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Are we asking the right questions about public schools? On March 14, ‘Prince’ contributing columnist Sarah Dinovelli ’18 published an op-ed regarding Princeton Public Schools’ budget. In light of this piece, I want to engage in dialogue about the broader themes of public education and Princeton schools in particular.
The recent successes of the men’s basketball team have generated significant excitement on campus. The team's victories over Penn and Yale in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament led to a NCAA tournament bid as the No. 12 seed, and the team was on a 19-game winning streak going into the tournament. The team has experienced tremendous support from students over the past several weeks through a variety of social outlets, such as high game attendance and Princeton filters on Facebook profile pictures to support the team on the road to the NCAA tournament. There was also high demand for tickets to the recent first-round Ivy League Tournament game versus Penn, even though it was an away game taking place during the weekend before midterms. The Board commends both the recent performance of all of the University’s athletic teams and students’ commitment to spectatorship. We encourage students to continue this strong support for all of the University’s athletic teams and encourage the University to expand policies facilitating this support.
To the workers who came in on Tuesday (or even spent the night on campus) during the blizzard:
The past two Executive Committees of the Graduate Student Government have published statements highlighting the central issue of integrating Princeton’s graduate students into the University campus. Graduate students are critical to Princeton’s teaching and research mission, but our effectiveness depends on our integration into the campus landscape. We, the outgoing GSG Executive Committee, would like to highlight the progress we have made on integration and provide our recommendations for the University.
Princeton Public Schools (PPS) has a tough decision to make. Earlier this week, the Princeton School Board unveiled a $95 million budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year. If the budget passes, homeowners will see a 5 percent increase in property taxes. But even with a tax hike, there would still be a budget deficit of almost $400,000. The Board’s spending is unsustainable. Something needs to go.
Outside of our campus, the education of this town’s children is at stake. Toward the end of last year, Princeton Charter School requested that the state expand its class size by 76 students — draining $1.2 million per year from the Princeton Public School district in the process. In retaliation, PPS sued the Charter School in early January, claiming that the new financial burden would have devastating effects. Then, on Mar. 2, NJ Department of Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington approved the PCS expansion.
For the first year, every Division I basketball conference hosted a tournament for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships. In years past, the Ivy League team with the best conference record made an appearance in the national tournament, but the League’s Council of Presidents recently approved a four-team conference tournament for rights to the automatic bid. Every other NCAA Division I conference has previously hosted its own high-stakes tournament for a guaranteed trip to March Madness.
Dear President Eisgruber,
As a bright-eyed, eager freshman at the beginning of the fall semester, I was sure that I had passed all the rites of passage to become a Princetonian. I had gone on my Community Action trip, participated in the myriad of orientation activities, and endured the line at Labyrinth Books for my first textbooks. Now, as a still bright-eyed but a bit less eager freshman in the spring semester, I realized that I have not yet passed my most important rite: my writing seminar.
As a former swimmer at Princeton (1961-1965), secretary of the Friends of Princeton Swimming (1970-1989), author of a 133-page online history of the program, and winner of the Princeton University Competitive Swimming and Diving Team’s 250th Award in 2015, I have a long view of this incident that others may not have.
If pregnancy prevention is both men’s and women’s concern — and it is — then men should pay for their female partners’ birth control.
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, the Undergraduate Student Government sponsors a free “Movie(s) of the Week” through its Undergraduate Film Organization (UFO) at the Princeton Garden Theatre, complete with complimentary snacks and drinks. The selection is wide-ranging, including critically acclaimed films, lesser known films, and advanced screenings. It is quite popular as well, with the past two movies, “La La Land” and “Moana,” having at least one sold-out screening. The Editorial Board commends UFO for sponsoring this well-organized, non-alcoholic activity for students, and encourages USG to sponsor similar substance-free events more frequently and to show movies at earlier times.
The minimalist composer John Cage had a catchphrase: “I have nothing to say and I’m saying it.” That’s me. I text my friends all the time, especially when I have nothing to say. I do this because I hate being alone. I stay for hours when I eat dinner at Terrace, not so much to procrastinate on work as to procrastinate leaving a social space for a carrel in Firestone that I find to be way too quiet.
Businessman Martin Shkreli appears to have reached an all-time low in life. After increasing the price of a life-saving AIDS medication by more than 5,000 percent in 2015, insulting a Congressional committee, and being arrested by the FBI for fraud, the multimillionaire is pursuing a new hobby of trolling frivolous collegiate meme pages on Facebook.
“Anyone who dares to voice a religious opinion is regarded as unintelligent,” wrote Carrie Pritt in her column “Diversity for the Sake of Democracy,” published in the Quillette and covered by Jessica Li ’18 in the Tab. In her column, Pruitt makes the bold claim that religious beliefs — presumably implied to mean Christian statements of faith — are not welcome at Princeton University.
Imagine what it would be like to be cast out into a world at your throat, a world in which the most capable and wealthiest nation has shut its borders to you. Imagine facing a world where your life’s value is assessed in dollars and by the potential financial burden of giving you aid.