Whitney Derman

Whitney Derman is a reporter for New Brunswick Today as well as a student at Rutgers New Brunswick. She is majoring in Political Science with minors in History as well as global studies. She enjoys using New Brunswick today as an outlet to improve upon her writing skills as well as learn more about the beautiful city she is staying in throughout her college experience. She hopes to one day work in the international sector and make a difference in  the world.

  • Photo Credit: Fiddle Foundation

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, the first non-governmental organization focused exclusively on autistic adults, announced a $100,000 endowment fund at Rutgers University earlier this year.

    The groundbreaking fund, known as the “The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Adult Autism Family Support Fellowship and Resource Guide Fund,” will help teach Rutgers School of Social Work graduate students to work as clinicians in order to help improve the lives of families with an autistic adult.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On September 17, the Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, came to Rutgers, New Brunswick to speak to the students of Rutgers about various political issues in today’s world.

    The All Marxist-Leninist Union (AMLU), a student organization which advocates for a workers' revolution that would nationalize the means of production, hosted the Green Party nominee.

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL--At the 2016 Rio Olympics New Jersey is heavily represented with 35 USA team members hailing from the Garden State.

    Of these Olympians a total of five were raised right here in Middlesex County.  And two of them came back to New Jersey with medals.

    Dagmara Wozniak, a fencer who won a bronze medal in the 2016 games hails from Avenel and currently lives in Hoboken.  Originally born in Poland, Wozniak moved to New Jersey at the age of one.

    (Sports)
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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ--—Irving Primary School in Highland Park won a prize for being in the top ten for their work in the Great Crayon Cleanout by saving 125 pounds of crayons from local landfills.

    Many used crayons end up in local landfills, which is both wasteful and bad for the environment.

    For the Great Crayon Cleanout, students were tasked with finding old, loose crayons in their homes and schools, ones that were unlikely to be used again.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts' Extension Division is hosting its ninth annual series of free summer events for the entire family.

    The 2016 Summer Series includes four free music and dance performances on the university campus.  All of the shows begin at 7pm and are free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

    For the first time in several years, the series will feature a musical theatre performance, showcasing a discipline that involves song, dance, and acting all in one.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In October 2015, Rutgers University's Board of Governors approved a new article to the student code of conduct that prohibits various behaviors such as sexual harassment, stalking and violence.

    The policy, 10.3.12, was devised by the school's Title IX Committee, with representatives from all three major campuses of the university, and was announced by University President Robert Barchi in a campuswide email on February 4.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers University Music Department is hosting a combination symposium and concert that will explore the relationship between music and technology.

    On President's Day, February 15, the event will ask questions like,” does technology waste time or save it?” and “is music less expressive or connecting when it is made through a computer or other technology?”

    (Music)
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    PISCATAWAY, NJ--January 2016 marks the kickoff of the first-ever Rutgers Filmmaker series where a variety of international filmmakers will screen their works free of charge and engage in a question and answer discussion.

    The series kicks off with a screening of “Amadeus” on January 28 at 6pm at Rutgers Cinema on Livingston campus (105 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway) with special guest star, Tom Hulce.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As a part of the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University’s Fall 2015 Distinguished Lecture Series, on Thursday November 17, Daniel C. Lynch will be giving a lecture on the debates of Chinese economic and political trajectory.

    The lecture will take place on-campus in Brower Commons in rooms A, B, and C from 4:30pm until 6pm.

    The dining hall building is located at 145 College Avenue in New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On October 29, the Rutgers University Dance department will be hosting a free one day public symposium on Parkinson's disease.

    The symposium will include a movement class designed for people with Parkinson’s disease as well as films relating to Parkinson’s disease and dance, a panel discussion on research advances, and dinner.

    Titled “Moving Forward,” the event will be held at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass Campus at 85 George Street, from 4:30 until 8:30 pm.

    (Health)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On May 30 and 31, the Confucius Institute at Rutgers University will be holding its first international conference on the topic of the four earliest writing systems: Chinese, Sumerian, Egyptian, and Mesoamerican.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Sign ups for the fourth consecutive “Project Move out” will be coming to a close at noon on May 20.

