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Yesterday was election day, and the two frontrunners were Phil Murphy, a stark Democrat, and Kim Guadagno, a stark Republican. As usual, the moderate and third-party candidates in the running were significantly overshadowed by the Democratic and Republican political base. This is heavily representative of the current political climate on Rutgers' campus, as it is on the campuses of the majority of public universities. When it comes to politics at Rutgers, during the past few semesters the voices of two starkly contrasting groups of students have garnered most of the attention — extreme right-wingers and white supremacists on one side, and deep left-wing activists on the other. Some of the white supremacists, whose views often align with those of the alt-right, have been voicing their opinions by means of flyers and guest speakers. Some of the far-left wingers, or progressive liberals, have been voicing their opinions through protests. As a result, the political conversations on campus are not conversations anymore, they are battles — and they are dividing students.
New York sports has experienced somewhat of a down period since the Yankees domination in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since then, New York has only witnessed three championships — although two of which were spectacular upsets by the Giants — and a few teams, particularly the Jets, Nets (the Nets are Brooklyn now so they count as New York), Knicks and Mets have just been wholly uncompetitive.
On Oct. 5, The New York Times published an exposé on Harvey Weinstein, reporting that he had been paying off those who had accused him of sexual harassment and assault for years. A couple of the most prominent accusers were Ashley Judd — who said Weinstein had her sent up to his hotel room and asked her to give him a massage while he was in a bathrobe and watch him shower — and Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her during her breakout in Hollywood and who later received a $100,000 settlement from him in 1997. Since then, it has been a tumultuous time in Hollywood with more actors and actresses speaking out about their stories and incidents of sexual abuse not only implicating Weinstein but other powerful figures in the industry, as well. With all the turbulence over the issues of harassment in the film universe, it is easy to overlook the existence of deep-seated misogyny in other spheres. Thanks to the apparent lack of coverage that other industries tend to receive from the media in comparison to film and television, areas extraneous to Hollywood could benefit from riding the current wave of heavy pushback and empowered stance against sexual harassment and abuse.
Rutgers University is hoping to start using energy efficient systems, encouraging alternative transportation that does not burn fossil fuels and reducing its carbon footprint — and it plans to do all of this by 2030.
It is easy to sign up for a gym membership, it is easy to eat clean for a day and it is easy to say you are going to start working out. Commitment and forming new behaviors are the hard part — but that is what will bring results and satisfaction. As humans, it seems like it is in our nature to want visual proof of our efforts. We work out once and check the mirror for new muscle. We eat a healthy meal and wonder if we are thin yet. Many people want to live healthy lifestyles, but there is one characteristic that sets those people apart from those who actually do: consistency. In order to improve your health, you need to create healthy habits and practice them consistently if you expect change.
Two weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump declared the current opioid crisis a public health emergency, a move to address this transmuted crisis that was highly anticipated by drug policy scholars. Although there are numerous problems associated with this statement, particularly how this directive does not free up any additional funds to deal with the crisis, what is lost in this conversation is how the narrative on drug use has suddenly become more compassionate and humane — now that its victims are, in large part, white.
As a result of the state’s steady decrease in the funding of higher education, Rutgers has been forced to figure out alternative ways to generate revenue to continue expansion and improvement.
In September, President Donald J. Trump’s announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that would allow undocumented immigrants “who came to the United States as children and (met) several guidelines (to) request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal,” startled the Rutgers community. Chancellor Debasish Dutta and President Robert L. Barchi, in wake of his decision, sent out several emails to all Rutgers students condemning the president’s actions on Sept. 5. In the emails, both the chancellor and the president actively encouraged Rutgers students to support an amended version of the BRIDGE Act that will allow an extended stay for those protected by DACA, providing links that will generate a letter to be sent to the writer’s respective house representative and senator. As officials of a publicly funded university, their statements were inappropriate and partisan. Before I begin, I do not agree with Trump’s suggestion to overthrow DACA. While the United States should have stronger immigration policies, punishing the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants does little to remedy the problem. Many of them came to the United States without a say and do not deserve to be deported due to the actions of their parents. It is needlessly cruel and seems to be an attempt for Trump to flex his political prowess on his Democratic opponents.
