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In its infancy, hip-hop originated as a creative outlet for the disenfranchised people of color living in the low-income neighborhoods of New York, and the genre continues to represent a culture that often reflects on socioeconomic and political realities of marginalized communities. Since its conception, the power and influence of hip-hop has garnered a legacy internationally, including in Latin America.
Aaron Ramos, a Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA) alumnus, is using his talents of dance and education to teach his Franklin Middle School students about important social issues and life lessons in a creative way.
On March 15, Brenton Tarrant, an Australian white supremacist, let loose on Christchurch and killed 50 Muslim worshippers and injured dozens of others. Besides being New Zealand’s most deadly mass shooting in its history, what makes it noteworthy is the method in which news of it was spread: through Facebook livestream.
Until a few weeks ago, I was about to give up trying to pronounce Pete Buttigieg’s last name. He is the gay, 37-year-old mayor from South Bend, Indiana running for president like the little engine that could.
Rutgers University will soon implement a new minor for students: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).
After playing two matches in the Midwest last weekend, the Rutgers tennis team will serve up competition against No. 14 Michigan and Michigan State this weekend at the Rutgers Tennis Complex.
“I’m an Indian Punjabi girl at heart. I’m very proud of that, and I’m even prouder because I just love it. Punjabi people are known to be vibrant, loud and just really loving. I think what I love about what I am and the culture I grew up in is that we’re very accepting. The fact that my culture and my family just stays so tight-knit to our roots is very important to me. My mom instilled a lot of the culture in me. I speak the native language, I listen to the music and I design my own outfits. It’s always good to know that I’m going to be taking something from my culture, and I’m going to be passing it onto the next generation. I think that’s a very important thing because I never want my culture to die down. That is what makes you unique. If you have a culture, learn about it, make it your own and be happy with it.”
“I was really young when I decided, but I knew that I had people skills. For a long time I was undecided about what I wanted to minor in, but I was always sure about majoring in Social Work. In social work, you work with people who are from different ethnic, race and religious backgrounds and you can't come at them from your perspective. You need to meet them where they are. I took the class ‘Death and Afterlife’ and I really loved it. After that, I decided I wanted to minor in Religion. It opened my eyes to what could happen. I think religion says a lot about a person because it's a moral background, and even if you don't subscribe to a religion now, you kind of have these morals that are based on religion. So learning about religion allows me to know people. My second minor, Race and Ethnic Studies, is about people.”
“My father grew up in a house with not just his sisters and parents, but also with his grandma and cousins, and his father took care of all of them, meaning they didn't always have a lot to go around. They had to relocate a few times without notice for my grandfather's work. It wasn't always stable and my father didn't want that for me, so he wanted to make sure that when we came to the U.S., we would have a better life. When I was growing up, my father also instilled in me a love for cars that never died out. It sounds a bit silly, but I also want to be able to buy him a dream car of sorts as a reward for all the hard work he's done in his life to make sure that the life I lead is better than what he grew up with. That's usually my main motivation. There's small things along the way, i.e. a certain physique when I'm at the gym, a new pair of sneakers when I'm at work, but the above is what has driven me for a long time.”
“I’m actually the first-ever Miss Central Jersey through the Miss America organization. I will be competing for Miss New Jersey in June. And if I were to win that, I would go on to compete for Miss America, which is really exciting. I think one of the main things with being involved in pageants is that there is a lot more to it than what people see on stage. When people think about pageants, they think about the person on stage who has all the makeup on, the hair and the fancy dress. They don’t realize what occurs on the other 364 days in a year when she’s not on stage. One of the big things that I do through that is promote a social impact initiative, which essentially is a community service that you are passionate about, and mine is mental health awareness. I volunteer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and I do a bunch of training programs where I go to schools to educate people about mental health. Being involved in the Miss America organization has given me a lot of opportunities to work on my speaking skills, interview skills and networking with people. That is one of the main reasons why I continue to do this. I’ve done this for five years now, and it’s because I enjoy it so much and see the the value of it.”
“What I plan to achieve from going to Rutgers is one, obtaining a degree. That’s why everyone comes here. A lot of people know that the Rutgers name holds a lot of weight. Rutgers is well-known around the world, so you know all types of things. What I plan to also achieve personally — well one, to be the first generation in my family to graduate and hopefully to obtain my master’s. Most importantly, I want to help the world. Help young children. Young Black children. Girls specifically. There’s this quote: Be the woman that you needed when you were younger. So I hope that I can use Rutgers to build myself up so that I can become successful, but not just live off of my degree, and actually develop it to use to enrich other girls’ lives.”
"I started teaching at Rutgers 21 years ago. I am older than most of my students’ parents. I have pride in teaching them the curriculum as well as the perspectives of human life. My mother always told me, ‘Be humble no matter what you achieve.’ She is my idol, and I am not embarrassed to admit that. After 35 years of my corporate life, I finally took the plunge and decided to start teaching in 1998. I never imagined I would do anything like this, but it is a privilege to see my students grow. I still hear from my students from the earlier classes — work, career growth, marriage invitations and a lot more. I value the word ‘professor’ and the title has changed my life for good. At 78 years old, I feel stronger by the day, and I look forward to dedicating every class to my mother. As I enter, I say: ‘Hey mom, listen up.’”
“I am 1 of 3 Black females out of the entire first-year class in the Dance BFA program at Mason Gross School of the Arts. So that was one of the biggest challenges — not seeing familiar faces, but it’s okay. They’re not racist, they’re not biased, but there is a disparity that we are all aware of. There is a lack of African American representation at Mason Gross.”
Fresh off a victory over Iowa, the Rutgers baseball team traveled to Easton, Pennsylvania to take on Lafayette, a team with a record slightly better than the Scarlet Knights (10-19, 2-4).
When head coach Steve Pikiell was hired back in 2016, he inherited a program transitioning into one of the biggest conferences in the country, recovering from a head coaching scandal only three years prior, and following its lowest win total in 28 years.
On Tuesday, three members of the Olympic Israeli judo team came to Rutgers to speak about their experiences with the sport, as well as their diets and the challenges they faced while competing.
Rutgers Athletics announced that it has accomplished its goal of raising $100 million toward the R Big Ten Build, a fundraising campaign for athletics facilities, according to an Athletics press release. The initiative, which began in January 2016, has had 4,000 supporters and will support approximately 650 student athletes.
Within the opening remarks of Guatemalan activist, poet and hip-hop musician Rebeca Lane's talk Tuesday afternoon in Tillet Hall, she gave her sharp perspective on the presence of migrant caravans in the modern day, and spliced the issue together with current perils in her homeland of Guatemala. Against the backdrop of the expansive Mayan population of Guatemala, Lane spoke out against a history of colonization and cited the legacy of United States intervention to create a dangerous outside reputation of the U.S.'s "backyard."
From the moment she picked up a tennis racquet, she knew this was where she was supposed to be. For Sydney Kaplan, a freshman on the Rutgers tennis team, her natural ability to hit the ball over the net came at a young age.
Today, there are more ways to watch television than ever. Turning on the “TV” has taken on new meaning with new shows popping up from several different delivery systems. Obviously, Netflix has become a content machine, pouring more than $10 billion into programming this year. Other streaming services like Apple, Amazon and Hulu also plan to spend billions on creating shows for anxious eyeballs this year. Cable TV is still not going away with the endless hours of prestige programs airing on channels like HBO and FX. It is estimated that more than 500 original shows will premiere by the end of 2019.