Aaron Applbaum

February 27, 2014

On controversial guest speakers

On a gut level, international law and practice professor emeritus Richard Falk’s recent University-sanctioned lecture invitation was troubling. I disagree with him on his Middle Eastern policy views, and I even think his understanding of objective fact is misguided. Importantly, these tensions usually enhance my desire to be exposed to … Read More

February 13, 2014

Picking classes

Senior year brings an amalgam of intense feelings, confusions and apprehensions. It is a year of transition where independent work becomes significantly more serious and the prospect of leaving the academy for the first time is daunting. These fears and anxieties are normal, unavoidable and important to moving on — … Read More

December 3, 2013

The reasoning behind affirmative action

On Oct. 15, the Supreme Court took up the issue of affirmative action in the case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which attempted to decide whether the state of Michigan violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause when it amended its state constitution to ban affirmative-action programs in … Read More

November 14, 2013

The humanities debate

There has been a trend in the past four decades of University students shying away from the humanities in favor of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The world is becoming increasingly technology-centric. Technical skills are therefore increasingly important, and more people should be interested in pursuing those skills — even … Read More

October 17, 2013

Class divisions

The senior class council wisely saved up its social funds for a series of events called “Pub Nights.” The point of these evenings is to rent out a bar such that it  exclusively serves the Princeton senior class, so that anyone from the class can participate. The recent event at … Read More

October 3, 2013

The effects of divestment

Oil and gas companies are sufficiently large and profitable that Princeton’s individual environmental divestment efforts will not make a monetary difference. Energy is a $6 trillion global market; America is a third of that total. Gas companies are naturally pro status quo as they want these vast revenues to continue. Read More

September 19, 2013

Outside the Bubble: A practical take on Syria

In these pages, we aim to print pieces that engage with and comment on our campus, our community and our lives as students. But we also appreciate that the interests of our columnists and our readers do not exist solely within the FitzRandolph gates. Once a week, one of our … Read More

April 30, 2013

A review of Princeton’s bars

Inspired by Street’s series on Princeton’s favorite eateries, I figured I would give my opinion on Princeton’s less frequented non-Street places to drink. The greater University area, that is Nassau and Witherspoon streets, includes six bars. Each has its own flavor and unique clientele and are all mostly devoid of … Read More

April 16, 2013

The small things

One of my younger brother’s closest friends attended the prefrosh weekend, and I took it upon myself to show him around a little bit. In attempting to explain to him why this school ought to be his obvious choice, it dawned on me that some of the most exciting aspects … Read More