Princeton students are young. Our leading presidential candidates are not. With that fact in mind, it is crucial that we examine who might best represent us on the national stage in 2020.
As Princeton students, we can take it upon ourselves to become familiar with the names of our local representation and the avenues through which we can make our voices known. Perhaps this is a first step to crafting a more democratic and engaged nation.
What is the use of spending years contributing to an ever-growing mountain of scholarly work if it will never be read or used in actual policy? Perhaps one step would be to include more experts in policy-making and in the decision-making of government officials.
In general, students simply seem apathetic or disengaged with USG affairs. After elections, little is known as to whether candidates actually did uphold their campaign policy or if they really intended to pursue those causes after being elected. Clearly, the way we as undergraduates approach voting and elections to USG ought to be changed.
I believe that the issue isn’t as simple as a lack of responsibility on the part of underage drinkers — though, admittedly, they do not help their case by drinking. Rather, we must consider how the 21+ rule inadvertently encourages drinking.