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Last week, I noticed a giant Red Bull display in the Frist Campus Center C-Store that included the message: “Shaping up your GPA? Red Bull gives you wings.” This statement was accompanied by an image of a student papier-mâchéing essays and tests into the shape of an “A+” while drinking a Red Bull. I was shocked. Although the University claims to be committed to the mental and physical well-being of its students, one of its convenience stores clearly promotes unhealthy habits and unrealistic expectations.
A few years ago, I was sitting in my high school journalism class, writing about the protests at the University and other schools challenging the legacies of historical figures on their campuses. At the time, I thought that if I ever had the privilege to attend the University, Harvard, or Yale, I too would be among the students fighting to establish a community welcoming to all of its students.
A recent column, “On #StandUpToHarvard and club purpose,” addresses the recent lawsuit filed by Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma against Harvard, following the University’s ban on single-sex Greek organizations. The column argues that Greek organizations are failing to keep up with the progressive movements in gender and women’s empowerment, and thus need to rebrand themselves to maintain their places on university campuses. The author states, “Greek organizations will have to do better in defining their missions and objectives to the public eye and the schools around which they operate. Simply appealing to concepts of tradition, opportunity, and brother or sisterhood in a more critical and mindful world becomes less effective each day.”
I am an okay student. Not exceptional. Not extraordinary. Just okay. While much of the university culture discourages this honesty through fueling a competitive spirit, I’m here to tell you it’s okay to be okay.
I remember when I was at The Daily Princetonian’s pickups party a couple of months ago. There was tangible cheerfulness in the air; after all, everyone was excited to become a part of this grand organization — that is, until the editor-in-chief announced to us that journalism was not something that should be taken lightheartedly.
A common class schedule students will have, based on the structure of most University courses, is two 50-minute classes per day, Monday through Thursday. This schedule features two serious flaws: It creates barely usable downtime between classes, and it can cause organizational issues in regard to precepts. A solution to both problems would be the University offering more 100-minute courses that meet once a week so students could more often have just one 100-minute class per day.
While holidays mean, above all, food and family, trips home often carry the awkwardness and anxiety of reuniting with high school friends. These are the people you shared time and experiences and secrets with, but slowly the relationships drifted from weekly FaceTimes to intermittent texts to obligatory birthday calls. I often get the feeling that I should be so excited to see them again, but I can’t shake a worry that it won’t be what it used to be. While I jump at the opportunity to sit in my friend’s dorm and do nothing on a Tuesday night, it takes a pep talk to muster up the energy to hang out with high school friends the one night we’re all home.
Don’t let the fear of failure dictate your course selections.
Late last night, The Daily Princetonian Editorial Board released an editorial in which it broke with tradition and decided not to endorse any specific candidate in the Undergraduate Student Government presidential election. By citing the relative similarity of the candidates’ platforms and the number of uncontested elections, the Board argues that this year’s USG winter elections are “without consequence.”
The tradition of holding a bonfire to celebrate our victory over Harvard and Yale in football is a beautiful custom rooted in our University experience and common experiences at most colleges in the United States. I say our victory over Harvard and Yale because football games — the game itself, the excitement, and the spirit surrounding it — bring students, faculty, administrators, and alumni together. We all get to share in the football team’s most public display of their talent and discipline. Avner Goldstein’s opinion piece lobs wrongheaded ideological attacks against this much-loved celebration and recklessly smears the football players in the process.
NFL players and domestic or relationship violence are not an uncommon duo.
The Princeton football team’s victory over both Harvard and Yale was cause for a massive bonfire outside Nassau Hall, a celebration that attracted hundreds of students and alumni. For many, this celebration is a pinnacle of their Princeton experience, considering students are not likely to experience such a victory more than once, if at all, during their time at the University.
As the results of the midterm elections have settled, voters have begun to appreciate the remarkable number of historic firsts that took place on election night this year — so many, in fact, that the implications of each individual victory pale in comparison. The importance of this election for the future of American politics, especially for college students who represent the next phase of this wave, cannot be overstated. Increasing the number of women in politics has a compounding effect, meaning that the results of this midterm election suggest not a blue wave but instead a pink one. Conflating the two obscures a crucial takeaway from the midterms — women are the future of politics, and the Democratic party in particular. Looking ahead, party officials should be tapping women for the biggest races in 2020 — especially in the race for the presidency.
“If I’m not happy, they don’t get to be,” one of my roommates said (only partly joking). “They” strut around in poofy gowns, slick tuxedos, sparkling tiaras, luxurious veils, and with photographers trailing close behind. I caught my roommate, sleep-deprived during midterms, muttering this once as she stared outside our window at a couple grinning aggressively for the camera.
Walking into the Center for Jewish Life, my stomach was doing somersaults. Although my dad is Jewish, he does not practice. This was my first time at a Jewish service. Raised as a Roman Catholic, I was nervous that my Catholic tendencies would make me a clear outsider.
It doesn’t take much to form a habit. Many people once believed that only 21 days of repeating a certain behavior will turn it into a habit, while according to researchers, every habit starts with a psychological pattern called the “habit loop,” a three-step process that first engages the decision-making part of your brain. Then, after some repetition, the behavior becomes second nature. Nevertheless, whether we like it or not — and whether they are bad or good — we are particularly talented at forming habits. In the long run, those habits are incredibly important for coping with changes, providing structure in a busy life, and motivating us simply to get out of bed every morning. However, habits can also be incredibly important in hurting us if we have the wrong ones.
Just over a month ago, then-Judge and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh testified in front of a Senate committee. At one point in his testimony, the Supreme Court nominee was asked yet another question about his drinking habits that he yet again failed to clearly answer. However, although most of his defenses were problematic, including his “choir boy” image and virgin claim, his Yale argument holds major implications for us as students at Princeton, and other Ivy League students. Kavanaugh defended himself by saying the following:
Norwegian player Magnus Carlsen convincingly defended his world chess champion title Wednesday by defeating U.S. challenger Fabiano Caruana 3–0 in their tiebreak match.
A couple weeks ago, on Nov. 11, point guard Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets made headlines around the NBA by scoring 60 points against the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-point overtime loss. Two days later, he scored 43 points against the Boston Celtics, achieving the rare feat of scoring over 100 points in back-to-back games. After these performances, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith looked into the camera and said emphatically “Kemba Walker has arrived.”
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is pushing forward Title IX reform that would strip victims of sexual abuse of some of their current rights. The newly proposed reforms reduce the liability of colleges in reporting sexual abuse on campuses by removing their obligation to act on issues of sexual abuse when they occur off campus.