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Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 by the United States Senate to be an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court on Saturday. He was sworn in later that day by the man he clerked for, former Justice Anthony Kennedy. This ended what is widely considered to be the most contentious nomination fight in our nation’s history. After Justice Kavanaugh was accused of attempted sexual assault an already partisan battle imploded into a national disgrace. What lessons can we learn from this debacle?
On Saturday night, in a private ceremony, Brett Kavanaugh took his oath to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
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What is an AR-15? This is a simple question, yet many advocates of gun control are unable to answer it correctly. Among the many false facts being fed to the public, a common one is that an AR-15 is a semi-automatic assault rifle, a contradictory statement. Without getting too technical, AR stands for ArmaLite rifle after the company that developed it in the 1950s. While it is similar in appearance to the M16, a military rifle, the AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle, meaning it fires only one round each time the trigger is pulled. This is not to be confused with the bullet, which is the mere metal projectile that leaves the gun. A single round, though, includes the bullet, powder and primer encased in an outer shell. Assault rifles, or machine guns, have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
I have to start with an important disclaimer that this article is likely to spoil some aspects of "BoJack Horseman." If you have not already seen it, what are you waiting for? I have seen a lot of TV shows, and though I am by no means qualified to say this, "BoJack Horseman" is the most poignant and thought-provoking piece of television there is.
For 50 years, Rutgers has been offering students financial help through the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), and this week the University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the program by hosting a commemoration ceremony, TED talks from EOF alumni and a celebration dinner. The fund exists to provide financial aid and other forms of support, such as counseling, tutoring and developmental coursework to students who come from backgrounds with educational or economic disadvantages.
As a first-year student who enjoys hours of watching political videos happening on college campuses all across the United States, I admit I could not wait to see what Rutgers would have to offer in terms of political activism on campus. With the hotly contested midterm elections coming soon, I thought I may see Republicans and Democrats walking with their usual signs wanting to convince me to vote for one or the other, and I awaited the day I could have a good debate with both sides.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, prides itself on being one of the most diverse academic institutions and claims to be revolutionary throughout its rich history. These are few of many reasons that Rutgers University needs to offer a major in Arabic language and literature.
It was here and it happened — Fashion Month, but most importantly, Fashion Week. If you are fortunate enough to take a daily stroll down the streets of Soho, New York City, then during Fashion Week, which took place in the first half of last month, you likely saw the sidewalks flooded with fashion lovers decorated head to toe. If you are not sure what I am talking about, you may be thinking, “Yeah people wear clothes, but why is there a week dedicated to it?” So let me start explaining — Fashion Week is a whole week where fashion designers get to run their shows and have some of the most famous runway models flaunt the season’s newest designs.
Rutgers plays nine Big Ten games a year. This leaves three places on its 12 game schedule for non-conference games.
When former President Barack Obama gave his speech at the 250th anniversary commencement ceremony, he said, “America converges here. And in so many ways, the history of Rutgers mirrors the evolution of America — the course by which we became bigger, stronger, and richer and more dynamic and a more inclusive nation.” And he was not wrong. Rutgers students come from all 50 states and 105 countries. When one walks down College Avenue on any given day, what they will see is analogous to a United Nations convention — with people from all corners of the globe represented.
History textbooks are essential to education and are seen as the main source of context that will provide students with the background information they need on specific periods and events in history. I have no issue with history textbooks, but my issue is with the context within the textbooks, or the lack of context. I believe the United States currently has a clear majority of historically-challenged students, which is concerning when you consider the fact that these students will hold moral, political and ethical beliefs in the future with little knowledge of actual history. The far more alarming point that I want to bring to the attention of readers is the amount of false information in these textbooks that people deem as the truth for the rest of their life because they believe their history books would always be truthful.
A new game developed by Dice is on the way, and you know what that means: controversy. Battlefield V is slated to release Nov. 20 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game is being crafted in traditional Battlefield style. Big destructible maps, first person shooter combat, a large in-game player count, vehicles and objective based gameplay are signature features of Battlefield games, including this new one. Battlefield V is set in World War II, with the bulk of the presentation set in the western front of the war. One may think, “A Battlefield game taking place in World War II? That sounds amazing!” Not entirely.
The Center for American Progress conducted a study regarding sex education in America's public schools. Said study found that the majority of students enrolled in these schools do not know how to effectively discern between healthy and unhealthy behaviors in relationships. The study found that only 24 states and the District of Columbia actually mandate sexual education, and only eight of those states, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia, require discussion of sexual assault and the idea of consent within those classes.
During the Kavanaugh hearings last week, one of my friend’s Facebook posts caught my eye. It read: “Men are bad,” followed by a comment that clarified, “Yes, all men.” After a few men left question marks, someone commented that their reluctance to shoulder collective responsibility for Kavanaugh’s crimes made them “part of the problem.” This exchange seemed to sum up an argument that is becoming more and more popular in woke circles: Men, if they want to be viewed as politically enlightened, must admit that they belong to a wicked sex and carry themselves with the requisite amount of shame. Anything less than that, and they are the enemy.
Selina Black was a mother of three and pregnant with a fourth child when she died due to complications from abortion-induced drugs. Sadly, her case is not as uncommon as one might expect as she is just one among hundreds of women who die from the antiquated and restrictive abortion law in Malawi. According to the 157 year-old law, abortions are only allowed if the woman’s life is at risk — abortions for any other reason are punishable with a 7-14-year prison sentence. Many times there are accidental or unintended pregnancies, which can be caused by an unreliable or complete lack of birth control, rape, incest or insufficient education and awareness. Many times women are not ready to raise a child due to their current situation. For some, motherhood would interfere with their education or employment, whereas others simply cannot afford to raise a child, have no support in doing so or have health problems which would prevent them from attaining a healthy pregnancy.
In 2017, the Paradise Papers revealed that Rutgers has issued an irredeemable check to its students, a check that has come back marked insufficient funds. Rutgers was listed among the universities investing in EnCap Energy Capital Fund IX-C, a hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands that primarily invests in oil and gas companies, The Guardian reported.
Amid a period of American politics where polarization of ideological identities has run rampant upon our national mindset, the Supreme Court has remained the purveyors of truth and reason within American governance. Yet, with the legislative branch now seemingly at a perpetual political deadlock and the limited authority possessed by the executive branch to bring about wide-sweeping changes, all eyes have now settled on the Court as the decider of these political disputes, and thus it has become subject to the whims and pressures the founders intended to keep it quarantined from.
Immigration is the blood that gives life to the governing body of the United States. Without it, America would have never developed into the nation that we know today and the flow of new ideas and perspectives would cease to exist. Generations of immigrants built this country with their hard work and determination to achieve the American Dream. Yet, we readily accept the narrative of the so called self-made man while forgetting that this land was taken from indigenous people and built on the backs of enslaved people.
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