Earlier this week, the actor Anthony Rapp came forward with an accusation of sexual assault regarding an incident that took place between him and Kevin Spacey. Rapp was 14 at the time of the alleged assault, Spacey was 24. After the news broke, Spacey released a statement on Twitter that read, “I have a lot of respect ... for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago ... I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him through all these years … This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life … I choose now to live as a gay man.”
POWER TO THE STUDENTS
Altruism has become enmeshed in our belief system as a society to the point where it has become a paragon of virtue. In the news, we hear how multi-billionaire philanthropists like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are pledging a greater part of their fortunes toward a number of noble causes. Intuitively so, these actions are seen as noble by the public. After all, nothing is objectionable about providing drinking water to every corner of the world.
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is an iconic classic within American literature. But the book is being removed from English curriculums around the country because of strong objections toward the content and language portrayed in the book.
Rutgers is about to make campus life a little less stressful for its population of women, transgender people and non-binary people. Anyone who menstruates may soon be taken care of. At last week’s Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) full body meeting, the organization presented a preliminary proposal to start a program that provides free menstrual hygiene products on campus for those students who struggle with financial issues.
Sitting in my Environmental Science class last spring, scrolling through Twitter and extremely bored, my professor said something that made me listen. He was explaining the process that had to be taken in order to produce our favorite foods: chicken, steak and pork. I always knew that the production of meat was unsustainable, as well as unethical, but I never really knew what was wrong with it specifically. I am definitely not a science person, but for this one section in class, he caught my attention. Aside from the unsustainable practices of meat production, the treatment of animals is horrific. After taking this class, I made the decision to go vegetarian. Of course, I do not look down on anyone that eats meat, but I feel that everyone should know what goes on behind the scenes. Ever since becoming vegetarian, my mental and physical states have been impacted greatly.
Although the 2016 election is still fresh in many voter’s minds, New Jersey voters have receded back into their political hibernation and have failed to come out with the same excitement for the upcoming gubernatorial election. This year, New Jersey – along with Virginia — will be one of only two states holding a major election with all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature up for reelection in addition to the governorship. This in conjunction with the current political climate both in Washington D.C. and in Trenton has propelled New Jersey’s election into the national spotlight.
Recently, I read an article that was featured in The Daily Targum entitled “NJPIRG raises awareness of new ‘Chain Reaction Report’ at media event on George Street” by Max Marcus. I am glad this article was written, because antibiotics resistance is an important issue that deserves attention.
Rutgers has announced that they will create a “One-Stop Shop” for student services in hopes of making students’ lives easier, which is projected to open during the Summer of 2019. This is a part of the University’s Strategic Master Plan to enhance the student experience and improve Rutgers as a whole.
I am just going to come out and say it:
Somalia has been hit by a drought since October 2016, and the effects are still worsening with each passing day. Somalia is perhaps the most affected region in east Africa since the drought hit the country in the past 25 years, making recovery harder and harder with each passing hit. The case this time has become so severe that it has lead to famine threats, and the last time the region was touched by famine almost 6 years ago, it took more than 250,000 people with it. This time around, there are more than 20 million lives at risk, leaving more than a third of the population facing starvation. The increased number is the result of the ongoing war in the region that has only exacerbated the famine as resources are running out faster. The most alarming fact about this situation is the rate at which cholera has been spreading around the country due to the lack of clean water
Rutgers University can be considered many different things in terms of its atmosphere on campus. But one thing that the University’s students may not realize is how advanced the University is in terms of garnering conversation and speech on campus by students. Sometimes it takes an outside look to realize how progressive the University is.