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Norfolk Southern’s next toxic derailment could be in Princeton. New Jersey needs to act.

“Trenton must do what it can to keep Garden State residents and students safe. Norfolk Southern tracks are a ten-minute drive from campus, and the proximity of the tracks to the Delaware and Raritan Canal endangers the campus's natural escape...It's time for New Jersey state legislators to step up and break away from the grips of these railroad companies...”

“Trenton must do what it can to keep Garden State residents and students safe. Norfolk Southern tracks are a ten-minute drive from campus, and the proximity of the tracks to the Delaware and Raritan Canal endangers the campus's natural escape...It's time for New Jersey state legislators to step up and break away from the grips of these railroad companies...”

OPINION | 03/05/2023

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An open letter from alumni on mental health

“Too many of us believed, like I did, that seeking help was a sign of weakness or failure. Many of us wish we sought help sooner. And we wish we had defeated the stigma, so you wouldn’t have to face it.”

“Too many of us believed, like I did, that seeking help was a sign of weakness or failure. Many of us wish we sought help sooner. And we wish we had defeated the stigma, so you wouldn’t have to face it.”

OPINION | 03/05/2023

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Create history, stop destroying it

“I wouldn’t mind returning to campus as an alum to see new buildings. New projects are a reflection of the times and needs of the growing student body. What I do mind is the prospect of returning to campus and no longer recognizing the dorm buildings where I played cards, the halls where I partied, and the libraries in which I spent hours writing.”

“I wouldn’t mind returning to campus as an alum to see new buildings. New projects are a reflection of the times and needs of the growing student body. What I do mind is the prospect of returning to campus and no longer recognizing the dorm buildings where I played cards, the halls where I partied, and the libraries in which I spent hours writing.”

OPINION | 03/01/2023

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‘No, Princeton is not loan free’ – not for international students

“The tax bill makes Princeton inequitable and surprisingly inaccessible for many low-income international students, especially low-income students of color... If Princeton is truly concerned with equity, it’s time for them to follow Yale’s lead and take the burden of paying the tax off of international students.”

 “The tax bill makes Princeton inequitable and surprisingly inaccessible for many low-income international students, especially low-income students of color... If Princeton is truly concerned with equity, it’s time for them to follow Yale’s lead and take the burden of paying the tax off of international students.” 

OPINION | 02/28/2023

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To prioritize service, Princeton must give it course credit

“In establishing course credit, the University would finally practice what it preaches: recognizing service learning as just as valuable as what you learn in Introduction to Macroeconomics. It’s clear that currently, breaking out of the Orange Bubble remains low-priority for Princeton, despite the University claiming that service is at the core of its undergraduate experience. The University isn’t close to being truly in ‘the service of humanity.’ It should step up to that challenge, or stop using the motto.”

“In establishing course credit, the University would finally practice what it preaches: recognizing service learning as just as valuable as what you learn in Introduction to Macroeconomics. It’s clear that currently, breaking out of the Orange Bubble remains low-priority for Princeton, despite the University claiming that service is at the core of its undergraduate experience. The University isn’t close to being truly in ‘the service of humanity.’ It should step up to that challenge, or stop using the motto.”

OPINION | 02/28/2023

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Why I signed a union card for Princeton Graduate Students United

“I cannot, nor can any single person, understand what graduate students at Princeton need as a whole, but when we work together, we can better understand systemic issues at the University in order to call for change.”

“I cannot, nor can any single person, understand what graduate students at Princeton need as a whole, but when we work together, we can better understand systemic issues at the University in order to call for change.”

OPINION | 02/27/2023

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If Rutgers can provide intensive mental healthcare for students, so can Princeton

If the University wants to make the Ivy League accessible to those with mental illnesses and put an end to the mental health problems plaguing students — problems which feel intimately and horribly linked with the several student suicides of the past few years — then it should provide an accessible, extensive, University-run enhanced care option for students with mental illnesses.

If the University wants to make the Ivy League accessible to those with mental illnesses and put an end to the mental health problems plaguing students — problems which feel intimately and horribly linked with the several student suicides of the past few years — then it should provide an accessible, extensive, University-run enhanced care option for students with mental illnesses.

