Nikhilesh De

Nikhilesh De

Nik De is a School of Arts and Sciences senior. When he isn’t tracking the planetary motions of the stars, Nik is following Cher on her U.S. tour. In the future, Nik aspires to be a plane. A big plane. A very big plane. He’s like the plane equivalent of the “I like trains” kid from ASDF. Come along on his journey through space and time by following his Twitter @nikhileshde. He is nice and reliable according to Urban Dictionary. Email is his sworn enemy but he can be contacted at news@dailytargum.com.


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Wi-fi enabled devices affected by KRACK have their WPA2 protocol bypassed, a feature installed on virtually all devices. These security measures protect user information and risks of information theft within range of the home network.
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Wi-Fi vulnerability puts Rutgers students at risk

Two researchers at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium recently announced a major exploit in the security protocol used by most Wi-Fi connected devices around the world. Called Key Reinstallation Attack, or KRACK, the vulnerability affects any Wi-Fi device which uses the WPA2, or Wi-Fi Protected Access II, security protocol, which is implemented on virtually every device on the planet. While this sounds scary, manufacturers are already developing or have developed patches, and the vulnerability’s design makes it difficult for attackers to access a user’s information. In an email, the Rutgers’ Office of Information Technology said, “Attackers can use this so-called KRACK vulnerability to access information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted, including credit card numbers, passwords, photos and protected health information.

Following comments on Reddit, Career Services removed Focus on China from CareerKnight and explained Vector Marketing.
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Rutgers removes company from CareerKnight, explains presence of Vector Marketing

Focus on China, a company which promises to help students immerse themselves in the world’s most populous nation during their internships, was banned from posting positions with University Career Services (UCS), said Associate Director for Strategic Communications and Marketing Melissa Blake. The company was removed after a user noted in a comment on a Reddit thread that the company makes interns pay for their positions, she said in an email. “UCS was notified about the comments on the thread where students were discussing employers recruiting on campus,” she said.

The School of Graduate Studies, which formally opens on July 1, will combine the Graduate School ­—New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
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School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers—New Brunswick will open in July

On April 6, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted to approve a merger between the Graduate School—New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to form a new School of Graduate Studies based at Rutgers—New Brunswick. Creating a plan to combine the two graduate schools has taken more than two years, said Jerome Kukor, dean of the Graduate School—New Brunswick.

Members of the national Human Rights Campaign visited College Avenue Campus on Thursday to encourage students to support their lobbying efforts. The organization is primarily working to influence state-level legislation that could impact the LGBT community.
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National Human Rights Campaign collects signatures at Rutgers

Representatives from the Human Rights Campaign visited the College Avenue campus on Thursday afternoon to garner signatures for their lobbying efforts. Members of the Campaign’s Manhattan office came to Rutgers to sign people up for the national organization’s efforts to lobby against certain state-level legislation, which targets members of the LGBT community, said Field Manager Benjamin Marchiony. “The main focus of the Human Rights Campaign at the moment is combating state-level LGBT legislation,” the junior from George Washington University said.

At its meeting on April 6, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted in favor of a $74.5 million upgrade to Rutgers’ cogeneration plants. Upgrading these facilities would help the University to operate more efficiently and produce fewer emissions.
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Rutgers prepares to upgrade on-campus cogeneration plants

The Rutgers Board of Governors approved of a $74.5 million upgrade to the University’s cogeneration plants in New Brunswick and Newark at their last meeting on April 6. The New Brunswick Cogeneration Plant was built in 1995, and uses three dual-fuel five-megawatt turbines to power the Busch and Livingston campuses, according to a previous article by The Daily Targum. The Newark plant was built in 1987 and does not operate at peak performance due to its age, according to TAPinto New Brunswick. At present, it operates at about 60 percent of full capacity. According to the 2015 Targum article, the Busch plant operates somewhere between 60 and 80 percent capacity. Upgrading the facilities will allow them to generate more electricity while producing fewer emissions and acting more efficiently, according to a pair of Rutgers resolutions. All three of the turbines on Busch and three in Newark will be replaced during this process.

