Dharun Ravi: The lesson of who not to be like PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cherie-A Darby   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:44

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - Those who clung to the trial against Dharun Ravi because of personal akin or perhaps just to see how justice would prevail may have finally received some closure, even if it is not the kind they hoped for.

This week Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail for crimes of privacy invasion when he spied on his roommate Tyler Clementi’s intimate interactions with a man from a webcam, and broadcasted them via social media. Within the same week, Clementi left a suicide note on Facebook, and jumped off the George Washington Bridge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:56
‘SVU’ season finale had it all-and more! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alyssa Ezon   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:18

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- There was no hiding that the season 13 finale of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” had a cliffhanger ending. ‘SVU’ stars like Ice-T and Danny Pino explained this episodes unusual ending in an interview with Yahoo!TV before it aired.

But man-oh-man, the seven million audience members who watched last night were in for a surprise when it actually happened!

“For the first time ‘Law & Order: SVU’ left me wanting more once the season ended!” said Lance Ringer, a Rutgers junior. “I can’t wait until the ‘SVU’ squad puts an end to this story."

This finale episode titled “Rhodium Nights,” had everything from sex, scandal, goats, escorts, and conspiracy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:52
The Scarlet Scroll's 'Cyber Bullying Project' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jose' Rodriguez   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:59

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.- As the spring 2012 semester comes to an end, the current Scarlet Scroll staff would like to leave our readers with various articles that have been an impact on them. We all decided that we needed to write articles that would raise awareness on a topic that deserves to be in people’s minds, and the topic we have chosen is cyber bullying.

Bullying isn't something new those in our age groups and our news demographic. After all, didn't we all know someone during our secondary education who was famous for picking on freshman or trying to hurt someone's self esteem. Not to make light of the trauma that childhood bullies can and still do cause, many can relate to dealing with the characters like Nelson Muntz, Jimbo Jones, Dolph Starbeam and Kearney Zzyzwicz from the long-running TV show "The Simpsons." And bullies aren't relegated to the playground--it happens in college dormitories, the blue and white collar workforce and social circles.

Videos gone viral have exposed traditional bullying, in addition to fights fueled by social media spats (and don't pigeonhole these incidents to Facebook and Twitter-- social media sites such as U.K.'s Bebo and dating site Match.com have also had isolated incidents (which opens another can of worms--is cyber stalking a form of cyber bullying?). In some cases, parents have encouraged the behavior sparked by social media feuds. Athletes and entertainers trade barbs with their fans (and fans retaliate) and rivals. And sports rivalries have entered a new landscape of insults and offensive personal insults.

One viral video recently released, shows an student from Australia standing up to a bully. While he was praised by many for his actions, the situation has been criticized for having a "two wrongs don't make a right" mentality.

Every day, groups of all ages, sexual orientation, ethnicities and genders are attacked and called racial slurs on websites and social networks. People who lack certain abilities and functions are ostracized. The World Wide Web grants its users the ability to become anonymous, thus encouraging more creative and direct ways to bully. But, as Rutgers University students, cyber bullying couldn't hit any closer to home.

In September 2010, Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey to New York, after his roommate, Dharun Ravi streamed on the internet footage of Clementi have intimate relations with another man. Ravi was recently found guilty on 15 counts, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.

Each Scarlet Scroll staff writer worked hard to cover various aspects of cyber bullying and we hope that you read the articles presented in the Cyber Bullying section.

For direct access to the articles, you can click on the following links:

Are creators of social media websites protecting users against cyber bullying?

The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights becomes a funded mandate, but will it be enough?

The pros and cons of cyber bullying laws

The "It Gets Better" campaign still going strong over year later

South Park,’ Cartoon Network, ‘Bully’ spotlights cyber bullying

Cyber bullying causes serious mental problems in victims

Fighting bullying on Facebook is about education, experts say

National station broadcasts complete coverage of cyber-bully trial

Racism and bullying: Partners in crime

Despite clear guidelines, NJ university strives to improve anti-bullying rules

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 01:33
Rutgers solar canopy project supporting environmental awareness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine Chien   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 18:35

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University started construction of a $40.8 million solar canopy project on its Livingston Campus back in September 2011.

