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BIG BUCKS FOR ARESTY
Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl with an additional three years of supervised release. This is how we catch a sexual predator, right? This is how we protect our children from the exploitation of men in power ... right?
The economic growth of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been something akin to a miracle. Consistent GDP growth in China, around the 10 percent mark for the greater part of three decades, had the entire world absolutely baffled. These precipitous levels of development have allowed it entry in a club of three other countries as an Asian Tiger, alongside South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.
Did you ever think that your meal swipes could make a difference? The Meal Swipe for Charity campaign is doing just that. Meal Swipe for Charity is a campaign that gives students the opportunity to donate their unused guest swipes to a charitable organization. Which charity do the swipes go to? This is what the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) votes on every year, and this year the decision came to the Rutgers Youth Empowerment Club, which supports the nonprofit group Youth Empowerment Services (YES).
It is week seven of the NFL season and Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback who has thrown over 12,000 yards, made 72 touchdowns and even had a Super Bowl appearance, still finds himself without a team. To many, it is clear that this is no longer a football issue. Kaepernick is more than capable of leading an NFL team and is coming off a statistically solid season. Despite the San Francisco 49ers’ abysmal 2-14 record during the 2016 season, Kaepernick had a productive season, throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions in just 12 games. Add that to an additional 468 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns, it is clear that Kaepernick has the talent to be on an NFL roster. It is hard to argue that teams like the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins or New York Jets, who have all had issues at the quarterback position, would not have benefitted from Kaepernick’s skill set — not to mention the dozens of teams that are in desperate need of a reliable backup quarterback. Kaepernick has recently moved to sue the league, accusing the owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. If you are still under the assumption that Kaepernick’s unemployment is just a football decision, you are not only misjudging the situation but completely ignoring its political and cultural implications.
Halloween is quickly approaching, and plenty of us look forward to “Halloweekend.” Even though we are not in elementary school going house-to-house asking for candy, we still find excitement in coming up with a cute costume. Since most college students find Halloween to be a weekend-long event, a multitude of costumes are needed. While we will see plenty of "sexy" versions of different characters and costumes, such as Pennywise or a schoolgirl uniform, there will always be the costumes that ends up appropriating a culture. This is not the way to go. There are plenty of available costumes, so a costume that involves cultural appropriation is completely unnecessary.
There are 94 low-income housing apartment complexes in Middlesex County, New Jersey, according to Affordable Housing Online. Within these complexes, there are 7,810 affordable apartments for rent. And Rutgers students are adding on to this.
It has been more than six years since the start of the civil war in Syria. Since then, there have been many lost lives, numerous casualties, mass destruction of property, depletion of resources and the breaking of families and morales. The fate of the innocent lives in the area is heartbreaking, as many civilians get caught in the cross-fire between the rebels and the government, raising the total civilian death count to about half a million. Since the streets are full of rubble and militia on patrol, there is no space for solid careers or professions. But time stops for no one and life must go on. Men scourge the streets in shadows, sifting through the debris for metals and parts they could potentially sell. Women, in the meantime, clean and wash the clothing and dishes, while simultaneously raising the children. The filthy living conditions and the lack of trained medics allow for a greater chance of infection and provide an unsuitable environment for recovering from wounds and injuries. Many of the children in the area are now part of a lost generation whose dreams and ambitions have been annihilated by the war’s deprivations. The bright futures of the Syrian girls are especially bleak.
The title, “Trump won election due to racial privilege,” begs for a lively debate, and it is my pleasure to play devil’s advocate and address some of the points made. Controversial opinions always make for a fun discussion.
Rutgers will begin training new problem solvers in the fight against increasing cybercrime and threats to physical infrastructure, equipping these creative defenders with the tools to combat the ever-evolving landscape of computer and human psychology exploits.
If you have not heard of the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO), it is probably because the organization was in a period of activity last year — but REDO is back and it is doing its best to make a large impact on campus.
Last week, the president of the United States took executive action to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by eliminating the federal government’s payments to insurance companies called “Cost Sharing Reduction” (CSR) subsidies. Under the 2010 health law, CSRs were instated to subsidize the out-of-pocket cost for consumers with incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty line, which equates to about $30,000 a year for an individual. These CSR payments have been scrutinized over the years since the passing of the ACA, with the House of Representatives suing then-Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell in 2014 over the constitutionality of the executive branch issuing payments without the approval of Congress. The District Court of the District of Columbia ruled that the House had the ability to sue the executive branch and sided with them but later determined after an appeal that the former President Barack Obama administration could continue issuing CSR payments.
