NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 24, close to 100 members of the Rutgers community protested at Old Queens, the university's oldest building and home to its administration, for fair faculty and staff contracts from the administration.

The crowd consisted of professors, part-time lecturers, graduate students, undergraduate students, teaching assistants (TA’s), adjunct professors, and alumni.

Formed a large circle around the entrance to Old Queens, they blocked traffic around the building as they spoke in favor of better contracts.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A great deal of attention is paid to the Rutgers University administration, and the school's high-profile President.

However, it is the less well-known Board of Governors who arguably have the most influence over University affairs, as they make decisions on the structure of the administration, university departments, and construction projects, and can hire and fire the University President.

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TRENTON, NJ—The State Senate has approved two nominees for the Rutgers Board of Governors who don't live in New Jersey: Virginia resident Susan McCue and New York resident Mark Angelson.

Both nominees have worked closely with prominent Democrats, yet were selected by Republican Governor Chris Christie earlier this month, despite being from out of state.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In one of his few public appearances this semester, Rutgers President Robert Barchi was defensive in the face of recent criticism for being inaccessible to students and others.

The 20th President of the state university even went so far as to blame administrations before his own, in controversial remarks made before the crowd of 150 in the Student Activities Center on George Street.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Late Friday morning, students and faculty gathered outside the College Ave Student Center with coffins and costumes to hold a mock funeral procession down College Ave.

The funeral was organized by the Students for Shared Governance coalition and the Reclaim Rutgers campaign to symbolize the loss of faculty, student, and staff rights at the univeristy.

On one coffin, it said "RIP Student Voices," and on the other was written "RIP Fair Contracts." In respect for the funeral, protestors wore all black.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After protests led to Rutgers University's graduation speaker, Condoleezza Rice to back out of the $35,000 job last spring, the university announced it will be making changes to the selection process.

A major complaint from protestors was the lack of democracy provided to the university community in the commencement speaker selection process.

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