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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.
The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) announced the results of this year's election during their biannual Town Hall event last night.
The Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Youth Political Participation Program (YPPP) and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s Young People’s Network collaborated yesterday to hold their second annual "RU Running?" event.The event aimed to connect students with young adults who hold elected public office, raise awareness on ways to access the political party system and offer opportunities for students to apply what they learn. A panel of guest speakers was also featured at the event.Elizabeth Matto, director of Eagleton’s YPPP, said young people play a particularly important role in politics through voting, campaigning, supporting candidates and volunteering, but running for and serving in office is another key way in which young adults can participate in the political process.“I don’t think (running for office) is something that (young people) typically think of as a way of participating in politics, and often have no clue how to go about it, so what we hope to do is just offer the nuts and bolts of how to go about running for office,” Matto said.Events like "RU Running?" work to demystify the process of running for political office and simplify what can often seem daunting to students, she said.“You need to know the ins-and-outs of how to approach the system, how to get into the system, how to raise money, some fundraising techniques, how to develop a message and deliver that message,” Matto said.
Between June 2014 and June 2015, Rutgers brought in nearly $5 million in parking tickets, according to My Central Jersey.
The number of organizations funded by the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) has nearly doubled since 2008, while the pool of funding has remained the same, according to the Rutgers Student Involvement website.This has led to other group's funding to be stretched thin.The RUSA Allocations Board receives their money through a portion of the Rutgers student fee, and distributes over $1 million each academic year, said Michelle Boyland, chairperson of RUSA Allocations and a Rutgers Business School senior.Each semester, RUSA allocates around $500,000 to the more than 500 Rutgers organizations and clubs, she said.According to RUSA’s bylaws, “In order to receive funding for the semester, student organizations must complete and submit an online budget, due before the semester allocation meeting.
Until roughly three years ago, the Rutgers Student Union was active for a decade, playing an instrumental role in getting undocumented students access to in-state tuition.
Shortly after entering office, President Donald J. Trump signed two executive orders — one to begin construction of a concrete wall along the southern border, and another to bar all immigrants and refugees from seven countries from entering the U.S.Hard hitting immigration reforms like these could have serious negative impacts on states’ economies, especially New Jersey's, according to a WalletHub study. The study compared the level of impact of foreign-born populations on the economies of all 50 individual states.
Rutgers’ Muslims for Peace held their 10th annual "Prophet Muhammad Day (s) Interfaith Conference" yesterday at the Busch Student Center.The event included speeches from multiple prominent figures of varying faiths and communities, such as Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-2) and Rabbi Marc A.