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Princeton’s commitment to inclusion must extend to athletics

“But as it turns out, the commitment to diversity and inclusion often doesn’t extend to Princeton’s varsity sports teams. In order to ensure everyone feels welcome, that culture has to change.”

“But as it turns out, the commitment to diversity and inclusion often doesn’t extend to Princeton’s varsity sports teams. In order to ensure everyone feels welcome, that culture has to change.”

OPINION | 1 day ago

Fizzah Arshad / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton, it is time we face our Russophobia

“Just to be clear, I am not by any means defending or advocating for Putin’s Russia as a political entity. I am, however, urging you to consider how Russia’s past shapes your understanding of its present — not just politically, but also culturally.”

“Just to be clear, I am not by any means defending or advocating for Putin’s Russia as a political entity. I am, however, urging you to consider how Russia’s past shapes your understanding of its present — not just politically, but also culturally.”

OPINION | 17 hours ago

McCosh Health Center
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Our commitment to in-person teaching

“In light of our vaccination and booster requirements, our masking requirements, and our current twice-weekly testing requirements for all students, we continue to believe that our mitigation efforts are sufficient to continue with the in-person learning that is so central to our mission.”

“In light of our vaccination and booster requirements, our masking requirements, and our current twice-weekly testing requirements for all students, we continue to believe that our mitigation efforts are sufficient to continue with the in-person learning that is so central to our mission.”

OPINION | 19 hours ago

Students gather to advocate for gun-control laws as part of a national walk out. 
Photo by Risa Gelles-Watnick

There is no outgrowing gun violence

Editorial Board Chair Rooya Rahin and Co-Presidents of Princeton Students Against Gun Violence Ana Blanco and Julia Elman dispute the claim that college students are more detached from gun violence than grade schoolers, rather blaming legislative stagnation and collective trauma for a lack of action.

Editorial Board Chair Rooya Rahin and Co-Presidents of Princeton Students Against Gun Violence Ana Blanco and Julia Elman dispute the claim that college students are more detached from gun violence than grade schoolers, rather blaming legislative stagnation and collective trauma for a lack of action.

OPINION | 1 day ago

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It’s been over a year since students called on the University to make Election Day a holiday. What happened?

“By canceling or shortening classes, the University could ensure that each and every Princetonian has a chance to make their voice heard. Not only students, but faculty and staff should be guaranteed enough time to cast a ballot.” 

“By canceling or shortening classes, the University could ensure that each and every Princetonian has a chance to make their voice heard. Not only students, but faculty and staff should be guaranteed enough time to cast a ballot.”  

OPINION | 6 days ago

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Professor of African American Studies Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor spoke at Duke University on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
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Prof. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Professor of African American Studies Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, in an excerpt from her keynote address at Duke University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration, reflects on the effort to turn Dr. Martin Luther King from a social reformer with complicated and evolving politics into an inoffensive national hero.

Professor of African American Studies Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, in an excerpt from her keynote address at Duke University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration, reflects on the effort to turn Dr. Martin Luther King from a social reformer with complicated and evolving politics into an inoffensive national hero.

OPINION | January 17

Denise Applewhite / Office of Communications

For a safe semester, N95 masks must be free, accessible, and required indoors

Guest Contributor Christopher Lugo argues that the University must mandate N95 masks and make them free and accessible to combat the rising prevalence of the infectious omicron variant.

Guest Contributor Christopher Lugo argues that the University must mandate N95 masks and make them free and accessible to combat the rising prevalence of the infectious omicron variant.

OPINION | January 12

Students in McCosh 50 while Professor David Miller teaches on Zoom
John Raulston Graham / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton Disability Collective: Online learning and teaching options must be available to all

Guest contributors representing the Princeton Disability Collective and Princeton Graduate Student United Coordinating Committee demand remote options for teaching and learning when classes resume, arguing that the desire for a “normal semester” shouldn’t outweigh the health risks of in-person classes.

Guest contributors representing the Princeton Disability Collective and Princeton Graduate Student United Coordinating Committee demand remote options for teaching and learning when classes resume, arguing that the desire for a “normal semester” shouldn’t outweigh the health risks of in-person classes.

OPINION | January 12

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton's personal travel restrictions don't make sense

Guest Contributor Aidan Hintermaier argues that restrictions on personal travel needlessly impact students’ mental health while doing nothing to maintain a protective COVID bubble.

Guest Contributor Aidan Hintermaier argues that restrictions on personal travel needlessly impact students’ mental health while doing nothing to maintain a protective COVID bubble.

OPINION | January 12

A box of papers outside of the Student Publication Center at 48 University Place.
Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian

Letter to the Editor: Why is the ‘Prince’ so negative?

Alumnus Jorge Aguilar critiques the tone of The Daily Princetonian Opinion section as excessively critical of the University and suggests there are other topics that should capture the interest of Princeton students.

Alumnus Jorge Aguilar critiques the tone of The Daily Princetonian Opinion section as excessively critical of the University and suggests there are other topics that should capture the interest of Princeton students.

