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Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, is now considering running for president as an independent. Recently, Schultz was asked at a CNN Town Hall about last year’s racial profiling incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. His response was alarming: “As somebody who grew up in a very diverse background as a young boy in the projects, I didn’t see color as a young boy, and I honestly don’t see color now.”
“Do we really need opinion sections?” This is a question I ask myself on a biweekly basis when I sit down to write my column contributions for The Daily Princetonian. I also ask myself this question when reading other op-eds from both the ‘Prince’ and national media outlets. Occasionally, I will see a column so poorly written, or advocating for such a ridiculous or heinous idea, that I begin to wonder if it would have been better had this piece not been published.
Princeton, as one of the uncontested “best” universities in the world, is renowned for rigor, with the assumption that such difficulty will whip our minds into their intellectual prime. Indeed, the majority of alumni emerge from the University as future world leaders. However, it is crucial to consider the physical implications of the stress Princeton places on us: is such stress necessary for us to succeed? Or is it an abuse of our minds and bodies, ultimately shortening our lifespans?
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Last week, the Philippine government arrested prominent journalist Maria Ressa ’86, who has in recent years repeatedly investigated President Duterte’s oppressive regime. For her courageous work as a journalist, she now faces persecution under a thinly veiled charge of “cyber-libel.”
One of our favorite questions to ask little children is one I find a little strange: What do you want to be when you grow up? We ask the question sometimes seriously and sometimes in a joking manner, but the result is the same — at such a tender age that child begins to feel the pressure of knowing what it is they want to do. This pressure to find your “thing” only grows along with these students. By high school it is expected that students have a clear idea of not only their passion but also of what they want to spend the rest of their lives doing.
Graphic Credit: Pulkit Singh / The Daily Princetonian
Amid a firestorm of controversy over a racist photo in his yearbook and a bizarre press conference in which he admitted to using shoe polish as part of a Michael Jackson costume, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has resisted calls for his resignation. Instead, he has emphasized his newfound efforts to understand racial inequality in America. His staff have reportedly instructed him to read prominent works on race in America, such as “Roots” by Alex Haley and “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He has also declared his plans to dedicate the rest of his term to fighting racial inequality in Virginia.
Since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced their Green New Deal legislation last week, the proposal has been met with mixed reactions. Of course, there was the expected enthusiasm and support from left-wing groups and politicians, who see it as a first step toward the United States meaningfully addressing the issue of climate change through a concerted effort to become carbon neutral within ten years.
Weeks, months, and years of intense speculation precede presidential elections in the United States. Almost immediately at the outset of a president’s four-year term, political pundits and politicians themselves direct their attention to the next electoral process. Reelection weighs heavily on the incumbent’s mind, and potential opponents gear up for the battle four years away. The presidency of Donald Trump has been exceptional in the overwhelming sense of anticipation for 2020. Now, we find ourselves in the early stages of the primary process for each party. While Democrats have been vociferous in their resistance to the Trump presidency, the party must be vigilant about the pitfalls that lie ahead. A massive, congested pool of Democratic hopefuls in the primary along with the vicious party infighting that could come with it stand as the most dangerous traps for Democrats’ hope of winning the presidency in 2020.
Earlier this school year, in the spirit of sustainability, Campus Dining announced that Frist Campus Center would no longer carry plastic water bottles. Instead, it would opt for water in paper cartons — specifically the brand “Boxed Water Is Better.” At face value, it seems like an unprecedented and revolutionary change; one that combines both hipster style with environmental savvy. But the University’s switch to boxed water under the claim of sustainability distracts from the root problem: unreliable filtered water sources drive students away from using reusable water bottles and contribute to more environmental impact.
I love Mac Miller. Rather, I loved Mac Miller.
Recently, I proved with demographic data that the Street is socioeconomically segregated and that sports teams feed into certain eating clubs. The recently leaked subset of Ivy Club’s 2017 Bicker cards now explain why my findings are right.
First-term Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim-American women to serve in Congress, has been harshly criticized from both sides of the aisle in Congress for her suggestion, via Twitter, that U.S. politicians’ staunch support of Israel is motivated by monetary donations they receive from a Jewish lobbyist group. Democrats and Republicans have accused Omar of blatant anti-Semitism for allegedly exploiting the trope that Jews use money to influence international affairs.
We, the undersigned students, alumni, and faculty of Princeton University, stand in solidarity with Dr. Vanessa Tyson ‘98. We believe Dr. Tyson‘s allegations that Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
At the beginning of the school year we were told admissions doesn’t make mistakes. I’m certain each student at Princeton deserves to be here for some reason or another. First-years, however, enter college having only known an academic environment that is typically easier to manage than college. Thus, the beginning of the spring semester reminds me of the dreaded “impostor syndrome,“ defined as constantly doubt in your accomplishments and persistent fear that you will be exposed as a fraud. The feeling that you are neither qualified nor do you fully belong is unfortunately common here.
In December 2017, four referenda concerning changes to the University’s Honor System were proposed and voted on by the student body. The subsequent remand of three of these referenda to the Committee on Examinations and Standing in January 2018 sparked a full year of conversation on campus, and numerous University committees met during that time period to evaluate Princeton’s academic integrity system. Throughout the process, representatives from the student body, faculty, and administration came together to improve academic integrity practices across the University, while keeping the intentions of the student referenda and the clear desire for reform they expressed in mind.
Our elected officials must be held to a higher standard. Past actions of the Virginia Democratic leadership have called into question their ability to lead and dredged up a long history of discrimination, hatred, and racial and sexual violence. The Princeton College Democrats enthusiastically campaigned for then-candidates Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax, in 2017. We echoed their words on racial equality, social justice, and leadership for all people. Those words now ring of hypocrisy. The Virginia Democratic leadership has failed to meet the high standard of their offices. Governor Northam, Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring must resign after appointing qualified, unifying Democratic leaders to fill the vacated roles and allow Virginia to heal and move forward under new leadership. As College Democrats, we remain committed to supporting leaders who fight for justice and equality for all.