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Samuel Aftel


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Articles

'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

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


The cruelty and tragedy of Michael Jackson

In retrospect, Jackson always seemed to exist in a curious moral, cultural, and even existential liminal space. He straddled blackness and whiteness, femininity and masculinity, queerness and straightness, decency and brutality. The duality of Jackson’s identity is, in part, what made him great. But this duality was also a mechanism of deception. 


Tiger Confessions and our desperation for connection

While it’s a blessing that Tiger Confessions allows us to share these experiences and receive some level of peer empathy, the fact that the platform is seemingly the only outlet some students have to express what’s on their mind is disconcerting.