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Question: “I understand there are resources to help you practice interviewing for a job, but what are they? Do I need to make an appointment at University Career Services to go over interviewing? Are there other things that I can do without having to come into the office?” asked Marc, a sophomore.
“Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things it can be. Let’s talk about sex. Let’s talk about sex.” And not the conversations teachers and students have in eighth grade or how it’s discussed on television or in music. Let’s talk about the real deal, the nitty-gritty.
Imagine a world where you could choose the characteristics of your child, from eye or hair color to the degree of his or her intelligence. Many people recognize the moral issues inherent in eugenics, roughly defined as improving the human race through selection for desired characteristics. The potential for genetic discrimination against “imperfect people” would become a real concern. If the procedure were expensive, the gap between the rich and the poor would only increase. And perhaps diversity, one of the qualities that we cherish in our population, would greatly diminish.
As a first year, I came into the University knowing I was passionate about social justice, but I did not necessarily have the vocabulary and resources to articulate my beliefs. I knew that there were practices in place that exploit marginalized people economically, but I did not know that the driving force behind this was called unregulated capitalism. I knew that there was a difference between the way half of my family lived versus the other half, but I did not know the driving force behind these differences was due to institutionalized racism. I knew that there were more than two genders, but I had never heard of the term gender binary until halfway through college. Being a very reflective student during college coupled with doing research on Tumblr, has helped me to learn, unlearn and relearn all things social justice. I feel confident in my ability to understand identities, power, privilege, space, race, oppression and how these concepts all relate to and complicate each other. I can have meaningful conversations about these issues with my friends, and we can bounce ideas back and forth over wine.
Never in my life have I imagined that people
washed sidewalks the way they washed dishes. When I arrived in Hong Kong, the
first thing I noticed was how well-kept public spaces were, from the subway
system to the shopping malls. Someone was always mopping, even when the floors
already gleamed. I was in awe.
Ferguson. Staten Island. Chicago. Since August 2014, America’s relationship with black people has been contentious, to say the least. The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner sparked a cataclysmic awakening of the mind for the entire nation. Everyone was alerted to the fact that more than “a couple” black people are dying unjustly as a result of police action. As President Obama said in his speech after the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced, “... Communities of color aren't just making these problems up.” But were black people dying at such an alarming rate at the hands of police officers all along, and no one noticed? Or has there been an uptick of in such deaths?
What is the appeal of greek life? Forty-three of the 50 largest corporations are headed by former members of fraternities or sororities, and 85 percent of Fortune 500 lead executives were part of the greek system in college. Statistically speaking, joining a greek organization is the key to success.
Let’s get real. It’s the 21st century, and if you’re not using some type of social media, you are living under a rock. A huge, dense blindfolding rock. Even if you have been living under said rock, the words "Facebook" or "Twitter" had to have gotten thrown around in conversation at least once within the past five years. Social networks are used to connect people all around the world. They can be used for fun, but they can also be used for professional purposes. And who ever said you can’t mix business with pleasure?
A few Fridays ago I left Alexander Library at midnight. As I called an Uber, I couldn’t help but wonder why I felt it was necessary to take a cab. Clearly there were buses still running, but the masses outside of the College Avenue Student Center, some drunk, proved too hectic and too rowdy for my liking. Reluctantly, I paid for the Uber and made it to my dorm unbothered.
When William D. Cohen of the New York Times asked Jim Goetz, partner at Sequoia Capital venture capitalist firm, why he chose to invest in Yik Yak, he responded, “Yik Yak has tapped our desire to connect authentically with those around us. Its hyper-local forums provide a sense of community and a place to be our genuine selves, and that’s really resonated with millions of people, myself included.”
