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“… It is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative,” said Monica Lewinsky, anti-bullying activist and former White House intern. These powerful words accurately sum up the primary objective of modern efforts to empower women and are even more significant coming from an individual who has been targeted for her entire adult life. On Sept. 3, Lewinsky was asked during a conference in Jerusalem whether she expects a personal apology from former President Bill Clinton for an event that happened more than 20 years ago. Lewinsky’s face spelled disappointment as she said, “I’m so sorry I’m not going to be able to do this,” and proceeded to walk off the stage. Lewinsky told reporters that she had established with the anchor beforehand that it was an “off-limits” topic and that there were “clear parameters about what (they) would be discussing and what (they) would not.” The conversation was clearly supposed to center around Lewinsky’s advocacy efforts rather than an irrelevant event in her past, so one would definitely expect a reaction like that of Lewinsky’s in response to such an act of disrespect.
Racism is much more than an abstract social concept.
Yesterday, a student posted the following message in the Rutgers University Class of 2020 Facebook group:
Inside a Chicago detention center for immigrant children, a 16-year-old from Guatemala cried out “quitarme la vida,” or “take my life away,” according to a Pro Publica report. The youngest among him is 10 months old, and the oldest 18 — all of whom have at least one parent behind bars in a far, unknown place likely hundreds of miles away.
College students returned to school this year in the midst of one of the most heated midterm campaigns in decades. Each party has crafted an utterly cartoonish portrayal of the other, with President Donald J. Trump insisting the Democratic Party does not care about crime while some Democrats claim the incumbent party’s insistence on massive cuts to immigration is rooted in white nationalist sentiment. This demagoguery in our national politics has spread to college campuses too, as evidenced by the rise of activists like Charlie Kirk and his counterparts on the Left, who shun the very idea of rational discourse.
On Sept. 5, The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed entitled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The piece was written by a senior official in President Donald J. Trump’s administration — senior official being a term used in Washington, D.C. to refer to people who hold positions in the upper echelons of the government, like a member of the cabinet. The op-ed, in an odd way, both praised the successes of the nation since Trump took office, while at the same time discrediting and casting doubt on the president’s competence, assuring its readers that there are people in the administration working to steer the country away from otherwise imminent danger.
To this year’s first-years, here is a short story of what not to do to survive the school year.
We simply saw the shadows of objects passing in front of the fire before us and believed them to be reality. Our Plato’s cave was warmed by the idea that they were too big to fail. We were naïve. We were numbed by our nihilism and marketized culture. A decade ago, Lehman Brothers filed bankruptcy, and by the next day, Sept. 16, 2008, the housing bubble burst and the Dow Jones plummets, “778 points, wiping $1.2 trillion off the value of American businesses.” The entire financial system unravels, and we were abruptly dragged out from our manufactured reality in the cave.
Many Rutgers students were unpleasantly surprised to find out at the start of the school year that there were no longer any convenience stores in any University campus centers. The convenience stores used to be owned and operated by Barnes & Noble, but over the summer the company turned those spaces over to the University. Now, Rutgers is working to turn the spots where the convenience stores were into new places for students to congregate and hang out. It is not quite clear yet what the true reason for the stores closing down is, but the choice is seemingly rather unpopular among students.
Malcolm James McCormick, better known as Mac Miller, was found dead on Friday around noon in his California home. Since then his community, fans, friends and family have mourned over his loss.
You open an economics textbook and the first chapter is entitled “Modes of Reproduction." You quickly close the book to ensure you did not accidentally order some Planned Parenthood propaganda or a biology textbook instead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other than the perfect, racially-balanced group photos, sweeping landscapes and athletic hype, there is one thing that nearly every college admissions video has in common — students biking.
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 ...”