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Rutgers athletics raises $100 M. in donations in 'R Big Ten Build' initiative

(04/11/19 7:25am)

Rutgers Athletics announced that it has accomplished its goal of raising $100 million toward the R Big Ten Build, a fundraising campaign for athletics facilities, according to an Athletics press release. The initiative, which began in January 2016, has had 4,000 supporters and will support approximately 650 student athletes. 

AAUP-AFT pickets in front of Board of Governors meeting for healthcare, equal pay

(04/10/19 4:13am)

The Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) held its “Final Warning: Strike or Contract” picket outside the Board of Governors meeting yesterday, where members chanted, gave speeches and walked with signs in front of the Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark, New Jersey. The AAUP-AFT has been negotiating a new contract for 13 months, and a strike has been authorized by 88 percent of the union. 

Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker voice their support for Rutgers AAUP-AFT

(04/10/19 4:09am)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who have announced their candidacy for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, have tweeted their support for the Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) and their strike preparations. 

Paul Robeson's life, once scorned, is now celebrated by Rutgers for his graduation's centennial

(04/09/19 4:00am)

Paul Robeson, a Rutgers icon once scorned and dismissed, is now being celebrated for his 100th anniversary of his graduation from the University, according to an article by North Jersey Media Group. The athlete, actor, singer, scholar, movie star and political activist is now in the spotlight. 

Board of Governors preview: union gives 'Final Warning,' lawsuit may boot 4 out-of-state members

(04/08/19 4:11am)

At the Rutgers Board of Governors meeting tomorrow, which will be held at the Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark, NJ, the board is expected to conduct business during a picket labeled as “Final Warning: Contract or Strike” by the Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT). The faculty union represents more than 7,700 Rutgers faculty and graduate students across all three campuses and has been negotiating a new contract for over a year. 

Eagleton poll gives insight into state opinion on Murphy's proposed tax, overall performance

(04/05/19 4:00am)

A joint Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University poll found a majority of New Jerseyans support Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D-N.J.) proposed tax on millionaires, but expressed mixed views on his overall performance as the state’s head. This was the first such polling partnership between the two institutions. 

Rutgers announces new officers for Board of Trustees

(04/04/19 4:29am)

Rutgers has elected its Board of Trustees Officers for 2019-2020, according to an article by Rutgers Today. The Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Governors and is comprised of 41 voting members: 20 charter members, 16 alumni members and five public members appointed by the governor of the state with confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate, and is headed by a chair and two vice-chairs. 

Barchi adds $20 M to diversity fund, union continues negotiations

(04/04/19 4:31am)

While the Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) is recruiting students to join their cause and taking actions that “may potentially culminate in a strike later this month,” University President Robert L. Barchi announced an additional $20 million in strategic funding from his office through 2024, he announced in a university-wide email yesterday. The University’s Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative initially promised $21.8 million in 2017 to go through 2021. 

Prosecutors to address sexual violence at Rutgers town hall in fall

(04/03/19 8:33pm)

Twenty-one county prosecutors in New Jersey will be holding community forums on local college campuses to address the issue of campus sexual violence this upcoming fall, according to a press release by the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. This was announced during the New Jersey Conference on Campus Sexual Violence, an event hosted by the Center on Violence Against Women and Children in Somerset, New Jersey. 

Former Rutgers professor facing 160 charges alleges fraud, University framed him

(04/02/19 3:15am)

A former Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) professor and director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey who was charged on 160 counts of crimes, including recording 26 women and three other people in various states of undress, has filed a lawsuit stating that he was initially framed for being a whistleblower, according to an article by NJ Advance Media. 

Rutgers faculty union calls for additional $15 M toward new diversity initiative

(04/01/19 3:09am)

The Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) is asking for an additional $15 million for a Paul Robeson Diversity Hiring Initiative for 2019-2020 and 100 Paul Robeson fellowships for graduate students, according to a union document obtained by The Daily Targum. These funds would be added to University President Robert L. Barchi’s previously promised $21.7 million for diversity hiring through 2021. 

Faculty union tweets say strike planning is underway

(03/29/19 3:41am)

“Are we ready to strike? Heck yes,” read one of the recent tweets put out by the official twitter account of Rutgers' American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT). The tweet seems to be referring to the AAUP-AFT’s members strike authorization, which The Daily Targum reported on earlier this week. 

Murphy announces higher education bill of rights

(03/27/19 3:18am)

Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) and New Jersey Secretary of Education Zakiya Smith Ellis announced yesterday their new plan to ensure higher education meets student needs under the vision of a Student Bill of Rights, affirming the central goal of achieving 65 percent postsecondary attainment by 2025 and committing the state to its vision, according to a governor’s office press release.