Growing resentment evident in overwhelming vote to cut Rutgers athletic budget, faculty say

By Jarrett Renshaw/Statehouse Bureau

 Tim Pernetti
Mike Roy/The Star-LedgerRutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti appears in this January file photo.

NEW BRUNSWICK — Battered by budget and salary cuts as spending on sports increases each year, faculty at Rutgers University’s school of the Arts and Sciences Wednesday called for cutting university subsidies to the athletic department and giving students a voice in how their money is spent.

Faculty members who packed Voorhees Hall said the 174-3 vote shows their growing resentment over pumping millions into an athletic department that is among the biggest money-losers in the nation.

“There is deep and broad dissatisfaction among the faculty with the decisions the board of governors have made, the direction the administration has pursued and the catastrophic failure and waste of the athletic program,” Richard Ebright, a professor of chemistry, told the crowd of professors.

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