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In the weekly Undergraduate Student Government (USG) meeting, the Senate approved two referenda to appear on the winter election ballot: one calling for the University to recognize Election Day as an official holiday and the second calling for the University’s divestment from fossil fuels.
You click on a Zoom link with an 11-digit meeting ID. And then you’re there. No near-bike accidents; no showing up late, drenched or frozen. No running into someone along the way. Just you, with a few other rectangles on your screen. The other people there? You’ve never seen, much less met, them. You don’t know the sound of their voices, their laughs. They’re from all over the world. They’re your friends-to-be.
At a virtual town hall last month, President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 stood by the University’s hardline free-speech policy, which came under fire this summer, after his administration declined to respond to instances of racist speech, citing free speech protections. If the events of this summer made clear that Princeton has failed in its efforts to combat racism and prejudice on campus, Eisgruber’s remarks only underscored this reality.
After days of waiting, the American people have elected Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as our next Vice President. The palpable anxiety and tension from an admittedly, but justifiably, lengthy process of counting votes has been alleviated. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be tasked with governing an economically crippled nation still in the throes of a pandemic and one that is bitterly divided politically. They will need to make their victory a victory for all Americans by uniting the country and facilitating a cooperative, principled, inclusive, and free political culture — a culture that young people like us now have the numbers and willpower to build. The days and weeks ahead will give us opportunities to shape and strengthen our democracy but only if we make crucial decisions. This path is not a given; it must be chosen.
After days of uncertainty, former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the contentious 2020 U.S. presidential election, beating incumbent President Donald Trump. Biden and running mate Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will soon take charge of a divided nation in the midst of a global pandemic and economic downturn.
In 2016, American Sign Language was the third most studied language in American postsecondary schools. That same year, The Daily Princetonian’s Editorial Board released this piece urging Princeton to allow ASL to satisfy the University’s language requirement. Four years later, Princeton has not budged. ASL still does not satisfy the University’s foreign language requirement.
In a Q&A held immediately after their Oct. 15 concert, the Takács Quartet emphasized the importance of demystifying the classical music industry, particularly in the often esoteric and unreachable depths of the diverse, yet relatively untapped, string quartet repertoire. Second violinist Harumi Rhodes said that one of the Takács’ newly reignited missions in the depths of the pandemic is “trying to reconnect with the inclusive parts of music-making.” Indeed, they succeeded in this mission, breaking countless long-held rules in the process — to great effect — and potentially setting a new precedent for online music performance that may very well persist after the pandemic has subsided.
A 14-hour time difference from Korea to Princeton is difficult, as anyone I’ve complained to about my sleep schedule can attest. Yet being an international student in the age of COVID-19 means much more than a time difference. Rather, what’s most frustrating is feeling different and oftentimes less important than our United States-based peers. The University must ensure better, equitable treatment of our international student body.
A crowd of about 100 people gathered in Princeton’s Hinds Plaza to condemn calls from President Donald Trump and his campaign to stop counting mail-in and absentee votes in a “Protect the Results” rally on Wednesday.
For our Zoom interview, first-year Karen Kim sported a black Princeton crewneck — just one sign of her commitment to the Princeton Women’s Golf team. She called in from her new room in Princeton, New Jersey.
Amid one of the most historic and consequential elections in our nation’s history, it’s not difficult to justify intense political reporting. Politics regularly dominates media airwaves, for partisanship and polarization drive the most clicks, and sensationalism has taken a greater spotlight than in the recent past.
On Nov. 3, 230 students joined an Election Night Watch Party hosted by the American Whig-Cliosophic Society (Whig-Clio). As the first results of election night rolled in, students shared their reactions and participated in prize raffles.
On Oct. 30, Justice Amy Coney Barrett announced the names of the four clerks who will assist her as she begins her tenure on the Supreme Court. Barrett heard her first arguments this Monday.
It has been eight months since we were all forced into the safety of our homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of things have changed since then. On the micro scale, Princeton first-years like me were welcomed into the virtual campus community and have started our journeys, we have met new people along the way, and the leaves have started falling as we welcome fall. On the macro scale, our country is going through an election, a newly appointed Supreme Court justice, and a large-scale reckoning on racial inequality. With all these things that are happening, we must still deal with the one constant affecting our lives: the pandemic is not over yet.
Since Sept. 27, the civil population of Artsakh, also referred to as Nagorno-Karabakh, has been under malicious attack from Azerbaijan. Bolstered by the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s military assistance that includes 4,000 hired mercenaries from Syria on the ground, a F-16 warplane, and 150 senior military officials in their command centers, Azerbaijan has started a full-on military offensive throughout its line of contact with Artsakh and Armenia.
Environmental activists on Princeton’s campus have been ratcheting up their campaign to convince the University’s board of directors to divest the endowment of fossil fuel investments. This counterproductive effort prioritizes a political fad over economic and energy realities, and Princeton’s leadership has been wise to withstand this pressure.