Renée@Rutgers
Stories from a California transplant.

April 18 2014, 8:19 PM

Killing time between dances at Rutgers Performing Dance Company spring showcase.

April 17 2014, 2:41 AM

Dodgeball at the gym last Wednesday.

Went for a walk Friday evening. George St., the side of Alexander Library, and a random wall with a door on Easton Ave.

April 12 2014, 3:56 PM

So I did five different climbs, even followed a route on one of them. Tried to on the last one but got halfway up and ran out of arm strength and finished without caring about the colors. In addition, I also bouldered about half the wall—you can free climb as long as your feet stay below the red line. So in the first picture, I went from the corner to about where the 10 is written on the wall.

My hands are seriously hurting right now, it’s been way too long since I climbed. Definitely need to come here more often though, today’s been really fun.

And in the last picture, the girl near the top is my roommate’s identical twin Jess, and Emily is in the gray shirt on the ground giving directions.

The last climb I did is where Caroline is (gray shirt, bottom left). Near the top the wall has some geography that my tired arms did NOT like.

April 12 2014, 2:06 PM

Took almost three years but I’m finally climbing on the rock wall.

Took almost three years but I’m finally climbing on the rock wall.

April 8 2014, 6:36 PM

There were some deer right next to the path when I was walking to the bus stop.

There were some deer right next to the path when I was walking to the bus stop.

March 25 2014, 8:02 PM

City man charged with fatally beating student in New Brunswick 

I don’t know if I ever talked about this, but a former Rutgers student was found dead by blunt force trauma in a backyard a few blocks off campus a few weeks ago. They caught his killer.

March 25 2014, 7:58 PM

One dead, four injured after train strike near New Brunswick station 

I was in class but apparently there were four helicopters circling near my dorm after this happened.

March 25 2014, 1:25 AM

Something.

Pulp Fiction. Sooooooooooo good. Hooray for cinema studies classes/special interest sections that get you to watch things that you’ve been meaning to watch for a long time.

So I mentioned my professor Trip once before. He teaches my Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion class. And he’s a cool guy. But he’s stuck teaching a bad class. We look at passages and break down their argument structure. Main conclusion at the point, branching out into levels of the argument and each sentence supports the main conclusion or an intermediate conclusion. So one way of figuring out the tree is the therefore test: “[sentence 1] therefore [sentence 2],” and if it “sounds right,” then you know that sentence 1 supports sentence 2 in your tree.

So we had the first exercise (read: quiz) in class before break and we were discussing it today (in a lecture hall with 200+ seats, mind you) and a lot of people disagreed with what he had as the answer. Which makes sense, because what “sounds right” to one person may not sound right to another. So trying to grade it is just a nightmare.

Also read Cocteau’s The Infernal Machine, which is an interesting play adaptation of the Oedipus myth. I read Oedipus Rex in high school, but this was a bit more…graphic than I remember.

March 24 2014, 12:02 PM

Last night’s sunset.

Last night’s sunset.

March 23 2014, 11:49 AM

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Bronx Zoo 

My pictures from the Bronx Zoo on Wednesday.

March 17 2014, 1:40 AM

Good last class before break.

Turned in my paper, talked about Queneau’s Flight of Icarus and its allusions to the myth. (It’s an original story, not a retelling of the myth.) I swear at least once in each chapter there’s a reference to the character Icarus “taking flight” or “taking wing.”

Then we watched some of The Power of Myth, which I only knew as a book and did not realize was from a tv special. Then some interview with George about his incorporation of Campbell’s ideas in Star Wars.

They showed a clip of the underwater Gungan city from Phantom Menace and this girl in my class who has no filter blurts out, “Oh, the special effects are actually good in this one!” How sheltered do you have to be to know that little of a franchise that has become a juggernaut of pop culture? The ignorance is strong with this one. (Bright side: she constantly interrupts the professors just blurting out whatever’s on her mind, appropriate or not, and FINALLY after half the semester one of them reprimanded her for it. Sure she’ll be back at it after break though.)

March 13 2014, 3:00 PM

Rutgers drama.

I don’t think this was national news, but recently an ex-Rutgers student was killed a few blocks from campus. Story here.

Rutgers sends out crime alerts to students about crimes (robberies, assaults, what have you) that happen on campus. Students were not officially notified by Rutgers of the murder. Story from Wall Street Journal here.

