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Snooki harms U.'s reputation

(04/03/11 4:00am)

In these uncertain times, it is great to know exactly where the priorities of an institution lie. Our own University, which in its rich history has traditionally made top-notch affordable education its priority, has made it clear that its current top priority is providing top-notch college entertainment. Students entering the University will now know that not only is our school the eighth oldest university in United States, but it also stands tall as the first university where the iconic Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of "Jersey Shore" fame spoke. At a sold-out forum, 500 lucky University undergraduates received invaluable advice on dance moves, a demonstration on hair styling and her general wisdom on life, culminating in the mantra "Study hard, but party harder!"

Media misrepresents massacre in Israel

(03/31/11 4:00am)

With the horrific event of the Itamar massacre two weeks ago, one would reasonably think that such a crime of immense brutality and cold ruthlessness would be treated with humanity and the utmost consideration. Perhaps the biggest outrage is the media's lack of outrage and compassion for the untimely deaths of an innocent Jewish family. On the contrary, what little coverage the media has given this tragedy has been within the context of the debate over Jewish settlements and the alleged problems they cause in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The New York Times reported on the tragedy under the headline, "Suspecting Palestinians, Israeli Military Hunts for Killers of Five West Bank Settlers."

Fix system for all students

(03/31/11 4:00am)

The topic of affirmative action is visceral and arouses emotional debates. This letter is written in response to two pieces published in The Daily Targum — the March 24 column "Remove all bias from academia" and Tuesday's letter "Affirmative action provides level playing field." I appreciate the opinions of both authors and the fact they expressed them civilly. Often, we can let our emotions get the better of us. I would like to take a moment to amiably disagree with both authors' presentations of the critical issue of affirmative action.

College rankings do not truly matter

(03/30/11 4:00am)

Our individual education is not based on memorization of facts but learning a logical and analytical process of solving problems. Each major, whether it be physics, biology, history, philosophy, etc., has its own school of thought that makes their alumni solve problems differently when they actually go out into the real world. Engineers think differently when solving a thermodynamics problem than physics majors do. Philosophers think differently about our universe than astronomers do. These are just a couple examples.

See Iraq, Libya variances

(03/30/11 4:00am)

The author of the column "Separate Libya from Iraq," published in The Daily Targum on March 28, thoughtfully draws distinctions between Iraq and Libya. Yet it is surprising that his analysis of the run-up to the Iraq war is sketchy. The author claims "[former President George W.] Bush at least attempted to maintain a semblance of democracy by lubricating the months leading up to the beginning of the conflict with a public relations campaign concerning the necessity of the conflict." Unfortunately, this public-relations campaign relied on fabricated or inaccurate evidence indicating the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as well as false suggestions that Iraq supported the 9/11 terrorists. Bush therefore committed our troops to war without proper justification and alienated many American allies such as France and Germany in the process.

Liberal economic policies lead to problems

(03/30/11 4:00am)

I read the diatribe-like March 24 column in The Daily Targum titled "Republicans divide nation in time of need," with bemusement. I was certain I had stumbled upon the latest Mugrat issue. It is based on so many distortions, falsehoods and misconceptions that deconstructing it is near impossible. Instead, I will offer the alternative viewpoint born of adherence to the founding principles established by our Constitution's framers.

Demand better funding for higher education

(03/29/11 4:00am)

I am attending the Walk into Action on April 13 because I am angry. I am angry because I don't have any more money to put toward my education. I have been forced to mortgage my future in order to attend a public University. I have friends who have been forced out of school because of the fee increases. My loans will stay with me forever. But our state sees us, students, as the people who can afford to pay more for school.

Affirmative action combats discrimination

(03/29/11 4:00am)

According to the column "Remove all bias from academia," published in The Daily Targum on March 24, "the color of a student's skin does not reflect the thoughts in his brain" — yet we live in a society where one's skin color or race can prevent them from gaining employment with the same or higher qualifications than others. An article in the New York Times published on Nov. 30, 2009, discusses how black males graduating from high-profile universities like Yale University are not hired for jobs they qualify for because of racial obstacles in the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "the unemployment rate for black male college graduates 25 and older in 2009 has been nearly twice that of white male college graduates — 8.4 percent compared with 4.4 percent."

