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BOZTEPE: US education is in need of renovation

(10/27/17 1:42am)

The United States is the place to be for a college education, but the same cannot be said about their primary schools. From state to state, and in some instances even town to town, what material is being taught, the duration of what is being taught and the level of difficulty of what is being taught differs from district to district. As a nation, we must pinpoint and refurbish our education system to compete with the new successors of education in the world. To do that, we must distinguish the main factors that correspond with the drastic drop of the level of education in the United States.

EDITORIAL: #MeToo trend ignites unity, awareness

(10/26/17 2:21am)

With Domestic Abuse Awareness Month coming to a close, there are hopes that the messages and lessons that October brought remain in place. One of the movements that sparked up this month was the #MeToo movement on social media. The campaign originally started more than 10 years ago with activist Tarana Burke but recently regained steam after the release of the many sexual assault allegations made against Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood. Actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter and urged anyone who has been sexually harassed or assaulted to write “me too,” in order to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” The tweet and the hashtag blew up, bringing in words of support from people from all spectrums of the site. The hashtag quickly took to other social media sites and did exactly what it was meant to do — expose the disturbingly great magnitude of the effects of sexual assault and its victims.

EDITORIAL: We must save Federal Pell Grants

(10/23/17 12:35am)

College degrees in the United States are more expensive than any other country in the world, and so the news of a proposed $3.3 billion cut to the Federal Pell Grant program being approved by Congress is one that is disconcerting. Although the bill is scheduled to be put to vote by the Senate in a few months, if it is approved, this would be the second year in a row that cuts were made to the Pell Grant program.

EDITORIAL: Meal Swipe for Charity aids community

(10/19/17 1:06am)

Did you ever think that your meal swipes could make a difference? The Meal Swipe for Charity campaign is doing just that. Meal Swipe for Charity is a campaign that gives students the opportunity to donate their unused guest swipes to a charitable organization. Which charity do the swipes go to? This is what the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) votes on every year, and this year the decision came to the Rutgers Youth Empowerment Club, which supports the nonprofit group Youth Empowerment Services (YES).

EDITORIAL: U. should try to accommodate for all

(10/12/17 1:09am)

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.

EDITORIAL: Turning campus purple shows support

(10/11/17 1:48am)

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.

EDITORIAL: NBPAC is making art bigger, better

(10/08/17 11:22pm)

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.

EDITORIAL: ‘Free speech’ can become hate speech

(10/04/17 2:09am)

Oftentimes, Rutgers hosts events within the University where panelists come to speak to the students about certain issues that are relevant to what is going on in the world around them. Last night, a panel of speakers visited the Douglass Student Center as a part of their tour entitled “Unsafe Space,” a name-play off of some groups on campus’ recent and ongoing efforts to deem New Brunswick as a “safe space.”

EDITORIAL: It is time for action, not just hashtags

(10/03/17 12:56am)

The nation has been left shaken after the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The 64-year-old shooter from Nevada shot into a crowd of 22,000 people and managed to leave 59 people dead and 527 injured. He singlehandedly incited the “worst mass shooting in modern American history.” President Donald J. Trump, like many others, took to Twitter to send his “warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families.”