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I often look back with fondness upon my years at Rutgers. The education I received from professors such as Steve Bronner, Eric Davis and James Livingston played an important role in my academic and professional development, and my eventual ability to earn a doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center. Because of the lessons I learned at Rutgers, I specialized in human rights and democratization.
The subject of commencement speakers is always contentious, and this year’s choice of Condoleezza Rice is no exception. However, I was disappointed to see the Daily Targum’s editorial board perpetuate an inordinately cynical view of politicians and the political system shared by many college students and the millennial generation as a whole.
I find the recent sentiments in a Jan. 31 letter to the editor, “Israel should not be the only target of boycotts,” troubling. Who is to say that people involved with the International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel aren’t involved in other boycotts and causes as well? I, personally, am involved in myriad causes, and I boycott an endless number of companies and entities for various reasons.
It’s time to reflect. Whether you have been at Rutgers for one semester or eight, think back at all of the weekends you have spent here in New Brunswick. I know that I have enjoyed a couple great ones. But how many do you wish you could forget? How many of them can you not even remember?
Of the many noteworthy Super Bowl commercials, Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” has received the lion’s share of attention. In the commercial, the song “America the Beautiful” is sung in eight different languages to depict the melting pot of ethnicities in the United States.
In the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences’ “Ethics in Science” colloquium, students learn about today’s issues and work toward affecting society in a positive way while working on specific issues on subjects we chose and are passionate about. I learned about how our companion animals are considered property and not living, breathing creatures.
To paraphrase a certain rather famous seventh religious leader, “I shall not be convinced of that which you are convinced, nor will you be convinced me of that which I am convinced. Unto you your convictions, and unto me my convictions.” I am certain that Syjil Ashraf passionately believes in every word she writes, and I am under no illusions as to my power to sway others’ deeply held beliefs.
An underappreciated Rutgers alumni, Paul Robeson, was brought to my attention recently. His story inspired me to start a petition to change the football stadium’s name to the “Paul Robeson Stadium.” Paul Robeson was the third African American ever accepted to Rutgers University. In 1919, he graduated as the class valedictorian and football All-American.
It’s time for the invasion of the gray heads. If you look around and the oldest person in your class is not the professor, he or she is most likely to be a so-called senior auditor. As one myself, thanks to Rutgers, after auditing a number of courses in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, I was able to embark on a second career as an organic farmer.
Being a Scarlet Knight, or just a person in general, there has to be some set of morals, a sense of decorum and, most importantly, good will toward all men and women. This week, however, in the aftermath of a column I will not name, I have seen individuals act inhumanely toward their peers over the Internet.
We are embarrassed for you. We are embarrassed that you disgraced yourselves and the entire Rutgers community last Thursday, publishing the commentary in your Opinion section entitled “Can Hillel’s funding be put to better use elsewhere?” by Ms. Colleen Jolly. We are embarrassed for you because you chose to publish a commentary that was of such poor writing and such impoverished thought, that it’s incoherence almost overshadowed its gross bigotry. Almost.
When I attended Rutgers College 40 years ago, the Rutgers Hillel “building” was a second-floor walkup on George Street, midway between the Rutgers and Douglass College. Religious services were sometimes held in the rabbi’s home due to a lack of space. There was no Jewish presence on the main campus.
Last Thursday’s Daily Targum published a commentary that questioned Hillel’s use of its funds. This piece was factually inaccurate and perpetuated Jewish stereotypes about money in a revolting way. As members of the Alliance to Advance Interfaith Collaboration at Rutgers University, we are writing in response to this hateful piece.
I found Colleen Jolly’s commentary published last Thursday to be both very poorly written and incredibly offensive. Her commentary relies on many blatant lies and distortions of the truth. For one thing, Hillel is privately funded, and its donors have the right to donate to whatever cause they choose to. For another, the problems she sees in the city of New Brunswick are not the responsibility of Hillel.
Last Thursday, I read one of the most factually inaccurate, as well as plain meanest and rudest pieces of commentary I’ve ever come across in The Daily Targum — which says a lot. Colleen Jolly, who authored the commentary piece “Can Hillel’s Funding be Put to a Better use Elsewhere?” not only managed to mix up the idea of public and private funds but also found space for hurtful anti-Semitic remarks in the small-word limit.
I am a Rutgers alumnus and former member of The Daily Targum’s board of trustees and still try to check in with the Targum online as often as possible. I read an article in the opinions section today that I found problematic on multiple levels. On the most basic level, the article was poorly written and did not by any stretch of the imagination meet the level that is expected by the Targum.
Last year I nervously made my way to organic chemistry, the class that all science and pre-med students dread. This is the class that all students have been told will determine whether they are cut out to follow their dreams. A few moments later, a cheerful Professor John Taylor walked in and eagerly greeted his new group of budding chemists.
I was wondering if The Daily Targum’s editors are aware of the content on their website. Specifically, below every article, a comment section has thoughtfully been provided in the interests of enabling students and other members of the Rutgers community to share their views on the content they have just read.
Douglass Residential College, above many other characteristics, is known for its commitment to honoring old traditions and customs. Among many of those time-honored traditions is “Yule Log,” which takes place close to the start of the holiday season. This event has been a part of the college’s history since its opening in 1918, although it was not until 1927 that it was held in the chapel.
Recently, The Daily Targum published an opinion piece by a University student that attacked the overwhelming support for Stan McNeil, the former LX bus driver. The student justified First Transit’s decision to fire Stan over a safety breach and criticized those defending Stan over religious freedom. The author did note that Stan was a positive influence, but despite the good, feels Stan’s treatment was deserved.