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Julia Cinnamon, a Northern California native, cannot enjoy the luxuries of going home over the weekend and having friends from high school in close proximity. Her transition from home to New Jersey was difficult in her first year at the University as well, she said. “It was really difficult not knowing anyone,” said Cinnamon, a co-creator of the Out of State Student Association.
From redesigning video games as therapy for stroke patients to revolutionizing drug production in the hopes of speeding up manufacturing processes, pharmacy students at the University presented their research yesterday to outside businesses to show off what they could do.
The public relations field is fast-paced and constantly changing, said Matthew Weber, a professor in the Department of Communication. “Everything about it is always moving — the problems you have, the field, the skills, the technology, the content,” he said. The School of Communication and Information now offers a Public Relations specialization to prepare Communication majors for work in the industry.
Chocolate sauce, Fruity Pebbles, yogurt chips and a selection of fruit from mango to kiwi are only some of the topping options at the new Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies, located at 98 Albany St. in New Brunswick. Po Wong, co-owner of the new store, said the store sells frozen yogurt, smoothies and parfaits healthier than those at other frozen yogurt establishments.
Amy Siskind believes women should forget about helping people and focus on making money the first few years of their life. Siskind, a former Wall Street executive who later became president of The New Agenda, an organization for women’s empowerment, spoke at the Livingston Student Center yesterday about how women can be successful post-graduation. The majority of workers at more charitable jobs are women, even though those jobs pay less, she said.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, communication majors can specialize in public relations, said Diane Gomez, director of marketing and communications for the School of Communication and Information. The administration will soon announce the required courses for the strategic public communication and public relations specialization, said Laurie Lewis, department chair of the School of Communication and Information.
The University is obligated to abide by federal laws that mandate persecution for the possession of marijuana, according to Patrick Love, associate vice president of Student Affairs. On Thursday, he and other officials met with University student members of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, who requested clarification of policies and possible equalization of the rules regarding alcohol and marijuana.
Beginning their ritual chant in their locker room, the University’s ice hockey team continues onto the ice where the fans join in on chanting. This ritual has proven lucky—the club team now ranks eighteenth in the nation. This season’s team also qualified for the ACHA Men’s Division One National Tournament for the fourth consecutive year, said Andy Gojdycz, the head coach. But this is their first year in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League, where the qualification is based on ranking, not auto-bidding, according to head coach Andy Gojdycz.
Daisy Garden told the story of her family’s continuous struggle to seize the American Dream more than 10 years after leaving the Dominican Republic. Gisesella Ramirez recounted the life of a University transgender woman trying to gain acceptance from her traditional mother. Garden, Ramirez and seven other University students showcased accounts of the Latino experience last Friday in Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue campus as a part of the New Jersey Film Festival.
After Shannon Morath graduated with a degree in English and French from New York University, she decided to apply to the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship at the University because of an interest in environmental research. “It’s been a long journey, but the program was the reason I came to Rutgers,” said Morath, a third-year graduate student in the Rutgers Plant Biology Graduate Program.
Seventy-five percent of people in the world live in countries with severe restrictions on religious freedom, according to Timothy Shah, assistant director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University. They lack the basic ability to organize, pray, build religious structures and spread their beliefs, Shah said in a talk he gave yesterday at the Cook Campus Center. “We mobilize for a lot of crises as a society, but this is a crisis we do little about,” Shah said. “We easily mouth the words universal right of religious freedom, but … we tend to take [it] for granted.”
Abdulai Jalloh’s documentary, “3P65,” describes his father’s harrowing escape from a diamond mine in Sierra Leone after spending years watching rebels kill many of his friends — sometimes just for fun. “He came to death row because the rebels wanted to make him an example to others,” Jalloh said. “When the rebel was reloading his gun, my father ran away and traveled through the forest for a week to reach another village.” The film, which was named after the cab Jalloh’s father drove, was one of three shown Wednesday by youth in the Reel Lives film program at the Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus.
Many people associate Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. detention center in Cuba, with the recent war on terror. But a new exhibit at the University is looking back in time to focus on the century of controversy and complexity behind the site. The “Curating Guantanamo” exhibit is a collaboration between 11 universities to compile a history of the site and analyze how the past affects its present-day status, said Andy Urban, assistant professor of American Studies and History.
Edward Ortiz fought for 18 years to establish a home where Latino students could connect and promote their issues at the University. But he had little to show for his efforts other than a handwritten manifesto.
His vision was finally realized in 1992 with the founding of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture.
The CLAC celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus with a gala honoring notable members’ contributions while reflecting on its progress over the years, said Carlos Fernández, director of the CLAC.
The largest film festival in New Jersey began with just one graduate student, a small budget and a few minor films.Today that graduate student, Al Nigrin, is the executive director and curator of the Rutgers Film Co-op and has expanded the festival to include many films from around the world.Nigrin said the festival he started in 1982 now receives entries from places such as Poland, Israel and Morocco.
Some students who live on Livingston campus opt to show their pride with “I LUV LIVI” T-shirts. College Avenue campus residents are now creating their own designs that to rival these shirts. The Residence Hall Association is hosting a contest to choose a design for the College Avenue campus apparel, said Michelle Shin, the College Avenue chair of RHA. “We want students who live on College Avenue campus to really identify with one another,” said Shin, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
Cigarette butts, beer bottles and plastic bags are just a few of the littered items volunteers picked up Saturday off the city’s streets. About 125 students from University fraternities and sororities participated in a post-hurricane cleanup initiative the Interfraternity Council and New Jersey Public Interest Research Group organized, said Coley Conter, director of community outreach for the Panhellenic Council. The cleanup is an annual event IFC and NJPIRG have held since 2008, said Tara Rabinowitz, president of the Panhellenic Council.
The University’s chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity broke its own fundraising record during Derby Days last year, raising $167,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, the highest amount raised in a single event by a greek organization. Despite the devastating Hurricane Sandy, Ian Cichocki, Derby Days director, said he hopes the participating organizations will raise even more this year. Derby Days is a weeklong series of fundraising events Sigma Chi planned to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, a charity that helps child cancer patients rehabilitate while providing for their nonmedical needs.
Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia may seem like a simple, historical park on the surface, but it is actually a hotbed for race and class conflict that brings attention to space in relation to race. Thadious Davis, professor in the Departments of American Social Thought and English at the University of Pennsylvania, said in the 1960s, the park was the center of a conflict between hippies and wealthy urbanites and is now a part of the Occupy Philadelphia movement.
When imagining books that may be banned from public libraries, some may think of obscure novels full of sexually explicit or obscene materials.But according to the American Library Association, books like “The Hunger Games,” “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and The Harry Potter series are examples of books that have been challenged. A challenge is a formal written complaint to a library. Books may be banned from one library but available in another.