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The death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Florida resident who was fatally shot last month by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, has erupted on the national scene in the form on debates on race in society. Displays of protest have taken place not only in Florida, but across the country, and recent protests in Newark and Plainfield, N.J., have indicated that these feelings of injustice extend well beyond Martin’s hometown.
Reporters recently discovered a link between the founder of the company responsible for the production the “pink slime” that has had everyone up in arms over the past few weeks and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Apparently, Eldon Roth, the founder of Beef Products, is a major donor to the Republican frontrunner and his campaign. At a Sioux Falls fundraiser, Roth donated $190,000 to the Romney campaign. Clearly, this sort of publicity is not good for Romney’s campaign.
Twenty teenagers from Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., were arrested last fall for being caught cheating on college entrance exams. The students used fake IDs to take the tests — either the SAT or the ACT — for other students. To prevent future instances of cheating from occurring, the SATs and the ACTs now require students to upload photos of themselves when they register for the exam, which proctors would check on the day of the test.
Social media is a relatively young player in the lives of individuals in the digital age. The way in which we use this form of media is constantly changing — as is the way in which it’s handled in regard to certain legal statutes. The recent trial of Dharun Ravi, a former University student charged with spying on his roommate via webcam, is just one example of this.
It’s true that the line between the acceptable and unacceptable in online conduct remains hazy, but there are some boundaries that you just don’t cross.
At a University as diverse as ours, it may sometimes be difficult for students of different backgrounds to overcome cultural barriers that accompany life in a college community. Students here for the first time are free, in a sense, from the obligations they once had growing up. They can make their own decisions. They can choose their own interests. They no longer live under their parents’ roofs. These traits are common to almost all students.
Walk down a New Brunswick side street on any given day, and you’ll likely find the discarded remains of a non-cigarette tobacco product. Colorful wrappers once enclosed small cigars, and an empty tin once held smokeless tobacco. These products, and more, have become a popular alternative to cigarettes for many New Jerseyans, who are attracted to comparably low prices. But because of their popularity, they’ve also become the target of certain N.J. lawmakers.
Stage Left, a popular restaurant located in downtown New Brunswick, will offer a new cocktail Wednesday as part of a nationwide campaign to raise money for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Van Gogh Vodka invented the cocktail, called a “Give a Damn Martini,” for their “Cocktails without Prejudice” campaign. The restaurant will donate $1 for every martini sold. We think this is a unique and creative way to raise money for an admirable cause.
Representatives of groups throughout the University and abroad — including students, faculty members and state officials — have sounded off on the proposal of a merger between four South Jersey institutions of higher education into one conglomerate school. And while many have come out in support of the merger, which was outlined by Gov. Chris Christie’s Task force on Higher Education, dissenting opinion has not gone without proper public display.
As a major research university, our University is undoubtedly full of some of the best and the brightest. From discrete mathematics to biochemical engineering to quantum physics, experts in fields from all over the world come to the University to pioneer some of the most cutting-edge work. This fact was made even more apparent Thursday when news broke that 71-year-old University professor Endre Szemerédi was awarded the 2012 Abel Prize, the unofficial Nobel Prize in mathematics, by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
The Gateway Transit Village apartment complex “The Vue” opened its doors earlier in the semester to the New Brunswick community. The move by city council members to approve and residential development company Penrose to construct a high-rise apartment building at the head of Easton Avenue — the hub, arguably, of college life for students here at the University — may have caught some off guard.
One of our columnists protested earlier in the semester that New Brunswick needs more diners.“The diner is indisputably the quintessential New Jersey eating establishment,” the author argued in the Feb. 13 column in The Daily Targum, citing an apparent — and frankly, upsetting — lack of 24-hour diners within a reasonable distance to the University.Students, the author lamented, have been too long deprived of traditional Garden State eating, taking the form of “elaborate breakfasts, gigantic burgers and most importantly, very late hours.”
Here on the banks of the Old Raritan, we at the University have the privilege to admire one of the region’s most iconic watersheds. From its brown, pregnant waters to the way it snakes itself through Central Jersey as it’s carried out to the Atlantic, the river holds a special place in the hearts of its surrounding communities.But we’re also reminded daily of just how dirty it is.Despite being a source of water and a recreational outlet for nearly 1 million people, the Raritan River remains one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.
Information about Robert Bales, a U.S. military sergeant accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province a week ago, continues to pour out of media reports and coverage of the incident. We know he is from a small town in Ohio. We know he is a father and devoted husband. We know he is a 10-year U.S. military veteran.But when weighed next to the killing of 16 innocent Afghan civilians, little of Bales’ background should matter.
A recent report has ranked New Jersey first for its anti-corruption policies, according to the State Integrity Investigation, a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International. The ranking places the Garden State atop a long list of all 50 states that were surveyed for transparency and accountability in their state governments.For many, this may come as a surprise. New Jersey, after all, has had somewhat of a history with corruption in the state and local politics — ranging from elected officials accepting bribes to undercover FBI agents to Motor Vehicle Commission employees selling fraudulent licenses.
After almost three weeks of grueling court proceedings and deliberation, the case on former University student Dharun Ravi has surmounted in one final verdict: guilty on all counts.
Ravi was convicted last Friday on 15 counts — including invasion of privacy, witness tampering, evidence tampering and bias intimidation — for using a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi in a sexual encounter with another man. The case has helped to fundamentally alter the way we view hate crimes, as well as the level of tolerance society holds toward them.
When Tyler Clementi found out that his former roommate, Dharun Ravi, had been spying on him via a webcam he had set up in their room, the former University student quickly filed a request with University Housing for a room change. Although the case —which charges Ravi with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest — is incomplete, it has brought national focus to issues affecting college-age students across the nation.
During an era in which socioeconomic divisions have grown immensely, it’s rare that we find individuals, especially in politics, that are willing to bridge the gap for the greater good. But that’s exactly what N.J. Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, does to gain a better understanding of the conditions at local homeless shelters across the state. In his latest attempt at researching the lives of the homeless, Codey dirtied his face, threw on a worn-out ski cap and fitted himself with a faux beard for an overnight stay at the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark.
University President Richard L. McCormick announced in May 2011 that he would step down from his post as head of the University, with plans to return to the faculty as a professor. The University Board of Governors established the Presidential Search Committee shortly after the news broke of the president’s decision. According to the committee’s website, the committee — which includes faculty members, administrators, and students — is expected to have finished by spring 2012 the search for a candidate to serve as the University’s 20th president.
The University’s International Student Association is bringing together professors, researchers and students for the third year in a row in another “TEDxRutgers” event, where participants will convene to trade innovative ideas. “Ideas are free-flowing, and we are facilitating ideas within this move,” said organizer Wei Jie Tian last Thursday the Livingston Student Center Coffeehouse, where the ISA unveiled this year’s theme, “Igniting a Global Enlightenment.”
Communities across the Garden State have perceived a rise in city street violence in recent years, and New Brunswick is not excluded. In the most urbanized areas the problem is often magnified, and, as a response, N.J. legislators, and activists have been seeking out ways to curb the trend. But the most recent proposal aimed at putting an end to this violence comes from National United Youth Council Director Salaam Ismial, who is asking every county in the state to declare violence as a public health crisis.