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As the opioid crisis becomes increasingly deadly, former Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) has made it his mission to fight back against the de-facto plague here in New Jersey. For Christie the crisis is one that hits home, as a friend of his was addicted to opioids and was ultimately killed by them in an overdose. Christie recently announced that New Jersey universities, including Rutgers, will receive $5 million to help combat the issue on college campuses.The grant was decided upon before Christie left office, and is meant to go towards funding education and rehabilitation with regard to drug addiction in young people — a group that badly needs it. In 2016, 40 percent of all treatment admissions reported to New Jersey’s Substance Abuse Monitoring System was comprised of people between the ages of 18 and 29.
On Monday, newly sworn in Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order calling for a full-scale audit of NJ Transit. The system is seen by many as failing and was one of the hot button issues of November’s gubernatorial race, especially after Hoboken’s rail accident in 2016. From personnel to infrastructure, NJ Transit is in need of a serious revamping, and Murphy is right about that. At parts of the train station in Summit, for example, the concrete was found to be crumbling. But while a revolution is just what this transit system needs, change at the scale in question requires a large amount of one scarce and particular thing — money.
Right beside McCormick Residence Hall is the ongoing construction of the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering. It is an architectural marvel. The exterior is sleek steel and large, open glass windows. A long metallic hall juts out the side of the main entrance in an eccentric tilt and a large, circular room bulges from beneath. Activity on the construction site had begun just before I enrolled at Rutgers as a freshman, and is slated to end this fall. Once the structure is completed, it will rival the Business School in Livingston.
We stand at a crossroads. America is plagued by inequality. People feel stuck and trapped in their socioeconomic status, yet a wave of activism is crashing across the country. People are mobilized in an effort of progress and hope is present in many. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to assert itself as not just the anti-Donald J. Trump party, but also the party of the working class, of economic uplifting and of liberty and justice for all.
It was after one Hispanic and one Indian colleague left me to stand in the flight boarding queue in Durban International Airport that a man approached me. I am what most would consider white but let us use the term loosely as I was more of a light hue of salmon, as my sunburn entered the “peeling” phase. As I finished one last peel of skin, the man who was a few shades redder than "the Donald," asked where I was from and what brought me to the Motherland.
A significant burden to the students of Rutgers—New Brunswick is the transportation system. While students become increasingly frustrated with the buses, the University is seemingly frantically looking for ways to make them run more smoothly and efficiently.
After accusations of sexual harassment were made against Aziz Ansari by "Grace," whose real name remains anonymous, a controversy sparked. People debated over issues involving victim-blaming, a lack of sex education and a misinterpretation of the #MeToo movement. Babe.net released an in-depth article describing Grace’s account of her night with Ansari, how she felt pressured into certain sexual interactions, how uncomfortable she felt and how she cried on the way home.
The overall number of reported rapes and sexual assaults at New Jersey’s four-year institutions of higher education has risen in recent years. The number of rapes reported increased a relatively hefty 24 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to NJ Advance Media. Additionally, cases of unwanted fondling and dating violence rose 46 percent and 13 percent respectively. At Rutgers — New Brunswick, though, such reports have actually slightly decreased.
Saturday marked the one year anniversary of President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, so let us take a look at his presidency from a conservative perspective — though please note, I did not vote for Trump.
The daily revelations of unmasked sexual deviants has left Hollywood tense and uneasy. For decades, the film industry has been rife with perverts and pedophiles, and it has been fueled by the complacent and avaricious nobility of Tinseltown. The 2018 Golden Globes, distinguished by women adorned in black who ignited the #TimesUp movement, demonstrates the prevalent, potent arrogance and hypocrisy of liberal hollywood elites.
Like all social revolutions, while the #MeToo movement has garnered great support, it still succumbs to great controversy. While this bold stance against sexual assault perpetrated by famous, untouchable figures is admirable, it also calls into question how to deal with sexual misconduct allegations when the most that can oftentimes be done is unfairly pit one person’s words against the other’s. The #MeToo story is one of female empowerment, but could it also be a story of a story that, in retrospect, can be compared to the Salem Witch Trials? With new allegations erupting daily, the #MeToo movement is at the precipice of mutation, which can be detrimental to its legacy.
Rutgers alumnus Jim Simos founded an organization that decorates wreaths on the graves of deceased Rutgers alumni who were U.S. military veterans.
In the modern technological age, we don’t see many students writing in notebooks anymore, but rather typing away and multitasking on their laptops. As we see this increase in technology, more and more people will lean away from using pen and paper. In this article I will not be defending the use of paper (as we can write on tablets in pen form or use different reusable paper alternatives), but instead the importance of daily writing in a notebook.
As we begin the spring 2018 semester with new year’s resolutions in tow, our goals and desires will be challenged due to our increasingly busy schedules. Those who have decided to improve their health might start to feel like they no longer have time to exercise or cook healthier meals. In reality, there is time for whatever you want to make time for.
Earlier in the week, Aziz Ansari came under fire due to an article published in babe magazine. The title was, “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life.” The story, documenting the date between Ansari and pseudonym-ed “Grace”, quickly became popular, eventually even gleaning a response from Ansari himself. Grace and Ansari have both received criticism for their actions as recounted in the article.
All Americans technically have the ability to take hold of the American Dream, but it is no secret that some are in a better position to do so than others. Juggling school, work and resume boosters with the aim of future success can be a struggle, especially given the cost of attaining a degree in this day and age, and the University knows this. That is why effective Jan. 1, the Rutgers administration raised the minimum wage for student workers from $8.44 to $11 an hour — about a 30 percent increase.
West Ham United isn’t the most popular club in the top-flight of English football and seldom garners attention from the small number of international soccer fans in the States. But if you’re from Essex or the East End, like I am, then you likely support the Hammers and have been following this season’s triumphs and laments weekly. The season has been so mixed in terms of results and performances that it’s difficult to assess West Ham’s capabilities and how long the team’s new found success will take them.
At the end of his term, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) had a 15 percent approval rating — the worst in New Jersey gubernatorial history. Yesterday, Phil Murphy was sworn into office as the state’s 56th governor, which to many has come as a breath of fresh air. While the reasoning behind Christie’s atrocious ratings is probably a combination of multiple different things, a significant factor was likely his close affiliation with President Donald J. Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. While the Republican party still has dominant representation with all three branches of the federal government, we can see that after the Democratic wins here in New Jersey as well as in Virginia and Alabama, other state and local governments may follow suit in their midterm elections.
Sunday, December 12 marked the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated annually and internationally. To commemorate the observance, many government, non-governmental, civil and social organizations host cultural events and exhibitions that are human-rights orientated.
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