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Another round of Star-Ledger buyouts

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Editor & Publisher is reporting that the Newark Star-Ledger, facing a 25% decline in ad revenues, is offering another round of buyouts. This is on the heels of a similar effort last year, various consolidation efforts with the Bergen Record, and an initial devastating round of buyouts that cost the paper 40% of its staff two years ago. Rutgers fans have no love lost for the paper, owing to an inaccurate 2008 series of articles in the publication that misrepresented facts about the school's athletic athletic department. That sentiment is fair, if not deserved, but that doesn't mean it's right to cheer the prospect of people losing their jobs. No one should shed a tear for media conglomerates like Advance or Gannett though, especially since those parent companies would have to take on far more in the way of losses to be in any serious jeopardy. The S-L's Sports Desk had nothing to do with the pieces. The persons who deserve blame for that fiasco are political reporters Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin, former S-L editor Jim Willse, and one specific source that was determined to oust Robert Mulcahy as the Rutgers athletic director. Any further, non-targeted hostility is ill-placed, unfair, and off-putting. The Ledger will undoubtedly survive this latest round of cost cutting, but at a significant price. While still a good paper, it was better with the likes of Alan Sepinwall and Dan Graziano on staff. It's hard to imagine any positive outcome from shedding more skilled personnel.

New Brunswick as a model for redevelopment

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The following post has nothing to do with Rutgers athletics. There is an interesting article in today's Ledger, which includes the second public mention of New Brunswick as an analogous model for...

The future of the NJSEA

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On Wednesday the Christie administration released its long-awaited report on New Jersey Gaming, Sports, and Entertainment. Former Rutgers athletic director Bob Mulcahy (a former NJSEA head) was on...

Misconceptions about Newark and New Jersey

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Thoughts on @NJ_StevePoliti 's column on Newark.

The revised New Jersey 2011 budget and Rutgers

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It was reported yesterday that Gov. Christie and the New Jersey state legislature were nearing a final deal on the forthcoming budget. As expected, Christie did have to make a few compromises (asking for the moon to start as a negotiating tactic). He didn't make many though, and with this year's deep structural cuts and changes to the budget, and the temporary wealth surtax allowed to expire, this outcome represents a major political victory for the Governor. The new budget revision restores some funding for the NJ STARS scholarship program and other tuition aid. More importantly, as indicated by the linked Asbury Park Press post, the proposed merger between Rutgers and Thomas Edison State College is history. That also claims that RU is going to lose over $8m in grants, but a quick look at page 14 of the official comparison of changes indicates that those funds were allocated for the "Capital Campus" plan to turn Thomas Edison into a virtual arm of Rutgers in Trenton. Am I missing something here? In other campus news, PSEG head Ralph Izzo was named to a one year term as the new Board of Governor's chair at yesterday's BoG meeting. Izzo replaces the outgoing chair William Howard. Faculty unions protested the board meeting in light of a planned salary freeze stemming from the sizable cuts (nearly $100 million dollars for Rutgers) to Higher Ed aid in the 2011 budget. Suffice it to say, there will likely be more difficult fiscal decisions ahead barring Congress passing another relief package for state governments. edit: the $96 million actually takes into account the salary increases.

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Partitioning UMDNJ

The Ledger's Josh Margolin is reporting that Pres. McCormick recently met with the NJIT President to discuss splitting UMDNJ in three, with Rutgers taking over UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson (New...

Who would Greg Schiano vote for?

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The upcoming state Governor's race in New Jersey is somewhat heating up (on the internet at least), and is one of the few strictly local stories generating any level of interest at the moment. The l...

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