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Built in 1915 and one of Rutgers’ oldest landmarks, Ford Hall on the College Avenue campus is slated by the administration to be demolished. The building, which acted as a dormitory, was constructed with a donation of $110,000 by former Board of Trustees member John Howard Ford and was designed by Bertram Goodhue, a historically well renowned architect. Located across the street from the new Hillel House and not far from The Yard, Ford Hall does well to bring the old feel of Voorhees Mall to the increasingly gentrified College Avenue. In response to word of its intended destruction, a Change.org petition has been created to preserve the building, which has already garnered more than 300 signatures.
At 5 p.m. on Monday, members of multiple University-affiliated groups took to the streets of New Brunswick to march in support of a “clean” Dream Act for undocumented students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients that does not criminalize communities and separate families. The activists marched on the street from the Brower Commons steps all the way to the Douglass Student Center, holding banners that said things like, “#HERETOSTAY” and “NODREAMDEFERRED.” Considering the fact that this demonstration took place around rush hour, it resulted in a certain degree of traffic delays — which were likely frustrating to some.
Rutgers students will get to experience a little preemptive taste of spring break today as a result of the snow storm. To many students this may come as somewhat of a surprise, as this snow day is a rare occasion — something the University takes a lot of backlash for. The closing of all offices and cancellation of classes is in accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D-N.J.) declaration of a state of emergency, which is interesting because it seems it takes an extremely high standard of danger and inclement weather, such as the one we are presented with, for the administration to make the decision to close.
New Brunswick and Rutgers police utilized a search warrant to raid an off-campus house on the College Avenue campus this past Saturday in response to information that led them to believe the residents were in possession of assault weapons. The situation turned out to be a false alarm, as police found two imitation firearms — one resembling an assault rifle and the other a hand gun. At this time, no charges have been filed against the residents of the house. The information, according to the press release, came from people who had attended a party at the house in question earlier that day. Presumably, these individuals had noticed the weapons and then notified the police out of concern for the safety of the community, and after what happened in Parkland last month, in addition to the many other horrendous cases of that sort, it is reasonable for people to be on-edge about the real possibility of gun violence happening to them. With that said, the situation that unfolded here at Rutgers sparks some important questions.
Something that may still be unknown by many members of the Rutgers community is how closely intertwined their University is with America’s shameful past of slavery and the displacement of Native Americans. Not only was Henry Rutgers himself a slave owner, but so were multiple other significant and well-known University founders, professors and trustees, such as Frederick Frelinghuysen, John Neilson and Philip French. Several founders, including Henry Rutgers, were also active members of the American Colonization Society, which is an organization that advocated for the resettlement of freed slaves in Africa instead of allowing them to live freely in this country alongside white people.
Rutgers engineers recently created a way to print a 4D hydrogel that may be able to have a significant impact on the future of both the scientific and medical worlds. The project was led by Assistant Professor Howon Lee of Rutgers’ Schools of Engineering. The gel itself is highly reactive to changes in temperature, which gives it an enormous potential to function inside of a person’s body for various potential medical purposes, which may include, “soft robotic microdevices, targeted drug delivery and tissue scaffolds mimicking active bodily functions.” We laurel Howon Lee and the team of engineers that created this hydrogel for helping make advancements in important fields and bringing an even better name to Rutgers.
At the bottom of every opinions piece published in The Daily Targum is the following truth: "Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff."
We feel this must be expressed in a straightforward manner, as recent articles in other news publications have, on more than one occasion, taken the words of an opinions piece published in The Daily Targum to be the actual opinion of The Daily Targum — for example, one piece published in LifeZette this past Sunday discusses a recently published column on the idea of “toxic masculinity," but unduly makes it seem as if what was stated was the Targum's own opinion. In reality, the opinions of the Targum can be found in our editorials, which represent the majority views of the 150th editorial board. The specification that our editorials are the opinion of the 150th editorial board, and not any other previous board, is important to emphasize for reasons that will be discussed later.
In recent years there has been a decreasing amount of parking on the College Avenue campus, partially resulting from certain improvements and additions to campus buildings, such as the construction of Rutgers Hillel and the Sojourner Truth Apartments. Additionally, the creation of bus lanes on College Avenue pursuant to Rutgers’ Transportation Master Plan eliminated the option for meter parking on the street. These things resulted in displacement of parking spaces and has made it increasingly more difficult for students to park their cars conveniently near their place of residence, which has become a common and understandable complaint among students at Rutgers—New Brunswick.
