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U. will not return $100,000 Weinstein donation amid harassment allegations Alexandra DeMatos Editor-in-Chief

The money from the Weinstein Foundation will go toward the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies to promote women’s leadership in the media. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Rutgers stood firm in its decision not to return the $100,000 gift bestowed to the University by the H. Weinstein Family Foundation in April despite multiple allegations of sexual harassment against the producer. The donation was given to the University as part of a campaign to raise $3 million for the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies, said Lisa Hetfield, director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL). The chair is a result of the collaboration of IWL, the School of Communication and Information and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. It is the first of its kind, which addresses the intersection of feminist studies and media culture, she said.

The University first announced that the donation would not be returned to the foundation on Saturday, one day after The New York Times reported that Weinstein had been paying off people who accused him of sexual assault for decades, which ultimately led to his termination from his own production company. “The allegations of sexual assault and harassment of women by Harvey Weinstein are appalling and indefensible. More work is needed to advance women’s equality and the $100,000 donation by the Harvey Weinstein and the H. Weinstein Family Foundation to help fund the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies will help those efforts,” said Dory Devlin, director of University News and Media Relations. Yesterday NJ Advance Media reported that the University of

Southern California turned down a $5 million pledge from Weinstein made more than a year ago, while Rutgers reaffirmed their decision to keep the donation. The announcement came during the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance’s “Turn the Campus Purple” week, an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness for dating and domestic violence and about a week after University President Robert L. Barchi declared Rutgers’ commitment to protecting students from sexual violence, discrimination and harassment after Education Secretar y Betsy DeVos decided to roll back Title IX rules and regulations. “We are committed to equity, fairness and respect for all of our students who may be personally See DONATION on Page 4

Domestic violence vigil illuminates College Avenue campus Christina Gaudino Correspondent

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 10, the College Avenue campus was illuminated in purple. Purple luminaria bags lined the sidewalks and a congregation of about 30 students gathered on the steps Brower Commons for an annual candlelight vigil for survivors of dating and domestic violence. The Rutgers Of fice for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) started the vigil in 2013. It is one of several events part of VPVA’s week-long “Turn the Campus Purple” campaign in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Attendees carried purple votive candles and many sported the “I Support. I Prevent. I Speak” t-shirts distributed by the Student Affairs End Sexual Violence campaign. Two crisis advocates from VPVA were also present. Two undergraduate students, Lily Decky, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and Imani Ali, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, worked together to moderate the event. They began by sharing information about VPVA, emphasizing that they are a confidential resource offering 24-hour crisis intervention and support. “In New Jersey in 2014, one act of domestic violence occurred every 8 minutes and 47 seconds,” Ali said to the audience. She shared that nearly one in three adult women experience at See VIGIL on Page 4

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Campus Calendar THURSDAY 10/12 The School of Communication and Information presents “Talk by Professor Corey Dolgon” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Alexander Librar y on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Center for Counseling, Alcohol and other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Ser vices presents “Mindfulness Meditation” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center on Douglass campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research presents “What are the Most Unforgivable Problems in the U.S. Health Care System?” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Institute For Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Institute for Research on Women presents “The Paris 8 Exchange Lectures 2017” at noon at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program presents “Biodiversity and bioinvasions: marine community ecology from local to latitudinal scales” from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Marine Sciences Building on Cook campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The School of Communication and Information presents “IBM Brings Big Data To Rutgers” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Office of Summer & Winter Sessions presents “Winter Session Info Table!” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Busch Student Center on Busch campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Center for Latin American Studies presents “Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval” from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Rutgers Cinema on Livingston campus. This event is free and open to the public.

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LGBTQ students decompress their stress with deep breaths Christian Zapata Correspondent

As an alternative to traditional group therapy, the Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) encourages students to stop by the Breathing Room, an open space dedicated to having discussions about everyday issues with collaborative solutions. Mondays at 6 p.m. students meet at 17 Bartlett St., the home of SJE, and spend approximately an hour discussing anything they want to share focused around the weekly topic. This week was Ally Week. Graduate Program Coordinator Jonathan Schaffer said the event functions as a facilitated space to speak about topics relevant to student lives, but also to vent about anything and everything together. “It’s not exactly a support group or group therapy, it doesn’t have the same structure but it still is a great place to come to,” he said. Breathing Room focuses on weekly topics to encourage student discourse, some of which match activities happening inside or around the organization, Schaffer said. This week focused on Ally Week, as the center prepares for upcoming events like Ally Keynote Speaker, Franchesca Ramsey. He said in prior weeks they have focused on topics like coming out and finding community. As they transition into the coming week, the focus will shift onto transgender issues and awareness. Group discussions can go anywhere, and at times they touch on the political climate, Schaffer said. It is a reality the group cannot avoid and impacts a lot of the conversation. During midterms and finals, the group emphasizes the “breath” in Breathing Room with exercises and take home crafts for students to divert their stress, Schaffer said.


