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WASSERMAN: Mandatory work for Medicaid is bad move

(01/16/18 2:14am)

Hello again, Rutgers. Whether you are just starting as a new student here or you are a veteran Daily Targum reader, thanks for clicking or picking up a copy of the paper on this first day of the Spring semester. Like many of you, over my winter break I attempted to do that elusive thing called “relaxation,” but unfortunately I am an anxious millennial living in a country run by a petulant child-king, in what could be the last days of the freedom of the press (or human existence … you can never really be sure, these days), so that did not really work out too well. As a certified public health nerd with a penchant for social justice, there was one particular news happening that really irked me, and I am using this issue of my column to amplify the indignation that I believe our country should rightfully hold.



BANSAL: Women are still underrepresented in feats of success

(12/12/17 2:34am)

When it comes to recognition and representation, women are infamously lacking. Even institutions that dedicate themselves to awarding and recognizing influential community members, such as the Nobel Foundation, are found to be misinformed and seemingly biased. From the fields of physics, chemistry, economics, literature, medicine and peace, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 881 people in the past 115 years. Merely 48 out of the 881 recognitions were awarded to women, while the rest went to men. While this is a disappointing statistic, it is easy to assume that the Nobel Prize might be recognizing women more so in the recent decades than in the past. This is, unfortunately, not true. The last woman to win a Nobel Prize for physics, Maria Goeppert Mayer, was honored in 1964. The gap reflects longtime institutional biases against women within the sciences, a lag exacerbated by the decades-long backlog of Nobel-worthy discoveries, according to an infographic on the National Geographic website. Lise Meitner, one of the co-discoverers of nuclear fission, was nominated for the physics prize 29 times between 1937 to 1965 and the chemistry prize an additional 19 times from 1924 to 1948, according to the site. But, she would never win. "And while astronomer Vera Rubin's groundbreaking work revealing the existence of dark matter  received wide acclaim, she died on December 25, 2016, with no Nobel to call her own," the report said. 


WASSERMAN: Those in power should reevaluate priorities

(12/12/17 2:35am)

At the beginning of October and after the summer of health care havoc, I almost wrote a column about how funding was near expiration for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and how Congress would need to take action before the deadline on that measure. My column was due on Oct. 2, but being caught up in midterm pressures and an overwhelming sense of, “there is no way that Congress would deliberately let funding expire for an insurance program that provides health care coverage for poor children,” I did not write the column. As we know, I was very naive and very wrong. If there’s anything that 2017 has taught me, to paraphrase Michelle Obama, it’s that “when they go low, they will soon go even lower.”


EDITORIAL: White nationalists will not succeed at U.

(12/11/17 2:32am)

Last Wednesday, another round of white nationalistic flyers was found on George Street. The flyers were directed at white Americans and urged them to fulfill their "civic duty" by reporting all "illegal aliens" to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. While the suggestion to report people for being in this country illegally is in itself not necessarily racist, the last statement on the flyers read, “AMERICA IS A WHITE NATION,” and on the bottom left corner "bloodandsoil.org" was printed, which is a website for an organization called Patriot Front that advocates for today’s white nationalist movement. For context, white supremacists that rallied at the University of Virginia in August chanted the phrase, “blood and soil,” among other things, such as “Jews will not replace us.” Thus there is a clear connection between the group that posted these flyers here at Rutgers and those who took part in the alt-Right rally in Charlottesville. With that said, it is clear that these flyers were not only posted with the aim of urging Americans to do their civic duty but to promote the same unsettling voice of racism here at Rutgers that we saw on the campus of the University of Virginia. 


GUC: Beliefs should continually change throughout people’s lives

(12/11/17 2:31am)

Many of us may have spent the weekend in the company of family. One’s family plays a substantial role in the early shaping of one’s mindset. One’s mindset affects one’s worldview. For example, the way I think about the occurrence of a sunrise and the qualities it displays impacts the way I think about the relationship between the sunrise and my own existence. My understanding of the existence of everything and anything in the universe is directly related to my grasp of my own position and purpose within the world. The language my parents may have used in referring to phenomena in the world will then have influenced the context of how I make sense of my existence. 





BOZTEPE: Adults portraying kids on big screen may have consequences

(12/08/17 1:36am)

How awkward would it be if adults acted and dressed as high school students and attended high school? Exactly, it just does not work. If adult actors continue to play roles that should be played by teens, the teens who view these shows will continue to subconsciously be negatively affected. The fact that the adult actors are normally fully grown, acne free and fitter than the average 14 to 18-year-old student causes the perception of what a teenager should look like become skewed to society. 




