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The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is into its 10th day and we
have, perhaps unsurprisingly, seen a number of videos depicting
police brutality and misconduct. The protests, which include
several hundred people, have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall
Street since Sep. 17, and a 1,000 more joined this past Saturday.
The cause behind the protests is the ever-expanding gap between
rich and poor in the United States, and the government’s inability
to do anything about it.
While it may seem like an odd move to the members of our
liberal-leaning University, the administration of Catholic
University of America (CUA) has decided to institute a same-sex
residence hall policy. Predictably enough, the new policy has
sparked some criticism of the school, but the strongest outrage has
not come from CUA’s own community. Rather, that distinction belongs
to John Banzhaf, a lawyer and law professor at George Washington
University, who has mounted a lawsuit against the school.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, which allows
failing parochial schools to change into public charter schools
instead of closing down altogether, passed the State Senate
yesterday. Obviously, if a school chose to follow this route, they
would have to remove religious aspects of their curricula, do away
with religious symbols in classrooms and possibly change their
names, if the name in question involves a reference to a religious
figure or concept.
Supporters of Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., often sport bumper
stickers on their cars that boisterously proclaim, “My Congressman
IS a rocket scientist.” Perhaps Holt’s status as a well-educated
man of science is why he tends to perk up whenever he speaks —
especially when he laments the current state of funding for
scientific research in the United States. According to a recent
opinion piece of his published on NewJerseyNewsroom.com, “As a
share of the U.S. economy, the government’s support for research
and development (R&D) has fallen by nearly two-thirds since the
It seems these days that the federal government is fighting a
losing battle against its own people. The highly vocal tea party
movement has been railing against a central government which it
sees as bloated, wasteful and ineffectual for a couple of years
now, and that heated rhetoric has been slowly worming its way out
into more mainstream parties and people. Many non-tea party members
of the GOP have taken up that narrative, too.
Fraternities and throwers of house parties at the University
should take note of last Thursday’s raid on the Tau Kappa Epsilon
(TKE) fraternity at Rowan University. The raid, conducted by
Glassboro police in conjunction with Rowan University public
safety, resulted in more than 100 arrests on various charges, which
ranged from obstruction of justice to selling alcohol without a
license to providing alcohol to minors.
Generally speaking, bake sales are the most innocuous of campus
events. We leave the divisive politics for rallies, marches and
sit-ins, because, as far as issues go, cupcakes are pretty cut and
dry. But they say there’s a first time for everything, so maybe it
shouldn’t come as a surprise that someone finally found a way to
marry cookies and controversy.
Eating disorders are not funny — unless, apparently, you’re a
Halloween costume company. Then they’re fair game. At least, that’s
what Ricky’s, a chain of costume stores, would have you believe
when they introduced the incredibly tasteless “Anna Rexia” costume.
On the company’s website, the costume listing — which thankfully
has since been removed — features a typically attractive blonde
model, decked out in a skimpy black dress with a skeleton printed
on it, wrapping a tape measurer around her waist.
Cellphones are as ubiquitous as air in the United States — and
for some, they’re about as necessary as oxygen, as well. But
whereas phones began as a way to hold conversations across great
distances, text messaging has quickly taken over verbal
conversation as most people’s primary use of cellphones. According
to a study by the Pew Research Center, adults send 41.5 text
messages on average a day.
Cigarettes are expensive in New Jersey. Our state has the
sixth-highest cigarette tax in the nation at $2.70 per pack. Given
that there are more than 1 million people lighting up in New Jersey
that makes for a pretty powerful revenue stream. But of all that
money, a rather measly portion is going to smoking prevention
programs. As things currently stand, the state government only
contributes 1 cent from every tobacco tax dollar earned to smoking
In an effort to foster good behavior on campus, Harvard is
asking its first-year students to make what is termed by some the
“Kindness Pledge.” To quote the brief pledge in full: “As we begin
at Harvard, we commit to upholding the values of the College and to
make the entryway and Yard a place where all can thrive and where
the exercise of kindness holds a place on par with intellectual
President Barack Obama has spent the better part of his first
term in office flying the banner of bipartisanship and acting in
accordance with this ideal of collaboration and compromise.
However, this bipartisanship, while a good gesture on Obama’s part,
has often made it difficult for him to get anything done. While he
was looking to compromise, most of his enemies — especially in the
GOP — were refusing to go anywhere near the president’s hallowed
The past few months have been tumultuous at best for University
President Richard L. McCormick. Last spring, angry students
occupied his office, demanding affordable education. Shortly
thereafter, he announced he would be stepping down from his
position at the end of this academic year. McCormick delivered his
annual address to the University last Friday and the turmoil
Gov. Chris Christie’s statewide town hall meetings paint him as
a man of the people, but according to the Star-Ledger, he’s a man
of a very specific subset of people. The newspaper conducted an
analysis of the 46 towns Christie has visited on his town hall
tours and found that the vast majority of them are largely white,
wealthy and GOP-leaning.
This far into his tenure as the leader of New Jersey, Gov. Chris
Christie should know that his position is a 24-hour job. There is
no rest for a public official of such high status, although
Christie seems to think there is. His penchant for traveling out of
state without letting his fellow political leaders know where he is
going has understandably caused some frustration for said political
Despite being labeled as a hypocrite by some a few weeks back
because of Berkshire Hathaway’s failure to pay its taxes, Warren
Buffet’s reputation as a millionaire who loves paying taxes lives
on strong in President Barack Obama’s newly proposed “Buffet Rule.”
According to talking points obtained by the Huffington Post, the
“Buffet Rule” is a simple principle which states, “No household
making more than $1 million annually should pay a smaller share of
its income in taxes than middle-class families pay.”
Michele Bachmann is a pretty easy target for jokes. The
University of Iowa is the latest to take a crack at her. In
response to reports of a cougar prowling around Iowa City, the
school’s Twitter feed sent out the update, “I didn’t know Bachmann
was in town. Bah-dum-dum.”
When I selected my fall classes last semester, I was convinced
this year would be different. As a senior, I get the privilege of
littering my schedule with 300- and 400-level classes. And while
that may mean a more intense workload for me, I also happily
anticipated they would be fairly small classes filled with
upperclassmen that have gone through enough education to be at
least slightly informed.
If you take the time to read about Montclair State University’s
new residence hall, the Heights, you will probably find yourself
green with envy. Montclair students housed in the Heights, compared
to students who live in more stereotypical residence halls, live in
the lap of luxury: private bathrooms, a brand new dining hall, new
furniture and spacious rooms.
Graduates of two law schools, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and
New York Law School (NYLS), are suing their respective alma maters.
Graduates of Cooley are looking for $250 million and graduates of
NYLS are pushing for a slightly smaller $200 million, but it is not
so much the money that matters to these students.