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Following ExxonMobil revelations, Princeton must act

“As an institution that prides itself on its ‘core truth-seeking mission and commitment to sustainability,’ and as an institution that has repeatedly celebrated its partnership with ExxonMobil, Princeton has a responsibility to act. But will it have the courage?”

“As an institution that prides itself on its "core truth-seeking mission and commitment to sustainability," and as an institution that has repeatedly celebrated its partnership with ExxonMobil, Princeton has a responsibility to act. But will it have the courage?”  

OPINION | July 25

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To break the cycle of violence in Israel and Palestine, end the occupation

“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.”

OPINION | June 17

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Princeton isn’t fundamentally changing classics. It’s keeping it alive.

“With a more diverse set of students around the table, whether that diversity be in background or in subfield, the classics community will continue to thrive.”

“With a more diverse set of students around the table, whether that diversity be in background or in subfield, the classics community will continue to thrive.”

OPINION | June 3

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Princeton community statement condemning the Israelis and supporting the Palestinians is shamefully inaccurate

“All that these 87 academics have demonstrated is their lack of scholarly integrity, their willingness to disseminate polemical falsehoods, and their ideological dedication to their “cause,” which ignores that Hamas is a terrorist organization that has not only rained down terror and death on the more than nine million Jews and Arabs living in Israel, but has also squandered billions of dollars of aid provided by foreign governments.”

“All that these 87 academics have demonstrated is their lack of scholarly integrity, their willingness to disseminate polemical falsehoods, and their ideological dedication to their “cause,” which ignores that Hamas is a terrorist organization that has not only rained down terror and death on the more than nine million Jews and Arabs living in Israel, but has also squandered billions of dollars of aid provided by foreign governments.”

OPINION | May 29

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Princeton community stands with Israel

“By denying Israel the ability to keep its citizens safe, one holds Israel to a standard to which no other country in the world is held. We refuse to trivialize or dismiss terrorism or antisemitism, and we will continue to support Israel’s right to national security.”

“By denying Israel the ability to keep its citizens safe, one holds Israel to a standard to which no other country in the world is held. We refuse to trivialize or dismiss terrorism or antisemitism, and we will continue to support Israel’s right to national security.”

OPINION | May 29

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Hamas rockets are rockets, not ‘stale talking points’

“No doubt, there’s been far too much dehumanization of Palestinians. Let us raise our voices against that. But I ask the signatories of the community statement: why must you substitute dehumanization of Palestinians with dehumanization of Israelis? Why can’t you bring yourself to condemn rocket attacks on Israelis? Why won’t you repudiate Hamas?”

“No doubt, there’s been far too much dehumanization of Palestinians. Let us raise our voices against that. But I ask the signatories of the “community statement”: why must you substitute dehumanization of Palestinians with dehumanization of Israelis? Why can’t you bring yourself to condemn rocket attacks on Israelis? Why won’t you repudiate Hamas?”

OPINION | May 27

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Still waiting for our big mental break, we shouldn't support Princeton's mental breakdown

“This year, CPS shouldn't have been offered through ‘the chat’ as the last and only resort a struggling student can book for their pity party. ‘Struggling student’ is redundant. CPS should have been an assumed and easy addition to every conversation and curriculum. CPS should have had a face.” 

“This year, CPS shouldn't have been offered through ‘the chat’ as the last and only resort a struggling student can book for their pity party. ‘Struggling student’ is redundant. CPS should have been an assumed and easy addition to every conversation and curriculum. CPS should have had a face.”  

OPINION | May 25

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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

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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 | 05/19/2021

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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 | 05/19/2021

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‘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 | 05/19/2021

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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 | 05/18/2021

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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 | 05/18/2021

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 | 05/07/2021

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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 | 05/06/2021

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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 | 05/06/2021

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[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 | 05/06/2021

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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 | 05/06/2021