Rutgers Endangered Thousands Of Students By Not Canceling Classes

Rutgers Endangered Thousands Of Students By Not Canceling Classes On February 11th

No matter how one puts it, to still have classes open during a state of emergency with all the potential perils is just ludicrous and abandons all common sense.


February 11th, 2019: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency due to the pending winter storm that was bound to arrive the next day. Almost all weather channels and websites predicted that there would be anywhere from three to six inches of snow with a rich mixture of ice and sleet.

Also February 11th, 2019: Rutgers University declares a delayed opening for all university classes except Rutgers Newark and RBHS Newark.

No matter how one puts it, to still have classes open during a state of emergency with all the potential perils is just ludicrous and abandons all common sense. Most other New Jersey colleges and universities seem to agree with this basic train of thought, as other New Jersey institutions like Kean University, Seton Hall University, and Montclair State University all wisely closed their respective campus classes to ensure the safety of their students.

This statement is made without even taking into account that Rutgers University has tens of thousands of students who commute to school. From the potential ice hazards to the massive amounts of mud and snow, the number of dangers the weather proposed is more than just a few. More than 17 thousand commuters were left in a lose-lose situation: risk their safety on the road driving to school or the valuable information from classes, which is more critical particularly now since the first wave of exams are approaching for most students. Thankfully, there were a handful of professors who were sane enough to cancel their classes because they actually recognized, unlike Rutgers University, that some students have to travel decent lengths to come to school.

This occurrence is not just a one-time event - Rutgers University opened during another blizzard last year, which caused massive issues towards student employees on campus. Again, most colleges closed during this statement of emergency except for Rutgers.

Simply put, there appears to be a lack of respect and care given towards Rutgers students and especially commuters. No logic can explain why Rutgers wants to put whatever incentive they may receive from opening the university above the safety of its students. The fact that this event happened multiple times bodes poorly for commuters in future situations like these. As such, there needs to be a tangible action to be taken immediately before an occurrence similar to this one happens again. Who knows when a severe accident or injury occurs as a result of sheer poor judgment? Priorities must change so that the well-being of students and commuters are number one compared to everything else.

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I Never Wanted To Live On Busch Campus, But Now That I Have, I'll Miss It

We still had hopes for Livi when we officially found out we were living at Allen Hall, on BUSCH. I was so devastated. Like BUSCH?


When my roommate and I first agreed to become roommates, we were hellbent on Livingston. We wanted to live there because it was so close to everything and had exciting things to do, like watching a movie at the Cinema. We even put Cook/Doug as our third choice because we'd rather live in the "dusty towns of Douglass" than live at Busch. However, the last question on the roommate agreement asked us what our first preference would be amongst "roommate, campus, or living preference (gender)." And we picked "roommate."

Fast forward to August, when we found out we were roommates. We were ECSTATIC. But then we found out that our mailing address was "BPO Way," which meant Busch Post Office. Some people said that wouldn't be the final outcome while others said it would. We still had hopes for Livi when we officially found out we were living at Allen Hall, on BUSCH. I was so devastated. Like BUSCH? Really??? Just some geese and nerdy STEM kids???

Hard pass. I'm a liberal arts major. I was so not looking forward to move-in day.

When we got here, I noticed how old and moldy the residence hall was. Even my mother was like, "ugh, I'm so sorry." I met my roommate (who's actually a literal sweetheart) and started moving in. First thing I noticed was how big our room was. It didn't feel cramped at ALL. We're also two very small females. We also had our own air conditioning and heating unit in the ROOM that we could control at all times. So it really wasn't that bad compared to a cramped dorm at Livi with no AC/ Heating.

I thought the bus system would be really annoying because Busch has nothing on it, but I was very wrong. Busch Campus runs five routes, two of them to College Ave. Most of my classes are on College Ave, so the buses were never a hassle. Busch Campus is also very quiet. No loud parties or trash on the sidewalks. No crimes either. It's quite serene, actually.

We also learned to love the geese. If you're respectful, they're respectful. It's a shared, mutual relationship. I've run into a few geese and just been very chill, and they've cooperated as well. They like to hang out in a little creek that runs behind my dorm, where they take their luxurious baths. Their honking wakes us up more of the time than our actual alarm clocks.

The one thing that wasn't that great is how far we had to walk to a bus stop, since the BAMM ( Barr, Allen, Mattia, Metzger) dorms are the furthest from everything. The dining hall being a long walk away also made things complicated, as we didn't eat some nights. Now that the year's ending though, I'm pretty sad to be leaving this place. We wanted to live at the Busch Suites because we'd just gotten so used to Busch. We didn't get the Suites, however. Instead, we got our little dream of living at College Ave come true.

Although we're gonna miss Busch greatly, we're excited for what the future holds.

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