Rutgers Students: Top Ten Ways to Get RU Screw’d

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Weekend Buses: “Weekend 1: 5 min & 27 min”…four minutes later…”Weekend 1: 1 min & 23 min”… a minute later…”Weekend 1: 30 min & 55 min”. All students have been victims of the sketchy weekend bus system, which often leaves you stranded in New Brunswick sitting on a half-broken bench next to a hobo in the wee hours of the morning. We’ve all had to ask strangers where each bus goes next as the weekend buses go to all campuses. At least once you’ve been on a Weekend bus forty minutes too long because you misjudged what stop is next. The faulty timing of the Weekend buses has often left me in the cold in sub-arctic temperatures, made me miss exam reviews, or have made me the product of a bus driver who wants to take a 15-minute smoke break at 2 a.m.

Web Registration: 9:59…10:00 *click*. If you’re a Rutgers student (no matter what campus), you’ve been taken victim of WebReg, which at times takes an hour to get from one screen to the next. I’ve heard numerous stories where a student NEEDS to register for three major classes this semester and they only end getting one or in many cases, none. Or the only class you can register for is taught by the teacher that is rated horribly on Rate my Professors. What does Rutgers do about it??? Nothing, absolutely nothing.

WebReg…making dudes cry for the past decade.

End of Semester Dining Halls: It is bad enough that we have to deal with a limited variety of food, bad wok line cooks, slow-moving pasta lines, and stale desserts at our multi-million dollar dining halls but the end of the semester makes everything worse. Towards the end of the semester, the dining aides don’t want to put cereal in the dispensers, the aides start cleaning up everything an hour before the dining hall closes, and the Livingston burger line decides to stop ordering condiments and patties. We do pay like $10 a meal so I would like to get my money’s worth…it’s only right.

Library Seating in Alexander During Finals: Ahhh…Club Alex, where 50% of space is taken up by unoccupied bookshelves and books that NO ONE checks out or even considers looking at. If you don’t try and get into Club Alex by noon during Finals Week, you might as well take refuge in the lobby or on the floor. Of course, you can ask that one guy, who occupies a table all to himself. To make matters worse, there’s barely any outlets, the Scarlet Cafe’s coffee taste like mud water, and there aren’t enough chairs for the tables.

Border-line Grades: We’ve all had final grades of a 69, 79, or 89 in a class and that class is one of your major classes or a prerequisite that decides if you will be admitted into the School of Pharmacy, Business School…or the grade in this class determines your classes for next semester. After you get your border-line grade back, you strike up the courage to visit your professor who has his office hours in East Bumblefuck at like 9 a.m., and when you get there, he tells you, “NO”. You plead that this one grade is the deciding factor for your whole college career and upon hearing this information; your professor could still care less. I’m sure you’ve all seen a girl on the bus sobbing to her father about how she’s not good enough and she is a complete failure, she’s probably a product of this…oh well…*changes major*

15 Minute Break Bus Drivers: Are you ever on the bus during rush hour and the bus is completely packed or had to go to an exam at Scott Hall and the bus driver feels the need to stand outside to take a smoke break at the RSC for fifteen fucking minutes? Then once you get on to another campus the bus driver has to take another break for some reason. Sometime the driver will just off get off the bus and just stand there for ten minutes not doing anything productive. This usually happens in the middle of rush hour or in the wee hours of the morning when you are trying to avoid drunken students. *Oh, yeah I don’t have an exam in twenty minutes, go ahead on take your break Mr. Morbidly Obese bus driver*

Parking (Everywhere): Have you ever just wanted to go to the gym and thought to yourself that you car will be fine w/o a permit in the parking lot for an hour? I’m sure you came back from your workout to find a ticket in your windshield for a fine ranging from $25 to $85. The parking authority has a 6th sense when it comes to finding cars w/o permits. I’ve heard stories that the parking tickets actually pays for the Rutgers bus system…yes, you read that correctly. Moral of the story: Don’t leave your car anywhere where it is not supposed to, every parking lot at Rutgers isn’t safe against the EVIL parking authority.

Exams during the Worst Possible TimesWe’ve all experienced a time where the “big” Rutgers football game falls on a Thursday then you look at your syllabus and see…Exam – Thursday Nov. 15th. Or maybe there was a mini-blizzard outside and your professor still didn’t feel the need to cancel class because it “wasn’t bad enough”. Or maybe they are doing construction on George Street and buses are running on 20 min intervals. No matter how inconvenient the date, Rutgers still feels the need to make us take overly long exams that anally rape you, when you could be having the time of your life.

