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

Princeton, feed us: Why Princeton should serve late meal on weekends

“Although late meal is only offered on weekdays, the need for late meal doesn’t disappear once Friday evening hits. In fact, students arguably need it even more on the weekends.”

“Although late meal is only offered on weekdays, the need for late meal doesn’t disappear once Friday evening hits. In fact, students arguably need it even more on the weekends.” 

OPINION | 17 hours ago

Students lead a chant during the Divest Princeton sit-in in front of Nassau Hall. The goal of the sit-in was to call for urgent and complete divestment from the fossil fuel industry.
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton’s divestment plan: Saying plenty, doing little

“As those who stand to inherit a rapidly heating Earth, we cannot allow Princeton to favor promises and committees over decisive action like divestment, especially when our own divestment could push other universities or even states to do the same.”

“As those who stand to inherit a rapidly heating Earth, we cannot allow Princeton to favor promises and committees over decisive action like divestment, especially when our own divestment could push other universities or even states to do the same.”

OPINION | 1 day ago

McCosh Health Center
Julian Gottfried / The Daily Princetonian

Addressing the plague within the pandemic

“We should not be risking our own well being and that of our peers because of decentralized policies that fail to acknowledge the toll of non-COVID illnesses on our academic presence and productivity.”

“We should not be risking our own well being and that of our peers because of decentralized policies that fail to acknowledge the toll of non-COVID illnesses on our academic presence and productivity.”

OPINION | 1 day ago

Princeton University Stadium.  
Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

Princeton Athletics needs to make every game a Hometown Heroes game

“These essential workers, emergency responders, ‘hometown heroes,’ – they are colleagues, friends, and neighbors who have gone above and beyond in the most critical of times to care for and help us. They deserve to not have to sacrifice half a day’s wages to take their family to a game. ”

“These essential workers, emergency responders, ‘hometown heroes,’ – they are colleagues, friends, and neighbors who have gone above and beyond in the most critical of times to care for and help us. They deserve to not have to sacrifice half a day’s wages to take their family to a game.” 

OPINION | 2 days ago

FitzRandolph Gate.
Courtesy of the Office of Communications.

We must maintain Princeton’s values in Venture Forward

“ Princeton needs to make sure that any contributions that come in actually are to advance the University’s values. But beyond that, it is important that the fundamental values continue to evolve, and that we continue to support our ever-changing student body; now, and in the future.”

“ Princeton needs to make sure that any contributions that come in actually are to advance the University’s values. But beyond that, it is important that the fundamental values continue to evolve, and that we continue to support our ever-changing student body; now, and in the future.”

OPINION | 2 days ago

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Photo of Divest Princeton rally
The Daily Princetonian / Hannah Reynolds

Popping the Orange Bubble: How stories encourage people to take an active stance in favor of divestment

“What is the best way to actually inspire others to act for divestment? By doing exactly what students at the sit-in did: sharing why climate action is important to you.”

“What is the best way to actually inspire others to act for divestment? By doing exactly what students at the sit-in did: sharing why climate action is important to you.”

OPINION | October 14

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Why we should un-theme Lawnparties

“This preppy Lawnparties groupthink resulted in a homogeneity that limited students’ embrace of authenticity on the day. In order to counteract the effects of the restrictive environment Lawnparties creates, we must reject the theming of all future Lawnparties.”  

“This preppy Lawnparties groupthink resulted in a homogeneity that limited students’ embrace of authenticity on the day. In order to counteract the effects of the restrictive environment Lawnparties creates, we must reject the theming of all future Lawnparties.”   

OPINION | October 14

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Abolition washing and the origins of Princeton’s divestment delay tactics

“As Bill McKibben says, ‘the plural of ‘privilege’ is ‘establishment,” and this is how change is always blocked — from 1792 right through to today.”

“As Bill McKibben says, ‘the plural of ‘privilege’ is ‘establishment,” and this is how change is always blocked — from 1792 right through to today.”

OPINION | October 10

Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

Competitive clubs: how Princeton’s selective extracurriculars favor the wealthy

“There is an element of the club application process that requires our attention: much like the college admissions process itself, the club application process at Princeton favors high-income individuals.”

“There is an element of the club application process that requires our attention: much like the college admissions process itself, the club application process at Princeton favors high-income individuals.”

OPINION | October 10

The Friend Center and Department of Computer Science building
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian 

BSE courses need to match the tech revolution

“While our first-year curriculum covers a lot of important content, it seems to lack the fundamental ethos of engineering, spurning core engineering skills like modularity, teamwork, love for failure, creativity, concision and adaptability.”

“While our first-year curriculum covers a lot of important content, it seems to lack the fundamental ethos of engineering, spurning core engineering skills like modularity, teamwork, love for failure, creativity, concision and adaptability.”

OPINION | October 10

McCosh Health Center.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

When in doubt — McCosh!

