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Debate flared when Princeton received a visit from Ryan Anderson ’04, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, on April 12. I attended his talk entitled “Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It,” which triggered exactly the response from the campus community that you’d expect: accusations of bigotry and hotheaded listserv battles. Though I’m a strong supporter of same-sex marriage, I didn’t approve of these complaints about Anderson’s presence on campus. Speakers like Anderson are those that I’m always the most excited to listen to, because there’s no better way to craft your own argument than to understand the opposition’s claims. Know thy enemy, after all.
Whatever my brother Ben did, I ended up doing too. He joined the T-ball team, so I joined the softball team. He formed a Model United Nations Club, so I became its second president. He attended Princeton University, so I applied too. I had hobbies that I considered to be my own — reading, running, music. But I still felt like I was my brother’s shadow, following him through life and mirroring his every move.
I’ll admit that I take part in my fair share of “man bashing.” Any evening with my girlfriends used to involve talking about how much we “hate men,” how terrible our dating experiences have been, and how foolish our exes were. But we also spend hours getting over ex-boyfriends and complaining about being single, often to the detriment of our other pursuits. Our obsession with dating took valuable time out of our lives that we could have spent on self-improvement and learning, while we created an atmosphere of negativity and hopelessness instead.
This year, the Whitney Biennial exhibition displayed a painting of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy whose murder helped launch the Civil Rights Movement. The painting depicts Till’s open casket and evokes the horror of his murder. But in an open letter to the exhibition, Hanna Black, a black artist and writer, criticized the painting for being racially insensitive. Her problem: the painter, Dana Schutz, is white.
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.
The University’s housing system is a strange and convoluted beast. Our system is unlike that of Yale, where the residential college system is for four years, or Brown, where there are no residential colleges and many students live off campus. The system is needlessly complicated and, for the students who risk a poor draw time each year, it could be much fairer.
The defining feature of the University’s Honor Code and Honor Committee is its legacy of student ownership. The Committee is entirely student-run, differentiating it from other disciplinary bodies at Princeton and other universities. The Committee’s responsibilities are twofold: we act as both investigators and adjudicators for alleged Honor Code violations. Every step of the process, from report to investigation to hearing, is entirely student-directed.
The decision to suspend or expel a student should not be made by other students. It is too grave and consequential a decision to entrust it to undergraduates who are just getting their feet wet in the legal process.
We appreciated the feedback from the recent opinion piece on the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. This input is very helpful and Jared Shulkin ’20 made some great points. With changing technology and customer needs, it is important for our services to evolve. The good news is that we continue to develop our support and explore ways that we can improve service. However, we need to do a better job of communicating the capabilities of the current services while we enhance systems and processes.
Daniel Krane, in his April 10 op-ed, draws attention to the alleged plagiarism in Justice Neil Gorsuch’s 2006 book “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” We do not intend to offer an opinion about whether the issue of plagiarism ought to have been a factor in determining Justice Gorsuch’s suitability for the Supreme Court of the United States, but in case the public discussion of his writing has caused any confusion, we write to clarify for Princeton students the University’s expectations about the proper citation of sources in work submitted to fulfill academic requirements.
Princeton’s new gender-inclusive housing policy is beneficial to all Princeton students, not just to those who “expressly need” it. Two weeks ago, the Editorial Board of The Daily Princetonian recommended that Princeton Housing Services “exercise caution” when implementing the policy for the upcoming school year. The Board presumes that this policy confers special treatment on people who identify outside the gender binary or otherwise request mixed-gender rooms. It believes Housing Services must take extra care to account for the “well-being of all students,” given that the rules for room draw already “enhance living choice for some while restricting it for others.”
Three weeks ago, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped in her Maryland high school by two older students. I read a lot about it in my news feed because I happen to have graduated from the rival high school, located about 10 minutes down the road.
The truest things are said in jest.
If you have ever walked into Frist Campus Center to find a long line running around several corners, it’s probably a line for the ticket office. The office provides tickets for various campus events and performances, but it does not do so without flaws. The ticket office wastes an unacceptable amount of students’ time. Last semester, I arrived at Frist two hours before ticket sales went live for a Mathey College Broadway trip, and I wasn’t even among the first people in line. The inconvenience and unnecessary time consumption of buying tickets could easily be avoided through online ticket sales.
After a Title IX complaint in 2014, the University amended its procedure for handling sexual assault accusations in September of the same year. The change removed students from the jury in such cases and lowered the burden of proof from “clear and persuasive” to “preponderance of the evidence.” While the legal system relies on the standard of evidence of “beyond reasonable doubt,” Princeton’s new standard convicts the accused if there is only a 51 percent chance the allegations are true.
The past few weeks have been a treat for Democrats as Republicans have proven to be divided and incompetent. Infighting among Republicans killed the American Health Care Act. Tomi Lahren is off the air, and Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council. Every day seems to bring a new gaffe in the Trump administration or a damning development in the investigation into Russian collusion. Democrats are hurting from the election, but they can briefly gloat that Trump’s presidency has so far been as terrible as they predicted.
Last Wednesday, a largely overlooked chapter of the circus surrounding the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court unfolded: “A Short Section in Neil Gorsuch's 2006 Book Appears to be Copied from a Law Review Article” wrote Buzzfeed. “Gorsuch's Writings Borrow from Other Authors” proclaimed Politico. No matter how much these articles couch their claims, any student familiar with Princeton University’s Honor Code could conclude only one thing after reading the passages in question: Gorsuch plagiarized.
In a recent series of op-eds in The Daily Princetonian, a colleague of mine, Jacquelyn Thorbjornson ’19, and I have been exchanging arguments surrounding the issue of bias in news coverage. Both guest contributor Alis Yoo ’19 and I have rebutted Thorbjorson’s original piece. I believe the points made in both my piece and Yoo’s are still valid and remain largely unanswered. Thorbjornson argues that an alleged rape by undocumented immigrants in Rockville, Md., should be the subject of national outrage. Whereas Thorbjornson sees a liberal conspiracy to suppress truth, I see local news and good reporting.
In the aftermath of the Black Justice League’s protests last spring, the University has undertaken several initiatives to satisfy their demands. One of these initiatives was started at the Board of Trustees’ meeting on Sept. 26, 2016 when it launched the Committee on Naming. The Committee is charged with “naming buildings or other spaces not already named for historical figures or donors to recognize individuals who would bring a more diverse presence to the campus.”
March 10, 2017 was more than just a regular Friday for the Princetonians who have been following South Korea’s presidential corruption scandal. It was the day when the South Korean Constitutional Court upheld the National Assembly’s decision to remove ex-President Park from the office of the presidency. Park was removed on charges of disrespecting the duties of the presidency. Park’s national policies were established by Choi Soon-sil, a mere civilian without any authority, who acted as if she were the true president of South Korea. This was a day when democratic principles prevailed over the powerful, and the government recognized the will of the South Korean people’s collective. The Court’s decision shows that no one is above the law and that South Korean democracy will not perish.