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If there is anything Rutgers University grips onto for campus pride, it’s most likely their dynamic diversity. Only at Rutgers can I walk down most streets and hear at least three different languages combined with six different accents on my way to class. Yet, university officials feel it’s best to improve its reputation by focusing on absurdities like a failing football program and its merger to the Big 10.
The winter season is upon us and so concludes another semester “On the Banks of the Old Raritan.” These past few months have been fraught with exciting changes for our university. The integration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and our acceptance into the Big Ten athletic conference has opened a door of new possibilities for research and involvement.
While the University’s apparent response to Hurricane Sandy is a step in the right direction, many more steps are needed in a great variety of areas. A few local problems, have plagued Cook Campus departments for decades, and in this case, it happens to be the one I work in. By no means is this a complete list.
Have you ever wondered why students pay such high interest rates to borrow funds for education? If you haven’t, you should. The logical answer is that loans to students with no income are risky. This is completely true. But my bets are that private lenders are not charging only for the additional risk.
There has been a very generous amount of attention paid to Stan NcNeil. I say generous because it certainly reflects the student body wanting to give more of something than is strictly necessary or expected to this otherwise quotidian end of an employee’s career.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Rutgers University Student Assembly, or RUSA, has been trying to figure out what is really on student’s minds when it comes to issues that they face at the University. The student government is comprised of only sixty students with sixty unique viewpoints. In order for RUSA to know what students want to see fixed at the University, we need to hear from you!
I let the moment sink in. The cool, salty water lapped with a natural rhythm against the surfboard. I sat there, in disbelief. I thought scenes like this were built for the movies, a fiction unattainable in real life. The fire in the sky — made of the bright yellows and warm oranges of the sunset — burned against the deep cool blue of the sea’s passing waves.
For millions of high school seniors across the country, navigating the college admissions maze proves challenging enough. An acceptance into their dream university, however, can unravel a larger obstacle: funding a four-year education. Catherine Benavidez has encountered these challenges first-hand at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t the only big winner in last Tuesday’s election. The unprecedented rise of special interest spending in our democracy is the real “elephant in the room.” Empowered by recent Supreme Court rulings, special interests on both ends of the political spectrum are spending record-breaking amounts to sway elections at every level of government.
On Friday, Andrew Getraer and Ariel Lubow came out with a response to Sara Zayed’s column. As a person mentioned in the article, I feel obligated to respond. I want to start off by rejecting the halfhearted apology I received in the article. Not only did it dismiss incidents of verbal and physical harassment the volunteers and I suffered, but reported them as an isolated incident committed by one person not part of the Rutgers University community.
In Tuesday’s Daily Targum, columnist Sara Zayed made a number of comments and accusations against Rutgers Hillel. We hesitate to respond, recognizing that most of the campus couldn’t care less. Foremost, the back and forth between pro-Israel and anti-Israel voices is just noise. We all have better things to do than add to the noise. However, the misrepresentation of Hillel by Zayed cannot go uncorrected.
With a warm thank you to the Rutgers student body for their resolution of support for the Morales/Shakur Community Center for the people, I must send this report to our brothers and sisters at Rutgers University. In the incoming fall semester, City University of New York has been hit with shameful gloom. Back in March 1971, the Reserve Officer Training Corps was thrown off CUNY campus after student protests were heeded across the globe during the unforgivable Vietnam War.
Midterms — Not everyone’s favorite part of a semester, but for some, it can cause intense feelings of anxiety above the norm that actually affect their ability to take tests. I am one of these people. I have an anxiety disorder. I am entitled by the American with Disabilities Act to receive accommodations on my exams in order to make my testing experience equal to that of what people without disabilities experience.
In 1970, Congresswoman Martha Griffiths pulled off a legislative coup on Capitol Hill still unmatched in its courageous pluckiness when she did an end-run around a minority of representatives hostile to the proposed Equal Rights Amendment for women.
To date, no laws of any government anywhere in the world have been able to stop people from engaging in sex work. To be clear, sex work refers to people who consensually trade sexual acts for money or goods. For many women and men, sex work is simply work. For some, engaging in sex work gives economic freedom otherwise not possible.
It is completely and utterly obvious that the tuition that continues to increase is not being put to intentions of our interests as students. Instead of receiving increased services, the libraries are open fewer hours on the weekends, the dining halls have closed earlier, and the once frequent and accessible LX busses are now clogged with students — whereas students hoping to go back to Cook and Douglass campuses on the REXLs are nearly fighting for their lives to get home.
My name is Christopher, and I’m a proud Rutgers alumnus. I was an esteemed member of the Glee Club, a dedicated student employee and football fanatic. In recent years, it has pained me to see constant controversy circling the institution I love. Initially, they were events that coincidentally happened at Rutgers, such as the circumstances surrounding Tyler Clementi’s tragic death.
It’s been said time and time again that America was founded as a nation of outcasts and immigrants. The 13 colonies became a conglomeration of men and women who were considered 16th and 17th century radicals. They left behind their familiar surroundings in search of something better, a freer more virtuous way of life.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, many Americans will revisit life-changing moments and remembrances from the superstorm, especially those in New York and New Jersey. Sandy, which claimed the lives of more than 250 people and upturned life for millions more, was the second most costly hurricane in U.S. history — topped only by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Over the last several weeks, I have read point and counterpoint regarding the mock eviction notices distributed in residence halls by Students for Justice in Palestine. The notices were meant to call attention to the destruction of Palestinian homes by Israel in territory that, by all accounts, is claimed by both sides. Given that I am neither Jewish nor Palestinian, I have been impartial on this issue and continue to remain so.