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To the Editor:
By Mike Kosk
By Isaac Lederman and Jeremy Zullow
On Monday, The Daily Princetonian published a response to a piece that I originally authored for the Princeton Tory’s online blog, entitled “The 10 Worst Courses Offered at Princeton in Fall 2014.” In his response, Bennett McIntosh eloquently argues against the assertion that certain courses at Princeton are “worthless” and articulates why Princetonians should be encouraged to be adventurous in the classes that they elect to take. Although McIntosh meant for his op-ed to serve as a response to my article, I do not disagree with the points that he makes and never meant for my post on the Princeton Tory’s blog to be taken as a serious critique of Princeton’s courses or world-class faculty. Indeed, as the first paragraph of my post claims, the piece was only intended to provide “comedic value” for readers, which (admittedly) many people feel it failed to accomplish.
Bennett McIntosh penned a column published yesterday titled “Avoid these worthless classes!” in response to a recent blog post by Evan Draim ’16 for The Princeton Tory. In my capacity as publisher of said publication, I will neither wholly defend nor entirely denounce Draim’s piece. As a blog post, Draim’s “The 10 Worst Courses Offered at Princeton in Spring 2014” does not represent the views of The Princeton Tory or the Editorial Team thereof, contrary to what McIntosh’s column implied, by abstaining from naming the author and instead referring to the piece solely as “the Tory post.” The blog post’s retraction was granted at the author’s request and not as the result of editorial censorship or averse public reaction.The Princeton Tory seeks to give voice to a variety of opinions in order to stimulate conversation in the University community; to impute any of these authorial opinions to The Princeton Tory itself, however, would be akin to treating McIntosh’s column as an official statement of The Daily Princetonian’s stance.
Upon reading the April 9tharticle about the University’s response to the informal hosting program, I was dismayed by the quote that read, “They’re not sanctioning the plans necessarily, but they’re not trying to get us to cancel them either.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The willingness to accept the penalty for breaking an unjust law is what makes civil disobedience a moral act and not merely an act of lawbreaking.” While I am currently entangled in a legal battle against an unjust law much different from the one Dr. King was fighting, I strongly believe his words still apply.
“When a boy handed me a cup of water on the 16thtee, I could hardly hold it. I didn’t know whether I was holdin’ the putter or it was holdin’ me.”– Gay Brewer, 1967 Master’s Champion
I wanted to know what all the brouhaha was about “Marry Smart,” the book recently written by Susan Patton ’77, so I bought it as an eBook last week, figuring that I would transfer the least money possible from my bank account to hers (thankfully, my local library did not waste a dime of its budget on the book). To say she gives mixed messages is an understatement. Marriage and career are not, as we have all discovered, mutually exclusive. Like Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, many of us raised in the 50s and 60s have come to believe that “you can’t have it all,” but I feel like my friends and I have come pretty darn close. Those of us educated in the late 60s and early 70s at Ivy League institutions like Princeton stood on the shoulders of our mothers and grandmothers who went to college and, in some cases, grad school, but graduated with no career opportunities due to their gender. The outstanding women from classes of the 90s I met at the Women in Leadership Conference at the University last week are standing on our shoulders, confident and ambitious, taking the goal of professional and marital success for granted. They chair foundations, practice law and medicine, head divisions of major entertainment corporations, preside over institutions of higher learning and are now sending daughters of their own to Princeton.
This column is the third in a series about socioeconomic diversity and low-income students at the University.
As we are well aware, Susan Patton ’77has been very outspoken in her views about women, hooking up and sexual assault. On several occasions, Ms. Patton has blamed victims and described perpetrators as relatively unaccountable for the acts of violence they perpetrate. We acknowledge that Ms. Patton has an opinion vastly different from our own and recognize that Ms. Patton and those who share her views contribute to an environment that tolerates sexual violence and discourages otherwise caring community members from intervening when they notice problematic behavior. Multiple persons, including our faculty, have taken a stand to correct the social norms and to encourage our community to more actively support victims and challenge the harmful sentiments espoused by the Susan Pattons of the world. As Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education peers, we are grateful for the course correction initiated by the faculty and seek to add to the conversation by giving our campus community the critical tools needed to achieve our universal goal of preventing sexual violence.
In the process of promoting her new book, “Marry Smart,” Princeton alumna Susan Patton ’77 has made several incendiary statements. These comments, primarily advising young women on how to successfully secure a male spouse while at Princeton, have been profiled in both this newspaper and in the larger U.S. mainstream media. Most concerning have been Patton’s comments related to sexual assaults on college campuses and her suggestion that it is a woman’s responsibility to prevent her own rape. The University’s Men Against Violence Resources & Intervention Community (MAVRIC)Project wishes to confront this rhetoric and denounce it for what it is: victim-blaming and rape culture propaganda. To suggest that anyone — of any gender, at Princeton or in any part of the world — is responsible for their own sexual assault is, frankly, deplorable.
To the Editor:
In light of statements made in a news article in this paper, we wish to inform the students on this campus that we do not believe that their manner of dress or drinking behavior makes them responsible for unwanted sexual contact. It is extremely important that individuals of all genders on a college campus feel comfortable reaching out for help. We, the undersigned faculty, stand behind victims of sexual assault and want them to know that our campus is a place where they have a voice, where they will not be made to feel responsibleand where they can find support and justice. If you have been the victim of unwanted sexual contact, under any circumstances,we can help you find the support you need from the campus groups listed below. As academics and members of the Princeton University community, these are the values we embrace. We encourage others to stand with us, for the integrity, healthand well-being of all our students.
By Mason Herson-Hord '15, Dayton Martindale '15, Rachel Parks '15, Alvaro Sottil '16, Katie Horvath '15, Damaris Miller '15, Nikolaus Hofer '17, Divya Farias '15, Parth Parihar '15 and Lucie Wright '14.
By Michael Kochis
By Duncan Hosie
I am writing in response to your March 10 editorial “Evaluating the ‘Admission Opportunity Campaign.’ ”
The better part of a century was spent in Boston bemoaning the Curse of the Bambino — the lingering ill effects of the trade of George Herman Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees. Balls headed right into Red Sox first basemen’s gloves miraculously evading trapping, and weak-hitting Yankee infielders were turned into one-time sluggers … all due to the Babe departing Beantown for pin-striped pastures.