OPINION | 02/26/2023

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Letter to the Editor: ORL's calendar seeks to make room for all

“Like many places, the greatest disagreements about the practice of religion at Princeton are usually intra-religious rather than inter-religious; we are most passionate about those things to which we have the greatest commitment.”

“Like many places, the greatest disagreements about the practice of religion at Princeton are usually intra-religious rather than inter-religious; we are most passionate about those things to which we have the greatest commitment.”

OPINION | 02/22/2023

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The University must speak out on earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

“Why is it so controversial for us, as Middle Eastern members of the Princeton community, to expect a similar show of solidarity when we experience a horrific tragedy and humanitarian disaster?”

“Why is it so controversial for us, as Middle Eastern members of the Princeton community, to expect a similar show of solidarity when we experience a horrific tragedy and humanitarian disaster?”

OPINION | 02/21/2023

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial to Princeton. Let’s change how we talk about them.

“When we depict DEI as a mere ‘investment’ and a step towards the accrual of meritocratic excellence, we imply that it would not be a priority if it didn’t have value for the University’s wider goals.”

“When we depict DEI as a mere ‘investment’ and a step towards the accrual of meritocratic excellence, we imply that it would not be a priority if it didn’t have value for the University’s wider goals.”

OPINION | 02/20/2023

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Letter to the Editor: The ORL is right to recognize Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

“The purpose of the ORL calendar is not to endorse religious holidays. Instead, it is to note holidays that are celebrated by certain students to increase understanding of others’ religious practices. It recognizes reality; it does not create or endorse it.”

“The purpose of the ORL calendar is not to endorse religious holidays. Instead, it is to note holidays that are celebrated by certain students to increase understanding of others’ religious practices. It recognizes reality; it does not create or endorse it.” 

OPINION | 02/20/2023

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Why is the Office of Religious Life celebrating Israel’s Independence Day?

“Judaism is not Zionism. And when campus administrators imply that they are one and the same, it is inaccurate and offensive. The University should not be in the business of declaring new Jewish holidays, especially when such proclamations serve exclusionary and reactionary ends.”

“Judaism is not Zionism. And when campus administrators imply that they are one and the same, it is inaccurate and offensive. The University should not be in the business of declaring new Jewish holidays, especially when such proclamations serve exclusionary and reactionary ends.”

OPINION | 02/19/2023

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Affirmative action doesn’t do enough to diversify elite education

“Although affirmative action has been an important tool for nationally increasing diversity in higher education, it is simply an unsustainable bandage on a defective admissions ethos.”

“Although affirmative action has been an important tool for nationally increasing diversity in higher education, it is simply an unsustainable bandage on a defective admissions ethos.”

OPINION | 02/15/2023

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Stop blaming students for the mental health crisis: A response to Ethan Hicks '26

“Academic rigor, including difficult rites of passage such as writing seminars and the senior theses, is not, in my opinion, truly at the heart of Princeton’s mental health problem. Rather, the problem is the lack of accessible mental health resources and our overall attitude towards mental health.”

“Academic rigor, including difficult rites of passage such as writing seminars and the senior theses, is not, in my opinion, truly at the heart of Princeton’s mental health problem. Rather, the problem is the lack of accessible mental health resources and our overall attitude towards mental health”

OPINION | 02/15/2023

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Consistency matters in campus free speech debates

“Instead of clamoring for institution-wide censures and official condemnations, we as students are called to vigorously debate and critically engage with those whose opinions we find abhorrent or objectionable.”

“Instead of clamoring for institution-wide censures and official condemnations, we as students are called to vigorously debate and critically engage with those whose opinions we find abhorrent or objectionable.”

OPINION | 02/13/2023

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Why Princeton must improve its package delivery system

“The University has seemed to neglect the need to consider other options for improving the University package system, like expanding service hours to include package processing on the weekends or establishing another delivery processing hub to lighten package traffic.”

“The University has seemed to neglect the need to consider other options for improving the University package system, like expanding service hours to include package processing on the weekends or establishing another delivery processing hub to lighten package traffic.”

OPINION | 02/13/2023