Archive for August, 2013

Facts for Labor Day

Courtesy of the Census Bureau, we present Facts for Features: Labor Day 2013 which contains a multitude of links and categories dealing with the world of work in the United States. A previous blog entry offers additional sites.

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What is the “War Powers Resolution”?

Commonly called the War Powers Act, this legislation was passed by the Congress in 1973 over President Nixon’s veto. Its purpose is to curb the presidential ability to send American troops into hostile situations without first consulting with Congress. There is an inherent tension in the Constitution: Article 1, section 8 gives Congress the right to declare war and raise and support troops, while Article 2, section 2 defines the role of President as Commander in Chief.(For access to the original historical documents for these two articles, please consult the excellent Founders’ Constitution; lengthy explanations are contained in the CRS Annotated Constitution.) Further sites of importance include: War Powers (Law Library of Congress); War Powers Resolution: Presidential Compliance (CRS, A MUST READ); War Powers Act of 1973 (Times Topics); Congressional Hearings and Documents (HathiTrust); War Powers (Brookings); Balance of War Powers: The U.S. President and Congress (Council on Foreign Relations); War Powers of the Constitution in Historical Perspective (Parameters, 1980); Unconstitutional War: Strategic Risk in the Age of Congressional Abdication (Parameters, 2011); The Continuation of Politics by Other Means: The Original Understanding of War Powers (California Law Review, 1996 – a highly-cited article, it really is a 300+ page  monograph); and John Yoo’s War Powers: The Law Review and the World (California Law Review, 2012, a rebuttal of the previous piece). Update: please listen to this BBC report – Congress and the Commander in Chief; also, please read this CRS document – See Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications.

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2012 School Health Policies

The School Health Policies and Practices Study is a CDC survey conducted every six years; the last one was in 2012. An overview provides aggregate state and school district data on a variety of health policies: health education, physical education, mental health services, nutrition services, etc. Trends Over Time: 2000-2012 shows how various policies and mandates have been incorporated into school districts’ operations; i.e., the selling of “junk food” (2) or the establishment of violence prevention programs.(3) Much greater detail and data are available in the full report; each chapter ends with a bibliography. This should be required reading for school health nurses and administrators.

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Welcome to the 2013/2014 Academic Year

We at the Library extend best wishes and felicitations to both new and returning students. Please remember that we are here to help you, no matter what your information needs. The regular hours for the Library look like this: Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 10pm; Friday 7:30am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm . Changes to the schedule are here.

Here are some handy NJCU sites for you. When you need to contact a department or faculty member, use the university’s online campus directories. To purchase textbooks for your courses and to see if there are used cheaper copies or a rental option, access the bookstore. If you need to consult master course lists or catalogs, you may come to the Library or peruse the latest versions here. And let us not forget the Office of Campus Life. Since parking is at such a premiun around here, familiarize yourself with the parking rules and regulations. For those taking mass transportation, check this NJ Transit site. Cafeteria hours, menus, specials, etc are available at this Gourment Dining site. All students should read the NJCU Student Handbook – the Gothic Guide(2010 draft)  – and be familiar with NJCU’s Academic Integrity Policy, Copyright Policy and Related Guidelines, and its Responsible Use of Computing Resources; other student policies should also be consulted. Also, please peruse the award-winning Gothic Magazine, read The Gothic Times (your student newspaper) and keep up with the Gothic Knights sports teams at this official and informative site. Learn about NJCU through this informative historical timeline and visit the accolade-laden Jersey City Past and Present. Make the most of your time here

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Mom Was Right: Broccoli Is Good For You

Eating broccoli can possibly slow down osteoarthritis or prevent it altogether. That is the premise of experiments now being undertaken in England. It would appear that a strain of “super broccoli” contains a compound that when ingested is transformed into another compound that inhibits osteoarthritis. An abstract of the scientific article is available.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Presidential Taping of White House Conversations

For a period of over two years  President Nixon had the White House “bugged” to record conversations he had with various individuals. Many of these tapes are now available from the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. In addition, conversations about the Watergate trial can also be listened to and transcripts can be read as well. It must be remembered that President Nixon was not the only president to engage in this type of recording; this goes back to FDR. A great place to find more of these recordings is the Presidential Recordings Program from the Miller Center. At the moment, this resource gives access to full recordings and, in many instances, transcripts of press conferences from President Roosevelt to other tapes from President Nixon not included in the above releases.(These are under “Tapes & Audio Files” on the lefthand side of the page). Also, under “Transcripts” will be found hundreds of conversations from JFK, LBJ, and RMN. Updates are added on a regular basis. A good primary source for modern American history.

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For 2013/14, NJCU Still Charges the Lowest Tuition/Fees in the State

According to the chart that accompanies this Star Ledger article on tuition/fees in New Jersey charged by four-year colleges, NJCU once again is the bargain destination for an education. This reinforces the pattern of recent years in which NJCU has always charged the least for a bachelor’s degree.

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