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Reminiscent of the Vietnam War’s My Lai Massacre, America has screwed up once again. The United States has a history with Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan. In late 2001, the area was one of the last regions the Taliban held on to before the American-backed Afghan Northern Alliance claimed the territory. Then on Sept. 28 this year, Kunduz was re-captured by the Taliban. Less than a week later, on Oct. 3, the U.S. bombs a Doctor’s Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital. During the attack, 22 people died — 10 patients and 12 staff members.
This week, California became the fifth state the pass a form of legislation that creates a legal option for a terminally ill individual to end their life. Commonly referred to as the Death with Dignity Act, the idea behind the potential law allows patients on the verge of death to end their life. Washington, Oregon, Vermont and Montana are the only other states that have passed similar legislation.
Campus safety should always be at the forefront of every student, faculty and staff member’s thoughts. As the University experienced last semester, at the start of the 2015-16 school year, crime alerts were sent out on what appeared to be a regular basis. Many students took alarm and began to panic. But an uptick in crime alerts does not necessarily mean that more crimes are being committed. Primarily, it demonstrates that more victims of crimes are coming forward and telling the police what happened. A lot of the time some people are nervous about coming forward and fail to report. So what more crime alerts do confirm, is that crimes are happening around the University at all times.
School shootings are the new normal. Mass shootings are the new normal. In 2015, there have been 297 mass shootings, with the events that took place in Roseburg, Oregon, serving as the 295th. During this incident, a 26-year old male opened fire at Umpqua Community College, killing nine people and injuring seven. The gunman later died in an “exchange of fire with the police.”
It’s a Friday night at the end of the month. You left work late, it's close to midnight and you start driving home. You realize your left taillight is blinking fast, an indicator that it will soon go out. There is nothing you can really do at this point but take note and continue to drive. As you round the corner a few blocks away from your house, red and blue flashing lights appear in your rearview mirror: You’re being pulled over, but do you know your rights?
Rutgers students showed their support of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday by wearing pink, people across the nation have changed their profile pictures to show solidarity and yet the United States Senate is planning to advance a bill that will continue funding the non-profit. But the questions remains, why is this a topic of discussion? Once again, a plan to defund Planned Parenthood has been devised, as 239 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against the continuation of funding for the organization. Every couple years, the issue of women’s health becomes a topic of national discussion, and it is almost always framed in terms of abortion rights. A woman’s worth and ability to access health care should not be diminished by her ability to reproduce.
During a town hall on education, President Obama called out the liberals on college campuses across the nation. Toward the end of his remarks Obama said, “I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view,” and he makes a good argument.
When medical care became a for-profit industry, everyday people were sentenced to lifelong suffering at the hands of those solely concerned with making money. Daraprim is a drug commonly used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection. But it can also be used to treat some patients with compromised immune systems suffering from diseases like AIDS and certain types of cancers. When pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline owned Daraprim, it sold for $1 per tablet. CorePharma then acquired the drug, and the price rose to $13.50 per tablet. Now that the Turing Pharmaceuticals owns the drug, it costs $750 a tablet — a 5,000 percent increase.
Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001 was a bright and beautiful day. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, until two planes barreled into the twin towers, killing thousands, filling lower Manhattan with smog and coating the streets in debris. The attacks of that fateful day plummeted the United States into a darkened state of hypersensitivity and fear that persists 14 years later. Acknowledging this, the motivation behind the arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed become painstakingly apparent.
Gone are the days when award winners stuck to thanking their moms and God during their speeches. Presently, it seems uncommon if an award winner doesn’t take the time to announce their sociopolitical views while collecting their respective accolade. But in the same breath, when an individual holds an issue near and dear to their heart, it would be foolish not to use their 30 seconds of direct limelight to advocate for that cause.
For the foreseeable future, Floodgate has come to an end. In a detailed email sent on Sept. 16, University President Robert L. Barchi thoroughly explained the email stunt involving Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood. To put it simply, Flood emailed and met with a faculty member regarding a player’s grade — one that that made him academically ineligible to play football. In doing so, Flood violated “well-established University policies,” and would be punished accordingly.
