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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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English Department Faculty: Why Princeton should allow for remote teaching this semester

“As we now adapt to the rapidly changing risks of the Delta variant, we need a maximum degree of flexibility in our teaching. We ask Princeton to take the lead, alongside Rutgers, Rice, Tufts, the University of Pittsburgh, and others, in allowing for remote teaching.”

“As we now adapt to the rapidly changing risks of the Delta variant, we need a maximum degree of flexibility in our teaching. We ask Princeton to take the lead, alongside Rutgers, Rice, Tufts, the University of Pittsburgh, and others, in allowing for remote teaching.”

OPINION | August 25

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Cuba cries ‘Freedom!’: Why Princeton students should support Cuba amid the island’s ongoing crisis

“We ask that you do not allow political biases or preconceived notions of Cuba to hinder your ability to advocate for those who are suffering.”

“We ask that you do not allow political biases or preconceived notions of Cuba to hinder your ability to advocate for those who are suffering.”

OPINION | August 20

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FaceTime is not a plan: We need to be ready for quarantine and isolation

“Simply put, possibly having a friend FaceTime you into a class as Dean of the College Jill Dolan suggested at the recent Town Hall meeting is not a sufficient plan. And, in the absence of one, students and faculty must develop their own.”

“Simply put, possibly having a friend FaceTime you into a class as Dean of the College Jill Dolan suggested at the recent Town Hall meeting is not a sufficient plan. And, in the absence of one, students and faculty must develop their own.”

OPINION | August 17

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For now, a mask mandate makes sense

“If we can avoid a renewed outbreak in these first weeks of the term, there will be an opportunity to revisit the masking rules. The rational approach to the pandemic is to adjust our behavior in response to changing conditions. After what we've been through for the last year and a half, surely we can hang on for a few more weeks.”

“If we can avoid a renewed outbreak in these first weeks of the term, there will be an opportunity to revisit the masking rules. The rational approach to the pandemic is to adjust our behavior in response to changing conditions. After what we've been through for the last year and a half, surely we can hang on for a few more weeks.”

NEWS | August 13

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Princeton’s reimposed mask mandate will cause more harm than good

“I strongly urge University administrators to reverse this arbitrary, draconian, and unscientific mask mandate. At the very least, the University must make publicly available a detailed, data-driven justification for the existence of the mandate, which it failed to provide with its most recent announcement, along with clear criteria outlining the conditions under which the mandate would be lifted.”

“I strongly urge University administrators to reverse this arbitrary, draconian, and unscientific mask mandate. At the very least, the University must make publicly available a detailed, data-driven justification for the existence of the mandate, which it failed to provide with its most recent announcement, along with clear criteria outlining the conditions under which the mandate would be lifted.”

OPINION | August 13