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This column is the third 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. This series reflects my personal involvement (not as a spokesperson) in the Princeton Private Prison Divest coalition. The first column discussed the disturbing parallels between current University investments and Princeton’s close historical relationship to the slave trade and xenophobia. The second addressed the glaring problems and contradictions of common arguments in favor of prison privatization.
It’s happened to all of us and it hurts like nothing you’ve felt before. An offhand comment, a shrug, or silence can confirm what you suspected, but refused to acknowledge. And once it hits you, there’s no going back.
I’m afraid to say it out loud sometimes because it’s become a bad word of late. I believe in Israel’s right to exist and its necessity. I put great faith in the Jewish right to self-determination and have a deep love for the State of Israel. This makes me a Zionist.
Last Friday, the Editorial Board criticized the University’s punishment of the men’s swimming and diving team after reports surfaced about the circulation of a series of inappropriate emails among the team. Not refuting the University's conclusion that the distributed material was “vulgar and offensive, as well as misogynistic and racist in nature,” the Board decided that its fear of Princeton students losing their right to spew vitriol outweighs the perpetuation of a deeply racist and misogynistic culture propagated through the mouthpiece of an internationally renowned university.
There is a small Hispanic community center called El Centro just 15 minutes from Princeton’s campus. Ten minutes away is the New Jersey Special Olympics Headquarters. Two minutes away is a local food pantry. Despite their distinct purposes, these organizations share a common need: volunteers.
The presidential seal of the United States flashes up on the screen, and for a second, it seems like an official message from the White House. We forget for a moment that it’s 11:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, and let our imaginations run wild. Melissa McCarthy walks out in a big suit and hairpiece, yelling angrily for everyone to be quiet. The crowd roars. And for the next five minutes, we see “Sean Spicer” shout and slam her way through this White House press briefing, as she belittles reporters and asserts her “dominance.” Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!
After Donald Trump referred to the press as the “enemy of the people,” there’s been a lot of talk about keeping journalistic integrity and protecting the First Amendment. For all his blubbering, Trump won’t silence the media. But I’m afraid that, in some ways, the media has already silenced its own voice.
During the first few weeks of freshman year, I was very impressed with the number of extracurricular and sport opportunities that appeared around every corner. There were so many different ways that I could spend my time outside of class, whether through club and intramural sports, campus publications, acapella and dance groups, or the investment clubs that Princeton offers. Over the course of the semester, I became more heavily involved in certain activities, while losing interest in others. A new sport or a new group can be totally engrossing for a number of weeks or even days, but then it may slowly fade to the background as interest is lost. I think this is normal. The issue is not with how one respectfully withdraws from activities, but rather with the long wait that one must endure before joining anything new.
This Monday, Ryan Chavez ’19 penned an article in The Daily Princetonian about the Whig-Clio Senate Debate press policy. He argued that
because press cannot record debates or publish direct quotes, the Senate
debates are somehow both illiberal, having abrogated a right to journalistic
freedom, and uninformative, having limited the scope of awareness with respect
to these debates.
On Friday, Feb. 17, I observed the most exciting college tour of my life. As a prospective Orange Key tour guide, I must observe several tours of campus — a dull requirement, for the most part. On this day, I expected a simple stroll through the typical route — until Shrek interrupted my Princeton tour.
Princeton students rush to class with seconds to spare, finish papers in the darkest hours of the night, and cram last-minute for exams. And with these Ivy League habits comes an addiction: coffee. College students, including myself, come to rely on it.
Last week, I defended the legacy of John C. Calhoun after Yale renamed its Calhoun College. But the two-term vice president from South Carolina is only the latest target in a larger war waged on college campuses. From Columbia University to Georgetown University, from Clemson University to Winthrop University, and even right here at Princeton, students are protesting men on the “wrong” side of history — thereby threatening our historical empathy and, in turn, our education.
On last week’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host — a liberal comedian known for his blunt bludgeoning of the right and controversial statements about Islam — invited Breitbart editor and conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos to be his opening guest. Maher used the entire interview to hammer home the single point on which the two admitted they can agree — that free speech is good, even when hateful, inaccurate, stupid, controversial, or evil. This is a point with which essentially everyone does, and should well, agree.
Free speech and its implications seem like fashionable topics for op-eds lately. Debate over free speech is simply unavoidable, from fires in the streets of Berkeley, Calif. to renaming residential colleges in New Haven. That’s all without mentioning the dialogues surrounding fake news, social media, and the activities of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Short on spires and even shorter on gargoyles, Education City in Doha, Qatar, looks like a cross between a world’s fair and Area 51. Surrounded by Arabian desert, its fancifully designed pavilions declare the presence not of countries but of universities, each sharing western-style wisdom with an ascendant corner of the world.
In his recent State of the University letter, University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 reaffirmed the University’s intent to expand the size of the undergraduate student body with the hope of “grow[ing] enrollment while maintaining the distinctive character of a Princeton education.” We appreciate the University’s effort to offer the Princeton experience to a greater number of qualified applicants, and we do not oppose the expansion of the student body; however, we urge the University to keep in mind a number of considerations while planning for the expansion. Specifically, the University should take special note of the capacity of upperclassmen residential and dining options, the location of the new residential college, and the effect of student body expansion on the availability of University resources. Such careful planning will ensure a larger Princeton retains the unique qualities that make it “the best damn place of all.”
“What’s wrong?” “Nothing.”
In 1939, the United States turned away 900 Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis fleeing Nazi Germany. The ship returned to Europe, where around 250 of its passengers died in concentration camps. Though their bodies were burned on European soil, their blood was on the hands of the Americans who refused them entry.
Editor's Note: This column discusses issues and events that might be traumatizing, or triggering, for some, namely suicide.
This column is the second 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. This series reflects my personal involvement (not as a spokesperson) in the Princeton Private Prison Divest coalition (PPPD).