NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers students who want to cheer on
the Scarlet Knights at the Insight Bowl are getting some financial
help from the university.
About 275 Rutgers students will be randomly selected to receive
$300 stipends for travel expenses to the Dec. 27 game in Phoenix.
The game against Arizona State is only Rutgers' second bowl
appearance, and its first in 27 years.
"The university encourages students to support the football
team at the Insight Bowl. Events like these enrich the college
experience," said Gregory Blimling, Rutgers' vice president for
The travel money comes from more than $85,000 donated by alumni
and others, including a $25,000 state donation authorized by acting
Gov. Richard J. Codey.
The idea of a state subsidy to help college students go to a
football game prompted sharp criticism from a taxpayer watchdog
"At least alumni have the choice of writing a smaller check to
the university next year if they think it is a dumb idea. New
Jersey taxpayers don't have that luxury, which is why the state
should be ashamed of itself," said Pete Sepp, spokesman for the
Alexandria, Va.-based National Taxpayers Union.
Rutgers students have until Dec. 12 to fill out an online
application for the money.
Besides the stipends, free tickets are available for students
through the Rutgers athletic department. The regular ticket price
for the game is $52.