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No Communication Orders help students thrive. They shouldn't be made more onerous.

“No one ever gets an NCO just for the sake of getting an NCO — they get an NCO because they want to feel safe and to be able to go about their day-to-day life in a way that is not constantly marked by anxiety and fear. ”

“No one ever gets an NCO just for the sake of getting an NCO — they get an NCO because they want to feel safe and to be able to go about their day-to-day life in a way that is not constantly marked by anxiety and fear. ”

OPINION | 11/10/2022

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Take it from me: No student government experience is necessary to run for USG

“If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that every student is qualified to run for a position on USG by virtue of their lived experience of being an undergraduate at Princeton.”

“If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that every student is qualified to run for a position on USG by virtue of their lived experience of being an undergraduate at Princeton.”

OPINION | 11/01/2022

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Princeton does nowhere near enough to help grieving students

“Princeton does nowhere near enough to help the students and community members affected. As I learned in the days following Abe’s death, recovering from such a loss is a long and difficult process and can’t be solved by Princeton’s perfunctory acknowledgements.”

“Princeton does nowhere near enough to help the students and community members affected. As I learned in the days following Abe’s death, recovering from such a loss is a long and difficult process and can’t be solved by Princeton’s perfunctory acknowledgements.”

OPINION | 10/26/2022

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In defense of Community Action

“My recommendation would be to take a step back from lofty debates over what service truly is and return to simpler projects, especially involving physical labor or creating something usable.”

“My recommendation would be to take a step back from lofty debates over what service truly is and return to simpler projects, especially involving physical labor or creating something usable.”

OPINION | 10/03/2022

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Truth-seeking is at the heart of every principle the University has

“What Rabieh misses is that the Kalven principles — and all sound principles of academic life — are correct precisely because they further our truth-seeking mission.”

“What Rabieh misses is that the Kalven principles — and all sound principles of academic life — are correct precisely because they further our truth-seeking mission.”

OPINION | 09/28/2022

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Honor Committee Chair: Student leadership matters in the disciplinary process

“The Honor Committee is not a perfect institution, but we should believe in the idea that only our peers can assess what we should have reasonably known. [...] I urge you to include applying to join the Honor Committee in that effort.”

“The Honor Committee is not a perfect institution, but we should believe in the idea that only our peers can assess what we should have reasonably known. [...] I urge you to include applying to join the Honor Committee in that effort.” 

OPINION | 09/27/2022

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Our country is drowning. The Orange Bubble doesn’t care.

“It’s high time that Princetonians started caring about the Global South. This isn’t just major international news, it is something for which those in the Global North bear responsibility.”

“It’s high time that Princetonians started caring about the Global South. This isn’t just major international news, it is something for which those in the Global North bear responsibility.”

OPINION | 09/27/2022

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3.98 percent a year later: reflecting on the rat race of college admissions

“The thing about having to package and commodify an artistic passion to apply to college is that the line between authenticity and self-branding becomes easily, and irreversibly, blurred.”

“The thing about having to package and commodify an artistic passion to apply to college is that the line between authenticity and self-branding becomes easily, and irreversibly, blurred.”

OPINION | 09/26/2022

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When a club initiation becomes hazing

“No student group should be allowed to haze its members, especially not a group that has a monopoly on an activity like PDP does over debate. It’s not too much to ask that groups allow students to join in a welcoming and open manner.”

“No student group should be allowed to haze its members, especially not a group that has a monopoly on an activity like PDP does over debate. It’s not too much to ask that groups allow students to join in a welcoming and open manner.”

OPINION | 09/25/2022

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New Jersey must do more to bring racial justice and equity to cannabis legalization

“While the state has succeeded at drastically curbing arrests, it has much more to do to open the legal cannabis business to the communities it promised to benefit.”

“While the state has succeeded at drastically curbing arrests, it has much more to do to open the legal cannabis business to the communities it promised to benefit.”

OPINION | 09/25/2022

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Don’t join the Honor Committee

“Students should not be fooled; joining either Committee means participating in the investigation and punishment of one’s peers without due process — and we should simply stop doing so.”

“Students should not be fooled; joining either Committee means participating in the investigation and punishment of one’s peers without due process — and we should simply stop doing so.”

OPINION | 09/18/2022

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Congressman Ken Buck ’81 does not deserve PICS interns

“The way to stop producing alumni like this is to show current Princeton students that their politics do not represent our values, and for us to not support politicians like Buck with our time and talent.”

“The way to stop producing alumni like this is to show current Princeton students that their politics do not represent our values, and for us to not support politicians like Buck with our time and talent.”

OPINION | 09/14/2022

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Changing ‘concentrations’ to ‘majors’ undermines what makes Princeton unique

“Why apply the “major” name to a program that differs significantly from its peers? The words “concentration” and “certificate” simply allowed Princeton students to explain what was so unique about their education compared to those of peers at other universities.“

“Why apply the “major” name to a program that differs significantly from its peers? The words “concentration” and “certificate” simply allowed Princeton students to explain what was so unique about their education compared to those of peers at other universities.” 

OPINION | 09/12/2022

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Growing departmental requirements threaten the liberal arts education

“On its own, increasing requirements by one course may not seem like much, but at a school where students can take a limited number of courses, a single more prescribed course can have a large impact—and the pattern shows that students have less and less freedom as to which courses to choose.”

“On its own, increasing requirements by one course may not seem like much, but at a school where students can take a limited number of courses, a single more prescribed course can have a large impact—and the pattern shows that students have less and less freedom as to which courses to choose.”

OPINION | 09/12/2022

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Mourning Queen Elizabeth II isn't about romanticizing the past. It's about national continuity, laws, and history.

“Despite her advanced age of 96 years, her long reign and constant presence in public life — she had just appointed her 15th prime minister two days before — made her departure feel sudden and unexpected. Her passing prompted mourning in Britain, the Commonwealth, and worldwide.”

“Despite her advanced age of 96 years, her long reign and constant presence in public life — she had just appointed her 15th prime minister two days before — made her departure feel sudden and unexpected. Her passing prompted mourning in Britain, the Commonwealth, and worldwide.”

OPINION | 09/11/2022

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This Office of Religious Life program is failing to include Jewish students. That needs to change.

“Even the Office of Religious Life, which is supposedly meant to serve as a haven for students of all religions, consistently fails to provide for the religious needs of Jewish students.”

“Even the Office of Religious Life, which is supposedly meant to serve as a haven for students of all religions, consistently fails to provide for the religious needs of Jewish students.”

OPINION | 09/07/2022

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Pete Carril’s passing led me to dust off my senior thesis

“While many respect the Princeton offense as a way of playing basketball, it has much deeper resonance: its tenets of a focus on individuals, empathy and trust are the bases of all good organizations.”

“While many respect the Princeton offense as a way of playing basketball, it has much deeper resonance: its tenets of a focus on individuals, empathy and trust are the bases of all good organizations.”

OPINION | 09/06/2022

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The fossil fuel faculty report is just another stalling tactic. We need divestment now.

“Princeton needs to divest its endowment and research funding from fossil fuels fully and immediately if it wants to retain its credibility and live up to its values of public service.”

“Princeton needs to divest its endowment and research funding from fossil fuels fully and immediately if it wants to retain its credibility and live up to its values of public service.”

OPINION | 07/19/2022