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KOMARAGIRI: Antifa is not ideal means of social change, but is understandable in US

The United States rests right now on a significant moral fault line.  Looking at news today, it would seem that a rise of violence on the Left has gripped the national consciousness. Pundits are devoting more and more political capital to the dissection of Antifa, a nascent coalition of Leftist groups that seeks to stand as natural opposition to any and all fascist movements. The issues have escalated to federal discussions on designating Antifa as a domestic terrorist group. 

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SURIANO: Britian's Brexit breaks political system, process

In the wake of the 2016 election and the subsequent three years of American politics, many have turned a jealous eye toward more polished countries such as Canada, France or Britain. In recent months, the Canadian government has been rocked with scandal, the streets of Paris were paralyzed with the so-called “yellow vest” protest and now finally our closest ally, Britain, has been trapped by the gordian knot of Brexit. 

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MEHTA: Switch to digital LSAT will exacerbate inequities, lacks foresight

When Lori Laughlin became the face of a college admissions scandal in March, America felt some sense of justice. She had bribed USC recruiters $500,000 to admit her daughters into their school, outwardly committing the crime that most wealthy parents avoid by simply donating buildings and sports stadiums to their children’s institutions.

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VALDEZ: Streaming wars will soon change how viewers consume media

Streaming is the future. You know it. I know it. We all know it. The sooner everyone accepts it, the better. I promise you that no streaming company is paying me to say this. I am just here to say the sobering truth. The convenience of binge-watching in bed has replaced the classic experience of the movie theater.

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EDITORIAL: Daily Targum continues to serve, inform

On April 30, The Daily Targum failed to pass referendum across the Rutgers–New Brunswick campus for the first time since receiving its independence from the University in 1980.  Whether it was an indictment of our reporting or a reflection of a disengaged student body, we took the referendum results as an opportunity to reorganize and refocus our efforts as an independent news organization.

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On the Front Lines: Next decade will see social media emerge as top news source

In the beginning, there was simply word of mouth. It was a tool with enough coherence to document an immense history, but it was also often missing details.  Then came script, and from script came print. Our toolsets became more robust and with them so did our exchanges. But along the way, as our once-interpersonal conversations evolved into collective consumption, we lost our means of response. 

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AUMICK: Cutting out plastics is not enough: all should consider veganism

It seems that every day there is a new headline about the imminent destruction of our planet. At this point in history, the matter of human-driven climate change and the ecological devastation it will cause is an undeniable reality. Last year, this issue received global attention when the United Nations (UN) published an  alarming climate change report backed up by more than 6,000 scientific studies.

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JAWED: All-nighters for finals are counterproductive

Pulling all-nighters before final exams seems like the logical thing to do. At least in my experience. I keep hearing that sleep is important, but when push comes to shove the night before the exam and I feel unprepared, sleeping is the last thing on my mind. It just makes more sense to stay up, cram and walk into the exam knowing that I at least covered everything even if I barely got any sleep. 

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GUVERCIN: Social media influencers need to promote positive change

YouTube. Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. Facebook. All of these platforms have birthed a wave of socially-integrated, extremely rich, young and trendy group of people who widely self-identify as “influencers.” These people regularly post videos, pictures, tweets, commercials, brand deals and more from which they are able to make a large profit as they build their way up the social ladder. 

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EDITORIAL: Insensitive tuition increase reflects U.'s decline

We cannot simply withdraw into a dark age of disconnection and disengagement. We are no longer just the beneficiaries of the generations before us waiting for a seat at the table, and we are no longer mere bystanders to the political discourse in this country. We are members of the Rutgers community, a microcosm of the world in which we cannot blindly inherit the corrosive trends of our declining direction.

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O'BRIEN: Colleges can salvage Enlightenment ideas

After writing dozens of articles for this newspaper over the last three years, this will be my final column. I have written about everything from the pressing need for municipal zoning reform in major cities to how we can talk to each other about politics constructively. I am, of course, flushed with nostalgia for the memories I have made here at Rutgers and the many friends I will leave behind. 

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NUNDA: High costs of sleep aids take advantage of issue

We have all heard the same tips for falling asleep from our doctors — decrease technology use before bed, do not consume sugary drinks at night and try to exercise during the day so you tire yourself out. For those of us that suffer from a little more extreme cases of insomnia, we know it takes a few further steps than a couple nighttime hacks to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.


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