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Most, if not all, of the Rutgers graduates and students would not like to see the name of our institution changed. We can let our voice be heard.
Please contact your state legislator and let her or she know on no uncertain terms that you disagree with this action and it will effect your vote come election time. Below you will find a link on how to find out your legislator contact information. Please let them know today.
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In response to the Oct. 14 proposal to merge Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Faculty Council of Rutgers-New Brunswick said they support efforts to strive for excellence in higher education in all aspects. However in a report released by the council, like others at the University, the council has several concerns.
The report states the council has several concerns regarding restructuring, especially surrounding the idea of splitting the merged universities into three parts: North, Central and South Jersey.
Faculty council has qualms with merger

Football

His son wasn't even playing, and he was one of maybe four dozen Rutgers fans. And that's being generous.
But when Rutgers was up, 14-7, on Tennessee - the Tennessee with the 104,000 supporters of the screaming banshee variety - and another Scarlet Knights' dad started talking about tearing down goal posts, Chris Hart didn't even hesitate.
"I told him, 'I'm with you,' " said Hart. "That was the most fun I've had in years."
Rutgers relying on a freshman to lead it

It's right there on the page that Temple devotes to him in its weekly football press notes: Dan Klecko, 6-1, 280.
Asked to verify those dimensions, Klecko first has to suppress a laugh. "They're in the ballpark," he said.
Klecko is measuring up

Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris walked up to Temple senior defensive tackle Dan Klecko after Saturday's game, shook his hand and said, "I'm glad you're done." The Panthers had just been outplayed in all three phases of the game by Temple, but still managed to win at Heinz Field, 29-22. It was a moment of mixed emotions for Klecko.
"It was a great feeling, an honor, to have a coach like Walt Harris say that to you," Klecko said. "But losing that game was also definitely a heart-breaker, to see the dream of going to a bowl be over. A few breaks here and there and things might have been different for us."
Temple's Klecko gets last shot at Rutgers

Rutgers has its best chance of the season to break a 20-game conference losing streak when the Scarlet Knights face Temple at Rutgers Stadium on Saturday. The Owls have owned the Knights lately, winning three straight and four-of-five in the series. Temple has averaged 45.8 points in the wins
Nunes' career may have a happy ending

Men's Basketball

Gary Waters likes to talk about how positive karma and self-esteem are important to creating a winner. It sounds a bit weird until you realize what he did at Kent State before turning forever dysfunctional Rutgers into the surprise of the league last year. This guy can really coach.
Guards will lead Beast's resurgence

After proving last season he could win with somebody else's players, second-year coach Gary Waters will show this season he can win with some of his own. As good as Waters was last season on the bench, leading Rutgers to an 18-13 mark and the NIT, he might have been even better on the recruiting trail. He signed two big-time recruits who turned down scholarships to national champion Maryland (6-7 forward Cortez Davis) and Final Four-bound Oklahoma (6-1 guard Calvin Wooten). With that kind of talent joining a core of skilled players featuring gifted 6-10 wing Herve Lamizana (6.6 ppg, 41 percent on 3s) and guards Jerome Coleman (16.8 ppg), Mike Sherrod (8.6 ppg) and Ricky Shields (11.5 ppg), Rutgers has the kind of roster that could make a dent in March. Don't laugh.
Team Preview

Women's Basketball

Natisha Johnson, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Coleman High School (La.), signed a national letter of intent to attend Rutgers University and will play for the women's basketball team next season, her coach, Zelda Thompson, said Wednesday night. Johnson's signing came hours before Rutgers defeated the New York Gazelles 81-43 in the final exhibition game of the preseason. The Scarlet Knights, 1-1 in the preseason, open their 2002-03 campaign at Stanford a week from Friday.
Rutgers women's basketball team lands recruit

"We looked more like a team tonight," Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said after last night's 81-43 preseason thrashing of the New York Gazelles AAU team.
With all five starters scoring in double digits, the Scarlet Knights certainly showed that they have a lot more to show than just Cappie Pondexter.
Though the standout sophomore point guard did contribute 14 points to the Knights' total, it was clear from the numbers alone that everyone came out to play.
RU gets preseason victory

Mauri Horton wears her hair pulled tight in a miniature ponytail that could pass for a bun. And she limped a bit before having surgery on her feet. But she doesn't feel like an old lady.
Compared to the group that surrounds her, though, she is one.
The Rutgers captain is the lone eligible senior on a team with three freshmen, five sophomores and one eligible junior. And her teammates don't let her forget it.
Horton's seniority has earned her a new nickname -- Grandma.
Rutgers women look to Horton for much-needed leadership

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Around the Big East

The decision to dismiss Temple from the Big East came down from the league in February 2000, but the effect is just beginning to be felt by the Owls.
With only two years remaining in their league membership after this season and facing an uncertain future, head coach Bobby Wallace said he is currently recruiting a greater number of junior college players because he can ensure they will fulfill their eligibility in the Big East. Currently the school is in discussions but, as of yet, has no conference to join after 2004.
Temple playing for respect, recruits: Rutgers will be losing Owls as a conference foe

The Big East has had a memorable season.
Miami, once again, is the nation’s No. 1 team. (If, that is, you throw out the opinions of computers.) Pittsburgh has risen to take over the league’s No. 2 position. Conference teams have had some nice out-of-conference wins, including Boston College’s upset of Notre Dame.
Perhaps the most surprising story, however, is the rise of West Virginia.
Mountain climb

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