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The University’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) work on College Avenue has been completed, but planning and construction of future transportation improvements will continue.Work right now is ongoing by the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering building, which includes the construction of a new segment of campus roadway that is part of the proposed Busch Loop Road, said Assistant Director of Rutgers Public and Media Relations Neal Buccino.
In a time when the nation seems to be at its most divided, one man is on a journey to extinguish social and political fears and promote unity.A little over a month ago, Liam Burnell, the author of Take Courage America, embarked on foot from Maine down the East Coast, aiming to meet and talk to as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible to promote his book.
The American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) is working to negotiate a revised contract with the University regarding family leave and disability resulting from pregnancy.Dory Devlin, director of University News and Media Relations at Rutgers, said that the University follows state and federal law as it relates to maternity and family leave.The Family and Medical Leave Act, which Rutgers abides by, provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for qualifying employees, according to the United States Department of Labor.BJ Walker, a senior staff representative for the AAUP-AFT, is a strong proponent of the act.“(The Family and Medical Leave Act) is terrific to have because it preserves someone’s job ... It offers a real layer of protection for employees, that they won’t get fired because of illness,” she said.Even with the advantages of existing policies at Rutgers, the AAUP-AFT desires to improve benefits for its employees.Currently, the organization provides six weeks of paid recuperative leave, followed by an additional eight weeks of paid leave for birth mothers belonging to it.
As of Jan. 24, a total of 546 people from 373 households were considered to be homeless in Middlesex County, according to the 2017 Point in Time (PIT) Count Report.These numbers represent an increase of almost 20 percent in known sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the county since the last year. The count is carried out by Monarch Housing Associates, a nonprofit that aims to end homelessness by expanding the supply, accessibility and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships, according to their mission statement.According to the 2017 report, the count provides a statewide snapshot of homeless households in the community and reveals important demographic and other information regarding the families and individuals in question by way of the survey.Middlesex County officials told The Daily Targum that the number of homeless people appears to have risen since 2016 as a result of an increasingly refined counting process.
Rutgers students will now have an additional 25 hours per week to adjust their class schedules online.
The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies is the newest addition to the Rutgers Board of Governors.Funded by more than 425 donors, the chair aims to challenge students in debate and scholarship focusing on new media, social change and power structures, according to a Rutgers press release. Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership in conjunction with the School of Communication and Information and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will lead in brainstorming for this chair.Gloria Steinem, who the chair is named for, is a world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist.
A group of Rutgers students gathered in Trenton this morning to deliver a testimony to the New Jersey General Assembly’s Higher Education Committee in favor of including a student vote on the University’s Board of Governors.Multiple members of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) successfully worked to convince the Committee to pass Assembly Resolution No. 256 unanimously, which urges the Rutgers University Board of Governors to appoint two student representatives to the board with one student serving as a full voting member.The bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy J.
At Rutgers’ 250th commencement ceremony, former President Barack Obama said "America converges here," praising the University for its renowned diverse student body and faculty.The New York Times recently released their annual College Access Index, which ranked Rutgers 31st out of the 171 universities in the United States that are “doing the most for the American Dream.” The University outscored all of its Big Ten competitors in this listing, which based its results on economic diversity and college accessibility.The Index is a combination of a college’s Pell Grant recipients’ graduation rates and the net price they pay, compared to the average school.
After courageously battling leukemia for almost one year, Rutgers Class of 2016 graduate and former manager of the Rutgers women’s basketball team Gianna DeVeitro passed away last weekend.In July, only a few months after graduating with a degree in journalism and media studies, DeVeitro was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.DeVeitro’s medical condition never kept her from fighting for the benefit of others.In January, she teamed up with two non-profits dedicated to helping those afflicted with cancer and blood diseases, DKMS and Kier’s Kidz, and hosted a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive.DKMS is an organization that helps people diagnosed with blood diseases find donors who match their genetic makeup.
Hundreds of people of all races, religions and nationalities gathered outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Newark, New Jersey this morning in support of Carimer Andujar, an undocumented Rutgers student who is being threatened with deportation.Andujar, who has been living in the United States since the age of 4, is a School of Engineering junior and the president of UndocuRutgers — a community and advocacy group for the hundreds of undocumented students at the University.Andujar was scheduled to meet with an ICE agent this morning after her protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) expired on April 12.Following her meeting, Andujar exited the building and was immediately swarmed by her patiently waiting supporters.“I do intend to stay here, I do intend to finish my education and I do intend to chase my dreams,” she said to the crowd.
