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2/20/2018 12:11am

ABDELFATAH: Russian interference is attack on democracy

It has long been a widely accepted fact that the Russian government purposely interfered in the 2016 elections as well as democratic elections in other countries, such as France. This Friday the Justice Department officially charged thirteen Russians and three companies of attempting to subvert the 2016 elections in favor of the Trump campaign. Interfering in democratic elections is one of the more dangerous soft-power tools that the Kremlin has, and is an issue that America and its allies must not fail to address. 

2/19/2018 11:45pm

PETRUCCI: Toxic masculinity plays role in prevalence of mass shootings

Not all men are mass shooters, but most mass shooters are men.  I shopped on Google for a statistic regarding the percentage of passive, emotionally unstable and irrational women who wear colorful pantsuits in the United States. While no statistics exist which elucidate these qualities, it is very easy to categorize these characteristics as "female."

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2/19/2018 11:30pm

EDITORIAL: Administration is justified in action

On Jan. 29, a Rutgers Board of Trustees meeting was severely interrupted when members of Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Rutgers Puerto Rican Student Union and Black Lives Matter Rutgers, among others, took the center of attention by rallying and chanting together, causing disruption and refusing to leave until President Robert L. Barchi raised student worker minimum wages to $15 an hour. 12 of the students involved in the protest now face charges related to disorderly persons offenses, as well as disciplinary action by the University pursuant to the student code of conduct. 

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2/18/2018 8:34pm

SURIANO: The Centurion should not be counted out

My colleague Brittany Gibson published an opinions column in Wednesday’s edition of this fine newspaper arguing that the newly revived conservative campus news outlet The Centurion was bound to fail. In the grand tradition of healthy debate I’d like to mount a defense of this new conservative publication and argue why conservatives, moderates and yes even liberals should at least give it a chance.

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2/15/2018 6:30pm

WEEK IN REVIEW: Laurels and Darts | February 16, 2017

LAUREL Students spend an enormous amount of time sitting on buses going to and from class. Additionally, many introverted students often do not feel comfortable speaking publicly, and as a result decide not to participate in class to the extent that they need to for full credit. Ian Dunham, a doctoral student in the School of Arts and Sciences, said that online courses can significantly benefit students with social anxieties among other things, such as issues with verbal fluency. Student lives can be stressful. We laurel the availability of online courses for their many beneficial factors to students. 

2/14/2018 11:50pm

FOWLER: Nassar case, related issues can help open everyone's eyes

In October of last year, women started to come forward in solidarity to discuss the pervasive sexual assault issue in Hollywood — at first, in the form of telling their stories about Harvey Weinstein. The #MeToo movement to discuss and prevent sexual assault has continued since, not only with regard to entertainment but also perhaps most recently with regard to athletics. Recently in the news was the trial of Larry Nassar, a doctor who worked for U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Nassar was charged three separate times, one federal charge for child pornography and two state charges for sexual abuse. In his trail regarding the sexual abuse of female gymnasts, some of whom went to the Olympics, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina gave the floor to more than 150 victims to speak about their assault by Nassar. 

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2/14/2018 11:49pm

BULNES: Exercise can improve your mental health

Humans gain mental strength in the same way that they gain muscle strength — by consistently lifting what deliberately weighs them down. This is, of course, easier to do with physical weights since anybody can go to the gym and find dumbbells lined up in a row waiting to be lifted. Mental strength, on the other hand, can be obtained by understanding what mentally weighs you down, restricts you, limits you and choosing to lift those metaphorical dumbbells every single day.

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2/14/2018 11:50pm

EDITORIAL: Variety in one's knowledge is valuable

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are vitally important for the continuing progress of humanity. For American citizens, general success in STEM fields promotes economic growth and stability — creating the basis for innovation. In the face of resurging rival sovereign powers, such as China and Russia, innovation with regard to STEM may very well play a big part in determining the future of the United States on the world stage. Considering the aforementioned, it is safe to say that we need our best and brightest American students studying subjects in STEM fields. It is the case that STEM majors are becoming increasingly popular among college students, but while STEM fields become more and more widely studied each year, the opposite is the case for the humanities. 

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