The event brings in a lot of new people, he said. Often times students visit Breathing Room and come back or attend other events around the many groups that constitute the LGBT community on campus. “I wouldn’t say there is one ‘the’ LGBT community here, because it assumes a lot of homogeneity among us,” he said. “We can’t just be the one voice, especially with so many other organizations on campus.” At the end of each session, students offer a word or short phrase to how they feel, Schaffer said. Usually, these are comical, but every so often the group hears that something really good has happened. “If you think this is a space for you, please come,” he said. The group often refers students to centers outside of New Brunswick, said Beckham Duffy, an undergraduate intern for SJE. Many of the topics discussed by the group can be found at other support groups on campus and in the New York-Philadelphia area. Students who feel the center is not providing enough or find it easier to attend a different location are free to contact the center for assistance, Duffy said. “Personally, I think Breathing Room is beneficial just because sometimes you engage with new ideas that you’re not used to, and it’s always good to hear other people’s opinions and learning from that,” he said. Duffy said that in his time at SJE he has been to various groups and would not have found many of his friends and community as easily were it not for the center. “I feel like I want to give back to the center because it has given me so much,” he said. Despite the group’s efforts to stand out on campus, they still find a lot of people who do not come to the center, Duffy said. They are not discouraged by this



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On Monday nights, students can gather at 17 Bartlett St. to participate in Breathing Room, which focuses on weekly LGBT topics to encourage student discourse. This week, the organization discussed Ally Week. DANTE DE LA PAVA and continue to see their work facilitating conversations as an important asset to the community. “Even though Rutgers is a big place you can always find a community here. It makes the openness and almost scariness of a

huge university seem very comforting,” he said. School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Cody Haws said he initially thought Breathing Room would be group therapy and felt it was something he needed.

After attending, he said he realized it was a judgment-free place to come vent about how bad your week was to people you trust and get to know. “It’s just been a place to get burdens lifted off of your shoulders,” he said.

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Vigil Nearly 1 in 3 women experience at least 1 physical assault by their partner in adulthood, Ali says continued from front least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood. Ali also shared a spoken word poem about her own experiences, along with Steven Ikegwu, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior. Ikegwu is also a member of SCREAM Theatre, the peer education improvisational theater group associated with VPVA. Following those performances, the audience was given the opportunity to share stories, poems and songs about their experiences, whether as a sur vivor or a bystander. The night closed with a moment of silence for those who had experienced or knew someone who experienced domestic or dating violence. The two interns who were instrumental in planning this vigil were Will Pauwels, a graduate

student in the School of Education and Maria Diwane, a graduate student in the School of Social Work. “Organizers made an effort this year to make the vigil more interactive by trying to engage people,” Pauwels said. He explained that the two spoken word performances were a new element this year, as were the candle bags along College Avenue. “It shows the survivor experience in a more creative way — you can feel the emotions when they speak,” Pauwels said, addressing the spoken word performances. He said this was the first year VPVA included the candle bags in the vigil. With a closer look, one could read words of support, statistics and decorations penned onto the paper bags. Starting last week, Pauwels said students had the opportunity to write on the bags. There

