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More than 7,000 students, alumni, faculty and guests laced their running shoes early Saturday morning for “The Big Chill” 5-kilometer. The yearly fundraising effort, hosted by the University, collects toys for children ages 3 to 14.
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7,000 Rutgers students and alumni participated in this year's Big Chill 5K

Last Saturday, more than 7,000 Rutgers students, alumni, faculty and guests gathered on the College Avenue campus to take part in the annual "The Big Chill" 5-kilometer. "The Big Chill" is a philanthropic event where participants can run, walk or otherwise travel a specific 3.1 mile course laid out on the College Avenue campus. Runners traveled southeast down College Avenue, turning to take George Street to a scenic path through Buccleuch Park, and then finally taking down Sicard Street back to College Avenue. 

Unplugged, the University's board game club, offers team-based, cooperative and individual games for students. Of these, Secret Hitler and Codenames are club favorites, both requiring teams to collaborate and reach a goal before their opponent.
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Rutgers club de-stigmatizes board games

There are more than 500 student-run clubs and organizations offered on campus, and among these, Unplugged, the University board game club, is one dedicated solely to bringing students together to relax and play popular board games. 

Using the books of Mark, Mathew, Luke and John, Timothy McGrew explained "undesigned coincidences" and how small reoccurring details can support biblical text as a source of reliable information.
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Skype lecture on College Avenue delves into the intersection between religion and philosophy

Western Michigan University's Philosophy Professor Dr. Timothy McGrew spoke to students via Skype this past Thursday at the College Avenue Student Center to speak about how multiple recounts of the same biblical events support the belief that these events happened. The event, "Undesigned Coincidences," is named after the term McGrew coined to discuss the historical credibility criteria he uses to assess text. These "undesigned coincidences" occur when missing information from one biblical reading is reinforced by others, thus linking together multiple sources and lending credibility to authors of the Bible. Julie Miller, the director of the Rutgers chapter of Ratio Christi, said McGrew drew from seven different examples.

Many of the items on student RUcketlists are experiences they have yet to have including petting a pig on Cook farm and diving with the University Scuba Team.
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Rutgers students share what's on their RUcketlists

Many students have a list of Rutgers oriented events they wish to accomplish before they graduate. The RUcketlist is a record of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have accomplished during their time at Rutgers. It is the famous Rutgers student version of a Bucket List, or things to get done before graduation. The term “Bucket List” comes from the English idiom to “kick the bucket”. This is considered an informal or slang term meaning 'to die'. A bucket list a list of life events to accomplish before “kicking the bucket”. Pronounced “rucket list," many students have their own unofficial bucket lists to accomplish before they graduate.

Rutgers organizations are attempting to make midterm season a less stressful time of year for students like Amanda Osei-Bonsu (left) and Janibell Encarnacion (right), by providing events like animal therapy and guided self-care programs.
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Looking to de-stress during midterm season? Rutgers has you covered

This midterm season, organizations around Rutgers University are hosting events and giving out tips to help students de-stress during exams. The Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), has a page on their website dedicated to tips on how to prepare for exams and cope with academic pressure.

The primary goals of the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) are to push for better resources, erase stigmas and raise awareness of eating disorders on campus. Eating disorders are the deadliest mental health problem and they affect millions of individuals each year.
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Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization returns to campus after period of inactivity

Twenty-million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorder Organization. At Rutgers, the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) is back after a period of inactivity last year, said Holly Chok, the organization’s president and School of Arts and Sciences junior. "We are looking to promote awareness about eating disorders, advocate for resources, let students know about the resources available on campus and destigmatize it in general," Chok said. Chok said that it was difficult to get the organization active again, and the process included sending a lot of emails and a lot of waiting, but the group was able to make a return at the involvement fair this fall. “It’s a bit of a process because you have to have three members who will definitely be in the e-board.

Throughout the year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension holds composting training classes for local residents at its agricultural experiment station. In addition to teaching individuals how to implement composting into their homes and businesses, the program provides key information on the benefits and specifics of the practice.
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Rutgers outreach program provides composting training to local community

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers composting and horticultural training classes to area residents this month and year-round. The program takes place on part of Davidson's Mill Pond Park, which was granted by the federal government in 1862 and currently serves Middlesex and Union counties.  It is an agricultural experiment station that disseminates research, science and technology information from Rutgers to local farms and industry, said Michele Bakacs, an associate professor at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The Cooperative Extension is responsible for 4-H youth programs, stormwater runoff management, the state organic land care program for professional landscapers, the Rutgers environmental steward program, training master gardeners and the master gardener helpline, she said. Composting is the breakdown of organic materials such as leaves, kitchen scraps and grass clippings, Bakacs said. “There’re so many benefits to composting, it’s amazing,” she said.

Kathleen John-Ader, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture was awarded the 2017 Award of Excellence from a national society for a project that analyzed the climate and topography of Norway.
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Landscape Architecture professor at Rutgers wins prestigious award

A Rutgers University assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture was recently recognized with a 2017 Professional Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). When looking at climate and environmental issues, thoughts on what role landscape architecture might play are not at the forefront of most people’s thoughts.


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