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GUVERCIN: Turkey’s dictatorship seizes Kosovo teachers

(04/12/18 11:06pm)

On March 29, five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor in Kosovo were secretly deported against their will by order of the Turkish government. The teachers were working at the Mehmet Akif College, an institution affiliated with the Fethullah Gülen movement, which is a group that has been the target of constant ostracization and scapegoating by the Turkish administration and media. Their arrest is being justified simply by their affiliation with the movement. These six innocent men are just one case of an expansive and hostile manhunt that has been enabled by the Turkish administration since the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, whose motives rest on capturing individuals involved with the Gülen movement. Students of the abducted teachers led protests in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, defending the teachers' innocence and seeking justice for an illegal and unfounded deportation.

WANG: Mueller's investigation means interesting things for America

(04/16/18 12:00am)

After a long year under President Donald J. Trump's administration, prosecutors are closing in on Trump and his alleged involvement with Stormy Daniels. MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos highlighted the F.B.I. raid on Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cevallos’s take on the raid includes implications regarding why prosecutors chose to raid Cohen’s office instead of serving him a subpoena. While a subpoena requires an individual to provide evidence of documentation, Cevallos speculates that prosecutors chose to obtain a search warrant in order to seize everything from Cohen’s office, residence and hotel room to ensure that certain documents will not go missing. Instead, Cevallos firmly believes that while the F.B.I. considered serving Cohen a subpoena, it was eventually decided that Cohen was not trustworthy enough to deliver the documents himself. In fact, “to obtain a search warrant, prosecutors must convince a federal judge that agents are likely to discover evidence of criminal activity.” 

EDITORIAL: Students can help fix bus system issues

(04/12/18 1:50am)

Spanning five campuses and consisting of tens of thousands of students, Rutgers is enormous. The sheer size of the University entails issues, but there is one issue that seems to captivate much of the student body: the bus system. Students complain — and arguably rightly so — about the state of our bus system and all of its problems. Many of these complaints are valid, but with any large transportation system there are bound to be complications. With that said, there are ways that the individuals within the student body can work together to help mitigate the issues that are of such an annoyance to them and their classmates. But still, the problems with the system are complicated and call for complicated solutions — solutions that may not suit everybody. 

O'BRIEN: United States should not make cuts to foreign aid

(04/12/18 1:54am)

There is no single government program more wrongly maligned or misunderstood than foreign aid. In fact, Americans are infamous for their wildly inaccurate perceptions of its scope. The Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed Americans on the issue and found they estimated foreign aid to be 26 percent of the federal budget, when it actually makes up a mere 1 percent. This perception makes cuts to these programs wildly popular, and both of President Donald J. Trump’s budget outlines included deep cuts. Although, for the well-being of humanity, it is unquestionably the greatest undertaking of the American government. Even today as the federal government deals with a relatively large budget deficit, foreign aid should be one of the last, not first, programs on the chopping block.

EDITORIAL: Even at Rutgers, knowledge is power

(04/10/18 11:34pm)

The importance of knowledge in relation to power is a recurring theme in the history of our world. Considering the increasingly digital and technologically-dominated age we live in, knowledge of a people is seemingly becoming easier and easier for those in power to acquire. With knowledge of a people’s actions, an authority or elite not only has an increased influence over them, but can learn how they might effectively stay in power and stamp out uprisings of sorts. 

BEZAWADA: Students can finish semester strong by following a few steps

(04/10/18 11:34pm)

Here, I shall list the five most mind-blowing steps on how to effectively handle the semester as it draws to a close. Actually, it is more like nearing the conclusion of a bad book with a defeated acceptance that many loose ends and plot holes remain. But who cares? The weather is supposed to be phenomenal this weekend and you should spend your well-deserved fun in the long-awaited heat.

EDITORIAL: Students should utilize study groups

(04/10/18 1:50am)

Notes and Tutors is a service founded by Rutgers alumni meant to allow students to help create a more interconnected network of student collaboration. The organization is specifically tailored to Rutgers students, which makes it unique relative to other organizations like Course Hero and StudyBlue. For free, it gives students the ability to share notes for a class they have taken in exchange for notes for a class they are in. Additionally, the service offers student-tutors that have been screened and bear the necessary credentials to teach other students. Notes and Tutors has garnered more than 2,000 student subscriptions and has more than 10,000 pages of notes available to students, despite the fact that it exists alongside other free and University-sponsored tutoring services. 

COMMENTARY: Israel promotes equal rights for all citizens

(04/10/18 1:50am)

Scarlet Knights for Israel is disturbed by the recent misleading commentary by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), titled “Excuses must stop being made for human rights violations.” The demonizing column falsely charges Israel as an “apartheid” and “settler-colonial” state. As a student-led group dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we must ensure that parties in this conflict are represented with dignity, fairness and accuracy.