To combat the issue of dating students on how to help sur viwere about 250 lining the better part of College Avenue on Tues- and domestic violence, Pauwels vors is a key goal of this week’s also emphasized the need for peo- “Turn the Campus Purple” camday night. “This (candlelight vigil) is less ple to believe survivors, engage in paign. According to statistics on the prevention side and more active bystander intervention and shared by Decky and Ali during on the awareness and survivor realize that anyone can be affected the vigil, 58 percent of college students said they do not know support side, where people can by dating and domestic violence. “It’s not just a women’s issue, how to help someone who is a come out,” said Loren Linscott, it’s an issue that spans across victim of dating abuse. the director for VPVA. In addition to today’s “It’s on Events such as this one, along every community,” he said. “As with the “Chalk the Block” event, a survivor myself, and having Us Rally,” the final event of the which happened yesterday on many people close to me who week-long campaign will take Livingston campus, is a way to have experienced interpersonal place on Friday afternoon. Students build self-conare invited to fidence and stop by the courage for VPVA office on people who “It’s not just a women’s issue, it’s an issue that spans 3 Bartlett St. are struggling, across every community.” near the Colhe said. lege Avenue “It’s a gathStudent Center ering where WILL PAUWELS between noon students can School of Education Graduate Student and 1:30 p.m. come out and for the opporhear people’s tunity to plant stories and violence, I am determined and a flower bulb in the survivor’s show support,” Linscott said. Pauwels echoed this sentiment motivated to not only act as a garden, said Laura Luciano, ason Tuesday evening, adding support to survivors, but as an sistant director for VPVA. All are that for students who may not advocate in which my goals are welcome and light refreshments feel comfortable standing in the to bring people from all different will be served. “I want to show the greater comcrowd, the bags bearing words communities and backgrounds munity that this is a place where written by students present the into this revolution.” Facilitating active bystand- people can feel comfortable comopportunity for onlookers to paser inter vention and educating ing forward,” Linscott said. sively participate in the vigil.

DONATION Donation was part of $3 million campaign for endowed chair continued from front involved in instances of sexual assault or harassment, are exposed to such behavior, or are accused of such behavior,” read the letter sent out to the student body by Barchi. “Our commitment will not waver.” Women who have spoken out against Weinstein include actresses Rosanna Arquette, Katherine Kendall, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, according to Slate. In total there have been at least 25 accusations against the producer of some degree of harassment. “I do think that all of this calls attention to the need for more women in leadership and media, and far more feminists in leadership across all arenas, and for education about the inequality and how abuse of power around gender inequality happens,” Hetfield said. The money raised for the Gloria Steinem chair will be put toward the endowment of the chair, Hetfield said. Once the chair has an occupant there will be programs to address the underrepresentation of women’s leadership and all of the issues around women, culture and media. “The commitment (from the foundation) was made back in April, and the actual funds transferred in June,” Hetfield said. “The money’s here (and) already being put to use in the endowment.” There was a total of over 430 gifts contributed to the $3 million campaign, she said. “We think devoting these funds to advance women’s equality is a better use of the dollars than returning the donation to Har vey Weinstein and the H. Weinstein Family Foundation,” Devlin said.

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Debate watch party draws Rutgers clubs, students Chloe Dopico & Christian Zapata Staff Writers

Students gathered around the jumbotron at The Yard @ College Avenue Tuesday night to watch gubernatorial candidates Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate, and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R-N.J.) face off in the first debate of the race. The Scott Hall bus stop donned booths set up by various student political groups where students could go to learn more about the issues and register to vote. RU Voting, a non-partisan organization that aims to get students more politically engaged, was also tabling at the event and registering students, said Jessica Ronan, a School of Graduate Studies student. Ronan said despite student interest, the organization did not sign up a lot of new faces, as many people were already registered to vote. But, she said, in order to vote from Rutgers, students must do an address change with their school address — students completing the address change form increases the number of students voting. “I just think that it’s just important to come out and vote and engage because one day we’re going to be the ones reflecting the government,” she said. “So it’s important.” Michael Zhadanovksy, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and

president of Rutgers for Phil Murphy, said the group has been working since last November to show support for Murphy and push his key issues like legalizing marijuana and low-interest student loans for people at Rutgers. “I’m also involved in Rutgers Democrats, before the primary (our groups) were separate, now we’re working together to make sure Phil Murphy and Democrats up and down the ballot get elected,” he said. “We’re registering voters and getting people to vote by mail ballots. So obviously it’s nonpartisan — if they’re Republican they can still register with us and we’ll still submit it.” He said students should look at what New Jersey is like now and ask themselves if they are happy with that. “I have a suspicion most people are not happy with that and whether we want four more years of that or we just want a new direction which is about progressive causes, which is about making an economy that works for all N.J. and not just the ones at the top which is what the other side is about at the moment,” he said. School of Arts and Sciences junior and President of Rutgers Democrats Megan Coyne said the organization aims to work to support Democratic candidates on all levels across the state and country, and that was why they came to the watch party.

