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In the era of President Donald J. Trump, a strange warped reality has enveloped us into a world of terrifying executive orders, fictive events touted as fact and a flow of scandals that just don’t seem to stop. The first few weeks of the administration have been both exhausting and horrifying for all of us who are subject to U.S. government processes, like the court system, being challenged by an administration simply in favor of legitimizing its own power and voice. The processes that sanctify and solidify the U.S. secular, liberal hegemony are being penetrated by an alt-right. The alt-right consolidation of power is not a visible movement that people can pinpoint on the streets. While it’s no longer in the form of a KKK rally, the alt-right has consolidated its power through what seems convincingly similar to a passive revolution.
Earlier this year, Rutgers University made attempts to more closely monitor its police force with the implementation of body cameras. Rutgers campuses, including Camden, New Brunswick and Newark, began requiring its police officers to wear standard-issue equipment. Kenneth Cop, the chief of the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD), believed that having these body cameras would have a “positive impact” on the relations between the police force and the community. A few months after this, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) and RUPD collaborated to install security cameras on off-campus sites so as to ensure that police could oversee any crimes that were occurring near campus. At the time, the Rutgers community, as well as others, approved this decision and saw it as Rutgers’ way of ensuring that even the police department was being kept in check. This was especially true after other states began removing possibilities of monitoring police, like when North Carolina issued a law that blocked police footage from being released to the public. But with the recent shooting of a New Jersey man from Bridgeton — where citizens of South Jersey are currently demanding the investigation of the police officer who killed him — the overall effectiveness of body cameras and police monitoring has been thrown into question.
About 213 years ago, on this day, New Jersey became the last Northern state to officially abolish slavery. An important, if not overdue, step in a long path that, even today, we have miles more to walk through. It was also the first Northern state to apologize for the role it played in perpetuating slavery. Yet, more than 200 years have passed and we still have not managed to eradicate the racism rooted so deeply in, not only our system but also our national psyche. But I can go on about what is mandated by this government and its people, but I will not. What I would like to discuss, rather, is what is being done within our individual spheres of influence. All progress starts by our own doorsteps — through our own local communities.
When I tell people that English is not my first language, one of two things tend to happen — either they look at me like I have two heads, or proceed to demand that I teach them all the swear words in the Portuguese vocabulary.
If you go anywhere on campus today, it is guaranteed that you will see an overabundance of heart-shaped decorations and puns regarding love. It is, in fact, Valentine’s Day. But the same cannot be said overseas in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
2016 was an incredible year for music, especially hip-hop. It was another year of pushing the horizons of this ever-evolving genre, with projects coming from artists as diverse as Young Thug to Anderson .Paak. And it’s hard for the Grammys, or any awards program, to contain that wide scope of talent into a constricted list of nominations. There has always been some level of controversy surrounding award nominations, whether it was last year when Nicki Minaj called out the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) for overlooking black female artists, or this year when Frank Ocean refrained from submitting his album "Blonde" for consideration in the 2017 Grammys. The Grammys, in particular, has faced substantial backlash from the hip-hop community for not properly recognizing hip-hop in proportion to other genres, the most recent example being last year when Taylor Swift’s "1989" beat out Kendrick Lamar’s "To Pimp A Butterfly" for the Album of the Year award.
Bodily autonomy is a term that dictates how we carry, use and control our own bodies. It plays a role in how we situate ourselves in everyday issues, legal situations and even medical responsibilities — especially when it comes to abortion rights. By giving states the individual rights to regulate abortion services, many movements and ideologies have been pushing the public to oppose women's rights to those services. These pro-life groups push to limit women's rights to have control over her own body.
Rutgers students have been known to stand up for what they believe in. Whether these beliefs are portrayed through protests or demonstrations, students always manage to get their point across. While it is important for students to voice their concerns and be vehicles for change, sometimes the reasoning behind their distresses are misguided.
This a response to Ashley Wang’s article, “ America must practice political tolerance,” which should have been titled “America must tolerate racism (or at least the threat of it).”
The sudden and unexpected death of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016 produced a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Scalia was originally nominated by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was one of five judges on the bench who had been appointed by a Republican president. This reduction to eight judges, four being Democratic appointments and the other half being Republican appointments, has forced four to four splits on major rulings such as former President Barack Obama’s executive orders in regards to immigration.
Imagine that a disease broke out, the flu for instance, and killed 50,000 Americans in just one year. You would probably be concerned, right? Wouldn't you agree that something must be done, to help those who are sick and prevent any future infection? That would be the most sensible response. Here’s the problem — that deadly disease that I just mentioned is not hypothetical.
