Breaks from social media strengthen relationships

April 16, 2018 Clare McGreevy 0

On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, I sat outside of Traditions at a table with friends. The sun was out and the birds were chirping, but I suddenly realized I couldn’t hear any other sounds when I looked up in the middle of stalking my cousin’s boyfriend’s friend’s sister on Instagram. I became glaringly aware that each person around the table was also on their phone. […]

Course registration cause for concern

April 16, 2018 Deanna Amarosa 0

A week before my course enrollment time slot, I logged into PAWS to check on class selections for the fall semester and my heart immediately dropped — a core class for my public health major had no seats left in both sections. […]

Success often product of privilege

April 2, 2018 Emmy Liederman 1

During spring break of my junior year in high school, I happily accompanied my family on a vacation to Florida. Just one year later, I was admitted to the psych ward at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey. […]

Harassment reactions reveal double standard

March 27, 2018 Signal Contributor 0

Katy Perry, one of three judges on ABC’s “American Idol” reboot, has recently made headlines due to a property dispute with Californian nuns. This scandal overshadowed an instance of sexual misconduct on Perry’s part during the show’s pre-recorded auditions. […]

Students should feel welcome at gym

March 5, 2018 Signal Contributor 0

This semester, I became the person I never thought I would be — the person who actually goes to the gym almost every day. I have always been insecure about my body. I am fortunate to have never struggled with my weight, but I feel as though I am constantly defined by my lack of muscle and naturally-thin physique. I decided that I wanted to gain muscle mass with the help of one of my friends, a fitness enthusiast who exercises frequently. […]

Syrian refugees seek safety in the US

February 12, 2018 Signal Contributor 0

Before the end of his term as Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie told former President Barack Obama that the state would no longer accept any more refugees from Syria. Christie’s reasoning was that these refugees will bring “unacceptable peril” to New Jersey and U.S. citizens. But the dangerous people that many Americans fear will sneak into the U.S. are the same people these refugees are fleeing from. […]

SG should foster inclusion

February 12, 2018 Signal Contributor 0

On Jan. 24, Student Government debated and ultimately voted down a bill that would have amended our constitution to define a “smart casual” dress code — a step below business casual, and two steps below our unofficial, de facto, business professional dress code. The bill’s intention was to make SG more accessible to those who may not own or cannot afford professional wear. […]

Health isn’t always a choice

February 5, 2018 Signal Contributor 0

While discussing health inequalities in my epidemiology class, I was reminded of the times I’ve heard statements like, “being healthy is a choice,” “fat people choose to be fat” and “everyone has an equal opportunity to be healthy.” […]

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