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Big Spending on Athletics at Rutgers Targeted by In-Depth HBO Report

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.

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Rutgers Office of Diversity and Academic Success in Sciences Celebrates 30 Years

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.

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Christie Proposes $2.57 Million Cut to Educational Opportunity Fund

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.

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Black Lives Matter Rutgers Rallies in Support of Black Faculty Member Denied Tenure

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.

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Rutgers Women Organizing Against Harassment Takes Back the Night

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. 

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Bill Moyers to Speak at Rutgers-New Brunswick Commencement

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.