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The Daily Princetonian

Princeton means washing dishes

This month, while everyone was returning to the quintessentially Princeton setting of ivy-covered castles (or, in the case of Wilson, ivy-covered bomb shelters), I was also returning, along with a number of others, to a setting that holds little in common with everything ivy: the Wilcox/Wu dish room. Three-and-a-half hours a night, two nights a week, I join my fellow student workers in a deceptively simple task— cleaning the dishes that hundreds of our classmates have used, so that they can be returned to the servery to be used by hundreds more.

OPINION | 09/25/2013

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The equal of two evils

This past Saturday, as I was getting dressed to go out, I heard indecipherable shouts coming from outside (call it luck of the first floor). I was waiting for my own pickups, so naturally my roommates and I dashed to the common room window to get a better look.

OPINION | 09/23/2013


Lancing the bubble

In sufficiently complex economies (i.e., anything but a colonial "cottage industry"), the essential element is specialization — an electrician might not know how to cultivate plants, but this doesn’t practically worsen the quality of the person as an electrician.

OPINION | 09/22/2013

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"I pledge my honor that I have not violated the Honor Code during this examination." Since the beginning of my short Princeton career, I have written these words on every single examination I have ever taken.

OPINION | 09/19/2013