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Opinion

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Applying early to Princeton shouldn’t be a risk. Ditch restrictive early action.

Applying to Princeton early has become a privileged pathway, rewarding those with enough resources to take an application risk and shutting out those who want or need the security that Princeton’s ultra-competitive process can’t offer.

Applying to Princeton early has become a privileged pathway, rewarding those with enough resources to take an application risk and shutting out those who want or need the security that Princeton’s ultra-competitive process can’t offer.

OPINION | October 25

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PGSU: ORFE students’ experiences demonstrate need for a union

“We do not need to wait for a change of heart from our departments or the Graduate School to create better research conditions for graduate students. We and many other graduate students are seeking legal protection and representation by forming a union.”

"We do not need to wait for a change of heart from our departments or the Graduate School to create better research conditions for graduate students. We and many other graduate students are seeking legal protection and representation by forming a union."

OPINION | October 24

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Princeton and the massacre in Palestine: the danger of selective empathy

“I urge the wider campus community to acknowledge the Israeli government’s extermination of Palestinians as a reprehensible violation of human rights and hold the administration accountable for failing to do so.”

"I urge the wider campus community to acknowledge the Israeli government’s extermination of Palestinians as a reprehensible violation of human rights and hold the administration accountable for failing to do so."

OPINION | October 24

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Beauty in bureaucracy: the argument for an expanded administration

“There are more people to hear our complaints and suggestions, and a greater number of pathways for student voices to travel all the way up to the desks of the people who can address our concerns”

"There are more people to hear our complaints and suggestions, and a greater number of pathways for student voices to travel all the way up to the desks of the people who can address our concerns"

OPINION | October 24

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Statement of support for Dean Amaney Jamal from SPIA students and alumni

As current and former students from SPIA, we will not entertain the baseless and Islamophobic accusations leveled against Dean Amaney Jamal which deliberately ignore her clear, expressed stance on this issue. Dean Jamal has our full support as a professor and administrator, and her humanity is not up for debate. 

As current and former students from SPIA, we will not entertain the baseless and Islamophobic accusations leveled against Dean Amaney Jamal which deliberately ignore her clear, expressed stance on this issue. Dean Jamal has our full support as a professor and administrator, and her humanity is not up for debate. 

OPINION | October 24

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Letter to the Editor: Equality of ends is not a worthy goal

But even the project of trying to make Princeton students more “humble” insinuates an agenda of equal ends, which under the most charitable reading, is an outlandish impossibility. At worst, it is poisonous.

But even the project of trying to make Princeton students more “humble” insinuates an agenda of equal ends, which under the most charitable reading, is an outlandish impossibility. At worst, it is poisonous.

OPINION | October 24

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The law limits Israel’s response to Hamas

"There may be no situation anywhere that elicits more discord and debate on the Princeton campus than the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Finding a political solution has proven extraordinarily difficult. But we should all be able to agree on the importance of both sides respecting IHL."

There may be no situation anywhere that elicits more discord and debate on the Princeton campus than the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Finding a political solution has proven extraordinarily difficult. But we should all be able to agree on the importance of both sides respecting IHL.

OPINION | October 24

A red and white sign that says "service" is hung on a window into an interior room in Frist.

Princeton’s civic engagement issue is deeper than what a ‘service requirement’ can fix

When faced with a Princeton-related issue like students overwhelmingly going into industries that don’t “serve humanity,” it is natural to first look to the University for potential causes and solutions. But given that the problem is rooted in projected-earnings, a service requirement would not fix the problem. 

When faced with a Princeton-related issue like students overwhelmingly going into industries that don't "serve humanity," it is natural to first look to the University for potential causes and solutions. But given that the problem is rooted in projected-earnings, a service requirement would not fix the problem. 

OPINION | October 23

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Letter to the Editor: A cemetery is not an attraction

"But Princeton Cemetery is like a church to me and others, a place where I often go to talk to and pray for my dearly departed son. No matter whom the USG will hire to stage the tour, there is something unseemly about a potential commercial tour for 25 University students amusing themselves in the dark by searching for “ghosts” with flashlights in a hallowed local place."

"But Princeton Cemetery is like a church to me and others, a place where I often go to talk to and pray for my dearly departed son. No matter whom the USG will hire to stage the tour, there is something unseemly about a potential commercial tour for 25 University students amusing themselves in the dark by searching for “ghosts” with flashlights in a hallowed local place."

OPINION | October 22

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Orient first-years with all of Princeton, not just each other

"The administration seems to be relatively successful in facilitating bonds between students of the same year: Why can’t they do this between freshman and upperclassmen?"

The administration seems to be relatively successful in facilitating bonds between students of the same year: Why can’t they do this between freshman and upperclassmen?

OPINION | October 22

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An open letter from Princeton faculty and students in solidarity with Gaza

"We call upon the University administration to uphold the values that Princeton stands for. We serve the nation and serve humanity by collectively working for peace and justice."

"We call upon the University administration to uphold the values that Princeton stands for. We serve the nation and serve humanity by collectively working for peace and justice."

OPINION | October 22

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To combat inequity faced by international students, Princeton must expand its departmental classifications

“Many international students whose primary academic interests lie in a non-STEM field end up in Catch-22. They can prioritize majoring in a field that addresses their academic passion and potentially lose residency in the country in which they want to use their degree, or they can prioritize extending their stay in the US post graduation, only to be faced with job prospects that don’t interest them.”

"Many international students whose primary academic interests lie in a non-STEM field end up in Catch-22. They can prioritize majoring in a field that addresses their academic passion and potentially lose residency in the country in which they want to use their degree, or they can prioritize extending their stay in the US post graduation, only to be faced with job prospects that don’t interest them."

OPINION | October 12

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Invisible Borders: The case for diversifying Princeton’s international student body

"Accepting concentrated groups of students from such prevalent international schools is that they aren’t very 'international' to begin with, which results in a lack of dimension in the voices of the international community on campuses."

"Accepting concentrated groups of students from such prevalent international schools is that they aren’t very “international” to begin with, which results in a lack of dimension in the voices of the international community on campuses."

OPINION | October 12

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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