TAKE A BREATH WITH SJE
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TAKE A BREATH WITH SJE
College is what you make of it. College rankings play a crucial role in why incoming first-years choose the institution they do. Many websites that have collegiate statistics, such as U.S. News, use an unknown algorithm to formulate their school rankings. Essentially, these rankings have become more of a popularity rating rather than a ranking based on the educational foundations of the colleges. U.S. News actually began their rankings in 1988 by asking college presidents what they thought about other schools, causing these ratings to be biased. This caused a lot of criticism which made U.S. News revamp their ranking system.
Historically, the representation of South Asians in the media has been dismal. Growing up, my only role model was Princess Jasmine, simply because her skin color had the slightest resemblance to my own Indian skin. But that sob story about brown identity has been told time and time again, with no real results until very recently. This year seems to be the eruption of South Asian talent, as Hasan Minhaj took the stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Priyanka Chopra’s breaks out into Hollywood with "Quantico" and, most recently, Riz Ahmed becomes the first South Asian to win an Emmy Award for acting. However, with this forthcoming of representation, there has been controversy as to whether all of the representation is purely positive and progressive.
It does not matter how much you love your classes, friends and activities at Rutgers — when it comes down to it, everyone has a calendar marking down the days until the next University break. You get to spend time with family, “home” friends and, in the case of winter break, enjoy the holidays without worrying about homework, exams or anything else remotely related to school. That is, of course, if the holidays you celebrate do align with the breaks that the University offers.
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.