Bernard Scott is a St. Louis man who was arrested and jailed for some $300 worth of traffic violations. Upon his jailing, Scott informed police officers of abdominal pain he was having and paramedics were brought in to examine him. The medics told the police that Scott needed medical attention that would require his transfer. Yet instead of complying, police supervisors ordered the paramedics to leave — without Scott. Fourteen minutes later, medical services were called back to the jail, where Scott was found unconscious. The officers at the scene told paramedics they found Scott hanging in his cell from a shoestring. Scott survived the incident and was subsequently hospitalized for three weeks.
College is a hotbed for stress. Performing the daily circus act that is balancing an academic, social and professional life is overwhelming, and doing all of this while being away from home for the first time is nothing short of scary. Even if you’re just a few towns away from home, being completely on your own for the first time can be stressful. Especially at a school as large as Rutgers, it is easy to feel like everyone is off doing their own thing, making friends and having fun in class. Yet because of the general negative stigma surrounding mental health and mental health issues, people wait too long to get help, if they even seek help at all. When you’re physically sick, you tell the world, “Oh I have a cough today. My throat feels like sandpaper.” But no one says, “I’m feeling anxious today — I’m really worried about making friends here.”
The developers at Apple did it again: They unnecessarily created a new mobile phone without any real advances. Debuted on Sept. 9, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are perfect examples of cellphone marketers talking people into problems that they think they have, and coming up with ways to solve these imaginary problems. How have you survived up until now without 3D technology on your cellphone? Easy — you just did. But at the same time, the technology isn’t really all 3D. What the update really is, is being able to “quick view” emails and text messages, almost as if you were online shopping. Instead of opening the message right away, you can press down on it and see more of a preview than the notifications center offers. This seemingly minor update exemplifies the idea that for the next few years, there will be little to no updates in cellphone technology.
As a young girl, Serena Williams was asked what tennis player she wanted to be like when she grew up. Her response was nothing short of astounding. The then 11-year-old girl answered confidently, “I would like other people to be like me.” Few people, let alone children, can express such confidence in not only themselves, but in their athletic ability. Yet still, her dreams have become a reality. Williams is now one of — if not the — most popular tennis player and athlete the world over. She currently holds the title for the most singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis competitions, making her the most decorated tennis player amongst active female and male competitors. Having recently lost the 2015 U.S. Open, Williams fell just one title short of a grand slam, further cementing her place in the athletic arena as a more-than-capable opponent. But along with fame comes antagonism.
Whether it's coaches throwing basketballs at players or former running backs becoming entangled in domestic violence disputes, the University is always making headlines.
Double standards exist. Oftentimes they’re obvious: a woman can go to work to provide for her family, but when a man chooses to stay at home with his children, he’s given dirty looks or considered less than. Sometimes double standards are less obvious. When a white person like Dylann Roof or James Egan Holmes carries out a shooting, they’re immediately declared mentally ill, but when a person of color performs out the same act, they’re considered a thug or a terrorist. Media outlets often create or replicate such double standards, so much so that they have become inherent to the national way of thinking.
Historically, men have dominated the entertainment industry. From music to movies and the accolades that come along with them, men — specifically white men — have primarily been the winners. Eventually racial minorities and women were able to share that spotlight, but even so, bias pressed on.
Framed almost exclusively as a battle of the fittest, the 2016 Presidential Election is downright confusing. In past elections, it’s been clear who the eventual nominee would be, and if that wasn’t the case, the race was at least interesting for the right reasons. Obama, Hillary 2008 was a good one — voters could tell early on that the candidates were going to have to work for the nomination. Similarly, the 2012 four-way split between Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul caused candidates to present real solutions in an attempt to overpower the incumbent. However this time around, no one really cares about the issues. The race is about just that, a race to see who has a chance at winning, which competitor is actually going to win and who should bow out now. Republican candidates have revived debates that were seemingly settled, and many of the democratic candidates have been silent.
All too often, "diversity" is used as a monolithic, all-encompassing word, used to quantify what happens when people from different backgrounds interact with one another.