Students, alums fight move with 24-hour 'protest performance'
Posted:Feb 01 2017 10:45AM EST
Updated:Feb 01 2017 10:49AM EST
PRINCETON, N.J. (WTXF/AP) - Students and alumni have launched a 24-hour "protest performance" to show opposition to a New Jersey college's possible relocation.
Rider University officials are studying whether to close Westminster Choir College's longtime campus in Princeton and move the music college to the university's main campus in Lawrenceville, a few miles away. That comes as Rider seeks to boost enrollment and faces a potential $13 million shortfall by 2019.
The protest that started Tuesday morning at Nassau Presbyterian Church features various musical performances by hundreds of choir singers -- students and alumni -- opposed to the idea.
A Rider spokesman says no decision has been made about relocating the choir college. But if that happens, Rider would consider selling the Princeton campus.
Protest participants have cited the choir college's strong traditions and history associated with the Princeton campus.