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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.
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. To us, this seems a somewhat strange way of bringing attention to the issue.
Getting into college is a process few enjoy. From admissions to application essays to finding the means to pay for the first term bill, the road is often wrought with uncertainty, apprehension and general distress. But few of these hurdles compare to the anxiety brought on by one mutual fear shared by nearly all college-bound students: the prospect of being placed in remedial classes.
As college students, we’re all too familiar with the linguistic quirks and fillers that seem to make up the conversations of so many young people. We hear and use them daily, whether it be statements pronounced as if they’re questions (uptalk) or the perpetual insertion of “like” between every other word or the sloppy slang of terms like “reduce” or “legit.” But the latest trend infecting teens and 20-somethings across the nation is called “vocal fry,” better known as that creaking, croaking sound invoked at the end of a sentence. And what’s more, linguists have traced its origin to young women. Now, according to David Crystal, an honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, linguists don’t “praise or condemn, they simply observe and describe and try to explain what’s going on.” Well, Crystal, we’re not afraid of praising or condemning, so we’ll do it for you — we dart the use of vocal fry and other infectious linguistic quirks that make young people sound so ignorant. ’Cause, like, no one wants to sound like a stupid college student, ya know?
For the past several months, more than 80 Indonesian immigrants in New Jersey have faced the possibility of deportation by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement for overstaying their visas. The individuals, most of whom are practicing Christians and have lived here for more than 10 years, fled to the United States in the 1990s to escape religious persecution at the hands of a largely Muslim population. After pleas and a number of meetings with officials from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Newark, in December 2011 the group received a temporary reprieve.
The United States has always — at least, for the most part— relied on a justice system that gives equal and fair trial to those accused of criminal activity. Only recently has it been more obvious that our country’s officials strayed away from this practice, pointing to terrorism plots like Sept. 11 as need for less forgiving, more stringent protocol regarding the detainment of individuals charged with such activity. Congress passed a mandate just last year that requires all suspected al-Qaida operatives be held in military custody, rather than be tried in civilian justice systems.
As Facebook — arguably the world’s most popular social media network — prepares to go public, many are wondering how the company’s vast reservoirs of user data will be used to generate new profit. With about 845 million users, Facebook is viewed by many as the ideal advertising platform, and it’s no stranger to tapping into this reservoir of information to bring its users uniquely personalized ads, with which so many of us are familiar. But with power this great comes equally great responsibility: As Facebook seeks to come up with new ways of profiting off of consumers, it must also make a point to handle the vast amounts of personal information in a way that respects the safety and concerns of those users.
It’s hard to believe — given his views on Iran, access to birth control for women and public education — that Rick Santorum is still in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Despite boasting a set of political ideologies that many view as appealing to only the very fringe of American voters, Santorum continues to make national headlines across the country, and, in some cases, lead in national polls. In many cases, Santorum’s statements seem so far removed from sensible public opinion in America that we’re forced to wonder how he does remain more than a fringe candidate.
At the state’s Third Annual Bike/Ped Summit on Saturday, legislators, advocates, planners and enthusiasts came together to discuss efforts to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists in local communities across New Jersey — an issue that is central to New Brunswick, as well as the University community, nowadays.
Certain state lawmakers, like Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3, look at townships across the Garden State — each with their individual services and agencies — and see waste.
In an effort to curb what is seen as a problem of underage drinking among teenagers, high schools across the country are considering taking disciplinary measures against misbehavior occurring off school premises — but they’re not limiting themselves to police reports or underage drinking tickets. Several school districts have gone as far as punishing students for simply being photographed with alcohol outside of school.
The University Office of Student Conduct unveiled last week its revised set of rules and regulations that govern student behavior: the University Code of Student Conduct. The revamped document, which features simpler wording and a condensed length, brings much-needed changes to a code of conduct that has not seen revision since 1990.
Protesters affiliated with movements like Occupy Wall Street are characterized far too often as the token “dirty hippies” — unemployed, degenerative and more concerned with loafing around with a picket sign than leading a productive lifestyle. The reason for this kind of mischaracterization is partly because of generalizations of the group’s demographics — which consist of more than just a bunch of “20-somethings” in unwashed cargo pants — and partly because of the movement’s apparent lack of direction. Indeed, little has been accomplished in the months since the conception of OWS. What these movements need to gain serious credibility is an accomplishment worthy of the public’s praise, like the newly founded 99 Percent Declaration Working Group’s planned “General Assembly,” set to take place on July 4 in Philadelphia. The group plans to elect delegates and draft a “petition for a redress of grievances,” and for this they deserve a laurel. Organized undertakings like this assembly may be just what movements like OWS and others need to foster the change they’re looking for.
Finding food on campus that is both healthy and affordable has long proved to be one of the greatest challenges for students. What can be tough is finding a vendor who offers options that are easy on the palette, won’t cause diabetes and leaves us with something left in our wallets. Off-campus students, who may not have the convenience of a meal plan, know this well — but on-campus students too are often forced to balance budget and consumption. The key, it seems, is being creative with one’s choices.
Hydraulic fracking or hydrofracking, the process of fracturing rock layers by the release of pressurized fluids in an attempt to extract natural gas, has become a point of conflict in recent years. The negative effects of the controversial process are obvious and have led environmental groups, legislators and town officials to denounce hydrofracking throughout the country. One of the more recent developments — now being viewed as a victory for opponents of the process — involves a New York judge’s ruling that would allow the upstate town of Dryden, N.Y., to ban natural gas drilling within the municipality’s limits.
One does not simply create a “Rutgers Meme” — or so University
students, who have chanced to try their hand at wittily crafting
the image-caption combinations, have discovered during the recent
University meme craze. An outpouring of the user-generated
pictorials has become the foundation for the University’s very
first “Rutgers Memes” Facebook page, effectively uniting students
campus-wide over common experiences.
Community members protesting the shootings of local residents
Victor Rodriguez and Barry Deloatch by New Brunswick police
officers flooded a council meeting at City Hall Wednesday,
demanding what they see as a problem of police brutality in New
Brunswick be rectified by city officials.
Many were shocked when, in 2009, news reports broke describing
how the New York Police Department had placed undercover officers
at New York City and regional colleges, including Rutgers
University, in order to monitor the acts of Muslim student
organizations. More recent reports, however, show that the
department’s surveillance activities extend far beyond city
Efforts to limit smoking in the workplace or other public areas
have seen a rise in recent years — yet none go as far as recently
proposed measures at universities in Texas, which aim to ban
smoking from college campuses altogether. With billions of dollars
in grant money, a state agency is considering campus-wide
tobacco-free policies in order to cut down on the number of smokers
and prevent instances of cancer in Texas.