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As busy college students, many of you are wandering from class to clubs to libraries, and you may not be paying attention to what’s happening in the headlines. But as students in an institution of higher learning, it’s an integral component of a college education to be aware of what’s going on in the world, and right now one of the most important (if not the most) current events topic is regarding the controversial Panama Papers.
On average women only earn 74 cents to a man’s dollar, but, with the caveat that they achieved the same exact feat, a woman in the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) would earn 37 cents to a man in the U.S. Men’s National Team's (USMNT) dollar.
Most of us, presumably, will never know what it’s like to have a gender identity that doesn’t match the biological sex we were born with. When what you feel and who you think you are doesn’t match the sex organs you were born with, and you try to correct this dissonance, there’s a nefarious portion of society that will want to regulate your body for you. This portion of society will not accept you and will find ways to prevent you from accepting yourself.
Camden, New Jersey, is commonly and strongly associated with high crimes rates, as well as having a powerfully equipped and highly trained police force. Other than its relevance with issues of crime, the city rarely comes to mind. It may gain ephemeral attention when passing by its train stop or when attending concerts like Warped Tour at the BB&T Pavilion, but for the most part, Camden is ignored. You’re warned not to go to Camden: "It’s a bad place, so don’t even bother."
Comedy clubs are spaces of mirth, joy and laughter. On an evening out with your significant other or friends, you don’t really expect that each and every performance at a comedy club is going to cause cramps from laughter or tears streaming down your face. But it is likely you anticipate a minimal baseline experience of contentment and hopefully a bit of a good time, especially since you’re paying for the entertainment.
Heroin is a detriment to the individual and society as a whole. It hollows out one's vitality of life, and a person is reduced to a mere shell of his or her former self.
The downfall of Microsoft’s most recent creation, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot named Tay, provided some insight about humanity. Who knew a robot — that had the lifespan of one day — could humor the world while also reflecting a provocative image of society, an image that wasn’t very pretty.
Rutgers isn’t a wealthy school — in fact, it took almost 250 years to break the $1 billion mark in our endowment, and it was after University President Robert L. Barchi aggressively fundraised by regularly coaxing alumni and other wealthy benefactors.
While there are no guarantees you’re going to survive the day — you can look both ways before crossing and still get hit by a car — it’s certain that some actions can either enhance or diminish your chances of returning home safely or living life contently. General things to avoid are smoking, eating food high in cholesterol, climbing Mount Everest and going to North Korea.
Oftentimes the idea of slavery is limited to the United States’ atrocious historic practice that ended in 1865 with the 13th amendment, and modern-day slavery is presumed to not exist or is simply out of social consciousness. Even well into the 21st century, unfair and abhorrent labor practices still continue: forced labor and child labor. From small children in Tanzania gold mining — extremely dangerous work that risks death from explosion, rock falls and tunnel collapse — to slaves in Thailand who are abused, drugged and caged with no pay for their efforts to catch seafood. Marginalized people all over the world have been reduced to pawns in an illegal scheme that earns $150 million for those responsible for the forced labor market.
Perfect gender equality is contentiously close while quizzically remaining elusive in countries like the United States and other industrialized nations. But also for numerous developing nations, the acquisition of women’s rights is a treacherous, uphill battle.
Members of the University community know all too intimately the struggles of inefficient transportation and faulty infrastructure after cumulative hours spent stuck in traffic on Route 18, or waiting for regularly delayed trains. As New Jersey's flagship state university, Rutgers is considered a “commuter school.” A large portion of the student population, along with faculty and staff, commute by necessity by choice to the University either by train, bus or car. Commuting is notoriously difficult, but in the upcoming days it could potentially become worse, even abysmal.
Food labels have been taken for granted, but they’re used on a daily basis in making informed decisions about what to eat. Ingredients, nutrition facts and other labels assist people who are trying to eat a certain way in order to lose weight, maintain weight and gain weight, but also to avoid particular foods for a specific diet (vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, etc.) or protest a food production process (factory farms, grain-fed, etc.).
Emboldened by anonymity, people are inclined to reinvent themselves when they enter a completely new environment. Take college, for example. When students enter campus for the first time, they want to exploit the opportunity to shed their old reputation and acquire a frat boy/sorority girl/hipster/book worm persona — whatever floats their boat. Because when no one knows you, it’s free game (or almost).
MacBook selfie sticks. These three words, seemingly innocuous, are confounding. When, what, where, why, who and how? … We don’t know.
No one thinks the Ku Klux Klan is legitimate besides the Ku Klux Klan. It’s an outdated organization that unfortunately still exists, therefore its continued presence is a mere anachronism. Hate is the underlying ideology of the organization, and it shouldn’t be endorsed or acquired as one’s own. Yet no matter how loathsome and despicable a group of people may be, having a violent response to a hateful organization is not the correct response. The amalgam of people and ideas during KKK rallies can result in violence, and sometimes it’s not precipitated by the side you would expect.
Women have long struggled for control over their lives, from centuries of exclusion to citizenship that deprived them of formal participation in public life, such as working and voting, to more contemporary endeavors that give them the final say over what happens to their own bodies. Women simply seek to have the same capacity of self-determination as men.
The safety of police officers is a growing concern. The general culture in the United States is marked by a decrease in respect for police, as well as enhanced scrutiny and hostility against them — or at least that is the train of thought of some people in the Virginia Senate.
Past the blue water and warm sands of the largest island in the Caribbean lies a dark symbol of the United States’ anti-terrorism efforts: Guantanamo. The military prison within Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay currently holds 93 prisoners from the 775 detainees that have been brought there, but this blight on the U.S.’s record could slowly come to an end as President Obama sent Congress a plan mid-February to close the prison.
Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours on the Benghazi committee and was interrogated about her use of a private email server, but for many people that still wasn’t enough. Through the Freedom of Information Act, the State Department has intermittently released Clinton’s emails that were exchanged during the time she was U.S. Secretary of State. Now in a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group, a federal judge ruled that State Department officials and top aides to Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether they intentionally acted against federal open record laws by allowing Clinton to use a private email server. Because of how hackneyed and drawn-out this issue has become, in retrospect, Clinton should’ve released her emails at the start of the commotion erupted and they should’ve been released all at once instead of slowly dragging it out. Now four years after the Benghazi attack, politicians and the media are still harping on this issue.