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American democracy has always persisted on the existence of political parties. They act like coalitions to better aid our legislation and make it easier for voters to align themselves with candidates. But partisanship, like ivy, isn’t welcomed everywhere and suffocates when uncontrolled.
Now more than ever, the inflamed divide between Democrats and Republicans has been moving toward instability. And while fear has taken residence in the heart of voting America, this party dynamic has seeped into the one place it shouldn’t: the courts.
The University is currently attempting to deal with issues arising from a persistent infestation of mold in the Psychology Department building on Busch campus. The issue, which some professors say has been going on for years, has forced professors to relocate from their offices, teaching spaces and labs and into new buildings. Included in the affected spaces, which are numerous, is the administrative office for Rutgers’ recently established New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence. This current issue is just one example of the consequences of seemingly neglectful and ineffective practices by the University to curb problems with infrastructure.
Student activism has met a new low. On Monday night, a Change.org petition began circulating around Rutgers groups calling for journalist Lisa Daftari’s talk on Oct. 16 to be cancelled due to her Islamophobia. By Tuesday afternoon, this dishonest petition had more than 1,000 signatures. Daftari, an accomplished foreign policy analyst who has spent her career covering ISIS and counter-terrorism, is far from an Islamophobe — her work is incredibly important to the lives of the countless Muslims who fall prey to ISIS. Student activists’ attempts to take her quotes out of context are shameful, dishonest and contrary to the purpose of a university, which is to educate and expose students to new ideas.
The era of indifference, of procrastination, of dense denial and soothing silence is coming to a close. We now find ourselves at the border of consequences, entering the era in which we reach the point of no return. We now find ourselves required to fight another world war, a war of survival, a war on climate change.
What if we held men accountable for the disenfranchisement of women to the same degree we hold women?
“(Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett) Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court. And Collins' vote to put him there will almost certainly be the most consequential — and controversial — of her career,” said CNN journalist Chris Cillizza on Friday after Sen. Susan Collins (R-M.E.) announced that she would support Kavanaugh’s nomination. “... if she is wrong about Judge Kavanaugh and he joins an effort to overturn Roe (v. Wade), the health care law or other progressive policies, she would no doubt be held responsible,” said Carl Hulse of the New York Times after Collins’ vote. As we know, Collins followed through with her promise and Kavanaugh was officially confirmed as associate justice to the Supreme Court on Saturday.
For the first time in 55 years, and the third time in all of history, the Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman, Donna Strickland. Strickland, a Canadian optical physicist, was awarded the 2018 prize alongside scientists Gérard Mourou and Arthur Ashkin for their work on generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses which "revolutionized laser physics," according to the Royal Swedish Academy.
Less than 8 hours following NJ Advance Media publishing an article exposing Rutgers’ lack of action on certain sexual assault cases, University President Robert L. Barchi sent out a statement condemning the University’s policies. An investigative article written by Susan K. Livio and Kelly Heyboer recounted the experiences of several different victims of sexual harassment and assault that have come forward recently. One of these victims is Kristy King, a former graduate student at Rutgers, who claimed that Professor Stephen Eric Bronner, “sat across from me in a chair, too close. As we talked, he ran his hand all the way up the inside of my thigh.”
On Saturday night, in a private ceremony, Brett Kavanaugh took his oath to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court. “I, Brett Kavanaugh, do solemnly swear,” he began as he raised his right hand and put his left hand on a Bible held by his wife, “... that I will administer justice without respect to persons …“ His behavior and record on the bench prove he poses a threat to women, immigrants, indigenous communities and people of color. “... and do equal right to the poor and to the rich …”
Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 by the United States Senate to be an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court on Saturday. He was sworn in later that day by the man he clerked for, former Justice Anthony Kennedy. This ended what is widely considered to be the most contentious nomination fight in our nation’s history. After Justice Kavanaugh was accused of attempted sexual assault an already partisan battle imploded into a national disgrace. What lessons can we learn from this debacle?
Though it may appear as though we have an unlimited supply of it, the world is arguably quickly approaching a global water crisis. As has been examined with regard to individual regions of the world, a water crisis can have ripple effects that are severely detrimental to all facets of a society. It has become apparent that climate change plays a sizable role in the prominence of water issues, and could lead to humanitarian crises of unsettling proportions. But what really is the extent of the issue, and is there anything a community like Rutgers’ can do to help?
On Wednesday night, activists from various Rutgers organizations gathered on the steps at Brower Commons to discuss experiences with sexual assault in the wake of last week’s Senate hearings of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Among those at the rally were survivors of sexual assault and harassment, as well as advocates aiming to spread awareness of sexual violence. We laurel those who took part in this gathering for speaking the truth that needs to be heard with regard to this issue, and working toward real change.
What is an AR-15? This is a simple question, yet many advocates of gun control are unable to answer it correctly. Among the many false facts being fed to the public, a common one is that an AR-15 is a semi-automatic assault rifle, a contradictory statement. Without getting too technical, AR stands for ArmaLite rifle after the company that developed it in the 1950s. While it is similar in appearance to the M16, a military rifle, the AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle, meaning it fires only one round each time the trigger is pulled. This is not to be confused with the bullet, which is the mere metal projectile that leaves the gun.
I have to start with an important disclaimer that this article is likely to spoil some aspects of "BoJack Horseman." If you have not already seen it, what are you waiting for? I have seen a lot of TV shows, and though I am by no means qualified to say this, "BoJack Horseman" is the most poignant and thought-provoking piece of television there is.
As a first-year student who enjoys hours of watching political videos happening on college campuses all across the United States, I admit I could not wait to see what Rutgers would have to offer in terms of political activism on campus. With the hotly contested midterm elections coming soon, I thought I may see Republicans and Democrats walking with their usual signs wanting to convince me to vote for one or the other, and I awaited the day I could have a good debate with both sides.
For 50 years, Rutgers has been offering students financial help through the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), and this week the University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the program by hosting a commemoration ceremony, TED talks from EOF alumni and a celebration dinner. The fund exists to provide financial aid and other forms of support, such as counseling, tutoring and developmental coursework to students who come from backgrounds with educational or economic disadvantages.
Rutgers plays nine Big Ten games a year. This leaves three places on its 12 game schedule for non-conference games. Rutgers has decided to play these non-conference games against local schools. I think that this is a good idea. There is more interest in a game against a school the fans have heard of, and the local schools are familiar to Rutgers fans. Also, all of the schools selected, except one, are good choices. But, that one is so odd that it deserves mention.
A new game developed by Dice is on the way, and you know what that means: controversy. Battlefield V is slated to release Nov. 20 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game is being crafted in traditional Battlefield style. Big destructible maps, first person shooter combat, a large in-game player count, vehicles and objective based gameplay are signature features of Battlefield games, including this new one. Battlefield V is set in World War II, with the bulk of the presentation set in the western front of the war. One may think, “A Battlefield game taking place in World War II? That sounds amazing!” Not entirely.
History textbooks are essential to education and are seen as the main source of context that will provide students with the background information they need on specific periods and events in history. I have no issue with history textbooks, but my issue is with the context within the textbooks, or the lack of context. I believe the United States currently has a clear majority of historically-challenged students, which is concerning when you consider the fact that these students will hold moral, political and ethical beliefs in the future with little knowledge of actual history.
The University’s Strategic Plan for “the new Rutgers” calls for an incremental increase in international and out-of-state students. As of right now, the University has the lowest number of out-of-state students in the Big Ten at approximately 18 percent. The plan is to gradually increase this number in the next few years until we reach the goal of 25 percent out-of-state students.