We should all be ashamed of what the Senior Survey shows

April 30, 2023 1 min read

We should all be ashamed of what the Senior Survey shows

by Matthew Wilson '24, Daily Princetonian

On April 22, the Daily Princetonian released the results of its highly anticipated annual Senior Survey.

This year’s Senior Survey simply captures a snapshot of Princeton’s marred free speech culture. Those looking for the cause of the decay can find some answers in the many institutional failures that have taken place during my three years here: an accomplished professor’s highly politicized firing; a prominent dean’s flagrant disregard for institutional neutrality in order to preach her hyper-partisan views on a controversial jury trial; freshman orientation programming explicitly condemning real freedom of speech; and dangerous bias-reporting systems that encourage self-censorship and speech policing. Why have anti-speech attitudes taken hold here? The embarrassing behavior of our administrators makes the reason painfully clear.

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