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Right now, it feels like Rutgers is a breeding ground for depression. We have midterms, our professors are drowning us in extra work to make up for all those snow days, visually unappealing architecture surround us and the weather is miserable. February is not a great month. For some of us, feeling down is just as temporary as the weather, and it’s much easier to snap out of it once spring rolls around.
Rutgers is consistently ranked as the most diverse college campus in the nation, but the presence of diversity doesn’t automatically translate into the absence of racism and intolerance. There’s an often-repeated rhetoric that we, the millennial generation, are more liberal and progressive than our parents’ generation — and that’s the best thing about us.
Rutgers has big plans for its future, and since the five-year Strategic Plan was approved earlier this month, the ball is already rolling. University President Robert L. Barchi recently announced the new Henry Rutgers Merit Scholarship, which will be awarded to the top 100 students from each incoming class over the next four years.
About three months ago, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych agreed to sign a free-trade deal with the European Union that would strengthen political and economic ties between them and push Ukraine further away from Russia. Russia, threatened by its potential loss of influence and one of its main trading partners, threatened economic sanctions on Ukraine if it followed through with this deal.
IN MEMORY OF MCCAW: On Wednesday night more than 100 people came together for a candlelight vigil held in William McCaw’s memory on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. The vigil was organized by the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity that he was a part of before he transferred out of Rutgers earlier this semester. His death was a tragedy, but we laurel the Rutgers community for coming together during this time to commemorate his life.
In January and February alone, New Brunswick has been pummeled with more than 40 inches of snow. From the looks of things, it seems all 43.7 inches are still piled up around the streets and sidewalks of the city. It’s pretty obvious we were not at all ready for such heavy snowfall this winter, but at this point, we should be prepared for the possibility of even more snow.
Our perception of politics, generally speaking, is extremely skewed. Pop culture portrays it as a field that is apparently intertwined with corruption, scandal and lies no matter how well intentioned a politician may seem to be. Sure, a number of politicians really are corrupt, and it’s frustrating that many of them seem to be so easily swayed to further their own personal agendas.
New Brunswick is not a safe area. We all claim to know that already, but are we really as aware as we think we are? Sometimes we get crime alerts for petty theft, and sometimes we get crime alerts for more serious incidents. But overall, most of the student community doesn’t realize just how much precaution we need to be taking when we’re out and about in the streets of New Brunswick.
A few weeks ago, President Robert L. Barchi and the University’s Board of Governors voted on the new Strategic Plan that included plans to hire more prominent professors to add to the overall scholarship of the faculty at Rutgers. One of the latest anticipated hires at Rutgers is Peter Ludlow, who was offered a senior position and is to be appointed as the director of the Center for Cognitive Science.
Those Facebook pages telling you to “like and share if you love Jesus!” are much more than just a nuisance on your newsfeed. There are legal ways to get more likes on Facebook, and there are illegal ways. Facebook provides a supposedly legal service to promote a page that garners attention from local, or at least relevant, Internet users.
The new trend these days is to point out everything wrong with the Sochi Olympics. It’s become a trending hashtag on every social network, and the twitter account, “@SochiProblems” has more than 100,000 more followers than the official, verified account for the Sochi Olympic Games. But is all of this negative attention entirely fair?
Last week, the Board of Governors announced that this year’s commencement speaker will be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She will be receiving a privately raised $35,000 honorarium from the University’s foundation and an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree.
Were you surprised by the excessive number of high school decommits from Rutgers football with the Big Ten on the horizon? You shouldn’t have been. Recruits like to know the direction a program is moving in, a multitude of issues this past season clouded the future of the Scarlet Knights. It started soon after Rutgers’ pivotal conference loss Oct. 24 at Louisville, which thwarted nearly all hope the Knights had of making a BCS bowl for the first time in school history.
BETTER BUS STOP: After students presented a bill for a safer and more accessible bus stop, the University announced this week that the Katzenbach bus stop will be moved to a better location near the crosswalk at Ryder’s Lane. The quality of the bus stop itself apparently isn’t going to change much, but we can still give the University this laurel for responding to student concerns and taking steps to make our campus safer.
This week, another instance of money for Hurricane Sandy relief being used for unrelated purposes came to light. We’re sorry to say that we really aren’t even surprised anymore. $4.8 million of Sandy Relief money went into funding a luxury apartment complex here in New Brunswick, according to an NBC I-Team investigation.
Yesterday, the Board of Governors met to vote on the final version of the Rutgers’ Strategic Plan that University President Robert L. Barchi has been working on since he arrived here in 2012. Naturally, we’re pretty interested in seeing how this is all going to play out.
Super Bowl XLVIII was the most anticipated event of the year, and we were especially excited about it since it took place right here in East Rutherford, New Jersey. We are very proud that the Rutgers University marching band had the opportunity to perform at the pregame event. Those of us who couldn’t care less about American football still watched it for the commercials and the half-time show.
FRATERNITY FUNDRAISING: Rutgers University is known for its many fraternities and sororities, but greek life doesn’t always get a good rep. Just this month, the Delta Upsilon Fraternity raised more $14,000 for its charity organization, Global Service Initiative. The money was raised through a meal swipes donation program, where students could donate.
The Rutgers men’s basketball roster is definitely underachieving in head coach Eddie Jordan’s first year with the program. Although the team was picked last place in the AAC preseason poll, it was hardly due to a lack of talent. It’s because several players underachieved. The team failed to put together many complete games the year before and the Mike Rice incident is a lot to move on from.
Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f-----g balcony.” This was the reaction of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., to a question from a reporter, Mike Scotto, about the recent controversy surrounding the arrest of one of his campaign fundraisers.