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So apparently publishing sensationalized stories without doing any research on the actual facts about Rutgers’ “questionable” athletic department is all the rage these days. At least, the editors and reporters at nj.com certainly seem to think so. Dan Duggan, a new writer, broke the story last week that brought Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen under fire for his alleged verbal abuse of players.
Should a need that remains prevalent on the Rutgers University campus trump concerns over environmental or structural efficiency? That is the question that was addressed at the meeting between the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing council and Dean Goodman, the executive dean of the school.
Verbal abuse can happen in any college setting, especially in regards to sports. In this case, Jevon Tyree, a former Rutgers football player, has come forward asserting that defensive coordinator Dave Cohen bullied him. While athletic director Julie Hermann insists that she met with the family and that the issue was resolved between all parties, the debacle has turned into a he-said-she-said showdown that is being blown out of proportion — especially during the sensitive aftermath of the Mike Rice fiasco.
VALUING VOORHEES: Although Rutgers philanthropist and alumnus Robert W. Vorhees passed away this week, his accomplishments and dedication to the University will remain. We laurel his generous donations to the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
For Brandon Coleman, everything seemed to be going according to plan after the Rutgers football team’s first game. Though the Scarlet Knights lost, 52-51, in double overtime against Fresno State, Coleman hauled two touchdowns, giving him 18 career scores. The outing put him two behind former receiver Tim Brown’s program record for a career, and three from possessing the record all to himself.
On his 21st birthday, Michigan State University junior Bradley McCue went out with his friends to celebrate at a bar. The next morning and 24 shots later, Bradley was dead. This is a tragedy that we hear about all too often from the college party scene, and yet there are not enough realistic efforts being made to encourage responsible drinking regardless of the occasion or social context. Drinking culture has completely engulfed our current American society.
We’ve all heard different versions of the truth behind former LX bus driver Stan McNeil’s resignation. But it’s hard to gather what we actually know and what kind of conclusion we can come to about the situation in order to take appropriate action.
Congratulations, students, professors and health centers! We did it! And by it, I mean it. But then again, should this really be that surprising? Condom-maker Trojan released its annual Sexual Health Report Card rankings on Wednesday, November 6. With its 8th annual account, the company has proved that many schools that have a reputation for exceptional academics also boast plenty of sexual smarts.
WAY BETTER WAGES: As college students, it’s difficult for us to find well-paying jobs that are worth our hours during the semesters when we’re busy trying to keep up our GPAs. As a state college, we laurel New Jersey voters’ approval of the minimum wage raise by $1 per hour.
Their salaries are nearly identical, but Rutgers head men’s and women’s basketball coaches Eddie Jordan and C. Vivian Stringer face drastically different expectations this season. With virtually no precedent to fulfill, Jordan simply needs to compete to live up to his base salary from the University. Even as the state’s highest-paid employee, at $1.05 million, the former NBA coach is taking over a program still reeling from the fallout of the Mike Rice player abuse scandal.
So former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice came out the woodwork yesterday to issue what he calls an apology for the actions that led to his firing in April. We’re not quite sure by whose standards it constitutes as an apology, but we are certain that it’s not by ours. Last semester, Rice made national headlines for all the wrong reasons after Eric Murdock practically tried to extort the University with compiled footage of basketball practices, where Rice physically and verbally abused his players in the name of toughness.
New Jersey was startled by a harrowing public shooting Monday in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. For many Rutgers students, the incident was way too close to home. And for those that were in the mall at the time, it placed thousands of lives at stake. But, to Gov. Chris Christie and the national media outlets that covered the crisis, it was deemed merely as an issue of mental health.
We hope you’re all hitting the ballots today — and especially that you’re making the right decision on who’s best for New Jersey. Yeah, we get it: Gov. Chris Christie is getting splashed as leader in all the headlines, substantially ahead in all the polls and painted as some type of Garden State knight in shining armor (he’s not quite Scarlet though, if you ask us.) But don’t overlook Barbara Buono today.
Election season is upon us, dear comrades. This Tuesday, we’ll be voting on who we want to lead our state for the next four years. And we want you to know your voice on the matter is indispensable. First of all, people barely come out to non-presidential elections. That’s a problem, because then we are allowing the very small percentage of people who do make it out to the ballots to be the ones deciding our next governor.
BOUNDLESS BRAVERY: When we heard about Jasmeet Bawa’s story, we were hit by her bravery and determination to get an education despite all odds. She inspired us to give her the spotlight in our Person of the Week feature. Since she started her gofundme.com account, Bawa has, as of now, raised more than $3000 to pay for college after leaving her abusive home.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is doing less with more talent than former head coach Raheem Morris ever had. Billboards express that people want Schiano fired, and even cornerback Darelle Revis can’t quite tell if the locker room has Schiano’s back. The mess in Tampa is big enough for the Buccaneers that the former Rutgers head coach might not finish his second NFL head-coaching season.
Mean Girls” infamously declared Halloween as “the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” It’s actually a time when people can outwardly display racism and expect no one to say anything about it. Case and point: Julianne Hough’s dressing up as the black character Crazy Eyes from “Orange is the New Black.”
The Bordentown Regional School District has come under fire for it decision to ban religious songs from winter concert performances in its elementary schools. And by “come under fire,” we mean by the conservative right. And by the conservative right, we mean those only concerned with Christmas. Among the people that the school district apparently pissed off is Alliance Defending Freedom, which describes itself as a “legal ministry” — the only one of its kind in the country.
BOUNTIFUL BED RACES: This laurel goes to this year’s turnout for the Bed Races — both for the spectators as well as the racers! Student organizations banned together and collected well over thousands of diapers for charity. The blocked off College Ave. was packed with supporters and a really great time, with an endless line at the photo booth. We can’t think of a better way to kick off homecoming weekend!
Amid the rising contempt for unpaid internships with a series of lawsuits from exploited former interns, the infamous publishing firm Condé Nast has decided to discontinue its internship program. Two former Condé Nast interns followed suit against the company, which publishes big-name magazines like Vogue and GQ. One former W intern compared her experience to that of Anne Hathaway’s character in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada.”