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Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean served as governor from 1982 until 1990. He will replace Condoleezza Rice as this year's commencement speaker.

A man protests on Oct. 15, 2013 outside the Supreme Court in Michigan, which recently ruled to uphold a constitutional ban on affirmative action in public universities.

The Super Bowl is scheduled to take place Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J. Football fan Josh Finkelman bought two tickets for the Super Bowl for $2,000 each, a price he argues is prohibitively expensive, and is now suing the National Football League to make tickets more available to the public.

Frank Lautenberg, former senator, passed away in June. He represented New Jersey in the Senate for 19 years.

Actor James Gandolfini, known for his role in “The Sopranos,” died of a heart attack in Rome, Italy.

Hurricane Sandy, which struck New Jersey Oct. 29, 2012, caused damage throughout the state.

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Phillipines Nov. 8, killed more than 5,700. Rutgers students and New Brunswick vendors held fundraisers to support relief, including a new hot dog at Destination Dogs on Paterson Street.

Rutgers released its Emergency Preparedness Task Force Report last week, providing extensive details and recommendations on how the University can improve its emergency preparedness in the wake of a disaster. Only 170 pages of the 275-page document were made public, with Rutgers citing safety measures.

The money raised by Rutgers organizations for the Philippines will primarily go toward funds for water purifying tablets, as water and food are scarce, and transporting medical equipment, which is expensive.

Typhoon Haiyan claimed around 3,982 lives in the Philippines and approximately 1,602 people are reported missing. Organizations on campus are rallying to coordinate relief efforts for the victims of the storm.

Gov. Chris Christie stands with his daughter, Sarah Christie, in the Asbury Park Convention Hall after learning of his victory.

A ballot amendment in the general election will allow New Jerseyans to vote on whether veteran organizations can benefit from games of chance to sustain themselves.

President Barack Obama expressed his frustrations with the glitches on the Affordable Care Act website Monday.

Everglades National Park in Miami, Fla., is one of many national parks reopening after the US government shutdown ended last week. Researchers at Rutgers are still waiting on updates for research grants from federal agencies.

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 17: Chris Hell (L), on vacation from Germany, waits for Betty Mamuyac, a Visitor Use Assistant at the Everglades National Park entranceway, to issue his entrance ticket after the park reopened to visitors today, following a 16-day closure stemming from the partial federal government shutdown on October 17, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The political standoff about the national debt and the funding of the Affordable Care Act ended in the nations capital before a midnight deadline last night. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Supporters of same-sex marriage equality in New Jersey have pushed to get legislators on board. After the US Supreme Court struck down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, a judge ruled to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

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