    The 'project" is a chance for Rutgers University students to get their furniture and other bulky items picked up for free during the time of year when many college students move.

    Students who live in New Brunswick can request a pickup until the deadline by registering online at http://ruoffcampus.rutgers.edu/projectmoveout.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On Thursday March 26, at 7:30pm in the Douglass Campus Center’s Trayes Hall, the Rutgers chapter of Thaakat will be holding a benefit concert featuring Pakistani singer Asim Azhar.

    All proceeds from the event will be used to help out with the Thaakat L.O.V.E campaign, short for "Love over violence everywhere."  It encourages women to demand the respect that they deserve and also encourages everyone else to hold them in high esteem.

  • Photo Credit: Rutgers Malaysian Students Association

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Thursday, March 11, the Rutgers Malaysian Student Association will be holding its third annual award-winning Malaysian Night, from 7pm until 10:30 pm in the Cook Campus Center multipurpose room.

    This year’s theme, “festival of shadows,” is inspired by the traditional and mystical Malaysian phenomenon called wayang kulit, which translates into "shadow puppet" in English.

    One of the night’s major highlights will be raffles with prizes brought all the way from Malaysia itself.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tickets have sold out to the Rutgers Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund's annual Spring Gala on Thursday, March 12 at 7pm in the Rutgers Student Center.

    The event, which features dinner, live music, and renowned guest speakers, is being hosted to raise money for Palestinean children in need of medical care and humanitarian relief.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers Mason Gross School's Dance Department is partnering with the New Jersey Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to present a series of movement classes for people with Parkinson’s disease.

    (Health)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The College Avenue Players (CAP), Rutgers’ premiere student-run comedy troupe, will be performing the comedy, “Crazy Town,” on February 27-28 and March 6 in Room 135 of Scott Hall, located at the corner of Hamilton Street and College Avenue.

    Performance will be held at 8pm on all three nights, and March 6 will also include a second 11:59 pm show.  Tickets cost $5 for Rutgers students with ID and $8 for all others.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the American Repertory Ballet will be collaborating once again to present a new full-length ballet based on Shakespeare’s comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

    The partnership comes on the heels of their 2013 collaboration of "Romeo and Juliet," another of Shakespeare's works.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—At 7pm on Saturday February 14, a special Valentine's Day opera will be hosted on the Rutgers campus.

    "The Splendor of Chinese Kunqu Opera" will be performed at the Nicholas Music Hall, located at 85 George Street on the Douglass campus of Rutgers.  The event is free and open to the public.

    Performers were invited to travel from Beijing, China for this event, making for an authentic Chinese opera performance.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Now through Sunday, February 15, the Rutgers Theatre Company will be performing “The School For Scandal,” at the Philip J. Levin Theatre, located on Douglas Campus in Rutgers University.

    The show, which takes place in 18th century London focuses on the art of gossip, both in real life and celebrity gossip.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The famous opera Lakmé will be performed at Rutgers four times in the next two weeks, at Nicholas Music Center, located in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center at 85 George Street.

    Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, January 30 and February 6, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, February 1 and February 8, 2015.

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    NEW YORK, NY—Several pianists from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University will be playing, “The Unknown Diabelli Variations” at Carnegie Hall, one of the world’s most famous music halls.

    Located on 7th Avenue in Manhattan, the music hall opened in 1891, having been commissioned by businessman Andrew Carnegie, and designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill.

    Among musicians and performers, it is usually considered an honor to take the stage there.

    (Music)
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    EDISON, NJ—The Edison High School Marching Eagles have been soaring ever since they completed another extremely successful season, and earned a second national championship.

    Currently, the team are two-time defending State and National Champions, which makes them undefeated since 2013.

    Supporters say that the students who are a part of the Marching Eagles are extremely talented and hard-working individuals, on and off the field, and the team is looking forward to another strong season in 2015.

