Many of the same economic faults that predicated the 2008 crisis have returned.
University President Robert L. Barchi garnered considerable attention earlier this week after committing to developing a carbon neutral initiative.
One of the key provisions in a market economy is the consumer’s agency to pick and choose what they spend their money on.
The institutional issues of higher education universally stem from one factor: It has been modeled as a microcosm of capitalist society rather than providing a model education.
Rutgers University cares about sexual assault and the issues surrounding it. That is, until it has to take legitimate action rather than spout out a few token phrases.
This Monday there were two bus fires, delaying tens of — if not upward of — hundreds of students from reaching their destinations on time (as well as the obvious safety issue presented). Bus travel is as intrinsic a part of a Rutgers education as the school itself. The school is divided into five separate campuses, concentrated in four different regions of the greater New Brunswick area.
Jefferson Sharpnack, an Ohio primary school student, had to already overcome the difficulties of being the new kid at school, when earlier this month, cafeteria staff had confronted him in front of all his schoolmates and took away his cheesy breadsticks. It was his birthday.
The full actualization of an individual’s liberty is not found at the equilibrium of the market, but rather it is in the stomach of the no longer hungry, the mind of the no longer uneducated, the worker no longer dependent and the human no longer subjugated.
We sit idle and dormant, accepting the reality of life at Rutgers as beyond our influence. But, discontent grows with increasing exploitation. The first week of the semester has begun, syllabi have been circulated and tuition costs and student debt have increased.
On April 30, The Daily Targum failed to pass referendum across the Rutgers–New Brunswick campus for the first time since receiving its independence from the University in 1980. Whether it was an indictment of our reporting or a reflection of a disengaged student body, we took the referendum results as an opportunity to reorganize and refocus our efforts as an independent news organization.
We cannot simply withdraw into a dark age of disconnection and disengagement. We are no longer just the beneficiaries of the generations before us waiting for a seat at the table, and we are no longer mere bystanders to the political discourse in this country. We are members of the Rutgers community, a microcosm of the world in which we cannot blindly inherit the corrosive trends of our declining direction.
The obstructing haze of misinformation and manipulation thickens as a means of galvanizing movements of hate. With attempts to place immigration as a centerpiece for the 2020 presidential election, the volume of fear mongering and fictitious rhetoric deployed increases. President Donald J. Trump has adopted an erroneous new message regarding migrants seeking refuge in the United States: “Our country is full.”
“My words of ‘never again’ have disappeared from my language,” said Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers on Saturday. “They have been replaced with ‘yet again.’ And so it is that we stand here yet again at this (vigil) as one united community.”
We gaze out and see what is ours for consumption, ours for ownership. We claim a callous superiority as if we rule over the dominion with absolute distinction. But in doing so, in accepting the culturally ingrained perception that our relation to nature is one of master and slave, conqueror and conquered, we ignore our duties of justice and our intertwined, codependent existence.