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BOZTEPE: SAT is not valid test of intelligence, should be eliminated

(09/29/17 6:05am)

Ah yes, the SAT — also known as the Saddening Analytical Torment. Well, it actually stands for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, but you get the picture. Every year, thousands of students miss out on their dream school, regardless of high GPAs, plenty of school involvement and extracurricular activities strictly because of their SAT scores. Those who normally do substantially well on the SAT spend over $1,000 on classes that go over tricks and other memorization tools to do well on the SAT. So then let me ask the reader this: Does that sound fair, or is the SAT more of a money game?

ABDELFATAH: Trump must improve diplomacy rhetoric

(09/28/17 9:38pm)

President Donald J. Trump delivered his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly last Tuesday, and it was "different" from the usual speech American presidents give. Trump started his speech by talking about the stock market and domestic U.S. employment. Normally the leaders of small nations use the U.N. General Assembly platform as a speech to their domestic constituents and about domestic policies. The U.S. has always been different. When the American president stands up there, he speaks to the members of the U.N. and signals American foreign policy.

THURAVIL: Henna does not belong on your hand unless you understand

(09/27/17 3:05am)

Recently, I haven’t been able to scroll through three posts on Facebook before encountering yet another video about how someone mastered the art of applying henna and has been crowned its “master” by some off-radar media company. While personally, as an Indian, I’m proud of the fact that one of our most treasured art forms has come to be appreciated in the light of the Western world, I’m uneasy when I see yet another person from a culture outside mine that is hailed as the harbinger of Mehndi, as someone who’s newly discovered it, when those of Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern descent have been wearing it for traditional and cultural purposes for centuries. It’s one of many examples of cultural conquistador-ism, in which people “discover” a culture that has already been well-established in the global landscape and create a hype surrounding it that makes it look like something “new” and “exotic.” There’s a fine line between appropriation and appreciation, and calling anyone the “Queen of Henna” without properly understanding and appreciating the history and the tradition behind it is an action that falls firmly on the side of appropriation, and hence can destroy the cultural symbolism of henna altogether and turn it into the next big Goop-sponsored fad instead.

MACLANE: N.Y.’s ‘free tuition’ may have loopholes

(09/27/17 3:04am)

Last semester, I wrote a column related to the growing student loan crisis in America. I essentially proposed to privatize loans to incentivize colleges to lower tuition rates since the guarantee of payment from the government in the event of a default would dissipate. New York has gone forward with attacking this student loan crisis by making New York's public colleges tuition free. Although this sounds like a good idea in principle, there are many problems with this policy.

EDITORIAL: N.J. cares about art, just not enough

(09/27/17 3:11am)

One of the oldest debates involving education has surrounded the topic of whether arts education within the classroom is necessary in curriculum. People have posed arguments for both sides, making this issue one of the most cliched topics middle-school students write a persuasive essay about. But recently, in New Jersey, the conversation has shifted slightly after surveys issued by the Eagleton Institute of Politics were conducted throughout the state. According to the results of the survey, 90 percent of people living in New Jersey believe that having arts education as part of a school's curriculum is important. By looking at this number, one would assume that the age-old debate has been practically resolved and that there are no longer divides in the opinions of people regarding wanting to implement more arts programs. But the rest of the poll indicates otherwise.

EDITORIAL: Future of printing may come up blank

(09/26/17 12:33am)

Nowadays, everything can be done online — you can pay your bills, find a date or watch your favorite television shows. And with the rapid expansion of the Internet, it seems as though everything will be shifting to online-only platforms. One local business in New Brunswick is challenging the odds. But, is the business’s success something that will be long-term?

REYES: Effects of Tuskegee Study still felt today

(09/26/17 12:21am)

Doctors are seen as trustworthy individuals who dedicate their careers to their communities and larger public service, yet, for marginalized people, especially black Americans, the medical community elicits fear and mistrust due to a record of discriminatory practices in diagnosis and treatment. While awareness of the ways in which doctors discriminate against patients of color is growing, the most infamous case of medical racism, the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, remains largely unknown by the populace. It is crucial that we recognize ways and instances in which “trusted” public institutions actively engage in racism so that we can build institutions that truly serve us all. Our public health system and scientific institutions are not exceptions to participating in institutional and systemic racism, and the Tuskegee Study is a testament to this legacy.

