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New Brunswick is not a safe area. We all claim to know that already, but are we really as aware as we think we are? Sometimes we get crime alerts for petty theft, and sometimes we get crime alerts for more serious incidents. But overall, most of the student community doesn’t realize just how much precaution we need to be taking when we’re out and about in the streets of New Brunswick.
A few weeks ago, President Robert L. Barchi and the University’s Board of Governors voted on the new Strategic Plan that included plans to hire more prominent professors to add to the overall scholarship of the faculty at Rutgers. One of the latest anticipated hires at Rutgers is Peter Ludlow, who was offered a senior position and is to be appointed as the director of the Center for Cognitive Science. As a respected scholar in his field, Ludlow would be a great asset to the already strong Department of Philosophy here at Rutgers — but he is surrounded by some very disturbing controversy.
Those Facebook pages telling you to “like and share if you love Jesus!” are much more than just a nuisance on your newsfeed.
The new trend these days is to point out everything wrong with the Sochi Olympics. It’s become a trending hashtag on every social network, and the twitter account, “@SochiProblems” has more than 100,000 more followers than the official, verified account for the Sochi Olympic Games.
Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart shoved a Texas Tech fan in the final seconds of the 19th-ranked Cowboys 65-61 loss Saturday night to the Red Raiders.
Last week, the Board of Governors announced that this year’s commencement speaker will be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She will be receiving a privately raised $35,000 honorarium from the University’s foundation and an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree.
Were you surprised by the excessive number of high school decommits from Rutgers football with the Big Ten on the horizon? You shouldn’t have been.
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This week, another instance of money for Hurricane Sandy relief being used for unrelated purposes came to light.
Yesterday, the Board of Governors met to vote on the final version of the Rutgers’ Strategic Plan that University President Robert L. Barchi has been working on since he arrived here in 2012. Naturally, we’re pretty interested in seeing how this is all going to play out. The plan features some really solid goals, and it outlines many of the areas where the University can improve, but it didn’t give many details as to where exactly all the money for these great ideas is going to come from.
The Rutgers men’s basketball roster is definitely underachieving in head coach Eddie Jordan’s first year with the program.
Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f-----g balcony.” This was the reaction of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., to a question from a reporter, Mike Scotto, about the recent controversy surrounding the arrest of one of his campaign fundraisers. A video of Grimm approaching Scotto and verbally threatening him made the rounds in the media yesterday, and there has been a lot of outrage about the unnecessarily violent way he reacted to the reporter.
Julie Hermann will be the second female athletic director in Big Ten history, the first woman in the position at Rutgers and one of the only openly gay women in her field. This past September, there was a lot of controversy surrounding Hermann because of Jevon Tyree’s decision to quit the football team after claiming that the assistant coach at the time, Dave Cohen, had verbally abused him. Hermann was under intense scrutiny by many who claimed that she was mishandling the situation. But an investigation concluded just yesterday that Dave Cohen did not in fact verbally abuse any players, and that Hermann had acted appropriately in the situation despite the fact that she hadn’t officially taken on her position as Athletic Director at the time.
While anticipation builds around the world for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, much of Brazil’s population is up in arms against its government. This past weekend, more than 2,000 people took to the streets to call for a boycott of the World Cup, protesting the government’s extravagant spending on stadium complexes despite the fact that schools, hospitals and slums across the country are literally decaying from neglect.
Just in case the National Security Agency didn’t creep us out enough already, here’s something else: It has a website aimed at educating kids about the NSA’s goals through interactive games and cartoon characters. In between all the code-breaking puzzles and NSA-themed coloring pages, kids can click on a link to learn how to get involved in the NSA. On the website’s “career fields” page, it even says, “It is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do when you grow up!”
So it turned out that a lot of us spent the first day of the semester snowed out of class. Frankly, we were initially pretty shocked that classes were even cancelled — it’s more than we’ve gotten used to expecting from Rutgers. After all, this is a university that remained open with no announcements of closing up until the day before Hurricane Sandy wrecked New Jersey last year.
We’re really glad that this whole Bridgegate fiasco came to light before our term as the Targum editorial board came to an end. With all the damn editorials we have written about Hurricane Sandy relief over the past year, all the pieces we’ve had to deal with hailing Gov. Chris Christie as some kind of hero, it’s pretty poetic that we’ve now come full circle with all the revelations that were made over winter break.
Student debt is a major issue facing the nation. According to The Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success, New Jersey ranks just below the national average, checking in at eighth place nationally. The average student loan debt of college graduates in 2012 increased to $29,400. New Jersey’s average was slightly less at a whopping $29,287. Unfortunately, Rutgers’ debt load was near the national average at $26,656, with 57 percent of its students having student loans.