This 32-acre project is being financed by Key Equipment Finance and KeyCorp and is being constructed by SunDurance Energy. Over 40,000 solar panels will be mounted on two large canopies that stretch across the Yellow/Green Lot and Lot 105 on Livingston Campus, located in Piscataway Township, N.J. The solar canopy project is looking to generate 9 million kWh in power upon completion.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:24
A silver lining in the magazine industry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jose' Rodriguez   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:44

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - It is well known that the magazine and newspaper industry has been on a steady decline since the Digital Age began, with multiple newspapers and magazines going bankrupt and shutting down completely. But it’s not all doom and gloom for magazines. Complex and New Jersey Monthly have proven that it’s very possible to be successful.

Complex, a bi-monthly magazine that targets the “male twenty-something-year-old,” has embraced the internet in order to become extraordinarily successful.

“You’d be shooting yourself in the foot if you don’t embrace it,” said Shannon Metzger, assistant to the managing editor at Complex.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:27
Change of president in France does not mean much for the US PDF Print E-mail
Written by Louis Haushalter   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 09:25

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- French voters elected Socialist François Hollande as their new president last weekend, but this should not significantly change France-U.S. relations, observers said.

Hollande, a 57-year-old lawmaker and a former mayor, took 51.7 percent of the vote in the presidential runoff Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported. He defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, who leaves power after a five-year term.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:52
Rutgers trustees thwart Gov. Christie’s merger plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacquelyn Gray   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 23:12

Though the board voted almost unanimously to block the merger, they are still open to negotiations

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – On May 4, the Rutgers Board of Trustees voted 32-4 to block Governor Chris Christie’s merger that would give Rutgers-Camden to Rowan University.

The merger would give parts of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rutgers. While this would result in a medical school being located in New Brunswick, it also entailed giving Rutgers-Camden to Rowan University.

Rutgers has a checks and balances in place that ensures that without the Board of Trustees’ approval, the merger deal cannot go on. With the Board of Trustees blocking the deal, the Board of Governors does not have the authority to let go of any of their assets, as Christie wished.

On Sept. 20, Gov. Christie released a video titled, “UMDNJ Merger Will Move Rutgers from Good to Great” on his official site regarding the possible merger.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:45
Buccaneers' draft Eric LeGrand as a 'symbolic gesture' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vanessa Balzano   
Monday, 07 May 2012 12:57

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Former Rutgers University Head Coach Greg Schiano called it a "symbolic gesture" but to Eric LeGrand, it’s a dream come true. On May 2, the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted LeGrand, the Rutgers football player who became paralyzed after being tackled in an October 2010 game, to “recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance.”

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 23:44
Springsteen’s 'Wrecking Ball' speaks to Americans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Kimmins   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:48

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- After four years of the worst economic downturn in America’s history, Bruce Springsteen has come back to inspire hope and inner strength with his new album “Wrecking Ball.” It is fair to say that Springsteen alternates his sound and reinvents himself with every new record. “Wrecking Ball” is no exception. Springsteen has turned towards a combination of rock and roll fused together with gospel and the end result is something that grabs the listener’s attention with the intent to listen all the way to the end.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:31
The Beastie Boys’ feminist influence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alyssa Roibal   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:57

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The music world is currently mourning the loss of Adam Yauch, otherwise known as MCA, of the New York hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, who died of cancer on Friday at the age of 47.

When most people think of the Beastie Boys, the first thing that springs to mind is the image of three young, rebellious kids who became famous in 1986 with the singles “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” and “The New Style,” which featured lyrics like: "We rag-tag girlies back at the hotel/Then we all switch places when I ring the bell.”

But the boys grew up, realized that their attitude had been wrong and began to speak up about it. In the 90s, the group became committed to progressive causes and philanthropy. This change included a newly found respect for women, the most explicit example being MCA’s famous like from “Sure Shot”: “I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/ The disrespect to women has got to be through/ To all the mothers and sisters and wives and friends/ I want to offer my love and respect to the end.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:29
Teenager takes Seventeen Magazine to task over airbrushed photos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hina Khaliq   
Monday, 07 May 2012 20:24

Eighth-grader Julia Bluhm sets the stage for open discourse between publishers of teen magazines and their targeted audience - but change is hardly around the corner.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- What started out as a few self-deprecating comments made at a ballet class quickly became the basis for an online petition sporting upwards of 50,000 signatures after 14-year-old Julia Bluhm decided to take a stand against Seventeen Magazine’s use of doctored images.

“To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means skinny and blemish-free,” says Bluhm in the petition, which was directed at the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Ann Shoket. “Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that ‘pretty’ girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.”

