RUTGERS FOR REFUGEES
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RUTGERS FOR REFUGEES
After changing my mind about my major in computer science during my first semester at Rutgers, I entered the Rutgers Business School. I was high on hope and low on any sort of idea of what to expect. What ensued was an interesting period in my life where I changed majors again, from business, analytics and information technology (BAIT) to finance. I ultimately transferred back to the School of Arts and Sciences.
Common law is integral to our justice system. Common law is dependent upon precedents. Court cases rely upon previous rulings to assert further clarification and new judgments in order for us to evolve what the law should mean.
With the abundance of hurricanes, earthquakes and unusually warm weather, one may wonder how severe global warming has affected the planet. Even NASA has reported “changes in climate not only affect average temperatures, but also extreme temperatures, increasing the likelihood of weather-related natural disasters.” But even if you do not believe that humans are leaving a dangerous imprint on this planet — as they continue to burn fossil fuels, pollute and destroy almost every natural landscape they touch — you can still agree that taking care of the planet is not a bad thing. And if you agree with that, then you will appreciate Rutgers’ new efforts to look after the “good health and stability” of the Raritan River.
By now we have all heard of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and President Donald J. Trump’s decision to discontinue the policy. For the unaware, DACA is an Obama-era protection for undocumented persons who arrived in the United States as children. The purported moral basis for it is that the children had no choice in the matter at the time and are thus not legally culpable for their actions. The program undoubtedly has great support on the Rutgers campus and administration. Even our chancellor, Debasish Dutta, spoke out in an email on his support for DACA, as well as his and the administration's’ pledge to fight for undocumented students here at Rutgers.
It seems like there is nothing worse than your alarm blaring in your ear the morning of an 8 a.m. lecture. A majority of us probably have it set for 7:30 a.m., giving us plenty of time to brush our teeth, put some shoes on and walk to the bus stop. I, on the other hand, prefer to wake up much earlier in order to get ready for the day. While that extra hour of sleep sounds appealing, I always felt that it was a better idea to make myself look presentable. I know — it might seem crazy. Wearing a dress, sandals and face makeup may not sound like the most practical thing to do every morning, but I found it to have a positive impact on my life. While not everyone needs to put an extra hour of getting ready into their morning, it might help to brush that hair before you walk out of the door.
With a population of almost 70,000 students, it is impressive that Rutgers can accommodate for the education of so many. So when She’s the First (STF) came about, it was an even greater feat.
“Nine-year-olds should not have iPhones.” “Back in my day we’d talk to people, not screens.” “Kids are growing up too fast these days.” These comments represent just a few of the copious qualms people harbor about the upcoming generation and its addiction to technology. For the sake of context, the “upcoming generation” includes people who were born after 2003. I will refer to this group of young pre-teens and teens as “Generation Z.” Technological outlets, primarily social media, have unquestionably impacted the standards and perspectives that members of Generation Z live by in negative ways. Recent statistics highlight technology’s harrowing effects as cyber-bullying and cyber-presence-induced suicides have become very real concerns for every individual with access to the internet. Furthermore, many opponents to Generations Z’s technological dependence argue that children lack the social qualities their parents and grandparents were equipped with during their youth, as many are more comfortable texting than having a face-to-face conversation. Although these are sound concerns, the doors our technological founding fathers have opened for this generation are engendering a paradigm shift in the mentality and capacity they possess.
When a nation formed on protest begins to unravel the seams that tie its values together, its founding pillars begin to crumble under the weight of its evils. We have moved too far from our revolutionary tradition, from our abolitionist tradition and from the realities of the suffering among people. In doing so, we have begun to consider mild acts and transgressions of law and order against existing evils as indefensible crimes against society. This path of condemning protest and constricting civil disobedience leads us astray, away from our democratic and American values.
Rutgers became a part of the Big Ten in 2014, and although this signified a place in the collegiate athletic world, it has brought upon other changes too. It has allowed the University to expand its offered course list, options for study abroad and access to libraries. The honor of being a Big Ten school does not only bring a prestigious reputation but also inevitably greater responsibilities. And Rutgers seems to be taking these obligations very seriously.
