Booker: UMDNJ-Rutgers merger a “win for Newark”

Patch Newark: UMDNJ Merger a ‘Win for Newark’

“We were facing a developing UMDNJ advisory committee plan that would have hurt Newark and been suboptimal for New Jersey as a whole. We worked with stakeholders at home and across the state to turn this crisis into an opportunity to address Newark’s higher education and health care challenges. Today, I’m happy to report that we succeeded. This legislation is a win for Newark, it is a win for Rutgers, it is a win for medical higher education, it is a win for our hospital, and it is a win for New Jersey,” Booker said in a statement.

Patch reporter Paul Milo explains how the language of the merger maintains benefits for Newarkers:

Language within the law also reaffirms University Hospital’s mission to serve the people of Newark and the surrounding region. The hospital was founded as part of the Newark Agreements, an accord reached between state and local officials following the Newark riots of 1967.

The agreements state that, in exchange for the city donating nearly 60 acres of land for the construction of a hospital, the facility would place a particular focus on the needs of Newark residents. The agreements lacked the force of law, and still would under the restructuring, but many of their objectives are explicitly stated in the act passed last week, lending them even more weight than they had previously.

Rutgers wins at the negotiating table for state ed. merger

Star Ledger: Rutgers governing boards to take last look at Rutgers-Rowan-UMDNJ merger before giving final consent

Under the final deal, Rutgers will take over UMDNJ’s schools in North and Central Jersey — including Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School — in July 2013. Rowan University in Glassboro will take over UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford and become a state-designated research university.

An earlier proposal for Rutgers to give up control of its Camden campus in a quasi-merger with Rowan was largely abandoned in the final hours of negotiations. Lawmakers conceded to most of Rutgers’ demands and the final legislation includes only a joint board with minimal power that will oversee joint health science projects between Rutgers and Rowan. Rutgers will continue to control Rutgers-Camden’s finances, tuition and academics.

Looks like a good deal for Rutgers.

State votes on higher ed. merger

State Legislature to vote on Rutgers-Rowan-UMDNJ merger today

The controversial bill, which has gone through many changes since Gov. Chris Christie announced the plan in January, would merge Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University and govern them with a joint board. It would also fold most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) into Rutgers. Rowan also would take over UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford.

Proponents say it will save the state money in the long run, but Rutgers officials testified this week that it would cost the university at least $155 million to refinance its debt if it had to cut financial ties with its Camden campus.

At least they’re not planning to call it University of New Jersey.

Sullivan: Seton Hall-Rutgers match isn’t pretty

I can’t wait for the day that metropolitan-area basketball is something that is very special. I think it’s going to take off when our programs collectively are really fighting for something. We’re building. When we’re fighting for something I think it will be meaningful for this area.

— Rutgers basketball coach, Fred Hill, following Tuesday’s Rutgers-Seton Hall game at the Rock

Rutgers University Remembers Student Protests, Celebrates Black History Month

Rutgers-Newark: Remembering a 1969 Protest by a Few that Opened Doors for Many at Rutgers University

Forty years ago, a single act of courage by a group of committed students forever changed Rutgers University.  On Feb. 24, 1969, young men and women from the Black Organization of Students, along with some supporters, occupied Conklin Hall at Rutgers University in Newark, protesting the scarcity of black students, black faculty and minority-oriented academic programs on campus.  The event lasted only 72 hours – but the new programs and policies that it triggered are responsible for transforming the whole of Rutgers University into a multicultural institution, with the campus in Newark cited as the most diverse national university in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, July 2008). 

Rutgers in Newark will pause to reflect on those 72 hours, and publicly recognize and thank the people who braved expulsion and arrest to stand up for their beliefs.

