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Half the world’s population menstruates an average of once a month from menarche to menopause. Most women menstruate from the ages of 13 to 51, making menstruation, alone, a total of 6.25 years in a woman’s life. Yet this natural biological process is still met with much stigma, taboo and discriminatory cultural norms. In many underprivileged areas, there is a lack of sanitary resources. Hygienic sanitary napkins are hard to come by, and quite unaffordable when made available. Along with a lack of products catered for periods, there’s a deficiency of clean water and soap for minimal yet necessary cleansing. The lack of hygienic products available has many side effects, the major one being the inconvenience it brings in day-to-day operations. In Leeds in the United Kingdom, a school reported that many of its female students had poor attendance records. Leeds is one of the more impoverished cities in the United Kingdom and living in a low-income household makes such items like sanitary napkins seem more like a luxury than a legitimate need. As a result, many of the female students tend to skip classes and stay home until the end of their periods every month. Students can’t miss school for a whole week every month simply because they don’t have resources available at their disposal. A Bolton NHS Foundation Trust study found that menstrual problems are the fifth most common reason for students missing school. The U.K. (as well as most U.S. states) has a tampon tax that simply makes it arduous for women to satiate their menstrual needs. But the lack of resources is not the only hardship women face.
Where knowledge is power, information is a weapon. Information is the key that, depending on the whim of its controller, can either lock the masses in chains or liberate them in understanding.
As another academic year begins, students are trying to transition from the relaxation of summertime to the hustle and bustle of college life. And while it may be difficult for most to find the motivation to start off the semester strong, one asset of Rutgers life has already hit the ground running — Rutgers football.
Hello Rutgers, welcome to the first day of the semester and thank you for joining me to read the words that I’m typing to you even though we’ve probably never met. Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you've got to be kind.’” My inspiration for this column, which I’m calling “A Healthy Dose of Justice,” comes from exactly what Vonnegut said: In 2017’s world of tumult and inequality, we have an obligation to make sure that others are happy, healthy and thriving. Which brings me to the President Donald J. Trump administration.
Stephen Miller, President Donald J. Trump’s senior advisor, plays a much larger role than many perceive. Miller, the same man who was one of the leading constructors of the Muslim "travel ban" that Trump had implemented, was appointed to work with Ivanka Trump on women’s issues in April — a problem that no one is talking about enough.
A collaborative art exhibition has recently been installed in the Focus Gallery at the Zimmerli Art Museum (the small room adjacent PaparazZi Cafe), on heritage and memory in the American South. A bundle of Mason Gross visual art students, led by Daonne Huff and Kara Walker, trekked to Atlanta, Georgia, where they experienced the following things: Ebenezer Baptist Church (former church of Martin Luther King Jr.), remnants of the Klan, Stone Mountain, and, of course, Piggly Wiggly. The result of their travels is the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association — an intimately curated, archival exhibition, frank in presentation, at once jarring and/or moving, depending on who you are.
JOINING THE WINNER CIRCLE
Low voter turnout is an increasingly prominent issue in the United States. In the 2012 presidential election, for instance, only 53 percent of those eligible, voted. That means that well over 100 million potential votes were lost. In 2016, the turnout was even lower, as an additional 50 million Americans failed to show up on Election Day.
Oftentimes, events are held in order to create a sense of remembrance of tragedies that have passed. And although the common saying, “We will never forget,” is often recited in reference to the tragic events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, a fraternity at Rutgers hosted a silent memorial walk with a similar slogan, but this time to remember the lives taken during the Holocaust.
I always walk with my Bose headphones in my ears on my way class, even when I am not listening to music. I carry my laptop around every day, maybe not because I use it for classwork or writing, but because I might want to watch a YouTube video, or maybe I simply feel more comfortable with the internet so accessible — like my iPhone 7 isn’t sufficient for that. Before I deleted my Instagram for the third time this year, I wondered why I felt so good when people liked my photo and I wondered why I kept coming up with obscure, ridiculous reasons as to why I should stay "connected." Time and time again I have proven to myself that I would be better off without the overwhelming access to the social media accounts of people within my little sphere of life. Sure, I would be able to keep track of people I care about on Facebook, but why can't I just call, text or ask for a video from their really important event? I sought out and exhausted almost every reason for me to continue using social media — I knew I would do better in school, and I would better nourish my relationships and of course, I would spend my time more wisely. Still, why am I so attached to these online profiles that literally lack physical entities? Eventually, my question became: what unfathomable influence has technology had on the lives of not only millennials just like me, but on everyone in society?
