Why the political tiff over Frank Lautenberg's letter on the Rutgers-Rowan merger matters

Apr 1, 2012 Full story: The Jersey Journal

But the U.S. senator found himself in full combat mode last week as the bullets came flying from every direction.

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RABBI BERNHARD ROSENBERG

Edison, NJ

#4 Apr 4, 2012
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. In fact, Dr. Rosenberg's letter to Rutgers which he shared in
class is very plausible. I have never heard of a student that would
intentionally bring a teacher up for charges after one day of class for such a
ridiculous accusation such as using his Twitter page and YouTube, which i see in
almost every class here at Rutgers. The fact that the professor uses his book in
addition to the required one should not be a reason to take him to task as at
least half of the professors at Rutgers do the same. It undoubtedly raises the
question of why Dr. Rosenberg is the one being singled out. Living and growing
up in Egypt, instances like this are all too common for me, it is clear that
someone intended on destroying him based on his religion and beliefs. he is one
of the most popular teachers on campus and it is impossible to get into any of
his classes from how much students respect and admire him. His public speaking
class is one that i am eagrly waiting to attend because it is one of the few
classes I actually enjoy and learn from. i am not Jewish
RABBI BERNHARD ROSENBERG

Edison, NJ

#5 Apr 4, 2012
Sent: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 8:31 pm
Subject: RABBI ROSENBERG. LEGISLATORS GOT INVOLVED IN THIS. I AM BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. INVESTIGATE RUTGERS

N.Y. pols demand probe of Brooklyn College discrimination charges
April 3, 2012
NEW YORK (JTA)-- Twenty elected officials are demanding an investigation into allegations that female Jewish faculty and other academics suffered discrimination at Brooklyn College.
The officials sent a letter Tuesday to the chancellor of the City University of New York alleging that Brooklyn College’s provost, William Tramontano, engaged in discrimination regarding faculty hiring and promotion. Brooklyn College is part of the CUNY system.
The letter said that “numerous accusations have been voiced regarding Provost Tramontano’s racial, anti-female and blatantly illegal actions" and that "we demand an immediate and thorough investigation by an independent group into these actions.”
The signatories to the letter are members of the New York state Assembly, state Senate and City Council.
Signatory and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat, had sent a separate letter to CUNY’s chancellor, Matthew Goldstein, on Monday alleging discrimination against Jews in hiring and promotions, particularly Orthodox women. Hikind, an Orthodox Jew, alleged that Tramontano had spoken dismissively about Orthodox Jewish staff members and job candidates.
Brooklyn College spokesman Jeremy Thompson disputed the accusations against the provost.
"To suggest that anti-Semitism is pervasive on campus is untrue, and to suggest that Provost Tramontano is working against the hiring and promotion of Jews is absolutely untrue," Thompson said.
While the elected officials’ letters did not cite by name any of the alleged victims of discrimination, an article in the New York Post on Tuesday named several Jewish academics who it said had been recommended by the school’s business department for jobs or promotions but had been rejected by the administration.
“Jews are having a problem with this provost," said Hershy Friedman, the business department's deputy chairman, according to the Post. "He’s making it harder and harder to bring in Jews. He doesn’t want Jews.”
The Post reported that the business department’s chairman, Robert Bell, said that when Tramontano was asked about one candidate for a professorship, the provost responded,“You already have a Miriam.”
Thompson said that decisions “were decided based on rational, appropriate points, entirely on merit.” He said the Post cited some cases in which the provost was not even involved.
RABBI BERNHARD ROSENBERG

Edison, NJ

#6 Apr 4, 2012
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 8:31 pm
Subject: RABBI ROSENBERG LEGISLATORS GOT INVOLVED IN THIS. I AM BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. INVESTIGATE RUTGERS

N.Y. pols demand probe of Brooklyn College discrimination charges
April 3, 2012
NEW YORK (JTA)-- Twenty elected officials are demanding an investigation into allegations that female Jewish faculty and other academics suffered discrimination at Brooklyn College.
The officials sent a letter Tuesday to the chancellor of the City University of New York alleging that Brooklyn College’s provost, William Tramontano, engaged in discrimination regarding faculty hiring and promotion. Brooklyn College is part of the CUNY system.
The letter said that “numerous accusations have been voiced regarding Provost Tramontano’s racial, anti-female and blatantly illegal actions" and that "we demand an immediate and thorough investigation by an independent group into these actions.”
The signatories to the letter are members of the New York state Assembly, state Senate and City Council.
Signatory and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat, had sent a separate letter to CUNY’s chancellor, Matthew Goldstein, on Monday alleging discrimination against Jews in hiring and promotions, particularly Orthodox women. Hikind, an Orthodox Jew, alleged that Tramontano had spoken dismissively about Orthodox Jewish staff members and job candidates.
Brooklyn College spokesman Jeremy Thompson disputed the accusations against the provost.
"To suggest that anti-Semitism is pervasive on campus is untrue, and to suggest that Provost Tramontano is working against the hiring and promotion of Jews is absolutely untrue," Thompson said.
While the elected officials’ letters did not cite by name any of the alleged victims of discrimination, an article in the New York Post on Tuesday named several Jewish academics who it said had been recommended by the school’s business department for jobs or promotions but had been rejected by the administration.
“Jews are having a problem with this provost," said Hershy Friedman, the business department's deputy chairman, according to the Post. "He’s making it harder and harder to bring in Jews. He doesn’t want Jews.”
The Post reported that the business department’s chairman, Robert Bell, said that when Tramontano was asked about one candidate for a professorship, the provost responded,“You already have a Miriam.”
Thompson said that decisions “were decided based on rational, appropriate points, entirely on merit.” He said the Post cited some cases in which the provost was not even involved

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