuyler (Class of 1841) writes in the New York Evangelist:

The “Witherspoon Hall” has just been opened for students of the college, and it is enough to make one wish he were a college boy again. I suspect that President McCosh dreams about it every night.

Colored postcard of Witherspoon Hall
Witherspoon Hall continued to draw attention for decades. On this postcard sent to a woman in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1906, someone has asked, “Has fishtown any buildings like this?” Historical Postcard Collection (AC045), Box 1.

April 6, 1901—An official at the local Trinity Episcopal Church tells a journalist that the recent incident in which a group of boys pelted each other with raw eggs after choir practice is due to the poor influence of Princeton students. The Boston Herald will cover the story: “Not until he had been well bespattered with yellow was the choir leader able to quell the disturbance.”

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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