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We are Chabad House at Rutgers University, and I am writing in reference to the controversial article written by Colleen Jolly and printed in your opinions section. While this article was not directly aimed at Chabad House, but rather its sister organization, the Rutgers Hillel, we feel the obligation to respond due to its underlying implications of bigotry and anti-Semitism.
Could there possibly be any more headlines “frozen” into one football game? Let’s start with the temperature. Of course, the National Football League decides to pick basically the coldest winter on record to experiment with a cold-weather Super Bowl — a winter where more people are familiar with the term “polar vortex” than with who is actually playing in the biggest football game of the year.
After returning home from the USA Sevens international rugby tournament in Las Vegas last week, I’ve been feeling rather confident about the sport’s chances at catching the average American sports fan’s attention. First, there’s the matter of the explosion of college rugby. College rugby represents the largest section of USA Rugby, and Forbes reports that there are more than 1,000 colleges that feature a club.
On Tuesday, The Daily Targum published a commentary by a student entitled “Academic freedom should be free and unrestricted,” which addressed the recent vote of the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions, referring to the action as “unethical and unwise.”
1. Give $18 million to Carl Levitt. It is a truth universally acknowledged that life after college is hard. With $18 million, I, Carl Levitt, could pay off my creditors and perhaps even live comfortably for the rest of my days. After four grueling years studying at this institution, $18 million would be the least that a wholly private organization could do for me.
In late 2013, the American Studies Association, a scholarly organization comprised mainly of American Studies professors across the United States, elected to boycott Israeli universities and academic institutions. The organization argued that an academic boycott of Israel would help ease Palestinian suffering and help lead to a peaceful resolution.
From my understanding, Hillel is at $12 million of their $18 million goal for their new building. The addition of the new Hillel building would be the second Jewish building on a historically reformed Dutch college that began its roots in theology. As a student of Rutgers, and a resident of New Brunswick, I find myself considering what $18 million means.
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.