September 17, 2014 |
Rutgers University officials apologized profusely Monday for the unsportsmanlike conduct of their football fans who mocked the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-assault scandal during the school's weekend game against Big Ten rival Pennsylvania State University. In a one-page letter to Penn State president Eric J. Barron, Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi apologized for "offensive actions" of "a very small handful of our fans. " Photographs taken during Saturday's pregame tailgating outside High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J., showed Rutgers fans wearing shirts that read "Beat Ped State," a derogatory reference to the Sandusky case.
August 29, 2014 |
New Jersey's largest utility says the $8.1 billion it is spending over 10 years on transmission projects is powering more than the electrical grid - it's putting a lot of juice into the state's economy. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. released Wednesday a Rutgers University economic report it commissioned that estimates the utility's power-transmission projects are creating an average of 6,000 jobs a year over a decade. The 12-page report by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers was released at a rally at an electrical workers' union hall in North Brunswick that seemed aimed at building political and public support for more energy infrastructure projects.
August 20, 2014 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate on Monday confirmed the nomination of a Haddon Heights lawyer and ally of South Jersey Democrats to Rutgers University's main governing body. William M. Tambussi's appointment to the board of governors was part of the Democratic-controlled Senate's unanimous approval of a package of Gov. Christie's nominees for various state positions. Tambussi, 56, replaces former Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., also of Camden County. A higher-education restructuring act that passed in 2012 requires one of the governor's eight appointees to the 15-member board to be a Camden County resident.
July 18, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK - Tuition at Rutgers University will increase 2.2 percent for the "typical" undergraduate student this fall, the university's board of governors decided Wednesday. Base tuition in the university's most popular school - Arts and Sciences - will increase to $10,954 for the 2014-15 school year, up from $10,718. Mandatory fees will also rise. A full-time, in-state undergraduate in the School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick will pay $13,813 in tuition and fees next year; a similar student in Camden will pay $13,683.
July 12, 2014 |
A Rutgers University professor who has twice attempted to run for president of Iran says he is disappointed, but not angry or surprised, that the United States reportedly has monitored his e-mail. The online news outlet the Intercept reported Wednesday that e-mail addresses linked to Hooshang Amirahmadi, along with four other prominent Muslim Americans, appeared on a list of more than 7,000 monitored by the FBI and National Security Agency beginning between 2002 and 2008. It remains unclear whether monitoring continues.
June 23, 2014 |
Locked in a struggle to reshape Rutgers University, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney last week declared a de facto three-month cease-fire even as he seemed to issue an ultimatum. Sweeney on Thursday gave the university's two governing boards - of trustees and governors - 90 days to act on recommendations laid out in an internal Rutgers report. Failure to do so, he said, would prompt the Assembly to move forward with legislation, already passed by the Senate, that would increase the number of politically appointed members on the board of governors.
June 21, 2014 |
TRENTON - State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Thursday that he would give Rutgers University 90 days to change its governance structure, based on an internal university report, or he would move forward with controversial legislation to expand its governing board. If the board of governors and board of trustees do not act, Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said, he would deliver the legislation to the Assembly. "The proposition is simple: Rutgers has a chance to reform itself or the state will reform Rutgers," Sweeney said in a statement about an hour after the Senate passed the bill on a 22-13 vote.
June 17, 2014 |
As a girl growing up in Galloway Township, just outside Atlantic City, Cierra Kaler-Jones was wowed by the beauty pageant queens who visited her elementary school after they won. "All the little girls dreamed of being Miss America - you look at the crown, and the sash, and the glamor and think it's the end-all deal," she said. But as the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, the Rutgers University student said she now understands the role is much more. "It's about working for your community . . . and being intelligent and a mentor to others," she said in an interview Sunday, a day after she captured the title at the Ocean City Music Pier.
June 14, 2014 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers voted Thursday to amend Senate President Stephen Sweeney's proposal to expand Rutgers University's board of governors, a day after the Legislature's counsel warned that it might not withstand a court challenge. The board's chairman, Gerald C. Harvey, said that he initially viewed the amendments "as proactive" but that they continue to address a nonexistent problem. In the latest twist in Sweeney's continuing battle to reshape Rutgers' leadership, the senator told reporters that it was Harvey who recommended the changes.
June 13, 2014 |
A memo issued Wednesday questions the legality of a bill that New Jersey's Senate president has introduced to expand the number of political appointees to Rutgers University's main governing board. The bill "may be held to be an impairment of the 1956 legislative contract between Rutgers and the state, implicating the contract clause of the constitution," reads the memo, which lawmakers requested from the Office of Legislative Services. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)