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Although the 2016 election is still fresh in many voter’s minds, New Jersey voters have receded back into their political hibernation and have failed to come out with the same excitement for the upcoming gubernatorial election. This year, New Jersey – along with Virginia — will be one of only two states holding a major election with all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature up for reelection in addition to the governorship. This in conjunction with the current political climate both in Washington D.C. and in Trenton has propelled New Jersey’s election into the national spotlight.
It is week seven of the NFL season and Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback who has thrown over 12,000 yards, made 72 touchdowns and even had a Super Bowl appearance, still finds himself without a team. To many, it is clear that this is no longer a football issue. Kaepernick is more than capable of leading an NFL team and is coming off a statistically solid season. Despite the San Francisco 49ers’ abysmal 2-14 record during the 2016 season, Kaepernick had a productive season, throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions in just 12 games. Add that to an additional 468 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns, it is clear that Kaepernick has the talent to be on an NFL roster. It is hard to argue that teams like the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins or New York Jets, who have all had issues at the quarterback position, would not have benefitted from Kaepernick’s skill set — not to mention the dozens of teams that are in desperate need of a reliable backup quarterback. Kaepernick has recently moved to sue the league, accusing the owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. If you are still under the assumption that Kaepernick’s unemployment is just a football decision, you are not only misjudging the situation but completely ignoring its political and cultural implications.
There’s recently been a lot of outrage at Rutgers over the removal of chicken nuggets from takeout. Starting this week, Rutgers Dining Services will begin to phase out unhealthy foods like chicken nuggets, hash browns and other processed foods. Instead, we will be presented with healthier, plant-based options that will give Rutgers takeout a much-needed facelift. The change will initially take effect at Neilson Dining Hall, but will hopefully expand to Brower, Livingston and Busch by the end of the fall semester. Last week I wrote about how veganism is the future and why it is important for people to make this change. Dining Services is transitioning toward a healthier and more sustainable menu that not only benefits the health of students on campus but will also reduce the negative impact the University has on the environment. Rutgers will be participating in a movement called Menus of Change, which is led by Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America. The new menu will have a greater focus on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and beans, and will seek to significantly reduce the amount of red meat and processed foods in the dining halls. The fact that Rutgers is making these changes is a huge deal that should not go unnoticed by the student body.
On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States — but if anyone thought that Trump’s inaugural address would be a contrast to the controversial and divisive rhetoric of the campaign, they were mistaken. He continued to bash the political establishment on both sides of the aisle and promised to restore power to the American people. He launched attacks on the establishment because they have “reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost” and described the United States as a broken system teeming with poverty, crime and hopelessness. Trump painted a bleak image of our country, all while presenting no clear solutions to any of these problems. Trump claims to be the change America needs in Washington, D.C. because he will “drain the swamp” and not represent the political and financial elite. But based on his cabinet nominees, it's clear that Trump has no intention of draining the swamp, but rather expanding it.