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As midterms approach, the stress associated with college life begins to set in once again. Students who have jobs so as to give themselves a bit of extra financial support experience even higher levels of stress around this part of the semester, trying to balance their work schedules with the time necessary to be allocated toward studying. For some students, this can seem almost impossible. But seemingly invisible to much of Rutgers’ student body is a group that experiences the pressure of both school and work on top of an even more stressful feat — parenthood.
The bigotry that fosters a false sense of self-empowerment is actually rooted in ignorance. And if knowledge is power, then shouldn't the ignorant be deemed impotent? The actions of those among us and those in the positions above us speak volumes about the corruptibility of human nature as the elected President of this country is empowered enough to impose upon us bigotry in the form of a Muslim ban.
As the world is currently struggling with a tense and polarizing political and social atmosphere, people have been tested with a significant issue: communication. By analyzing paramount historical eras and events we are able to recognize that communication has consistently been utilized as an outlet for aggression and defense rather than a tool for progress — this past year has been no different. As society begins to deal with more complex issues, it engenders a greater necessity for people to learn how to express and consider opinions effectively. Rather than arguing for the sake of proving a point or criticizing someone with a different perspective, humanity as a whole must strive to argue for the sake of understanding and progress.
Being a student is difficult enough in and of itself, but when you add parenthood to the mix it can seem almost impossible without help from your institution of higher education. Unsatisfied with the minimal help they had received from the University, Rutgers Students With Children (RSWC) has been pushing to be heard by the University administration for the past two years. In an open letter to Barchi, RSWC discussed its task in advocating for institutional reform with regard to student-parents. They have had over 35 meetings with members of the administration, and have received more than 400 signatures on their petition. We laurel RSWC for their efforts, and consider their work in speaking up for themselves inspiring.
One of the most highly-touted accomplishments of the recently-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a repeal of the Obamacare “individual mandate,” a requirement that Americans purchase a health insurance plan or pay a fine. The policy has long been a top target of GOP lawmakers in their quest to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, and has also been among the law’s most unpopular provisions.
As of January, an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled their home villages in Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh to escape the treacherous campaign of violence brought on by the military. It is thought that a 9,000 Rohingya had died between August 25 and September 24 of 2017, with the vast majority falling victim to brutal and inhumane acts. The United Nations named the crisis as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” and have recently raised the potential to call it genocide.
Last week, New Jersey Principal Deputy Commissioner of Health Jackie Cornell got her flu shot at Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, which she hoped would served as a reminder to the community to do the same. Between September and this past Saturday, there have been over 5,000 positive tests of influenza in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report. A significant spike in number of positive tests began in early January, and the H3N2 influenza virus, which is one of three common subsets of Influenza A, is particularly widespread this year.
Most faculty and students agree that students should have the opportunity to convey their thoughts and opinions about the courses they take and the instruction they receive. But, the recent article in The Daily Targum glosses over substantial concerns with regard to the validity, fairness and harmful consequences of student evaluation surveys. Here at Rutgers, there are few mechanisms for encouraging or requiring student response to on-line surveys. As a result, response rates in some courses can be extremely low, resulting in statistically invalid results.
A gift of $15 million has been granted to Rutgers Athletics by Rutgers alumni Gary and Barbara Rodkin. The money, which is the largest gift in Rutgers Athletics history, will be dedicated to the construction of The Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success. The Center will be located on Scarlet Knight Way on Busch campus, and will act as a consolidated academic support service facility for Rutgers’ student-athletes.
Slated to be fully implemented next fall, Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (RUDOTS) will be switching transit tracking servers after more than a decade. Leaving NextBus behind, DOTS will now adopt TransLoc in hopes of significant improvement in services offered with regard to student transit. The improvement will include onboard WiFi, a reliable bus tracking system and the ability to see how many students are packed onto a specific bus.
Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian activist and viral sensation. She has been sitting in an Israeli prison since mid-December, awaiting a trial that has been postponed until Feb. 13. She also just turned 17-years-old last week.
Veganism and feminism. The two “isms” that appear to inhabit two completely different galaxies but meet up at the annual liberal millennial convention in San Francisco.
So how is veganism inherent to feminism? Feminism views females as more than property, eye candy and a set of reproductive organs. It is the equality of the sexes and a clear detest of patriarchal rule. What divides women is our distance from the patriarchy, said Yakin Erturk, United Nations special rapporteur on the violence against women. So, while women have not always been treated with an equal lack of privilege, a constant force in the lives of all women is the patriarchy.
Mental health has always had an extreme stigma attached to it. However, this stigma is even more extreme for men. According to studies, men are less likely to seek mental help than women are. One study done in the 90’s showed that two thirds of mental health patients were women. This trend goes way back — another study done in the mid 1800s supported this, showing that approximately 11,000 patients in a certain hospital were women out of the total 18,000.
In 1965, more than 42 percent of people smoked cigarettes. In 2014, with ample available information about cigarette smoking’s link to cancer, that number has decreased to less than 17 percent. Emerging on a large scale in 2003, e-cigarettes and vaporizers have presumably helped some smokers wean off of their addiction to cigarettes by providing, to our current knowledge, a much less harmful alternative.
Last Thursday, former Massachusetts governor and one time GOP nominee for President Mitt Romney tweeted that he was “Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race”. All signs point to him announcing his candidacy for the Senate seat that will be vacant with the retirement of Orrin Hatch. So I’ll take this time to explain why a Senator Romney would be good for America and for the Republican Party.
Amongst many of the hashtags that Donald Trump’s administration has started is one of questionable legitimacy: #FreeMelania. Somehow, within the midst of the women’s march, a movement to empower women, many progressive men and women chose to use the ‘powerless’ Melania Trump as a rallying cry. Journalists feel compelled to hyper-analyze all of her body movements and slightest facial expressions to diagnose her Stockholm Syndrome.
I believe in empowerment to the individual, limited government and the Constitution. Based on these values, I tend to agree with conservative positions and lean right on issues such as the economy, the military and personal responsibility. I am who I am because of my values. I also happen to be a woman. My womanhood has never defined me nor prevented me from pursuing my goals. My identity as a woman is but a small fraction of who I am. I let my beliefs and principles be the judgement of my character, and hope that others view me as an individual rather than part of a homogenous collective group, political or otherwise.
OUT WITH OPIOIDS
Rutgers’ New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) will require all of its students to receive training that qualifies them to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat against opioid abuse disorder. Buprenorphine has the ability to both reduce addict dependency and partially satisfy one's craving for the drug, preventing withdrawal and other complications. Opioid abuse is an enormous issue, especially in New Jersey, and the trend is only increasing. We laurel NJMS for making this a requirement and helping push toward an opioid addiction free population.
We do not give our bodies enough credit for everything they do on a daily basis. Without this vessel, we would not be able to accomplish the goals we put our minds to. Our bodies are constantly at work — even while we sleep — to ensure that all natural systems are functioning properly. Therefore, when our bodies demand rest, the least we could do is listen and oblige, but many people push past their point of exhaustion.
The pendulum swings. I was first told this by a high school history teacher as he was explaining the way in which a conservative comes into office, and then there is democratic backlash and election — and vice versa, on and on. This seems fairly true in the case of former President Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency and its following by President Donald J. Trump's administration.