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Opinion

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International Orientation needs to cover race in America

"IO shouldn’t stop at teaching about topical and logistical issues, such as visas and paid work. It must integrate an actual session on race and the history and culture of racism in the United States into its programming."

"IO shouldn’t stop at teaching about topical and logistical issues, such as visas and paid work. It must integrate an actual session on race and the history and culture of racism in the United States into its programming."

OPINION | October 10

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Exams shouldn’t prevent students from going home for the holidays

Current students should stand up for future Princetonians’ right to observe Christmas and afford them the privilege of going home in peace. And if University administrators want to support geographic and economic diversity at Princeton, the calendar ought to reflect the reality that many (if not most) students cannot simply drive home for the holidays a day or two in advance.

Current students should stand up for future Princetonians’ right to observe Christmas and afford them the privilege of going home in peace. And if University administrators want to support geographic and economic diversity at Princeton, the calendar ought to reflect the reality that many (if not most) students cannot simply drive home for the holidays a day or two in advance.

OPINION | October 8

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More gender-neutral bathrooms would make Princeton more inclusive

“Provide an easily accessible single-stall gender-neutral bathroom in every building, and include access to gender-neutral bathrooms when honoring requests for gender-inclusive living assignments — which should be granted immediately upon request.”

"Provide an easily accessible single-stall gender-neutral bathroom in every building, and include access to gender-neutral bathrooms when honoring requests for gender-inclusive living assignments — which should be granted immediately upon request."

OPINION | October 4

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The not-so-great class of 2027: Why none of us deserve to be here

"If your instinctive response to this system is that it isn’t fair to those who ‘deserve it’, remember that no form of admissions has ever been—and that in the end, the university’s primary purpose is not to mend all of society’s evils...A partial randomization system, though imperfect in its aims for egalitarianism, will work gradually in combating the good because great mentality."

"If your instinctive response to this system is that it isn’t fair to those who ‘deserve it’, remember that no form of admissions has ever been—and that in the end, the university’s primary purpose is not to mend all of society’s evils...A partial randomization system, though imperfect in its aims for egalitarianism, will work gradually in combating the good because great mentality."

OPINION | October 2

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Harnessing collective power to strengthen resolve: the purpose of marching

"Because the march so visibly demonstrated the sheer scale of people who are equally determined to work towards a safer future, the whole experience made clear that none of us are alone in wanting to do something about climate change, and that the fight isn’t over yet."

"Because the march so visibly demonstrated the sheer scale of people who are equally determined to work towards a safer future, the whole experience made clear that none of us are alone in wanting to do something about climate change, and that the fight isn’t over yet."

OPINION | October 1

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President Eisgruber, step up or step aside

The decision-makers who govern our Princeton lives – both Eisgruber and the Board of Trustees – are disconnected from the student body and don’t show a real interest in our most pressing problems, making it difficult to solve them. 

The decision-makers who govern our Princeton lives – both Eisgruber and the Board of Trustees – are disconnected from the student body and don’t show a real interest in our most pressing problems, making it difficult to solve them. 

OPINION | September 29

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Princeton must remain steadfast and transparent in its divestment commitments

"The Princeton community was encouraged by the promises made a year ago, but those words need to be followed up with bold action and true leadership."

"The Princeton community was encouraged by the promises made a year ago, but those words need to be followed up with bold action and true leadership."

OPINION | September 28

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Students won’t take COVID-19 tests unless University accommodations improve

“The University’s failure to provide resources for roommates can provoke resentment between friends and roommates, and detrimentally impact students’ living situations. Students are disincentivized from testing when the University neglects the most rudimentary needs of those in isolation.”

"The University’s failure to provide resources for roommates can provoke resentment between friends and roommates, and detrimentally impact students’ living situations. Students are disincentivized from testing when the University neglects the most rudimentary needs of those in isolation."

OPINION | September 27

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Worker safety under an orange sky

We have a new, unpredictable climate, which requires us to act. While we work to slash carbon emissions, we must also protect our campus communities from the heating that has already occurred — especially the people who make the University run but who we so often overlook. Stronger environmental safety measures represent a first step in that direction.

We have a new, unpredictable climate, which requires us to act. While we work to slash carbon emissions, we must also protect our campus communities from the heating that has already occurred – especially the people who make the University run, but who we so often overlook. Stronger environmental safety measures represent a strong first step in that direction.

OPINION | September 26

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Slow down to swim rather than sink into overflowing inboxes

Our University, steeped in tradition and knowledge, plays an active role in students’ lives — it is not merely a place where we learn; it is an environment in which we are permanently molded. The University’s vibrant community and myriad opportunities also make it a partner in our exploration. So could we, perhaps, imagine a Princeton that not just throws opportunities our way, but also helps us navigate them?

Our University, steeped in tradition and knowledge, plays an active role in students’ lives — it is not merely a place where we learn; it is an environment in which we are permanently molded. The University’s vibrant community and myriad opportunities also make it a partner in our exploration. So could we, perhaps, imagine a Princeton that not just throws opportunities our way, but also helps us navigate them?

OPINION | September 24

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No more taking pride in college rankings

There is a lot to be proud of at Princeton. But let’s not indulge in national college rankings that reward colleges for merely serving as refuge for the rich and a jumping-off platform for the less privileged.

There is a lot to be proud of at Princeton. But let us not indulge in national college rankings that reward colleges for merely serving as refuge for the rich and a jumping off platform for the less privileged.

OPINION | September 22

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Letter to the Editor: Tired tropes add nothing new to campus free speech discourse

“This campus climate — where students’ political leanings largely determine whether they feel comfortable expressing themselves — is what is truly ‘toxic and polarizing.’”

"This campus climate — where students’ political leanings largely determine whether they feel comfortable expressing themselves — is what is truly “toxic and polarizing.”"

OPINION | September 20

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Princetonians must invest in the marketplace of ideas

"If students start by situating free expression in a liberal context, individual engagement would restore and enliven the marketplace of ideas on campus, enabling a fuller appreciation for the dynamic, invigorating, and fundamentally democratic nature of campus discourse."

"If students start by situating free expression in a liberal context, individual engagement would restore and enliven the marketplace of ideas on campus, enabling a fuller appreciation for the dynamic, invigorating, and fundamentally democratic nature of campus discourse."

OPINION | September 17