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President Donald J. Trump and his administration have seemed to give opponents of former President Barack Obama’s administration another thing to cheer about after Wednesday night. The Trump administration revoked protections for transgender students who wish to use bathrooms and facilities that resemble their gender identity. This decision was done despite the announcements by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who said she would protect the rights of transgender students, then had to choose between defying the president and ignoring her instinct, and ended up doing the latter. But others did not stay as quiet.
MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH
Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences students understand the necessary balance between the humanities and the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) field. So if college students can comprehend the importance of this balance, it is hard to imagine why a presidential administration is struggling with the idea of this concept.
Something out of the ordinary occurred between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald J. Trump. Recently, the Russian president has called upon his staffers and diplomats to put together a psychological dossier on Trump. Normally, it would be nothing uncommon for a nation’s leader to be briefed on another leader they before they meet, especially the U.S. president. But conducting a psychological report is not usually part of the protocol. So why the dossier? The Russian government claims that it is due to Trump’s performance over the past few months, but does this really call for a full psychological analysis?
A lot of Rutgers students rely on the train to get to home and back. Being affordable and convenient, sites of train stations become popular areas with high volumes of people. If you have ever sat down to wait for a train amongst these crowds of people, you have probably noticed that there are some homeless people who inhabit these areas. But this might not be the case anymore at Penn Station in Newark.
It is not uncommon for people to dislike the press — especially those who have political influence. The press is constantly pushing for more information and is the source behind any news that may negatively affect the image of politicians. President Donald J. Trump, known for criticizing the press, took it upon himself to publicly denounce news outlets via his favorite way of addressing the citizens of the United States of America — Twitter.
The annual career fairs at the Rutgers Business School always attract a plethora of eager college students, dressed for success, for the opportunity to try and impress potential employees. But this year, Rutgers Business School decided that “dressing for success” had a different definition.
Earlier this year, Rutgers University made attempts to more closely monitor its police force with the implementation of body cameras. Rutgers campuses, including Camden, New Brunswick and Newark, began requiring its police officers to wear standard-issue equipment. Kenneth Cop, the chief of the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD), believed that having these body cameras would have a “positive impact” on the relations between the police force and the community. A few months after this, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) and RUPD collaborated to install security cameras on off-campus sites so as to ensure that police could oversee any crimes that were occurring near campus. At the time, the Rutgers community, as well as others, approved this decision and saw it as Rutgers’ way of ensuring that even the police department was being kept in check. This was especially true after other states began removing possibilities of monitoring police, like when North Carolina issued a law that blocked police footage from being released to the public. But with the recent shooting of a New Jersey man from Bridgeton — where citizens of South Jersey are currently demanding the investigation of the police officer who killed him — the overall effectiveness of body cameras and police monitoring has been thrown into question.
If you go anywhere on campus today, it is guaranteed that you will see an overabundance of heart-shaped decorations and puns regarding love. It is, in fact, Valentine’s Day. But the same cannot be said overseas in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
Rutgers students have been known to stand up for what they believe in. Whether these beliefs are portrayed through protests or demonstrations, students always manage to get their point across. While it is important for students to voice their concerns and be vehicles for change, sometimes the reasoning behind their distresses are misguided.
The Rutgers Board of Governors is holding a vote today to determine whether they will change the name of two buildings and a walkway on campus. But these are no ordinary changes. Rutgers is changing the names of parts of the campus to those that belonged to former slaves and Rutgers’ first black graduate. These changes are an official acknowledgment of Rutgers’ ties to slavery during its inception. Deborah Gray White, the Board of Governors' distinguished professor of history, who chaired the research committee for this project, explained that the hopes of the Board of Governors is to ensure that the Rutgers community knows that black people were essential to the very construction of the University. With this goal in mind, the Board of Governors wants to change the name of Old Queen’s Walkway to “Will’s Walkway,” the College Avenue Apartments into “Sojourner Truth Apartments” and Kilmer Library to the “James Dickson Carr Library.” Rutgers has taken responsibility for its history of using slave labor during its creation and hopes that these changes will reflect their intentions. But this might not be the case.
A lot of people may believe that monitoring the psychological decisions of a 6-year-old may not be useful for scientific study. But researchers from the University of Illinois proved that the mind of 5 to 7 year olds can become extremely telling of much more than one thinks. In fact, with an experiment conducted on 400 children, researchers were able to display that certain gender biases not only exist, but run rampant within the minds of young children. The socially infused roles of gender have found their way into children’s ideas of who is intelligent and who is not — and the results are a little bothersome.
A controversial debate over freedom of speech broke out after a frightening display of free speech was displayed last Wednesday night at the University of California, Berkeley.
GREEN FOR GREEN
A policy that is created and enforced on the pretense of public safety can be fueled by discriminatory rhetoric. First, it was President Donald J. Trump’s blocking of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries popularly referred to as the "Muslim Ban," and today, it is the Austrian government's move to consider a ban on full-face veils. Primarily Muslim women would be prohibited from wearing full-face veils — known as “burqas” and “niqabs,” — in public spaces. But this is not all. Austria wants to take this initiative one step further and ban the headscarf — fabric that is on a woman's head and does not fully cover the face — from being worn by civil servants, ranging from police officers to judges and prosecutors.
The nation seems to be in a state of hysteria as the effects of President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order settle in. Trump’s orders, referred to by the public as the “Muslim Ban,” entails the temporary halting of refugees from entering the United States for several months. This order also blocks new visas for people who are from any of the seven Muslim-majority countries listed in the statute. These countries include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. There have also been incidents of green card holders, who are legal U.S. residents, being blocked from U.S.-bound flights. This means that this order, although not stated explicitly, blocks people who have legal access to the U.S. and have lived here for many years, from coming home. Trump has waged war against the very values that this nation functions upon.
In a time where the differences of others are being condemned rather than celebrated, Rutgers and the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) seem to be shining a hopeful light. The energy services company has teamed up with the University’s Tyler Clementi Center to create an “LGBT Youth Empowerment Initiative.” This daylong event, targeted at high school students, is offered at the University because of a $10,000 grant offered by PSE&G. Most people would wonder why Rutgers would offer a program to high school students, but Rutgers is doing more than merely advertising itself as a university. The University is opening the conversation to larger issues in America and providing a way for young adults to transition into another stage of their lives.
From 2013 to 2015, 47 percent of school shootings occurred at colleges and at universities. So it is appropriate that the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) executed a drill in order to practice what faculty and staff should do in the case of an active-shooter threat on campus.
RUTGERS IS TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
It has only been five days since President Donald J. Trump has taken office, and yet it feels like it has been a lifetime. Each day of the Trump presidency brings in another day of endless concerns and frightening realizations about the possible fate of this country. These concerns begin with Trump’s implementation of new policies.