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Despite the blizzard warnings and early campus closings, The Daily Targum elected its 145th editorial board Friday — and it took just 14 hours. The new board welcomes a series of challenges including — but not limited to — a questionable readership and dwindling reader interaction; the changing face of news competition in the age of social media, mobile news and continuous newsrooms; and a fast-approaching referendum campaign. The Targum, which celebrated its 144th birthday this past January, will continue to survive and thrive under the new leadership.
Firefighters responded to a one-story warehouse fire late last night on 366 Somerset St. in New Brunswick, near the border of Franklin Township. The building housed Ding & A Trading Corporation, a wholesale artificial flower distribution company. Responders from the New Brunswick Fire Department and other local municipalities arrived at the scene around 10:45 p.m., about two minutes after the call, said Tom Lopardo, New Brunswick’s on-duty deputy fire chief.
New Jersey citizens can vote this November for a bond that would support financing capital improvements for the state’s higher education institutions.
The bond would allow the state to borrow $750 million for the construction of non-revenue-producing buildings like classroom buildings, laboratories and libraries in the state’s public research universities, private universities and community colleges.
But according to an August 2012 Rutgers-Eagleton poll, most eligible New Jersey voters are unaware that the higher education bond issue is set to appear on this year’s ballot.
The University Board of Governors approved a 2.5 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students, as part of the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, at its meeting on July 18 at Winants Hall on the Old Queens campus.
Two years after the suicide of Tyler Clementi, Dharun Ravi was found guilty of all 15 counts against him, including privacy invasion, bias intimidation, tampering with physical evidence and witness tampering. Ravi was not charged in connection with the suicide of Clementi, his former roommate. Ravi, a former University student, set up a webcam in their Davidson Hall residence on Busch campus in September 2010 to view and broadcast a sexual encounter between Clementi and an older man.
University President Richard L. McCormick announced last year that he would step down as head of the University, and 11 years after he took office, he is making way for president-designate Robert Barchi. Shortly after his announcement, the University Board of Governors assembled a 24-member presidential search committee, chaired by Board of Trustees member Greg Brown.
University students with a passion to change the world or, at least, the New Brunswick community, have been the source of years of picket signs, marches, rallies and protests on the Banks. “The tradition of student dissent is deeply woven into the fabric of Rutgers,” said University President Richard L. McCormick. “It’s been this way for decades, if not centuries.” Student protests have been responsible for some of the most important innovations in the University’s history, and the tradition of dissent is vital to University history, McCormick said.
University students set up camp at Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus yesterday, marking the 10th annual weeklong campaign against tuition hikes. Students pitched tents across the lawn near Scott Hall for Tent State University, known this year as Tent State X, which serves as a platform for individuals to express their concerns about University issues, said Sonia Szczesna, one of the student supervisors for the event.
Next fall, students could be using touch screens to pick up their snail mail. University Mail Services plans to replace the traditional manual mailboxes at all campus mail centers with ByBox, an electronic mailbox network system. “The current system is flawed in the sense that it’s often inconvenient for students to reach the hours that the mailing system is open,” said Grant Whelply, president of the University Residence Hall Association.
The massive “Excalibur,” the University’s own supercomputer and the only one available for commercial users in New Jersey, sits in the basement of the Busch campus Hill Center. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Manish Parashar turned the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer on for the first time yesterday afternoon in the Hill Center’s data center, to signify the launch of a high-performance computing center and collaboration between IBM and University researchers.
The tires underneath the University’s grease trucks, located on Lot 8 on the College Avenue campus, have been flat for more than 15 years. But the Mobile Food Vendor Policy Committee, established November 2011, agreed yesterday afternoon that pumping air back into those tires to remobilize the trucks is what is best for the University community. In their efforts to draft a policy that will apply to future mobile food venders, the committee decided that both Lot 8 and a mobile food vendor license would be put up for public bid in the coming weeks.
Board members phoned in Friday night to a special Board of Governors meeting regarding the University presidential search.
A video, titled “KONY 2012,” went viral Tuesday night as it amassed more than 12 million online views in the past two days and surfaced on Twitter streams, Facebook feeds and blogs throughout the world. In the 30-minute video, Russell, who is a co-founder of the nonprofit organization Invisible Children, asks viewers to focus on 20 celebrities and 12 politicians in the hopes that they will take up the cause and disseminate its message to arrest Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony before the end of 2012.
Because of conflicting visions between the business owner and the museum director, Café Z, located at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus, is closing its doors. “I’ve been here through several museum directors. I went in there and built this place up from nothing,” said Bruno Pascale, the café owner. “This new director comes in and starts to make all these changes — spending money, changing up where I put my signage — that kind of stuff.”
Gov. Chris Christie outlined his third annual budget address for
the next fiscal year — with the intent to make New Jersey have an
economic “comeback” with tax cuts and increased funding for certain
government entities, like higher education. The governor’s budget
proposal — announced yesterday afternoon at the State House in
Trenton — calls for a total of $32.15 billion for the fiscal year
ending June 30, 2013.
TRENTON — After about two hours of forum in the State House, the
New Jersey State Legislature voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
But the discussion is far from over.
The N.J. State Assembly passed the Marriage Equality and
Religious Exemption Act yesterday 42-33. The state Senate passed
the corresponding bill on Monday, 24-16.
I started at the Targum with a penchant for photography and an
eagerness for a certain stress-induced feeling, fondly known as the
“newsroom high.” From there I found myself a spring-semester
first-year, and the photography editor for the Targum’s 142nd
editorial board. Today that newsroom high — often induced by
nightly deadline frustrations and the breaking news adrenaline rush
— is what pushes me to take the staff to the next level, as The
Daily Targum’s newest editor-in-chief.
A new lounge space opened this year for communal activities on
the ground level of Campbell Hall on the College Avenue campus
welcomed students moving into the building.
The millions of viewers who tuned in to CBS' pre-game coverage
of Super Bowl XLIV last night had the opportunity to watch the
Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia in a promotional teaser
with hip-hop artist Jay-Z.