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Opinion

 Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/ Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Afghanistan and the decline of American reliability

“The United States might not be the Land of the Free, but relative to other comparable powers, it is indeed the Land of the Freer. Now, during the 20th anniversary of the heinous terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, it is critical for all Americans to reflect whether Washington has really kept the promises it made when it vowed to fight terrorism, both domestic and foreign.”

“The United States might not be the Land of the Free, but relative to other comparable powers, it is indeed the Land of the Freer. Now, during the 20th anniversary of the heinous terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, it is critical for all Americans to reflect whether Washington has really kept the promises it made when it vowed to fight terrorism, both domestic and foreign.”

OPINION | September 12

The Friend Center and Department of Computer Science building
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian 

Stop treating Princeton like a bucket list

“It’s easy to feel apathetic or detached from campus because of the experiences we missed. Instead of focusing on what we could next check off our bucket list, we should focus on something even more important: each other.”  

“It’s easy to feel apathetic or detached from campus because of the experiences we missed. Instead of focusing on what we could next check off our bucket list, we should focus on something even more important: each other.”  

OPINION | September 9

Drake’s recently released a new album, “Certified Lover Boy.”
“Drake” by musicisentropy / CC BY 2.0

Stop sexualizing women-loving women: Drake’s ‘Girls Want Girls’ and artistic responsibility

“When making art, artists have a responsibility to be considerate of their subjects and refrain from using, abusing, and co-opting the stories of communities they have no sincere interest in understanding.”

“When making art, artists have a responsibility to be considerate of their subjects and refrain from using, abusing, and co-opting the stories of communities they have no sincere interest in understanding.” 

OPINION | September 9

Outside McCarter Theater Center before the Triangle Show. 
José Pablo Fernández García / The Daily Princetonian 

Outdated Triangle Frosh Week Show demonstrates why Princeton culture is in need of change

“Am I saying that Triangle deserves a similar fate as SPIA and First College? Absolutely not. They are a team of Princeton’s finest artists, comedians, and designers. Their performances have demonstrated incredible finesse and the club is a significant ambassador of the University. However, excellence should not overshadow the potential to grow.”

“Am I saying that Triangle deserves a similar fate as SPIA and First College? Absolutely not. They are a team of Princeton’s finest artists, comedians, and designers. Their works have presented incredible finesse and are a significant ambassador of the University. However, excellence should not overshadow the potential to grow.”

OPINION | September 8

View of Mt. Edgecumbe in Southeast Alaska from Harbor Mountain on Baranoff Island
The Daily Princetonian / Hannah Reynolds

The privilege of indifference: Commonalities between national forest management and Divest Princeton

“Our leaders, whether USDA officials, or legislators, or Trustees at Princeton, must listen to those most affected. Our leaders must listen to those in frontline communities where severe and disproportionate impacts of climate change are already being felt.”

“Our leaders, whether USDA officials or legislators or Trustees at Princeton, must listen to those most affected. Our leaders must listen to those in frontline communities where severe and disproportionate impacts of climate change are already being felt.”

OPINION | September 8

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

As we return to in-person instruction, let’s not take it for granted

“Fortunately, in-person school is no longer ‘gone,‘ but for quite some time it was. Only after losing the ability to go to school and all of the enjoyments that come with it was I able to truly develop gratitude for it.”

“Fortunately, in-person school is no longer ‘gone,‘ but for quite some time it was. Only after losing the ability to go to school and all of the enjoyments that come with it was I able to truly develop gratitude for it.”

OPINION | September 6

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Flooding in Joline Hall.
Courtesy of Alex Moosbrugger

Hurricane Ida made clear that the Orange Bubble is not invincible. Now what?

“It’s easy to feel protected by the Orange Bubble. But if Hurricane Ida showed us anything, it is that the climate crisis is at our doorstep and time is a luxury we no longer have.”

“It’s easy to feel protected by the Orange Bubble. But if Hurricane Ida showed us anything, it is that the climate crisis is at our doorstep and time is a luxury we no longer have.”

OPINION | September 5

Seats in McCosh 50, one of the largest lecture halls at the University.
Photo Credit: Lazarena Lazarova / The Daily Princetonian

Science-based measures and community’s efforts will support return to in-person teaching and learning

“Princeton was proactive and worked hard to develop an infrastructure that is not common, even among our peers. It is this novel yet tested combination of measures that allows us to confidently welcome back our whole community this fall.”

“Princeton was proactive and worked hard to develop an infrastructure that is not common, even among our peers. It is this novel yet tested combination of measures that allows us to confidently welcome back our whole community this fall.”

