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With the advent of ever-evolving technologies, the greatest
threat to national security may come not from the guns and
artillery of an enemy’s military muscle, but from chemical warfare.
At least that’s what some researchers within the UMDNJ-University
CounterACT Research Center of Excellence suspect — and they’re
working hard to understand how bioterrorist weapons, such as
mustard gas, affect people and their surroundings. Used widely by
militaries in World War I, Iran and Iraq, the gas is designed to
target skin, eyes and lungs, according to the center’s director,
Dr. Jeffery Laskin.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has entered into
a blistering fight with the Transportation Security Administration
after refusing a patdown from its employees at a checkpoint at an
airport in Nashville, Tenn. After triggering the alarm while
passing through the agency’s sensors, Paul refused a secondary
screening procedure, which included a full-bodied search. Officials
then detained Paul. “I was barked at: ‘Do not leave the cubicle,’”
Paul said in an online interview.
Few individuals have had so significant an impact on college
sports as legendary former coach Joe Paterno had on Penn State’s
football community. As head coach of the school’s football team for
46 years, Paterno was responsible for leading his team to a record
number of victories, two national championships and success both on
and off the field. Many have hailed Paterno hailed as a hero, a
legend and a savior of Penn State’s football career.
The Court Tavern, a dive bar and music venue located on the
corner of Church Street and Spring Streets, helped catapult popular
bands such as The Smithereens and The Gaslight Anthem to the
national stage. The venue last Wednesday closed its doors
indefinitely. Joe Chyb, former manager of the tavern, said the bar
closed because changes in New Brunswick’s music scene brought
financial difficulty to the Tavern.
University students will find no solace in knowing that, despite
the long break, textbook prices have not gone down. Students will
regrettably empty their wallets at the campus bookstore, knowing
that the $40 just shelled out could have paid for their next four
meals. And for students of the more popular subjects, it gets worse
— they can expect to pay upwards of $200 for that new edition of
their economics or chemistry textbook.
In New Jersey, freedom of expression can range from attending a
Sunday church service to attending a Saturday night strip service
at a local gentleman’s club. Providing the services for these
interests is the local economy, and there is no lack of churches —
or strip clubs — here in the Garden State.Yet recently, some towns, like Sayreville, N.J., have deemed nude
strips clubs an unnecessary luxury.
Earlier this week, the University community celebrated the
15-year anniversary of that iconic sandwich, the “Fat Darrell.”
Despite being little more than a greasy marriage of chicken
fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries and marinara sauce inside
a roll, the fare remains a beloved guilty pleasure of nearly every
student on campus. And the forefather of this creation, to whom we
all owe a big thank-you, is University alumnus Darrell Butler.
Home to about four dozen wineries, New Jersey is no stranger to
that bittersweet elixir of fermented grapes we so affectionately
call wine. In fact, the Garden State is the seventh largest wine
producer in the country. No, we didn’t know that either.Wine aficionados around campus and throughout the state will be
happy to hear that come April 1, those wineries producing 250,000
gallons or less a year of the tasty brew will be allowed to ship
their product directly to the doors of their customers.
During his annual “State of the State” address Wednesday at the
State House in Trenton, Republican Gov. Chris Christie offered an
optimistic vision for the future of the Garden State: “Today, I am
proud to report that the New Jersey comeback has begun.” From
tenure reform to the mandatory treatment of non-violent drug
offenders, the governor introduced a number of aggressive
proposals, each in hopes to strengthen the economy and continue the
state’s upward momentum.
According to a recent study, two historians found that even
under the current tax code, the wealth gap between low-income and
high-income individuals is now higher than it was in ancient Rome.
For low- and middle-income individuals, that’s big news. But for
many of the wealthiest individuals in the nation, the statistic is
Gavin Swiatek, a biochemistry instructor who worked on Cook
campus, was taken into custody last week and is now being held on
$50,000 bail in Middlesex County Jail. Swiatek was charged with
second-degree distribution and fourth-degree possession of child
pornography, and, if convicted, faces a maximum 10 years in prison.
