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Conquest, whether through the military seize of nomad populations or through the hegemonic appeal to “purification,” continues to function as the displacement of identity through the destruction of memory and the erasure of history. Conquest is not only about proliferation, growth in numbers. Conquest is also about extermination of the evidence. Today, the destruction of archeological remains of ancient and fleeting civilization in the lands of Iraq and Syria, whose every presence is at once vanishing, reminds us that the use of brute force is not beyond human capability — that the methods of forcing cultural amnesia are well within our reach. The terror organization Da’esh (who refer to themselves as the Islamic State) has taken up methods of conquest that, although ubiquitous, are hardly portrayed in today’s day by the media unless used as an example of that which is utterly primitive. While Da’esh’s tactics are not exclusive to them, their use of social media to proliferate voracious images of their destruction is indeed of an extreme nature and its reception is no less notable. The global uproar over the destruction of archeological material in Iraq and Syria marks one of the most widely witnessed destructions of cultural artifacts in this new millennium, yet all that seems possible is to watch it happen — to grieve the immanence of destruction.
Question: “I know I need to get started with choosing a major, but I am not sure what type of job I want and I feel like those two things should go together. What should I do? I don’t know where to start,” said sophomore Cassie.
Most people walk around everyday blind to the fact that they hold all of the world’s resources in the palm of their hands. Now, let’s use these hands to give a round of applause to IBM for having launched the very first smartphone in 1992, thus making our lives much easier today. That’s the purpose of technology, right? It’s the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, it’s meant to make things task-free and easy. However, it’s what came before all of this fancy technology that truly changed history. In the beginning, there were just “regular” cell phones and PDAs. Cell phones allowed for calls on the go and PDAs eventually used wireless connectivity to send and receive e-mails. These were some awe-inspiring advances for the 90s, and the secret formula to the smartphone lied somewhere between these two. By melding them together, technology was brought to an entirely new level.
Henry Ford once said, “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right.” The question is: Which one are you? In a study involving the survival rates of optimists and pessimists, Dr. Toshihiko Maruta concluded after a 30-year period, that pessimists were significantly at higher risk for mortality.
“You just don’t love America,” is a statement I have heard countless times in the last month alone. From Rudy Giuliani to the contributors of Fox News, there has been a constant onslaught of these types of statements. This allegation and other forms of the same sentiment have continuously permeated American politics and conversation. As I have become more aware of the expression of these types of sentiments, it is apparent that the questioning of patriotism will not let up in the future. For some reason, it seems that it has always been acceptable for people to use patriotism as a tool for attack. While these attacks will never stop, it begs a question as to why our society focuses so much on “loving America.”
The Rutgers women’s basketball team is the best team this school has to offer, and it was evident all season long. The Scarlet Knights, led by 20th-year head coach C. Vivian Stringer, fought their way to a 23-10 record, including a 12-6 mark in Big Ten play.
Starbucks recently completed writing "Race Together" on its coffee cups, a part of its "Race Together" initiative/public relations campaign. If you’ve never heard of “Race Together,” that's perfectly understandable, because neither had I until I read about the end of the campaign. Basically, Starbucks undertook a year-long initiative to foster a wider dialogue about race relations in America, as a response to the unfortunate events in places like Ferguson over the past year. Part of this campaign was writing "Race Together,” or placing stickers with the slogan, on the cups of Starbucks customers, hoping that this would spark conversation about race between either customers and baristas, or amongst customers themselves. The media is reporting that the placing of the slogan on the cups ended this week due to a massive backlash from the public, while the company is maintaining that the cup campaign was only meant to last for a couple of days in the first place.
In our fast-paced undergraduate years, we often forget to learn the most crucial lessons of all: namely, how to take care of ourselves under stress or deal efficiently with difficulty. As a junior rapidly approaching senior year, I find myself regularly looking back and reflecting on how much I’ve changed in these past six semesters, which I attribute to hard life lessons and my response to them. But school has taught me major lessons on how to organize, deal with situations as they come and, most importantly, keep moving forward. We aren’t taught this in any classroom. Damaging behavior is condoned, and mental, emotional and psychological health takes a back seat to what we think are more pressing issues, like passing classes or staying on top of the social ladder/campus politics.
Tumblr is a safe space. For those who don’t know, it’s a form of social media that allows users to like and “reblog,” text posts, photos and videos of literally anything. I have always seen Tumblr as the culmination of my inner being. It’s not like Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, where certain social expectations need to be met and emotions can’t be expressed. On Tumblr nothing is off limits. That URL is where my true political affiliations are collected, where my actual desires live, where my visceral emotions exist uninhibited. Or at least, that was my intention.
