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Something that may still be unknown by many members of the Rutgers community is how closely intertwined their University is with America’s shameful past of slavery and the displacement of Native Americans. Not only was Henry Rutgers himself a slave owner, but so were multiple other significant and well-known University founders, professors and trustees, such as Frederick Frelinghuysen, John Neilson and Philip French. Several founders, including Henry Rutgers, were also active members of the American Colonization Society, which is an organization that advocated for the resettlement of freed slaves in Africa instead of allowing them to live freely in this country alongside white people.
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We feel this must be expressed in a straightforward manner, as recent articles in other news publications have, on more than one occasion, taken the words of an opinions piece published in The Daily Targum to be the actual opinion of The Daily Targum — for example, one piece published in LifeZette this past Sunday discusses a recently published column on the idea of “toxic masculinity," but unduly makes it seem as if what was stated was the Targum's own opinion. In reality, the opinions of the Targum can be found in our editorials, which represent the majority views of the 150th editorial board. The specification that our editorials are the opinion of the 150th editorial board, and not any other previous board, is important to emphasize for reasons that will be discussed later.
In recent years there has been a decreasing amount of parking on the College Avenue campus, partially resulting from certain improvements and additions to campus buildings, such as the construction of Rutgers Hillel and the Sojourner Truth Apartments. Additionally, the creation of bus lanes on College Avenue pursuant to Rutgers’ Transportation Master Plan eliminated the option for meter parking on the street. These things resulted in displacement of parking spaces and has made it increasingly more difficult for students to park their cars conveniently near their place of residence, which has become a common and understandable complaint among students at Rutgers—New Brunswick.
To little avail, the Rutgers Students With Children (RSWC) organization has been working to advocate for what they see as necessary accommodations for student parents on campus since 2015. Despite numerous prior meetings with members of the University’s administration, their requests seem to continuously fail to be heard. Last Thursday, RSWC had another meeting with the administration with the expectation that this time would be different, considering their recent petition to University President Robert L. Barchi that had been signed by more than 400 people.
It is true — money technically cannot buy health. But what it can do is offer a person the option to eat healthily, which is largely the same thing.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers have a right to be wary of ICE, both for themselves and for their parents who may also be here undocumented. But in the grand scheme of things, should every person or group that seems to pose a challenge to the values of the Rutgers community be automatically shunned? Absolutely not.
On Jan. 29, a Rutgers Board of Trustees meeting was severely interrupted when members of Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Rutgers Puerto Rican Student Union and Black Lives Matter Rutgers, among others, took the center of attention by rallying and chanting together, causing disruption and refusing to leave until President Robert L. Barchi raised student worker minimum wages to $15 an hour. 12 of the students involved in the protest now face charges related to disorderly persons offenses, as well as disciplinary action by the University pursuant to the student code of conduct.
Last Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead. No matter one’s political affiliation, it can be agreed upon that events like this are horrific and have no place in our country. Now, it seems as though everyone across the political spectrum is searching for answers to the same question — how do we ensure that nothing like this ever happens again?
In October of last year, women started to come forward in solidarity to discuss the pervasive sexual assault issue in Hollywood — at first, in the form of telling their stories about Harvey Weinstein. The #MeToo movement to discuss and prevent sexual assault has continued since, not only with regard to entertainment but also perhaps most recently with regard to athletics. Recently in the news was the trial of Larry Nassar, a doctor who worked for U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Nassar was charged three separate times, one federal charge for child pornography and two state charges for sexual abuse. In his trail regarding the sexual abuse of female gymnasts, some of whom went to the Olympics, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina gave the floor to more than 150 victims to speak about their assault by Nassar.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are vitally important for the continuing progress of humanity. For American citizens, general success in STEM fields promotes economic growth and stability — creating the basis for innovation. In the face of resurging rival sovereign powers, such as China and Russia, innovation with regard to STEM may very well play a big part in determining the future of the United States on the world stage. Considering the aforementioned, it is safe to say that we need our best and brightest American students studying subjects in STEM fields. It is the case that STEM majors are becoming increasingly popular among college students, but while STEM fields become more and more widely studied each year, the opposite is the case for the humanities.
Like geological timescales, it is rarely the case that significant historical and societal changes are intelligible during the time they take place. But it seems as though it is no secret that we are presently riding the wake of a relatively new and consequential movement — #MeToo. The #MeToo movement was, at its foundation, created to ensure that survivors of sexual assault and harassment, especially involving figures of power, know they are not alone in their struggles. By shedding light on this subject — one which was previously largely ignored — society may be able to take steps toward at least significantly lessening the prevalence of sexual assault in our culture today, but this requires us to tread carefully.
As high school comes to an end for young adults, a vast amount of them apply to college almost thoughtlessly. Their older siblings went to college in many cases, their friends are applying, their parents expect it from them and it just seems like an implicit “next step” to take before truly reaching adulthood, at least that is what you have probably been told. But how often do high school students who decide to go to college take a step back and really contemplate what it means to attend an institution of higher education?
As midterms approach, the stress associated with college life begins to set in once again. Students who have jobs so as to give themselves a bit of extra financial support experience even higher levels of stress around this part of the semester, trying to balance their work schedules with the time necessary to be allocated toward studying. For some students, this can seem almost impossible. But seemingly invisible to much of Rutgers’ student body is a group that experiences the pressure of both school and work on top of an even more stressful feat — parenthood.
Last week, New Jersey Principal Deputy Commissioner of Health Jackie Cornell got her flu shot at Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, which she hoped would served as a reminder to the community to do the same. Between September and this past Saturday, there have been over 5,000 positive tests of influenza in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report. A significant spike in number of positive tests began in early January, and the H3N2 influenza virus, which is one of three common subsets of Influenza A, is particularly widespread this year.
A gift of $15 million has been granted to Rutgers Athletics by Rutgers alumni Gary and Barbara Rodkin. The money, which is the largest gift in Rutgers Athletics history, will be dedicated to the construction of The Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success. The Center will be located on Scarlet Knight Way on Busch campus, and will act as a consolidated academic support service facility for Rutgers’ student-athletes.
Slated to be fully implemented next fall, Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (RUDOTS) will be switching transit tracking servers after more than a decade. Leaving NextBus behind, DOTS will now adopt TransLoc in hopes of significant improvement in services offered with regard to student transit. The improvement will include onboard WiFi, a reliable bus tracking system and the ability to see how many students are packed onto a specific bus.
In 1965, more than 42 percent of people smoked cigarettes. In 2014, with ample available information about cigarette smoking’s link to cancer, that number has decreased to less than 17 percent. Emerging on a large scale in 2003, e-cigarettes and vaporizers have presumably helped some smokers wean off of their addiction to cigarettes by providing, to our current knowledge, a much less harmful alternative.
Last Friday, 20 public libraries in the U.S. received a $10,000 grant meant to help supply resources for adult English-language learners as part of the American Dream Literacy Initiative. The New Brunswick Free Public Library was one of the chosen institutions, and the money will go toward providing English as a second language (ESL) members of the community with education and workforce training.
On Jan. 29, University President Robert L. Barchi sent an email to the student body reminding it of the approaching date of termination for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which as of right now is March 5, 2018. DACA is meant to protect young, undocumented students brought to this country at a young age from deportation and allow them to continue their education.