Rutgers clubs gathered at The Yard @ College Avenue for the gubernational debate. Students had the chance to register as new voters before election day. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR She said the group hopes to tell voters how important it is to participate in the gubernatorial election. If anyone is unhappy with what is going on in Washington, D.C., it is important to have a governor willing to stand up to it. “N.J. is in dire condition right now — we’re in a fiscal crisis and it’s really not funny how bad the condition of the state is. And you now have an administration in Washington that is overtly hostile to basic American values (such as) tolerance, progress, diversity and it becomes incredibly important to have a governor and state

that’s willing to stand for what you believe in. So we need to elect Phil Murphy and Democrats up and down the ballot,” she said. Rutgers Conservative Union (RCU) member and School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Brandon Chesner said the group came to the watch party to educate voters on issues such as gun control. He said places like New Jersey have extremely strict gun control laws, which are counterproductive to ensuring the safety of the people voting. “We’re really just educating voters, there are plenty of other

organizations out there who are already registering voters. We also have a registration drive later this month so we want to focus a lot more on educating the people on important issues, especially since the Vegas massacre occurred we need to get more facts out there and less emotion in politics,” he said. Chesner said that the overall reception was positive and a lot of people respect the idea of open dialogue and factual discussions. Some of the biggest themes in the election are taxes and immigration, he said. “We’re one of the highest taxed states in the Union, and all the economists agree high taxes lead to low prosperity in the state. Another issue is illegal immigration, which we’re very passionate about in stopping sanctuary cities,” he said. Chesner said that college students are in a unique position because they are still dependent on their parents but also entering an independent field where they are becoming adults. Especially referring to tax reform, once students enter the workforce and get a job, they begin to feel the burden of taxes. He said the RCU wants to prepare students so they do not have to face the same massive burden their parents faced. It is important for students who are interested in voting to research both sides from trustworthy sources, Chesner said. “We feel that students who aren’t sure should expose themselves to as many ideas as possible, try and get reliable sources on both sides of the aisle so they can make an informed decisions on what they believe,” he said.


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Trump should not decertify Iran deal GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES YOUSUF ABDELFATAH


t is becoming increasingly likely that the president will decertify the Iran deal. The White House is currently facing a deadline of Oct. 15 to certify to Congress that Iran is still in compliance with the deal. Should the administration choose to not certify the deal it will then be up to Congress to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran Deal, is an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN security council plus Germany. Under this agreement, Iran agrees to severely curtail its nuclear activities in return for relief from nuclear-related economic sanctions. The agreement is monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency which has maintained that Iran is holding up it’s end of the deal. It’s also important to note that while many of the grievances claimed by President Donald J. Trump against Iran are legitimate, they are not included in the deal and that the U.S. is already imposing sanctions on Iran to address them. The JCPOA focuses expressly on nuclear issues and only lifts sanctions related to the nuclear program. Meanwhile, decades-old sanctions over ballistic missile production and support for U.S.-designated terrorist groups remain in effect. Congress requires that the administration certify that Iran is in compliance with the agreement every 90 days. Trump has already done so twice while signaling that he wouldn’t continue to do so in the future. His rhetoric as of late would suggest that he is seriously considering denying certification this time around. If he does it would then be up to Congress to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on the country. Even if Congress chooses not to reimpose sanctions, foreign investment in Iran will take a big hit. Investors will be worried by the possibility and begin to roll back their investments before Congress even makes their decisions. “Death by a thousand cuts” is how one official explained it to The New Yorker. “I’ve always thought that is the most likely way they kill the nuclear deal.” Many experts have posited that ending the Iran deal could be an unnecessary national security risk. Should the president fail to certify compliance and Congress choose to reinstate sanctions Iran will undoubtedly resume its nuclear activities with no damage done to its international reputation but significant damage done to the United States. The fact that Iran was in compliance for the duration of the agreement will most likely cause U.S. allies to be hesitant to reinstate their own sanctions against the country, leading to a much-weakened sanctions regime. A nuclear Iran will put the U.S. in a position where it is dealing with two nuclear crises in two regions, and all with a severely understaffed diplomatic corps. Additionally, going back on this deal exacerbates the Korean nuclear crisis by sending a signal to Pyongyang that the U.S. isn’t willing to adhere to international agreements when it’s not politically expedient. Several of the president’s top advisors have expressed their support for continued certification of the deal. Last week Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated before the Senate Armed Services Committee that it was in our national security interest to remain part of the deal and that, “If we can confirm that Iran is living by the agreement, if we can determine that this is in our best interest, then clearly we should stay with it … I believe at this point in time, absent indications to the contrary, it is something that the president should consider staying with.” It’s entirely possible that, despite the president’s rhetoric, the administration will once again certify that Iran is in compliance with the deal. It wouldn’t be the first time that he’s followed the advice of his generals and gone against one of his campaign promises. The troop increase in Afghanistan is an excellent example of this. He’s also gone against the advice of senior advisors before. He pulled out of the Paris climate accords despite Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s support for them and the advice of several Department of Defense officials that climate change was an issue of national security. There seems to be little will among members of Congress to reinstate sanctions on Iran, even among those who opposed the deal in the first place. Democrats would almost certainly oppose doing so and even many Republicans seem to be on the fence. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a vocal opponent of the deal when it was first made, still opposes the initial deal but believes that now that it has been made, it should be enforced. He’s joined in this opinion by other important GOP leaders such as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Three Republican defections would kill any attempt to reimpose sanctions as they need 51 votes to do so. In short, even if Trump were to decertify the deal it is unlikely that Congress would kill the deal and even if they did it would only serve to undermine U.S. interests.

