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I am extremely disappointed in Rutgers changing the alma mater. It reeks of political correctness and undermines its true meaning. The new lyric is lazy, shallow and doesn’t capture the essence of the original lyric, which is about resolving to go to Rutgers to become your own person.
In the traditional lyrics of the Rutgers alma mater, the phrase “be a man” connotes reaching maturity, and with maturity comes wisdom and self-reliance.
To the Rutgers student body: Do you want to have a football team capable of being ranked in the top 10? How about a BCS title? Dare I even think it — a national title? If so, you need to realize you are a major factor in getting there.
Monday’s column by Jeremy LaMaster, “US-Russia debate on Syria attracts risky homonationalism,” tries to force an awkward point about the perils of “homonationalism” into an entirely unrelated debate about U.S. military intervention into Syria. But this tut-tutting of uppity American homosexuals is not only irrelevant — it is also dangerous. For many of us who remember when the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were absent from the national conversation, LaMaster’s column represents an unwelcome regression to “the closet,” when basic guarantees of safety and dignity were subsumed under greater, “more important” concerns like international peace.
Tuesday’s commentary, “Mandatory social events are well-intentioned but suck,” really knows how to solve the extensive and complex problems facing Rutgers and other universities in the United States: Eliminate residence hall social programs.
In their editorial of Sept. 9 advocating the raising of New Jersey’s minimum wage, The Daily Targum editors ponder what to do about the suffering of the state’s poor.
Congratulations to the Rutgers Film Bureau on their Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination for their documentary, “Thailand Untapped: The Global Reach of Engineers Without Borders.”
I read with interest Matthew Mikolay’s perceptive critique of bubble tea in New Brunswick in “New Brunswick’s best bubble tea vendors” in The Daily Targum on Sept. 4. As he rightly notes, Rutgers students can “never have too much” of this cutting-edge beverage.
I cannot believe that the New Jersey Institute of Technology is going to renovate Newark’s Central High School on the Rutgers-Newark Campus, which it has acquired.
Rutgers Health Services would like to thank you [The Daily Targum] for your September 4th editorial, “College drug use requires necessary precautions.” Health Services is dedicated to providing services to ensure health for the whole student body, mind and spirit.
I would like to clarify a statement made Friday, April 26 in the front-page article, “Students ask University to shift focus from profit.” Rutgers United for the Welfare of Animals supports affordable tuition for all students and the pending switch to cage-free eggs will NOT conflict with the interest of students.
Since moving to New Jersey almost two years ago, I’ve been disappointed in how this community works together to help its own, excluding the response to devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. I went to an undergraduate institution that prided itself on its family-like atmosphere. If something negative happens to one person, it happens to everyone.
University President Robert L. Barchi has focused entirely too much on the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey merger and has failed to recognize that he’s weakening the University in many other ways. According to a New York Times article earlier this month, it has been reported that Barchi wants to turn the Newark campus into a satellite campus of the University, so their SAT scores are not calculated into the average.
Former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is the embodiment of Rutgers Athletics and already a University legend. He has forged the University’s path into the Big Ten, created the relationships to sell the naming rights to the stadium and instilled an academic environment that has allowed the University to be on the top of the Academic Progress Rating rankings.
Although I did not attend “Delafest,” since a 30-year-old man has no place being there, as a proud University alumnus I am saddened to see the reaction of University students featured in the media to the events. Obviously, the small minority of students does not speak for the student body as a whole, but it appears as though many at the University do not want to take blame for their actions, but instead put the blame on the police for reacting the way they did.
Congratulations, Targum. If I ignore the devastatingly ironic tone of yesterday’s editorial, “Let’s not give the media another excuse,” I can almost enjoy it. Almost. I can’t believe I’m the only one saying this: cool. The editorial pretty much obscured the event into oblivion as The Daily Targum cemented its voice as the little baby boomer that could.
On Sept. 1, 2012, Robert L. Barchi became the 20th president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A neuroscientist and medical neurologist, Barchi wrote on the occasion of his appointment, “We need a fundamental change in the way we teach, the way we do research and the way we finance those entities as we move forward.” We applauded this exciting invitation to achieve greater levels of excellence at the University.
This is a sad day for the University — not because we lost Mike Rice, the men’s basketball head coach, but because our administration has proven to us that they are a bunch of superficial cowards. I am deeply distraught, not only by the way Rice treated his players — although I know it goes on at many other schools and in many other sports — but also because of the way the University has decided to handle the situation.
Another scandalous story. University students are starting to become inured to seeing the name of their university splashed around in the press almost always associated with some negative story. Is this a fault of the University Office of Media Relations? Perhaps. Is it a string of bad luck? Probably not. I think that it is most likely a problem that the University administration has created as a result of its policy choices and the undue attention that it has devoted to athletics.
As someone who opposes cruelty to animals and cares deeply about the University’s reputation, I hope the University will remove battery cage eggs from campus dining halls, as outlined in The Daily Targum article, “University groups hold referendum for cage-free eggs” March 12. It is hard to imagine anyone defending battery cages, which confine hens in tiny cages that are not conducive to lives worth living.