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On The Front Lines: Mental health resources must be held to higher standards

When it comes to mental health initiatives at Rutgers, any faculty, administrator or student leader can immediately point you toward several different resources — the Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E), Rutgers-Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) or the Office of Disability Services (ODS).


ON THE FRONT LINES: South Asian Americans need more representation in media

In a highly diverse and densely populated area such as Central Jersey, it is easy to overlook discrimination against certain minorities, especially South Asian Americans. Due to their accessibility and proximity to large international airports, big cities near the coasts are home to many South Asian American immigrant families. According to the 2010 United States Census, more than 528,000 Indian Americans lived in California, while more than 292,000 lived in New Jersey. This statistic is on a constant rise, and “Indians have a higher percentage as a ratio of a state's total population in New Jersey,” according to the census. These statistics also do not include all South Asian American populations from countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and others. As any Rutgers student knows, South Asian Americans are a prevalent community. So, why are we so often misrepresented and mistreated?


BANSAL: People must stop feminization of mental health issues

Mental health has always had an extreme stigma attached to it. However, this stigma is even more extreme for men. According to studies, men are less likely to seek mental help than women are. One study done in the 90’s showed that two thirds of mental health patients were women. This trend goes way back — another study done in the mid 1800s supported this, showing that approximately 11,000 patients in a certain hospital were women out of the total 18,000.


BANSAL: Be careful not to victim blame in Aziz Ansari case

After accusations of sexual harassment were made against Aziz Ansari by "Grace," whose real name remains anonymous, a controversy sparked. People debated over issues involving victim-blaming, a lack of sex education and a misinterpretation of the #MeToo movement. Babe.net released an in-depth article describing Grace’s account of her night with Ansari, how she felt pressured into certain sexual interactions, how uncomfortable she felt and how she cried on the way home.


BANSAL: Women are still underrepresented in feats of success

When it comes to recognition and representation, women are infamously lacking in all fields. Even institutions that dedicate themselves to awarding and recognizing influential community members, such as the Nobel Foundation, are found to be misinformed and seemingly biased. From the fields of physics, chemistry, economics, literature, medicine and peace, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 881 people in the past 115 years. Merely 48 out of the 881 recognitions were awarded to women, while the rest went to men.


BANSAL: Boy Scouts’ inclusivity efforts are not genuine

In the midst of countless actors, politicians and other public figures being revealed for misconduct against women, other acts of unfairness are going unnoticed. In mid-October, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that they would soon be allowing girls to join their program. While this is advantageous for young girls who feel they do not fit in with the Girl Scouts of the United States (GSUSA) community, this decision is problematic for many reasons including the BSA’s motive and implementation of this decision.


BANSAL: Men who abuse power must be stripped of it

Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Hugh Hefner, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. This list of famous, well-respected men who wildly abused their power and privilege goes on and on. Our most recent offender, Louis C.K., charged for sexual misconduct, is one of the most surprising finds.


BANSAL: Saudi Arabia must do more for its women

In late September, as Saudi Arabia was celebrating its 87th anniversary, women were allowed into the King Fahd sports stadium for the first time. Because of the country’s specific laws that aim to segregate men and women in public spaces, women still had to use separate entrances than men and were seated in an order that placed them far from single men.

About 1,800 students playfully emptied packets of powdered flower petals on themselves, their friends and strangers Friday afternoon for Rutgers’ “Holi Moli,” on the Livingston campus to celebrate the Hindu tradition, Holi. Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors” or the “Festival of Love,” is a spring celebration widely celebrated in areas of South Asia and is meant to welcome the arrival of spring and the end of winter, as well as the triumph of good over evil. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / MANAGING EDITOR

‘Holi Moli’ will bring Hindu festival of color to Rutgers

On Friday, April 14, the Rutgers Hindu Students Council (HSC) will bring a cultural color wars to the Banks as a way to celebrate Holi at Rutgers. Many people only associate the Hindu festival of colors with the excitement of throwing color powder on a sunny spring day, but there is a whole history behind the holiday that is often forgotten about. Most people do not realize that Holi occurs at the same time — at the beginning of spring — every year for a reason.

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