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Construction continues on the two new residential colleges next to Poe Field. 
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Let us be the generation that ends exclusionary zoning

Ditching exclusionary zoning is an obvious step to take in solving America’s housing crisis. Our communities can truly be inclusive and ensure opportunity for all people, particularly people of color who have borne the brunt of exclusionary zoning for far too long. Embracing this vision may even help us finally get serious about solving our most intractable political problems.   

OPINION | April 25

“Baseball Diamond” by Geoff Livingston / CC BY-SA 2.0

Major League Baseball was right to condemn Georgia’s voting law. It shouldn’t have left the state.

“If MLB truly wanted to stop the attack on voting rights it should not have relocated — it should have just stayed in Georgia.”

“If MLB truly wanted to stop the attack on voting rights it should not have relocated — it should have just stayed in Georgia.”

OPINION | April 25

Sydney Peng / The Daily Princetonian 

Thus Spoke The Undergrads: On being a filthy cheater

“As a friend of the girlfriend’s, you should share what you know. Yet your role as a confidant means you agreed to keep your friend’s secret quiet. If they thought you would share it with their girlfriend, they probably would not have told you that they were cheating. In this situation, obligation gives us no decisive answer about what you should do.”  

“As a friend of the girlfriend’s, you should share what you know. Yet your role as a confidant means you agreed to keep your friend’s secret quiet. If they thought you would share it with their girlfriend, they probably would not have told you that they were cheating. In this situation, obligation gives us no decisive answer about what you should do.”  

OPINION | April 25

Daniel Te / The Daily Princetonian

Stop nominating the class president for the 1903 Prize

“I think for once, we should recognize our everyday heroes for what they do, especially in a year where we have seen the power of people coming together in the face of adversity: the people who mentor us, commit to service, treat others compassionately, or lead by example virtuously. When I think of who fulfills these qualities, I don’t immediately think of the student government officers.”

“I think for once, we should recognize our everyday heroes for what they do, especially in a year where we have seen the power of people coming together in the face of adversity: the people who mentor us, commit to service, treat others compassionately, or lead by example virtuously. When I think of who fulfills these qualities, I don’t immediately think of the student government officers.”

OPINION | April 22

Empty desks in Frist Campus Center.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton, give us a break

“I am calling for the University to cancel classes — in order to give students time to recover from what is among the most difficult semesters in our Princeton careers — and to impose a University-wide extension for academic assignments for this semester. We can already see the signs of extreme fatigue due to the unrealistic expectations of this term. The University must do something about it.”

“I am calling for the University to cancel classes — in order to give students time to recover from what is among the most difficult semesters in our Princeton careers — and to impose a University-wide extension for academic assignments for this semester. We can already see the signs of extreme fatigue due to the unrealistic expectations of this term. The University must do something about it.”

OPINION | April 22

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Why the full, careful review of divestment proposal matters

“I know that some in the University community are eager for the consideration of this proposal to move more quickly or to conclude by a symbolic date, such as Earth Day. However, this process is designed to ensure divestment and disassociation proposals receive a full, careful review, with input from stakeholders across the University community. This careful consideration is what defines the process and what any divestment/dissociation discussion deserves. “

“I know that some in the University community are eager for the consideration of this proposal to move more quickly or to conclude by a symbolic date, such as Earth Day. However, this process is designed to ensure divestment and disassociation proposals receive a full, careful review, with input from stakeholders across the University community. This careful consideration is what defines the process and what any divestment/dissociation discussion deserves.”

OPINION | April 22

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Fourth of July Ring of Fire on Honeoye Lake
Hannah Reynolds / The Daily Princetonian

Blue-green algae in the Finger Lakes: A problem the ‘Orange Bubble’ should care about

“The impacts of climate change are not isolated, one-off events. They are not limited to hurricanes in the Gulf, or wildfires in the West, or melting ice caps in the Arctic. Climate change is not some distant, imminent issue that our grandchildren will have to live with. Climate change is an issue that requires urgent, immediate action.”

“The impacts of climate change are not isolated, one-off events. They are not limited to hurricanes in the Gulf, or wildfires in the West, or melting ice caps in the Arctic. Climate change is not some distant, imminent issue that our grandchildren will have to live with. Climate change is an issue that requires urgent, immediate action.”

OPINION | April 21

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

The reality of imposter syndrome in the COVID-19 era

“At a time when students, including myself, find themselves questioning their validity, high-achieving universities should emphasize the importance of rest instead of adding to students’ stress.” 

“At a time when students, including myself, find themselves questioning their validity, high-achieving universities should emphasize the importance of rest instead of adding to students’ stress.”  

OPINION | April 15

Robertson Hall, home of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
Zane R. / Wikimedia Commons

Why Princeton students should support #ANewDeal4HigherEd

“Sky-rocketing tuition costs and the student debt crisis are the most obvious and talked-about effects of slashed investment in public higher education, but these are far from the only impacts on students’ collegiate experience. Cuts to state funding for higher education have also generated a total overhaul of university fiscal management policies. Gone are the days when university departments were funded simply on the premise that education itself was a public good.”

