On May 8th, the New Jersey State Assembly Higher Education Committee advanced a bill that would ban smoking on all New Jersey college campuses. Here at Rutgers, the administration is reexamining its policies on smoking as it enters the Big Ten Conference. While the drive to ban smoking on colleges, or at least make the practice inaccessible and inconvenient, is nothing new, a number of developments are bound to happen over the summer. Here is a the breakdown of the push to make Rutgers a smoke-free campus.
On April 5th, the university released the plans for the renovated Bishop Quads on College Avenue. The dormitories, built in the late 1920’s, needed to be updated to meet modern fire code. They have sat empty for a few years now and there are plans to reopen them in Fall 2015. The new designs planned to remove the archways between Wessels and Leupp, Leupp and Pell, and Pell and Hegeman. They were to be replaced with modern glass boxes that would accommodate alternate stairwells.
After a month-long battle for the preservation of the Bishop Quad archways in light of their proposed demolition, the preservationists have won. It has been decided that the arches will indeed be incorporated into the renovated dorms which are set to open in Fall 2015.
Since her selection by the university’s Board of Governors back in February, Muckgers has watched closely as the debate around Condoleezza Rice-as-commencement speaker raged. Editor Joe Amditis wrote a comprehensive, in-depth article about the issue. We livestreamed a campus-wide, RUSA sponsored debate between members of the Rutgers University Debate Union. Last week we watched (and recorded) as president Robert Barchi responded to the concerns and criticisms of student protesters under the #NoRice flag.
Today, we’re livestreaming a teach-in, hosted by students and faculty, on Rice and the university decision to honor such a controversial figure. Tune in and voice your opinions in the comments section below.
UPDATE: Turns out Legrand will be speaking at commencement. President Barchi has released a statement, saying: “It was never our intention that Eric would be the only speaker. We have resolved that miscommunication and are delighted to have him participate.”
On Monday night, Eric Legrand, graduating senior and former Rutgers football player paralyzed during a 2010 game, tweeted that he had been offered the opportunity to take the place of Condoleezza Rice as this year’s commencement speaker. That news was accompanied by news that the offer to speak was pulled from him just two days after it was made. In an interview with the Washington Post, LeGrand says Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann said it was for “political reasons.” [Read more...]
Since the founding of Queens College in 1766, College Avenue has been an ever-changing campus. Buildings have come and gone, landscapes have been altered, and construction has recently consumed the area. Because construction on College Ave. has picked up so heavily after a 40-50 year period of quietness — and because the university is approaching its 250 year anniversary — I decided to go back in time. I printed out 55 photograph and postcard scans, grabbed my camera, and spent an entire day (in April 2014) walking around campus, re-framing old, historical scenes to the best of my photographic ability.
The photos below show just how much of Rutgers has changed (and stayed the same) over the past 150 years. Use the slider to swipe back and forth to view photos from then and now. All old images are credited to Kenlew Collections unless noted otherwise in their descriptions.
At 5:30 p.m. on April 8, a group of eleven activists gathered in a rally of protest in front of the steps outside Brower Dining Commons. But this wasn’t a general, run-of-the-mill, “make the world a better place” rally, though passersby may have thought so, judging from the number of participants. This rally was held by the Rutgers Student Union to publicly speak out against another RU tuition increase.
The NJ News Commons is hosting their first-ever national journalism conference this Thursday and Friday at Montclair State University.