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Frist Campus Center at night.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

In virtual semester, community building requires a new approach

“On a campus that can feel so isolating, it’s worth remembering that many of us are mere minutes away from each other. We can create a campus community if we make the effort, and we owe it to each other to do so.”

“On a campus that can feel so isolating, it’s worth remembering that many of us are mere minutes away from each other. We can create a campus community if we make the effort, and we owe it to each other to do so.” 

OPINION | March 3

Firestone Library
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton academics needs a stronger core

“The U.S. News & World Report measures how well students learn; it doesn’t measure whether students are learning the right things. Princeton has no doubt expended significant resources to earn its place on the U.S. News & World Report, but if we actually want to be the ‘best university,‘ it’s important to make sure our curriculum is as good as our academic environment.”

“The U.S. News & World Report measures how well students learn; it doesn’t measure whether students are learning the right things. Princeton has no doubt expended significant resources to earn its place on the U.S. News & World Report, but if we actually want to be the ‘best university,‘ it’s important to make sure our curriculum is as good as our academic environment.”

OPINION | March 3

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Why revoking Ted Cruz’s James Madison Award isn’t anti-conservative

“To revoke his JMA for his role in all of this is not anti-conservative, it is for us to say that this sort of conduct is unacceptable for any politician of any party. It is to affirm the principles which bind this nation together.”

“To revoke his JMA for his role in all of this is not anti-conservative, it is for us to say that this sort of conduct is unacceptable for any politician of any party. It is to affirm the principles which bind this nation together.”

OPINION | March 2

“New York City Skyline from Top of Empire State Building” by Jody Claborn / Public Domain

Pixar’s “Soul” cannot make up for what it lacks

“It is still immensely disheartening that the second biggest media company in the world has yet to release a full-length animated film where the Black protagonist remains a person for the entire time. Instead, it continues to trade deep portrayals of Black life for bland relatability, failing to recognize that such portrayals would not render characters any less human or likable.”

“It is still immensely disheartening that the second biggest media company in the world has yet to release a full-length animated film where the Black protagonist remains a person for the entire time. Instead, it continues to trade deep portrayals of Black life for bland relatability, failing to recognize that such portrayals would not render characters any less human or likable.”

OPINION | March 2

Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons

Ted Cruz ’92 no longer deserves his James Madison Award. But that doesn’t mean he should be stripped of it.

“There is a cautionary tale to be told in the Senator’s JMA, but it is not about those who conferred it. Instead, it is vital that we remember that Cruz legitimately won the JMA not so long before he launched an existential assault on our democracy.”

“There is a cautionary tale to be told in the Senator’s JMA, but it is not about those who conferred it. Instead, it is vital that we remember that Cruz legitimately won the JMA not so long before he launched an existential assault on our democracy.”

OPINION | March 2

Princeton High School
Henry Gray / Wikimedia Commons

Education inequality in public schools: It’s time to do more

“Dropping standardized test requirements does very little to help us; it’s only a tiny pixel in a massive, bleak image of the American public school system and its toxic inequalities.”

“Dropping standardized test requirements does very little to help us; it’s only a tiny pixel in a massive, bleak image of the American public school system and its toxic inequalities.”

OPINION | March 1

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Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Statement from AASA condemning recent attacks on Asian Americans

We, the Princeton University Asian American Students Association Executive Board, condemn the recent immoral, repulsive, and devastating attacks on Asian Americans, and we urge our fellow Princetonians to carefully consider how our words and actions impact not just APIDA but all marginalized communities, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  

OPINION | February 28

Inci Karaaslan / The Daily Princetonian

This March 8, celebrate women

“By failing to actively embrace International Women’s Day, the United States is inadvertently excluding itself from a vital celebration of international feminism. Many of the rights American women enjoy today were only extended to women in the United States because of the work of feminists globally.” 

“By failing to actively embrace International Women’s Day, the United States is inadvertently excluding itself from a vital celebration of international feminism. Many of the rights American women enjoy today were only extended to women in the United States because of the work of feminists globally.” 

OPINION | February 28

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

Black Futures at Princeton

We asked columnists to respond to the following prompt: “imagine a more racially just and racially inclusive Princeton, and write about how we can get there.” We hope their resulting columns encourage readers in our community to not only reflect on Princeton’s complicated past but to imagine a more just future.

We asked columnists to respond to the following prompt: “imagine a more racially just and racially inclusive Princeton, and write about how we can get there.” We hope their resulting columns encourage readers in our community to not only reflect on Princeton’s complicated past but to imagine a more just future.

