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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?

GLASS: Ending Army, Navy games was bad move

(09/20/18 1:05am)

Obviously, longevity is one element, but there are other factors that make a great traditional rivalry. When Princeton dropped Rutgers from its football schedule, it made sense for both schools because there was no reason to believe the game would be competitive in the future and Princeton had not had much interest in the game for a long time. But, the end of the rivalry caused enormous anguish on Rutgers side. The Princeton game was the high point of the social calendar for Rutgers organizations that had nothing to do with football, and for undergraduates and alumni who had never been to the game. The Rutgers vs. Princeton game had been the real homecoming weekend regardless of what was designated each year.

EDITORIAL: Rutgers Fight for 15 should aim at state

(09/19/18 12:45am)

The American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) has planned a demonstration for this coming Friday, Sept. 21 to continue to push for better working conditions, which includes the fight for a $15 minimum wage. The #FightFor15 movement has been a hot point of controversy on campus between student-activists and the University in recent years, and this year is expected to be no different. Last December, members of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) pushed past a line of police officers blockading a Board of Governors meeting chanting, “We work, we sweat, put that 15 on our set.” There were multiple other protests for this cause in New Brunswick last year, which were presumably at least partially the impetus for the University’s decision to raise the minimum wage on campus from $8.44 to $11 an hour.  

KEVETT: Call of Duty Blackout will be battle royale we have waited for

(09/19/18 12:45am)

This past weekend I had the privilege of being able to try out the open beta test for Call of Duty Blackout on PC. In case you do not know, Call of Duty Blackout is a new battle-royale-style game mode releasing with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in October. The concepts and tactics for the game mode mirror those used for Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Eighty-five players in the beta (100 players in the full version of the game) parachute out of a helicopter while it is flying over a large map. Once you have landed, you have to collect equipment to use for survival, such as ammunition, medical-kits and weapons. The map shrinks over time, and the goal of the game is to be the final one alive. Call of Duty Blackout has identical gunplay to all of the other Call of Duty games and modes that have been released. Tight, accurate and smooth gameplay are the hallmarks of any Call of Duty game, and the new Blackout mode is no exception. This comes as a breath of fresh air, as no other battle-royale-style game to date has had balanced, quality gameplay out of the gate.

BOZTEPE: Prison system in U.S. needs serious change

(09/19/18 12:45am)

The American prison system is analogous to what happens when a teenager says they will clean their room when really, they are just stuffing their closet and hoping nothing falls out. It is an utter mess that is continuing to pile up with no end solution in thought. There are currently more than 2.2 million people that are currently in U.S. jails or prisons, the highest prison population in the entire world, and according to the Prison Policy Initiative/U.S Census Bureau, the population of those in prison and jail would result in the fourth largest city in America. That statistic leaves out those who are under correctional control, probation or parole meaning that the number could realistically be millions more. There are more jails than colleges in the U.S., which are paid for by the taxpayer, so today I would like to discuss just how severely populated the prisons are, as well as what this means for the average citizen and what steps need to be taken to fix this.

EDITORIAL: Lack of contract negotiations is puzzling

(09/18/18 12:35am)

The contracts agreed upon between the University and Rutgers’ faculty union, the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), expired this past July, but a number of faculty members still remain without a new contract. That is not to say that our professors are not getting paid — they are — but negotiations are ongoing, and faculty members have not received raises or adjustments in salary based on cost of living. 

PANISH: Voters influenced elections, not Russia

(09/18/18 12:34am)

It is no slur, nor do I believe that it is too much of a generalization, to say that avid consumers of The New York Times, The Washington Post and other organs of the liberal, cosmopolitan consensus tend to make up a large part of the managerial class that formulates and enacts policy in our nation. Ideally, these periodicals can serve as valuable tools for educating a governing class in public policy issues of the day. Unfortunately, our fonts of elite journalism have increasingly become the sights of elite conspiracy-theorizing, where respected journalists and political analysts debase themselves daily in pursuit of a narrative balm to soothe the scars that President Donald J. Trump’s election has inflicted on the managerial class’s psyche. I am talking, of course, about the Russian Meddling story.

SINGH: Bandwagon mentality contributes to e-cigarrete epidemic

(09/18/18 12:34am)

If you were to take a stroll from the College Avenue Student Center all the way to Scott Hall, I guarantee you would notice several of your fellow students whipping out their small, sleek, USB-like devices, to take an inhale and release a cloud of smoke. It seems like e-smoking has become a ubiquitous activity as many of us either personally use e-cigarettes or know others that do. 

EDITORIAL: Reopened investigation is interesting

(09/17/18 12:55am)

In 2011, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigated a complaint issued by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) that alleged the University violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and discriminated on the basis of national origin against students of Jewish ancestry by failing to adequately respond to multiple allegations of unequal treatment and harassment. One of the main allegations came with regard to a pro-Palestinian organization called Belief Awareness Knowledge and Action (BAKA), which ZOA said treated Jewish students differently by imposing an entrance fee only on Jewish students at an on-campus event. The case was originally dropped under former President Barack Obama’s administration due to an apparent lack of evidence of such discrimination, but Kenneth Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, is reopening the case.