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Je suis les victimes du Boko Haram

On January 3 of this year, two thousand Nigerian men, women and children were murdered. In the days that followed, while the world focused its attention on the Charlie Hebdo shootings, the victims of Boko Haram warfare went unnoticed.


America’s College Promise Plan needs more fine-tuning

President Obama’s State of the Union address will be televised on tonight, but he has already revealed some of his proposals. Along with the usual set of tax policies — some sort of tax relief for the middle class and some sort of tax increase for wealthier people — the President’s plan to offer two years of “free” community college, known as America’s College Promise Plan, is what has caught the attention of the younger generation of Americans the most.


Et moi, je suis Charlie?: On the injury of hate speech

Allowing for every possibility of self-scrutiny, I will seek to address the violent redress of grievances enacted by the Kouachi brothers and the destructive and divisive rhetoric that has formed around the awful consequences of the recent attacks on the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. If I am successful at forming a distinction between critique and insensible rhetoric throughout this column, then with all due respect, I will have already done something that the Charlie Hebdo publication never did.


Black lives matter: MLK Jr.’s living legacy

Students in American classrooms are taught about iconic figures in a gradual manner. At first, Martin Luther King, Jr. was simply a man who had a dream. A few years later, students learn that not only did he have a dream, but that he believed in nonviolence and led peaceful protests. Finally, students learn that he was unjustly jailed and tragically assassinated. Regardless of this gradual learning curve, it is clear that MLK’s legacy is often reduced to a man who gave speeches, led marches and believed in a dream.


Justice for victims of sexual assault trumps Cosby's celebrity status

The allegations of rape against actor Bill Cosby have been in the headlines for the past few weeks. The newsworthiness of this story can be attributed to America’s obsession with celebrities and their ignoble scandals, as well as the renewed national conversation on rape and rape culture. Race even plays a part in Cosby’s saga, as he is one of the most prolific black celebrity icons of all time.


Administration must address labor contracts

On Nov. 10, a group of Rutgers-New Brunswick doctoral students went for a scheduled meeting with Peter March, the newly appointed executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, intending to discuss the SAS’s executive decision to cut the number of teaching and graduate assistant lines assigned to departments for the 2014-2015 academic year.


Call for police body cameras is now

On Monday, President Barack Obama proposed a new funding plan that would require police officers to wear body cameras and undergo special training in order to better help them interact with the minority communities they serve.


Laurels and Darts: Week in Review

HANDS UP, DONT SHOOT: The day after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown, protests erupted across the nation, including here at Rutgers.


Injustice can no longer go unnoticed

There is only so much mistreatment a minority can tolerate. Whether marginalized by race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability status or other measures differentiating them from the social majority, there is always a tipping point.


Federal reserve encourages growth of national debt

Our country is running out of money. No, really, the well has run dry. Today, the United States Federal Government has a debt totaling more than $18 trillion. But not to worry — it’s actually those damn Republicans who want to cut entitlement spending that will destroy the economy.

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