BULNES: It’s time to (moo)ve away from dairy products for your health

(09/26/17 12:22am)

When people think of dietary restrictions, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets are the first to come to mind. But only 35 percent of the global population can digest lactose without difficulty, which shows the importance of observing how our own bodies react to dairy consumption. Whether you are lactose intolerant or do not have a dairy allergy at all, avoiding milk and cheese can be beneficial to your overall health.

EDITORIAL: Rutgers is proving to be good neighbor

(09/24/17 11:51pm)

Perhaps the greatest anticipation of any Rutgers student is the thought of living off-campus. Just the possibility of living somewhere without communal bathrooms, a resident assistant and basically hundreds of other people will have students waiting with baited breath for the chance to move out. But, those who finally trek into the journey of off-campus living know that is not all smooth sailing.

FOWLER: Gender equality relies on balance of norms

(09/24/17 11:52pm)

This past weekend I was at a debate tournament where the central question focused on Lego, specifically the Lego Friends line, which is marketed toward young girls. The line features pink and purple suburban settings like houses and shopping malls. This obviously strays from the typical Lego product, which is often masculine and engineering-geared, allowing a child to build a spaceship, robot or fire truck. The central question in this debate? Should Lego ban their Friends line in order to promote feminist ideals?

COMMENTARY: One learns to appreciate perspective as he grows

(09/22/17 12:50am)

After changing my mind about my major in computer science during my first semester at Rutgers, I entered the Rutgers Business School. I was high on hope and low on any sort of idea of what to expect. What ensued was an interesting period in my life where I changed majors again, from business, analytics and information technology (BAIT) to finance. I ultimately transferred back to the School of Arts and Sciences.

EDITORIAL: World Water Monitoring Day came late

(09/21/17 1:00am)

With the abundance of hurricanes, earthquakes and unusually warm weather, one may wonder how severe global warming has affected the planet. Even NASA has reported “changes in climate not only affect average temperatures, but also extreme temperatures, increasing the likelihood of weather-related natural disasters.” But even if you do not believe that humans are leaving a dangerous imprint on this planet — as they continue to burn fossil fuels, pollute and destroy almost every natural landscape they touch — you can still agree that taking care of the planet is not a bad thing. And if you agree with that, then you will appreciate Rutgers’ new efforts to look after the “good health and stability” of the Raritan River.

COMMENTARY: DACA may die, but hope does not have to

(09/21/17 12:55am)

By now we have all heard of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and President Donald J. Trump’s decision to discontinue the policy. For the unaware, DACA is an Obama-era protection for undocumented persons who arrived in the United States as children. The purported moral basis for it is that the children had no choice in the matter at the time and are thus not legally culpable for their actions. The program undoubtedly has great support on the Rutgers campus and administration. Even our chancellor, Debasish Dutta, spoke out in an email on his support for DACA, as well as his and the administration's’ pledge to fight for undocumented students here at Rutgers.

JUAN: Wake up early to dress to impress, secure your future success

(09/21/17 12:54am)

It seems like there is nothing worse than your alarm blaring in your ear the morning of an 8 a.m. lecture. A majority of us probably have it set for 7:30 a.m., giving us plenty of time to brush our teeth, put some shoes on and walk to the bus stop. I, on the other hand, prefer to wake up much earlier in order to get ready for the day. While that extra hour of sleep sounds appealing, I always felt that it was a better idea to make myself look presentable. I know — it might seem crazy. Wearing a dress, sandals and face makeup may not sound like the most practical thing to do every morning, but I found it to have a positive impact on my life. While not everyone needs to put an extra hour of getting ready into their morning, it might help to brush that hair before you walk out of the door.