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At Rutgers University, greeks have a problem. It is a problem that sororities have excluded themselves from by following their own policies down to the letter, leaving fraternities to take the blame. The culture at this university is one that encourages students to pregame, go out to binge drink and return home late at night, not remembering much of the night. However, the bigger problem here is the expectation. People know that the fraternities will party: We are social organizations, and we will do that. The problem is that people expect fraternal men to be the providers and enablers of their reckless behaviors.
The past few years have been pretty fantastic for women of color on primetime television. With the introduction of shows like “Scandal,” “Suits,” “The Mindy Project,” “Elementary” and 2013’s breakout hit “Sleepy Hollow,” we have seen a steady rise of female actresses of color in leading roles. Not just as parts of an ensemble but as real, central, plot-driving leading ladies.
Living somewhere where the air hurts my face when I walk outside makes me question my life decisions everyday. In the end, there are some things in life that just seem unavoidable: Taxes, my beloved Cleveland Browns winning less than five games a year on a consistent basis, Rutgers not closing down during winter storms that rain snowflakes the size of Flappy Bird. Let’s face it — the struggle-bus is real. Every single student at Rutgers is riding it right now, and we all know our “favorite” multivariable calculus teacher isn’t driving. I would rather have our bus stuck underneath of a random pile of partial differentiation equations than the depths of the vast wilderness that is the Cook and Douglass campuses during these past few ice ages that have hit New Jersey.
Americans everywhere both marveled and broke out in anger over Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial this year and its broad support for our country’s ethnic and linguistic diversity. Some were incredibly glad to see the United States portrayed in the media as multicultural and multilingual, while others were shocked and appalled at this image of the U.S. speaking languages other than English, and showcasing people other than the white population. While there is great importance in making all ethnicities and linguistic communities in the U.S. known and highlighted in positive ways, there is also an issue with the maker of this commercial, Coca-Cola. Like everything in this world, Coca-Cola’s motives must be questioned.
Recently, there has been a building discussion on the use of capital punishment in the U.S. Back in January, my home state of Ohio executed Dennis McGuire who was convicted of the rape and murder of a pregnant woman back in 1989. The controversy arose after the state used a new cocktail of drugs to execute McGuire, who died 25 minutes following the injection — during which witnesses claimed he visibly struggled and gasped for air before expiring. His lawyers and his family have planned a federal lawsuit, claiming the procedure constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Overall, 18 states currently ban the death penalty. Opponents claim that the death penalty is a cruel and unusual form of punishment that comes at a tremendous cost to taxpayers and is already banned in most civilized countries. Supporters claim that the death penalty is a necessary evil to administer justice for the most heinous criminals. Additionally, some opponents claim there are better ways to punish criminals for horrendous crimes.
As I study for exams, I occasionally reminisce on my pre-undergraduate days. The term “academic neglect” comes to mind. I remember coasting through summer school to make it into high school. I remember my high school overcrowding lower-level classes with my minority friends, yet claiming there was no space in honors and Advanced Placement classes, although I saw half the seats vacant. I accredit a few teachers for my acceptance to Rutgers. You see, a college career was never a prospect that crossed my mind. My single mother was undocumented working two, at times three, jobs to provide for me. I figured I would enter the work force and call it a lifestyle. I was another failing student in a failing high school. However, I don’t completely blame myself.
Equality is a dream we strive to make a reality. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela spoke words of equality, which reverberate in our ears. Equality is fair and equal treatment for people regardless of any differences.
Targum: We need to talk about you.
As Rutgers students, we need to let it be known that the Daily Targum Board of Trustees does not represent us. Some readers may be wondering who the members on Board of Trustees are, and that is a huge part of the problem. Why is this group, a group that is not mentioned anywhere on the Targum website, exercising control over what can and can’t be published in the Targum? Why do they operate with zero transparency and without any apparent accountability from the student body? The Daily Targum is a student newspaper, founded by students for students. We fund the Targum. Without the $10.75 addition to our term bill we pay each semester, the school newspaper could not continue. Why, then, is the Targum not being independently run by the students, but rather being controlled by an enigmatic group we know virtually nothing about?
My beloved Targum — how you never fail to stir up controversy semester after semester. With that Tyler Clementi editorial debacle back in 2010 or a microcosmic version of the Israel-Palestine conflict played out across the Opinions page or the cheeky piece on V-Day cunnilingus, The Daily Targum has pissed off many and pleased few. And once again, the Targum is in the spotlight as one former opinions editor attempts to expose a problem with the Targum’s infrastructure that undermines the integrity of the campus newspaper as an unbiased fixture at Rutgers University. While I have no desire to involve myself in the petty personal dramas unfolding around this pressing issue of campus newspaper censorship, allow me to weigh in for a second with my own experiences of working on The Daily Targum editorial board for three years between 2010 and early 2013.
The beast has reared its ugly head once again — and no, I’m not referring to the snow or the unloved dog with two noses making its way around the Internet. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and I know this because I walked into a drug store recently and had my eyes assaulted by the heinous tokens of American commercialism Hallmark would call “gifts for your valentine.”
The fable of Steve Jobs is now ubiquitous in American culture. Most people know about his orphaned upbringing, his endearment for electronics and his innovate spirit. Disciples regale the masses with tales of his courage, dropping out of college and “finding himself” (through rebellious scholastic enthusiasm as well as the hallucinogenic drugs he consumed). He then created one of the most illustrious corporations in the world with Apple, which he subsequently mutinied. Later, he purchased what would become the biggest animation studio ever, Pixar, which he promptly left, returning as CEO and prodigal son of the original brand. Apple was in utter disarray upon his return, yet Jobs was able to right the ship and steer them to great heights. This is the folklore of the 21st century, inspiring millions to follow in his ingenious footsteps. But should it be?
As one of the most diverse universities in the country, Rutgers prides itself on the multitude of opinions and ideas that arise from both ends of the campus. The student body continues to witness a community of thriving ideas, opinions and debate. Unfortunately, such a large and diverse community does not always allow for easy individual access to the plethora of opinions floating throughout the student body, which sometimes results in arrogance and disrespect.
A commonly accepted social norm in in our culture is that the level of intimacy male friends can show towards each other is considerably less than the level that female friends can show towards each other. This kind of attitude permeates in many ways and often spills over into the relationships of many women and men. If there are two women holding hands, one might consider it a platonic way of expressing affection for each other. However, replace that with two men holding hands, and people make reference to Ken Jeong from “Community” shouting “haha, gay!” from the back of a classroom.
A short and rapid two months ago, the majestic purple mountains of western America seemed to be a treasure trove waiting to be exploited for our governor. With brigades on top of brigades of loyal Republican supporters raised up in arms all over the country, the electoral college of our great country seemed to only be a pawn in the grand scheme of Gov. Chris Christie’s ambitions. In those two months, I wrote an article stating the asserted dominance held in the grasps of the Republican governors palms over the fate over not only the state of New Jersey but also potentially the presidential race of 2016 with the weakening strength of the Democratic Party in recent months. However, the world of politics is fickle and unrelenting as the political throne of America shifts back and forth between parties without consent. With the new and career-damaging news of the Bridgegate scandal, the land of promise and opportunities now only seems to be a distant memory in Christie’s America.
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.
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.