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University libraries and members of the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History Commission discussed Native American art culture along with the group’s marginalization this past Tuesday at the Alexander Library.The event was one in a series of cultural awareness programs sparked by the Middlesex County Commission. In conjunction with the University, the two set the stage for guest lecturer John Haworth, senior executive emeritus of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, to speak on behalf of the cultural and arts issues impacting Native Americans, according to their site.Division Head for the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Isha Vyas, said upon meeting Haworth at San Fransisco’s Americans for the Arts Convention this past June that the two struck up a conversation, which led to Hayworth being asked to present for the Rutgers community, which he readily agreed to.From there, Middlesex event organizers reached out to the University in hopes that they would host the event, Vyas said.
The chimes that once sounded curfew now ring in the voices of Douglass College alumni, echoing progressive thinking and educational reform for women over a century later.The celebration kickoff is but one of many events over the next year dedicated to enriching the Rutgers community with activities and the history surrounding Douglass College, said Maria DePina, the senior department administrator for Douglass Residential College.Event coordination is organized by a planning committee that later divides into subcommittees tasked with different responsibilities, DePina said.
This weekend, Rutgers predicted cloudy skies with a chance of Bad Suns, and that's exactly what happened.On Saturday, the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) sponsored a show featuring Bad Suns to jumpstart the fall semester.
Victims of the American economic depression and other similar cross-cultural tragedies have their struggles reimagined through documentary photography at the new Zimmerli Art Museum exhibit."Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography" showcases the subjective nature of documentary photography in an era dominated by the social aspects of photography, said Theresa Watson, the communications coordinator at the Zimmerli Art Museum.On Sept.
Somewhere over the Raritan and in Highland Park, the yearly "Arts in the Park" festival is held, showcasing the work of independent vendors and encouraging members of the community to support their local businesses.Downtown on Raritan Avenue, tents sprawl out over the pavement as visitors walk their way through booths, including a variety of artistic offerings from paintings to textiles, needlework, live music and a juried art show that showcases the many talents Highland Park has to offer.Executive Director of Main Street Highland Park, Rebecca Hersh, said the nonprofit community development organization manages the downtown business district for the benefit of the merchants, business owners and residents of Highland Park.
With the fall semester well underway, University clubs and organizations are helping mitigate the anticipation of Halloween with fun activities throughout the coming months.The initiative to increase student involvement is central to the all-inclusive environment set forth by the University, which hopes to take advantage of seasonal changes and a fresh semester and have students partake in new and interesting activities.Lauren Larsen, assistant director of Arts and Culture for the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), said the organization constantly looks to implement new ideas into the upcoming year while returning old favorites, such as Scarlet Harvest — an event that promises free food and live music on Cook campus — to the catalog. "Beats on the Banks" will also be returning as the annual fall concert with an undisclosed musical performance, Larsen said.
Local police are investigating an aggravated assault that occurred between a Rutgers student and unknown perpetrator this past Sunday.
Upon repurposing what once stood as Au Bon Pain, Panera’s newest College Avenue location is now open for students and faculty seeking their daily bread bowl fix.The chain is known for serving food with no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors or colors from artificial sources.
The spirit of Dance Marathon starts early with Club DM, an event that stirred excitement among students for an upcoming year of fundraising events and good times.Students looking to enter the event were welcomed into the College Avenue Gymnasium this past Sunday at 10 p.m.
Graduating from county college tasks many sophomores with a second wave of applications and, for a while, finishing his remaining two years at Rutgers seemed unrealistic for School of Arts and Sciences senior Sean Brown. Now, as Brown approaches graduation, he is the director of Transitions and Community for the Rutgers University Planning Association (RUPA) and a heavily involved member of the Rutgers community. He said a desire to improve on his subpar high school experience left him hungry to prove himself throughout his college career.Within the first year his academic grades improved significantly, Brown said.
Earlier this week, the 25th annual Rites of Passage Ceremony commemorated the accomplishments of black and Latinx Rutgers graduates.The event honored the community of black and Latinx students who represent perseverance, academic excellence and instill positivity in their communities.The assistant director of intercultural initiatives for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC), Jannah Handy, said the event aimed to highlight the acknowledgments and conversations that many times are unable to make their way into commencement.The village, a term commonly referring to friends and families of students, were invited to attend the event and were recognized alongside graduates for the significant role they play in the overall success of student academics and life endeavors, Handy said.During its inaugural celebration, the event hosted roughly 100 students inside the Kirkpatrick Chapel and now hosts more than 700 in a much larger complex.
