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Whenever a student has an issue at the University, and the normal channels they go through do not result in a resolution, there is another service available. The Ombudsperson Office, located in Van Nest Hall on the College Ave campus, serves as a neutral party that can listen and try to mediate a resolution.
Despite opposition from the United States government, former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman went to North Korea last month for a birthday celebration for dictator Kim Jong-un. After returning to the U.S. this past weekend, Rodman checked into a rehab facility. Seen as a hero by some and a villain by others, Rodman faces backlash after returning to the country without making an attempt to free an American being held captive, Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned since 2012.
After moving from their well-known location on Lot 8 in August, the grease truck owners said in November they have all seen a loss in sales, with one truck experiencing a 70 percent decrease in sales, Sam Habib, owner of Just Delicious said. For other trucks, like R U Hungry?, owner Ayman Elnaggar said he began a delivery service in November so students on all campuses could have a signature fat sandwich without having to track him down at his new location on Douglass campus.
This semester, Rutgers switched to cage-free eggs in all of the dining halls after students worked more than two years for the change. While the change costs students more in their overall meal plan, the change was not very significant at the per-student cost. Joseph Charette, director of Dining Services, said students in Rutgers United For the Welfare of Animals came to him more than two years ago with the idea to switch to cage-free eggs.
The New Brunswick Water Utility came under fire in November when it was discovered that licensed operator, Edward O’Rourke, had submitted false reports for various water quality tests, submitted incorrectly calculated test results and failed to notify the public when standards were not met between 2010 and 2013.
As finals approach next week, students will inevitably begin to look for quiet locations to study. Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus is always a favorite, as are the lounges in the residence halls. But some have the option of using less traditional locations. Shane Patel, a School of Engineering junior, said he helped design an application that will show students different study locations.
Visitors to the Douglass Campus Center may notice something amiss on the second floor. The Scarlet Knight that sits outside the Leadership office has become just another ordinary knight. Its scarlet cape is missing. Matthew Ferguson, associate director of leadership and training, said the cape was stolen sometime Monday evening, and he is hoping to have it returned to its rightful spot soon.
In his first Super Smash Bros. tournament at his high school, Neil Ciurpita, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said he ranked as one of the top three players entering. A girl in the school brought a wildcard into the tournament — her cousin from out of state. The tournament was a best-of-one series, and Ciurpita said he felt unprepared for his match.
Proceeds from the event benefitted Dress for Success and CareerGear, organizations dedicated to providing business professional clothing to low-income men and women, said Sowmya Banda, president of Lambda Kappa Sigma. “We want to help people in professional aspect, and everyone can benefit from something like this. It’s one of our favorite events,” said Banda, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy fourth-year student.
Students are usually polite when boarding or exiting a bus, swiping into a dining hall or getting an event prepared at the local student center. Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops are hoping to extend and emphasize this courtesy during the week of Nov. 25 for “Worker Appreciation Week.” The event runs from today until Wednesday, said Jose Sanchez, a member of RUSAS.
Living in a tent for six weeks in the Arctic, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón said it very closely resembles living in space. Each environment is desolate and contains dangers capable of killing a person in a moment. Living in the Artic, though, revealed certain significances of life for Auñón. “Coming in after working in negative 30 degree weather and seeing two text messages on my [satellite] phone, really brightens your entire day,” she said.
Edward O’Rourke, the now-suspended licensed operator for the New Brunswick Water Utility, allegedly filed false reports for various water quality tests, submitted incorrectly calculated test results and failed to notify the public when standards were not met, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The grease trucks have started working on new ways to bring in revenue after they were forced to move from Lot 8 Aug. 15. The R U Hungry? Truck, for example, is going to begin a delivery service, as well as offering catering. Beginning this week, Ayman Elnaggar, owner of the truck, said they will start delivering fat sandwiches to all campuses as a way to try and recover lost revenue after moving off Lot 8 more than two months ago. Rutgers moved them off the to build a residence hall.
Rutgers University Dance Marathon raised more than $500,000 last year for Embrace Kids Foundation, an organization that provides free services for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell disease or some other blood disorder. Matthew Mednick, director of finance for RUDM, said when funds come into RUDM, they are not collected and given all at once, but rather they are distributed to the foundation as soon as they are donated.
Of all the ways to relieve stress, spinning “poi” is one of the most engaging, according to those who engage in the activity. Rutgers Recreation offered the first ever poi spinning class this semester, and yesterday was the final session, ending with a poi show on the lawn of the College Avenue Gymnasium. Irina Maryanchik, a certified energy medicine and reconnective healing practitioner, instructed the eight-week class.
Rutgers students and alumni received 26 Fulbright Grants this year, a record number for the University. The grants offer U.S. students, foreign students and alumni opportunities to pursue graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching in more than 140 countries worldwide.
John Oliver discovered what best represents the younger generations’ legacy: T-shirt cannons. He said nothing excites them more than a free T-shirt. “People have died falling out of arenas, reaching for T-shirts fired their way. And yet, we still have T-shirt cannons,” he said. “I don’t recall any discussion of T-shirt cannons getting banned. It’s as if collectively we decided, ‘You know what? It’s not that bad a way to die.’”
Every now and then, various menus from local eateries appear underneath doors in residence halls. But what is stopping these people from knocking on the door to tell occupants about their “specials,” or even going into unlocked rooms? How do they get in the building in the first place? The Daily Targum visited various residence halls Saturday night to see how accessible they actually are, and the results are unsettling.
The U.S. government is officially back open for business. But while the national parks, museums and Panda Cam are getting back to business, some people and organizations are still feeling its effects. According to an article by CNN, President Barack Obama signed a bill early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day shutdown.
How free are Rutgers' cage-free eggs? It took two years, but Rutgers students have gotten the University to switch to cage-free eggs. Beginning this semester, all students with a meal plan will notice a small increase to the cost, as the eggs are more costly then years past.