Greetings and welcome, Class of 2018!

Greetings and Welcome, Class of 2018! As I begin this letter, I fear that I will choke on all the standard welcome-to-campus cliches in this opening paragraph. To avoid platitudinal suffocation, let it suffice to say that we’re all glad you’re here, we look forward to meeting you, and, moreover, we hope that you will…

The Editors’ Guide to Conservatism at Princeton

Dear fellow conservatives: as your parents, cousins, teachers, and priests have warned you (or, if you’re hiding in the closet from all of these, as you’ve quietly and hesitatingly admitted to yourself), you are about to enter a trying, if exhilarating, four years. Every undergraduate’s views here are developing, changing, expanding, and being challenged in…

Rape Culture and the Paradox of Consent

The principal mistake of current rape-culture rhetoric is that it attempts to address the issue from within the framework of the hookup culture; that is, it first assumes that consent is the primary—if not only—moral criterion to be considered when it comes to sex (what I will call a “consent-only sexual ethic”) and then tries…

Grover Cleveland: The Happy Warrior

Few things come to mind with the mention of Grover Cleveland. Some recall an incongruous combination of a city in Ohio and a blue muppet on Sesame Street. Others remember the U.S. President from the nineteenth century, and the Jeopardy champions among these remember that he was, in fact, both our twenty-second and twenty-fourth executive.…

The Adventure of the Temperate Life

It constantly struck me in my own freshman year that this was the fitting time for feats of raucousness, that drunkenness and intemperate passion were habits proper to youth or at least could be winked at on account of immaturity. As a young man they were almost not faults so much as nature itself, and…

Jeff Bell’s Message Beginning to Ring Clear Throughout New Jersey

On March 29, 2014, Princeton College Republicans hosted the annual convention for the New Jersey College Republican Federation, an organization of about a dozen CR chapters in universities across the state. Numerous elected officials arrived at Princeton’s campus for the occasion, including Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Congressman Leonard Lance, and Assemblywoman Donna Simon. In addition,…