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Seats in McCosh 50, one of the largest lecture halls at the University.
Photo Credit: Lazarena Lazarova / The Daily Princetonian

Do yourself a favor and shamelessly PDF your classes

“My recommendation is to pass/D/fail at least one class this semester: regardless of the grade at the end of the term, take the time to engage with what is actually being taught. Emerge in May being able to actively reflect on what you learned, and think about whether it changed your perspective, or even your desire, to pursue a subject even more or just abandon it.”

“My recommendation is to pass/D/fail at least one class this semester: regardless of the grade at the end of the term, take the time to engage with what is actually being taught. Emerge in May being able to actively reflect on what you learned, and think about whether it changed your perspective, or even your desire, to pursue a subject even more or just abandon it.” 

OPINION | 2 days ago

A thin layer of snow and ice covers the ground after unusual weather in Texas.
Courtesy of Nafisa Ahmed ’22

Houston, we have a problem: What Princeton should learn from Texas’s winter weather crisis

“Princeton should look at the incident in Texas, as well as testaments from students who call Texas home, and realize that the climate crisis is real and evolving — it will not stop unless we do.” 

“Princeton should look at the incident in Texas, as well as the testaments from the students who call Texas home, and realize that the climate crisis is real and evolving — it will not stop unless we do.”

OPINION | 2 days ago

Frist Campus Center at night.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

In virtual semester, community building requires a new approach

“On a campus that can feel so isolating, it’s worth remembering that many of us are mere minutes away from each other. We can create a campus community if we make the effort, and we owe it to each other to do so.”

“On a campus that can feel so isolating, it’s worth remembering that many of us are mere minutes away from each other. We can create a campus community if we make the effort, and we owe it to each other to do so.” 

OPINION | 3 days ago

Firestone Library
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton academics needs a stronger core

“The U.S. News & World Report measures how well students learn; it doesn’t measure whether students are learning the right things. Princeton has no doubt expended significant resources to earn its place on the U.S. News & World Report, but if we actually want to be the ‘best university,‘ it’s important to make sure our curriculum is as good as our academic environment.”

“The U.S. News & World Report measures how well students learn; it doesn’t measure whether students are learning the right things. Princeton has no doubt expended significant resources to earn its place on the U.S. News & World Report, but if we actually want to be the ‘best university,‘ it’s important to make sure our curriculum is as good as our academic environment.”

OPINION | 3 days ago

“New York City Skyline from Top of Empire State Building” by Jody Claborn / Public Domain

Pixar’s “Soul” cannot make up for what it lacks

“It is still immensely disheartening that the second biggest media company in the world has yet to release a full-length animated film where the Black protagonist remains a person for the entire time. Instead, it continues to trade deep portrayals of Black life for bland relatability, failing to recognize that such portrayals would not render characters any less human or likable.”

“It is still immensely disheartening that the second biggest media company in the world has yet to release a full-length animated film where the Black protagonist remains a person for the entire time. Instead, it continues to trade deep portrayals of Black life for bland relatability, failing to recognize that such portrayals would not render characters any less human or likable.”

OPINION | 4 days ago

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Education inequality in public schools: It’s time to do more

“Dropping standardized test requirements does very little to help us; it’s only a tiny pixel in a massive, bleak image of the American public school system and its toxic inequalities.”

“Dropping standardized test requirements does very little to help us; it’s only a tiny pixel in a massive, bleak image of the American public school system and its toxic inequalities.”

OPINION | 5 days ago

Inci Karaaslan / The Daily Princetonian

This March 8, celebrate women

“By failing to actively embrace International Women’s Day, the United States is inadvertently excluding itself from a vital celebration of international feminism. Many of the rights American women enjoy today were only extended to women in the United States because of the work of feminists globally.” 

“By failing to actively embrace International Women’s Day, the United States is inadvertently excluding itself from a vital celebration of international feminism. Many of the rights American women enjoy today were only extended to women in the United States because of the work of feminists globally.” 

OPINION | 6 days ago

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

On being biracial: My lessons and reflections

“If we ever hope to bridge the chasms that colorism has etched, we all need to openly and intently address its murky past. Only then will we be able to truly reimagine a social landscape free of racist thinking, and thus free from the fetters of light-skin privilege.”

“If we ever hope to bridge the chasms that colorism has etched, we all need to openly and intently address its murky past. Only then will we be able to truly reimagine a social landscape free of racist thinking, and thus free from the fetters of light-skin privilege.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

“We are our history”: Confronting the past and imagining the future of Whig-Clio

“We must broaden our imaginations and think beyond our status quo to achieve a more just reality. Debate and discourse allows us to do so. Our goal is not to tell people what to think, but to provide a space to think, together, about how to advance towards a more just society.”

“We must broaden our imaginations and think beyond our status quo to achieve a more just reality. Debate and discourse allows us to do so. Our goal is not to tell people what to think, but to provide a space to think, together, about how to advance towards a more just society.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

In a just world, Princeton as we know it does not exist

“No matter how many people go through sensitivity training, no matter how diverse the pool of incoming academics, and no matter how much people are permitted to theorize about the impact of racism on society, Princeton will not become an anti-racist force until it is no longer recognizable as Princeton by those who currently know it.”

“No matter how many people go through sensitivity training, no matter how diverse the pool of incoming academics, and no matter how much people are permitted to theorize about the impact of racism on society, Princeton will not become an anti-racist force until it is no longer recognizable as Princeton by those who currently know it.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

Divestment is a matter of racial justice

“Though much has changed since Princeton’s early years, the University remains complicit in the systemic racial injustices faced by communities of color so long as it continues to invest in the fossil fuel industry.”

“Though much has changed since Princeton’s early years, the University remains complicit in the systemic racial injustices faced by communities of color so long as it continues to invest in the fossil fuel industry.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

The road to racial justice in Princeton must include housing justice

“No matter how you slice it, Princeton is highly unaffordable and out of reach for many households, but given the country’s history of racial inequality, this particularly excludes and prices out Black and Latinx households.”

“No matter how you slice it, Princeton is highly unaffordable and out of reach for many households, but given the country’s history of racial inequality, this particularly excludes and prices out Black and Latinx households.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

To learn from Black voices and teach comprehensively, the Western HUM Sequence needs to radically change

“With the expansion of student spaces and the acknowledgment that these texts have glorified harmful ideas throughout time, this course can be an essential tool to understanding race, among other complicated issues, the kind of course I desperately need it to be.”

“With the expansion of student spaces and the acknowledgment that these texts have glorified harmful ideas throughout time, this course can be an essential tool to understanding race, among other complicated issues, the kind of course I desperately need it to be.” 

OPINION | February 25

Stained glass windows in East Pyne Hall, home of the Classics department.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton’s continued silence on Katz is indicative of lack of care for students

“It is important to note that the situation with Professor Katz is not an isolated incident. The University has a history of failing to protect students when it comes to issues of sexual misconduct.”

“It is important to note that the situation with Professor Katz is not an isolated incident. The University has a history of failing to protect students when it comes to issues of sexual misconduct.”

OPINION | February 24

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Deforestation: Who is the true culprit?

“We must be aware that while identifying political leaders as the main perpetrators of climate change is understandable, it is also simplistic and a way of shifting responsibility from ourselves.”

“We must be aware that while identifying political leaders as the main perpetrators of climate change is understandable, it is also simplistic and a way of shifting responsibility from ourselves.” 

OPINION | February 24