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The Rutgers chapter of Young Americans for Liberty held its first meeting this past Wednesday.According to their mission statement, Young Americans for Liberty aims to promote and educate the students of Rutgers University to the ideas of liberty, peace, the constitution and free markets through activism and intellectual dialogue with the general student body.Andrea Vacchiano, the president of the club, said that Young Americans for Liberty supports drug reform, prison reform and small government economic policies.“We try to educate our peers about libertarian principles through activism events and hosting speakers, and we also try to make some pro-liberty changes within Rutgers,” the School of Arts and Sciences junior said.One such pro-liberty change advocated by Young Americans for Liberty is the reform of Rutgers' policies on public speech, said Aviv Khavich, a School of Engineering junior and the group's vice president.Khavich said that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) rates schools according to how well they preserve students' rights to free speech.FIRE assigns each school a color code — red, yellow or green — which corresponds to their policies protecting free speech.According to FIRE's website, a “red light school” is designated as one that has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech, a “yellow light school” is one with some policies that could ban or excessively regulate protected speech and a “green light school” has no serious threats to free speech.“Rutgers is a yellow light school,” Khavich said.
She’s the First: Rutgers, a college chapter of the national non-profit, kicked off the school year with its first general meeting on Tuesday night in Hardenburgh Hall.As an extension of She’s the First (STF) — an organization that supports girls in low-income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate high school — members of the Rutgers chapter educate prospective members on the importance of this cause and encourage them to participate in their many fundraising activities throughout the school year.Ankita Veta, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and the president of STF: Rutgers, explained that the funding specifically finances their high school education, as this is the time for many girls in these countries when familial obligations or societal expectations will cause them to discontinue their education.Significant obstacles including poverty, dangerous routes to school, higher costs at higher levels of schooling and emphasis on early marriage and traditional roles often keep girls in low-income countries from completing their education, according to the She’s the First official website. “But the fact that you are here today, that you are at this meeting, that alone is already a step towards taking action,” Veta said.The STF website points to the many direct, positive impacts that occur when a girl is provided access to education. An education means each girl earns 20 percent more per year of schooling she finishes, is less likely to marry early and more likely to be in a healthy relationship, has fewer, healthier children and will take the skills learned in the classroom to support her family and her community, according to the website.To make this a reality for girls all around the world, hundreds of high school and college chapters throughout the U.S.
At the first student body meeting of the year, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) welcomed the new director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) and discussed plans for their program promoting safe drinking habits.RUSA President and Edward J.
Rutgers Dining Services hopes to provide wide varieties of food, upgrades and events for University students this upcoming academic year.“We are adding meal swipes to Harvest at the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health on Cook campus, and the meal swipe value in our retail operations will increase to from $6 to $7 for breakfast and from $8 to $9 for lunch or dinner," Nick Emanuel said. Emanuel, the director of Operations at Rutgers Dining Services, said the Dining Services' agenda for the fall is to implement the Menus of Change principle into all dining hall locations.
Spoon University is dedicated to being the “food resource for our generation, on a mission to make food make sense.” The organization originally began at Northwestern University and then spread to other universities.
As a Muslim organization, the Ahlul-Bayt Student Association (ABSA) represents the views and concerns of the Shia minority at Rutgers.
On Monday night, the College Avenue Gymnasium was transformed into a salsa party open to friends and family featuring live music, dancing, catered dinner and showcase performances for the Rutgers Salsa Club’s 17th annual end of year celebration, "RU Salsa Project."“Rutgers’ Salsa (Club’s) Annual '(RU) Salsa Project' is an end-of-the-year event where our club members have the opportunity to showcase the choreography and dancing skills they have been working on all year,” said Janisha Rodriguez, the secretary of the club and a Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy junior.Tickets were $7 at the door for Rutgers students, and doors opened at 7 p.m.At 7:30 p.m., the "RU Salsa Project" opened with a 15-minute introductory class for guests who were new to salsa dancing.At around 8 p.m., the floor opened for social dancing.The event was open to students and non-Rutgers guests, especially families and friends of those performing, Rodriguez said.
