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HITCHINGS: Rutgers wrestling success emboldens all of U., athletic department’s future

(03/28/19 4:00am)

Saturday evening in Pittsburgh, one of the most notable events in Rutgers Athletics history took place as wrestlers Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault both stood atop their respective weight classes as the best in the NCAA. The wins are the first in wrestling for the school but have a much larger impact on the program than just two trophies in a case. 





MEJIA: End of Women’s History Month should not stop discourse

(03/27/19 4:00am)

March has been a month to celebrate notable women leaders, our own personal heroines and even women in our families. The whole purpose of this month is to celebrate the vital role women have had in forming history. This is the time to reflect upon our women leaders and the silent operators that do not get recognition for their hand at making a difference. 


ABRAMS: Media’s fixation on Beto hurts Democrats

(03/27/19 4:00am)

On March 13, Vanity Fair published an 8,800-word cover story glossed with a portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: his brown-gray hair tussled over his forehead, bucolic Texas landscape in the background and door of his Toyota Tundra ajar. The piece profiles him in detail, covering everything from his penchant for punk rock to his presidential ambitions. “Man, I'm just born to be in it,” he said.



WASON: Death to death row: We must abolish capital punishment

(03/27/19 7:32pm)

Let us consider the fundamental values of countries such as China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt or Somalia. Think for a second. What comes to mind? Is it democracy? Human rights maybe? I did not think so. Well, at least I would certainly hope not. If we were to add the U.S. onto this authoritarian cocktail of a list, nobody would blame you for picturing them as sitting at the head of a table, scolding the rest for their bad behavior. Unfortunately, this time the U.S. is here to join the party rather than stop it. 


COMMENTARY: Attacks on Omar must not silence debate

(03/27/19 7:31pm)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), in recent weeks, has been harshly criticized for tweets she made regarding how lawmakers were influenced by the pro-Israeli lobby. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) threatened punishment against Omar for criticizing Israel. Omar responded to this by tweeting a Puff Daddy lyric, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” When she was asked on Twitter who she believes is paying Americans to be pro-Israel she tweeted “AIPAC!”


EDITORIAL: Admissions scandal shows broken system

(03/25/19 4:00am)

Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department began the prosecutorial process of the largest college cheating scheme in department history. Fifty people were charged nationwide with cheating on college admissions exams and securing admission to elite colleges through bribery and conspiracy. This is by no means simply a case of a few bad apples, but rather it is a glimpse into the veiled rotting of a broken ecosystem of inequality, bribery and disillusion. 



SAJU: Weaponization of social media intensifies damages of hate

(03/25/19 4:00am)

“Terrorism is the propaganda of the deed, and the terrorist is always as interested in his audience as his victim … But social media makes this vector much more powerful. We become host to the virus, and we accelerate its spread,” said Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


NUNDA: Many find alternatives to entering labor force

(03/14/19 4:00am)

"Nobody wants to work, but capitalism is an ugly beast,” East Bay artist Rayana Jay proclaimed to Pacific Standard two weeks ago. Her words, although simple, are straightforward and just about sum up the majority of the working middle-class mentality. Does anyone honestly really want to work? Probably not. If given the opportunity to retire and still remain well-off at an early age I am almost positive there would be a large amount of individuals jumping at the opportunity. But, we live in 21st-century America and no one seems to be offering handouts any time soon.


O'BRIEN: We must consider value of neoliberalism

(03/14/19 4:00am)

I am a neoliberal. Yes, that philosophy everyone Left, Right and center seems to despise actually has a small but growing number of adherents. While the term is one of the most popular punching bags in American politics, particularly after the 2016 election, most of what you know about it is probably wrong. It will be impossible to address, point-by-point, the unfair attacks leveled at this political viewpoint, but it is deserving of at least a philosophical defense.


EDITORIAL: We must solidify First Step, take next step

(03/13/19 4:00am)

A new day was meant to dawn. But the apparent rising sun of progress and reform seems more and more to be only a mirage of a society lost in a desert without the free-flowing waters of justice. We passed the First Step Act at the end of last year, a historic criminal justice reform bill meant to unleash the tides of change that was, in light of its namesake, the first step in addressing the inequality and injustices of our nation’s criminal justice system. 


OLAYEMI: Students’ inhibitions leave for spring break

(03/13/19 4:00am)

As Rutgers embarks on its "do not ask, do not tell" week of trouble-making, mischief and potentially poor decision making, I cannot help but think about how significant the concept of spring break has become to our age demographic. A conversation that I was having with a few friends led to one of them posing the question: Is spring break really an excuse to wild out? By “wild out,” I mean go nuts, behave in a substantially less concerned manner, partake in scandalous or taboo activities, etc. 



GUVERCIN: College experience is fundamental to our development

(03/14/19 4:00am)

Throughout our lives, we have been exposed to an abundance of opinions regarding college and what it entails in a person’s life. We have heard people say it is the best four years of our lives, the worst four years of our lives and even the four years of our lives that we will never be able to remember. Despite our personal opinions regarding how fun or horrible college is, it is incontrovertibly one of the most critical points in life in the context of both academic and personal development. 


COMMENTARY: ISIS decline causes debate of citizenship

(03/12/19 4:00am)

The decline of ISIS brought along more security threats and international crises, both long-term, and short-term. The Caliphate was declared over after a series of prolonged losses, leading to both political and economic disasters within itself. In 2017, Iraqi forces reclaimed Mosul, the Caliphate’s most important stronghold, as the Syrian Democratic Forces took back Raqqa, another important city. 


Commentary: Government support does not undermine our philanthropy

(03/12/19 4:00am)

On March 5, The Daily Targum ran an op-ed titled “Solution to Poverty is in Individual Acts.” In it, writer Michael Vespa suggested that poverty in America could be reduced by taxing Americans less so that they can give more to charity because the government “has had no real progress” in combating poverty. But, the article fails to recognize the nuanced nature of charitable giving in the United States, and makes false assumptions about charitable giving.