Recently there’s also been drama about RUPD and NBPD and how they don’t work together like they should, it’s more of a competition, NBPD wanting to restrict RUPD jurisdiction, etc.

So all of this culminated in an e-mail that I just received.

Members of the New Brunswick Campus Community:

I am writing to inform you that Rutgers is establishing an expanded crime notification system.

Under the new policy, all students, faculty, and staff on the New Brunswick Campus will be notified of serious crimes against persons that occur beyond the boundaries of the Clery Act anywhere in the fifth and sixth wards of the City of New Brunswick. These wards include those off-campus neighborhoods most heavily populated and frequented by our students. In addition, we will inform you of serious incidents against Rutgers students, faculty, and staff in other parts of the city and areas surrounding the campuses when the university is made aware of such incidents.

The federal Clery Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and others of crimes that occur on campuses or on properties immediately adjacent to them. This law establishes minimum reporting requirements; in most cases, compliance with the Clery Act suffices for notification purposes. As President Barchi stated when he announced the new policy earlier this afternoon, adhering to the federal law simply doesn’t in all instances meet the needs of our community. In certain cases, especially those involving serious injury, we think it is appropriate to go beyond compliance with minimum federal legal standard. Rather than relying on the guidelines of the federal law, the president, our public safety personnel, and I have developed this new protocol to help all of the members of our campus community make informed choices concerning their safety.

Under the Clery Act, notifications are required only when a crime occurs on or immediately adjacent to the campus and when there is an ongoing threat to the campus community. Such notification was not required following last month’s murder of our former student, William McCaw, who was killed at a location beyond the geographic limits set by the federal law. Under the new guidelines, this incident would trigger notification of the campus community.

The new policy will capitalize on the close working relationships that the university has with law enforcement and elected officials in the City of New Brunswick.

The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount, and I believe this new policy will enhance our efforts to keep the campus community informed and safe.

Sincerely,

Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D. Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs And Chancellor (Interim), New Brunswick

Once again we see here that Rutgers is taking a reactionary stance on this instead of a proactive stance that could have prevented some bad press for the university. Not that I care about the school’s publicity either way, it just seems like it should have been a no brainer for the people who said, “No, we’re not going to say anything about this because we’re not legally required to.”

And even aside from the publicity aspect of it, it should have been common sense. “The law doesn’t require us to notify our students of this heinous crime that occurred in a part of the city that is densely populated by students, so why should we?” Because it should, again, be a no-brainer that you want to keep students safe?!

Slightly unrelated rant, but I think it gets at the same overarching issue so I’ll mention it. At the beginning of last semester, the dining halls were closing for dinner an hour earlier than they had previously, much to the chagrin of students with night classes. It came out that the reason for this was because the dining halls didn’t make a profit last year and they wanted to cut man hours and save money that way.

I’m sorry, what? You’re talking about something that provides an essential service to the student body and you need it to make a freaking profit?! On top of everything we already pay in tuition and housing! There was a petition and enough student interest and the dining halls resumed their previous hours.

End of story: sometimes I seriously question Rutgers bureaucracy.

Oh, I also found out on Tuesday that Chris Christie has been giving away parts of the World Trade Center as party favors to people he wants to like him. (Source: NY Times) My initial reaction when I was told was, “That’s not…kosher.” (For lack of a better word.)

March 13 2014, 1:10 AM

Marc Hundemann 

Marc is raising money for Dance Marathon, which benefits the Embrace Kids Foundation.

March 11 2014, 4:48 PM

I was just outside in a t-shirt & no jacket.

Sorry, that’s kind of a big deal here right now. 65°, yes please!

I walked out of Dem to head to class and there were real live PEOPLE milling about in the quad. I forgot how much campus comes to life when the weather’s nice.

It won’t last, back in the 40s next week. But it’s still a nice reminder of what’s to come and that winter WILL end.

Spring break next week. Currently have plans for baking and Bronx Zoo on Wednesday, maybe a short road trip to somewhere warm. 3 more days!

March 10 2014, 9:58 PM

Since none of yesterday’s sunset pictures came out and now that the sun is setting later, I went up to the top of the parking garage to take some sunset pictures.

The top pictures is the cupola on Demarest, and the building in the middle is the College Ave gym. There’s a line of geese in there too and a flock of starlings.