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According to the Rutgers University Student Assembly — our student government that supposedly represents the voices of our undergraduate population — sexual violence on our campus just isn’t important enough of an issue to merit its own permanent committee.
Central banks throughout the world use different processes to control the flow of currency at domestic and international levels. The tools employed by central banks are defined broadly as instruments of monetary policy, and the term has become increasingly relevant in international news throughout the past several years.
“Economic and social exclusion is a complete denial of human fraternity and a grave offense against human rights and the environment.” Was that Karl Marx or Pope Francis?
It’s important to understand Pope Francis’s role as the head of the Catholic Church: Pope Francis is not the Catholic Church and vice versa. He teaches and spreads doctrine on faith and morals, directs Catholics throughout the global network of dioceses and promotes leadership in Vatican City. If President Obama has a stubborn GOP-lead Congress, Pope Francis has one of the oldest and wealthiest religious institutions in the world, with its age-old beliefs and hierarchal structure. As his progressive teachings reverberate among global masses, including non-believers, is Pope Francis the 21st-century game changer on the status of Christianity?
Tony Abbott made promise last month that with a reelection for Australia’s Liberal Party would come the chance to put marriage equality up to a national referendum. Most voters took it as an empty one.
Laden with silver rings — gold being too rich for his taste — and a miniscule pope-mobile, Pope Francis is touring the Northeast United States, bearing a message of pseudo-Marxism and calls for reform, based in what appears to be the language of the left. So who is this white-robed Holy Roller? One characteristic seems certain, Francis is more for speaking rather than doing. Calling for an end to consumerism, immigration issues, destruction of the environment, poverty and wealth inequality, the Pope could almost be — based on what he says and what is advanced by the media — Bernie Sanders’ running mate. However, one ought to examine claims and motives before accepting an individual as exceptional, lest one fall for a wolf in pope’s clothing.
Recently, New York City decided to play health police again by declaring that restaurants will have to post the sodium content of certain high sodium menu items as a “warning label” to customers. The level of sodium that is considered “high” is 2,300 mg or above. Proponents of the new law hope to decrease heart disease.
Taylor Swift is the sweetheart of pop music — either you love her or you hate her. Famous for her make-ups and break-ups, where would young adolescent girls be without Taylor Swift? What music would we be listening to as we cry into a bucket of ice cream while curled up in bed, upset over a recent break up? How would we convey our emotions about our first dates, first day of high school or first day being 22? Truth is we probably would have found some good music, but certainly none that fits the bill like Swift’s tunes do. We’ve watched her grow from the innocent, curly-haired blonde girl singing, “Tear Drops on My Guitar” to the sophisticated young woman organizing her own sold-out world tour.
I do not like talking about race. Why? Because it makes me uncomfortable. Why? Because it makes you uncomfortable. Why? Because race, you maintain, does not exist. Talking about race, you continue, creates a problem: The problem of talking about race and making you uncomfortable. And why is this is a problem? Because you said it was.
Growing up, my father taught me many life lessons. As a young man, a parent's lectures may tend to go in one ear and out the other, more often than not. But the interesting thing I found about lessons that our parents try to teach us is that they have a sort of boomerang effect. A boomerang effect in the sense that messages communicated at one particular moment in time may not resonate in our consciousness until much later on.
Hey friends, so as the semester begins to carry on and we leave summer behind (R.I.P.), it’s time to start thinking about what really matters — spring break. I know it may be a bit early — about six months too early — but hear me out. Spring break is only about a week long and most of us are only going to go away for five days or so. To fully take advantage of this time, we need to plan, and I mean plan everything from the moment we walk into the hotel to the second we wobble out a few days later.
Currently suspended head football coach Kyle Flood is going to end up being fired at the end of the season. I don’t understand why University President Robert L. Barchi is delaying the inevitable. On Sept. 15 Barchi handed down a three-game suspension and $50,000 fine on Flood. He received the penalty because of his involvement with a student’s academics and reaching out to a professor, completely disregarding the rules and making them up as he went along.
