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In most editions of this column, I have taken extensive lengths to highlight some problem regarding the public health and show readers why both policy and leadership are failing to properly address the needs of the people affected by the problem. For this edition, I would like to take the time to discuss a new frontier that may actually be a policy move in the right direction and highlights how the changing of the guard in the United States’ two-party system can create net benefits to the public health and the needs of the vulnerable.
Picture this. The year is 2018. Barack Obama, a Black man, was our last president. The Black Lives Matter movement is bigger than before. And the simple idea of racism is deemed antiquated and socially inappropriate. And yet it still exists. In fact, you do not need to close your eyes to imagine this. Simply open your eyes and observe the everyday interactions around you, because racial prejudice is still very much alive regardless of the progressive steps taken to attempt its abolishment.
While ramen noodles and mac and cheese seem to be the typical college student’s meal of choice, it has become apparent that many students may not have many other options. Food insecurity among college students is a significant issue across the country, but when we come to realize its prominence at Rutgers, the problem becomes more personal.
In the wake of his most recent military strikes against the high value targets of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program, President Donald J. Trump was celebratory in his tone and demeanor, commending U.S. allies Great Britain and France for their assistance in, what he coined, a “perfectly executed strike.” Further illustrating his lack of historical consciousness, Trump bookended that tweet with the infamous words: “Mission Accomplished!" But while certainly not done with intent, the harkening back to the banner, which was prominently displayed behind former President George W. Bush onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln as he declared that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” could not be more fitting. In many respects, the situation the United States finds itself in concerning the Syrian Civil War parallels its involvement in Iraq and Libya over the past couple decades, and much like his predecessors, Trump seems determined to follow in the same mistakes.
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Today, both India and Pakistan remain crippled by the narratives built around the memories of the crimes of the partition.
On March 29, five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor in Kosovo were secretly deported against their will by order of the Turkish government. The teachers were working at the Mehmet Akif College, an institution affiliated with the Fethullah Gülen movement, which is a group that has been the target of constant ostracization and scapegoating by the Turkish administration and media. Their arrest is being justified simply by their affiliation with the movement. These six innocent men are just one case of an expansive and hostile manhunt that has been enabled by the Turkish administration since the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, whose motives rest on capturing individuals involved with the Gülen movement. Students of the abducted teachers led protests in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, defending the teachers' innocence and seeking justice for an illegal and unfounded deportation.
After a long year under President Donald J. Trump's administration, prosecutors are closing in on Trump and his alleged involvement with Stormy Daniels. MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos highlighted the F.B.I. raid on Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cevallos’s take on the raid includes implications regarding why prosecutors chose to raid Cohen’s office instead of serving him a subpoena. While a subpoena requires an individual to provide evidence of documentation, Cevallos speculates that prosecutors chose to obtain a search warrant in order to seize everything from Cohen’s office, residence and hotel room to ensure that certain documents will not go missing. Instead, Cevallos firmly believes that while the F.B.I. considered serving Cohen a subpoena, it was eventually decided that Cohen was not trustworthy enough to deliver the documents himself. In fact, “to obtain a search warrant, prosecutors must convince a federal judge that agents are likely to discover evidence of criminal activity.”
Spanning five campuses and consisting of tens of thousands of students, Rutgers is enormous. The sheer size of the University entails issues, but there is one issue that seems to captivate much of the student body: the bus system. Students complain — and arguably rightly so — about the state of our bus system and all of its problems. Many of these complaints are valid, but with any large transportation system there are bound to be complications. With that said, there are ways that the individuals within the student body can work together to help mitigate the issues that are of such an annoyance to them and their classmates. But still, the problems with the system are complicated and call for complicated solutions — solutions that may not suit everybody.
There is no single government program more wrongly maligned or misunderstood than foreign aid. In fact, Americans are infamous for their wildly inaccurate perceptions of its scope. The Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed Americans on the issue and found they estimated foreign aid to be 26 percent of the federal budget, when it actually makes up a mere 1 percent. This perception makes cuts to these programs wildly popular, and both of President Donald J. Trump’s budget outlines included deep cuts. Although, for the well-being of humanity, it is unquestionably the greatest undertaking of the American government. Even today as the federal government deals with a relatively large budget deficit, foreign aid should be one of the last, not first, programs on the chopping block.
