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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

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Reactions: Princeton faculty discuss ChatGPT in the classroom

Princeton faculty members Arvind Narayanan, Sarah Case, Steven Kelts, and Matt Weinberg discuss the utility (and futility) of using ChatGPT in the classroom and on assignments — and what ChatGPT reveals about the value of education.

Princeton faculty members Arvind Narayanan, Sarah Case, Steven Kelts, and Matt Weinberg discuss the utility (and futility) of using ChatGPT in the classroom and on assignments — and what ChatGPT reveals about the value of education. 

OPINION | 02/12/2023

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This Black History Month, let's push for symbolic and structural change

“For me, the University still has several steps to take before I can believe that their commitment to Black students is genuine, and not simply lip service.”

“For me, the University still has several steps to take before I can believe that their commitment to Black students is genuine, and not simply lip service.”

OPINION | 02/09/2023

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Conservative values can exist within a liberal framework

“Conservatives such as Hazony argue that the University should define its own purpose for students, whereas liberals push for students to define the purpose of the University on their own.”

“Conservatives such as Hazony argue that the University should define its own purpose for students, whereas liberals push for students to define the purpose of the University on their own.”

OPINION | 02/09/2023

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Princeton’s climate research: In the service of BP

“BP uses Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative to launder its image, to ensure a stream of studies that give it legitimacy, and to preserve its business model.”

“BP uses Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative to launder its image, to ensure a stream of studies that give it legitimacy, and to preserve its business model.”

OPINION | 02/06/2023

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Give me Ted Lasso, and don’t make me pay

If the University is to make strides toward supporting students’ mental health, it must encourage and fund not only community events, but also resources for students to spend stress-free time alone.

If the University is to make strides toward supporting students’ mental health, it must encourage and fund not only community events, but also resources for students to spend stress-free time alone. 

OPINION | 02/05/2023