Yousuf Abdelfatah is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in political science and economics. His column, “Global Perspectives” runs on alternate Thursdays.



U. should try to accommodate for all Attendance policy regarding holidays could be improved


t does not matter how much you love your class- as though it accommodates for the fact that some of es, friends and activities at Rutgers — when it the holiday’s students celebrate are not recognized comes down to it, everyone has a calendar mark- or observed by the University, in reality, it can be a ing down the days until the next University break. little tricky. When students celebrate a holiday that falls on You get to spend time with family, “home” friends and, in the case of winter break, enjoy the holidays a day when school is in session, it is true that prowithout worrying about homework, exams or any- fessors are more than likely to be understanding of thing else remotely related to school. That is, of their absence. But, at the end of the day, these stucourse, if the holidays you celebrate do align with dents are still missing class. And an hour and a half class in college can be something difficult to catch the breaks that the University offers. Rutgers offers students and staff breaks (more up on considering students take an average of four to than one day off) four times a year: Thanksgiving six classes that they would also have to keep track of. It is understandable that it would take a lot of time break, winter break, spring break and summer break. Aside from that, there are a few select holidays that and work to mandate a policy that would accommothe University observes, such as Memorial Day and date for all holidays, but this does not mean that the University cannot Independence Day. try. A possible soluIt may seem that this tion would be for is the best decision, “And an hour and a half class in college University officials as people might asto conduct a survey sume that the major can be difficult to catch up on considering of important holiholidays fall within students take an average of four to six days that require obthese days. But, does servance. After this, this really accommoclasses that they would also have to keep they can compile a date for all holidays? track of.” list of holidays and Rosh Hashana and move from there. Yom Kippur fell withThis does not have in the month of September this year, both of which are considered the to be done for every holiday, but rather focus on most important Jewish holidays. Diwali, which is ob- major ones where students might want to be around served by those of the Hindu faith, is in October. Eid, family or at a place of worship, without fear of misscelebrated by Muslims, changes dates every year. ing out on a lecture or making up an exam. Rutgers University prides itself on its diversity, There are also other holidays celebrated by those of and diversity should lead to action, not just pride. other faiths that are not observed by the University. In an interview with The Daily Targum, Dory Rutgers should continue to keep the breaks in the Delvin, the director of University News and Media dates that they have already assigned, but it would Relations stated “Rutgers does not schedule days be helpful to a large population of students if the Unioff for any religious holidays. Christmas falls within versity were more accommodating to other holidays the scheduled winter break. It is up to each student as well. If students see that their university is making to decide which days to take off for religious rea- efforts to include holidays that are important to them sons, to discuss upcoming absences with professors within its list of days off, they will definitely feel that and to work with professors to determine make-up their concerns are being handled and that they are schedules for work missed.” Although this seems cared about. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 149th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff. Twitter: @Daily_Targum Instagram: @dailytargum