A millennial-driven call for change has swept through Neilson Dining Hall, taking with it the refrigerated chicken breasts and greasy french fries.Dave Donlon, the general manager of Neilson Dining Hall, said as of April 3 the school’s dining service has undergone a complete overhaul of its takeout menu, promising to deliver on the students' demand for healthier alternatives as effectively as possible.He said that in closing out the semester, dining services found the remaining five weeks to be pivotal in receiving ample feedback from students as to what changes they wish to see implemented across the board.The menu, curated by Rutgers Dining Services chef manager Ian Keith, looks to touch upon a wide variety of diverse foods that reach out to any and all tastes, Donlon said.
In memoriam of Yom Hashoah, Rutgers Hillel honored guest speaker Tova Friedman, a renowned Holocaust survivor, on the eve of remembrance.
Students were able to travel across the world from the comfort of Busch Student Center this past Friday night through traditional Indian dance.The International Student Association (ISA) hosted “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” offering students the opportunity to experience snapshots of life through different cultures around the world.
Artist Jamila Woods, featured in the song “Blessings” by Chance the Rapper, performed an acoustic set at the Douglass Student Center this past Wednesday.The poet, activist and musician engaged students in conversation as she discussed her artistic process, inspiration and vision, as well as her work as the associate artistic director of the non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, according to the event's Facebook page. Woods graduated from Brown University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Africana studies and theatre and performance studies.
The Writers House, an undergraduate learning community at Rutgers which serves as an expressive media platform and creative space, hosted poet Eileen Myles this past Wednesday at the College Avenue Student Center.The event featured a mid-day Q&A session and was followed by a reading of curated works by Myles presented to students and members of the community free of charge.The final installment in a year-long string of events hosted by the Department of English entitled “Writers at Rutgers Reading Series” worked in conjunction with Writers House to host a number of exchanges between well-known writers and the Rutgers community, according to their site.Ana Maron, the Writers House program coordinator, said planning for the events is completed on a yearly basis with Myles being the last of the year.
Sixteen years of collaboration between students from multiple universities and members of Campus MovieFest (CMF) came together this past Wednesday night to offer Rutgers students a premier student cinematography experience. CMF is the largest student film festival in the world, providing students with the necessary equipment to create their own films in one week. The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) sponsored-event awarded the best of 16 featured films the opportunity to participate in TERMINUS, the Atlanta-based conference and festival, which is dedicated to empowering creators by providing them with the education, experience and opportunities they need to develop and produce impactful work, according to their site.Established in 2001 by four students at Emory University, the organization partners with schools internationally as the premier outlet for the next generation of filmmakers, according to their site.When participating, students are provided with camcorders and Apple laptops among other devices to aid them during film production.
Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts alumnus and current star of the Netflix original series “Luke Cage,” Mike Colter, held a Q&A session for students this past Wednesday night at the Douglass Student Center to discuss his experiences in acting and decision to develop a modern interpretation of the character.Referred to by staff as an “inside the actor’s studio” event, Colter participated in an open interview where attendants were free to ask questions in addition to a moderated interview hosted by Maggie Flanigan, one of his professors and master teacher at the Maggie Flanigan Studio.Anthony Mollica, the director of Arts and Culture for the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), said that toward the end of fall semester, all of the committees involved, including RUPA, come together to determine event ideas for the following semester.The collective typically partners with Geek Week, a department under the Division of Student Affairs, to present a lecture each semester.
Rutgers Hillel celebrated their inaugural Shabbat dinner Friday night with a community gathering.The first in a series of weekly dinners hosted by members of the Hillel community welcomed nearly 350 students to indulge in delicious challah bread, among other prepared items, and get involved with the religious day of rest.Rabbi Esther Reed, senior associate director of Rutgers Hillel, said that Shabbat, or the Jewish Sabbath, is the most important day of the week for the Jewish community.
Members of IfNotNow, a division of young Jewish members, met outside the steps of the new Rutgers Hillel building this past Thursday night to protest the institution's stance on the Israeli occupation of the West Banks and Gaza. An estimated 10 students attended the rally. The protest stemmed from Islamophobic comments previously made by Rutgers Hillel Director Andrew Getraer and an ongoing failure to forge a meaningful relationship with Jewish and non-Jewish groups critical of the occupation, according to the organization's press release.Gilad Abarbanel, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and member of IfNotNow, said Hillel pronounces itself as an apolitical home for Jewish students while it maintains its own agenda — specifically, the position Hillel has on the occupation of Palestine and the reluctance to openly discuss the topic.By occupation, the organization refers to the enforcement of Israeli military in parts of the West Bank area and the expansion of new settlements that were not present prior to Israel acquiring the land, Abarbanel said.Similar to how an individual from the United States identifies as an American, so too do members of the Jewish community identify with Judaism, Abarbanel said.