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A columnist at the Harvard Crimson recently wrote a column titled “Who Can Be ‘Racist’?” The columnist explores the question of whether minorities in the United States may make comments such as “I hate white people” — and whether such comments may be labeled as racist.
Within the last three weeks, two events shocked people around the world. In Sri Lanka, bombings killed hundreds of innocent civilians on Easter Sunday; in France, a fire destroyed part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. To me, one of these events is clearly more devastating than the other.
Growing up in Michigan, the Pistons meant everything to Detroit. It’s been over a decade since the team has been relevant, but the Pistons have always remained a source of pride from their win in the 2004 Finals over the Los Angeles Lakers. The series is still discussed today, not just because Detroit, with only one All-Star, upset a team led by Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Gary Payton, but because of the way they played. The constant speculation of in-fighting between superstars Kobe and Shaq was a big juxtaposition to the Pistons, who were seen as playing much more cohesively with a blue-collar approach.
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It is no surprise that sharing a bathroom with many people is less than ideal. What makes it even worse is when none of the users have any enforced responsibility to ensure that the bathroom stays presentable.
Often in the movement for criminal justice reform the question is, “How do we reduce mass incarceration?” What if we asked, “How do we eliminate incarceration altogether?”
It is no surprise to find dorm buildings in poor condition Sunday mornings, be it trash left around the bathrooms, vomit in the hallways, or beer cans and cups forming a path to Prospect Avenue. Yet, the morning of Sunday, April 7, was particularly disgusting. Throughout the “Slums,” the level of disarray was so extreme, it was a safety hazard.
During one of my first weeks at Princeton, Washington Post investigative reporter Kimbriell Kelly came to speak to my investigative journalism class. Before she visited, I remember feeling really nervous about the course — we were tasked with writing an investigative piece for our semester project, and I had no idea where to start. Kelly spoke about her reporting for a series of stories on unsolved homicides in communities of color. As she shared how she mined the data, interviewed parents who had lost their children, and went through the process of writing and editing, I felt inspired and determined to explore a meaningful topic. The shift in perspective that I experienced after Kelly’s visit testifies to the value guest speakers add to classes.
In its recently published Sustainability Action Plan, the University set ambitious goals for reducing its environmental footprint. Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2046, as well as curtail its water usage and waste production, the plan represents the second of Princeton’s formal commitments to sustainability. This is especially timely in the context of the recently passed student referendum, which called for clearer guidelines and timelines for how the University will achieve carbon neutrality.
One of the earliest warnings students get during their first-year orientation is the prospect of receiving a fine for committing a fire safety violation. The risk of increased financial burden is meant to dissuade students from violating the fire safety policies at the University. Fines, however, not only disproportionately impact lower income students but also are not the best method for preventing continued violations of the fire safety code. Instead, we should use a community service based system to better discourage these violations as well as make the punishment more equal across the board.
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On April 18, the Justice Department released the long-awaited report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’66 to Congress and the American public.
On Friday, the student body will take part in one of the most important events of the year: room draw. To a certain extent, your upcoming year is defined by this process; whom you choose to share a living space with — if anyone — has a huge impact on both your academic and social life. While some can make the argument that a poor living situation can be mitigated by simply not using your room, that logic only goes so far. There is a reason why students spend hours together with their draw groups, staring anxiously at a spreadsheet while room after room disappears, hoping that they have an opportunity to get a living situation they are satisfied with.
My investigation into Princeton’s financial aid records revealed that the University has endowed scholarships reserved for students coming from the country’s richest towns and most expensive high schools. During the past three months, I reviewed a hundred pages of endowment listings on the “Giving to Princeton” directory and paired it with public information.
Princeton Preview, a special time when admitted students decide whether they would like to officially join the Orange Bubble, is an equally important opportunity for current students to think about and evaluate what Princeton means to them. Recently, students have considered the same question and, it seems, regretted their decision to attend Princeton.
Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Muslim woman, has received an onslaught of pejorative attacks from the far rights for a series of controversial comments she’s made about Israel and, more recently, the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Be it matters of land in the past or language in the present, minority groups have always been pressured to conform to Western standards in order to survive. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were characterized by brutal acts against Native Americans at the hands of European colonists. Soon, norms settled in whereby the indigenous people were constantly reminded that their land was not theirs anymore.
I shouldn’t need to reiterate the importance of being friends with people who aren’t like you. I shouldn’t need to impress upon the student body the necessity of diversity: in socioeconomic status, appearance, gender, and interests.
Life here at Princeton, during my first year, runs quickly. Like many people, I feel like I’m constantly looking ahead — to the next assignment, the next tutoring shift, the next club meeting. Times to reflect are few and far between. Some of my friends complain about this, and I understand their complaints. But I don’t really miss the free time. I’m grateful for how Princeton keeps my mind busy. When I have too much time on my hands, no matter how hard I try to avoid it, my thoughts tend to gravitate towards the one thing I don’t want to think about.
This past week, from Monday at noon to Wednesday at noon, I spent what felt like every waking moment texting, emailing, and reminding people in person to vote in the USG elections for Referendum Question No. 1, which I sponsored on behalf of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative. The week before voting opened, my group and I spent hours tabling in Frist Campus Center, posting flyers on lampposts, and folding table tents.