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Nearly a year ago, I asked our staff to make ten predictions for 2020, which we wrote down and stuffed in an old bottle.
Editor’s Note: This piece ran in The Daily Princetonian’s Nov. 2020 print issue.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) has weathered a tumultuous year, as the pandemic and massive wildfires have ravaged the Centennial State. In June, protests over Elijah McClain’s killing forced Colorado to confront systemic racial injustice.
Sonia Sotomayor, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice since 2009, has played a prominent — and oftentimes dissenting — role this year. Many Americans anticipate that the Court will determine the 2020 election, bringing Sotomayor’s defense of voting rights into national focus.
Since she was named a 2018 Time Person of the Year, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has only risen in prominence, as the regime of Rodrigo Duterte amplifies its persecution against her. In June, a court convicted Ressa, who co-founded and leads the news site Rappler, and a colleague, Reynaldo Santos Jr., of “cyber libel.” Though she has appealed the decision, Ressa faces up to six years in prison.
Andrea Campbell, the first Black woman to serve as president of the Boston City Council, is a Democratic candidate in Boston’s 2021 mayoral race. She previously chaired the Council’s Committee on Public Safety, where she sought to expand resources for formerly incarcerated residents and enact criminal-justice reform.
Editor’s Note: This piece ran in The Daily Princetonian’s Oct. 2020 print issue.
Editor’s Note: This piece ran in The Daily Princetonian’s Sept. 2020 print issue.
On Jan. 7, 1919, the editors of The Daily Princetonian announced, with “exceeding” regret, that their daily paper would run only three times a week. “War and influenza have played havoc with the PRINCETONIAN’s press force,” they lamented.
Editor’s Note: This piece was included in the print issue sent to all members of the Class of 2024.
For most of us, the news that the Committee on Discipline (COD) is investigating dozens of MAT 202 students warrants nothing more than a casual glance. We wonder how it must feel to be accused of cheating. Perhaps our peers under investigation elicit a pang of sympathy. Perhaps they don’t.
Fifty years ago tonight, more than 2,500 students and faculty thronged into the Chapel, enraged by President Richard Nixon’s 9 p.m. announcement that U.S. troops had deployed to Cambodia. By the time a bomb threat forced them to evacuate two hours later, those present had voted to “strike immediately against all academic and social functions of the university.”
When the University announced that all undergraduates “who are able” would have to return home, thousands of Princeton seniors saw their academic careers cut short. In one day, the traditions that encapsulate a senior year at Princeton — theses, “post-thesis life,” graduation, the walk through FitzRandolph Gate — were all thrown into question.
Thirty years ago this Friday, more than 600 students and University personnel gathered to demand that Tiger Inn and Ivy Club — the last two all-male eating clubs — allow women to become members. On the steps of Robertson Hall, class president Erica Fox ’91 declared, “The male-only admissions policies create a situation which, by preventing us from being whole people, hurts all of us.”
The Nov. 21, 2001, issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly lauded Donald Rumsfeld ’54 as a “wrestler, pilot, and organizer extraordinaire … lead[ing] the U.S. defense department into perhaps its toughest fight ever.” After his courageous actions on Sept. 11, 2001, which included helping to carry a stretcher from the Pentagon’s smoldering ruins, Rumsfeld basked in the country’s esteem. Right on cue, his alma mater celebrated its virtuous son: Secretary of Defense to a nation under attack.
When Amy Wax, a discredited professor who proclaims the alleged superiority of white culture, speaks at Whig-Clio tomorrow, it will be over the objections of many students, myself included. I believe that Whig-Clio, an institution that serves all Princetonians, should not host a speaker whose racial prejudice offends many students and precludes meaningful conversation.