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On Saturday, the Central Jersey chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hosted its first "Coffee, Cake, and True Islam" event for Rutgers students at the Panera Bread on the College Avenue campus.The event is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s national True Islam campaign, which hosts "Coffee, Cake, and True Islam" events across the country.This event at Rutgers was hosted by Hena Tahir, a graduate student at Rutgers Newark, and Homaira Khandakar, the interfaith communication coordinator for the Central Jersey chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.“We started having these 'Coffee, Cake, and True Islam' meetings in different areas to raise awareness and promote the different points of Islam, and let people know what we’re all about,” Tahir said.In New Jersey, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has three chapters — central, south and north, with two representatives who run meetups from each chapter.As an undergraduate student at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Tahir regularly hosted meetups with students, where they learned about each other’s religions.These meetups, as well as the ones hosted at Rutgers, are meant for female students, Khandakar said.
During the general meeting on Thursday, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) hosted guest speakers from the Rutgers Office of Disability Services and passed two pieces of legislation — one allocated $4,000 toward an upcoming mental health awareness 5k event, and the other approved the Fall 2017 Election Guidelines, kicking off the RUSA fall election season.“Over the past year and a half, one of the big goals for RUSA has been inclusivity, going off the lead of the University as well as what we’ve been hearing from students.
Over 500 brightly colored, uniquely-designed shirts streamed across Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus for the Rutgers University Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance's (VPVA) annual Clothesline Project.The event took place Thursday from 9 a.m.
On Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Rutgers University Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) will be hosting their Clothesline Project event at Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus.One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, according to apress release from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.The Clothesline Project, which Rutgers has hosted annually since the 1990s, is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the sheer scope of interpersonal violence in every community, said Loren Linscott, the director for VPVA.“I’ve always seen this event as (a part of) the process of trauma healing,” he said.At the event tomorrow, students will have an opportunity to share their experiences or express emotions related to interpersonal violence by decorating t-shirts with messages and then hanging them for display on campus.The display is meant to bear witness to the interpersonal violence that occurs in the community: survivors and supporters create the shirts “to give a voice to their experience and break the silence surrounding interpersonal violence,” according to the VPVA website.“The messaging can come from any type of voice,” Linscott said.
At the first student body meeting of the year, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) welcomed the new director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) and discussed plans for their program promoting safe drinking habits.RUSA President and Edward J.
After a productive summer, Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) leaders are looking forward to pursuing a broad array of initiatives to improve the student experience.“We’ve had a very good summer in terms of things we’ve been able to get done,” said RUSA President and Edward J.
On Monday night, the College Avenue Gymnasium was transformed into a salsa party open to friends and family featuring live music, dancing, catered dinner and showcase performances for the Rutgers Salsa Club’s 17th annual end of year celebration, "RU Salsa Project."“Rutgers’ Salsa (Club’s) Annual '(RU) Salsa Project' is an end-of-the-year event where our club members have the opportunity to showcase the choreography and dancing skills they have been working on all year,” said Janisha Rodriguez, the secretary of the club and a Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy junior.Tickets were $7 at the door for Rutgers students, and doors opened at 7 p.m.At 7:30 p.m., the "RU Salsa Project" opened with a 15-minute introductory class for guests who were new to salsa dancing.At around 8 p.m., the floor opened for social dancing.The event was open to students and non-Rutgers guests, especially families and friends of those performing, Rodriguez said.
A current graduate student in the Rutgers Business School in Newark, Timothy Sorrentino, and his wife, Kristen, launched their first franchise of the national Mosquito Joe corporation yesterday.Mosquito Joe, a national corporation based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, provides mosquito and other bug control solutions for residential and commercial properties in 28 states, according to the company website.The focus of Sorrentino’s franchise will be in South Jersey, servicing Washington Township, Sicklerville, Gloucester Township, Pitman, Deptford, West Deptford and Wenonah.“It has been a rollercoaster,” Sorrentino said of kickstarting the franchise.Sorrentino, who is enrolled in the master’s program for supply chain management, said that he previously attended Villanova University before coming to the Business School at Rutgers—Newark.“Someone I met (at Villanova) who was also in the army with me, was looking into investing and opening a franchise for Mosquito Joe,” he said.Interested, Sorrentino contacted the company and began the vetting process to open his own franchise in New Jersey.“So my wife and I decided to take the plunge and give this a shot," he said. As part of the process, Sorrentino and his wife attended a week of training at the company headquarters in Virginia Beach, which included the financial aspect of running a small business, as well as learning about the technical services of spraying for mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, Sorrentino said.“I also started setting my targets in place for a customer base, obtaining all the equipment—the truck, the sprayers, getting a good financial plan and a good marketing plan,” he said. He started implementing the marketing plan about six weeks ago in anticipation of opening day, he said.Sorrentino’s franchise will be one of five franchises in New Jersey, according to the company website.
