Erin Petenko

Erin Petenko

Associate News Editor


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October 2014 | Mourners somberly stand to celebrate the life of Amr Gabale, a deceased Rutgers student, on October 21.
NEWS

Rutgers reflects on 16 student deaths

As students prepare for summer vacation, they also recall classmates and friends who have died over the course of the 2014 to 2015 academic year. A total of 16 students passed away since September: Osei-Kwame Afriyie, Patrick Awosogba Jr., Joshua Cooper, Amr Gabale, Yoshitaka Inomato, Paul Kim, Nexhmi Klobucista, Caitlyn Kovacs, Franciso Martinez-Holsey, Michael Murray, Neha Musipatla, Aniesh Patel, Darsh Patel, William Ouch, Maneesha Singh and Caroline Yoshimoto.

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (R) arrives at the U.S. federal courthouse in Newark, New Jersey April 2, 2015.    REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
NEWS

Eagleton poll indicates NJ residents still support Sen. Menendez

Although Sen. Robert Menendez (D–N.J.) faces severe consequences for his federal indictment on corruption charges, New Jerseyans appear to support him – at least, as long as his guilt is unknown. According to a recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll, 58 percent of New Jersey residents believe Menendez should stay in office unless he is proven guilty, and 34 percent continue to hold a favorable opinion of him despite his legal difficulties.

Photo Illustration | The “Corinthian 100,” a movement named for Corinthian College, a collapsed chain of for-profit schools, is lashing out against predatory lending practices with students refusing to pay back their federal student loan debt.
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'Corinthian 100' raises new light to issue of student debt

Former students in the "Corinthian 100" risk losing wages, lowering their credit score and limiting their access to a home or car loan. But members of the organization say it is worth it to refuse paying their federal student loan debt as a measure of civil disobedience against an unjust college system, according to The New York Times.

NEWS

Rutgers professors discuss geoengineering

Alan Robock published a paper in which he lists five possible benefits of sulfur dioxide spraying – and 26 possible negatives. Yet the idea might be a last-ditch effort to stop the effects of global warming before they lead to disaster, according to Robock, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences.  “The way to solve the [global warming problem is to stop putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” he said.

Students gather on the front steps of Brower Commons Feb. 13 on the College Avenue campus to push the University to cut its investments in the fossil fuel industry.
NEWS

Students rally to push Rutgers away from fossil fuel use

Cold and biting wind cut through the steps of Brower Commons on College Avenue last Friday as protesters gathered for the Rutgers Global Divestment Rally. But attendees still managed to chant, listen to speeches and clutch signs between gloved hands to protest Rutgers’ investments in the fossil fuel industry.

OPINION

Be informed, get involved in student activism

Over the past year and change since I joined the board of The Daily Targum, I’ve received plenty of different responses when telling people that I work for this paper. Some have accused us of liberal or conservative bias — some, for being boring and irrelevant to students — some, that we don’t cover enough serious topics. But the most common answer was simply, “Oh, I don’t read the Targum.”

NEWS

Local coffeehouse welcomes local arts and crafts vendors

Hidden Grounds welcomed students and locals alike last night to show off New Brunswick talent at their first arts and crafts fair. The coffee house, nestled underneath a building on the corner of Easton Avenue and Mine Street, was packed with interested buyers looking at crafts ranging from art prints to coffee-inspired watches. 

Seabed mining and rampant overfishing has devastated global ocean life and threatened extinction.
NEWS

Rutgers researcher warns of marine life damage

As technology improves and humans delve into different areas of the ocean, marine life is increasingly in danger of harm and even extinction, according to a report released by a team of scientists earlier this month. For their article, “Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean,” published in the journal Science, the researchers looked at hundreds of sources of data about humanity’s impact on the ocean, from habitat loss to climate change.

