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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?
The grading process for midterm and final exams requires careful coordination between students, professors, and the Office of the Registrar. Currently, some aspects of these processes unfairly disadvantage some students or deprive students of information necessary to make course decisions. To remedy this issue, the Board urges professors to be more forthcoming in their regrading policies and encourages the Registrar to work with professors to schedule final exams with regrading in mind. To further increase transparency and allow students to make informed choices during the pass/D/fail election period, professors should release some type of midterm grade prior to the deadline to drop or P/D/F a class.
In her op-ed “Outrage,” columnist Jacquelyn Thorbjornson ’19 took the mainstream media to task for not covering a rape allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants at a high school in Rockville, Md.
Cartoon by Nathan Phan
Two weeks ago, the University became embroiled in a dispute regarding the confidentiality of using affirmative action in the admissions process, a practice that a conservative interest group, Students for Fair Admissions, is portraying as a civil rights violation against Asian applicants. The University filed a lawsuit in order to block the release of documents relating to a civil rights complaint that SFA filed a year ago with the Department of Justice, alleging anti-Asian bias in the University’s college admissions process. SFA argued that the University was depressing Asian admission rates. In its view, even though the number of Asian applicants had increased, the percentage of Asian undergraduates at Princeton remained constant.
“It is totally over. If Trump wins more than 240 electoral votes, I will eat a bug.”
“If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got no reason to hide.” That adage needs some serious rethinking in a world where the word “wrong” can mean something different to every person.
Why can’t some kind of jointly-operated music school be developed with Princeton University? Why not a newly-contoured school where students are chosen for admission based on their musical abilities, where the degrees they receive come from either Rider or Princeton, depending on where they matriculate? Westminster Choir College is too wonderful a place to let slip down the drain. It is the crown jewel of choral music schools and of our community.
We all follow implicit rules that dictate when and how to touch other people. It’s something we rarely talk about, and even the phrase “touch people” is something of a perversion or a corny spiritual platitude.
“It’s late,” I say. “I try to be in bed by midnight.”
Last week, while the nation was focused on the healthcare debate, a 14-year-old girl was brutally raped in a bathroom stall at her high school in Rockville, Maryland. The two alleged rapists, ages 18 and 17, freshmen at Rockville High School, are undocumented immigrants. Their immigration status has thrust the case into the midst of a heated national debate about immigration policy and reform.
Last summer, Canadian writer
Malcolm Gladwell argued that donating to Princeton was a
“moral crime.” When people decide to donate their money to a cause, he noted,
they must also consider where that money is not going. He assumes that people donate
to improve the lives of others, and, therefore, that they are wrong to donate to the school
with the largest per capita endowment in the world, where the impact of
their donation is minimal.
We live in an age where “alternative facts” is a euphemism for lies. More than ever, we need people committed to truth. We need journalists.
At the start of each April, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors eagerly make living arrangements for the following academic year through the room draw process. Since there is a considerable disparity in the quality of different housing arrangements, the rules for room draw enhance living choice for some students while restricting it for others. In the past, a limited number of rooms on campus had been designated “gender-inclusive” and thus were available to be selected by mixed gender draw groups. In January, the University lifted this restriction on the number of such rooms available, making all multiple occupancy rooms on campus gender-inclusive. The Board broadly supports this housing policy change; however, we believe careful implementation of the policy is necessary for the well-being of all students.
On March 9, the University’s Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination hosted a lunch seminar with former Prime Minister of Portugal and former President of the EU Commission José Manuel Barroso. Prime Minister Barroso’s speech highlighted the need, in the face of increased nationalism around the world, for a renewed confidence and investment in the European Union. The EU and any such supranational organization only flourishes, Barasso said, when its member-states take pride in such international cooperation and embrace the nature of the institution.
A few weeks ago, my family called and asked if I planned to watch the President’s joint address to Congress. I told them that I didn't, and framed my nonparticipation as an act of political dissent. I said I wasn’t going to dignify Trump by giving him my attention. But the truth is, I had forgotten that the speech was even scheduled, having been so bogged down with other stresses and demands. When I hung up, I turned to face the work that was waiting for me on my desk: a lab report, two reading assignments, a writing seminar essay, and an unfinished article. These tasks would soon be due, and I knew that anything noteworthy that came of Trump’s speech could be found online later. I justified my political apathy as a form of passive protest that was in some way contributing to the goals of the anti-Trump movement while allowing me to finish my economics reading for the next day’s lecture.