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I sincerely, without reservation, apologize to my colleagues and the entire Rutgers community for the offensive items I shared on my personal Facebook account. My conduct was irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable. I genuinely feel remorse for what I did.
After the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, a lot of citizens have begun to more actively question the two-party political system within the United States. The Democrats and Republicans are out for blood, disregarding their main purpose, to serve the American people. I write today in hopes to enlighten all readers that reforming the Constitution and the political system of the United States does not mean the end of our country.
If you are familiar with Rutgers University’s politically conservative organizations, you may have heard of their grievances with the University in general for being too liberal and having overtly Left-leaning biases or agendas. They have worked to share their worries with an active (and sometimes offensive) Facebook presence, but their latest Right-wing passion project is to revive The Centurion, a self-proclaimed conservative news outlet on campus. I fully support the idea of clearly labeled partisan writing, and people on all ends of the political spectrum should actively aim to use their freedom of the press to share their ideas.
Like geological timescales, it is rarely the case that significant historical and societal changes are intelligible during the time they take place. But it seems as though it is no secret that we are presently riding the wake of a relatively new and consequential movement — #MeToo. The #MeToo movement was, at its foundation, created to ensure that survivors of sexual assault and harassment, especially involving figures of power, know they are not alone in their struggles. By shedding light on this subject — one which was previously largely ignored — society may be able to take steps toward at least significantly lessening the prevalence of sexual assault in our culture today, but this requires us to tread carefully.
Friday, Feb. 16 marks the release date of "Black Panther," what undoubtedly already has to be the most anticipated movie of 2018. The movie follows the story of a young prince, T’Challa, who goes back to his African nation of Wakanda, following the death of his father who was the king. The throne rightfully belongs to T’Challa but a powerful enemy stands in the way of this happening, forcing T’Challa to use his skills and powers as both a humanitarian and the Black Panther to save his nation. "Black Panther" is not your ordinary superhero movie. It is the 18th Marvel superhero-based movie, and it holds the greatest burden of them all.
With the addiction epidemic being a frequent topic in the news, I am constantly reminded of my past. My best friend, Gabe, died from an accidental drug overdose from painkillers a few years ago. We had been friends since I was 2 years old. How can drug abuse be prevented? We need to stop focusing on drugs as an abstraction and start teaching kids real and personal stories about drug use, and what to do when they learn that someone they know or care about is experimenting with drugs.
As high school comes to an end for young adults, a vast amount of them apply to college almost thoughtlessly. Their older siblings went to college in many cases, their friends are applying, their parents expect it from them and it just seems like an implicit “next step” to take before truly reaching adulthood, at least that is what you have probably been told. But how often do high school students who decide to go to college take a step back and really contemplate what it means to attend an institution of higher education?
As the 2008 recession was in full force under President George W. Bush, Republicans scrambled to do anything in their power to reverse the deleterious effects of the market crash on the US economy. To their credit, Republicans broke with party orthodoxy in order to stimulate the economy, deciding to cast away their concerns with deficit-spending and government intervention in the market in order to adopt Keynesian policies meant to manufacture demand and get more money spent back into the economy.
Larry Nassar spent his career as a sports physician sexually abusing and molesting young women who entrusted him with their care. He spent the entirety of his career fooling parents and by using his reputation as an excellent physician for children, and he allowed parents to entrust their own children with a monster who disguised sexual abuse as professional treatment.
As midterms approach, the stress associated with college life begins to set in once again. Students who have jobs so as to give themselves a bit of extra financial support experience even higher levels of stress around this part of the semester, trying to balance their work schedules with the time necessary to be allocated toward studying. For some students, this can seem almost impossible. But seemingly invisible to much of Rutgers’ student body is a group that experiences the pressure of both school and work on top of an even more stressful feat — parenthood.
The bigotry that fosters a false sense of self-empowerment is actually rooted in ignorance. And if knowledge is power, then shouldn't the ignorant be deemed impotent? The actions of those among us and those in the positions above us speak volumes about the corruptibility of human nature as the elected President of this country is empowered enough to impose upon us bigotry in the form of a Muslim ban.
As the world is currently struggling with a tense and polarizing political and social atmosphere, people have been tested with a significant issue: communication. By analyzing paramount historical eras and events we are able to recognize that communication has consistently been utilized as an outlet for aggression and defense rather than a tool for progress — this past year has been no different. As society begins to deal with more complex issues, it engenders a greater necessity for people to learn how to express and consider opinions effectively. Rather than arguing for the sake of proving a point or criticizing someone with a different perspective, humanity as a whole must strive to argue for the sake of understanding and progress.
Being a student is difficult enough in and of itself, but when you add parenthood to the mix it can seem almost impossible without help from your institution of higher education. Unsatisfied with the minimal help they had received from the University, Rutgers Students With Children (RSWC) has been pushing to be heard by the University administration for the past two years. In an open letter to Barchi, RSWC discussed its task in advocating for institutional reform with regard to student-parents. They have had over 35 meetings with members of the administration, and have received more than 400 signatures on their petition. We laurel RSWC for their efforts, and consider their work in speaking up for themselves inspiring.
One of the most highly-touted accomplishments of the recently-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a repeal of the Obamacare “individual mandate,” a requirement that Americans purchase a health insurance plan or pay a fine. The policy has long been a top target of GOP lawmakers in their quest to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, and has also been among the law’s most unpopular provisions.
As of January, an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled their home villages in Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh to escape the treacherous campaign of violence brought on by the military. It is thought that a 9,000 Rohingya had died between August 25 and September 24 of 2017, with the vast majority falling victim to brutal and inhumane acts. The United Nations named the crisis as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” and have recently raised the potential to call it genocide.
Last week, New Jersey Principal Deputy Commissioner of Health Jackie Cornell got her flu shot at Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, which she hoped would served as a reminder to the community to do the same. Between September and this past Saturday, there have been over 5,000 positive tests of influenza in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report. A significant spike in number of positive tests began in early January, and the H3N2 influenza virus, which is one of three common subsets of Influenza A, is particularly widespread this year.
Most faculty and students agree that students should have the opportunity to convey their thoughts and opinions about the courses they take and the instruction they receive. But, the recent article in The Daily Targum glosses over substantial concerns with regard to the validity, fairness and harmful consequences of student evaluation surveys. Here at Rutgers, there are few mechanisms for encouraging or requiring student response to on-line surveys. As a result, response rates in some courses can be extremely low, resulting in statistically invalid results.
A gift of $15 million has been granted to Rutgers Athletics by Rutgers alumni Gary and Barbara Rodkin. The money, which is the largest gift in Rutgers Athletics history, will be dedicated to the construction of The Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success. The Center will be located on Scarlet Knight Way on Busch campus, and will act as a consolidated academic support service facility for Rutgers’ student-athletes.
Slated to be fully implemented next fall, Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (RUDOTS) will be switching transit tracking servers after more than a decade. Leaving NextBus behind, DOTS will now adopt TransLoc in hopes of significant improvement in services offered with regard to student transit. The improvement will include onboard WiFi, a reliable bus tracking system and the ability to see how many students are packed onto a specific bus.
Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian activist and viral sensation. She has been sitting in an Israeli prison since mid-December, awaiting a trial that has been postponed until Feb. 13. She also just turned 17-years-old last week.