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Rutgers
The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick
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Official Seal of Rutgers University
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Motto in English Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
Established November 10, 1766
Type Flagship
Research University
Land-grant
Public
Endowment $783.5 million (2013) [1]
Chancellor Richard L. Edwards
President Robert L. Barchi
Academic staff 2,080[2]
Admin. staff 5,340[2]
Students 41,565 (2014)
Undergraduates 33,130 (2014)
Postgraduates 8,435 (2014)
Location New Brunswick-Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Campus

Urban/Suburban

2,688 acres (1,088 ha)
Former names

Queen's College (1766–1825)

Rutgers College (1825–1925)

Rutgers University (1925-1945)
Alma Mater On the Banks of the Old Raritan
Colors      Scarlet
Athletics NCAA Division I
Big Ten Conference
Sports 27 varsity teams
Nickname Scarlet Knights
Mascot Scarlet Knight
Website nb.rutgers.edu
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This article discusses Rutgers University's campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For general information on the University as a whole, please see Rutgers University. For other uses of "Rutgers", please see Rutgers (disambiguation).

Rutgers–New Brunswick is the oldest campus of Rutgers University (the others being in Camden and Newark). It is primarily located in the City of New Brunswick and Piscataway Township. The campus is actually composed of several smaller campuses: College Avenue, Busch, Livingston, Cook, and Douglass, the latter two sometimes referred to as "Cook/Douglass," as they are adjacent to each other. Rutgers–New Brunswick also includes several buildings in downtown New Brunswick. The New Brunswick campuses include 19 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, including the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, School of Engineering, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the Graduate School, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the Graduate School of Education, School of Management and Labor Relations, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the College of Nursing, the Rutgers Business School and the School of Social Work.

While several student centers, libraries, commercial venues, and dining halls are found on the various campuses, each campus has a unique environment created by the academic departments and facilities it hosts.

Campuses[edit]

New Jersey Hall houses the economics department at Rutgers.
  • Busch: Busch Campus is located entirely within Piscataway Township, New Jersey. The campus is named after Charles L. Busch (1902–1971), an wealthy benefactor, who unexpectedly donated $10 million to the University for biological research at his death in 1971. The campus was formerly known as "University Heights Campus" and the land was donated to the University by the state in the 1930s. The land was formerly a country club and the original golf course still exists on the campus. The campus is home to the High Point Solutions Stadium, and provides a high-tech and suburban atmosphere focusing on academic areas primarily related to the natural sciences; Physics, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Geology, Biology and Psychology. The Rutgers Medical School was also built on this campus in 1970 but a year later was separated by the State to create the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now UMDNJ). The two universities continue to share the land and facilities on the campus in a slightly irregular arrangement.
  • College Avenue: This campus includes the historic seat of the university, a block known as Old Queens campus. It is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and theaters in downtown New Brunswick, as well as the NJ Transit train station which provides easy access to New York and Philadelphia. Many classes are taught in the Voorhees mall area.
  • Cook: Farms, gardens, and research centers are found on the George H. Cook Campus, including the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College), the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers Gardens, and the Center for Advanced Food Technology. It is also home to community improvement programs, such as Rutgers Against Hunger, the New Brunswick Community Farmer's Market and state-wide programs under the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
  • Douglass: Adjacent to New Brunswick's second ward, it shares many of its open fields with Cook, as they share a campus. The school has many stately buildings with traditional architecture.. Douglass campus is home to the Douglass Residential College for women and has four women's-only housing options. [1].
  • Livingston: Livingston Campus is home to many of the social science departments and the Rutgers Business School. The Louis Brown Athletic Center (commonly known as "the RAC"), the student-founded Livingston Theater, and the Rutgers Ecological Preserve are also found here. The campus is situated in Piscataway Township although it extends into parts of Edison Township and Highland Park. Livingston campus was recently expanded and renovated.

