December 5, 2013 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Rutgers University continues to lag its peer institutions in areas such as selectivity of admissions, financial stability, and perceived prestige of academic programs, president Robert L. Barchi said Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting of the board of governors, the more powerful of the school's two governing boards, Barchi painted a complicated picture of the university's health in his "final update" on a strategic planning initiative launched a year ago. "This was a tough thing to do. It's always easier to talk about your strengths," Barchi said.
October 12, 2013 |
William Capella Jr., 89, of Mount Laurel, who retired in 1988 as a financial controller for the Army Communications Electronics Command at the former Fort Monmouth, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, of cancer at home. Born in Bristol Borough, Mr. Capella graduated from Bristol High School and served in the Navy during World War II as a signalman on Merchant Marine ships carrying supplies across the Atlantic to Europe. Mr. Capella "would stand next to the captain and relay the messages from other ships to the captain," his son, William A., said.
October 1, 2013 |
In recent years, neighbors of Camden County's Kirkwood Lake looked on with growing concern as the lake bed became shallower and shallower and virulent vegetation took over large parts of the water's surface. To many residents, dredging the lake seemed the answer, but that was not to be. The county-owned lake, bordered by Voorhees and Lindenwold, is part of a federal Superfund site cluster - several miles of land and waterways allegedly contaminated by former paint manufacturers that operated in the area from the mid-1800s to the late 1970s.
September 16, 2013 |
Giuffre M. Hollingsworth, 50, of Cherry Hill, assistant general counsel for the Delaware River Port Authority in Camden since 2001, died of liver failure Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. The DRPA owns and operates the four toll bridges that cross the Delaware River - the Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Commodore Barry, and Walt Whitman - as well as the PATCO rail line. Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Hollingsworth graduated from Oak Crest High School in Mays Landing in 1981 and earned a bachelor's in finance at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University in 1985.
September 12, 2013 |
Wendell E. Pritchett, who as chancellor of Rutgers-Camden led the campus through the turmoil of a proposed merger with Rowan University, announced Tuesday that he would leave the high-profile administrative position in June and focus on teaching. Pritchett, who also serves as a member of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission, said he had long expected that his tenure as chancellor would last five or six years, on par with chancellors at other public universities. This past spring, he said, he began to seriously consider stepping down as the leader of the 6,800-student campus.
September 5, 2013 |
NEW BRUNSWICK - As Rutgers University students shuffled past to the first classes of the semester, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono stood at the heart of the state university's central campus Tuesday to offer a broad plan for making education more expansive and affordable. For K-12 schools, Buono promised to fully fund districts through the long-ignored state formula, give all children full-day kindergarten, restore cuts to before- and after-school programs, expand access to preschool, and spend more to fix dilapidated schools.
August 30, 2013 |
Rutgers University should have gone further in improving the transparency and cost-effectiveness of its processes for establishing public contracts for goods and services, New Jersey's watchdog agency said in a report released Wednesday following up on a 2011 audit. "It's really about fundamental fairness and transparency and cost savings for taxpayers," said Comptroller A. Matthew Boxer, whose office produced the report. ". . . So their review looked to whether the practices and procedures that are in place when it comes to spending these taxpayer funds are the kinds of procedures that taxpayers would be comfortable with.
August 29, 2013 |
CAMDEN may be one of the poorest cities in the country, but it had Frank Fulbrook. Frank, always described in news accounts as a "city activist," had a way of keeping politicians and government officials on their toes and on their guard in some 30 years as a Camden gadfly. He was a familiar sight in the streets of the forsaken city, usually dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans with a straggly beard and hippie hair, wire-rimmed glasses low on his nose, and usually carrying a sheaf of papers pertaining to his latest legal battle.
August 20, 2013 |
Carmine Paul Bianchi, 86, of Boothwyn, a professor of pharmacology in Philadelphia for many years, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, of a digestive ailment at Taylor Hospice House in Ridley Park. Born in Newark, N.J., and raised in Maplewood, Dr. Bianchi served as an Army surgical technician in Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix from 1945 to 1947. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Columbia University in 1950, a master's in physiology and biochemistry from Rutgers University in 1953, and a doctorate in physiology and physical chemistry in 1956 from Rutgers.