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Admit it: No matter how much of a music elitist you may be,
you’ve found yourself dancing un-ironically to a Lady Gaga song at
least once in your life, but probably even more. But, regardless of
how you feel about her pop tunes, you will find it pretty difficult
to hate on her latest venture. Gaga teamed up with two unlikely
partners — the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University — to
create the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization that
aims to instill the youth with a healthy self-confidence, as well
as combat bullying and similar issues.
Often, when a state finds itself in a budget crisis, some of the
first things hit hard by the cuts are state parks. Like art
programs in public schools, parks are seen by many as things that
are really nice but, ultimately, completely unnecessary. As soon as
money starts to run out, all the benefits of public parks are swept
under the rug, and the parks themselves are left to rot.
As if it weren’t already difficult enough to maintain some
semblance of privacy on the Internet, Google is now indexing
Facebook comments left on non-Facebook sites. For example, if you
sign into a news website using your Facebook account and leave a
particularly scathing message for the author in the comments
section, people will now be able to search for and find that
comment using Google.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2010, in the case of Citizens United
v. Federal Election Commission, that it would be unconstitutional
for the government to regulate the money corporations donate to
political campaigns. According to the Supreme Court, spending money
to influence elections is a form of free speech, and since the
corporations are considered people, their free speech must be
In the war on undocumented immigrants, the Department of
Homeland Security is, perhaps surprisingly, not an omnipotent
authority. In fact, according to documents which have recently come
to light thanks to the efforts of a coalition in opposition to the
Secure Communities program — which allows federal authorities to
examine the fingerprints of people arrested by local police
officers in order to detect undocumented immigrants — local police
officers are not required to comply with detainers issued by the
Ever since Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law in 1966, the
Freedom of Information Act has been giving United States citizens
avenues through which to access important government information
that may otherwise have been kept from the public. But, as with all
good laws, someone has come along to tamper with it. The U.S.
Department of Justice has proposed a change to FOIA which would
allow the department to deny the existence of requested records if
the records are considered part of an ongoing investigation and,
therefore, too sensitive to release.
To borrow and partially corrupt the words of Jane Austen, it is
a truth universally acknowledged that smoking is bad for you. For
years, doctors, public service announcements and your parents
warned you against picking up the habit. Now, even your boss may be
on your case about your cigarette habit. Some companies are looking
to make employees who live unhealthy lifestyles — like smokers and
the obese — pay higher for health care.
From day one of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Obama
has made it publicly clear that he does not and will not accept
donations from lobbyists. On the surface, it looks like he has kept
that promise. Obama makes his records of top campaign financiers
available to the public, and none of the names appearing in those
records belong to registered lobbyists.
Bobby Montoya is a transgender child who, like most little
girls, wanted to join the Girl Scouts. When Montoya’s mother took
her to see a troop leader about signing up, though, the leader
denied her, citing the fact that Montoya had “boy parts” and was
therefore not a girl. Luckily, though, the Girl Scouts of Colorado
have since decided that denying Montoya was a mistake, and the
organization has extended membership to her.
Voters in Mississippi will be faced with amendment 26 come Nov.
8. If passed, the amendment would grant legal personhood to a
fertilized human egg. This would effectively make abortion in any
case, including rape and incest, into murder. Some forms of birth
control, like the Plan B pill, would also become murder under the
amendment. This sort of pro-life reform has a wider scope than
anything else that Americans have seen to date, and that is exactly
The relationship between the New Brunswick Police Department and
the residents of the city is tense these days, in the wake of last
month’s highly contested shooting of Barry Deloatch. In order to
repair that strained relationship, University alumnus and New
Brunswick community organizer Charlie Kratovil has suggested an
amendment to the city’s ordinances, which would place a residency
requirement on all city police officers.
In elections, there are winners and losers. That’s just a fact
of democracy. Some of those losers, however, turn out to be sore
losers. Perhaps the sorest of all is former Rep. Steve Driehaus,
D-Ohio. After serving one term in Congress, Driehaus lost his bid
at re-election. Rather than accepting his fate, Driehaus decided to
take the matter to court. Driehaus is suing the Susan B. Anthony
List, a pro-life group that publicly identified him as a traitor to
the pro-life cause during the 2010 election on the grounds that he
voted in favor of President Barack Obama’s health care reform.
It’s rather common for a politician to pen a memoir or two at
some point in his career. Less common, though, is the federal
government spending tens of thousands of dollars on those memoirs.
The U.S. Department of State spent more than $70,000 on copies of
President Barack Obama’s books, mostly on “Dreams from My Father.”
An analysis of the department’s financial records shows that this
is not something the State Department does for every president.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Barack Obama’s 2008
presidential campaign was the way his team utilized the Internet to
garner supporters, specifically through Facebook. It was truly the
first time that social media had such a massive impact on America.
Now, Obama’s 2012 campaign is set to advance the state of social
media in politics yet again with the introduction of the official
Obama 2012 Tumblr page.
Following 42 years of tyrannical rule, Moammar Gadhafi is dead.
While it’s a cause of joy for the Libyan people and their
supporters across the world, Gadhafi’s death is not without
controversy. His capture by rebel forces is documented in extremely
graphic cellphone videos, which show the former ruler bloodied and
beaten. The United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights and human rights groups have raised concerns over this
Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow’s new book, “Ten Letters,”
is more interesting than you would probably expect a book about
letters presidents read to be. That is because of one small bit of
information contained within the book’s pages. According to
Saslow’s account, President Barack Obama admitted to sending
personal checks to troubled citizens whose letters moved him.
As students of a public university, we have all witnessed
firsthand and, in some senses, been victims of the seemingly
endless budget cuts with which schools across the United States
have been inflicted since the recession began in 2008. These cuts
always seem to hit where it hurts the students most — in the
faculty, educational resources, basic services, etc.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Facebook was good for
nothing but procrastination. For most of the website’s existence,
that was precisely the case. Now, however, things are changing —
Facebook is becoming productive, thanks to the establishment of the
Social Jobs Partnership. A collaboration between the U.S.
Department of Labor and Facebook, the partnership will create a
Facebook page that presents users with a conglomeration of
job-search services all in one easy to access place.
As the 2012 elections creeps up on the American public,
President Barack Obama is in a strange position. Not only is he the
current president, but he is also a presidential candidate, hoping
to ensure four more years in office for himself. It is inevitable,
then, that there were will be some tension between Obama’s
presidential duties and his presidential campaign duties. Such a
contest arose earlier this week, when Obama set off on a three-day
bus trip that the White House claims is official business.
While the New Brunswick campus may have a reputation as the
University’s main campus, the Newark and Camden campuses are just
as much a part of the University and its traditions as the College
Avenue, Busch, Livingston, Cook and Douglass campuses. According to
some suggestions made by the Gov. Chris Christie’s Task Force on
Higher Education, though, the University may one day lose the
Camden campus entirely.