A lot has changed and is still changing since former president Barack Obama's administration. While the previous president’s administration implemented new guidelines for Title IX, President Donald J. Trump's administration seems to be vouching to reverse the progress made. Betsy DeVos, the recently appointed secretary of Education, has made several strides against the application of Title IX to college campus sexual assault cases. Partnered with the head of the Office of Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, DeVos’s new standards for Title IX would raise the requirements for making an allegation against an individual accused of rape or sexual assault.
Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, Americans have been left to wrestle with a deep ideological divide on the realization of our social contract through the government’s role in regulating our health insurance market. In the summer of 2017, congressional Republicans underwent multiple efforts to act upon President Donald J. Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace the ACA, which could’ve resulted in 24.7 million more Americans uninsured under the Senate-introduced “Better Care Reconciliation Act” and 23 million more under the House-passed “American Health Care Act.” After the epic conclusion that featured a dissenting thumbs down from Senator John McCain (R- Ariz.), it seemed that the health care debate would be settled for a bit, ready to move on to bipartisan compromise in order to prevent a collapse of the ACA. But as autumn nears, so too does a new phase of the health care debate in Congress, varying from a whisper on the right to an audacious call to action on the left.
Students at Rutgers are fortunate to go to a University that puts an emphasis on the importance of mental and emotional health. The University has recently made many strides to demonstrate to the student body that their emotional health is important, and that should they ever need someone to talk to, people are available and ready to listen to them. The University is doing this through the changes being made at the Center for Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).
It seems like I am always surrounded by books. Books in my personal library that are waiting to be read. Books that are pivotal for my research projects. Books, worn and bent, that I cherish and carry with me sometimes out of pure affection. This consistent exposure to what may be regularly regarded as a mundane object has led me to reflect upon what exactly constitutes a book. In physical terms, it is usually recognized by its form and material. Shaped in the standard shape of a rectangle, it is comprised of a cover and thin paper bound to a foundational spine. But a physical appearance is insufficient. Content — usually in the form of individual letters inked together to create a piece of text — is required. And such text must be arranged purposefully with a specific intention to form a comprehensible and meaningful piece of literature that will offer a potential reader reasons as to why it is deserving to be read.
Following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville just one month ago and the unnerving response made by President Donald J. Trump in its aftermath, the question of race and the role of identity politics has been at the forefront of American political discourse in the weeks that have followed, culminating in the charge from ESPN personality Jemele Hill calling Trump a “white supremacist.” I find this argument ultimately futile because of the seemingly endless nature of the contention, and more importantly, the fact that it takes away from the more important discussion about what Trump represents, rather than what he personally believes. What is meant by this distinction is that no matter what Trump believes in his head, it does not change the fact that Trump is the living embodiment of the power of whiteness and the inherent advantages that come with that within American society.
FOOD FOR ALL
In 11th grade English, my teacher — an incredibly intelligent white woman, who seems like she has seen the entire world and then some — told us a story about the first time she had ever seen a black boy. She was 6 years old, walking hand-in-hand with her mother to the playground. Loudly and unashamed, she turned to her mom and questioned, “Mom, who made that boy chocolate?”
RU Rah Rah? No, I’m seriously curious, are you "RU Rah Rah?" yet, or do you still need time to adjust being back in school? Summer passed by as fast as it came, and students are back to overcrowding buses, going down the wrong hallways and making new friends as they continue to embark on their academic goals. It’s that time of year where we should determine how to become successful and how to maintain that success, especially for our new first year students and transfers students.
One in three women and one in four men are reported to have experienced some type of physical violence by an intimate partner. You hear statistics like this all the time, but you hardly hear the stories behind the numbers. Rutgers is changing that.
For years a Burmese minority group has lived in fear and has had to endure abuses, repression and systemic violence. For the past couple of weeks, villages in Myanmar have been burning and this same minority has been fleeing across the border, sparking a massive refugee crisis in neighboring countries. There is an ethnic cleansing campaign taking place right now in the country and no one is talking about it. It is being perpetrated by soldiers and Burmese militias against the Rohingya.