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In an effort to curb what is seen as a problem of underage drinking among teenagers, high schools across the country are considering taking disciplinary measures against misbehavior occurring off school premises — but they’re not limiting themselves to police reports or underage drinking tickets. Several school districts have gone as far as punishing students for simply being photographed with alcohol outside of school.
The University Office of Student Conduct unveiled last week its revised set of rules and regulations that govern student behavior: the University Code of Student Conduct. The revamped document, which features simpler wording and a condensed length, brings much-needed changes to a code of conduct that has not seen revision since 1990.For students who have read through the University’s current code of conduct (and we hope this includes more than a handful), problems with clarity and readability are surely apparent.
Protesters affiliated with movements like Occupy Wall Street are characterized far too often as the token “dirty hippies” — unemployed, degenerative and more concerned with loafing around with a picket sign than leading a productive lifestyle. The reason for this kind of mischaracterization is partly because of generalizations of the group’s demographics — which consist of more than just a bunch of “20-somethings” in unwashed cargo pants — and partly because of the movement’s apparent lack of direction.
Finding food on campus that is both healthy and affordable has long proved to be one of the greatest challenges for students. What can be tough is finding a vendor who offers options that are easy on the palette, won’t cause diabetes and leaves us with something left in our wallets. Off-campus students, who may not have the convenience of a meal plan, know this well — but on-campus students too are often forced to balance budget and consumption.
Hydraulic fracking or hydrofracking, the process of fracturing rock layers by the release of pressurized fluids in an attempt to extract natural gas, has become a point of conflict in recent years. The negative effects of the controversial process are obvious and have led environmental groups, legislators and town officials to denounce hydrofracking throughout the country. One of the more recent developments — now being viewed as a victory for opponents of the process — involves a New York judge’s ruling that would allow the upstate town of Dryden, N.Y., to ban natural gas drilling within the municipality’s limits.
One does not simply create a “Rutgers Meme” — or so University
students, who have chanced to try their hand at wittily crafting
the image-caption combinations, have discovered during the recent
University meme craze. An outpouring of the user-generated
pictorials has become the foundation for the University’s very
first “Rutgers Memes” Facebook page, effectively uniting students
campus-wide over common experiences.
Community members protesting the shootings of local residents
Victor Rodriguez and Barry Deloatch by New Brunswick police
officers flooded a council meeting at City Hall Wednesday,
demanding what they see as a problem of police brutality in New
Brunswick be rectified by city officials.Tormel Pittman, a city activist, gave voice to the crowded room
full of protesters.
Many were shocked when, in 2009, news reports broke describing
how the New York Police Department had placed undercover officers
at New York City and regional colleges, including Rutgers
University, in order to monitor the acts of Muslim student
organizations. More recent reports, however, show that the
department’s surveillance activities extend far beyond city
Efforts to limit smoking in the workplace or other public areas
have seen a rise in recent years — yet none go as far as recently
proposed measures at universities in Texas, which aim to ban
smoking from college campuses altogether. With billions of dollars
in grant money, a state agency is considering campus-wide
tobacco-free policies in order to cut down on the number of smokers
and prevent instances of cancer in Texas.
For individuals on both sides of the aisle, the recent
resurgence of debates concerning religious liberty has not come
without frustration. The tension was made more apparent yesterday
during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on religious
liberty and birth control. Three Democrats walked out of the
hearing after House Committee Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif.,
refused to let progressive women testify on the panel, which
consisted exclusively of men from conservative religious
New Jersey has been given a unique chance to re-evaluate its
approach to education free from the impositions of the national
education reform program No Child Left Behind Act. President Barack
Obama exempted New Jersey and nine other states from the act’s
requirements last week, citing the states’ struggles to address
proficiency gaps between students of low- and high-income
The recent death of the iconic pop singer Whitney Houston has
been met with solemn and commemorative sentiment from the public.
However, this sentiment has not been without controversy, and, in
certain instances, insensitivity — the most recent example being
the public’s reaction to Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to fly
flags at half-staff in honor of the Newark, N.J. native.
Gov. Chris Christie has proposed to give judges the power to
deny bail to repeat violent offenders. Keeping exceptionally
dangerous criminals off the street is always a welcomed effort, but
Christie’s new measure seems to do little to help achieve this goal
that the state’s present policy doesn’t already do.In order to grant judges this authority, the state’s constitution
would have to be amended, and Christie has proposed including
questions about the amendment on the next general election ballot.
Of course, the idea seems well-intentioned, as it does have the
welfare of N.J. citizens in mind.
Foreclosed homes in towns across the state could become
affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families under the
New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Transformation Act, a recent
proposal outlined by state Senate and Assembly Democrats. And with
home foreclosures on the rise following the nation’s housing
crisis, the proposal seems to be a creative way to put these vacant
spaces to use — but the policy alone does not do enough to cater to
Because health issues in young children, like obesity, are
serious concerns in communities nation-wide, it seems physical
education would be more important than ever for public schools. But
for some school districts, like Redwood City School District in
California, budget cuts and losses in state funding have rendered
physical education programs an unaffordable luxury.
Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, and for couples on campus that means
lots of candy, lots of flowers — and, hopefully, lots of sex. Even
now, many of us may be taking the appropriate preventive measures,
which means scrambling at the last minute to find a supply of
contraceptives large enough to last us through the day. And just in
case the condom breaks, we’re making sure we know Plan B – or at
least the nearest pharmacy where we can get it.
Life’s not fair — or so the saying goes. The old adage is used
often as justification for the many injustices, inequalities and
hardships we may face throughout our lives. But there are certain
instances where its application falls a little short — like using
it to justify the income gap between families who can and cannot
afford to send their children to private schools. During an
interview on NJTV’s “New Jersey Capital Report,” Vincent Giordano,
executive director of the New Jersey Education Association, did
Railroad tracks can be a hazard for riders and pedestrians.
Commuter trains, running at extremely high speeds, can only afford
to show so much consideration for pedestrians who might find
themselves too close to the tracks. So, it is important that
transit companies do all they can to create a safer environment
around these rails. In an effort to build on already existing
safety measures and reduce on accidental deaths along N.J. railroad
tracks, N.J. Transit announced Wednesday that they will implement a
number of new precautions, including a pilot program to evaluate
the effectiveness of gate skirts and warning signs.
For public universities across the country, budget cuts and
losses in state funding have left school administrations scrambling
to fill the gaps. Shedding unneeded luxuries, less popular programs
and employees are among the default measures taken at many
universities in order to ensure that the price of tuition remains
constant, and their budgets are balanced.
As the same-sex marriage in debate New Jersey continues to
preoccupy the conversations of residents and politicians, state
legislators should look to other states also battling with the
issue’s legalization. Six states and Washington, D.C. currently
recognize, or are soon to recognize, same-sex unions while as many
as 30 states have added amendments banning same-sex marriage to