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APPRECIATED PARTICIPATION: The University has been getting the wheels turning on a “physical master plan” of improvements, which will address a variety of campus issues like buses and the lack of student spaces. That all sounds great to us, but what we love even more is that the plan has been really seeking student input and feedback.
We know you’ve seen them. The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign has been dominating New York City streets for years. It’s hard to go to a major transit area without seeing a dark elusive poster of a heavy-looking bag covered with a headline calling for you to report suspicious activity.
The Fraternal Order of Police is asserting that the administration’s policies for the Rutgers University Police Department violate state and federal laws — and these are assertions that cannot fall on deaf ears. We strongly support laws that protect civilians from police. Last week, we wrote an editorial on the Atlantic City Police Demaprtment’s excessive use of force, after their overuse of fists, kicks, batons and a German Shepard on an unarmed college student.
You’re in school reading this editorial right now because our university doesn’t acknowledge Columbus Day and give us all a day off from classes. Before we dive into this editorial, we just want to underscore this point: We totally, fervently and wholeheartedly support a day off from classes when there’s a federal holiday, and wish that the University would simply oblige our fantasies.
Delayed Dining: Hooray! Remember that time we darted the shortened dining hall hours? Well, it looks like you all felt the same way. After a student petition and much negotiation, the dining halls are now going back to their regular 9 p.m. closing time — rather than their new 8 p.m. revision.
Guess what, folks? Rutgers was rated as the top school in the United States for interracial dating. Is anyone surprised? We’re definitely not. We’re definitely going to brag about the fact that interracial dating is not a big deal to us — in fact, it’s pretty typical.
The Clery Report is out, and the University’s stats aren’t too surprising. The report is intended to create transparency among college students on crimes happening on and around campus. It releases statistics of all reported incidents that took place within a yearly timespan. The 2012 report found that burglary is the top crime on campus, increasing 21 percent from 2011.
Did anything in that headline actually surprise you? We know it didn’t, but it should — no matter how common police brutality has always been, we refuse to become desensitized to it. David Castellani’s dreadful experience isn’t any different. We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard that name before.
A man died on Oct. 4 after setting himself on fire in the center of National Mall in Washington, D.C. This man was driven to a point of such desperation that he publicly killed himself in one of the most horrific ways possible, yet officials have said they have no idea why he would do so.
EQUALITY EXPOUNDERS: We hear that the Rutgers University Student Assembly is teaming up with New Jersey United for Marriage to campaign for same-sex marriage — despite Gov. Chris Christie’s pledge to appeal the decision.
The state has been committed to a 10-year child welfare reform program since 2006. On Monday, a court-appointed monitor released its latest report on New Jersey’s progress, and while the progress in some areas was encouraging, we are disappointed with some of the findings.
Did anyone notice anything different these past two days? Yeah, neither did we. Apparently, the people we elected to represent us in the government thought it was in our best interest to, you know, completely shut it down.
Eyricka Morgan is a name you may not be familiar with, but you should be. It belongs to a transgender Rutgers alumna who was murdered last week.Eyricka Morgan was allegedly stabbed to death by a man who lived in her New Brunswick boarding house.
It’s been a long time coming. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson affirmed something that we’ve known all along — same-sex couples deserve the same rights straight couples receive under state and federal laws — a message that, surprisingly, is the first of its kind in the state.
We are so incredibly proud to be able to say that four Rutgers folks, including a public health historian, a guest instructor and two alumni, have received distinguished MacArthur awards. Known as the “genius grant,” the award “celebrates and inspires the creative potential of individuals,” and comes with an unrestricted $625,000 stipend. This laurel goes to the best and brightest.
Imagine the sanctity of your privacy coming down to a moo. That’s what reality is starting to look like according to a New Jersey hacker’s eye-opening experiment. As a way to explore how much privacy our vehicles have on the roads, he tweaked his EZPass and connected it to a cow toy so that it would moo and light up every time it was being read.
Last week, a federal circuit court ruled against New Jersey’s legalization of sports betting. Apparently, the state law conflicts with a federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. PASPA forbids sports betting as a measure to protect the integrity of sports games. We call bullshit.
The University alma mater underwent a significant change that came to light this weekend at the Arkansas football game. When the lyrics came on the screen, they no longer boasted of “becoming a man.” And we say thank goodness for that.
So, Complex Magazine, of all publications, decided to take some jabs at us last week. They published a list of what they claim to be the 50 ugliest college campuses in the country. Of course, Rutgers University, which became the brunt of a lot of jokes this past year, made the list.
Here in The Daily Targum’s newsroom, we’re responsible for following leads, making stories and meeting deadlines, so one can easily understand why stress is our middle name. That’s why we’re so impressed with the team of Rutgers geneticists who developed a new model for understanding chronic stress. An extra bonus goes to their creativity in using roundworms for their project, which have far fewer neurons than (most of) us. This laurel goes to the people developing ways to make our newsroom a little more stress-free.