Seton Hall announces 3.5% tuition hike, 10% reduction in workforce in response to COVID-19 revenue losses
Jun11

Seton Hall announces 3.5% tuition hike, 10% reduction in workforce in response to COVID-19 revenue losses

Seton Hall President Dr. Joseph Nyre announced on Thursday that the University would raise tuition by 3.5% and room and board by 3%, marking the lowest tuition increase Seton Hall students have seen in nearly 2 years by nearly half a percent. The hike brings the total cost of tuition and fees for a fulltime student at the University to $45,290 per year, up from $43,780 last year. The announcement comes on the heels of the Board of...

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South Orange proposes budget cuts due to COVID-19
Jun11

South Orange proposes budget cuts due to COVID-19

Cuts to numerous departments have been proposed due to revenue loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the South Orange Village’s proposed municipal budget for 2020. According to the South Orange 2020 Municipal budget presentation the coronavirus pandemic led to an estimated revenue loss of $1.8 million for the South Orange Village. Village President Sheena Collum said this revenue loss was calculated by going to each...

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Murphy lifts stay at home order, raises limits on gatherings
Jun11

Murphy lifts stay at home order, raises limits on gatherings

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday that he had formally lifted the state’s stay-at-home order after nearly three months of lockdown. “With more and more of our businesses reopening, we are no longer requiring you to stay at home, but we are asking you to continue to be responsible and safe,” Murphy told reporters during his Tuesday press briefing. “And when you do go out, please continue to wear face coverings and keep a...

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Thousands of demonstrators gather in downtown South Orange in support of black queer lives
Jun07

Thousands of demonstrators gather in downtown South Orange in support of black queer lives

Thousands of protesters made their way from Ivy Hill Park to downtown South Orange by way of South Orange Avenue on Sunday for a peaceful demonstration to support black queer lives in the wake of the national conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement and police violence. With South Orange Police looking on, marchers chanted “no justice, no peace” as they completed the roughly one-mile trek between Ivy Hill Park and Spiotta...

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South Orange, Newark residents to hold march for ‘black queer lives’ on Sunday
Jun05

South Orange, Newark residents to hold march for ‘black queer lives’ on Sunday

A coalition of local LGBTQ+ and ally organizations plan to a march through downtown South Orange on Sunday to protest racial injustice, police brutality and demonstrate support from the LGBTQ+ community for the national Black Lives Matter movement. Led by SOMa Action, a nonprofit organization centered around promoting racial and social justice in South Orange and Maplewood, marchers will step off from the corner of Mt. Vernon Place...

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President Nyre condemns ‘racism and violence’ in updated statement following criticism
Jun01

President Nyre condemns ‘racism and violence’ in updated statement following criticism

Quoting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Seton Hall President Dr. Joseph Nyre spoke out for the first time on Saturday, speaking about the unrest currently sweeping the nation in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Dozens of American cities have been swarmed with protests over the last week with some peaceful demonstrations turning to riots at nightfall, sparking violent clashes between protesters and...

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SGA releases statement on death of George Floyd
May31

SGA releases statement on death of George Floyd

The Student Government Association’s (SGA) executive committee released a statement Sunday in the wake of the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, which has sparked widespread protests against police brutality nationwide. The statement, which was posted on Instagram, comes six days after the death of Floyd and approximately two hours after an editorial in The Setonian called on the SGA to address the...

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Newark protest draws thousands, remains relatively peaceful as violence erupts across nation
May30

Newark protest draws thousands, remains relatively peaceful as violence erupts across nation

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of downtown Newark on Saturday to protest the police killing of George Floyd who died earlier this week while being restrained by a Minneapolis police officer. Chants of Floyd’s name as well as “black lives matter,” “no justice, no peace” and the names of others who have died in encounters with the police echoed off of the buildings surrounding Market Street in the city’s downtown, just a...

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Furlough, hiring freezes saved Seton Hall roughly $1.1 million, according to bond filing
May29

Furlough, hiring freezes saved Seton Hall roughly $1.1 million, according to bond filing

The furloughing of roughly 150 staff and a University hiring freezes saved Seton Hall approximately $1.1 million, according to a new filing from the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority (NJEFA), which approved the University for roughly $109 million in revenue bonds for various improvements around campus on Wednesday. The furlough represented roughly 15% of all non-faculty Seton Hall staff, according to the paper. The furloughs...

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Seton Hall announces plans for fall reopening, will forgo fall break
May22

Seton Hall announces plans for fall reopening, will forgo fall break

Seton Hall President Joseph Nyre announced that the University plans to reopen its doors to in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester using a “hybrid flexible” plan which will give students the option to attend classes either in-person or remotely. The plan makes Seton Hall one of the first colleges in New Jersey to announce a definitive reopening plan. According to the schedule laid out by the University, the academic year...

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Seton Hall calls for legal immunity for colleges if COVID-19 comes to campuses in fall
May21

Seton Hall calls for legal immunity for colleges if COVID-19 comes to campuses in fall

Testifying alongside several other college presidents on Tuesday, Seton Hall President Dr. Joseph Nyre laid bare before the New Jersey State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education what it would take to safely reopen campus in the fall. Nyre called for New Jersey to provide schools with rapid COVID-19 testing, mechanisms for contact tracing and personal protective equipment, as well as legal protections that would strip students and...

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Moody’s downgrades University’s bond credit rating, but outlook remains stable
May20

Moody’s downgrades University’s bond credit rating, but outlook remains stable

Seton Hall received its first credit rating downgrade in nearly 32 years from Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday. According to records available via Moody’s website, the change marks the only downgrade on record for Seton Hall from the company since it began tracking the University’s fiscal health in 1998. Citing a “material increase in leverage that will constrain the University’s financial flexibility,” the bond credit rating...

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