Recently, some genius decided to make alcoholic beverages in
a powdered form. As if there were not enough opportunities for kids
to drink irresponsibly underage, now it comes in a form that is even easier to
hide from parents and law enforcement. The inventor, Michael Phillips, created
the product in order to be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage after a hike or
active sport, when it would be a hassle to carry a bottle of liquor. News
of the soon-to-be released invention, dubbed "palcohol," has been stirring up
controversy across the country, with parents and state governments wanting to
ban the use of the substance, understandably so. Powdered alcohol is an
extremely dangerous product that will only make underage drinking and irresponsible
drinking easier and more enticing.
Many of my peers here at the University have ambitious plans after college — whether it be attending graduate or professional school, or starting a career. But behind every woman’s thoughts and plans about the future is the incessant ticking of her biological clock. For women who wish to have children, the reality is that they have to start thinking earlier rather than later about how they are going to accomplish their educational goals, set their career plans in motion, meet “Mr. Right” and start a family all before their late thirties. Talk about an ambitious agenda. For many women, there simply is not enough time before this biological deadline to accomplish all these feats, and millions of women everywhere wish there were a way to push the deadline back a few years.
“In America, they say, ‘Eighth floor, please,’ and everyone gets on the elevator one by one,” the professor explained. “In Hong Kong, everybody tries to push the button themselves and all get in each other’s way.”
On Feb. 28, the Office of Leadership and Training put on the third ever Mark Conference. Over four hundred people were in attendance, complete with over fifteen speakers. One of these speakers was Jaclyn Friedman. Jaclyn Friedman is a feminist who is best known as the co-writer of “Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape.” Her activism includes speaking at college campuses about rape culture and how to promote healthy sexual culture focused around enthusiastic consent (hence, yes means yes). Although I may not agree with all of her work (I’m looking at you, Unsolicited Advice for Blue Ivy Carter), I fully appreciate her contributions to dismantling of rape culture.
There are tons of myths surrounding the idea of career searching, from the importance of a salary to applying to jobs online, and now we’re going to bust them.
This past weekend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) took place in National Harbor, Md. The conference is one of, if not the most, important yearly events for conservatives and the Republican Party to come to one location and present visions and plans for the future of the country. Members of Congress, governors and presidential hopefuls give rousing speeches to audiences. Panels of experts on topics ranging from cutting taxes to violations of human rights in the LGBT community in Russia are there to inform and educate. Other features of the conference include multiple booths with free giveaways, a job and internship fair, meet and greets with politicians, as well as nightly events of a more informal and carousing nature.
Yesterday, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress regarding his opposition to President Obama’s plan for a nuclear agreement with Iran. Huge controversy surrounded this invitation because the speaker of the house, John Boehner, extended it without consultation or approval by the White House. This is highly significant: A breach of protocol this large has never happened before in the history of our country. Clearly, among other things, it is a result of the changing, increasingly polarized discourse on Israel. When asked whether the Obama administration felt antipathy toward Netanyahu, Boehner said, “They don’t even try to hide it.”
During the summer before my senior year of high school, I received results from a blood test telling me that I had extremely high cholesterol and could potentially be at risk for a heart attack. I was completely shocked. I thought high cholesterol only happened to people that ate McDonalds every day and didn’t exercise. I was an avid runner, logging at least 40 miles per week and I was pretty good at monitoring my diet, making sure to eat fruits and vegetables every day and avoid junk food and fast food. Despite all of this, my doctor told me that I would have to really monitor what I ate, and cut out any foods with high cholesterol. I realized that I had to make a lifestyle change. In addition to the typically unhealthy foods that are high in cholesterol, like potato chips and all fried foods, I cut out most dairy products, egg yolks and red meat. This habit has continued through today, because I am terrified that the foods I am eating, even something as innocent as egg yolks, could be further increasing my cholesterol and putting me at risk for many health problems. As a result, I was completely confused when the Department of Health and Human Services released their new Dietary Guidelines for Americans in early February, claiming that eating high cholesterol foods had no effect on our cholesterol levels.
Bradley Cooper’s eyes aimed downward with the utmost intensity, looking toward some meaningful thing that merited his attention, yet none of us could see. The flag, meanwhile, enveloped his likeness with brazen curls of unapologetic patriotism. Lasciviously so. Seductively. And it altogether dominated the slate, urine-stained walls of Cardinal Lemoine.
According to Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, one in four women and one in six men will experience sexual abuse before the age of eighteen. This is called child sexual abuse. While these rates are alarmingly high, it is possible that the actual number of people who experience child sexual abuse is even higher. Yet, meaningful discussion surrounding the issue is extremely rare. This can result in an inability to heal, which is extremely damaging to survivors and society at large.
If any activity is sacred to our generation, it’s watching TV. I don’t know a single college student who doesn’t manage to squeeze in an episode of her favorite series on a busy day, whether it’s winter break or finals week. In an age where sometimes our most intimate experiences are with our Netflix accounts, I’m optimistic about the potential of ABC’s new series, Fresh Off the Boat, to bring an overdue issue to light.