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On Feb. 10, Milo Yiannopoulos began “The Dangerous Faggot Tour” at Rutgers University. The tour criticized the modern-day college campus as overly sensitive and censor-happy. During his speech, feminists and Black Lives Matter protestors stormed into the lecture hall and began chanting, “Black lives matter!” They were met with loud opposition, with the audience repeating, “Trump!” Most news coverage has criticized the protestors, citing disrespect to Milo’s freedom of speech.
While it has been more than 10 years since I worked for The Daily Targum, I cherish the opportunities, skills and friendships that it gave me and that I still hold dear.
Never underestimate the places you’ll go after working for The Daily Targum. The hands-on experience can get you far in life — trust me, I’m writing this from Madagascar.
To the Editor:
When we walk around the Rutgers campus today, we can't help but be a little bitter. With its own Jersey-style diner and winning sports teams, Rutgers is a much cooler place now than in 2005, the year we graduated.
Every three years, Rutgers' student newspaper, The Daily Targum, the second-oldest and one of the largest college newspapers in the country, asks undergraduate and graduate students to vote in favor of refunding the paper. This process, called a referendum, gives students the choice to continue paying the $11.25 newspaper fee on their term bills every semester.
Reflecting upon my three-and-a-half years on the Banks, my mind floods with memories of a freshman year spent in Katzenbach, getting stuck taking two buses back from Livingston after the REXL stopped running. I remember being the sole defender of Brower’s food amongst my friends, which to this day, I won’t testify against. I remember waking up with excitement to catch the train to New York City for three incredible television news internships. But most of all, I remember my time as associate news editor for the 146th editorial board of The Daily Targum.
I never planned on being in journalism. I never even planned on being involved with my college newspaper. The short version of the story is that I wandered into The Daily Targum with a friend to play video games on the office computers after the paper was done for the day.
I still remember the interview for my first job after I graduated from Rutgers. My prospective boss wanted to know whether I had an internship and if I had any college newspaper experience. When I replied that I had worked at The Daily Targum and secured an internship in the Statehouse Bureau of one of the largest newspapers in New Jersey (thanks to a Targum alumni), he was impressed and I was quickly offered the position.
We are Rutgers students, but many of us are also New Brunswick residents. This may seem obvious, but it often feels as if Rutgers students strictly confine their movements to Rutgers property and the popular College Avenue houses and bars. We live somewhere with history, culture and plenty to do, but students rarely break out and venture into our city. There must be a reason why students follow these beaten paths.
What is diversity? It’s certainly the buzzword around college campuses, businesses and, indeed, all aspects of society. An institution can receive societal gold stars if it is “diverse” enough. Again, what does it mean? Should you care? Or should you go back to cramming for an exam or Netflixing your stress away? (Side note: If you do go back to Netflix, I highly recommend "Daredevil." Season 2 is phenomenal. Now, back to diversity).
In a statement that went viral on the Internet in the beginning of March, world chess champion and Russian politician Garry Kasparov commented that he was “enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of socialism and what it really means … Talking about socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism.”
Head to head polls show Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would beat Republic frontrunner Donald Trump in November by a wider margin than Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would. A narrative that basically insinuates that Sanders is a better candidate against the GOP than Clinton is has recently followed these polls. And at this point in the cycle, these polls are probably accurate. Given the facts beneath the surface, however, they're meaningless.
After an underwhelming fall and winter athletic season, Rutgers is not a football school yet and seems farther than ever from being a basketball school. No sport seems to give Rutgers any merit for being in the Big Ten Conference. That was until this past weekend.
I have enjoyed my time at Rutgers and have enjoyed working at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I). There are many colleagues who are genuine anti-racists and who have taken time to help and support me through my six years here. However, when I was denied tenure I experienced first-hand how institutional racism works. It is not deliberate, it's not malicious and it is not overt. Rather, it was determined that I am simply not a fit.
This may be an unpopular headline, but bear with me.
Two weeks ago in the Student Activities Center, the Rutgers University Student Assembly invited a speaker from the Center for Global Education (CGE) — part of the University’s Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs — to give a presentation on study abroad opportunities for undergraduates. The presentation focused on the need to increase participation among Rutgers undergraduates in all forms of international education: study abroad, research and service learning.
Jewish students at Rutgers are lucky to have a large and well-funded Hillel with an impressive staff and list of programs. As Jews and student leaders of J Street U, the pro-Israel, pro-peace campus movement, we are thankful for Hillel-supported opportunities like Shabbat dinners, dialogue events and more. So it is with concern for our community at home and commitment to our pro-Israel, progressive values that we ask Andrew Getraer, executive director of Rutgers Hillel, to apologize for his Islamophobic remarks that hurt our campus community and impeded our pro-Israel work.
Head coach Kyle Flood’s three-game suspension that doesn’t include a ban from practice is so dubious that it tells you two things: Rutgers administration’s motive and how it got to this point.
So I won’t sit here and preach about how some “Eat Pray Love” traveling experience will change your life forever. I won’t do that, because you’ll hate me for it — The Targum won’t print it and Julia Roberts did a better job at it. What I am going to do is try and explain that through my experiences traveling really did change my life. Before you turn the page, roll your eyes or chuckle at my romantic and silly fallacies about traveling, I will have you know that I am an incredibly logical person. I eat oats in the morning, get my papers done before 4 a.m. and, perhaps the highest indication of responsibility and reliability, I wash my dishes immediately after using them.