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If you were planning on taking a train home for spring break, you may need to make other plans. On March 13 — one day after Rutgers’ spring break begins — a cooling-off period will end, and NJ Transit workers will have the option to strike. Make no mistake: This would be absolutely devastating to the economy of the New York metro area — hundreds of thousands of workers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania would be unable to get to their jobs. But how did we get here, and what can we do?
Four states into the Democratic primary, and so far for my preferred candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) we’ve a victorious blowout in New Hampshire, a virtual tie of less than 1 percent between him and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Iowa, a close loss in Nevada and a crime scene in South Carolina. Sanders has come a very, very long way. He started in the single digits when he first announced his candidacy last spring, and now, according to some polls, like a recent one from Reuters, he’s virtually tied with Clinton’s filthy-rich, Establishment-approved juggernaut of a campaign. Yet after losing by a wider gap in South Carolina than he won New Hampshire, just a few days from today’s Super Tuesday when more than a dozen states vote, the sense that Bernie’s "political revolution" will have to wait another four years is eerily palpable. Pundits on CNN, MSNBC, Fox and elsewhere are declaring Sanders dead.
In 1953, the Rutgers College Dean of Men, Cornelius Boocock, did not welcome the idea of high-rise residence halls. He wanted the college to house 1,000 young men in low-slung, U-shaped buildings in the area near Bishop Quad, in imitation of Demarest Hall. He requested that the new residence halls should be a “traditional type of architecture to harmonize with existing buildings.” Former Rutgers President Robert C. Clothier objected to the tall River Dorms. He noted that the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia were envious of rural and suburban campuses like Rutgers. He thought it was a mistake for Rutgers to build “city dormitories.” For him, the turn away from the small-college atmosphere toward the hustle-and-bustle of densely packed dormitories came with a sense of loss.
With recent events on campus, the question of freedom and liberty has been prominently raised and contested. Regardless of the political affiliation you maintain, the terms, “freedom” and “liberty” are usually bid as the object of assertion or reflection. What then, does one imply when speaking of these terms?
First thing's first: Whoever threw “The Donald v. The Pope” into the "Least Likely Feud of All Time" jar, please come and claim your winnings.
There are countless unfortunate stigmas that surround mental health in the black community. For example, “there’s no such thing as depression. If you’re sad get over it.” As a result, there are so many black individuals and families that do not deal with their emotions. Instead, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and depression are repressed and made to seem insignificant. Forces that operate within the black community make it feel as though people are expected to “get over it” or to be tough, and that stigma only worsens when you can trace your roots back to the Caribbean. As a child of Haitian immigrants, my parents never mentioned anxiety, stress or depression unless they were calling them “foolish, play creations.” So simply admitting to myself that I had anxiety was monumental. I didn't want to believe it and I didn't want anyone around me to know.
Studying abroad is an experience. One can learn about themselves, the language and meet new people, but one of the most important things you can do while living in another country for four to six months is learning about a new culture. Although living in the United States gives people the opportunity to become more well-rounded and to know more about some cultures, experiencing it first hand is completely different than an Americanized family, or even just studying it from a textbook.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week, you most likely know that Antonin Scalia, an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, has passed away. Serving on the bench for 30 years, Scalia was known for his sharp dissents, conservative outlook and strong belief in adjudicating primarily on the text of the law. Scalia was also regarded (or not, depending on your political views) for his support of “originalism,” a school of thought that says the Constitution should be interpreted as it would have been understood when it was first written. While this newspaper has discussed Scalia’s death in the context of election-year politics, not much has been said about the man himself. Hopefully this article serves a modest eulogy and encourages the reader to learn more about this remarkable man.
College students are notorious for “pulling all nighters.” Oftentimes the numerous academic, social and personal commitments render it nearly impossible to get everything done before midnight. So we tend to sacrifice our sleep in order to complete other obligations. Despite this, we must realize that sleep is necessary for survival. Sleep enables the body to conserve energy, relieve tension and stress, in addition to preventing fatigue. Sleep is imperative for adequate mental and psychological functioning.
We all know the very familiar saying, “You are what you eat.” Meaning, your body and well-being reflect what you take in. Very similar to this is the familiar saying, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." This quote, focusing more on interactions and less on the internal, provides a similar meaning as well. Your character and your habits will reflect what you take in from those five people.
