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New Brunswick and Rutgers police utilized a search warrant to raid an off-campus house on the College Avenue campus this past Saturday in response to information that led them to believe the residents were in possession of assault weapons. The situation turned out to be a false alarm, as police found two imitation firearms — one resembling an assault rifle and the other a hand gun. At this time, no charges have been filed against the residents of the house. The information, according to the press release, came from people who had attended a party at the house in question earlier that day. Presumably, these individuals had noticed the weapons and then notified the police out of concern for the safety of the community, and after what happened in Parkland last month, in addition to the many other horrendous cases of that sort, it is reasonable for people to be on-edge about the real possibility of gun violence happening to them. With that said, the situation that unfolded here at Rutgers sparks some important questions.
Since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 teachers and students, the nation has embarked on a debate over guns, the Second Amendment and school safety. In the course of this national debate, some of the most heated criticisms have been thrown toward the National Rifle Association (NRA). Members of the NRA have been accused of buying politicians, have been called murderers and have seen businesses cut ties with them. I understand that politics gets heated especially in the wake of such an unimaginable tragedy, and no one wins an award for politeness. My complaint is not with criticizing the NRA, but rather with the reason the Left is criticizing it. In short, the NRA has been worsening as an organization, but not for the reasons gun control activists argue.
I am Leo Chiaet, and I am the Public Relations coordinator for Rutgers Students With Children. If you see fliers around campus advertising our group in the student centers, they are there because of me, and if you are interested in social justice I strongly recommend reaching out to us at email@example.com. We need your help.
Something that may still be unknown by many members of the Rutgers community is how closely intertwined their University is with America’s shameful past of slavery and the displacement of Native Americans. Not only was Henry Rutgers himself a slave owner, but so were multiple other significant and well-known University founders, professors and trustees, such as Frederick Frelinghuysen, John Neilson and Philip French. Several founders, including Henry Rutgers, were also active members of the American Colonization Society, which is an organization that advocated for the resettlement of freed slaves in Africa instead of allowing them to live freely in this country alongside white people.
In 2018, the prestigious Academy Awards turns 90 years old. Why do we still consider an institution as ancient as the Oscars the truest measurement of a film’s artistic brilliance?
As an age-old film institution, an Oscar has generally been the mark of a successful film or actor. But, the Academy Awards are also widely recognized as the bullhorn for a pretentious parade of film critics who have never been quick to celebrate diversity or films that are popularly enjoyed beyond just critical acclaim. Ninety years later, it is simply a microcosm for what is wrong with the film industry as a whole.
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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We feel this must be expressed in a straightforward manner, as recent articles in other news publications have, on more than one occasion, taken the words of an opinions piece published in The Daily Targum to be the actual opinion of The Daily Targum — for example, one piece published in LifeZette this past Sunday discusses a recently published column on the idea of “toxic masculinity," but unduly makes it seem as if what was stated was the Targum's own opinion. In reality, the opinions of the Targum can be found in our editorials, which represent the majority views of the 150th editorial board. The specification that our editorials are the opinion of the 150th editorial board, and not any other previous board, is important to emphasize for reasons that will be discussed later.
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.