Will Rivitz

Senior Columnist

August 7, 2016

A time and a place for grief

One of the most striking speeches at the Democratic National Convention was delivered by a group called the “Mothers of the Movement,” some of the mothers of black Americans killed at the hands of law enforcement, official or otherwise. They spoke powerfully about the tragedy they lived through, watching their … Read More

April 17, 2016

When anti-protest rhetoric becomes rote

Following in the footsteps of dozens of other major publications over the past year or two, Aeon Magazine has just published a critique of student protesters on campuses nationwide. Titled (shockingly!) “How University Students Infantilise Themselves,” the piece denounces the “childlike position” many of these activists take in calling … Read More

April 5, 2016

Fitting evidence to conclusion

I wasn’t expecting to agree with much of the talk on pornography and sex trafficking given this past Thursday by University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Dr. Mary Anne Layden at an event sponsored by the Anscombe Society. I went anyway, hoping I’d be exposed to new ideas or perspectives about … Read More

March 21, 2016

Embracing our glutenous rivals

This afternoon, in an event sponsored by the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, a debate of considerable importance will occur. Two two-person teams will throw down over what seems to be a pressing concern: to determine whether the latke or the hamantasch is the superior Jewish culinary staple. Baked versus … Read More

March 8, 2016

Listen when you speak

On the night of the Oscars, a user of a community-driven music blog I write for made a “list” (basically a vehicle for driving site-wide discussions) asking his fellow commenters to discuss the fact that Sam Smith had just won the show’s award for Best Original Song. In the … Read More

February 22, 2016

The other side of “The Wall”

You may have heard of “The Wall,” an activist art display constructed by the Princeton Committee on Palestine and the Princeton DREAM Team near McCosh. It aims to draw attention to what those in support of the exhibition believe to be two grave injustices: one perpetrated against … Read More

February 10, 2016

The inclusivity of affinity spaces

Recently, you may have heard that temporary “affinity rooms” have been erected in the Fields Center for certain racial minorities on campus. You may have also heard people from all walks of life from the University community — students, professors and alumni — voicing their disapproval of these … Read More

December 16, 2015

The “right to offend” goes both ways

If you’ve flipped open a copy of this paper to the Opinion section sometime in the past month, you’ve probably seen somebody discussing (and, in most cases, ardently defending) the so-called “right to offend.” It’s been invoked most frequently in the aftermath of the Black Justice League’s recent … Read More

November 30, 2015

The unfortunate, overlooked significance of Yik Yak

I hate to do this, but let’s talk about Yik Yak for a moment. As many of us have seen over the past few weeks, Princeton’s local Yik Yak has exploded with denouncements of the Black Justice League’s peaceful protest outside and inside of Nassau Hall. Unfortunately, many … Read More

November 9, 2015

A constructive alternative to inter-publication bickering

Dissent among campus publications is a hallmark of the prose, opinion and editorial scene at Princeton. We’ve all seen it: a “Princewatch” column in the Nassau Weekly here, a “Tory-watch” column in the Princeton Progressive there, and calls to arms asking publications to “duke it out” … Read More