Alexandra DeMatos

Alexandra DeMatos

Alexandra is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies and women's and gender studies.


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Eighty percent of Rutgers students receive some kind of financial aid. The University helps offset gaps from state funding with its own grant programs and has secured annual increases in the Tuition Aid Grant program for students.
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Cuts in state funding can hike-up tuition for Rutgers students

With each passing year, students take on an increasing amount of student debt as they pursue higher education. At Rutgers, part of the increasing burden on students can be attributed to a decrease in state appropriations. Cuts in state funding for public schools drive up tuition and force universities to reduce faculty numbers and offer less courses, among other reductions, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. 

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DEMATOS: To my second home, The Daily Targum, thank you

The first time I ever read The Daily Targum was in 2015 – the special magazine-style summer edition that was sent right to my front door. I remember picking it up and reading every word on every page – after all, the Targum was the reason that I chose to transfer to Rutgers my sophomore year over the other schools that I applied to.

Darren Drake, a member of the Rutgers Class of 2007, died Tuesday during a terror attack in Lower Manhattan. Rutgers—New Brunswick Chancellor Debasish Dutta issued a statement and said Drake was known for his "big heart" and "commitment to the community."
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Class of 2007 Rutgers alumnus killed in NYC terror attack

“The perfect son.” That is how Jimmy Drake, the father of 32-year-old Darren Drake, a victim of the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, described his son. Darren Drake, a member of the Rutgers Class of 2007, lived with his parents and ate dinner with his family every night, according to NJ Advance Media. When their son did not take his seat at the table for dinner at 7 p.m., they knew something was wrong. The New Milford, New Jersey native worked in New York City, and instead of taking smoke breaks, he would go out for short bike rides, Jimmy Drake said.

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Students create petition against Rutgers professor for anti-Semitic remarks

More than 3,200 students have signed a petition calling for the suspension of a professor under review by the University for circulating anti-Semitic posts on his personal Facebook page. The posts made by Michael Chikindas, a professor in the Department of Food Sciences, included caricatures and cartoons criticizing Israeli policies or the U.S.’s relationship with Israel, according to New Jersey 101.5. Chikindas said his pages were hacked and his personal information was exposed in an email to New Jersey 101.5.

A recent study conducted by National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) found that the voter turnout rate at Rutgers jumped 7.4 percent in 2016. Compared to most major research universities, the rates of civic engagement at Rutgers were also on the higher end of the spectrum.
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Eagleton study finds uptick in voter turnout at Rutgers

Rutgers student voter turnout rates were 7.4 percent higher in 2016 than the previous year, to a total of 54 percent, showing an uptick in student civic engagement, the Eagleton Institute of Politics announced. The turnout rates at Rutgers—New Brunswick were also higher than comparable research institutions, according to the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE). Upperclassmen voted at higher rates than first-year students and sophomores, and more women voted than men, according to a press release.  "I think the increase can be attributed to both the nature of the campaign itself and efforts taken on this campus to register and mobilize students," said Elizabeth Matto, the director of the Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP). "In a number of ways, the 2016 campaign was unique and engaged students in ways they hadn't been engaged in previous years — even during the primary season." Students were tuned in and passionate about playing a part in the 2016 election, Matto said.

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Joe Biden praises Rutgers for its commitment to preventing sexual assault

The gymnasium was colored red Tuesday afternoon as members of the University community gathered to welcome former Vice President Joe Biden to campus for the “It’s On Us” rally. Biden abruptly shocked students across campus two weeks ago when he announced that he would be visiting Rutgers to speak out against sexual violence and assault. More than 2,000 students stood in a line wrapped around the College Avenue Student Center and were allowed inside the gymnasium for the rally. The growing "It's On Us" movement was launched in 2014 following the recommendations of the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault.

Last night's shooting in the area of Hale Street and Throop Avenue left one person in serious condition, according to the New Brunswick Police Department.
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Three injured in off-campus shooting

Three people were injured in a shooting at approximately 9:30 p.m. yesterday in the area of Throop Avenue and Hale Street, according to a press release from the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD). The preliminary investigation suggests that it was not a random act of violence, but that multiple suspects were targeting multiple victims. Two male victims, aged 20 and 21-years-old, are New Brunswick residents that sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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Thirty-three teams had one hour to engineer a canoe out of cardboard, duct tape and a garbage bag. They then raced across the recreation center pool.
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Thirty-three teams had one hour to engineer a canoe out of cardboard, duct tape and a garbage bag. They then raced across the recreation center pool.

The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities held a yoga event on College Avenue as part of an ongoing series that promotes body positivity.
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The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities held a yoga event on College Avenue as part of an ongoing series that promotes body positivity.

Domesticated animals are vastly different from their wild counterparts. Humans picked specific animals to domesticate based on whether they showed the physical and psychological traits that were needed to create docile creatures.
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Domesticated animals are vastly different from their wild counterparts. Humans picked specific animals to domesticate based on whether they showed the physical and psychological traits that were needed to create docile creatures.

Broadway star Julia Udine participated in an hour-long examination of “The Phantom of the Opera” hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The presentation analyzed the different mental disorders that could be presented within the musical.
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Broadway star Julia Udine participated in an hour-long examination of “The Phantom of the Opera” hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The presentation analyzed the different mental disorders that could be presented within the musical.

The Institute for Women’s Leadership screened “From the Boarding House to the Boardroom” on Wednesday afternoon. The documentary explores the history of women over Rutgers’ 250 years of existence. 
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The Institute for Women’s Leadership screened “From the Boarding House to the Boardroom” on Wednesday afternoon. The documentary explores the history of women over Rutgers’ 250 years of existence. 

A crowd organized by the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition marched to inform residents about issues surrounding domestic violence.
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A crowd organized by the New Brunswick Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition marched to inform residents about issues surrounding domestic violence.

Angela Davis spoke at the College Avenue Student Center on Wednesday night about race relations and her experiences as a political activist.
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Angela Davis spoke at the College Avenue Student Center on Wednesday night about race relations and her experiences as a political activist.

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