“Sky-rocketing tuition costs and the student debt crisis are the most obvious and talked-about effects of slashed investment in public higher education, but these are far from the only impacts on students’ collegiate experience. Cuts to state funding for higher education have also generated a total overhaul of university fiscal management policies. Gone are the days when university departments were funded simply on the premise that education itself was a public good.” 

OPINION | April 15

“Baseball Diamond” by Geoff Livingston / CC BY-SA 2.0

There’s no crying (cancel culture) in baseball

“The question isn’t whether leagues like MLB should involve themselves in politics, but how they should leverage the role they already play. Every institution has a responsibility to act to protect voting rights as they come under increasing threat nationwide.” 

“The question isn’t whether leagues like MLB should involve themselves in politics, but how they should leverage the role they already play. Every institution has a responsibility to act to protect voting rights as they come under increasing threat nationwide.” 

OPINION | April 13

Albert Jiang / The Daily Princetonian

Re-engineering Princeton’s language requirement

“Perhaps one day colleges will reform their curricula to reflect the universal importance of non-English language acquisition in such a way that does not unduly burden B.S.E. students. But until that day, introductory level language courses should count towards B.S.E. humanities and social sciences requirements at Princeton.”

“Perhaps one day colleges will reform their curricula to reflect the universal importance of non-English language acquisition in such a way that does not unduly burden B.S.E. students. But until that day, introductory level language courses should count towards B.S.E. humanities and social sciences requirements at Princeton.”

OPINION | April 12

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

How much is Princeton’s contract with Exxon worth? Why does it matter?

“We must be aware of potential conflicts of interest at the University not only so that Princeton can produce good research, but so it can make conflict-free decisions about its own investments. For Princeton, it is much easier to quietly accept money than to deal with public scrutiny over its choice of research partners.”  

“We must be aware of potential conflicts of interest at the University not only so that Princeton can produce good research, but so it can make conflict-free decisions about its own investments. For Princeton, it is much easier to quietly accept money than to deal with public scrutiny over its choice of research partners.”  

OPINION | April 11

Mark Lee at the Stop Asian Hate Rally & Vigil in Princeton. 
Photo courtesy of Maya Aronoff. Edited by Mark Lee / The Daily Princetonian

When you silence Asian pain, you light us all on fire

“Today, I'm still wearing my KF94 mask to protect others, but I’ve shed my other mask — the one I wore to convince myself and others that the flames weren’t real. They are real, and the world is on fire — both literally, but also within the millions of minds that white supremacy and racial capitalism set ablaze centuries ago.”

“Today, I'm still wearing my KF94 mask to protect others, but I’ve shed my other mask — the one I wore to convince myself and others that the flames weren’t real. They are real, and the world is on fire — both literally, but also within the millions of minds that white supremacy and racial capitalism set ablaze centuries ago.”

OPINION | April 8

"Voting in the United States" by Tom Arthur / CC SA 2.0

Confronting Gerrymandering: The Power of Just Data

“It is not enough to take data points as unequivocal truths without questioning the structures that create them. The progress of marginalized communities, from criminal justice reform to electoral reform, rests on being able to achieve this level of contextualization.”

“It is not enough to take data points as unequivocal truths without questioning the structures that create them. The progress of marginalized communities, from criminal justice reform to electoral reform, rests on being able to achieve this level of contextualization.”

OPINION | April 7

22 Chambers Street houses the Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO).
Ben Ball / The Daily Princetonian

Will Princeton continue to attract ‘the best and the brightest’?

“By seriously addressing the concerns of its students regarding  climate change, Princeton would greatly increase its appeal to deliberating high school seniors, who might have offers of admission from other universities like Columbia and Brown, which have both already divested from fossil fuels.”

“By seriously addressing the concerns of its students regarding  climate change, Princeton would greatly increase its appeal to deliberating high school seniors, who might have offers of admission from other universities like Columbia and Brown, which have both already divested from fossil fuels.”

OPINION | April 7

The South West entrance to Morrison Hall, home of the Office of Admissions.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Expecting financial aid in a broken system: A response to Andi Grene ’24­

“Even if financial aid should be ‘expected,’ the more constructive approach to understanding our aid may be to accept its troubling implications. Princeton’s financial aid students are beneficiaries of immense wealth in a society that does not equitably distribute it, and we may feel a resulting sense of indebtedness, luck, or impostor syndrome that cannot easily be removed. However, such unwelcome feelings may prove our greatest motivator, urging us to reform our nation to make higher education affordable and accessible for future generations.”

“Even if financial aid should be ‘expected,’ the more constructive approach to understanding our aid may be to accept its troubling implications. Princeton’s financial aid students are beneficiaries of immense wealth in a society that does not equitably distribute it, and we may feel a resulting sense of indebtedness, luck, or impostor syndrome that cannot easily be removed. However, such unwelcome feelings may prove our greatest motivator, urging us to reform our nation to make higher education affordable and accessible for future generations.”

OPINION | April 5