Facilities[edit]

The Zimmerli Art Museum on College Avenue
  • Transportation: The campus bus and shuttle system is a service provided as a means to travel between campuses. Multiple bus lines between campuses exist due to the sheer passenger volume and distances involved. Complete bus schedules and routes for the academic year and breaks as well as other information may be found on the Rutgers Department of Transportation Website here Traveling by buses is free and not restricted to university students.
  • Computing centers: Student accessible computers are mainly concentrated within computer labs. Rutgers has many computing centers to serve the university community.
  • Meals: The dining services claim to be the third largest student dining operation in the USA, serving 4.5 million meals annually. There are four student dining facilities which also provide catering for over 5000 University events yearly. The dining halls on Busch, College Avenue, and Livingston campuses also have faculty dining rooms. Dining halls provide various "event nights" including a midnight breakfast during exams week and King Neptune Night. All student centers also provide food services, mostly "fast food" style.
  • Health centers: Rutgers has 3 health centers/pharmacies which provide primary care to Rutgers students. The RUHS nurse line (1-800-890-5882) is available at no charge to Rutgers University students when the Health Centers are closed. Hurtado Health Center is located on the College Avenue campus, and the Busch-Livingston Health Center shares a parking lot with the RAC on the Livingston Campus.
  • Museums: The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum is located in Voorhees Mall of the College Avenue campus. It was founded in 1966 and later named after Jane Voorhees Zimmerli who was the mother of philanthropist Alan Voorhees. The Geology Museum is also located on college Avenue Campus. The Mason Gross Galleries are located downtown in the university's Civic Square building.

Residence life[edit]

Residence halls provide many facilities for students. With over 15,000 resident students, 5 different campuses each with its own identity, 58 residence halls, 4 dining halls and 30-plus food courts/cafés, students can find everything they need right on campus. Despite some over-crowding, students wishing to live on-campus are usually accommodated, with a lottery system for non-incoming freshmen determining the order in which students choose their preferred housing (With the exception of Demarest Hall, which exempts students from the lottery system as long as they are contracted to special interest sections, and BEST (Busch Engineering, Science, and Technology) Hall, which is open only to students from SAS, SOE,and Pharmacy, and exempts them from the lottery if they got into the hall as a freshman). Single, double, and triple-occupancy rooms (in traditional residence halls), apartments housing four students each, and suites housing six (or four, as in BEST Hall) students each are available. Rooms and apartments are single-sex, with the exception of married graduate student housing, which also permit children of students. The other exceptions to this rule are the Livingston and Rockoff Hall Apartments, Demarest Hall, and Rainbow Perspective Special Interest Rooms in New Gibbons. (These, however require special applications to be made) Most floors and buildings are co-ed, with the exception of Douglass Residential College facilities for women. Rooms usually contain beds, desks, chairs, dressers, and a closet for each student. Cable/internet access are also provided, but due to the widespread use of mobile phones, traditional land-line phone service is no longer provided in the halls. Many residence halls include laundries, main lounges with TVs, foosball and ping-pong, floor lounges with sofas, study tables, and kitchenettes, study lounges, and vending machines. Every floor or house has a resident advisor, an upper class student mentor who has received special training and is responsible for handling a number of tasks, such as planning programs and events, monitoring for safety, and documenting policy and procedure violations.

In the past, due to overcrowding, Rutgers has rented rooms for students in the Franklin Township Crowne Plaza. Shuttle buses provided transportation to campus for these students. Companies like RUliving provide housing catering to the Rutgers/New Brunswick student community since 1992.

Residence halls by campus:

  • Busch Campus. Residence Halls: Barr, Allen, Mattia, Metzger, Davidson. Suites: Crosby, Judson, McCormick, Morrow, Thomas, Winkler, BEST Hall North, BEST Hall East, BEST Hall West. Apartments: Nichols, Richardson, Silvers, Buell, Johnson, Marvin, Russell.
  • College Avenue Campus. Residence Halls: Brett, Campbell, Clothier, Demarest, Frelinghuysen, Hardenbergh, Hegeman, Leupp, Mettler, Pell, Stonier, Tinsley, Wessels, Ford. Apartments: University Center Apartments, Rockoff Hall
  • Cook Campus. Residence Halls: Helyar House, Nicholas, Perry, Voorhees. Apartments: Cook, Newell, Starkey.
  • Douglass Campus. Residence Halls: Bunting-Cobb, Katzenbach, Lippincot, Jameson, New Gibbons, Old Gibbons, Woodbury. Apartments: Henderson.
  • Livingston Campus. Residence Halls: Ernest Lynton Towers, Livingston Quad Residences 1-3. Apartments: Livingston Apartments A, B, and C.

New housing is currently in the process of being built on the College Avenue campus to accommodate more students.

