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“B----, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black b----es I have locked up.” So said a white police officer to Venus Green, an 87-year-old grandmother and resident of Baltimore, Maryland. She was a former schoolteacher with two college degrees. She called the cops to help her grandson after he was shot. Instead, she was pushed around her house, got her arms twisted and thrown to the ground.
Both overseas and nationally, we see violence and prejudice against Jews across the globe rising in number every year — with recent events like Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher. We are seeing a time where people are once again afraid to be kippah-clad on the streets of Paris and Rome. However on a more insular and personal level, Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) measures are right on our doorsteps, with proposals being put to vote through the student government of Princeton University as we speak. Ever present bombardments of Anti-Israeli statements are constantly made on multiple platforms of publishing on University campuses that do nothing but stunt conversation between student groups. We have calls for armed uprisings against Israel, with slogans such as “From Ferguson to Gaza, Intifada Intifada!,” with recent Yik Yak messages reading “Shame on Rutgers for selling them that land” and “Why do they even need one of those,” in regards to the construction of the new Hillel building. It leaves me in awe as I wonder what could make educated individuals hate a group of people so blindly.
It may seem as if the issue of tuition does not directly correspond to the name of our group. After all, what is the relationship between tuition and shared governance? Exactly — there is none in existence at this school.
Take a look at a map of the globe tacked onto the wall of your nearest lecture hall, or easier yet — pull out your smart phone, open your Google Maps app and zoom out all the way until the world fits neatly on your snazzy, maybe cracked, HD screen. On every continent, including Antarctica, and in almost every ocean, there is a foreign policy crisis that is or already has unfolded. The United States, unsurprisingly, is entrenched in each one of these crises either directly or indirectly. This reality is accepted by many and qualified by the notion of American exceptionalism, a concept that only promulgates the perception of America as a world police. However, this has thrust the country into a highly unsustainable and tenuous position.
She’s finally done it! Former First Lady of the United States, Senator of New York, U.S. Secretary of State and overwhelming favorite Democratic contender Hillary Clinton has finally thrown her hat into the ring for the 2016 Presidential Election. As Clinton transitions to campaign mode, it is now more imperative than ever for her supporters to create a strong and cohesive base as well as educate others on her vision for a brighter America. The new student-run club, “Rutgers for Hillary,” is poised for just that task.
The weather has finally broken, and students, faculty and staff eagerly seek any excuse to be outside and shake off the last remnants of cabin fever. Unfortunately, along with the joy brought by the sun’s warmth, comes the annual barrage of reminders that my freedom and security are limited, simply because I am a woman.
Last week, I witnessed our greek community’s march against sexual assault and sexual violence. I went because I care. I went because I am a victim of sexual assault at Rutgers. I went because I know people who are also victims. But what I saw was not what I had hoped for.
After months of navigating our University’s administration, Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment has at last secured a place on the agenda of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees Joint Committee on Investments.
Let me begin by stating that I appreciate The Daily Targum's boldness in publishing the article titled, “Rutgers student criticizes University after sexual assault,” and bringing attention to an issue that is not unique to our college campus. I can say that most of the issues I have with this article are not technically based on the writing skills or point of view expressed in the article, but more strictly based on the facts of the case and the realities of our University policies.
My roommate and I occupy two single bedrooms in our apartment on Hamilton Street. Toward the end of September, my roommate was compelled by a company called IDT Energy to sign up for its “money-saving” electricity and gas supplying service. The problem — there is no money saving.
About two weeks ago, I saw a line of people waiting to get $13 tattoos from Revolver Tattoo, a tattoo parlor fairly close to the College Avenue campus. Most of the people in line were probably attracted by the low cost, not thinking much about the impact the tattoo may have on their health. Figuring that the tattoo parlor has a license to operate, most would conclude that it must be safe. What many of these people may not know is that many inks regularly used today contain heavy metals that may include, among others: lead, arsenic and mercury. Many of the pigments used in tattoo inks are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, none of which have been approved for injection by the FDA. Unless this tattoo parlor uses specific inks that do not contain dangerous compounds (there are some), they will be injecting heavy metals and pigments (which customers may have an allergic reaction to) into their skin. All of these metals are associated with a slew of health problems, ranging from allergic reactions to more serious complications.