To little avail, the Rutgers Students With Children (RSWC) organization has been working to advocate for what they see as necessary accommodations for student parents on campus since 2015. Despite numerous prior meetings with members of the University’s administration, their requests seem to continuously fail to be heard. Last Thursday, RSWC had another meeting with the administration with the expectation that this time would be different, considering their recent petition to University President Robert L. Barchi that had been signed by more than 400 people.
At $ to $7 each, Rutgers Cinema on Livingston campus allows students to purchase movie tickets at the lowest prices in New Jersey. Watching movies has been a common pass-time in American culture for many years. People use motion pictures to take their mind off the real world for a moment, which is a break students can use in their stressful academic lives that doesn’t involve getting intoxicated. We laurel Rutgers Cinema for offering students the chance to see new films for reasonable prices.
It is true — money technically cannot buy health. But what it can do is offer a person the option to eat healthily, which is largely the same thing.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers have a right to be wary of ICE, both for themselves and for their parents who may also be here undocumented. But in the grand scheme of things, should every person or group that seems to pose a challenge to the values of the Rutgers community be automatically shunned? Absolutely not.
On Jan. 29, a Rutgers Board of Trustees meeting was severely interrupted when members of Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Rutgers Puerto Rican Student Union and Black Lives Matter Rutgers, among others, took the center of attention by rallying and chanting together, causing disruption and refusing to leave until President Robert L. Barchi raised student worker minimum wages to $15 an hour. 12 of the students involved in the protest now face charges related to disorderly persons offenses, as well as disciplinary action by the University pursuant to the student code of conduct.
Last Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead. No matter one’s political affiliation, it can be agreed upon that events like this are horrific and have no place in our country. Now, it seems as though everyone across the political spectrum is searching for answers to the same question — how do we ensure that nothing like this ever happens again?
Students spend an enormous amount of time sitting on buses going to and from class. Additionally, many introverted students often do not feel comfortable speaking publicly, and as a result decide not to participate in class to the extent that they need to for full credit. Ian Dunham, a doctoral student in the School of Arts and Sciences, said that online courses can significantly benefit students with social anxieties among other things, such as issues with verbal fluency. Student lives can be stressful. We laurel the availability of online courses for their many beneficial factors to students.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are vitally important for the continuing progress of humanity. For American citizens, general success in STEM fields promotes economic growth and stability — creating the basis for innovation. In the face of resurging rival sovereign powers, such as China and Russia, innovation with regard to STEM may very well play a big part in determining the future of the United States on the world stage. Considering the aforementioned, it is safe to say that we need our best and brightest American students studying subjects in STEM fields. It is the case that STEM majors are becoming increasingly popular among college students, but while STEM fields become more and more widely studied each year, the opposite is the case for the humanities.
Like geological timescales, it is rarely the case that significant historical and societal changes are intelligible during the time they take place. But it seems as though it is no secret that we are presently riding the wake of a relatively new and consequential movement — #MeToo. The #MeToo movement was, at its foundation, created to ensure that survivors of sexual assault and harassment, especially involving figures of power, know they are not alone in their struggles. By shedding light on this subject — one which was previously largely ignored — society may be able to take steps toward at least significantly lessening the prevalence of sexual assault in our culture today, but this requires us to tread carefully.
As high school comes to an end for young adults, a vast amount of them apply to college almost thoughtlessly. Their older siblings went to college in many cases, their friends are applying, their parents expect it from them and it just seems like an implicit “next step” to take before truly reaching adulthood, at least that is what you have probably been told. But how often do high school students who decide to go to college take a step back and really contemplate what it means to attend an institution of higher education?
As midterms approach, the stress associated with college life begins to set in once again. Students who have jobs so as to give themselves a bit of extra financial support experience even higher levels of stress around this part of the semester, trying to balance their work schedules with the time necessary to be allocated toward studying. For some students, this can seem almost impossible. But seemingly invisible to much of Rutgers’ student body is a group that experiences the pressure of both school and work on top of an even more stressful feat — parenthood.