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Battle royale as a genre is currently at its peak. What started out as a niche game style with a cult fan base has mushroomed to epic proportions. Multi-billion dollar franchises like Fortnite and Call of Duty (COD) now dominate the genre, all but eliminating competition from indie developers. Indie developers, such as Facepunch Studios, creators of Rust or Bluehole, creators of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), were the groundbreakers for battle royale.
As students, it is important to us that we enjoy the overall environment of our university. And the level of school spirit present can undoubtedly help or hurt the student experience as a whole. Our school spirit should not positively or negatively correlate with the success of our sports teams, but should be present regardless of how our sports teams do. If we bring our Scarlet Knight pride to sports games, the popular and unpopular alike, it is not far fetched to think that not only our teams will succeed, but that we will begin to realize that school spirit has a special ability to bind us more closely together as a community.
This past Sunday, Right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro beat his Left-wing opponent by a 10 percent margin to become Brazil’s next president. The similarities between Bolsonaro and President Donald J. Trump are glaringly obvious. Like Trump, his time in the public eye has featured an uninterrupted chain of outrages and controversies that continued right up through his presidential campaign. Like Trump, he has insulted opponents and advocated violence.
It is reasonable to say that physical differences between people should be disregarded in a professional or civil environment, just like it would be ideal that the United States not be plagued by racism. A person should not be discriminated against based on their internal identity and preferences. It is these social constructs around gender that seem to have led to discrimination against, for example, women throughout history. These socially-constructed norms probably did indeed stem from sex, but they really seem to be responses to the specific gender roles associated with sex.
Dr. Cristina Gamboa is an obstetrician at Salud Para La Gente, a community health center located in Watsonville, Calif. She, herself, was an immigrant from Mexico and now works to provide for other families much like her own. Being in the healthcare industry, she has noticed many patients suffering from high-risk pregnancies along with serious complications. High blood pressure during pregnancy is one of the leading factors in maternal death and can be caused through bodily changes, which are induced by stress.
It has long been known that a general danger from athletics is concussion, which is the effect of a blow to the head strong enough to cause loss of consciousness or at least to cause confusion. Generally, there is complete recovery of any loss in cognitive function from a single concussion. But, each additional concussion makes complete recovery less likely. This factor alone suggests that for the benefit of the player, there should be a three-, or two- or even one-concussion rule beyond which retirement would be obligatory unless complete recovery of function was demonstrated by a detailed cognitive exam.
Ordinarily, politicians and pundits cannot be held responsible, but in this instance, that cannot be the case. The worst anti-Semitic massacre in U.S. history was driven by a hoax inflamed by a president and fanned by a politically-motivated apparatus of politicians and pundits to win a midterm election.
As a nation, we stand at a crossroads. The time is coming for us to choose who we are and what we choose to fight for. History is being made at this moment, and years from now when we look back at this time in the pages of a social studies textbook, there are two possible reactions for how we can feel. We can remark on how far we have come and how much progress has been made or we will look back and remember a better time.
It is perhaps unsurprising that as we approach this year’s midterm elections — the most heated in decades — political rhetoric has become increasingly hostile, combative and even outright apocalyptic. As the Democrats look to capture the House of Representatives and Republicans attempt to expand their majority in the Senate, both have dramatically escalated their messages in an attempt to fire up their bases of support. President Donald J. Trump has defended his party by absurdly claiming his Democratic opponents do not care about crime and are leading “an assault on our country,” while some of his allies have ramped up attacks even further.
American voters are now less than two weeks away from casting ballots in arguably the most important election in many of their lifetimes. What is determined in the midterm results will write the political map for the coming years, and candidates are scrambling for strategies to ensure a tide-changing victory for their party. Though, Republicans have issued the most interesting tactic to douse a Democratic takeover. This, of course, is to simply prevent the other side from voting.
In the spirit of Halloween, it is due time to start getting excited about costumes — or at least the costumes that do not make you into a walking symbol of racism.
One of many lists in Carolyn Mackler’s "The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things," which in addition to being a fun, quick read really puts the spotlight on body shaming in the 21st century. Centered around main character Virginia, we get a first hand look at what it is like to be the fat daughter in an otherwise perfect family, and being the only plus sized girl in a private school. Virginia thinks about her weight a lot. She feels, on a fundamental level, that she is less desirable and in some cases less important than skinny girls. She lets her fatness dictate her life, believing she has to keep her interactions with boys a secret to avoid embarrassing them and, even worse, believing she has to go farther than skinny girls in order to keep a guy interested. It really hurt me to read that.
Killing does not refer to the morbid connotation. It is more so in the figurative sense. Currently, millennials (and Gen Z’s, essentially the younger millennials) are eroding at an alarming rate the industries that the older Baby Boomers — their parents — grew up with, taking down many of their long-held values with them. Of course millennials are not physically vandalizing stores — they are just slowly driving them out of business, using two weapons typical to the cosmopolitan: well-connected millennial sense of humor and its liberally aligned political views.
Anyone who attends Rutgers knows that as a community, we value acceptance and inclusivity very highly — we want to protect our fellow students from hate and prejudice. At the same time, being that we are a major public research institution, another one of our fundamental values is based in academic freedom and the spread of ideas. But in recent times, it seems those two values seemingly tend to clash.
An article released early this month by NJ Advance Media, details a series of sexual harassment claims filed against Rutgers University professors. Kristy King was one of the women who came forward accusing her graduate professor Stephen Eric Bronner of sexual misconduct after a “chat” in his office turned into a series of inappropriate touching. King came forward to tell her story approximately 20 years after some of the incidents took place. According to the former Rutgers policy, the University refused to investigate a sexual misconduct complaints that were more than 2 years old.
Millennials and Gen-Z-ers are proving to be very aware, outspoken and politically-charged, but still, older generations fail to take our concerns seriously. It is then up to us, and has been up to us, to make our voices heard. Politicians time and time again show that they do not listen to our voices, but instead seek policies and ideals that satisfy their own agendas.
When seeking to attain a position as a faculty member at Harvard Law School in the mid-1980s, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) formally notified administrators that she has Native American ancestry. At an event honoring the contributions of Native Americans during the World Wars, Trump insensitively referred to the senator as “Pocahontas.” In July, the president said that he would pledge $1 million to a charity of Warren’s choice if she were to release a DNA test that, "shows (she is) an Indian." Originally Warren intended to ignore Trump’s challenge, but on Oct. 15 she revealed that she had gone through with a DNA test and released the results to the public, which showed that she does, in fact, have some Native American blood — emphasis being on some.
University President Robert L. Barchi barred student activists from delivering an important message at Van Nest Hall’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Student demonstrators from Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) hoped to inform gathered alumni of posed criminal charges of 12 student activists following a peaceful protest last December.
On Nov. 6, New Jersey voters will answer the call to uphold their civic duties and reinforce the representative nature of our government. Not only will voters have the opportunity to use their inalienable right to form a government based on their will and consent by electing representatives, they will also be asked to decide the fate of a 500 million dollar bond for New Jersey schools.
Much ink has been spilled on Rutgers’ decision to invite, then disinvite, then apologize and re-invite journalist Lisa Daftari. The Daily Targum has written two editorials on the matter and there have been numerous commentaries written about this incident. I will not retread the arguments made in this specific case as others have argued it strongly. I want to bring up the most dangerous idea that has been bandied about in this debate — namely, that speech is violence. This idea is the so illiberal and so perilous to liberal democratic society that it demands a response.