Letters from alumni about the
irrelevancy of Princeton University
Perhaps, I am alone in my feelings, but the further in time I am removed from my days as an undergraduate, the more estranged I feel from Princeton. Indeed, sometimes, I almost despair of having attended!
Maybe it's the not-so-subtle arrogance that I sense when I read the class notes, or articles about Donald Rumsfeld 54, or even the ads to "date someone in your own league."
Or maybe it's that "Princeton in the nation's service" too often seems to mean service for the rich, the powerful, the corporate, the Republican.
I spend most of my time, both professionally and personally, working with people who are none of these things you know, the "great unwashed" portion of humanity about which Princeton seems neither to know or care. But, somehow, even though they didn't go to Princeton, or work for Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, I think they still have some value as human beings, and I think they still make worthwhile contributions to society.
Perhaps that is why, to me, Princeton is becoming increasingly irrelevant.
Ron Halpern 71
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