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The Charter of Rutgers College, 1770

Tuesday, November 02 2010 02:21:59 PM

Wednesday, November 10, is Rutgers' Charter Day. Read below about the history of the charter. Wear red on November 10 and celebrate Rutgers! 

CharterThrough several years of effort by Rev. Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (1691–1747) and Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh (1736–1790), later the college's first president, Queen's College was chartered on November 10, 1766.William Franklin, the last Colonial governor of New Jersey and Benjamin Franklin's illegitimate son, signs the charter that brings Queen's College into existence. Established to train young men for the ministry in the Dutch Reformed Church, the new college is named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg, consort of King George III.

Read more about the start of rutgers here. It is a revised version of the Thomas J. Frusciano, niversity Archivist's Charter Day lecture, "From Seminary of Learning to Public Research University: The Changing Face of Rutgers," delivered on November 9, 2006.

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Thursday, October 07 2010 11:21:01 AM

By Lizethe Martinez, Rutgers sophomore

Rutgers University is known for its school spirit — from football stadiums bursting with red to alumni proudly displaying RU memorabilia on clothes, cars, and in homes across the world. But Rutgers is less known for its school spirits, though many claim that it’s full of those, too, haunted by the ghosts of forlorn lovers, dedicated workers, and every oddity in between.

On the College Avenue Campus, if you’re lucky (or in this case maybe unlucky), you might catch a glimpse of the Grey Lady of Old Queens. This apparition is rumored to pace the building’s bell tower, glance longingly towards the Raritan, and fade into thin air. The identity of the Grey Lady is unknown, but some suggest that she is an 18th century woman who, for more than 200 years now, has been waiting for her former boyfriend, none other than Alexander Hamilton.

For a creepier encounter with the supernatural, walk a block from Old Queens, to Miller Hall. Throughout the hall’s existence, more than one university employee has mentioned hearing eerie groans, spooky whistling, and unearthly footsteps. A university administrator reportedly fled Miller because she was frightened by the noises and atmosphere of the building. Perhaps she would have dashed out even faster if she’d known that Miller Hall used to be a mortuary. Indeed, the building’s former name, McDede Burial Company, is still legible on its stone.

Perhaps these ghosts are doomed to walk our world forever, their souls searching for a rest just beyond their reach. But considering how awesome Rutgers is, maybe the ghosts aren’t trying to leave — maybe they have found the perfect place to rest. We think this is most likely the case for Jane Inge’s ghost. Legend has it that Jane Inge was a director who loved her job so much that she decided to continue working even after death. From time to time, she flickers the lights of the Little Theater on Douglass as she used to do when she needed the attention of her actors and crew. Electricians have checked the wiring but cannot explain the strange incidents. Even more puzzling is that the lights never malfunction during a performance, only during rehearsal. Peculiar phenomenon or paranormal activity? You decide…

Special thanks to Campus Information Services and Rutgers Magazine for providing the archived stories that led to this edition of “Rutgers Lore.”

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Friday, October 01 2010 10:10:27 AM


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010 – Due to weather conditions in New Brunswick, the Rutgers Homecoming Kickoff Festival & Pep Rally scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2010, at Buccleuch Park is CANCELED. There is no rain date for the festival.

The outdoor movie at Rutgers Stadium, Toy Story 3, is still scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Details are available at Free parking is available in the Scarlet (West) Lot. Please enter the stadium through Gate D.

Please join us for other Rutgers Homecoming 2010 activities this weekend. Visit for complete details.

Some activities originally scheduled for the Friday night festival may be moved to the Homecoming Scarlet Square event, which takes place on Saturday, October 2, at 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (before the Rutgers Football Game, for which
tickets are still available) on the E-Fields at Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ. Check for updates.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Parking for Saturday’s Scarlet Square is available based on football game-day rules and policies. Visit for parking info and travel directions. The Scarlet Square event is FREE, but parking is based on football game-day rules and policies.

Check for details about other Homecoming activities that are still going on as planned, including:

Friday, 10/1: Alumni Unite at Old Queens Tavern – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, 10/1: Outdoor Movie, Toy Story 3, at Rutgers Stadium – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, 10/2: Scarlet Square at E-Fields, Busch Campus – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring food, games, prizes, live entertainment, contests, Kids Zone, and more!

Sunday, 10/3: Homecoming Run for RAH 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk & Health Fair on Sunday, October 3, at Rutgers Stadium on Busch Campus – 8:00 a.m.

