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A Higher Patriotism: A former Princeton President's call to action still provides clarity today

“America is sorely divided and this reflects real differences in our politics. Still, Americans everywhere ought to take to heart President Lincoln’s words: ‘We must not be enemies.' We as Princeton students should try especially hard to put those words into action as many of us will go on to claim elite positions in the American society that enable us to create a real difference.” 

“America is sorely divided and this reflects real differences in our politics. Still, Americans everywhere ought to take to heart President Lincoln’s words: ‘We must not be enemies.’ We as Princeton students should try especially hard to put those words into action as many of us will go on to claim elite positions in the American society that enable us to create a real difference.”

OPINION | March 28

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In the name of academic exploration: Why Princeton needs a pass/fail first-year fall semester

“In their first months at the University, Princeton first-years should not avoid taking certain classes out of a fear of not being able to do well enough in terms of their grades.”

“In their first months at the University, Princeton first-years should not avoid taking certain classes out of a fear of not being able to do well enough in terms of their grades.”

OPINION | March 27

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Leonard Milberg ’53: When Princeton blocks exhibits of Jewish art with Confederate artists, it erases history

“One of the reasons I sponsor American Jewish exhibits is as an attempt to bring to light the fact that Jews were, and continue to be, part of the fabric of American life.”

“One of the reasons I sponsor American Jewish exhibits is as an attempt to bring to light the fact that Jews were, and continue to be, part of the fabric of American life.”

OPINION | March 27

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Why Princeton University should donate the Butler Tract to a community land trust

In the second installment of a multi-part series on how Princeton University can promote affordable housing in a reparative framework and provide a model for other similar institutions to follow, Graduate Student Columnist Matt Mleczko proposes a housing intervention involving the Butler Tract. 

In the second installment of a multi-part series on how Princeton University can promote affordable housing in a reparative framework and provide a model for other similar institutions to follow, Graduate Student Columnist Matt Mleczko proposes a housing intervention involving the Butler Tract.

PROJECTS | March 24

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The social implications of a maskless Princeton

“The decision to remove the mask mandate marks the gradual, yet eventual, end to the pandemic’s social repercussions for our campus. Even though we must approach this transition with utmost sensitivity, it is a transition that is much needed. I, for one, look forward to its positive impacts on students’ social life.”

“The decision to remove the mask mandate marks the gradual, yet eventual, end to the pandemic’s social repercussions for our campus. Even though we must approach this transition with utmost sensitivity, it is a transition that is much needed. I, for one, look forward to its positive impacts on students’ social life.”

OPINION | March 23

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Stop framing us as victims: Safely supporting survivors of sexual violence

“The most effective way to overturn the reductive, harmful victim narrative is restoring the power of choice to survivors. Acting without the survivor’s full consent and knowledge can ultimately cause more harm than good, even if well-intentioned.”

“The most effective way to overturn the reductive, harmful victim narrative is restoring the power of choice to survivors. Acting without the survivor’s full consent and knowledge can ultimately cause more harm than good, even if well-intentioned.” 

OPINION | March 23

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Is meritocracy in Princeton admissions really a sham?: A response to Rohit Narayanan ’24

“I accept that the current admissions process is imperfect, but the fact that it doesn’t randomly assign students to elite schools is definitely not among its shortcomings.”

“I accept that the current admissions process is imperfect, but the fact that it doesn’t randomly assign students to elite schools is definitely not among its shortcomings.”

OPINION | March 22

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Students need to understand current events. The classroom is the solution.

“Creating avenues for students to do this throughout their time at Princeton will lead to better informed conversations and beliefs about current events, and make classes as relevant to students as possible.”

“Creating avenues for students to do this throughout their time at Princeton will lead to better informed conversations and beliefs about current events, and make classes as relevant to students as possible.”

OPINION | March 22

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Mental health care must be proactive

“Rather than taking a reactive approach to mental health, the University can ensure that well-being is a central part of its decision-making and student experiences at Princeton. Mental health care can be proactive, and on a healthy campus, it must be.”

“Rather than taking a reactive approach to mental health, the University can ensure that well-being is a central part of its decision-making and student experiences at Princeton. Mental health care can be proactive, and on a healthy campus, it must be.”

OPINION | March 21

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The obligation to act: how Princeton University can promote housing justice

In the first installment of a multi-part series on how Princeton University can promote affordable housing in a reparative framework and provide a model for other similar institutions to follow, Graduate Student Columnist Matt Mleczko provides background on the Butler Tract and the Universityu2019ss historic and ongoing role in housing dynamics in Princeton.

In the first installment of a multi-part series on how Princeton University can promote affordable housing in a reparative framework and provide a model for other similar institutions to follow, Graduate Student Columnist Matt Mleczko provides background on the Butler Tract and the University’s historic and ongoing role in housing dynamics in Princeton.

PROJECTS | March 17

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Princeton should pay for all course books

“It seems rather intuitive that books are a necessary part of a college student’s experience, so making them more affordable would only promote the goals and expectations of college students that have already been established.”

“It seems rather intuitive that books are a necessary part of a college student’s experience, so making them more affordable would only promote the goals and expectations of college students that have already been established.”

OPINION | March 13

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Princeton cares more about your midterms than you

“I feel deeply disappointed and disillusioned by the University’s actions and rhetoric. Our collective well-being — by which I mean the mental and physical well-being of each and every one of us — shouldn’t be sacrificed for the sake of propping up an appearance of “normalcy” and sustaining a crushingly toxic culture of productivity.”

“I feel deeply disappointed and disillusioned by the University’s actions and rhetoric. Our collective well-being — by which I mean the mental and physical well-being of each and every one of us — shouldn’t be sacrificed for the sake of propping up an appearance of “normalcy” and sustaining a crushingly toxic culture of productivity.”

OPINION | March 3

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Reactions: Princeton to ditch the mask mandate and asymptomatic testing

For the Reactions series, columnists opine on the recent loosening of the University’s COVID-19 protocol — some lauding the changes and others nervous about the risks of COVID-19 spread with fewer mitigation measures.

For the Reactions series, columnists opine on the recent loosening of the University’s COVID-19 protocol — some lauding the changes and others nervous about the risks of COVID-19 spread with fewer mitigation measures.

OPINION | March 3

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Why won’t Princeton administrators lift the mask mandate?

“After the short-lived travel ban was rescinded following ridicule in the national media, the University can redeem itself by following the science on masks and setting an example for the rest of the Ivy League and other universities.”

“After the short-lived travel ban was rescinded following ridicule in the national media, the University can redeem itself by following the science on masks and setting an example for the rest of the Ivy League and other universities.”

OPINION | March 1