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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.
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.