Volume 76 | Issue 19 THE INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF RUTGERS-NEWARK February 9, 2011
lIFe & leIsure
New developments in Hill Hall assault case
Physical Plant exceeds annual budget by $200k
Police sketch of the suspect from last Mondays aggravated assault in Hill Halls wom-ens bathroom. According to RUPD, the suspect pulled out an automatic handgun and demanded the victim take her to her vehicle.
By Naina Kamathstaff Writer
During the past three weeks, the presence of the Physical Plant maintenance workers has been crucial to keeping students and faculty safe during the ongoing snow and ice storms.
According to Gina Matos, Assistant Director of Facilities, Physical Plants annual budget is $30 thousand. The majority of the money is spent during the winter because the rest of the year requires less maintenance. However, spending always goes over the limit. This year $236,105 was spent, much more than the $191 thousand spent in 2009 or the $203,876 spent last year.
Every year we go above budget, said Matos. We always find the money.
The money in the budget goes to the 80 employees and six students that are hired. Equipment, such as snow shovels and snow blowers, is also included in the
cost. In addition, the salt that totals 3,319 bags, weighing 50 pounds each, is also included.
Comprised of four departmentsCustodial, Grounds, Maintenance and Project Managementthe Physical Plant, which includes electricians, plumbers, carpenters, custodians and maintenance mechanics, works to keep campus safe. While some students may wish for a snow day, these men and women have been outside shoveling and salting.
Rutgers-Newark, a 35- acre campus, situated in an urban area, can be difficult to clean at times. Cars parked on streets, as well as traffic, makes it difficult to plow the roads, and the snowfall makes sidewalks slippery. Streets are further congested due to a lack of space to put cleared snow.
After the power outage in Robeson caused by the melting snow on the roof, electricity was restored the next day. Although sidewalks may not be cleared by dawn, they are often cleared in time for afternoon classes.
Egyptian president still in office after two weeks of nationwide protests
By Joshua HoyosNews editor
The basement bathroom in Hill Hall became the scene of an aggravated assault on Jan. 31 after a Black fe-male pulled out a gun on another woman demanding her car keys. There is now increased security in the area around the Hill Hall bathroom as an attempt to de-ter the assailant or copycats.
In new developments, Michael Lat-timore, Chief of Rutgers-Newark Police stated that the assailant had approached three other women around the area of the Paul Robeson Campus Center asking for a ride before going to Hill Hall where she assaulted the female individual. The assail-ant pulled out her gun only at the Hill Hall incident.
She was attempting to get her car after riding with her, said Lattimore who explained that the gun pulled out on the student at Hill Hall was drawn to her throat.
With the fourth student she pulled a gun out and asked her if she had a car, she did, and put a gun to her throat. She said I want you to take me with you, stated Lat-timore.
Students were informed via email through their Pegasus accounts of the inci-dent as a normal Crime Alert.
The email read, The student was ap-proached by an unknown female while in the womans restroom inside of Hill HallThe actor engaged the victim in conversa-tion, and then produced a handgun while demanding her car keys. The victim stated that her keys were in a classroom The victim entered the classroom and reported the incident to the Professor, who notified the Rutgers Police.
In a statement, Steven Diner, Chan-cellor of Rutgers-Newark stated his sad-ness after the events of the 31.
First let me express my deep regret and sadness about this incident. I am ex-ceedingly grateful that no one was hurt, and that the situation resolved itself with-out any violence, stated Diner.
He went on to express his confidence in the Rutgers Newark Public Safety forces and Police Department.
See ASSAULT, Page 2
By Nadia Kadristaff Writer
This past Sunday marked Day 13 of Egypts revolutionary uprising. The protests that started with a few thousand people on Jan. 25 esca-lated to a climax on Feb.1, when hundreds of thousands assembled in Cairos Tahrir Square to demand the removal of President Hosni Mubarak, and then worsened into violence as Mubaraks supporters attacked demonstrators.
Although President Hosni Mubaraks regime has made changes and claims to make more, leaders of the Egyptian de-mocracy movement vowed Sunday to continue their pressure for the Presidents resignation.
The government announced that transitions have begun. The Vice Presi-dent Omar Suleiman met with two rep-resentatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, an outlawed Islamist group the Egyptian government has tried to repress as a threat to stability. They met as part of a group of about 50 prominent Egyptians, officials of small, recognized opposition parties and young people who helped start the protest movement.
In a statement, Vice President Mr.
Suleiman declared that the meeting pro-duced a consensus about a path to reform, including the promise to form a commit-tee to recommend constitutional changes by early March. He restated President Mubaraks pledge of setting a limit on how many terms a president can serve.
But, leaders of the movement, both its youthful members and Brotherhood of-ficials, denounced Mr. Suleimans portray-al of the meeting, saying it was more of a political ploy intended to suggest that some in their ranks were collaborating.
We did not come out with results, said Mohamed Morsy, a Brotherhood leader who attended, while others claimed that the Brotherhood had attended only to restate its demands and show openness to dialogue. Despite the movements loose leadership, the people have a unified set of demands: Presidents resignation, dis-solution of one-party rule and redesigning the Constitution. The representatives of Brotherhood and others claimed that Mr. Suleiman gave no ground on any of those demands.
To refute Mr. Suleimans claims of agreement, a group of doctors, lawyers and other professionals in their early thirties, whose Facebook page provoked the revolt, stepped forward publicly for the first time.
At least three had been released just the night before from three days of legal deten-tion and they promised to keep going.
The government played all the dirty games that they had, and the people per-sisted, said Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, a 32-year-old surgeon. We are betting on the people.
Work week resumed and over 100,000 turned out again on Sunday in Tahrir Square. Some of the young organiz-ers said they were considering more large-scale demonstrations in other cities, strikes or acts of civil disobedience like surround-ing the state television headquarters. Zyad Elelaiwy, 32, a lawyer, online organizer and member of the umbrella opposition group founded by Nobel laureate Mohamed El-Baradei, acknowledged a generational di-vide in the movement.
Some older leaders, especially from the recognized parties, were tempted to negotiate, but the young organizers deter-mined to hold out for sweeping change, he said. Mr. ElBaradei and the Muslim Broth-erhood, the biggest opposition group, have committed to follow the lead of the young organizers.
See EGYPT, Page 2
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