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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.

Administration’s response to sexual assault sub-par

(04/16/15 5:23am)

Let me begin by stating that I appreciate The Daily Targum's boldness in publishing the article titled, “Rutgers student criticizes University after sexual assault,” and bringing attention to an issue that is not unique to our college campus. I can say that most of the issues I have with this article are not technically based on the writing skills or point of view expressed in the article, but more strictly based on the facts of the case and the realities of our University policies.

Tattoo ink can be more toxic than you think

(03/31/15 1:48am)

About two weeks ago, I saw a line of people waiting to get $13 tattoos from Revolver Tattoo, a tattoo parlor fairly close to the College Avenue campus. Most of the people in line were probably attracted by the low cost, not thinking much about the impact the tattoo may have on their health. Figuring that the tattoo parlor has a license to operate, most would conclude that it must be safe. What many of these people may not know is that many inks regularly used today contain heavy metals that may include, among others: lead, arsenic and mercury. Many of the pigments used in tattoo inks are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, none of which have been approved for injection by the FDA. Unless this tattoo parlor uses specific inks that do not contain dangerous compounds (there are some), they will be injecting heavy metals and pigments (which customers may have an allergic reaction to) into their skin. All of these metals are associated with a slew of health problems, ranging from allergic reactions to more serious complications.

Divided mentalites are destroying Earth

(03/26/15 11:45pm)

Great empires like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, the Mayans, the Romans and the Ottomans eventually fell after feeling the limits of growth and indulgence available to man. After each one fell, another one quickly grew from the ashes of the last and transitions were mostly regional. The problem today is that human growth encompasses the entire globe, not just a region or continent, and we are all simultaneously making the same mistake.

Be honest about your symptoms, critical for mental health

(03/25/15 10:50pm)

My entire four years at the University have been a struggle, because I was not receiving proper health care: I didn't tell my doctor all my mental illness symptoms out of embarrassment. But when I finally opened up, my psychiatrist realized what I had. I have rapid cycling bipolar disorder with psychotic features, not depression, which is what I was previously diagnosed with, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which we've known since I was 18.

Students deserve educational opportunity

(03/24/15 1:20am)

In an economy increasingly built upon innovation, the most important skill you can sell is your knowledge. That’s why higher education is, more than ever, the surest ticket to the middle class. But just when it’s never been more important, it’s also never been more expensive. The average undergrad who borrows to pay for college ends up graduating with about $28,000 in student loan debt. 

Student goodbye to Cheryl Wilson

(03/29/15 10:19pm)

The University is saying their goodbyes to Cheryl Wilson, a staff member who has forever changed student life and student involvement on campus. Her professional accolades go on and on, from serving as the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership since 1999 to being published in ESSCENCE Magazine. In between she has led legendary organizations and initiatives, such as the Black Alumnae Network, and created a one-of-a kind Jazz and Java Multicultural Poetry Night. However, this is only a small dose of what she has accomplished and created at the University. To me, her highest accomplishment is the impact she has left on the students, faculty and staff whom she has encountered during her many years at the University (she graduated from Douglass College in 1990, so that already gives you an idea of what kind of person she is).