RUTGERS' SLUM CAMPUS:

A BRIEF GUIDED TOUR

First, by way of comparison, a typical classroom at the University of Delaware.

The University of Delaware is not an Ivy League school. It is a public university. It does not have a huge endowment. But it does play athletics at a relatively modest level -- the UDel athletics budget is $16 million a year, versus Rutgers' $56 million -- and it does devote its resources to giving "real" undergraduates -- as opposed to hired semi-pro athletes -- facilities that symbolize the school's commitment to teaching and learning.

Wouldn't you like to go to school in classrooms like this one? Wouldn't you feel better about yourself and your university and the whole enterprise of higher learning?

Try this. Print down, in color, a picture of this University of Delaware classroom. Then, the next time you have a class in Scott Hall or one of the basement classrooms in the River Dorms, take out your UDel picture and compare it with what you see around you. You will be learning something about the damage being done by commercialized Div IA athletics at Rutgers.

Here's a question. If members of the Board of Governors could be put on a bus and taken down to the University of Delaware, would they be appalled and ashamed of themselves? Would they realize that they are treating "real" students at Rutgers as second-class citizens? Would they immediately stop pouring money down the drain of Div IA athletics and instead build classrooms like the one above? Or would they just rush back to New Brunswick to watch Rutgers play some place like "Florida International" (U.S. News academic ranking: Tier 4) or "Texas Southern" (U.S. News academic ranking: "unranked") from their skybox in McCormick's Piscataway sports complex?

 

  "As a graduate student once said to me, describing his school: 'All the windows were filthy, paint and plaster were scabbing off the walls in the dining hall, and the streets were full of trash. The place looked like shit, and it made me feel like shit'."

-- Alison Lurie, New York Review of Books, 4 Dec 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Now. Curious about where the money -- $400 million since 1994 -- has been going?

 

(Click on the picture)