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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.
Julie Hermann will be the second female athletic director in Big Ten history, the first woman in the position at Rutgers and one of the only openly gay women in her field. This past September, there was a lot of controversy surrounding Hermann because of Jevon Tyree’s decision to quit the football team after claiming that the assistant coach at the time, Dave Cohen, had verbally abused him.
While anticipation builds around the world for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, much of Brazil’s population is up in arms against its government. This past weekend, more than 2,000 people took to the streets to call for a boycott of the World Cup, protesting the government’s extravagant spending on stadium complexes despite the fact that schools, hospitals and slums across the country are literally decaying from neglect.
Just in case the National Security Agency didn’t creep us out enough already, here’s something else: It has a website aimed at educating kids about the NSA’s goals through interactive games and cartoon characters. In between all the code-breaking puzzles and NSA-themed coloring pages, kids can click on a link to learn how to get involved in the NSA.
EQUAL EDUCATION: Rutgers recently announced a new agreement that allows students at the County College of Morris to earn a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers. Education should be a right, and we’re proud that our University is taking this step to make it more accessible. This laurel goes to Rutgers for upholding the values of an affordable education for all.
So it turned out that a lot of us spent the first day of the semester snowed out of class. Frankly, we were initially pretty shocked that classes were even cancelled — it’s more than we’ve gotten used to expecting from Rutgers. After all, this is a university that remained open with no announcements of closing up until the day before Hurricane Sandy wrecked New Jersey last year.
We’re really glad that this whole Bridgegate fiasco came to light before our term as the Targum editorial board came to an end. With all the damn editorials we have written about Hurricane Sandy relief over the past year, all the pieces we’ve had to deal with hailing Gov. Chris Christie as some kind of hero, it’s pretty poetic that we’ve now come full circle with all the revelations that were made over winter break.
Student debt is a major issue facing the nation. According to The Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success, New Jersey ranks just below the national average, checking in at eighth place nationally. The average student loan debt of college graduates in 2012 increased to $29,400. New Jersey’s average was slightly less at a whopping $29,287.
Well, well, well. Another scandal at Rutgers is in the midst of forming. Or is it? According to an article recently published by the New York Times, former director of career services Richard White was fired shortly after Gregory Jackson, now the University president’s chief of staff, wrote a negative appraisal in regards to White’s performance at work.
Ranking this year’s Rutgers football senior class was relatively difficult, and not because there were too many good players to choose from. After seven Scarlet Knights were drafted into the NFL last April, Rutgers’ latest graduating class is one of the least productive in recent memory. Not a single member looks to be a definitive selection in next year’s draft, let alone projects to have a career in the league.
RISK FREE RUTGERS: While the sports scandals at Rutgers have been destroying the reputation of the University over the past year, a new risk management system is being set up. We laurel the efforts of the University for attempting to identify potential risks of problems before they escalate.
University President Robert L. Barchi has made it pretty clear that for the future of Rutgers, bigger is better. We have a lot of potential, but there are only certain sacrifices that we can afford to make as we expand — and the quality and working conditions of our faculty definitely cannot be one of them. Barchi addressed the strengths and weaknesses of the University at the Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday night.
Oh goodness gracious, how can we possibly be ranked number three on a list of the five states that curse the most in the nation? Golly gee, New Jersey! Is this really happening? What has this world come to? Maybe if Marchex, the technology company that performed the study, took into f------ account that we are a state of commuters, that we can get seasonally depressed and work really f------ hard to afford to live in this motherf----- state, the study could have been more accurate to say the least. A------s.
Would you marry a sorority girl? Recently, the Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds of many students have been engulfed in the argument. Blogger Natalie Anastasia posted a rebuttal to EliteDaily.com’s assertion that you should never marry a sorority girl on Nov. 28.
Hurricane Sandy was arguably the worst disaster to hit New Jersey in our living memories and probably the state’s history. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the storm, but at the same time it’s a little concerning that an entire year later, we are finally getting to hear the official side of things.
This past Sunday marked a historic moment in the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East. Iran and the West have a long, complicated history fraught with conflict, but a recent agreement reached between Iran and the five permanent members to the UN Security Council — China, France, Russia, the U.S. and the U.K. — seems promising.
One of the goals of the college experience is to find the right balance between work and play. The students at Rutgers University have certainly proven that we hit the books just as hard as we hit the kegs! All of those long walks on College Avenue, party hopping and getting up the next day to prepare for class seem to be the universal agenda among most of the students here — at least according to CollegeProwler.com.
Do you want to root for an elite college football team or affordable tickets?Pick one. Athletic Director Julie Hermann announced Nov. 11 that single-game Rutgers football ticket prices for Big Ten opponents will be high.“The reason we do that is we’re not going to let [opposing fans] buy up a bunch of single-game tickets,” Hermann said.
DRUM LINE DIVAS: Our very own Rutgers University drum line was the opening performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last week! The last time the drum line was at the show was for a small performance 8 years ago, and this year, we were there opening for Fall Out Boy and Taylor Swift.
If someone personally asked you where Typhoon Haiyan occurred this month, would you be able to answer? If you really think about it, how much we know about what’s going on in the world seems to be getting more minute every day even when our resources are almost unlimited. The first step to taking action is creating awareness, which is exactly what Rutgers for the Philippines is doing.