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A presidential nominee should be breaking glass ceilings with progressive policies and innovative ideas. He or she should be taking the policies of the past and finding ways to build and improve on them, remembering to maintain the foundation of America’s values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Donald Trump and his supporters have obviously missed the memo.
Compared to the attacks in France or other Western tragedies, non-European struggles are given scant coverage and fall under the radar of a general population not keen on scouring newspapers or the Internet for obscure current events. Since people are preoccupied with completing their day-to-day obligations, awareness of crises abroad don’t happen unless there’s sufficient coverage. As a catastrophe in Haiti was unfolding, few Americans knew what was going on in the Caribbean island.
“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain. He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain …”
Overshadowed by Donald Trump’s vile controversies, Hillary Clinton’s leaked excerpts from transcripts of paid speeches to Wall Street isn’t receiving equal attention. If parts of the transcripts came out a few months ago, it would’ve been a damaging and detrimental blow to her campaign. Yet the American presidential election has come to this strange point in time where as long as Clinton doesn’t associated herself with scandals that deviate from the typical criticisms she already receives, she’ll be able to clinch the presidency and can take a nice stroll to the Oval Office.
At this point, anything offensive that seeps out of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s mouth is not news — it’s expected. When the Washington Post came forward with a video recording of a conversation between Trump and “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush where Trump asserted that he could seduce any woman because, “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” the public was appalled. In response to the 2005 video, Trump sought to distance himself from his crass remarks, saying, “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am.” But don’t they, Mr. Trump?
The United States Congress is reprehensible. Instead of working together to solve crises like the Zika virus or climate change, they’d rather waste precious time and taxpayer money investigating the Benghazi case. Instead of appointing a new judge to the incomplete Supreme Court, they would rather pass a disastrous bill that makes the U.S. vulnerable to prosecution from foreign nations. Congress has made minuscule progress at a snail's pace. And when members of Congress do decide to act, it turns out to be wreckage.
White painted faces, wild hair and red lipstick drawn into permanent grins — needless to say clowns are creepy. No one should be that pale, have hair that artificially colored and dramatic or use lipstick outside the lip line (sorry Kylie Jenner, that lipstick fad is tacky). Long gone were the days, if you ever had those days, when clowns were part of the delightful entertainment at your classmate’s sixth birthday party. Instead of running up to them, asking to make you a toy giraffe out of an elongated balloon or wanting try on their long clown shoes or begging for their clown family to step out of a tiny car, you run away from them because you think they’re going to kill you.
Rutgers students, faculty and staff tend to be the under perpetual guise that the University, as a public institution, never has enough money. We’re stretched thin, we don’t have money to fix leaking buses, we don’t have money for building renovations, we don’t have money to invest in cultural centers, we have to cut certain programs, there’s no money for this, there’s no money for that, and more. The litany of assumptions are exhausting, and they serve as the crux to the justification for tuition raises in the past years.
Transportation in the United States pales in comparison to its efficient and reliable European counterparts. Waiting for late buses or trains were frustrating for those who don’t own cars, and those who had the privilege of owning a vehicle have their own share of problems — getting stuck in hours of traffic and having to go over unmaintained bridges. An Associated Press analysis of 607,380 bridges in the most recent federal National Bridge Inventory showed that 65,605 were classified as “structurally deficient” and 20,808 as “fracture critical.” And of those, experts say 7,795 were red flags that indicate a risk of collapse. Problems with infrastructure as it relates to transportation are a serious national concern, and last week’s events proved that this issue is too close to home.
Why can’t third-party candidates participate in presidential debates? Yes, we have a two-party system and people say that a vote for a third party is a vote down the drain, but seeing a third party on stage for debates doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to vote for them. It just means you’ll be hearing them out. Maybe you’ll be persuaded, but maybe you’ll only reaffirm your conviction of not voting for them at all. There's little to lose, but insight to gain.
They say the best things in life are free, but so many of life’s necessities aren’t free — things like pads and tampons.
Privacy reaches primacy in this day and age, and privacy issues manifest in many ways, including one between the University of Kentucky and its independent student newspaper, The Kernel.
The University wants things to go one way, and the students want it to go another way. It’s classic case of friction between administrators and students: the rise and fall of the Alley.
Students don’t venture out of their collegiate bubble. Some think the off-campus neighborhoods are dirty or scary. They don’t know what goes on outside the realms of Rutgers’ territory, and they might not care.
America was gripped by a series of events this weekend — five explosive devices were found in a backpack by the Elizabeth Train Station of the New Jersey Transit rail system, an explosion occurred along the route of a scheduled race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and a bombing injured 29 people in Chelsea in New York City — all occurring in close proximity to the University. And for many Rutgers students, whom primarily reside within the tri-state area, these events might be in their own neighborhood.
From Japan to New Zealand, the controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline is catching the attention of people all over the world, spawning about 100 global protests that call for the end of its construction. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,170-mile pipeline that extracts oil from the ground and allows half a million barrels of crude oil to travel from North Dakota to Illinois. In total, the pipeline will make 200 river crossings, including the Missouri River, the longest river in North America. The point of contention lies particularly in a construction site in North Dakota, near the Missouri River, where there have been massive camp protests for the pipeline’s half-mile proximity to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe reservation boundary. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe argues that the pipeline could potentially contaminate the Missouri River and pollute the water that the already-impoverished tribe relies on.
After 9/11, the state of America and the rest of the world were marked by intensified fear. Terror became the overarching theme in media as well as in political rhetoric, and this aggravated fear insidiously, whether wittingly or unwittingly, pit groups of people against one another. America was shook by the seismic tragedy in 2001. Yet the fear of random acts of violence committed against oneself has ironically resulted in some Americans committing random acts of violence against others.
A dark part of Rutgers history is resuscitated and once again brought to national spotlight: the Dharun Ravi case and its inextricable story of Tyler Clementi.
Most people fall into two camps: Apple or Android. Due to effective marketing that induced compelling social pressures, the iPhone is the preferred choice when it comes to purchasing a phone, and is commonly spotted on any college campus. Today being the owner of an iPhone is not a big deal, but there was a time when teenagers threw tantrums because parents gave them a present that, to their dismay, was anything but an iPhone. It might have been a sentimental present or a financial sacrifice, but if it wasn't an iPhone it wasn't good enough. Recall the appalling demonstration of ingratitude when videos were released of children sobbing their hearts out because they didn’t get the new iPhone? Or the tweets that said, “If I don’t get an iPhone for Christmas, I will kill myself,” or “I swear everyone got an iPhone 4S. I asked for one, and I didn’t get it. Santa I hate you”? Those were the days of iPhone fanaticism, but we now witness the disappointing (d)evolution of the iPhone that once embodied innovation. The new iPhone 7 has failed to impress.
Interpersonal, or human-to-human relationships create the fabric of our society. The nature of those relationships is crafted by how we communicate with one another, and consequently, what we say and how we say it can have an irrevocable impact on others. Language matters.