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Last Wednesday, a largely overlooked chapter of the circus surrounding the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court unfolded: “A Short Section in Neil Gorsuch's 2006 Book Appears to be Copied from a Law Review Article” wrote Buzzfeed. “Gorsuch's Writings Borrow from Other Authors” proclaimed Politico. No matter how much these articles couch their claims, any student familiar with Princeton University’s Honor Code could conclude only one thing after reading the passages in question: Gorsuch plagiarized.
In a recent series of op-eds in The Daily Princetonian, a colleague of mine, Jacquelyn Thorbjornson ’19, and I have been exchanging arguments surrounding the issue of bias in news coverage. Both guest contributor Alis Yoo ’19 and I have rebutted Thorbjorson’s original piece. I believe the points made in both my piece and Yoo’s are still valid and remain largely unanswered. Thorbjornson argues that an alleged rape by undocumented immigrants in Rockville, Md., should be the subject of national outrage. Whereas Thorbjornson sees a liberal conspiracy to suppress truth, I see local news and good reporting.
The last two weeks have been a flurry of excitement as students participate in room draw, selecting where and with whom they will be living for the next academic year. However, room draw can often be incredibly stressful, as freshmen have no experience with the process and sophomores and juniors are choosing between the various upperclassmen housing and meal plan options. For a more efficient and satisfactory room draw experience, the Editorial Board calls for University Housing and Real Estate Services to better publicize information on all aspects of room draw, allow mutual swapping of draw times within a two-hour window, clarify Housing’s online room blueprints, and revise the shared meal plan policy.
In the aftermath of the Black Justice League’s protests last spring, the University has undertaken several initiatives to satisfy their demands. One of these initiatives was started at the Board of Trustees’ meeting on Sept. 26, 2016 when it launched the Committee on Naming. The Committee is charged with “naming buildings or other spaces not already named for historical figures or donors to recognize individuals who would bring a more diverse presence to the campus.”
March 10, 2017 was more than just a regular Friday for the Princetonians who have been following South Korea’s presidential corruption scandal. It was the day when the South Korean Constitutional Court upheld the National Assembly’s decision to remove ex-President Park from the office of the presidency. Park was removed on charges of disrespecting the duties of the presidency. Park’s national policies were established by Choi Soon-sil, a mere civilian without any authority, who acted as if she were the true president of South Korea. This was a day when democratic principles prevailed over the powerful, and the government recognized the will of the South Korean people’s collective. The Court’s decision shows that no one is above the law and that South Korean democracy will not perish.
Recently, I penned an opinion column about the lack of liberal news coverage of the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a high school in Rockville, Maryland. My column was, arguably, both conservative and controversial. I expected some would naturally take issue with my opinion, and indeed, my colleague Ryan Chavez wrote a response almost immediately. But Chavez’s response was riddled with problems in itself, both in its logic and, more importantly, in its journalistic integrity. It warrants a response.
There’s a maddening culture of competition on this campus. It’s the least you can expect at such a school, but it definitely creates a sense of overwhelming stress for many students. Tragically, this often leads to mental health problems. Behind of this stress and competition, the Honor Code plays a distinguishable role.
In her March 29 opinion column titled “Outrage,” Jacquelyn Thorbjornson demands that we be in an uproar over the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by two of her classmates because liberal media organizations are protecting the defendants, due to their status as undocumented immigrants. The article is calling for outrage on the Maryland rape case, but more specifically the alleged failings of liberal media, itself perpetuating the unconsented exploitation of private tragedy for public, partisan attacks. A 14-year-old may have just been raped in a high school bathroom. Should the conversation on that focus on attacks on undocumented immigrants and attacks on liberal media outlets? Should we be having a national conversation on that at all?
It’s tempting to speculate that the lingering artifacts of grade deflation are still at play on campus — when the orgo exam is curved down, when your professor boasts about a 50 percent average on the math midterm, when the “Harvard easy A” jokes are forever funny. The policy of grade deflation is the common enemy and the most reliable scapegoat.
In your edition on April 3, you published an open letter to me from the Princeton Private Prison Divest Coalition. The letter raised a number of questions that I know are of interest to many members of the campus community. I have addressed those questions in the following open letter to the PPPDC.
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.
It’s obvious that women athletes receive biased and inferior media coverage compared to their male counterparts: everything from the #LikeAGirl advertisements to the Cover the Athlete movement to article after article in the news highlights this discrepancy. While some differences between male and female athletes’ salaries, endorsements, and media coverage may be attributable to economics, gender prejudices and discriminatory attitudes are pervasive in sports, affecting and perpetuating sexist treatment of athletes in insidious ways.
On March 27, Princeton Private Prison Divest staged a walkout at the Council of the Princeton University Community meeting to show support for divestment from private prisons. The Board commends the University Resources Committee’s refusal to back down in the face of intense political pressure and urges the committee to provide no commitment to divest from private prisons. We echo our editorial from April 21, 2016, in which we rejected private prison divestment, and we contend that private prisons do not meet the threshold of community consensus and moral unacceptability required to justify divestment.
You’re a Princetonian. You’re about to graduate. Do you take that offer with Goldman, hoping to make millions, or do you go with a nonprofit, making a few thousand but likely doing better for the world? Are you going to sell out?