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Constantly mobilizing from class to class on a bright, sunny day on campus, as I hopped onto the LX and sat on the seat, I looked up. I looked around me at the students who were also on the bus. I noticed everyone was in some way, shape or form on their phones. While most were texting, some were on Twitter, others were listening to music from the phones and some were gazing at pictures on Instagram. But it was crystal clear to me: We were in a new age, where these digital devices were pulling us and we were more so attached to the devices. Trying to fight against the tides of the time and what everyone else was doing, I, for once, pulled out a book from my backpack that I had received for Christmas. The book was titled, “Future Shock,” a term I later realized was something we all experience subliminally, and I realized while sitting on the bus.
In 2005, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), then-Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.) and then-Gov. Richard Codey (D-N.J.) attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The station, which would serve trains along the Newark-WTC and Hoboken-WTC PATH lines, was to be finished in 2009 and would cost $2.2 billion, mostly funded by $1.7 billion in Federal Transit Administration money. The station opened this month and cost almost $4 billion. It is the most expensive train station in world history. It is the 18th-busiest subway stop in Manhattan.
I can’t wait for the boomers to die off. Us millennials are the most highly educated, diverse and left-wing generation this country has seen. Our elders don’t have enough of the tech-savvy skills nor the egalitarian and compassionate worldview needed to save our country and our planet from deepening inequality and economic stagnation, expensive wars, financial profligacy and ecological deterioration.
On the eve of the 1765 Stamp Act crisis that began the protests leading to the American Revolution, Nicholas Brown and Company of Providence, Rhode Island, dispatched the 100-ton brig, "Sally" with a cargo of Rhode Island distilled rum to the West Coast of Africa to trade for slaves. The "company" was four brothers: John, Joseph and Moses, as well as Nicholas Brown, the second generation of a family of merchants and occasional slave traders from a colonial town that dominated the Triangle Trade that linked the British mainland colonies, Africa and the Caribbean. For the brothers, the trip was a financial disaster. For the enslaved, it was far worse. Many died after being purchased while the Sally idled in African waters. Once on the Atlantic, an enslaved woman hanged herself. Others revolted and were cut down by the crew. Additional suicides followed, while others died from refusals to eat or starvation. When the Sally finally returned to Providence, three of the brothers permanently withdrew from slave trading, probably because of the risks. John, however, carried on and became one of the prominent defenders of the trade in the era of the American Revolution. Moses, in contrast, converted to Quakerism, freed those he had enslaved and became an abolitionist. The Browns enter history not only for the well-known debates between Moses and John about abolitionism but also because the four brothers, and many of their heirs, played a major role in founding the College of Rhode Island, later Brown University, and having it moved to Providence. The story of the Sally is one of those told in "Slavery and Justice: Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice." Brown's 2007 report is perhaps the most comprehensive of those produced by the descendents of the colonial colleges, all of which were entangled with the institution of slavery and with the lives of the enslaved. Rutgers, of course, was one of those colonial colleges.
So much paper was burned in the third week of March. Any guesses as to why?
Amid the banter of American politicians, debating everything from fiscal equality to a particular candidate’s penis size (his own, mind you), there seems to be the same structure to which they defend, namely the idea of democracy. We toss this term around and bravely assure the curious world that democracy’s byproduct is freedom and equality. Countries have been invaded and wars have been fought over the idea. However, as much as the enlightenment has given by virtue of a neoclassical style, what did the ancients think of this newfound way of government?
The voting ritual has begun once again. And frankly, this year has been astonishing. There have been a record number of people going to vote in their respective primaries and caucuses, and an abhorrent man named Donald Trump leads the polls. On the bright side, it appears that democracy is alive, kicking and screaming. The people will have their voice heard.
Tuesday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. Tuesday was also the latest day during which I was loudly called a “f—ing slut” in public, when I politely, but firmly refused to give a stranger on the subway my phone number. Perhaps the most discouraging aspect of this all-too-familiar cycle is that I’m no longer shocked or angered when I’m singled out for exercising my right to say, "no." In fact, a part of me notes with cynical amusement that when a man demonizes me for saying "no," he most often describes me as a "slut," a word used to demonize women who say, "yes."