To be deeply immersed in playing an instrument, or reading a book, or performing extensive math calculations is a one of a kind experience: The mind starts churning as fast as a train and new bridges are created in it. While growing up, that deep-learning thinking pattern is what I was used to. And it was normal. Sure, in the seventh grade I played with my friends' MySpace accounts because my mom wouldn’t let me have my own, but I can count on my hands the number of times I went on their pages. It was not until I was on a social network for myself, a "gift" during eighth grade, that my eyes and mind were exposed to this foreign, exciting new internet interface (one of many). And from that moment forward, my deep thinking slowly became shallow, school engagements transformed into reluctant obligations and free, creative time became mind-numbing, endless scrolling. The pursuit of answers became too easy, and I admired many lives behind my inaugural iPhone 4 screen. The exquisite art of deep focus and understanding deteriorates the more we fill our time with many nonphysical entities, which technology has readily and dangerously provided.
The Rutgers Board of Governors is holding a vote today to determine whether they will change the name of two buildings and a walkway on campus. But these are no ordinary changes. Rutgers is changing the names of parts of the campus to those that belonged to former slaves and Rutgers’ first black graduate. These changes are an official acknowledgment of Rutgers’ ties to slavery during its inception. Deborah Gray White, the Board of Governors' distinguished professor of history, who chaired the research committee for this project, explained that the hopes of the Board of Governors is to ensure that the Rutgers community knows that black people were essential to the very construction of the University. With this goal in mind, the Board of Governors wants to change the name of Old Queen’s Walkway to “Will’s Walkway,” the College Avenue Apartments into “Sojourner Truth Apartments” and Kilmer Library to the “James Dickson Carr Library.” Rutgers has taken responsibility for its history of using slave labor during its creation and hopes that these changes will reflect their intentions. But this might not be the case.
Time and time again, elected officials and the media decry “failing urban schools” and the handicap they give poor children, particularly black and Hispanic children, entering adulthood. This rhetoric was pervasive during President Donald J. Trump’s campaign, especially when he concluded the final 2016 presidential debate by saying, “Our inner cities are a disaster. You get shot walking to the store. They have no education. They have no jobs.” Trump’s vision of the “inner city” is at least “30 years past its prime,” and it undermines efforts to ameliorate the challenges people in urban centers are actually facing such as gentrification, segregation, the escalating cost of housing, environmental and public health, policing, safe and accessible transportation and more.
In an article published on CNN's website, Mayor Svante Myrick brings to our attention that “125 people will die in America today from an opioid overdose … ” From 2002 to 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths has nearly quadrupled. The way America evaluates its War on Drugs, from mandatory sentencing to the prohibition of drugs, has proved inefficient as the number of heroin users continues to rise. Why do we continue to gasp in shock and shake our heads in disapproval after incarcerated drug users relapse after being released from prison?
In this present and ever so confusing era of the administration of President Donald J. Trump, we have been exposed to a fair share of ignorant statements and rather offensive rhetoric. We have heard the president mock a disabled reporter, we have heard him claim that a judge does not approve of the border wall because of his race and we have heard him say that journalist Megyn Kelly does not care for him because she is bleeding from her “wherever.” Needless to say, it has been an exhausting couple of months for the left respectively and conservatives who have no desire to offer their support for Trump. I have previously written about my fear that the Republican Party will shift more toward the desires of Trump rather than a coherent defense of conservatism. While my worst fears are slowly becoming reality, there are more people to blame than the president and the cowardice of certain Republican members of Congress. Many political commentators, who were once conservatives themselves, have only exacerbated this rhetoric that has emerged in the Trump era. Commentators such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and countless more have been blacklisted in my eyes. But the so-called “conservative” commentator, who is truly a danger to the promotion of conservative ideals, is none other than one Tomi Lahren.
A lot of people may believe that monitoring the psychological decisions of a 6-year-old may not be useful for scientific study. But researchers from the University of Illinois proved that the mind of 5 to 7 year olds can become extremely telling of much more than one thinks. In fact, with an experiment conducted on 400 children, researchers were able to display that certain gender biases not only exist, but run rampant within the minds of young children. The socially infused roles of gender have found their way into children’s ideas of who is intelligent and who is not — and the results are a little bothersome.
There is no question that Super Bowl LI will go down in history as an instant classic and a testament to the competitive spirit of the NFL. The New England Patriots got off to a rocky start, going into halftime down 21-3, but managed to score 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to tie the game up at 28 with 57 seconds remaining. Many had written them off and assumed the Atlanta Falcons would cruise to an easy victory, but Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots, would not be stopped. During the final drive of regulation, Julian Edelman made the play of the game by securing a juggling catch on a ball deflected in the air. All of this with two defenders surrounding him. Seconds later Brady found Danny Amendola for the touchdown and James White tied it up with a 2-point conversion. Brady then casually proceeded to drive 91 yards down the field and punch it in on the first drive of overtime.
From the day he began his campaign, President Donald J. Trump echoed a single rhetoric — that hate and division would solve all the problems of America. And divide the country he has, wielding a single phrase quite carelessly — “fake news.” Trump has waged war with the media throughout his campaign and his current dismal state of affairs (also known as his presidency), and it does not seem like he is going to stop anytime soon.
A controversial debate over freedom of speech broke out after a frightening display of free speech was displayed last Wednesday night at the University of California, Berkeley.