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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.
Last semester, The Daily Targum reported that Rutgers University issues an estimated $5 million in parking tickets each year. This semester, the Department of Transportation gave some insight as to where this lump sum of money ends up.
Seventy-five years ago this November, American forces began Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of fascist-occupied North Africa and the first action seen by American ground troops in the European Theater. At the same time, Marines were dying by the thousands to take the tiny Pacific Island of Guadalcanal from the Japanese. At the time, victory in either theater was no sure thing. Fascist forces controlled most of mainland Europe and were threatening Russia and Britain. On the other side of the globe, Japan controlled the waters of the Pacific while sweeping across Southeast Asia.
On Oct. 1, at least 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured in a mass shooting committed by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white man, at a concert in Las Vegas. Since news of the mass shooting spread, the dominant conversation in mainstream and social media outlets has been the one that follows almost every mass shooting in the past two decades: gun control. There are numerous issues stemming from the gun control conversation, including but not limited to how Paddock was not immediately labeled a terrorist, the conflation of mental illness and proclivity of violent behavior and crime and the erasure of other violent events in U.S. history more deadly than the Las Vegas shooting when inaccurately labelling it the “worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”
New Brunswick is trying to improve all aspects of the community by building the new New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC). And by getting involved in its creation with the New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco), Rutgers is giving back to its community and students. Construction for the NBPAC officially broke ground last Wednesday and the celebration was met by speeches from Rutgers and New Brunswick leaders. But this is not just any ordinary performing arts center. The NBPAC, which will be built between the College Avenue and Douglass campuses, will be a 22-story complex. This complex will feature two theaters, three rehearsal stages and many other amenities. The entire performing arts center will cost $190 million.
There are many ways in which LGBTQ people, myself included, expect to experience awkwardness or even discrimination on a day-to-day basis. As a woman in a relationship with a woman, ever since I began disclosing my sexuality during appointments, I have seen doctors become visibly awkward and uncomfortable, or be unable to give accurate advice. One doctor simply told me to “use a condom” when having sex with women. These moments haven’t affected me too deeply — but my female partner’s experience with a doctor made me think about the disparity of quality of care that an LGBTQ person can receive. Similarly, patients deserve agency and information within appointments, and denying these things lowers the standard of care and negatively affects vulnerable patients.
Nowadays, it feels like it’s easier to meet people through dating apps, and I’m not just talking “romantically” here — a lot of these apps have recently installed functions that allow you to search for “friends” in the most platonic sense possible. How can we meet people and engage in proper conversations if we are essentially fixated on our phones from morning till night? As a result, the art of conversation has been lost, particularly among millennials and Gen-Ys. But that’s probably not news to anyone at this point.
TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP
Many Americans tend to sympathize with those who invoke the principles of self-determination, independence and freedom. This country, after all, was founded by challenging the world’s most prominent imperial power at the time: Great Britain. Some argue that the rise of politicians such as President Donald J. Trump, Geert Wilders, Rodrigo Duterte and others are indicative of a global movement toward populism and collectivism.
When Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico, it became one of the most catastrophic storms the island had encountered in 85 years. The entire island was underwater and communication between families became impossible. Entire buildings collapsed and now the entirety of the island is in devastation over the loss of their families, their homes and their memories.
Betsy DeVos is making every college campus a frightening place to be. But Rutgers University is not letting that happen to this campus.
On Sept. 13, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) laid out the details of his new bill: The “Medicare for All Act of 2017.” The proposal already has 16 co-sponsors, and it has undoubtedly galvanized his constituency. Of course, when I say “constituency,” I mean his younger constituency. While Sanders’s plan may seem attractive to my fellow college students — who fear debt and the daunting prospects of finding a suitable career — they need to come to terms with the fact that single-payer is, at best, impractical and, at worst, in violation of basic American principles.
As we stand in the wake of yet another tragedy at the hands of gun violence, this time in Las Vegas where at least 58 lives were lost and an additional 500 were injured, the American people are wondering how many massacres need to occur for something to be done. All decent human beings recognize that this is a despicable act that has no place in a moral society and we all send our love and support to those affected by it. We are all angry that something like this can happen in our communities, but this is not a new trend. This has been happening since the dawn of our country and as weapon capabilities have advanced, the death tolls have increased. The real question we need to ask is how are we going to prevent this from happening again. Our anger needs to be directed toward our leaders, who refuse to have a discussion on common sense gun legislation. Instead, they decide to send their thoughts and prayers to the victims while cashing their checks from the National Rifle Association (NRA) every election cycle. It appears every time there is another tragic mass murder, gun rights advocates rally behind the Second Amendment and argue that this would have happened regardless because there is nothing we can do to prevent these senseless shootings. Immediately after the Las Vegas shooting, politicians offered their thoughts and prayers to the families and victims affected by this heinous act. But prominent congressional leaders claim that now is not the time to work on thoughtful gun legislation, arguing instead that we should focus on aiding victims and their families, but the truth is their thoughts and prayers mean nothing if they refuse to act to prevent this senseless violence in the future.
Oftentimes, Rutgers hosts events within the University where panelists come to speak to the students about certain issues that are relevant to what is going on in the world around them. Last night, a panel of speakers visited the Douglass Student Center as a part of their tour entitled “Unsafe Space,” a name-play off of some groups on campus’ recent and ongoing efforts to deem New Brunswick as a “safe space.”
The unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is cemented in our now weathered and eroded national foundation. These rights meant for all, have been stolen by the few. It is upon the government, which functions through our consent, to bolster the general welfare and domestic tranquility such that life, freedom and happiness is unadulterated by violence and crime. Except, we have allowed for our representatives to be unresponsive to the unrelenting attacks on public safety. We have exchanged our freedom for fear and our liberty for the ability to own and operate military weapons against one another.
A recent study published in the medical journal, The Lancet has brought some light to a matter not talked much about these days: Unsafe abortions. The study has revealed that about half the abortions performed worldwide are unsafe. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines unsafe abortion either as pregnancy that is terminated in an environment that does not meet medical standards or is performed by someone who lacks the necessary medical skills to do so. Either approach has a high chance of leaving the mother with many complications including uterine perforation, hemorrhage, an incomplete abortion (the failure to dispel all of the pregnancy tissue), and damage to the genitals and internal organs. Such complications make unsafe abortions the leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity. Every year 4.7 percent to 13.2 percent of maternal deaths are due to the malpractice of abortion and each year there are more than 55 million abortions that take place worldwide, but close to 25.5 million are unsafe. Among this half of unsafe abortions, at least 8 million were carried out in harmful environments and over half of them were carried out in Asia. Overall though, the rate of abortions was higher in developed countries, but the rate of unsafe abortions was greater in undeveloped countries, with the risk of dying from one was greatest in Africa. About 97 percent of unsafe abortions take place in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. In North America, 99 percent of the performed procedures are regarded as safe. A trend that is noticed here is that countries that offer a larger selection of safe abortion procedures tend to have less restrictive abortion laws.