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There was a full-page advertisement in The Daily Targum last Tuesday about “Faces of Islamic Apartheid.” It received tons of negative feedback, and rightly so. Just about every op-ed published since has responded to the ad, and I agreed with most of them — until I saw Thursday’s “Religion will not be latest collateral damage” column. There is a difference between stating one’s opinion as just that — an opinion — and stating one’s opinion as fact.
Rape on college campuses is a problem that has terrifying statistics, a problem that has been in existence for far too long. When reading the March 12 editorial “College sexual assault is real,” I found myself sickened by how Princeton University has handled the information they discovered through their survey — yet also unsurprised. Being a rape victim on campus is something that seems like a “don’t ask, don’t tell” topic for many schools.
The Daily Targum published an ad titled “Faces of Islamic Apartheid,” paid for by David Horowitz, is not only racist propaganda but also the epitome of demagogy and Islamophobia. To add insult to injury, it also makes a mockery out the true horror that is apartheid. In the ad, the term is thrown around does not make any sense in context, as cherry-picked photos of victims of violence and abuse from all nations, backgrounds and genders are used to decorate a page of hate.
As a Muslim who has witnessed many attempts by others to demonize Islam via citing isolated incidences and quoting the Qur’an out of context, the only surprise to me was seeing how an ad like the one published yesterday could make it into the Targum itself. Shouldn’t we be past the stage where we judge an entire population of people — about 1.5 billion — based on the actions of a few?
We thought we saw the worst of anti-Islam ads when the ones in the New York Subway went up, but even those have been trumped by the one put up in The Daily Targum on March 5th. I’m sure every Muslim on campus shares this very sentiment. However, the distress we feel takes on a new dimension when we come to our institution of learning, one that is supposed to represent open minds, and are faced with this.
Ever since the tragic events of Sept. 11, Muslims all across America have been attacked. What people need to realize is that the terrorism that occurs across the world has nothing to do with Islam. In fact, Islam forbids any acts of violence, including suicide bombing and terrorism. The truth is that most of the people who speak so openly about the religion of Islam do not even know what it is they oppose.
Thank you for reporting the article on the Department of Psychology’s new testing format and its budget woes. I saw that I wasn’t the only one appreciating the article, but possibly the whole Department of Psychology.I took an online exam today, and what I might say here might be contradicting to what I said in the article. It was not terrible. Because I have been taking linear online quizzes for two courses and I was taking the test in a nearly empty computer lab, these factors might have contributed to a pleasant test experience.
I liked where this article was going until I reached the conclusion. You had two different directions you could have gone in, and I have to say dear Targum, you dropped the ball — and you completely missed the point. This is not about not being able to swallow a “joke.” This is not about the proposed superiority that you suggest of the greek community.
I am writing in response to the author of the Feb. 26 column titled, “Learn from the The Onion and take a joke.” Frankly, I’m very disappointed that such a poorly considered — and poorly written — piece would make it into the Targum. I find it shocking that the author does not even begin to address the effect that The Onion’s tweet may have had on Quvenzhané Wallis herself. How would the author feel if such a vulgar insult were to be directed at her in such a public way?
As I picked up The Daily Targum on Wednesday, the top of the front page caught my eye, “Evolution Exists,” a response to Monday’s column “Creationism has Merit.” Instead of finding an educated stance on the subject at hand, I found an article that was scathing and demeaning in nature. The article took a stance of exalting the theory of evolution at the expense of painting creationism as a silly child’s myth that I’m sure not only insulted myself, but several others as well.
I was immensely pleased to read the letter in Wednesday’s issue of The Daily Targum. As someone with the multiple current roles of faculty member, staff member, graduate student and alumnus, I feel incredibly invested in this institution, and I get frustrated when I perceive students’ writing and/or speaking to be substandard. The author’s argument, titled “Creationism has no merit” was well-thought-out and smartly set forth.
I was shocked at the mental gymnastics in Monday’s column in The Daily Targum titled, “Creationism has merit.” I expected a scathing critique of creationism — the debates between scientific fact and religious imagination and how reality will triumph over faith and illusion. I thought the merit of creationism was simply that it presents us with a sober reminder that regardless of our preconceived notions of the way the world works, empirical evidence coupled with observable and testable data will always paint a more accurate picture of reality.
The author of yesterday’s column titled “Creationism has merit” shared with Targum readers his personal belief that God, not a natural process of evolution, created human beings and other living things. His argument is plainly stated that God exists — and given that God exists, one can find evidence that life was created by God.
I would like to respond to the “Teaching assistants weigh in on experiences” article published in the Daily Targum on February 6. I appreciate that the author would endeavor to write an article about TAs at Rutgers, but I was hoping for an article with a broader and more balanced perspective when he asked if he could sit in on my workshop. Unfortunately, I think the workshop — and in particular, the case studies and anecdotes — seem to have become the focus of this piece, and the larger perspective was obfuscated, making it hard to see the proverbial forest, for all the trees.
The employees and volunteers of the Rutgers Federal Credit Union wish to set the record straight about some statements that appeared recently in our campus publication of record, The Daily Targum. RFCU is most definitely affiliated with the University — has been since 1954 when eight faculty and staff members founded it. Though we’re a separate and distinct not-for-profit cooperative, we’ve enjoyed a long association with the University, growing in membership over the years and regularly participating in community activities such as Rutgers Day, the Dance Marathon, the Big Chill winter run and many other worthwhile events.
The Lord knows the author of yesterday’s column titled “Patriotism does not equal nationalism” is not complaining when he suggests American culture in these end-of-days is defined by its greed, nationalism, and nothing else. But this suggestion really speaks more to the author’s worldview than it does to the actual state of culture in America. I have no doubt that the citizens of this most culturally diverse country of the United States, and the students of its flagship university, would beg the same difference.
The Gaza Strip is 4 to 8 miles wide and 25 miles long, and 1.7 million people reside there. What comes into question first is not whether Gaza deserves the assault, but how Israel expects to respond to rocket fire with their artillery, and avoid heavy collateral damage at the same time. Among the newly deceased are a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, which would be tragic enough if Ahmed Jabari, leader of Hamas’ military wing, was indeed involved in planning terrorist attacks at the time of his death.
I am writing in response to the article “Israel must act responsibly.” Surprise surprise, facts misrepresented again. I, myself, have traveled to Israel five times. On my last trip I was assigned a project — to speak with random Israeli citizens in Tel Aviv and ask what their futures hold. The majority had the same consensus. They explained how unlike other people, Israelis do not live planning their futures, but instead merely hope they have a chance for a future.
After hearing about the recent heroin overdose of Stephanie Bongiovi, the 19-year-old daughter of entertainer and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, I was relieved to learn the young lady received medical attention quickly enough to avoid death or permanent injury. However, I was saddened to learn that police in the upstate New York town where she was attending college attempted to pursue criminal charges against her for drug possession, in relation to the incident.
I enjoyed reading the column entitled “Combatting weight gain, college-style” in last week’s Friday issue of The Daily Targum. I think weight and health in general is a very touchy subject for many of us, not just women. Entering college, I was never concerned about the “freshman 15.” I wanted to experience my first year and eat all the delicious foods the school had to offer.