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Rutgers' Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling has recently conducted two polls regarding the opioid issue, one of which rather strongly indicated that many people who are prescribed opioids by doctors may not have been sufficiently advised regarding their dangers or effective alternatives. In 2015, New Jersey opioid providers wrote prescriptions for more than half of every 100 patients they saw, and in 2016 New Jersey’s opioid-overdose rate exceeded the national average at 16 fatal opioid overdoses per 100,000 people. Today, the Garden State still struggles with this deadly epidemic — and New Brunswick is no exception.
It seems fair to assume that almost every woman has been called a slut at some point in her life. In my own life, an acute awareness of the term came in middle school, when my best friend was called a slut after she had her first kiss in seventh grade. In the weirdly charged environment that is early pubescence, where everything is new and everyone compares “firsts” — when you had your first kiss, when you first “hung out” with someone romantically, the list goes on — it felt like the word slut was thrown out a lot more. There was constant judgement and jealousy, a need to equate one’s lack of sexual experience or prowess (often by choice) with a character default in someone who perhaps was sexually active or more romantically interested. I had thought that the use of this language had subsided, but I am not sure that that is true, and lately I have heard the word slut used by women to describe other women more than I have heard it from men. Do women feel more entitled to use a term that has likely been used on them? When a woman calls another woman a slut, is it more okay? What are the implications?
Obviously, longevity is one element, but there are other factors that make a great traditional rivalry. When Princeton dropped Rutgers from its football schedule, it made sense for both schools because there was no reason to believe the game would be competitive in the future and Princeton had not had much interest in the game for a long time. But, the end of the rivalry caused enormous anguish on Rutgers side. The Princeton game was the high point of the social calendar for Rutgers organizations that had nothing to do with football, and for undergraduates and alumni who had never been to the game. The Rutgers vs. Princeton game had been the real homecoming weekend regardless of what was designated each year.
The American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) has planned a demonstration for this coming Friday, Sept. 21 to continue to push for better working conditions, which includes the fight for a $15 minimum wage. The #FightFor15 movement has been a hot point of controversy on campus between student-activists and the University in recent years, and this year is expected to be no different. Last December, members of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) pushed past a line of police officers blockading a Board of Governors meeting chanting, “We work, we sweat, put that 15 on our set.” There were multiple other protests for this cause in New Brunswick last year, which were presumably at least partially the impetus for the University’s decision to raise the minimum wage on campus from $8.44 to $11 an hour.
This past weekend I had the privilege of being able to try out the open beta test for Call of Duty Blackout on PC. In case you do not know, Call of Duty Blackout is a new battle-royale-style game mode releasing with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in October. The concepts and tactics for the game mode mirror those used for Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Eighty-five players in the beta (100 players in the full version of the game) parachute out of a helicopter while it is flying over a large map. Once you have landed, you have to collect equipment to use for survival, such as ammunition, medical-kits and weapons. The map shrinks over time, and the goal of the game is to be the final one alive. Call of Duty Blackout has identical gunplay to all of the other Call of Duty games and modes that have been released. Tight, accurate and smooth gameplay are the hallmarks of any Call of Duty game, and the new Blackout mode is no exception. This comes as a breath of fresh air, as no other battle-royale-style game to date has had balanced, quality gameplay out of the gate.
The American prison system is analogous to what happens when a teenager says they will clean their room when really, they are just stuffing their closet and hoping nothing falls out. It is an utter mess that is continuing to pile up with no end solution in thought. There are currently more than 2.2 million people that are currently in U.S. jails or prisons, the highest prison population in the entire world, and according to the Prison Policy Initiative/U.S Census Bureau, the population of those in prison and jail would result in the fourth largest city in America. That statistic leaves out those who are under correctional control, probation or parole meaning that the number could realistically be millions more. There are more jails than colleges in the U.S., which are paid for by the taxpayer, so today I would like to discuss just how severely populated the prisons are, as well as what this means for the average citizen and what steps need to be taken to fix this.
The contracts agreed upon between the University and Rutgers’ faculty union, the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), expired this past July, but a number of faculty members still remain without a new contract. That is not to say that our professors are not getting paid — they are — but negotiations are ongoing, and faculty members have not received raises or adjustments in salary based on cost of living.