OPINION | January 12

A COVID-19 testing site during the University’s first week of asymptomatic testing in August 2020.
Courtesy of Denise Applewhite / Princeton University Office of Communications

We're triple-vaxxed and masked. It's time to end asymptomatic testing.

“We are stuck in a mind-numbing cycle of restrictions any time there are a few dozen of mostly asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on campus and will likely remain so for a long time, unless the administrators seriously reorient their approach to the virus and our wellbeing.”

“We are stuck in a mind-numbing cycle of restrictions any time there are a few dozen of mostly asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on campus and will likely remain so for a long time, unless the administrators seriously reorient their approach to the virus and our wellbeing.”

OPINION | January 5

A line outside of a recent vaccine clinic on campus. 
Zachary Shevin / The Daily Princetonian

When Princeton imposes a mandate, it should show its work

Engineering graduate student Evan Underhill argues that the University’s failure to cite their sources when announcing new restrictions and mandates represents a failure to educate and engage the community in COVID-related decisions 

Guest Contributor Evan Underhill argues that the University’s failure to cite their sources when announcing new restrictions and mandates undermines confidence, representing a failure to promote educated health decisions.

OPINION | January 5

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

The Editorial Board misses the point: We don’t need admissions statistics to know Princeton doesn’t serve marginalized communities

“The Editorial Board’s response to the announcement focused on the potential discouraging effect that the actions of the Office of Admission can have on applicants. But if our primary concerns are discouraging prospective students, the Board is missing the point. We don’t need admissions statistics to know Princeton doesn’t serve marginalized communities.”

“The Editorial Board’s response to the announcement focused on the potential discouraging effect that the actions of the Office of Admission can have on applicants. But if our primary concerns are discouraging prospective students, the Board is missing the point. We don’t need admissions statistics to know Princeton doesn’t serve marginalized communities.”

OPINION | December 24

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

The time is now: Princeton, make African Studies a concentration

“Many students, including myself, want to further educate ourselves on the continent of Africa’s history, cultures, politics, and languages. The University urgently needs to expand African Studies into a department to not only benefit students of African descent but Princeton students as a collective.”

“Many students, including myself, want to further educate ourselves on the continent of Africa’s history, cultures, politics, and languages. The University urgently needs to expand African Studies into a department to not only benefit students of African descent but Princeton students as a collective.” 

OPINION | December 23

Morrison Hall
Abby de Riel / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton’s anomalous level of enrollment: Unpacking this statistic

“I believe that Princeton’s relatively steady enrollment this past year is closely tied to the immense privilege of receiving a Princeton education. That students can decide in tough times that the exorbitant cost of a Princeton education is still worth it, or perhaps that students do not even have to ask themselves this question, illustrates how precious our education really is.”  

“I believe that Princeton’s relatively steady enrollment this past year is closely tied to the immense privilege of receiving a Princeton education. That students can decide in tough times that the exorbitant cost of a Princeton education is still worth it, or perhaps that students do not even have to ask themselves this question, illustrates how precious our education really is.”  

OPINION | December 23

Participants in New York City's March For Our Lives event

Photo credit: Anna-Alexia Novogratz ’18

How we can learn from the Michigan shooting to age responsibly

“We must age responsibly and not let the apathy of adulthood pervade our commitment to protecting the next generation of Americans; this is a commitment that may take form in attending more gun control rallies, engaging with local politicians in support of gun reform, or simply maintaining our rage at the continuity of gun violence in our country and empathy for its young victims.”

“We must age responsibly and not let the apathy of adulthood pervade our commitment to protecting the next generation of Americans; this is a commitment that may take form in attending more gun control rallies, engaging with local politicians in support of gun reform, or simply maintaining our rage at the continuity of gun violence in our country and empathy for its young victims.”

OPINION | December 23

Photo Credit: Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

On loss, grief, and not being okay: The toxic ‘constant productivity’ mindset at Princeton

“When we tell others that ‘it’s okay to not be okay,‘ we must take care to understand that grief has no deadlines, no time limits, and no regard for productivity. We must challenge the toxic Princeton culture of ‘powering through’ pain, and instead learn to give ourselves a chance to heal from the pain which left us not okay in the first place.”

“When we tell others that ‘it’s okay to not be okay,‘ we must take care to understand that grief has no deadlines, no time limits, and no regard for productivity. We must challenge the toxic Princeton culture of ‘powering through’ pain, and instead learn to give ourselves a chance to heal from the pain which left us not okay in the first place.”

OPINION | December 16

Morrison Hall, home of the U. undergraduate admissions office.
Nick Donnoli / Office of Communications

Princeton should stay test optional, for now

“There are valid arguments both for and against standardized tests, but given longstanding claims about promoting diversity and inclusion, continuing this test-optional experiment for another year will shed light on the best practices for the future.”

“There are valid arguments both for and against standardized tests, but given longstanding claims about promoting diversity and inclusion, continuing this test-optional experiment for another year will shed light on the best practices for the future.”

OPINION | December 16