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Rutgers Forced to Close Libraries Amid Pandemic, Pressure From Unions

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In another move to counter the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the state ordered all municipal, county, and State public libraries to close, as well as all university computer labs. The mandate took effect on the evening of March 20, following Rutgers University’s refusal to voluntarily close its libraries, despite criticism and […]

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Rutgers Students Shaken as Pandemic Disrupts School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On March 17, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi cancelled all in-person classes and events for the remainder of the school year, including the long-awaited commencement ceremonies. It’s part of the latest drastic measures taken to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19–measures that have been met with frustration and heartbreak by students, […]

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Voices from the Darkness: Uncovering the Truth of NJ Immigration Prisons

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—On February 15, an event entitled “Voices from the Darkness,” offered two opportunities to attendees: a scathing, unapologetic criticism of America’s immigrant detention system and a hearty home cooked meal with members of the church community. The Reformed Church of Highland Park hosted the event, organized by Deportation & Immigration Response Equipo (D.I.R.E.), […]

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Rutgers President Barchi Backs Off Climate Pledge, Shifting Blame to Student Newspaper

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers University administration’s commitment to cut net carbon emissions completely by 2030 lasted about four days, and officials still can’t get their stories straight. While hundreds gathered to call for immediate action to combat the climate crisis, just a few blocks away, Rutgers’ outgoing President Robert “Bob” Barchi was cracking jokes at […]

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Voters Deal Another Blow to Edison Mayor, Effectively Killing His Privatization Deal

EDISON, NJ—In a special referendum election, voters in Edison overwhelmingly approved a citizen-initiated ordinance to protect their water and sewer utilities from further privatization. More than four out of five voters approved the new law that will effectively prevent a massive privatization scheme targeting the Township’s sewer system, and much of its drinking water service. […]

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White House Journalist to Speak at Annual NJ Parent Summit in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Project Ready, a non-profit organization, will have author and White House journalist April Ryan as the keynote speaker for their 4th annual New Jersey Parent Summit. Being held at The Heldrich Hotel in downtown New Brunswick, this sold-out event is expected to have 300 people in attendance. From August 2 to 4, parents, […]