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those conditions. Finally, there are elected AAUP representatives on the WCC faculty who have been invited. Most importantly, to change who is in the room will change the dialogue. I know this because you – the faculty – have said so over the years. This will not be the meeting I intended, at which I hoped that we truly would talk freely with one another.” The scheduling and cancelat ion of t he meet ing comes a week after a letter from the office of the New Jersey Attorney General to the New Jersey Chancery Court criticized Rider for its lack of compliance in record requests related to the University’s plan. Last June, just after the University signed an agreement with Kaiwen Education, the state sent 49 questions to Rider and asked for meeting minutes of the trustees over the past three years. D ate d M a r c h 27, t h e 35 -page analysis of the response reads, “Due to Rider’s six month delay in producing documents and eventual production of documents so heavily redacted

as to hamper review, the Attorney General’s review of the sale is incomplete of this date and the state is not yet able to make a recommendation.” Rider had declined to release the contents of the sale agreement with Kaiwen over the past several months, but had assured the Westminster community that Kaiwen would be required to keep the school running for up to 10 years. After an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request was filed by the Westminster Foundation, language was revealed stating that Kaiwen would be permitted to close Westminster any time after it is sold, if it decides that operating the college is “impracticable” or “economicallly unfeasible.” Responding to the reaction to the document, Rider President Gregory Dell’Omo and Board of Trustees President Robert S. Schimek sent a letter to the Rider and Westminster communities saying that the legal issues that are part of the pending lawsuits are rooted in the 1991 transactions, “the contracts and deeds that effectuated the transactions, and the fact that Westminster is not selfsupporting and Rider can no longer afford to dedicate the financial resources needed to maintain it.” The letter continues, “Rider’s goal to sustain Westminster remains, however, and the proposed transaction is

intended to keep Westminster operating in Princeton with a different owner possessing the resources to make the financial investments that Westminster requires.” A court conference on the issue is scheduled for April 15. —Anne Levin

Bierman To Run for Council as Independent

Adam Bierman has announced that he will run as an Independent for Princeton Council in the November 5 election. Bierman said he believes the voters need a choice for this office that brings a fresh view to municipal issues. Last month Bierman boycotted the Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s endorsement process because of “pay-to-play and neighborhood diversity issues.” He said he will continue to question past practices of municipal government that do not advance the welfare of Princeton’s citizens. “Priorities of Princeton should be schools. safety, taxes, and housing,” said Bierman. “Too often there is inaction by Council members. We need to send them a message.” Beir man said t hat t he goals of his campaign are “competence for municipal projects, transparency for all public undertakings, and fiscal determination to make Princeton livable for all.”

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