“Despite residential college directors making it clear to first-years that McCosh is a confidential, free, and safe resource, many first-years I’ve interacted with appear to be hesitant in McCoshing their friends (sending a student to McCosh for alcohol-related reasons), or being McCoshed themselves. Yet the reasons often cited for such hesitation, including fears of social stigmatization or punitive disciplinary measures, are based on misconceptions that needlessly deter students from receiving necessary medical care.”

“Despite residential college directors making it clear to first-years that McCosh is a confidential, free, and safe resource, many first-years I’ve interacted with appear to be hesitant in McCoshing their friends (sending a student to McCosh for alcohol-related reasons), or being McCoshed themselves. Yet the reasons often cited for such hesitation, including fears of social stigmatization or punitive disciplinary measures, are based on misconceptions that needlessly deter students from receiving necessary medical care.” 

OPINION | October 7

Courtesy of Lazarena Lazarova ’21

Course Instructors should consider a hybrid office hours model, if they haven't already

“Since the technology already exists, course instructors ought to rethink the office hours options and utilize them to the fullest extent so that it makes everyone’s lives easier and provide better support for students’ success.”

“Since the technology already exists, course instructors ought to rethink the office hours options and utilize them to the fullest extent so that it makes everyone’s lives easier and provide better support for students’ success.”

OPINION | October 6

Annabelle Berghof / The Daily Princetonian

Orange Key tours must start telling the true Princeton narrative

“The Orange Key program has failed to fulfill its core mission of letting prospective applicants “get a feel of the exciting community that will be your home.” I’m sure no Princeton student can truly call this place “home” without experiencing, at some point in their Princeton career, the whole spectrum of the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

“The Orange Key program has failed to fulfill its core mission of letting prospective applicants “get a feel of the exciting community that will be your home.” I’m sure no Princeton student can truly call this place “home” without experiencing, at some point in their Princeton career, the whole spectrum of the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

OPINION | October 3

Lewis Library Room 138, where USG meetings took place in previous years. 
Julian Gottfried / The Daily Princetonian

What the last two Lawnparties show us about the need for USG reform

“It is undeniable that USG representatives are hard-working, and that should be recognized. The controversy regarding the past two Lawnparties raises concern, however. Because much of USG’s work is hidden from the student body, they are largely unaccountable to us.”

“It is undeniable that USG representatives are hard-working, and that should be recognized. The controversy regarding the past two Lawnparties raises concern, however. Because much of USG’s work is hidden from the student body, they are largely unaccountable to us.”

OPINION | October 3

2019 – Kia’i (protectors) wave inverted Hawaiian flags to illustrate a nation in distress; their hands, which are in a “triangle shape” to indicate a shape of a mountain, highlight their support and love for the Hawaiian people’s sacred Mauna Kea during the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) protests. 
Photo Courtesy of Monet Bisch 

Native Hawaiians deserve to be seen, too

Native Hawaiians should not have to carry the weight of advocating for ourselves and our history alone. With Hawai‘i being one of the fifty states, our past should be common knowledge. 

Native Hawaiians should not have to carry the weight of advocating for ourselves and our history alone. With Hawai‘i being one of the fifty states, our past should be common knowledge.  

OPINION | September 30

Scene outside Supreme Court after decision on Texas abortion case
“Supreme Court keeps abortion legal” by Adam Fagen / CC BY 2.0

Texas abortion law proves that, once again, bodily autonomy is fragile

“The enforcement of such a law, as well as its failure to be challenged thus far on a legal basis, shows the ongoing necessity of vigilant advocacy for reproductive rights, and acts as a harrowing reminder of the fragility of liberties that were so arduously won.”

“The enforcement of such a law, as well as its failure to be challenged thus far on a legal basis, shows the ongoing necessity of vigilant advocacy for reproductive rights, and acts as a harrowing reminder of the fragility of liberties that were so arduously won.”

OPINION | September 29

Eating clubs line Prospect Avenue.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

What ‘party culture’ reveals about our mental health

“The intensity of life at Princeton and relative isolation of campus can be stifling, and it may feel that the only escape is a pregame or a night out. However, if students and the University do more to prioritize well-being, it doesn’t have to be that way.”

“The intensity of life at Princeton and relative isolation of campus can be stifling, and it may feel that the only escape is a pregame or a night out. However, if students and the University do more to prioritize well-being, it doesn’t have to be that way.”

OPINION | September 28

Rita Fang / The Daily Princetonian

Add/drop needs to change in order to truly serve students

“By reconfiguring the add/drop period in a way that reduces the disadvantages of actually adding and dropping different classes, students would hopefully feel encouraged to try out different classes and find ones that truly are the best fit.”

“By reconfiguring the add/drop period in a way that reduces the disadvantages of actually adding and dropping different classes, students would hopefully feel encouraged to try out different classes and find ones that truly are the best fit.”

OPINION | September 27