The Rutgers chapter of DECA, which began two years ago, works to prepare business students for the real world through conferences, events and interview skills workshops.Mwakulomba Juma, the co-president and co-founder of DECA Rutgers and a School of Management and Labor Relations junior, said DECA is a huge organization with 850,000 members worldwide. The majority of the members and chapters are in high schools, he said.
Every Friday, the Underground Gaming Society (UGS) gathers at the Busch Student Center to play games together as a community.
The first collegiate chapter of the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Foundation at Rutgers has been tirelessly working to raise awareness and funds for congenital heart disease.Congenital heart disease is the number one birth defect-related killer, and each year more children die from congenital heart defects than all forms of pediatric cancer combined, according to the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Website.The main goal of the organization is to spread awareness for the disease as well as accumulate donations for hospitals conducting research.
Within the various choral organizations present on campus, some informal and some formal, is Kirkpatrick Choir, one of the most advanced choral groups at Rutgers.The choir, along with the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble, has an upcoming concert at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus on April 21, and then again on April 23 at New York City’s Trinity Church.The Kirkpatrick Choir was formed after World War II and shortly after became one of the most prestigious ensembles at Rutgers. The choir, which currently stands at 69 members, consists of music majors and many non-music majors and is directed by Dr. Patrick Gardner, director of choral activities at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.Gardner has been teaching at Rutgers and directing the Kirkpatrick Choir for the past 24 years.
On Wednesday night, novelist Kim Stanley Robinson read from and discussed his new novel "New York 2140." He was joined by a panel of Rutgers faculty with expertise in climate science.Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestselling science fiction writer best known for his "Mars" trilogy.
Last night, the former president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA), Justin Schulberg, gave his final State of the Assembly Address to usher in the swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected leaders.In his address, Schulberg discussed important accomplishments of RUSA during his time in office, as well as issues he believes should continue to be addressed.The addressed issues and initiatives included sexual assault prevention, strides made in medical amnesty, Mental Health Task Force initiatives and sustainability.Schulberg told The Daily Targum that although his leaving the assembly is emotional, he is confident that RUSA will continue to be increasingly successful.“I’m so optimistic.
On Tuesday, James T. Johnson, a recently retired Rutgers professor, spoke at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, at a conference about the concept of war and different historical and contemporary positions on military action and nonviolence. The conference, entitled “To Kill or Not to Kill: Just War or Nonviolence?” explored the historical and modern day context of just war, social justice and the future of peacebuilding, according to a University press release. The event was free and open to the public and about 200 audience members were in attendance.In 2001, the late Margaret F.
Queens Chorale is the oldest all-female, student-run chorus group on campus. Currently, they are preparing for their end-of-semester concert, which will be on April 23 at 4 p.m.
The Rutgers chapter of Oxfam America and Oxfam International is dedicated to helping spread awareness about hunger, poverty and injustices that occur all over the world through fundraising and volunteer activities, according to the club’s website. The club aims to help create long-term solutions for global poverty and injustices related to poverty, including but not limited to health and education, as well as crisis relief to poverty stricken nations globally.According to the Oxfam International official website, an end to poverty is in sight as the proportion of people who are living in extreme poverty has been halved in just 15 years.Oxfam Rutgers Co-President Ranya Elmaghariki said that the club’s main focus is to assist Oxfam’s national and international mission to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice.“We would like to raise an overall awareness on campus about the various problems currently occurring around the world, ranging from the Syrian refugee crisis to the chronic hunger problem affecting the people in South Sudan and Yemen,” Elmagheriki said.
The Rutgers chapter of Thaakat, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable development at locations in Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Ghana, works on campus to raise money for overseas communities.
Rhythmic tapping could be heard upon walking into Trayes Hall in the Douglass Student Center on Sunday.
Applying to veterinary school is a daunting task, but Rutgers students who are planning on doing so have helpful resources through the Veterinary Science Club.Nicole Meddaugh, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and the activities coordinator of the Veterinary Science Club, said that there are only about 30 veterinary schools in the country, with none in New Jersey.
The Rutgers University Glee Club, an esteemed Rutgers choral group, was selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association conference (ACDA), the premiere choral event of the season.On March 9, the club performed at the national conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.