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The relatively recent ousting of Harvey Weinstein as a sexual abuser has been followed by an incredible movement, bringing up a new and important conversation about sexual harassment in the United States. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, it seems that sexual misconduct is just as prevalent in academic settings as it is in every other field.
Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court — by the Trump Administration’s request — ordered the lifting of an injunction by a federal appeals court, which was previously preventing the third version of the “travel ban” executive order from going into full effect. Now the ban, which includes more extreme vetting capabilities of refugees and the barring of people coming from eight nations — Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, some groups from Venezuela and North Korea — can be fully implemented.
At the beginning of October and after the summer of health care havoc, I almost wrote a column about how funding was near expiration for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and how Congress would need to take action before the deadline on that measure.
When it comes to recognition and representation, women are infamously lacking in all fields. Even institutions that dedicate themselves to awarding and recognizing influential community members, such as the Nobel Foundation, are found to be misinformed and seemingly biased. From the fields of physics, chemistry, economics, literature, medicine and peace, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 881 people in the past 115 years. Merely 48 out of the 881 recognitions were awarded to women, while the rest went to men.
Last Wednesday, another round of white nationalistic flyers was found on George Street. The flyers were directed at white Americans and urged them to fulfill their "civic duty" by reporting all "illegal aliens" to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. While the suggestion to report people for being in this country illegally is in itself not necessarily racist, the last statement on the flyers read, “AMERICA IS A WHITE NATION,” and on the bottom left corner "bloodandsoil.org" was printed, which is a website for an organization called Patriot Front that advocates for today’s white nationalist movement.
Many of us may have spent the weekend in the company of family. One’s family plays a substantial role in the early shaping of one’s mindset. One’s mindset affects one’s worldview. For example, the way I think about the occurrence of a sunrise and the qualities it displays impacts the way I think about the relationship between the sunrise and my own existence. My understanding of the existence of everything and anything in the universe is directly related to my grasp of my own position and purpose within the world. The language my parents may have used in referring to phenomena in the world will then have influenced the context of how I make sense of my existence.
Since allegations of numerous instances of sexual misconduct arose in early October against famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, a wave of additional accusations against other well-known public figures has come out, detailing the perverted nature of many of those in positions of power and authority within our society.
How awkward would it be if adults acted, dressed, and attended highs school? Exactly, it just doesn’t work. If adult actors continue to play roles that should be played by teens, the teens who view this shows will continue to subconsciously be negatively affected. The fact that the adult actors are normally fully grown, acne free, fitter than the average 14-18-year-old student causes the perception of what a teenager to look like to become skewed.
Five senior cadets in Rutgers’ Air Force ROTC, Detachment 485, will move on to preparation for careers in the U.S. military after they graduate this year. Colin Chehanske, Sean Han, Mallory Kusakavitch, Jackie Nazario and Yesenia Padilla are in their fourth year of the leadership-based program that aims to set cadets up for service as commissioned officers. Future military positions of these students include intelligence officer, cyberspace operations, aircraft maintenance and space operations. We laurel Rutgers’ Air Force ROTC and the senior cadets for their hard work and dedication to service to our country.
On Aug. 4, Lena Dunham tweeted — “Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.” But in the midst of the bold and brave #MeToo movement, Dunham accused actress Aurora Perrineau of lying about the rape accusation she filed against "Girls" writer Murray Miller when she was only 17 years old.
On Nov. 14, just a week before Thanksgiving, something happened in Japan that shocked railway commuters globally. Japan boasts one of the world’s cleanest, most efficient and reliable railway systems in the world. In particular, Tsukuba Express carries 130 million passengers annually and has rarely failed to arrive precisely on time.
After the leaking of the Paradise Papers last month, the Rutgers community was informed that in order to avoid paying domestic taxes on its endowment money, the University was utilizing an offshore “blocker” firm — EnCap Energy Capital Fund IX-C, that invests in oil and gas companies.
This news came as a shock to some, considering the University’s commitment to an environmentally friendly 2030 Master Plan and the administration’s pledge to support the “We Are Still In” campaign, which supports the implementation of the Paris Climate Accords on college campuses after President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal from the international agreement. To some, these contradictions between how Rutgers appears outwardly and how it behaves behind closed doors is unsettling.
President Donald J. Trump announced yesterday that he will be recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the U.S. embassy there, overturning decades of U.S. foreign policy and potentially derailing any possible peace negotiations in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The feminist movement has grown since its birth, for better or worse. From its inception at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, feminism has made tremendous strides towards egalitarian respect for women. Today, feminist ideals bleed into every facet of mainstream culture, from international social media campaigns to the prospect of having a first female president.
On May 4 of last year, a man severely beat and sexually assaulted a female Rutgers student after dragging her to a less visible area. When a group of people intervened in the heinous act, the perpetrator began to run, warning them that if they chased him, he would shoot them. On Dec. 4, that man, Michael P. Knight, admitted to the crime and was convicted of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. The original charges additionally included aggravated assault, aggravated sexual contact, making terroristic threats and endangering the injured victim. He will spend 22 years in prison. This incident sounds like something plucked straight from a horror film, but it happened in an area commonly occupied by students — Seminary Place, a direct offshoot of College Avenue next to Voorhees Mall.
With the holidays around the corner, as college students it is easy to be swept away by the promise of almost three weeks of doing close to nothing, eating more food than one can imagine and getting to see family and friends that you may not have seen in a long time. But it is also easy to forget those who may not be able to do or have any of these privileges. It is also easy to forget those who are struggling not only to find something they are thankful for, but struggling to get by as well. We could write extensively about the history of the commercialization and the capitalistic roots of the holidays as we know them today. But instead what we should do is use that history to try and change what we know as the conventional holiday season to make it a little more communal and inclusive, and bring it somewhat closer to the spirit of Christmas that we have been taught in school. There are some ways you can improve the lives around you, not just for these holidays but all year round, so you can show gratitude in the most impactful way possible.
The meaning of the word “diet” has been destroyed by its continuous misuse in American society. People think diets are supposed to restrict certain foods, even temporarily, in order to train the mind to resist natural food cravings.
The recognition that societal ills are concentrated in particular places has been a part of my life from a very early age. Growing up in the Lower Passaic River watershed, vacant lots, abandoned properties and contaminated sites were and remain abundant.
In the past few months Americans have been forced to recognize the fact that sexual harassment and assault are significantly more prevalent than previously acknowledged. A slew of beloved public figures have been ousted as having committed unwanted sexual acts, some of whom admit truth to the accusations and apologize and others who fail to do so. As a result of this, our society has been confronted with the uncomfortable fact that sexual assault and harassment are normal, everyday occurrences.
World AIDS Day, on Dec. 1, is a day to honor those who have fought and are fighting HIV/AIDS. This year, the White House honored the date by displaying a red ribbon and releasing a proclamation regarding HIV/AIDS. President Donald J. Trump’s statement was similar to that of former President Barack Obama, in the years prior, but one large difference stirred up certain members of the LGBTQ and AIDS community.