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Alexander Eid is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in journalism and media studies. His column, "Keeping it Real," runs on alternate Thursdays.

EID: Wars do not stop, not even for pandemics

One would assume that during these pressing times of the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitics and the typical bickering between nations would be put on the back burner for a short while. After all, countries do need to direct all their energy towards keeping their people safe and healthy. 

Zachary Smolder is a School of Engineering first-year majoring in mechanical engineering. His column, "Breaker of Chains," runs on alternate Wednesdays.

SMOLDER: Now is time for self-reliance

I know that things in our world are very doom and gloom. I wake every day like everyone else, turn on the TV, scroll through my feed and see the generally poor state of affairs. The virus of Covid-19 has claimed many people’s lives, some of whom I personally know and some I know but not personally.  

Samuel Kao is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in history. His column "Left on Red" runs on alternate Wednesdays.

KAO: Proctortrack is completely abysmal

There is something obscene about using the coronavirus pandemic to make people’s lives worse. Proctortrack does exactly that. At a time when Rutgers students are suffering, subjecting them to surveillance is reprehensible.  

Kaan Jon Boztepe is a School of Arts and Sciences senior double majoring in philosophy and history. His column, "Kaanotations," runs on alternate Tuesdays.

BOZTEPE: Freud provides insight into our consciousness

Freud argued that the dual-system model of the mind was the most plausible explanation for how our consciousness works. Although his intuitions are often criticized today, his theories made waves in the psychological community and helped to lay the foundation, upon which all of modern psychology has been built.  

The Daily Targum's editorials represent the views of the majority of the 152nd editorial board.

EDITORIAL: Hungarian transgender legislation is dehumanizing

Headlines across the globe seldom are absent the words “coronavirus” or “pandemic,” so naturally, news unrelated to the crisis at hand slips under the radar. One example of this is Hungary, which, outside of forming an increasingly autocratic government, is apparently ready to marginalize their transgender further. 

Mike Deng is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year majoring in information technology and informatics.

COMMENTARY: US democracy will change amid pandemic

Democracy is a system by the people, for the people. It is a message that has been passed on by generations, but unfortunately due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), democracy has been called into question as voters grapple with weighing the value of their ballot and their lives, fearful of possibly catching COVID-19. 

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