Photo Illustration | “Occupy the Bookstore,”a web tool offered exclusively only on Google Chrome currently, offers students the option to compare their school’s textbook prices with third-party retailers, such as Amazon and Chegg.
NEWS

‘Occupy the Bookstore’ compares book prices

The average student at a four-year public college spends $1,200 per year on textbooks according to The College Board, a nonprofit organization that administers college admissions materials. Buying from unusual sources and reviewing different options — from buying used to renting to ebooks — can help that cost.

Tribal fighters take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in the town of Amriyat al-Falluja in Anbar province, November 5, 2014.   REUTERS/Stringer
NEWS

Islamic State wages terror across globe

While domestic issues have occupied mainstream media in recent months, international conflicts have also received attention due to ongoing battles in the Middle East with the Islamic State. The group, which began as an offshoot of established terrorist group al-Qaeda, currently controls swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. 

Tristan Mekarzel, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, feels comfortable at Rutgers now, although he initially felt overwhelmed by the size of the University.
NEWS

Students share experiences, advice for first year in college

Ayush Joshi lives on Busch campus, but his favorite pastime is to walk between all five campuses. He regularly treks from Scott Hall to Passion Puddle, where he will relax for 30 minutes before moving on. Others frequently ask him why doesn’t just take the bus. He tells them that it would ruin the point of the trip. 

NEWS

Rutgers researches possible athletics renovations

Rutgers is in the midst of planning the best strategy for using athletic funds to renovate facilities. Second-year Athletic Director Julie Hermann told Scarlet Report that the University aims for smart spending rather than overspending in light of a recently announced $155 million renovation plan from Big Ten competitor University of Maryland. 

Courtesy of David Meiswinkle | David Meiswinkle, a Rutgers alumnus, stands before his information table on Nov. 12 explaining his career and political activism on the steps of Brower Commons.
NEWS

Rutgers alumnus transitions from police force to political activism

Sitting in the office of attorney David Meiswinkle with files and books stacked around a large desk, it seemed strange to hear that the man in charge of all those legal documents once smoked a marijuana cigarette in front of the dean of students. But that incident is only one example of how Meiswinkle has defied authority — from his history of fighting corruption in his 23 years as a New Brunswick police officer to his current campaign in support of 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Since Nov. 16, Rutgers Libraries has been requiring visitors show a Rutgers ID after 10 p.m.
NEWS

Petition contests library ID policy

Rutgers Libraries have been forced to escort student protestors out of library buildings due to a recent policy change requiring all library users to display Rutgers identification after 10 p.m. Rutgers University Libraries began implementing the new mandate on Nov. 16 after considering methods to reduce crowding at different libraries, according to a previous article in The Daily Targum.

NEWS

Report shows changes in higher education costs

The condition of tuition increases and student debt is improving across the country, according to a new series of reports on the subject. But the improvement represents a deceleration of current cost and debt increases, rather than a reversal of the trend of the past few decades. Price increases are not stopping, but they have slowed down in the past five years, said Jennifer Ma, a policy research scientist for The College Board. Her report compared the cost of tuition and fees over the past five years for a variety of colleges.

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David Pilmenstein, a Rutgers Business School senior, waves the Rutgers Glee Club flag at the 42nd Glee Club-Marching Band “Soup Bowl” at University Park.
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David Pilmenstein, a Rutgers Business School senior, waves the Rutgers Glee Club flag at the 42nd Glee Club-Marching Band “Soup Bowl” at University Park.

Members of the Marching Band huddle during the 42nd annual “Soup Bowl” Saturday at University Park on Busch Campus. The Marching Band went on to beat their rivals, the Rutgers Glee Club, that night.
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Members of the Marching Band huddle during the 42nd annual “Soup Bowl” Saturday at University Park on Busch Campus. The Marching Band went on to beat their rivals, the Rutgers Glee Club, that night.

A red minivan struck a female pedestrian today outside the Douglass Campus Center.
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A red minivan struck a female pedestrian today outside the Douglass Campus Center.

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