Bluhm, a Maine-based blogger with SPARK, decided to take Seventeen Magazine to task after drawing a connection between the publication’s unnatural portrayal of women and the poor self-image that many girls feel as a result.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:08
Study of newborns exposed with drug withdrawal triples over past decade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Chung   
Monday, 07 May 2012 16:52

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A study recently showed the number of babies born suffering from withdrawal symptoms stemming from mother’s use of prescription painkillers during pregnancy. This figure has more than tripled between 2000 and 2009, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study notes that one infant born every hour in the U.S. exhibits symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which accounts for 13,500 babies every year.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 16:54
Early spring weather is something to sneeze about for many PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helena Wittlich   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:51

Seasonal allergies make life harder for many, but treatment possibilities are out there

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- When the weather gets nicer in spring, many people start complaining about sneezing and itchy eyes.

They may suffer from hay fever, an allergic reaction to pollen from different kinds of trees. In the past 12 months, nearly 8 percent of the U.S. was diagnosed with hay fever.

“Since it got nice outside, a lot more people come in and look for help against their allergies,” said Karen Ricante, pharmacy manager at a New Brunswick, N.J. Walgreen’s.

Because hay fever is a seasonal allergy, patients suffer at different times of the year. Special calendars show which kind of pollen is in the air during each month. But “hay fever always starts with the warm and sunny weather,” Ricante said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 21:52
Jennifer Seibel Newsom delivers alarming documentary about images of women in media PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alyssa Roibal   
Monday, 30 April 2012 19:48

You can’t be what you can’t see: ‘Miss Representation’ discusses how American media is holding back its young girls

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The damage starts early.

“I remember in fifth grade, I was worried about my weight,” says Urenna, a California high school student. “Now I’m in ninth grade and I’m still worrying about my weight.”

“It’s all about the body, not about the brain,” says Ariella.

“I straighten my hair just so I can fit in,” says Alexis.

The last girl looks into the camera and asks, “When is it going to be enough?”

These are the girls we meet at the beginning of “Miss Representation”—a documentary, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, about girls’ body image, self-confidence and career aspirations, and how they are related to the portrayal of women in the media.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 21:58
Is diversity an advantage for Rutgers? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jose' Rodriguez   
Monday, 30 April 2012 14:41

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - U.S. News & World Report has named Rutgers University the most diverse university in the country, but students don’t see the benefits of it and neither do I. But that might be because Rutgers is such a melting pot for cultures.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 02:21
The new Rebecca Black? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacquelyn Gray   
Monday, 30 April 2012 12:54

YouTube fans find another viral video they love to hate

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A little more than a year after the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black gained notoriety, another YouTube video has gone viral that might make Black’s single look like a masterpiece.

The music video “Hot Problems” by Double Take was uploaded to YouTube on April 15. Double Take, which is made up of 17-year-olds Drew Garrett and Lauren Willy, are seen in the back of a limo singing about how being attractive doesn’t mean you’re problem free.

Just like Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” users have attacked not only the singing, but the content of the lyrics. The chorus of “Hot Problems” boasts: “Hot girls/ we have problems too/ we’re just like you/ except we’re hot”. YouTube comments have widely mocked the lyrics.  One user sarcastically commented, “Who came up with the incredibly sublime lyrics? Bob Dylan? Tom Waits?”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 22:01
Car vandalism plagues Plainfield residents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jose' Rodriguez   
Monday, 30 April 2012 14:48

PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- Cars have been broken into on a quiet street in Plainfield. N.J. various times throughout the year. To date, three cars have been broken into in Plainfield and four more on the same street in the neighboring North Plainfield.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 23:34
The rising army of the “Living Dolls” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine Chien   
Monday, 30 April 2012 21:44

Dolls were never supposed to be real, or were they?

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Perfect.  That is the one word to describe Barbie. The “ideal woman”, with flowing blonde hair, ample chest, narrow waist, long legs, shapely behind, and a pretty face. Pure, flawless plastic perfection.

Barbie is also just a doll. A doll that is worshipped and seen as a role model by little girls and even grown women all over the world.

Recently, 21-year-old Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova, swept through the media like a storm and instantaneously became an internet sensation. She only joined Facebook a little more than a week ago on Apr. 21, and already obtained 138,000 “likes”. Her blog is also wildly popular.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 01:46

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