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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.
People have had problems with the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) since the group’s inception ten years ago.
Complaints have ranged from missed planes to child molestation, and
it’s hard to find a single person who is actually supportive of the
group. Now, even the group’s creator, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), is
entirely fed up with the TSA.
These are dark days for University students. Not only are our
job prospects frighteningly low, even though we have put in all the
work that society says is required of us, but the amounts of debt
we accumulate just to attend college are becomingly increasingly
difficult to shoulder. Worst of all, there does not seem to be any
help on the way.
We published an editorial yesterday urging President Barack
Obama to release more information about the American Jobs Act to
the public. As things stood, it was a plan of action with a very
vague support system in place. As if on cue, Obama’s administration
did just that yesterday.
While the rest of America was coming together on Sunday in
memory of the lives lost on 9/11, Paul Krugman was busy writing and
posting a blog entry for the New York Times that took a decidedly
different approach to the day. The post, entitled “The Years of
Shame,” asserted that the events that followed 9/11 were “deeply
In a surprising turn, President Barack Obama took the
conservative mantra of “cut taxes always” to heart and released a
$447 billion plan to combat the 9.1 percent unemployment rate,
which looks to cut social security taxes for both businesses and
The Twin Towers fell down 10 years ago yesterday, and America
changed forever. It was a time of terror, anger, fear and despair —
a day that we will never forget, no matter how much time elapses.
But a reflection on the events of September 11, 2001 must not dwell
solely on what was awful about the day.
It is highly likely that, at some point during the course of
your undergraduate career, you are going to find yourself — or have
already found yourself — spending an entire day in the library.
Those who find themselves spending said day in the Alexander
Library on the College Avenue campus can at least look forward to
some small solace in the form of the brand new Scarlet Latte, a
café in the library's basement. While the presence of a café may
not make a day spent in the stacks a total breeze, it is, at the
very least, a very nice way to break the monotony and relax for a
while before returning to the academic grind. We give the Scarlet
Latte a laurel.
Imagine walking into your first day of college and being asked
to urinate into a cup. It may sound like a strange scenario, but
for students at Linn State Technical College — the only public
technical college in Missouri — it's a very real one. The school
recently enacted a measure whereby all new students are required to
submit to a drug test. If a student fails the test, he or she will
have 45 days to pass another one. If this whole program sounds
unnecessarily invasive, that's because it is, especially for a
If you've been on MyRutgers lately — or read yesterday's issue
of The Daily Targum — then you've probably heard about the new
Self-Reporting Absence Application (SRAA). In short, the SRAA is an
application that allows students to report their absences online to
the Student Information Management System (SIMS), which will help
professors keep track of the absences. The SRAA is an interesting
idea, and it could bring about some excellent benefits, like
allowing SIMS to keep track of absence statistics and letting
professors rest a little easier when it comes to keeping tabs on
attendance. However, the SRAA will only bring about these benefits
if students act like responsible adults.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is one of those
institutions we Americans take entirely for granted, and why
wouldn't we? For as long as any of us can remember, the USPS has
been there, responsibly handling and delivering all of our mail and
packages. It may come as a shock to some, then, to learn the USPS
is on the brink of total financial disaster, which may lead to a
total shutdown of services this winter. While the end of the USPS
may not be the end of the world, especially in the age of email, it
is still something we don't want to see: The USPS is a valuable
Perhaps the biggest problem with college — aside from
unrelenting workloads and nasty hangovers — is how absurdly
expensive it is. According to the Project on Student Debt,
graduates of the class of 2009 went into $24,000 worth of debt on
average just to pay for the privilege of obtaining a degree.
Whereas most students look to scholarships — or generous relatives,
perhaps — to help defray the rising costs of education, some
students at the National Louis University in Chicago (NLU) can now
look to an unlikely source of aid: Groupon. According to the
Huffington Post, the University is teaming up with Groupon in an
attempt to promote its graduate teaching program. Groupon will
offer students a 60-percent discount on the tuition for an
introduction to teaching class, cutting the original tuition amount
for the class from $2,232 to $950. While it's an admittedly odd
partnership — an institution of higher education and a website
which generally deals in cheap meals — we find ourselves amused by
and admiring of the idea.