TCNJ employees claim health issues from chemical odor, as college officials dissuade relocations

By David Karas/The Times

EWING — “I’m not feeling too good, if you can send someone over here,” an out-of-breath Marisa Hutton told the 911 dispatcher at The College of New Jersey Police Department on Oct. 20, 2011. “I’m having a hard time breathing. There is some kind of smell over here.”

Campus police officer Julia Verwers was the first to arrive at Hutton’s office in Armstrong Hall, which houses offices and classrooms for the School of Engineering.…

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The War Against Teachers

By Henry A. Giroux

If the US is to cease its slide into a violent, anti-democratic state, we must rethink the relationship between education and democracy, and the very nature of teaching.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.– Alexander Pope

The tragic deaths of 26 people shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., included 20 young children and six educators.…

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Report: N.J. college enrollment growing more diverse

By Diane D’Amico, AP/The Press of Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — Minority students now make up the majority of college undergraduate students in New Jersey.

College officials said the increase in Hispanic, black and Asian students reflects both the increasing diversity of the state and increased efforts by colleges to recruit more nonwhite students so that their enrollment reflects the state’s population.…

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Middlesex County College, faculty union asks mediator to intervene in contract dispute

By Sue Epstein/The Star-Ledger

EDISON — Negotiations between Middlesex County College in Edison and its full time faculty have broken down and both sides are asking for a state mediator to help them reach a new contract.

Patricia Payne, the president of the Middlesex County College Faculty Federation, Local 1940, of the American Federation of Teachers, said after the last session, “we declared an impasse.”

“The impasse was mutually agreed to by both sides,” Payne said.…

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FEMA Extends Registration Deadline For New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Survivors

TRENTON, N.J. — Survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey now have until January 30, 2013 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

People with storm losses in all counties can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

Survivors also can register by phone or 711/VRS by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585.…

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