Great empires like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, the Mayans, the Romans and the Ottomans eventually fell after feeling the limits of growth and indulgence available to man. After each one fell, another one quickly grew from the ashes of the last and transitions were mostly regional. The problem today is that human growth encompasses the entire globe, not just a region or continent, and we are all simultaneously making the same mistake.
My entire four years at the University have been a struggle, because I was not receiving proper health care: I didn't tell my doctor all my mental illness symptoms out of embarrassment. But when I finally opened up, my psychiatrist realized what I had. I have rapid cycling bipolar disorder with psychotic features, not depression, which is what I was previously diagnosed with, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which we've known since I was 18.
In an economy increasingly built upon innovation, the most important skill you can sell is your knowledge. That’s why higher education is, more than ever, the surest ticket to the middle class. But just when it’s never been more important, it’s also never been more expensive. The average undergrad who borrows to pay for college ends up graduating with about $28,000 in student loan debt.
The University is saying their goodbyes to Cheryl Wilson, a staff member who has forever changed student life and student involvement on campus. Her professional accolades go on and on, from serving as the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership since 1999 to being published in ESSCENCE Magazine. In between she has led legendary organizations and initiatives, such as the Black Alumnae Network, and created a one-of-a kind Jazz and Java Multicultural Poetry Night. However, this is only a small dose of what she has accomplished and created at the University. To me, her highest accomplishment is the impact she has left on the students, faculty and staff whom she has encountered during her many years at the University (she graduated from Douglass College in 1990, so that already gives you an idea of what kind of person she is).
One week ago, a Change.org petition titled “Keep The Rutgers Rock Wall Open” surfaced. The petition states that the Rutgers rock climbing wall is in danger of being taken down by Rutgers Recreation and the Athletic Department. The wall currently sits on the ground level of the College Avenue Gym, and a recent Daily Targum article, written by Copy Editor Chris Roney, said that the wall could be taken down in favor of a larger practice room for the wrestling team.
On March 3, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, addressed a joint session of Congress on Iran’s nuclear program. The United States has been attempting to negotiate an end to Iran’s nuclear program for over a decade, and a deal has never been reached. The U.S. wants to ensure that Iran will not be able to develop nuclear weaponry, and Iran wants the removal of international sanctions that suspend its uranium enrichment program. To the fury of the Obama administration, Netanyahu delivered a strong message that expressed the major threat of nuclear Iran, revealed the downfalls of the current deal and presented an alternate solution.
March 3 is International Sex Worker Rights Day, an important day to honor the legacy of sex worker activists past and remember how much further we as a community must go to secure our rights. The tradition first began in 2001 when over fifty thousand sex workers in a union in Calcutta, India organized a festival to celebrate each other’s struggles and achievements made in the community. Since then, sex workers and allies have come together on a global scale on March 3 to celebrate sex worker rights and to demand an end to our community’s marginalization.
Students at Rutgers University are fortunate to have numerous opportunities to travel abroad, whether for extended periods of study, or shorter service-learning based trips. As leaders of such trips, we have seen firsthand how interactions with people of different cultures and ethnicities allows our students the opportunity to see the world and its contents, while enabling them to develop additional sets of values and views they can use throughout their lives. These positive effects, however, can be lessened, and miscommunication and conflict can arise, when students are not adequately prepared. With spring break travel around the corner, we offer this five-point list based on our own experiences that we hope will help students be better equipped for the challenges and opportunities offered through international travel.
When Fifty Shades of Grey was first released, so many people were excited by the idea of an erotic novel tailored for women. Many found the novel extremely sexually appealing without recognizing that there is a serious problem with Christian and Ana's sexual relationship. Christian Grey and Ana seem to fall in “love” in the novel, but Christian’s feelings are unclear. What is clear is that he loves violent sex. There is absolutely nothing wrong with bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism by nature –– it is a sexual fetish built upon trust where the “dominant partner” typically possesses the majority of the control and the “submissive partner” obeys them. This always includes safe words to indicate when a partner crosses a line that makes the other one uncomfortable, abruptly ending the action. After BDSM sex, there is also what is known as “after care,” where the two (or more) partners console each other, reestablishing that they care for and think of each other as equals. None of this is present in Fifty Shades of Grey.