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In light of recent pushback to return the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to the Tappen Zee, a petition listing 50,000 signatures have been drawn on behalf of New York residents.
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Controversy around NYC bridge takes center stage at Eagleton lecture

More than 50,000 people have signed an ongoing petition to return the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to its original name: the Tappan Zee Bridge. Amid the recent pushback by New Yorkers regarding the New York State Legislature’s decision to designate the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement as the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Rutgers Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Senior Scholar at the Center on the American Governor Saladin Ambar, took a sympathetic but unromanticized look at the legacy of the 52nd Governor of New York.

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Rutgers student assembly endorses the DREAM act

At Rutgers University, the current status of approximately 400 students is up in the air after the White House announced in September of this year that it will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, according to a recent report published by the Rutgers University Student Assembly.

Featuring appearances from faculty members and administrators, Thursday’s ‘Free Speech Town Hall’ focused on the intersection of Free Speech and Hate Speech at Rutgers. The event took place one week after police investigated a swastika, spray painted on Stonier Hall.
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RUSA town hall takes a critical look at the line between free speech and hate speech

Last Thursday’s meeting of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) included a "Free Speech Town Hall," hosted by the Student Affairs Committee, which featured several prominent members of the University community and engaged students and administrators in a dialogue about the current climate and issues concerning student demonstrations. The discussion was moderated by Sabeen Rokerya, the Student Affairs Committee chairwoman and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior. The idea for this event has been a long time coming, Rokerya told The Daily Targum in an email. “It has been a topic of discussion by RUSA and the student body for a while, and that has been amplified over the past few months,” she said, stressing the topic’s relevance to some of the recent campus-wide and nationwide incidents regarding free speech and hate speech. The town hall featured four distinguished panelists: Dr. Felicia McGinty, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Salvador Mena, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs, Dr. Barbara Lee, the senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean Ronald Chen, co-dean and distinguished professor of law at the Rutgers Law School—Newark. Following a brief introduction of each panelist, Rokerya invited them to explain the role of student demonstrations and protests from a university perspective, as well as from a legal perspective. “Historically, over the course of American history, college students have played a key role in creating change,” McGinty said, adding that she accepts the exercise of free speech rights through demonstrations as part of the process. Citing the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as the recent attack in New York City in which a vehicle was used as a weapon, McGinty noted that her largest concern regarding student demonstrations is safety. “This is my 29th year working as a professional in student affairs,” she said.

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RUSA proposes free menstrual hygiene program on campus

During the full body meeting of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) last Thursday, members presented a preliminary proposal to pilot a free menstrual hygiene program on campus for students struggling with financial insecurity. The average price of a tampon is about 19 cents outside the University, but on campus, the average cost rises as high as 38 cents, according to statistics compiled by the assembly. “(This) is something that students have been asking us to work on for over a little over a year now,” said Evan Covello, RUSA president and an Edward J.

An event at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on Douglass campus gave a comprehensive look at how the country can strategically combat the opioid epidemic.
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Eagleton Institute leads workshop on ending the opioid epidemic

On the morning of Oct. 27, one day after President Donald J. Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, the Eagleton Institute of Politics hosted a timely workshop about multidisciplinary approaches to combating opioid abuse. The event, entitled “Opioid Abuse: Searching for Solutions in Science and Politics,” was part of the Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop series and was open to current Rutgers graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.  About 50 people from a wide array of academic and professional disciplines were in attendance. The discussion was moderated by John Weingart, associate director of Eagleton, and featured four distinguished panelists: New Jersey State Sen.

