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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.
Just a quick search on WebMD gives you a list of allergies: 10 food allergies, four seasonal allergies, two pet allergies and 15 other allergies. Allergens trigger exaggerated responses from our body’s immune system, and it is so common that about 50 million people in North America alone suffer from this reaction.
The American flag is a symbol for a plethora of subjective tropes that represent quintessentially American things — the country, the culture and the people. It is a portmanteau filled with the values that the country stands for, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as well as capitalism, democracy and equality among many others, and for a country that holds its moral standards high, the lofty ideals it strives for set it apart from those that audaciously and unabashedly trample on human rights and human life. Naturally, the American flag and the values it’s associated with are a source of American pride, but what happens when the country falls short on those promises? Should we simply turn a blind eye and still pretend to be proud?
“New year, new me!” said Rutgers University, anthropomorphically.
Students in high school and lower grade levels are taught politics throughout history — from the caveman ages, Middles Ages, Renaissance to the FDR and Reagan years. But when teachers bring to the fore issues in contemporary politics, they’re on shaky ground.
Bruised and pierced, Jesus is sprawled on a crucifix. This is one of the most commemorated images that billions of Christians pay deference to. Crucifixion was the cruelest form of punishment during the Roman era, and Jesus was subjected to this penalty as he died on a cross for all of humanity’s sins.
People have places to go and places they need to be, and when those locations are far enough, people book flights. Exorbitantly expensive with little room for movement, airplane fights aren’t the most financially or physically comfortable mode of transportation. The hassle is compounded by having to go through long lines of immigration and customs enforcement and security checks.
Symbols permeate our consciousness in subtle ways. They are reflective of a society’s values and culture, and symbols implicitly provide a mental map of reality that builds a frame of how we see the world. Putting Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill is undoubtedly a meaningful change — we will have more variety, rather than the same white men on currency. Yes, these men were our Founding Fathers, but they aren’t the only ones who changed the landscape of American culture and history.
This is America, and in the U.S. of A. people don’t like being forced to do things — not even exercise. If citizens don’t want mandatory health insurance or mandatory vaccinations, then the people of the United States certainly don’t want mandatory physical activity.
Too many suspicious things have happened in this year’s presidential election, and we’re just at the primaries. Although November doesn’t seem too far away, it’s going to be a long-drawn, eventful season before the nationwide general election, and right now it’s been mired with egregious problems that challenge the legitimacy of whichever candidate emerges as the winner.
Right now the University of California, Davis is going through a public relations nightmare — part two. In UC Davis’s series of unfortunate events, university police officers pepper sprayed peaceful student protestors in 2011 at the nascent of the Occupy movement, and now it’s resurfaced with a vengeance. It was discovered that the university tried to hide this particular incident by paying companies more than $175,000 to clean its online presence. With UC Davis being a state university that exists at the time of massive budget cuts, the decision to funnel money to bury a PR issue strikes as obscene.
If you’re a woman, you know that time of the month when you feel like your insides are twisted and tightened into painful knots. Menstrual cramps are debilitating. There are ways to soothe the pain, such as using severe painkillers, which, unfortunately, may have unsettling side effects. And there may be times when medications thought to be highly potent are actually not strong enough.
Everyone thinks journalism is easy. The first thing that children are taught when they come to school are the basic skills of reading and writing. Since almost every educated individual knows how to do this, including some people who weren’t even formally educated, then it naturally follows that almost anyone who can recount a story, read and write can be a journalist.
Back in the day, Yahoo Questions was popular. Users would post questions like, “How can I get pomegranate stains off my shirt?” or “How can I best take care of my bamboo plant?” But then there were also a plethora of odd questions about sex, ranging from “I am 17 (and a girl), and I had sex with another girl. Can I get her pregnant?” to “In 7th grade I kissed a boy on the cheek and I am worried that I am pregnant and I can’t eat bannnanas??? HELP ---??” These ridiculous questions that people should already know the answer to makes you wonder whether some are just “trolling” the rest of us. But the variety and quantity of those types of Yahoo Questions makes it plausible that a good portion is actually real, and with them attached equally as real concerns and anxieties.
Graduation is a pivotal point in one’s life. It’s a ritualistic event when you get to sit in High Point Solutions Stadium for hours on a blistering hot day, wrapped in a red robe, so that you and thousands of your peers can receive diplomas and celebrate with family and friends. Graduation indicates you not only survived college, but also conquered those four arduous years and are now being ushered into the world of maturity.