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In this campaign of ideological flip-flopping, white-hot anger, and candidates’ views that shift seemingly (as in the case of Trump during Monday’s debate) within the course of a paragraph, we would expect the deep polarization that we’ve seen in the electorate. We would expect to see hardened ideological rallying cries, a shrinking of the middle ground so necessary to running a two-party democracy, and a collapse of civil discourse. All of those things are woefully true.
Welcome to the Class of 2020 and another year of diversity on our campus, whether of race, religion, or socio-economic status. Yet despite all the rhetoric of inclusion and the toted values of diversity that we parade around the Orange Bubble, tasteless themed events organized by students are once again putting Old Nassau back into the news. Such events, which in the best light can be characterized as grossly culturally ignorant, and in the worst light blatantly racist, are sadly a recurring component of student life.
Editor's Note: This column was originally published on Sept. 10, 2003. - particularly salient as upperclassmen go through job applications and recruitment.
This year, many Wall Street investment banks, including J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse moved their application and interview processes for summer internships even earlier in the fall. As part of a continual effort to hire the best talent ahead of other industries, this change will prompt students to make decisions about their summers and eventual careers sooner than ever before.
So, Monday night was pretty disheartening. But instead of complaining about the presidential debate, I want to offer one nonpartisan reflection on the recent proliferation of fact checkers and the involvement of the media in "fact checking" the election. However, before doing so I want to note three basic premises that inform my views on this topic.
Editor’s Note: This article does not representthe views of the ‘Prince’.
This past Sunday, Sept. 18, Daily Princetonian senior columnist Beni Snow ’19 detailed his opposition to a policy of Princeton University Dining Services (PUDS) that all students must wear shoes inside the dining halls. I should make clear that I am responding to the ideas Snow has presented and do not intend any personal insult. That being said, however, the ridiculous deserves to be ridiculed, and ridiculed it shall be. (For the sake of full disclosure, I should note that I am a student worker at the Butler-Wilson dining hall.)
In the Satires, the Roman poet Juvenal asks, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Or in English, “Who watches the watchmen?”
For the past few weeks, day in and day out, there has been a man waging a singularbattle in support of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign by FitzRandolph Gate or the Alexander Street entrance to the towpath. Armed with a “Make America Great Again” sign and a Starbucks Frappuccino, he attempts to convert students and community members to his cause. He is steadfast in his convictions and firmly believes what he is doing is right. He is subject to all manner of hostility and vitriol from students and members of the community, but he continues his one-man protest anyway. This is a very real, flesh-and-blood person. Yet, based on the way he is discussed on this campus, he might as well be a mystical unicorn. For example, The Tab published an article titled “There was a Trump supporter campaigning outside FitzRandolph today,” as if to suggest that having a Trump supporter on campus should be utterly bizarre. And that attitude is indicative of larger issues in political culture on our campus and beyond this election season.
This piece was originally published on this day, September 22, 1992.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted an image of a bowl of Skittles —with 3 Skittles that would kill you —Monday night, comparing Syrian refugees with the candy in an effort to attack “the politically correct agenda.”
These past few weeks have seen radical social and political events on a monumental scale, but one would hardly know it from reading or watching traditional sources of media. While mainstream news outlets have preoccupied themselves with the iPhone 7 or Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia, historic strikes have occurred across India and within U.S. prisons, and Native American activists across the country have organized remarkable opposition to the North Dakota pipeline.
As I read through the fall semester program calendar for the Women’s Center, one event in particular caught my attention. For the first time since I’ve been a student here, Princeton University is sponsoring a discussion on female masturbation. I’ve heard of other schools hosting such talks for women students, but it’s a huge deal for Princeton.
The pre-frosh of last year are now officially students at Princeton and have been initiated into the Princeton experience: that magical four-year span of time in which you grow as a person and meet the wonderful people who will be your friends for the rest of your life. Along the way, you’re supposed to belong to a billion extracurricular clubs that will forever enrich the fabric of your being. I am no one to contradict this wonderful prophecy —I’m waiting for it to come true for myself. However, I’d like to add a grain of salt to the latter half of it. Equipped with all the wisdom accumulated over a year of being a Princeton student, I would like to address the freshmen directly when I say: extracurricular activities will be only as important in your life at Princeton as you make them.
Take a moment to answer this riddle: A father and son have a car accident and are both badly hurt. They are both taken to separate hospitals. When the boy is taken in for an operation, the surgeon says, “I cannot do the surgery because this is my son.” How is this possible?
Princeton needs to fix some seriously absurd rules. I think most students agree that the new $200 ($200!) fine for propping a dorm door is ridiculous. Also, if you’re anything like me, your first thought after you heard about the Nude Olympics was, “someone needs to bring this back immediately.” But Princeton isn’t going to change these things, so I’ll settle for advocating for an important change that I think has potential: removing the requirement to wear shoes in the dining hall.
As we were all packing to either first arrive or return to Princeton, fall semester had already begun at most other colleges. And along with the return of classes came the return of the debate over trigger warnings. This fall the debate was re-triggered, so to speak, by a letter to all freshmen against such notices from the Dean of Undergraduate Students at the University of Chicago.
This Olympic season was very much one of firsts — ranging from the to-be-confirmed retirement of the most decorated Olympian in history (Phelps may yet attempt another resurgence), to the first U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab; from the first South American host city, to the first ever refugee team to compete in the storied Games. As classes at Princeton resumed, many of us still coasted on the excitement of the summer’s events, bolstered as we are by the presence of Olympians in our midst. Yet the Games aren’t over — not completely. In fact, they’re still ongoing, and the Paralympic Games conclude in just a few days.
Editor’s Note: This article does not representthe views of the ‘Prince’.
The discussion of cultural appropriation seems to have hit a fever pitch in American cultural discourse, with a flurry of outrage prompted by every alleged transgression. The discussion of food can strike a particular nerve with its intersection of race, culture, and prejudice, and that’s precisely what happened when last week, a Bon Appétit article originally titled “PSA: This is How You Should be Eating Pho,” kicked off a yet another controversy about authenticity and cultural appropriation, specifically within the Asian-American community. In its original form, the article showcased a white Philadelphia chef, Tyler Akin, discussing what he believed to be the proper way to enjoy a bowl of pho, a traditionally Vietnamese noodle soup. Among other things, he demonstrated what he believed was the proper way to pick up noodles with chopsticks and enjoy the rich soup broth. Following the ensuing online opprobrium, Bon Appétit issued an apology, changed the title of the article, and took down the accompanying video. Though the condescending tone of the original article was certainly objectionable, the much more interesting conversation that ensued revolved around the issue of cultural authenticity.