Dear President Eisgruber ’83,
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Dear President Eisgruber ’83,
Dear fellow Tigers,
Three weeks ago, the NCAA made the landmark decision to grant its member schools the ability to extend eligibility by one year to spring sport athletes whose seasons were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, member schools of the Ivy League reaffirmed their policy prohibiting graduate students from competing in athletics — but leaving open to undergraduate athletes the opportunity to withdraw in a bid to preserve a fifth year of eligibility. Then, yesterday, on April 9, Princeton decided to close that door too. Despite the NCAA’s allowances, the University will not grant eligibility waivers next year to student-athletes who withdraw this spring. Harvard and Yale made the same announcement; the rest of the Ivy League will likely follow suit in the coming days.
The few voices that were upset at the decision to bring Marshawn Lynch to speak for Class Day are not representative of all of Princeton campus, but they do succeed in reinforcing elitist stereotypes and cynical exclusivism. In fact, most people, including the Black community, student-athletes, and first-generation low-income students, are excited about the decision to have Lynch speak on Princeton’s campus. While some hold the opinion that he should not have been chosen, we want to make it clear that Lynch will add incredible value to Class Day and that we are grateful to Lynch for agreeing to take part in the ceremony. Not only does Lynch exemplify accomplishment, leadership, and dedication, but he also embodies the values that Princeton holds dear — those of achievement and service to humanity.
Shortly after the announcement of Marshawn Lynch as the 2020 Class Day speaker, a small group of graduating seniors took it upon themselves to hastily denounce the invitation on behalf of the entire class. In a short period of time, many major media outlets have sensationalized this story.
To the Class of 2020,
To the Class Day Co-Chairs,
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.
The climate crisis is with us now, from the floods in Indonesia to the fires in Australia that have been burning out of control since June 2019. Looking ahead, land occupied by 150 million people will likely be permanently below the high tide line by 2050, devastating cities and regions around the world. For instance, modeling predicts that Southern Vietnam “could all but disappear.” The vast populations projected to be affected forebodes the possibilities of mass displacement and surging climate refugeeism.
You started reading this article from the beginning and, given its engaging content, will probably read it straight through to the end. You’ll read this article in a linear manner, and you most likely apply that same strategy to your academic reading. And how is that working for you?
Dear Princeton campus community members,
We are the team of students responsible for the Charter Co-op Eating Club proposal. While we were initially hesitant to address Charter’s decision to go Bicker publicly, many of our supporters have urged us to share our thoughts. We’d like to acknowledge that some of us personally know leaders of the winning proposal team and have nothing but love and respect for them as individuals. However, we believe they and the Charter Board of Governors have made a mistake in replacing the club’s longstanding sign-in policy with bicker.
We, the undersigned students, alumni, and affiliates of Princeton University, recognize, respect, and stand in solidarity with the peaceful protests by students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019. Further, we stand with the peaceful protests occurring across the country and condemn the use of force by the police forces as well as the imposition of Section 144, suspension of public transit, and mobile and internet services.
We, a group of South Asian graduate students at Princeton University, stand in solidarity, without hesitation or reservation, with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, and all other institutions who are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).