Visit or call 732-932-7061 with questions.

Rutgers Homecoming Special Event

“R-U Rah Rah! R-U Rah Rah! Whoo-Rah! Whoo-Rah! Rutgers Rah!”

This chant, part of “The Bells Must Ring” (aka the “Rutgers Fight Song”), gives goosebumps to scarlet enthusiasts on and off the field. How did this song become so popular among Rutgers fans? Was it written with the intent of being the fight song? What other songs have inspired Rutgers athletes, alumni, and fans throughout our university’s history? Find out the answers to these questions and more at the
“March Men of Rutgers! The Great American Football Song” lecture on Saturday, October 2, part of Rutgers Homecoming Weekend.

Join Dean George B. Stauffer of the Mason Gross School of the Arts as he examines the “Great American Football Song” and analyzes the qualities that make it inspirational and immortal. The Rutgers University Glee Club, led by Professor Patrick Gardner, will be on hand to provide stirring illustrations.

REGISTER TODAY – The cost is $10 and includes BBQ lunch and a Rutgers souvenir.

Incoming Rutgers students from across the country may spend these last few weeks of summer Googling every possible topic about Rutgers, looking for clues about what their college experience might be like. From deciphering the bus routes to finding the right courses—and even finding the best late-night pizza—having experienced alumni to talk to would sure be a helping hand!

Now, thanks to a network of loyal alumni, many soon-to-be students will get a better sense of what to expect by participating in Student Send-off Receptions, hosted by RUAA Regional Clubs across the country in partnership with University Undergraduate Admissions.

To welcome the Class of 2014 to the Rutgers family, the following clubs are hosting events this summer: Greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Southern California, San Francisco, and San Diego. At these events, alumni share stories about their Rutgers experiences, offer invaluable advice and tons of encouragement, and help students and families feel confident in choosing Rutgers.

RUAA Regional Clubs are a wonderful opportunity to serve Rutgers from your hometown, even if you are thousands of miles away from campus. Clubs not only represent Rutgers to incoming students, but also at college fairs and other events in their area. Where there are alumni, there is Rutgers!

Upcoming Send-Off Events:                            

Rutgers Club of Raleigh-Durham: Alumni Social and Freshman Send-Off
August 5, 2010; 6:00 pm; Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill

Rutgers Club of Charlotte: Night at Charlotte Knights Stadium
August 5, 2010; 7:15 pm; Knights Stadium

Rutgers Club of Lehigh Valley: Second Annual New Student Send-Off Brunch
August 7, 2010; 11:00 am; Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory

Rutgers Club of Southern California: BBQ and Freshman Send-Off
August 7, 2010; 12:00 pm; Home of alumnus Lou Trygar RC'82

Rutgers Club of San Francisco: Alumni Social and Freshman Send-Off
August 7, 2010; 7:00 pm; Vito’s New York Trattoria

Rutgers Club of Greater Philadelphia: 2010 Annual Freshman Send-Off
August 11, 2009; 6:00 pm; Rutgers Cooper Free Library at Johnson Park, Camden, NJ

Rutgers Club of San Diego: Annual Picnic and Freshman Send-Off
August 14, 2010; 12:00 pm; Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park

Get involved today! Find out more about RUAA Regional Clubs.

When it comes to baseball, former Rutgers standout Jeffrey A. Torborg ED’63 has held a lot of positions. As a catcher in the majors, he caught three no-hitters including a perfect game. Then his first managing gig, for the Cleveland Indians in 1977-1979, was followed by 10 seasons as a pitching coach for the New York Yankees (1979-1988). Torborg’s daily contact with the late and legendary George “The Boss” Steinbrenner, who died last week at age 80, are etched in his memory forever.

Jeff TorborgBut one of his most poignant Steinbrenner stories comes a few years after Torborg’s tenure with the Yankees, when he was managing their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets. It was spring training in 1993, and the Mets were set to take on the Yankees in Florida. Nothing unusual – except for the fact that it was Steinbrenner’s return to baseball after being exiled due to controversy over player Dave Winfield.

“This was Steinbrenner’s homecoming, so to speak,” Torborg remembers. It was also the first time they had seen each other in a while. “He hugged me on the field and we talked.”

Before heading down to Florida, Torborg says he made the decision not to bring the Mets’ star players for this spring training series. “I thought, if I’m not going to start them, why take them on the day George is returning,” Torborg says. “The Yankees meant so much to me. It was one small thing I could do to give back.”

