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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.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. From Argentina to New Brunswick, rallies have taken place to condemn violence against women. On Oct. 19, thousands marched in 80 Argentine cities and 58 other cities around the world to rebuke the rape and murder of an Argentine girl as well as the likelihood that this instance may happen again to another victim. This past Sunday, dozens of students and New Brunswick residents marched throughout the city in bridal gowns to promulgate an important message: Domestic violence has no place in this community.
It’s election season, but it’s not just nationwide or statewide — there’s an election happening on Rutgers' campuses.
The New Jersey General Assembly just passed a bill that gives terminally ill patients the right to request a prescription for drugs to end their lives. In a 41-28 vote with 5 absentees, the Assembly put the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act into play, sparking a mixture of emotions. However, at the end of the day, it is only the emotions of the patients themselves that should be taken into consideration.
Let’s face it — Rutgers is a party school. Like any other enormous public institution, with tens of thousands of people and plenty of space, there’s bound to be a party at any point of the week and at any time of the day. College Avenue is pulsing with life 24/7, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When people are out with their friends, music is felt through the floor’s vibrations and people are dancing and having a good time. Students are making college memories they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. But with partying comes the darker aspects of college culture: alcohol and drugs. That’s when we enter precarious territory.
“What’s in a name?” It’s a famous Shakespeare quote from the classic play of "Romeo and Juliet," where Juliet complains that Romeo’s name, particularly his last name, Montague, is meaningless, and he would be the same man she loved even if he was called something different.
American history is darkly intertwined with exploitative labor. It would be naïve to blindly succumb to the popular notion that involuntary servitude ended on Dec. 6, 1965, through the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The gross present-day reality is that slave labor persists. Involuntary servitude is just now made invisible, separate from the rest of society and unbeknownst to ordinary people, but this form of exploitation operates at a massive scale and brushes upon people’s life in subtle ways, from taxes citizens pay that’s used to prop up these oppressive systems to purchasing products produced by indentured servants. Slave labor is pernicious and pervasive.