RU WIRELESS: *Library*…2 bars…*Dorm*…2 bars…*Student Center*…2 bars…Like shit, you would think Rutgers would get better Wi-Fi after years of complaints. It’s bad enough that it takes 20 minutes to watch a two minute video because you have to keep refreshing the video to help it load faster. Or even when you are doing online or a online exam on eCollege and when you go to submit your work you read a screen that says “Web Authentication Failed” and NONE of your work gets saved. I have never seen a fully functioning five-bar connection and don’t expect to see one in the near future.

TA’S: Let me give you a scenario: The class is full of 300 students, the class is usually academically-challenging, and it involves a recitation. The recitation is taught by a T.A. that sounds like he hasn’t passed ESL. The only way you can possibly learn something in this class is to sit in the first three rows of the class because if you sit far away it’ll sound like the T.A. is speaking a foreign language. The T.A. doesn’t correctly answer questions, doesn’t take students’ struggles into consideration, and stampedes through the curriculum with reckless abandon. Having a T.A. is a problem in its self at Rutgers.

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10 thoughts on “Rutgers Students: Top Ten Ways to Get RU Screw’d

  1. Agree with everything on here except 15 minute bus driver breaks. Do you even know how mind numbing driving the same route every 20 minutes must be? Also, they’re people not robots, they need food, bathroom breaks etc. Show some humanity. And contrary to your beliefs, they actually do this more during slow periods now.

  2. I would just like to say here that most of the things on this list aren’t technically an RU screw of any sort (since it doesn’t actually exist) but rather things that we can jump on the bandwagon to change, or at least ignite a change of some sort if you want it to. It’s your school, you can change it if you really want to.

    That said, getting a bad grade is by no means an RU screw. It’s a it’s either something to work from and admit that maybe you need help from a professor, or admit that you probably should have studied a bit more to get over that borderline grade. Your grades are only as good as how you study and prepare, and it’s entirely possible! 🙂

    If something is wrong in the dining halls, the dining staff is more than happy to hear complaints and comments to make it better. We have one of the better dining systems in the country, and some dining halls have the napkin board for students to talk DIRECTLY to the head chef. If something wrong, if cereal isn’t getting put out, ask them why. Put them on the spot.

    As for RU Wireless, any of the lab consultants can help you out in any of the computer labs. Being one myself, I can say that I’ve been more than happy to help multiple students with their RU Wireless problems. Worse comes to worse try and find the areas on campus with the strongest signals. I’ve never had a problem with my laptop except in Murray hall, but for the most part you shouldn’t need internet connection within classes if you’re paying attention. Try to open online textbooks before classes start, and if you’re really having a problem, go to a computer lab and explain your situation to the consultant. You can use the computers there while they figure out your laptop issues.

    As for TA’s… I’ve never had that problem so I can’t really help in that area sorry 😦

    Exams during the worst possible times: Yes, exams are scheduled, but that’s what college is for-an education rather than having the time of your life. If you have a big exam scheduled during the football game (which I have had before and I’m a big football fan) then you have to pick and choose your priorities, which Rutgers is actually helping you with. What is more important, your grades/future or momentarily having fun? Not every exam will be scheduled at your greatest convenience but I truly think RU has done a fantastic job with exam scheduling considering the high volume of students/classes it needs to accomodate.

    The parking authority also isn’t evil. Tickets are given out to those who don’t follow the rules of the department of transportation. Parking rules are there so that students will utilize our very large bus system, and reduce traffic. We are over 50% commuter students at the New Brunswick campus, which means if you have a car, park it and leave it there. It reduces the amount of traffic (especially during rush hours) and helps you get to classes on time. Rutgers has adapted it’s bus systems every year and it’s a free way to get around the very large campus efficiently.

    As far as webreg goes, be happy that we’re in the age of online registration and you wouldn’t have to stand in line to register as in years past. Rutgers is aware of the issues that students have with webreg, but for now it isn’t in the budget to overhaul the entire system. I’ve always got my classes, but I do know plenty of students who have had problems with it. They are working their way up to possibly an overhaul, but it would cost millions of dollars for a new system. The best thing we can do is to grin and bare it for now, and get special permission numbers hopefully. A lot of professors are very understanding (at least the ones who have been around long enough to experience multiple emails from students about webreg)

    I hope all of this didn’t come off in the wrong way, because I only meant to help with some of the problems that were listed here. If you want to ask me anything or have a problem that you can’t seem to solve I might be able to give you some people to contact about the situations. I only mean to try and help students in need with some of the issues on campus!

    -Amber

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    To those who are considering Rutgers University, which I consider to be a fantastic school. BEWARE! There are teachers who have

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      Contracts disatisfy part-time lecturersBy Matthew Matilsky / Staff WriterDailyTargum.com | 1 comment

      A part-time lecturer accused the University of being unfair toward part-time employees in a YouTube video, which was eventually shared on Twitter by former University football team players, Ray Rice and Khaseem Greene.

