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What the ‘anti-woke’ crowd gets wrong about the calls for diversity in science

“These journals are opening their pages to serious discussion of issues of discrimination and bias in science not necessarily faced by most senior cis-male white scholars — which is a critical component of change.”

“These journals are opening their pages to serious discussion of issues of discrimination and bias in science not necessarily faced by most senior cis-male white scholars — which is a critical component of change.”

OPINION | September 7

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Princeton must change its room draw process. Here’s why.

The University administration ought to recognize the parts of the room draw process that are causing inconveniences, listen to its students’ suggestions, and improve room draw in future years.

The University administration ought to recognize the parts of the room draw process that are causing inconveniences, listen to its students’ suggestions, and improve room draw in future years.

OPINION | June 7

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Princeton can't solve the mental health crisis without divesting from fossil fuels

“The irony of supporting mental health in a dying world seems lost on the people elected to make the most difficult decisions, in the same way as it’s ignored by University officials. Curing depression and anxiety is essentially impossible in the context of a global climate emergency and the constant reminder that the Earth is dying, and that we will, too.”

“The irony of supporting mental health in a dying world seems lost on the people elected to make the most difficult decisions, in the same way as it’s ignored by University officials. Curing depression and anxiety is essentially impossible in the context of a global climate emergency and the constant reminder that the Earth is dying, and that we will, too.”

OPINION | May 5

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More heat than light: performative activism, on campus and beyond

“Each of us has causes that are dear to us. But when we are confronted by those focusing on Instagram posts or publicly inflammatory comments instead of on the issues themselves, we must remind ourselves not to lose sight of why we care in the first place, and of the hard, nuanced work that is necessary to achieve tangible progress.”

“Each of us has causes that are dear to us. But when we are confronted by those focusing on Instagram posts or publicly inflammatory comments instead of on the issues themselves, we must remind ourselves not to lose sight of why we care in the first place, and of the hard, nuanced work that is necessary to achieve tangible progress.”

OPINION | April 29

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Burn down the eating clubs

“It doesn’t matter if a club’s membership brands itself as woke, progressive, liberal, inclusive, chill, or diverse: they largely fail to look past their own moral superiority to see that they actively recreate the same racist, sexist, exclusionary dynamics that they claim to be against.”

“It doesn’t matter if a club’s membership brands itself as woke, progressive, liberal, inclusive, chill, or diverse: they largely fail to look past their own moral superiority to see that they actively recreate the same racist, sexist, exclusionary dynamics that they claim to be against.”

OPINION | April 24

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The Editorial Board should know better than to blame “both sides.” Activism for Palestine lost out.

“It did not hesitate, however, to equate Palestine activists with their opposition in actions for which only the latter are responsible.”

“It did not hesitate, however, to equate Palestine activists with their opposition in actions for which only the latter are responsible.”

OPINION | April 24

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On the politics of identity

“Over the years, as LGBTQ+ artists and people in the U.S. gained cultural and political ground, I began to loosen my own fierce personal and professional commitments to identity politics.” 

“Over the years, as LGBTQ+ artists and people in the U.S. gained cultural and political ground, I began to loosen my own fierce personal and professional commitments to identity politics.”

OPINION | April 22

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USG has abandoned their democratic principles

“Princeton students are asked to take USG seriously as a truly representative body, but they have now thrown out this legitimacy in favor of appeasing a small, angry group of students. Going forward, it will be on them to earn our trust back and on us to hold them accountable.”

“Princeton students are asked to take USG seriously as a truly representative body, but they have now thrown out this legitimacy in favor of appeasing a small, angry group of students. Going forward, it will be on them to earn our trust back and on us to hold them accountable.” 

OPINION | April 21

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Banning books is detrimental to intellectual growth

“A myriad of books in the world today capture both the good and the bad of life, from joy and accomplishment to death and grief. Having the opportunity to freely read these books and thoughtfully explore the ideas they express allows us to come away with meaningful, valuable insights about ourselves and the world around us.”

“A myriad of books in the world today capture both the good and the bad of life, from joy and accomplishment to death and grief. Having the opportunity to freely read these books and thoughtfully explore the ideas they express allows us to come away with meaningful, valuable insights about ourselves and the world around us.” 

OPINION | April 20

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The University should warn students about new construction sites

“While I appreciate these efforts to improve and expand our campus and its facilities, I would also appreciate being told about them in advance to help plan around their inconveniences.”

“While I appreciate these efforts to improve and expand our campus and its facilities, I would also appreciate being told about them in advance to help plan around their inconveniences.”

OPINION | April 19

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Letter to the Editor: In defense of jokes — free speech, harm, and the Satire section

“Self-censoring by avoiding contentious topics may help the Satire section avoid controversy, but doing so would be a disservice to the ‘Prince’ readership.”

“Self-censoring by avoiding contentious topics may help the Satire section avoid controversy, but doing so would be a disservice to the ‘Prince’ readership.” 

OPINION | April 15

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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 | April 14

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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 | April 14

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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 | April 13

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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 | April 13