OPINION | August 27

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

English Department Faculty: Why Princeton should allow for remote teaching this semester

“As we now adapt to the rapidly changing risks of the Delta variant, we need a maximum degree of flexibility in our teaching. We ask Princeton to take the lead, alongside Rutgers, Rice, Tufts, the University of Pittsburgh, and others, in allowing for remote teaching.”

“As we now adapt to the rapidly changing risks of the Delta variant, we need a maximum degree of flexibility in our teaching. We ask Princeton to take the lead, alongside Rutgers, Rice, Tufts, the University of Pittsburgh, and others, in allowing for remote teaching.”

OPINION | August 25

Around 3,000 people gathered for a rally on July 17 in front of the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami in solidarity with protests in Cuba.
Marie-Rose Sheinerman / The Daily Princetonian

Cuba cries ‘Freedom!’: Why Princeton students should support Cuba amid the island’s ongoing crisis

“We ask that you do not allow political biases or preconceived notions of Cuba to hinder your ability to advocate for those who are suffering.”

“We ask that you do not allow political biases or preconceived notions of Cuba to hinder your ability to advocate for those who are suffering.”

OPINION | August 20

A COVID-19 testing site during the University’s first week of asymptomatic testing in August 2020.
Courtesy of Denise Applewhite / Princeton University Office of Communications

FaceTime is not a plan: We need to be ready for quarantine and isolation

“Simply put, possibly having a friend FaceTime you into a class as Dean of the College Jill Dolan suggested at the recent Town Hall meeting is not a sufficient plan. And, in the absence of one, students and faculty must develop their own.”

“Simply put, possibly having a friend FaceTime you into a class as Dean of the College Jill Dolan suggested at the recent Town Hall meeting is not a sufficient plan. And, in the absence of one, students and faculty must develop their own.”

OPINION | August 17

FitzRandolph Gate.
Courtesy of the Office of Communications.

For now, a mask mandate makes sense

“If we can avoid a renewed outbreak in these first weeks of the term, there will be an opportunity to revisit the masking rules. The rational approach to the pandemic is to adjust our behavior in response to changing conditions. After what we've been through for the last year and a half, surely we can hang on for a few more weeks.”

“If we can avoid a renewed outbreak in these first weeks of the term, there will be an opportunity to revisit the masking rules. The rational approach to the pandemic is to adjust our behavior in response to changing conditions. After what we've been through for the last year and a half, surely we can hang on for a few more weeks.”

NEWS | August 13

A sign promoting social distancing in front of Blair Arch.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton’s reimposed mask mandate will cause more harm than good

“I strongly urge University administrators to reverse this arbitrary, draconian, and unscientific mask mandate. At the very least, the University must make publicly available a detailed, data-driven justification for the existence of the mandate, which it failed to provide with its most recent announcement, along with clear criteria outlining the conditions under which the mandate would be lifted.”

“I strongly urge University administrators to reverse this arbitrary, draconian, and unscientific mask mandate. At the very least, the University must make publicly available a detailed, data-driven justification for the existence of the mandate, which it failed to provide with its most recent announcement, along with clear criteria outlining the conditions under which the mandate would be lifted.”

OPINION | August 13

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

Following ExxonMobil revelations, Princeton must act

“As an institution that prides itself on its ‘core truth-seeking mission and commitment to sustainability,’ and as an institution that has repeatedly celebrated its partnership with ExxonMobil, Princeton has a responsibility to act. But will it have the courage?”

“As an institution that prides itself on its "core truth-seeking mission and commitment to sustainability," and as an institution that has repeatedly celebrated its partnership with ExxonMobil, Princeton has a responsibility to act. But will it have the courage?”  

OPINION | July 25

Cityscape of the old city of Jerusalem in Israel by Berthold Werner / CC0

To break the cycle of violence in Israel and Palestine, end the occupation

“Ultimately, a world where all Israelis and Palestinians can live and prosper with peace and dignity is possible, and getting there requires us all to engage deeply with both the history of the region and the people inhabiting it, as well as its current reality.”

“Ultimately, a world where all Israelis and Palestinians can live and prosper with peace and dignity is possible, and getting there requires us all to engage deeply with both the history of the region and the people inhabiting it, as well as its current reality.”

OPINION | June 17

East Pyne Hall on a sunny Saturday morning.  Samantha Lopez-Rico / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton isn’t fundamentally changing classics. It’s keeping it alive.

“With a more diverse set of students around the table, whether that diversity be in background or in subfield, the classics community will continue to thrive.”

“With a more diverse set of students around the table, whether that diversity be in background or in subfield, the classics community will continue to thrive.”

OPINION | June 3