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COMMENTARY: False Austerity, University Profit, Rolling back Tuition

(04/13/16 1:25am)

"Rutgers has no money!" How many times have we heard that? When faculty demands a raise, when students demand affordable tuition, when we all want a robust curriculum … the Administration pleads poverty. For many years, Old Queens argued that rising wages would push tuition and fees up sky high. Then they boosted tuition while freezing salaries for five years. By last year — as faculty fought their way out of the salary freeze — we knew enough to suspect that Rutgers had money hidden somewhere. Unrestricted reserves had gone up from $631 million to $709 million in one year.(Now they stand at $771 million). This money lay outside the operating budget, available for research and other purposes but (obviously) not being spent down. Within the operating budget, the administration certainly wasn’t acting poor as it shelled out mega-salaries to coaches and a proliferating squad of vice presidents. When we scratched below the supposed scarcity, we in fact saw signs of fiscal abundance.

VOTE YES: Targum serves as perfect stepping stone to professional world

(04/12/16 10:20pm)

Without The Daily Targum, where would I be? I joined the paper as a freshman in 1981, and I immediately felt like I was part of something really important. Getting my very first story on the front page was one of the most gratifying moments of my early college life, and it was very motivating in my continuing of my career at Targum. I rose to become a staff writer, then associate news editor and finally news editor. What other organization could have given me the kind of real-life challenges and skills than Targum? You covered things at night, and boom, there they were, in the paper the very next day. My ability to write quickly and gracefully under deadline pressure, my interviewing skills, my people skills — I owe it all to The Daily Targum. We were teenagers, or hardly out of our teens, writing, editing and producing a daily newspaper. With the countless hours we devoted to putting out the paper, it was enough to make you feel like you were a professional. While I became a newspaper reporter after graduating and remain a journalist today now working for The Record of Bergen County, there are countless other fields where I could have applied the skills I learned at the Targum. Not to mention the fact that it's where I made some of the best friends of my life. The Targum is well worth your support. The paper is a valuable source of news and information for students. The organization is a priceless tool for students to learn what it feels like to work in the real world.

VOTE YES: Rutgers students should have pride in Targum tradition

(04/07/16 11:25pm)

Vote "yes" for The Daily Targum. I could repeat the same line that is decades old. I am sure, if you are reading this, you are aware of the referendum. However, most students are unfamiliar with what it means. The referendum is the way the University and former editors decided to maintain an independent newspaper. It is the direct will of the students. It is important to understand that the University has no influence over the Targum — it is a creation of idealistic and bright-eyed students. Students with a passion for balanced editorial content. Students who take pride in bringing you information from the salaries of every employee to the changing of the buses. This is rare and valuable.

COMMENTARY: Yiannopoulos's issues with censorship

(04/05/16 12:43am)

On Feb. 10, Milo Yiannopoulos began “The Dangerous Faggot Tour” at Rutgers University. The tour criticized the modern-day college campus as overly sensitive and censor-happy. During his speech, feminists and Black Lives Matter protestors stormed into the lecture hall and began chanting, “Black lives matter!” They were met with loud opposition, with the audience repeating, “Trump!” Most news coverage has criticized the protestors, citing disrespect to Milo’s freedom of speech.

VOTE YES: Targum changed course of my career

(04/06/16 9:09pm)

Every three years, Rutgers' student newspaper, The Daily Targum, the second-oldest and one of the largest college newspapers in the country, asks undergraduate and graduate students to vote in favor of refunding the paper. This process, called a referendum, gives students the choice to continue paying the $11.25 newspaper fee on their term bills every semester.

VOTE YES: Rutgers needs Targum to train world’s future editors, journalist

(04/06/16 9:58pm)

Reflecting upon my three-and-a-half years on the Banks, my mind floods with memories of a freshman year spent in Katzenbach, getting stuck taking two buses back from Livingston after the REXL stopped running. I remember being the sole defender of Brower’s food amongst my friends, which to this day, I won’t testify against. I remember waking up with excitement to catch the train to New York City for three incredible television news internships. But most of all, I remember my time as associate news editor for the 146th editorial board of The Daily Targum.

VOTE YES: Voting 'yes' for Targum means voting for better journalists

(04/10/16 10:43pm)

I still remember the interview for my first job after I graduated from Rutgers. My prospective boss wanted to know whether I had an internship and if I had any college newspaper experience. When I replied that I had worked at The Daily Targum and secured an internship in the Statehouse Bureau of one of the largest newspapers in New Jersey (thanks to a Targum alumni), he was impressed and I was quickly offered the position.

COMMENTARY: Fear of Hub City areas stems from uncertainty

(03/31/16 1:55am)

We are Rutgers students, but many of us are also New Brunswick residents. This may seem obvious, but it often feels as if Rutgers students strictly confine their movements to Rutgers property and the popular College Avenue houses and bars. We live somewhere with history, culture and plenty to do, but students rarely break out and venture into our city. There must be a reason why students follow these beaten paths.

COMMENTARY: Promoting intellectual diversity necessary in universities

(03/29/16 11:50pm)

What is diversity? It’s certainly the buzzword around college campuses, businesses and, indeed, all aspects of society. An institution can receive societal gold stars if it is “diverse” enough. Again, what does it mean? Should you care? Or should you go back to cramming for an exam or Netflixing your stress away? (Side note: If you do go back to Netflix, I highly recommend "Daredevil." Season 2 is phenomenal. Now, back to diversity).

COMMENTARY: Socialism has never worked, will never work

(03/25/16 10:52pm)

In a statement that went viral on the Internet in the beginning of March, world chess champion and Russian politician Garry Kasparov commented that he was “enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of socialism and what it really means … Talking about socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism.”

COMMENTARY: Clinton is formidable force against GOP

(03/24/16 12:31am)

Head to head polls show Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would beat Republic frontrunner Donald Trump in November by a wider margin than Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would. A narrative that basically insinuates that Sanders is a better candidate against the GOP than Clinton is has recently followed these polls. And at this point in the cycle, these polls are probably accurate. Given the facts beneath the surface, however, they're meaningless.


(03/10/16 5:47am)

I have enjoyed my time at Rutgers and have enjoyed working at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I). There are many colleagues who are genuine anti-racists and who have taken time to help and support me through my six years here. However, when I was denied tenure I experienced first-hand how institutional racism works. It is not deliberate, it's not malicious and it is not overt. Rather, it was determined that I am simply not a fit.

COMMENTARY: Rutgers' study abroad access must be democratized

(03/23/16 5:03pm)

Two weeks ago in the Student Activities Center, the Rutgers University Student Assembly invited a speaker from the Center for Global Education (CGE) — part of the University’s Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs — to give a presentation on study abroad opportunities for undergraduates. The presentation focused on the need to increase participation among Rutgers undergraduates in all forms of international education: study abroad, research and service learning.