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In every generation, a genre reaches the crux of profitability and counterculture influence. This intersection is why a band like Nirvana could top the charts in ‘92 while being incredibly progressive, or why Miles Davis could brawl with the New York Police Department in ‘59 and not be written off as a “bad negro.” While counterculture figures are a good estimate, the most obvious proof of when a genre captures the zeitgeist tends to be the involvement of the youth. When doo-wop flourished Frankie Lymon was topping charts, when soul music proved fully profitable the Jackson family saw its opportunity and grabbed it. When hip-hop assumed its current place at this crossroads, this tradition birthed acts like Tyler, the Creator, Chief Keef and the late Mac Miller.
One of the classic cliches people hear during their college careers is that college is an opportunity for sexual exploration. And it’s true: many of us will have had sex at some point during our four-years. Sex education is rarely offered on college campuses, and by freshman year, you’ve already had those awkward birds-and-the-bees, safe sex conversations with your parents and educators. Pleasure-wise, our first sexual encounters often define our relationship with and beliefs about sex well into our adulthood. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Although cannabis is on the road to legalization in the U.S. — for both medicinal and recreational use — it's still classified as a Schedule 1 substance by the U.S. Controlled Substance Act because of its psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the chemicals found in the plant.
It’s near impossible to quantify all the ways social media has transformed business, politics and culture. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are integral in how we consume and connect. As of late, heads of these companies have been called upon to be more responsible with their sites, with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey both appearing before Congress to discuss regulation in regard to hate speech and “fake news." Instagram, although, is by and large a visual platform, so their problems tend to be much more psychological as opposed to clearly spelled out.
We have all heard a bunch of rules when it comes to dressing well: no white socks with dress pants, no visible bra straps ... you get the idea. Luckily, we now live in an era where fashion is less about following the status quo, and more about people feeling comfortable expressing their own style. For example, today’s trends have proven that it is completely acceptable to mix patterns and wear horizontal stripes, even if you have a bigger chest. Still, wearing white after Labor Day seems to be up for debate, with fashionistas starting to prove that it is not such a fashion faux pas as it once was. This outdated rule does not have to restrict us from wearing our favorite white jeans all year-round. It did not stop Coco Chanel from making white a staple color all year in the 1920s, so keep your most-loved white pieces in your rotation.
As a college town, New Brunswick has a decent amount of fun to offer: A wide range of gourmet restaurants, lively bars and coffee shops, an art gallery here, a record shop there. If there’s one thing lacking that many students would appreciate, it’s a place to shop for trendy clothing in walking distance. Until now, the closest shopping destination is a mall nearly seven miles away from campus. By The By Vintage, a second-hand boutique owned and curated by Rutgers alumni Nicole Gifford and Gabe Chiarello, made its debut to New Brunswick this month, with the mission to stylishly and affordably outfit the Rutgers community.
Fashion refers to the trends we follow, but our style — the way we interpret and express those trends — is what really defines us. Style is what helps people distinguish themselves as individuals and helps us say things about our personalities that we can’t put into words. Rutgers is one of the most diverse schools in the nation, so it’s only natural to come across fashion-forward students with distinct styles of their own on a regular basis. During a particularly warm first week of school, we talked with some trendy passerbys on campus in between classes. Here are some highlights and trends that are sure to carry on throughout the semester.
For many students at a Big Ten school like Rutgers, game day is one of the most exciting times of fall semester. Often found relentlessly cheering for the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers students are certainly prideful, and festive game day outfits are another popular way fans are showing off their spirit. The era of just painting your face and throwing on a Rutgers T-shirt is long gone, and game day fashion has become something fueled by creativity: There is a lot of cutting, gluing and "making it work" going on. The season has just started, so there is plenty of time to put your own twist on these tailgate trends.
For the naturally organized and motivated student, starting the semester on the right track merely entails aesthetically-pleasing stationary and intricate planners that are color-coded with meticulous detail. For the rest of us, pretty pens and 5-subject notebooks are not enough to help us keep it all together. When social media is not distracting us from our studies, hand-held technology offers ample resources that can aid in our academic lives, some of which many students have no idea exist. Whether you need guidance in writing papers or managing your finances, here is a guide to apps and websites that can help you survive this semester.
Art, activism and social change often work hand in hand, and last night at Zimmerli Art Museum the topics came together again. The photography magazine "Aperture" launched their Spring 2018 issue entitled “Prison Nation” with a panel discussion at the museum. "Aperture" is an institution in the world of photography, but it began at a time when its existence seemed unnecessary.
Pat Benatar once illuminated the minds of young people in the 80s, and she sewed them together in solidarity — love is a battlefield. And in countless ways, a battlefield it remains. Today, a “new” kind of conflict is surfacing: “new-school values” are waging war against time-honored “old-school values.” These days, men are sending women itemized invoices for past first dates à la Amanda Burnett, a young woman from Indiana. Your stomachs are full of penne vodka and gelato, the check is fresh on the table. Everyone’s wondering, who should paw for the bill and pay?
The Rutgers Programming Association (RUPA), Rutgers No More, Scream Theater and the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) all helped organize a denim-themed fashion show on Tuesday, and the event was as much inspiring as it was stylish.
Writer, actress and creator Lena Waithe sat calm and cool in the Livingston Student Center, kicking off this year’s GAYpril celebrations with the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities and the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA). In a thrift-store Bill Cosby-style sweater, Japanese kicks and a baseball cap, the Southside Chicago native’s trademark boyish style was just as authentic as the stories she told about growing into her role as a Hollywood changemaker.
No matter how you identify, it’s truly inspiring to see so many strong, independent young women come together and collectively embrace an event that showcases what being a girl is all about. To demonstrate what being a Douglass woman really means, Henderson Apartments on Douglass campus dedicated the last night of #LikeAGirlWeek to creativity and free expression by hosting an open mic, all-inclusive coffeehouse. Overall, the show brought a great energy out of the crowd and celebrated womanhood.
In honor of the centennial anniversary of the Douglass Residential College (DRC), the college hosted The Creative Life of Douglass exhibition panel discussion on Wednesday at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.
The energy was all about support at Katzenbach Hall on Tuesday night, and not just in the name of sisterhood. Katzenbach Hall on Douglass campus celebrated #LikeAGirlWeek by turning bras & briefs into blank canvases. Not only was there an array of art supplies and refreshments, but there were guest speakers that led thought-provoking discussions on stigmatized topics of feminine beauty.
For all of our eligible Rutgers bachelors and bachelorettes, get ready, because Tinder is making a change. An impending update for the dating app will soon only allow women to message first.
As the eighth oldest "institute of higher learning" in the nation, Rutgers has been an institution throughout history. Founded in 1766, it took about 126 years for the school to grant a diploma to a Black man, with James Dickson Carr being the first in 1892. But, Black people didn’t wait all those years for the nation’s historical universities to admit them to get an education.
As the end of Black History Month approaches, the Livingston Residence Life Council hosted the second annual HAIRitage conference on Saturday. Co-sponsored by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center and the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, the all-day event wasn’t just about hair as the title suggests, but rather created a space to discuss, reflect on and celebrate Black and Afro-Latinx culture as a whole.
Former State Repsentative and CNN contributor, Bakari Sellers (D-S.C. 90th), discussed diversity, issues of equity and college at large, during an event apart of the James Dickson Carr Lecture Series. The program was held as one of multiple events for Student Access and Educational Equity's (SAEE) Access Week.