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, NJThe 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, NJOn 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.