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SHAH: Romantic comedies are evolving, increasing value

Just this past week, Netflix released the next in its growing line of original romantic comedies “Someone Great,” which follows an aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) who has to move cross-country for her dream job. It means leaving not only her two best friends and New York, but also her boyfriend of nine years, Nate. The movie centers on “one last epic night” among the three girls, each fitted with their own emotional arc about growing up and into a new phase in their lives set to the backdrop of a New York music festival. 

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HITCHINGS: America’s sports stars could have been cast for roles in ‘Avengers’

Today, “Avengers: Endgame,” the culmination of more than a dozen movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will hit theaters worldwide. Dedicated fans will see their favorite superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, among others. They will take the fight to Thanos, a titan who has effectively knocked out half of the living creatures in the universe using the infinity stones.

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KEMBURU: We ought to practice sustainable tourism when traveling

We are officially closing in on the end of the semester, and that means summer vacation. Most people our age either spend their summer doing an internship, visiting another state or country or just staying at home. Given those three options, I know I would choose to visit another place, and I am willing to bet that most other people would too. Statistical data reflects this belief — while in 1950 there were approximately 25 million international tourist arrivals per year, by 2016, that number had increased to 1.2 billion. 

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EDITORIAL: Rights, justice must extend to environment

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.

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SINGH: We must confront dangerous vaccination misinformation

It has been confirmed that the United States has hit the second-highest level of measles cases in 25 years. This year alone holds 626 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is an astounding 71-case increase from the numbers the agency reported last week in its weekly update. Since January, the number of reported measles cases has increased every week, with the lowest being seven cases in January, and the highest being 90 in the week of April 11. 

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WASON: We ought to be wary of game show politics

Throughout history, politics have always in some ways paralleled sports. The sweet feeling of victory, the sting of defeat, strategy and competition amalgamate to form an emotional roller coaster of sorts — intensely familiar to followers of both baseball season and campaign season. 

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EDITORIAL: Social progress is won through unions

The state of this nation is intertwined with the state of unions. Societal progress is won and lost by the unions of America. As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stated in an address to the Illinois American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.” 

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JAWED: Notre Dame donations can have larger impact

As the devastating structure fire destroyed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on April 15, people all over the world mourned the loss of the beautiful historic structure. Multiple generous donations have flooded in to help restore the cathedral, reflecting the importance and significance that the structure held for many. 

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COMMENTARY: Right to return of Palestinians must be preserved, upheld

International law recognizes the right of refugees to return to their homes after displacement. Therefore, the right of return is non-negotiable for Palestinians as it is the crux of the struggle for freedom from occupation. The concept of Palestinian right of return calls for the return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their homeland. It serves as the bedrock of the struggle against the vicious eviction of an indigenous people from their homes. 

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O'BRIEN: GOP no longer has vision for governance

Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — who left office just four months ago but who already feels like a distant figure from another political era — famously said he viewed politics as a “battle of ideas,” a substantive competition between well-intentioned people to solve public problems. While there was ample reason to question his commitment to this vision in practice, Ryan presented himself as a serious wonk with big ideas to reform America’s tax system and social safety net. 

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AHMED: End of semester marks start of beautiful month of Ramadan

The end of the semester is slowly coming upon us. The weather is gradually starting to get nicer as the spring weather is truly starting to kick in here at Rutgers. Cherry blossoms and daffodils have been spotted all around campus, and though everyone wants to try and enjoy the beautiful magic that comes with nature, everyone is busy. 

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NUNDA: Oil drilling plans must continue to be opposed

In 2019, the population still faces problems involving oil drilling. While one part of the country strives towards a greener, more efficient future, the other half continues to push back with their environmentally harmful ways. Just recently President Donald J. Trump attempted to open up the Arctic in an attempt to further the hunt for what seems to be the earth’s gold mine: oil. We are almost into the second decade of the 21st century and fossil fuels are still being sought after, even with the knowledge of its detrimental impact on the environment as well as its lack of renewability. 

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EDITORIAL: NJ law banning conversion therapy remains

The fields of medicine and science are not immune to the manipulation of prejudice. Etched into our American history are medical practices targeting certain groups under the guise of scientific justification. Without a wholesale rejection of empiricism, there must be an acknowledgement of the reality that implicit and explicit biases can drive scientific conclusions to legitimize horrific acts of degradation, dehumanization and social harm.


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