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The future of America seems to be looking even grimmer with each new choice of members for President Donald J. Trump's cabinet. Every member comes equipped with a track record of controversy, as well as a resume empty of relevant experience. And with the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Trump’s secretary of education, it seems as though the future of American schools is beginning to look a little frightening as well.
Having children and supporting families is central to human life and the propagation of mankind. Yet, those who choose to have children are met with an increasingly uncertain future when planning their families. An especially pressing question on the mind of parents is who will take care of their child when they return to work?
Toward the end of a presidency, it is a ceremonial act that a president issues a select number of pardons and issues for clemency. Near the end of former President Barack Obama’s days sitting behind the resolute desk, he issued a pardon for convicted Puerto Rican nationalist, Oscar Lopez Rivera. Rivera was a member of the Puerto Rican independence group called the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), which was responsible for over 120 bombings in the 1970s and 1980s that claimed the lives of six and injured many more. This repugnant act of leniency towards a convicted murderer was overshadowed by the clemency order of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning and will go largely unnoticed. But this leniency toward domestic terrorists is nothing new to the American political Left. The riots and bombings by Leftist domestic terrorists have almost become normal in our society since the 1960s.
With over 2.9 million people protesting in the Women’s March just this past weekend, it seems like President Donald J. Trump’s latest reinstatement of the Mexico City policy, or global gag rule, on women’s health seems like a severe punch to the gut and to the uterus.
On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States — but if anyone thought that Trump’s inaugural address would be a contrast to the controversial and divisive rhetoric of the campaign, they were mistaken. He continued to bash the political establishment on both sides of the aisle and promised to restore power to the American people. He launched attacks on the establishment because they have “reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost” and described the United States as a broken system teeming with poverty, crime and hopelessness. Trump painted a bleak image of our country, all while presenting no clear solutions to any of these problems. Trump claims to be the change America needs in Washington, D.C. because he will “drain the swamp” and not represent the political and financial elite. But based on his cabinet nominees, it's clear that Trump has no intention of draining the swamp, but rather expanding it.
It might seem crazy, but I enjoy math. My majors and minor are all math-intensive, I can calculate the results of complex series with (relative) ease, I find tricky math problems fun and I only use calculators to check my work, not to do it. There are many people like me, who genuinely enjoy the subject of mathematics, are engaged by the logical and complex processes needed to solve a problem and want to further STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) through research and discovery. I know that what I do isn’t easy. Anyone who pursues a field that involves math knows that success and true appreciation for discipline comes only through a lot of hard work, practice and thought.
If you have any form of social media or are even slightly in tune with your surroundings, you would know that the Women’s March on Washington took place on Saturday, along with sister marches around the world. From New York to Los Angeles and further, men and women came out to have their voices be heard. The protest, dedicated to championing human rights and highlighting progressive voices, was estimated to have been the largest protest in American history. People from Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Boston and other cities such as Paris and London, marched in solidarity just a day after President Donald J. Trump swore into office. Protestors who held signs up such as, “Misogyny and racism aren’t normal,” and “Keep your hands off my rights,” sent a clear message that not only were they standing up for basic human rights, but also the policies and attitudes that Trump had incited throughout his campaign. The biggest question that seems to be buzzing is: Can the ideas behind the protests fuel a larger movement? With such a large following and media attraction, what started as a march can become the driving force into a bigger pool of possibility for change. And despite some of the criticism from opponents of the protest, this march was one of the most impressive displays of unity and determination that America has ever seen, in both size and in purpose.
To the Editor:
Rutgers' slogan should be “many will enter, few will win,” instead of the bold claim that it is in any way a leader of the revolution of higher education. Based on the treatment of both students and faculty, the University seems to be first and foremost, a business — a sad result of an overly capitalistic society. But this is not a Marxist rant, merely a question as to whether Rutgers is truly as “Revolutionary” as it claims to be. Everyone is familiar with the infamous "RU Screw," and while most are able to jocularly address this incessant frustration, there are some who have truly suffered because of it.
What is albinism? It is a rare, non-transmissible, genetically inherited condition that affects people worldwide of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities. The most common effects of albinism are the lack of melanin production in hair, skin and eyes (known as oculocutaneous albinism). The lack of pigmentation makes people affected by albinism vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer from sun exposure. It may even cause visual problems such as photophobia, a severe sensitivity to light. Albinism is widely misunderstood socially, as it is a rare condition with obvious signs in physical appearances — 1 in 20,000 people are said to have the condition.
ACTIVE MIND, HEALTHY MIND
I’m not a feminist. It’s not something that I like to throw at people, because I’m wholly accepting of most feminists and admire their concern for social issues, but when someone speaks to me with the assumption that my gender requires me to be a feminist, I feel inclined to burst that bubble and deviate a bit. Especially considering that the group behind tomorrow’s Women’s March on Washington retracted a partnership with a pro-life feminist group, proving that mainstream feminists would rather turn away women who disagree with them on a few issues than show solidarity against a president-elect who is being accused of sexual assault.
