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Memes involving Patrick Star, along with a slew of 90s and early 2000s pop culture icons, have taken to public spaces across campus as part of a relatively new trend involving event pages on Facebook.Odds are, most Rutgers students saw something on social media related to the "Run Across the Yard Naruto Style" event earlier this summer.
Twenty-million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorder Organization.At Rutgers, the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) is back after a period of inactivity last year, said Holly Chok, the organization’s president and School of Arts and Sciences junior."We are looking to promote awareness about eating disorders, advocate for resources, let students know about the resources available on campus and destigmatize it in general," Chok said.Chok said that it was difficult to get the organization active again, and the process included sending a lot of emails and a lot of waiting, but the group was able to make a return at the involvement fair this fall.“It’s a bit of a process because you have to have three members who will definitely be in the e-board.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers composting and horticultural training classes to area residents this month and year-round.The program takes place on part of Davidson's Mill Pond Park, which was granted by the federal government in 1862 and currently serves Middlesex and Union counties. It is an agricultural experiment station that disseminates research, science and technology information from Rutgers to local farms and industry, said Michele Bakacs, an associate professor at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.The Cooperative Extension is responsible for 4-H youth programs, stormwater runoff management, the state organic land care program for professional landscapers, the Rutgers environmental steward program, training master gardeners and the master gardener helpline, she said.Composting is the breakdown of organic materials such as leaves, kitchen scraps and grass clippings, Bakacs said.“There’re so many benefits to composting, it’s amazing,” she said.
A Rutgers University assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture was recently recognized with a 2017 Professional Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).When looking at climate and environmental issues, thoughts on what role landscape architecture might play are not at the forefront of most people’s thoughts.
This past Thursday was the first event of the new Young Athletes program held at the New Brunswick Free Public Library.Young Athletes, a national program sponsored by the Special Olympics, provides the equipment and trains the local organizers to create an inclusive sports program for children ages 2 through 7 years old.
London-based musician Jonas Blue visited Rutgers students this past Wednesday at Mortensen Hall.
A Rutgers professor unearthed a 13-million-year-old infant ape skull in Kenya, set to go on display at the Rutgers Geology Museum early next year. A high-quality replica of the infant ape skull will go on display Jan.
Rutgers' Good Neighbor Program, run by the Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships Office, aims to help students living off-campus by creating a cohesive off-campus student community.Kerri Willson, the director of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, said the main goal of the department is to help students who are looking to move off-campus to learn what their rights are as tenants and their responsibilities are as community members.“We educate students about living in the off-campus community, advocate for students who are running into issues and struggles (while) living in the off-campus community and we provide resources or support as they navigate more independent living as opposed to living in the residence halls,” she said.Marisa Joel, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, lives on the College Avenue campus and said it is easier to do things when living on campus due to the proximity of resources, and that you can meet more people since you have a living community.The students are at the mercy of their landlords when they live off-campus, she said.
The Rutgers chapter of Young Americans for Liberty held its first meeting this past Wednesday.According to their mission statement, Young Americans for Liberty aims to promote and educate the students of Rutgers University to the ideas of liberty, peace, the constitution and free markets through activism and intellectual dialogue with the general student body.Andrea Vacchiano, the president of the club, said that Young Americans for Liberty supports drug reform, prison reform and small government economic policies.“We try to educate our peers about libertarian principles through activism events and hosting speakers, and we also try to make some pro-liberty changes within Rutgers,” the School of Arts and Sciences junior said.One such pro-liberty change advocated by Young Americans for Liberty is the reform of Rutgers' policies on public speech, said Aviv Khavich, a School of Engineering junior and the group's vice president.Khavich said that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) rates schools according to how well they preserve students' rights to free speech.FIRE assigns each school a color code — red, yellow or green — which corresponds to their policies protecting free speech.According to FIRE's website, a “red light school” is designated as one that has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech, a “yellow light school” is one with some policies that could ban or excessively regulate protected speech and a “green light school” has no serious threats to free speech.“Rutgers is a yellow light school,” Khavich said.
