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A Power Governments Cannot Suppress by Howard Zinn, a Companion Guide to Present-Day Life in America

A few things have given me solace in these torturous weeks. One is seeing the enormous opposition to the muslim ban from people all over the country. It’s heartwarming to see people stand up for a demonized minority. I have also found some comfort and inspiration in a series of essays written by historian Howard Zinn in the years of the Iraq war.


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Getting Through #2016

With the fall semester almost over here at Princeton, the year 2016 is slowly fading away. What an year it was--I mean, 2016 even has its own hashtag. We screamed when Beyonce released Lemonade and hailed Queen Cersei once again when she finally blew up King’s Landing (the Sept to be exact, of course. Shout out to my fellow Game of Thrones fans). So many of us cried when the legendary and inspirational David Bowie passed away, and I know that you will Always remember Alan Rickman. But I don’t mean to talk about cultural gossip today.


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Project Escape: Philadelphia

First of all, I want to congratulate everyone, including myself, for making it to the last week of the semester. I can’t recall ever wanting to say goodbye to a year more than the year 2016. It certainly will be a four-digit number that will feature prominently in every history book published henceforth. I do not know your plans for this winter break, but before you hastily evacuate the east coast (for those of you that live here... my condolences), how about stopping by an incredible city this weekend?


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Blindness and Darkness

“I’m in the dark here!” In the movie Scent of a Woman, Colonel Slade (Al Pacino) barks out these few words to reveal how it is to be blind. For those who have seen this film, this is perhaps one of the most emotional scenes. For the blind, however, this scene probably just throws at them yet another evidence of a common misconception regarding blindness. The thing is, blind people don’t just “see darkness.”


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20 Ways to Effectively Procrastinate

1. Try out every single Snapchat filter. 2. Make a comprehensive list of all your upcoming assignments for all your classes... and proceed to start none of them. 3. Take a trip to the U-Store and purchase caffeine pills so you can stay up late and not do any of the work you should do. 4. Go to the gym and lay on the abs mat (immobile) for a ridiculously long amount of time. ...


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​Speaking like an American?

Learning a second language is a process many people go through at least once in their lifetime. While it is a leisure activity for some people, it is a necessity for others in order to survive in the job market or prove themselves valuable in this globalized society. The craze for second language education has long gone overboard in some countries, such as Korea. Over half of Korea’s educational budget goes into its English education, with private academies (“hahg-wons”) using cheap advertising catchphrases such as “You can speak like an American in just a month!” What’s that supposed to mean? “Speaking like an American”?


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I’m Not A Varsity Athlete But I Swear I’m Not A NARP

“Oh, so you’re a NARP.” Uh oh. Suddenly, an insane cloud of guilt and shame surrounds you. You want to run for the bathroom and never look back. You want to run to Terrace and hide in one of the pot-smoke-filled rooms that comprise the maize that eating club is. No, you’re not an athlete at Princeton. No, you’re not on a varsity team. You were just never good enough at sports! But you swear, YOU’RE NOT A NARP!


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Project Escape: Princeton

Escape. It’s a paradoxical word. On one hand, there is a hint of anxiety. On the other, there is a sense of satisfaction. It assumes that at one point you were constrained but now, free. I think this is a fair expression of how I felt when I landed in Boston last weekend. It was an escape: an escape from Princeton.


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Album Review — Kishi Bashi: "Sonderlust"

Sonderlust is Kishi Bashi’s third album since his solo debut, 151a, and Lighght. Like so many performers today, his “genre” is hard to define—one can characterize it as a sort of orchestral indie pop, though his latest album borrows from R&B and electronic indie rock music. Sonderlust is the realization that every passerby on a busy street, every passenger in your train car, and every student meandering from building to building between classes has a life as intricate as your own. The album mirrors the complexities and uplifting beauty of its namesake.


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Beware of Mr. Indiana Jones

Last year, when I told my friends that I was going to study archaeology and work at an archaeological digging site over the summer, nine out of ten of my friends mentioned the famed Mr. Jones in one way or another: I got enthusiastic comments like “you’re going to be like Indiana Jones!” or “what are you going to find, Ms. Indiana Jones?” I reply with a smile, but to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of those comments that link me to Mr. Jones. Don’t get me wrong Indiana Jones fans, I do like the movie series and the charming character; but archaeology as shown through the movie series is simply too misleading and plain wrong.


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Reintroducing Intersections!

With the launch of The Daily Princetonian’s website redesign, I am happy to announce the return of our Blog section! Readers who have been following our paper for a while might remember our past two blogs: The Prox and Intersections. After a long period of lull on both of these blogs, we decided to combine them under one banner moving forward: Intersections. So why the name “Intersections” over “The Prox”?