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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.
Local ballot questions, together with state, local and congressional candidate races, though they may not have been listed at the top, were arguably the most important choices New Brunswick voters faced on Tuesday’s ballot.
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.
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.
On occasion, an event presents itself that tests the strength and integrity of a people. Unfortunately, those events do not always come without costs.
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.
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.
At the polls on Nov. 6, New Jersey voters will be given the chance to vote on two important public questions.
When you play the New Jersey lottery and actually win, new legislation may mandate that a portion of your winnings is used to help those less fortunate.
With the final installment of this year’s presidential debates behind them, students and American voters should be reminded of two things. One, that presidential debates are not a completely reliable source of information. And two: The responsibility of the “informed” voter does not end when the candidates put down their mikes.
During a New Brunswick city council meeting last week, New Brunswick residents again requested, in response to growing numbers of large, unruly patrons who frequent the area on weekends late at night, that the city increase police presence along Easton Avenue.
Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent, became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years this week. Unfortunately, that fact didn’t keep her from receiving the same treatment PBS’s good ol’ Jim Leher did — although she did do a considerably better job. What’s that, Candy? Didn’t think Mitt and Barack could be such inconsiderate scoundrels? Yeah, neither did we. What’s the point of a moderator if the candidates are just going to step all over them? We dart Romney and Obama for forgetting their manners.
At a Rutgers University Student Assembly meeting last week, vice president of University budgeting Nancy Winterbauer spoke to a room full of students about the possibility of creating a simplified, accessible document aimed at outlining the University’s general budget. Such a document would, ideally, breakdown the University’s budgetary matters in a way more easily digestible for students and University community members than the current alternative, which requires students to file for a public records request with the University’s Custodian of Records. At a time when the University’s budget has become a central focus here on campus, particularly in light of recent and ongoing changes to public and private funding, the creation of this type of document would be immeasurably useful.
In a controversial case that has rekindled arguments surrounding the use of affirmative action policies across the country, the Supreme Court deliberated last week as to whether or not race still has a place in today’s college and university admissions processes. It is the second time in less than a decade that affirmative action has been challenged at the Supreme court level, again by a white student who feels she has been discriminated against by virtue of a policy which unfairly favors minority students.
Joining a consortium of schools that includes the University of South Carolina, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of the Virgin Islands, Rutgers is set to take part in a project that will turn one of the world’s few bioluminescent bays into a research and education center. The center, called the Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center, will be developed in partnership with the National Park Service near St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.
While still pending approval by both houses of the state legislature, a resolution passed by a senate panel yesterday may soon give New Jersey voters the chance to weigh in on a statewide minimum wage increase.
Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote. Don’t miss your chance.
You’ve seen him. He’s that guy, you know, the one from the football games? The self-proclaimed “King Of Sandy Hook” — a manly, cowboy hat wearing, Mike’s Hard Limeade-drinking son-of-a-gun, whose killer “tantoos” bring all the ladies — and dudes — to the yard. Yeah. That guy. We’d like to laurel that guy because, well, what would Scarlet Knight stadium games and tailgate parties be like without him? We shudder to think of it. All hail to the King of Sandy Hook, we are unworthy.
Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University football coach accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period, was charged and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison this week. Sandusky’s case has preoccupied much of the country — from the college football world to national media outlets — since the news first broke last year.
When former University president Richard L. McCormick refused their request for the University to disaffiliate from the Fair Labor Association last semester, this editorial board opined that the setback should not keep Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops from working closely with administrators and continuing to put pressure on questionable companies. It is for this reason that we’re glad to hear of the group’s recent stand against sports clothing manufacturer Adidas and their newest plan to raise awareness about it.