During their pre-game talk, Torborg remembers that Steinbrenner picked up on what he did and thanked him. “He said, ‘I really appreciate what you did today.” I didn’t expect him to notice, but of course he did,” Torborg says.

Torborg’s Mets didn’t go home victorious that game, but he believes that his decision to honor his former boss – “The Boss” – was the right one. “Baseball is a microcosm of life. You try to remember the people who were there to help you and try to give back,” Torborg notes.

Another tale, from one of Torborg’s stints in sportscasting, reminds us of some of the traits that made Steinbrenner such a legendary figure in sports history. Torborg recalls a time when Steinbrenner joined him in the booth during a game when the Yankees were getting clobbered by a lesser team. “It was a half inning that seemed like an eternity. George’s face kept getting redder and redder. Given our close relationship, I made some kind of joke. And George retorted: ‘I wish you still worked for me, Torborg, so I could fire you.’ He had said it in jest, but it actually lightened up the mood in the booth a lot.”

Jeffrey A. Torborg ED’63 currently lives a short drive from Steinbrenner Field in Florida. He is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni and former catcher for the Scarlet Knights baseball team. A 1963 All-American, Torborg set both Rutgers and NCAA records for batting that year and went on to be drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Torborg played 10 seasons in the majors, where he tied the record for catching three no-hitters, most notably Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1965. In 1974, he became a coach with the Cleveland Indians and then became manager in 1977. His career as a coach and manager included service at the helm of the Chicago White Sox, where he earned American League Manager of the Year honors in 1990, and as manager of the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, and Florida Marlins. Rutgers retired Torborg's number in 1992, the first baseball number so honored, and welcomed him into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

– Lori Varga RC’04, SCILS’04

If These Walls Could Talk... 1 Comment

Thursday, July 08 2010 12:52:03 PM

Strolling across the New Brunswick Campus, you may pass by an Egyptian mummy's residence, a 19th-century observatory, or an Italianate mansion built by a rubber fortune. Learn more about some prominent campus buildings here.

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Thursday, July 08 2010 06:37:01 AM

HDAFor more than 240 years, Rutgers graduates have been making their mark on the world. These distinguished alumni are an inspiration to the Rutgers community and the world at large. We are proud of their outstanding accomplishments and proud to call them Rutgers alumni.

If you know of a Rutgers graduate who deserves to be recognized, please nominate him or her for the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni recognizes alumni whose achievements in professional and civic life have brought honor to themselves and the university. Rutgers and the Rutgers University Alumni Association each year bestow the prestigious Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The Hall of Distinguished Alumni also serves to commemorate the more than 240 years of history and tradition of the Rutgers community, and to inspire students and alumni, present and future, to strive for excellence.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2010.
Alexi LalasHave you been following the World Cup? If so, you may see a familiar Scarlet Knight giving his feedback on the games.

ESPN commentator Alexi Lalas, a former US Men’s National Soccer Team member, played on the Rutgers men's soccer team from 1988 to 1991. During his four seasons at Rutgers, he led the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Final Four in 1989 and the National Championship Game in 1990. Lalas was named a third team All-American in 1989 and 1990. In 1991, he gained first team All-American recognition and was selected for both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards.

Lalas also played in Major League Soccer. He was a regular on the New England Revolution backline during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. He spent the 1998 season with the MetroStars and spent one season with the Wizards before announcing his retirement on October 10, 1999. Just over a year later, he returned to playing when he signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy as a discovery player on January 14, 2001. Nearly three years later, he retired again, this time permanently, on January 12, 2004.

Following his playing career, Lalas served as the president and general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.
What do Rutgers and the World Cup have in common? Midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Jozy Altidore, and defender Jonathan Spector of the United States men’s national soccer team all played on the U-15 National Team under head coach Jim Barlow (the current Princeton University coach) and goalkeeper coach Charlie Inverso, who is on the coaching staff at Rutgers University.

Head men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan announced the addition of Inverso in March 2010. Sixteen of Inverso’s players have gone on to play professionally in the World Cup. Inverso started at Rutgers after he resigned as head coach at Mercer County Community College, where he spent 24 years.

Bradley, Altidore, and goalkeeper Tim Howard were all born in New Jersey. Bradley hails from Princeton and is the son of Bob Bradley, current head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team. Altidore is from Livingston, and Howard is from North Brunswick. Howard considered attending Rutgers while deciding between attending college and playing professional soccer.
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