Going on right now in Committee Room 4 at the Statehouse is the hearing of the Senate Higher Education Committee to discuss the proposed merger of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University.
You can listen live here.
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Opposition to the proposed merger – behind which South Jersey Democratic power totem can clearly be seen – was swift from the Rutgers community. Students – as you can read in this diary. Professors. Alumni. And the Rutgers-Camden chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett – all have denounced the plan. Rowan seems happy for the attention but probably bristling from being dissed like it’s a kiddie kollege.
This was rolled out with very little information, and the sense among some in the Rutgers community particularly that the questions haven’t been well-addressed, and the plan’s going to be rammed down New Jersey’s throat (Gov. Christie says this will happen).
This is an Open Thread. If you’re an alum of Rutgers or Rowan, let us know.