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Your class is taking – and will take – unprecedented strides forward in many respects, as the first class to enroll more women than men, the class with the highest percentage of first-generation college students, at 16.9 percent, and the first class to enroll five military veterans.So as Princeton serves this nation, serves humanity, as its unofficial motto prescribes, by moving towards greater equality in opportunity, expanding those opportunities for everyone, and redefining ‘public service’ and what it means to serve, it’s now your turn – as a part of our collective responsibility – to consider how you, too, will serve, not only your community here at Princeton, but humanity.Looking back, as an incoming freshman, I certainly didn’t give Princeton’s motto a second thought (granted, the University motto was different then too). In fact, the only conception of ‘service’ that I harbored before arriving at Princeton entailed volunteering at the local public library, hospital, or food bank.
I’m going to be honest, at times your peers won’t recognize you as Native American. People will casually joke “I thought you were Asian the first time I saw you” or at best, “I wasn’t sure of your background.” In situations such as these I laugh along with them, proudly declaring my Diné ancestry.
To the Black Members of the Class of 2021:On behalf of Princeton’s Black Student Union, congratulations on your admission and your accomplishments that have brought you thus far!
To the Incoming Latinx Class of 2021,Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Bem Vinda! As one of the many voices you will hear from prior to your arrival on campus, on behalf of Princeton Latinos y Amigos, we want to extend you all another welcome to what will be some of the most challenging, yet educative and exhilarating years that are to come.
To the Class of 2021,The Asian American Students Association (AASA) wishes you a warm welcome to the Princeton community!
I wondered what I would write in this column. What would I have told myself three years ago, in the summer of 2014?
Your catHopes and dreamsExpectationsA snakePleasure readingA desire for moist chickenA keychain for your room keyYour egoYour EggosMelatoninYour SAT scores - also AP, IB, ACTYour microwaveCoins for the laundry machinesEye dropsA distaste for the color orangeThe pre-read A printer High school apparelA boomerang, or other utterly impractical items from your home countryA weak liverT-shirts (you’ll get enough for free)Daddy’s trust fund moneyDignityMost species of bedbugsBoat shoes (why would you want to fit in, anyways?)Canada Goose JacketAn aversion to ice cream (it’s everywhere)A watch (you’ll never have enough time anyway)Sunglasses (like T-shirts, you’ll get a bunch of them for free)A framed portrait of Ted CruzTed CruzA healthy appetite for free foodYour health*This piece provides satirical advice for moving to Princeton.
As the Pastor of Christ Congregation, an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ and American Baptist Church — and as a friend and family member to many who have served in the military — I emphatically denounce the White House’s most recent policy denying transgender people the privilege and right to serve in our nation’s military.Scripture says this: “So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female, God created them.”If, like me, you believe all humans were created in the image of God, then we can assume that God’s existence does not conform to binary definitions of gender.
The University’s policy on the Student Health Plan (SHP) and financial aid is indefensible. An article published over the summer by The Daily Princetonian details Nasir Ismael’s ‘21 decision to start a funding campaign in order to ensure the $1,800 fee for SHP be covered, despite receiving a full financial aid package, because the SHP fee was not covered at the time of his financial aid package’s awarding.
The Herman Melville novella “Benito Cereno,” in which a merchant ship is taken over by a slave mutiny, may seem to many like the perfect allegory for populism today. However, I do not believe that populism tricks democracy into such a scenario. We must learn to steer our ship without fearing the foreseeable intrusion of the populist guest, as we sail into perilous and unforeseen depths of the new order in need of a democratic horizon.
Thank you for your recent note and for transmitting your petition. I appreciate your concern for the environment and your commitment to sustainability.
The choice of the group Naughty by Nature as entertainment for the Class of 1992 25th Reunion was short-sighted at best, deplorable at worst.
We believe that by committing to the Paris Agreement as part of the We Are Still In coalition statement, Princeton would — as one of the highest-profile universities in the United States — bring greater attention to how universities are mobilizing in response to Trump’s withdrawal decision. We believe that Princeton’s leadership would heighten climate change awareness among its vast and influential network of students, staff, alumni, and affiliates. Most importantly, we believe that Princeton’s involvement would be consistent with its most deeply held values.
“Ya se agotó,” I said, incredulous (I shouldn’t have been; it’s a weekly occurrence). It’s already run out.
The old motto “actions speak louder than words” has always contained a grave misunderstanding: it assumes that words and actions are fundamentally different modes of communication.
As a glaring disclaimer, I did not write a thesis. As a BSE COS major, I opted to complete my independent research requirement during my junior year.
Over the last three years, there has been a surprising new trend across student groups: back-to-back women leaders of student groups including the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Whig-Clio, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Princetonian, and Business Today.Contrary to what we might expect from a place like Princeton, many of these organizations have not had women leaders for years.
On May 12, 2017, The Daily Princetonian broke a story on a Mexican-themed party that took place on campus the night before. Racially insensitive events are so common on this campus that they have come to be expected. In the past year alone we’ve already had one particularly flagrant example, the 27th annual Mandatory Makeout Mexican Mustache Monday Madness Fiesta in September. Then, as we saw more recently this May, one Mexican party was not enough for the year.
As the current PLA co-President, I was personally hurt to see a fellow PLA member target our response in such a negative manner. This is because the opinion piece by Uri Schwartz ’20, a Mexican-American student who is part of the University’s Latinx community, is relevant in this situation. However, Schwartz’s op-ed also proves to be extremely flawed.
Whether it be looking for a hidden gargoyle or $10-million energy efficiency upgrade, be a noticer. Keep your eyes open and look around, because you never know what you will find.