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In this sink or swim environment being fostered in the STEM community at Rutgers, weed out classes are yet another trial students have to be put through. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost half of the incoming STEM majors end up switching majors or dropping out of college.
In a New Jersey Transit safety training meeting for my town's Emergency Services staff (police, firefighters, EMS), the instructor eventually and inevitably brought up the topic of terrorism. I just remember thinking, “Here we go.” What was the first video he played? One made by ISIS. It starts with the words "Bismillah Al Rahman Al Rahim," which translates to "In the name of God, the Beneficient, the Merciful." What followed, was a short segment which displayed a device meant to derail trains simply by placing it on the track. It was not made of explosives or anything. It was just designed to interact with the train in a way that derailed it simply by placing it on the tracks.
Racism is much more than an abstract social concept.
It comes as no surprise that minorities face structural barriers when it comes to securing quality housing, healthcare, employment and education. The historical repercussions of American history in relation to minorities, especially Black people, are embedded into the cycle of poverty that entraps these groups.
Today, both India and Pakistan remain crippled by the narratives built around the memories of the crimes of the partition.
As witnesses to the atrocities of the Syrian crisis, it is crucial to raise this simple question: Does anybody have a plan? A real plan, beyond self-interest and maintaining alliances? A real plan that actually ends this international war subjecting Syrian civilians to torment and abuse?
If we take out the Syrians who are the actual and direct victims of warfare, there are quite a few parties who are set up to gain something from Syria's "civil" war. At the cost of mass brutal murder? Apparently, that is acceptable.
Alyssa Alhadeff. Scott Beigel. Martin Duque Anguiano. Nicholas Dworet. Aaron Feis. Jamie Guttenberg. Chris Hixon. Luke Hoyer. Cara Loughran. Gina Montalto. Joaquin Oliver. Alaina Petty. Meadow Pollack. Helena Ramsay. Alex Schachter. Carmen Schentrup. Peter Wang.
The bigotry that fosters a false sense of self-empowerment is actually rooted in ignorance. And if knowledge is power, then shouldn't the ignorant be deemed impotent? The actions of those among us and those in the positions above us speak volumes about the corruptibility of human nature as the elected President of this country is empowered enough to impose upon us bigotry in the form of a Muslim ban.
The cost of ending the government shutdown this week was the shutting down of something else: a lot of hope. When 33 Democrats in Senate voted to end the recent government shutdown with a temporary spending bill to Feb. 8 instead of resisting the pressure, the hope for DACA beneficiaries plunged a little deeper into the ground.
Sometimes when we’re traveling around campus on the infamous Rutgers buses, those air-conditioned boxes limit how much of New Brunswick we really see.
"Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.