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There has been recent controversy at the University over a student organization’s decision to spread awareness about an extreme political issue by slipping flyers under the doors of different residence halls on each campus. The actions and crackdown on certain organizations are not only inappropriate, but they contradict the values of Rutgers.
I see it every day, and so do you. Even though you’ve been enrolled for over a month, you probably cease to notice it. It is an unavoidable sight and is on everything from buses, laundry bags, windows of dormitories and on the red shirts and caps many of us wear walking to class. It’s somewhere on the newspaper you are reading right now.
I wanted to congratulate The Daily Targum for its editorial on the so-called “Columbus Day” titled “Columbus Day is not a celebration.” As early as 1992, the City Council of Berkeley, Calif. voted to celebrate this day as “Indigenous People’s Day” and other progressive communities around the United States have been following suit, sometimes using the term “Native Americans Day.”
In a recent letter to The Daily Targum, “Students do not need to be sheltered from reality,” John Lisowski asked what was wrong with the Students for Justice in Palestine’s eviction notice campaign. He makes the argument that the information on the SJP fliers was “accurate and uncontested,” and asks for someone to explain why students should have to be sheltered from these “facts.” As they say in the vernacular: challenge accepted.
I am befuddled by Daily Targum columnist Sabri Rafi’s piece encouraging the University community to live in ignorance because, well, the world is a not happy place, and “Breaking Bad” is quality television. The examples used to encourage this disinterest in world affairs are CNN and Fox News. I don’t know if anyone would consider either the nation’s premier journalism.
Earlier this week, students found mock eviction notices under their doors stating their dorm rooms were scheduled for demolition. This was part of a campaign by Students for Justice in Palestine to spread awareness about Palestinian affairs. Naturally, the move was met with opposition.
Sunday night, Oct. 6, very realistic “eviction notices” were placed under doors of student residence halls and apartment buildings at the University. They were so realistic, in fact, that many students were, at first, led to believe they were being evicted from their place of residence.
The Israeli/Palestinian question is one of the most divisive issues of our time. It’s extraordinarily rare to encounter anyone who doesn’t have strong, heartfelt views on the subject. Furthermore, the issue has ramifications quite close to home – many Rutgers students have family and friends that are directly involved in one of the world’s most enduring conflicts.
In a time where the Rutgers name is sullied by avoidable controversies, another rises from its oldest standing tradition. The Rutgers University Glee Club has changed a 140 year-old tradition, the alma mater, to gender-neutral lyrics.
The Rutgers administration has passively endorsed the lyrical revision to the Rutgers alma mater, “On the Banks of the Old Raritan.” This autocratic action taken by a small selection of faculty and students has me scratching my head.
Earlier this week, I was woken in the middle of the night by a phone call informing me of the deplorable, yet unsurprising, actions of an anti-Israel student organization on campus. Editorials, letters to the editor and articles have been published in the past week regarding the mock eviction notices distributed to numerous students Sunday evening in their dorms and on-campus apartments.
Many Rutgers students woke up Monday morning with a better understanding of the threat Palestinians face living in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Contrary to what Elisheva Rosen wrote in a letter to the editor earlier this week, this well-documented reality of Palestinians is not propaganda.
With the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy right around the corner, it’s time for New Jersey to have a serious conversation about tackling global warming. Environment New Jersey found that power plants remain the single largest source of global warming pollution.
This week, nearly halfway through the fall semester, close to 1,000 students woke up in Rutgers University residential dorms to find that the very place that they have called home for the past five weeks, the very place where students have felt safe, had been violated by a piece of paper that was shoved under doors, penetrating the rooms where students were sleeping.
It seems only recently that we witnessed one of the greatest games in college football, the 2006 upset of Louisville. For alumni and fans, that will forever be a pivotal and memorable game in Rutgers history. As you prepare for perhaps your last encounter with the Cardinals, know that hundreds of thousands of us will be rooting, cheering and encouraging you all and wishing we could be there in the stands for you.
Nomin Ujiyediin’s column on Wednesday, Oct. 2, addresses an important topic — the relationship between Rutgers University and the city of New Brunswick. Learning about the community in which one lives is an important part of education, and can contribute, in Ujiyediin’s words, to “fruitful intellectual discoveries” and “adult responsibilities.”
I recently learned of the revision to the lyrics of Rutgers’ alma mater, “On the Banks of the Old Raritan.” As an active Rutgers alumnus, it is alarming that this change came without indication of a student referendum or University Senate vote.
I know Rutgers prides itself on its diversity. Yet on Friday, Sept. 20, The Daily Targum ran a picture of no fewer than nine white men breaking ground for the redevelopment of College Avenue. The very next day, The Star-Ledger ran a front-page picture of the Rutgers University Glee Club who, after a whopping 140 years, finally changed the sexist lyrics of our alma mater.
Sounds like someone at Rutgers had the same reaction to the Complex Magazine ranking of the 50 ugliest colleges campuses that we did at the University of New Mexico. So why are you taking potshots at us? “Rutgers-New Brunswick came in at #26, even uglier than the University of New Mexico. Ouch.”
Recently, I read a commentary about how “Professors and adults, in general ... know what they are teaching and assign homework on topics they know are important,” a rebuttal to this week’s “An Inconvenient Truth” which talked about how students should not be overloaded with busywork.