The Department of Transportation Services is working to make buses more efficient by reducing the number of stops, improving routes and encouraging the use of alternative forms of transportation to prevent overcrowding.
1/20/2017 2:04am

Rutgers transportation directors outline plans to streamline bus system

Rutgers buses act as the primary form of transportation for many students, who collectively take an estimated 70,000 bus trips every day, according to a previous Daily Targum article. But operating a large-scale bus system can often create inconsistencies — including the times and locations when bus drivers choose to take breaks.  Students noted that breaks, taken at inopportune times, can lead them to arrive late to classes.

The faculty union, AAUP-AFT has openly criticized the new server for making it easier for administrators to monitor faculty and students. 
1/20/2017 2:03am

New Rutgers email server faces criticism from faculty

Rutgers' adoption of a new email system called Office 365 has created tension between University administrators and the Rutgers faculty union. In August, the administration adopted the new system Rutgers Connect, and insisted to faculty that all University business be conducted through it, said David Hughes, the president of Rutgers’ American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) and a professor of the Department of Anthropology. "Office 365 is a cloud-based email and calendaring system that will provide better collaboration within and between departments, improved email and calendaring services, excellent spam and virus filtering, a resilient system with 99.95 percent uptime and a service that provides many other useful collaboration, education and business tools," according to the FAQ page of Rutgers Connect. Hughes represents the faculty union and said he believes Rutgers Connect could potentially jeopardize academic freedom by increasing the University's ability to conduct surveillance on users.

Rutgers broke ground on the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center in November. The facilities will accomodate the basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball programs, and is expected to be complete in July. 
1/20/2017 2:10am

Rutgers Athletics details $100M plan to expand facilities

Rutgers University has broken ground on the construction of a 295,000-square-foot, 4-storey athletic facility and parking deck on the Livingston campus. The facility will be built adjacent to the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) lot, and is a component of the “R Big Ten Build” master plan.

Olde Queens Tavern, on Easton Avenue, conducted renovations over Spring Break. Changes included updated copper bar tops and new flooring.
1/19/2017 10:30am

New year, new Olde Queens Tavern: Easton bar undergoes renovations

Olde Queens Tavern is ringing in the New Year with new bar tops in addition to their recently updated cement-epoxy floors. “When you have a bar with a lot of history like Olde Queens, it’s bound to accumulate a lot of wear and tear,” said Cesar Concepcion, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, bouncer and bar back at the Olde Queens Tavern. The renovations took place a few weeks ago and included improved countertops, updated from the ones added last June, said Frank Schweighardt, manager of Olde Queens Tavern. Schweighardt said the old floor had tiles popping out, especially after a busy night, that would require a lot of maintenance.  “We’d have to come in and replace the tiles all the time.

The proposed improvements will help modernize New Brunswick Water Utility’s systems. The company has faced a number of charges and contraversies in the last decade.
1/19/2017 10:23am

New Brunswick allocates $15.5M to water utility improvements amidst ongoing investigations

New Brunswick has allocated about $15.5 million for water utility improvements — ranging from architectural repairs to filtration enhancements, said Public Information Officer Jennifer Bradshaw. “These improvements to our facilities will aid us in continuing to deliver approximately 13 million gallons of water per day to our customers utilizing efficient modern technology and infrastructure,” Bradshaw said. The improvements also include upgrades to pre-treatment facilities, replenishments to the chemical feed systems and upgrades to one of the city’s pump stations, she said. The City of New Brunswick does not currently have a timeline for the completion of the project. “We are in the process of going out to bid for an engineering firm to assist with plans for the improvements,” Bradshaw said. New Brunswick's water utility system has faced numerous scandals in recent years, including a history of employee turnover and quality infractions. Two water utility employees, William Ortiz and Joseph DeBonis, were suspended without pay in December, according to a City Hall press release. During the trial Ortiz was charged with bribery, while Debonis was charged with tampering with public records.

Paul Tractenburg, a Rutgers professor, found that New Jersey schools were among the most segregated in the country. He attributed this to the way the state divides its districts, relying soley on geographic locations to place students. 
1/17/2017 11:58pm

New Jersey has third highest number of severely segregated schools, according to research

Legal racial segregation was eliminated with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but de facto segregation still remains a prominent issue in the New Jersey school systems, according to an article by NJspotlight. According to the research of Paul Tractenburg, a distinguished lawyer and professor at the Rutgers Law School—Newark, New Jersey has the third highest number of severely segregated schools in the nation.

Active Minds works closely with Rutgers Counciling, ADAP and Psychiatric services to give students resources to cope with depression and anxiety. One of the club’s main goals is to break down the stigma surrounding mental health so students can communicate more openly about their situations. 
1/17/2017 11:57pm

Active Minds organization fights mental illness stigma and promotes wellness

Increasing communication, awareness and education are just a few of the ways the Active Minds at Rutgers is working to change the conversation about mental health on campus. The purpose of the group is to promote mental wellness and to ensure that those struggling with mental health are aware that they are not alone, said Austin Wong, president of Active Minds and a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior.  “It is especially important to be aware of mental wellness because college stressors definitely play a part in students’ overall well-being," Wong said. Active Minds at Rutgers serves as a liaison between students and the mental health community by providing information about available resources, according to the organization's website. “During club meetings, I usually brief members on upcoming events that they can participate in.

1/22/2017 11:30am

More News