Citizens of the United States recognize the importance of the process of immigration as it pertains to the condition of the country. Indeed, spikes in immigration have led to armed conflicts, witnessed in New York City during the Civil War years, as well as the seemingly endless stream of political and media rhetoric spawned from the issue of border control in the South.
Fifteen years ago, from Sept. 6 – 8, 2000, leaders from around the world convened at the United Nations Millennium Summit to create guidelines for what has since become the biggest global anti-poverty push in history. The resulting eight UN Millennium Development Goals have been touted for the last decade and a half, as globally recognized benchmarks for progress, with a deadline set for 2015. While almost none of the eight MDGs have fully achieved their tangible goals, significant progress has been made in each area. The one MDG that is considered a concretely measurable success by the UN is Goal 1: To eradicate poverty and hunger.
Fourteen years after 9/11 and the “War on Terror” is still a disastrous failure.
Last month, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announced Scotland’s intent to prohibit the growth of genetically modified (GM) crops, in favor of preserving the nation’s “clean and green” standing. The move to issue a formal ban has ruffled feathers since, coming under heavy fire by the nation’s business sector and scientists alike. Others, with Monsanto fresh in their minds, have come out in support of the ban.
According to a Dove market research project “only 4 percent of women around the world consider themselves beautiful." So in 2004, Unilever, Dove’s parent company, launched the “Campaign for Real Beauty." As written on its website, its mission is to be “an agent of change to educate and inspire girls on a wider definition of beauty and to make them feel more confident about themselves." The campaign manifests itself in various promotional advertisements, workshops and various marketing campaigns.
While making my way through the Involvement Fair, which took place on Labor Day, one table caught my attention. At this structure stood a woman holding a white marker board that posed two questions, “Does science ‘know’ everything?” and “Can faith be rational?” Passing by a few times to gather reconnaissance and to see how other students interacted, the time came to make my approach. After a brief exchange on the value of a properly worded sentence, I made my tallies — a vote for each — and was on my way to ponder the questions at length.
Over the past few years, the Duggar family has been prominent in the media. They had a TV show on TLC called “19 Kids and Counting.” The Duggars may think the show was so popular because people were interested in their lives and how they manage to raise 19 kids in one house at the same time, but in reality it is because of the bizarre lifestyle they lead. The most bizarre thing about the Duggars is their religion. However, they are not very upfront about what they actually call their religion. In their book, "A Love That Multiplies," Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar write, “Even though Wikipedia and some Internet blogs report that we are part of a QuiverFull movement, we are not. We are simply Bible-believing Christians who desire to follow God's word and apply it to our lives. God says children are a gift and a blessing, and we believe it.” They identity themselves as “Independent Baptists.” This may sound pretty innocent, just like a good Christian family teaching values, but this is not the case. The Duggar family’s religion is very new, even more so than Scientology. According to The Huffington Post, the religion started and spread through families who use homeschooling and has a cult-like following. I think the whole religion is crap. The Duggars may not say they are followers of QuiverFull, but all the values they display match with that religion. Although the religion may sound innocent, it is very controversial. Followers of the QuiverFull religion have a history of incidents such as rape and female submission. According to The Huffington Post, the QuiverFull leader Doug Phillips found himself in his own controversy in 2013 when he admitted to a lengthy and inappropriate relationship with a woman who was not his wife. Recently, Joshua Duggar, the eldest son in the family, came forward and admitted to acting inappropriately with his younger sisters who were asleep at the time of the incidents. His exact statement said, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.”
The United Kingdom’s Home Office released a statement explaining their banning of rapper, Tyler “Tyler, The Creator” Okonma from the country for the next three to five years. The Office cited his music for encouraging violence and inciting terrorism as reasons for the ban. They continued, stating that they did not believe Okonma respected the nation’s “shared values,” and that his presence would be “(un)conducive to the public good.” Regardless of what one might think of Tyler’s art, one must find the Office’s decision extreme. First, due to the fact that his music is his art, if one is to apprise art, one must be cognizant of the distinction between the art and the artist. One is not to interpret an artist’s lyrics as the artist’s admission of agreement with a set of seemingly represented ideals in the lyrics. Such an interpretation is a misreading of the art.