Diversity of thought, Princeton style

The Daily Princetonian reports that during the 2012 presidential campaign, 157 Princeton University faculty and staff members donated directly to the presidential candidates. Two of them gave to Mitt Romney; the rest gave to President Obama. The amount donated to Obama exceeded $169,000. The two donations to Romney amounted to $1,901.

Who were the two renegades that gave to Romney? One was James Shinn, a visiting lecturer at the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. The other was Mark Oresic, a custodian.

This means that no member of the Princeton faculty or administration contributed to the Romney campaign.

According to the Princetonian, “some employees said their contributions were inspired by their professions, while others were influenced by their personal political beliefs.” In the case of many Princeton professors, I’m not sure there’s much of dichotomy here. There isn’t at Dartmouth.

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