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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.
University students have embraced The Medium since the 1980s for its satirical and comedic content. Since its transition from the newspaper of Livingston College into a weekly entertainment publication, students have consistently been offered the opportunity to read, contribute and admire satirical accounts of University events and its public figures. Readers of The Medium have seen in the past few years a Rutgers University Mounted Patrol horse promoted to detective, former head football coach Greg Schiano replace the football team’s uniforms with ones made of $100 bills, and images of University President Richard L. McCormick blowing up Murray Hall.
The unseasonably warm winter New Jersey experienced this season elevates the debate of global climate change. However, the fact that New Jersey had its fourth warmest winter has done little to prove to students here at the University the reality that our planet is undergoing an unnatural warming. Unfortunately, climate change is but one of many environmental issues that students (and the population as a whole) are ignorant about.
Plastic bags are a major environmental hazard, ultimately because of the lack of proper recycling and disposal. Due to plastic pollution, it has been estimated that more than 100,000 marine mammals die every year from consuming plastics, which obstruct any real food from reaching the digestive tract — ultimately killing the animal. Across the United States, cities such as San Francisco and Portland, Ore., have already banned plastic bags and realized the horrendous effect plastic bags have on our lives: Fish that we eat have often ingested small plastic shards, and plastic can leak toxic chemicals into our groundwater.
There has long been a struggle of college life and keeping a healthy diet. In college, students do not have much time between classes to have a sit-down lunch. Many students look for something quick and easy, which leads them to make many unhealthy choices. The University even provides their students with unhealthy choices. In the campus centers, they have Wendy’s and Burger King.
The April 3 letter in The Daily Targum titled “Student arrests defame University” makes the argument that Rutgers University Student Assembly President Matt Cordeiro’s arrest in Washington, D.C., along with previous campus efforts such as the “Walk into Action,” are not in line with student interests. The author himself states that the purpose of RUSA is “giving a voice to the student body.”
From my coaching and tutoring experiences, it is not uncommon for me to hear statements about students from parents and teachers, such as: “S/he’ll start succeeding when s/he starts trying” or “We know s/he can do better.” These statements suggest that when students are failing academically, they are guilty for their performance, even if the problem does not necessarily lie completely with them.
This past weekend was the most amazing weekend of my life. After working for 11 months to prepare for Rutgers University Dance Marathon, I am proud to say that we successfully raised $442,075.06 for the kids. By “we,” I mean not only the Dance Marathon staff and dancers, but also the 77 student organizations and teams that participated this past weekend. And those kids I refer to are the children from Embrace Kids Foundation.
The Medium, the humor and entertainment magazine at the University, has gone through several incarnations in which its content has changed consistently. It began as the campus newspaper of Livingston College in the 1970s and slowly evolved in the 1980s from one page of humorous content to an entire publication that embraced everything funny and odd about our University.Now, we are a little different. As Tuesday’s letter, titled “Give The Medium silent treatment” implies, The Medium is now a place where free speech reigns supreme.
Plagued by the first of a series of economic hardships, the school that would become our own University in 1793 considered merging with the school that would become Princeton University. Though the merger must have been tempting to a cash-strapped Board of Trustees, the measure failed by one vote.
I do not bring this story up merely because I wish to show off my knowledge of University trivia.
The Graduate Student Organization of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers-Camden stands in unified and vehement opposition to the proposed takeover of Rutgers-Camden by Rowan University. The Camden campus offers significant enrichment opportunities for University students and the larger South Jersey community through its courses, degree programs and community outreach.
For those who don’t know The Medium, it is a student-run weekly comedy newspaper. The paper refers to itself as “The Entertainment Weekly of Rutgers University.”Wikipedia indicates that, “as a result of frequent attacks on their right to print offensive material, the editors and contributors [of The Medium] turned the paper into a veritable exercise of their First Amendment Rights,” often in ways that resulted in protests from the student body and pressure from the administration.
The Rutgers University Board of Governors will host their annual “Open Forum on Tuition and Fees” tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. This is an extremely rare opportunity for students, as they will have the chance to directly address the Board of Governors — which controls tuition fees — and discuss their experiences with tuition rates on campus.