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Former Gov. John S. Corzine signed the New Jersey Compassionate
Use Medical Marijuana Act in January 2010, effectively making the
state the 14th in the country to legalize marijuana for medical
purposes. Yet in the two years that followed, little progress was
made regarding efforts to open up dispensaries or growing
facilities within the state.Since the law’s signing, state-approved centers beginning
operations have faced a sluggish response from both the state’s
health department and a certain unwillingness to accommodate their
facilities from N.J. townships.
When the University unveiled its $7.5 million visitor center on
Busch campus in October 2009, the reaction from students and
community members was mixed with both wonder and confusion. Wonder,
at the sight of the state-of-the-art, two-story building whose
giant white “R” is visible from Route 18 — and confusion, at the
decision to spend $7.5 million on a brand new facility that seemed,
to many, unnecessary.
When news of a child sex abuse case broke last year involving
Penn State’s former assistant head coach Jerry Sandusky, many were
outraged. Among the incident’s ramifications were the firing of Joe
Paterno, the school’s former head coach, as well as the charging of
the school’s athletic director and a top official with perjury for
failing to report the suspected child abuse.
At first glance, Hamilton Street, off of Easton Avenue, seems
like the last place one would want to establish roots for the
city’s first fashion district. Hamilton Street is largely
residential, aesthetically unpleasing and, with few spaces to house
a chic designer store, seems to hold little potential for serving
as the beginning of a fashion hub.
But the New Brunswick Zoning Board of Adjustment, who intends to
establish the first retail designer store there, seems to think
Tensions between administrators and students at Pomona College
in Claremont, California, emerged last week in response to the
firing of a number of campus employees. Late last year, after
internal reviews found a number of problems in the administration’s
files, letters requesting proof of legal residency were sent to
employees across the campus. A total of 17 employees — all but one
of which worked in the campus’ dining hall — failed to produce such
documentation and were let go shortly thereafter.
Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides
reproductive and maternal health services to women across the
country, recently lost one of its biggest financial backers. The
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a major financial supporter of
breast-cancer education, announced Tuesday that it would end its
funding to Planned Parenthood, outraging many who view these
services as essential to providing the public with affordable
access to healthcare.
Gov. Chris Christie’s recent nomination of the first openly gay
black man and first immigrant to the N.J. Supreme Court has lately
come under criticism. Some scrutinize Philip Kwon, a South
Korean-born immigrant, in response to a federal case involving
Kwon’s family, while others questioned possible conflicting
interests regarding nominee Bruce Harris, who in the past has
advocated for gay rights.
In an effort to cut down on what they see as “fraud and abuse
and waste of taxpayer dollars,” Republicans in the House of
Representatives have proposed a bill that would ban the use of
welfare debit cards at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos,
according to a Huffington Post article. The bill’s sponsor, Rep.
Charles Boustany, R-La., argued that this measure represents House
Republicans’ commitment to preserving the integrity of government
programs like welfare and to helping struggling families.
Some may have expected the University’s new football head coach
to come from outside the confines of the local athletic community.
After all, the University in recent years has been known to spend
lavishly on their football program and has tried hard to bring both
fame and fortune to the field. So it may be a surprise for many to
find former head coach Greg Schiano’s replacement comes from within
As online social media outlets begin to occupy an increasingly
greater position in the lives of individuals around the world, so
too have its applications become more varied and diverse. Perhaps
the latest in novel uses of social media sites like Facebook and
Google+ is the attempt to reach wider audiences by politicians and
public officials. Many politicians now communicate via Twitter and
hold popular Facebook presences, while President Barack Obama held
the first-ever virtual presidential forum Sunday on Google+.
Changes in the country’s economic environment have forced many
students to reevaluate the respective costs and benefits of student
loans. Any student who has ever sought to lessen the weight of his
or her term bill has inevitably faced the decision of choosing
between two types of student loans — federal student loans on one
hand, which are backed by the federal government; or private
student loans on the other, backed by private lenders.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, national security in the United States has
been a major concern. And while it’s important that the country’s
leaders take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the
public, it’s also important that they do so in a manner that
considers the contexts in which potentially threatening behaviors
take place. Concerning the recent deportation of two young British
tourists, no such consideration was given.
According to a recent Gallup poll, GOP presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum is polling at 11 percent. Perhaps poor public support has
lead Santorum to stop taking his candidacy seriously — at least,
that’s what one certainly hopes has happened. Otherwise, you will
have to believe that Santorum’s recent comments on higher education
are his serious opinion.
In response to an elaborate SAT cheating ring busted in Nassau
County, N.Y., last September, Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-N.Y.,
introduced a bill that would make cheating on the standardized test
a crime. If passed, students could be charged with “facilitation of
education testing fraud” or “scheming to defraud educational
testing,” both of which would be felonies. “Forgery of a test”
would become a misdemeanor.
Richard Rowe, a former New Brunswick Police Department police
sergeant, was indicted Wednesday based on charges that surfaced
last March. According to the NBPD, Rowe knowingly made false
entries in police department records between 2003 and 2007 —
mishandling a total of 81 internal affairs cases over five years.
The 21-year veteran of the force was then charged by a Middlesex
County grand jury.
The New Brunswick Police Department hopes that the
reintroduction of a volunteer-based police auxiliary unit would
improve relations between the community and the department, said
Sgt. Scott Gould, supervisor of the Community Outreach Unit. Though
we admire the department’s attempt to repair ties with its city’s
residents, we’re not so sure that giving inexperienced members of
the community the ability to patrol the streets is the best way to
reach this goal.
Wrought with historic protests the world over, events of the
past year meant both good and bad for causes of individual and
national freedoms alike. Movements around the world have awakened
entire nations and resulted in as many instances of democratic
achievement as there were instances of repression. Similarly, U.S.
protests against corporate greed have shed light on a growing
struggle to increase national safety while ensuring individual
New changes to the University’s lottery process have been
announced, and though they may still leave certain things to be
desired, the changes seem to address the concerns of students both
on and off campus.The student lottery process has long been a topic of discussion
here at the University. In years past, overcrowding on the College
Avenue and Cook campuses forced the University’s Housing and
Residence Life to remove conditions that gave priority to School of
Environmental and Biological Sciences students and restricted
students who had moved off campus to reapply for housing lottery
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has entered into
a blistering fight with the Transportation Security Administration
after refusing a patdown from its employees at a checkpoint at an
airport in Nashville, Tenn. After triggering the alarm while
passing through the agency’s sensors, Paul refused a secondary
screening procedure, which included a full-bodied search. Officials
then detained Paul. “I was barked at: ‘Do not leave the cubicle,’”
Paul said in an online interview.
Few individuals have had so significant an impact on college
sports as legendary former coach Joe Paterno had on Penn State’s
football community. As head coach of the school’s football team for
46 years, Paterno was responsible for leading his team to a record
number of victories, two national championships and success both on
and off the field. Many have hailed Paterno hailed as a hero, a
legend and a savior of Penn State’s football career.