The primary goals of the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) are to push for better resources, erase stigmas and raise awareness of eating disorders on campus. Eating disorders are the deadliest mental health problem and they affect millions of individuals each year.
10/12/2017 10:55pm

Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization returns to campus after period of inactivity

Twenty-million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorder Organization. At Rutgers, the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) is back after a period of inactivity last year, said Holly Chok, the organization’s president and School of Arts and Sciences junior. "We are looking to promote awareness about eating disorders, advocate for resources, let students know about the resources available on campus and destigmatize it in general," Chok said. Chok said that it was difficult to get the organization active again, and the process included sending a lot of emails and a lot of waiting, but the group was able to make a return at the involvement fair this fall. “It’s a bit of a process because you have to have three members who will definitely be in the e-board.

Throughout the year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension holds composting training classes for local residents at its agricultural experiment station. In addition to teaching individuals how to implement composting into their homes and businesses, the program provides key information on the benefits and specifics of the practice.
10/4/2017 10:41pm

Rutgers outreach program provides composting training to local community

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers composting and horticultural training classes to area residents this month and year-round. The program takes place on part of Davidson's Mill Pond Park, which was granted by the federal government in 1862 and currently serves Middlesex and Union counties.  It is an agricultural experiment station that disseminates research, science and technology information from Rutgers to local farms and industry, said Michele Bakacs, an associate professor at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The Cooperative Extension is responsible for 4-H youth programs, stormwater runoff management, the state organic land care program for professional landscapers, the Rutgers environmental steward program, training master gardeners and the master gardener helpline, she said. Composting is the breakdown of organic materials such as leaves, kitchen scraps and grass clippings, Bakacs said. “There’re so many benefits to composting, it’s amazing,” she said.

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Kathleen John-Ader, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture was awarded the 2017 Award of Excellence from a national society for a project that analyzed the climate and topography of Norway.
10/2/2017 10:33pm

Landscape Architecture professor at Rutgers wins prestigious award

A Rutgers University assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture was recently recognized with a 2017 Professional Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). When looking at climate and environmental issues, thoughts on what role landscape architecture might play are not at the forefront of most people’s thoughts.

Last Thursday, the New Brunswick Public Library held its first "Young Athletes" program, sponsored by the Special Olympics. The program helps children with intellectual disabilities to develop their motor skills, while socializing and having fun.
10/2/2017 1:44pm

New Brunswick library introduces children to the world of Special Olympics

This past Thursday was the first event of the new Young Athletes program held at the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Young Athletes, a national program sponsored by the Special Olympics, provides the equipment and trains the local organizers to create an inclusive sports program for children ages 2 through 7 years old.

In addition to teaching students about the off-campus resources that are available to them, the Rutgers Good Neighbor Program advocates for students that run into problems with independent living.
9/25/2017 12:23am

Good Neighbor Program eases transition makes off-campus living easier for Rutgers students

Rutgers' Good Neighbor Program, run by the Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships Office, aims to help students living off-campus by creating a cohesive off-campus student community. Kerri Willson, the director of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, said the main goal of the department is to help students who are looking to move off-campus to learn what their rights are as tenants and their responsibilities are as community members. “We educate students about living in the off-campus community, advocate for students who are running into issues and struggles (while) living in the off-campus community and we provide resources or support as they navigate more independent living as opposed to living in the residence halls,” she said. Marisa Joel, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, lives on the College Avenue campus and said it is easier to do things when living on campus due to the proximity of resources, and that you can meet more people since you have a living community. The students are at the mercy of their landlords when they live off-campus, she said.

The Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) club at Rutgers plans to bring speakers to campus that include Cathy Young, Christina Hoff and Pete Rohrman. The club advocates for free speech among other libertarian values.
9/20/2017 12:51am

Rutgers chapter of Young Americans for Liberty gives libertarians a voice on campus

The Rutgers chapter of Young Americans for Liberty held its first meeting this past Wednesday. According to their mission statement, Young Americans for Liberty aims to promote and educate the students of Rutgers University to the ideas of liberty, peace, the constitution and free markets through activism and intellectual dialogue with the general student body. Andrea Vacchiano, the president of the club, said that Young Americans for Liberty supports drug reform, prison reform and small government economic policies. “We try to educate our peers about libertarian principles through activism events and hosting speakers, and we also try to make some pro-liberty changes within Rutgers,” the School of Arts and Sciences junior said. One such pro-liberty change advocated by Young Americans for Liberty is the reform of Rutgers' policies on public speech, said Aviv Khavich, a School of Engineering junior and the group's vice president. Khavich said that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) rates schools according to how well they preserve students' rights to free speech. FIRE assigns each school a color code — red, yellow or green — which corresponds to their policies protecting free speech. According to FIRE's website, a “red light school” is designated as one that has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech, a “yellow light school” is one with some policies that could ban or excessively regulate protected speech and a “green light school” has no serious threats to free speech. “Rutgers is a yellow light school,” Khavich said.

At Rutgers, She's the First (STF) advocates for the education of young women in impoverished countries. The organization's activism focuses primarily on high school, where many women are discouraged from staying in school due to factors like transportation, cost and domestic pressure.
9/17/2017 9:50pm

Rutgers chapter of She's the First helps women in impoverished countries to complete their education

She’s the First: Rutgers, a college chapter of the national non-profit, kicked off the school year with its first general meeting on Tuesday night in Hardenburgh Hall. As an extension of She’s the First (STF) — an organization that supports girls in low-income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate high school — members of the Rutgers chapter educate prospective members on the importance of this cause and encourage them to participate in their many fundraising activities throughout the school year. Ankita Veta, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and the president of STF: Rutgers, explained that the funding specifically finances their high school education, as this is the time for many girls in these countries when familial obligations or societal expectations will cause them to discontinue their education. Significant obstacles including poverty, dangerous routes to school, higher costs at higher levels of schooling and emphasis on early marriage and traditional roles often keep girls in low-income countries from completing their education, according to the She’s the First official website.  “But the fact that you are here today, that you are at this meeting, that alone is already a step towards taking action,” Veta said. The STF website points to the many direct, positive impacts that occur when a girl is provided access to education.  An education means each girl earns 20 percent more per year of schooling she finishes, is less likely to marry early and more likely to be in a healthy relationship, has fewer, healthier children and will take the skills learned in the classroom to support her family and her community, according to the website. To make this a reality for girls all around the world, hundreds of high school and college chapters throughout the U.S.

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