The University will be celebrating Black History Month with a number of programs that are free and open to the public

  • Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 29th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, New Jersey’s largest and oldest Black History Month observance. Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Essex Room East and West, Newark NJ. Info: Marisa Pierson, 973/353-1871, ext. 11,,
  • Feb. 25, 6 – 9 p.m., “Repatriation of African Art,” a panel discussion. Rutgers Center for Law and Justice, 1st floor, Baker Trial Courtroom, 123 Washington St., Newark. Co-sponsored by the Art Law Society. Free and open to the public (non-Rutgers visitors must check in at front desk.) Information: Rebecca Esmi,
  • A Celebration of Diversity: The 40th Anniversary of the Conklin Hall Takeover (contact: Gerard Drinkard, 973/353-3824, or
    • Feb. 5, 5-7 p.m., “We Only Know What We Can Remember” Exhibit, Robeson Gallery, Paul Robeson Campus Center,.  Opening reception for Conklin Takeover exhibit in Robeson Gallery featuring photos and documents from the John Cotton Dana Library Archives Digital Preservation Initiative. Exhibit will be displayed in Orbit II Gallery through July 2009.
    • Feb. 12, 4 – 6 p.m., “Inside the Conklin Hall Takeover,” a DVD Screening, Reception & Discussion with Special Performance by Unity Theatre. Bradley Hall Theatre. A brief documentary of interviews and reflections with Chancellor Steven Diner, Dr. Clement A. Price, Dr. Norman Samuels, Junius Williams, current Rutgers students, Black Organization of Students (BOS) alumni including Richard Roper (1st president of BOS), George Hampton (participant in the 1969 takeover) and other noted faculty.
    • Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m., JUKE JOINT POETRY JAM Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center. Celebration of diversity in verse and rhyme featuring students and alumni from various cultures. Multi-cultural refreshments will be served.
    • Feb. 24, 1-5 p.m., “A Look Back, A Leap Forward,” hosted by Dr. Clement A. Price, with performance by Unity Theater,., Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center.  This program commemorates the 40th anniversary of the protest actions of Feb. 24, 1969, by BOS and other students which opened the doors to forever change the cultural makeup of Rutgers-Newark, today the most diverse university in America. Special guests include: President Richard McCormick, Chancellor Steven Diner, ‘69 Liberators.
    • Feb. 27, 6-10 p.m., 40 Years: Liberation of Conklin Hall Reunion, Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center. Closing ceremonies of the celebration of the historic 1969 Conklin Hall Takeover. Awards honoring the ‘69 liberators with special guest speakers Dr. Clement A. Price and the Rev. Dr. Howard, Chair, Rutgers Board of Governors.

Komunyakaa at Rutgers-Newark

Komunyakaa at Rutgers-Newark

Tonight at 5:30pm!  The 2008-09 Writers at Newark Reading Series kicks off with a reading by Yusef Komunyakaa, an American poet and winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.  Check out Tayari’s blog below and get details at the Writers at Newark page.

Wednesday, September 24. Yusef Komunyakaa will open the 2008-09 Writers at Newark Reading Series. The reading is at 5:30 pm at the Paul Robeson Gallery on the campus of Rutgers University, Newark Campus. New Yorkers, it is just a quick subway ride away. And Newarkers, come on down. The event is free and we’d love to see you there.

Writers at Newark Reading Group

Writers at Newark Reading Group
The Newark Reading Group, an open reading discussion group sponsored by the Rutgers-Newark MFA program and the English Department, met for the first time this evening at the Newark Public Library.

If you’re an aspiring writer, or maybe just looking to expand your horizons, the Reading Group is still looking to fill a few more spots. Registration form and calendar of events listed in the link. (Hat tip: Tayari)

The Reading Series is a major new initiative that brings fifteen nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction to campus each year; the readings and discussions are free to the public.

The Reading Group, co-sponsored by The Newark Public Library, and led by MFA Fellow Chidi Asoluka, is an intimate and lively discussion group, which uses the texts of the authors in the Reading Series and then provides the opportunity to hear the author read and to ask questions.

