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Monday was an undoubtedly emotional day for many in Israel and
around the world. The exchange of captive Israeli soldier Gilad
Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners has elicited positive and
negative feelings. The Shalit family, Israelis and Jews the world
over, can breathe a sigh of relief that after five long years of
captivity in Gaza, Shalit has returned home in safety to his family
The article “Language degrees help students’ professional
prospects” from Wednesday’s issue raised many good points about the
benefits of studying a foreign language. But the contention that
majors in the liberal arts require critical-thinking skills while
science majors do not was a largely inappropriate comparison of the
Despite the fact that the “Occupy Wall Street” protest has been
growing and finally getting the media attention it deserves, the
author of last Tuesday’s column, “Protestors, please use logic,”
seems to think that the protesters have nothing to say and are only
a bunch of unwashed hippies who deserve the scorn that our
establishment media has heaped upon them.
I have something to say. This country, once the greatest in the
world, has hit the fan and exploded into oblivion. My grandparents
did not survive the horrors of World War II to have their
grandchildren and great-grandchildren live in a country where there
is inequality in every financial sector and hospital bed.
There are places in this world where I would face execution for
writing this editorial. Blasphemy, defined as a lack of respect for
God, is punishable by death in several countries across the globe.
But as we all know, the United States does not support such laws.
This is the land of the free thinkers, a country founded on secular
principles and an equal respect for all beliefs. Right?
We began singing, “The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round all the
way to jail.” Here we were again. Detained, zip-cuffed, but
energized as ever. The only difference? There were 700 of us loaded
on three Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses idling
on the Brooklyn Bridge.
It’s fall once again. The wind is biting harder, the workloads
are increasing, and Rutgers University Student Assembly fall
elections are at hand. I understand, dear reader, if you were
unaware that election season was opening up, or if you were not
planning on voting. However — and I cannot stress this enough — it
is very important that you and all of your friends cast your
My parents emigrated from India to New York for their higher
education, and if you had told them then that two people of Indian
descent would be the governors of two states in the Bible Belt,
they would think you were joking.
If you are like me and enjoy the Opinions section, then you are
a person who likes reading different points of views on issues.
There is, however, a very worrying trend I see in most of the
pieces — opinions with evidence to support their opinions. That
sounds illogical right? Let me explain my argument by doing the
There is an oft-quoted phrase regarding the reverence this
nation holds toward freedom of speech, and one that Tuesday’s
commentary, “U.S. persecutes pro-Palestinian sentiments,” also
mentions: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to
the death your right to say it.” And what a wonderful sentiment
this phrase evokes. But its inclusion in the commentary also
highlights the commentary’s underlying hypocrisy.
I mourn the loss of Barry Deloatch. I mourn the loss of any
innocent man or guilty man. I mourn the loss of any black man or
white man. I empathize with those whose humanity is shaken upon the
taking of life just as I empathize with those who do not have the
depth to be disturbed by the taking of life. I would stand
alongside those who protest police misconduct in front of City
Prevent an oil disaster or contain communism? This is a question
every American should be asking their lawmakers. A 53,000 ton,
Chinese-built, Italian-owned oil rig will soon be making its way to
Cuban waters, just 60 miles from the Florida Keys. Potentially, the
region may contain anywhere between 5 billion and 20 billion
gallons of oil.
I am a 1985 graduate of Rutgers College, a football season
ticket holder, and, for what it may be worth, a former staff writer
for The Daily Targum. I am writing with a compliment to the student
body and a request. At the football game against Ohio on Sept. 24,
U.S. Army Lt. John Conte participated in the coin toss. For those
who were not there, Conte is a Rutgers ROTC graduate who was
wounded in Afghanistan.
Every medium of communication that I have integrated into my
daily life, whether it be Facebook, Twitter or Internet television,
is filled with overwhelming support for the Palestinian Authority’s
bid for statehood at the United Nations. Almost every analysis I
have read about its prospects chastises the United States and
Israel for opposing this measure, and that the will of the
Palestinian people within Palestine as well as its diasporas demand
I celebrated my 20th birthday on Sept. 22, 2010, while a student
at the University. I sat in my residence hall doing Spanish
homework and sorting through the birthday comments I received on
Facebook. However, what I didn’t realize was that on that same day,
University first-year student Tyler Clementi would take his own
life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.
Gov. Chris Christie is a like a boxer — broad shoulders, wide
stance and quick to the punch. With that comes the need for great
agility. In order to be successful in a blue-leaning state,
Christie needs to be flexible, especially when the collective
wallet is upturned and empty. Mandating that he broadcast his
location, as state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) seeks to do with a
proposed bill, is confusing the issue in a vain attempt to rally
I have always believed that one should be polite and
professional when dealing with people, for that is how you will
make the biggest strides. The more respectful you are, the more
that whomever you are dealing with will respect you. However, that
doesn’t always work. Sometimes, depending on the issue on hand or
the people you are dealing with, playing nice won’t cut it. The
other party will take advantage of you, and the whole notion of
“giving respect to get respect” flies out the window.
My fellow Connecticut resident, Richard Kent, Rutgers College
Class of ’72, deserves recognition for all his work in trying to
sell the University to our state’s graduating high school seniors.
His ardor for the University wasn’t helped, he points out, by the
yearly declines the University has seen in the U.S. News and World
Report rankings, which he wrote about in a Sept. 15 letter to The
The recent announcement of an anonymous $27 million gift for
endowed chairs at the University is truly stunning news. The
University community is incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated
supporters. The University press release, however, contains a
I have not cheated on an exam since taking elementary school
spelling tests. To be fair, I was young and foolish, and those
didn’t count for anything. However, I have witnessed cheating
throughout my years in high school and even at the University to
some extent. Though we can all agree that cheating and other kinds
of academic dishonesty are fraud and certainly unethical,
interesting moral quandaries come into play when considering how
we, as non-cheaters, should deal with our peers who do cheat.