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Acceptance rates mean nothing

“In fact, withholding admissions statistics encourages prospective students to be extra thorough in researching the schools they are considering. This is a good thing.”

“In fact, withholding admissions statistics encourages prospective students to be extra thorough in researching the schools they are considering. This is a good thing.”

OPINION | April 12

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The Caterpillar referendum overlooks important realities

“Boycotting Caterpillar would harm the Palestinian Tractor & Equipment Company — a designated Caterpillar distributor — which describes itself as “a leading participant in Palestine’s economic and industrial development.” This should strike us as confusing: the referendum simultaneously condemns the demolition of Palestinian homes and tacitly proposes a boycott of a flagship Palestinian construction company. Its narrow aim leads it to hurt the very people it aims to help.”

“Boycotting Caterpillar would harm the Palestinian Tractor & Equipment Company – a designated Caterpillar distributor – which describes itself as “a leading participant in Palestine’s economic and industrial development.” This should strike us as confusing: the referendum simultaneously condemns the demolition of Palestinian homes and tacitly proposes a boycott of a flagship Palestinian construction company. Its narrow aim leads it to hurt the very people it aims to help.”

OPINION | April 11

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There’s no ‘moving on’ from queer marginalization

“While seemingly harmless, phrases like ‘moving on’ and ‘anyways’ in response to expressions of queerness are indicative of a far larger problem on Princeton’s campus: the unwillingness to hear and validate the experiences of queer people who are open enough to share them.”

“While seemingly harmless, phrases like ‘moving on’ and ‘anyways’ in response to expressions of queerness are indicative of a far larger problem on Princeton’s campus: the unwillingness to hear and validate the experiences of queer people who are open enough to share them.”

OPINION | April 11

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USG U-Councilor: Mental health and DEI referenda deserve the spotlight, too

“These referenda should be understood as indicating a new level of seriousness on the issues of mental health resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion on the part of the Senate.”

“these referenda should be understood as indicating a new level of seriousness on the issues of mental health resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion on the part of the Senate.”

OPINION | April 10

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In honor of the women Princeton history forgot

“May we all take a moment during this Women’s History Month and on the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX to recognize, ruminate, and reflect on the contributions of the ones that have slowly faded into the past.”

“May we all take a moment during this Women’s History Month and on the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX to recognize, ruminate, and reflect on the contributions of the ones that have slowly faded into the past.”

PROJECTS | April 10

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Caterpillar referendum supporters avoid a debate they know they can’t win

“If this referendum were truly about supporting Palestinians and ensuring justice and peace, it would focus on tangible solutions to help the Palestinian people rather than virtue signaling through BDS-affiliated proposals.”

“If this referendum were truly about supporting Palestinians and ensuring justice and peace, it would focus on tangible solutions to help the Palestinian people rather than virtue signaling through BDS-affiliated proposals.” 

OPINION | April 7

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As the Alliance of Jewish Progressives, we support dissociation from Caterpillar

“Our support for this referendum is motivated by our solidarity with Palestinians and our desire to encourage the University to discontinue its relationships with Caterpillar which makes us complicit in racist, settler-colonial violence.”

“Our support for this referendum is motivated by our solidarity with Palestinians and our desire to encourage the University to discontinue its relationships with Caterpillar which makes us complicit in racist, settler-colonial violence.” 

OPINION | April 7

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Why Princeton is no longer promoting its admission rate

“There has been much discussion recently about the University’s decision to step back from promoting statistics about admitted students, including a Reactions column this week. As Dean of Admission, I want to provide additional information and context.”

“There has been much discussion recently about the University’s decision to step back from promoting statistics about admitted students, including a Reactions column this week. As Dean of Admission, I want to provide additional information and context.”

OPINION | April 7

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The case for lifting up instead of weeding out in Princeton’s pre-med classes

“In order to increase diversity in the medical field and allow students to pursue their passions, Princeton must begin to engage in a ‘lift-up’ culture rather than a ‘weed-out’ one.”

