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OPINION

Divestment 2008

On February 28, a representative from Rutgers Against the War posted an entry on the group's blog calling for Rutgers to divest from eleven companies that the group feels are "contributing to human rights violations (and often being outright murderous)." The complete list of companies from which RAW wishes to divest include Boeing, Caterpillar, DYNCORP International, FMC Tech, Forster Wheeler, General Electric, Halliburton, Honeywell International, L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman, Exxon Mobil, and Raytheon.

OPINION

RU and the city: Gateway to the future

Rutgers, like many institutions of higher education, has often had disagreements with its four host cities, including New Brunswick. This relationship between institution and local government, known in academia as "town and gown," takes into account many different historical facts and future aspirations for both parties.

OPINION

The implosion of John McCain

With his national poll numbers plummeting nearly as precipitously as the Dow, Sen. John McCain's presidential prospects are quickly evaporating. As the economy teeters on the brink of collapse (due in large part to deregulatory Bush Administration policies which he supported), the Arizona senator has seen his slight post-convention lead of one month ago morph into a deficit of nearly 10 points and counting. National polling data now has the McCain-Palin ticket hovering at just over 40 percent, about as low as support for a major party candidate can go. McCain trails Sen. Barack Obama in a number of states, which President George W. Bush carried in 2004, including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, a total of 112 electoral votes. It is interesting to note here that historically, no Republican presidential candidate has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio. Obama is also threatening to overtake McCain in other traditionally red states such Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. McCain, on the other hand, has virtually no chance of carrying any of the states John Kerry won four years ago. Earlier in the campaign season, the Republican had been flirting with the possibility of carrying some light blue states such as Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but no more. The McCain campaign officially ceased operations in Michigan two weeks ago, pulling all staff and funding from the state and essentially conceding its 17 electoral votes to Obama. The Republican nominee also faces deficits of five to 10 percentage points in the other Kerry states where he hoped to be competitive.

OPINION

Same-sex marriage threatened in California

California became the second state after Massachusetts to officially recognize same-sex marriages after a May 15 state Supreme Court case struck down an existing ban on gay marriage arguing that such a ban did not provide for equal protection under the law. The decision, which went in effect in June, resulted in numerous gay and lesbian couples seeking marriage licenses in the state. But arguing for the sanctity of the man-woman marriage, a local initiative known as Proposition 8 to reinstate the ban on same sex marriage will be placed on the November presidential ballot. At this time, it appears as if the supporters of the ban outnumber the opponents, and so many more gay couples have been lining up to receive marriage licenses in anticipation of a defeat following the November elections.

OPINION

RU dining in the dark about factory produced eggs

Everyone's doing it. Princeton is doing it just down the road. UConn, UMass and about 150 other universities are doing it, as is Google, not to mention Ben and Jerry's, McDonald's and Burger King. These corporate giants, colleges and universities are protecting the environment, reducing needless animal cruelty and becoming pioneers by altering their purchasing patterns in regards to eggs. Instead of buying eggs produced by hens intensively confined in so-called "battery cages," they buy cage-free, "certified humane" eggs, insuring not only more humane treatment of the animals but also more environmentally-friendly industry practices and even, many claim, better-tasting eggs. If you are not aware of what a battery cage is, do not be alarmed. Prior to last January, I was not familiar with the term either. A battery cage is what millions of chickens are forced to call "home." Trust me, it is far from cozy.

OPINION

War on drugs hits home

The War on Drugs has made it a point to crack down on the amount of marijuana being smuggled into the country over the Mexican border. But what federal officials have been unable to effectively combat has been the ongoing problem of Mexican drug cartels growing large volumes of pot in our own national parks. It is not only a public policy concern, as it undermines our national stance against the production, distribution and use of marijuana, but due to the large amount of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers needed to provide for a bountiful harvest in unfertile, secluded areas of national parks, it is also becoming a big environmental problem.

OPINION

Voting should not be restricted

In a letter printed in The Daily Targum on Oct. 8, the author of "Too lazy to make an informed decision? Then don't vote" decries the lack of knowledge most students possess about politics and the upcoming presidential election. This is an interesting topic that deserves further examination.

OPINION

NJPIRG encourages student voters

I'd like address a letter recently published in The Daily Targum that belittled student voting and attacked the campus groups that work to increase it. It is shocking for a member of our age group — already poorly represented — to criticize civic organizations like NJPIRG, who devote a great deal of time and energy to register new voters.

OPINION

Machines print light

Like all technologies, the industry of printing has come a long way throughout the 20th century. Gutenberg probably never envisioned that his 15th century printing press would have evolved into the modern laser printers that are currently found in individual homes across the world. He certainly would never have thought that the science of printing could be translated into three dimensions, which has been accomplished in the past decade by the invention of rapid prototyping machines. But even in light of these advances, the idea that a printer could be used to produce light bulbs would almost positively have been thought impossible — until now.

OPINION

Redevelopment begins

There has been much ado in New Brunswick the past few years about the municipal government's plans to redevelop the city by carrying out various construction and renovation projects. Preparations for the flagship Gateway Center began late last week when contractors began to demolish some of the buildings in the vicinity of Easton Avenue and Somerset Street, where the new project will eventually be constructed. Plans to start construction of the Cultural Center, which will join the State Theatre with the George Street Playhouse and the Crossroads Theatre, adding movie theaters and space for a dance studio, are also on the horizon. These projects, and others that have come before them such as the construction of the Heldrich on George Street, are part of the city's efforts to turn New Brunswick into a more desirable place to live, work and spend time. 

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The media has become a three ring circus

Complaining about the news media is a cliché these days. You've complained about it. I complained about it. Politicians always complain about it –– almost only when they have bad press. Bashing the media is perhaps the safest thing a person can do in our culture –– besides trashing terrorists, telemarketers and "those politicians." This sentiment is justified, considering how we live in a time when we need good journalism more than ever, yet we see the press cut corners, ask dumb questions and manufacture narratives.

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