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Halloween is quickly approaching, and plenty of us look forward to “Halloweekend.” Even though we are not in elementary school going house-to-house asking for candy, we still find excitement in coming up with a cute costume. Since most college students find Halloween to be a weekend-long event, a multitude of costumes are needed. While we will see plenty of "sexy" versions of different characters and costumes, such as Pennywise or a schoolgirl uniform, there will always be the costumes that ends up appropriating a culture. This is not the way to go. There are plenty of available costumes, so a costume that involves cultural appropriation is completely unnecessary.
There are 94 low-income housing apartment complexes in Middlesex County, New Jersey, according to Affordable Housing Online. Within these complexes, there are 7,810 affordable apartments for rent. And Rutgers students are adding on to this.
It has been more than six years since the start of the civil war in Syria. Since then, there have been many lost lives, numerous casualties, mass destruction of property, depletion of resources and the breaking of families and morales. The fate of the innocent lives in the area is heartbreaking, as many civilians get caught in the cross-fire between the rebels and the government, raising the total civilian death count to about half a million. Since the streets are full of rubble and militia on patrol, there is no space for solid careers or professions. But time stops for no one and life must go on. Men scourge the streets in shadows, sifting through the debris for metals and parts they could potentially sell. Women, in the meantime, clean and wash the clothing and dishes, while simultaneously raising the children. The filthy living conditions and the lack of trained medics allow for a greater chance of infection and provide an unsuitable environment for recovering from wounds and injuries. Many of the children in the area are now part of a lost generation whose dreams and ambitions have been annihilated by the war’s deprivations. The bright futures of the Syrian girls are especially bleak.
The title, “Trump won election due to racial privilege,” begs for a lively debate, and it is my pleasure to play devil’s advocate and address some of the points made. Controversial opinions always make for a fun discussion.
Rutgers will begin training new problem solvers in the fight against increasing cybercrime and threats to physical infrastructure, equipping these creative defenders with the tools to combat the ever-evolving landscape of computer and human psychology exploits.
If you have not heard of the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO), it is probably because the organization was in a period of activity last year — but REDO is back and it is doing its best to make a large impact on campus.
Last week, the president of the United States took executive action to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by eliminating the federal government’s payments to insurance companies called “Cost Sharing Reduction” (CSR) subsidies. Under the 2010 health law, CSRs were instated to subsidize the out-of-pocket cost for consumers with incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty line, which equates to about $30,000 a year for an individual. These CSR payments have been scrutinized over the years since the passing of the ACA, with the House of Representatives suing then-Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell in 2014 over the constitutionality of the executive branch issuing payments without the approval of Congress. The District Court of the District of Columbia ruled that the House had the ability to sue the executive branch and sided with them but later determined after an appeal that the former President Barack Obama administration could continue issuing CSR payments.
In late September, as Saudi Arabia was celebrating its 87th anniversary, women were allowed into the King Fahd sports stadium for the first time. Because of the country’s specific laws that aim to segregate men and women in public spaces, women still had to use separate entrances than men and were seated in an order that placed them far from single men. This seemingly insignificant change made a world of difference to women in the kingdom. Reuters interviewed women during the celebration: “‘It is the first time I have come to the stadium and I feel like more of a Saudi citizen. Now I can go everywhere in my country,’ said 25-year-old Sultana, green and white flags painted on both cheeks as she entered the complex with her girlfriends. ‘God willing, tomorrow women will be permitted bigger and better things like driving and travel.’”
Rutgers’ campuses may be painted purple, but it seems as though the University’s hands are painted red.
On the night of Oct. 1, the most deadly modern mass shooting on American soil took place in Las Vegas, as innocent concert-goers were massacred and forced to flee for their lives as a lone gunman fired upon them from the 32nd floor of his hotel room. Armed with 23 weapons, which included rifles equipped with scopes, this lone wolf took it upon himself to turn the famed Las Vegas strip into a scene more closely resembling a war zone, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 more, along with initiating a pain that has reverberated well past the borders of the world-renowned city.
