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The Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) recently announced their endorsement of the March for Science in Washington D.C. on April 22. To back up their public support, they plan to help Rutgers students participate in the rally.

Rutgers faculty union officially endorses March for Science

On Saturday, thousands of people are expected to attend the March for Science in Washington, D.C.  In New Jersey, the Rutgers American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) has chosen to endorse the march and help students participate.  The March for Science will advocate for the importance of science and the enactment of evidence-based policies, according to its website. The march will take place on April 22 and will be headquartered in Washington, D.C., with over 500 satellite marches occurring in cities across the globe, according to the site. David Hughes, the president of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT and a professor in the Department of Anthropology, said the Rutgers AAUP-AFT is sponsoring a satellite march in Trenton, New Jersey and will provide transportation for staff and students who wish to attend the march in Washington, D.C. Hughes said the Rutgers AAUP-AFT is endorsing the March on Science to support faculty members who are worried about President Donald J.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) organized Islam Awareness Week to encourage Rutgers students to become more informed about the Islamic faith.

Hundreds of Rutgers students participated in Islam Awareness Week outside of Brower Commons

Last week, students had the opportunity to partake in "Islam Awareness Week" (IAW), an annual event on campus that celebrates the Islamic religion. The event was organized by the Rutgers Muslim Student Association (RUMSA) and was held in a tent outside Brower Commons from Monday to Thursday. Throughout the week, students who stopped by the tent could avail themselves of amenities provided by RUMSA — free food, henna tattoos, informational pamphlets on Islam, pocket-sized Qurans translated to English and more were made available. RUMSA volunteers were also in attendance to encourage curiosity and answer student questions pertaining to Islam.  At night, different Islamic scholars gave speeches outside the tent on topics ranging from the Quran to “The Muslim Next Door” by Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Speeches were open to anyone within earshot. After Thursday night’s speech, RUMSA members cleared out the tent, and "Islam Awareness Week" concluded. Hadear Seliman, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and president of the RUMSA’s Roots Initiative, said she thought the event was a success. “The weather wasn’t good for most of the days, but a lot of people still came to the tent,” Seliman said.

Ten feet of water flood nearly 20 percent of the neighborhood throughout the city of Minot, N.D., leaving more than 4,000 homes inundated by flooding, June 25. With the Souris River expected to crest, city official scramble to implement a recovery strategy hoping to endure the high water preventing the loss of thousands of homes already damaged by flooding. At eight feet above major flood stage, the water appears to be leveling off.

Report projects significant rise in sea-level along Northeastern coast

According to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report, sea levels off the Northeastern coast of the United States could rise significantly by the year 2100. The report’s objective was to update scenarios of global-mean sea level rise (GMSLR), take into account how potential GMSLR increases could impact regions along the U.S.

The “Bridging the Gap” program, in its first year at Rutgers—Camden, increased diversity and enrollment by making tuition more affordable for students. 

Rutgers—Camden expands student tuition program

Rutgers University—Camden hopes to help an increasing number of students attend college through their "Bridging the Gap" program.  The Bridging the Gap program pays for qualifying students’ tuition and general campus fees after state and federal need-based grants have been applied,  according to the Rutgers University—Camden website. Craig Westman, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management at Rutgers University—Camden, said Bridging the Gap, which was launched in Fall of 2015, developed out of the campuses desire to be more accessible to New Jersey residents. “We realized that because of costs, a lot of New Jersey applicants who were accepted into Camden were opting to attend community college,” Westman said.

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