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GUVERCIN: BTS gave good advice at UN convention

(09/27/18 11:47pm)

On Sept. 24, internationally-recognized South Korean band BTS was invited to deliver a powerful speech at the 73 session of the United Nations General Assembly. The goal of the conference was to collaborate with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and respected world leaders to establish a new partnership — Generation Unlimited — that aims to fight to give young people access to quality education, training or employment by 2030. The conference was significant not only because of its humanitarian endeavor to abet the welfare of global youth, but also because it marked BTS as the first ever Korean band to address the United Nations General Assembly. 

EDITORIAL: Memes can unite Rutgers community

(09/27/18 1:04am)

If you use the internet, it is overwhelmingly likely that you have at some point encountered a meme. Memes have become an extremely common way for internet users to easily transfer information, most of the time with humorous undertones, to one another. The popularity of memes is somewhat of an enigma even to those who are familiar with them. The term meme was apparently first brought about in 1976 by Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins to describe a spread of cultural information. Meme derives from the Greek word mimema, which can be translated to something imitated. To most people who like memes, they are a quick source of entertainment. But when one looks more deeply into their nature, it looks as if memes can be more complex and influential than they seem on the surface.

O'BRIEN: TPUSA misdirects conservative thought

(09/27/18 1:05am)

Next week, two of the most prominent activists in the American conservative movement, Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, will begin a month-long speaking tour across the country. Their aptly-named “Campus Clash” series, which will include a stop at Rutgers University on Oct. 22, will promote conservatism at 11 of the nation’s largest universities.

DEANGELO: Kavanaugh’s hearings test how far #MeToo has come

(09/27/18 1:02am)

It has been a year since the #MeToo movement shook the nation to its core by exposing a system that allowed sexual assault to permeate in the workplace and beyond. One by one, survivors bravely came forward and shared their stories to oust perpetrators. And by shedding light on this festering issue, the viral campaign offered promise and widespread change.

EDITORIAL: Voter Registration Day is important

(09/26/18 12:04am)

As many students probably know due to its extensive endorsement at Rutgers, yesterday was National Voter Registration Day. By setting up numerous voter registration drives around campus, Rutgers’ Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP) continues to play an important role in getting students registered to vote. Yesterday’s drives came in time for the New Jersey midterm elections, participation in which necessitates being registered by Oct. 16. Last school year, the Student Affairs Committee released a report on what action can be taken to increase student-voter turnout in all levels of elections. The report showed that voter registration rates among Rutgers—New Brunswick students were 76.6 percent in 2016 — a 3 percent increase from 2012 — and that a little more than half of the Rutgers students eligible to vote did so in the 2016 election. The more students who are registered to vote (and who actually get out and vote) the better, that seems obvious — but why? Well, there are many reasons, but one in particular may hit home for many young people: We are the future.

HINRICHS: Voters must contemplate true reasons for aftermath of 2016

(09/26/18 12:04am)

When the candied myths sour, we will be forced to reckon with our poisoned misdirection. We are not the land of the select few, but rather we are the land of the united many, E pluribus unum. A nation of nations. A nation of immigrants. An imperfect nation that must confront the racism and hate that divides us. When we realize that we have been hollowed as a populace, that there has been a theft of our patriotism and perversion of our democratic values, then we will understand the deception. 

COMMENTARY: Classroom enrichment program must be saved

(09/25/18 11:55pm)

This fall I am teaching an American Studies course on the role of museums and monuments in American culture and history. I planned a three-week unit around the history of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and the controversies that surrounded the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and WWII Memorial. We are also examining the National Museum of the American Indian and the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the struggle that went into seeing these institutions realized as part of the landscape that is referred to as “America’s front yard.” All of this was to be accompanied by a two-day trip to the capital to engage these sites in person. 

EDITORIAL: More can be done to help prevent crime

(09/25/18 1:10am)

To probably no one's surprise, two more crime alerts were issued this past weekend. The first was a robbery which occurred the morning of Sept. 21 on Senior Street between Sicard and Wyckoff streets, and the second was an aggravated assault that happened the morning of Sept. 23 on Easton Avenue. Additionally, at around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, a robbery occurred at an off-campus residence on Harvey Street, and on Sept. 4 at approximately 1 a.m. an aggravated assault occurred on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street. A member of the Rutgers wrestling team has been charged with being the perpetrator of the Sept. 4 assault. 

