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If you sit toward the back of any lecture hall, you are privy to the private lives of basically everyone in front of you. Facebook, iMessenger, Twitter, BuzzFeed and other less-than-appropriate webpages sit innocently beside the current lecture material, giving the semblance of productivity and focus. A distracting albeit amusing portal into the hypocritical nature of overwhelmed, exhausted college students trying to enjoy their lives.
Since his 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald J. Trump and his constituents have seemingly used fear as an effective tool to persuade voters. Anti-immigration rhetoric, and arguably propaganda, have been used to fabricate an irrational fear of a non-existent danger. The bolstering of the perceived danger of immigrants and foreigners has been preyed upon most recently in an advertisement put out late last week by the Trump campaign, which attempted to conflate a convicted murderer, the “caravan” of Central American migrants walking toward the United States and the Democratic Party.
Today is one of the most important days for the City of New Brunswick, as residents have the opportunity to elect a new Mayor for the first time in almost three decades. The current mayor has been in office since 1991, and I for one think it is time for new leadership that will finally put the people of our city first.
“Look at the hordes of Dutch and Irish thieves and vagabonds, roaming about our streets, picking up rags and bones ... Look at the English and Scotch pick-pockets and burglars, crowding our places of amusement ... Look at the Italians and French mountebanks, roaming the streets of every city in the Union ... Look at the wandering Jews, crowding out business streets with their shops as receptacles for stolen goods, encouraging thievery and dishonestly among our citizens ... Look at the Irish and Dutch grocers and rum-sellers monopolizing the business which properly belongs to our native and true-born citizens.” While this excerpt might sound like a President Donald J. Trump who accidentally traveled too far back in his time machine on the hunt for his distant cousin and former President Ronald Reagan, it is actually an 1844 election circular from the “Know-Nothings” political party and published in the New York Daily Plebeian.
Amid news of Megyn Kelly’s NBC show being cancelled after her comments about blackface, I was taken off guard when hearing about the confusion, terror and pure shock that so many people felt and had. The offensiveness and hurtfulness of blackface, which has such a long history, is shocking and alarmingly confusing for many people.
Democratic representation is built on pillars of inclusion and the will, opinion and consent of the governed. For the representative structure to be stable and uphold foundational values, it requires harmony between substantive and descriptive representation in which the values and characteristics of the electorate are reflected in the government, broad citizen eligibility for public office, uncompromisable voting rights, accountable effectiveness and policy influence based in the people. The system in which democratic representation acts as an engine of prosperity and progress for all holds the overarching characteristic of high voter turnout.
Midterm elections in the United States are misunderstood and undervalued. A critical element to our democracy, midterms can prove to be the changing force in a current presidency, creating new policies and even standstills where the government can shut down as we saw in 2013. Midterms represent a symbolic step in our democracy that can serve to inspire the public to support a new candidate while ensuring incumbents do not shirk their responsibilities or their duties. Even with this information, it is curious that many young adults still choose to ignore the midterm elections in favor of waiting for the “more important” general election.
New Jersey does not have the best reputation in the eyes of our country. Between the “Jersey Shore,” pollution, aggressive drivers and mafia bosses, it is no wonder the phrase “Armpit of America” gets thrown around. It does not help that our state has also been known for corrupt politicians. So why am I bringing this up? It is not to call for a rebranding effort from the New Jersey Tourism Board. It is because tomorrow, New Jersey has a chance to stand up for itself and show the world we are not all slimy corrupt disgraces. We can do that by rejecting Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).
The gunshots were harrowing. I was in a movie theater, safe and sound. I knew that it was going to happen, too. I had seen it in the trailer. And still, the gunshots made my heart beat faster and my back straighten in alarm. I knew the cop was going to shoot the funny, cute, innocent, unarmed Black boy the movie had just introduced. I still cried.
How does one define a liberal and conservative? It should come to no surprise to those who have been following the evolution of these labels that this discussion has become more complicated in recent years and climaxed in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s upsetting loss, liberals have found themselves fractured and increasingly combative within their own community. Conservatives, libertarians, centrists and classical liberals have found unusual allies with one another and have been working together to form a counter culture coalition. Indeed, the two-party system has been turned on its head.
A main talking point of President Donald J. Trump’s since his 2016 campaign has been immigration and the perceived danger that undocumented immigrants pose to American citizens. As the midterm elections approach, the president has been returning to the topic, arguably with the aim of striking fear into the hearts of voters. A poll by the Pew Research Center showed that, nationally, 75 percent of Republican voters see illegal immigration as the country’s biggest problem right now. And that worry is especially being bolstered with attention being turned toward the “caravan” of Central American migrants walking to the United States border through Mexico, where the Defense Department, apparently aiming to "harden" entrances into the country, has mobilized 5,000 troops.