Members of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) passed a resolution honoring Laura Luciano, former assistant director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA), at their meeting last Thursday. Luciano began her work in the anti-sexual violence field as a student activist during her years as an undergraduate at Rutgers.
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RUSA approves allocation of $130K to student organizations for special events

At the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) meeting last Thursday, members passed a resolution honoring Laura Luciano, former assistant director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) in New Brunswick.  The legislation, entitled “Resolution for RUSA to Thank Laura Luciano for Outstanding Service to the Rutgers—New Brunswick Community,” was sponsored by the Health and Wellness committee and presented by Rita Portenti, the Sexual Violence Education Department director, and Jessica Resnick, a Livingston senator. Luciano, who has worked at VPVA in New Brunswick since 2001, is now leaving to start a VPVA office at Rutgers—Camden, said Resnick, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, as she began the presentation. Luciano began work in the anti-sexual violence field as a student activist during her years as an undergraduate at Rutgers, according to the VPVA website. She became a program coordinator for VPVA in 2001 and assumed the role of assistant director in 2007, according to the website. “She had a huge role here for 16 years, working to prevent sexual violence on this campus and really advocating for survivors here," Resnick said.

The Meal Swipes for Charity campaign, which will be led by the Youth Empowerment Club this year, gives Rutgers students a chance to donate their extra guest swipes to charity. Students will be tabling around campus this month to encourage students to give. 
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RUSA votes on which student organization will lead Meal Swipes for Charity this year

During the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) general body meeting last Thursday, the assembly hosted guest speaker Don Heilman, the director of Student Legal Services (SLS), and voted to support the Youth Empowerment Club during the University-wide Meal Swipes for Charity campaign. Toward the end of their meeting, RUSA held the selection process to chose a student charity organization to administer the Meal Swipes for Charity campaign. “The Meal Swipes for Charity (campaign) is an opportunity for students to donate unused guest swipes to a charitable organization,” said Dan Chulak, University Affairs Committee chairman of RUSA and a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior. Chulak told the assembly that his committee received eight applications this year, and the committee then decided on three organizations believed to have the potential to raise the most money.

Guest lecturer Hakim Williams ran students through an admixture of autobiography, identity formation, immigration and American liberation this past Tuesday. Adopting the mantra "out" helped him push through adversity in his own life.
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Lecture at Rutgers explores America's roots as part of #RUAllyship month

Just a day after Columbus Day, when Americans found themselves embroiled in a debate about which historical figures to memorialize, guest lecturer Dr. Hakim Williams of Gettysburg College spoke to about 40 students, staff and faculty members to share some food for thought about the indigenous suffering upon which American hegemony is built. On Tuesday evening in the Academic Building on the College Avenue campus, the Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) invited Williams to present a talk entitled “International Solidarity: A Journey of Self, Nation and Earth.” “Since the personal and the political often have a sort of dialectical relationship ... I will enter this talk there and meander it to my conclusion,” Williams said as he began his presentation. His speech was a self-proclaimed admixture of autobiography, translational identity formation, immigration, American liberation and internationalism.

Students gathered on the steps of Brower Commons Tuesday night in support of survivors of dating and domestic violence. The candlelight vigil was part of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance’s “Turn the Campus Purple” campaign.
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Rutgers holds candlelight vigil for survivors of domestic violence

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 10, the College Avenue campus was illuminated in purple. Purple luminaria bags lined the sidewalks and a congregation of about 30 students gathered at the Brower Commons Steps for an annual candlelight vigil for survivors of dating and domestic violence. The Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) started the vigil in 2013.

As part of the campaign to End Sexual Violence, the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance is holding a series of events for students this week.
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The VPVA will 'Turn the Campus Purple' this week in lead-up to Joe Biden's appearance

Today represents the launch of "Turn the Campus Purple," a week-long campaign hosted by the Rutgers University Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) to raise awareness about dating and domestic violence.  Notably, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. In addition to the widely-anticipated “It’s On Us” rally with former Vice President Joe Biden this Thursday, Oct.

After welcoming its new campus representatives, the Rutgers University Student Assembly listened to a presentation on inclusion and sexual violence prevention given by Dr. Felicia McGinty, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.
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RUSA swore in 25 newly-elected representatives at this week's meeting

During its general body meeting last Thursday, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) swore in 25 newly-elected representatives and passed new legislation to co-sponsor an upcoming sustainability symposium at the University.  The meeting began with a discussion by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Dr. Felicia McGinty. As McGinty was welcomed to the stage by Evan Covello, RUSA president and an Edward J.

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