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Preliminary findings based on research conducted by Jessica Lambert '22 (Choctaw Nation) and Keely Toledo '22 (Navajo Nation) under the guidance of Professor Tiffany Cain. Funded by a RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) Summer Grant administered by the PACE Center for Civic Engagement.

Nuclear Princeton: Indigenous scholarship and representation in an institution ‘not designed’ for Native students

The lack of discourse around anti-Native racism at the University is paralleled by minimal representation and resources for people of Indigenous heritage at the University. Princeton has the fewest resources for Indigenous students of any Ivy League institution, with fewer than 0.2 percent of students identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native, no affinity spaces, and very few Indigenous faculty and staff.

OPINION | October 4

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Faculty of the future: Broadening the metrics for hiring and promotion

Princeton can make a bold statement among universities that it does not only rely on awards or similarly narrow external metrics in making decisions about hiring and promotion. Instead, broader criteria could draw more professors from all different backgrounds, who can bring in new ideas, instruct and inspire the next generation of scholars, and help the University live up to its ideals.

OPINION | October 1

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The consequences of being a queer Princeton student during a pandemic

As an institution that is committed to admitting students from diverse backgrounds, Princeton has to be equally as committed to ensuring their success. Many parents of queer students are often painfully aware of the leverage they possess, in that their student’s ability to complete their education is based on their willingness to provide their financial information. 

OPINION | September 29

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
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Law as rhetoric: how anti-racism is being weaponized against itself

Recently, it was announced that the Department of Education would investigate Princeton’s self-admitted propagation of systemic racism. First, even if the DOE fails to push Princeton around, its efforts will send a message to other, less prominent institutions that might one day step out of line, and second, it exemplifies the legalistic mind games that exist as surely at the University as in the Trump administration.

OPINION | September 24

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

An $80K zoom call: the unstable connection between USG and the student body

It is easy to criticize USG. Many criticisms are fair. Yet every critic should remember that, should they feel such anger against USG, they can join the senate, vote for officers, and give USG the power it needs. If USG is not to your liking, the action that should be taken is not complaining on Tiger Confessions but making USG better.

OPINION | September 23

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U.S. Marshallese are among the hardest hit by COVID-19. It’s time to give a damn.

Many Americans, including Princeton students, are unaware of the Marshallese’s plight. As a group with disproportionally high rates of certain chronic conditions, access to Medicare and Medicaid could mean the difference between life and death even during regular times. During a pandemic, restricting Marshallese access to those programs is tantamount to condoning murder.

OPINION | September 23