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From helmet safety findings to the use of horse waste as a potential energy source, horse enthusiasts learned yesterday about the University’s Equine Science Center’s latest research. Karyn Malinowski, ESC director, said the center continues to focus on horse health and well-being, a mission its members have strived for since it began in 2001 on Cook campus. The center consists of four or five core faculty members as well as about 40 affiliated professors, she said.
The three richest people in the world now control more wealth than the 600 million people living in the world’s poorest countries combined. This unprecedented inequality is one of several factors pushing global health to the forefront of medicine today, said Francis Barchi, a senior fellow in the department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Barchi, wife of the University president, spoke to a group of about 200 people last night at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as a part of the Fourth Annual Global Health Fair.
News of University Athletics’ spot in the Big Ten conference last week caught many students by surprise — which is what University President Robert L. Barchi intended. He said he expected some commotion in response to Athletics leaving the Big East Conference after being a member for more than two decades.“I hope it was a surprise because we worked awfully hard to keep it quiet until the last minute,” Barchi said last night during a School of Engineering Governing Council Meeting.
About 30 New Brunswick residents and University students fought to make their votes count at the Middlesex County Board of Elections on Jersey Avenue last night after learning that many of the city’s provisional ballots would be thrown out because of errors in registration. Out of the 1,000 provisional votes originally cast for the election last Tuesday, about 400 were not approved, said Amy Braunstein, New Brunswick resident and supporter of the Vote Yes campaign. Members of the campaign challenged more than 350 of the rejected votes.
Minority voters are impacting the outcome of elections more than ever, some political analysts realized after looking at demographics from exit polls post-Election Day. President Barack Obama received a loss of 20 points from white supporters in this election, said Allison Kopicki, polling editor at The New York Times. White voters are becoming less influential than they have been in the past, she said. “Whites are a shrinking percentage of the electorate,” Kopicki, a University alumna, told a crowd of 20 people in the Civic Square Building yesterday.
New Brunswick’s municipal question surrounding the possible change to an elected Board of Education has been voted down by a slim margin, although absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted as of press time. The question asked whether New Brunswick should be changed from the current Type I school district, where board members are directly appointed by Mayor James Cahill, to a Type II district, which allows voters to choose the board.
Democrats Elizabeth Garlatti, Glen Fleming and John Anderson won seats on the New Brunswick City Council yesterday in an uncontested run. Incumbent Garlatti, who has been a member of the council since 2004, will serve her third term, while incumbent Fleming will continue after joining the council in June to fill the spot of resigned councilman Jimmie Cook, Jr. Newcomer Anderson, a lifelong city resident, is the principal of St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from St. Peter’s College and has worked in various schools across the state as a teacher.
Signs instructing New Brunswick residents to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a ballot question concerning New Brunswick public schools are the latest strategy local campaigns have employed around the city. The city of New Brunswick public question gives residents the option to choose between the current Type I school district system, in which Mayor James Cahill appointing Board of Education members, and a Type II school district system, which would allow voters to select the board members, said Charlie Kratovil, a member of the New Brunswick for Elected School Board Committee.
Hurricane Sandy originally left about 90 percent of New Brunswick in a blackout last week, but only 10 percent remain without power as of yesterday, according to Russell Marchetta, city spokesman.Police officers and firefighters worked 12-hour shifts throughout the week and invoked a mandatory evacuation for those living in the city’s high-risk flood zones starting Sunday near the Raritan River.
As Election Day approaches, candidates for New Brunswick City Council are looking for ways to solve some of the city’s most pressing issues concerning education and crime. Councilman Glenn J. Fleming, Councilwoman Elizabeth Garlatti and city resident John Anderson are running unopposed in the November election for the three open seats on the council, said Fleming, a lifelong New Brunswick resident and teacher at Hamilton West High School.
Nothing in the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal education opportunities for all — it is up to politicians on the state level to make decisions that will affect the molding of young minds. A professor from the Education Law Center explained how decreasing funding for public schools in New Jersey has created a disparity in education quality across the state yesterday at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Stan Karp told students the education funding debate has become polarized in recent years.
Philosophies of peace and nonviolence echoed during a lecture by Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson last night at the Rutgers Student Center.Arun Gandhi spoke to about 150 students about his time living with his grandfather and said the prominent figure taught him a philosophy that uses the anger in our daily lives to come up with nonviolent solutions to problems.
Geena Davis, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films including “Thelma and Louise,” spoke to a crowd of about 200 people last night on gender disparity in the media. The Institute for Women’s Leadership hosted the lecture to further communicate the goal of advancing women’s leadership in fields such as politics, the arts and the general workforce, said Alison R. Bernstein, director of the IWL.
Comedian Lewis Black will arrive in New Brunswick next week to debut his new play “One Slight Hitch,” which will open Tuesday at the George Street Playhouse.While students might know Black as a stand-up comic or actor from films like “Accepted,” Black said he originally began working as a playwright.“I spent a long time doing plays before I did stand-up,” he said.
Hispanic culture is the focus of a six-monthlong series hosted by the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge called “Latin Fusion: Jersey Style.” The series culminates with an exhibit featuring Latin and Latin-inspired artists from the area, beginning Sept. 13 through Sept. 21, said Brandon Powell, program coordinator at the Barron Arts Center.“The whole idea was not only showing Latin artists but also New Jersey artists [not of Hispanic Heritage] that were inspired by the Latin culture,” he said.
The outcome of the New Brunswick City Council is now more predictable after a party of independent candidates announced they were dropping out of the race, leaving the incumbents unopposed. The party, made up of local residents Charlie Kratovil, 26, Yolanda Baker, 42, and School of Arts and Sciences senior Jonathan Coloma, 22, made an announcement to drop out of the race Friday, the final deadline day. “It was a very difficult decision,” Kratovil said. “But I think we made the right decision.”
The outcome of the New Brunswick City Council is now more predictable after a party of independent candidates announced they were dropping out of the race, leaving the incumbents unopposed.The party, made up of local residents Charlie Kratovil, 26, Yolanda Baker, 42, and School of Arts and Sciences senior Jonathan Coloma, 22, made an announcement to drop out of the race Friday, the final deadline day.
As they close in on their 65th anniversary, the American Conference on Diversity hopes to continue educating local residents on the increasingly multicultural world around them.“Our organization is focused on empowering individuals to better understand diversity and broaden the definition of what diversity really means through different types of program services,” said Elizabeth Williams-Riley, president and CEO of American Conference on Diversity.
Students can go for a Starbucks run in the same place they purchase their textbooks now that the University’s new Barnes and Noble store is open.
The official campus bookstore relocated to a brand new building on 100 Somerset Street as part of the new Gateway Transit Village, leaving their former location at Ferren Mall.
The store, which has been three years in the making, is a product of a partnership between the University, Barnes and Noble and the New Brunswick Development Corporation, said Len Oser, store manager at the Barnes and Noble.
Coming out of a 26-yearlong career as the division chief of cultural affairs in Arlington, Va., Norma Kaplan has come to New Brunswick to fulfill the city’s hope of becoming a major cultural hub for New Jersey. Kaplan, now the executive director of the New Brunswick Cultural Center — made up of the Crossroads Theatre, the State Theatre and the George Street Playhouse — will apply her firsthand experience with the arts, which stretches beyond her work in Arlington.