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Each year we, as students, all pay extra money on our tuition
for the student fee. Student fees are used for numerous different
causes benefiting student life, but many may not know that this
money is directly available for their student organizations through
the campus governing councils. Each semester, the SEBS/Cook Council
is allocated $5,000 for the purpose of co-sponsoring other student
organizations' events on campus. The money is given to the council
and others in order to benefit the student body and the University
community. The council meets at a general body meeting every two
weeks and allots time for student groups to request the additional
funding for their events. Most recently, we provided a
co-sponsorship of $750 to the Korean Student Organization for their
event "Project Korea."
The Daily Targum's March 23 editorial, "Health reform comes at
right time," celebrated the Senate health care bill that just
passed the House of Representatives by a 219-212 vote. The
editorial stated, "At its core, the health care reform aims to sort
out a problem that has been present in the U.S. for decades."
Indeed, no one argues against the concept of health care reform —
in fact, the vast majority of Americans support general health care
reform, while the minority opposes this bill. It is necessary to
look at what health care's major problems are, what causes them and
whether this bill will solve any of these problems.
Google recently announced plans to build a select number of
super-high speed broadband networks around the country, an
initiative that they call "Google Fiber for Communities." These
networks will be designed to reach speeds of around 1 gigabit per
second, which is more than100 times faster than what is currently
being offered by Internet service providers in the United
States. To put that into perspective, while the
average Internet speed in the United States is currently just under
4 megabits per second, Google's proposed network will be designed
to reach speeds of around 1,000 megabits per second. Impressive,
yes, but why does this matter?
With the House of Representatives passing the Senate's version
of the health care reform bill late Sunday night, this country took
a great step toward health care reform that has been more than
three decades in the making. This sweeping legislation is
monumental not only in its content but also in its implications and
potential for the future.
I do not know why I allow progressives to continuously amaze me
with their hypocrisy, but time and again, they succeed in
surprising me. The Daily Targum editorial that ran on Mar. 11,
"Right Views Unfounded," was one such instance. The editorial
argues that people who criticize the U.S. Department of Justice for
appointing lawyers who defended al-Qaida terrorists are committing
slander. The editorial points out that these lawyers were only
doing their job, and that they are perfectly suitable to work in
the Justice Department.
As a University student, the University's alma mater "On the
Banks of the Old Raritan" is often heard at pivotal moments
throughout your college career — at one of the slew of
newly-accepted student events in which you first meet and interact
with fellow classmates, at the football game where you not only
listen to the Rutgers University Glee Club's performance, but
proudly join in as a Scarlet Knight, and finally, at the
commencement ceremony that marks the end of your time here on the
Banks. For some, the alma mater is a source of tradition or pride,
yet for others, it represents an exclusive past and serves as a
mere reminder that the struggle for social justice is far from
The purpose of this editorial is to present to the University
student body a description of what our committee has done thus far
this school year. A mission of the committee and our general
council this year was to research and bring forth any and all
issues, complaints or grievances that the students of School of
Environmental and Biological Sciences and those affiliated with
Cook campus may have pertaining to a wide range of categories.
In what is yet more evidence that universities have become, at
least where campus free speech is concerned, as Harvard's wise
Abigail Thernstrom has described them, "islands of repression in a
sea of freedom," the University Of California, San Diego has been
undergoing collective apoplexy over some incendiary racial slurs
made by students involved in an off-campus fraternity party and in
a subsequent broadcast from the school's radio station. The
discovery of a noose and a roughly fashioned Ku Klux Klan hood on
campus only helped stoke tensions and inflame rage at the perceived
In the past few weeks I have noticed a steady flow of letters
and comments, with left and right bashing over health care and
taxes, but few actual ideas or proposals. This changed when I read
the column, "President abandons promise," when he stated at the end
that to fix our government we should vote every single member out
and start over. But while this is indeed a tempting plan, the
lead-up to this plan involved bashing President Barack Obama's work
and not the work — or lack thereof — of our congressmen and
Oil is a diminishing and expensive source of energy, and coal is
The Rutgers Residence Hall Association is a student government
organization, which represents all students living in the
University residence halls. RHA works closely with University
administrators to improve the residential experience for all
students. Each year, RHA also organizes several educational,
leadership, service and social programming opportunities for
Mayor-for-life Michael Bloomberg has decided to attack the
public school system by shutting down the bottom 10 percent of
schools in his third term as mayor of New York City. This decision
is propagated by President Barack Obama's "Race to the Top" funding
for public school systems, which would qualify New York state for
more than $700 million.
