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The Writers House, an undergraduate learning community at Rutgers which serves as an expressive media platform and creative space, hosted poet Eileen Myles this past Wednesday at the College Avenue Student Center.The event featured a mid-day Q&A session and was followed by a reading of curated works by Myles presented to students and members of the community free of charge.The final installment in a year-long string of events hosted by the Department of English entitled “Writers at Rutgers Reading Series” worked in conjunction with Writers House to host a number of exchanges between well-known writers and the Rutgers community, according to their site.Ana Maron, the Writers House program coordinator, said planning for the events is completed on a yearly basis with Myles being the last of the year.
Sixteen years of collaboration between students from multiple universities and members of Campus MovieFest (CMF) came together this past Wednesday night to offer Rutgers students a premier student cinematography experience. CMF is the largest student film festival in the world, providing students with the necessary equipment to create their own films in one week. The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) sponsored-event awarded the best of 16 featured films the opportunity to participate in TERMINUS, the Atlanta-based conference and festival, which is dedicated to empowering creators by providing them with the education, experience and opportunities they need to develop and produce impactful work, according to their site.Established in 2001 by four students at Emory University, the organization partners with schools internationally as the premier outlet for the next generation of filmmakers, according to their site.When participating, students are provided with camcorders and Apple laptops among other devices to aid them during film production.
Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts alumnus and current star of the Netflix original series “Luke Cage,” Mike Colter, held a Q&A session for students this past Wednesday night at the Douglass Student Center to discuss his experiences in acting and decision to develop a modern interpretation of the character.Referred to by staff as an “inside the actor’s studio” event, Colter participated in an open interview where attendants were free to ask questions in addition to a moderated interview hosted by Maggie Flanigan, one of his professors and master teacher at the Maggie Flanigan Studio.Anthony Mollica, the director of Arts and Culture for the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), said that toward the end of fall semester, all of the committees involved, including RUPA, come together to determine event ideas for the following semester.The collective typically partners with Geek Week, a department under the Division of Student Affairs, to present a lecture each semester.
Rutgers Hillel celebrated their inaugural Shabbat dinner Friday night with a community gathering.The first in a series of weekly dinners hosted by members of the Hillel community welcomed nearly 350 students to indulge in delicious challah bread, among other prepared items, and get involved with the religious day of rest.Rabbi Esther Reed, senior associate director of Rutgers Hillel, said that Shabbat, or the Jewish Sabbath, is the most important day of the week for the Jewish community.
Members of IfNotNow, a division of young Jewish members, met outside the steps of the new Rutgers Hillel building this past Thursday night to protest the institution's stance on the Israeli occupation of the West Banks and Gaza. An estimated 10 students attended the rally. The protest stemmed from Islamophobic comments previously made by Rutgers Hillel Director Andrew Getraer and an ongoing failure to forge a meaningful relationship with Jewish and non-Jewish groups critical of the occupation, according to the organization's press release.Gilad Abarbanel, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and member of IfNotNow, said Hillel pronounces itself as an apolitical home for Jewish students while it maintains its own agenda — specifically, the position Hillel has on the occupation of Palestine and the reluctance to openly discuss the topic.By occupation, the organization refers to the enforcement of Israeli military in parts of the West Bank area and the expansion of new settlements that were not present prior to Israel acquiring the land, Abarbanel said.Similar to how an individual from the United States identifies as an American, so too do members of the Jewish community identify with Judaism, Abarbanel said.
The Rutgers community celebrates "Denim Day" with its first annual denim-based fashion show, dedicated to preventing sexual violence and showcasing self-expression for victims of sexual abuse.The inauguration of the worldwide initiative to prevent sexual violence was held at the College Avenue Student Center this past Tuesday night, showcasing strength in a community of sexual abuse advocates looking to further spread the message through fashion and interpersonal expression.
Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships held "Project Night Night" Wednesday, an event where students stuffed bags with various items to support children in homeless shelters. The event was sponsored in part by the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD). They purchased a number of stuffed animals and coordinated delivery to the homeless shelters in the area.The yearly collection looks to gather blankets, books and stuffed animals for the children, and with help from student volunteers, they then package the items in Night Night bags to distribute among different shelters, according to their site.Palak Shah, a Rutgers Business School senior, said the event was first brought to the organization through a student who stumbled across the idea online and felt it needed attention.
The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies (RAICCS) held an event last night that gave an in-depth look at Indo-Caribbean literature."Bodies, Boundaries and Borders" took place at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus and focused on the multimedia work of award-winning poet, novelist and visual artist Shani Mootoo.With a specific focus on her Man Booker Prize-nominated novel, "Cereus Blooms at Night," the event began with a reading from her novel followed by a visual presentation of her latest project integrating photography with writing and ending with a Q&A session.Krystal Ghisyawan, a postdoctoral research fellow for the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, said the event was organized in an attempt to bring Caribbean literature to the forefront of the Rutgers community as it had not been done in years.As one of the most prominent current female writers, Shani Mootoo takes a look at Indo-Caribbean women, along with same-sex desire and complicated discussions of the diaspora making her a great guest for this event, Ghisyawan said.Her discussions focused on a wide array of topics from sexuality and gender to feelings of home — all-encompassing aspects of the Caribbean studies program here, Ghisyawan said.