Recently, in one of my classes, a question was raised on why humans, regardless of time and culture, have always wondered about and been preoccupied with the very same existential questions and dilemmas. A student, in response, remarked that it was human tendency to project meaning onto anything that exists, even if it inherently does not hold any such meaning. The implication is that because humans seek meaning, universal questions concerning one’s own existence arise that aim to find that meaning. This internal occurrence takes place despite differences in ethnicity, race, geographical location, nationality and so forth. The student’s comment triggered a thought process within myself that I thought deserved a more careful analysis. If the comment is to be accepted and applied more generally, it could have numerous implications that impact one’s everyday worldview. However, any assertion made — whether it is by a student or an individual of acclaimed knowledge — requires a personal investigation so as to be able to confirm or deny it. So the question to ask and explore is: do we, humans, try to find meaning within things that do not have any inherent meaning? However, in trying to answer this question, it is best to start from one’s own self rather than an all-encompassing “we.” As such, I will instead apply and direct the question toward myself. The significance of this inquiry lies in the fact that on one end, there is the possibility of an objective meaning waiting to be discovered and on the opposite end, it may just be that my consciousness merely colors onto my experiences something that they do not intrinsically hold. The latter option can also be understood as just a “mechanism” of my psychology to satisfy this apparent human need.
TAKE A BREATH WITH SJE
College is what you make of it. College rankings play a crucial role in why incoming first-years choose the institution they do. Many websites that have collegiate statistics, such as U.S. News, use an unknown algorithm to formulate their school rankings. Essentially, these rankings have become more of a popularity rating rather than a ranking based on the educational foundations of the colleges. U.S. News actually began their rankings in 1988 by asking college presidents what they thought about other schools, causing these ratings to be biased. This caused a lot of criticism which made U.S. News revamp their ranking system.
Historically, the representation of South Asians in the media has been dismal. Growing up, my only role model was Princess Jasmine, simply because her skin color had the slightest resemblance to my own Indian skin. But that sob story about brown identity has been told time and time again, with no real results until very recently. This year seems to be the eruption of South Asian talent, as Hasan Minhaj took the stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Priyanka Chopra’s breaks out into Hollywood with "Quantico" and, most recently, Riz Ahmed becomes the first South Asian to win an Emmy Award for acting. However, with this forthcoming of representation, there has been controversy as to whether all of the representation is purely positive and progressive.
It does not matter how much you love your classes, friends and activities at Rutgers — when it comes down to it, everyone has a calendar marking down the days until the next University break. You get to spend time with family, “home” friends and, in the case of winter break, enjoy the holidays without worrying about homework, exams or anything else remotely related to school. That is, of course, if the holidays you celebrate do align with the breaks that the University offers.
It is becoming increasingly likely that the president will decertify the Iran deal. The White House is currently facing a deadline of Oct. 15 to certify to Congress that Iran is still in compliance with the deal. Should the administration choose to not certify the deal it will then be up to Congress to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran.
Two weeks ago, the Rutgers Astronomical Society invited people to observe the night sky. My roommate and I had finished the day’s classes. Paranoid as usual about missing deadlines, I checked my inbox yet again and discovered the email buried innocently among the mass of Sakai announcement notifications, advising appointment notices and CareerKnight reservations. For once, nothing clashed.
If you have taken a look around campus this week, you should notice something a little different — the campus is turning purple. Dining halls, buses and even Rutgers staff have been adorned in purple. But this is not just a coincidence. This outpour of purple is the direct result of the Rutgers Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) beginning their week-long campaign, known as “Turn the Campus Purple." It was created to raise awareness on campus about dating and domestic violence. This coincides with October being National Violence Awareness Month. As part of this concentrated celebration, VPVA and Rutgers have planned events, including the “It’s On Us” rally where former Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking to Rutgers students. Having the former vice president come to campus and speak about sexual violence and abuse is a testament to how devoted the University is to this week.
On the Oct. 6, 2017, President Donald Trump's administration rolled back yet another Affordable Health Care mandate that outlined coverage for birth control under employer-sponsored healthcare. The backwards legislative action included sweeping guidelines for employers to claim religious exemption from the mandate in the name of “religious freedom” — something which the Trump administration plans to reinstate in full. Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined in a memo sent to all federal agencies the day of the rollback, “Except in the narrowest of circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law. Therefore, to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, religious observance should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity, including employment, contracting and programming.” This attempted show of benevolence towards employers doesn’t only dangerously blur the line between the professional life and the personal life, but also unnecessarily enforces “religious beliefs” on those who need contraception for a whole host of reasons pertaining to their health and their ability to actively contribute to the workforce.
After a long dead period in the world of sports, our wait is finally over. The summer is a complete dead zone for sports considering that the only major sport being broadcast is baseball and the 162 game schedule can eventually become dry — especially when your team stinks after being touted as World Series contenders and the best baseball team in New York. The most exciting part of sports during the summer is offseason news from the NFL and NBA which is just plain sad. But now, football season is in full swing, playoff baseball is here, the NHL season has begun and the NBA season starts in only two weeks.