Graduate family housing[edit]

Four complexes provide graduate family housing. They are Johnson Apartments, Marvin Apartments, Nichols Apartments, and Russell Apartments.[3] All four apartment facilities are located in Piscataway Township.[4][5][6][7]

In 1966 Johnson was built.[4] In 1973 Marvin was built.[5] Nichols was constructed in 1975.[6] Russell was constructed in 1976.[7]

Student life[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

  • The Daily Targum, dating back to 1869, is the largest student paper at Rutgers, and independent, boasting a circulation of 15,000. It features international, national, local and university news, as well as editorials, columns, comics, classifieds and sports.
  • The Medium is a weekly student run publication which satirizes events both local to the university and national.
  • The Green Print covers general news as well as environmental issues.
  • The Rutgers Review is the bi-monthly alternative arts and culture magazine.
  • Libertas is the official publication of the Rutgers University Democrats.
  • The Rutgers Centurion was a monthly conservative magazine.
  • The Caellian is the Progressive paper of Douglass Residential College, and features artistic submissions and LGBT issues.
  • The BVCL (Black Voice Carte Latina) is the paper of the black / Hispanic student body.

Greek life[edit]

The campus is home to over 80 fraternities and sororities, including African-American, Latino/a, multicultural and Asian-interest. Several organizations maintain houses for their chapters in the area of Union Street (known locally as "Frat Row"), adjacent to the College Avenue Campus. Greek organizations are governed by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

Traditions[edit]

Students waiting in line at the Grease Trucks

The Grease Trucks are a group of truck-based food vendors located on the College Avenue Campus. They serve traditional grill fare, Middle-Eastern specialties, and are especially well known for serving "Fat Sandwiches," a sub roll containing various ingredients such as cheesesteak, burgers, pork roll, chicken fingers, French fries, mozzarella sticks, eggs, bacon, gyro meat, marinara sauce, etc.

The Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that consists of a year-long series of fundraisers and culminates with the annual Marathon on April 5–6 in the College Avenue Gym. At the Marathon over 400 dancers pledge to raise funds and remain standing for 32 hours without sleeping. The 'Dancers', along with over 500 volunteers and countless visitors, are entertained by live bands, comedians, prize giveaways, games, sports, a mechanical bull, computer and internet access, various theme hours and much more. Rutgers has held this tradition since 1999 and to date has raised in excess of $1.3 million for the Embrace Kids Foundation. In the seventies the Dance Marathon raised funds for the American Cancer Society. In the Eighties it was the Rutger Cancer Research Association.

RutgersFest is a day-long cultural event which takes place outdoors on Livingston Campus near the Louis Brown Athletic Center or on Busch Campus across the Werblin Recreation Center. It is designed to promote college spirit through student organization participation with activities and entertainment throughout the day, culminating with a free concert and fireworks at night. In years past, musical guests have included: Kanye West, Everclear, Sugar Ray, Guster, Goldfinger, Ludacris, Reel Big Fish, Method Man and Redman, Fuel, Third Eye Blind, Hawthorne Heights, Ok Go, N.E.R.D, Pitbull, and more. Some carnival attractions at recent RutgersFests have been the bungee bull, bouncy boxing, moon walk, electronic basketball, a recording studio and tons more to keep the students entertained. It is mainly a chance for students to experience one last major social event with the Rutgers community in an effort to celebrate the end of the academic year and relax before finals.

In 2011, it was held on Busch campus due to construction on Livingston. The musical guests were Yelawolf, Pitbull, and 3OH!3.

After several violent incidents which happened after the 2011 concert including several involving gunshot wounds,[8] RutgersFest has been canceled for the future. President Richard McCormick in a letter to the Rutgers community commented: "The problems that occur following Rutgersfest have grown beyond our capacity to manage them, and the only responsible course of action is to cancel the event." [9]

Although the University sponsored concert of Rutgersfest has been officially cancelled the student body has taken it upon themselves to keep the tradition alive. Within hours of the email from President McCormick informing students that Rutgersfest was cancelled, numerous students fled to social networking sites, mainly Facebook, and let their opinions be known. There was several student created events, all named Rutgersfest or a version of it, and again within hours these events had such a huge following that the creators were interviewed by the school paper. It seemed that the most common reasoning behind the students outcry was that the violent incidents that occurred did not involve university students.

