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Challenging static religious representations

American news media outlets have neglected to cover the story. Early last week, three individuals were killed in an execution-style shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C. Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha were all victims of a violent crime, but their deaths have not garnered the type of media coverage that you would expect to see.

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If not inclusive, black history month programs at U. are useless

What’s the point of Black History Month? What’s the point of a whole month to make the token black kids squirm through “I Have A Dream?” What’s the point of learning about the same roughly twenty abolitionists and civil rights leaders year, after year, after year. Why save it all for a specific month, making it essentially separate, but equal? The emphasis on specific black education and empowerment during Black History Month not only perpetuates the racial divide, but subliminally implies that this month is for blacks only. At the end of the day, we need it the least.

OPINION

Valentine’s day is over publicized, pointless

In elementary school, Valentine’s Day week was synonymous with red cutout hearts made from construction paper, taped up with candy that my then-7-year-old classmates would distribute. It was all innocent fun until our teacher would say: “Take out your gifts and count them, kids.”

OPINION

RU conscious: understanding how you transform culture

We have a million and one things going on in our lives, right? We’re working, perfecting our crafts, passing math class, graduating. It’s easy to get consumed in all of this, but we have a responsibility to ourselves and to humanity to think on a much larger scale. There’s so much mayhem in the world today, but many of these issues have been manifesting for decades, even centuries. 

OPINION

U. online facial recognition system presents major privacy risk

Are you planning on taking an online course at Rutgers next semester? Then you might need to download University-sanctioned software that will track your facial identity, photo ID and browser activity. According to an article published on New Brunswick Today by Daniel Munoz this past weekend, Rutgers University has implemented a recognition suite called ProctorTrack for online courses. ProctorTrack records face, knuckle and personal identification details during online courses. Munoz also notes that the system “keeps track of all activity in the monitor, browser, webcam and microphone” throughout each session.

OPINION

Pornography does not always objectify women

Margarita Rosario wrote an opinion piece this week entitled “Feminizing porn: voyeurism, sexuality as seen in erotica,” and I’m very glad she did. It’s important to open up this conversation and not shove it under the rug or treat it as a taboo. In her piece, she mentions that there is a growing demand for feminist porn that fosters consent, better working conditions and showcases different types of people than whom are typically seen in mainstream porn.

OPINION

Three parent babies: should DNA be altered to cure disease

After a majority vote in the House of Commons, Britain legally approved the creation of “three-parent babies.” In addition to having the normal nuclear DNA from a mother and a father, “three-parent babies” have mitochondrial DNA from a second mother. The in-vitro fertilization procedure involves mixing the nucleus of the first mother’s egg with the father’s sperm and the second mother’s egg’s cytoplasm, which contains mitochondria.

OPINION

Same-sex marriage legal in Heart of Dixie

There is rarely a “right time” to engage in civil rights campaigns. But the United States Supreme Court decided that now is the time to act on same-sex marriage, at least for Alabama. This week, the Yellowhammer State became the 37th state to allow same-sex marriage, and it was no small feat.

OPINION

On spotting brainwashed commie-loving mainlanders

I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to react to that. Posted among other remnants of last fall’s Occupy Central protests, these words on the “Democracy Wall” at the University of Hong Kong drew me into a conflict I was reluctant to participate in.

OPINION

Decolonization is self-love: transformative process of growth

Dictionary.com says that decolonization is the liberation of a colony to become independent. The Oxford English Dictionary says the same, adding in that these colonies become politically and/or economically independent. By these definitions, Haiti is decolonized, as well as the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil and the list goes on.

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Excuse me, but Beyonce had best album

This year’s Grammy award winner for Album of the Year, Beck, almost got away clean. Before his acceptance speech, it looked as if Kanye West was going to recreate his infamous 2010 interruption of Taylor Swift’s Grammy moment, yet West backtracked and saved his comments for after the show.

OPINION

Feminizing porn: voyeurism, sexuality as seen in erotica

Thinking about pornography and femininity’s role in its proliferation often incites questions about the permanence of patriarchal culture within our bedrooms and sexual spaces. I have, as of late, been pondering whether sexual liberation in the presence of dichotomous (yet seemingly “consensual”) power relations can in fact theoretically function without contradiction.

OPINION

Vaccinations are designed to protect

The vaccination debate has resurfaced on a national scale due to an outbreak of the measles. So far since the onset of the outbreak, there have been 155 documented measles cases in 14 American states, including New York and Pennsylvania.

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Don’t pick between majors, choose career options instead

As a first-year student, you have about four to five years before you graduate. However, after graduation you have 40-50 years before you retire — perhaps longer. Despite this, college students tend to focus on the short-term decisions of choosing a major and less so on the long-term decision of choosing a career.

OPINION

Manslamming study is not scientifically accurate

Should established scientific and journalistic practices be ignored in favor of emotionalism and moral panic? The Targum apparently believes they should, evident by the front page news story, “Alumna conducts city “manslamming” test.”


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