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Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

The consequences of being a queer Princeton student during a pandemic

As an institution that is committed to admitting students from diverse backgrounds, Princeton has to be equally as committed to ensuring their success. Many parents of queer students are often painfully aware of the leverage they possess, in that their student’s ability to complete their education is based on their willingness to provide their financial information. 

OPINION | 09/29/2020

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
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Law as rhetoric: how anti-racism is being weaponized against itself

Recently, it was announced that the Department of Education would investigate Princeton’s self-admitted propagation of systemic racism. First, even if the DOE fails to push Princeton around, its efforts will send a message to other, less prominent institutions that might one day step out of line, and second, it exemplifies the legalistic mind games that exist as surely at the University as in the Trump administration.

OPINION | 09/24/2020

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

An $80K zoom call: the unstable connection between USG and the student body

It is easy to criticize USG. Many criticisms are fair. Yet every critic should remember that, should they feel such anger against USG, they can join the senate, vote for officers, and give USG the power it needs. If USG is not to your liking, the action that should be taken is not complaining on Tiger Confessions but making USG better.

OPINION | 09/23/2020

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U.S. Marshallese are among the hardest hit by COVID-19. It’s time to give a damn.

Many Americans, including Princeton students, are unaware of the Marshallese’s plight. As a group with disproportionally high rates of certain chronic conditions, access to Medicare and Medicaid could mean the difference between life and death even during regular times. During a pandemic, restricting Marshallese access to those programs is tantamount to condoning murder.

OPINION | 09/23/2020

Thank you for everything, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Almost immediately after the Supreme Court announced the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, friends began reaching out. The women in my life all felt the need to check in, as we collectively experienced what felt like a personal blow. Her death meant an overwhelming loss to the women and girls who want to see a future where their worth was built into the foundations of their country.

OPINION | 09/19/2020