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Subject:No more drama, Rider :(
Time:01:23 pm
Well, sadly--it looks like Rider has been hit with two more deaths in the past few weeks, Nick Costa and Alicia Lehman.
Here are the Rider News links for the respective deaths that I found:
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/09/heart-attack-takes-life/ (Alicia Lehman)
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/09/life-cut-short-after-hamilton-car-crash/ (Nick Costa)


And also about the recent bouts of racism that have hit Rider's campus:
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/10/26/derogatory-facebook-message-prompts-reaction/
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/02/lawrenceville-sga-vice-president/


All I can say to you current students is, think positive and hope for the best. Or maybe there is nothing I could say. Maybe I shouldn't be so Pollyannaish, and granted, this kind of drama is bound to happen anywhere, even outside of a college campus, but Rider has had more of its share of negativity in the past year. It's like a curse has come on that campus since I graduated(5/05).
It's too much already....
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Subject:memorial services for dr. rebovich
Time:06:46 pm
for all who are interested in attending funeral and memorial services for dr. rebovich, as per rider's site:

Funeral services For Dr. David Rebovich will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, from the Costello-Greiner Funeral Home, 44 Green St., Woodbridge followed at 10 a.m. with a Funeral Liturgy at Saint Nicholas Byzantine Church, Perth Amboy. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery in Perth Amboy. Visiting will be 7-9 p.m. Monday and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Parastas services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

The Memorial Service at Rider University in Lawrenceville will be held Thursday, October 18, at 11:45 am. The campus location will be announced on Monday afternoon.



i know rebby touched a lot of students' lives, and i just wanted to post this for anyone who may be interested in paying their last respects to such a caring, brilliant and downright hilarious man. <3
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Time:06:48 pm
The "Lake House."

Who lives in there exactly?
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Subject:Poyda Ghost
Time:09:58 am
Current Mood:curiouscurious
Hey all. I lived in Poyda Hall my freshman year (1991 - 1992). Part of the fun of living in Poyda was that we had the "Poyda Ghost". Anyone else know the story? Or had any strange occurrences that can only be attributed to him?

-C
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Subject:The latest news:
Time:08:49 pm
I thought I'd post this for the students and alumni who are not in New Jersey or the greater Philadelphia area


Rider Univ. Dean Enters 'Not Guilty' Plea

(AP) TRENTON Rider University's dean of students pleaded not guilty Thursday to a criminal charge in connection with the death of a freshman who was binge drinking at a fraternity house.

The dean, Anthony Campbell, was one of two school officials and three students charged with aggravated hazing. He did not speak at Thursday's court hearing.

The student, Gary DeVercelly Jr., 18, of Long Beach, Calif., had a blood-alcohol level of 0.426 percent, or more than five times New Jersey's legal limit for driving, when he was pronounced dead March 30 at a Trenton hospital, authorities have said. He died one day after drinking at a party at the Phi Kappa Tau house on the private school's campus in central New Jersey.

The party, according to prosecutors, was a special event in which pledges such as DeVercelly would drink with fraternity members. Some of the pledges drank entire bottles of hard liquor in under an hour, prosecutors said.

The four others charged are Ada Badgley, 31, the university's director of Greek life; Adriano DiDonato, 22, a student who was also the residence director and house master of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house; Dominic Olsen, 21, pledge master of Spring 2007 Phi Kappa Tau pledge class; and Michael J. Torney, 21, the chapter president.

DiDonato pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. Badgley, Olsen and Torney have yet to appear in court.

Before Thursday's hearing, Campbell's lawyer, Rocco Cipparone, said his client wasn't at the party and didn't play any role in arranging it.

"I'm not aware of any set of facts and circumstances that could remotely serve as a basis for a conviction of a crime," he said.

If convicted of the hazing charge, the officials and fraternity members would face a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Prosecutors said the defendants "knowingly or recklessly organized, promoted, facilitated or engaged in conduct which resulted in serious bodily injury" to DeVercelly and another student, William Williams, who survived.

Doug Fierberg, a lawyer who's represented hazing victims since the mid-1990s, said it's rare for a university official to be held responsible for hazing.

"This involves a watershed event where the public has to recognize that universities have to be safe and have to take these kinds of events seriously," said Fierberg, who's been retained by DeVercelly's parents.

Henry Nuwer, a college professor who's studied campus hazing for years, said the case will send a strong message to higher education officials about their accountability for hazings.

"Who wants to go through a perp walk? That would scare anyone to death. It's not what you go into teaching for. The pay isn't good enough," said Nuwer, an assistant professor of journalism at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind.

Nuwer said it will be difficult for prosecutors to prove Campbell and Badgley committed a crime.

"I haven't seen the reckless disregard you would need for a conviction," Nuwer said.

Campbell and Badgley are still employed by the university. A university spokesman, Jonathan Meer, has said a decision on their status is expected next week.

Cipparone, Campbell's lawyer, has said his client may need some time off for his legal proceedings, but he fully intends to continue working at the university.

The school dissolved the Phi Kappa Tau chapter last Friday.

Source: CBS3.com
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Subject:Protest update.
Time:09:24 pm
Due to a delay in getting our protest permit, we're postponing this Friday's rally. We intend on rescheduling it for a later date; again, if you're interested in participating (peacefully) please drop me an email.
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Subject:I'm confused...
Time:07:11 pm
I would rather not start a flame war with anyone. I just want to be level headed.

And I know that Dean Campbell/other officials at the school read this community and I'm sure they're all grateful for everyone's support.

What I am still unsure of, and honestly didn't want to make a judgment on anything until I had found answers, but I'd still like to voice my thoughts...

What I'm unsure of is what are they all charged with? The news can blab on all they want, but I'm looking for cold, un-opinionated fact.

Please keep an open head here people. Ada is the Director of Greek Life and Tony is the Dean of Students. As such they have a certain responsibility over what happens here. It's part of their job. Does that make it fair that they're lumped in as well? No, of course not. But it is something that can be understood.

Has anyone asked the questions on what the charges say their involvement is? As much as I have lost faith in some individual law-bringers, law is law. Even probable cause has to have an explanation.

I encourage everyone to get all the possible facts that they can, before any protesting occurs. If for nothing else than to be more informed at what you're picketing.

By all means, show support. But don't add to stupid riots by being uninformed.


Thank you.
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Subject:protesting tony and ada's indictment
Time:03:07 pm
yanked from eileen and reposted here, because having dean campbell and ada come under fire is simply disgusting, unfair and unjust.


I'd like to organize a protest in front of the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office on Friday, August 10. I'd get there at ten o'clock, and I wouldn't intend on leaving until around five or six. Charging two people that had nothing to do with this tragedy is absurd and simply wrong, and there's no way I'm sitting idly! If you'd like more information or would like to come, please send me a livejournal comment, or email me at neryssalee@gmail.com. I'd like to get the word out too, so if you know anyone who is as outraged as I am, please get the word out!
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