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Stephen Miller, President Donald J. Trump’s senior advisor, plays a much larger role than many perceive. Miller, the same man who was one of the leading constructors of the Muslim "travel ban" that Trump had implemented, was appointed to work with Ivanka Trump on women’s issues in April — a problem that no one is talking about enough.
A collaborative art exhibition has recently been installed in the Focus Gallery at the Zimmerli Art Museum (the small room adjacent PaparazZi Cafe), on heritage and memory in the American South. A bundle of Mason Gross visual art students, led by Daonne Huff and Kara Walker, trekked to Atlanta, Georgia, where they experienced the following things: Ebenezer Baptist Church (former church of Martin Luther King Jr.), remnants of the Klan, Stone Mountain, and, of course, Piggly Wiggly. The result of their travels is the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association — an intimately curated, archival exhibition, frank in presentation, at once jarring and/or moving, depending on who you are.
JOINING THE WINNER CIRCLE
Low voter turnout is an increasingly prominent issue in the United States. In the 2012 presidential election, for instance, only 53 percent of those eligible, voted. That means that well over 100 million potential votes were lost. In 2016, the turnout was even lower, as an additional 50 million Americans failed to show up on Election Day.
Oftentimes, events are held in order to create a sense of remembrance of tragedies that have passed. And although the common saying, “We will never forget,” is often recited in reference to the tragic events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, a fraternity at Rutgers hosted a silent memorial walk with a similar slogan, but this time to remember the lives taken during the Holocaust.
I always walk with my Bose headphones in my ears on my way class, even when I am not listening to music. I carry my laptop around every day, maybe not because I use it for classwork or writing, but because I might want to watch a YouTube video, or maybe I simply feel more comfortable with the internet so accessible — like my iPhone 7 isn’t sufficient for that. Before I deleted my Instagram for the third time this year, I wondered why I felt so good when people liked my photo and I wondered why I kept coming up with obscure, ridiculous reasons as to why I should stay "connected." Time and time again I have proven to myself that I would be better off without the overwhelming access to the social media accounts of people within my little sphere of life. Sure, I would be able to keep track of people I care about on Facebook, but why can't I just call, text or ask for a video from their really important event? I sought out and exhausted almost every reason for me to continue using social media — I knew I would do better in school, and I would better nourish my relationships and of course, I would spend my time more wisely. Still, why am I so attached to these online profiles that literally lack physical entities? Eventually, my question became: what unfathomable influence has technology had on the lives of not only millennials just like me, but on everyone in society?
North Korea’s persistent and aggressive attitude toward developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is nothing new. However, President Donald J. Trump's administration has recently decided to coax China into pressuring North Korea into dampening its endeavors. China has heavy authority within North Korea’s foreign trade, accounting for over 80 percent of the country's foreign trade, signifying significant political leverage. In exchange for raising a hand of authority to North Korea, the Trump administration has decided to make it more enticing for China, by putting better trade terms on the table.
Students at the University are constantly learning new things in their classes. That is why a majority of students attend college — to get an education. But more important than learning facts, figures and theories is learning how to apply them to enchance one's life, and especially the lives of those around them. This is exactly what 24 women that were featured in “UNherD” are receiving recognition for.
In conversations about how to address societal illnesses, we largely gloss over the nuances and complexities of the situation. Many times, issues like poverty, hunger, homelessness and violence are often discussed in silos, influencing the ways in which we tackle them. However, if we are to solve these social problems and promote economic growth, it is essential to get to the root of the issue as early as possible. That is why a child-centered approach to community and economic development can give neighborhoods, states and nations an opportunity to mitigate and prevent devastating dilemmas while supporting community health and economic prosperity.
