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Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series on the Livingston solar projects. Part one of the story ran in the Dec. 9 print edition. In addition to the success of the project as described in Part 1 of this series, the Livingston Campus Solar Energy Projects can also be described as having involved a relatively fair contract awards process.
Rutgers’ efforts to save money on energy bills and avoid harming the environment through renewable energy sources can be described as fairly successful, at least when it comes to the installation of two solar power projects on Livingston Campus. Even though the University completed the solar projects behind schedule, they had no cost overruns and are achieving the electricity cost savings goals Rutgers set for them.
Richard Ravitch, the former head of New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, discussed his experience managing the MTA during a guest lecture yesterday at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. Ravitch’s lecture, titled “The Tragedy of Transportation: Underfunding our Future,” began with the story of how he took charge of the MTA.
Rutgers faculty discussed how climate change is expected to affect how society lives in a series of presentations yesterday at the Cook Campus center. The Rutgers Climate Institute sponsored the series, titled “Bridging the Climate Divide: Informing The Response to Hurricane Sandy and the Implications for Future Vulnerability,” said Marjorie Kaplan, associate director of the institute.
Oregon’s first and only female governor, Barbara Roberts, gave a talk on her book “Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship” at the Wood Lawn Mansion on Douglass Campus yesterday evening. The event was hosted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Center for American Women and Politics.
Professor Richard Tomlinson discussed how the “best practice” approach to public policy raises issues yesterday at his lecture “The Prescriptive Character of Best Practice Knowledge Products: A Slum Upgrading Case Study.”
A panel of University students shared stories of violence against women on Douglass campus yesterday as a part of the “Feminist Leadership: Transforming Boundaries at the Center For Women’s Global Leadership.” Along with hearing the panel’s stories, students participated in interactive events and learned about feminist leadership.
As a part of the University’s Tent State Program, students and community activists learned about the power of social movements to change electoral politics from guest speaker Frances Fox Piven, who is widely known for her efforts in pressuring Congress to make voter registration easier in the 1980s.
University graduate art students and faculty, together with the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum staff, celebrated the debut of their first online publication yesterday, titled “Not About Face: Identity and Representation, Past and Present.” Donna Gustafson, the Andrew W. Mellon liaison for academic programs and the Zimmerli Art Museum Curator, said the e-book was complied by graduate art students.
University faculty from various academic disciplines displayed their latest work at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus yesterday as a part of the opening event of a month-long exhibition. The published works cover a wide range of subjects such as education, social movements, history and historical fiction. Fernanda Perrone, the University library’s archivist and curator, said the books published for this exhibition will be on display for approximately one month.
Women’s rights activists presented a new perspective on struggles women face in Africa yesterday during the Center for Women’s Global Leadership’s “Talking Back and Creating Change.” The event, which was held at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building’s conference room on Douglass Campus, hosted three female human rights defenders who spoke about their various personal experiences in dealing with the issue of women’s rights issues in Africa.
University community members had the chance to voice their questions, thoughts and concerns about the University’s transportation system yesterday at its annual forum. The forum, which took place in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus, covered issues such as parking, biking and bus routes. Jack Molenaar, the director of the Department of Transportation Services, said this year’s forum was the most successful because of its location in the Rutgers Student Center’s atrium, where many students congregate.
University students learned how to conduct themselves during intimidating business dinners at last night’s “Dining Etiquette.” Tina Knight, a career management specialist for Career Services, said the event helped teach students how to use proper etiquette while conducting business meetings in a dining setting. Proper etiquette is necessary for those who wish to advance themselves in the business world, said Douglass Ricci, a University career management specialist. “Proper dining and business etiquette is important for potential employers,” Ricci said. “That is because they want to know whether or not they have the proper skills to entertain their customers and clients in social settings.”
The various University governing councils plan to launch diverse initiatives this year, like hosting beauty pageants, social gatherings and professional development activities. The governing councils include the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing Council, the Pharmacy Governing Council, the Engineering Governing Council and the Rutgers Business Governing Association, among others.
In a state with more than its share of toxic waste sites, the question of where to put them is never an easy one. But according to a University professor, the list of things people do not want in their backyards includes public building projects. University graduate students and professors gathered Wednesday night on the College Avenue campus for a lecture about research surrounding controversial building projects called locally unwanted land use, or LULUs.
Even though the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 71 years ago today with fighter planes and submarines, its impact is still felt within the University community.
Lt. Col. Samuel Welch, the University Army ROTC Battalion’s Commander, said Pearl Harbor affects him personally because after the attack, his grandfather served as an officer in the Navy, where he installed radar systems on ships and eventually became a lieutenant commander.
Despite last week’s hurricane throwing off rehearsals for the Association of Indians at Rutgers’ 54th annual AIR show, board members decided the show must go on tonight at the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick. Morli Gandhi, president of the association, said this year’s preparations for the show were especially stressful because Hurricane Sandy pushed back practices to this week. The program usually includes a skit, which is the main event, dances and other artistic performances, said Mohitha Sripathi, program manager for AIR.
Though he teaches computer science at the University, Sesh Venugopal said his childhood passion for creative writing led him to write “The Blind Spot,” a fiction book about family struggles and finding one’s identity.Venugopal said the book walks readers through the lives of Sam, Krishna, Nancy and Carl, whose lives are met with sabotage, revenge and resentment.
Members of the Rutgers Cricket Club look forward to starting the season this weekend at the Northeast Regional Cricket Tournament in Brooklyn.The tournament, which starts Saturday, will host college cricket teams across the Northeast, with the top scoring teams competing in the semi-finals on Oct. 7.Nisarg Chokshi, captain and president of the team, said his teammates have been working hard over the past month. He is excited to start the season with tomorrow morning’s game.