The Dish

January/February 2013

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Elizabeth Lempert
Photo: Jon Roemer


In November, the two municipalities of Princeton, N.J., voted together for the first time to elect Elizabeth Lempert, '90, mayor of the united town. A Democrat, Lempert previously served as deputy mayor of Princeton Township. In her campaign she vowed to follow through on consolidation, bolster environmental protection and foster a sustainable community. "With consolidation, there's a tremendous amount of opportunities and a lot of exciting things we can do," she told the Times of Trenton. Prior to entering local politics, Lempert worked as a writer, producer and editor for the National Public Radio program Living On Earth.


Sarah Canner
Courtesy of Momentum Magazine


New York cyclist and clothing designer Sarah Canner, '95 (left), debuted her Vespertine line of "haute réflecture" urban bike wear during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September. The vests, jackets and accessories incorporate high-visibility colors and reflective materials to increase safety without sacrificing style. Canner's creations previously won a 2012 BRANDNEW award for innovation in the apparel category from ISPO, an international association for sports businesses. A portion of Vespertine's profits go to World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit that distributes bicycles in underdeveloped communities.


Roy Gilbert
Courtesy Roy Gilbert/Corbis


Former Google executive Roy Gilbert, '02, and his team at Grockit, a "social learning" online test prep service, launched a sister site, Learnist, last summer. The site allows users to gather resources—including photos, videos and e-books—from around the web to educate an audience on a particular topic, whether it's setting up a terrarium or surviving a zombie apocalypse. Learnist is also available as an app for the iPhone/iPad, and was named to tech blogger Harry McCracken's 50 Best Websites 2012 list.



"Young People, you have to Speak Life and Be Life in a community where death is too common."

——Tweet from recently elected Stockton city council member Michael Tubbs, '12, who campaigned on reinventing the troubled town.

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