In the spirit of the inaugural season and the inauguration of a new president, I believe it is prudent to shine a light on the incumbent President Barack Obama and provide my analysis of how his legacy should be viewed in a historical and cultural context. Despite my differing political opinion on his oftentimes cut-throat liberal policy positions, there is a large part of me that has tremendous respect and admiration for our country’s first black commander-in-chief.
One of the growing discussions of this era is the legalization and use of marijuana. And with the 2016 presidential election still visible in America’s rear-view mirror, it is not difficult for one to see how vital the discussion of cannabis use in the United States is to voters, candidates and their governmental allies. While the debate over whether the legalization of marijuana is one that can be disputed time and time again, one would think that the mere research of cannabis would be something that would be implemented, if not encouraged, amongst these debates. But after the release of a new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, many are beginning to realize that there may be more on the table to discuss.
Everything I love seems to perish. This may come off as a rather morbid statement but upon closer inspection, there may lie some glimmers of truth. Over winter break, the preoccupations that seem to fill up my usual schedule on a consistent basis were mostly put on hold. I had, for better or worse, time to ruminate upon a few matters. And due to such, indeed, I found that all I feel love for comes to an end. When I say, “love,” however, I do not mean only in the romantic sense but simply all that my heart forms an attachment to. For example, roses that my eyes find pleasing and my nose delights at eventually wilt and become dust upon touch. The flavors of food that my taste buds rejoice at last a few seconds only to become a faint memory or at most, are attempted to be captured in a hasty photograph. Individuals that my heart grows fond of might reciprocate or more likely frustrate but will nevertheless leave or die. To me, through my human observations, it seems that all I love, all that I would like for to last eternally in perfect fashion cannot help but succumb to their transient nature. Nothing seems permanent.
I’ve always felt a sort of kinsmanship with Germany. Strange, considering my Jewish ancestry and the fact that most of my family came from either Austria or Italy. Nonetheless, after taking German for a semester at Rutgers I was surprised, but delighted, to find I was able to keep up with most of the basic conversation. My brother, Spencer, is already fluent in the language, and he quickly became my walking, talking German dictionary. My language skills have improved over the two weeks I spent taking trains from Frankfurt to Munich all the way to Hamburg and Berlin. While I do wish to become fluent in German, my language enhancement was not the most important product of the trip. The most important product came in the form of perspective. It was not something that I gained in Germany but was more so something I lacked in the United States.
There had already been a mélange of different sentiments surrounding the fast-approaching Presidential Inauguration. But as President-elect Donald J. Trump and civil rights leader John Lewis faced an indirect dispute, the atmosphere of pre-Inaugural America has been even more muddled.
Lil Yachty has had an incredibly successful year. His debut mixtape and work with DRAM and Chance the Rapper brought the 19-year-old rapper out of the underground scene and into the mainstream, culminating at his induction into the most recent XXL Freshman Class. Aside from his discography, Yachty has made a reputation for himself as the rapper who does not care about hip-hop’s past. As someone who said he could not name five Biggie or Tupac songs and openly called Biggie “overrated,” Lil Yachty is every old-school rap fan’s worst nightmare.
Through several years of paying close attention to exchanges dealing with ideas of political and social reform, I’ve encountered my fair share of opinions dealing with women’s issues and the general stigma around feminism. While most encounters are positive, there are far too many people contributing to political intercourse that express a negative attitude toward modern American/Western feminism with little background or perspective on the subject. Views on moves for modern Western women’s equality are often looked upon as being pointless or asking for too much. We have the right to vote and work amongst men, so why are there still complaints? In reality, though, defining the validity of women’s rights issues solely by comparing the situations of different countries is ignorant. When people think of women’s issues, they refer to a cry for help from disadvantaged girls in India, where social restrictions cause approximately 40 percent of all child marriages to occur there. They think of Ethiopia, where literacy rates indicate that around 82 percent of women lack a basic education. Saudi Arabia comes to mind, where social values discourage women from driving. These are statistics that can easily be Googled by anyone trying to argue a point. It takes a deeper understanding of the women’s rights movement to know that the Western world suffers from the same stigmas against women that affect girls in eastern cultures. Although the repercussions may not be as extreme, and we certainly aren’t openly forced into child marriages or subject to female mutilation, the atmosphere still exists. The women’s rights movement still holds valid points in Western cultures.
New controversy surrounding Santa Claus has been circulating just in time for Christmas. A Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris, wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece about how the image of Santa should be depicted as a penguin, so as to avoid the alienation of certain races from the original image of a white Santa. Her piece held an important message about representation and identity.