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A Vatican-certified exorcist spoke about his metaphysical healing process to an audience of 200 (William Peter Blatty was never consulted) Wednesday night at the Cook Campus Center. The Rutgers Catholic Student Association trusted that the student body would be able sit through such a bout of fraudulent nonsense without throwing cabbage and tomatoes.
After spending only one short week in the city of London, two questions keep running through my head — why have I not come here sooner, and how in God’s name do these people still manage to look so fabulous in the pouring rain?
My process of falling in love with this beautiful city was not a slow one, and I believe that, like any great romance, my love will only continue to grow deeper.
Like many students at the Rutgers Student Center bus stop on Tuesday evening, I had the discomfort of having someone’s religious beliefs trumpeted at me through a megaphone. Actually, that happens fairly often. The disagreeable part was when someone literally stood in my path, preventing me from walking, and stuck papers under my nose with some sort of religious propaganda.
The author of Tuesday’s commentary in The Daily Targum on the leadership of Gov. Chris Christie was truly disheartening. Time and time again, people choose to criticize New Jersey’s teaching system and the quality of public education here without really knowing much about it. The author claims teachers unions are “eroding the quality of public education” and cites the tenure system as problematic. While I agree somewhat with the tenure comment, I could not help but roll my eyes at the one about unions. That argument is getting stale. She goes on to talk about how Christie really won her over with his defense of the Islam. I applaud our governor for doing so, and I am glad the author has a religious ally in Christie. But that’s no excuse to criticize the N.J. public education system using feeble and ill-researched arguments. Just call a spade a spade and say you like him because he stands up for Islam.
The column titled “The real cost of free speech,” published on Monday, contains recommendations that would be disastrous for the minorities it purports to help.The author repeatedly attacked “racists,” “racist ideas,” and “right wing extremists,” declared that the US is too free, and said that the Supreme Court should ignore the “pesky little thing called the First Amendment.” Judging by his belief that the justices should do whatever they want “regardless of what’s written in the Constitution,” there goes the Bill of Rights.
In response to the author’s assertion in last week’s guest column entitled “Cleaning up after U. athletics” that athletic spending is destroying academic prestige at the University, I have two words — completely absurd.If real research had been initiated, the author would note the millions upon millions of dollars the state of New Jersey cut from the University’s budget over the past few decades.
The author of yesterday’s column in The Daily Targum, titled “The anti-choice choice,” wrote a ridiculous, illogical editorial about abortion in the United States. I am flabbergasted that such argumentation can be found in print.
In addition to being incredibly inflammatory, the author’s comparison of a woman’s right to undergo a controversial (but legal, regulated and generally safe) medical procedure to things like the non-existent rights to pay no income tax, to eschew business regulations and to send children to other county’s school districts is unequivocally offensive.
When the Board of Governors announced a 2.5 percent increase in tuition and fees in July, many students breathed a sigh of relief, feeling the increase was minimal and should be regarded as a victory. I, and many other students from the Rutgers Student Union, along with other student organizations on campus, did not. ?
The increase has been worded cleverly, with constant mention toward the seemingly meager increase of $318 per student used to make it seem minuscule and harmless.
Chick-fil-A isn’t a person — it’s a large fast-food chain with about 1,000 restaurants all serving the same food in a generic-styled building to an ever-consuming populace. The sole purpose of its existence is to sell you artery-clogging food and make money. That’s it. Romanticizing Chick-fil-A or any other fast-food restaurant beyond that is a delusion. You certainly can appreciate the taste of the mass-produced food and appreciate the competitive pricing, but giving reverence to an abstract corporate entity such as Chick-fil-A is abominable.
Hello and welcome to a new year on the Banks. I’m honored to serve as president of this remarkable university with all its rich history. I’ve learned a lot about the talented and hardworking people at the University in the months since my appointment, and it has made me even more eager to get started. The coming year is going to be especially important for the University as we prepare for integrating most of the academic units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into the University.
Recently I watched a clip from the 1940 classic film “The Great Dictator.” The short video portrays a brute played by Charlie Chaplin who, shocked by his own thoughts, takes the podium to renounce his throne, calling for people around the world to unite for preservation of humanity.“Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed,” warns the protagonist. The speech is accompanied by brief clips that portray the horrors of environmental damage, poverty and war, juxtaposed with images of kindness and compassion.
The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, a women’s rights advocate, suffragist and New Jersey native. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., introduced the latest ratification bill (S.J.Res. 21-H.J. Res. 69) on June 22, 2011 — almost 90 years later. The main text of the ERA states, “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
The phrase “common sense” implies that the more correct perception of something is the one that is most commonly shared. But, common sense is not static — it is based on the intellect and knowledge of those who share the common space. Thus, it can sometimes be wrong. And if the wrong perception is treated as the right one, especially by voters or policymakers, we encounter a problem.That notion is one I want to explore before we graduating seniors enter the next stage of our lives, before we become full members of the economic, scientific and political world that we will help shape.
There are people suffering in Gaza. This is undeniable, and I truly wish it were not the case. The real questions are why this is happening, and how can this situation can be rectified. It is very easy to be blinded by our natural desire to help those who are suffering without first identifying the best way to do so. Misdirection will just encourage the current situation in Gaza to continue.The people of Gaza suffer because of their leadership. Israel withdrew from Gaza in the summer of 2005, almost causing a civil war among its own people in the process.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of Tent State University, a movement started at the University in 2003 as a protest of University spending and other social issues. Students set up tents in the Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus for a week where they eat, sleep and discuss different problems plaguing the University. This yearly event has caught on at other universities around the country and has become a national movement for college students to protest different universities’ spending.
City governments provide numerous rationales for alternate side parking rules, the three main ones being improved traffic flow, encouragement of public transportation, and street cleaning. I’m not sure if these purported justifications are valid in other places or municipalities — I’m only concerned with the rules right here in New Brunswick. I can say with certainty, though, that the city of New Brunswick cites only the third as their purpose in enforcing alternate side parking rules.
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too? I’m up to the challenge to show you that you can. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The percentage of children just ages 6-11 who are obese has risen from 7 percent in 1980 to 20 percent in 2008. Some schools have already taken an initiative to tackle the obesity issue by banning sugary snacks and drinks.
Besides having read the articles stating that University President Richard L. McCormick would be stepping down from the presidency, I admit I have not paid much attention to the presidential search. I trusted that those in charge would find a suitable candidate to take the reins — and as a recent Rutgers alumna, I should have known better.The University has such a rich history and is so steeped in tradition that I would assume the committee would have looked within to appoint someone.
I write to The Daily Targum to point out comments that columnist Aaron Marcus made in an interview to the online publication, The Blaze.On the University’s history with Jewish students: “Rutgers has perpetually done nothing to protect Jewish students.”On bias toward student groups: “If these types of things happened to other students on campus they would be taken care of immediately, but when they happen to Jewish students and particularly pro-Israeli students — they are ignored.”
I was surprised a few days ago to see in The New York Times the headline “In Poll, Jewish Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama.” The poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute from Feb. 23 to March 5, reported that of 1,004 Jewish adults, 62 percent want President Barack Obama to win re-elected. Thirty percent said they would vote for the Republican candidate in November’s presidential election.