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I kept looking at one of the open doors of the classroom while the professor was lecturing on Scatter Plot. I feared an armed man could enter at any time and shoot us down to the floor. Then, I was planning in my head what ways to protect myself and alert the professor and my colleagues to the possible danger. While this captured my mind, the lecture became a mere noise in the background.
It can go without saying that the United States has a serious gun-violence issue. Every year more than 36,000 people are killed by gunshots in this country, which makes gun violence one of the leading causes of death.
Welcome to this week’s, “What Kaan Jon finds wrong now," where I inevitably discuss a flaw that is often overlooked. Today’s topic: supplements. Also known as the holy grail of getting fit quick, from your creatine shakes to your whey protein isolate, yet most people do not realize just how dangerous and short-term these stimulants are. The ordinary pre-workout mix contains high dosages of caffeine, creatine, an abundance of vitamins, silicone and many more ingredients — or so we think. I say this because, contrary to common belief, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate or thoroughly examine if the ingredients on the label of a supplement is even in the bottle. Scared yet? Let us continue.
A couple of days ago, I finally picked up a new (to me) GTX 1080 graphics card to replace my long obsolete GTX 780Ti in my PC, and what a world of difference the additional VRAM makes. I picked up an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) headset a couple of years ago when they were first released. The headset did not work very well with my 780Ti, but it ran games nonetheless, and I was deeply impressed. Even with a choppy frame rate, VR is an incredibly immersive experience, one that everyone should try as soon as they can. Now that I finally have acquired a 1080 graphics card with its lusty 8GB of GDDR5X video memory, I can achieve the 90 fps threshold for VR. If you have never played a VR game on an outdated PC setup, playing below 90 frames per second feels choppy, awkward and outright nauseating.
A recent Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) Town Hall was focused on sexual violence and education. Four panelists, who are leaders in Rutgers’ sexual violence education and support community, were brought in to discuss the issues on how to mitigate the occurrence of sexual assault. Brady Root, the prevention education coordinator at the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, said in an interview with The Daily Targum that the ultimate goal of her office is to eradicate sexual violence before it occurs.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is a non-profit organization that advocates for gun rights. On Nov. 7, in response to medical proponents of gun control, it tweeted, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, but, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”
In her column last week, Malaika Jawed, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, astutely outlined the situation now facing our aging nation-states. As detailed in that article, the global population is becoming increasingly mobile, meaning that more people are immigrants to the places where they now live. While advances in transportation technology made this mobility possible, advances in telecommunications technology have allowed people to remain virtually immersed in their native culture — or any other culture, for that matter — from afar, presenting an alternative to assimilation. The result, as Jawed noted, is the emergence of transnationalism, in which nations as cultural, linguistic and political units and the borders that define them become less definite.
While countries around the globe have moved toward authoritarianism and the trend of democracy continues to decline, it would be naïve to neglect America’s role and the inches it has moved, as well. According to Freedom House, the suppression of journalists and independent news media is at its worst point in 13 years. The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that the number of journalists imprisoned for their work is at its highest level since the 1990s. Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index in April, which ranks 180 countries from highest to lowest levels of press freedom. The United States fell in ranking, as it did last year.
Though Democrats have not yet taken their position as the majority party in the lower chamber of Congress, President Donald J. Trump’s recent attacks against the media, election integrity and birthright citizenship spark a need for unified opposition in Washington, D.C. While Democrats were ultimately successful in riding historical precedent and anti-Trump sentiment to a majority in the House of Representatives, a coherent national message is essential if they plan on taking back the White House. One such message that would surely fight back against Trump’s “law and order” agenda would be for Democrats to take a constitutional tack of their own — making clear that they are the party which adheres to laws and norms at all times, and not just when it is convenient.
There should be something deep inside of a human being that causes one to stand for a belief — an indescribable emotion that makes one's chest cave in at the thought of injustice or the desire to fight the unfinished battles of those who came before. Something that reminds us of our humanity as well as our responsibility to society
With the multi-directional flow of immigration all over the world, economic, political and socio-cultural transnationalism is diminishing the effect of border-bound national identity. The experiences of 258 million people and those who directly/indirectly interact with these people are based on hybrid identities due to transnationalism.
Gwarosa, is a Korean term that denotes one of the most harrowing epidemics prevalent in South Korean society: overworking. According to recent statistics quoted by The New York Times, South Koreans work an outstanding 240 more hours per year, or an extra month of 8-hour work days, than Americans do. Furthermore, the average number of hours a week South Koreans worked last year came to approximately 38.9 hours, making South Korea the country with the longest work hours among the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rivaled only by Mexico.
One of the less immediately tangible but heartening things that came out of Tuesday’s midterm elections was the fact that more than 60 percent of Floridians voted “yes” on Amendment 4, which will restore voting rights to citizens that have been convicted of felonies other than murder or sexual offenses after having served their sentences. That means that approximately 1.5 million voters will be added to Florida’s electorate, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of Florida’s adult population — something that may very well change the future political landscape of the state, considering its often very close voting outcomes.
When the Rutgers American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) occupied the sidewalks of the Scott Hall quad last week, they made sure they were heard.
Tuesday night’s midterm elections were a solid win for the Democratic Party, which took control of the House of Representatives, flipped seven governorships, won high-profile ballot initiatives in Republican strongholds and flipped more than 300 state legislative seats. While the victory was not overwhelming, it certainly met the expectations of pollsters and forecasters. Two years after the Republican Party acquired complete control of the federal government, we are once again left with a divided Congress and no clear path forward for party-line legislating.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
America awoke to a new day and a new Congress. We the people elected our representatives and now we the people must hold them accountable. The 116 United States Congress must address the issues that plague our electoral system before the end of their two years.
If you sit toward the back of any lecture hall, you are privy to the private lives of basically everyone in front of you. Facebook, iMessenger, Twitter, BuzzFeed and other less-than-appropriate webpages sit innocently beside the current lecture material, giving the semblance of productivity and focus. A distracting albeit amusing portal into the hypocritical nature of overwhelmed, exhausted college students trying to enjoy their lives.
Since his 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald J. Trump and his constituents have seemingly used fear as an effective tool to persuade voters. Anti-immigration rhetoric, and arguably propaganda, have been used to fabricate an irrational fear of a non-existent danger. The bolstering of the perceived danger of immigrants and foreigners has been preyed upon most recently in an advertisement put out late last week by the Trump campaign, which attempted to conflate a convicted murderer, the “caravan” of Central American migrants walking toward the United States and the Democratic Party.