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Morrison Hall, where The Office of Admission is located. 
Courtesy of the Office of Communications

Reckoning with our ranking

“We are tremendously privileged to attend a school that allows us to make a real difference in the world, and can use this opportunity to do something good. Princeton’s ranking gives us opportunities that others do not have. Take these opportunities with open arms, and help Princeton remind our community and the world the actual reasons that we are special.”

“We are tremendously privileged to attend a school that allows us to make a real difference in the world, and can use this opportunity to do something good. Princeton’s ranking gives us opportunities that others do not have. Take these opportunities with open arms, and help Princeton remind our community and the world the actual reasons that we are special.”

OPINION | 2 days ago

The entrance to Frist Campus Center.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

GSRC Director: I share students’ commitment to making campus more equitable

“The language used in that demonstration, historically imbued with a legacy of hate and violence, stands as a stark reminder of the work that remains to be done. This outside group hoped that spewing abhorrent messages from sidewalks just off campus would draw attention and spark a reaction from the University community. Many in our community helped minimize the group’s impact by simply ignoring their hate.”

“The language used in that demonstration, historically imbued with a legacy of hate and violence, stands as a stark reminder of the work that remains to be done. This outside group hoped that spewing abhorrent messages from sidewalks just off campus would draw attention and spark a reaction from the University community. Many in our community helped minimize the group’s impact by simply ignoring their hate.”

OPINION | 2 days ago

Marcia Brown / The Daily Princetonian

How to navigate campus life at Princeton

“You may have noticed in the first few weeks how Princeton can pull you in many different directions as you attempt to juggle classes, extracurriculars, and just being a functioning human being. If you approach each of these spheres of campus life with an open mind and a priority on your wellbeing, you’ll be able to weather the first few months of in-person Princeton.”

“You may have noticed in the first few weeks how Princeton can pull you in many different directions as you attempt to juggle classes, extracurriculars, and just being a functioning human being. If you approach each of these spheres of campus life with an open mind and a priority on your wellbeing, you’ll be able to weather the first few months of in-person Princeton.”

OPINION | 2 days ago

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

F*ck cancel culture

“Cancel culture is not a substitute for accountability, mainly because it doesn’t carry any weight for those supposedly being held accountable. The reputations we build with and among our peers, friends, and colleagues are our first real contribution to Princeton.”

“Cancel culture is not a substitute for accountability, mainly because it doesn’t carry any weight for those supposedly being held accountable. The reputations we build with and among our peers, friends, and colleagues are our first real contribution to Princeton.”

OPINION | 4 days ago

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Photo Courtesy of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center website

Princeton must invest in more resources for trans*, queer, and femme students

“The Pride Alliance demands that the University immediately begin prioritizing the mental health and well-being of its queer and trans* students, women and femme students, and Black and Indigenous students of color.”

“The Pride Alliance demands that the University immediately begin prioritizing the mental health and well-being of its queer and trans* students, women and femme students, and Black and Indigenous students of color.”

OPINION | 5 days ago

Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

Introducing Reactions: Opinion’s snappy and succinct mini-columns

After major scoops and stories on campus, Reactions will host a series of snappy, prompt, roughly 250-word pieces, staking out different points of view. These mini-columns can engage with each other directly, explore different sides of the issue at hand, and — importantly — prioritize timeliness.

After major scoops and stories on campus, Reactions will host a series of snappy, prompt, roughly 250-word pieces, staking out different points of view. These mini-columns can engage with each other directly, explore different sides of the issue at hand, and — importantly — prioritize timeliness.

OPINION | September 16

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Doing enough: what high-risk individuals can teach us about COVID-19 safety

Tenna’s perspective on the danger that large social events pose to high-risk students illuminates two substantial shortcomings in the way COVID-19 safety is typically discussed at Princeton.

Tenna’s perspective on the danger that large social events pose to high-risk students illuminates two substantial shortcomings in the way COVID-19 safety is typically discussed at Princeton.

OPINION | September 13

 Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/ Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Afghanistan and the decline of American reliability

“The United States might not be the Land of the Free, but relative to other comparable powers, it is indeed the Land of the Freer. Now, during the 20th anniversary of the heinous terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, it is critical for all Americans to reflect whether Washington has really kept the promises it made when it vowed to fight terrorism, both domestic and foreign.”