BEZAWADA: Americans can learn from Japanese customs

(12/07/17 3:39am)

On Nov. 14, just a week before Thanksgiving, something happened in Japan that shocked railway commuters globally. Japan boasts one of the world’s cleanest, most efficient and reliable railway systems in the world. In particular, Tsukuba Express carries 130 million passengers annually and has rarely failed to arrive precisely on time. That Thursday was one of those rare moments — it departed early. The Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company apologized profusely for the incredibly "detrimental" 20 second miscalculation.


EDITORIAL: U. must do more to prevent crime

(12/06/17 2:16am)

On May 4 of last year, a man severely beat and sexually assaulted a female Rutgers student after dragging her to a less visible area. When a group of people intervened in the heinous act, the perpetrator began to run, warning them that if they chased him, he would shoot them. On Dec. 4, that man, Michael P. Knight, admitted to the crime and was convicted of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. The original charges additionally included aggravated assault, aggravated sexual contact, making terroristic threats and endangering the injured victim. He will spend 22 years in prison. This incident sounds like something plucked straight from a horror film, but it happened in an area commonly occupied by students — Seminary Place, a direct offshoot of College Avenue next to Voorhees Mall.


COMMENTARY: Sommers might be able to save feminism

(12/06/17 2:17am)

The feminist movement has grown since its birth, for better and worse. From its inception at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, feminism has made tremendous strides towards egalitarian respect for women. Today, feminist ideals bleed into every facet of mainstream culture, from international social media campaigns to the prospect of having a first female president. With all this progress, a question still remains: Has modern, third-wave feminism accomplished its goal of gaining autonomy for women and empowering them? Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at a conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, summarizes modern campus feminism as "'fainting couch feminism’, which views women as fragile and easily traumatized. It calls for special protections for women ... because it views women as an oppressed and silenced class."


THURAVIL: People should spread holiday spirit by being kind to others

(12/06/17 2:14am)

With the holidays around the corner, as college students it is easy to be swept away by the promise of almost three weeks of doing close to nothing, eating more food than one can imagine and getting to see family and friends that you may not have seen in a long time. But it is also easy to forget those who may not be able to do or have any of these privileges. It is also easy to forget those who are struggling not only to find something they are thankful for, but struggling to get by as well. We could write extensively about the history of the commercialization and the capitalistic roots of the holidays as we know them today. But instead what we should do is use that history to try and change what we know as the conventional holiday season to make it a little more communal and inclusive, and bring it somewhat closer to the spirit of Christmas that we have been taught in school. There are some ways you can improve the lives around you, not just for these holidays but all year round, so you can show gratitude in the most impactful way possible.


EDITORIAL: Sexual assault is prevalent in public roles

(12/05/17 2:39am)

In the past few months, Americans have been forced to recognize the fact that sexual harassment and assault are significantly more prevalent than previously acknowledged. A slew of beloved public figures have been ousted as having committed unwanted sexual acts, some of whom admit to the accusations and apologize and others who fail to do so. As a result of this, our society has been confronted with the uncomfortable fact that sexual assault and harassment are common, everyday occurrences. 


REYES: Proper policy can end concentrated regional poverty

(12/05/17 2:40am)

The recognition that societal ills are concentrated in particular places has been a part of my life from a very early age. Growing up in the Lower Passaic River watershed, vacant lots, abandoned properties and contaminated sites were and remain abundant. These locally unwanted land uses, many of which are classified as brownfields, are a part of the history of my neighborhoods. At the heart of our communities runs the Passaic River, a historic and mighty river which was at the center of New Jersey’s industrial revolution. Decades of improper waste disposal and manufacturing left the 17-mile tidal stretch of the river contaminated with layers of dioxin, PCBs, mercury and other toxic pollutants — the pollution is so serious that the lowest 8 -mile stretch was federally designated a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


BULNES: People should reform their definition of dieting

(12/05/17 2:40am)

The meaning of the word “diet” has been destroyed by its continuous misuse in American society. People think diets are supposed to restrict certain foods, even temporarily, in order to train the mind to resist natural food cravings. Instead, this defines what “dieting” is: an inherently ineffective method because it forces people to associate negative feelings to changes in eating. Realistically, the word “diet” should have a positive connotation — it should define a pattern of healthy selections made intentionally over the lifetime of an individual with the intent to benefit the daily functions of the body. 


EDITORIAL: Tax bill may harm access to education

(12/04/17 1:00am)

President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party have officially reeled in their first win — the hasty and flippant passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the bill largely espouses tax cuts to the immensely wealthy, it seems to many to be a blatant assault on the accessibility of higher education. Graduate students are often offered remission or deductions on their tuition, or in some cases are granted stipends to help them afford the cost of living while attending their graduate program. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, this monetary help will be liable to be taxed as income, defeating its purpose. As part of a national demonstration in response to the bill passing in the House of Representatives earlier in November, Rutgers graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty members participated in a walkout protest with the aim of displaying the vitalness of graduate students to the wellbeing and advancement of not only higher education but American society.