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We, the undersigned members of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, are writing to express our anger, concern, and frustration in response to the recent incident of sexual harassment in our department. We have no tolerance for such behavior and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
Correction: The Dean of Faculty determined the punishment for Professor Verdú, not a panel, as was previously written in the column. The 'Prince' regrets this error.
The Princeton Honor Committee and the Committee on Discipline both wield enormous power over students. The two committees, which deal with in- and out-of-class Honor Code infractions respectively, are composed of different groups. In the case of the Honor Committee, it is completely student-composed, and in the case of the Committee on Discipline, it is only partly made up of students. They both have the ability to suspend or expel a student. If Princeton is a community, then they are the judges that have the power to impose exile. I think that letting judges have that power is not ideal. We would be better served if, as in most democratic court systems, juries, and not judges, had the power to convict.
Foreign Policy leaked a report last month revealing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has established a new designation within their conception of the current terrorist landscape — the “Black Identity Extremist” (B.I.E.) movement. This horrifying label is based on the FBI assessment that “it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (B.I.E) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence.” They theorize that “incidents of alleged police abuse” have caused a “resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity.” The only problem with the FBI’s report? It is entirely false.
At the recent Princeton & Slavery Symposium, speakers like Toni Morrison discussed Princeton’s past entanglements in the U.S. slave economy and the implications of this history for the present. As we continue to reflect on our institution’s sordid racial legacy, it’s worth considering the University’s relation to a modern-day industry that cages human bodies for profit — private prisons and immigrant detention centers.
U.C. Berkeley’s former law school dean; two Stanford English professors; one Columbia history professor; three Dartmouth psychology professors; and at Princeton, one world-renowned engineering professor found guilty of sexual misconduct and an ongoing Title IX investigation into a professor from the German department.
In the cultural imagination of many Americans, Thanksgiving conjures feelings of family togetherness, community, and gratitude. According to this mentality, Thanksgiving is a peaceful and reflective holiday that allows us to give thanks to the people who make our lives special and filled with love. For Princetonians, specifically, Thanksgiving evokes unfettered relaxation, Netflix-binging, and a general break from the intense pressures of academic life.
For a while, the Democratic senator from New Jersey was in deep trouble.
This holiday season, all of us should take a moment to be humble and give thanks for Princeton. Princeton is an institution with many pros and many cons. Its perpetuation of inequalities, dark sides of history, and difficulties with change can be at times hard to swallow. But those are topics for other columns and other days. For now, let us focus on the positive; let us give thanks.
While walking to Firestone in the late hours of a recent November night, I was interrupted by a friend who remarked that I looked incredibly fatigued. My friend tried to persuade me to get a good night’s sleep and start fresh the next morning, in lieu of a late night in the bookshelves. After some hesitation, I agreed, and returned to my dorm for a rarely satisfying sleep. The next day I found myself feeling incredibly well-rested and able to tackle my work more efficiently. This whole experience got me thinking: in the pursuit of success at Princeton, is it really necessary to incessantly deprioritize sleep, as countless Princetonians claim to do? I argue that sleep deprivation absolutely does not have to be the norm on campus.
Dear President Eisgruber, Dean Kulkarni, Dean Crittenden, Dean Carter, and Chairwoman Gmachl:
A couple of days ago, the New York Times Sunday review featured an op-ed: “Can My Children Be Friends With White People,” written by Ekow Yankah. Yankah argues in his piece that he will teach his children “suspicion,” “distrust,” and caution with respect to white people. His main argument rests upon the assertion that white people and black people cannot achieve “true” friendship because their friendship lacks the “ability” of trust.
The Sackler family, donors of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the University Museum, has recently been surrounded in controversy for their involvement in the opioid industry and the development of OxyContin. The emergence of reports describing the family’s role in promoting the drug, prominent in the opioid crisis that causes over 1,000 American fatalities a week, has resurfaced debates at the University regarding donor stipulations and moral obligations.
Like every Princeton student, I feel compunction to study almost every minute of the day. But, when I consider the millions of people who face the challenges and indignities of extreme poverty, worrying about the difference between an “A-” and “B+” seems like an unimaginable luxury.
Two events have recently made the University’s endowment a subject of debate: the GOP tax plan proposal and the release of the Paradise Papers. Together, these highlight the multifaceted controversy over how universities handle their billion-dollar endowments and how the government moderates that use. On one hand, University officials expressed formal opposition to the proposed taxes on the grounds that the endowment funds academic work and financial aid, and on the other, Princeton and others have drawn criticism precisely for employing funds in offshore investment.
Last semester, Princeton Students for Gender Equality (PSGE) and Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice (PSRJ) hosted the first Menstruation Celebration, a festive event in Frist Campus Center meant to both infuse joy into a discussion of a stigmatized topic and raise awareness about problems of access to menstrual products for those who need them. Additionally, sponsors of the event emphasized the acceptance of all uterus-owners and the disconnect between biological function and gender expression.
Princeton is inextricably linked to the military and its veterans. University alumni have long played leading roles in military affairs, from the dedication of "Armistice Day" by President Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879, to David Petraeus' GS '85 '87 ascension to generalship.
Guest contributor Jacob Berman ’20 voiced strong opposition to Linda Sarsour in his recent column for The Daily Princetonian, highlighting what he saw as an inconsistency in the reaction of students who usually protest against the invitation of speakers preaching hate. Yet, at the time of writing, Berman does not appear to have any plans of his own to protest Sarsour’s appearance on the panel hosted by the Women*s Center and Department of African American Studies. Despite his personal reluctance to protest on the grounds of engaging in “rigorous discourse,” Berman has no problem insinuating that the University’s “campus protesters” ought to do so. But Berman’s use of Islamophobic and racist dog whistles rescinds his right to offer “advice” to leftist protesters. Furthermore, his article represents a troubling trend wherein certain individuals co-opt social justice language and attempt to shame the oppressed and their allies into doing activist work that has reactionary purposes.