PETRUCCI: Female temp labor in New Brunswick shows disparities

(04/10/18 1:50am)

The Never-Never Girl: She “Never takes a vacation or holiday. Never asks for a raise. Never costs you a dime for slack time. (When the workload drops, you drop her). Never has a cold, slipped disc or loose tooth. Never costs you for unemployment taxes and Social Security payments ... " proclaimed a 1971 advertisement for Kelly Services, a temporary work agency that emerged in the years following World War II. 

EDITORIAL: U. can do more to mitigate its waste

(04/08/18 11:57pm)

Americans are an undoubtedly wasteful people, and much of this wastefulness has manifested itself in what has seemingly become an era of disposability and convenience. Food is cheaper in the United States than it is in most other places in the world, which may seemingly contribute to an ungrateful attitude with regard to it. Considering how easy it is to get, it is reasonable to say that Americans are rather picky about what they eat and the way it looks. For example, if an apple has a small bruise on it, most Americans might just throw it away rather than suffer discomfort from consuming it. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that supermarkets dispose of approximately $15 billion worth of unsold fruits and vegetables each year. Additionally, between 30 and 40 percent of the food supply in the U.S. per year is wasted — or approximately $160 billion worth. To boot, food waste is the largest contributor to America’s landfills and the third largest source of methane in the United States — which is important to note because of methane’s harsh impact on the atmosphere. Combined with all of the other things so conveniently disposed of, such as paper, plastic plates and utensils, the amount of garbage the United States generates is alarming. 

LETTER: Fowler's response to Love, Simon missed important mark

(04/08/18 11:57pm)

On April 5, the Sex and the City column of The Daily Targum criticized “Love, Simon.” The movie, the column claimed, showed a simplistic view of coming out. The parents were too perfect. The movie did not explore the ramifications of a closeted life fully enough. Furthermore, the column argued that the movie failed to include an LGBT female character. Because of this, the writer seemed to claim the movie failed as LGBT representation.

LETTER: Dance Marathon has come long way since its introduction to U.

(04/08/18 11:57pm)

During the winter of the 1970-71 school year, a small group of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity brothers sat in an apartment on Easton Avenue looking for something to do that would be fun, challenging and valuable to the community-at-large. Inspired in part by the recent 1969 movie “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” we decided to organize a dance marathon and chose the American Cancer Society (ACS) as the beneficiary. The local ACS chapter blessed us with the invaluable mentoring and hard work of its community volunteers Sandy and Lyn Nacht.

COMMENTARY: Excuses must stop being made for human rights violations

(04/05/18 11:20pm)

On March 30, thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip participated in a “March of Return” declaring the right, recognized by international law, of refugees to return to their homes following displacement. In the case of Palestinian refugees, there were most notably approximately 700,000 displaced in 1948 with the establishment of the settler-colonial state of Israel in what is known as the Nakba, with an additional 300,000 displaced Palestinians in 1967 during the Six-Day War. These figures fail to consider Palestinians who were made refugees over the course of the past 70 years as a result of bombing campaigns on civilian populations or the Palestinians driven to other countries due to the everyday hardships under Israeli occupation, such as evictions, disproportionate arrests, segregated roads, checkpoints and what the Israeli Security Barrier dubbed the Apartheid Wall.

CASTELLI: Pro-choice debate must be reconsidered

(04/05/18 11:20pm)

On March 30, the Senate passed a bill allowing states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other healthcare providers that perform abortions, ending a President Barack Obama-era precedent that prohibited states from denying funds from these organizations. Understandably, this has caused a feud between the Democrats and Republicans. Democrats criticized the measure as an attack on women’s rights. Republicans defended the decision as a way to defer power to the states to decide where to allocate the funds.

EDITORIAL: Rutgers should try to win 'swipe off'

(04/05/18 1:39am)

Cardi B, the artist well-known for the incredibly popular song “Bodak Yellow,” has taken part in initiating engagement in a competition between colleges nationwide. The competition is in partnership with Tinder, a dating application, and involves a “swipe off” where the school with the most right swipes will get a free concert. The 32 schools still alive after the second round of the competition were announced Monday, and Rutgers made the cut. Today we found out if we are still in the running, as the 16 schools with the least right swipes will be cut from the list. While this competition is all in good fun and is a light-hearted, and frankly funny, way to go about scoring a concert by one of the country’s most famous artists, winning might actually hold more weight for Rutgers than some would think. 

FOWLER: 'Love, Simon' shows important history

(04/05/18 1:33am)

Recently, the movie "Love, Simon" came out, produced by some of the same people who produced "The Fault in Our Stars," an adaptation of John Green’s hugely popular YA novel. "Love, Simon" is not dissimilar to many teen-centered romcoms of today, except for the fact that the main character, Simon, is gay. The film is considered the first major film produced specifically for teens, which centers around a gay character’s journey in regard to his sexuality — and while this achievement is awesome and seeing characters who are not straight on screen is great, it seems worthwhile to consider how a gay narrative exists in the style of a teenage love story, which, when is seen on-scene, is usually saturated in heterosexuality.