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The quote “be the change you wish to see in the world” is written on a staircase at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Sarah Chadwick, a survivor of the Feb. 14 mass shooting, said she read it every day while walking to class. Now, she and many of her classmates are living Gandhi’s words by launching a wave of gun reform activism — one equipped with experiential dialogue and the hearts of young people. In a matter of a week, they have grown to out-lead the leaders of our country.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers have a right to be wary of ICE, both for themselves and for their parents who may also be here undocumented. But in the grand scheme of things, should every person or group that seems to pose a challenge to the values of the Rutgers community be automatically shunned? Absolutely not.
Before I officially entered my first semester, I was dead set on following through with Computer Science as my major. Although I was proud to have been accepted as a Business School student, something about the ability to program was beyond fascinating, and I quickly latched onto the idea that I could abandon everything else to focus on Computer Science primarily. That was my first mistake, and when I look back on it now, it’s actually kind of funny.
As a Rutgers University alumna, I am writing to urge University President Robert L. Barchi to phase out animal science at Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Animal science teaches false beliefs about other animals, health and food, perpetuates mass abuse of nonhuman animals and devastation of the living world — and raising other animals is not agriculture, which means cultivation of fields. The flesh, cow’s milk and egg industries wheedled their way into our colleges of agriculture long ago under false pretenses. Our land-grant universities (LGUs) perpetuate terrible wrongs by continuing to serve, promote and sustain them.
It has long been a widely accepted fact that the Russian government purposely interfered in the 2016 elections as well as democratic elections in other countries, such as France. This Friday the Justice Department officially charged thirteen Russians and three companies of attempting to subvert the 2016 elections in favor of the Trump campaign. Interfering in democratic elections is one of the more dangerous soft-power tools that the Kremlin has, and is an issue that America and its allies must not fail to address.
Not all men are mass shooters, but most mass shooters are men.
I shopped on Google for a statistic regarding the percentage of passive, emotionally unstable and irrational women who wear colorful pantsuits in the United States. While no statistics exist which elucidate these qualities, it is very easy to categorize these characteristics as "female."
On Jan. 29, a Rutgers Board of Trustees meeting was severely interrupted when members of Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Rutgers Puerto Rican Student Union and Black Lives Matter Rutgers, among others, took the center of attention by rallying and chanting together, causing disruption and refusing to leave until President Robert L. Barchi raised student worker minimum wages to $15 an hour. 12 of the students involved in the protest now face charges related to disorderly persons offenses, as well as disciplinary action by the University pursuant to the student code of conduct.
In college classrooms, gender roles are all too clear. I’m tired of listening to inflated egos speak whatever is on their minds, their comments entertained by professors. I’m tired of being undermined, spoken over and mansplained to.
My colleague Brittany Gibson published an opinions column in Wednesday’s edition of this fine newspaper arguing that the newly revived conservative campus news outlet The Centurion was bound to fail. In the grand tradition of healthy debate I’d like to mount a defense of this new conservative publication and argue why conservatives, moderates and yes even liberals should at least give it a chance.
Last Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead. No matter one’s political affiliation, it can be agreed upon that events like this are horrific and have no place in our country. Now, it seems as though everyone across the political spectrum is searching for answers to the same question — how do we ensure that nothing like this ever happens again?
Students spend an enormous amount of time sitting on buses going to and from class. Additionally, many introverted students often do not feel comfortable speaking publicly, and as a result decide not to participate in class to the extent that they need to for full credit. Ian Dunham, a doctoral student in the School of Arts and Sciences, said that online courses can significantly benefit students with social anxieties among other things, such as issues with verbal fluency. Student lives can be stressful. We laurel the availability of online courses for their many beneficial factors to students.
In October of last year, women started to come forward in solidarity to discuss the pervasive sexual assault issue in Hollywood — at first, in the form of telling their stories about Harvey Weinstein. The #MeToo movement to discuss and prevent sexual assault has continued since, not only with regard to entertainment but also perhaps most recently with regard to athletics. Recently in the news was the trial of Larry Nassar, a doctor who worked for U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Nassar was charged three separate times, one federal charge for child pornography and two state charges for sexual abuse. In his trail regarding the sexual abuse of female gymnasts, some of whom went to the Olympics, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina gave the floor to more than 150 victims to speak about their assault by Nassar.
Humans gain mental strength in the same way that they gain muscle strength — by consistently lifting what deliberately weighs them down. This is, of course, easier to do with physical weights since anybody can go to the gym and find dumbbells lined up in a row waiting to be lifted. Mental strength, on the other hand, can be obtained by understanding what mentally weighs you down, restricts you, limits you and choosing to lift those metaphorical dumbbells every single day.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are vitally important for the continuing progress of humanity. For American citizens, general success in STEM fields promotes economic growth and stability — creating the basis for innovation. In the face of resurging rival sovereign powers, such as China and Russia, innovation with regard to STEM may very well play a big part in determining the future of the United States on the world stage. Considering the aforementioned, it is safe to say that we need our best and brightest American students studying subjects in STEM fields. It is the case that STEM majors are becoming increasingly popular among college students, but while STEM fields become more and more widely studied each year, the opposite is the case for the humanities.
I sincerely, without reservation, apologize to my colleagues and the entire Rutgers community for the offensive items I shared on my personal Facebook account. My conduct was irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable. I genuinely feel remorse for what I did.
After the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, a lot of citizens have begun to more actively question the two-party political system within the United States. The Democrats and Republicans are out for blood, disregarding their main purpose, to serve the American people. I write today in hopes to enlighten all readers that reforming the Constitution and the political system of the United States does not mean the end of our country.
If you are familiar with Rutgers University’s politically conservative organizations, you may have heard of their grievances with the University in general for being too liberal and having overtly Left-leaning biases or agendas. They have worked to share their worries with an active (and sometimes offensive) Facebook presence, but their latest Right-wing passion project is to revive The Centurion, a self-proclaimed conservative news outlet on campus. I fully support the idea of clearly labeled partisan writing, and people on all ends of the political spectrum should actively aim to use their freedom of the press to share their ideas.
Like geological timescales, it is rarely the case that significant historical and societal changes are intelligible during the time they take place. But it seems as though it is no secret that we are presently riding the wake of a relatively new and consequential movement — #MeToo. The #MeToo movement was, at its foundation, created to ensure that survivors of sexual assault and harassment, especially involving figures of power, know they are not alone in their struggles. By shedding light on this subject — one which was previously largely ignored — society may be able to take steps toward at least significantly lessening the prevalence of sexual assault in our culture today, but this requires us to tread carefully.