Rutgers University

Guest Column

Open Letter to Rutgers Administration Over Hypocrisy

Credits: Rutgers University

Rutgers University,

Isn’t intellectual diversity a wonderful concept? Unlike race, gender, sexual orientation or religion, ideas carry with them real variety. Regardless of aesthetic difference, we’re all the same on the inside. What makes people, and students, unique are our varying ideas, not what we look like. That’s the diversity our university should strive for. Real change, whether in the arts, STEM, business or public policy, arises from civil debate and discussion of conflicting thoughts.

As a university, not only should you encourage this type of civil discourse, but it’s your moral duty to provide an environment where all ideas can have a platform, regardless of the administrators’ personal standpoints.

Sign Up for E-News

Not too long ago, President Robert Barchi sent an email to all Rutgers students. An email stretching far beyond what a public administrator should be allowed to do. An email pushing aside the nonpartisan commitment of a public university in favor of pushing a personal agenda.

Quoting our university president, he “personally support[s] extending the current DACA protections.” Though he makes it clear that support for the BRIDGE Act was not required, he made it accessible “because many in our community have participated in activities to bring attention to the plight and status of undocumented students.”

This is certainly true, and a valid side of the heated debate over illegal aliens and what to do with the people who violated the laws of the nation and cheated their way into the United States. Everyone deserves the right to speak their mind and show their support for any issue, regardless of whether a Rutgers administrator with email access to the entire student body likes it or not.

So, to make sure students sharing his views had an easier time venting their voice, he offered an extremely easy way to contact your representative in support of this legislation. A time-consuming process simplified to “take no more than a minute or two of your time.” Obviously, to better encourage voices he liked to be heard.

What about those who opposed the BRIDGE Act? Nothing. Left out in the cold and rain with no “generate[d] letter of support” against said bill. The college campus war against free speech comes in many forms. Hindering one’s voice isn’t the only option. Propping up the one side while making it blatantly obvious of your favoritism both discourages the other side from speaking up and stigmatizes their view as abnormal.

However, now’s the chance for redemption. A few days ago, a new bill was introduced in the Senate, and praised by our President. The RAISE Act is the immigration reform Republicans have been asking for. It’s only fitting for you, the Rutgers Administration, to open the option for conservative students to share their support for the bill. After all, you’ve given an outlet for liberal students for another immigration-related bill.

This seems like a fair way to truly be supportive to both sides of the aisle and provide for intellectual diversity, the only important diversity. We wouldn’t want our great Rutgers leaders to be hypocrites for only giving a platform to one side while ignoring the other, would we?

I challenge my school to go against the expected. To go against the liberal bias and hypocrisy. You don’t have to support my ideas, but you better provide the same ease of support that you allotted left-wing students. The growing conservative movement isn’t a fringe group or burned-out voice. We’re loud, numerous, and we want change to better the country. We deserve the same treatment as liberals.

No one forced the school to sponsor activism for solely one side, but now that the can of worms is open, the only right thing to do is provide equal accessibility to conservative minds. Be the change, Rutgers, against campus bias, and offer the same level of outreach to every student, and every idea. Universities were founded to spread all ideas, not just ideas Barchi “personally supports.”

Merits of both bills are irrelevant when the issue at hand is equal opportunity of free speech, political involvement of universities receiving millions from the government and treatment, without bias, toward an intellectually diverse school.

Despite that, the BRIDGE Act rewards criminal behavior, while the RAISE Act brings fairness and merit to the immigration system, all while giving American citizens a chance in an increasingly competitive country. I encourage all of you to check out the details before forming an opinion.