North Korea’s persistent and aggressive attitude toward developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is nothing new. However, President Donald J. Trump's administration has recently decided to coax China into pressuring North Korea into dampening its endeavors. China has heavy authority within North Korea’s foreign trade, accounting for over 80 percent of the country's foreign trade, signifying significant political leverage. In exchange for raising a hand of authority to North Korea, the Trump administration has decided to make it more enticing for China, by putting better trade terms on the table.
Students at the University are constantly learning new things in their classes. That is why a majority of students attend college — to get an education. But more important than learning facts, figures and theories is learning how to apply them to enchance one's life, and especially the lives of those around them. This is exactly what 24 women that were featured in “UNherD” are receiving recognition for.
In conversations about how to address societal illnesses, we largely gloss over the nuances and complexities of the situation. Many times, issues like poverty, hunger, homelessness and violence are often discussed in silos, influencing the ways in which we tackle them. However, if we are to solve these social problems and promote economic growth, it is essential to get to the root of the issue as early as possible. That is why a child-centered approach to community and economic development can give neighborhoods, states and nations an opportunity to mitigate and prevent devastating dilemmas while supporting community health and economic prosperity.
Throughout my studies and personal endeavors, I have come to learn a lot about America. I have learned valuable lessons about how I believe this country operates best, and the functions that are desirable for the effective preservation of this great republic. Throughout the country’s history, there have been people dedicated to the preservation of these ideals that I speak of, and there have been many that have been dedicated to their downfall. These set of ideals, also known as conservatism, are responsible for making this country great, and why it has continued to be great to this very day. I consider myself to be a conservative with some libertarian-leaning tendencies, which has put me at odds with some members of the Republican Party. As my favorite sitting Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) recently described himself, “I’m sorta an independent conservative who caucuses with Republicans.” Jonah Goldberg, a writer for National Review, described himself as being, “A conservative (and by default) a Republican.” I believe that conservatives should follow in the molds of these men, or run a great risk to the tainting of conservatism. This is one of three lessons that I would like to share for my fellow conservatives.
With summer vacation just a few weeks away, most students are anxious about internships or things that they can do during the break to promote a successful future for themselves. But a relatively new organization at the University is assisting students in finding opportunities that will further their success during the school year, especially if they are interested in business.
Last week was Earth Week and there is a well-known observation that is important to point out: The fact that Earth is the only planet we have ever lived on and for the time being, the only planet that we will ever be able to live on. With this in mind, I am often confused by the negligence of the great majority of our population. We were given a beautiful planet unlike any we have ever seen before and instead of preserving it, we are recklessly destroying it. With little hesitation, we dump waste in the water and emit smog into the atmosphere. We extract resources as if they are unlimited and destroy ecosystems as if they are insignificant. As our businesses flourish, our environment deteriorates, but some will rationalize our destructive actions with economic benefits. Many fail to realize the economic benefits of a healthy planet and sustainable infrastructure.
Rutgers students often forget that New Brunswick is not only comprised of the University, it is a city in itself, with a population of people who have no connection to the University at all. And within this population, almost 35 percent of New Brunswick is living in poverty.
South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia have been hit by a drought since October of 2016, and the effects are worsening with each passing day. Somalia is perhaps the most affected, as this is the third drought that has hit the East African 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 six years ago, it took more than 250,000 people with it. This time around, there are more than 20 million lives at risk. 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.
On April 16, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took the first major leap in the direction of establishing an authoritarian dictatorship. The change was brought about as a result of a historic referendum that, having been passed with a “majority of public support,” will eliminate the position of prime minister and put almost complete power in the hands of the executive branch. The vote has been criticized by governments and human rights organizations across the globe as having possibly been rigged in Erdogan’s favor. This article will not focus on such accusations. Instead, I would like to respond to an opinion article posted in the April 20 issue of The Daily Targum. The piece, which was part of Meryem Uzumcu’s bi-weekly column, elaborates on the aforementioned subject and reaches some bizarre, ahistorical conclusions.
RUTGERS HAS A BIG HEART