This past January, the U.S. Court of Appeals heard the oral argument for the Hassan v. City of New York case. What makes this case so special is that it has been the first case to ever challenge the New York City Police Department Muslim Surveillance Program. The United States National Security Agency controversy left America reeling — in June 2013, allegations arose that the NSA had been spying on millions of Americans every day through tapping of telecommunications networks (computer networks, telephones, the Internet, etc.) with the help of major companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and Microsoft. Though this came to light through journalist Glenn Greenwald’s exposé revealing a partnership between Verizon and the NSA, it has been going on for years. It is a common suspicion that the revelation barely scratches the surface of all the surveillance that is likely going on, but Muslims have been sounding off on their loss of constitutional rights — and thereby the loss of every American’s constitutional rights — for years.
This week is Islam Awareness week at the University, hosted and run by the Rutgers University Muslim Student Association (RUMSA). Islam Awareness week seeks to educate non-Muslims about Islam, since most non-Muslims don't know much about the religion or its people. And some of what they do know is shaped by media that often, though not always, portray Muslims in a negative light. Although I've seen Islam Awareness week take place in front of Brower every year I've been at the University, I never actually went to any events hosted by RUMSA. That is until last week, when RUMSA personally reached out to me as Chairman of Rutgers University College Republicans and invited my e-board and I to attend their event “Where are the Moderate Muslims?” in preparation for Islam Awareness week.
Scene after scene of potentially fatal car crashes are shown in the recently released AAA foundation video, which depicts several teenagers driving and their actions seconds before getting into car accidents. While watching the video, you can’t help but bang your head against the table at the stupidity of these teenagers. But then you realize any of these young adults could be your friend, or a student here at Rutgers. Although most of these young drivers are texting on the road prior to their accidents, which everyone knows is a big no-no, some are talking to friends, eating food or putting on makeup. These are all things we as young drivers have done a million times before, but it has to stop, for our own safety and for the safety of the other drivers on the road.
“I hear a lot about networking, and that getting a job is
more about whom you know versus what you know ... But what if I don’t know that
many people?” asked Emma, a senior.
Since the April 2 online publication of a news article titled, “Man becomes trapped in ditch after cutting through between fraternity homes,” it has become more than clear that a considerable portion of University students do not read past the headlines of our stories. Headlines are meant to grab a reader’s attention while maintaining factual accuracy and a general summary of the story itself — that’s exactly what was done. A man became trapped in a ditch after cutting through the space between two fraternity homes, specifically the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) and Theta Delta Chi (TDX) houses.
With the thousands of students that attend Rutgers University, you can only imagine the amount of talent that is brewing in the Hub City. When we think of Rutgers talent, the first thing that may come to mind are athletes or famous celebrities that are known for being birthed from Rutgers. Yet, there are thousands of Rutgers rising stars that we should keep on our radar. There is no doubt that we will be hearing about them on TV or seeing their star on the Walk of Fame. Here are just a few Rutgers’ underrated rising stars.
Generally speaking, transgender identification is rarely discussed at the University. Throughout our lecture halls, undergraduate courses often ignore discussions on transgender lived experiences. Indeed, transgender pedagogy often remains missing from the classroom, as theories on gender identity are rarely discussed during in-class readings, and many classrooms avoid critiques of sociocultural cissexism and transphobia. Within our University, classrooms often stray away from discussing transgender-related issues and experiences — many academic courses remain solely centered around cisgender experiences instead.
This morning, all my senses are submerged in color: heaps of bananas, apples, yams — organized with intention, but haphazardly. Like crumbling pyramids. A cascade of pastries over a plastic, Disney-themed table cover. The aroma of halal roasting, interrupted by another. Mint.
I have a question for the general Rutgers population: How many of you able-bodied folk have walked around New Brunswick? I do not mean the walk to Chipotle in downtown New Brunswick or to your favorite fraternity house right off of College Avenue. I am referring to the actual New Brunswick, the barrio, with the Dominican hair salons, the small (but, often crowded) homes and the bodegas on every street corner.
There’s a gleeful, savage kind of backlash to women suing for discrimination. Hundreds of social media followers curl up on their couches in hungry anticipation, fingers itching over their keyboards, sniffing for the first sign of blood. Ellen Pao’s recent allegations against her former employer, venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, are no exception.