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National Coming Out Day- Come out against Bullying and Homophobia

I didn’t know until today that Ed was once the Residence Counselor at Davidson, the dorm Tyler Clementi lived in. A few years earlier, and it might have been Ed that Tyler came to for help. Breaks my heart. – promoted by Rosi

As you may know, Monday October 11 is National Coming Out Day.  The annual day encourages young people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning to feel comfortable being open about who they are.  Sadly, we know all too well that for many, coming out isn’t easy or safe.  Last week, the senseless death of Tyler Clementi was an unfortunate reminder that too many GLBTQ young people do not feel safe or welcome in this world.  It breaks my heart that he was made to feel unwelcome at Rutgers, my own alma mater.  It has been heartening to see the gay and straight communities come together in the wake of Tyler’s suicide to condemn the bullying and violence that makes our young people feel alone and unsafe.  But we must continue working together to ensure that the coming out process for our young people is more accepting.  Thousands of teens and young adults like Tyler face bullying and violence every day simply because of who they are.  This has to end.

Teenagers are dying because they are gay.  Tyler was not the only life lost this month because of gay related bullying or violence. This is unacceptable.  

National Coming Out Day is a call to arms for both the gay and straight communities.  We must commit to making the world safe for all of our children.  We have to make sure that children and young adults grow up knowing that they are loved and welcome for who they are.  And we must repudiate intolerance from the start, so that more children grow up knowing that homophobia, hatred and bullying are unacceptable.  As Harvey Milk once said, “all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”  Milk said this over thirty years ago, but the sentiment is timeless, and we are clearly not there yet.  We still have work to do make this a reality.

Earlier this week, I filmed a video for Dan Savage’s “It gets better” project.  I’d like to share it with you:  

We all have to work together to ensure that for those who are preparing to come out and those who are already out, it WILL get better.

“Glory Days Glory Days”

“The problem was not that Americans lived beyond their means but that their means had not kept up with what the larger economy could and should have been able to provide. The American economy had been growing briskly … but a larger portion of the economy’s winnings had gone to people at the top…. The central challenge is to rebalance the American economy so that its benefits are shared more widely.” –  Robert Reich: AFTERSHOCK (Alfred A. Knopf – 2010)

Brescia:The Cost of Inequality substantiates this lack of balance. Inequality in NJ can be viewed in terms of 1) our poverty rate: 8.7%; 2) differences in our median household income: Whites: $47,036, Black: $29,293 and Latino: $35,744; and 3) the difference between the median income of the three above groups and the State median income of $64,470, suggesting a number of individuals with a disproportionately high income. In comparison with other states NJ fares worse, but not significantly so because these disparities have become widespread throughout the U.S.

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Rutgers ranked 6th best return on investment

Some good news about the State University of New Jersey, which hasn’t exactly generated the headlines they may have wanted in recent weeks.  From the Star Ledger:

Rutgers University is near the top of a survey that ranks colleges on their return on investment.

The survey in the January issue of SmartMoney magazine looks at what graduates earned three and 15 years after leaving school, then compared it to what they paid in tuition.

Rutgers ranked sixth, ahead of Ivy League schools like Princeton and Harvard.

The magazine provided some background for their scoring:

In a new twist on traditional college rankings, SmartMoney took a crack at quantifying the long-term value of a college education. Our goal was to spotlight the relationship between tuition costs and graduates’ earning power. Working with consultant PayScale.com, which recently published a groundbreaking survey on alumni salaries, we first looked at what graduates from 50 of the most expensive four-year colleges earn in their early and midcareers. Then we factored in their up-front tuition and fees. The result? A unique “payback” ratio for each school.

The current cost of Rutgers in-state tuition to live on Campus including room and board is now $21,504 per year.   For out of state students, it’s going to cost them $31,718.   Here’s what the survey said about the return on that investment:

The survey found the median salary for Rutgers graduates was about $50,000 three years after graduation and about $92,000 after 15 years.

Three years out of college, I was a drag on that number and that’s when it cost less to go there.   A word of caution for the University, being a good return on your investment still doesn’t mean people can afford you.   As costs rise, grants dry up and loans become harder to get, this great opportunity for a return on their investment becomes that much harder to reach.

Scarlet Knights and Red Faces

If the Rutgers University alumni in your neighborhood seem to be standing a little taller and walking with a bit more swagger than usual this weekend, it’s probably because the university’s big-time football team has scored a big-time honor: coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Mike Teel are sharing the “Goofball of the Week” laurels, bestowed by Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News. Let him paint you a word picture:


Schiano is at least half a goofball for spurning Michigan to stay in New Jersey, where the Scarlet Knights are 0-3 and falling apart. Teel gets a well-earned share because he threw a late interception, then threw a punch at a teammate after Rutgers’ 23-21 loss to Navy. Schiano declined to suspend Teel for the incident. Rutgers’ opponents probably appreciate that.

As an alumnus reading this news, I felt the impulse to celebrate by peeling off a few Benjamins and flushing them down the toilet, just to keep in the spirit of the whole big-time football thing at my alma mater. Then good sense kicked in. When I’m in the presence of experts, my instinct is to step back and let them show everybody how it’s done, and when it comes to squandering cash, these guys have attained a state of Zen-like perfection. And to think that they do it while wearing uniforms with misspelled names? Sheer artistry! The great ones always make it look easy! All I can say is: Keep chopping!  (Bird-dogged by Rutgers 1000.)

Cross posted at The Opinion Mill.

