ASL can and does belong at the University, which needs to demonstrate that it respects ASL’s status as a natural language and recognize ASL’s contributions to scholarship by securing a place for the language and its culture on campus without further delay.
Over the last several months, something new has taken hold within and around us. It’s not just uncertainty about what lies ahead. It’s a sort of meta-uncertainty: an unstable framework of constantly shifting time horizons that offers a poor foundation for decision-making. A long and uncomfortable silence in response to the question, “when do we finally get to know again?”
The solution is simple but requires deep introspection: In order to prevent such divisions in our own community, we need empathy and understanding. We must simply be willing to acknowledge the problems that the other faces. Mutual recognition of one another’s difficulties will help advance understanding in a divided environment; it can help create a dialogue and a discussion, rather than a competition.
Until a successful vaccine is developed and life returns back to normal enough for people to feel safe using communal eating utensils, plastic will remain the cheapest and most convenient material to use.
Although it can be demoralizing to realize that there remain leaders of our country who continue to dismiss the growing climate crisis, the very fact that leaders of this country are aware of Divest Princeton’s campaign demonstrates how far-reaching the movement has become.
Standing up for Native students does not just mean rhetoric or symbolic representation. Princeton students and faculty yearn for a dedicated space to come together and develop our growing and vibrant community. Princeton needs to dedicate institutional support, specifically funding, physical space, staff, and faculty, to ensure that this community and this field flourish.
Even if RCV is not the option the United States ultimately chooses to use, the political division that pervades the country, the soreness about vote distribution, and the want for a thriving third party all indicate that something has to change in the electoral formulas we use to elect citizens into office.
Women shouldn’t be expected to engage in sexual activity any more than they should be shamed for it. We should have a society that encourages women to make their own individual choices that suit their needs and wants.
With esteemed alumna Mellody Hobson ’91 giving the University a major gift, there will be a new residential college built where First College (formerly known as Wilson College) stands. The next steps to this process, however, should include changes that affect the dynamics of the University on both a micro and macro level. One step that can be taken from here is to focus on creating more spaces on campus that highlight diversity.
During this time, coaches and athletes are especially in need of reassurance and guidance, yet the administration seems reluctant to offer a single word as to what we can expect in the spring, or even an inclination that they are attempting to find creative solutions to address the challenges we face.
By failing to allow ASL to satisfy its language requirement, Princeton is inadvertently making a statement about the language’s worth and relevance, as well as the worth and relevance of the people who speak it.