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Pressurizing our passions

In her Nov. 13column, “Pursuing our passions,” Prianka Misra proposes that classes should “adopt a more applied philosophy and utilize an involved approach to assignments and activities, teaching students the problem-solving strategies that are reflected in the real world.” Misra discusses her experience in Professor John Danner’s interactive and application-heavy class, “Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship: Ventures to Address Global Challenges.” The class allows students to delve into a “pre-professional realm of academics” by letting them apply the concepts they learn to their own venture ideas.

OPINION | 11/18/2013

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Time to think

Before I came to Princeton, I thought of college as it was portrayed in the movies. Perhaps naively, movies like "A Beautiful Mind"or "Mona Lisa Smile"came to mind.

OPINION | 11/12/2013

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The real economics of choosing a major

Whenever today's college students tell people back home (especially of older generations) about what they’re majoring in, the inevitable response (either direct or implied by snide facial expressions) is usually either “good for you; that’ll really put you on the fast track” or “what are you going to do with that after you graduate?” For most people whose major is not an obvious moneymaker, a common justification (though certainly not the only one) is moral or philosophical, something along the lines of "life’s too short" or "I’d always regret it." I think a better justification can be found in economics. Before the mid-20thcentury, conventional economic wisdom said that most people behave as "wealth-maximizers" and, given a choice, would choose the path that gave them the most expected money.

OPINION | 11/12/2013

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No place for stereotypes

For anyone who is a fan of the dying art that is late-night comedy, you might be aware of “Saturday Night Live” member Kenan Thompson’s slightly controversial interview in which he explains why he thinks the show has yet to cast a black female.

OPINION | 11/11/2013

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Selling Princeton

I recently had the pleasure of attending a small dinner lecture delivered by W. Barksdale Maynard ’88 on the topic of Princeton’s architectural history, from which I gleaned many a delightful tidbit of information about this place that we students from all four corners of the earth have come to call home.

OPINION | 11/11/2013

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The stigma of competition

Since President Eisgruber announced his intention to create a committee to re-evaluate the controversial policy known as grade deflation, the initial furor (or excitement, or even optimism, might be better words) among the student body has largely settled down.

OPINION | 11/10/2013

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