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As I write this, I am in the midst of a really bad day — or what is, at least, looking to be one. I tripped on a rock and got dirt on my white pants. I cannot quite bring myself to write the paper weighing on my soul. After two months and two interviews, I still don’t know if I’ve landed my summer job yet. I don’t feel very good. I cried in front of a professor. And worst of all, these events seem to have colluded in making my mood as bad as can be; I have no desire to be sociable, pleasant, or nice to the people around me.
Several weeks ago, a group of seniors published an op-ed in which they called for a reformation to the Class Day speaker selection process. The letter cites a lack of transparency within the selection process, and has since been picked up by various national media outlets, including ESPN and USA Today. While the original intent of the letter was to call attention to the selection process of the speaker himself, the argument has since shifted to a question of our approval of Marshawn Lynch. As seniors who feel misrepresented by the original op-ed and the ensuing national media attention, we feel that we have an obligation to publicly respond.
Last July, the New Jersey State Assembly unanimously passed Bill A-4553, which would have granted qualified immunity to public-safety officers who patrol private institutions. The University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), which, as of June 2019, employed 33 of the approximately 70 officers who work at private universities in New Jersey, offered testimony in support of the measure. Though the bill did not reach the floor of the State Senate, this Board finds the University’s advocacy for qualified immunity disturbing.
To the Class of 2020,
A recent op-ed by guest contributors in The Daily Princetonian objecting to the selection of Marshawn Lynch as this year’s Class Day speaker has garnered widespread attention across campus and in the national media. Aside from being misconstrued as being representative of the campus community, the dismissive attitude towards Lynch within the article falls in line with a long history of disrespect towards black athletes.
Imagine this: it’s the beginning of March, spring semester is halfway over, and you don’t have an internship. You might as well drop out of school now, since no future employer will ever take you seriously with the lack of experience on your resume.
The Catholic Church needs change, and I say this as a devout Catholic. Ever since the 2013 election of Pope Francis — a pontiff many saw as a figure of change — traditionalism and conservatism have been on the rise, especially in America. Many eyes have turned towards the pages of the past. The number of parishes that now regularly celebrate the ancient Tridentine rite of the Mass in Latin is also on the rise. Many Catholics have taken a keen interest in scholastic, often outdated, Thomistic theology. And many believe the Church is under siege and in need of protectors that can save it from its corrupt ways.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a column justifying my obstinate refusal to switch from paper notes to digital notes; in a similar vein, I wish to write this column to justify yet another obsolete school-related habit of mine: standard pencils. More and more often, I see my fellow students resorting to mechanical pencils. And less and less frequently can I find public-use pencil sharpeners on campus. My family members — the same ones who unsuccessfully tried to persuade me of the merits of electronic note-taking — have all given up standard pencils in favor of pens, mechanical pencils, or nothing at all. So, naturally, I also entertained some reasons why I might consider switching to mechanical pencils.
Recently, The Daily Princetonian reported that over two dozen members of the class of 2020 are running for the position of Young Alumni Trustee (YAT). Yet, it doesn’t seem that many other people are paying this process much mind.
Last week, a friend and I looked for a place to study that wasn’t a library. As we found, they’re difficult to find. Though classrooms, common areas, and even dining halls are always available, there’s no way to know whether they will be unoccupied. After walking around campus for nearly an hour, we lamented that we wished there were an online system to see what classrooms and other spaces are available.
Under the current system that the University has in place, it is completely possible for a student to never interact with the history of a culture or place outside of the United States or Europe. Take, for example, students in the BSE computer science major. While it is an option for them to take a Historical Analysis (HA) class, it is not required, as they can fulfill four out of their six general education requirements in other ways.
To the Class Day Co-Chairs,
Every week, new posters paper the bulletin boards and light posts. They advertise dance and improv shows, orchestra and glee club concerts. Performing arts groups across campus put on different plays, musicals, dances, and concerts each semester, with one show often overlapping with another.
“By the way, how bad were the Academy Awards this year?”
Earlier this week, Anna Wolcke lamented the upcoming closure of the Pink House food-share. Indeed, the loss of the Pink House as we know it will be a true tragedy. I recall spending many hours there baking, cooking, and brunching with friends. Even as an underclass student, I felt welcome within the house’s walls, a part of a community focused on sustainable living that I hadn’t been able to find elsewhere on campus.
I don’t believe that I would have liked my first-year self very much. That version of Leora was remarkably set in her ways. She stuck to certain ideas strongly, like that everyone who drank alcohol was bad, regardless of quantity and context. Sophomore Leora softened a bit — she realized some of the drinkers were OK — but she still silently vilified them and thought drinking was a mortal sin.
Princeton says it stands for sustainability. It says it stands for diversity and inclusion. And it says it stands for affordable eating options available for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Last week, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg participated for the first time in a Democratic Party debate. When asked about his racist policing policies, he disingenuously reflected that the way in which stop-and-frisk “turned out” was non-ideal.
The Editorial Board of The Daily Princetonian writes on its own accord. Comprised of senior editors, the Board lends the ‘Prince’ a singularly compelling institutional voice. We will approach this task with humility, conviction, and resolute honesty. To that end, we will not shy away from challenging topics and are prepared to fracture the unanimity for which we usually strive.
As the repercussions of climate change are expected to be increasingly disruptive in the near future, universities across the country have placed larger emphases on sustainability and reducing climate emissions. To better understand how Princeton measures up against its peer institutions, members of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative (PSCI) have compiled a report analyzing over 75 institutions in the United States, evaluating a wide variety of factors, including carbon neutrality dates, greenhouse gas emissions, and usage of renewable energy sources.