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New York sports has experienced somewhat of a down period since the Yankees domination in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since then, New York has only witnessed three championships — although two of which were spectacular upsets by the Giants — and a few teams, particularly the Jets, Nets (the Nets are Brooklyn now so they count as New York), Knicks and Mets have just been wholly uncompetitive.
Football season is finally in full swing as week seven of the NFL and week eight of college football are in the books. There have already been some interesting storylines this year with the Eagles' hot 6-1 start and the Jets surprisingly being New York’s best team even though they were supposed to be tanking while the Giants were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders (which sounds eerily similar to the Mets and Yankees). Even with the exciting and awfully strange start to the season, there have been some polarizing headlines, particularly those related to the national anthem protests.
After a long dead period in the world of sports, our wait is finally over. The summer is a complete dead zone for sports considering that the only major sport being broadcast is baseball and the 162 game schedule can eventually become dry — especially when your team stinks after being touted as World Series contenders and the best baseball team in New York. The most exciting part of sports during the summer is offseason news from the NFL and NBA which is just plain sad. But now, football season is in full swing, playoff baseball is here, the NHL season has begun and the NBA season starts in only two weeks.
Last semester, I wrote a column related to the growing student loan crisis in America. I essentially proposed to privatize loans to incentivize colleges to lower tuition rates since the guarantee of payment from the government in the event of a default would dissipate. New York has gone forward with attacking this student loan crisis by making New York's public colleges tuition free. Although this sounds like a good idea in principle, there are many problems with this policy.
The unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as Obamacare, propelled the Republican Party to make huge gains, from local representatives and governors all the way to Congress and the presidency. In 2010, 2014 and 2016, voters across the country chose the Republican Party as a referendum on the failing Obamacare. And now that the opportunity to repeal the ACA is here, they are squandering it. Divisions within the party are becoming apparent with the conservative portions of the party being flushed out by the more establishment wings spearheaded by Speaker of the House of Paul Ryan. They even went as far as to lock Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) out of the reading room designated for the Obamacare repeal.
College tuition has been growing at a tremendous rate for the past several decades. Average tuition rates from 1995 to 2015 at private national universities has grown 179 percent, 226 percent for out-of-state tuition at public universities, and 296 percent for in-state tuition. The national student loan debt currently sits at $1.48 trillion and growing. This has propelled calls for tuition-free public college from Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). Clearly, there is a problem that needs to be addressed, but is taxpayer funded college really the solution? As P.J. O’Rourke said, “If you think health\care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.” Although he refers to healthcare in this quote, the same principle can be applied to college.
President Donald J. Trump, at a rally in Florida last Saturday, seemed to mistakenly reference a terrorist attack that occurred in Sweden the previous night. He said, “We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible.” This statement was then mocked by the media and the Swedish themselves, as there was no reported incident the night prior to this speech. Trump clarified himself, stating that he was referencing a segment from Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News that involved Carlson interviewing Ami Horowitz, a media personality, about the immigration situation in Sweden.
The sudden and unexpected death of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016 produced a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Scalia was originally nominated by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was one of five judges on the bench who had been appointed by a Republican president. This reduction to eight judges, four being Democratic appointments and the other half being Republican appointments, has forced four to four splits on major rulings such as former President Barack Obama’s executive orders in regards to immigration.
The most recent election cycle revealed the dissatisfaction with the establishment on both sides of the aisle. Populist movements emanated from both the Democratic and Republican Parties in the form of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and President Donald J. Trump respectively. Sanders was unable to obtain the Democratic nomination, but Trump was successful in winning both the Republican nomination and the presidency. His right-wing populist message was sharply critical of trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), of which he has already disposed and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He even went so far as to call NAFTA, “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country” in one of the presidential debates. Now that he is president, Trump is maintaining his stance on the trade deal advocating for its renegotiation. Revoking or renegotiating the trade deal with a protectionist mindset would be damaging to the American consumer and both the American and Mexican economies.
The arrogance of Hollywood was on full display this past election cycle. Many celebrities were out campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton while criticizing Republican nominee Donald Trump. But what qualifies them to speak on such topics? They should not be lecturing the average American on how to cast their vote just because they are famous actors or great musicians.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been a subject of major controversy and has come under intense public protest. This pipeline has become a hot topic on social media, with different outlets promoting propaganda that it threatens both the environment and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s sacred lands. These claims, however, are inherently misleading and the use of memes and short videos allow these false narratives to be circulated.
In an unexpected turn of events, Donald Trump is the new president-elect of the United States. Going into Election Day, it seemed all but certain that Hillary Clinton would be victorious considering that the polls in many of the swing states were in her favor. Many of the polling models also had her somewhere between 70 percent and even as high as 98 chance of winning. But despite the odds, Donald Trump came out the victor and will be the 45th President of the United States come Jan. 20.
Rutgers is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly schools in the nation, in part due to the school's gender-neutral bathrooms and resources for transgender students.
Rutgers incorporated "The Alley" as a student tailgating section for the first two home football games in an effort to increase student attendance to home games.
College students are prime targets for identity thieves and scammers.
There is no clear path students take after graduating from college, but according to a 2015 study of 4,523 seniors by Career Services, the University is the top employer of Rutgers graduates.
Rutgers University Libraries plans to attract more students by debuting new features and programs this upcoming semester, from new hours to handing out "mystery gifts."
The Rutgers Board of Governors has approved some ambitious plans this past year to improve the current state of Rutgers campuses.