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College sexual assault is real

(03/12/13 4:00am)

According to a Daily Princetonian article published last week, Princeton University has been, for the past five years, hiding the results of a sexual assault survey. The survey, conducted in 2008, questioned random students across three classes about their experiences with sexual assault on campus. According to the results, one in six female Princeton students experienced “nonconsensual vaginal penetration.”

‘Citizenship Rutgers’ benefits state

(03/11/13 4:00am)

Yesterday, the Eagleton Institute of Politics held its Citizenship Rutgers program on the College Avenue campus, offering its unique and helpful services to the community-at-large. The program, started in 2011, provides free legal assistance to those trying to obtain full citizenship. It aims to remove the hurdles and ease the process that can otherwise be exceptionally tedious, especially for those that need guidance on how to go about it.

Students should watch more basketball

(03/05/13 5:00am)

Why aren’t students attending University basketball games? As we try to catch what we can of the games on our shoddy 90s television set here in our office, it’s discouraging for us to see so many empty bleachers in the background where our student body should be. Attendance at basketball games doesn’t hold a candle to that of football games, and while that’s inexcusable coming from our extremely loyal, extremely sports-crazed school, we guess we can understand where you’re coming from.

Gun control hype misses the point

(02/26/13 5:00am)

The N.J. Assembly last week passed a series of gun control legislation laws that greatly restrict gun purchases in the state. The set of 22 bills, largely supported by state democrats, are now on their way to the Senate where they will undergo further deliberation. While the move is definitely in the right direction, it focuses primarily on limiting guns rather than addressing the root causes of violence in the first place.

Discussion on tuition equity not over

(02/25/13 5:00am)

You saw this editorial coming. We had high expectations for University President Robert L. Barchi’s town hall meeting last week, and those expectations disappointingly fell flat. We feel that the president’s responses to students’ concerns seemed unaffected and impersonal, especially after a series of personal testimonials from the University community on issues that matter to them. However, the response that was most unsatisfactory to us was that pertaining to in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Q&A?with E.J. Dionne Jr.

(02/21/13 5:00am)

Editor’s Note: E.J. Dionne Jr., a columnist for The Washington Post, visited the University last night to hold a talk for the Eagleton Institute of Politics in the Douglass Campus Center. The Daily Targum’s Thursday columnist Ben Gold had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about issues facing college students and entering the work force.

Infrastructure efforts benefit NJ’s future

(02/20/13 5:00am)

The Sandy recovery continues on and new developments are underway, aiming to make Jersey bigger and better than ever. Gov. Chris Christie has announced a new project focusing on rebuilding Route 35 in Ocean County, which has been riddled by sinkholes as a result of the superstorm. Though the timing of the construction seems inopportune —right at the start of the Jersey Shore’s tourist season — any projects to improve infrastructure in the Garden State ought to be welcomed.

High hopes for Barchi town hall

(02/20/13 5:00am)

The long-awaited meeting is finally here. After many months of trying to establish contact, University President Robert L. Barchi will be present at a town hall meeting with the Rutgers University Student Assembly at 7:30 PM tomorrow night at the Student Activities Center. The meeting is open to the public and will be the first chance for the community to speak directly with the University president about their concerns.

NJ assemblyman criticized for Facebook

(02/19/13 5:00am)

A New Jersey public official has found himself at the center of a controversy over information available on his private social network account. Charles Mainor, a Jersey City assemblyman, is being criticized for pages he liked on his Facebook profile. Constituents of the assemblyman are questioning the propriety of a representative liking seemingly inappropriate content online, especially on a profile that is linked to his name and position.

This new bill stinks of sewage

(02/18/13 5:00am)

This one’s a real stinker. A new bill in the state legislature is going to stop most sewage from being deemed as hazardous. Why, one might ask? A bunch of N.J. municipalities and public authorities are still paying for a billion-dollar court case from the ’60s that penalized them for wholesale dioxin as a result of Agent Orange production. It’s pretty great because the public will no longer have to pay for the mistake of private companies from decades ago, but it also sucks, because let’s put it this way — we don’t really trust big companies with a little leeway.