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Christofer Robles


A stone medallion is set into the ground. It has concentric circles of text. The center text reads "In the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity."

Under a new motto, she flourishes

“Like the lions that preceded the tigers outside Nassau Hall, the time to keep ‘In the Nation’s Service’ has passed. Princeton should pick humanity. Our new official motto should be: ‘In the Service of Humanity.’”

“Like the lions that preceded the tigers outside Nassau Hall, the time to keep ‘In the Nation’s Service’ has passed. Princeton should pick humanity. Our new official motto should be: ‘In the Service of Humanity.’”


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Help us put down the phone, Princeton

“It is paramount that University administrators take the national lead in combating digital-driven mental health struggles on campus with improved cultural and pedagogical-focused action.”

“It is paramount that University administrators take the national lead in combating digital-driven mental health struggles on campus with improved cultural and pedagogical-focused action.”


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DEI: What bureaucrats and the right get wrong

There is so much potential and already-realized good to come out of Princeton’s DEI. But when Princeton cowers in the face of critics who package intolerance as anti-DEI “truth,” it does a disservice to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the communities it is supposed to protect.

There is so much potential and already-realized good to come out of Princeton’s DEI. But when Princeton cowers in the face of critics who package intolerance as anti-DEI “truth,” it does a disservice to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the communities it is supposed to protect.


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No more taking pride in college rankings

There is a lot to be proud of at Princeton. But let’s not indulge in national college rankings that reward colleges for merely serving as refuge for the rich and a jumping-off platform for the less privileged.

There is a lot to be proud of at Princeton. But let us not indulge in national college rankings that reward colleges for merely serving as refuge for the rich and a jumping off platform for the less privileged.


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Class-based affirmative action is not as forward thinking as Princeton’s progressives promise

“Though noble in its cause, class-based affirmative action is an insufficient means of achieving racial diversity. It will not be effective in maintaining racial diversity on campus. And further, it cannot take American racism writ large seriously.”

“Though noble in its cause, class-based affirmative action is an insufficient means of achieving racial diversity. It will not be effective in maintaining racial diversity on campus. And further, it cannot take American racism writ large seriously.”


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Athletic scholarships are not the solution. An activity stipend is.

“This stipend, separate from the aid students receive through Princeton financial aid, would recognize and compensate for the time and effort needed to support student involvement in their non-academic activities.”

“This stipend, separate from the aid students receive through Princeton financial aid, would recognize and compensate for the time and effort needed to support student involvement in their non-academic activities.”


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We should avoid Zoom whenever we can

“But to suggest that most of our interactions, professional or personal, should shift to an asynchronous online format is misguided: it completely ignores the importance of structure and personal contact. Zoom is not the solution — it is a crutch — and one that ought to be avoided when possible.”

“But to suggest that most of our interactions, professional or personal, should shift to an asynchronous online format is misguided: it completely ignores the importance of structure and personal contact. Zoom is not the solution — it is a crutch — and one that ought to be avoided when possible.”


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Affirmative action doesn’t do enough to diversify elite education

“Although affirmative action has been an important tool for nationally increasing diversity in higher education, it is simply an unsustainable bandage on a defective admissions ethos.”

“Although affirmative action has been an important tool for nationally increasing diversity in higher education, it is simply an unsustainable bandage on a defective admissions ethos.”


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