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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 | April 12

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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 | April 10

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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 | April 7

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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 | April 7

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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 | April 7

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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 | April 6

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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 | April 3

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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 | March 29

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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 | March 29

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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 | March 28

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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 | March 27

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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 | March 24

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The social implications of a maskless Princeton

“The decision to remove the mask mandate marks the gradual, yet eventual, end to the pandemic’s social repercussions for our campus. Even though we must approach this transition with utmost sensitivity, it is a transition that is much needed. I, for one, look forward to its positive impacts on students’ social life.”

“The decision to remove the mask mandate marks the gradual, yet eventual, end to the pandemic’s social repercussions for our campus. Even though we must approach this transition with utmost sensitivity, it is a transition that is much needed. I, for one, look forward to its positive impacts on students’ social life.”

OPINION | March 23

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Stop framing us as victims: Safely supporting survivors of sexual violence

“The most effective way to overturn the reductive, harmful victim narrative is restoring the power of choice to survivors. Acting without the survivor’s full consent and knowledge can ultimately cause more harm than good, even if well-intentioned.”

“The most effective way to overturn the reductive, harmful victim narrative is restoring the power of choice to survivors. Acting without the survivor’s full consent and knowledge can ultimately cause more harm than good, even if well-intentioned.” 

OPINION | March 23

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Is meritocracy in Princeton admissions really a sham?: A response to Rohit Narayanan ’24

“I accept that the current admissions process is imperfect, but the fact that it doesn’t randomly assign students to elite schools is definitely not among its shortcomings.”

“I accept that the current admissions process is imperfect, but the fact that it doesn’t randomly assign students to elite schools is definitely not among its shortcomings.”

OPINION | March 22

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Students need to understand current events. The classroom is the solution.

“Creating avenues for students to do this throughout their time at Princeton will lead to better informed conversations and beliefs about current events, and make classes as relevant to students as possible.”

“Creating avenues for students to do this throughout their time at Princeton will lead to better informed conversations and beliefs about current events, and make classes as relevant to students as possible.”

OPINION | March 22

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Mental health care must be proactive

“Rather than taking a reactive approach to mental health, the University can ensure that well-being is a central part of its decision-making and student experiences at Princeton. Mental health care can be proactive, and on a healthy campus, it must be.”

“Rather than taking a reactive approach to mental health, the University can ensure that well-being is a central part of its decision-making and student experiences at Princeton. Mental health care can be proactive, and on a healthy campus, it must be.”

OPINION | March 21