From Plato’s Republic to the Hindu epic, The Ramayana, there seems to a seamless thread and commonality in the analyzing of politics and governing entities in these many historic texts. Not only have these Machiavellians, Adam Smiths, Socrates’s philosophers and scholars analyzed the parts and entities within politics and a democracy, but also they’ve studied the roles. While looking deeper into it all, we find something significantly important — the ruler’s role. And while they all will put it differently, based on their own contexts, diction and technical definitions, we see a common thread. And that is that the character of a ruler or head member of society has a significant impact on the people he leads.
The expectation soared as the bleach-blonde character in the imperial blue suit climbed the stage. Rows of seats faced the elevated stage — nobody knows quite what to expect, but many know it won’t be good.
Well, the inevitable finally happened. After an embarrassing showing in New Hampshire, our absentee governor has ended his presidential campaign. But his work is far from over: From pensions, to Atlantic City to casino legislation, N.J. politics hasn’t been boring in his absence. But one issue looms large, at least in my mind — the gas tax.
Last January, Rutgers Hillel Executive Director Andrew Getraer came under fire for a series of leaked messages through Twitter that were published in an article on Alternet. “Islam is a huge problem,” he wrote. “But there are 1.5 billion Muslims ... They are not ALL the problem. I know a few — a FEW — devout Muslims who are normal, not hateful people.” He went on to explain this “huge problem” even further: “Let’s say 25 percent of Muslims are really Islamists … 25 percent of 1.5 billion is still 375 million radicals.” By Getraer’s estimates, 1 in 4 Muslims “really want jihad, (to) kill infidels, etc.” According to an article in The Daily Targum about this issue, “When asked if he regrets or would like to take back anything he retweeted or said in the Twitter messages, Getraer said everything he posted was factual.”
Last week, Rutgers, the U.S.’s most diverse university, had the dishonor of hosting professional troll, Milo Yiannopoulos. The openly gay, bleach-blond British provocateur is traveling the States on his “Dangerous Faggot” tour, and was invited by the Rutgers chapter of the right-wing Young Americans for Liberty (Y.A.L.). Ever dramatic, the talk was titled, “How the Progressive Left Is Destroying Education.” That’s right. It’s not coaches and administrators with six and seven-figure salaries that are destroying higher education in the U.S. It’s not the exploitation of part-time lecturers and adjuncts. Hell, it’s not even Sallie Mae and the crushingly high rates of student debt. It’s the feminists, the liberals and all the uppity queer, transgender and dark-skinned folks that are destroying our universities! This surreal worldview’s short-sightedness is staggering of course, yet every Pied Piper has his flock, and they trotted out in droves to see him last week.
First off, I would like to start by saying I was very wrong. My predictions about how the game would play out were poorer than the performance that the Carolina Panthers put out. The Denver Broncos' defense, not offense, dominated the Panthers to an impressive 24-10 victory. It appears that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will sail off into the sunset.
At the student protest against Rutgers' 250th anniversary kickoff celebration this past November, Rutgers junior and activist Sivan Rosenthal challenged the seeming contradiction between the University’s theme, "Revolutionary for 250 years," and its nonchalant response to her group’s demands for tuition reduction and more attention to diversity. "A lot of the revolutionary progress that was made — at least in the field of social justice at Rutgers — was made by the students, who are almost never acknowledged for that,” she said. "We feel it's unfair the University is touting these wins of students in the past and suppressing what we're trying to do."
I’ll probably appear before a judge sometime. So will you. Hopefully for minor infractions — parking tickets, maybe speeding. Regardless of the circumstance, we expect and demand that facts and evidence, in accordance with the law, determine the outcomes, punishments and penalties.
Surely by this point, one has undoubtedly heard of the visit by Milo Yiannopoulos to Rutgers on Feb. 9. The visit incited protest, which I will get to, in response to previous assertions made by Yiannopoulos. Previous to that, an opinions column written by Matthew Boyer, entitled fatuously, “Overly Sensitive Liberal Students Unprepared for Real World” was featured in this very paper. Before discussing my own personal thoughts on the matter, I’d first like to applaud those who took to protesting. Perhaps a newfound flame has arisen in the Left, one that has been missing for some time.
Radical misogynist and blogger Daryush Valizadeh, known commonly as Roosh V, has earned a notorious reputation as every feminist’s and decent human being’s bete noire, after making a string of disparaging and demeaning remarks about women and their role in society. Seeing them as irrational and far less capable than men, Roosh V has asserted that women’s role in society is that of housewives and homemakers, and that a woman’s worth depends solely on her beauty and fertility, as opposed to her intelligence, character or any non-superficial traits. He’s also remarked that because of this, “Women are not at all serving critical or important job functions at a level above men, and society is better off with them not participating full time in the labor force.”