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Eagleton poll gives insight into state opinion on Murphy's proposed tax, overall performance

(04/05/19 4:00am)

A joint Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University poll found a majority of New Jerseyans support Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D-N.J.) proposed tax on millionaires, but expressed mixed views on his overall performance as the state’s head. This was the first such polling partnership between the two institutions. 

GUVERCIN: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responds to Green New Deal criticism

(04/05/19 10:29pm)

On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Green New Deal, which has been a highly controversial and prominent topic in politics for the last few months. Many people, including people within the Democratic Party, have criticized it for being radical, unrealistically ambitious and simply impossible. Just as we all thought it had been beaten to death, during a House Financial Services Committee meeting on March 26, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the critics who called the deal “elitist” and pointed out its very obvious shortcomings. 

Rutgers announces new officers for Board of Trustees

(04/04/19 4:29am)

Rutgers has elected its Board of Trustees Officers for 2019-2020, according to an article by Rutgers Today. The Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Governors and is comprised of 41 voting members: 20 charter members, 16 alumni members and five public members appointed by the governor of the state with confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate, and is headed by a chair and two vice-chairs. 

Barchi adds $20 M to diversity fund, union continues negotiations

(04/04/19 4:31am)

While the Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) is recruiting students to join their cause and taking actions that “may potentially culminate in a strike later this month,” University President Robert L. Barchi announced an additional $20 million in strategic funding from his office through 2024, he announced in a university-wide email yesterday. The University’s Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative initially promised $21.8 million in 2017 to go through 2021. 

COMMENTARY: Threat of bioterrorism requires stock cultures

(04/04/19 4:00am)

Bioterrorism, as facilitated by the advancement and exploitation of technology, is a threat that looms over us constantly. It is a threat that is even more pervasive than terrorism in the traditional sense, as bioterrorists effectively weaponize pathogens with the intent of creating an epidemic or pandemic that can decimate populations before anybody is even aware they are at risk. 

O'BRIEN: NY’s congestion pricing shows promise

(04/04/19 4:00am)

A deal late last week reached among New York state legislators in Albany will make New York City the first city in America to adopt congestion pricing on its crowded streets, which is a system of tolls that charges drivers for entering areas of high traffic. The new policy, which will take effect in 2021, will charge cars a little more than $10 per day to drive below 60th Street in Manhattan, with trucks to be charged about twice that fee, according to reports. 

AHMED: Remember those lost to hate for Islam Awareness Week

(04/04/19 4:00am)

Saying that my heart aches is an understatement. Saying that I have only shed a few tears is an understatement. Saying that I feel frightened to walk alone at night is an understatement. Saying that I fear that the one place where I can find tranquility and peace can be brutally disturbed is an understatement. These were just a fraction of the emotions that flooded my mind on March 15, a day of woe and utter heartbreak.