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Last Monday, the Resources Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community attempted to justify its decision to reject Princeton Private Prison Divest’s proposal for divestment and dissociation from the private prison and detention industry. But before committee chair Professor Michael Littman took the stage, University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 made an unexpected address to the audience and stated that Princeton does “not hold investments in the companies that are the current subject of this petition,” and that it does not intend to obtain such holdings.
Two weeks ago, the University became embroiled in a dispute regarding the confidentiality of using affirmative action in the admissions process, a practice that a conservative interest group, Students for Fair Admissions, is portraying as a civil rights violation against Asian applicants. The University filed a lawsuit in order to block the release of documents relating to a civil rights complaint that SFA filed a year ago with the Department of Justice, alleging anti-Asian bias in the University’s college admissions process. SFA argued that the University was depressing Asian admission rates. In its view, even though the number of Asian applicants had increased, the percentage of Asian undergraduates at Princeton remained constant.
Why can’t some kind of jointly-operated music school be developed with Princeton University? Why not a newly-contoured school where students are chosen for admission based on their musical abilities, where the degrees they receive come from either Rider or Princeton, depending on where they matriculate? Westminster Choir College is too wonderful a place to let slip down the drain. It is the crown jewel of choral music schools and of our community.
Today, the University announces its decision to continue funding for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers. The University thus defends its complicity in institutional violence against the nation’s most marginalized communities.
Are we asking the right questions about public schools? On March 14, ‘Prince’ contributing columnist Sarah Dinovelli ’18 published an op-ed regarding Princeton Public Schools’ budget. In light of this piece, I want to engage in dialogue about the broader themes of public education and Princeton schools in particular.
I will always remember my very first midterms week at the University, staggering under the weight of work and despairing at the growing realization that I was desperately behind. One night is etched in my memory. Caught in a vicious cycle of being too stressed to sleep and becoming more stressed because I couldn’t sleep, I sat on the couch in my common room, alone, utterly exhausted, and wondering what I was doing at this school.
To the workers who came in on Tuesday (or even spent the night on campus) during the blizzard:
The past two Executive Committees of the Graduate Student Government have published statements highlighting the central issue of integrating Princeton’s graduate students into the University campus. Graduate students are critical to Princeton’s teaching and research mission, but our effectiveness depends on our integration into the campus landscape. We, the outgoing GSG Executive Committee, would like to highlight the progress we have made on integration and provide our recommendations for the University.
Dear President Eisgruber,
As a former swimmer at Princeton (1961-1965), secretary of the Friends of Princeton Swimming (1970-1989), author of a 133-page online history of the program, and winner of the Princeton University Competitive Swimming and Diving Team’s 250th Award in 2015, I have a long view of this incident that others may not have.
“Anyone who dares to voice a religious opinion is regarded as unintelligent,” wrote Carrie Pritt in her column “Diversity for the Sake of Democracy,” published in the Quillette and covered by Jessica Li ’18 in the Tab. In her column, Pruitt makes the bold claim that religious beliefs — presumably implied to mean Christian statements of faith — are not welcome at Princeton University.
Lately, people who have never been too politically involved have been re-examining their detachment. Over three million people showed up for the Women’s March; 28 scientific organizations are joining in a demonstration to raise concerns about the politicization of science and facts. Over 31,000 U.S. faculty members signed an “Academics Against Immigration Executive Order” petition, pointing out the harm that the order has on the academic community and the future of U.S. leadership in research and technology.
Last Friday, the Editorial Board criticized the University’s punishment of the men’s swimming and diving team after reports surfaced about the circulation of a series of inappropriate emails among the team. Not refuting the University's conclusion that the distributed material was “vulgar and offensive, as well as misogynistic and racist in nature,” the Board decided that its fear of Princeton students losing their right to spew vitriol outweighs the perpetuation of a deeply racist and misogynistic culture propagated through the mouthpiece of an internationally renowned university.
This Monday, Ryan Chavez ’19 penned an article in The Daily Princetonian about the Whig-Clio Senate Debate press policy. He argued that
because press cannot record debates or publish direct quotes, the Senate
debates are somehow both illiberal, having abrogated a right to journalistic
freedom, and uninformative, having limited the scope of awareness with respect
to these debates.
Short on spires and even shorter on gargoyles, Education City in Doha, Qatar, looks like a cross between a world’s fair and Area 51. Surrounded by Arabian desert, its fancifully designed pavilions declare the presence not of countries but of universities, each sharing western-style wisdom with an ascendant corner of the world.
Editor's Note: This column discusses issues and events that might be traumatizing, or triggering, for some, namely suicide.
Yesterday, our colleague Ari Maas wrote an op-ed that urged the University Board of Trustees to “arm Princeton University’s Police Department officers with handguns.” He started the piece by rhetorically asking, “Princeton University wouldn’t have its carpenters do their work without a hammer, so why does the Princeton University Police Department not have the tools it needs to do its job effectively?” Unless PUPD’s job is to intimidate and kill, this insensitive analogy holds no merit in this debate.
Princeton University wouldn’t have its carpenters do their work without a hammer, so why does the Princeton University Police Department not have the tools it needs to do its job effectively?
We are signing this statement of protest against the President’s executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” of January 27, 2017. It “suspends entry into the United States,” for various periods of time, of refugees, Syrian refugees, and “aliens” without green cards from seven nations. We offer three reasons for opposing this order:
Over the past few weeks, over 800 members of the Princeton University community, including 68 faculty members, 641 students and postdocs, and 105 researchers, lecturers and staff members, have signed a letter supporting a call for a campus-wide day of conversation and action on March 6.