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In the presidential election of 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama,
D-Ill., received 273 endorsements from publications across the
nation, including The New York Times. Sen.-John McCain, R-Ariz.,
received 172. In the 2004 presidential election, Sen. John Kerry,
D-Mass., received 213 publication endorsements to former President
George W. Bush's 205.
The card read, "Happy birthday, son." It continued, "And even
though today is a long way from your childhood adventures, the same
love that hugged and cuddled you then is the same love that cares
and wants the best for you now."
We experience simple acts of kindness from strangers in our
everyday lives. Someone holding a door open for you, or returning a
$10 bill that you might have dropped while paying for that Fat
Indian sandwich at the Grease Trucks.
I watched the dark black cloud engulf the New York City skyline
on Sept. 11, 2001, originating from where the two glimmering
skyscrapers used to stand. I was 11 years old then. I stood
watching an almost motionless screen, as if the world had paused
outside the windows of my elementary school — Joseph H. Brensinger
No.17 in Jersey City, N.J. I saw a drastic change in the way that
kids who resembled me were treated after that day. I noticed my
peers who were brown were suddenly being called "bin Laden" and the
Middle-Eastern children were being pushed around. Did this
monumental day suddenly help us elementary school kids in Public
School 17 realize we were different based on our skin color,
bringing racial acknowledgement to the forefront of our young
minds? I wish that were true.
On a relatively normal day — Wednesday, January 15, 2009, to be
specific — with temperatures hovering at about 26-degrees
Fahrenheit, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 departed from La Guardia
Airport in New York City heading northwest en route to Charlotte,
N.C. Three minutes into the flight, a large flock of Canadian geese
flew into the Airbus' engines, resulting in immediate loss of
thrust from both engines. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger became
a worldwide sensation after landing the Airbus A320 almost
seamlessly into the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers on
Rapper Kanye West mentioned in his "Lil Jimmy Skit" on the
"College Dropout" album that his father passed away and left him
with all of the academic degrees that he earned, joking that he was
so obsessed with getting degrees that he stole his son's as well.
"I'm gonna learn too, I'm gonna get super smart so that I to can
die without … I won't have any money. But I'll be the smartest dead
guy," he said.
I know your secret — you know the one I'm talking about. Fine,
you might not since you might be doing it subconsciously. But don't
worry because I'm in the same boat and so are your friends and
relatives, and let's not forget the president of the United States
does it too. I'm talking about the act of "faking it," which
Stephen Dubner describes in his podcast titled "Faking It" in a
brilliant metaphor. He says, "If the human psyche were a big map,
nestled somewhere between the Sea of Cheating and the Valley of
Lying, you'd come to the Kingdom of Faking It." So what is faking
it? It's not directly lying or candidly cheating, but more of a
combination of the two. This brings us to the question of whether
people should actively resist from faking it, and is it really
wrong? I think not — in many aspects, we do it throughout our
normal day without realizing that we do, and, in a broader sense,
it's essential. Faking it helps us to blend into a particular
group, to assimilate into a culture and to appease as many people
as possible by being just like them.
Did my "Elementary Algebra" professor just threaten to slap one
of the only two black students in the class? The student asked a
question about factoring polynomials and suggested an impossible
answer, to which Professor Robert Urbanski replied, "Stick out your
hand, please." When the student asked why, Urbanski said, "Because
I want to slap you" — assumingly for stating such an asinine
remark. I found this to be a hysterical chain of events, but none
of my 15 or so classmates laughed or said a word. This is because
Urbanski didn't care about the color of a person's skin, but the
quality and depth of the student's intellect. This was one of my
first experiences the fall semester of my first year.
Jessica likes it on the velvety red sofa, Pooja likes it on her
marble kitchen table and Cristina likes it under the bed. Excellent
choice of soft textured fabric Jessica, good decision on choosing a
surface that leaves no scratches Pooja, and gosh Cristina, you
dirty, dirty girl! Of course, I'm referring to the dozens of status
updates that my female friends posted on Facebook last week,
referring to where they like to keep their purse. Since October is
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the "I like it on…" trend is a way
for women to unite to support the cause in a top-secret manner,
leaving us men in the dark. This method of gaining support for
breast cancer awareness isn't anything new. In January, women
posted the color of their bra as their status updates. Although
these messages have gone viral through Facebook, how effective are
they in promoting awareness for each woman that dies every 13
minutes due to breast cancer?
