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As online social media outlets begin to occupy an increasingly
greater position in the lives of individuals around the world, so
too have its applications become more varied and diverse. Perhaps
the latest in novel uses of social media sites like Facebook and
Google+ is the attempt to reach wider audiences by politicians and
public officials. Many politicians now communicate via Twitter and
hold popular Facebook presences, while President Barack Obama held
the first-ever virtual presidential forum Sunday on Google+.
Changes in the country’s economic environment have forced many
students to reevaluate the respective costs and benefits of student
loans. Any student who has ever sought to lessen the weight of his
or her term bill has inevitably faced the decision of choosing
between two types of student loans — federal student loans on one
hand, which are backed by the federal government; or private
student loans on the other, backed by private lenders.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, national security in the United States has
been a major concern. And while it’s important that the country’s
leaders take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the
public, it’s also important that they do so in a manner that
considers the contexts in which potentially threatening behaviors
take place. Concerning the recent deportation of two young British
tourists, no such consideration was given.
According to a recent Gallup poll, GOP presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum is polling at 11 percent. Perhaps poor public support has
lead Santorum to stop taking his candidacy seriously — at least,
that’s what one certainly hopes has happened. Otherwise, you will
have to believe that Santorum’s recent comments on higher education
are his serious opinion. For those who are unaware, speaking to a
crowd in Naples, Fla., last week, Santorum asserted that colleges
and universities are instruments of the Left, used to indoctrinate
students. Santorum went on to warn the crowd against financially
supporting these centers of liberal ideology. Maybe our initial
interpretation of the poll was confused. Maybe Santorum isn’t
joking because he cannot win, but he cannot win because people are
misunderstanding his campaign statements as bad jokes. We wouldn’t
In response to an elaborate SAT cheating ring busted in Nassau
County, N.Y., last September, Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-N.Y.,
introduced a bill that would make cheating on the standardized test
a crime. If passed, students could be charged with “facilitation of
education testing fraud” or “scheming to defraud educational
testing,” both of which would be felonies. “Forgery of a test”
would become a misdemeanor. While we can all agree that cheating on
the SATs is morally wrong for a multitude of reasons, getting the
police involved is a step too far. Besides, the damage that a
student does to their academic career by cheating on the SATs is
punishment enough — there is no need to throw them into jail to
compound the damage.
Richard Rowe, a former New Brunswick Police Department police
sergeant, was indicted Wednesday based on charges that surfaced
last March. According to the NBPD, Rowe knowingly made false
entries in police department records between 2003 and 2007 —
mishandling a total of 81 internal affairs cases over five years.
The 21-year veteran of the force was then charged by a Middlesex
County grand jury. Needless to say, such misconduct belongs nowhere
near an establishment of the law, if anywhere at all. Through his
actions, not only has Rowe made himself look bad, he has also
forced us to question the integrity with which the NBPD — and all
law enforcement departments, for that matter — conducts its
affairs. Rowe may have thought that because of his position and
level of authority, he was somehow above the law, but we hope he
has learned otherwise. For this, Rowe deserves a dart. Luckily, the
NBPD has since changed its internal procedures to provide greater
oversight to safeguard against these types of incidents.
The New Brunswick Police Department hopes that the
reintroduction of a volunteer-based police auxiliary unit would
improve relations between the community and the department, said
Sgt. Scott Gould, supervisor of the Community Outreach Unit. Though
we admire the department’s attempt to repair ties with its city’s
residents, we’re not so sure that giving inexperienced members of
the community the ability to patrol the streets is the best way to
reach this goal.
Wrought with historic protests the world over, events of the
past year meant both good and bad for causes of individual and
national freedoms alike. Movements around the world have awakened
entire nations and resulted in as many instances of democratic
achievement as there were instances of repression. Similarly, U.S.
protests against corporate greed have shed light on a growing
struggle to increase national safety while ensuring individual
civil liberties. With each demonstration, it seems that the former
may only come at the forfeiting of the latter.
