5 ways NJ’s on-campus smoking ban is gaining traction

New Jersey lawmakers are looking to ban this sort of behavior on the state's college and university campuses.

New Jersey lawmakers are looking to ban this sort of behavior on the state’s college and university campuses.

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.

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Bishop Quad arches to be saved, Facilities unveils new renovation designs

The main archways at the Quads.

The main archways at the Quads. Photo by Elijah Reiss.

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.

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Watch Live: “Rice At Rutgers” faculty and student teach-in

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.

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#52 Eric Legrand Sees Commencement Offer Revoked

Photo: TotalProSports.com

Photo Credit: TotalProSports.com

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...]

VIDEO: Watch President Barchi respond to #NoRice protesters at Friday’s U. Senate meeting


Around 100 protesters showed up at Friday’s University Senate meeting to confront President Barchi on the administration’s selection of Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker.

On the heels of ongoing protests by students and faculty — the most recent of which took place yesterday during the University Senate’s monthly meeting — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced that she will not be speaking at commencement on May 18th.

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Then and Now: A photographic study of Rutgers’ College Avenue Campus, Part 2


This is the second post in a two part feature on Rutgers’ College Avenue Campus. See Part 1.

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Then and Now: A photographic study of Rutgers’ College Avenue Campus, Part 1

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.

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PHOTOS: Scenes from Rutgers Day 2014

Rutgers University hosted its annual Rutgers Day programming on April 26, 2014, under sunny skies. Here are photos of some of the day’s main attractions. (Images hosted on imgur).

All photos by Elijah Reiss.

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Students to Administrators: “Tuition Is Too Damn High”

Photo by Corey Kuebler

Marios Athanasiou, president of Rutgers Student Union, holds a sign on the steps of Brower Commons during a tuition rally on April 8. Photo by Corey Kuebler

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.

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Innovating the Local News Ecosystem Conference at Montclair State University


The NJ News Commons is hosting their first-ever national journalism conference this Thursday and Friday at Montclair State University.

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