“The United States might not be the Land of the Free, but relative to other comparable powers, it is indeed the Land of the Freer. Now, during the 20th anniversary of the heinous terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, it is critical for all Americans to reflect whether Washington has really kept the promises it made when it vowed to fight terrorism, both domestic and foreign.”

OPINION | September 12

The Friend Center and Department of Computer Science building
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian 

Stop treating Princeton like a bucket list

“It’s easy to feel apathetic or detached from campus because of the experiences we missed. Instead of focusing on what we could next check off our bucket list, we should focus on something even more important: each other.”  

“It’s easy to feel apathetic or detached from campus because of the experiences we missed. Instead of focusing on what we could next check off our bucket list, we should focus on something even more important: each other.”  

OPINION | September 9

Drake’s recently released a new album, “Certified Lover Boy.”
“Drake” by musicisentropy / CC BY 2.0

Stop sexualizing women-loving women: Drake’s ‘Girls Want Girls’ and artistic responsibility

“When making art, artists have a responsibility to be considerate of their subjects and refrain from using, abusing, and co-opting the stories of communities they have no sincere interest in understanding.”

“When making art, artists have a responsibility to be considerate of their subjects and refrain from using, abusing, and co-opting the stories of communities they have no sincere interest in understanding.” 

OPINION | September 9

Outside McCarter Theater Center before the Triangle Show. 
José Pablo Fernández García / The Daily Princetonian 

Outdated Triangle Frosh Week Show demonstrates why Princeton culture is in need of change

“Am I saying that Triangle deserves a similar fate as SPIA and First College? Absolutely not. They are a team of Princeton’s finest artists, comedians, and designers. Their performances have demonstrated incredible finesse and the club is a significant ambassador of the University. However, excellence should not overshadow the potential to grow.”

“Am I saying that Triangle deserves a similar fate as SPIA and First College? Absolutely not. They are a team of Princeton’s finest artists, comedians, and designers. Their works have presented incredible finesse and are a significant ambassador of the University. However, excellence should not overshadow the potential to grow.”

OPINION | September 8

View of Mt. Edgecumbe in Southeast Alaska from Harbor Mountain on Baranoff Island
The Daily Princetonian / Hannah Reynolds

The privilege of indifference: Commonalities between national forest management and Divest Princeton

“Our leaders, whether USDA officials, or legislators, or Trustees at Princeton, must listen to those most affected. Our leaders must listen to those in frontline communities where severe and disproportionate impacts of climate change are already being felt.”

“Our leaders, whether USDA officials or legislators or Trustees at Princeton, must listen to those most affected. Our leaders must listen to those in frontline communities where severe and disproportionate impacts of climate change are already being felt.”

OPINION | September 8

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

As we return to in-person instruction, let’s not take it for granted

“Fortunately, in-person school is no longer ‘gone,‘ but for quite some time it was. Only after losing the ability to go to school and all of the enjoyments that come with it was I able to truly develop gratitude for it.”

“Fortunately, in-person school is no longer ‘gone,‘ but for quite some time it was. Only after losing the ability to go to school and all of the enjoyments that come with it was I able to truly develop gratitude for it.”

OPINION | September 6

Flooding in Joline Hall.
Courtesy of Alex Moosbrugger

Hurricane Ida made clear that the Orange Bubble is not invincible. Now what?

“It’s easy to feel protected by the Orange Bubble. But if Hurricane Ida showed us anything, it is that the climate crisis is at our doorstep and time is a luxury we no longer have.”

“It’s easy to feel protected by the Orange Bubble. But if Hurricane Ida showed us anything, it is that the climate crisis is at our doorstep and time is a luxury we no longer have.”

OPINION | September 5

Seats in McCosh 50, one of the largest lecture halls at the University.
Photo Credit: Lazarena Lazarova / The Daily Princetonian

Science-based measures and community’s efforts will support return to in-person teaching and learning

“Princeton was proactive and worked hard to develop an infrastructure that is not common, even among our peers. It is this novel yet tested combination of measures that allows us to confidently welcome back our whole community this fall.”

“Princeton was proactive and worked hard to develop an infrastructure that is not common, even among our peers. It is this novel yet tested combination of measures that allows us to confidently welcome back our whole community this fall.”

OPINION | August 27