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In his recent op-ed “America Desperately Needs Constitutional Convention,” columnist Jose Sanchez makes some very questionable assertions about our founding document, the Constitution and our American system of governance.In disparaging the fact that our Constitution was written in 1787, calling it a “neo-medievalist” document, Sanchez cites Japan and France as other industrialized nations that have more recently written constitutions.
This week, Chancellor Richard Edwards wrote a letter to the editor to The Daily Targum condemning hate speech and reiterating that the Rutgers community must respect and value the diversity of the campus. While I agree with his sentiments, I’m concerned as to why the Muslim community still hasn’t heard directly from Andrew Getraer.
Over the past year and change since I joined the board of The Daily Targum, I’ve received plenty of different responses when telling people that I work for this paper. Some have accused us of liberal or conservative bias — some, for being boring and irrelevant to students — some, that we don’t cover enough serious topics. But the most common answer was simply, “Oh, I don’t read the Targum.”
Do we, as Americans, hold the truths, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to be self-evident? These notions were presented by the founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence, and ideally, they are the principles that this country was built on. But are these principles still relevant in the modern age –– Can they be transferred? And if they are relevant, are they values that modern day politicians strive to adhere to and support?
Black history at Rutgers is not lacking, as the university is and has always been progressive. While prior to the Civil War, African-Americans were barred from entering Rutgers College, in 1892, James Dickson Carr became the first African-American male to graduate from the College. Carr enrolled at Rutgers just a decade after the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment — the law that officially allowed slaves to become American citizens.
In December 2014, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority announced its plan to launch a University Pass (U-PASS) pilot program for Northeastern, Harvard and Tufts University. The U-PASS pilot would require a complete buy-in from one or more area universities to purchase monthly transit passes at a 50 percent discount for all of their students. Here at Rutgers, students are easily connected with New York City and Philadelphia via the Northeast Corridor Line. In addition to using NJ Transit to commute to and from campus, the statewide public transit system is utilized for internship, employment and cultural opportunities. But all of this comes at a price. A student commuting on NJ Transit to New Brunswick could spend up to $1,626 on monthly passes over six months. Going into Manhattan once a weekend costs $130 monthly. One round-trip alone costs $26.
A few weeks ago, Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton asked a young boy who had influenced him the most in his life. The boy, Vidal, responded saying that his principal, Ms. Lopez, was important to him because of how she treats her students. In a city where the school to prison pipeline is a visceral concept, Vidal explained that Ms. Lopez does not suspend students, opting instead to teach them about the structure of society and how for each student that fails out of school, a new jail cell is built.
I write to you in response to recent statements made regarding Islam and those who follow it. Rutgers University is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world.
We need to amend the Constitution and we need a new Constitutional Convention. We need to amend it to such an extent that the final product will be so different from the eighteenth century-born original that it’s unrecognizable.
Almost exactly one year ago, The Daily Targum ran an op-ed by a student named Colleen Jolly that contained vulgar anti-Semitic statements.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Riding the buses is one of the few experiences universal to being a Rutgers student. We’ve all been surrounded by puking, yelling students on the way to the College Avenue campus on a Thursday night, or nearly stampeded in the mad push for a seat during rush hour or stranded at a stop in the freezing rain, counting down the minutes until the right bus arrives.
For many undergraduate students, working alongside an esteemed professor is a major achievement. Professors hold a vast catalog of knowledge to share with undergraduate students.