On Elections

“It’s not about what the MSA can do for me; it’s about what I can do for the MSA.” These were a few of the first words I recall hearing during the first RU-MSA elections I attended my freshman year, and ever since, they’ve powerfully shaped my understanding of MSA. To many of you, MSA…

Helpless Love

A mother’s love is strong Yet powerless at best Quenches the thirst for so long But has no water for the rest A dreadful inquisition Who lives and who dies A mother’s impossible decision Of tending to which child’s cries The prayer is always the same Only a different body to discern “From God they…

This is Our MSA

It’s that time of year again–tonight is the MSA shura election. Why should or shouldn’t you accept this position? An anonymous shura/specialty member has speaks up… Salam everybody, I’ve been meaning to post about this but I haven’t had the time till now. Why are our Elections so important? RUMSA is such an amazing and beautiful…

Standing Against Islamophobia at Rutgers

A week ago, it was revealed that the director of Rutgers Hillel, Andrew Getraer, tweeted and retweeted hateful messages about Muslims and Palestinians on his public Twitter account and in direct messages. Among the messages revealed in an article on AlterNet.org, Gertraer supported the false notion that Palestine did not exist before 1967 and wrote…

Palestine, Too, Is Worth Its Song

When we think of the Civil Rights Movement, what comes to mind? We think of the achievements and the victories, the marches and the protests, the struggles that eventually paid dividends. But the struggle for racial equality in this country wasn’t always in motion—there were bleak times, desperate times, where the injustices seemed insurmountable. For…

Why Not to be on the MSA Shura: A Message from an Ex-Shura Member

by Shan Ali So it’s that time of year again. Somehow an entire year passed us by, preparations for final papers and exams already began (or maybe not) and MSA elections are just around the corner—this Thursday to be exact. Many may wonder, “So what? Do elections even matter?” Let’s take a step back before…

The Nature of Politics

This semester, I’m taking a class called Nature of Politics. We discuss people’s definitions of politics from Aristotle to Adam Smith. Aristotle thinks the point of politics is to achieve the good life, and to achieve it you need virtuous statesmen. You also need to have good citizens and good men who are virtuous and…