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It is hard not to fall in love with Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) story. Within months, the Bronx-born Osacio-Cortez went from waitressing in Union Square to beating fourth-ranking House Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley in a race that made her the youngest Congresswoman in history. Her sheer determination and lack of censorship is what continually pushes her to the forefront of the political sphere. Despite only having been in the spotlight for a few months, she is already making waves: Fox News is obsessed with her shoes, Sean Hannity has branded her platform as “downright scary” and by her first day in Congress, she had already taken part in a sit-in protest in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office.
On Jan. 1, 2019, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase. While the increase is by no means the act of state legislators or Gov. Phil Murphy (D) upholding his campaign promise, it is the result of New Jersey’s constitution, which requires the state’s minimum wage to be adjusted to consumer price index data. The minimum wage ought to be raised as the prices of goods and services increase, but it must also be set at a livable rate that is reflective of the realities of the economy.
Rutgers was fortunate in having several students who were brilliant collegiate song writers. The 1873 contribution by Howard Newton Fuller was a funny take on student life at Rutgers that deservedly became its alma mater. The first verse was:
The Rutgers community is full of kind and caring people, and for specifically the past two years it has shown those qualities by donating for Giving Tuesday. Each year, Giving Tuesday takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and this year’s focus was on Rutgers’ student food pantries. On the New Brunswick campus, the student food pantry is located at 39 Union St. It opened in 2016, and is stocked by way of donations from organizations like Rutgers Against Hunger, Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services, as well as private donations. While many students will go through all four years at Rutgers without even thinking about utilizing the University’s food pantry, hunger and lack of access to nutritious foods affects more members of our community than one might think.
Jealously is a term that is often associated with phrases such as low self-esteem, loneliness, feelings of emptiness, inadequacy, anxiety, stress and neuroticism. It is an emotion that we all experience throughout our lifetime, and can be caused by various things, such as issues in an intimate relationship or someone’s appearance, work ethic or house — the list is endless. Jealously directly correlates with lower self-esteem. Now the difficult question that we should ourselves would be, “How do we deal with jealously?” Unfortunately, the answer is not straightforward.
Battlefield V is finally out for PS4, Xbox One and PC and I am loving it so far. In the best way possible, the game feels like older Battlefield series entries. With large-scale battles, team/objective-based gameplay and long matches, the series’ core gameplay formula remains largely the same. The new multiplayer maps boast interesting layouts. Take Twisted Steel, for example, a map centered around a broken bridge with cottages on surrounding hillsides. Battlefield V is familiar, enjoyable and gorgeous.
Same usage rates, but different enforcement. The racial targeting in the policing of cannabis use has resulted in Black New Jerseyans being arrested at a rate three times higher than whites between 2000 and 2013, according to an ACLU-NJ report.
The #MeToo movement worked against sexual harassment as well as sexual assault. The movement went viral in October 2017, making waves internationally while shedding light on the ubiquitous prevalence of sexual harassment, particularly in the workplace. Although this movement made mass news, it unfortunately has not been enough to completely eradicate sexual assault. Amnesty International is a human rights, non-governmental organization, based in the U.K. The organization has more than 7 million members worldwide and recently analyzed rape legislation in 31 European countries. Based on the study, only eight countries — Cyprus, Ireland, Belgium, the U.K., Iceland, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg — define rape based on consent. Simply put, sex without consent is defined as rape. Correct?
Social constructionism has been one of the hottest topics in academia for several decades, as well as the topic that academia is best known for in the outside world. It is one of those rare concepts that has successfully escaped the academic journal and the lecture hall and found its way into everyday speech. Its ubiquity has even triggered a backlash from academics such as Jordan Peterson, Steven Pinker and their considerable social media followings that is growing in popularity daily. Yet papers, essays and editorials continue to abound at Rutgers and across the country that use the language of social construction to argue their points. So why has social constructionism, and not some other academic concept, seen its popularity skyrocket in recent years?
Please wake up New Brunswick. There is a proposed gas compressor station coming to Franklin Township. You will smell it. You will taste it too, despite the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 which authorizes New Jersey to protect headwaters and wetlands because they filter and flush polluted downstream waters while storing flood water. Its pipelines will cross headwaters and wetlands of the already-contaminated Cheesequake Creek and Tennent Brook. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) lists more than 1,900 contaminated water bodies in New Jersey. We drink this water.
Dear President Robert L. Barchi,
Many major complaints that Rutgers students have seem to stem from administrative insufficiencies, where attempting to solve problems with financial aid, parking, scheduling and other related issues are much more difficult than they ideally should be. Students often run around looking for the right office or the right person to help them. But there is hope, because relatively soon the University will be implementing a “One-Stop Center” where the aforementioned, highly sought-after offices and people will be located. Offices will possibly begin to open on location by this coming summer, though the entire Center will not be complete
The class was American Literature. The professor was stern and unconcerned with coming across as friendly, but we shared a common connection. She was passionate about the literature we read in class and I loved it, I loved reading, but most of all, I loved analyzing the texts and connecting them to the human condition and to our world today.
In a utopian West Virginia and Alabama 2018 midterm election, the most glorious of amendments were passed. But first, let us begin by what was not passed. No, it was not a requirement that biscuits and gravy be served at every meal in West Virginia in order to maintain its record of highest obesity rate in the country. It was also not a requirement that the photos of Alabama native Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, be plastered on every public library.
Rutgers has found that James Livingston, a professor in the Department of History, did not violate the University's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, following University President Robert L. Barchi calling on the Office of Employment Equity (OEE) to re-examine its original findings, according to The Daily Targum.
Only a week ago you could have found someone complaining about the terrible weather and the complete lack of preparedness surrounding it. My father spent 6 hours stuck on the road for what should have been a 20-minute drive. He was furious about it all. People went online to complain about buses getting into accidents and commuters having to traverse dangerous roads just so they would not have to miss class. Drivers across the state were angry with the government and students across campus were angry with Rutgers because they felt let down by institutions responsible for their safety and convenience. People asked why classes were not canceled. People asked why the roads were not ready for the storm.
With the midterm elections in the books and the results mostly contended, except for Florida, we can look into the outcomes and try to draw some conclusions. The Senate was mostly successful for the GOP. The only other thing to note from the Senate's side is the election of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) to the United States Senate from Utah. His voice can be very helpful to the GOP and the nation as a whole, as I wrote about last year.
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What is truth? In a postmodern era, there is profound skepticism toward reason, logic, knowledge and truth. Each individual has their own truth, which varies between different people or communities. Within this discussion, the concept of relativism, especially morality, is inevitable. Moral relativism is the philosophy that claims everything is relative because some people within different cultures and historical periods have disagreed about what is right and wrong, thus arguing that there are no objective moral values. A buzzword among the Left, it views every belief or opinion as good as any other. By claiming there are no objective moral values, moral relativists hope that others become more tolerant of practices that are unfamiliar to them. This philosophy has serious implications for the state of our world, which if left unchecked leads to the unraveling of the fabric our society. But, it would be disingenuous if I discussed its problems without first addressing the arguments supporting it. So, I will explore the two strongest arguments for moral relativism and argue against them, accordingly.
On the Nov. 3 episode of the famed skit comedy show "Saturday Night Live" ("SNL"), comedian Pete Davidson, in a series of light-hearted roasts, made a misstep. Prefacing his joke by noting that Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw had, “lost his eye in war or whatever.” Pete joked that the politician looked like “a hit man in a porno movie.”