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By Joshua Wallace GS
By David Alter '73
I saw what you did on Saturday at the P-Rade, and it repulsed me. I was walking with my classmates and our families down campus in the P-Rade, when you yelled “TEEEEE EYE” to get the attention of the young lady from the Class of 2014 who was walking with her parents near me. She, all of 20 years old, 5 feet tall and 100 lbs, had a Tiger Inn button on her beer jacket, and she was enjoying the beautiful day with her family and friends. You, half a foot taller, bigger and a recent alumnus, raised your hand to give her a high five. However, as her hand was about to meet yours, you suddenly swung your arm down in a vicious roundhouse blow to land with a large smack on her butt. You thought that was funny! So witty! The poor young lady was startled and staggered away. I was shocked, too, that you cared so little about her. A gentleman would never have pulled such a nasty stunt with a girl — only half his size! I guess the combination of your parents, TI and Princeton didn’t teach you how to be a gentleman. I can see that the national conversation about how to respond to incidences of sexual assault on college campuses is sorely needed. For my part, I was so shocked that I stepped over to the lady, now moving again with the P-Rade flow, and asked her, “Would you like me to knock that guy on his ass for you?” She refused and told me she was OK — it was only a guy from TI after all. She clearly didn’t want the attention that that would bring, and I dropped the matter. If you can read this and, like myself, are feeling bad about your behavior on Saturday, I encourage you to send a letter of apology to me; I’ll forward it to the young lady. However, I won't expect one. After all, cowards like you who attack a young lady for their own amusement rarely do the right thing. John M. Chludzinski ’85,
We write to clarify statements in a recent Daily Princetonian article titled “U. modifies definitions of sexual assault.” The article reported on revisions to Rights, Rules, Responsibilities that were approved last week by the Council of the Princeton University Community. The article stated that certain kinds of sexual misconduct will henceforward “only” result in expulsion and that “suspension is no longer a possible punishment for serious sexual misconduct.” These statements are not correct.
Writing this letter took a lot of courage, especially after seeing all of the ad hominem attacks and ridicule directed at Tal Fortgang ‘17 in response to his article in the Princeton Tory. However, the discussion on privilege and how we approach it is crucial, so here’s hoping that I won’t be attacked when I say I have a problem with the indiscriminate use of the phrase “check your privilege.” The phrase discourages discussions, leads to ad hominem attacks and dismisses arguments based on who the speaker is rather than what the speaker is saying.
Recently, Princeton has been the subject of bad press. Our most noted alumni include a First Lady who refuses to come to campus, a controversial senator who may have led a government shutdown and Susan Patton (whom I have no words to describe). To the media and general public, Princeton University is diseased — and not just by bacterial meningitis. Its students are plagued by rape, depression, misogyny, racism and privilege.
Given the recent columns in The Daily Princetonian, “Rape Culture exists here, too” and “Speaking Up,” it is evident that sexual assault is a problem on campus. Some may disagree over the scale of the problem, but regardless of one’s views on drinking or hooking up, we can all agree that there are far too many instances of sexual assault at the University and across the country.
Dear Tal Fortgang and the Princeton University Community:
On April 21, 2014, a powerful op-ed titled “My Lying, Smiling Face” was published anonymously in The Daily Princetonian. The most recent in a series of stories that highlight the lack of transparency regarding University withdrawal and readmission processes, it raises a number of pressing concerns regarding the University’s treatment of students experiencing serious mental health issues. Unfortunately, recent University responses have fallen short of fully addressing these concerns.
To the Editor,
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.