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Many have argued that the concept of standardized testing in the college admissions process should be abolished altogether. As it currently stands, the SAT tests students on some concepts that are so far removed from a normal high school curriculum that there are entire preparatory courses offered on the side — for those who can afford them.
Despite the admirable goals and values that are supposed to be upheld by fraternities and sororities, greek life gets a terrible reputation. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, considered the “deadliest frat in America,” recently announced that it will ban the pledging process that is often criticized because of its degrading and oftentimes dangerous hazing rituals.
MAKING A MARK: Rutgers Student Life Leadership and Training hosted the second annual Mark Conference Saturday, an event geared toward empowering students to follow their passions. The conference featured speakers such as actress Laverne Cox, from “Orange is the New Black,” and motivational student speakers from right here at Rutgers.
Despite the protection against “cruel and unusual punishment” provided to us in the Constitution, the death penalty is still around in the United States. There have been calls for reform, and the abolition of the death penalty altogether, but little has really been done to fix a severely flawed system.
Higher education funding seems to be a third-rail political issue for Gov. Chris Christie, especially in light of his annual budget address last week. The budget address included plans for significant increases in spending for preschool through high school, but not much was said about the need for an increase in spending on higher education.
Immediately after 9/11, the New York Police Department launched an undercover investigation of dozens of mosques and Muslim organizations in New York City and surrounding states, including New Jersey. They spied on hundreds of mosques, Muslim-run businesses, and student organizations on college campuses around the area without any reasonable cause or even a shred of incriminating evidence.
Ukraine has become the center of international attention as tensions have risen over the last few weeks from ongoing protests over the country’s sovereignty and its possible integration into the European Union. After Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country, it seemed that all that was left to do was find a new government to begin the long process of recovery.
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.