      His business card reads “Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg,” professor at Yeshiva University and part-time lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University. Rosenberg recently learned he would not be teaching public speaking at the University this summer, a course he has taught for 23 years.

      He thinks he lost his job over trivial arguments because his relationships within the department are unsteady.

      Karen Novick, associate dean of the Department of Communication, said Rosenberg’s case is a “personnel issue” and did not indicate whether enrollment levels were the exact issue.

      “Within the department as a whole I believe enrollments were down a little,” Novick said.

      But Rosenberg’s dissatisfaction with the University is shared among part-time lecturers across departments.

      “We hear about $1.5 billion to be spent on the merger and the potential of another $10 million if the University decides to leave the Big East, so the funds are there,” said Eleanor LaPointe, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Sociology. “Are we educating students … or are we wheeling and dealing in athletic conferences?”

      Because of state budget cuts in 2010, the University suspended plans to negotiate raises for its staff, according to USAToday.com, whose research points out that since 2006 the school has spent almost $1.5 million dollars on its athletic department.

      Aside from the lack of funding, part-time lecturers have no job protection, Rosenberg said. Part-time lecturers are not promised more than one semester of work at a time.

      “This affects every part-time lecturer on this campus,” Rosenberg said in his YouTube video. “We are nothing. We are trash. We are slave labor. We have no rights.”

      LaPointe wrote two letters to The Daily Targum in October and December 2011 describing the problem further.

      “The growing ranks of [part-time lecturers] … make notoriously low wages, have little or no health care coverage, are often expected to engage in unpaid work … [and] may not know whether they will have a job next semester and are increasingly treated as replaceable ‘units,’” LaPointe said in her letter.

      Regardless of how many students are in a class, part-time lecturers are paid $1,500 per credit hour, or $4,500 for a three-credit course, LaPointe said.

      But their contracts have expired, and negotiations are under way for new ones, she said.

      Steve Peterson, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Math and chief negotiator for the union representing part-timer lecturers, said the University has denied his requests.

      Peterson said part-time lecturers want a longer contract terms, compensation for overseeing independent study and a 3 percent raise, based on their current yearly income from the University.

      But the University refused the first two requests and countered the third with a 1 percent raise, based on how much they make in a semester.

      “Our contract is very simple, we’ve just been stonewalled for over year now,” Peterson said. “It’s been very frustrating for us.”

      The University is not discussing any issues surrounding the contractual negotiations, said Greg Trevor, senior director of University Media Relations.

      “The negotiations are ongoing and continue to be productive,” he said.

      LaPointe said the University treats part-time lecturers like “replaceable units.”

      The request for part-time lecturers to receive their raises, proposed by the AFT-AAUP branch at the University, would cost the school a fraction of what it spends on the athletic department, LaPointe said.

      She said the issue is just as grave for students, many of who will enter the same or equally unreliable careers. Worse still is when part-time lecturers suffer because they oversee independent study.

      “It is hard to say no, but if you agree to it, you are donating your time … time that may be very precious, especially if you are teaching multiple courses on multiple satellite campuses, multiple jobs or even at multiple universities,” LaPointe said via email correspondence.

      Rosenberg said he can still make ends meet with his other jobs, but said it is unfortunate that other part-time lecturers might not be as lucky.

      • My name is Mena Beshay, a junior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The
        purpose of this email is to inform and raise awareness of one of the most
        significant issues that threaten this university. It is very unfortunate that a
        university as diverse as Rutgers, does not do enough to protect its faculty,
        staff, and students from harassment and persecution based on religion. This is a
        very serious issue that I unfortunately witness too often. As part of the Coptic
        Orthodox Fellowship (COF) here at Rutgers I have personally been harassed in
        many instances by Muslim students. On my way out of COF meetings or events when
        walking out with my Priest we will be looked at, pointed at, laughed at, cursed
        at, and hear phrased like “Allah we Agbar” or “Salam Aleekom” which are two very
        common Islamic phrases. Instances like these unfortunately occur too often on
        Rutgers Campuses. I know for a fact, because I personally heard it that Rabbi
        Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg who wears a skullcap and is outspoken on behalf of the
        Jewish community is a target from many of the Muslim students on campus. I know
        this because being a student in his class I have heard this from students in a
        variety of ways.

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    Life is not easy, I believe we all go thru all difficult seasons of life; season of sorrow, season of suffering , season of shame , season of blessings and happiness.

    I realize that seasons come and go, they have beginning and the end. I stay positive, hoping for better tomorrow knowing that fear, worry and despair will not help me on the contrary it will only depress me.

    As every season approach, I endure hardship, trusting God that He will help me to go thru, that He will guide me and He will be my strength .

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