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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A petition to New Brunswick's paid sick leave ordinance that was meant to go to ballot in November has been withdrawn.
Advocates within the New Brunswick community had called for the petition to be withdrawn because it excluded temporary workers, who are a large part of New Brunswick's economy.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers Office for Diversity and Scholarship in the Sciences (ODASIS) began thirty years ago through the efforts of Dr. Francine Essien, a Black Rutgers biology professor.
She worked six or seven days a week, called students over winter break to encourage them, and was often the "anonymous donor" whose donations came in when money for books and stipends dwindled.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—Over 2,200 people raised over $300,000 dollars for children with special needs at the Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation's tenth annual "Walk 'n' Roll."
The walk took place at Johnson Park in Piscataway on May 21.
Many participants wore hats to commemorate the theme, "Hats Off!" and all enjoyed a free carnival following the walk.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On June 3 and 4, Hub City's George Street Playhouse will be presenting free performances of R.N. Sandberg's dark comedy "Terra Incognita."
The newest play from StoryWorks production company is free to the public and starts at 8 p.m. both nights.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--As an offshoot of Livingston Avenue's Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, the Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation (AECDC) is a faith-based organization that serves Middlesex County residents of all religions, genders, and races.
It has an incredibly diverse range of programs, many of which benefit babies and young children.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" ran a episode on April 19 that heavily featured the Rutgers athletics department.
One segment of the episode, "Arm$ Race," explores the excessive athletics spending on campuses across the country.
The segment included many alarming statistics about the athletics spending on campus. For example, in the past twelve years, Rutgers athletics programs have cost taxpayers and tuition-payers $312 million dollars more than they brought into the school's coffers.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) at Rutgers had a dinner on April 28 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
ODASIS is an office, part of the Division of Life Sciences, that supports underrepresented Rutgers undergraduates pursue science careers.
It began in 1986 due to the efforts of Dr. Francine Essien, a Rutgers biology professor. She wanted to something about the numbers of minority and disadvantaged students who went on to attend medical school.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has proposed a $2.57 million cut to New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) funding in the 2017 fiscal year.
The budget for EOF funding statewide would go from $41.3 million to $38.8 million under the proposal, approximately 6% cut in funding. The state budget
EOF is a unique statewide program that supports low-income, first-generation college students.
There are over 2,600 students across the three Rutgers campuses who benefit from EOF funding.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—“My Name is Asher Lev,” the story of a Jewish artist who must choose between his faith and his art, is playing at the George Street Playhouse through May 1.
The play is based off of Chaim Potok's best-selling book of the same name. It follows the childhood and early adulthood of Asher Lev, set in a Hasidic Jewish community in post-war Brooklyn.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On April 13, Black Lives Matter (BLM) Rutgers held a rally at Old Queens in support of Dr. Jennifer Warren, a Black professor in the communication department who was denied tenure last year.
Warren was denied tenure in April 2015. It was, as she puts it, "one of the most devastating events of my adult life."
Warren missed the expedited appeal window, but is now putting the appeal process in motion.
BLM Rutgers maintains that the tenure rejection is an example of institutional racism.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On April 13, Rutgers students and supporters marched for a long-standing tradition called Take Back the Night.
Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an organization working to end gender-based sexual violence.
It has been active since the 1960s, and thousands of colleges, domestic violence shelters, and rape crisis centers have held events in solidarity during TBTN's history.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers Board of Governors announced that the university's 2016 commencement speaker will be Bill Moyers, a major figure in broadcast journalism for decades.
The announcement came at the board's April 6 meeting in Winants Hall on College Avenue. Moyers' speech will be open to the public at the May 15 graduation ceremony scheduled for Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On March 31, Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Barnabas Health have merged to create "the most comprehensive health system in the state of New Jersey."
The combined healthcare system will reach about five million people, or more than half of New Jersey's entire population.
It is now the state's second-largest employer with more than 32,000 employees.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Historical Society's monthly meeting for March was on the topic of the city's historic synagogues.
Deborah Cohn, an archivist at the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey, gave the talk.
Cohn is a longtime member of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick herself, and speaks fondly of the area's Jewish history.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Saturday, March 26, the New Brunswick dance company 10 Hairy Legs held a showcase at Crossroads Theater.
The showcase featured five dancers and works by six separate composers.
Randy James, the company's founder, is always looking out for diverse pieces.
He says he's "often not interested by the end of the nights" when he goes to a show by a single choreographer.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A coalition named Reclaim Revolution, formed in response to the Rutgers's 250th anniversary campaign, is hosting several teach-ins between March 28th and April 21st.
Reclaim Revolution wants to present a different side of Rutgers history, as we reported. They argue that the one shown in the Rutgers 250 campaign is whitewashed and minimizes the contribution of minority groups.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An all-male dance troupe based in New Brunswick, 10 Hairy Legs, is having an all-company showcase Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Crossroads Theater in downtown New Brunswick.
Randy James, a lifelong county resident who founded 10 Hairy Legs in 2012, says all the performances "are abstract—there's no story, there's no narrative...you're going to see modern dance like you've never seen it before."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Theater Close-Up, the "unique collaboration between PBS THIRTEEN and the large community of New York City area non-profit Off-Broadway theaters," will present its first regioinal production at Crossroads Theatre Company.
