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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the May 28, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Life in the Fast Lane
Anyone can file a complaint. That’s the concept that
supporters of Mercer County Community College are clinging to, now
that a criminal sexual contact charge has been filed against the
of the college, Robert R. Rose.
The complaint was filed by an 18-year-old woman, a Mercer County
who alleges that on Friday, May 9, when she had come to Rose’s office
to seek assistance in gaining admission to the college, Rose sexually
touched several areas of her body.
The woman signed the complaint on Wednesday evening, May 21. When
West Windsor police notified the college president of the
felony charge on Thursday morning, May 22, he went to police
and was released on his own recognizance.
Rose then hired attorney Jack Furlong, of Furlong and Krasny at
View Office Park, and submitted a request for a 30-day leave of
The request was accepted by the college’s trustees at a previously
scheduled board meeting on Thursday night. Robin Scheiner, assistant
prosecutor and chief of the child abuse and sexual assault unit for
Mercer County, is in charge of the case, and West Windsor Detective
Sergeant Dave Mansue is leading the investigation. Rose is scheduled
to be arraigned on Tuesday, May 27, in West Windsor Municipal Court.
Rose, 63, came to MCCC in 2001 for a salary of $142,000 on a four-year
contract. A graduate of the University of Alberta, he has a master’s
degree from the University of Oregon and a PhD in community college
leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. He had been
dean at a community college in Minnesota, vice president of Galveston
College in Texas, and president of Massasoit Community College in
Massachusetts. Coauthor of "Shared Vision: Transformational
in American Community Colleges," he is known as a skillful
and catalyst for change.
In Massachusetts Rose had been the subject of some controversy, first
over an audit in 2000, in which he denied wrongdoing and said no money
was missing or misused. He hired a police sergeant as a part-time
criminology professor, and it was later revealed that the officer
had mentioned that he wanted a job when he pulled Rose over to give
him a traffic warning. (Rose said he merely gave the name to the
official). The officer was later dismissed for enlightening his
justice class with an exhibition of a stripper’s nude lap dances.
Tom Wilfrid, an administrator who has been at Mercer for 34 years,
most recently as vice president of academic and student affairs, has
been named the college’s acting administrator.
Rose’s attorney, Furlong, notes that the complaint was signed by the
woman, not the police. "Anyone can sign a criminal complaint
anybody," he was quoted as saying. "The chips may fall where
"MCCC is in the best position we have ever been, thanks to the
leadership of Bob Rose," said Bill Baroni, who chairs the
trustee board. He told reporters that the trustees take the
extremely seriously. "We want Bob Rose to clear up this matter
and at the same time we must vigorously defend the interests of the
Women’s Law Firm
Carol Novinson and Jill F. Ray officially opened their
law practice in April at Research Park. Long-time friends and parents
of children who attend the same Princeton elementary school, the
do family law and residential real estate.
Ray went to the University of Delaware, Class of 1981, and Rutgers
Law School in Camden. She clerked for Judge Morton I. Greenberg, who
at that time was in the appellate division of New Jersey Superior
Court. Then she joined McCarthy & Schatzman, where she was a litigator
for five years. When she had her first child in 1990, followed by
two more at two-year intervals, she worked as a per diem lawyer, then
as an international tax specialist at Princeton University. Her
is an editor for NBC’s Dateline program.
Novinson went to Barnard, Class of 1978, and to New York University
Law School. She did real estate law at Rosenman & Colin in Manhattan,
and did family law for a municipal employees organization. In
she worked at Smith Stratton. She and her husband have two children,
the eldest 13. Novinson is married to Frank Castello, acting CEO of
Children’s Specialized Hospital (U.S. 1, May 21).
Both attorneys did mid-career internships at the Department of Youth
and Family Services, representing indigent parents involved in
and termination of parental rights cases.