Look around and consider the chaos and conflict that plagues the world. We are repeatedly bombarded by the issues throughout the world demanding our attention. In such a reality, with constant coverage of only the worst aspects of society, there is a tendency for people to differentiate between the issues they deem significant and those they see as inconsequential. Typically, the decision to care is made by measuring both the gravity of the issue as well as the direct effect on the individual. Such a process leads to neglect toward issues holding significant gravity but low direct impact on the individual, and issues directly impacting the individual but written off as endurable. This sense of apathy is actively undermining our future. It allows for systematic problems, worthy of our concern but often ignored, to persist despite our underlying desire for them to be addressed. We are increasingly embracing our “lack of energy” when it comes to making the world a better place, as if the only motivation for us to truly care is when we are faced with true crisis. Such a notion is absolutely unacceptable.
Just a few weeks before midterm elections, President Donald J. Trump's administration has begun “spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance.” In the memo, written by the Department of Health and Human Services, it is argued that agencies need to have a notion of gender that is “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The memo stressed the importance of binaries like male and female, and said that in the case of disputes about one’s sex, clarification would be found by doing genetic testing.
As students, it is important to us that we enjoy the overall environment of our university. And the level of school spirit present can undoubtedly help or hurt the student experience as a whole. Our school spirit should not positively or negatively correlate with the success of our sports teams, but should be present regardless of how our sports teams do. If we bring our Scarlet Knight pride to sports games, the popular and unpopular alike, it is not far fetched to think that not only will our teams succeed, but that we will begin to realize that school spirit has a special ability to bind us more closely together as a community.
I really hope everyone enjoys my article today! Was that too much? Okay, let me try this again, I really hope everyone enjoys my article today. Well, now that just feels sarcastic. The issue with exclamation points has increased since current social trends in marketing have overused exclamation points in hopes to draw attention to their product, article or point of view. Exclamation points were created in hopes to further display one’s strong feeling of emphasis on a specific sentence or saying. For example, one would normally not just say, "Watch out, there’s a fire." No, they would say, “Watch out, there’s a fire!” Have you ever heard the phrase, too much of something good is no longer good for you? Well that phrase can now be defined as the exclamation point.
Battle royale as a genre is currently at its peak. What started out as a niche game style with a cult fan base has mushroomed to epic proportions. Multi-billion dollar franchises like Fortnite and Call of Duty (COD) now dominate the genre, all but eliminating competition from indie developers. Indie developers, such as Facepunch Studios, creators of Rust or Bluehole, creators of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), were the groundbreakers for battle royale. Prior to such developers the genre of battle royale subsisted merely as an optional community mod in games like Minecraft and ARMA. A harbinger to the end of major innovation and experimentation in a particular genre is the involvement of big-name developers and publishers, such as Activision and Epic Games.
It is reasonable to say that physical differences between people should be disregarded in a professional or civil environment, just like it would be ideal that the United States not be plagued by racism. A person should not be discriminated against based on their internal identity and preferences. It is these social constructs around gender that seem to have led to discrimination against, for example, women throughout history. These socially-constructed norms probably did indeed stem from sex, but they really seem to be responses to the specific gender roles associated with sex. In 2018, we realize that a gender role can clearly be separated from biological sex, and that people should not be discriminated against based on their gender identity since there is seemingly no logical connection between one’s biological sex and the role they take on in society. So it would make sense for legal protections against discrimination to cover gender more so than sex. That is, if our lawmakers recognize the difference.
This past Sunday, Right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro beat his Left-wing opponent by a 10 percent margin to become Brazil’s next president. The similarities between Bolsonaro and President Donald J. Trump are glaringly obvious. Like Trump, his time in the public eye has featured an uninterrupted chain of outrages and controversies that continued right up through his presidential campaign. Like Trump, he has insulted opponents and advocated violence. And like Trump, the world assumed that voters would reject him as a fringe lunatic right up until the moment that he proved to be incredibly popular. But this is not a theme limited to the United States and Brazil. The same could be said of Right-wing populists in the Philippines, Hungary, Poland and Italy.
Dr. Cristina Gamboa is an obstetrician at Salud Para La Gente, a community health center located in Watsonville, Calif. She, herself, was an immigrant from Mexico and now works to provide for other families much like her own. Being in the healthcare industry, she has noticed many patients suffering from high-risk pregnancies along with serious complications. High blood pressure during pregnancy is one of the leading factors in maternal death and can be caused through bodily changes, which are induced by stress.