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American English not the only standard

(12/09/13 5:00am)

Those of us studying the social sciences may be familiar with the concept of cultural hegemony, defined as the domination of a ruling class by means manipulating the worldview of the lower class, allowing the lower class to participate in its own oppression. Often this concept is associated with subjection based on gender, race or economic status, but who would suspect that language, a system so closely ingrained into our personal lives, has hegemonic power? In the United States, the English language is subtly, yet powerfully hierarchical — our cultural knowledge teaches us that English has a standard, and those who speak and write by this standard are viewed as educated, well rounded and overall superior. Other forms of the language, primarily black vernacular English, denote stupidity, narrow-mindedness and overall inferiority because as a culture, Americans see black English as less logical and less rule driven. Yet, what exactly makes black English substandard?

Writer recounts visiting Rutgers for book on jazz

(09/26/13 4:00am)

Being at Rutgers triggers a particular memory for author Geoff Dyer. As he spoke last night in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center, he remembered visiting the University in 1989, where he rummaged through the Institute of Jazz Studies’ collections without a clear direction or intention for the piece he was preparing to write.

Christie celebrates College Avenue redevelopment groundbreaking with Rutgers

(09/20/13 4:00am)

With red shovels and scarlet pride, Gov. Chris Christie, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi, New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and New Brunswick Development Corporation President Christopher Paladino broke ground yesterday for the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative at Seminary Place.