NEWARK, N.J. —
Some critics claim Rutgers wants to minimize one of the nation's most diverse campuses.
"There is institutional antagonism toward minority students," said Beryl Satter, a professor of history at Rutgers-Newark.
Some here complained that under the restructuring law each campus will have a separate line item in the state budget, something that could potentially funnel funding away from Camden and Newark and to New Brunswick.
"It's like Robin Hood in reverse," Satter said.
Satter and other professors held their own town hall meeting Thursday after Barchi pulled out, urging students to attend a budget hearing Tuesday on the merger and speak up about cuts.
Satter is among the professors who have signed a petition calling for Barchi's job.
H. Bruce Franklin, the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers-Newark, signed the petition and worries that the merger may set off competition between the campuses, which have previously worked well together.
"They're siphoning off funds for big time athletics and other things in New Brunswick," Franklin said.