The few voices which were upset at the decision to bring Marshawn Lynch to speak for Class Day are not representative of all of Princeton campus, but they do succeed in reinforcing elitist stereotypes and cynical exclusivism.
When you said ‘we,’ did you really speak for ‘us’? A statement in support of 2020’s Class Day speaker Marshawn Lynch
Those few students, no matter how vocal, did not truly speak for “us,” the University community, nor the approximately 1,300 members of the senior class.
Unfortunately, the open letter shifted the conversation away from the celebration of the perspective that Mr. Lynch will bring to Class Day, and toward a troubling implication as to the concept of “worthiness” in addressing our class.
We believe that reforming the nomination and selection process by clarifying the procedure and by involving the senior class will definitely anticipate such concerns, giving students a better understanding and moreover a sense of ownership over the decision to invite a specific speaker.
To ensure that the University remains one of the leading educational institutions in America, the administration should look towards other universities’ endeavors in bolstering its own.
In response to these calls, President Eisgruber has repeatedly argued that the University’s divestment from fossil fuels would amount to political position-taking. However, to continue to fund the fossil fuel industry is a political stand and doing nothing in a time of crisis is a moral failure.
“Too much to read and too little time” is probably the answer for a good many students. We begin our courses with romantic notions of learning, discussing world-changing ideas, growing deeper and more nuanced in our understanding of ourselves and the world. Soon, however, we are in survival mode, simply trying to keep up with — or at least not fall too far behind in — our work because we’ve got too much to read and too little time.
We are all in this together, regardless of our backgrounds. We never attempted to be negligent in our quarantine efforts, but we will not endure any inhumane treatment that no one in this society deserves.
Hundreds of students, both current and former, have expressed their enthusiasm and support for our cause, and many more have vented their discontent online over Charter’s decision to switch to Bicker. Students on this campus are becoming increasingly vocal: They are calling for a Princeton where students can find community and break bread irrespective of wealth or social status.
We, the undersigned students, alumni, and affiliates of Princeton University, recognize, respect, and stand in solidarity with peaceful protests by students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019.