PROJECTS | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

On being biracial: My lessons and reflections

“If we ever hope to bridge the chasms that colorism has etched, we all need to openly and intently address its murky past. Only then will we be able to truly reimagine a social landscape free of racist thinking, and thus free from the fetters of light-skin privilege.”

“If we ever hope to bridge the chasms that colorism has etched, we all need to openly and intently address its murky past. Only then will we be able to truly reimagine a social landscape free of racist thinking, and thus free from the fetters of light-skin privilege.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

“We are our history”: Confronting the past and imagining the future of Whig-Clio

“We must broaden our imaginations and think beyond our status quo to achieve a more just reality. Debate and discourse allows us to do so. Our goal is not to tell people what to think, but to provide a space to think, together, about how to advance towards a more just society.”

“We must broaden our imaginations and think beyond our status quo to achieve a more just reality. Debate and discourse allows us to do so. Our goal is not to tell people what to think, but to provide a space to think, together, about how to advance towards a more just society.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

In a just world, Princeton as we know it does not exist

“No matter how many people go through sensitivity training, no matter how diverse the pool of incoming academics, and no matter how much people are permitted to theorize about the impact of racism on society, Princeton will not become an anti-racist force until it is no longer recognizable as Princeton by those who currently know it.”

“No matter how many people go through sensitivity training, no matter how diverse the pool of incoming academics, and no matter how much people are permitted to theorize about the impact of racism on society, Princeton will not become an anti-racist force until it is no longer recognizable as Princeton by those who currently know it.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

Confronting systemic racism starts at home

The Board encourages all students to not only learn about our institution’s past with racism, but to wholly engage with its present consequences as we continue to seek a more just future.

The Board encourages all students to not only learn about our institution’s past with racism, but to wholly engage with its present consequences as we continue to seek a more just future.

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

Divestment is a matter of racial justice

“Though much has changed since Princeton’s early years, the University remains complicit in the systemic racial injustices faced by communities of color so long as it continues to invest in the fossil fuel industry.”

“Though much has changed since Princeton’s early years, the University remains complicit in the systemic racial injustices faced by communities of color so long as it continues to invest in the fossil fuel industry.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

The road to racial justice in Princeton must include housing justice

“No matter how you slice it, Princeton is highly unaffordable and out of reach for many households, but given the country’s history of racial inequality, this particularly excludes and prices out Black and Latinx households.”

“No matter how you slice it, Princeton is highly unaffordable and out of reach for many households, but given the country’s history of racial inequality, this particularly excludes and prices out Black and Latinx households.”

OPINION | February 25

Elizabeth Medina / The Daily Princetonian

To learn from Black voices and teach comprehensively, the Western HUM Sequence needs to radically change

“With the expansion of student spaces and the acknowledgment that these texts have glorified harmful ideas throughout time, this course can be an essential tool to understanding race, among other complicated issues, the kind of course I desperately need it to be.”

“With the expansion of student spaces and the acknowledgment that these texts have glorified harmful ideas throughout time, this course can be an essential tool to understanding race, among other complicated issues, the kind of course I desperately need it to be.” 

OPINION | February 25

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

With community’s help, work to foster respectful campus environment continues

“Strengthening our campus culture depends on members of our community working together.  We are grateful to the students, faculty, staff, and others who have been partners in these efforts.  With their help, we have enhanced policies, processes, penalties, communications, training, and resources designed to increase our community’s confidence that the University will appropriately address any misconduct we learn about.”

“Strengthening our campus culture depends on members of our community working together.  We are grateful to the students, faculty, staff, and others who have been partners in these efforts.  With their help, we have enhanced policies, processes, penalties, communications, training, and resources designed to increase our community’s confidence that the University will appropriately address any misconduct we learn about.”

OPINION | February 25

Stained glass windows in East Pyne Hall, home of the Classics department.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton’s continued silence on Katz is indicative of lack of care for students

“It is important to note that the situation with Professor Katz is not an isolated incident. The University has a history of failing to protect students when it comes to issues of sexual misconduct.”

“It is important to note that the situation with Professor Katz is not an isolated incident. The University has a history of failing to protect students when it comes to issues of sexual misconduct.”

OPINION | February 24

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Deforestation: Who is the true culprit?

“We must be aware that while identifying political leaders as the main perpetrators of climate change is understandable, it is also simplistic and a way of shifting responsibility from ourselves.”

“We must be aware that while identifying political leaders as the main perpetrators of climate change is understandable, it is also simplistic and a way of shifting responsibility from ourselves.” 

OPINION | February 24