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Opinion

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Why student protests shouldn’t use ‘intifada’ as a rallying cry

“As we actively criticize Princeton, media focus on the happenings of elite college campuses amplifies our voices. As our words are carried further from McCosh courtyard, the risk that our words are truncated, distorted, and used for hate grows.”

“As we actively criticize Princeton, media focus on the happenings of elite college campuses amplifies our voices. As our words are carried further from McCosh courtyard, the risk that our words are truncated, distorted, and used for hate grows.”

OPINION | April 30

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For the record, video cameras at CPUC meetings must not go

“The right to video record is essential as a tool of accountability. Video allows journalists, activists, and spectators to capture a moment beyond what is said — it can record how someone speaks, or how someone reacts to speech.”

“The right to video record is essential as a tool of accountability. Video allows journalists, activists, and spectators to capture a moment beyond what is said — it can record how someone speaks, or how someone reacts to speech.”

OPINION | April 29

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We need to keep breaking the glass ceiling of the ivory tower

“At Princeton, that means ensuring that there is upward career growth available for women. Women make up only 33 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty, the people who could be potentially in line for higher administrative leadership at the University.”

“At Princeton, that means ensuring that there is upward career growth available for women. Women make up only 33 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty, the people who could be potentially in line for higher administrative leadership at the University.”

OPINION | April 29

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Reactions: Guests respond to Eisgruber and Calhoun’s statements on protesting

Guests weigh in with their thoughts on free speech, institutional neutrality, and the role of the ‘Prince’ with respect to the University's statements on encampments.

Guests weigh in with their thoughts on free speech, institutional neutrality, and the role of the ‘Prince’ with respect to the University's statements on encampments.

OPINION | April 28

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Protesting for peace and justice

“To me, the work that pro-Palestine protesters at Princeton, across the nation, and abroad are fighting for can be viewed as a part of a much larger dream of liberation.”

“To me, the work that pro-Palestine protesters at Princeton, across the nation, and abroad are fighting for can be viewed as a part of a much larger dream of liberation.”

OPINION | April 26

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Encampments are not ‘inherently unsafe.’ Princeton should not arrest or expel students for them.

“We urge Princeton to cease student arrests and to refrain from expelling students simply for engaging in prolonged protest.”

“We urge Princeton to cease student arrests and to refrain from expelling students simply for engaging in prolonged protest.”

OPINION | April 25

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Princeton needs to be a climate justice leader — emphasis on the ‘climate,’ emphasis on the ‘justice’

“Princeton must not only withdraw its support from injustices, but also positively re-invest in sustainable and community-informed initiatives.”

“Princeton must not only withdraw its support from injustices, but also positively re-invest in sustainable and community-informed initiatives.”

OPINION | April 24

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Princeton must move toward a world-changing curriculum

“If we in the Orange Bubble are supposed to be taught how to be changemakers, our education should not just stop at learning about change but also extend to the tangible application of it.”

“If we in the Orange Bubble are supposed to be taught how to be changemakers, our education should not just stop at learning about change but also extend to the tangible application of it.”

OPINION | April 22

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Statement of solidarity with Columbia University students from Princeton faculty and staff

In an open letter, Princeton University faculty and staff express solidarity with Columbia University and Barnard College student protestors by boycotting the universities until their demands are met.

In an open letter, Princeton University faculty and staff express solidarity with Columbia University and Barnard College student protestors by boycotting the universities until their demands are met.

OPINION | April 22

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Princetonians want political change. Why don’t more of us take action?

“Understanding that this is how activism works — collectively — can empower people to go to protests and meetings because it undermines the stereotype that being an “activist” is an undesirable individual identity and the misconception that only people with that “identity” label can contribute.”

“Understanding that this is how activism works — collectively — can empower people to go to protests and meetings because it undermines the stereotype that being an “activist” is an undesirable individual identity and the misconception that only people with that “identity” label can contribute.”

OPINION | April 21

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Progressives failed a lesson in free speech

“The recent controversy surrounding Charter Club has demonstrated that progressive voices on campus have failed to recognize the value of free speech beyond its usefulness as a political instrument. Thus, as a community, we must work to foster an ideologically-free understanding of free speech.”

“The recent controversy surrounding Charter Club has demonstrated that progressive voices on campus have failed to recognize the value of free speech beyond its usefulness as a political instrument. Thus, as a community, we must work to foster an ideologically-free understanding of free speech.”

OPINION | April 19

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Campus through a lens: Announcing the ‘Prince’s inaugural columnists

Reading a series of columns by the same author is seeing things through the writer’s lens — it’s looking at campus through the ‘Christofer glasses’ or the ‘Eleanor specs.’ This is the thinking behind having named columns.

Reading a series of columns by the same author is seeing things through the writer’s lens — it’s looking at campus through the ‘Christofer glasses’ or the ‘Eleanor specs.’ This is the thinking behind having named columns.

OPINION | April 18

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Bring back the course packet

“With the recent news that Labyrinth Books will no longer supply the coursebooks for Princeton classes, we are facing a new era in which all readings will only be accessible by some digital medium, whether that be via Course Reserves or online ordering from faraway publishers. While some may see this as a step in the right direction of modernity, the increasing digitalization of our scholarship hurts our learning.”

“With the recent news that Labyrinth Books will no longer supply the coursebooks for Princeton classes, we are facing a new era in which all readings will only be accessible by some digital medium, whether that be via Course Reserves or online ordering from faraway publishers. While some may see this as a step in the right direction of modernity, the increasing digitalization of our scholarship hurts our learning.”

OPINION | April 16

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Princeton must center more Black stories through expanding Black theater

“Why don’t shows like this happen more often? There is so much communal and cultural importance in centering Black voices through Black theater — and Princeton’s theater department must do more to create spaces to center Black voices, beyond stereotypical archetypes and traditional modes of theater-making it has adhered to.”

“Why don’t shows like this happen more often? There is so much communal and cultural importance in centering Black voices through Black theater — and Princeton’s theater department must do more to create spaces to center Black voices, beyond stereotypical archetypes and traditional modes of theater-making it has adhered to.”

OPINION | April 14

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Black Princeton is fragmented. Let’s consolidate.

“Black student organizations and affinity groups divide the Black community at Princeton. The consortium model can serve to foster greater connection. Centralizing into a single organization with subsidiaries will bolster Black unity, financial power, and institutional influence.”

“Black student organizations and affinity groups divide the Black community at Princeton. The consortium model can serve to foster greater connection. Centralizing into a single organization with subsidiaries will bolster Black unity, financial power, and institutional influence.”

OPINION | April 11

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Allowing YAT candidates to campaign is essential to preserving Princeton's values

"Disallowing the YAT candidates from campaigning on issues abridges their freedom of speech and stifles campus discourse, issues that President Christopher Eisgruber and the University care a lot about in every other context — just not this one."

"Disallowing the YAT candidates from campaigning on issues abridges their freedom of speech and stifles campus discourse, issues that President Christopher Eisgruber and the University care a lot about in every other context — just not this one."

OPINION | April 11