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Opinion

Class of 2025 students walk at the Pre-Rade.
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Reform FYRE panels

Princeton is grossly mistaken if it believes that its “First Year Residential Experience” panels with University affiliates lecturing at first-year students will instantly translate into character growth.  

Princeton is grossly mistaken if it believes that its “First Year Residential Experience” panels with University affiliates lecturing at first-year students will instantly translate into character growth. 

OPINION | November 4

McCosh Health Center houses University Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CPS) as well as the Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

The ‘Princeton Plague’ and its harmful effects on first-years

“The University should normalize providing open and unrestricted access to alternative learning channels to students of all abilities. Needing access to remote learning is nothing to be ashamed of.” 

“The University should normalize providing open and unrestricted access to alternative learning channels to students of all abilities. Needing access to remote learning is nothing to be ashamed of.” 

OPINION | November 4

Courtesy of Lazarena Lazarova ’21

Tough introductory courses discourage academic exploration

“Rigorous classes enrich academic life at Princeton. However, having seen how the difficulty of classes impacts students’ choices about what classes to take, what to major in, and the post-graduation plans they pursue, I believe we should prioritize exploration as much as we prioritize rigor. Let’s make academic risk-taking less risky.”

“Rigorous classes enrich academic life at Princeton. However, having seen how the difficulty of classes impacts students’ choices about what classes to take, what to major in, and the post-graduation plans they pursue, I believe we should prioritize exploration as much as we prioritize rigor. Let’s make academic risk-taking less risky.”

OPINION | November 3

Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton needs to make more space for failure amid the abundance of success

"The Princetonians I have met during my short time here are nothing short of extraordinary. Yet, Princeton needs to create a safe environment where students know that they cannot be extraordinary without first learning to embrace their ordinary, fallible selves."

"The Princetonians I have met during my short time here are nothing short of extraordinary. Yet, Princeton needs to create a safe environment where students know that they cannot be extraordinary without first learning to embrace their ordinary, fallible selves."

OPINION | November 2

Abby de Riel / The Daily Princetonian

Reactions: Princeton’s endowment grows by nearly 50 percent

For the Reactions series, columnists opine on the recent news regarding the endowment’s almost 50 percent growth, with responses ranging from the necessity for fossil fuel divestment to whether Princeton should abolish tuition. 

For the Reactions series, columnists opine on the recent news regarding the endowment’s almost 50% growth, with responses ranging from the necessity for fossil fuel divestment to whether Princeton should abolish tuition. 

OPINION | November 1

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University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Eisgruber’s justification for Princeton is based on a myth

In light of a recent interview with President Eisgruber in The Atlantic, columnist Rohit Narayanan writes: “If Princeton is going to segregate a talented few, it has to prove its value every single day.” 

In light of a recent interview with President Eisgruber in The Atlantic, columnist Rohit Narayanan writes: “If Princeton is going to segregate a talented few, it has to prove its value every single day.” 

OPINION | October 31

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

What I’ve learned about midterms

“As a senior, I feel like my time at Princeton has flown by, which may be partly due to the fact that I wasn’t physically on campus for 18 months of ‘the college experience.’ But I also think it is because we here at Princeton don’t focus so much on coming full circle, but instead on riding the nebulous grading curve.” 

“As a senior, I feel like my time at Princeton has flown by, which may be partly due to the fact that I wasn’t physically on campus for 18 months of ‘the college experience.’ But I also think it is because we here at Princeton don’t focus so much on coming full circle, but instead on riding the nebulous grading curve.”  

OPINION | October 28

Frist Campus Center at night.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton, feed us: Why Princeton should serve late meal on weekends

“Although late meal is only offered on weekdays, the need for late meal doesn’t disappear once Friday evening hits. In fact, students arguably need it even more on the weekends.”

“Although late meal is only offered on weekdays, the need for late meal doesn’t disappear once Friday evening hits. In fact, students arguably need it even more on the weekends.” 

