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As I reached for my wallet to pay for my three pound cup of coffee I heard the voices of friends and family saying, “You’ll have fun, but London is very expensive.” So it turns out that these people, whom I had taken as pessimists trying to ruin my excitement of studying abroad, were very right. I knew upon coming to London, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, that things would be pricey but I never thought that I would be afraid to check my bank account.
I am responding to a story in the Oct. 5 Daily Targum issue, titled “Alumni leave law school, launch legal website,” about two University students who left law school to start a website to help people learn about their legal rights. One stated their reason for doing so was the experience of working in a legal clinic where they were giving the same information daily to different clients. They said that convinced them of the value of a legal information website, particularly as “nobody was doing anything about it ... and there were no legal websites open to the public.”
I think we’ve all heard mention about how being a woman isn’t a pre-existing condition. It isn’t, but there are many people out there who are completely missing the reason why women pay more for health insurance than men do. It has nothing to do with sex as much as it has to do with how each sex operates.It’s a statistical reality that women go to visit their doctors more often than men do.
Something didn’t happen in Washington last week, and if you would like a job after college or the income to pay off your loans, then what Washington didn’t do is something to worry about.
In the “Diversions” section of the Oct. 3 issue, The Daily Targum carried a cartoon called “Pop Culture Shock Therapy” by Doug Bratton. Titled “Fatal Attraction the Musical!” the cartoon depicts a minstrel man onstage pointing at a crudely drawn female dancer with fishnet stockings, top hat, and frizzy hair — but also with a deranged expression while brandishing a menacingly large carving knife.
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.