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Liam O'Connor


Articles

The decline and fall of grade deflation

Princeton has little to show for its experiment in “grade deflation,” except inflating grades that continue to lag behind those of its peer institutions. 


How to find friends at Princeton

Social sorting isn’t entirely bad because it’s a sign that people are forming long-term friendships. But there’s a growing demand for the kind of freshman year opportunities to freely meet fellow students outside of the current — sometimes stuffy — networks. 


Geography is destiny at Princeton

Princeton is disproportionately pulling in students from the richest — mostly eastern — places in the country. Many small moneyed suburbs send more students to Princeton than entire regions with millions of people.


Why is athletics so special?

What makes athletics so special — more than any other extracurricular activity — that it deserves special admissions procedures?


Prep schools hit a homerun in athletics

The benefits that the school gives to its students in admissions — whether they be athletic recruitment, legacy status, or development applicants — perpetuates social hierarchies.


Princeton’s posh scholarships

Endowed scholarships ought to be open to almost anyone. They no longer change the total amount of financial aid that one receives, so it only makes sense to create them in such a broad way that they’re used every year.


Ivy leaks show what matters in Bicker

Recently, I proved with demographic data that the Street is socioeconomically segregated and that sports teams feed into certain eating clubs. The recently leaked subset of Ivy Club’s 2017 Bicker cards now explain why my findings are right.