Bus System[edit]

Main article: Rutgers Campus Buses

The size of the campus requires the use of mass transit to get students around to the different residential campuses. Bus Service is currently provided by First Transit, and runs all year including breaks and weekends. When the campus transit system is not in service, a smaller point to point shuttle called the Knight Mover is provided for student transportation.

Public Safety[edit]

According to a New Brunswick Crime Rate Report,"the city's violent crime rate for New Brunswick in 2009 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 75.98% and the city property crime rate in New Brunswick was higher than the national property crime rate average by 12.75%. In 2009 the city violent crime rate in New Brunswick was higher than the violent crime rate in New Jersey by 142.64% and the city property crime rate in New Brunswick was higher than the property crime rate in New Jersey by 64.59%". Projected Crime Incidents for 2012, include 184 incidents for Aggravated Assault, 3 incidents for Arson, 523 incidents for Burglary, 25 incidents for Forcible Rape, 865 incidents for Larceny and Theft, 73 incidents for Motor Vehicle Theft, 5 incidents for Murder and Manslaughter, 132 incidents for Robbery, with 1,791 total incidents including 1,464 for Property Crime and 347 for Violent Crime.[10]

On March 2012, the Daily Targum published an article, City Activists Seek Answers to Street Violence, regarding the increase in street violence in New Brunswick, "In an attempt to stop local street violence, residents are teaming up with New Brunswick authorities to make the city streets safer through various efforts. David Harris, executive director of the Greater New Brunswick Daycare Council, said community leaders and activists in New Brunswick are exploring different ways to combat criminal activity".[11]

However, the crime rate in New Brunswick for 2012 is expected to be lower than in 2009. Based on data from 11 years, New Brunswick crime statistics report an overall downward trend in crime. But, compared to statistics from previous years, while property crime is decreasing, violent crime is increasing.[10]

Athletic heritage[edit]

The Rutgers College football team in 1882.

In 1864, rowing became the first organized sport at Rutgers. Six mile races were held on the Raritan River among six-oared boats. In 1870, Rutgers held its first intercollegiate competition against the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard. During the following century, Rutgers built a strong men's crew program consisting of both heavyweight and lightweight teams. A women’s crew team was added in 1974. In the fall of 2007, men's heavyweight and lightweight crew, along with men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, and men's and women's fencing were cut as NCAA Division I sports by the university administration. The university claimed these changes were due to budget cuts, while others said it was a politically motivated move used to protest funding changes by the state. The university currently has no plans to restore these sports.

Rutgers University is often referred to as The Birthplace of College Football as the first intercollegiate football game was held on College Field between Rutgers and Princeton on 6 November 1869 on a plot of ground where the present-day College Avenue Gymnasium now stands. Rutgers won the game, by the score of 6 to Princeton's 4.[12]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://budgetfacts.rutgers.edu/endowment.shtml
  2. ^ a b "2010–2011 Factbook". Rutgers University. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Graduate Family Housing." Rutgers–New Brunswick. Retrieved on October 6, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Johnson Apartments." Rutgers–New Brunswick. Retrieved on October 6, 2011. "171 Davidson Road Piscataway NJ, 08854"
  5. ^ a b "Marvin Apartments." Rutgers–New Brunswick. Retrieved on October 6, 2011. "611 Marvin Lane Piscataway NJ, 08854"
  6. ^ a b "Nichols Apartments." Rutgers–New Brunswick. Retrieved on October 6, 2011. "194 DAVIDSON ROAD Piscataway NJ, 08854-8063"
  7. ^ a b "Russell Apartments." Rutgers–New Brunswick. Retrieved on October 6, 2011. "158 Bevier Road Piscataway NJ, 08854"
  8. ^ Rowe, Amy. "Four shootings follow Rutgersfest activities". Daily Targum. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  9. ^ McCormick, Richard L. "In Regard to RutgersFest". Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  10. ^ a b New Brunswick Crime Statistics: New Jersey (NJ) - CityRating.com. (n.d.). Best Places To Live - CityRating.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012, from http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/new-jersey/new-brunswick.html
  11. ^ Conte, R. (2012, March 6). City activists seek answers to street violence - The Daily Targum: Metro: . The Daily Targum: Serving the Rutgers community since 1869. Retrieved June 26, 2012, from http://www.dailytargum.com/news/metro/city-activists-seek-answers-to-street-violence/article_9835b20e-6736-11e1-8132-001a4bcf6878.html
  12. ^ NFL History at the National Football League website, accessed 10 September 2006.

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