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Smith underlines inanity of senate courtesy

(11/19/12 5:00am)

Martin Perez, a New Jersey Latino activist and attorney should — per a nomination by Gov. Chris Christie 18 months ago — be actively serving on the University’s Board of Governors. Today, state Sen. Bob Smith and other democratic lawmakers are — per an unwritten political custom the in United States called “senatorial courtesy,” which defers authority for political appointments in the state to local senators if a senator from the nominee’s home-county or district opposes the nomination — preventing that from happening.

Wekk-in review: Laurels and Darts

(11/16/12 5:00am)

Thousands of University students could be heard banging their heads against their keyboards this week as they all simultaneously battled with that gargantuan cyber-beast called “WebReg.” The process of registering for classes never fails to unnerve us, and so we’ll never hesitate to complain about it. To expend a little frustration, we dart registration week and all the hair-pulling, nail-biting and keyboard-smashing that it brings.

Don’t take petitions to secede seriously

(11/15/12 5:00am)

A resident from Sewell, N.J., has recently proposed that the state of New Jersey secede from the rest of the country. According to, the man has filed the petition with the White House’s “We the People” website in order for New Jersey to “peacefully grant the State of New Jersey to withdraw from the United States of America to create its own NEW government.” We haven’t talked to the guy, but this seems to us like a pretty awful idea.

Take steps to prevent future violence

(11/15/12 5:00am)

For the third time in less than two months, downtown New Brunswick has served as the locale of yet another violent killing, after a 24-year-old city resident named Joshua Negron was shot to death Monday night near Hale Street. It’s obvious to us that the increased occurrence of extreme violence in these locations should serve as a wake-up call to city administrators and local police forces to increase supervision of the city’s most dangerous areas.

Giving back during times of crisis

(11/14/12 5:00am)

Amidst the onset of the holidays and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, residents along the east coast — and students at the University being among them — may be wondering how and where they can volunteer their energies or donate their resources in the coming weeks. Cleanup efforts for Hurricane Sandy are still in full swing, and wading through the multitude of humanitarian and nonprofit relief organizations available to those looking to donate can easily overwhelm. Indeed, the choice can be a difficult one. With this in mind, The Daily Targum’s editorial board took a look at the options students have available to give back.

New grade policy gives students break

(11/13/12 5:00am)

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard L. Edwards sent out a campus-wide email on Saturday to the University community detailing the implementation on an emergency academic policy change for those students whose lives have been severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. According to the email, the University is enacting a “one-time policy that will allow undergraduate and pre-professional students adversely impacted by the hurricane to have their Fall 2012 course grades converted to Pass/No Credit.” Students who have faced hardships in the wake of the storm and whose coursework has suffered because of it have until midnight on Monday, Nov. 19 to file a Grade Conversion Application with the University to have their grades changed. Surprised? Us too.

In-state tuition for the undocumented

(11/13/12 5:00am)

Members of the organization New Jersey United Students are making the necessary efforts to support a bill that would guarantee in-state tuition for undocumented residents. As fellow students and New Jersey residents, we find it difficult to see why someone could deny in-state tuition to a student who grew up in the state, even if their citizenship is not defined or documented.

Week-in review: laurels and darts

(11/09/12 5:00am)

After a short bye, the Scarlet Knights football team is back in it. Rutgers plays Army at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, and has a bit of catching up to do. The Knights lost, as most of us know, against Kent State two weeks ago during Homecoming. The loss was slightly disappointing, but we still have faith. A laurel to the Knights for their upcoming game. Make us shine.

Election brings historic changes

(11/08/12 5:00am)

Tuesday marked the end of an election cycle, and for most of the country, that’s good news. Voters are free to return to their daily grinds, uninhibited by the drone of media pundits and apocalyptic warnings of warring political camps. Politicians and legislators can put down their campaign weapons and go back to work fixing the country’s problems (we hope). In some sense, a weight has been lifted off the country’s shoulders.

Making voting easier for students

(11/07/12 5:00am)

All over the University’s four campuses yesterday, students flocked to the polls to cast their vote for the country’s next president. For many — especially those who were prepared, knowing beforehand where their respective polling location was and how they would get there — the experience was undoubtedly a smooth one, and, dare we say, may have even proved enjoyable. For others, however, it may not have been so convenient.

At the polls, remember ‘Question 1’

(11/06/12 5:00am)

Throughout the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about why students should vote. There’s been a lot of talk about where you should vote, what you should know and even who you should vote for. Much of the time, such talk centers on the presidential election. As a matter of habit, this may have led you to assume that the presidential election stands as the most important issue in this year’s election, and the one to which you should devote most of your attention. We’re here to tell you that, at least for our own University community, that assumption would be wrong.

Week-in review: laurels and darts

(10/26/12 4:00am)

Christopher Nolan apparently forgot to include the true hero of our hearts in the conclusion of his recent Batman franchise, “The Dark Knight Rises: the Scarlet Knight.” Out from some cruddy New Brunswick sewer drain he climbs, battling villains and long time rivals in classic Christian Bale-style. And while he may not be the hero New Brunswick needs right now, he’s certainly the hero we — OK, that was fun for a while. But seriously, is there no end to the Scarlet Knight football’s team destruction? Last weekend Temple, this weekend Kent State (fingers-crossed). A laurel to these guys — the fire rises.

Making U. football relevant again

(10/25/12 4:00am)

In 1869, Rutgers College played against the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in a small plot of land where the College Avenue Gym currently stands. Few could have predicted what kind of impact the game would have had on the world of college in the years following it. True, it hardly resembled the game of football as we know it today — there was no running involved, teams were made up of 25 athletes and it involved the use of a perfectly spherical ball — but it undoubtedly help solidify Rutgers as a vital component of college football history.