"It's an attack on our country in a true sense,” a seething President Donald J. Trump said. “It's an attack on what we all stand for.”
The importance of knowledge in relation to power is a recurring theme in the history of our world. Considering the increasingly digital and technologically-dominated age we live in, knowledge of a people is seemingly becoming easier and easier for those in power to acquire. With knowledge of a people’s actions, an authority or elite not only has an increased influence over them, but can learn how they might effectively stay in power and stamp out uprisings of sorts.
We have time and again taken two steps forward and one step back in regard to civil liberties and voting rights, and we must recognize that we are currently in a phase of regression. As a nation we must dig in our heels, assert our values, resist the forces of hate and bigotry and push forward.
Here, I shall list the five most mind-blowing steps on how to effectively handle the semester as it draws to a close. Actually, it is more like nearing the conclusion of a bad book with a defeated acceptance that many loose ends and plot holes remain. But who cares? The weather is supposed to be phenomenal this weekend and you should spend your well-deserved fun in the long-awaited heat.
Notes and Tutors is a service founded by Rutgers alumni meant to allow students to help create a more interconnected network of student collaboration. The organization is specifically tailored to Rutgers students, which makes it unique relative to other organizations like Course Hero and StudyBlue. For free, it gives students the ability to share notes for a class they have taken in exchange for notes for a class they are in. Additionally, the service offers student-tutors that have been screened and bear the necessary credentials to teach other students. Notes and Tutors has garnered more than 2,000 student subscriptions and has more than 10,000 pages of notes available to students, despite the fact that it exists alongside other free and University-sponsored tutoring services.
Scarlet Knights for Israel is disturbed by the recent misleading commentary by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), titled “Excuses must stop being made for human rights violations.” The demonizing column falsely charges Israel as an “apartheid” and “settler-colonial” state. As a student-led group dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we must ensure that parties in this conflict are represented with dignity, fairness and accuracy.
The Never-Never Girl: She “Never takes a vacation or holiday. Never asks for a raise. Never costs you a dime for slack time. (When the workload drops, you drop her). Never has a cold, slipped disc or loose tooth. Never costs you for unemployment taxes and Social Security payments ... " proclaimed a 1971 advertisement for Kelly Services, a temporary work agency that emerged in the years following World War II.
Americans are an undoubtedly wasteful people, and much of this wastefulness has manifested itself in what has seemingly become an era of disposability and convenience. Food is cheaper in the United States than it is in most other places in the world, which may seemingly contribute to an ungrateful attitude with regard to it. Considering how easy it is to get, it is reasonable to say that Americans are rather picky about what they eat and the way it looks. For example, if an apple has a small bruise on it, most Americans might just throw it away rather than suffer discomfort from consuming it. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that supermarkets dispose of approximately $15 billion worth of unsold fruits and vegetables each year. Additionally, between 30 and 40 percent of the food supply in the U.S. per year is wasted — or approximately $160 billion worth. To boot, food waste is the largest contributor to America’s landfills and the third largest source of methane in the United States — which is important to note because of methane’s harsh impact on the atmosphere. Combined with all of the other things so conveniently disposed of, such as paper, plastic plates and utensils, the amount of garbage the United States generates is alarming.
On April 5, the Sex and the City column of The Daily Targum criticized “Love, Simon.” The movie, the column claimed, showed a simplistic view of coming out. The parents were too perfect. The movie did not explore the ramifications of a closeted life fully enough. Furthermore, the column argued that the movie failed to include an LGBT female character. Because of this, the writer seemed to claim the movie failed as LGBT representation.
During the winter of the 1970-71 school year, a small group of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity brothers sat in an apartment on Easton Avenue looking for something to do that would be fun, challenging and valuable to the community-at-large. Inspired in part by the recent 1969 movie “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” we decided to organize a dance marathon and chose the American Cancer Society (ACS) as the beneficiary. The local ACS chapter blessed us with the invaluable mentoring and hard work of its community volunteers Sandy and Lyn Nacht.