Throughout my studies and personal endeavors, I have come to learn a lot about America. I have learned valuable lessons about how I believe this country operates best, and the functions that are desirable for the effective preservation of this great republic. Throughout the country’s history, there have been people dedicated to the preservation of these ideals that I speak of, and there have been many that have been dedicated to their downfall. These set of ideals, also known as conservatism, are responsible for making this country great, and why it has continued to be great to this very day. I consider myself to be a conservative with some libertarian-leaning tendencies, which has put me at odds with some members of the Republican Party. As my favorite sitting Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) recently described himself, “I’m sorta an independent conservative who caucuses with Republicans.” Jonah Goldberg, a writer for National Review, described himself as being, “A conservative (and by default) a Republican.” I believe that conservatives should follow in the molds of these men, or run a great risk to the tainting of conservatism. This is one of three lessons that I would like to share for my fellow conservatives.
With summer vacation just a few weeks away, most students are anxious about internships or things that they can do during the break to promote a successful future for themselves. But a relatively new organization at the University is assisting students in finding opportunities that will further their success during the school year, especially if they are interested in business.
Last week was Earth Week and there is a well-known observation that is important to point out: The fact that Earth is the only planet we have ever lived on and for the time being, the only planet that we will ever be able to live on. With this in mind, I am often confused by the negligence of the great majority of our population. We were given a beautiful planet unlike any we have ever seen before and instead of preserving it, we are recklessly destroying it. With little hesitation, we dump waste in the water and emit smog into the atmosphere. We extract resources as if they are unlimited and destroy ecosystems as if they are insignificant. As our businesses flourish, our environment deteriorates, but some will rationalize our destructive actions with economic benefits. Many fail to realize the economic benefits of a healthy planet and sustainable infrastructure.
Rutgers students often forget that New Brunswick is not only comprised of the University, it is a city in itself, with a population of people who have no connection to the University at all. And within this population, almost 35 percent of New Brunswick is living in poverty.
South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia have been hit by a drought since October of 2016, and the effects are worsening with each passing day. Somalia is perhaps the most affected, as this is the third drought that has hit the East African country in the past 25 years, making recovery harder and harder with each passing hit. The case this time has become so severe that it has lead to famine threats and the last time the region was touched by famine, almost six years ago, it took more than 250,000 people with it. This time around, there are more than 20 million lives at risk. The increased number is the result of the ongoing war in the region that has only exacerbated the famine as resources are running out faster. The most alarming fact about this situation is the rate at which cholera has been spreading around the country due to the lack of clean water.
On April 16, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took the first major leap in the direction of establishing an authoritarian dictatorship. The change was brought about as a result of a historic referendum that, having been passed with a “majority of public support,” will eliminate the position of prime minister and put almost complete power in the hands of the executive branch. The vote has been criticized by governments and human rights organizations across the globe as having possibly been rigged in Erdogan’s favor. This article will not focus on such accusations. Instead, I would like to respond to an opinion article posted in the April 20 issue of The Daily Targum. The piece, which was part of Meryem Uzumcu’s bi-weekly column, elaborates on the aforementioned subject and reaches some bizarre, ahistorical conclusions.
RUTGERS HAS A BIG HEART
When word came that Steve Van Zandt would be this year’s commencement speaker, many students responded with a quizzical expression. If they had heard his name, it was either as a member of The Sopranos cast or the E Street Band. But Van Zandt needs neither Tony Soprano nor Bruce Springsteen to establish his credentials.
One day it was a sunny, 60 degrees Fahrenheit and I spent my time enjoying the warmth. The next, I woke up and snow was accumulating all around me. Was this normal? I didn’t think so. For those of us in the Rutgers and New Brunswick communities, we’ve noticed this change. The warmer winters and sporadic extremes in weather have caught our attention. What can we do to make a difference?
You’ve seen the Women’s March, the "No Ban, No Wall” protests and several other public demonstrations fighting the current presidential administration and some of its attitudes towards certain groups or situations in the United States. But one of the most recent public protests is somewhat of an unexpected one. On April 22, Washington, D.C. is having a March for Science, and Rutgers is publicly endorsing it.
The climate change narrative pushed by the media is horribly wrong. No, the science is neither disputed nor “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” as the leader of the free world once tweeted. Human carbon emissions are surely warming the planet, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s poorest people. But the potential solutions the media offers misrepresent the underlying economics and actually make a long-term, bipartisan climate plan less likely.