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In 1948, the then captain of the Yale University baseball team met Major League Baseball (MLB) legend Babe Ruth at a pre-game ceremony. If meeting Babe Ruth was the most remarkable thing to happen to you in your entire life, it would be a great story you could tell your grandkids about. But, for this young man, the meeting would only be a footnote in one of the most remarkable lives in United States history. That baseball captain was former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away late Saturday night at the age of 94.
On Nov. 30, the Rutgers University Executive Committee voted to investigate the possibility of 100 percent renewable energy on campus. The proposal for Rutgers to commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 will now go to the Budget and Finance Committee, who will assess the feasibility of the project. For many environmental groups, like the Rutgers Sustainability Coalition, and student groups, like the NJPIRG, this is a major win after advocating for the proposal for a long time.
It is hard not to fall in love with Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) story. Within months, the Bronx-born Osacio-Cortez went from waitressing in Union Square to beating fourth-ranking House Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley in a race that made her the youngest Congresswoman in history. Her sheer determination and lack of censorship is what continually pushes her to the forefront of the political sphere.
Next to the Internet, the invention of "the pill" has changed the fabric of modern society. No longer limited to marriage or the workplace, women were able to juggle intimate relationships while pursuing a career. The birth control pill gave women more liberty to sleep with whomever they wanted without the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. This freedom has led more women to pursue a college education, join the workforce and achieve economic equality with men. It also led to a rise in “single culture” and destroyed the stigma of premarital sex
According to The Daily Targum reporting, Rutgers’ sustainability efforts have increased in recent years, culminating in 30 percent of all campus energy currently coming from renewable resources. As more reports and evidence are released, our environmental future appears increasingly dire. While the University must continue its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and working with the community to build a better, cleaner future, we laurel the progress made of Rutgers.
Rutgers was fortunate in having several students who were brilliant collegiate song writers. The 1873 contribution by Howard Newton Fuller was a funny take on student life at Rutgers that deservedly became its alma mater. The first verse was:
“My father sent me to old Rutgers, And resolv’d that I should be a man. And so I settled down, In that noisy college town, On the Banks of the Old Raritan.”
The New York Times, in their “Modern Love” column, recently published this “tiny love story”: “Some things Tinder dates offered me (that are not sex): jars of jam, help hanging shelves, a ride to the airport, hangover sundae with peanuts, shortcuts across Durham, Costco visits, a planning commissioner’s phone number, a medical consultation, a visit to a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit ...”
On January 1, 2019, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase. While the increase is by no means the act of state legislators or Gov. Phil Murphy (D) upholding his campaign promise, it is the result of New Jersey’s constitution, which requires the state’s minimum wage to be adjusted to consumer price index data. The minimum wage ought to be raised as the prices of goods and services increase, but it must also be set at a livable rate that is reflective of the realities of the economy.
Jealously is a term that is often associated with phrases such as low self-esteem, loneliness, emptiness, inadequacy, anxiety, stress and neuroticism. It is an emotion that we all experience throughout our lifetime, and can be caused by various things, such as issues in an intimate relationship or someone’s appearance, work ethic or house — the list is endless.
The Rutgers community is full of kind and caring people, and for specifically the past two years it has shown those qualities by donating for Giving Tuesday. Each year, Giving Tuesday takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and this year’s focus was on Rutgers’ student food pantries. On the New Brunswick campus, the student food pantry is located at 39 Union St. It opened in 2016, and is stocked by way of donations from organizations like Rutgers Against Hunger, Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services, as well as private donations.
Battlefield V is finally out for PS4, Xbox One and PC and I am loving it so far. In the best way possible, the game feels like older Battlefield series entries. With large-scale battles, team/objective-based gameplay and long matches, the series’ core gameplay formula remains largely the same.
The #MeToo movement worked against sexual harassment as well as sexual assault. The movement went viral in October 2017, making waves internationally while shedding light on the ubiquitous prevalence of sexual harassment, particularly in the workplace. Although this movement made mass news, it unfortunately has not been enough to completely eradicate sexual assault.
Social constructionism has been one of the hottest topics in academia for several decades, as well as the topic that academia is best known for in the outside world. It is one of those rare concepts that has successfully escaped the academic journal and the lecture hall and found its way into everyday speech. Its ubiquity has even triggered a backlash from academics such as Jordan Peterson, Steven Pinker and their considerable social media followings that is growing in popularity daily.
Same usage rates, but different enforcement. The racial targeting in the policing of cannabis use has resulted in Black New Jerseyans being arrested at a rate three times higher than whites between 2000 and 2013, according to an ACLU-NJ report.
Please wake up New Brunswick. There is a proposed gas compressor station coming to Franklin Township. You will smell it. You will taste it too, despite the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 which authorizes New Jersey to protect headwaters and wetlands because they filter and flush polluted downstream waters while storing flood water. Its pipelines will cross headwaters and wetlands of the already-contaminated Cheesequake Creek and Tennent Brook. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) lists more than 1,900 contaminated water bodies in New Jersey. We drink this water.
We are Rutgers faculty who write you today with a deep sense of concern for the broader community and future of our University. We have learned that on Sept. 29, the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) picked up a suspected undocumented person in New Brunswick, made multiple excessive charges (including a duplicate charge), notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of its detention of this individual and held the person for seven hours until ICE arrived to pick up and detain this person themselves.
The class was American Literature, the professor was stern and unconcerned with coming across as friendly, but we shared a common connection. She was passionate about the literature we read in class and I loved it, I loved reading, but most of all, I loved analyzing the texts and connecting them to the human condition and to our world today.
In a utopian West Virginia and Alabama 2018 midterm election, the most glorious of amendments were passed. But first, let us begin by what was not passed. No, it was not a requirement that biscuits and gravy be served at every meal in West Virginia in order to maintain their record of highest obesity rate in the country. It was also not a requirement that the photos of Alabama native Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, be plastered on every public library.
Many major complaints that Rutgers students have seem to stem from administrative insufficiencies, where attempting to solve problems with financial aid, parking, scheduling and other related issues are much more difficult than they ideally should be. Students often run around looking for the right office or the right person to help them.
With the midterm elections in the books and the results mostly contended, except for Florida, we can look into the outcomes and try to draw some conclusions. The Senate was mostly successful for the GOP. The only other thing to note from the Senate side is the election of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) to the United States Senate from Utah. His voice can be very helpful to the GOP and the nation as a whole as I wrote about last year.