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Rutgers' Post Sandy Report Controversy

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There’s a 275 page report about Rutgers University’s closing during Sandy and the week following that hasn’t been released yet. There were six thousand students that had to be evacuated during those two weeks which have been described as chaotic.

The president of Rutgers University was only two months into his term when Sandy happened. He is the one who has compiled this report and has been talking about it, but he is unwilling to release it to the public.

Charlie Kratovil, writer and editor of New Brunswick Today and a recent graduate of the university wrote an article about the missing report. “I think everybody understands that it was an unprecedented storm, and there’s probably some things that didn’t go right on everybody’s level, but we want to know what went right and what didn’t go right,” he said.

There’s been a lot of conflicting stories about the Sandy relief activities. “The city of New Brunswick says one thing, Rutgers says another thing. The true answers might be in this report, but the public won’t know until this is released,” Kratovil said.

Kratovil thinks there may be a more political reason that the report hasn’t been released yet. “I think that Governor Christie is running on his record during Sandy as a big thing. And a big part of that is what happened in Rutgers. It’s sort of the untold story,” he said.

There seems to be no legitimate reason as to why this report shouldn’t be released. Faculty, staff, and students were asked to fill out an extensive survey in order to produce this report, and it doesn’t seem fair to keep it a secret. “I mean this is a public university. My tax dollars went to pay for the people who put this study together. The tuition payers, the university payers paid for it,” Kratovil said.

Now that Christie has been re-elected, Kratovil thinks that the report will finally make its way to the public.

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