    (Sports)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—From December 11 until December 21, the Crossroads Theatre Company is hosting its traditional "Holiday Jubilee," a multicultural musical event for all ages, continue for its fifth consecutive year.

    The performances will be held at the at the theatre, located at 7 Livingston Avenue, at 8pm on Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On Sunday November 23 at 7:30PM, the city's historic State Theatre will host the Association of Indians at Rutgers' (AIR) 28th annual show entitled, “Vishwas, Belief In A Better World.”

    The doors will open at 7pm and tickets will be sold for $10 for Rutgers Students and $12 for everyone else.

  • Photo Credit: Rutgers Field Hockey Team

    ANN ARBOR, MI—In their first postseason appearance since 2010, the Rutgers Field Hockey Team particiapted in the Big 10 Conference Tournament last week, completing their first season in the new conference.

    After winning three games in a row at home to finish out the season, the team traveled to face the University of Michigan in the tournament, but lost 3-1 on November 6.

    Head Field Hockey Coach Meredith Long finally got the job leading the team in 2012, after years as an assistant coach.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Friday November 14, at 8pm in Trayes Hall of the Douglass Student Center, located at 100 George Street the Rutgers Belly Dance Troupe will be hosting their biggest event of the semester, known as the “ Fall Hafla.”

    Hafla, an Arabic term meaning “party,” is a Rutgers Belly Dance tradition that takes place in both the fall and spring semesters of each school year.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Friday November 7, at the College Avenue Student Center, the Rutgers Thaakat Foundation will be hosting an event to benefit a school in Pakistan.

    The banquet, dubbed "Casino Royale: A Formal Affair," will include appetizers, dinner, music, and casino style games will be taking place in the building's multipurpose room from 7:30pm – 11pm.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- El 9 de diciembre, Jahi McMath se sometió a cirugía para su apnea del sueño y resultó sufriendo de un ataque cardíaco. Tres médicos la declararon con muerte cerebral, según la ley de California.

    (Health)
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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—This Saturday, October 25, the Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA) will be hosting their biggest event of the semester in the multi-purpose room of the Livingston Student Center from 7-10pm.

    The competitive showcase will feature several of the Asian dance teams at Rutgers University and includes a cash prize for the winner.  The theme of the showcase will be Maleficent, who was the evil Queen in the Disney classic, "Sleeping Beauty."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After Jahi McMath’s surgery to correct her sleep apnea resulted in the teenager having a heart attack on December 9, three doctors her declared brain dead under California law.

    A death certificate was issued to her in Alameda County, California, but an attorney for the family says the 13-year-old is alive, supported by a ventilator and feeding tubes, at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick.

    (Health)
  • Photo Credit: Nehriyan Bhangra Dance Team

    PISCATAWAY, NJ—Years ago, several young women at Rutgers came together with the dream of one day establishing an all-female bhangra dance team.

    Now, this dream is a reality, after Nehriyan Bhangra became an official student organization at Rutgers University last year.

    The team, which consists of thirty young women, including captains Harveen Kaur and Raman Kullar, is passionate about gracing the stage with their killer dance steps, as well as spreading the culture of Punjab, the region of India that this dance style comes from.

  • Photo Credit: Rutgers Chinese Dance Troupe

    PISCATAWAY, NJ—The Rutgers Chinese Dance Troupe started in 2000 as an all-female dance group, but since then the team has grown to include male members who study and perform martial arts.

    Fourteen years later, the team is bigger and better than ever with almost ten new members that just joined this fall.

    Tonight, the troupe will be performing at the Rutgers Internal Student Association's Colors of Nations show, along with an array of other performances by Rutgers-based cultural organizations..

  • Photo Credit: Lustig Dance Theatre

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On November 8, 2010, Graham Lustig opened the Lustig Dance Theatre, located at 80 Albany Street in downtown New Brunswick.

    The theatre has its own professional dance company that does several shows a year, recreational dance classes and even a wellness program which offers a plethora of unlimited dance and fitness classes for adults who have an interest in dance as well as remaining physically active.