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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.

Week in review: laurels and darts

(10/19/12 4:00am)

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.

A solution to our budgetary woes

(10/18/12 4:00am)

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.

Defending diversity on college campuses

(10/17/12 4:00am)

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.

Research center must respect residents

(10/16/12 4:00am)

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.

Week in review: laurels and darts

(10/12/12 4:00am)

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.

Labor malpractices require attention

(10/11/12 4:00am)

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.