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Semester in review: Just the highlights


With winter break just around the corner, we’ll be the first to breath a (huge) sigh of relief. The semester has been a grueling, but eventful one. To celebrate the conclusion of it, we’ve compiled a list of things that have helped make the last four months both memorable, and, in some cases, endurable.

University President Robert L. Barchi officially takes the reigns as commander-and-chief of this great institution; Livingston Plaza opens, apartments are swank, but still lacks the expected retail facilities (womp); Gov. Chris Christie signs University of Medicine and Dentistry merger bill, a proposal to fuse the state’s largest medical school with its flagship university; Solar canopy installed, serves as energy source on Livingston campus; New Barnes and Noble University bookstore opens, sells textbooks, provides study area, also has Starbucks (yum); Rock the Vote rolls through campus, together with Rutgers United Student Assembly helps to register thousands of students on campus in preparation for November general election; Former Scarlet Knight defensive tackle Eric LeGrand celebrates new book release.

Scarlet Knights football team ranked among top 25 teams in nation early in season (Go RU!); Muslim Student Association hosts cross-cultural event “Color Blind”; Childish Gambino performs concert at University, crowd goes wild; Alexander Library hosts “Banned Book Week”; Students celebrate Chinese ‘mid-autumn’ festival; President Barchi appoints Richard L. Edwards as executive vice president for academic affairs; Greek life recognizes National Hazing Prevention Week, flyers protesting hazing on campus hang from sorority and fraternity houses; U. students ranked among top BitTorrent downloaders, top downloads “Fast Five,” “Puss in Boots” (srsly?); Rutgers Against Hunger hosts annual charity run, despite serious weather warnings.

Superstorm Sandy stirs up campus, down trees, power lines — wreaks general havoc across city and state; University Athletics collects funds for Sandy relief, Christie shows timely leadership; 24-hour grocery store, The Fresh Grocer, opens on Kirkpatrick Street in downtown New Brunswick; Higher education bond act approved, secures millions in capital investment funding for colleges and universities across state; Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney defeated in general election, Obama re-elected 44th president of the United States (cue bald eagle, American flag); Municipal Question 1 approved, New Brunswick will have elected Board of Education; Hillel hosts ‘Days Without Hate.’

WebReg enrages thousands of students across campus during registration week, riots break out (just kidding); TransWeek begins; Rutgers University Students Against Sweatshops asks Barnes and Noble bookstore to stop carrying Adidas apparel; Barchi cuts contract with Adidas, B&N to stop carrying Adidas apparel; University students rally on steps of Brower Commons for peace in Gaza Strip; Scarlet Knights lose final game of season to Louisville, miss chance at BSC berth; Scarlet Knights leave Big East, move to Big Ten, students give feedback; Empire State acknowledges Scarlet Knights by lighting up red.

Proposal to downsize University Senate approved; Barchi organizes “strategic planning initiative” to outline comprehensive vision for future of University; Daily Targum columnist Ed Reep writes controversial column, titled “Animals have no rights”; Rutgers Housing Association announces housing process to consider seniority in next lottery.

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