Brandon Chesner is a Rutgers University student and member of the Rutgers Conservative Union.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Guest Column.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Should topless women be allowed in the city?  That's the big issue consuming the City Council these days, as members continue to debate 1980s-era obscenity laws. There was supposed to be a vote at the council meeting on Wednesday, but it didn't happen. Before there is a vote, it appears the goal is to wrangle support of all nine members of the City Council. The nagging ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD - The typical sports fan in New Jersey has until 2026 to get excited about professional soccer. That's because the Meadowlands could be the epicenter of the soccer world, a contender to host the World Cup. It could be  an amazing coup for New Jersey, although expect worldwide marketers to try to convince everyone that the big game would be played in "New ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 13, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY - When the Hard Rock Café and Casino opens June 28, a strip club will also open on the property. But this isn't your typical, dark titty bar. No, it is 36,000 square feet of space, about the size of a typical Marshalls. So, figure the place is wall-to-wall strippers, each jiggling for money. That could equal about 300 jiggles per minute on a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 12, 2018

STATEWIDE - Perhaps it is time for the state to upgrade to Windows 95, as the second big computer crash in a week spelled disaster for the state's computer systems. The biggest hit came to the state's Motor Vehicle agencies, jamming efforts to renew driver's licenses, or for people to get titles or register vehicles. This mess somehow made the lines at the MVC even longer, the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 11, 2018

MANTUA - Ever hear of the Wenonah Police Department? Neither did we, but it doesn't really matter because it no longer exists. At 12:01 a.m. on June 1, the department officially disbanded, with the 2,200 residents of this speck of a town in Gloucester County now being protected and served by the Mantua Police Department - other cops we've never heard about. It was high time for the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 7, 2018

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - Consider it a wake-up call for Political Action Committees that don't file paperwork. The state's campaign financial watchdogs have slapped the "Central Jersey Democratic Leadership Committee" with more than $120,000 in fines for not reporting more than $100,000 in donations between 2005-2010. Left holding the bag for the non-defunct PAC is Union ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, June 19, 6:30 PM

Mt Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, New Brunswick

Juneteenth - a Day of Remembrance

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, June 21, 8:00 PM

New Brunswick

Sing-a-Long Grease: 40th Anniversary

Rutgers-led “Tick Blitz” finds exotic Longhorned Ticks statewide

June 5, 2018

New Brunswick, N.J. - Researchers at  University–New Brunswick’s Rutgers Center for Vector Biology have found exotic longhorned ticks in four New Jersey counties – and confirmed that these northeast Asian ticks have been present in the Garden State since at least 2013.

The new detection of these ticks in Mercer County was made through the first-ever statewide ...

Rutgers football stadium has a new name

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Many still call it Rutgers Stadium.

But for seven years, the university's football stadium has been known as High Point Solutions Stadium, thanks to a $600,000 annual agreement with a Sparta-based company. But, as the company has shifted its marketing, so has the stadium's name.

So, now, Rutgers is officially home to " Stadium" for the 2018 ...

Composer lyrisicist Sondheim at Rutgers, tells would-be writers ‘it’s hard work’

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Acclaimed Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim says his work is less about talent and more about the labor and drudgery of “hard work.”

“It’s not about waiting for inspiration. It’s not about talent,” Sondheim said Friday while speaking before an audience at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center.

“You ...

Couple netted $8M from fake Uggs, designer bags, prosecutor says

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Plainsboro couple could face charges of of selling counterfeit designer shoes and handbags, netting $8 million and sending $3 million to people in China, authorities said today.

Yan Shi, 36, and her husband, Weiping Liu, 40, were arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy to violate the New Jersey Trademark ...


Hearing Loss Common in School-Aged Children

May 30, 2018

With close to 15% of U.S. children ages 6–19 experiencing hearing loss, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) notes that May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month is the ideal time for parents to learn more about the sometimes-subtle signs of hearing loss, ways it can affect school-aged children, and where to find help.

“Some children are born ...

Promise Culinary School Slates Open Houses June 21 and 22 In New Brunswick with Tours, Tastings, Prizes

June 15, 2018

Promise Culinary School will host open houses for the community and prospective students on Thursday, June 21, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5  to 7:30 p.m., and on Friday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at 211 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. The events are free and open to the public.

The events will include kitchen tours, demonstrations, tastings, raffles and prizes. Tours and activities ...

Ensure Safe Sleep While Traveling with Baby

June 6, 2018

As we approach the summer, there will be plenty of expected travel for families, from visiting grandma at the beach to heading out on a long, well-deserved vacation. 

When staying overnight at a friend’s or family’s place, it is important to maintain the same sleep practices as you do at home. Your baby should be sleeping in a safe, modern crib that meets the latest ...