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Students Visit Trenton State House For Spring Break [AUDIO]

A proposal endorsed by Governor Chris Christie to allow Rowan University to take over Rutgers-Camden has made Trenton the spring break destination of choice for Rutgers students.

Stacy Proebstle, Townsquare Media

Today, a group of about 25 students, who are opposed to the plan, will head by bus to the state capital to speak with legislators.

“Our students understand they will still graduate with a Rutgers degree under this proposal…but its not about them. They want their brothers and sisters and their friends to receive a Rutgers degree and have the school exist in south Jersey” said Andrew Shankman, a history professor at Rutgers-Camden, who helped organize the student bus trip.

He says students have planned meetings with Assemblymen Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) and Jon Bramnick (R-21) to name a few.

“We haven’t heard anything about why this plan is necessary…what are the specifics and so we want to get down to Trenton to talk with legislators about a plan that will affect a lot of students and faculty” said Shankman.

Governor Christie has said combining the two schools with the soon-to-open Cooper Medical School would create a true research University for south Jersey.

The Senate Higher Education Committee and the Assembly Higher Education Committee will meet Monday at Rowan University in Glassboro for a joint committee meeting regarding the recommendations submitted to the Governor in the final report of the UMDNJ Advisory Committee, which includes the proposed merger of the two schools.

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