By admitting those individuals with the hippest, most marketable, and oftentimes most expensive personal brands (which typically entail a palatable degree of quirkiness and maybe a dash of Nietzsche), St. A’s contradicts its own mission of cultivating an air of mystery and uniqueness. In reality, A’s is fundamentally, transparently mundane — just another smug, elitist group on a frequently smug, elitist campus.
To sum things up: if you’ve ever wondered why Princeton drops $700 a piece on lawn chairs, while still mandating that certain students work campus jobs and not others, the U.S. News rankings may offer some explanation.
I can remember first arriving on campus as a first-year and soaking up the freedom of college life.
I was motivated to write this letter because I wanted to talk about ambivalence. Ambivalence will serve you well no matter where you go, but particularly around here. I have often found it extremely difficult at Princeton to untangle the good from the bad.
The notion of non-partisan neutrality can be particularly slippery on the University’s campus. As past and recent public debates have shown, it’s a familiar trick to disguise political agendas under the guise of neutrality.
President Eisgruber does not seem to grasp the irony of touting a letter in support of DACA while simultaneously remaining silent on the University’s investments in facilities which have been used to illegally detain DACA recipients.
This week, graduate students will have the opportunity to express support for the campaign to divest from private prisons and detention centers. The issue of private prison divestment will appear as a referendum question in the Graduate Student Government election, and a “Yes to Divest” majority would be pivotal as PPPD’s campaign continues to build momentum. Voting begins tomorrow, Feb. 23 and ends on Mar. 1.
This column is the first part in a series focusing on a student campaign for private prison divestment as a lens for examining questions regarding historical and present injustice, institutional responsibility and accountability, and mechanisms of change.
Ten years ago, a white Princeton student was nearly five times as likely as an Asian student to be in a selective eating club.
There is no debating it: we are in a time of crisis, and complacency is deadly. This moment, more than any other we can remember, requires immediate action “in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.” Students can sign the DREAM Team’s petition calling on the University to protect undocumented people, and participate in the walk-out and gathering in front of Nassau Hall happening today (Thursday, November 17). Administrators, meanwhile, should also make good on the promise of the University’s motto by implementing the DREAM Team’s recommendations outlined below and in the online petition.