Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation removed 50 metered spots along College Avenue to make space for designated bicycle and bus lanes. They have since made alternative parking options available for students.
3/21/2017 10:36pm

Rutgers Transportation Director explains decision to eliminate 50 parking spots along College Avenue

Drivers accustomed to parking along College Avenue were met with a surprise earlier this year when the University announced that the parking spaces along the street would be terminated.  The decision eliminated 50 parking spaces along College Avenue between Huntington and Hamilton Streets in favor of bicycle and bus lanes, according to a press release the University released in January. Jack Molenaar, senior director of Transportation Services, said that students and residents of New Brunswick alike should not be concerned over the loss of spaces and that there are numerous alternatives provided by both the city and the University.  Molenaar said permit-holding students are encouraged to use the College Avenue parking deck. “There is currently enough parking on the College Avenue campus for all users,” Molenaar said.

Nationally, the number of students enrolled in women's and gender studies majors has increased by more than 300 percent in the last few decades. Rutgers is home to the highest ranked women's and gender graduate program in the country.
3/21/2017 10:35pm

Involvement in women's and gender studies programs has increased by over 300 percent nationally

Student interest in women’s and gender studies programs is growing exponentially each year at universities across the country, according to an article published in USA Today College.  The article, which cited a study performed by the National Center for Education Statistics, reported that since 1990, the number of women’s and gender studies degrees conferred has increased by more than 300 percent. At Rutgers specifically, women’s and gender studies has been the only unit in the social sciences and humanities to show consistent growth over the past five years, said Mary Hawkesworth, a distinguished professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science. “It adopts a wonderful matrix of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ethnicity, ability, disability, nationality and geopolitics as categories for analysis,” she said.

Healthy Kids of New Brunswick gives back to the community by teaching underprivileged kids about nutritious eating and active living.
3/21/2017 10:34pm

Rutgers organization helps New Brunswick kids learn about healthy living

Healthy Kids of New Brunswick, a community service organization at Rutgers University, works to promote healthy lifestyles for underserved kids in New Brunswick by hosting fitness and nutrition classes. Jessica Singh, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and president of Healthy Kids of New Brunswick, said the group hosts classes every other Friday on George Street, which consist of two 20- to 30-minute sessions.  During the first portion of the fitness class, kids play games, exercise and get active and then eat small, healthy snacks like yogurt or fruit.

Nicole Fahrenfeld, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental found that an oil spill in West Virginia had unexpected effects on microbes.
3/21/2017 10:32pm

Rutgers professor conducts study on long-term effects of oil spills

A shift in microbes caused by an unconventional oil and gas wastewater spill requires further study, according to a Rutgers professor's research. The study, led by Nicole Fahrenfeld, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, examined water and sediment from the nearby Wolfcreek in West Virginia. Unconventional oil and gas production is when deep wells extract shale gas, coal bed methane or oil from tight rock formations through methods like hydraulic fracturing, Fahrenfeld said. The spill in West Virginia happened at a site that disposes of the wastewater used at such facilities, Fahrenfeld said.

Latin Images evolved from a program to a living-learning community in 2016. The organization was first founded 40 years ago with the goal of celebrating latino culture and educating students about its history.
3/21/2017 10:32pm

Latin Images provides living-learning community for individuals of all majors

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.

3/21/2017 1:43pm

With more than 500 campus organizations, annual allocation funds are stretched thin

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.

The Bias Incident Response Team at Rutgers works to support free speech while also ensuring that students are comfortable. More universities across the country have recently adopted similar organizations.
3/21/2017 1:27am

Survey finds influx in 'bias response teams' on University campuses

On Feb. 23, USA Today reported on a survey from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which looked into the growth of "Bias Response Teams” on college campuses and their impact on free speech. Bias response teams are described as "collectives of administrators, faculty and other college officials.

Three Rutgers students, including School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior Dan Chulak have announced candidacy for the Democratic State Committee.
3/21/2017 1:26am

Rutgers student campaigns in hopes of becoming youngest member of Democratic State Committee

Rutgers student Dan Chulak has recently declared candidacy for the Democratic State Committee.  The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior will partake in the primary election, which is set for June 6. “I think it's important that, if we want to see legitimate change within our community, within the county, within the state and within the party, we have to get involved,” Chulak said.

David Zhao, the founder of NXTFactor spoke about the techniques behind launching successful businesses at the College Avenue Student Center before Spring Break. The event was organized by the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Society (RES).
3/9/2017 6:24pm

Founder of Manhattan company shares experience, advice with Rutgers students

Before starting classes at the University of Pennsylvania, David Zhao made $2.4 million as the founder and chief executive officer of NXTFactor, a media conglomerate based in New York City. On March 8, Zhao spoke to the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Society (RES) in the Red Lion Café on the College Avenue campus about his past successes and failures, providing advice and answering questions during the hour-long meeting. The RES invited him because his experience combined with the fact that he is still attending a university makes him relatable to Rutgers students who are trying to launch their own projects, said Abhisek Vyas, president of the society. “What we’re trying to do is create entrepreneurs and help them (succeed),” the School of Arts and Sciences sophomore said.

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