THIRTEEN is "one of America's most respected and innovative public media providers." Theater Close-Up is a program where Off-Broadway shows are filmed and presented on television.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—College Colors by Stacie Lents premiered February 4 at Crossroads Theatre Company.
It was the play's world premiere.
The play follows two pairs of freshman college roommates at a liberal arts college in the northeastern United States. One set is living in 2016, and the other pair of roommates live in 1964.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University is hosting several free lectures in the month of February.
The events are in honor of the institution's 60th anniversary this year. The theme of the anniversary events is "Make It Better."
The second event in the series will feature US Senator Cory Booker will be coming to Trayes Hall on inside the Douglass Campus Center at 100 George Street on February 16 at 7:00 p.m.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Darwin Chavez Angel has won New Brunswick Today's second annual snowman contest with 223 votes.
There was plenty of snow to work with, as New Brunswick seeing a record-breaking 28 inches of accumulation on January 23. This year saw 38 entries in the contest, which was run through NBToday's Facebook page.
The sculptures, which ranged a barbecuing couple, to an "Olaf," and a snowman doing a headstand, were ranked based on the number of likes they received.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Monica C. Barrett, Rutgers general counsel and interim senior vice president, has joined the law firm that conducted a review of the Rutgers football program last year.
As of January 1, 2016, Barrett joined the higher education practice of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC.
In August 2015, Rutgers retained Bond, Schoeneck and King to review the program following an allegation that a player failed multiple drug tests while on the team and a simple assault charge against wide receiver Leonte Carroo.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--steve., a New Brunswick band, is just getting started.
The only song steve. has released thus far is “Miguel Tajadas’ Lovers Quarrel." It features classic 1990's pop-punk vibe with carefree vocals and improvised harmony, but it also has undertones of alternative and indie with the lead guitar and drumming.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A student-led coalition called Reclaim Revolution has emerged at Rutgers University in response to the university's celebration of its 250th anniversary.
The coalition aims to address the true history of Rutgers, one they argue is being whitewashed by the administration's celebrations, which repeatedly market the university as "revolutionary."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Ordinance 121501, guaranteeing paid sick and safe leave to certain New Brunswick workers, passed at the city council meeting on December 16. The ordinance will take effect in January 2016.
The legislation also calls for a sick pay administrator to deal with enacting the ordinance and handle any complaints. Maria Cody, currently the rent control coordinator of New Brunswick, will fill that role.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On December 16th, New Brunswick City Council will hold a public hearing and, perhaps a final vote, on the city's proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.
Known as Ordinance O-121501, this law would amend and supplement the revised general ordinances of the city, specifically Title 8, Chapter 56, to provide for "paid sick time" and "paid safe time" for many workers in New Brunswick.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rob Romano asked to meet us at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he’s a senior majoring in printmaking.
Our meeting pulled Romano away from a performance art piece that had involved a man walking around pots and pans. It's a Mason Gross thing.
Romano is the frontman of Professor Caveman, a band popular in New Brunswick’s basement scene.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Saint Peter's University Hospital has been recognized for excellence in diabetes education, according to a press release issued by the hospital.
It has been awarded the "prestigious" American Diabetes Association’s Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.
The recognition lasts for four years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers Department of Art History's Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program will be hosting a conference called "Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century" from Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14.
All events are free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required.
You can register for the conference online at chaps.rutgers.edu/register.html.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Until last spring, Dena Seidel was director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking in the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Seidel founded the program, building it up from nothing, her supporters say. And this year, the school for the first time is offering a new major in filmmaking.
But Seidel is no longer at Rutgers, unable to see the fruits of her labor blossom, and a growing number of students are crying foul about her abrupt departure.
UPDATE: The Friday Nite Specials cast has added a second Rutgers show on November 1st. Click here for more information.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—It’s been forty years since "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" debuted in 1975, and New Brunswick's fanatics and casaul followers alike are ready to celebrate.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers students are frustrated with the university's lackluster cybersecurity, considering the school raised tuition in part to fund $3 million worth of network upgrades after several cyberattacks brought the school to a screeching halt last semester.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--There will be a free, all-day conference at the Rutgers Student Center on Thursday, October 8.
The conference, Common Ground 2015, "aims to bring together religious believers, secular humanists, and nonbelievers in conversation in order to gain perspective on each other’s ways of seeing the world, while embracing commonalities in our human experience that bring us together for social change."
There will be four panel sessions, workshops, and breakout sessions.
UPDATE (10/2): The New Brunswick Police Department announced that the October 4 Ciclovia event has been cancelled due to the predicted weather.
"It will take place again in the spring," reads the Nixle alert issued by the police department.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On October 4, three miles' worth of New Brunswick streets will be car-free for Ciclovia, a free event that encourages residents and visitors to walk, bike, skateboard, and engage in other physical activities in the streets.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers senior Ryan Morris is using food to fight New Jersey’s drug epidemic.
Morris is the founder of the Eat to Beat Foundation, which seeks to “educate and spread awareness about the dangers of drug addiction amongst today's youth.”
Eat to Beat is putting on a fundraiser called Eat to Beat: Drug Addiction.