The Zimmerli Art Museum hosted their annual Music at the Museum — "Alma Latina" event Sunday in conjunction with the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Rutgers alumni and SeventySix Capital Entrepreneur in Residence Brian Selander spoke to Rutgers students this past Wednesday about entrepreneurship among younger generations with unique ideas.Selander graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers before earning his master’s in applied psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and then completing the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University, according to his LinkedIn. In response to an article published in Forbes written by a sports marketing executive and part-time lecturer at Rutgers, Selander discussed his experience in entrepreneurship and the importance of fresh ideas coming from young motivated individuals.Channeling his math skills early on, he would purchase and redistribute large quantities of candy to his classmates for profit, Selander said.
The newly constructed Eva and Arie Halpern Hillel House opened its doors this past Sunday as the Rutgers community showcased the long anticipated return of Safam, the Jewish folk rock band, in their first public housewarming event.The festivities began with dinner hosted by members of the Hillel board, followed by self-guided tours of the new facility and a performance from Kol Halayla, the oldest co-ed a cappella group at Rutgers, then capped off with Safams’ first performance in over 10 years.Samantha Brandspiegel, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and president of the Hillel Student Board, said the event pooled over 250 students, staff members and alumni to see the return of Safam after so many years.The band is known for their various performances throughout Rutgers prior to their hiatus and their members include lead singer, Dan Funk, son of Rabbi Julius Funk, the founder of Rutgers Hillel, Brandspiegel said.
In order to further product development and entrepreneurship among Rutgers undergraduates, several Rutgers graduate students working in conjunction with Ramenworks created Demo Day, an opportunity to showcase Rutgers student-based startup companies.Ramenworks, the New York City-based student-focused venture fund and community, focuses its attention on middle market cities with limited access to capital, said Ryan Toa, a Rutgers Business School sophomore and Ramenworks student partner. They set out to challenge this as institutions like New York University, with entrepreneurial labs, continue to out-contend smaller cities like New Brunswick.The current model for business students tends to eliminate the need for startup companies and streamlines them into a corporate culture.
Students had the chance to face their fears one dive at a time this past Friday at the annual "Tower Jump" at the Werblin Recreation Center on Busch campus.Normally hosted in the beginning of April, the event allows students to take a chance jumping off of one of the three diving platforms in the Rutgers Aquatic Center, according to the Student Affairs site. Elizabeth Yarus, the aquatics coordinator, said they invite students once a year to jump off the different levels of towers.
Students looking to transfer into the Mason Gross School of the Arts may experience more difficulty graduating on time than students applying to other schools at Rutgers. Mason Gross serves as the hub for the visual, theater and music departments at Rutgers with roughly 785 undergraduate students participating in different programs of study, ranging from jazz to painting, according to Petersons.With an acceptance rate of 21 percent, Mason Gross is consistently one of the most selective schools at Rutgers.
The Rutgers Jewish community celebrated "Hillel Housewarming" Sunday with warm food and music as students enjoyed themselves and explored the facility.Oven-baked chocolate chip cookies and a congregation of students from the community filled the newly-constructed Hillel Center on the College Avenue campus.Students from all denominations of Judaism and other religions were welcomed to the facility that was equipped with a cafe, student study areas, prayer rooms and many more amenities.Samantha Brandspiegel, School of Arts and Sciences senior and president of the Hillel Student Board, said that they have had a building on College Avenue for some time but a few years back they realized they needed a larger space.They then got the ball rolling on the development of the new building, she said.Rutgers Hillel is a diverse Jewish community dedicated to exploring Judaism and everything it means to be Jewish.
Rutgers University may experience winter weather conditions differently across each of its five campuses.School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior and Meteorology Club President Britney Truempy said there really is not a telltale campus that experiences the worst snowfall, as each one experiences the weather differently.“It’s like when you were younger and would go to your friend’s house but they didn’t get as much snow as you because they were a few towns over,” she said.It really depends on each individual storm, Truempy said.
The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) brought focus to mental health issues on Thursday by curating a comprehensive list of suggestions to better serve students seeking help.The student-run town hall meeting was held at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus.
When considering “the one percent” it is easy to imagine fast cars, big houses and extravagant Gatsby themed parties.
The Rutgers community celebrates the month of February as Heart Health Month, teaching students and faculty simple ways to help prevent heart disease and stay fit.As of 2011 heart disease has become the number one leading cause of death in the United States, killing upwards of 700,000 people annually.