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A view of the New York City skyline shortly after the Towers fell.
Courtesy of Susan Wheeler

Remembering the day the Towers fell

In observance of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, The Prospect asked Princeton community members — students, faculty, staff, and alumni — to share brief personal reflections and anecdotes. Responses were edited for concision and clarity. 

In observance of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, The Prospect asked Princeton community members — students, faculty, staff, and alumni — to share brief personal reflections and anecdotes. Responses were edited for concision and clarity. 


Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

English Department Faculty: Why Princeton should allow for remote teaching this semester

“As we now adapt to the rapidly changing risks of the Delta variant, we need a maximum degree of flexibility in our teaching. We ask Princeton to take the lead, alongside Rutgers, Rice, Tufts, the University of Pittsburgh, and others, in allowing for remote teaching.”

“As we now adapt to the rapidly changing risks of the Delta variant, we need a maximum degree of flexibility in our teaching. We ask Princeton to take the lead, alongside Rutgers, Rice, Tufts, the University of Pittsburgh, and others, in allowing for remote teaching.”


The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Candace Do / The Daily Princetonian

Following ExxonMobil revelations, Princeton must act

“As an institution that prides itself on its ‘core truth-seeking mission and commitment to sustainability,’ and as an institution that has repeatedly celebrated its partnership with ExxonMobil, Princeton has a responsibility to act. But will it have the courage?”

“As an institution that prides itself on its "core truth-seeking mission and commitment to sustainability," and as an institution that has repeatedly celebrated its partnership with ExxonMobil, Princeton has a responsibility to act. But will it have the courage?”  


Cityscape of the old city of Jerusalem in Israel by Berthold Werner / CC0

To break the cycle of violence in Israel and Palestine, end the occupation

“Ultimately, a world where all Israelis and Palestinians can live and prosper with peace and dignity is possible, and getting there requires us all to engage deeply with both the history of the region and the people inhabiting it, as well as its current reality.”

“Ultimately, a world where all Israelis and Palestinians can live and prosper with peace and dignity is possible, and getting there requires us all to engage deeply with both the history of the region and the people inhabiting it, as well as its current reality.”


“Israel_9-09_111” by Patrick Brennan / CC BY 2.0

Princeton community stands with Israel

“By denying Israel the ability to keep its citizens safe, one holds Israel to a standard to which no other country in the world is held. We refuse to trivialize or dismiss terrorism or antisemitism, and we will continue to support Israel’s right to national security.”

“By denying Israel the ability to keep its citizens safe, one holds Israel to a standard to which no other country in the world is held. We refuse to trivialize or dismiss terrorism or antisemitism, and we will continue to support Israel’s right to national security.”


“Palestine Flag at Parliament House” by John Englart / CC BY-SA 2.0

Princeton University community statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people

“We stand in solidarity with Palestinians and their Jewish Israeli allies, understanding that their struggle is fundamentally entwined with many other movements for equality, justice, and liberation both within the United States and around the world. We join together in rededicating ourselves to working against all forms of racism, colonialism, and injustice at Princeton, in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.”

“We stand in solidarity with Palestinians and their Jewish Israeli allies, understanding that their struggle is fundamentally entwined with many other movements for equality, justice, and liberation both within the United States and around the world. We join together in rededicating ourselves to working against all forms of racism, colonialism, and injustice at Princeton, in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.”


Dormitories on campus.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

RCAs: Princeton must take further action for student wellbeing

“While we are pleased by the recently-announced postponement of Dean’s Date, we believe the University must enact more substantial and enduring policy to alleviate long-term issues related to student stress and mental health.”

“While we are pleased by the recently-announced postponement of Dean’s Date, we believe the University must enact more substantial and enduring policy to alleviate long-term issues related to student stress and mental health.”


Students protest against the University’s enforcement of Title IX regulations.
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton must reform campus climate for the safety of students

“Students have time and again reported feeling ignored and unprotected by the University’s Title IX office, or having experienced other forms of silencing. This culture makes learning and working on campus unsafe for all, in particular for survivors, and it must end.”

“Students have time and again reported feeling ignored and unprotected by the University’s Title IX office, or having experienced other forms of silencing. This culture makes learning and working on campus unsafe for all, in particular for survivors, and it must end.”


Burr Hall, where the Anthropology Department is located. 
Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton owes the families of the MOVE bombing victims answers

“It is simply not enough to assert, as has a University spokesperson, that nothing ‘improper is currently taking place at Princeton.’ The victims of the MOVE bombing, their families, and those of us at Princeton invested in Black history and communities deserve more.”

“It is simply not enough to assert, as has a University spokesperson, that nothing ‘improper is currently taking place at Princeton.’ The victims of the MOVE bombing, their families, and those of us at Princeton invested in Black history and communities deserve more.”


PART III | Power and Money at Princeton: Princeton’s Donors Fund Climate Denial

Princeton’s climate history is one of cognitive dissonance. The University has simultaneously affiliated itself with climate action and climate denial.

Princeton’s climate history is one of cognitive dissonance. The University has simultaneously affiliated itself with climate action and climate denial.


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