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McCaw exposes student vulnerability

(02/18/14 5:00am)

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.

Rutgers doesn’t need another scandal

(02/17/14 5:00am)

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.     

U. funding not clear enough for future

(02/05/14 5:00am)

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.

Politicians need to stop bullying

(01/30/14 5:00am)

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.

AD exemplifies future of athletics

(01/29/14 5:00am)

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.

Soccer should not outweigh security

(01/28/14 5:00am)

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.

Why is the NSA all over our kids?

(01/27/14 5:00am)

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!”

U. too slow with class cancellations

(01/23/14 5:00am)

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.

‘Breaking’ News: Christie is a bully

(01/21/14 5:00am)

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 issue needs attention

(12/10/13 5:00am)

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.