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The Daily Princetonian

Grade deflation devalues education

On both sides of the grade deflation debate, the most talked-about argument is its effects on postgraduation employment or admission to graduate schools.On one side, the administration allows students applying to jobs or graduate schools to attach a letter from the University explaining its tough grading stance compared to other universities.However,many students remain worried about the effects grade deflation may have on postgraduation plans.

OPINION | 03/24/2014

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Outside the Bubble: An automated world

“A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.” In science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s "I, Robot" (later turned into a less-than-compelling movie of the same name starring Will Smith) there are four laws that robots must follow, one of which is stated above. While such a world, where upgraded human-like robots exist, is currently only plausible in the realm of our imaginations and science fiction, the threat that automation poses to society — with specific regard to employment — may already appear today. Last week, Bill Gates gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

OPINION | 03/23/2014

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Keystone blight

By Mason Herson-Hord '15, Dayton Martindale '15, Rachel Parks '15, Alvaro Sottil '16, Katie Horvath '15, Damaris Miller '15, Nikolaus Hofer '17, Divya Farias '15, Parth Parihar '15 and Lucie Wright '14. On March 10, guest contributor Duncan Hosie ’16wrote “The Case for Keystone,” a well-articulated yet misleading op-ed in support of completing Keystone XL, a stalled pipeline project intended to transport Alberta’s tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico.

OPINION | 03/13/2014

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Improving Mental Health Week

Monday marked the beginning of Mental Health Week, a USG-sponsored initiative that seeks to “increase awareness of mental wellness by connecting students with information about campus resources, reduce the stigma regarding seeking help and start and maintain a positive dialogue that is crucial to a safe and supporting community.” Through their various events, which range from talks and workshops to recreational activities, the Princeton Mental Health Initiative raises awareness about mental health issues on campus, invites students to foster an environment conducive to open dialogue and provides strategies for students to nurture their own mental well-being. However, the challenge lies not only in raising awareness about ways to improve mental wellness but also about changing the mindset of students in regard to these services.

OPINION | 03/05/2014

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Say my name, say my name

In the seventh grade, my communications teacher pronounced my name “Chutney.” Even with eight years’ retrospect, I don’t think he was being racist; I just think that he saw my name on the roster, the thick conglomeration of consonants up front and all 13 letters of my undulating surname, and froze up.

OPINION | 03/04/2014

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Midterms month

As spring break draws ever closer, many students on campus are increasingly filled with a sense of dread, an overbearing feeling of anxiety, for midterms week is fast approaching.

OPINION | 03/04/2014