From the Archives: Rutgers University, Camden now official

October 18, 2011 11:00 am1 commentViews: 1

Original Publication Date of Article: April 15, 1970
A new name sought by students for the State University’s undergraduate day unit here was approved by the Rutgers University Board of Governors at its regular meeting.
Dr. Mason W. Gross, president of the University, announced the change during ceremonies dedicating the $1.3 million addition to the library last Friday afternoon.
The school’s official name is now Rutgers University, Camden- College of Arts and Sciences.
John S. Podolski, former editor of the weekly student newspaper, had noted during his persistent campaign on behalf of the change that “students for good reasons have been trying to change the school’s name since 1968.” He said that the old name was “too cumbersome” and that he expects that “Rutgers in Camden” will now be an acceptable short form.
In his efforts to bring about a name change, Podolski enlisted the aid of Daniel P. Roberts, president of the Student Government. This body passed a resolution supporting the change and The Gleaner then sponsored a referendum to determine student sentiment on the issue. Faculty support was also gained.
In announcing the name change, Dr. Gross praised students for their interest and pointed out that the new designation is more in keeping with the present character of the college.

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  • I was student then and voted on the referendum. At the time our name was Rutgers College of South Jersey.