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Editor’s Note: Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now!”, visited the University last night in the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room for a lecture hosted by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. The Daily Targum’s Thursday columnist Joe Amditis had the opportunity to catch up with her and ask a few questions.
According to the recently passed University Senate policy known as “Open Access”, faculty and scholars will be required to share all of their work in the University libraries’ online repository called RUcore. While RUcore has served the student body for years, this new development is one literary reform, amongst a few others, that will expand the system into a more effective, more efficient environment for libraries campus wide.
With increasing debate over the proposed minimum wage bill in the state legislature, Gov. Chris Christie is flexing his political guns in stopping a change that he feels isn’t in the state’s best interest. Because of his belief that the economy isn’t strong enough to handle the Democrats’ proposed $1.00 wage increase, he’s instead suggested that attention be paid to the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is aimed at the working poor. The catch? He has already slashed funding to the tax credit program, and his “compromise” is that he reinstates the money back to the program so long as his changes to the bill are agreed upon.
With recent developments regarding the New Jersey bills on tuition for undocumented students, it has become clear that RUSA has more to do regarding campus awareness on the issues. Illegal immigrant students continue to face an uphill battle when it comes to equal access to higher education. The case of in-state tuition for undocumented students remains in a limbo, as the Rutgers University Student Assembly continues to make its case for the two bills that can change the futures of numerous University students.
Diana Fajardo and Ronald Hush won seats on the New Brunswick school board Tuesday, after the city’s first ever school board election was held. Given the considerable role both constituencies played in making elections a reality, city residents along with University students should continue to follow the developments of this board closely.
Earlier this month, the University partnered with Pearson eCollege, a Colorado distance learning company that provides partner institutions with online learning software services necessary for virtual education. The seven-year contract, according to University administrators, will bring thousands of online students to the school by 2020, both increasing its reach and the resources available to students on campus and beyond. As education in the 21st century continues to redefine itself, all should laud the University’s newest plunge into the world of online education.
In an article published in yesterday’s issue of The Daily Targum, Jack Molenaar, director of the Department of Transportation Services at the University, addressed several issues students face in regards to parking on campus. “Our goal is not to catch people,” Molenaar said of the approach employed by DOTS when ticketing offenders, “it’s to enforce the rules.” He then went on to explain how enforcement officers — through video security footage of suspects walking away from their cars and by Facebook searches of the individual’s name to find evidence of a ticket — go about enforcing those rules.
Last semester, the University was accepted into the Committee on Institutional Cooperation after joining the Big Ten Athletic Conference.
Over the break, the House of Representatives passed a $50 billion federal relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The package, which includes $17 billion in immediate aid and $33.6 billion in long-term aid, is designed to speed up recovery efforts in those areas still rebuilding after the October storm. Relief for those affected by the historic storm cannot come soon enough, and a Senate vote to approve the bill this week should not be delayed.
In response to growing concerns over illegal firearm possession in their communities, towns and municipalities across the country have been experimenting with ways to curb gun-related crime. South Brunswick introduced a gun amnesty program last week, “Project Safe Surrender,” aiming to do just that.
With winter break just around the corner, we’ll be the first to breath a (huge) sigh of relief. The semester has been a grueling, but eventful one. To celebrate the conclusion of it, we’ve compiled a list of things that have helped make the last four months both memorable, and, in some cases, endurable.
In an email sent out to the student body last week, President Robert L. Barchi announced his intent to begin a process that would formulate a vision for the future of the University. “In the past month,” Barchi wrote, “we have achieved several major milestones ... Let’s capitalize on this momentum.” Using interviews, surveys, focus groups and input from members of the University community, Barchi and a team of administrators from the University’s three campuses will work to locate challenges and develop a long-term plan for the school and its constituents.
Who you gonna call? Stressbusters! If you weren’t expecting that, you’re going to love this: our lovely University has arranged for a team of happy, hands-on trainers to beat stress. Students and staff will promote healthy behavior, calm and connect with support services, and rub our backs. I know I want my free quiet time. The atrium was too noisy, anyway. A laurel goes to the soft hands of strangers during finals week, when nothing really matters anyway.
Recently, the University Housing and Residence Life has declared its intention to take into account the year of housing applicants, citing feedback it has received from leadership groups and academic groups alike. The major point that kept arising has been the advantage that upperclassmen should be entitled to in the housing process. The decision to weigh seniority in housing decisions is definitely an improvement on the process.
While the season may be over, praise for the Scarlet Knights football team continues to stream in. Senior linebacker Khaseem Greene joins Corey Moore of Virginia Tech this week as the second player in Big East history to be named Big East Defensive Player of the Year for two consecutive years, and head coach Kyle Flood shares the conference’s Coach of the Year Award with Louisville’s Charlie Strong. Both deserve a laurel to add to their collection of season trophies. And to help numb the pain of that last loss. We’re still reeling.
The University Senate is currently composed of 236 seats, each representing a specific subset of the University population. On Friday, the senate will vote on a proposal that would cut that number by 25 percent — effectively reining the body in to roughly the size it was 10 years ago. While the reduction may seem insignificant, the potential effect it may have on student representation and shared governance at the University is cause for concern.
Student debt at the University is already a big enough problem without the questionable tactics of debt collection agencies that divert school funding and badger debt holders about outstanding payments. The University ought to take a closer look at its contract with General Revenue Corporation to ensure that the latter isn’t happening.
By pairing close-knit, one credit seminars with opportunities for future research, a new collaboration between the University’s Byrne Seminars and Aresty Research Program will bring additional benefits to an experience that is already regarded as among the most memorable of a students college-career.
The proposal of a New Jersey bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to patients with fewer than six months to live has done much to amplify discussion in the Garden State about the benefits of doctor-assisted suicide. John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) proposed the Death with Dignity Act (A3328) in September, but a recent poll that asked N.J. voters if they would approve of the option shows that support is on the rise.