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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).
Raise your hand if you ever have walked past someone you know and tried your hardest not to make eye contact — you get extra points if you made eye contact from afar, and then one or both of you whipped out your phones or suddenly pretended to be very interested in the sidewalk’s cracks.
The very word “pre-med” evokes images of consecutive all-nighters, temper tantrums, and the banging of one’s head against a wall. A Princeton education is tough across the board, but pre-med students hold a special rank on campus, both in their coursework and in how much they complain about their coursework.
Princeton is one of the most selective undergraduate colleges in the world. That is guaranteed, as there are more students who want to attend than spaces. The criteria by which Princeton decides who is allowed to be a Tiger and who is not are not set in stone. In this column, part two of a three part series on admissions, I will examine legacy. The first column explored early admissions, and the final column will discuss athletics.
Editor's Note: This column discusses issues and events that might be traumatizing, or triggering, for some, namely sexual assault and rape.
Its opponents call it terrible, a painful burden that provides useful skills only to a mere fraction of those forced to partake in it. A similar hatred prompted Blaykyi Kenyah ’19 to write earlier this academic year that “to say [he] did not enjoy [his] seminar was a gross understatement.” When I nervously questioned upperclassmen prior to undergoing the experience myself, they also labeled it a coming-of-age experience, or even a necessary evil.
On Feb. 6, CNN aired a town hall debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Ted Cruz ’92 on the merits and drawbacks of the Affordable Care Act. Neither man is in the midst of a campaign for political office. The two senators took the stage in front of an audience and millions of home viewers simply to debate their views on Obamacare, to engage in a direct forum with one another, and to have a conversation.
The use of laptop computers in the classroom is a subject of mixed opinion. Fully equipped with note-taking software, word processors, e-books, Blackboard, Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, Youtube, iTunes, and much, much more, laptops can be very effective learning tools. Many University students take advantage of their typing speed to quickly take down notes, or they reference materials like Blackboard pages or eBooks during class. However, although they’re convenient, laptops in the classroom also present an inevitable distraction to the user. Laptops pose a threat to a student’s educational experience at the University, and the use of laptops in the classroom should be restricted.
This week, Yale University succumbed to the latest in activist hysteria without fully appreciating American history when it decided to change the name of Calhoun College. This change came about as a result of protests by students who detested the residential college's namesake Senator for his ardent support of slavery. Yale's Board of Trustees should have left the name unchanged. I believe that Calhoun's legacy is worth preserving for posterity so that they may evaluate the successes and shortcomings of the country's past leaders.
The three weeks on campus that preceded Dean’s Date and finals felt eternal. But what was most painful was having no idea what to do with myself after I did eventually finish all of my schoolwork. Many of us went from a frantic working pace and wanting nothing more than a short break, to having no idea what to do with ourselves. What is most depressing are not the challenges that we expect to be unpleasant, but rather when the thing that we hope will bring relief is itself another burden.
A year or two ago, P!nk’s song “Perfect” was blasting on radios across the country. Her powerful refrain implored us “[not to] ever, ever feel like you are less than, less than perfect.” People — myself included — drank in her lyrics as a powerful message of self-affirmation and acceptance. P!nk meant well when she asked us to remember that we are perfect just the way we are, but she neglected to mention that we are humans and thus, inherently flawed. I remember listening to that song on repeat and telling myself that I was indeed perfect, but then I remembered that I was rude to a friend earlier that day and that I had yelled at my brother. These were hardly the actions of someone perfect, but P!nk was still telling me that I was.
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. This series will reflect my personal involvement (not as a spokesperson) in the Princeton Private Prison Divest coalition.
When I have to write a paper, I like having as much time as possible. However, last semester, when my professor asked the class if we wanted our final paper to be due before winter break or on Dean’s Date, we chose the earlier deadline.
In an era of unified Republican control of government, where the main levers of power are manned exclusively by factions of Ayn Rand conservatives and authoritarian populists, there is certainly much cause for wallowing in defeat. Constitutionally and procedurally, this defeatism is rational — aside from filibustering major legislation and Supreme Court nominations, there truly is little liberals in and out of government can do to stop the privatization of public education under the bafflingly incompetent Betsy DeVos, the almost-certain rollback of civil rights enforcement under the once-too-racist (for a federal judgeship)-but-now-apparently-not Jeff Sessions, or the unabashed and admitted “destruction of the state” under “alt” white supremacist Steve Bannon.