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As I look back on my four years on the Banks, I cannot help but feel melancholy, recognizing that all of this will be coming to an end in a few short weeks. Rutgers University has provided me with experiences I will treasure for the rest of my life — not only treasure but hopefully learn from as well, as this is a University, after all.
I’m writing in response to a letter to the editor published in The Daily Targum on April 30 titled, “Student protests lack necessary strength, persistence.” It seems that condescension in letter to the editor writing has reached new heights. The author had a great time poo-pooing the students from Monday’s sit-in, making some severely flawed points along the way.
As proud alumni of Rutgers University, nothing makes us happier than seeing Rutgers students use their education to make the world a better place. It was with great pride that we recently watched a video of current students standing up for their right to participate in selecting who would speak at their upcoming graduation.
I am a senior who, up until this week, was very much looking forward to my graduation on May 18. However, after reading The Daily Targum’s news and editorial coverage of the #NoRice protests this week, I must express my grave concern. After reading the Targum’s editorial on May 1, I have to admit that I am now reconsidering attending commencement this year, and this is due to the phrase with which the piece concluded: “and whatever happens at commencement, it will be on Barchi and the Board of Governors to deal with the ramifications of brushing aside the student voice.”
I’m writing to comment on The Daily Targum’s April 28 article, “Students storm Barchi’s office to protest Rice’s commencement invitation.”“This was one of the largest sit-ins in Rutgers history,” the author explained, “drawing police to the scene after a glass door was broken and a student allegedly cut their [sic] hand.”
I write this as a proud member of the National Rifle Association as well as a Rutgers student. I just wish to make a point about Sabri Rafi’s piece on smart guns without getting into a debate on the minutiae of gun control. They are correctly identified as merely a “band-aid,” but there is one fact of which he may not be aware: Smart guns are completely impractical.
Throughout the years, Rutgers has been effectively trying to provide stress relief for students during finals. I have gone to multiple events in the past, which included activities such as making stress balls, friendship bracelets and even receiving quick massages. They have also brought in therapy dogs that the students could interact with.
It never ceases to amaze me when people are presented with the opportunity to be great. They can contribute to something greater than themselves and use their consciousness to assert their place on the right side of history — and they don’t take it. Whether it’s a newspaper staff that doesn’t stand up to an abusive authority, an administration that fails to recognize an academic boycott, or now, a war criminal like Condoleezza Rice being invited to speak and be honored at our commencement.
Earth Day has traditionally been the one day each year when people band together to take action for the environment. We bike to campus, we redouble our recycling efforts, and we pledge to be more conscientious about the amount of waste we produce. But did you know you could help save the planet every time you sit down for breakfast, lunch and dinner? It’s true — join millions of others who are doing something to help the environment by eating more plant-based meals.
I was pleased to read the article titled “Rutgers responds to N.J. heroin problem” written by editor-in-chief, Alexandra R. Meier. Substance abuse has become an increasingly bigger problem that needs to be taken seriously. About 20 percent of college first-year students drop out because of their substance abuse problems. However, according to the article, Connor was able to pull himself out of the bonds of addiction and return to college.
As a Rutgers alum, I want to congratulate Coach C. Vivian Stringer and the Rutgers women’s basketball team on their WNIT national championship, especially the determined, gritty way they sidestepped a furious University of Texas-El Paso rally to take the lead back and win. The Scarlet Knights triumphed despite a grueling eight-day road trip of three straight road games, jet lag, no time to adjust to the 3,500-foot elevation at UTEP and a screaming arena of 12,000 UTEP fans (who, by the way, proved El Paso a great city for basketball).
Regarding the thoughtful Mar. 28 column, “Opposition to legalization of marijuana unconvincing,” the days when politicians can get away with confusing the drug war’s tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success.
I’m reaching out on behalf of the Rutgers University Historical Society to plead against the destruction of the archways on Bishop Quad and their proposed replacement with discordant “storefront” enclosures. I have begun a petition, and I would like University President Robert L. Barchi to know that we are deeply dissatisfied with this proposal.
If you care about the skyrocketing cost of your tuition and fees, student autonomy over decisions that happen at your university and a voice with decision makers at the state and federal level, then I need you to listen up — there are two incredibly important referendum questions on the ballot for New Jersey United Students and the United States Student Association you need to vote in favor of.
Now, no one should have to remind the student body of the New Brunswick-Piscataway campuses of Rutgers University that there’s a crisis in the nation’s higher educational system — a crisis that’s playing out even at our own esteemed University. Certainly, anyone who has had to take out a loan of a couple thousand of dollars or had to scour the Internet for scholarships perceives that there’s a pervasive and entrenched crisis of affordability and accessibility in our University.
When was the last time you had a home-cooked meal? Was it at a parent’s house, a friend’s or did you make it yourself? When you first get to college, the dining halls seem wonderful, but the luster of wing night and cereal buffets wears off eventually, and you start craving control over your own meals.
I recently saw an estimate by the World Health Organization that suggests that there are 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired. Although this is a staggering number, I was even more surprised to see that an estimated 80% of these cases were preventable. Almost 228 million people with diminished vision or blindness could have maintained their vision if the impairment was treated or prevented.
Each year, bees pollinate over $15 billion in crops and produce $150 million of honey in the U.S. alone. Bee pollination plays a vital role in the production of our food, but their populations have steadily declined worldwide, and in the U.S., they are at their lowest point in 50 years.
I wanted to bring to attention a problem at Rutgers with a relatively simple solution. If you have ever gotten food from take out or food to go from the Cook Campus Center, you may have noticed that the containers they use are everywhere. They fill the recycling and garbage cans of the CCC. They fill the recycling cans in my apartment. I see them in the dumpsters, and now they have even begun to pervade my dreams.
We read The Daily Targum’s article, “Students raise public support to advocate for GMO labels,” with great interest, as we have been studying public attitudes about genetically modified food labeling since the early 1990s. Our latest national survey, commissioned by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, was conducted in October 2013.