Swiatek is accused of using a University computer in his Cook
campus office to distribute the materials.
In today’s world, it’s easy to get lost among hubbub of
industry, urban living and crowded suburbs. Such sterile and
synthetic environments may sometimes make us forget that our
communities and activities do have an impact on the environment
around us. “If we’re so intellectual, then how are we destroying
our planet?” asked Jane Goodall Monday night at the State Theater
in New Brunswick during a SmartTalk Connected Conversation.
As the GOP primary race quickens and Republican candidates
scramble to gather support in each new state caucus, the American
public learns a little more about the backgrounds and characters of
those who could potentially hold the reigns as our next president.
It seems each candidate — from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich to Rick
Santorum — has spent his or her time in the political
Gov. Chris Christie is no stranger to receiving — and dishing
out — his fair share of criticism. Yet during an interview with
Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night, Christie may have dished out a
little more than his fair share when he insisted on bashing
President Barack Obama’s job performance on not one, but several
occasions. Christie, even after Oprah’s attempts to lead the
governor away from the subject, insisted on getting in As a
Republican, it’s only natural that Christie would oppose the Obama
The Web-based, free content encyclopedia Wikipedia will shut
down on Wednesday for 24 hours. “Student warning! Do your homework
early,” tweeted Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to spread the news of
the shutdown.Wikipedia’s action comes in response to the recent Stop Online
Piracy Act, which aims at tackling online piracy through improving
copywriter infringement laws and preventing search engines from
directing users to sites that distribute stolen material.
Republicans are stereotypically portrayed as being
anti-regulation, and so it makes sense that the Senatorial right
wing has been fighting President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former Ohio Attorney General
Richard Cordray. The CFPB was created last year by the Obama
administration’s financial reforms, and the bureau’s goal is to
protect consumers from the sorts of financial abuses that led to
the 2008 downturn.
The U.S. media often casts New Jersey as a sprawling urban
wasteland, overrun with those characters portrayed on hit reality
TV shows like “Jersey Shore.” An outsider might think the typical
New Jersey resident is more likely to pump his fist than pump his
own gas. Even worse, New Jersey is sometimes carelessly labeled
“the armpit of America.”
Students at New York University will have the opportunity to
take classes next semester on Occupy Wall Street. Undergrads will
have the option of enrolling in “Why Occupy Wall Street? The
History and Politics of Debt and Finance.” A seminar at the
graduate level will also be offered. Up until now, the movement has
had a healthy amount of supporters and detractors alike, with the
former heralding it as a movement based in equality and justice and
the latter accusing participants of looking for handouts.
At Saturday’s Republican presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry struck a nerve when he accused Mitt Romney of supporting
individual mandates for health care. In response, Romney bet Perry
$10,000 that he did not, in fact, want the government involved in
people’s health care business. As it turns out, this is probably
the worst thing Romney could have said, as Democrats and
Republicans alike quickly took to attacking him for being so
cavalier about such a large sum of money.
Rick Roach, a member of the Florida school board, is a college
graduate with two master’s degrees. He has a high-level position in
an organization with 22,000 employees. The last thing anyone would
say about Roach is that he was a failure. However, state
standardized exams came to this conclusion. In order to understand
just how well these tests are really working, Roach took math and
reading exams designed for 10th graders. The results? Roach scored
a 62 percent on the reading and a 17 percent in math. Obviously, if
a successful, accomplished adult like Roach did this poorly on the
exams, one should have questions about how necessary the
information these exams test is to the lives of the students taking
them. To take Roach’s own words, “A test that can determine a
student’s future life chances should surely relate in some
practical way to the requirements of life.” We give Roach a laurel
for exposing the flaws in standardized testing. Perhaps this will
be the first step toward an overhaul of a broken system.