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NJ—A petition to New Brunswick's paid sick leave ordinance that was meant to go to ballot in November has been withdrawn.

Advocates within the New Brunswick community had called for the petition to be withdrawn because it excluded temporary workers, who are a large part of New Brunswick's economy.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—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.