March 9, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Embracing criticism about its selection, Rutgers University affirmed Friday that it will host former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the commencement speaker at its New Brunswick campus graduation in May. The university's board of governors approved Rice - and $35,000 compensation - at a Feb. 4 meeting. In the weeks since, criticism has emerged through opinions in the student newspaper, an online petition, and most recently, a resolution passed Feb. 27 by the campus' Faculty Council.
February 25, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK Rutgers University president Robert L. Barchi announced a plan a year ago to merge its two law schools, with the ambitious goal of having students this fall enter a unified program. Then came the basketball scandal, which caused personnel changes, including the Newark campus' law dean becoming the university's top lawyer. And then the Camden law school dean announced his coming departure to fill the newly created post of campus provost. At the same time, leadership shuffling at both campuses meant new chancellors would oversee the transition.
February 23, 2014 |
CAMDEN A new governing body for Rutgers-Camden, in its first meeting Friday, took a series of quick administrative actions, including appointing two members to a board that has eminent domain power in the city. Though it is still two gubernatorial appointments short, the board voted to fill positions on a joint panel with Rowan University that is expected to oversee the development of an "eds and meds" corridor in Camden. "The [Rutgers] board wanted to get started, Rutgers wanted to get started, I wanted to get started.
February 21, 2014 |
Penn State coach James Franklin continued to reap the benefits of his first "junior day" when running back Saquon Barkley of Whitehall, Pa., flipped his commitment from Rutgers to the Nittany Lions for the freshman class of 2015, Barkley confirmed Wednesday to several media outlets. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Barkley, a four-star recruit, is rated the No. 7 running back in Pennsylvania and No. 21 in the United States by 247Sports. He committed last September to Rutgers before rushing for 1,506 yards and 23 touchdowns in his junior season.
February 21, 2014 |
CAMDEN Wendell Pritchett, the outgoing chancellor of Rutgers-Camden, will join the University of Pennsylvania Law School on July 1, Penn announced Wednesday morning. He previously had said he planned to take a one-year sabbatical and turn to teaching full-time at Rutgers-Camden. Pritchett, 49, steps down as chancellor at the end of June. The new position will be familiar to him. Pritchett, who holds a Ph.D. degree in history from Penn, taught at the law school from 2001 to 2009. He was an associate dean between 2006 and 2008.
February 19, 2014 |
Rutgers University will try to entice New Jersey's best and brightest to stay in-state with a new undergraduate merit scholarship that president Robert L. Barchi announced Monday. The Henry Rutgers Merit Scholarship will be awarded to 100 undergraduates a year for each of the next four years in an attempt to reduce the flow of more than 30,000 students who leave the Garden State annually for college elsewhere. The scholarships will be available to freshmen entering in the fall of 2014.
February 15, 2014 |
As Rutgers University considered hiring a high-profile academic for its nationally prominent philosophy department, it was unaware he had been accused by a Northwestern University student of sexual harassment, a Rutgers spokesman said Thursday. The student, a female undergraduate majoring in journalism, filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Northwestern alleging "deliberate indifference and retaliation in handling her sexual assault complaint" against professor Peter Ludlow. Ludlow is not named in the suit, which accuses Northwestern of a Title IX violation as not providing "an educational environment free of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
February 10, 2014 |
I was halfway across the Ben Franklin Bridge when it struck me: Heading off to see a show in Camden in the middle of the second polar vortex assault wasn't the smartest idea, particularly as I had never been to the Stedman Gallery. Like many college galleries, it was at somewhat of a remove from visitor parking, but I got lucky. A metered parking space on Third Street, almost directly across from the pathway to the gallery, awaited. So did a provocative show of graphic novels and commix-inspired artworks that will immediately dispel winter doldrums.
February 7, 2014 |
As Rutgers begins play in the Big Ten this year, the Scarlet Knights have a 26-member recruiting class. But it's a player who won't be able to compete until 2015 who is among the most intriguing prospects. That's because quarterback Philip Nelson is the one player in this recruiting class with actual Big Ten experience. Nelson has transferred to Rutgers after playing two seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he made 16 starts and appeared in 19 games. In the two years he completed 169 of 338 passes for 2,179 yards, 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
February 6, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. Rutgers University's board of governors on Tuesday approved a five-year strategic plan that, among other things, outlines the mission of each of its three campuses. "Rutgers University-Camden excels at engaging its student body and the surrounding community," the plan reads, noting especially the campus' "educational and economic impact in South Jersey and Delaware Valley. " The 15-member board formally approved the plan Tuesday afternoon at a regularly scheduled meeting.