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Samuel Aftel


'The only Heaven I’ll be sent to'

Even if Jesus were straight, and even if queer joy manifests in blasphemous fashions (whatever that means), queer people should still be free, loved, and embraced for their queerness.

Bicker, Greek life, and the lonelier side of Princeton

At the very least, though, we should acknowledge that the continued practice Bicker and Greek life is a conscious choice we, as a student body, make. There’s nothing from stopping us from imagining, and eventually creating, a social scene without these exclusionary traditions — nothing except our own unwillingness to confront our collective complicity in an inequitable system. 

The hard stuff

Existential crises know no boundaries. So many of us are in pain, I can sense it. So many of us are struggling. So many of us need a hug, a shoulder to cry on, someone to talk to, or just someone to hear them.

DISPATCH | Loving and losing in Miami


Managing editor Samuel Aftel ’20 reflects on his heady experiences in Miami this summer, at once embracing and lamenting the impermanence of his stay.