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What I’m Thankful For

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 26, 2009 by tinydancer312

Thanks Rutgers for not screwing us over this year and just cancelling Wednesday classes. I still left at the same time that I probably would have on Wednesday, but it let me have an awesome Tuesday night with my Rutgers family. So thank you Rutgers, I’m thankful that you finally got something right.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Buses and Cars and Tickets… OH MY!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 18, 2009 by tinydancer312

 

So I got a parking ticket the other night for parking on campus without a permit.  It’s a long story, but wrapped up I had been told a month ago by a police officer that if I had a hangtag in the car I wouldn’t get ticketed. I took that information and had been hanging my friend’s tag in the car the 3 hours a week I have dance. Needless to say I wasn’t happy when I got the ticket, and have since appealed it. But what really got me angry was when I called the office the other day to ask why my financial hold had been removed. The man on the phone (who said he was the DIRECTOR) told me that it was because I was appealing and asked why I was appealing. I explained the story to him, calmly and politely, saying that I didn’t feel it was fair because I had been given wrong information. The following is pretty much how the conversation went:

director: Well, you don’t have a permit

me: Yes, but this is what I was told

director: You clearly didn’t get this information online. Wouldn’t you say it was your responsibility to get this information?

me: Like I said, a person, one of your police officers told me this.

director: You can never park anywhere on campus at any time without a permit. I see that you had a warning given to you?

me: Yes, it was on a Sunday, and I thought it was okay to park in a lot on the weekend because that’s been the rule for the last 3 years.

director: You can never park on campus…

me: A friend of mine’s father parked in a lot all weekend and didn’t receive a ticket.

director: It does not matter the system in which we ticket, when we ticket, or how we ticket, you can’t park on campus without a permit. How difficult is that to understand?

(at this point, I’m pretty mad. It only gets worse)

me: Um, okay…

director: You can just buy a parking permit.

me: Here’s the issue I have with that. I was told all summer that I could have a permit for whatever campus I wanted, and then at the end of the summer I was told that I wasn’t allowed to have one for College Ave.

director: Housing told you that, not us.

me: Actually, no. My parents went to a transportation meeting where they were told that I was only allowed on Livingston or Busch.

director: That is correct.

me: Well, I’m not going to pay $175 for a permit for a campus that I don’t have class on.

director: There are buses then.

me: As a female, I’m not very comfortable walking around Douglass at night by myself to a bus.

director: Most of the students feel comfortable so this is the system we have in place.

me: But I don’t.

director: Then you can pay for that privilege.

Needless to say I really despise the transportation department. I’m planning to appeal this ticket, and bring up how I was disrespectfully spoken to on the phone. And what makes it even better, the Targum had and article yesterday on the front cover discussing, that’s right you guessed it…. STUDENT SAFETY AT NIGHT ON CAMPUS, SPECIFICALLY DOUGLASS AND THE LACK OF LIGHTING.

Tanfastic Advertisement?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 27, 2009 by tinydancer312

Is Promoting Tanning Okay?

I was reading the Targum today during lunch, doing my usual flip through before pulling the puzzle pages out, when I came across an ad for a tanning salon. The tagline for the ad said “Ghostly White is a Frightful Sight” and then offered a bunch of coupons for tanning. Now, I am as pale as a ghost, and I’m okay with that because I know at 40 I won’t look like a old wrinkled leather sack. But what I find interesting is that a few months ago, a huge story broke revealing that it had finally been scientifically proven that tanning causes skin cancer (not like that was a completely shocking discovery) and the school is running ads for something that is proven to cause a disease that leads to death. I have to question then, is it ethical for the school to be running ads, that not only suggest that being pale is ugly, but promote a “hobby” that can ultimatley kill you?

I feel that the newspaper, while needs to run the ads to keep money, perhaps run some that aren’t that directed at suggesting that the natural look, not baked dark, is ugly. It is not the best ad to be running in a college newspaper, while there are still girls in school who are uncomfortable and aren’t completely confident in the way they look. If there is a female who is that insecure and reads this may feel that being tan will make them prettier, and then risk their own health. So I’m just suggesting, perhaps the Targum checks its ads out a little closer before they run them as a way to promote a healthier lifestyle for its student readers.