EDITORIAL: Prison program will improve many lives

(09/23/18 11:30pm)

As is a well established fact by now, with approximately 2.3 million people locked up, the United States has more people in prison per capita than any other nation in the world. One in five of those people are incarcerated for a non-violent drug offense. New Jersey itself, though, has taken meaningful steps to cut down on the number of people incarcerated. The Garden State’s incarceration rate has been steadily decreasing in recent years, and since its peak inmate population in the 1990s, New Jersey’s prison population has dropped more than any other state in the nation. Though Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has ordered N.J. district attorneys to resume prosecuting even minor marijuana cases after having put a pause to such prosecution over the summer, he essentially noted that prosecutors may use lenient discretion in convicting a person, especially when such convictions would jeopardize a person’s access to public housing, immigration status or parenting rights. These incremental changes are important in working to fix the criminal justice system, but one Rutgers program is taking it to the next level. 

RUTGERS AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY: Senate must learn to deal with allegations

(09/23/18 11:29pm)

Nearly three decades after the Anita Hill testimony, and a year since the beginning of the #MeToo reckoning, the Senate is not prepared to deal with yet another sexual allegation of its own. Especially when doing so would put a seat on the Supreme Court at risk — the seat that it is well aware will decide the fate of women’s rights for a generation.

SURIANO: It is time for Rutgers to honor legacy of Milton Friedman

(09/23/18 11:29pm)

What if I told you one of the greatest economists of the 20th century, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, a Nobel Laurette went to Rutgers. I imagine you, dear reader, would be a little surprised because surely Rutgers University the hallowed institution of higher learning that it is, would advertise this to its incoming students. Perhaps, dare I say, the administration would see it fit to honor this mystery man. Well as you have probably guessed, there is such a man who graduated from our fair University. This man was the noted economist Milton Friedman. I believe it is high time Rutgers does more to honor the legacy of Friedman.

CASTELLI: Turning Point USA is poor representation of conservativism

(09/21/18 12:43am)

The past two years have seen a considerable increase in polarization on the tail ends of the political spectrum. While in certain cases the most recent presidential election brought unlikely allies together, the aftermath left both parties scattered and confused. Major reorganization and re-evaluation of both parties' platforms — particularly Democrats — was in order if they were to continue to be a positive and considerable influence on the political stage. On the Left, groups such as Antifa and the Women’s March sprouted up and embraced more socialistic ideas, such as free healthcare and college tuition. The tactics that these groups use, specifically Antifa, are aggressive, provocative and often violent. The purpose of these protests does not seem to change minds and convince those in the center, but to resist the current administration and its policies, whatever they may be. These emerging groups dominate conservative media segments, and rightfully so. Yet, many forget — or ignore — the Right's little monster, Turning Point USA (TPUSA).

EDITORIAL: Alternatives to opioids are necessary

(09/20/18 1:05am)

Rutgers' Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling has recently conducted two polls regarding the opioid issue, one of which rather strongly indicated that many people who are prescribed opioids by doctors may not have been sufficiently advised regarding their dangers or effective alternatives. In 2015, New Jersey opioid providers wrote prescriptions for more than half of every 100 patients they saw, and in 2016 New Jersey’s opioid-overdose rate exceeded the national average at 16 fatal opioid overdoses per 100,000 people. Today, the Garden State still struggles with this deadly epidemic — and New Brunswick is no exception. 

FOWLER: Society needs to reconsider connotations behind word “slut”

(09/20/18 1:05am)

It seems fair to assume that almost every woman has been called a slut at some point in her life. In my own life, an acute awareness of the term came in middle school, when my best friend was called a slut after she had her first kiss in seventh grade. In the weirdly charged environment that is early pubescence, where everything is new and everyone compares “firsts” — when you had your first kiss, when you first “hung out” with someone romantically, the list goes on — it felt like the word slut was thrown out a lot more. There was constant judgement and jealousy, a need to equate one’s lack of sexual experience or prowess (often by choice) with a character default in someone who perhaps was sexually active or more romantically interested. I had thought that the use of this language had subsided, but I am not sure that that is true, and lately I have heard the word slut used by women to describe other women more than I have heard it from men. Do women feel more entitled to use a term that has likely been used on them? When a woman calls another woman a slut, is it more okay? What are the implications?