If you take a lot of humanities classes like me, the following will be a familiar scenario: After reading over your syllabi, you realize your professors want you to read four books this week, among other assignments.
The R-word ? religion ? can be a very dirty word on our nation's college campuses. The end of any kind of religious schooling for many, the absence of parents and a seemingly consequence-free environment can lead many students who were brought up with any sort of religious background to cast it off.
Many of the debates that currently have the University's attention ? from the determination of the proper roles of the Frist Campus Center and the eating clubs to the Wythes proposal to expand class size ? are rooted in an important issue that is seldom discussed with candor at Princeton: race relations.While plays, discussions and workshops on diversity are a staple of freshman orientation here, once students congeal into closely-knit social groups, most forms of cross-cultural and multiethnic discourse are thrown aside as quickly as those smelly OA hiking boots.
As the year winds down, the curtains are closing on an era for the members of the Class of 2000. Surely, most of my classmates will look back at the last four years with nostalgia.At the same time, America will share a similar process, as eight years of the Clinton presidency dissolve into primaries and conventions and, ultimately, an inauguration.