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Be it matters of land in the past or language in the present, minority groups have always been pressured to conform to Western standards in order to survive. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were characterized by brutal acts against Native Americans at the hands of European colonists. Soon, norms settled in whereby the indigenous people were constantly reminded that their land was not theirs anymore.
I shouldn’t need to reiterate the importance of being friends with people who aren’t like you. I shouldn’t need to impress upon the student body the necessity of diversity: in socioeconomic status, appearance, gender, and interests.
When he checks your prox at the front door of Ivy Club, Nick DeStefano may come off as intimidating. He’s a self-described “big guy,” with a muscular, sturdy build and a certain aura of confidence.
The University announced last week that six faculty members and several alumni were elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences. The faculty included Kathryn Edin, Brian Kernighan GS ’69, Sara McLanahan, Judith Weisenfeld GS ’92, Virginia Zakian, and visiting research scholar Candis Callison. Among University alumni were Michelle Obama ’85, Mitchell Daniels Jr. ’71, and Clare Yu ’79, GS ’84.
On Friday, April 19, Tower Club president Aliya Somani ’20 emailed club members to inform them that a theft had taken place inside the club earlier that morning.
On Monday, April 22 — Earth Day — the University announced its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2046 through its 2019 Sustainability Action Plan, which outlines a framework for increasing conservation efforts on campus through and beyond the year 2026. The second of its kind, the 2019 plan reflects on the initial 2008 Sustainability Action Plan and plots a course to furthering the University’s commitment to environmentalism.
Men’s lacrosse (7–6, 2–3 Ivy) defeated Harvard University (5–7, 1–4) 19–15 on Saturday afternoon at Sherrerd Field, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Junior attacker and captain Michael Sowers had 10 points — three goals and seven assists — which brings his career total to 247, tying all-time point record holder Kevin Lowe ’94.
This past weekend, the men’s and women’s golf teams both competed in their respective Ivy League Championships. The men’s team, an underdog team coming in to the tournament, won the event leading from start to finish its first title since 2013 and its 30th in program history.
Life here at Princeton, during my first year, runs quickly. Like many people, I feel like I’m constantly looking ahead — to the next assignment, the next tutoring shift, the next club meeting. Times to reflect are few and far between. Some of my friends complain about this, and I understand their complaints. But I don’t really miss the free time. I’m grateful for how Princeton keeps my mind busy. When I have too much time on my hands, no matter how hard I try to avoid it, my thoughts tend to gravitate towards the one thing I don’t want to think about.
When I received a notification for a Facebook event a month ago, I found myself feeling something that I never thought I would feel prompted by a student event: frustration and despair. The event in question was a “vigil” to protest against “war in Venezuela” hosted by the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA). When I saw this, I couldn’t help but feel angry, misunderstood, and disregarded. I thought the world was finally listening to the voice of the people of Venezuela, but I saw in that event a grave misconception that risks robbing Venezuela of the support that we need to attain freedom. Such support has to come in the form of foreign intervention.
Around 9 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, April 20 during a Catholic Easter service, a man was arrested at the University Chapel after entering the building holding a 4-inch knife. The man was considered non-threatening, and he was charged with disorderly conduct and released on Sunday.
The Committee on the Course of Study is set to propose the first major changes to the University’s general education requirements in 25 years at the next faculty meeting on April 29.
The 2019 season brought Princeton’s men’s volleyball team (17–12, 13–1 EIVA) a total of 1202 kills, 170 service aces, 674 digs, 1122 assists, 209 blocks, and a total of 2286 points, and they aren’t done yet. The Tigers hosted the 2019 EIVA championship tournament this past weekend, with George Mason (17–9, 10–4), Penn State (15–15, 10–4), and Saint Francis (15–14, 9–5) in attendance.
After a lengthy investigation, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller report on Thursday, April 18. Led by Special Counsel and ex-FBI director Robert Mueller ’66, the 448-page document detailed the conclusions of a two-year investigation into allegations of obstruction of justice and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
This past week, from Monday at noon to Wednesday at noon, I spent what felt like every waking moment texting, emailing, and reminding people in person to vote in the USG elections for Referendum Question No. 1, which I sponsored on behalf of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative. The week before voting opened, my group and I spent hours tabling in Frist Campus Center, posting flyers on lampposts, and folding table tents.
In a recent column, Hunter Campbell argues against the current model of Princeton’s liberal arts education. He suggests that the current system of distribution requirements fails to accomplish its own goals, because it encourages students to take courses so far out of their comfort zone that they end up learning nothing from them. Campbell correctly claims that many students end up taking easier courses which, in combination with the pass/D/fail (PDF) option, provide no intellectual challenge.
“Lemonade” Screening (April 22) at McCormick 101. As part of the University Center for Human Values’ Film Forum series Trans Citizen, there will be a screening of the movie “Lemonade” this Monday evening. Directed by Ioana Uricaru, “Lemonade” tells the story of a Romanian woman who moves to the United States after marrying an American man she recently met.
In an email sent to the student body around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) announced the spring election results for U-Councilors and officers for the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. Additionally, all four referenda exceeded the minimum one-third turnout and were passed.
Speaking to a full house, “eco-pirate” Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and co-founder of Greenpeace, asserted that predictions made about the environments of fish and other marine life were correct and the world is on the brink of environmental collapse.