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Progressives failed a lesson in free speech

“The recent controversy surrounding Charter Club has demonstrated that progressive voices on campus have failed to recognize the value of free speech beyond its usefulness as a political instrument. Thus, as a community, we must work to foster an ideologically-free understanding of free speech.”

“The recent controversy surrounding Charter Club has demonstrated that progressive voices on campus have failed to recognize the value of free speech beyond its usefulness as a political instrument. Thus, as a community, we must work to foster an ideologically-free understanding of free speech.”

OPINION | 4 hours ago

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Campus through a lens: Announcing the ‘Prince’s inaugural columnists

Reading a series of columns by the same author is seeing things through the writer’s lens — it’s looking at campus through the ‘Christofer glasses’ or the ‘Eleanor specs.’ This is the thinking behind having named columns.

Reading a series of columns by the same author is seeing things through the writer’s lens — it’s looking at campus through the ‘Christofer glasses’ or the ‘Eleanor specs.’ This is the thinking behind having named columns.

OPINION | 1 day ago

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Bring back the course packet

“With the recent news that Labyrinth Books will no longer supply the coursebooks for Princeton classes, we are facing a new era in which all readings will only be accessible by some digital medium, whether that be via Course Reserves or online ordering from faraway publishers. While some may see this as a step in the right direction of modernity, the increasing digitalization of our scholarship hurts our learning.”

“With the recent news that Labyrinth Books will no longer supply the coursebooks for Princeton classes, we are facing a new era in which all readings will only be accessible by some digital medium, whether that be via Course Reserves or online ordering from faraway publishers. While some may see this as a step in the right direction of modernity, the increasing digitalization of our scholarship hurts our learning.”

OPINION | 2 days ago

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Community is built on empathy; stop politicizing it

“The idea of creating “safe spaces” has been politicized and weaponized as part of a culture war when in reality it is merely a precursor to being in community with others.”

“The idea of creating “safe spaces” has been politicized and weaponized as part of a culture war when in reality it is merely a precursor to being in community with others.”

OPINION | 3 days ago

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Princeton must center more Black stories through expanding Black theater

“Why don’t shows like this happen more often? There is so much communal and cultural importance in centering Black voices through Black theater — and Princeton’s theater department must do more to create spaces to center Black voices, beyond stereotypical archetypes and traditional modes of theater-making it has adhered to.”

“Why don’t shows like this happen more often? There is so much communal and cultural importance in centering Black voices through Black theater — and Princeton’s theater department must do more to create spaces to center Black voices, beyond stereotypical archetypes and traditional modes of theater-making it has adhered to.”

OPINION | 4 days ago

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Black Princeton is fragmented. Let’s consolidate.

“Black student organizations and affinity groups divide the Black community at Princeton. The consortium model can serve to foster greater connection. Centralizing into a single organization with subsidiaries will bolster Black unity, financial power, and institutional influence.”

“Black student organizations and affinity groups divide the Black community at Princeton. The consortium model can serve to foster greater connection. Centralizing into a single organization with subsidiaries will bolster Black unity, financial power, and institutional influence.”

OPINION | April 11

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Allowing YAT candidates to campaign is essential to preserving Princeton's values

"Disallowing the YAT candidates from campaigning on issues abridges their freedom of speech and stifles campus discourse, issues that President Christopher Eisgruber and the University care a lot about in every other context — just not this one."

"Disallowing the YAT candidates from campaigning on issues abridges their freedom of speech and stifles campus discourse, issues that President Christopher Eisgruber and the University care a lot about in every other context — just not this one."

OPINION | April 11

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Keep it under the Bubble

“If the ‘Prince’ wants to cover issues beyond the Orange Bubble, it must make clear to its audience why these issues belong in the paper. Otherwise, its journalistic standards regarding its editorial scope must be called into question.”

“If the ‘Prince’ wants to cover issues beyond the Orange Bubble, it must make clear to its audience why these issues belong in the paper. Otherwise, its journalistic standards regarding its editorial scope must be called into question.”

OPINION | April 10

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Under a new motto, she flourishes

“Like the lions that preceded the tigers outside Nassau Hall, the time to keep ‘In the Nation’s Service’ has passed. Princeton should pick humanity. Our new official motto should be: ‘In the Service of Humanity.’”

“Like the lions that preceded the tigers outside Nassau Hall, the time to keep ‘In the Nation’s Service’ has passed. Princeton should pick humanity. Our new official motto should be: ‘In the Service of Humanity.’”

OPINION | April 9

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Make FGLI resources available to all FGLI students

With recent goals to improve socioeconomic diversity on campus, Princeton must be able to offer resources to students who identify as either first generation, low-income, or both, in a way that is accessible to them.

With recent goals to improve socioeconomic diversity on campus, Princeton must be able to offer resources to students who identify as either first generation, low-income, or both, in a way that is accessible to them.

OPINION | April 4

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Make civil service plan A

"Yet at Princeton’s career fairs and in the coursework, civil service opportunities are marginalized. At the last career fair, only seven of the 99 employers fell into the government category and most of these were from state agencies in New Jersey... Where are the federal scientific agencies? The economic policymakers? The communicators of our shared history?"

"Yet at Princeton’s career fairs and in the coursework, civil service opportunities are marginalized. At the last career fair, only seven of the 99 employers fell into the government category and most of these were from state agencies in New Jersey... Where are the federal scientific agencies? The economic policymakers? The communicators of our shared history?"

OPINION | April 3

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Hitch yourself to service, not just a man

“While this personal essay can be read as just another silly example of a writer unintentionally revealing their delirious worldview, her message to female Ivy League readers reflects an unconscionable acceptance of status-quo sexism and a serious lack of accountability for our duty to use our educational privilege productively and selflessly.”

“While this personal essay can be read as just another silly example of a writer unintentionally revealing their delirious worldview, her message to female Ivy League readers reflects an unconscionable acceptance of status-quo sexism and a serious lack of accountability for our duty to use our educational privilege productively and selflessly.”

OPINION | April 3

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We must not let eating clubs be ideological safe spaces

"The notion that merely being in the vicinity of someone whose views you find objectionable qualifies as a legitimate threat to your safety, health, or well-being is patently absurd — and should not be validated by any authority, Charter’s leadership included."

"The notion that merely being in the vicinity of someone whose views you find objectionable qualifies as a legitimate threat to your safety, health, or well-being is patently absurd — and should not be validated by any authority, Charter’s leadership included."

OPINION | April 1

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Princeton postdocs and scholars are united on unionization, and we’re ready to vote

“Tomorrow, postdocs and scholars are filing with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. We call on the administration to allow us to hold our election this spring without interference.”

“Tomorrow, postdocs and scholars are filing with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. We call on the administration to allow us to hold our election this spring without interference.”

OPINION | April 1

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Keep the Performing Arts Council alive

“With zero candidates running for the most recent election, PAC’s days seem numbered. But the answer to students’ dissatisfaction with arts coordination is not the end of PAC, but rather a stronger PAC with more student engagement.”

“With zero candidates running for the most recent election, PAC’s days seem numbered. But the answer to students’ dissatisfaction with arts coordination is not the end of PAC, but rather a stronger PAC with more student engagement.”

OPINION | March 29

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Correct the curves: Princeton’s intro STEM courses are inequitable

Princeton needs to re-evaluate the difficulty of the STEM introductory courses and implement equity-oriented solutions that directly address the different levels of student preparation.

Princeton needs to re-evaluate the difficulty of the STEM introductory courses and implement equity-oriented solutions that directly address the different levels of student preparation.

OPINION | March 28