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COMMENTARY: Socialism has never worked, will never work

(03/25/16 10:52pm)

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.”

COMMENTARY: Clinton is formidable force against GOP

(03/24/16 12:31am)

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.


(03/10/16 5:47am)

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.

COMMENTARY: Rutgers' study abroad access must be democratized

(03/23/16 5:03pm)

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.

COMMENTARY: Jewish leaders of J Street U at Rutgers call on Hillel director to apologize

(03/09/16 2:27am)

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.

Traveling experience is beneficial for personal growth

(09/13/15 9:46pm)

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.

Millenials are antidote to Citizens United

(09/06/15 9:21pm)

As students return to the classrooms for a new semester, this may serve as a good time for us to reevaluate the state of the upcoming presidential elections, as well as our generation’s role in shaping its results. It has been a busy summer. As predicted, the effect of the Citizens United decision on the U.S. political process has compromised the will of the working-class majority in favor of the interests pushed forward by wealthy factions. A quick peek at the list of large donors will reveal how the rich have poured donations for select candidates in a frictionless manner, manipulating the roster of potential candidates and rearranging the order of importance among issues. Rest assured this has been a bipartisan trend that affects us all. 

U. alumnus Milton Friedman deserves more recognition

(09/01/15 5:38pm)

During the application process, incoming first-year students decide what their future alma mater will be based on personal criteria. Some will choose to value a school’s name and reputation, while others base their choices on how well they enjoy the campus. Some take pride in their school’s diversity (sound familiar?), and others proudly flaunt their school’s acceptance rate or their U.S. News and World Report ranking. I chose Rutgers for all of the above (although the U.S. News ranking could be more generous), but also for something slightly odd. I chose Rutgers because Milton Friedman went here.

Slammed, beaten and bruised: Baltimore riots bite back

(05/04/15 1:28am)

“B----, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black b----es I have locked up.” So said a white police officer to Venus Green, an 87-year-old grandmother and resident of Baltimore, Maryland. She was a former schoolteacher with two college degrees. She called the cops to help her grandson after he was shot. Instead, she was pushed around her house, got her arms twisted and thrown to the ground.

Supporting Jewish community, why Rutgers needs Hillel

(04/30/15 1:17am)

Both overseas and nationally, we see violence and prejudice against Jews across the globe rising in number every year — with recent events like Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher. We are seeing a time where people are once again afraid to be kippah-clad on the streets of Paris and Rome. However on a more insular and personal level, Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) measures are right on our doorsteps, with proposals being put to vote through the student government of Princeton University as we speak. Ever present bombardments of Anti-Israeli statements are constantly made on multiple platforms of publishing on University campuses that do nothing but stunt conversation between student groups. We have calls for armed uprisings against Israel, with slogans such as “From Ferguson to Gaza, Intifada Intifada!,” with recent Yik Yak messages reading “Shame on Rutgers for selling them that land” and “Why do they even need one of those,” in regards to the construction of the new Hillel building. It leaves me in awe as I wonder what could make educated individuals hate a group of people so blindly.

On status quo: America as world police, problem solver

(04/27/15 12:21am)

Take a look at a map of the globe tacked onto the wall of your nearest lecture hall, or easier yet — pull out your smart phone, open your Google Maps app and zoom out all the way until the world fits neatly on your snazzy, maybe cracked, HD screen. On every continent, including Antarctica, and in almost every ocean, there is a foreign policy crisis that is or already has unfolded. The United States, unsurprisingly, is entrenched in each one of these crises either directly or indirectly. This reality is accepted by many and qualified by the notion of American exceptionalism, a concept that only promulgates the perception of America as a world police. However, this has thrust the country into a highly unsustainable and tenuous position.

‘Rutgers for Hillary’ at University, get involved in campaign

(04/27/15 12:23am)

She’s finally done it! Former First Lady of the United States, Senator of New York, U.S. Secretary of State and overwhelming favorite Democratic contender Hillary Clinton has finally thrown her hat into the ring for the 2016 Presidential Election. As Clinton transitions to campaign mode, it is now more imperative than ever for her supporters to create a strong and cohesive base as well as educate others on her vision for a brighter America. The new student-run club, “Rutgers for Hillary,” is poised for just that task.