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Opinion

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An open letter from Faculty for Justice in Palestine

“We raise our voices in defense of our students, as well as students around the United States, who are under threat of censure and reprisal for taking political stands that are moral, reasonable, and valid in a free society.”

“We raise our voices in defense of our students, as well as students around the United States, who are under threat of censure and reprisal for taking political stands that are moral, reasonable, and valid in a free society.”

OPINION | November 29

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Learning to burst the Orange Bubble

“There is a great deal to enjoy about our experience on campus, but that doesn’t mean we should seclude ourselves either. There’s a wide world outside the campus we live in — a world to explore, contribute to, and leave our mark on. We can start with the one right outside the gates.”

"There is a great deal to enjoy about our experience on campus, but that doesn’t mean we should seclude ourselves either. There’s a wide world outside the campus we live on, to explore and contribute to and leave our mark on; we can start with the one right outside the gates."

OPINION | November 28

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Letter to the Editor: How the Office of Religious Life handles funds

“It is not the case ... that alumni donations are given over to the Office of Religious Life to distribute amongst religious organizations. Student religious organizations do their own alumni fundraising independent of the ORL; we play no role in the solicitation or processing of gifts.”

"It is not the case that alumni donations are given over to the Office of Religious Life to distribute amongst religious organizations."

OPINION | November 28

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Donations should not be conditional on student speech

“Princeton would better serve itself, its students, and its donors by remaining neutral on controversial social issues and letting students think and speak for themselves.”

“Princeton would better serve itself, its students, and its donors by remaining neutral on controversial social issues and letting students think and speak for themselves.”

OPINION | November 27

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Princeton’s mental health problem needs a bigger solution than Community Care Day

To start substantively addressing the problem of student mental health, the University must focus on doing everything in its power to aid in addressing the mental health problems prevalent on campus.

To start substantively addressing the problem of student mental health, the University must focus on doing everything in its power to aid in addressing the mental health problems prevalent on campus.

OPINION | November 26

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Open letter to Princeton administrators on combatting antisemitism

“Without infringing on rights to free expression, the following concrete actions — done now, before the situation further deteriorates — will help ensure the University remains a place for Jewish students, faculty, and staff to thrive.”

“Without infringing on rights to free expression, the following concrete actions — done now, before the situation further deteriorates — will help ensure the University remains a place for Jewish students, faculty, and staff to thrive.”

OPINION | November 24

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On institutional neutrality and double-standards

For universities that have publicly strayed from the bounds of nonsectarian impartiality in favor of ideological bias and moralizing partisanship in the past, feigned neutrality or a selective reluctance to speak out now is totally unacceptable and reeks of an underlying moral and ethical rot.

For universities that have publicly strayed from the bounds of nonsectarian impartiality in favor of ideological bias and moralizing partisanship in the past, feigned neutrality or a selective reluctance to speak out now is totally unacceptable and reeks of an underlying moral and ethical rot.

OPINION | November 21

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The University needs more transparency in how it funds religious life

“Transparency about alumni donations to student-run religious organizations at Princeton University is essential for promoting fairness, inclusivity, accountability, and ethical compliance.”

“Transparency about alumni donations to student-run religious organizations at Princeton University is essential for promoting fairness, inclusivity, accountability, and ethical compliance.”

OPINION | November 19

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Reactions: What should we learn from the New Jersey elections?

“Civic engagement is a key component of Princeton life — we decided to ask our politically inclined columnists to reflect on the recent elections and chronicle a race, ballot, or result that they found particularly impactful.”

"To mark these recent elections, we asked our politically inclined columnists to reflect on the most recent NJ Elections and chronicle a race, ballot, or result that they found particularly impactful."

OPINION | November 17

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Lengthen time between classes

Given Princeton's focus on both the sciences and interdisciplinary education — and to foster a campus environment adapted to the campus's expansion and construction challenges — the University should lengthen passing time to 20 minutes. With extra time, students can realize the full potential of a Princeton education. 

With greater focus on both the sciences and interdisciplinary education and fostering a campus environment well-suited to the modern University, lengthening passing time to 20 minutes enables the realization of the full potential of a Princeton education. 

OPINION | November 16

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Why is everyone here ‘middle class’?

While there are certainly many ways to be middle-class, including both social and economic factors, it clearly doesn’t apply to those in the top five percent of America’s income earners, as half of this year’s Frosh Survey respondents whose families earn over $500k annually suggested.

While there are certainly many ways to be middle-class, including both social and economic factors, it clearly doesn't apply to those in the top 5% of America’s income earners, as half of this year's Frosh Survey respondents whose families earn over 500k annually suggested.

OPINION | November 13

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Recognize women’s athletic achievements with a bonfire too

“Celebrating only the football team sends the message that football is Princeton’s most important sport; that their successes, and only their successes, are worth the entire school’s attention, and that they take priority over both other men’s teams and all women’s teams.”

“Celebrating only the football team sends the message that football is Princeton’s most important sport; that their successes, and only their successes, are worth the entire school’s attention, and that they take priority over both other men’s teams and all women’s teams.”

OPINION | November 12

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Letter to the Editor: How we remember campus activism matters

“Ignoring these vital histories, and discussing the legacy of campus politics through the myopic lens of the present obsession with abstract debates over free speech exposes just how limited political imagination has become since past activism.”

"Focusing solely on free speech prevents us from truly reflecting on Princeton’s political and activist history."

OPINION | November 9

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Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight on disturbing incidents at the recent pro-Palestine protest

“Princeton’s campus should serve as a safe haven for Jewish students, not an institution that turns a blind eye to antisemitic slurs and chants occurring right on its doorstep.”

"Princeton’s campus should serve as a safe haven for Jewish students, not an institution that turns a blind eye to antisemitic slurs and chants occurring right on its doorstep."

OPINION | November 9

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African American studies is meant for everyone

“Instead of conceiving of AAS as a department only for Black students to learn about their history, we should recognize that studying African American history and culture enables Princeton students to learn to engage with their own and others’ humanity.”

"Instead of conceiving of AAS as a department only for Black students to learn about their history, we should recognize that studying African American history and culture enables Princeton students to learn to engage with their own and others’ humanity."

OPINION | November 8

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Princeton’s luxury discourages public service

"By being conscious of the opulence that surrounds us, we can avoid internalizing a belief that our degrees and academic achievement make us more deserving of a high quality of life."

"By being conscious of the opulence that surrounds us, we can avoid internalizing a belief that our degrees and academic achievement make us more deserving of a high quality of life."

OPINION | November 7

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Reactions: Which professors should I follow?

Considering the correlation of professors’ fame with their teaching and their work, we asked our columnists which professors’ work students should follow.

Considering the correlation of professors’ fame with their teaching and their work, we asked our columnists which professors’ work students should follow.

OPINION | November 6

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Princeton has a construction problem. Now it’s affecting the student experience.

"Along with inefficient routes and longer walk times, the campus’ sheer size post-expansion is resulting in an increasingly disjointed community. The larger campus becomes, the more disconnected down-campus students are from their up-campus counterparts."

"Along with inefficient routes and longer walk times, the campus’ sheer size post-expansion is resulting in an increasingly disjointed community. The larger campus becomes, the more disconnected down-campus students are from their up-campus counterparts."

OPINION | November 5