As a University student, the flyer for the "Speed Dating at
Rutgers" event first caught my eye for its simplicity: A chance to
undertake a diverse, comprehensive dating journey for the price of
just one can of non-perishable food. Put on last month by the
student-run Rutgers University Programming Association, the
speed-dating event and others like it have been uniting
unsuspecting lovers on campus for years now.
In Wednesday's letter, "Tea Party's idea of government wrong,"
the author concludes with an impassioned statement, "I would hope
that they change the laws so they are just a little more kind and
just a little more fair." After I finished chanting "Yes we can!"
multiple times, I started thinking about the idea of fairness and
kindness. These two words are so often thrown around in our
political discourse that their true implications have been lost.
During a debate with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, presidential
candidate Barack Obama told the world he wanted to raise the
capital gains tax out of a sense of fairness, even though most
economists believe that lowering the capital gains tax increases
tax revenue. Moments like these, along with Wednesday's op-ed
piece, loudly represents progressives' mentalities. Because
progressives see political debates in terms of kindness and
fairness, they have no problem saying sentences like, "Those that
subscribe to the Tea Party platform reveal a purposeful callousness
toward their fellow humans." Wow. People who believe in limited
government are not only callous toward humanity, but we are doing
it purposefully! This is nonsense, of course. A person who holds a
different opinion is not necessarily a monster. A person whose
worldview leans toward "libertarian" is not an idiot.
Nike, Inc., a sportswear giant with much of the American retail
market cornered, has annual revenue of around $18 billion. Why is
it, then, that they are having so much trouble paying the $2.2
million in severance owed to laid-off factory workers in
Busch Campus Council is a name that students come across, but
rarely consider. Who are they? What do they do? The answers can be
a little surprising.
President Barack Obama this past Saturday signed a one-year
extension of the Patriot Act into law. The law, which allows the
federal government substantial powers to monitor U.S. citizens, has
been the bane of civil libertarians since 2001 when it passed.
There was some hope that Obama would allow the provisions of the
act lapse without his signature, especially since the U.S. Congress
was not able to secure a majority to add new language to the bill
that would have strengthened civil liberties protection.
There is an enormous lie told in America. It is told with great
regularity by all stripes of people on the right. Conservatives,
Republicans and Libertarians all love to tell the lie of small
government: That the ideal government is one that takes care of
only law and order and defense, and leaves everything else to the
states. Many Americans have fallen for this lie, even many here in
New Jersey as we saw with the election of Gov. Chris Christie. We
see this lie repeated by members of the Tea Party on Fox News and
even here at the University in The Daily Targum.
Mohandas Gandhi once said something that doesn't get revisited
enough is the place of religion in our public sphere. When asked
for his views on Christianity, he replied "I like your Christ; I do
not like your Christians."
The controversy that surrounds Rutgers University Student
Assembly as of late reveals a deeper question the student body is
asking; what is RUSA's place at the University? As it stand now,
RUSA has very little place at this University because is does not
act as a vehicle for students to positively change the University.
My experience with RUSA is that it acts like the U.S. Congress. It
passes resolutions hoping that some administrator will see the
proposal put into action. The Congress can act in such a manner —
our assembly of students cannot. Rather, RUSA and campus leaders
need to be the students championing initiatives, only referring to
administration when required. This is the only option for RUSA to
increase participation, relevance and effectiveness.