Members MUST be able to make a commitment to reading the books, and to coming to the 5 meetings and 4 readings…

Couldn’t Help Myself

Rutgers Observer: Can white people live in Newark?. This was one of those stop-and-take-a-deep-breath moments. A Rutgers student who has been mistreated by Newark (or R-U?) police on at least one occasion has seen fit to spill out his aggression across the pages of the Rutgers Observer against Mayor Booker. Apparently, Mr. Gifford has felt mistreated for being white and puts the ball in the court of the city government to fix the problem.
Having been a Rutgers student and lived in the city for a couple of years — and being white — I found Gifford’s argument haughty and his solution misguided. So I, well, vented on the comment section of the message board. My response:

During my 2+ years living in and 3+ years commuting in and out of the city, I’ve had very few experiences with Newark Police or the division of the State Police that run the Rutgers-Newark campus security. The experiences I /have/ had with Newark’s finest, though, have been positive and respectful.

Just how many interactions have you had with the NPD to call the Mayor to task? Sure, race does matter in a city with as diverse and rich a cultural heritage as Newark, but do your run-ins with some bad eggs running security detail at R-U tell the whole story?

If you’ve found yourself the victim of racial bias, do something constructive with your frustration: get the police officer’s badge number and file a formal complaint with the department. As for Booker’s approach to integrating this city of 250,000+ citizens, I think his program of partnering with non-profit organizations to work with children, at-risk youths, the poor and the elderly is a good one.

And if you’re /really/ interested in breaking down racial borders in the city of Newark, you may want to consider volunteering for a mentorship program yourself.

Rutgers-Newark has been a hallmark of studies of race and the promotion of social equality (consider their analysis of the 1967 riots and respect for the Conklin Hall student protest in 1969). I would hope that a faculty member would take some time to turn in a corrective editorial on this particular “observation.”

Just in passing, while doing some research for this blog, I stumbled across The Newark Metro, a gorgeous publication of the University about the city of Newark. I looked around for an RSS feed and couldn’t find one, so I used the FeedYes service to create one (don’t you just love the Interweb?). We’re displaying newsfeeds from The Newark Metro in the sidebar now, along with the Times, Topix and Newark Speaks feeds.

Rutgers Opening Public Affairs School

Newark Star Ledger: Rutgers to open public affairs school on Newark campus. Something tells me that R-N won’t be inviting Mr. James on as an adjunct. 😉

Rutgers-Newark will open its first new school in two decades under a plan approved yesterday by the university’s governing board yesterday.

The Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration will offer doctoral and master’s degrees in public administration and a certificate programs in non-profit management, urban educational administration and leadership and other fields.

“With the establishment of this new school, Rutgers will expand its contribution to solving one of the central issues facing our society — the efficient use of government resources,” Rutgers-Newark Provost Steven Diner said.

On the Radar: Rice spreads the hate, Rutgers examines the past, NJPAC looks to the future

  • Battle for Newark: League of Women Voters letter. In brief, it went something like, “Ahem, NO we didn’t sponsor that.”
  • WBGO: Sen. Rice wants the Newark mayor’s race monitored for fraud. Isn’t that we have state election boards?
  • Newark06: Rice Goes on the Attack. Rice mimics James’ 2002 tactic of flinging hateful accusations at Booker in order to undermine his reputation. It seems that where the Booker team has matured, the current administration has descended to grade school warfare. What’s next? Will Rice shout boldly to Booker at the debate that “you’re not the boss of me,” or will he use the “I’m rubber, you’re glue” attack instead?
  • Battle for Newark: Where to catch the candidates. Katie shares a quick reference for next week’s appearances for the mayoral candidates.
  • Rutgers-Newark: Newark Riots – 1967. Rutgers has put together a site in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of ’67 riots that scarred the city.
  • Urban Land Institute: Arts Center Has A Plan to Help Newark Revive (from the New York Times). Further development plans around the NJPAC.
  • National Jeweler: Newark Museum launches jewelry exhibition. A museum exhibit spanning five centuries of American and European jewelry masterpieces is slated to land next week in a city that may be best known as an airport hub for Continental, but was also once a hot spot for gold jewelry manufacturing: Newark, N.J.