Gotta Recognize Good Work

Posted in rutgers student life with tags , , on October 8, 2009 by tinydancer312

While the hotel staff sucks and doesn’t really work with us to make our experience enjoyable, I have to take a minute to shout out and say what a good job the reslife staff is doing. Our RA’s are always walking around the hallways, stopping by our rooms just to chat and say hi, and really listen to any complaints we have about the way things are at the Crowne. They’ve been setting up all kinds of events for us students: movie nights, karaoke, info sessions… It’s clear that they want us to be happy. And you guys are doing a wonderful job in trying to make us forget the bad, have a good time, and make friends. So to the two RA’s I see on a regular basis, Joey and Naomi, thanks for being awesome. You guys make me less miserable staying here =)

*@!# The Internet

Posted in rutgers student life with tags , , on October 5, 2009 by tinydancer312

This is it everyone. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The residents of the Crowne Plaza are at war with the hotel. I left the hotel Thursday morning for a couple of days, and when I left, there was internet. I came back on Saturday. The internet was down. It had apparently been on and off that whole morning. It is now Monday afternoon. There is still no internet at the Crowne Plaza. I’m sitting in the College Ave computer lab doing all that I’ve needed to do for the past 3 days. Now, I’m sure it seems like a strange thing to go to war over, but let me explain to you why this is such a big deal. We received an email from the RA last week saying that the hotel and the University talked and that the hotel was going to work on getting faster internet by purchasing more bandwith or whatever it is that allows 500 students to use the internet at once. So instead of fixing it, it just doesn’t work at all.

 

What pushed me over the edge, though, was hearing about my friend’s encounter with the front desk staff. He went down to complain about the internet, and the woman apparently rudely said, “Well, don’t you have computers on campus?” Okay. First off, we don’t live on campus. I am not taking a bus or walking around campus late at night because I need to check my email. Second, we are paying more than the majority of students living on campus to live at the hotel. If they all have internet, there is no reason why my extra $500 can’t get me some internet. Thirdly, front desk staff, don’t get bitchy with us. We don’t want to be here anymore than you want us here. You had all summer to fix this problem and you didn’t. Now you’ve got to fix it. And you better, before we make our first attack…

City has their concerns… What about ours?

Posted in rutgers student life with tags , , on October 1, 2009 by tinydancer312
College Ave Soon Shut Down to Vehicles

College Ave Soon Shut Down to Vehicles

Today, the Targum had an article on the College Ave Greening. I was surprised to read that the city and McCormick don’t really have the same things to say about the progression of the project:

“It’s taking a little longer then we would have liked, but we are in a city, and they own the street, and they own the parking meters,” McCormick said. “They have responsibility for the flow of traffic and so you really need to cooperate with getting the answers they want.” 
But the city disagrees with this assessment of the status of the project.

“I would not say that is an accurate characterization of what is going on,” Bray said.

While I think that the University is full of shit by saying that they are being polite in presenting their plans to the city counsel, I’d like to know why this idea hasn’t been presented to the students. I have a few concerns about this greening project other than the parking meters, which rip me off every week when I drive to class anyway. If they close off College Ave to be just for pedestrians, what will that do for all those side streets that meet with College Ave and are full of students with cars? Also, what about the parking deck? It only has two entrances… College Ave and George Street. I don’t think the University has any real idea of how backed up George Street is going to become.

The buses too are going to be affected big time by this. I want to know if they are going to make more bus stops or is it going to be only one on George Street, making it even more impossible to get to class. The transportation department already gets enough complaints about the bus system to bury them alive in suggestions. Things are going to get extremely complicated for every student the minute College Ave shuts down. I hope that the University is ready, and that new students are going to be prepared for a whole new generation of RU Screws.

*Oh and a side note, it would have been nice if there had been a memo sent out that the F bus route changed and now goes on 18 and not George Street. Almost screwed me over today. Thanks RU.

Privacy Please

Posted in rutgers student life with tags , , on September 28, 2009 by tinydancer312

You know those signs you get at hotels, the “Privacy Please” or “Do Not Disturb”? I didn’t think it was necessary that they left them in the student rooms. Well, I was wrong. (Before you jump to conclusions, this has nothing to do with using those signs to be sexiled or anything like that). I was on the phone this morning with a friend from home, and we were discussing some rather private matters. I had my door open because  I was talking far enough in my room where no one could hear. However, at one point the phone conversation got rather heated, and I began to raise my voice, revealing some EXTREMELY personal, private, and painful information to my friend. While I was yelling, my roommate told me to go shut the door. I didn’t really see the need, for no one was in the hallway except for the cleaning lady vaccuming. When I went to shut the door, I saw that the cleaning lady had stopped what she was doing, and was standing outside my door listening to every. single. word I was saying on the phone.

 

I have had enough with the front desk already about the cleaning service so I have not addressed this, but seriously? It is beyond unprofessional and downright immoral to eavesdrop on someone, especially given the topic of conversation and the fact that she is an employee of the hotel where I live. It was a complete invasion of my personal privacy, especially since I was in my room. It would have been one thing if she had been walking by and heard a word or two. But she was just standing there, listening to everything. Listen up Crowne Plaza and Rutgers, if I ever feel that my privacy is at jeopardy, you will never hear the end of it. I wonder if I had that stupid “Privacy Please” sign on my door if she’d just kept vaccuming….

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