page 10 The Signal March 22, 2017
Students should support Planned Parenthood By Katie Wertheimer and Ashley Van Riper Planned Parenthood celebrated 100 years of providing compassionate and accessible health care for its patients last October. Despite the lifesaving care Planned Parenthood provides, patients’ access to care is being threatened as it never has been before. Now is the time to learn about these issues and take action in our communities. Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of reproductive health care services. More than 90 percent of services are preventive family planning services, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, according to Planned Parenthood’s website. It is also proud to provide abortion services, ensuring that individuals have accurate information about all of their options. While the lifesaving effects of these health services are well-documented, Planned Parenthood remains threatened by anti-abortion legislation. Gov. Chris Christie eliminated funding for preventive family planning services from the New Jersey state budget in 2010, according to Planned Parenthood New Jersey’s website. Christie’s budget cuts had intense, realworld consequences for patients throughout New Jersey, with half of New Jersey counties experiencing increases in cases of bacterial STIs of nearly 50 percent or more between
Demonstrators show support for Planned Parenthood. 2009 and 2015, as well as significant increases in breast and cervical cancer rates statewide, according to Planned Parenthood’s website. Without the guarantee of state funding, now more than ever the federal push to defund Planned Parenthood would devastate patients’ access to care in New Jersey. At the federal level, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and limit access to
Planned Parenthood’s services would leave 14 million more people uninsured by 2018, reduce access to family planning services that prevent unwanted pregnancies and remove access to care for patients who live in lowincome areas or rely on Planned Parenthood as their sole health care provider. In the wake of such unprecedented threats to accessible health care, it is important to act
now. We both intern for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, which will host student activist training on April 1 to provide students across the state with the tools they need to advocate for reproductive rights. The Reproductive Health Summit: New Jersey Student Activist Training seeks to educate attendees on how to create effective change in response to current threats to reproductive rights and organize activist and grassroots mobilization in response to any social injustice. The student summit will feature a keynote speech by Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter, focusing on her experiences as a woman in New Jersey politics and the importance of student activism in creating effective change on a grassroots and statewide level. The event will also include workshops that cover how to lobby elected officials, create a campaign strategy to organize your community and communicate effectively about an issue through various mediums — social media, personal storytelling, letters to the editor, etc. The role of students in standing up for reproductive rights is crucial right now, but you can gain the necessary experience to stand with Planned Parenthood and ensure that their doors stay open at this summit. Anyone can attend the summit for free on April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. To register, go to bit.ly/ReproHealthSummit17.
Housing selection odds are one in a million
The housing selection process is stressful.
By Kristen Frolich Students all around campus recently endured the stress of the College’s housing lottery. They are constantly asking, “Who do I want to be roommates with? Where do I want to live on campus? Do I even want to live on campus?” I know that’s what I have been constantly asking myself. How can I make all of these decisions that impact my next academic year if I don’t even know what I’m going to eat for dinner tonight? I definitely know that I have fallen victim to the
housing lottery stress, as I have never had to pick where I was going to live until this year. My friends and I, however, have been discussing living together next year on campus during the first semester, so we were all excited when the assigned time slots came out on Feb. 27. I assumed that either myself or one of my friends would get an early time slot so we would be able to achieve a rising sophomore housing goal: living in Decker Hall. My friends and I have all heard that Decker is known as the social building for sophomores and is basically like living in the Towers for another year. Not only did we want Decker, but we wanted to be in a double-triple room — though there are only two per floor — since we are a group of five girls. Finally, Feb. 27 rolled around, and I was so excited to open my email. That excitement faded once I saw that I got a 3:30 p.m. time slot. Luckily, my roommate was scheduled for 11 a.m. and my friend received a 10:30 a.m. time slot. Consequently, we all were sure that we would get the double-triple, or at least a double-double, room in Decker. By the time my friend’s 10:30 a.m. time slot came, all double-triple and double-double rooms were taken. The only option that we had was to separate due to our time slots, causing my roommate and I to be in New Residence Hall, two of my friends in Cromwell Hall and another in Townhouses East. At the end of the whole housing process, I was amazed at how many rising sophomores desired to be in Decker since it is known as the most social residence building. Just because a residence hall is acclaimed
for being social does not mean the other buildings will not provide you with the same experience or that you will not meet new people. That is up to you. Although the housing lottery was not in favor of my friends and I, I’m confident that we will still make the most of our sophomore experience.
Decker houses sophomores in suite-style rooms.
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