She’s the First: Rutgers, a college chapter of the national non-profit, kicked off the school year with its first general meeting on Tuesday night in Hardenburgh Hall.As an extension of She’s the First (STF) — an organization that supports girls in low-income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate high school — members of the Rutgers chapter educate prospective members on the importance of this cause and encourage them to participate in their many fundraising activities throughout the school year.Ankita Veta, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and the president of STF: Rutgers, explained that the funding specifically finances their high school education, as this is the time for many girls in these countries when familial obligations or societal expectations will cause them to discontinue their education.Significant obstacles including poverty, dangerous routes to school, higher costs at higher levels of schooling and emphasis on early marriage and traditional roles often keep girls in low-income countries from completing their education, according to the She’s the First official website. “But the fact that you are here today, that you are at this meeting, that alone is already a step towards taking action,” Veta said.The STF website points to the many direct, positive impacts that occur when a girl is provided access to education. An education means each girl earns 20 percent more per year of schooling she finishes, is less likely to marry early and more likely to be in a healthy relationship, has fewer, healthier children and will take the skills learned in the classroom to support her family and her community, according to the website.To make this a reality for girls all around the world, hundreds of high school and college chapters throughout the U.S.
At the first student body meeting of the year, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) welcomed the new director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) and discussed plans for their program promoting safe drinking habits.RUSA President and Edward J.
Rutgers Dining Services hopes to provide wide varieties of food, upgrades and events for University students this upcoming academic year.“We are adding meal swipes to Harvest at the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health on Cook campus, and the meal swipe value in our retail operations will increase to from $6 to $7 for breakfast and from $8 to $9 for lunch or dinner," Nick Emanuel said. Emanuel, the director of Operations at Rutgers Dining Services, said the Dining Services' agenda for the fall is to implement the Menus of Change principle into all dining hall locations.
Spoon University is dedicated to being the “food resource for our generation, on a mission to make food make sense.” The organization originally began at Northwestern University and then spread to other universities.
As a Muslim organization, the Ahlul-Bayt Student Association (ABSA) represents the views and concerns of the Shia minority at Rutgers.
On Monday night, the College Avenue Gymnasium was transformed into a salsa party open to friends and family featuring live music, dancing, catered dinner and showcase performances for the Rutgers Salsa Club’s 17th annual end of year celebration, "RU Salsa Project."“Rutgers’ Salsa (Club’s) Annual '(RU) Salsa Project' is an end-of-the-year event where our club members have the opportunity to showcase the choreography and dancing skills they have been working on all year,” said Janisha Rodriguez, the secretary of the club and a Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy junior.Tickets were $7 at the door for Rutgers students, and doors opened at 7 p.m.At 7:30 p.m., the "RU Salsa Project" opened with a 15-minute introductory class for guests who were new to salsa dancing.At around 8 p.m., the floor opened for social dancing.The event was open to students and non-Rutgers guests, especially families and friends of those performing, Rodriguez said.
The Rutgers chapter of DECA, which began two years ago, works to prepare business students for the real world through conferences, events and interview skills workshops.Mwakulomba Juma, the co-president and co-founder of DECA Rutgers and a School of Management and Labor Relations junior, said DECA is a huge organization with 850,000 members worldwide. The majority of the members and chapters are in high schools, he said.
Every Friday, the Underground Gaming Society (UGS) gathers at the Busch Student Center to play games together as a community.
The first collegiate chapter of the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Foundation at Rutgers has been tirelessly working to raise awareness and funds for congenital heart disease.Congenital heart disease is the number one birth defect-related killer, and each year more children die from congenital heart defects than all forms of pediatric cancer combined, according to the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Website.The main goal of the organization is to spread awareness for the disease as well as accumulate donations for hospitals conducting research.
Within the various choral organizations present on campus, some informal and some formal, is Kirkpatrick Choir, one of the most advanced choral groups at Rutgers.The choir, along with the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble, has an upcoming concert at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus on April 21, and then again on April 23 at New York City’s Trinity Church.The Kirkpatrick Choir was formed after World War II and shortly after became one of the most prestigious ensembles at Rutgers. The choir, which currently stands at 69 members, consists of music majors and many non-music majors and is directed by Dr. Patrick Gardner, director of choral activities at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.Gardner has been teaching at Rutgers and directing the Kirkpatrick Choir for the past 24 years.
On Wednesday night, novelist Kim Stanley Robinson read from and discussed his new novel "New York 2140." He was joined by a panel of Rutgers faculty with expertise in climate science.Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestselling science fiction writer best known for his "Mars" trilogy.