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The need for the mask mandate and an improved outlook on COVID-19

“So, for the sake of our community, we must remember that the pandemic hasn’t reached the point where those who contract COVID-19 will face minimal disruptions in their day-to-day life. And with this outlook in mind, we must consider more preventative measures and safety accommodations.”

“So, for the sake of our community, we must remember that the pandemic hasn’t reached the point where those who contract COVID-19 will face minimal disruptions in their day-to-day life. And with this outlook in mind, we must consider more preventative measures and safety accommodations.”

OPINION | March 1

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As Ukraine fights for its freedom, we must conquer our fear

“My only hope amidst all this is that one day the Russians will lose their fear, too; that the burden of responsibility for the killings of the innocent and the sufferings of the children will outweigh the fear of fighting for their freedom.”

“My only hope amidst all this is that one day the Russians will lose their fear, too; that the burden of responsibility for the killings of the innocent and the sufferings of the children will outweigh the fear of fighting for their freedom.”

OPINION | February 27

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What will Princeton be like after the pandemic?

“The pandemic has contributed to the shrinking of our social circles: those of us who were here before the pandemic lost touch with people beyond our close friends and now interact with a more limited set of people. Those of us who started Princeton during the pandemic began with a more limited set of relationships and missed many of the social events that helped students with different interests and identities meet each other.”

“The pandemic has stratified campus and diminished its “magic”. However, with an improving pandemic and effort on our parts, I hope that we can revive it.”

OPINION | February 27

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We can preserve in-person learning without sacrificing immunocompromised students’ education

“An investment in hybrid learning options does not mean a return to the spring of 2020. The University can and should pioneer learning models that allow for more equitable access to the classroom.”

“An investment in hybrid learning options does not mean a return to the spring of 2020. The University can and should pioneer learning models that allow for more equitable access to the classroom.”

OPINION | February 24

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Let’s face it: The 2022 Beijing Olympics should have been boycotted

“As Princeton students, we are taught to act ‘in the service of the nation and in the service of humanity.’ Complacency toward the evils of China’s regime is a disservice to humanity.”

“As Princeton students, we are taught to act ‘in the service of the nation and in the service of humanity.’ Complacency toward the evils of China’s regime is a disservice to humanity.”

OPINION | February 24

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100 years after the Nobel: Introducing a special issue inspired by Einstein’s legacy

For more than 100 years, some Princetonians have stood at the forefront of scientific discovery. This week, we ask our readers to join us in celebrating their stories.

For more than 100 years, some Princetonians have stood at the forefront of scientific discovery. This week, we ask our readers to join us in celebrating their stories.

OPINION | February 24

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A century after Einstein, is STEM education really breaking barriers?

“Co-creation environments in which everybody is a stakeholder and active participant in their education make people feel more included. Reworking the collaborative structure of precept as an opportunity to solve real-world problems and create new ideas could be a great jumping-off point for the STEM curriculum.”

“Co-creation environments in which everybody is a stakeholder and active participant in their education make people feel more included. Reworking the collaborative structure of precept as an opportunity to solve real-world problems and create new ideas could be a great jumping-off point for the STEM curriculum.”

OPINION | February 24

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Bureaucracies like Princeton trust the science until they don’t

Just as the state preaches the gospel of science while withholding life-saving vaccines, so too are we put in a position where we must ignore health science at the expense of others because of the built-in incentive structures around us that offer no apparent alternatives. So, instead of buying into the condescending call for people to trust the science, we should consider building the kind of structural support that allows them to do just that.

Just as the state preaches the gospel of science while withholding life-saving vaccines, so too are we put in a position where we must ignore health science at the expense of others because of the built-in incentive structures around us that offer no apparent alternatives. So, instead of buying into the condescending call for people to trust the science, we should consider building the kind of structural support that allows them to do just that.

OPINION | February 23

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Free speech rules cannot be written without marginalized voices at the table

When we elevate more people from marginalized communities to positions where they can contribute to the conversation on what constitutes a real threat and harassment, we may have a more full and nuanced understanding of what speech should and should not be protected.

When we elevate more people from marginalized communities to positions where they can contribute to the conversation on what constitutes a real threat and harassment, we may have a more full and nuanced understanding of what speech should and should not be protected.