Being Christian — Roman Catholic specifically — has always been a large part of my identity. Growing up there was no such thing as missing church or Sunday school. From the time I was old enough to attend service, until a little less than a year ago, religion dictated the majority of my actions. My perseverance, dedication and resilience has always been rooted in a steadfast sense of self, operating in tandem with my religious beliefs. While I have indeed faded in and out of religion over the years, I’ve never completely strayed. When I was in fourth grade I remember bringing books to read during the homily, because I didn’t particularly care about what was being said. I remember the first time I picked up the gathering book to actually follow along with the service. I recall nonchalantly going through to sacramental motions of confession, first communion and confirmation. And I remember being so broken at times that hearing words during any particular service would bring me to tears.
Often times I am asked, “What do Muslims believe in?” Now, my lips could automate back an answer like a drill, but I am usually inclined to respond instead with another question: What do you mean by “Muslim?” In the current political climate, there is hardly a day that passes by without a headline displaying a disparaging comment made about Islam or to the adherents of the faith. But who exactly is being criticized, called out and facing such gross statements?
Studying abroad in another country is truly an amazing experience that provides not only personal growth, but also professional growth. Living in a new country requires you to adapt to new surroundings and cultures, including language, customs, budgeting, traveling and becoming more independent. It also teaches you how to balance your time well enough to do well in your classes, because the sad truth is that studying abroad still requires some studying. All these qualities make you marketable to employers and are a huge resume building, making you stand out.
The University is standing in the way of free speech and a free academia. The time to stop this is now. And the Rutgers Administration won’t act unless we do. Fellow Scarlet Knights, this is our moment to be revolutionary.
Though it seems far away, the end of the semester will soon be upon us, and when it arrives, we can be sure of the gut-wrenching, sleep-depriving and nerve-wracking stress of finals and papers. Another thing we can expect is the bombardment of emails urging us to take the Student Instructional Rating Surveys (SIRS). These surveys are meant to give the University a handle on what students think of the courses they took and the instructors who taught the courses. However, these surveys are neglected by much of the student body and are constructed in a way that may limit their usefulness. Everyone at Rutgers, from students to professors to deans, can benefit from improved surveys and ignoring some of the possible issues surrounding the SIRS that may be preventing us from instituting needed reforms.
For many college students, worrying about bone health may not be their most pressing issue. Even after college, most people do not obsess over whether or not they receive an adequate amount of calcium and Vitamin D. Oftentimes we start thinking about the health of our bones when we reach midlife and older. The problem with this is that having healthy bones requires an early start, not when we are 50 years or older. An early start, preferably in childhood, that involves maintaining a healthy diet while engaging in regular weight-bearing exercises are preventative measures against bone loss.
“You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people that you choose to be around."
Do you ever wonder how someone could ever actually enjoy the taste of brussels sprouts? Do you ask yourself why you have an unibrow when others don’t? Most of our traits — which we might think of as being randomly distributed — are defined by our specific genetic makeup. So wouldn’t it be fun to know why you’re made the way you are, what makes you ... you?
In the battlefield that social media has become in the months (even year) preceding the upcoming United States elections, my feed is overdosing on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and how amazing this man is. Needless to say my online network is left-leaning and cares about whether or not an unapologetic fascist is at the head of the leading world empire or not. This time around the enthusiasm seems to go beyond saving ourselves. People seem to genuinely believe that Sanders will somehow turn the course of history — more so than going down in the books as the first Jewish president.
A conversation that had the potential of opening up other discussions around the problems with diversity in Hollywood fell short of expectations by looking more like a black and white issue.
While only about 10 percent of Rutgers students are a part of greek life, this small percentage is a huge part of what makes Rutgers such a fun and diverse place. Not to sound cliché, but the Rutgers greek community is a place that people usually do not regret becoming a part of. People find their “brothers” and “sisters,” and become family with those that were once strangers. Being that I am a non-member of this community, such a stereotypical phrase pains me to say, but it all seems worth the hype. Aside from gaining a lifetime of friendships, it can offer many different social and philanthropic opportunities, depending on which sorority or fraternity you might join, while also creating a vast network of professional connections. I always recommend joining a sorority or fraternity to underclassmen when they ask for my opinion, because there really is a chapter out there for anyone and everyone. There are those people in greek life that like to fulfill the college-movie stereotypes that we all come to imagine, but at the same time, many of those students promote 4.0 academics and great philanthropic causes. I took the stereotypes to heart when I was a freshman and told myself that I could never really fit in to a sorority wholly and comfortably. Now it’s likely that you can read all of the great things about greek life in a pamphlet somewhere in the student center, but there are some particulars of the greek community they neglect to include.
In a Supreme Court case over affirmative action brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student who claimed that the University of Texas denied her admission in 2008 because of her race, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. questioned what value diversity has in an academic setting: “What unique perspective does a minority student bring to a physics class?”