It is no slur, nor do I believe that it is too much of a generalization, to say that avid consumers of The New York Times, The Washington Post and other organs of the liberal, cosmopolitan consensus tend to make up a large part of the managerial class that formulates and enacts policy in our nation. Ideally, these periodicals can serve as valuable tools for educating a governing class in public policy issues of the day. Unfortunately, our fonts of elite journalism have increasingly become the sights of elite conspiracy-theorizing, where respected journalists and political analysts debase themselves daily in pursuit of a narrative balm to soothe the scars that President Donald J. Trump’s election has inflicted on the managerial class’s psyche. I am talking, of course, about the Russian Meddling story.
If you were to take a stroll from the College Avenue Student Center all the way to Scott Hall, I guarantee you would notice several of your fellow students whipping out their small, sleek, USB-like devices, to take an inhale and release a cloud of smoke. It seems like e-smoking has become a ubiquitous activity as many of us either personally use e-cigarettes or know others that do.
In 2011, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigated a complaint issued by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) that alleged the University violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and discriminated on the basis of national origin against students of Jewish ancestry by failing to adequately respond to multiple allegations of unequal treatment and harassment. One of the main allegations came with regard to a pro-Palestinian organization called Belief Awareness Knowledge and Action (BAKA), which ZOA said treated Jewish students differently by imposing an entrance fee only on Jewish students at an on-campus event. The case was originally dropped under former President Barack Obama’s administration due to an apparent lack of evidence of such discrimination, but Kenneth Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, is reopening the case.
On the evening of Sept. 6, Botham Shem Jean was killed in his own apartment for doing nothing more than existing. The person who killed him, Dallas police Officer Amber Renee Guyger, was charged with manslaughter and released on bond, instead of the more serious charge of murder.
With the balance of power in the House of Representatives and Senate less than two months away from being decided, the grandstanding and partisan bickering which has become commonplace in both houses of Congress has entered its way into the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, morphing it into a political spectacle.
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“… It is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative,” said Monica Lewinsky, anti-bullying activist and former White House intern. These powerful words accurately sum up the primary objective of modern efforts to empower women and are even more significant coming from an individual who has been targeted for her entire adult life. On Sept. 3, Lewinsky was asked during a conference in Jerusalem whether she expects a personal apology from former President Bill Clinton for an event that happened more than 20 years ago. Lewinsky’s face spelled disappointment as she said, “I’m so sorry I’m not going to be able to do this,” and proceeded to walk off the stage. Lewinsky told reporters that she had established with the anchor beforehand that it was an “off-limits” topic and that there were “clear parameters about what (they) would be discussing and what (they) would not.” The conversation was clearly supposed to center around Lewinsky’s advocacy efforts rather than an irrelevant event in her past, so one would definitely expect a reaction like that of Lewinsky’s in response to such an act of disrespect.
Racism is much more than an abstract social concept.
Yesterday, a student posted the following message in the Rutgers University Class of 2020 Facebook group:
Inside a Chicago detention center for immigrant children, a 16-year-old from Guatemala cried out “quitarme la vida,” or “take my life away,” according to a Pro Publica report. The youngest among him is 10 months old, and the oldest 18 — all of whom have at least one parent behind bars in a far, unknown place likely hundreds of miles away.
College students returned to school this year in the midst of one of the most heated midterm campaigns in decades. Each party has crafted an utterly cartoonish portrayal of the other, with President Donald J. Trump insisting the Democratic Party does not care about crime while some Democrats claim the incumbent party’s insistence on massive cuts to immigration is rooted in white nationalist sentiment. This demagoguery in our national politics has spread to college campuses too, as evidenced by the rise of activists like Charlie Kirk and his counterparts on the Left, who shun the very idea of rational discourse.
On Sept. 5, The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed entitled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The piece was written by a senior official in President Donald J. Trump’s administration — senior official being a term used in Washington, D.C. to refer to people who hold positions in the upper echelons of the government, like a member of the cabinet. The op-ed, in an odd way, both praised the successes of the nation since Trump took office, while at the same time discrediting and casting doubt on the president’s competence, assuring its readers that there are people in the administration working to steer the country away from otherwise imminent danger.
To this year’s first-years, here is a short story of what not to do to survive the school year.