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Twitter was animated as news of 19-year-old rapper Kodak Black’s release from jail hit the web. A wave of “#FreeKodak” tweets were trending and people were excited to have the rapper back in the studio and recording more songs. But what was rather alarming was that not many people, even during the time of his first arrest, were talking about why he was in jail in the first place. In fact, it seemed as though no one really knew what Black was originally convicted of.
Contrary to the popular belief of legislators who feverishly attempt to label them as such, impoverished citizens are not all drug abusers and addicts. A year-long study in Michigan that tried to prove otherwise, just helped this statement instead.
Having an abortion is a difficult decision to make. Contrary to popular belief, women do not just get up and get abortions whenever they feel like, and abortions are not always a result of unprotected sex. Rather, the women who choose to have an abortion usually do so for a plethora of reasons, and more than half of them used some type of contraceptive while having sex. This is why the choice to have an abortion is something that is carefully thought-out. When women do choose to have an abortion, it can be because of many reasons including an inability to financially provide for a child, personal problems with a partner, the desire to not raise a child alone, the desire to focus on careers and school work, and so on. But whatever the cause is, each woman has their own reasons for having an abortion that are personal to them and make the otherwise difficult decision a little easier.
Our President-elect has once again used his favorite method of communication to address the citizens of America: Twitter. This time, Donald Trump has utilized the social media app to express his negative opinions on flag-burning and to articulate the punishments he feels would be appropriate for those who do. Trump tweeted, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or (a) year in jail!”
The world was shaken when news of Cuban despot Fidel Castro’s death was announced. The former leader who ruled Cuba for decades died at the age of 90. Following his death, the nation of Cuba began a nine-day national mourning period for their fallen leader. However, not everyone in Cuba shared the same sentiments of grief upon hearing of his passing. In fact, reactions from around the world varied from sorrow to celebration.
Being a part of the digital age means constantly absorbing media you see online. Unfortunately for millennials who look to the Internet and social media for their news, this information is not always accurate.
Adults are always warning kids from our generation to be careful what they post online, but the roles were reversed just last week when Kevin Allred, a professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, took to Twitter to post a series of politically driven tweets.
Results of the recent presidential election have groups of people bracing themselves against the elements of the current political climate, which is likely to be not in their favor. In fact, the climate is hostile. After the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported a “rash” of verbal and physical abuse targeting minorities and others at school, at mosques and other locations.
Out of the United States’ period of existence, there have only been a total of five instances of mismatches between the popular and electoral votes, including the recent election when the winner of the presidential election lost the popular vote. Such incongruences are rare, but when they happen, the United States and the rest of the world feel the magnitude of its political cleavages, since these presidential races are often so close in results and narrow in margin. Constituents losing the popular vote feel legitimized by the results of the electoral votes, and the other half feel disempowered and alienated by the election process. Many wonder if the formality of the Electoral College is anachronistic or even brings value to the modern-day election process.
Do you feel the burn yet? Because you might soon enough.
The 2016 presidential election was surprising in many ways. However, for most people the most shocking factor came after President-elect Donald Trump secured the presidency. Trump’s supporters and his opposition alike are scratching their heads at some of the decisions the future president are making already. Trump, who established his campaign upon concrete platforms, seems to be considering swaying slightly in some of his stances.
“Locker room talk” is another way of saying “boys will be boys,” regardless of whether they’re grown men like 70-year-old Donald Trump, scheduled to be the 45th President of the United States, or the 18 to 22-year-old players on the Harvard men’s soccer team. It’s a term that’s dismissive and ignorant of how normalized sexually degrading comments are primers for normalized sexually degrading behavior. So when the Harvard men’s soccer team was discovered to have a “scouting report” on female soccer team recruits, swift condemnation of this practice was the only reasonable way to address this loathsome behavior.
On Nov. 1, Starbucks released its new seasonal coffee cup design. It’s a green cup and inscribed are all types of people of different shapes, sizes and clothing, and with a white circle imposed onto the people like a spotlight. Shogo Ota, the artist who designed this cup said, the idea behind the cup was simple: using one line to connect people.
It is possible that, as a temporary or current resident of the City of New Brunswick, you have received a flyer labeled “Important Information About Your Drinking Water.” Although the notice informs its readers “there is nothing you need to do,” and emulates a tone that is calm and nonchalant, the bottom of the page indicates in asterisks: “People who drink water containing (the toxins) … may experience problems with their liver, kidneys or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.” Frightening, right? But the notice alerts the city residents that action is being taken to fix these problems. Now imagine if no one was working to regulate these issues. This is the situation of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. And health and wellness company, Nestle, is adding insult to injury.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s long-standing assertion that the election is “rigged” may have some truth to it, just not to his disadvantage. This Saturday, the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) appeal to charge the Republican National Committee (RNC) was turned down by Judge John Michael Vasquez of New Jersey. This motion was based upon the DNC’s assertion that Trump’s association with the RNC, combined with his comments on ensuring “ballot security,” went against a decree instated in 1982.
For centuries, and perhaps for all of humankind’s existence, women were traditionally responsible for preventing pregnancies.
Do you remember when a teacher asked Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), “Why do you continue to spread the myth that our schools and teachers are failing?”
Halloween weekend has officially passed and it seems as though Christmas decorations have almost magically appeared in the place of its decorations. But before you blindly look ahead to the upcoming holidays, it is important to take a step back about the passing weekend. Halloween is the only time of the year that celebrates pretending to be something else. What is thought to have begun as a Celtic festival to ward off evil spirits is now a fun and lighthearted celebration involving candy and costumes. However, it is not always all fun. Of all the “sexy” and “scary” costumes that roamed the streets this weekend, probably the most disturbing were those that appropriated cultures.
The closing arguments for the Bridgegate trial have just begun, but the conversation about Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-N.J.) future standing in politics has been circulating for years.
Amidst the raucous of the long-anticipated presidential election, let us remember that the president is not the be-all and end-all of American elections and politics. A single person may be vested with immense political power and decision-making responsibility, but that power can be attenuated or enhanced by other components of this complex governing system. After all, the executive branch is only one out of three federal branches, and lest we forget, the combined power of the judicial and legislative forces can do enough to hamper the intentions of the presidency. Regardless of whether a competent or incompetent leader will take the Oval Office, the president can’t get anything done without help from the rest of the government.