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MEJIA: Efforts must be made to address lack of Black scholars in law

Many schools pride themselves on having a diverse student body, but when looking at their higher levels of education, this image is not the same. Student diversity has become an advertisement that feeds into the needs of substantial change. Law schools have tried to announce their student diversity through brochures, websites and even billboards. The reality is that showing diversity through different forms of media does not hold up to the reality of diversity in law school campuses. 

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ABRAMS: Regional wage floors are best way for reform

On January 16, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) actualized a long-awaited progressive campaign promise from the November midterms: an incremental raise of the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. Emboldened by support from the cruxes of House and Senate Democratic leadership — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — Scott dubbed his bill the “Raise the Wage Act of 2019.” 

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WASON: US support of horrific tragedies in Yemen is reprehensible

The Saudi-induced, U.S.-backed hell faced by the Yemeni population represents the worst humanitarian crisis in the world — an act perhaps matched only in shame by the lack of attention a free press like our own decides to allocate toward covering it. The Saudi assault has been carried out via military strikes that have resulted in at the deaths of at least 18,000 civilians — this, while increasingly tightening their grip on the economic stranglehold they have Yemen wrapped in, puts just about its entire population at risk of severe famine. 

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SINGH: PEDs are not viable fitness shortcuts

Just yesterday I went to visit an old high school friend — let us call her Jazz — who dorms on Cook. As I walked through her apartment, I was hit with a spectrum of scents — some old food, some incredibly nauseating and some that were hard to identify. After I got over the initial shock, I asked about the unfamiliar smells and Jazz replied they were from the vast selection of protein powders and performance enhancers that littered her counters.

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ARZONICO: Seeking denim: I found myself in perfect jeans

Everyone finds pleasure in different things — some people find their passion in dance, food or books, but I found mine in fashion. Fashion combines so many art forms in one: movement, architecture and, of course, visual and design. Following fashion and the business of fashion has become more than just a passtime for me, it’s a passion. 

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EDITORIAL: Democratic civil disobedience looms at U.

After leaving his village in Colonial America, Rip Van Winkle wanders up into the Catskill Mountains. Fatigued from his climb, he sits down to rest and falls into a long slumber. Rip awakens to a new world 20 years later. The longevity of his sleep has become the most memorable element in Washington Irving’s classic fable. Few readers recall a small but significant detail that is often overlooked and forgotten. 

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HOLEY: Society should shift to be more vegetarian

This weekend, I was plagued with a constant sneezing which reached a point that it almost felt rude for me to sneeze a fourth time after my friends had said “God bless you” three times before. Never in my life had I received such a bad case of sneezing. In fact, I had rarely sneezed up until this emerging spring. Now it is part of my daily lifestyle. I had not planned on writing about it, but while researching topics for my opinion editorial I came across the finding that climate change may be prolonging the allergy season. It was quite dreadful news. 

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SAJU: Nation must address disparities in our system of education

How does a nation secure its future? While there are numerous answers to this question, the most obvious response concerns a country’s treatment of its youth. The real test of a progressive nation is how it chooses to support and empower its young people, as they are the future of that country.  

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JAWED: US should be inspired by acts of New Zealand

It has been more than two weeks since Brenton Harrison Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It has been confirmed as of April 3 Tarrant "will face 50 murder and 39 attempted charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday 5 April," according to a tweet by New Zealand Police.

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EDITORIAL: Tragedy must be followed by legislation

On Wednesday, April 3, hundreds gathered in West Windsor, New Jersey to mourn the death of Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old from Robbinsville, New Jersey who was kidnapped and killed in South Carolina after she had gotten into a car she had thought was her Uber. Her years left unlived were stolen, but her legacy remains in the lives she touched and the policies now proposed to make it harder for such tragedies to happen again. 

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GUVERCIN: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responds to Green New Deal criticism

On February 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Green New Deal, which has been a highly controversial and prominent topic in politics for the last few months. Many people, including people within the Democratic Party, have criticized it for being radical, unrealistically ambitious and simply impossible. Just as we all thought it had been beaten to death, during a House Financial Services Committee meeting on March 26, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the critics who called the deal “elitist” and pointed out its very obvious shortcomings. 

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COMMENTARY: Threat of bioterrorism requires stock cultures

Bioterrorism, as facilitated by the advancement and exploitation of technology, is a threat that looms over us constantly. It is a threat that is even more pervasive than terrorism in the traditional sense, as bioterrorists effectively weaponize pathogens with the intent of creating an epidemic or pandemic that can decimate populations before anybody is even aware they are at risk. 

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O'BRIEN: NY’s congestion pricing shows promise

A deal late last week reached among New York state legislators in Albany will make New York City the first city in America to adopt congestion pricing on its crowded streets, which is a system of tolls that charges drivers for entering areas of high traffic. The new policy, which will take effect in 2021, will charge cars a little more than $10 per day to drive below 60th Street in Manhattan, with trucks to be charged about twice that fee, according to reports. 

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AHMED: Remember those lost to hate for Islam Awareness Week

Saying that my heart aches is an understatement. Saying that I have only shed a few tears is an understatement. Saying that I feel frightened to walk alone at night is an understatement. Saying that I fear that the one place where I can find tranquility and peace can be brutally disturbed is an understatement. These were just a fraction of the emotions that flooded my mind on March 15, a day of woe and utter heartbreak. 

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EDITORIAL: NJ gov’t. officials stand against polluters

For decades, they knew and did nothing. They did nothing and watched as cancer rates rose and lives were torn apart. Since the 1970s, a facility of chemical giant DuPont polluted the groundwater of the Pompton Lakes area. The contamination seeped into both the soil and the lives of New Jerseyans as hundreds of households sat on top of an underground plume of toxic chemicals. 

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OLAYEMI: Recognizing differences can foster understanding

It is not news that Rutgers is divided into numerous sub-sects of social and ethnic groups. We are comprised of a student body from all over the world. What I feel unifies many of us as students at Rutgers is that despite the overwhelming population here, we are able to create bonds based on ethnic backgrounds, shared culture and/or upbringing. 

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COMMENTARY: Distortion of AIPAC must be addressed

As active citizens, we support causes close to our hearts and our communities. As Americans, we participate in a democratic process that we are privileged to enjoy. But, when our loyalty as Americans is called into question for supporting a strong relationship between America and Israel — a cause that is rooted in mutual values — we are alarmed. When we are gaslighted for daring to call out this reckless bullying, our community of advocates is accused of “moneyed influence.” In a recent commentary by an organization here at our University, our community of advocates was libelously accused of just that.

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BOZTEPE: We can take easy steps to improve our focus

Focus: the word you repeat to yourself as you feel like you are dozing off while trying to complete your work. According to a study by Microsoft, “The average human has an 8-second attention span — less than that of a goldfish.” There are plenty of reasons why we have such a low attention span, some of which include the multiple facets of your job or school, the advancement of technology and the growth of social media. 

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Editorial: We must refuse education privatization

The tenure of President Donald J. Trump administration’s Department of Education has been marked by sporadic flurries of negative news coverage and national scrutiny. From Senate confirmation hearings to over two years in the position, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has represented the worst of corporate capitalism and its undemocratic, un-American crusade against public education. 


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