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As online social media outlets begin to occupy an increasingly
greater position in the lives of individuals around the world, so
too have its applications become more varied and diverse. Perhaps
the latest in novel uses of social media sites like Facebook and
Google+ is the attempt to reach wider audiences by politicians and
public officials. Many politicians now communicate via Twitter and
hold popular Facebook presences, while President Barack Obama held
the first-ever virtual presidential forum Sunday on Google+.
Changes in the country’s economic environment have forced many
students to reevaluate the respective costs and benefits of student
loans. Any student who has ever sought to lessen the weight of his
or her term bill has inevitably faced the decision of choosing
between two types of student loans — federal student loans on one
hand, which are backed by the federal government; or private
student loans on the other, backed by private lenders.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, national security in the United States has
been a major concern. And while it’s important that the country’s
leaders take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the
public, it’s also important that they do so in a manner that
considers the contexts in which potentially threatening behaviors
take place. Concerning the recent deportation of two young British
tourists, no such consideration was given.
According to a recent Gallup poll, GOP presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum is polling at 11 percent. Perhaps poor public support has
lead Santorum to stop taking his candidacy seriously — at least,
that’s what one certainly hopes has happened. Otherwise, you will
have to believe that Santorum’s recent comments on higher education
are his serious opinion.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told a crowd in
Florida last week that by 2020, he would have an American moon base
established. He also told that crowd that he would like to see the
development of commercial space industry. While Gingrich has
received a lot of criticism for these outlandish ideas — including
a jab from competitor Mitt Romney, in which he stated “If I had a
business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few
hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say,
‘You’re fired’” — he’s sticking steadfastly to them.
In response to an elaborate SAT cheating ring busted in Nassau
County, N.Y., last September, Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-N.Y.,
introduced a bill that would make cheating on the standardized test
a crime. If passed, students could be charged with “facilitation of
education testing fraud” or “scheming to defraud educational
testing,” both of which would be felonies. “Forgery of a test”
would become a misdemeanor.
Richard Rowe, a former New Brunswick Police Department police
sergeant, was indicted Wednesday based on charges that surfaced
last March. According to the NBPD, Rowe knowingly made false
entries in police department records between 2003 and 2007 —
mishandling a total of 81 internal affairs cases over five years.
The 21-year veteran of the force was then charged by a Middlesex
County grand jury.
The New Brunswick Police Department hopes that the
reintroduction of a volunteer-based police auxiliary unit would
improve relations between the community and the department, said
Sgt. Scott Gould, supervisor of the Community Outreach Unit. Though
we admire the department’s attempt to repair ties with its city’s
residents, we’re not so sure that giving inexperienced members of
the community the ability to patrol the streets is the best way to
reach this goal.
Wrought with historic protests the world over, events of the
past year meant both good and bad for causes of individual and
national freedoms alike. Movements around the world have awakened
entire nations and resulted in as many instances of democratic
achievement as there were instances of repression. Similarly, U.S.
protests against corporate greed have shed light on a growing
struggle to increase national safety while ensuring individual
As the 2012 presidential election approaches and candidates
continue down the campaign trail, it’s important that voters know
exactly what’s fact and what’s fiction. So when politifact.com, a
project that fact-checks statements by politicians,
mischaracterized a statement from President Barack Obama’s State of
the Union address Tuesday night, it’s unsurprising that the
organization has since received criticism.
New changes to the University’s lottery process have been
announced, and though they may still leave certain things to be
desired, the changes seem to address the concerns of students both
on and off campus.The student lottery process has long been a topic of discussion
here at the University. In years past, overcrowding on the College
Avenue and Cook campuses forced the University’s Housing and
Residence Life to remove conditions that gave priority to School of
Environmental and Biological Sciences students and restricted
students who had moved off campus to reapply for housing lottery
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.