Don't be surprised if the next crime alert you receive from the
Rutgers University Police Department describes the suspect as
sporting a crisp New York Yankees cap. The New York Times reported
earlier this month that a significant number of criminals in the
New York region have worn Yankees caps or some form of Yankee
paraphernalia while committing crimes ranging from locker room
thefts to violent crimes such as armed bank robberies and deadly
shootings. As an avid New York Yankee fan, this news is appalling:
Are we as Yankee fans simply brutal, violence-loving maniacs who
loiter the streets waiting for the right target? Of course not,
this would be a silly accusation to make considering that most
Yankee fans are not criminals and sport their team's apparel to
associate with their love of the game.
As spring approaches and the snow begins to melt, something else
is beginning: registration for summer classes.
The University this month placed 48th on Kiplinger's '100 Best
Values in Public Colleges 2009-10' list.
The University's alma mater "On the Banks of the Old Raritan"
playing through the speakers is one of the first University
hallmarks that can be noticed upon entering the new Rutgers Visitor
Center on Busch campus.
The University is stepping up its efforts to go green by signing
an agreement to conserve energy.
During the course registration period, some students may be
confused about what classes to register for because they are unsure
of what the class is about and what to expect.
With the opening of the Rutgers Visitor Center located on the
Busch campus, prospective students and parents will now have a
stable location to go when exploring the University.
Imagine a building that can accommodate more than 1,000 people
with its own dining hall, a multipurpose room, library and several
lounges on the College Avenue campus. Rutgers Hillel, the
Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, is transforming this dream into
a reality by saying goodbye to its current home on 93 College Ave.
The brand new state-of-the-art Hillel Student Center will be
located on 2 Bishop Pl., the location of the old Phi Gamma Delta
FIJI fraternity home. At the present time, the Hillel building is
leased from the Theological Seminary and because the Hillel does
not own the building, there isn't much improvement that can be done
to it, he said."Our current home is well located and very warm, but
it is inadequate for the activities and programs that the Hillel
runs," Rutgers Hillel Director Andrew Getraer said. "At times, we
can get over 300 students a week, who we can't accommodate in our
building. So we sometimes have to use the faculty room in Brower
Commons or the Multipurpose Room in the Rutgers Student Center."
The new Hillel Student Center will be completely privately funded,
Getraer said. The overall cost is placed at $15 million, which
includes costs for land, designing and constructing as well as
maintenance of the building. A team of students, staff, alumni and
architects designed the new facility, Getraer said. The contract to
build the new Hillel was given to Kann Partners of Baltimore, Md.,
an architect firm that also designed the Hillel at Johns Hopkins
University. The process of constructing the new Hillel center will
begin by demolishing the Fiji house near the end of September,
Getraer said. The planned construction site offers a 25,000
square-feet lot to build upon. "We spent a number of years
searching for property that fits our needs, that is well located
and offers easy access for students," Getraer said. "This is a
substantial building, which will be a magnificent contribution to
the Rutgers community." But not all students are excited about the
move."I'm mixed on the issue. In one sense, the larger building
will accommodate more students and foster a larger Jewish community
on the campus," School of Engineering sophomore Ross Kleiman said.
"However, I feel that the new location is not in a central location
on Collage Avenue, making the Jewish presence less obvious." The
new Hillel Student Center will include four floors and a dining
hall overlooking the Raritan River that can accommodate about 400
people. There will also be a two-story atrium with a café serving
kosher food that is open to all students, including both indoor and
outdoor seating. "We've talked to the Hillels in Pennsylvania,
Boston University, University of Maryland and University of
Wisconsin," Getraer said. "We really learned from their experience
and used it in the design of our new building."Other building
features include a library offering English and Hebrew texts, small
kitchens, office space for students and Hillel staff as well as a
large multipurpose room, which can be used for dances, movies,
holiday services and alumni weddings, Getraer said. The
multipurpose room will be available to other parts of the
University when not in use. "It would be great to have a Judaic
library in the new Hillel equipped with Internet access and a Beit
Midrash, or study hall," said Ryan Richstein, a School of Arts and
Sciences sophomore. "Larger, more comfortable lounges would
encourage more interaction between individuals, and meeting rooms
would better organize the various programs offered by Hillel and
would support the meetings held by staff and student leaders."The
University Jewish community currently includes about 5,000 members
and is the fourth largest Jewish campus population in the country,
according to the Hillel's Web site. "We do expect more students
will come to the new Hillel Student Center," Getraer said. "Other
Hillels that have built new facilities have seen a 30 percent
increase in the population."
Four months ago a group of University students and
non-affiliates got together with hopes of producing a subjective
forum for New Brunswick and University topics. Today the online
journal is consistently putting out weekly columns.
Students walking past Old Queens campus may have noticed it is
missing one of its historic landmarks: the Old Queens Gate.
Surrounded by a faltering economy with job loss and
controversies originating from Wall Street, some business students
may be more inclined to cheat than others to get ahead.