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A class continued a 38-year-old University tradition this Saturday by bringing a little bit of Bulgarian culture to New Brunswick at the N.J. Folk Festival. Held on the Wood Lawn in front of the Eagleton Institute of Politics on Douglass campus, the festival brought in around 10,000 to 15,000 attendees — including Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, said School of Arts and Sciences senior Matt Hueston, an event coordinator.
Dharun Ravi used a friend’s computer to spy on Tyler Clementi, Ravi’s gay roommate, said the friend, who testified yesterday afternoon in the Middlesex County Courtroom. Ojha, who lived at Davidson Hall on Busch campus with Ravi and Clementi, said Ravi asked him if he could use his computer for something, though he was not given an exact reason. Ojha, now a sophomore at the University, said he saw Ravi around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2010 in the student lounge of Davidson C on Busch campus.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., holds a commanding early lead over State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, R-13., a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll found. Forty-four percent of registered voters said they supported Menendez, while only 22 percent said they would vote for Kyrillos, according to the poll. What the poll also found was that few voters had even heard of Kyrillos. Eighty percent of voters are indifferent toward the Republican candidate — 50 percent have no opinion and 30 percent are unsure about him.
James Simpson, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of
Transportation, announced Wednesday a number of new safety
regulations intended to reduce accidental deaths along the state’s
railroad tracks.The initiatives will build on already existing safety programs and
follow the findings of a Safety Along Railroads Leadership
Sustainability and clean energy sources were the focus of the
first collaborative meeting last night between five of the
University’s environmental organizations. The groups’ leaders
discussed future projects and initiatives they could organize to
keep the campus green at the Douglass Campus Center. “I want us to
work together, helping each other, just making Rutgers a beautiful
place to live — that is all I want us to do,” said Christopher
Licitra, the undergraduate representative for the Rutgers Energy
Institute, which sponsored the event.
In his fourth “State of the Union” address, President Barack
Obama called for a revival of the nation’s manufacturing sector and
the closing of many tax loopholes responsible for losses of
revenue. Obama focused largely on the economic situation of the
United States and its need to bring business back to its coasts. He
also introduced the Trade Enforcement Unit, which will investigate
unfair trade practices in countries like China. “Tonight, I want to
speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an
economy that’s built to last — an economy built on American
manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers
I can’t say I feel safe riding my bike around New Brunswick. I
don’t feel safe locking it up most places around campus, having one
bike stolen already. But what makes me write this column is the
ordinance the New Brunswick City Council passed on Wednesday. It
prohibits riders 12 years or older from riding on the sidewalk and
requires them to have a bell and lights on their bikes.
Presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s early
wins at the Iowa and New Hampshire Republican caucuses show that
most voters consider a candidate’s electability over their
principles. His lead has extended to 20 delegates, leaving
candidates Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas,
behind at 12 and three, respectively. Newt Gingrich, former speaker
of the House of Representatives, has none.
Keeping a 94-year-old tradition at Douglass Residential College
alive, Douglass students, their families and alumni last night
celebrated the lighting of the Yule Log. The ceremony held at
Voorhees Chapel on Douglass campus showed how it has changed over
the years as the Voorhees Choir, accompanied by the chapel’s organ,
performed several pieces ranging from “Siyahamba,” a South African
hymn, to “O Holy Night.” They sang as DRC students slowly lit the
candles at the end of each pew.
The Rutgers University Student Assembly discussed monetary
matters for the upcoming semester during its final meeting of the
calendar year. Looking to increase the salaries of the University’s
unionized workforce, RUSA passed a resolution last night at the
Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus to bring the
issue to the Dec. 14 Board of Governors meeting. “Two thousand
non-unionized workers are getting raises, and unionized workers
will get nothing,” said Francine Glaser, Douglass Governing Council
On the 22nd anniversary of the massacre of 14 young women at the
École Polytechnique in Montreal, about 60 people screamed in unison
last night against gender violence. The Students Challenging
Reality and Educating Against Myths (SCREAM) program organized the
event, which took place in front of Brower Commons on the College
Avenue campus and included a reading of a poem by Abena Busia,
chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Sticking to their parties’ lines, the Rutgers University College
Republicans and Rutgers University Democrats discussed national and
state issues last night at the Rutgers Student Center on the
College Avenue campus. Members of the University chapters of the
two major political parties disagreed on the issues of job
creation, health care and the upcoming presidential election in a
mildly tempered debate.
There is something strange about Reuters reporting on a story
involving CNN, but that’s what I read last week. CNN cut about 50
employees at the beginning of November deemed replaceable by
“technological advances.” The British Journal of Photography picked
up the story yesterday, citing that “a dozen” photojournalists were
part of the firings. Cuts were quietly made in Miami, Washington,
D.C., New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, according to Reuters.
Members of the University Concrete Canoe team engineered the
final version of a concrete mix that will be used to build a canoe
last night at the Civil Engineering Lab on Busch campus. The team,
part of the University chapter of the American Society of Civil
Engineers, applied academic knowledge to practical design as they
began planning their own canoe in September for the 25th annual
University officials are still discussing the future of the
grease trucks and plans to send out a survey to students in an
attempt to hear the consumers’ side in the upcoming weeks. But some
have already made up their minds. “I’m kind of upset that they are
trying to get them off,” said Alex Bugowski, a School of Arts and
Sciences senior. “They’ve been around for so long that they are a
Rutgers tradition now, and they should be here.”
Almost four decades after the Watergate scandal, which brought
an end to President Richard Nixon’s administration and marked the
height of investigative journalism, John Dean thinks there are
still lessons to be learned. Dean, a former counsel of Nixon and a
central figure in the Watergate case, lectured last night at the
Douglass Campus Center on ethics, law and government, connecting
the scandal to contemporary issues.
With the gender neutral housing program reaching two-and-a-half
months at the University, Residence Life officials say the program
is off to a good start. Despite low participation numbers, the
program has not experienced any glitches in its first semester. The
administration has decided to leave it untouched until fall 2012 —
and possibly expand it to more campuses — when more residence halls
could be offered.
Eighteen acts from all over the University, ranging from comedy
to dance, performed for charity last night at the State Theatre
during “Pehchaan: Dare to Define,” hosted by the Association of
Indians at Rutgers. The organization chose Pratham, a
non-governmental charity founded by UNICEF, which provides
education to children in the slums of Mumbai, India as their focus
charity of the evening, said Dhara Shah, president of AIR.
Occupy Wall Street crossed the Raritan into New Brunswick last
night in their march from Liberty Square in New York City to
Washington, D.C. Led by a few loudspeakers and American flags, more
than 50 people marched down Albany Street, some of whom were
University students who joined the movement as it entered the city.
“Whose streets? Our streets,” the crowd shouted as it blocked
traffic on Albany Street and George Street.
EDISON — All three District 17 Democrats celebrated victories
over their Republican challengers at a late night Middlesex County
Democratic Organization event. Sen. Bob Smith alongside Assemblymen
Upendra Chivukula and Joseph Egan — all incumbents — won back their
seats yesterday in the N.J. Legislature. Early poll results for all
three showed them as leaders and nothing changed as official
numbers were released.