lawfreak wrote: I heard from a friend that anti-semitism is a real serious problem at Rutgers. At first I thought this was just an exaggeration. That was until I was shocked to see the results that came up when I googled it.
Does anyone here know how bad it really is over there? Is it really a problem?
Well I'm visiting Rutgers on Friday, so I'll report back and let you know.
I will say this though - A lot of state universities tend to have very diverse politics and vocal student bodies. Rutgers, like Berkeley, for example, is known for its emphasis on social justice. Reputations such as this will often draw students with near radical leftist viewpoints. Honestly, I doubt you would see any anti-Semitic behavior directed at the student body, but I do think you may end up seeing a fair amount of protests denouncing the dynamics of the U.S.-Israeli relationship - just as you would likely see protests on a wide variety of other issues.
As for the law school itself - its an insular community from what I've been told, and there are certainly Jewish faculty. Dean Walton (I have no idea if she is Jewish), even came from Cardozo prior to her time at Rutgers. I don't think there will be any rhetoric in class or at school events which would make anyone feel uncomfortable.
I do think the administration will lean toward the left though, which is common at most universities. Heck, I went to the State University of New York at Albany, and we had tons of protests. Viewpoints left of center were common. Harvey Milk, an alumni of SUNY Albany, was postered all over the campus. There were like 3 Harvey Milk Posters for every poster of another famous alum - I always got a kick out of that.
Edit: Grammar and then to add "Edit:Grammar"