The Raptor Report: Week of 9/7/2010

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Welcome back to Rutgers-Camden everyone, and to our incoming freshman, welcome! This year, Rutgers University expects a record enrollment of first-year students, with an estimated 7,300 expected university-wide. Preliminary figures show first-year enrollment has increased more than three percent from last year, and transfer student enrollment is up six percent!

-8 A new development in Gov. Christie’s butchering of public education: nearly 8 percent slashes will occur on aid checks given to low-income students to help pay for tuition.

-10 Tuition and fees will increase 4 percent for in-state students and 6 percent for out-of-state students under the University’s 2010-2011 budget, passed Thursday by the Rutgers Board of Governors.

+5 Rutgers-Camden student, Tammy Shepherd (known professionally as “Tami Anthony”), wrote a play that will be featured in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival.  Her play, “Dinner with the Leos”, explores definitions of family and ideas about diversity through the experience of foster-parenting.  She wrote the play as part of an independent study with Paul Bernstein, an associate professor of fine arts. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12; and 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at the Adrienne Theatre, located at 2030 Sansom Street.

+3 Also at the Philly Fringe Arts Festival, check out “Wawapalooza 4: Damaged Goods”, an annual satirical variety show that celebrates Philly culture: cheese steaks, everything Wawa, South Street decadence and haggling at the Italian Market. It’s showing from Sept. 2 until Sept. 11 at Society Hill Playhouse, located at 507 South 8th Street. Performances will be held at 8 p.m.

+1 With students flocking to online sources for deals on textbooks, the Rutgers-Camden bookstore is initiating a textbook rental program. The store’s college textbooks are available for rent at up to 55 percent off the regular price.

+2 New Jersey legislators are considering legislation aimed at ensuring that the state’s universities have plans in place to address major on-campus emergencies.  Under the proposal, schools would file comprehensive five-year campus security plans, which would identify their preparedness for potential emergencies, with state homeland security and higher education officials.

+3 “I think, listen, you would have to be really in your gut and in your heart ready to be president of the United States if you decide to run for that, and I simply do not have the desire to do it nor do I think I’m ready.” Gov. Christie on an interview with FOX News’ Neil Cavuto.

+6 The second annual Philly Naked Bike Ride was held on Sunday, promoting “the shedding of excess”, fuel-conscious consumption, and bewildering tourists that came to see the Liberty Bell.

+3 The third annual Park(ing) Day will take place on September 17.  The event involves creatively turning parking spaces in urban areas into temporary park spaces with turf, plants, lawn chairs and grills. The aim is to legally demonstrate that automobiles dominate too much public land, and that it should be redistributed to parks, bike lanes and vegetation.

+7 The next season of “Dancing with the Stars” will include Bristol Palin and Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino.

-3 Former Playboy model and current wife of an Eagles wide receiver, Kendra Wilkinson, began taping the third season of her reality TV show… in Philadelphia.

+5 In a new Quinnipiac University poll of Garden State residents, 51 percent said they had an unfavorable view of Kendra’s show, while just 11 percent had a favorable view. The rest were undecided.

Final Score: 14

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  1. I do enjoy reading the Raptor Report for entertainment, but it is a little ridiculous how biased it is. Why isn’t there any author for it? Or how is it done?

  2. Liz Clements, Editor-in-Chief on

    The Raptor Report is written weekly by the acting Commentary Editor. It is just a list of current events that strictly reflect the opinions there of the commentary editor. Its purpose is to help stem conversion and hopefully reflective articles from the student population.

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