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Rutgers Hillel celebrated their inaugural Shabbat dinner Friday night with a community gathering.The first in a series of weekly dinners hosted by members of the Hillel community welcomed nearly 350 students to indulge in delicious challah bread, among other prepared items, and get involved with the religious day of rest.Rabbi Esther Reed, senior associate director of Rutgers Hillel, said that Shabbat, or the Jewish Sabbath, is the most important day of the week for the Jewish community.
Students were awarded free t-shirts and raffle tickets for taking part in Student Appreciation Day on Saturday in the Rutgers Indoor Practice and Conditioning Facility on Busch Campus. Attendees interacted with players, watched practice and took part in interactive drills.
The University's Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights hosted Austin Hyeon, a North Korean expatriate on Saturday night in the Rutgers Academic Building. Hyeon escaped from the country's worsening situation at 12 years old, only to be imprisoned in China and transported back to a North Korean children's prison.
Mike Colter, the star of Marvel’s “Luke Cage,” spoke at the Douglass Student Center on Wednesday night to talk about his career and the driving forces behind it. Colter is an alumnus of the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Rutgers alumna Alice Aycock spoke at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center on Douglass campus — a building dedicated to women and global issues. Her artwork is known its architectural style and integration into the landscapes it is built on.
Rutgers Hillel held the first of its weekly Shabbat dinners on Friday night, bringing together hundreds of students in its newly finished building on College Avenue. Guests were treated to a meal comprised of kugel, chicken, soup and more.
On Wednesday, Kim Stanley Robinson spoke alongside a panel of Rutgers faculty about his book "New York 2140," which paints a picture of the world 100 years from now under pressure from rising sea levels.
Last night, the former president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA), Justin Schulberg, gave his final State of the Assembly Address to usher in the swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected leaders.In his address, Schulberg discussed important accomplishments of RUSA during his time in office, as well as issues he believes should continue to be addressed.The addressed issues and initiatives included sexual assault prevention, strides made in medical amnesty, Mental Health Task Force initiatives and sustainability.Schulberg told The Daily Targum that although his leaving the assembly is emotional, he is confident that RUSA will continue to be increasingly successful.“I’m so optimistic.
Paul Robeson — artist, human-rights activist and Class of 1919 Rutgers alumnus — was celebrated and honored by close friend and mentee Harry Belafonte and granddaughter Susan Robeson as part of the Annual Paul Robeson Lecture Series on Wednesday night at the College Avenue Student Center.I Am Robeson Week, hosted by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) and the Africana Studies Department and partnered with the “America Converges Here” initiative, is a week-long celebration featuring panel discussions, lectures and films celebrating the accomplishments of the Rutgers scholar and the lives of those he met and inspired, according to the PRCC website.Dr. Edward Ramsamy, a distinguished professor and chair of the Africana Studies Department, said he and fellow faculty members created the lecture series in 2015 as a way to observe and commemorate Paul Robeson's contributions to Rutgers and American history.“Two years ago we were thinking of different ways in which we could commemorate his legacy and out of the discussions came, why not hold a distinguished lecture where we invite individuals who either knew him, who worked with him and or whose work exemplifies the issues that Paul Robeson was interested and fought for,” Ramsamy said.Ramsamy said that despite doubts of successfully bringing both Susan Robeson and Harry Belafonte together for the event — neither of whom had previously been featured on the same panel — the PRCC and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Felicia McGinty were instrumental in turning it into reality.Ramsamy said that because Paul Robeson was a pioneer for so many social activist campaigns, events like this highlight the intersectionality of international struggles.“Paul Robeson was a citizen of the world, what he did was to connect struggles in America with struggles from all over the world ... How does the black struggle connect with other struggles around the world?
Rutgers pays for co-ownership of new cultural centerOn Thursday, the Rutgers Board of Governors unanimously voted to invest $17 million in the creation of the new performing arts center in downtown New Brunswick. The partial ownership will allow for the Mason Gross School of the Arts to expand its curriculum by forming a brand new musical theater program.
Members of IfNotNow, a division of young Jewish members, met outside the steps of the new Rutgers Hillel building this past Thursday night to protest the institution's stance on the Israeli occupation of the West Banks and Gaza. An estimated 10 students attended the rally. The protest stemmed from Islamophobic comments previously made by Rutgers Hillel Director Andrew Getraer and an ongoing failure to forge a meaningful relationship with Jewish and non-Jewish groups critical of the occupation, according to the organization's press release.Gilad Abarbanel, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and member of IfNotNow, said Hillel pronounces itself as an apolitical home for Jewish students while it maintains its own agenda — specifically, the position Hillel has on the occupation of Palestine and the reluctance to openly discuss the topic.By occupation, the organization refers to the enforcement of Israeli military in parts of the West Bank area and the expansion of new settlements that were not present prior to Israel acquiring the land, Abarbanel said.Similar to how an individual from the United States identifies as an American, so too do members of the Jewish community identify with Judaism, Abarbanel said.
Harry Belafonte and Susan Robeson came to Rutgers to talk about the legacy Paul Robeson — a musician, actor and civil rights activist who attended Rutgers until 1919. The actor was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for his outspoken political beliefs.
The University’s investment in the new performing arts center will allow for Mason Gross students to use the facilities for practice and performances. The school will be launching its musical theater program once construction is complete.
Justin Schulberg, the former president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA), gave his final address at the organization's meeting on Thursday night. The new board members were then sworn into office immediately after.
An estimated ten students gathered at The Yard and marched to Rutgers Hillel on Thursday night to protest comments made by the organization's director. The protest focused largely on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
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Last November, University President Robert Barchi announced that Chancellor Richard L. Edwards will step down after the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.
The Rutgers community celebrates "Denim Day" with its first annual denim-based fashion show, dedicated to preventing sexual violence and showcasing self-expression for victims of sexual abuse.The inauguration of the worldwide initiative to prevent sexual violence was held at the College Avenue Student Center this past Tuesday night, showcasing strength in a community of sexual abuse advocates looking to further spread the message through fashion and interpersonal expression.
Every spring at Rutgers, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) hosts Islam Awareness week to engage with the larger Rutgers community and educate people about the Islamic religion and culture. The event is held this week in a large tent outside of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus and will continue until Friday.This year, Islam Awareness Week was organized by School of Arts and Sciences seniors Hadear Seliman and Reshma Vohra, and School of Arts and Sciences junior Habibah Arshad.“There are so many misconceptions, especially nowadays, in the media or anywhere else, about Islam and what it's portrayed as,” Seliman said.