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Unfair elections reflect bigger issues

(04/03/13 4:00am)

It is unfortunate to find that while the Rutgers University Student Assembly fights hard against students’ subjugation by negligent politics, it also finds itself entangled in politics of its own that greatly damage its effectiveness in serving the student body. Not only are the current elections unfair, but they are also a product of RUSA’s shortcomings of tending to its very large — and often very disconnected — constituency. One thing is for certain — the current elections leave much to be desired of what our student body truly deserves.

Medical overspending can be avoided

(04/01/13 4:00am)

A new University study found some startling results when it comes to the effectiveness of New Jersey’s urban medical facilities. The Affordable Care Act has brought us a long way when it comes to making sure Americans are receiving the health care they need, but it turns out that the lack of maintenance of that health is costing New Jersey millions of dollars. Getting treated in a hospital is one thing, but maintaining the benefits of that treatment is another.

Jersey Strong: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy

(03/29/13 4:00am)

Rock bands Senses Fail, The Early November, Hands on the Stereo and Yes, Virginia all started their music careers in New Jersey. The destruction after Superstorm Sandy in the Garden State inspired the bands to join forces last night to perform in the Rutgers University Programming Association’s  “Jersey Strong” concert at the Livingston Student Center to benefit hurricane victims.

Camden takeover neglects real problems

(03/28/13 4:00am)

Governor Chris Christie has announced that the state will officially be taking over the Camden school system. After prolonged difficulty in improving student performance and a warning last year that the district might suffer sever repercussions, the Christie administration is making the ambitious move in hopes of giving students what they need to be better prepared for college. The decision makes Camden the fourth district in New Jersey to be taken under the state’s wing.

U. fossil fuel divestment a good idea

(03/27/13 4:00am)

The fossil fuel divestment campaign has finally reached the University, and we are welcoming it with open arms. Focused on drawing concern to the environmental damage they cause, the campaign is pushing for the administration to withdraw its investments in fossil fuel companies. The push for University divestment is part of a national campaign that is spreading across other campuses.

Soda ban ineffective in end goal

(03/26/13 4:00am)

Last September, the New York City Board of Health approved a new regulation to ban large sodas and other sugary drinks throughout the city. Mayor Bloomberg initiated the ban and spawned widespread debate on the possibility of regular soda bans in other cities. The N.Y. State Supreme Court struck down Bloomberg’s initiative on March 11, to the relief of many business owners and consumers in New York.

TCNJ active-shooter efforts admirable

(03/14/13 4:00am)

Leading the way for colleges in New Jersey in mass-shooting safety precautions, The College of New Jersey is using its spring break this week to host “active killer” simulations on campus, according to NJ.com. The simulations are intended to provide real-life practice on how to deal with live fire on school grounds. The activity is quite impressive and should be undertaken by the University as well.

Proposal creates hurdle for unemployed

(03/13/13 4:00am)

Gov. Chris Christie administration is proposing new requirements for obtaining unemployment benefits. According to the proposal, all unemployed New Jersey residents seeking benefits will have to register on the state job board Jobs4Jersey.com and regularly check it for openings. They will be expected to check in to state officials every week via phone, mail, Internet or in person.