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FOWLER: Nassar case, related issues can help open everyone's eyes

(02/15/18 2:38am)

In October of last year, women started to come forward in solidarity to discuss the pervasive sexual assault issue in Hollywood — at first, in the form of telling their stories about Harvey Weinstein. The #MeToo movement to discuss and prevent sexual assault has continued since, not only with regard to entertainment but also perhaps most recently with regard to athletics. Recently in the news was the trial of Larry Nassar, a doctor who worked for U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Nassar was charged three separate times, one federal charge for child pornography and two state charges for sexual abuse. In his trail regarding the sexual abuse of female gymnasts, some of whom went to the Olympics, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina gave the floor to more than 150 victims to speak about their assault by Nassar. 

EDITORIAL: #MeToo entails positive societal change

(02/14/18 12:58am)

Like geological timescales, it is rarely the case that significant historical and societal changes are intelligible during the time they take place. But it seems as though it is no secret that we are presently riding the wake of a relatively new and consequential movement — #MeToo. The #MeToo movement was, at its foundation, created to ensure that survivors of sexual assault and harassment, especially involving figures of power, know they are not alone in their struggles. By shedding light on this subject — one which was previously largely ignored — society may be able to take steps toward at least significantly lessening the prevalence of sexual assault in our culture today, but this requires us to tread carefully. 

GIBSON: New publication may have wrong intentions

(02/14/18 12:59am)

If you are familiar with Rutgers University’s politically conservative organizations, you may have heard of their grievances with the University in general for being too liberal and having overtly Left-leaning biases or agendas. They have worked to share their worries with an active (and sometimes offensive) Facebook presence, but their latest Right-wing passion project is to revive The Centurion, a self-proclaimed conservative news outlet on campus. I fully support the idea of clearly labeled partisan writing, and people on all ends of the political spectrum should actively aim to use their freedom of the press to share their ideas. But if some conservatives on campus truly believe and are upset with others allegedly taking sides, creating an explicitly one-sided publication will not help their end goal, especially not one without a clear mission statement beyond creating controversy. The remaking of The Centurion makes me believe that these conservative groups on campus are not concerned with whether the University is actually taking sides, but instead whether everyone else takes their side. 

BOZTEPE: American political system has many underlying issues

(02/14/18 1:00am)

After the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, a lot of citizens have begun to more actively question the two-party political system within the United States. The Democrats and Republicans are out for blood, disregarding their main purpose, to serve the American people. I write today in hopes to enlighten all readers that reforming the Constitution and the political system of the United States does not mean the end of our country. We must first discuss the issues with partisanship, the harm of only backing one view of an issue due to your loyalty to your party and the need for new political parties or a new type of government. Most people believe that these problems just come with democracy and there is no true way to fix any of them. If we do not continue to question our government and hold them to the highest standard, then we cannot reform and continue to modernize. 

EDITORIAL: College may not always be best route

(02/13/18 2:21am)

As high school comes to an end for young adults, a vast amount of them apply to college almost thoughtlessly. Their older siblings went to college in many cases, their friends are applying, their parents expect it from them and it just seems like an implicit “next step” to take before truly reaching adulthood —at least that is what you have probably been told. But how often do high school students who decide to go to college take a step back and really contemplate what it means to attend an institution of higher education? 

COMMENTARY: Ending drug addict stigmas can save lives

(02/13/18 2:22am)

With the addiction epidemic being a frequent topic in the news, I am constantly reminded of my past. My best friend, Gabe, died from an accidental drug overdose from painkillers a few years ago. We had been friends since I was 2 years old. How can drug abuse be prevented? We need to stop focusing on drugs as an abstraction and start teaching kids real and personal stories about drug use, and what to do when they learn that someone they know or care about is experimenting with drugs.

SINGH: New film will help rectify underrepresentation in industry

(02/13/18 2:23am)

Friday, Feb. 16 marks the release date of "Black Panther," what undoubtedly already has to be the most anticipated movie of 2018. The movie follows the story of a young prince, T’Challa, who goes back to his African nation of Wakanda, following the death of his father who was the king. The throne rightfully belongs to T’Challa but a powerful enemy stands in the way of this happening, forcing T’Challa to use his skills and powers as both a humanitarian and the Black Panther to save his nation. "Black Panther" is not your ordinary superhero movie. It is the 18th Marvel superhero-based movie, and it holds the greatest burden of them all.