OPINION | October 27

Students lead a chant during the Divest Princeton sit-in in front of Nassau Hall. The goal of the sit-in was to call for urgent and complete divestment from the fossil fuel industry.
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton’s divestment plan: Saying plenty, doing little

“As those who stand to inherit a rapidly heating Earth, we cannot allow Princeton to favor promises and committees over decisive action like divestment, especially when our own divestment could push other universities or even states to do the same.”

“As those who stand to inherit a rapidly heating Earth, we cannot allow Princeton to favor promises and committees over decisive action like divestment, especially when our own divestment could push other universities or even states to do the same.”

OPINION | October 26

McCosh Health Center
Julian Gottfried / The Daily Princetonian

Addressing the plague within the pandemic

“We should not be risking our own well being and that of our peers because of decentralized policies that fail to acknowledge the toll of non-COVID illnesses on our academic presence and productivity.”

“We should not be risking our own well being and that of our peers because of decentralized policies that fail to acknowledge the toll of non-COVID illnesses on our academic presence and productivity.”

OPINION | October 26

Princeton University Stadium.  
Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

Princeton Athletics needs to make every game a Hometown Heroes game

“These essential workers, emergency responders, ‘hometown heroes,’ – they are colleagues, friends, and neighbors who have gone above and beyond in the most critical of times to care for and help us. They deserve to not have to sacrifice half a day’s wages to take their family to a game. ”

“These essential workers, emergency responders, ‘hometown heroes,’ – they are colleagues, friends, and neighbors who have gone above and beyond in the most critical of times to care for and help us. They deserve to not have to sacrifice half a day’s wages to take their family to a game.” 

OPINION | October 25

FitzRandolph Gate.
Courtesy of the Office of Communications.

We must maintain Princeton’s values in Venture Forward

“ Princeton needs to make sure that any contributions that come in actually are to advance the University’s values. But beyond that, it is important that the fundamental values continue to evolve, and that we continue to support our ever-changing student body; now, and in the future.”

“ Princeton needs to make sure that any contributions that come in actually are to advance the University’s values. But beyond that, it is important that the fundamental values continue to evolve, and that we continue to support our ever-changing student body; now, and in the future.”

OPINION | October 25

Photo Courtesy of Joe Ravi / Wikimedia Commons

We’re not supposed to like the Supreme Court

“Congress is where laws get passed. The Supreme Court decides whether those laws are constitutional. And this is not always what we want, but it is — or should be — what the laws dictate.”

“Congress is where laws get passed. The Supreme Court decides whether those laws are constitutional. And this is not always what we want, but it is — or should be — what the laws dictate.” 

OPINION | October 24

Photo of Divest Princeton rally
The Daily Princetonian / Hannah Reynolds

Popping the Orange Bubble: How stories encourage people to take an active stance in favor of divestment

“What is the best way to actually inspire others to act for divestment? By doing exactly what students at the sit-in did: sharing why climate action is important to you.”

“What is the best way to actually inspire others to act for divestment? By doing exactly what students at the sit-in did: sharing why climate action is important to you.”

OPINION | October 14

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Why we should un-theme Lawnparties

“This preppy Lawnparties groupthink resulted in a homogeneity that limited students’ embrace of authenticity on the day. In order to counteract the effects of the restrictive environment Lawnparties creates, we must reject the theming of all future Lawnparties.”  

“This preppy Lawnparties groupthink resulted in a homogeneity that limited students’ embrace of authenticity on the day. In order to counteract the effects of the restrictive environment Lawnparties creates, we must reject the theming of all future Lawnparties.”   

OPINION | October 14

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Abolition washing and the origins of Princeton’s divestment delay tactics

“As Bill McKibben says, ‘the plural of ‘privilege’ is ‘establishment,” and this is how change is always blocked — from 1792 right through to today.”

“As Bill McKibben says, ‘the plural of ‘privilege’ is ‘establishment,” and this is how change is always blocked — from 1792 right through to today.”

OPINION | October 10

Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian

Competitive clubs: how Princeton’s selective extracurriculars favor the wealthy

“There is an element of the club application process that requires our attention: much like the college admissions process itself, the club application process at Princeton favors high-income individuals.”

“There is an element of the club application process that requires our attention: much like the college admissions process itself, the club application process at Princeton favors high-income individuals.”

OPINION | October 10