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COMMENTARY: Generation Z is not as bad as parents think

(09/20/17 1:31am)

“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.

HINRICHS: Rutgers should support freedom of speech, not abridge it

(09/20/17 1:30am)

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.

EDITORIAL: Big Ten school wants big voter turnout

(09/19/17 1:44am)

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.

BANSAL: Changes in Title IX create more stigma

(09/19/17 1:41am)

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.

WASSERMAN: Justice regarding health care must go further than insurance

(09/19/17 1:40am)

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.

EDITORIAL: CAPS deserves claps for new initiatives

(09/18/17 12:42am)

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).

GUC: Readers’ relationships with books should be questioned

(09/18/17 12:38am)

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.

MAENNER: Trump won election due to racial privilege

(09/18/17 12:36am)

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.

SHAH: ‘Not seeing color’ is not helping society

(09/15/17 1:44am)

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?”

BOZTEPE: Students’ reservations regarding Rutgers can be relieved

(09/15/17 1:45am)

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.

ABDELFATAH: Plight of Rohingya perpetuated by lack of media attention

(09/14/17 1:07am)

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.

BEZAWADA: Despite bleak present, change is possible

(09/14/17 1:07am)

It took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to come up with this title, and I still don’t like it. Then again, it’s not like I’ll ever be truly proud of my work. After discovering I’d become a columnist for The Daily Targum, I read my ninth-grade application to my high school’s newspaper, a piece I thought to be my best. It’s actually garbage.

EDITORIAL: Rutgers gives pillows, money, relief

(09/13/17 12:18am)

With the oncoming worries and tracking reports of Hurricanes Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia, it seems as though the trauma and devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Texas has been pushed to the background. And although it may seem to make sense to tackle these deadly hurricanes as they come forth, it is important to try to make efforts to starting healing as soon as they hit. This is exactly what Rutgers has attempted to do.

THURAVIL: Republicans use society-oriented attitudes when convenient

(09/13/17 12:16am)

As if the country didn’t have enough problems in dealing with incompetence and discrimination within our federal administration, the United States is also currently facing a deadly onslaught of natural disasters. Hurricanes, floods, wildfires and heatwaves are sweeping across the country, but visibly, the most affected regions are in the southern, coastal areas, nearly demolished by the forces of Hurricanes Harvey (Texas) and Irma (Florida, the Caribbean and the Southeastern U.S.). As more and more Americans lose power, water, shelter and supplies, people from around the country and the world put aside their differences to assist those in need by sending required items and personal monetary donations. Large corporations have also jumped in, donating millions of dollars to hurricane relief. Numerous mosques are offering shelter and refuge to those affected by flooding in Houston. Many will argue that this moment in history, where millions of unrelated people come together to help and better society, is beautiful and representative of what it means to be American.

EDITORIAL: New Brunswick is playing its cards well

(09/12/17 12:24am)

Oftentimes, students here at the Rutgers—New Brunswick campus forget that the entirety of the city does not revolve around the University. In fact, just a few blocks away from the College Avenue campus (where many upperclassmen choose to live) the residential life of New Brunswick can clearly be seen. And within residential New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Free Public Library has decided to create a new Municipal Identification program.

REYES: Dress code policies must end in order to foster inclusiveness

(09/12/17 12:23am)

Many students enter trade schools, colleges and universities with the primary goal of obtaining meaningful employment after graduation. There is a lot that goes into preparing for the transition into gainful employment, but professional standards of dress and conduct are among the most challenging to navigate. We are told that to be competitive, we need to “look and act professionally” at job fairs, networking events, interviews and practically anywhere you could run into a prospective employer. There are more than a few people who believe professionalism is the “key to success,” ensuring that the field is level for all job-seekers and employees. However, we often do not take the time to acknowledge how these unspoken rules stifle individuality and creativity and ultimately reinforce social hierarchies that center the white, male, cisgender, heterosexual and upper-class aesthetic. To those who do not fit this mold, existing in a professional space can be tiring or even traumatic.

BULNES: To eat well, use your head at Panera Bread

(09/12/17 12:22am)

Something tragic happened last semester: Au Bon Pain closed its doors. It was the most convenient place to grab a cup of coffee before catching the LX — not to mention it was the home of the egg white, cheddar and avocado sandwich that was a go-to healthy breakfast for many. Thankfully, as we all returned to campus for the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester, we saw Panera Bread occupying the vacant spot that once was Au Bon Pain. Students are ecstatic — Panera is a great place for healthy snacks and meals when you feel too guilty after eating Wendy’s two days in a row. But many students fail to realize that unhealthy options are still plentiful at Panera and eating healthy requires smart choices.