In late September, as Saudi Arabia was celebrating its 87th anniversary, women were allowed into the King Fahd sports stadium for the first time. Because of the country’s specific laws that aim to segregate men and women in public spaces, women still had to use separate entrances than men and were seated in an order that placed them far from single men. This seemingly insignificant change made a world of difference to women in the kingdom. Reuters interviewed women during the celebration: “‘It is the first time I have come to the stadium and I feel like more of a Saudi citizen. Now I can go everywhere in my country,’ said 25-year-old Sultana, green and white flags painted on both cheeks as she entered the complex with her girlfriends. ‘God willing, tomorrow women will be permitted bigger and better things like driving and travel.’”
Rutgers’ campuses may be painted purple, but it seems as though the University’s hands are painted red.
On the night of Oct. 1, the most deadly modern mass shooting on American soil took place in Las Vegas, as innocent concert-goers were massacred and forced to flee for their lives as a lone gunman fired upon them from the 32nd floor of his hotel room. Armed with 23 weapons, which included rifles equipped with scopes, this lone wolf took it upon himself to turn the famed Las Vegas strip into a scene more closely resembling a war zone, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 more, along with initiating a pain that has reverberated well past the borders of the world-renowned city.
Recently, in one of my classes, a question was raised on why humans, regardless of time and culture, have always wondered about and been preoccupied with the very same existential questions and dilemmas. A student, in response, remarked that it was human tendency to project meaning onto anything that exists, even if it inherently does not hold any such meaning. The implication is that because humans seek meaning, universal questions concerning one’s own existence arise that aim to find that meaning. This internal occurrence takes place despite differences in ethnicity, race, geographical location, nationality and so forth. The student’s comment triggered a thought process within myself that I thought deserved a more careful analysis. If the comment is to be accepted and applied more generally, it could have numerous implications that impact one’s everyday worldview. However, any assertion made — whether it is by a student or an individual of acclaimed knowledge — requires a personal investigation so as to be able to confirm or deny it. So the question to ask and explore is: do we, humans, try to find meaning within things that do not have any inherent meaning? However, in trying to answer this question, it is best to start from one’s own self rather than an all-encompassing “we.” As such, I will instead apply and direct the question toward myself. The significance of this inquiry lies in the fact that on one end, there is the possibility of an objective meaning waiting to be discovered and on the opposite end, it may just be that my consciousness merely colors onto my experiences something that they do not intrinsically hold. The latter option can also be understood as just a “mechanism” of my psychology to satisfy this apparent human need.
TAKE A BREATH WITH SJE
College is what you make of it. College rankings play a crucial role in why incoming first-years choose the institution they do. Many websites that have collegiate statistics, such as U.S. News, use an unknown algorithm to formulate their school rankings. Essentially, these rankings have become more of a popularity rating rather than a ranking based on the educational foundations of the colleges. U.S. News actually began their rankings in 1988 by asking college presidents what they thought about other schools, causing these ratings to be biased. This caused a lot of criticism which made U.S. News revamp their ranking system.
Historically, the representation of South Asians in the media has been dismal. Growing up, my only role model was Princess Jasmine, simply because her skin color had the slightest resemblance to my own Indian skin. But that sob story about brown identity has been told time and time again, with no real results until very recently. This year seems to be the eruption of South Asian talent, as Hasan Minhaj took the stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Priyanka Chopra’s breaks out into Hollywood with "Quantico" and, most recently, Riz Ahmed becomes the first South Asian to win an Emmy Award for acting. However, with this forthcoming of representation, there has been controversy as to whether all of the representation is purely positive and progressive.
It does not matter how much you love your classes, friends and activities at Rutgers — when it comes down to it, everyone has a calendar marking down the days until the next University break. You get to spend time with family, “home” friends and, in the case of winter break, enjoy the holidays without worrying about homework, exams or anything else remotely related to school. That is, of course, if the holidays you celebrate do align with the breaks that the University offers.