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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.
Editor's note: Thanks for tuning in, all. If you didn't get a chance, check out the DT's twitter page @Daily_Targum for more coverage of tonight's town hall. Feel free to comment here or email us with feedback at email@example.com, and be sure to keep an eye out for the full story in Monday's print edition.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
We’re growing a bit concerned with the haziness surrounding the future of the Rutgers Geology Museum.
Guess what, Jersey? The country is trying to find another reason why our state sucks. Trenton is the least romantic city in the entire United States of America, according to the social-networking site Foursquare. This conclusion was reached by accumulating couples’ Foursquare check-ins since 2007. It looks like Trenton has come in last in the love games, while San Francisco came in first place.
The Passaic Valley School Board has just voted to allow one of its principals to carry a gun to school. The board, unanimously in favor of the new policy, acted in response to the Newtown tragedy last December. The vote allows the current high school principal, a former police officer, to carry a concealed weapon.
A video surfaced on the Internet last week that raised hairs in New Jersey. The video shakily documents a Newark youth being intimidated into taking off his clothes and standing completely naked in front of a group of teenage boys, as the leader of the group forcefully and repeatedly whips him with a belt. Apparently, the youth owed him $20.
A new statement from the White House has declared that President Obama is no longer considering the possibility of raising the Medicare age requirement. As part of Obama’s deficit reduction plan in 2011, he offered the idea of gradually raising the age of those covered by Medicare from 65 to 67 in an effort to save money. However, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office found that the nation is spending 2 percent less on Medicare than originally expected.
We really love the “Shots iGot” app that was featured in yesterday’s article, “App helps students measure alcohol content in containers” in The Daily Targum. Designed to let students know how much alcohol they’re actually drinking, the app is very useful to have and can be quite helpful. Because students commonly pour alcohol into plastic bottles, it can be difficult to keep track of how much alcohol is actually being consumed. This app aims to change that.
Gov. Chris Christie has New Jersey’s best interest at heart. And that is why he wants to legalize online gambling.
Last week, a New Jersey construction company lost a multi-million dollar bid to clear waterways from debris left over from Hurricane Sandy. Apparently, they forgot to check off a box on a state paper declaring that they had no financial interest in Iran’s energy sector. J.H. Reid, a company that is now entering its 50th year operating in Middlesex County, simply overlooked the checkbox during the application process and is now appealing the decision.
It looks like Nemo has found us out here on the East Coast. But should we really be calling the recent snowstorm “Nemo?” According to the National Weather Agency, only hurricanes should receive names. Hurricanes are usually more unusual and cause more damage — naming storms can cause confusion and alarm. The NWA also asserts that it is more difficult to determine where storms start and end because of the varying impact they have on different locations. On the other hand, however, won’t naming snowstorms make life a little easier for us all?
A New Jersey senator has made it his goal to do the seemingly unthinkable: Ban jughandles. In New Jersey. That’s almost like banning Bruce Springsteen from doing any more concerts in the Garden State.