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Cityscape of the old city of Jerusalem in Israel by Berthold Werner / CC0

“Ultimately, a world where all Israelis and Palestinians can live and prosper with peace and dignity is possible, and getting there requires us all to engage deeply with both the history of the region and the people inhabiting it, as well as its current reality.”

“Ultimately, a world where all Israelis and Palestinians can live and prosper with peace and dignity is possible, and getting there requires us all to engage deeply with both the history of the region and the people inhabiting it, as well as its current reality.”


Cityscape of the old city of Jerusalem in Israel by Berthold Werner / CC0

Following Human Rights Watch report concluding apartheid, Princeton must divest from Israel

“Students must once again mobilize in support of University divestment from companies contributing to and benefiting from Israel’s apartheid rule over the Palestinian people, as outlined by the Human Rights Watch report.”

“Students must once again mobilize in support of University divestment from companies contributing to and benefiting from Israel’s apartheid rule over the Palestinian people, as outlined by the Human Rights Watch report.”

OPINION | May 20

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton's fossil fuel holdings are not just an abstract concept

“While the full extent of Princeton’s fossil-fuel holdings is unclear, we are dismayed that, in the face of ever-worsening climate change, Princeton appears to hold a majority stake in an oil and gas company. If other schools’ disclosures are any indication, Petrotiger is likely just the tip of the iceberg.”

“While the full extent of Princeton’s fossil-fuel holdings is unclear, we are dismayed that, in the face of ever-worsening climate change, Princeton appears to hold a majority stake in an oil and gas company. If other schools’ disclosures are any indication, Petrotiger is likely just the tip of the iceberg.”

OPINION | May 19

Princeton University 2021 Commencement
Charles Sykes  / Associated Press Images for Princeton University

Sitting with strangers: Community and closure for the Class of 2021

“As we venture into the world beyond Princeton, let us always remember the unbelievable strength and resilience of the community we’ve built together. And let us always remember how communities like this are made.”

“As we venture into the world beyond Princeton, let us always remember the unbelievable strength and resilience of the community we’ve built together. And let us always remember how communities like this are made.”

OPINION | May 19

Taishi Nakase at Princeton University 2021 Commencement
Charles Sykes  / Associated Press Images for Princeton University

‘A keener sense of sympathy’: The 2021 valedictory speech

In his valedictory speech — published here in full — Taishi Nakase ’21 discusses the challenges of a fractured community, the unexpected joy of time at home, and the importance of sympathy.

In his valedictory speech — published here in full — Taishi Nakase ’21 discusses the challenges of a fractured community, the unexpected joy of time at home, and the importance of sympathy. 

OPINION | May 19

A banner from Divest Princeton’s Feb. 13, 2020 protest draped on a tiger sculpture outside of Nassau Hall.
Courtesy of Anna Hiltner ’23

Sen. Jeff Merkley GS ’82: Time for Princeton to divest from fossil fuels

“Princeton University is in the business of creating the future. Through both its educational and research missions, the scholars and students of this incredible institution help us reimagine the possible and redefine the practical. To support that future-building mission, it is time we stop enabling a fossil fuel industry that is strangling our shared potential.”

“Princeton University is in the business of creating the future. Through both its educational and research missions, the scholars and students of this incredible institution help us reimagine the possible and redefine the practical. To support that future-building mission, it is time we stop enabling a fossil fuel industry that is strangling our shared potential.”

OPINION | May 18

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“Palestine Flag at Parliament House” by John Englart / CC BY-SA 2.0

Princeton University community statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people

“We stand in solidarity with Palestinians and their Jewish Israeli allies, understanding that their struggle is fundamentally entwined with many other movements for equality, justice, and liberation both within the United States and around the world. We join together in rededicating ourselves to working against all forms of racism, colonialism, and injustice at Princeton, in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.”

“We stand in solidarity with Palestinians and their Jewish Israeli allies, understanding that their struggle is fundamentally entwined with many other movements for equality, justice, and liberation both within the United States and around the world. We join together in rededicating ourselves to working against all forms of racism, colonialism, and injustice at Princeton, in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.”

OPINION | May 18

A message of encouragement

In her final letter for the spring semester, editor-in-chief Emma Treadway sends a note of encouragement. She asks, “As future leaders who are working to better the world, what is all that work without empathy and a respect for ourselves and the people we serve?”

In her final letter for the spring semester, editor-in-chief Emma Treadway sends a note of encouragement. She asks, “As future leaders who are working to better the world, what is all that work without empathy and a respect for ourselves and the people we serve?”

VIDEO | May 7

Courtesy of Lazarena Lazarova ’21

It’s not just a student debt crisis: America’s higher ed system is breaking professors too

“The College for All Act recognizes that restoring the quality of American public higher education means ensuring that America’s educators earn a living wage. Sadly, for the majority of college educators, that simply isn’t the case.”

“The College for All Act recognizes that restoring the quality of American public higher education means ensuring that America’s educators earn a living wage. Sadly, for the majority of college educators, that simply isn’t the case.”

OPINION | May 6

Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

What local reparations programs must consider

“A reparations program is difficult to manage, but smaller scale projects can help individuals and hopefully be the first part of a broader movement of paying back for problems of the past. With proper understanding of the problems involved, we can continue to work towards economic and racial parity and justice in the future.”

“A reparations program is difficult to manage, but smaller scale projects can help individuals and hopefully be the first part of a broader movement of paying back for problems of the past. With proper understanding of the problems involved, we can continue to work towards economic and racial parity and justice in the future.”

OPINION | May 6

Daniel Te / The Daily Princetonian

[PLT]: Why we should abolish the res college listservs

“After navigating the listservs for the past four years, I have concluded that the current email system is so excessively inefficient that we ought to start over and redesign our listserv system entirely.”

“After navigating the listservs for the past four years, I have concluded that the current email system is so excessively inefficient that we ought to start over and redesign our listserv system entirely.”

OPINION | May 6

Paige Cromley / The Daily Princetonian

The Resources Committee recommended conditional divestment from fossil fuels. It’s not enough.

“The recommendations announced on Monday are the least Princeton can do. We call on Princeton to dispense with the committees and finally take action against this blatantly destructive industry.”

“The recommendations announced on Monday are the least Princeton can do. We call on Princeton to dispense with the committees and finally take action against this blatantly destructive industry.”

OPINION | May 6

McCosh Health Center houses University Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CPS) as well as the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Mental health is not a product of one’s volition

“The path that Princeton is on is not sustainable. If the University does not start treating mental illness like the illness that it is, they will continue to leave students dejected, unsupported, and alone.”

“The path that Princeton is on is not sustainable. If the University does not start treating mental illness like the illness that it is, they will continue to leave students dejected, unsupported, and alone.”

OPINION | May 6