New changes to the University’s lottery process have been
announced, and though they may still leave certain things to be
desired, the changes seem to address the concerns of students both
on and off campus.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has entered into
a blistering fight with the Transportation Security Administration
after refusing a patdown from its employees at a checkpoint at an
airport in Nashville, Tenn. After triggering the alarm while
passing through the agency’s sensors, Paul refused a secondary
screening procedure, which included a full-bodied search. Officials
then detained Paul. “I was barked at: ‘Do not leave the cubicle,’”
Paul said in an online interview. As an outspoken critic of the
TSA’s policies and practices, Paul has made it obvious that he
opposes taking such safety measures at public airports. But this
does not give him reason to publicly disobey his legal
Few individuals have had so significant an impact on college
sports as legendary former coach Joe Paterno had on Penn State’s
football community. As head coach of the school’s football team for
46 years, Paterno was responsible for leading his team to a record
number of victories, two national championships and success both on
and off the field. Many have hailed Paterno hailed as a hero, a
legend and a savior of Penn State’s football career.
The Court Tavern, a dive bar and music venue located on the
corner of Church Street and Spring Streets, helped catapult popular
bands such as The Smithereens and The Gaslight Anthem to the
national stage. The venue last Wednesday closed its doors
indefinitely. Joe Chyb, former manager of the tavern, said the bar
closed because changes in New Brunswick’s music scene brought
financial difficulty to the Tavern.
University students will find no solace in knowing that, despite
the long break, textbook prices have not gone down. Students will
regrettably empty their wallets at the campus bookstore, knowing
that the $40 just shelled out could have paid for their next four
meals. And for students of the more popular subjects, it gets worse
— they can expect to pay upwards of $200 for that new edition of
their economics or chemistry textbook. That’s about nine 30-packs —
of the cheap stuff.
In New Jersey, freedom of expression can range from attending a
Sunday church service to attending a Saturday night strip service
at a local gentleman’s club. Providing the services for these
interests is the local economy, and there is no lack of churches —
or strip clubs — here in the Garden State.
Earlier this week, the University community celebrated the
15-year anniversary of that iconic sandwich, the “Fat Darrell.”
Despite being little more than a greasy marriage of chicken
fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries and marinara sauce inside
a roll, the fare remains a beloved guilty pleasure of nearly every
student on campus. And the forefather of this creation, to whom we
all owe a big thank-you, is University alumnus Darrell Butler. Fed
up with the limited number of choices offered by the grease trucks
in Lot 8 back in 1997, Darrell had the vision of a new, more
delicious breed of fat sandwich. The final product became what we
now know as the “Fat Darrell.” For this, Darrell Butler deserves a
laurel. His inspiration and contribution to our University
community will be forever remembered, or at least for as long as
the trucks continue to sell the sub that bears his name.
Home to about four dozen wineries, New Jersey is no stranger to
that bittersweet elixir of fermented grapes we so affectionately
call wine. In fact, the Garden State is the seventh largest wine
producer in the country. No, we didn’t know that either.
During his annual “State of the State” address Wednesday at the
State House in Trenton, Republican Gov. Chris Christie offered an
optimistic vision for the future of the Garden State: “Today, I am
proud to report that the New Jersey comeback has begun.” From
tenure reform to the mandatory treatment of non-violent drug
offenders, the governor introduced a number of aggressive
proposals, each in hopes to strengthen the economy and continue the
state’s upward momentum.
According to a recent study, two historians found that even
under the current tax code, the wealth gap between low-income and
high-income individuals is now higher than it was in ancient Rome.
For low- and middle-income individuals, that’s big news. But for
many of the wealthiest individuals in the nation, the statistic is
Gavin Swiatek, a biochemistry instructor who worked on Cook
campus, was taken into custody last week and is now being held on
$50,000 bail in Middlesex County Jail. Swiatek was charged with
second-degree distribution and fourth-degree possession of child
pornography, and, if convicted, faces a maximum 10 years in prison.
Swiatek is accused of using a University computer in his Cook
campus office to distribute the materials.
As the GOP primary race quickens and Republican candidates
scramble to gather support in each new state caucus, the American
public learns a little more about the backgrounds and characters of
those who could potentially hold the reigns as our next president.
It seems each candidate — from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich to Rick
Santorum — has spent his or her time in the political limelight.
Yet few have held a consistent position in the eyes of voters, and
events up until now have shown that a short week spent riding upon
a wave of popularity does not necessarily bring a candidate closer
to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.