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EDITORIAL: Parking changes are more efficient

(09/10/18 12:13am)

The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) implemented a brand new system for granting parking permits and issuing parking tickets this year. Basically, the new system has done away with physical parking passes, or hang tags, as well as physical parking tickets. It now relies on an electronic system that recognizes vehicles registered by scanning their license plates.

RUTGERS AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY: Supreme Court must be taken seriously

(09/10/18 12:13am)

Hearings for President Donald J. Trump’s supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, concluded on Friday on Capitol Hill. Kavanaugh is currently a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit), appointed by former President George W. Bush. The current nomination process can be characterized as spectacle driven. 

SURIANO: NFL protest is driving unneeded wedge between Americans

(09/10/18 12:13am)

There is a chill in the air, leaves are beginning to fall and school is back in session. You know what that means — instead of enjoying football, each political tribe in the country must mount the proverbial barricades to argue about the flag, national anthem, police brutality and the relative skill of Colin Kaepernick. Any hope of this dismal state of affairs subsiding were dashed when Nike tapped Kaepernick to be its new spokesman, which reignited the kneeling debate. This yearly carnival of controversy is extremely distasteful and damaging to the nation. Our common flag and anthem should bind the nation together, and those who use them to create a political wedge are objectionable. No party in this comes away looking good — not Kaepernick, not President Donald J. Trump, not people on either side of the debate, not the NFL.

CASTELLI: Censoring speech can harm, impede productive dialogue

(09/07/18 5:48pm)

In his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell speaks about the use of many political words that “completely lack ... in meaning.” These words, such as "democracy" and "fascism," have several different meanings that are at odds with one another. The word "fascism," according to Orwell, no longer refers to an extreme and regulatory authoritarian government but rather “something not desirable.” Indeed, the Left’s overuse of buzzwords such as "fascism," "racism," "sexism" and any other -ism response to moderate or conservative politics has ironically lost the weight it once had. Absurd and downright ridiculous pieces, such as “If you let boys be boys, they will murder their fathers and sleep with their mothers” and Michelle Wolf’s “Salute to Abortions,” attempt to raise awareness for issues such as sexual assault and reproductive rights, yet fail in execution by exaggerating to the point where it is almost laughable. 

SHAH: We must be willing to question third-wave feminism

(09/07/18 5:46pm)

No one has a neutral opinion on the Kardashians. They are an American staple. Whether you love, hate or love to hate them, you know who they are. No one is truly proud to be interested in the Kardashians’ lives, but it is hard not to be, considering they dominate almost every news cycle with one controversy or another. And because they are such an unstoppable, unforgettable force, they seem almost untouchable.

EDITORIAL: Football needs strong student section

(09/06/18 2:17am)

A successful football team can mean a lot for a university, and this past Saturday was a great day for Rutgers football team. The squad triumphed over Texas State with a great student section turnout — which hopefully set the pace for the rest of the season. Last season, crowd attendance at Rutgers football games decreased 11.3 percent from 2016. Being that Rutgers football is far from being the most lively or well-attended football program in the Big Ten to begin with, a further decrease would be painful. With that said, it is not unreasonable to think that a strong fan base, especially a strong student fan-base, can significantly improve a team’s motivation and morale during a game. A lively and loud student section could conceivably influence its team in a positive way. For example, it can motivate the team to give a little extra on an important fourth down play. But enthusiastic game attendance — if it is true that a strong fan-base can help a team — can indirectly influence much more than just football. 

FOWLER: Dating culture needs fundamental change

(11/29/18 2:00am)

The New York Times, in their “Modern Love” column, recently published this “tiny love story”: “Some things Tinder dates offered me (that are not sex): jars of jam, help hanging shelves, a ride to the airport, hangover sundae with peanuts, shortcuts across Durham, Costco visits, a planning commissioner’s phone number, a medical consultation, a visit to a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit ...”  

GLASS: U. should do more this year to honor character of Robeson

(09/06/18 2:18am)

One hundred years ago, the 1918 football season marked the conclusion of one of the most successful four-year periods in Rutgers history. There are many contributors to a successful team. Nonetheless, one contributor stands out — the senior tackle Paul Robeson. He was one of the greatest football players during the era from 1869 to 1918 and without question one of the two greatest alumni in the long history of Rutgers. That you may not have known that is the latest twist in the battle over his legacy.

EDITORIAL: Backlash to Nike ad is misguided

(09/05/18 12:17am)

Colin Kaepernick is now the face of Nike’s new “Just Do It” 30th anniversary ad campaign. A black and white image of Kaepernick’s face is the backdrop for an objectively inspiring statement — “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” But, as was likely foreseen, Nike has received backlash by many who disapprove of Kaepernick’s kneeling for the national anthem. A #NikeBoycott Twitter movement was sparked in the wake of the ad, and Nike’s stock has gone down since its release. 

BOZTEPE: United States education system is in need of serious change

(09/05/18 12:17am)

The United States was once the destination of the finest K-12 education system in the world. The United States used to be consistently ranked in the top-three best in the overall educational rankings worldwide that highlight a mixture of reading/literacy scales, problem solving skills, science/mathematic proficiency levels and overall average scores. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) now ranks the United States as 24 in terms of high school literacy, eight in researchers and 54 in education expenditures. The United States falls well behind countries such as South Korea, China, England, Canada and Japan to name a few. There are plenty of reasons as to why we fell so behind, but today I would like to focus on the issue of presidential administration shifts, state government rule over the educational system and the lack of social, ethical and emotional education. 

KEVETT: Loot boxes in video games raise questions

(09/05/18 12:17am)

Pull the lever, roll the dice, play the odds. Video game loot boxes are the newest and most accessible form of gambling to date, and they have taken over the gaming community by storm. There are many advocates for and against loot boxes, but the majority of consumers seem to be perfectly happy spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on virtual gambling.

SINGH: Opioid crisis effects not limited to adults

(09/04/18 3:44pm)

A drug overdose epidemic has seized our country, tightening its grip and raising the numbers to alarming heights. More than 72,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, a large number of which were opioid related, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This makes the number of opioid overdoses more than five times higher than it was in 1999, merely 20 years ago. Even more terrifying is the fact that this calamity extends its effects to pregnant women who abuse painkillers during pregnancy. The CDC confirmed that from 1999 to 2014 the rate of pregnant women misusing opioids has nearly quadrupled. This is a major public health issue and many mothers do not realize that their abuse can consequently affect their children through breastfeeding. 

COMMENTARY: Students should take the #iSPEAK campus climate survey

(05/05/18 10:41pm)

Society is becoming more aware of the prevalence of sexual assault and dating violence on campus. Part of this growing awareness is credited to campus climate surveys designed to measure on-campus sexual assault and domestic violence. Around the nation, these surveys estimate that approximately 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men experience sexual violence while in college. 

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK: Experience is worth more than grades

(04/27/18 1:20am)

As yet another year comes to a close and with the summer being right around the corner, students at Rutgers are probably now, more than ever, thinking about their futures and what they want to do with the rest of their lives. For many, the beginning of the rest of their lives may start this summer. Some may have prestigious internships with their dream firms lined up, some may have summer jobs in their hometowns waiting for them and others may still be figuring out what field they want to enter. And while each person has a unique path depending upon the future career they envision for themselves, there is a common theme in those that are trying to be as successful as they can: Experience is necessary.