“In order to increase diversity in the medical field and allow students to pursue their passions, Princeton must begin to engage in a ‘lift-up’ culture rather than a ‘weed-out’ one.” 

OPINION | April 6

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Reactions: Princeton admits Class of 2026, won’t tell us acceptance rate

On Thursday, prospective members of Princeton’s Great Class of 2026 received their admissions decision. Nevertheless, the University has declined to release any statistics about accepted students. We asked columnists for their opinions on this unusual decision.

On Thursday, prospective members of Princeton’s Great Class of 2026 received their admissions decision. Nevertheless, the University has declined to release any statistics about accepted students. We asked columnists for their opinions on this unusual decision.

OPINION | April 4

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Caterpillar Referendum peddles the hate and bigotry of the global BDS movement

“Instead of supporting a resolution that is rooted within a bigoted global movement, we ought to cultivate a Princeton campus where all students can safely cherish their identities and express their sentiments; where we collectively engage in a discourse free of hostility and intimidation; and where we sustain a positive environment for ourselves and future generations of Princeton students.”

“Instead of supporting a resolution that is rooted within a bigoted global movement, we ought to cultivate a Princeton campus where all students can safely cherish their identities and express their sentiments; where we collectively engage in a discourse free of hostility and intimidation; and where we sustain a positive environment for ourselves and future generations of Princeton students.” 

OPINION | April 4

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The subtext of headlines and the news we are fed

“Not only is it important for us to stay informed about current events, but how we discuss those events matters, too; the words we use craft a particular narrative and inherently put a spin on any story we tell."

“Not only is it important for us to stay informed about current events, but how we discuss those events matters, too; the words we use craft a particular narrative and inherently put a spin on any story we tell.”

OPINION | April 3

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Princeton in the service of fossil fuels

“At the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) meeting on March 21, we were finally told how much of Princeton’s endowment is invested in fossil fuel companies. 1.7 billion dollars. Billion. 4.5 percent of the entire endowment.”

“At the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) meeting on March 21, we were finally told how much of Princeton’s endowment is invested in fossil fuel companies. 1.7 billion dollars. Billion. 4.5 percent of the entire endowment.”

OPINION | March 30

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Letter to the Editor: Betting your future on ‘impact’ neglects inherent uncertainty

“I think it would be simpler — and more straightforward — to try to be happy, because you cannot know how your actions will affect other people. You cannot know if something you put into the world will be positive or negative. You can try, you can do your best, but you can never know for sure.”

“I think it would be simpler — and more straightforward — to try to be happy, because you cannot know how your actions will affect other people. You cannot know if something you put into the world will be positive or negative. You can try, you can do your best, but you can never know for sure.”

OPINION | March 30

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Letter to the Editor: Room Draw changes reflect time of transition on campus

“This year’s changes mark the beginning of a multi-year transition period that will culminate with the fall 2026 opening of Hobson College as the University’s eighth residential college.”

“This year’s changes mark the beginning of a multi-year transition period that will culminate with the fall 2026 opening of Hobson College as the University’s eighth residential college.”

OPINION | March 30

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Exoticism, misrepresentation, and Native Hawaiian culture: The problems with ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘Hawaiian’ themes

“Although Native Hawaiian culture being used for ‘party’ spectacles has been heavily normalized, this doesn’t make it acceptable.”

“Although Native Hawaiian culture being used for ‘party’ spectacles has been heavily normalized, this doesn’t make it acceptable.”

OPINION | March 29

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The case against following your passion

“People should not choose fields that make them miserable: that would make for a painful college experience followed by an unimpressive career. But there’s no moral obligation to choose to pursue the field that you love the absolute most in school for the rest of your life either.”

“People should not choose fields that make them miserable: that would make for a painful college experience followed by an unimpressive career. But there’s no moral obligation to choose to pursue the field that you love the absolute most in school for the rest of your life either.”

OPINION | March 29