EDITORIAL: Student parents deserve accommodations

(02/11/18 11:58pm)

As midterms approach, the stress associated with college life begins to set in once again. Students who have jobs so as to give themselves a bit of extra financial support experience even higher levels of stress around this part of the semester, trying to balance their work schedules with the time necessary to be allocated toward studying. For some students, this can seem almost impossible. But seemingly invisible to much of Rutgers’ student body is a group that experiences the pressure of both school and work on top of an even more stressful feat — parenthood. 

MAENNER: Current Republicans' disregard of deficit shows hypocrisy

(02/12/18 12:01am)

As the 2008 recession was in full force under former President George W. Bush, Republicans scrambled to do anything in their power to reverse the deleterious effects of the market crash on the U.S. economy. To their credit, Republicans broke with party orthodoxy in order to stimulate the economy, deciding to cast away their concerns with deficit spending and government intervention in the market in order to adopt Keynesian policies meant to manufacture demand and get more money spent back into the economy. 

JAWED: True meaning of Jihad lost in news coverage

(02/09/18 2:11am)

The bigotry that fosters a false sense of self-empowerment is actually rooted in ignorance. And if knowledge is power, then should not the ignorant be deemed impotent? The actions of those among us and those in the positions above us speak volumes about the corruptibility of human nature as the elected president of this country is empowered enough to impose upon us bigotry in the form of a Muslim ban. 

GUVERCIN: People need to communicate dissenting opinions effectively

(02/09/18 2:02am)

As the world is currently struggling with a tense and polarizing political and social atmosphere, people have been tested with a significant issue: communication. By analyzing prominent historical eras and events, we are able to recognize that communication has consistently been utilized as an outlet for aggression and defense rather than a tool for progress — this past year has been no different. As society begins to deal with more complex issues, it engenders a greater necessity for people to learn how to express and consider opinions effectively. Rather than arguing for the sake of proving a point or criticizing someone with a different perspective, humanity as a whole must strive to argue for the sake of understanding and progress. 

EDITORIAL: Vaccines should be widely encouraged

(02/08/18 2:45am)

Last week, New Jersey Principal Deputy Commissioner of Health Jackie Cornell got her flu shot at Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, which she hoped would serve as a reminder to the community to do the same. Between September and this past Saturday, there have been more than 5,000 positive tests of influenza in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report. A significant spike in number of positive tests began in early January, and the H3N2 influenza virus, which is one of three common subsets of Influenza A, is particularly widespread this year. 

O'BRIEN: States should adopt insurance mandates

(02/08/18 2:47am)

One of the most highly-touted accomplishments of the recently-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a repeal of the Obamacare “individual mandate,” a requirement that Americans purchase a health insurance plan or pay a fine. The policy has long been a top target of GOP lawmakers in their quest to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, and has also been among the law’s most unpopular provisions.

EDITORIAL: Athletics can be key to improvement

(02/07/18 12:51am)

A gift of $15 million has been granted to Rutgers Athletics by Rutgers alumni Gary and Barbara Rodkin. The money, which is the largest gift in Rutgers Athletics history, will be dedicated to the construction of The Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success. The Center will be located on Scarlet Knight Way on Busch campus, and will act as a consolidated academic support service facility for Rutgers’ student-athletes.

COMMENTARY: Rutgers administration over reliant on surveys

(02/07/18 12:54am)

Most faculty and students agree that students should have the opportunity to convey their thoughts and opinions about the courses they take and the instruction they receive. But, the recent article in The Daily Targum glosses over substantial concerns with regard to the validity, fairness and harmful consequences of student evaluation surveys. Here at Rutgers, there are few mechanisms for encouraging or requiring student response to on-line surveys. As a result, response rates in some courses can be extremely low, resulting in statistically invalid results. 

EDITORIAL: Wi-Fi is more important than it seems

(02/06/18 1:59am)

Slated to be fully implemented next fall, the University Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) will be switching transit tracking servers after more than a decade. Leaving NextBus behind, DOTS will now adopt TransLoc in hopes of significant improvement in services offered with regard to student transit. The improvement will include onboard Wi-Fi, a reliable bus tracking system and the ability to see how many students are packed onto a specific bus.