Microsoft Window's 10 users can begin to expect pop-up advertisements on their File Explorer. 
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Tech Tuesday: Why students might see advertisements on their Windows 10 computers

Users of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system may have noticed some advertising content on their File Explorer, and it is expected that these ads will soon roll out to general users of the world’s third-most-popular OS. While Microsoft has provided informational tips for its various services, notably OneDrive and the Edge Web Browser, in pop-ups on its platform before, the new versions specifically advertise Microsoft Office 365 for $6.99 per month. File Explorer is a critical component in Windows — like the MacOS Finder, the program allows users to locate and organize any documents, media, programs, shortcuts or other information on their computer. File Explorer is traditionally thought of as being an offline component for Windows.

David Zhao, the founder of NXTFactor spoke about the techniques behind launching successful businesses at the College Avenue Student Center before Spring Break. The event was organized by the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Society (RES).
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Founder of Manhattan company shares experience, advice with Rutgers students

Before starting classes at the University of Pennsylvania, David Zhao made $2.4 million as the founder and chief executive officer of NXTFactor, a media conglomerate based in New York City. On March 8, Zhao spoke to the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Society (RES) in the Red Lion Café on the College Avenue campus about his past successes and failures, providing advice and answering questions during the hour-long meeting. The RES invited him because his experience combined with the fact that he is still attending a university makes him relatable to Rutgers students who are trying to launch their own projects, said Abhisek Vyas, president of the society. “What we’re trying to do is create entrepreneurs and help them (succeed),” the School of Arts and Sciences sophomore said.

In January, a coolant leak forced the new Rutgers supercomputer into partial operation. Facilities workers have not yet managed to fix the main problem, but some of the functions have been relocated to another facility to keep services available.
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Coolant leak forces Rutgers supercomputer into partial operation

Rutgers University’s new supercomputer has been in a state of partial operation since January when a seal burst, leaking coolant and preventing the system from working as designed. The cooling system broke about two months ago, forcing the shutdown of the complete Caliburn supercomputer, said Manish Parashar, a distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science.  The computer itself did not break, only the cooling system in the facility the computer is located in. “On one of the cold mornings in January, one of the seals for the cooling system broke, causing the coolant to leak,” he said.

Participants in the "Day Without a Woman: Walk-out to Teach-in" at Rutgers formed groups at Voorhees Hall to discuss issues ranging from reproductive rights to wage equality. The event was organized in honor of International Women's Day.
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Rutgers community contributes to International Women's Day with walk-out, teach-in

Nearly 100 Rutgers students and members of the New Brunswick community participated in a teach-in at Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus in honor of International Women's Day.  The “Day Without a Woman: Walk-out to Teach-in” was meant to educate people about different issues on International Women’s Day, said Laurent Reyes, a student in the Graduate School of Social Work.

With elections taking place from March 22 to March 24, RUSA held a series of informational sessions to prepare candidates to run. The meetings provided students with an idea of how to campaign and what their responsibilities might entail if they earn a position for the next academic year.
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RUSA information sessions prepare students for upcoming elections

Over the next two weeks, members of the University community can campaign for seats on next year’s Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA). Students can run for RUSA positions for the upcoming academic year, with elections occurring between March 22 and March 24, said Elections Chair Anish Patel.

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The Rutgers Board of Governors voted to increase the cost of attendance by 1.7 percent during their monthly meeting on July 19.
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The Rutgers Board of Governors voted to increase the cost of attendance by 1.7 percent during their monthly meeting on July 19.

According to Matthew Buckley, the founder of the New Jersey March for Science, there is currently a lack of diversity in scientific fields that stems from the shortage of opportunities available to minorities and underprivileged individuals. One of his goals in organizing the local march was to make the event as inclusive as possible.
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According to Matthew Buckley, the founder of the New Jersey March for Science, there is currently a lack of diversity in scientific fields that stems from the shortage of opportunities available to minorities and underprivileged individuals. One of his goals in organizing the local march was to make the event as inclusive as possible.

Members of the Rutgers community showed support for the Saturday's science march in a variety of ways, from attending the events itself to organizing satellite rallies. University President Robert L. Barchi publically endorsed the march in an open letter, released earlier this week.
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Members of the Rutgers community showed support for the Saturday's science march in a variety of ways, from attending the events itself to organizing satellite rallies. University President Robert L. Barchi publically endorsed the march in an open letter, released earlier this week.

The #ReadMyLips campaign allows women from around the country to write letters to President Donald J. Trump voicing their discontent with his policies on issues like reproductive rights. 
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The #ReadMyLips campaign allows women from around the country to write letters to President Donald J. Trump voicing their discontent with his policies on issues like reproductive rights. 

