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The news cycle in the past two weeks has been dominated by testimonies from survivors in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Instead of promoting honest and productive dialogue, conservatives and liberals alike continue to vilify each other on national television. In the wake of this horrific event, high school students, championed by Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, from around the country are taking to the streets on March 24 to spark a conversation about gun control, called March for Our Lives, hoping to enact some change.
Rutgers engineers recently created a way to print a 4D hydrogel that may be able to have a significant impact on the future of both the scientific and medical worlds. The project was led by Assistant Professor Howon Lee of Rutgers’ Schools of Engineering. The gel itself is highly reactive to changes in temperature, which gives it an enormous potential to function inside of a person’s body for various potential medical purposes, which may include, “soft robotic microdevices, targeted drug delivery and tissue scaffolds mimicking active bodily functions.” We laurel Howon Lee and the team of engineers that created this hydrogel for helping make advancements in important fields and bringing an even better name to Rutgers.
Recently, my younger brother told me that in his high school the police from our town gave a 1-hour presentation on current issues facing teens. The presentation began with a discussion regarding underaged drinking, avoiding weed, how keeping drugs in one’s locker probably is not the best idea, among other things. The conversation then turned to a discussion about sexting, and particularly, the illegality of taking or sharing naked photos. The police told the students about the dangers of sexting, the ways in which the images are spread — that if you sext, your parents may have to look at that image because of the legal ramifications, and that you could be registered as a sex offender.
In the past century, American workers used to work six days of the week. That changed in 1940, when the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 introduced the 40-hour work week. Those 40 hours were split into 8 hours within a span of five days. I believe that it is time to implement a three-day weekend versus the two-day weekend we now have within the United States. Unlike many European countries, we only get limited vacation days, approximately 15 days, versus the majority of Europe, which receives approximately 30 days. Within this article I will be discussing the benefits of a three-day weekend, the long term affects and why even the three-day weekend just simply is not enough.
At last week’s RUSA meeting, University Chancellor Debasish Dutta lectured about the current state of University affairs and his own academic and professional background, but what I found most interesting was the question he answered afterward about the core curriculum. A student asked if STEM students or others with credit-heavy majors should be subjected to the common core.
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Florida. Lindhurst. Sandy Hook. Columbine. These are instances of one of the most horrifying recurring tragedies in this nation — school shootings. Last week we were reminded of the gut-wrenching feelings of loss and helplessness that tragedies like this are always accompanied with. School shootings do not just affect immediate communities. They send ripples of pain and anger throughout the country.
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In recent years there has been a decreasing amount of parking on the College Avenue campus, partially resulting from certain improvements and additions to campus buildings, such as the construction of Rutgers Hillel and the Sojourner Truth Apartments. Additionally, the creation of bus lanes on College Avenue pursuant to Rutgers’ Transportation Master Plan eliminated the option for meter parking on the street. These things resulted in displacement of parking spaces and has made it increasingly more difficult for students to park their cars conveniently near their place of residence, which has become a common and understandable complaint among students at Rutgers—New Brunswick.
The Hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam and takes place on the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. It is an annual pilgrimage completed by Muslims at least once in their lifetimes and is considered to be a mandatory religious duty if the person is healthy, financially stable and has access to resources to make the trip. Hajj takes place over five days in the holy city of Mecca located in Saudi Arabia and approximately 2.4 million made the trip in 2017. The purpose this pilgrimage serves is to create a sense of unity, purify the soul, pursue enlightenment and discover the divine presence. Thus, it is alarming to learn that people are violated while partaking in this religious journey. The abuse was recently publicized by Mona Eltahawy, an American author and columnist, when she tweeted the sexual harassments she underwent on her trip to Mecca.
To little avail, the Rutgers Students With Children (RSWC) organization has been working to advocate for what they see as necessary accommodations for student parents on campus since 2015. Despite numerous prior meetings with members of the University’s administration, their requests seem to continuously fail to be heard. Last Thursday, RSWC had another meeting with the administration with the expectation that this time would be different, considering their recent petition to University President Robert L. Barchi that had been signed by more than 400 people.
On what seemed like an ordinary Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 quickly turned into yet another shooting inside the walls of an American school. For the students and faculty not among the seventeen who tragically lost their lives to a semi-automatic rifle toting deranged individual, healing is left to the passage of time. Yet, the passage of time brings with it a double-edged sword. While victims of past tragedies are given time to heal, purveyors of new ones are given time to plan, arm and strike. Even as the current law proves thoroughly deficient in protecting our schools, politics as usual continues to stifle and prevent any worthwhile debate and action regarding the epidemic of gun violence within this nation’s schools.
The entirety of 2017 to 2018 has been a tumultuous fight for the recognition of human rights and human decency. It seems like the nation’s attempt to enlighten others about the struggles we all face only demonstrates the overwhelming injustices that plague our country and regress even further from being able to actually prevent any of it. From deaths resulting from hazing, to the Stanford rapists’ joke of a sentence and then to thousands of women all over the world outing monsters that abused them — this notorious disregard for human life has only reached an even grosser peak as of February 2018. Right as we ring in the new year, a 19 year old man named Brian Roberto Valera has committed a notoriously heinous crime, which becomes even scarier when you look into his soulless, remorseless eyes that feel nothing about his murder of Alyssa Mae Noceda.
At $ to $7 each, Rutgers Cinema on Livingston campus allows students to purchase movie tickets at the lowest prices in New Jersey. Watching movies has been a common pass-time in American culture for many years. People use motion pictures to take their mind off the real world for a moment, which is a break students can use in their stressful academic lives that doesn’t involve getting intoxicated. We laurel Rutgers Cinema for offering students the chance to see new films for reasonable prices.
A decade after the housing bubble burst and sent the global economy into a tailspin, America finds itself in the midst of a different kind of housing crisis, one that takes aim directly at the poor and silently imposes immense costs on the national economy.
It is true — money technically cannot buy health. But what it can do is offer a person the option to eat healthily, which is largely the same thing.
The quote “be the change you wish to see in the world” is written on a staircase at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Sarah Chadwick, a survivor of the Feb. 14 mass shooting, said she read it every day while walking to class. Now, she and many of her classmates are living Gandhi’s words by launching a wave of gun reform activism — one equipped with experiential dialogue and the hearts of young people. In a matter of a week, they have grown to out-lead the leaders of our country.