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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Husband-hunting advice from Princeton alum triggers outrage, humor

By David Cook


Jarrett Walters, shown here graduating from Princeton University in 2004, might be a real catch




JewishWorldReview.com | (TCSM) When a Princeton alum wrote to the university newspaper advising Princeton women to "find a husband on campus before you graduate," she triggered a deluge of replies — a few supportive, many critical, at least one humorous.


Reaction was so strong that The Daily Princetonian's website crashed after getting 2,000 views, according to a report in the Princetonian. The Princetonian's editor-in-chief, Luc Cohen, says the paper will publish a special section later this week dedicated to responses to the letter.


The writer who stirred up this storm, Susan A. Patton, was president of the Princeton class of 1977. One of her sons is a Princeton graduate and the other attends the school now. Ms. Patton told Maureen O'Connor of New York magazine that she runs her own business as a human resources consultant and executive coach. "I'm astounded by the extreme reactionů. I just thought this was some good advice from a Jewish mother," Patton said.


The proud Princeton alum says she wrote her letter — subtitled "Advice for the young women of Princeton" after attending a presentation at the university on the issue of work-life balance. The gathering featured a conversation between university President Shirley Tilghman and Wilson School professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, whose article in the Atlantic, "Why Women Can't Have it All," attracted wide attention.


Patton, just divorced after 27 years of marriage, wrote that, "It's amazing how forgiving men can be about a woman's lack of erudition, if she is exceptionally pretty. Smart women can't (shouldn't) marry men who aren't at least their intellectual equal. As Princeton women, we have almost priced ourselves out of the market. Simply put, there is a very limited population of men who are as smart or smarter than we are. And I say again — you will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you."


In a followup interview with New York magazine, Patton said her former husband "went to a school of almost no name recognition" and that put a strain on their marriage.


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Most reaction to the letter was critical, although one person who commented on the Princetonian website said, "Patton is not only intelligent, she is a true friend of women. Don't be cynical, understand what she is trying to say."


Princeton President Tilghman was less approving. "Princeton is an educational institution. It's not a marriage bureau," she told the Princetonian. "The purpose of a Princeton education is not to find a spouse; the purpose is to prepare yourself for a meaningful life."


The Princetonian quoted Professor Slaughter as saying Patton's letter "takes us firmly backward."


Alyssa Rosenberg, writing on the Think Progress blog, said she thought the Princetonian published the letter because it would bring heavy web traffic. "The decision to publish Patton's letter was a demonstration that college newspapers aren't just a place to learn the basics of reporting and opinion writing: they're glomming on to the business realities of online publishing as well. Patton's letter is exactly the kind of thing that is tremendously clicky, to the extent that it was probably worth it financially to the Daily Princetonian to publish it even if the site ended up offline because of the massive influx of readers."


On a lighter note, Jane Reynolds, writing on the policymic blog, offered an observation that will resonate with both children and parents. "One positive thing I got from her piece was the realization that I officially don't have the most embarrassing mother on the planet," she said.

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