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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Current measures employed by the city, while effective, do leave some things to be desired.
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.“We collect more than enough money to run the government to run government in the state,” Sweeney said. “Probably too much. We have too much government.”
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.For students who have read through the University’s current code of conduct (and we hope this includes more than a handful), problems with clarity and readability are surely apparent.
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.
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.
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.