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The Box Must Be Abolished

This spring, Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) will be once again be asking Princeton’s administration to take a stand in favor of increased access to higher education by ceasing to consider the criminal histories of prospective students in making admissions decisions.  The initiative at Princeton—the Admissions Opportunity Campaign—is part of an emerging campaign…

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The Box Must Stay

On April 5, 1986, Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dormitory by a fellow student who was in the process of robbing her. He had entered the dormitory through unlocked doors, a common occurrence in the days before campus crime statistics were reported. There was a national outcry against the…

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Will Hong Kong Stay Free?

“If you want to see how the free market really works, this is the place to come.” Milton Friedman thus declared Hong Kong’s proudest boast, paying homage to what future commentators would deem the world’s freest economy. It all began with Sir John Cowperthwaite, a British civil servant who was commissioned as colonial Hong Kong’s…

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Letter from the Publisher

Judith Shulevitz perhaps suspected that her piece “In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas,” published 21 March in the New York Times, would briefly make her the darling of conservatives. The op-ed undertakes a brief study of how the spread of the doctrine of “safe spaces,” where students are sheltered from “being ‘bombarded’ by discomfiting…

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Anonymous Reporting and Political Correctness

Recently, rumors have surfaced regarding the implementation of systems through which students can anonymously report professors and preceptors for comments that they deem offensive and discriminatory. Articles published in The Daily Princetonian posit that a system proposed by the Council of the Princeton University Community would publish reports of discrimination. According to The Daily Princetonian,…

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Interview with Rabbi Eitan Webb

Rabbi Eitan Webb founded the Chabad House at Princeton in 2002 and currently serves as its director. Rabbi Webb has been a University-recognized chaplain since 2007 and serves on the board of directors of the Chabad on Campus International Foundation. As part of our examination of campus religious life, the Princeton Tory’s Mikhael Smits sits…

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Campus Dialogue: Open and Civil Discourse

It is hard to believe that a new cohort of admitted students will soon be visiting campus for Princeton Preview and hopefully joining us next fall. I imagine their Freshman Orientation will be, as mine was, a blur of activities highlighting important aspects of Princeton’s culture and values. As the post-Orientation survey suggested, the Opening…