This morning at approximately 2:00 a.m. a Rutgers Alert warned of the presence of a bear near the Quads on the Livingston Campus.
Over 100 students gathered at Voorhees Mall Monday afternoon to rally in support of Carimer Andujar, a School of Engineering junior facing deportation.The rally was also a part of A Day Without Immigrants.
The new members of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) Allocations Board, along with four advisors, worked for over 18 hours to determine the distribution of $525,000 to more than 300 student organizations.Their final product, as well as RUSA’s proposed 2017 operating budget, was presented to the body at the Assembly’s meeting Thursday night, at which both were approved.
On Friday, student organizations dedicated to addressing climate change and sustainability met on the steps of Brower Commons for the annual Rutgers Earth March.The march was organized primarily by Students for Environmental Awareness with the help of other environmentally-focused groups such as Rutgers Veg Society, Rutgers Student Environmental Coalition, RU Progressive, the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) and Students for Environmental and Energy Development.Dan Chulak, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior, participated in and promoted the march.
According to University officials, the final draft of Rutgers’ Transportation Master Plan is under review, and construction is expected to begin this summer.Rather than implementing a full-sized bus lane along the more congested stretch of College Avenue, Senior Director of the Department of Transportation Jack Molenaar said the final product will be a "quasi-bus lane," which will more closely resemble a "bus shoulder."The plan takes into account short term, as well as mid-range and long-term improvements to the transportation system, such as additions and modifications in terms of student access to bike and pedestrian circulation systems and parking. Drafting for the Transportation Master Plan began at the end of 2015, and is about 166 pages long, Molenaar said.In addition to the "quasi-bus lane," there will also be bidirectional bike lanes to give students more of an incentive to utilize alternate forms of transportation.“Essentially, the Brower side will be the two-way directional, it’ll be the bicycle lanes going in both directions on that side of the street.
At last night’s weekly Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) meeting, the body passed a resolution to foster a culture of active bystanders on campus.The resolution, which will go into effect September 2018, will require student organizations that receive $1,000 or more in funding from RUSA Allocations to have at least two of their officers complete bystander intervention training.The training will be carried out by the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA), and the logistics of the resolution’s implementation will be tasked to the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, an entity of RUSA that addresses sexual violence.Viktor Krapivin, an off-campus senator for RUSA, played a key role in the formulating this new legislation, which he said was modeled after a similar bystander intervention program implemented at the University of Michigan.“It’s important to create a culture on campus that supports intervening in precarious situations,” said the School of Arts and Sciences junior.
Last night, the former president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA), Justin Schulberg, gave his final State of the Assembly Address to usher in the swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected leaders.In his address, Schulberg discussed important accomplishments of RUSA during his time in office, as well as issues he believes should continue to be addressed.The addressed issues and initiatives included sexual assault prevention, strides made in medical amnesty, Mental Health Task Force initiatives and sustainability.Schulberg told The Daily Targum that although his leaving the assembly is emotional, he is confident that RUSA will continue to be increasingly successful.“I’m so optimistic.
Rutgers’ Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui spoke about multiple issues and initiatives his department is addressing at the Rutgers University Student Assembly’s (RUSA) Town Hall meeting Tuesday night.Having assumed the role of vice chancellor just two years ago, this was Sifuentes-Jauregui’s first time speaking at a RUSA event.
The Department of Philosophy has repeatedly been ranked as one of the best in the country, and now continues to be recognized internationally.Tsinghua University, one of the best philosophy departments in China, has a special book series where they publish Western philosophical studies.
Five students in Rutgers’ Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC), otherwise known as Detachment 485, were chosen to take part in a selective program to prepare them for a flight career in the Air Force after graduation.The cadets chosen will attend flight schools upon graduation, where they will hone their skills for the specific jobs assigned to them, which include manually piloting aircrafts, piloting drones and navigating aircrafts.Peter "Rusty" Carkhuff, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was selected as a combat systems officer, also known as the navigator position.“(A combat systems officer) is a combination of three career fields: The navigator, electronic warfare, and weapons systems officer,” he said.