"I am now very thrilled to be a partner in my own firm," says
Ray. "While running my own law firm has many challenges, I highly
value the autonomy I have. By being my own boss, I can much more
balance the demands and pleasures of raising my three children with
my career goals. I believe that working mothers still face incredible
obstacles in the working world, and women have a long way to go to
correct the inequities."
08540. Carol Novinson and Jill Ray. 609-921-2191; fax, 609-921-0328.
But Stay Open
A fast growing technology company does not always mean
a profitable company. Princeton Video Image announced on May 21 that
it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and sell its assets to its
secured creditors, who could then run the firm. The stock is so low
it was delisted from Nasdaq, and shareholders are not expected to
get anything from the sale. The company will continue after
but will no longer be a public firm. It has about 75 employees in
six locations, including 50 in 25,000 square feet at Princess Road.
Ranked 15th last year on the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 50,
PVI showed a revenue growth of 2,104 percent for 1997-2001, compared
to an average of 794 percent recorded by the other companies on the
list. But since it was founded in 1990, it has lost a total of $65
million. In 2002 it had revenues of $10.8 million, but it lost $21.2
million that year and $4 million in the first quarter of this year.
Though current investors have infused funds, new investors were
Using technology first devised at Sarnoff Corporation, PVI could
insert the first-down line and virtual advertising images into
broadcasts. It had the National Football League contract for this.
The secured creditors, Cablevision Systems and Presencia en Medios,
hold about 45 percent of the common stock and are expected to form
a buying entity to provide debtor-in-possession financing, money
to make the next payroll. The sale would be subject to bankruptcy
court approval. As a private company, PVI would be able to save more
than $1 million in insurance and other costs.
"We believe that this proposed transaction will allow us to
to service all of our customers," says James Green, president
and COO. Clients include the National Football League, the Southeast
Conference in college football and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball
Road, Lawrenceville 08648. Brown Williams, chairman. 609-912-9400;
fax, 609-912-0044. Home page: www.pvi-inc.com
Voxware has cut its net loss to less than half of what
it was last year, because it nearly doubled its revenues. The maker
of voice-activated software has six employees on Franklin Corner Road.
Net loss was $429,000, down from $1.1 million during the same period
last year. Last month the firm announced that it had obtained $5.6
million in private financing. For the quarter ending in March,
were $2.3 million, up from $1.5 million during the same period last
"While we continue to expand our presence in the food service
industry by winning key new accounts, we are also experiencing solid
growth in the retail sector, having recently been selected by two
major companies headquartered in the U.S.," said CEO Bathsheba
J. Malsheen in a statement.
Suite 3, Lawrenceville 08648. Bathsheba J. Malsheen, CEO.
fax, 609-514-4101. Home page: www.voxware.com.
ITXC Corp. has added Moscow to its global list of
In the past year it has opened sales offices in Australia, Argentina,
Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan and the Philippines.
The firm provides phone calls over the Internet worldwide.
"The relative strength of the Russian economy, the growth in the
telecom sector itself and the demand for exactly the kind of
global access that ITXC provides, make strengthening our presence
in Russia a huge opportunity for us to deliver high-quality voice
services to the carriers in this region," says Chris Haller, ITXC
managing director for central and eastern Europe, Russia and the Newly
08540. Tom Evslin, CEO. 609-750-3333; fax, 609-419-1511.
NexMed will appeal a decision by Nasdaq to delist its
stock because it has less than $10 million in stockholders equity.
As of March 31, the equity was $2.8 million, but in the meantime it
obtained an $8 million private placement of its securities. Half of
that was put in escrow, awaiting the results of Phase 3 studies for
Alprox-TD on June 16.
NexMed is developing transdermal drug delivery technology —
Alprox-TD and Femprox creams for ED and female sexual arousal
Robbinsville 08691. Also 89 Twin Rivers Drive, Hightstown. Joseph
Mo, chairman, CEO, and president. 609-208-9688; fax, 609-208-1868.
Ltd., on Crest Avenue in Hamilton Square (www.webfirst.com).
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