This is about to get real. Please don't endanger the New Brunswick merger, Please don't endanger the New Brunswick merger, Please don't endanger the New Brunswick merger...
Actually, one really interesting quote from the article is that the faculty Senate president at Camden says Rutgers turned down George Norcross's overtures to build a hospital in Camden several years back, which Rowan then jumped all over. In the article, it's suggested that Rutgers would have a far better negotiating position today had they only went along with Norcross's plans for a medical school.
As Norcross and all of the South Jersey partisans would probably respond in private, that line of thinking...assumes that Rutgers-New Brunswick is all that concerned for its satellite campuses in Newark and Camden. Which, it really isn't. Supposedly, the fear in Camden is that when push comes to shove, Rutgers will sacrifice them for a medical school in New Brunswick - and that's exactly what advocates for the New Brunswick campus would do in a heartbeat.
With all due respect, we have to watch out for our own, which is what anyone could be expected to do. That's why the spectre of big bad boogeyman Norcross seizing Rutgers-Camden and enveloping it into his patronage mill may not be that bad of an idea. Some people on Rivals were debating the other day how Rutgers has actually suffered over the years by refusing to play ball with the likes of former Middlesex County political boss John Lynch.
Here's a compromise idea for Camden. They keep the Rowan name, because of the restrictions tied to the $100m grant to Glassboro State that originally led to the renaming. However, instead of lowering standards at the Camden campus, their criteria for admissions and tenure have to be extended to Rowan. Would that work?