Lin Lan


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OPINION

Diversity, weak term to describe bare minimum support

If any historian needs a time capsule of China from fifteen years ago, that would be me. Immigrating to the U.S. at four years old, I was like an astronaut leaving Earth with a tiny suitcase from my past life — foods, movies and cultural values all frozen in the year of 2000.

OPINION

Hong Kong, flavors of social responsibility

Never in my life have I imagined that people washed sidewalks the way they washed dishes. When I arrived in Hong Kong, the first thing I noticed was how well-kept public spaces were, from the subway system to the shopping malls.

OPINION

Courts must evolve to handle discrimination lawsuits

There’s a gleeful, savage kind of backlash to women suing for discrimination. Hundreds of social media followers curl up on their couches in hungry anticipation, fingers itching over their keyboards, sniffing for the first sign of blood. Ellen Pao’s recent allegations against her former employer, venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, are no exception.

OPINION

Sitcom should inspire Asian-Americans to reclaim voice

If any activity is sacred to our generation, it’s watching TV. I don’t know a single college student who doesn’t manage to squeeze in an episode of her favorite series on a busy day, whether it’s winter break or finals week. In an age where sometimes our most intimate experiences are with our Netflix accounts, I’m optimistic about the potential of ABC’s new series, Fresh Off the Boat, to bring an overdue issue to light.

OPINION

On spotting brainwashed commie-loving mainlanders

I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to react to that. Posted among other remnants of last fall’s Occupy Central protests, these words on the “Democracy Wall” at the University of Hong Kong drew me into a conflict I was reluctant to participate in.

NEWS

Rutgers community grieves death, injury of students

Darsh Patel, a Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences senior from Edison, New Jersey, was killed in a bear attack on Sept. 21 while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford Township. His friends called the police, who discovered Patel’s body at around 5:54 p.m., according to nj.com. 

NEWS

Rutgers 250th anniversary inspires coffee table book

Anticipating the countdown to Rutgers’ 250th anniversary on Nov. 10, 2016, the University spent this last year gearing up with “Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait.” In the upcoming coffee table book, decades of greek life relocation, building construction and historic Rutgers vs. Princeton rivalry are being compiled primarily through pictures and content gathered from Scarlet Letter yearbooks, Rutgers’ official annual photographic and written record.

The restructuring of downtown New Brunswick is part of Urban and his students’ project, which focuses on compiling a comprehensive record of the city’s history.
NEWS

Faculty, students create digital history of New Brunswick

Instead of assigning a lengthy final paper his students would probably forget about after winter break, Andrew Urban asked students to use their knowledge for the community. Urban, assistant professor in the Department of American Studies and the Department of History, created the project, “Mapping New Brunswick Memories,” a collaboration with Chris Rzigalinski. 

President Robert L. Barchi addresses students at yesterday’s Rutgers University Student Assembly’s meeting.
NEWS

Barchi confronts student issues at RUSA meeting

Athletics, the Big Ten Conference, faculty salaries and campus housing are just a few topics that have stirred controversy over the past few months. Yesterday evening, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi addressed these issues for an hour in front of the Rutgers University Student Assembly at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. 

The turnout at High Point Solutions Stadium has led Piscataway Township to consider imposing a parking tax for game day.
NEWS

City considers game day parking tax

Rutgers had a record-breaking attendance of 53,774 at its first Big Ten Conference game against Penn State at High Point Solutions Stadium earlier this year. This turnout is often costly for the Piscataway Township, which supplies a police force and other municipal services for Rutgers events. 

Matt Solowsky advised veterans on where to find assistance and resources yesterday at a Rutgers University Student Association meeting.
NEWS

Veteran student talks transition to Rutgers

When he graduated high school in 2002, Matt Solowsky visited Rutgers with his girlfriend and knew it was the school he wanted to attend. “The problem was I didn’t have the means to go to Rutgers, nor did I have the confidence,” Solowsky said.

Mary Pat Angelini, New Jersey assemblywoman, talks yesterday about the intensity of today’s drinking culture.
NEWS

NJ Assemblywoman encourages responsible drinking awareness

Mary Pat Angelini did not know what a keg stand was when she was in college. The New Jersey assemblywoman, along with a group of panelists, spoke yesterday in the Livingston Student Center and brought up the cultural shift in alcohol consumption, which has increased in intensity and frequency since the panelists attended college.

INSIDE BEAT

Q&A with Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress, actor, musician and comedian at the Laugh Factory Comedy Network, performed for more than 500 students at the Busch Student Center last Thursday. Following the show, Buress spoke to The Daily Targum and offered some advice for aspiring comedians, his future plans and key moments in his career.

Comedian Hannibal Buress gives the audience at the Busch Student Center an evening full of laughs at his show, sponsored by Rutgers University Programming Association.
NEWS

Comedian Hannibal Buress jokes about college life, family stories

If you’re stuck at the bottom of a well, do you want somebody who can relate to you, or do you want a motherf---er with a rope who can pull you out of Forever 21 debt? That was Clark Jones’ response when friends told him he should date someone who understood his struggles as a black man. 

Courtesy of Jim Morris | Andrew Rossner, director of the Institute for Professional Education at Newark School of Law, is volunteering his time to help teach the courses at Atlantic Cape Community College.
NEWS

Rutgers offers new programs at Atlantic community college

Nearly 90 miles south of New Brunswick, students at Atlantic Cape Community College are earning four-year bachelor’s degrees from Rutgers without ever stepping foot on Rutgers’ campus. ACCC will offer a continuing education law class beginning on Dec. 12 and a tax assessment class in 2015 through Rutgers, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Rutgers will also offer summer courses at Atlantic Cape’s campuses in Atlantic City and Cape May Court House.

NEWS

Doctor shares experience in Gaza

Society is often quick to pity those who have experienced suffering, but much slower to recognize their strength and resilience, Dr. Mads Gilbert said. Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor at the Clinic of Emergency Medicine, gave a presentation yesterday on the resilience of Palestinians at “Eyes in Gaza,” which took place at the Red Lion Café on the College Avenue campus.

A member of a burial team sprays a colleague with chlorine disinfectant in Monrovia October 20, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue
NEWS

Rutgers community provides targeted Ebola aid for Liberia

Imagine walking into a Rutgers health care center with a high fever and finding the place nearly deserted. Most of the nurses and doctors are sick, dead or too afraid to show up. For the remaining few, there are no gloves, soap or disinfectant.

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