Rutgers U. Commemorates 4ooo Souls

Education is only meaningful if it translates into action. These are our peers that are dying in this war. Just recently, 91 Rutgers Newark students were recalled to active duty from reservist status in the National Guard.  They will be in our thoughts on March 27th.  —-Hoda Mitwally, Rutgers U.

How will you remember the sad milestone of 4ooo American souls lost in Iraq? Or the conflict’s recent 5 year anniversary?

The Rutgers University community has an event planned this Thursday:

Timed to coincide with the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and the announcement of the 4,000th soldier killed in Iraq, the Rutgers Anti-War Walkout will begin at 1:23pm on March 27th with a rally at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on Voorhees Mall, on the College Avenue Campus.

According to Walkout Coalition organizer Sumia Ibrahim,  last year’s walkout was a far cry from years past when most Americans still took a dim view of anti-war activism:

“Last year hundreds of students marched into the heart of New Brunswick and received enthusiastic support from members of the community. As we walked along George Street, people were cheering, waving, flashing peace signs, and joining in.”

According to one Rutgers University student, it’s easy to understand the transformation of an American public whose support for Iraq has waned since the war’s first anniversary.  

Student organizer Timothy Horras tells Blue Jersey, “American people were lied to.  And we expect one of the largest actions in the country on Thursday.”

Either milestone — 5 years, 4ooo lost souls — would be sad enough in its own right. But to have them coincide like this makes it especially painful.   And thanks to the Student organizers at Rutgers, folks in Central Jersey have a powerful way to register their discontent. (Details below the fold)

So what’s going on in your community to mark the occasion?

Two Racial Visions at Rutgers

The current issue of Columbia Magazine spotlights William Neal Brown, who while a professor of social work at Rutgers University found himself called upon to debate Malcolm X in the fall of 1961 on the issue of racial integration versus separation. The whole article is worth your time, for its local and national interest, its dual portraits of two extraordinary men, and its picture of a time and an argument that aren’t all that far from the present.

The debate took place in November 1961 on the Newark campus of Rutgers University, in the heart of a rigidly segregated city that was only a few years away from exploding. Malcolm X was at the peak of his stature within the separatist Nation of Islam movement: over the next four years he would have a very public and acrimonious parting of the ways with the Nation and its leader Elijah Muhammad, convert to traditional Islam and begin reaching out to the civil rights leaders he had previously scorned as “Uncle Toms ” and “professional Negroes.” When Malcolm X was shot down in 1965, one man convicted in the crime and two others who were implicated but never arrested had links to Temple Number 25 in Newark, the very NOI mosque that the Newark debate helped establish.

Rutgers University: The Hands Down Winner

Cross-Posted from ShapTalk.com:

The racially and sexually inappropriate remarks made by shock jock Don Imus created a storm of protest last week that ended with both NBC and CBS firing the long-time provocateur.  During a recent broadcast, Imus had taken aim at the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, which had recently faced Tennessee for the national championship and had won acclaim for its grit and determination.  Rather than applauding the efforts of the women’s team that had rebounded from adversity all year, Imus referred to them as “nappy-haired hos.”  The firestorm that erupted caused Imus to apologize on numerous occasions and agree to meet with the team and extend an apology first-hand.  However, with protests occurring on college campuses, outrage mounting in the African American community, and advertisers pulling their ads from his show, Imus was fired.  The big loser in this saga was Don Imus, a member of the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame and a radio personality who earned approximately $10 million per year.  The hands down winner was Rutgers University.

Monday News Roundup

  • I hate to be a downer on this, the first day of a new week, but the war rages in Iraq and many of our neighbors here in the Garden State continue to pay a heavy price.  A very heavy price indeed.
  • Congressman Rush Holt continues to press for answers to the  deadly Anthrax attacks from 2001?  You’re forgiven if your recollection is a bit fuzzy, it has been 6 years afterall.
  • Governor Corzine is under some question for some gifts he gave to his ex-ladyfriend, who happens to be a Union leader.  While I have never had a girlfriend myself,  I kinda thought the whole point was to do nice stuff for one another?
  • Here’s the lastest on the toll roads debate.  It sounds very Christie Whitman-esque to me.
  • Did you know the woman who discovered the G-spot has a south Jersey connection?
  • We all cheered the success of our beloved Scarlet Knights on the gridiron last year, but as Rutgers U continues to cut sports, some of the best student athletes are looking out of state for colleges.
  • The state legislators are working to make the cellular phone industry a bit more consumer friendly.  They must have seen my last bill!
  • The economic forecast for South Jersey looks bright, with  tourism, businesses and hospitals in the region poised to capitalized on a rebounding economy.
  • I am still buzzing from last night’s Garden State Equality gay-la.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep, so if I missed a news nugget out there somewhere, lay it on us in the comment section.

  • Rutgers Pigskin Glory, a mild polemic

    This year’s erstwhile undedeated football record comes on the heels of Rutgers U eliminating their tennis and swim/dive programs.

    Without getting into the whole debate about which programs deserve to stay or go (and how much the coaches deserve….or not) I can say this much: tennis and swim programs tend to attract good student/athletes who graduate.

    Not sure what kind of talent pool RU expects to pick from after their latest athletic reshufflings.  But nixing sports like tennis and swimming sure rule out a lot of bright, athletic New Jersey highschool seniors who would prefer to pay in-state tuition as they head off to college.

    There is no doubt that this year’s gridiron success has been thrilling to watch, but we should be mindful of what RU is giving up in its relentless persuit of football glory and dollars.