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The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) implemented a brand new system for granting parking permits and issuing parking tickets this year. Basically, the new system has done away with physical parking passes, or hang tags, as well as physical parking tickets. It now relies on an electronic system that recognizes vehicles registered by scanning their license plates.
With the new Scarlet Plan, Rutgers students are no longer limited to a finite number of meal swipes per semester. The plan, which costs the same as the 285-swipe plan, gives students complete access and unlimited swipes at all Rutgers dining halls, in addition to 250 Dining Dollars to spend at other Rutgers Dining Services locations. What is great about this plan is that students no longer have to worry about budgeting their meal swipes or wasting a swipe when they only have time to run into the dining hall and grab, say, a banana. With all of that said, we laurel the implementation of the Scarlet Plan for helping to make students’ lives a little bit easier.
In his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell speaks about the use of many political words that “completely lack ... in meaning.” These words, such as "democracy" and "fascism," have several different meanings that are at odds with one another. The word "fascism," according to Orwell, no longer refers to an extreme and regulatory authoritarian government but rather “something not desirable.”
No one has a neutral opinion on the Kardashians. They are an American staple. Whether you love, hate or love to hate them, you know who they are. No one is truly proud to be interested in the Kardashians’ lives, but it is hard not to be, considering they dominate almost every news cycle with one controversy or another. And because they are such an unstoppable, unforgettable force, they seem almost untouchable.
One hundred years ago, the 1918 football season marked the conclusion of one of the most successful four-year periods in Rutgers history. There are many contributors to a successful team. Nonetheless, one contributor stands out — the senior end Paul Robeson. Paul Robeson was one of the greatest football players during the era from 1869 to 1918 and without question one of the two greatest alumni in the long history of Rutgers. That you may not have known that is the latest twist in the battle over his legacy.
A successful football team can mean a lot for a university, and this past Saturday was a great day for Rutgers football team. The squad triumphed over Texas State with a great student section turnout — which hopefully set the pace for the rest of the season. Last season, crowd attendance at Rutgers football games decreased 11.3 percent from 2016. Being that Rutgers football is far from being the most lively or well-attended football program in the Big Ten to begin with, a further decrease would be painful.
The United States was once the destination of the finest K-12 education system in the world. The United States used to be consistently ranked in the top-three best in the overall educational rankings worldwide that highlight a mixture of reading/literacy scales, problem solving skills, science/mathematic proficiency levels and overall average scores. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) now ranks the United States as 24 in terms of high school literacy, eight in researchers and 54 in education expenditures.
Colin Kaepernick is now the face of Nike’s new “Just Do It” 30th anniversary ad campaign. A black and white image of Kaepernick’s face is the backdrop for an objectively inspiring statement — “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” But, as was likely foreseen, Nike has received backlash by many who disapprove of Kaepernick’s kneeling for the national anthem. A #NikeBoycott Twitter movement was sparked in the wake of the ad, and Nike’s stock has gone down since its release.
Pull the lever, roll the dice, play the odds. Video game loot boxes are the newest and most accessible form of gambling to date, and they have taken over the gaming community by storm. There are many advocates for and against loot boxes, but the majority of consumers seem to be perfectly happy spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on virtual gambling.
A drug overdose epidemic has seized our country, tightening its grip and raising the numbers to alarming heights. More than 72,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, a large number of which were opioid related, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This makes the number of opioid overdoses more than five times higher than it was in 1999, merely 20 years ago. Even more terrifying is the fact that this calamity extends its effects to pregnant women who abuse painkillers during pregnancy. The CDC confirmed that from 1999 to 2014 the rate of pregnant women misusing opioids has nearly quadrupled. This is a major public health issue and many mothers do not realize that their abuse can consequently affect their children through breastfeeding.
I am not a big name at Rutgers by any stretch of the imagination. So it might seem arrogant, or at the very least unnecessary, for me to preface this column with an explanation of my personal politics. Is there a point? In this case, there are two. The first and probably more truthful reason is that it is fun to write about yourself, and I am not one to pass up the opportunity. The second and more valid reason is that this is a bizarre moment for me ideologically speaking, a reality that my op-eds will reflect.
The investigation found, and the University has ultimately decided, that Livingston’s speech in this case is not protected by the First Amendment, and that in making the post he violated the University’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment. On the face, social media posts of the sort in question seem to have nothing to do with the University, but upon further contemplation it seems obvious that speech like this by a University employee certainly reflects badly on the University itself as well as its mission to promote diversity, inclusion and acceptance, in which case Rutgers can rightly take action.
Society is becoming more aware of the prevalence of sexual assault and dating violence on campus. Part of this growing awareness is credited to campus climate surveys designed to measure on-campus sexual assault and domestic violence. Around the nation, these surveys estimate that approximately 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men experience sexual violence while in college.
As yet another year comes to a close and with the summer being right around the corner, students at Rutgers are probably now, more than ever, thinking about their futures and what they want to do with the rest of their lives. For many, the beginning of the rest of their lives may start this summer: Some may have prestigious internships with their dream firms lined up, some may have summer jobs in their hometowns waiting for them and others may still be figuring out what field they want to enter.
With finals week just around the corner, many of us are already in the summer vacation mindset and have started making plans with our friends and families for exciting events. Especially for those who are graduating, summer 2018 is a time for relaxation and freedom from school-related stress. Although we should definitely dedicate time in our end-of-year plans to our friends and families and enjoying ourselves after a long semester of stress, exams and existential crises, we should also devote a significant chunk of our schedules to pursuing intellectual and personal growth.
Two U.S. Senators rolled out stunning proposals this week that would fundamentally change how the United States government deals with economic downturns and persistent unemployment. Both Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (D-V.T.) expressed support for a “job guarantee,” a type of program designed to act as a permanent backstop to unemployment.
On April 16, NASA launched its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The satellite’s aim is to search for and find extensive numbers of planets outside of Earth’s solar system. Utilizing new and more advanced technology with very sensitive cameras, the satellite will provide a wider and clearer view of space to our researchers. To many, investing time and money into space exploration and research is a waste, especially considering the fact that we seem to know more about our solar system than our own planet’s oceans. With that said, research and discoveries regarding space and exoplanets can be extraordinarily valuable for multiple reasons.
In this era, it is neurotically irresponsible to wage a neutral war against our warming planet. We cannot afford, physically and financially, to dance in denials or political speculations any longer. What was once classified as a distant problem, for our grandchildren and their children to face, is now fully emerging for us.