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On Sunday, the New England Patriots claimed their sixth title under head coach Bill Belichick and 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, in a 13-3 win over the upstart Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia. While the game remains the pinnacle of American sports celebration, the 2019 rendition left a lot to the imagination. Poor play on the field and poor management in the lead up to the game made the 2019 big game both the lowest-scoring in history, and the least-watched in a decade.
Organizations addressing all of the needs of every woman, of dissimilar backgrounds, has never been in existence. The formation of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is not an exception to such a claim. NOW, since its beginnings and throughout time, has attempted to target the main concerns affecting women. But, a lack of intersectional approaches to such solutions caused many other groups to be outcast. Equality of outcomes and benefits from the change brought by NOW did not touch all feminist groups.
Higher education ought to mold nails that refuse to be hammered into obscure passivity, not hollow the individual into complacency. The incoming students of the Fall 2019 semester enrollment will receive a core education that will allow them to not simply submit to the realities of society, but rather be active in the creation and betterment of it.
A baby boomer Brooklynite who spent his childhood in a government-subsidized enclave, now-billionaire Howard Schultz’s underdog story is admirable — if not a textbook definition of the increasingly elusive American Dream. Breaking from the reins of public housing in the 1970s, Schultz attended Northern Michigan University and graduated with a degree in speech communication before beginning a career as a Xerox salesman. It was Schultz’s background in sales that supported his career at Starbucks as director of marketing and later as chairman and CEO.
During his campaign, President Donald J. Trump proposed to build a wall at the Mexican-American border. On Dec. 22, 2018, he shut down the government in response to the refusal for wall funds from Congress. More than a month later, he conceded to reopen the government without wall funds, making this the longest shut down in history. During the shutdown, there was considerable opposition to the wall questioning the wall’s morality, notably from Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.,12) and Pope Francis.
On Sunday, Feb. 3, Barbra “Babs” Casbar Siperstein died at the age of 76 as reported by the gay rights advocacy group Garden State Equality. Siperstein was a champion of LGBTQ+ rights as her legacy is marked by advocacy and progress of the community. She was the first elected transgender member of the Democratic National Committee and part of the advisory board for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, as reported by The Daily Targum.
As hard as it may be, put aside for one moment any and every matter of mainstream political discourse that holds importance to you. Whether it be an opinion on the economy, immigration, abortion or healthcare, we can all unite behind the significance of national security as it is the one interest that we inherently share with one another. We will undoubtedly witness later tonight a shameful attempt to divide us along the lines of our own safety, as President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address.
My piece this week is inspired by Brianna Wiest’s article “This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake.” This article will be based off the ideas discussed in Wiest’s piece, as they have caused me to re-examine and research what self-care entails, socially, politically and economically in present-day American society.
On the weekend of Jan. 19, social media was in a frenzy as footage showed a group of white, Catholic students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats surrounding a group of Native American demonstrators. Immediately, most mainstream media outlets, a handful of celebrities and other respected figures collectively bashed the teenagers. Fury on social media gathered as people cited the incident as an example of the deep racism that exists in the United States.
The mere loss of liberty has been supplemented with the absolute theft of human dignity. Our system of punishment begins before the crime and reaches its end when buried 6 feet below. But that is how we prefer our societal problems: buried, hidden, locked away, often off of a remote exit on a highway such that the commuters can reach work and the mall shoppers can expand their debt without the implosion of our national cognitive dissonance. A nation of inalienable rights, a world leader of human dignity and democracy, and yet America is a country of mass incarceration and abuse of the imprisoned.
FUTURE OF GENES
In the recent trial regarding a Minnesota mosque bombing in 2017, it was brought to the forefront that the point of the attack was to "scare Muslims into leaving the U.S." The explosion, resulting in fire and considerable damage, occurred right before the morning prayer. Even though none were injured, the attempted attack terrified the community.
On Jan. 17, NBA basketball player Enes Kanter was unable to join his fellow New York Knicks teammates on the court in London — not due to injury or illness, but out of fear for his life.
Beneficiaries of the status quo are rarely among those who look to change it. Yet, the theft of the American Dream and the problems that have manifested out of the concentration of wealth demand confrontation. In the nation that invented progressive taxation, change can be won once again.
If you ever decide to take an introductory course in economics at this or another university, one of the first things you will learn is the difference between two basic frameworks of economic analysis. The first, called positive economics, aims to describe the world as it is. This may mean calculating the effect of a particular policy on economic growth, poverty or the federal budget deficit.
Everyone has their own philosophy in life, even if they do not realize it. Many people have premises to support whatever it is they believe, whether it be why their favorite soccer team is the best or why they believe aliens exist. Now, I am not saying that every student should be studying philosophy, but I believe that every student should take advantage of the ideas that philosophers have to provide, right here at Rutgers. Throughout this article, I will provide you reasons as to why students at Rutgers should take at least a few philosophy classes and what benefits philosophy has in their lives.
The status quo is an apparent quid pro quo of donations for power. We have branded those who have accumulated wealth through the financial sector as ordained leaders that can be placed, regardless of context or institutional mission, in any position of any industry and produce success. Such an ideology requires marketization. Rutgers has become a business, that in turn fallaciously requires CEOs and those with financial backgrounds to fill leadership positions.
"Many things come to mind when people hear the word “lottery” — high stakes, high rewards, equal opportunity and no chance. “No chance” means the rare occasion that anybody actually hits the jackpot, even though the mathematical probability checks out. It is an assumption that pervades beyond the scope of the lottery business, either because everyone does it or nobody wins it. It is a societal self-fulfilling prophecy of pluralistic ignorance.
As we enter the new semester, I would not be alone in suggesting that the social climate at Rutgers during the current academic year has been, at best, lackluster thus far. I want to preface my future thoughts and claims by identifying myself fully. I am an African-American, School of Arts and Sciences junior. I am heavily involved at Rutgers, and my social circle is largely comprised of other Black students pursuing STEM fields. Those in this circle tend to be, at minimum, juniors as well. From my lens, and the lens of most of whom I associate, Rutgers has undergone a sharp decline in its social climate, especially as it pertains to partying.
When it comes to mental health initiatives at Rutgers, any faculty, administrator or student leader can immediately point you toward several different resources — the Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E), Rutgers-Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) or the Office of Disability Services (ODS).