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Letter to the Editor: Princeton’s program for underrepresented students in medicine is a success

“Princeton’s data tells a much more encouraging story about supporting and mentoring students from URiM backgrounds on their way to careers in medicine. Ours is a culture of “lifting up” that extends far beyond the classroom.”

“Princeton’s data tells a much more encouraging story about supporting and mentoring students from URiM backgrounds on their way to careers in medicine.  Ours is a culture of “lifting up” that extends far beyond the classroom.” 

OPINION | 04/14/2022

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YAT candidates should defy the rules and debate

“Students deserve a voice on the Board of Trustees,” Community Opinion Editor Rohit A. Narayanan ’24 writes. “They can’t have that voice if their representatives aren’t even allowed to address the issues most important to students when they’re campaigning.”

“Students deserve a voice on the Board of Trustees,” Community Opinion Editor Rohit A. Narayanan ’24 writes. “They can’t have that voice if their representatives aren’t even allowed to address the issues most important to students when they’re campaigning.”

OPINION | 04/14/2022

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Why Princeton should care about COVID-slide

“Princeton must make ethical choices in its pursuit of institutional greatness, and never lose sight of the source of this greatness: its students. So, in the coming months and years, let’s ask the University: how can Princeton move on from this pandemic without losing diversity along the way?”

“Princeton must make ethical choices in its pursuit of institutional greatness, and never lose sight of the source of this greatness: its students. So, in the coming months and years, let’s ask the University: how can Princeton move on from this pandemic without losing diversity along the way?”

OPINION | 04/13/2022

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The critics of Referendum No. 3 distract us from important realities about Palestinian oppression

“Whether it is the CJL cynically promoting Jewish unity against solidarity with Palestinians, or Jacob Katz chastising people for taking a stance after he has done the same many times over, we should be wary of rhetoric that seeks to divert us from trying to grasp and deal with the conflict in the region.”

“Whether it is the CJL cynically promoting Jewish unity against solidarity with Palestinians, or Jacob Katz chastising people for taking a stance after he has done the same many times over, we should be wary of rhetoric that seeks to divert us from trying to grasp and deal with the conflict in the region.”

OPINION | 04/13/2022

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Hobson College is not a milestone for inclusion if its namesake tears down vulnerable workers at Starbucks

“Contrary to official claims, naming our new residential college after Hobson does not address the University’s racist legacy — rather, it obscures the manner in which Hobson and the Starbucks Corporation are perpetuating patterns of racialized exploitation in this country.”

“Contrary to official claims, naming our new residential college after Hobson does not address the University’s racist legacy — rather, it obscures the manner in which Hobson and the Starbucks Corporation are perpetuating patterns of racialized exploitation in this country.” 

OPINION | 04/13/2022

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Acceptance rates mean nothing

“In fact, withholding admissions statistics encourages prospective students to be extra thorough in researching the schools they are considering. This is a good thing.”

“In fact, withholding admissions statistics encourages prospective students to be extra thorough in researching the schools they are considering. This is a good thing.”

OPINION | 04/12/2022

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In honor of the women Princeton history forgot

“May we all take a moment during this Women’s History Month and on the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX to recognize, ruminate, and reflect on the contributions of the ones that have slowly faded into the past.”

“May we all take a moment during this Women’s History Month and on the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX to recognize, ruminate, and reflect on the contributions of the ones that have slowly faded into the past.”

PROJECTS | 04/10/2022

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Caterpillar referendum supporters avoid a debate they know they can’t win

“If this referendum were truly about supporting Palestinians and ensuring justice and peace, it would focus on tangible solutions to help the Palestinian people rather than virtue signaling through BDS-affiliated proposals.”

“If this referendum were truly about supporting Palestinians and ensuring justice and peace, it would focus on tangible solutions to help the Palestinian people rather than virtue signaling through BDS-affiliated proposals.” 

OPINION | 04/07/2022

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As the Alliance of Jewish Progressives, we support dissociation from Caterpillar

“Our support for this referendum is motivated by our solidarity with Palestinians and our desire to encourage the University to discontinue its relationships with Caterpillar which makes us complicit in racist, settler-colonial violence.”

