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Literacy is the bedrock of any modern society, crucial to everything we do. It’s exciting, informative, expressive and for far too long, was exclusive. It’s not hard to make the case that equitable education was not available to communities of color until at least the late 1950s, and even today, literacy rates are still heavily affected by socioeconomic status. According to research by the National Center for Education Statistics, Black children still constitute the highest number of minors living in poverty. The same study showed Black children consistently scoring among the lowest among reading tests in fourth and eighth grade. It’s clear that more work needs to be done to reach out to historically marginalized demographics — Native American and Hispanic children also scored below average — to create a more level playing field for all Americans.
Yesterday, TEDxRutgers held an event where 10 students gave TED talks sharing their ideas and experiences, with the top two advancing to the Rutgers TED conference in February.
The Rutgers women's soccer team went into the weekend with the chance to solidify its position at the top of the Big Ten, but walked away from its matches against Ohio State and Penn State with only 1 point after a tie on Friday night and its first conference loss of the season against the Nittany Lions on Sunday.
In the age of technology and social media, celebrities have the platform and money to influence society in ways never before possible. Just a few decades ago, the public had to patiently wait for famous people to give interviews to the press. Now, many celebrities prefer to have an online presence where they can send out a tweet or post an Instagram photo whenever, wherever. While social media is a great marketing tool for promoting new products, music or film, celebrities are also using their platform to voice their opinions on politics and are increasingly active in campaigning for awareness on current national issues. This newfound power raises an important and controversial question: as entertainers with no professional background in the field, should celebrities have a political voice?
New Jersey lawmakers are confident that a final bill proposing the legalization of marijuana will be passed before Halloween. Legislators have their eye on Oct. 29 as the day this big step will be taken. Though there may still be some issues to iron out regarding things like the level of taxation that should be attributed to the substance, it seems we are quickly approaching a big and positive change.
Students can now order food online and pick it up at various locations across campus that offer payment through RUExpress, thanks to a new Rutgers dining initiative that started this fall.
Man’s first steps on the Moon were broadcasted across the globe. A feat of ingenuity witnessed by millions in awe of not only the ability but the audacity of the human spirit. NASA's achievement cemented its victory in the Space Race and etched the names of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into world history. Damien Chazelle’s film, "First Man," presents the person behind the mission and the perils of space exploration.
The newest way to get turned on is something quite out of the ordinary: solely through sound. The crisp crunch of someone eating tangy pickles out of a jar or the soft vibration of a whisper through a microphone are just a few examples of the sensory-porn that’s taking over the internet. Also known as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), millennials are discovering sounds they find to be relaxing or satisfactory on Youtube, where hundreds of vloggers are gaining a serious following for their “brain orgasm” inducing videos. Compilations of people tapping their long, manicured nails on a hard surface or crushing cubes of soap, for example, have garnered millions of views.
Since its inception, variety programming has been a stalwart format for TV. The genre contains some of the most celebrated shows in TV history, like the various late night programs or sketch comedies like "Saturday Night Live" and "Chappelle’s Show." But, the rapid change of how we process information and entertainment has made the form – while still classic and enjoyable – seem dated.
What goes around always comes back around, and wearing animal print is no exception. Animal print has continued to be relevant in the fashion world for decades. In the roaring '20s as a printed fur coat, in the '60s during the Bohemian movement in hats and trench coats, in the ‘80s, when leopard print was best worn skin tight as a jumpsuit. Animal prints even managed to make their way into early ‘00s accents and statement pieces. Leopard, python and crocodile skin are all asserting their power as Fall 2018 staple pieces this season, and they’re effortlessly blurring the lines between “want” and “need.”
For the first time since 2008, the Rutgers field hockey team has won 10 games in a season. And, after this 2-0 weekend, it currently has 11 wins on the season.
The Rutgers men’s cross country team raced at the annual Metropolitan Championships last Friday at Van Cortlandt Park.
Not only is Rutgers men's soccer team's junior forward Jordan Hall the Big Ten’s leading scorer, but he has also been one of the best in drilling game-winning goals all season.
The quote used in the petition to cancel Lisa Daftari's speech is as follows, “Islamic terror takes its guidance and teachings from the Quran, which is Sharia law.” The proper quote is “What ISIS claims to be doing is to take the Quran and its teachings and Sharia Law.” The removal of the word claims changes the meaning of the entire sentence, self-evidently. The individual whom started the petition has taken a moral high ground on an issue denouncing ISIS and converted a group of people into a mob whom is afraid the denunciation of ISIS could snowball into violence against Muslims, as if this were not a conclusion of an out-of-control positive feedback loop, but a totally rational conclusion.
Rutgers Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) has offered Lisa Daftari, a foreign-affairs journalist who recently had a speaking event postponed by Rutgers following an online petition, multiple dates in November to come to campus and give her previously scheduled talk.
The fight over disinvitations, in which public figures are invited to speak on college campuses and then uninvited because of student backlash, is several years old now. There is nothing to be said about them that has not been said before, and that also goes for the recent disinvitation of journalist Lisa Daftari from Rutgers University. Andrea Vacchiano, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, wrote an op-ed for The Daily Targum entitled “Lisa Daftari is not Islamophobic, deserves to speak.” She has already explained how the Change.org petition that sparked the controversy misquoted Daftari and mischaracterized her beliefs. But more concerning than the fact that students apparently denounced Daftari without listening to the speech in question is the pervasive consumer mentality that their tactics revealed.
The Rutgers women’s cross country team placed 24th at the Penn State National Open last Friday, and was the final race for the team before heading to the 2018 Big Ten Championships later this month.
Some of Rutgers’ main values are diversity and inclusion, and the encouragement of communal support no matter one’s creed or color — we want to protect members of our community against hate and prejudice. As an institution of higher education and advanced research, though, our community also seeks to promote academic freedom and serious intellectual discourse. At this point in time, it seems clear that those two values are clashing.
Rutgers has received its largest single donor scholarship commitment of $10 million.
During the fall exhibit of “Self-Confessed! The Inappropriate Comics of Alison Bechdel," the Zimmerli Art Museum coordinated an evening with acclaimed graphic novelist, advocate and featured artist Alison Bechdel. Thomas Sokolowski, director of Zimmerli, welcomed Bechdel on Wednesday Oct. 10 as well as interviewer and Rutgers alumnus Hillary Chute, who also introduced Bechdel at her Writers House reading in 2008. Sokolowski expressed his recognized importance of the evening and how Bechdel’s work and the bildungsroman of her graphic novels displayed how young people find their way.