Affirmative action provides level playing field

(03/28/11 4:00am)

The vision of the American dream sometimes blinds us from recognizing what actually takes place around us. After reading the March 24 column in The Daily Targum titled, "Remove all bias from academia," I experienced a visceral rush of excitement and a feeling of satisfaction that the conversation of affirmative action, which usually takes place behind closed doors in our residence hall rooms, was now being made public. I applaud the writer of the column for being brave, as most people fear to speak on such issues because they can easily be mislabeled as a "racist." Although I am not a big proponent of affirmative action, as the solution to fixing the disparity that exists among races, gender and socioeconomic class, I do believe it is necessary and needed in our society.

Combine NJIT, Rutgers-Newark, UMDNJ

(03/28/11 4:00am)

I am writing on behalf of the students of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Since my arrival as a student three years ago, I witnessed NJIT disable the rights of individual students, professors and employees to speak out against the university and solve their problems internally. NJIT possesses many institutional problems, which the current president, Robert Altenkirch, and members of the administration choose to ignore.

NFL fans deserve a resolution to labor dispute

(03/28/11 4:00am)

Every time I go to a sports news web page looking for real news on the current National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) labor dispute, I usually end up empty-handed. What I do come across is article after article of players taking the opportunity to get cheap shots in on the owners. This is petty and it must stop if they ever hope to get a labor deal done.

Stay informed about changes to student fees

(03/24/11 4:00am)

Every year, the student governing councils of the University put together a committee called the Student Fee Advisory Committee to meet with the administration about student fees. Student fees are fees paid by students for specific services the University provides. The purpose of the committee is to give student input about changes in student fees to different departments. Administrators propose fee raises to increase services they provide to students. The committee then shares with each administrator which services students would want to prioritize. The Student Fee Advisory Committee writes a report and provides a recommendation to University Budgeting about whether or not, or by how much, to increase student fees. If you have feedback, please send it to rusa.assembly@gmail.com. An open hearing on the University's budget, tuition, fees and housing and dining charges for the 2011-2012 year will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 at the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room on the College Avenue campus.

Humanism gives ethics, purpose to people

(03/24/11 4:00am)

The Daily Targum editorial entitled "Successful society requires religion," which ran Wednesday, is unconvincing. Non-theistic humanism can provide the philosophical and inspirational underpinnings of a just and forward-looking society. The fact that many countries, including the United States, are seeing a decline in religiosity does not mean the people are losing their morals or their sense of purpose in life. Rather, they are seeing the world in a way that is more honest and more useful to them.

Recognize flaws in US intervention in Libya

(03/22/11 4:00am)

It's time for President Barack Obama to defend his own war, Operation Odyssey Dawn. First, U.S. military operations in Libya could wipe out a significant chunk of the budget cuts costing between $400 million and $800 million, according to a report released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.  Most importantly, President Obama failed to gain approval from Congress before launching military action. Not only is he the first American president in the history of the United States to attack a foreign country while visiting a foreign country, but he is continuing the legacy of Presidents unwillingness to follow the constitution in regarding matters of war.

Support 'World Water Day'

(03/21/11 4:00am)

Bottled water: a trend that began a decade ago and that, a decade later, we cannot seem to live without. Is it the convenience of water on the go? The allure of "purified spring water?" The picturesque mountains on the label that make you want to buy the bottle of water? Whatever the appeal of bottled water that brought the product to great popularity, here are the real facts.

Students must develop smart spending habits

(03/21/11 4:00am)

I decided after my sophomore year to commute to the University after sitting down and taking a look at my term bill. By doing so, I cut off roughly $5,500 from my loans. I keep account of my budget and do many things to save up money, including driving to school only when needed and bringing meals from home. As I sit at the Douglass Campus Center, eating my turkey sandwich, I realize I'm one of the few who are watching what they spend, and in the times we live in, that is not acceptable.