“Our support for this referendum is motivated by our solidarity with Palestinians and our desire to encourage the University to discontinue its relationships with Caterpillar which makes us complicit in racist, settler-colonial violence.” 

OPINION | 04/07/2022

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Why Princeton is no longer promoting its admission rate

“There has been much discussion recently about the University’s decision to step back from promoting statistics about admitted students, including a Reactions column this week. As Dean of Admission, I want to provide additional information and context.”

“There has been much discussion recently about the University’s decision to step back from promoting statistics about admitted students, including a Reactions column this week. As Dean of Admission, I want to provide additional information and context.”

OPINION | 04/07/2022

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The case for lifting up instead of weeding out in Princeton’s pre-med classes

“In order to increase diversity in the medical field and allow students to pursue their passions, Princeton must begin to engage in a ‘lift-up’ culture rather than a ‘weed-out’ one.”

“In order to increase diversity in the medical field and allow students to pursue their passions, Princeton must begin to engage in a ‘lift-up’ culture rather than a ‘weed-out’ one.” 

OPINION | 04/06/2022

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The subtext of headlines and the news we are fed

“Not only is it important for us to stay informed about current events, but how we discuss those events matters, too; the words we use craft a particular narrative and inherently put a spin on any story we tell."

“Not only is it important for us to stay informed about current events, but how we discuss those events matters, too; the words we use craft a particular narrative and inherently put a spin on any story we tell.”

OPINION | 04/03/2022

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Exoticism, misrepresentation, and Native Hawaiian culture: The problems with ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘Hawaiian’ themes

“Although Native Hawaiian culture being used for ‘party’ spectacles has been heavily normalized, this doesn’t make it acceptable.”

“Although Native Hawaiian culture being used for ‘party’ spectacles has been heavily normalized, this doesn’t make it acceptable.”

OPINION | 03/29/2022

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The case against following your passion

“People should not choose fields that make them miserable: that would make for a painful college experience followed by an unimpressive career. But there’s no moral obligation to choose to pursue the field that you love the absolute most in school for the rest of your life either.”

“People should not choose fields that make them miserable: that would make for a painful college experience followed by an unimpressive career. But there’s no moral obligation to choose to pursue the field that you love the absolute most in school for the rest of your life either.”

OPINION | 03/29/2022

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A Higher Patriotism: A former Princeton President's call to action still provides clarity today

“America is sorely divided and this reflects real differences in our politics. Still, Americans everywhere ought to take to heart President Lincoln’s words: ‘We must not be enemies.' We as Princeton students should try especially hard to put those words into action as many of us will go on to claim elite positions in the American society that enable us to create a real difference.” 

“America is sorely divided and this reflects real differences in our politics. Still, Americans everywhere ought to take to heart President Lincoln’s words: ‘We must not be enemies.’ We as Princeton students should try especially hard to put those words into action as many of us will go on to claim elite positions in the American society that enable us to create a real difference.”

OPINION | 03/28/2022

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In the name of academic exploration: Why Princeton needs a pass/fail first-year fall semester

“In their first months at the University, Princeton first-years should not avoid taking certain classes out of a fear of not being able to do well enough in terms of their grades.”

“In their first months at the University, Princeton first-years should not avoid taking certain classes out of a fear of not being able to do well enough in terms of their grades.”

OPINION | 03/27/2022

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Why Princeton University should donate the Butler Tract to a community land trust

In the second installment of a multi-part series on how Princeton University can promote affordable housing in a reparative framework and provide a model for other similar institutions to follow, Graduate Student Columnist Matt Mleczko proposes a housing intervention involving the Butler Tract. 

In the second installment of a multi-part series on how Princeton University can promote affordable housing in a reparative framework and provide a model for other similar institutions to follow, Graduate Student Columnist Matt Mleczko proposes a housing intervention involving the Butler Tract.

PROJECTS | 03/24/2022