OPINION | February 23

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Take down the prerequisites guarding Einstein’s work

“As we celebrate the life of Albert Einstein, we should make an effort to make his scientific contributions accessible to all. As the humanities departments educate Princeton’s entire campus, the STEM departments shouldn’t be turning people away.”

“As we celebrate the life of Albert Einstein, we should make an effort to make his scientific contributions accessible to all. As the humanities departments educate Princeton’s entire campus, the STEM departments shouldn’t be turning people away.”

OPINION | February 21

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Pursuit of self-affirmation at Princeton: The Bicker process

“At Princeton, sources of validation are scarce, laying the groundwork for Bicker’s appeal. Bicker represents one of the few opportunities on campus to once again be told that you are special.”

“At Princeton, sources of validation are scarce, laying the groundwork for Bicker’s appeal. Bicker represents one of the few opportunities on campus to once again be told that you are special.”

OPINION | February 17

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Why Divest Princeton filed a legal complaint against the University

“Today, we take our future into our own hands, with the hope that our advocacy will finally result in visible, tangible change toward mitigating the existential climate crisis at hand. We will not rest until Princeton divests.”

“Today, we take our future into our own hands, with the hope that our advocacy will finally result in visible, tangible change toward mitigating the existential climate crisis at hand. We will not rest until Princeton divests.”

OPINION | February 16

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Students who vote in Princeton should help defeat the Special Improvement District (SID) ordinance

“Princeton student voters should encourage their elected representatives to vote against the Special Improvement District (SID) ordinance which will be introduced before the town council on Feb. 28.”

“Princeton student voters should encourage their elected representatives to vote against the Special Improvement District (SID) ordinance which will be introduced before the town council on Feb. 28.”

OPINION | February 16

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A PAA's case for University-endorsed free time

“The work, my students would tell me, was not necessarily exceedingly hard — there was just too much of it. In one meeting, a student and I tried to create a schedule in which they would finish all their assignments. Even with minimal sleep and very few breaks, we calculated a week's worth of assignments would take a week and a half to complete.”

 “The work, my students would tell me, was not necessarily exceedingly hard — there was just too much of it. In one meeting, a student and I tried to create a schedule in which they would finish all their assignments. Even with minimal sleep and very few breaks, we calculated a week's worth of assignments would take a week and a half to complete.” 

OPINION | February 13

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Spotify spreads COVID-19 misinformation: We must hold the platform accountable

“As daily consumers of content from distribution platforms like Spotify, Princeton students must recognize the importance of holding such platforms and their creators accountable.” 

“As daily consumers of content from distribution platforms like Spotify, Princeton students must recognize the importance of holding such platforms and their creators accountable.”  

OPINION | February 10

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The sham of meritocracy in Princeton admissions

“Princeton assigns residential colleges randomly for a reason. If only it could apply that same wisdom to the much more destructive system of college admissions that it helps perpetuate.”

“Princeton assigns residential colleges randomly for a reason. If only it could apply that same wisdom to the much more destructive system of college admissions that it helps perpetuate.”

OPINION | February 10

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When ‘home’ is thousands of miles away

“I know for me, Princeton will never replace the home that is thousands of miles away. Instead, it will be a second home built out of laughter and tears, memories and lessons, with people no less endearing than those who are waiting for me back home, as long as I open my mind and heart.”

“I know for me, Princeton will never replace the home that is thousands of miles away. Instead, it will be a second home built out of laughter and tears, memories and lessons, with people no less endearing than those who are waiting for me back home, as long as I open my mind and heart.”  

OPINION | February 9

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Why won’t anyone teach me math?

“We are often told of B.S.E or STEM students exploring the humanities to their heart's content, but I feel that we rarely hear of students in the humanities being encouraged to take scientific classes.”

“We are often told of B.S.E or STEM students exploring the humanities to their heart's content, but I feel that we rarely hear of students in the humanities being encouraged to take scientific classes.”

OPINION | February 8

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Learning from Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill: The importance of queer spaces and education

“It’s absolutely crucial that schools create safe places for this kind of exploration and that they provide students with the basic vocabulary needed to begin one’s journey. Princeton is no exception.”

“It’s absolutely crucial that schools create safe places for this kind of exploration and that they provide students with the basic vocabulary needed to begin one’s journey. Princeton is no exception.”

OPINION | February 8