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Campus conservatives navigate post-Trump republicanism

By Valeria Escobar
Dallas, TX

With camo cargo shorts and a blue crew-neck shirt commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg, Matthew Penza, a rising junior at Princeton, stood in front of the classroom in a power stance. He first seriously contemplated conservative ideology when he studied great thinkers of the Enlightenment such John Locke, Voltaire, and Montesquieu. But Penza would later dismiss their arguments from his political philosophy. “I am a monarchist,” he told the Princeton Summer Journal. “I am an uppercase ‘R’ Republican. I do not believe in the idea of a republic.”

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Staff editorial: Embracing diversity, in journalism and beyond

By Princeton Summer Journal staff

Journalism in general is a struggling enterprise, one which can unfortunately deter plenty of hopefuls. Historically popular media outlets have seen a steep decline in their finances, and many American public schools do not provide students with a course in journalism or media. The declining popularity of traditional journalism among the millennial generation may spell doom for the industry. However, there is potential for aspiring young writers.

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Opinion: Don’t use white women to sell black hair products

By Jessica Simpson
Chicago, IL

From the time an African American girl is born, she’s told that she must aspire to have “good hair.” She is told that her hair is nappy and should be relaxed because it’s too difficult to style naturally. Years of relaxing hair developed the notion that black hair is “bad” and not as beautiful as it’s other counterparts. The hatred of natural black hair lasted for years, until recently.

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Princeton conservatives on navigating liberal spaces

By Grace Fashanu
Spring, TX

Matthew Penza and Jacob Berman consider themselves minorities on Princeton’s majority-liberal campus. Both are conservative students unafraid of promoting their worldviews, but neither feels particularly isolated.

“Statistically, we are definitely a minority,” Penza said. “As far as discrimination or backlash, backlash often. Discrimination, I wouldn’t say so.”

The Brookings Institute has found that 37 percent of millennials consider themselves liberal while 38 percent consider themselves moderate. Penza and Berman belong to the 26 percent who consider themselves conservative, a group that represents a wide diversity of thought.

“Even within the conservative groups, a lot of the people dn’t agree with each other,” said Penza. “We’ve got classical liberals, we have libertarians, we have a few centrists.” Penza is a minority within the minority: He considers himself a monarchist — he believes we should be governed by a king.

Penza, a rising junior majoring in computer science, is a member of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, a conservative debate club; Princeton Pro-Life; and the Anscombe Society, which promotes monogamy and traditional gender roles. He participates every year in the March for Life and has brought anti-abortion and anti-pornography speakers to Princeton. Penza aspires to bring other conservative heroes, including writers Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz, to campus.

Penza says his conservative values stem from his family and his Catholic faith. Those childhood beliefs intensified when he learned about John Locke and other Enlightenment philosophers in his history classes — and realized he disagreed with them. “I just started to look at how different political ideologies developed, and conservatism made the most sense to me,” he said.

Penza said he’s only had one real confrontation with someone with opposing views at Princeton, and it wasn’t with a liberal student, but a fellow writer at The Princeton Tory, the conservative newspaper on campus. They disagreed on whether the Republican Party should be a “big tent,” or, as Berman advocates, only cater to traditional conservatives.

Berman, a rising sophomore at Princeton University and the vice president of the College Republicans, grew up in a conservative family in New York and refined his ideas by reading The New York Times to become more knowledgeable about current events. He considers himself fiscally conservative but “culturally libertarian” on issues like same-sex marriage. “I really think that a limited government and free market … would create the most successful government,” Berman said.

Berman said that he finds identity politics distasteful. He argued that policy, not race and gender, should determine whom you vote for. “They should be able to consider these ideas on their own […] without these stereotypes that stick in their heads,” he said.

Opinion: Social media squashes self-esteem

By Kimberly Gray
Martinsburg, WV

Waking up, I got dressed for school in a new outfit I had bought the day before, a black-and-white striped shirt with black distressed jean shorts. I felt cute.

At school, my friends complimented me on my outfit. It wasn’t everyday that I tried to dress nicely.

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Despite fan craze, Frank Ocean delays

By Angel Santana
Pennsauken, NJ

Waiting for the new Frank Ocean album is like waiting for Halley’s Comet: It takes forever for it to appear. At least Halley’s Comet is easy to predict. Ocean has constantly let fans down in the past, leaving everyone feeling sorrowful and anxious. As an album release date comes and goes, the Internet gets more annoyed.

It’s been more than four years since Ocean released an album. Think about it. In the last four years, Kim Kardashian has gotten married twice and had two kids, Prince and Muhammad Ali passed away, and Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee. With all of these events happening, it’s been more than enough time for Frank Ocean to complete an album.  Continue reading