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Like most freshmen, I signed up for the unlimited meal plan during my first fall semester. Princeton was an embarrassment of edible riches ranging from the sublime (late meal cookies) to the disturbing (any attempt at Asian food). As my waistline expanded, so did my love for Princeton’s dining halls.
Princeton plans to expand the undergraduate student body size and just published initial plans for the changes to campus. In its 2016 strategic planning report, the University cited its “growing leadership responsibilities that accompany Princeton’s increasingly distinctive capacity to contribute to the world” as motivation for increasing class size. But I am unsure that the University can increase in size without losing its unique campus environment.
Advertisements for the lecture given by Ryan Anderson '04 about traditional marriage caused a lot of backlash on campus this month, particularly on the residential college listservs. Calls for open discourse were often met with disdain. On WilsonWire, for example, a student invited the listserv to “hear arguments for traditional marriage” and to attend a “lively” Q&A session with Anderson. The listserv responded by criticizing those who share Anderson’s views and even condemning the lecture's existence.
It was with great interest that I read the "Disinvite Shkreli (again)" by Crystal Liu ’19 in The Daily Princetonian. Unfortunately, Liu’s uncareful analysis misses the mark. While Liu may feel I am “disgraced” and “vitriolic,” in a brazen display of intellectual dishonesty she fails to mention my distinction as one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world.
Recent opposition to the USG eating club referendum — a proposal to collect demographic data on club membership — has largely focused on three main aspects: the challenges of implementation, the effect on the student body, and the fear of misinterpreting the cause of the demographics. Together, these issues have convinced the Editorial Board to largely dismiss the positive arguments for the referendum that are centered on appeals to inclusivity and diversity. Neither side of the argument has understood the full importance of diversity.
The “most hated man in America” is coming to Princeton. For those who are unfamiliar with Martin Shkreli, he first faced public outrage for raising the price of Daraprim, a drug used by HIV patients, by over 5,000 percent.
Campus Dining is brilliant.
When I was choosing colleges five years ago, I consciously decided not to attend Princeton Preview. I had both the free time and the means to attend, and I needed to learn more about Princeton as I was still very much debating which college to attend. I was the perfect candidate to attend, but I opted out because I didn’t believe that Preview could give me the experience I needed to make the right college decision. I wanted to get the best information I could get: a real sense of what my four years would be like. And to me, that sense cannot be gained by attending Princeton Preview or equivalent events at other colleges.
When I came to Preview in 2014, a senior told me that she found it exceedingly difficult to manage her time here. She told me that the more quickly I learned time management skills, the better off I would be. I wish she had explained why it was so hard. It has taken me three years to understand exactly how we students get in over our heads, and how we can pull ourselves out. In an effort to save you some time, I will elaborate on the lesson I am still learning: how to take care of myself.
As Princeton prepares to welcome the Class of 2021, the latest in a perennial series of the increasingly diverse, well-qualified cohorts, current students — even us post-thesis seniors long removed from the days of admitted-student lanyards and peer academic advising — will be sought out to provide lessons learned and parting words of wisdom to those about to replace us on this campus. This is a question I’ve recently been facing a lot at home as well, as my sister prepares to enter her freshman year at Boston College. And while I hope to save my final thoughts for my soon-to-be final column, in the few weeks left before college decision day, there’s one message I hope the incoming class, at Princeton and elsewhere, will take to heart: Throw yourself in, with reckless abandon.
As campus dining staff, we work hard every day to make students feel at home away from their homes. We take a lot of pride in our work and enjoy our jobs in many ways. University students are generally polite, interesting to talk to, and a pleasure to serve. We know that they are under a lot of stress as they study for exams and write papers, and we’re glad to be able to brighten their day with broad smiles and tasty, nourishing meals. We are proud to support University students both physically and emotionally.
Our service workers are essential to the running of the University and deserve not only our praise, but also our respect. Yet, their diligence and commitment to the community cannot be admired if their rights as workers and human beings are not also addressed. After listening to stories and feedback from many service workers, mostly from Frist Campus Center and Facilities, we, the Young Democratic Socialists of Princeton, object to this treatment and demand that the University do better. We do not seek to deny the ability of campus workers to act on their own; instead, we aim to leverage our positions as students to bring these demands to the administration. Student actions in solidarity with workers do not preclude workers from acting on their own behalf; rather, they strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for themselves by bringing greater awareness to their situation. The Princeton administration has failed in its moral duty to treat its workers with respect by not fully compensating them for their labor and not providing for their needs.
These past weeks, my Facebook feed has been plagued by USG campaign posts. It’s understandable, given the potential social media has these days to spread a political message. The other day, I stumbled across a post that threw me into total confusion. The candidate posted a picture stating: “In this class, we believe Black Lives Matter; women’s rights are human rights; no human being is illegal; science is real; love is love; kindness is everything,” followed by a ___ for Class President. The candidate also posted about “programming that includes celebration of and education on our diversity; ensuring everything is considerate of religious and cultural needs.”
From the moment we first enter the FitzRandolph gate to commencement, we Princetonians have an endless supply of work. We have lab reports, compositions, research papers, applications for internships, full theses, and even articles for extracurricular activities. The deluge of work never ceases. Even on days when we think we have caught up, we find ourselves back in the endless cycle of procrastination a week later. The most remarkable aspect I have found about this workload, however, is not its magnitude. I personally have faced heavy workloads before Princeton and will probably face even worse ones as a professional. Instead, what amazes me the most is that most of the students here, if not all, strive to do their best. And on a campus like ours, best means original.
For all its prestige, wealth, and resources, Princeton University has much to be desired as a place of education. It holds onto a series of pedagogically outdated systems and requirements that would be laughable if they were not such an integral part of its educational system. If students are actually here to learn — if an Ivy education is not just an overhyped way to go get funding to play in Cuba on the way to Goldman — Princeton might as well put some effort into actually making sure students are educated.
By now, many of us have seen the controversial viral video by author Simon Sinek about the problems with the millennial generation (those born after 1982). He argued that the primary reasons for the “Millennial Problem” — an ambiguous phrase denoting a general millennial dissatisfaction with life and the workplace — stem from a generational proclivity for entitled and impatient behavior. He then traces these behavioral trends back to the source: the pampering by over-protective parents and the immediacy of the digital age. With higher expectations in life and less patience for the journey, millennials feel largely ignored by a workplace culture that is often uninviting, sluggish, and apathetic to their interests.
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I’m very excited for you. I write this letter in the sincere hope that you enjoy the Preview weekend and that these couple days help you figure out what to do with the next four years.
The University is suing the United States Department of Education in an attempt to keep seven years of admissions records hidden from the public. The cover-up is hardly unexpected — Princeton engages in discriminatory admissions policies under the pretext of "affirmative action" despite having lost sight of the very goals that the concept was originally intended to promote.
Parents should be banned from campus. Not at all times, and Public Safety officers shouldn’t go around and round them up, but for the most part, parents need to stay away. Move in, parents’ weekend, move out, and graduation are enough.