At its meeting on April 6, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted in favor of a $74.5 million upgrade to Rutgers’ cogeneration plants. Upgrading these facilities would help the University to operate more efficiently and produce fewer emissions.
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At its meeting on April 6, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted in favor of a $74.5 million upgrade to Rutgers’ cogeneration plants. Upgrading these facilities would help the University to operate more efficiently and produce fewer emissions.

David Zhao, the founder of NXTFactor spoke about the techniques behind launching successful businesses at the College Avenue Student Center before Spring Break. The event was organized by the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Society (RES).
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David Zhao, the founder of NXTFactor spoke about the techniques behind launching successful businesses at the College Avenue Student Center before Spring Break. The event was organized by the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Society (RES).

Participants in the "Day Without a Woman: Walk-out to Teach-in" at Rutgers formed groups at Voorhees Hall to discuss issues ranging from reproductive rights to wage equality. The event was organized in honor of International Women's Day.
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Participants in the "Day Without a Woman: Walk-out to Teach-in" at Rutgers formed groups at Voorhees Hall to discuss issues ranging from reproductive rights to wage equality. The event was organized in honor of International Women's Day.

A panel of students shared their internship experiences in front of their peers and a panel of judges.
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A panel of students shared their internship experiences in front of their peers and a panel of judges.

Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) reportedly charged two of its members with engaging in "pre-campaigning." Standing rules give the elections committee jurisdiction over all election-related matters.
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Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) reportedly charged two of its members with engaging in "pre-campaigning." Standing rules give the elections committee jurisdiction over all election-related matters.

Students and faculty gathered in the Fiber Optics building on Feb. 16 to discuss President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Participants voiced their demands to Rutgers administrators.
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Students and faculty gathered in the Fiber Optics building on Feb. 16 to discuss President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Participants voiced their demands to Rutgers administrators.

The RU Hungry? grease truck has been a staple at Rutgers for nearly 40 years, but after the University declined to renew its operating license, it has been forced to leave school grounds.
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The RU Hungry? grease truck has been a staple at Rutgers for nearly 40 years, but after the University declined to renew its operating license, it has been forced to leave school grounds.

The Rutgers University Student Assembly debated changes to their constitution, concluding a process they began roughly a month ago. The existing constitution has been in use for nearly a decade.
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The Rutgers University Student Assembly debated changes to their constitution, concluding a process they began roughly a month ago. The existing constitution has been in use for nearly a decade.

Deborah Gray White, chair of the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations at Rutgers, announced the group's recommendations in the College Avenue Student Center on Friday, including that a course on diversity be required for students. 
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Deborah Gray White, chair of the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations at Rutgers, announced the group's recommendations in the College Avenue Student Center on Friday, including that a course on diversity be required for students. 

Sigma Chi partnered with eight sororities to raise more than $300,000 for the Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick with their Derby Days charity fundraiser.
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Sigma Chi partnered with eight sororities to raise more than $300,000 for the Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick with their Derby Days charity fundraiser.

Mark Gulick, a manager at Neilson Dining Hall, was transferred out of the Brower Dining Commons on Monday, but employees at the facility say he needs to return.
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Mark Gulick, a manager at Neilson Dining Hall, was transferred out of the Brower Dining Commons on Monday, but employees at the facility say he needs to return.

A record number of votes were cast on the Livingston and Busch campuses for the 2016 presidential election.
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A record number of votes were cast on the Livingston and Busch campuses for the 2016 presidential election.

NJPIRG is working to register 1,000 students through the week of Sept. 26 by tabling, visiting classrooms and visiting greek houses. So far, they have registered more than 830 students in four days.
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NJPIRG is working to register 1,000 students through the week of Sept. 26 by tabling, visiting classrooms and visiting greek houses. So far, they have registered more than 830 students in four days.

Readers of conservative news site Campus Reform voiced concerns over a bulletin board hanging inside a College Avenue residence hall. 
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Readers of conservative news site Campus Reform voiced concerns over a bulletin board hanging inside a College Avenue residence hall. 

Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) spoke to several of his constituents about the recent Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives and gun violence in the United States.
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Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) spoke to several of his constituents about the recent Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives and gun violence in the United States.

Photo Illustration | Rutgers plans to upgrade its digital learning platforms over the summer, including Sakai. It will also start using Canvas, a system which will ultimately replace eCollege.
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Photo Illustration | Rutgers plans to upgrade its digital learning platforms over the summer, including Sakai. It will also start using Canvas, a system which will ultimately replace eCollege.

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