Co-ed a capella group Deep Treble held its annual spring concert in Van Dyck Hall to end the school year and celebrate their graduating members last Friday at 8 p.m.The event was open to students and the public, and about 75 people were in attendance.Founded in 1998, the student-run group has released five albums, including their recent 2016 album entitled, "41 Jones: The Basement Sessions."The event was hosted by Erica Lazarow, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, and Marquis Reece, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.There were 15 student performers in total — the concert lasted for about two hours, opening with a performance of Florence + the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.”This spring concert featured an eclectic mix of compositions of new and classic songs from across multiple genres — from Hall and Oates’ “Rich Girl” to “Sweater Weather” from the artist The Neighbourhood.
On Tuesday, James T. Johnson, a recently retired Rutgers professor, spoke at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, at a conference about the concept of war and different historical and contemporary positions on military action and nonviolence. The conference, entitled “To Kill or Not to Kill: Just War or Nonviolence?” explored the historical and modern day context of just war, social justice and the future of peacebuilding, according to a University press release. The event was free and open to the public and about 200 audience members were in attendance.In 2001, the late Margaret F.
The Rutgers chapter of Thaakat, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable development at locations in Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Ghana, works on campus to raise money for overseas communities.
Established in 1977, the Latin Images Living-Learning Community, one of many learning communities on campus, provides an opportunity for all students to immerse themselves in Latin American history and culture through academic, social and cultural activities.“I saw Latin Images as an opportunity to explore more of my family's own history, along with the history, beliefs and traditions of fellow peers, who all had their own unique upbringings,” said Darlene Noristz, a member of the community and a Rutgers School of Nursing sophomore.
RU.HERE, a new organization on campus this semester, takes a two-pronged approach to combating the stigma of substance abuse.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Rutgers Nutrition Club and the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization hosted an Eating Disorder Awareness Symposium. Present at the event were three guest speakers along with representatives from Rutgers Student Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and GenPsych Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facility.The event was held from 2 to 5 p.m.
Since 2007, the Rutgers chapter of the ONE Campaign has actively been working to combat poverty and disease by using grassroots tactics to garner support for important legislation.The ONE Campaign is a national organization based in Washington D.C.
The Rutgers Chinese Students and Scholars Association (RCSSA) celebrated the Chinese New Year on Sunday with a performance at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus.The theater was packed with students and community members alike looking to enjoy a night of traditional Chinese dance, martial arts and modern music.It also included a fashion show featuring both old and contemporary styles, as well as performances by the Central New Jersey School of Ballet, Rutgers’ K-pop Dance Cover Club called HARU and Casual Harmony, a Rutgers a capella group.Dr. Amp, a band formed by Rutgers students, also performed a mix of popular Chinese and American music. The event was co-sponsored by the RCSSA) and the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University.“The Spring Festival is the most important holiday in China,” said Pan Pan, a student at the Graduate School—New Brunswick and part-time lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.Because the holiday is based on the lunar calendar, there is no exact date, but it usually falls between late January and February. “It’s the beginning of the new year, and everybody, wherever they are, they all come back to their home to have dinner with their family and to celebrate this festival with their family members,” she said.
The READ club at Rutgers has been working avidly to increase student literacy and generate interest in personal reading. After several years of inactivity, current President and School of Arts and Sciences senior Elisheva Rosen worked with her peers and the Rutgers Libraries to resurrect the club. Their goal is to create a place for students to explore important societal issues through the discussion of literature.Rutgers READ is the only official book club on campus, according to their Collegiate Link webpage. The mission is to increase literacy on campus by providing students with an opportunity to expand their literary horizons.As a hybrid between a leisure and academic club, READ holds monthly meetings where members discuss the book of the month and then votes to chose a new book to read.“We try to choose books that fit the significance of the month we’re reading it in,” said Julianna Rossano, co-vice president and a first-year student at the School of Arts and Sciences.
On Dec. 13, former President Barack Obama signed the "21st Century Cures Act" into law — his last public bill signing in office.The law passed through the 114th Congress with major bipartisan support, with the House voting 392-26 and the Senate voting 94-5 to pass the bill.New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6) served as lead House Democratic negotiator for this legislation.
In December, the New Jersey Senate presented Rutgers with a resolution saluting the University as a “globally esteemed educational institution in the Garden State.”Written by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) and Rutgers alumnus and Sen.
The Call Center of Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare offers seven different helplines, from Mom2Mom, which connects mothers of children with special needs, to Cop2Cop, which connects law enforcement professionals with retired police officers and police clinicians.