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On Wednesday, amid a backdrop of pronounced student activism, the trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary convened to discuss the possibility of establishing a reparations fund, in reflection of the Seminary’s historical participation in the institutions of American slavery. The meeting, the first of its kind, was preceded by years of student activism and represents a climactic moment in a years-long conversation.
When I called Ginny Beams ’90 for our first interview, I thanked her for taking the time to talk.
Back in 2018, a fellow columnist of mine argued that the lecture system that dominates the Princeton educational experience was not working — and, more importantly, could not work. While the author suggested that there are ways to at least make them better, these improvements were, at best, remedial measures.
A recent bout of listserv emails from the Princeton undergraduate chapter of Letters to Strangers (L2S) left me unsettled. When my friends questioned why I was so jarred, it took me awhile to be able to pinpoint exactly why. L2S is a cute and often harmless group. Its main shtick is organizing biannual, anonymous letter exchanges as a form of friendly support, often during important testing periods. The letter I received from them around Dean’s Date last spring fit the general perceptions I had of the group: it was cute, wholesome, and appropriately endearing.
Princeton football’s last two wins have been characterized not by flashy offensive numbers, but by stifling defensive play. Two weeks ago, against Columbia, Princeton held the Lions to 206 yards of total offense and 10 points, and last week against Lafayette, the Tigers allowed 162 yards of offense and three points. As the Tigers (4–0, 1–0 Ivy) begin a stretch of six consecutive Ivy League games at Brown (1–3, 0–1) this Saturday, they’ll need to continue that trend.
In a talk at the Friend Center on Wednesday, Jennifer Rubin, opinion writer for the Washington Post, reassured the audience that United States democracy is in better shape than the public thinks and that a spike in civic engagement indicates a promising future for the country.
The University is asking for suggestions for the renaming of two prominent buildings: Marx Hall and 36 University Place.
On Monday, Oct. 7, the Davis International Center bulletin board in Frist Campus Center was transformed into a Lennon Wall, an eclectic display of solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
Men’s soccer (7–3–1 overall, 0–1–1 Ivy League) returned home on Tuesday with a 3–0 win against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8–4–1). Goals from junior midfielder Frankie DeRosa in the 17th minute, senior forward/midfielder Danny Hampton in the 41st minute, and first-year forward Daniel Diaz Bonilla in the 83rd minute were a welcome success after a difficult game against Brown. The win also increased Princeton’s overall record against Lehigh to 32–8–1.
Princeton women’s tennis is already underway, busy preparing for another hopefully very successful season.
Your life is worth $7.4 million. Don’t agree? Ask the Environmental Protection Agency, which sets its current valuation of a statistical human life at that amount. It’s not only humans that get a dollar amount — anything from an urban street tree (around $170 according to one study) to the U.S.’s supply of pollinators ($1 billion of crops dependent on insect pollination) have been assessed and priced by summing up their conferred benefits on the world (e.g. energy savings from tree shading) and comparing these to the assumed costs of production (e.g. initial planting cost for a tree).
While the American press tends to focus more on domestic rather than global stories, the international community, particularly the United States, should be intently following the Brexit proceedings. What happens in Britain could shift global momentum from our current political moment. While we find ourselves at the zenith of far-right, autocratic populism, the impending doom of Great Britain’s “hard Brexit” could inspire a backlash against such vigorous antiestablishment populism. Just as Brexit brought the beginning of this global populist moment, its inability to deliver Great Britain the baseless promises of freedom, independence, and prosperity could demonstrate the empty rhetoric and inaction of similar populist movements around the world. Even more significant, if Britain’s economy and political situation for its population of more than 66 million worsens into recession and regional crisis, Brexit could actually spur a global reactionary movement.
The Princeton men’s tennis team is back on the court, recently coming home from a strong run at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships, a national tournament featuring the best programs in college tennis. Traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma, three Tigers — senior Payton Holden, junior Ryan Seggerman, and sophomore Karl Poling — spent much of last week battling it out against the top doubles and singles players in the country.
Hey [Insert Listserv Here]!
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has found herself in trouble with Magistrate Judge and University alumna Sallie Kim ’86 of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
About a mile away from the University, nestled next to Dependable Cleaners and Tiger Garage, lies the fire station. The building has a brick exterior, interrupted by three large garage doors and the words “Princeton Fire Department” sprawled across its outside. The fire department and the University are uniquely connected through the volunteer firefighter program, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
Former Princeton men’s basketball star Devin Cannady signed a contract with the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, the team announced on its website Tuesday night.
The University’s High-Performance Computing Research Center (HPCRC) has acquired a new supercomputer, named Traverse, which will aid research at the University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), as well as other University programs.
When I was 16 years old, I painted a portrait of Isaac Newton and hung it in my room. Every night that I would have to study for math or physics, I looked up at it for inspiration. As one of the great minds of the Scientific Revolution, his image motivated me to strive in those subjects to finally become a physics major. The portrait still hangs in my dorm today, and while it got me through high school physics, it doesn’t quite have the same effect now that I’m in college.
Earlier this semester, I published part one of a series outlining the systemic causes for the gender inequality among Princeton’s faculty. While Princeton is not the worst example of gender discrimination in academia, the lack of female faculty serves as a stark reminder that the University must do more than erect monuments or paste QR codes to the sidewalk to remedy this problem.