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Colonizing Alaska: confronting Sheldon Jackson’s legacy at Princeton

“As members of the Princeton community, it is time we collectively acknowledge that Sheldon Jackson’s legacy is tied to our university and that the Department of Geosciences holds objects he ‘collected.’”

“As members of the Princeton community, it is time we collectively acknowledge that Sheldon Jackson’s legacy is tied to our university and that the Department of Geosciences holds objects he ‘collected.’”

OPINION | October 9

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How the professional world takes advantage of classes like Maitland Jones’s

“Students want grades to reflect that given all the resources they needed, they mastered the content. Society wants grades to show which students succeeded and which floundered in a hard class. While we can’t say which is more valuable, schools should be optimizing for learning, not arbitrary faux-geniocratic sorting.”

“Students want grades to reflect that given all the resources they needed, they mastered the content. Society wants grades to show which students succeeded and which floundered in a hard class. While we can’t say which is more valuable, schools should be optimizing for learning, not arbitrary faux-geniocratic sorting.”

OPINION | October 5

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Letter to the Editor: Students should remember there are fates worse than the ‘rat race’ for admission to Princeton

“As hard and emotionally painful as it is to get into a college like Princeton, it can be harder and more painful mentally for America’s economically and educationally disadvantaged high school students to realize they will be left behind before that  “rat race” even begins.” 

“As hard and emotionally painful as it is to get into a college like Princeton, it can be harder and more painful mentally for America’s economically and educationally disadvantaged high school students to realize they will be left behind before that “rat race” even begins.”

OPINION | October 4

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Free speech emphasis in orientation will reap benefits later

“Just as this institution has historically made clear to incoming first-years that academic integrity and diversity and inclusion are key aspects of the University’s identity, it laudably has begun including free speech as an additional core value.”

“Just as this institution has historically made clear to incoming first-years that academic integrity and diversity and inclusion are key aspects of the University’s identity, it laudably has begun including free speech as an additional core value.”

OPINION | October 3

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In defense of Community Action

“My recommendation would be to take a step back from lofty debates over what service truly is and return to simpler projects, especially involving physical labor or creating something usable.”

“My recommendation would be to take a step back from lofty debates over what service truly is and return to simpler projects, especially involving physical labor or creating something usable.”

OPINION | October 3

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There are still too many problems with Princeton's isolation protocol

“I want to share my experience and make some suggestions regarding the current isolation process to maximize support and minimize hardships students will face.”

“I want to share my experience and make some suggestions regarding the current isolation process to maximize support and minimize hardships students will face.”

OPINION | October 2

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Lacking student input, the half-baked plan to reimagine upperclass dining won’t work

“If the administration really wants to reform campus culture, it has to work with proposals generated by the student body, not ones imposed unilaterally..”

“If the administration really wants to reform campus culture, it has to work with proposals generated by the student body, not ones imposed unilaterally.”

OPINION | October 2

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Princeton should adopt oral exams

“Implementing oral exams as an option opens up another avenue for Princeton students to demonstrate their critical analysis and communication skills, without sacrificing rigor.”

“Implementing oral exams as an option opens up another avenue for Princeton students to demonstrate their critical analysis and communication skills, without sacrificing rigor.” 

OPINION | October 2

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Truth-seeking is at the heart of every principle the University has

“What Rabieh misses is that the Kalven principles — and all sound principles of academic life — are correct precisely because they further our truth-seeking mission.”

“What Rabieh misses is that the Kalven principles — and all sound principles of academic life — are correct precisely because they further our truth-seeking mission.”

OPINION | September 28

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Honor Committee Chair: Student leadership matters in the disciplinary process

“The Honor Committee is not a perfect institution, but we should believe in the idea that only our peers can assess what we should have reasonably known. [...] I urge you to include applying to join the Honor Committee in that effort.”

“The Honor Committee is not a perfect institution, but we should believe in the idea that only our peers can assess what we should have reasonably known. [...] I urge you to include applying to join the Honor Committee in that effort.” 

OPINION | September 27

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Our country is drowning. The Orange Bubble doesn’t care.

“It’s high time that Princetonians started caring about the Global South. This isn’t just major international news, it is something for which those in the Global North bear responsibility.”

“It’s high time that Princetonians started caring about the Global South. This isn’t just major international news, it is something for which those in the Global North bear responsibility.”

OPINION | September 27

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3.98 percent a year later: reflecting on the rat race of college admissions

“The thing about having to package and commodify an artistic passion to apply to college is that the line between authenticity and self-branding becomes easily, and irreversibly, blurred.”

“The thing about having to package and commodify an artistic passion to apply to college is that the line between authenticity and self-branding becomes easily, and irreversibly, blurred.”

OPINION | September 26

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When a club initiation becomes hazing

“No student group should be allowed to haze its members, especially not a group that has a monopoly on an activity like PDP does over debate. It’s not too much to ask that groups allow students to join in a welcoming and open manner.”

“No student group should be allowed to haze its members, especially not a group that has a monopoly on an activity like PDP does over debate. It’s not too much to ask that groups allow students to join in a welcoming and open manner.”

OPINION | September 25

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New Jersey must do more to bring racial justice and equity to cannabis legalization

“While the state has succeeded at drastically curbing arrests, it has much more to do to open the legal cannabis business to the communities it promised to benefit.”

“While the state has succeeded at drastically curbing arrests, it has much more to do to open the legal cannabis business to the communities it promised to benefit.”

OPINION | September 25

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Reactions: USG considers eliminating referenda

“If the USG wishes to fulfill its purported preamble dedication to ‘the proposition that students must be included in the making of decisions that affect them,’ they should leave referenda as they are.”

“If the USG wishes to fulfill its purported preamble dedication to ‘the proposition that students must be included in the making of decisions that affect them,’ they should leave referenda as they are.”

OPINION | September 22

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How Princeton can better support students in job and internship searches

“At first I thought that I was the only one who missed these deadlines, but after speaking with more alumni and learning about their recruitment timelines, I discovered that I am far from the only student at the University who was caught off guard by the application timeline.”

“At first I thought that I was the only one who missed these deadlines, but after speaking with more alumni and learning about their recruitment timelines, I discovered that I am far from the only student at the University who was caught off guard by the application timeline.”

OPINION | September 21

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Ken Buck ’81: Princeton students deserve better than cancel culture

“It’s disconcerting that any student at Princeton, much less a politics concentrator, would hold such a narrow view of what is acceptable discourse. The entire purpose of a liberal arts education is to challenge students’ views, expand their intellectual horizons, and to have them engage deeply with conclusions and viewpoints at odds with their own.”

“It’s disconcerting that any student at Princeton, much less a politics concentrator, would hold such a narrow view of what is acceptable discourse. The entire purpose of a liberal arts education is to challenge students’ views, expand their intellectual horizons, and to have them engage deeply with conclusions and viewpoints at odds with their own.”

OPINION | September 21