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Small things are most important within grand scale of life TRAIPSE THE FINE LINE SRUTI BEZAWADA


wo weeks ago, the Rutgers Astronomical Society invited people to observe the night sky. My roommate and I had finished the day’s classes. Paranoid as usual about missing deadlines, I checked my inbox yet again and discovered the email buried innocently among the mass of Sakai announcement notifications, advising appointment notices and CareerKnight reservations. For once, nothing clashed. The journey to the Serin Physics building was a stupid, pointless one — we decided to board the bus instead of simply walking, wasting 30 minutes of precious time and missing all the pizza. We squandered 15 more minutes trying to find a single open door into the building and I had forgotten to bring a sweater — it was cold. But none of that frustration compared to the vastness of the night sky. From the narrow confines of the elevator to the open rooftop high above the trees, the inky violet skies opened like a vacuum, stretching beyond the clouds and curving over the horizon. We could not see many stars, and the few visible ones were faded or far away, the only light emanating from the moon. But that only contributed to the comforting blanket of the sky. Although just for 30 minutes, nothing mattered except myself and

the nebulae captured through the tiny lenses of the telescopes. That empty sereneness accompanied us on our return home. My roommate strummed her guitar while I sampled a mug of her mint tea and watched “Game of Thrones” late into the night. Convocation and Carnivale were incredible but Sept. 28, 2017, will always be one of the best days of my college life. College has just begun but time is already flying. It’s as if school started last week, and summer never happened. When tour groups stop along my route to class, I

to manage in an increasingly short amount of time. So since an enormous school like Rutgers offers boundless opportunities, we want to seize them because we are frightened of missing out, of potential guilt and regret. It’s ironic that more so than finals, interviews or presentations, it’s opportunities that inflict the most pressure. There is no problem with ambition. But as time goes on, life will only accrue more responsibilities. That is why moments of timelessness are so necessary — moments when you play Smash with your friend until 3 a.m., when you dare to attempt karaoke

“As students, we spend our academic life always in preparation for something else.” see myself of just a few months ago in the anxious, competitive eyes of high school students and wonder how I ever managed to transition out of that stage — if I did at all. As students, we spend our academic life always in preparation for something else. In middle school, it was getting good grades for honors classes in high school. In high school, it was getting good grades and investing time into enough club e-boards to enter AP courses and attend dream colleges. As college students, it’s grades, clubs and connections to get a job. Every stage of our lives accumulates yet another commitment

or garba, when you pretend to study when you are actually checking out Snap stories or reading manga, when you would rather sit and stare at the clouds from the meadow or at the moon from a rooftop — when nobody else matters but yourself. After trying to satisfy all of the other people and expectations in our lives, it’s these raindrops of memory that last the longest. Missing a grade on an exam is unfortunate, but I would not trade ranting for four hours at 16 Handles about Asian representation in America for anything. And it does not even have to be that long. Amy Lenhart, president of the American College Counseling

Association and counselor at Collin College, confirms “even 10 minutes a day (of having fun) can totally rejuvenate you and reduce stress.” Extensive research documented in Scientific American also stresses setting aside duties to relax. College is fundamental for higher education, but it is also only four exciting, short-lived years we will never get back. We might as well enjoy every minute of it. The summer between 11th and 12th grade, I attended a summer camp. Although only three weeks long, at its core was a grueling, exam-filled course on international relations. Ninety-five percent of it was spent studying a chapter until 2 a.m. daily, preparing research to debate and practicing for exams. But the last 5 percent comprised a very specific moment — a Sunday evening after we had returned to the dorms from a field trip. The sky was a dark lavender, the trees’ silhouettes against the clouds: a boy strumming his guitar, kids laughing and me eating pizza on a beach chair. Those three weeks, I had memorized dozens of definitions. But my only memory was Sunday evening, lounging on a beach chair, more relaxed than any meditation could ever do. Sruti Bezawada is a Rutgers Business School first-year hoping to transfer into the School of Arts and Sciences and double major in computer science and communications. Her column, “Traipse the Fine Line,” runs on alternate Thursdays.

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October 12, 2017


Denim: American staple piece takes over campus style Sophia Colitti Contributing Writer

Denim is back and better than ever before. Ah yes, October. The leaves are falling, the sun is setting earlier and most importantly pumpkin spice lattes are back. The one setback thus far is October’s inconsistent weather patterns, which is driving Rutgers students to insanity when it comes to picking ideal outfits. With that being said, I’ve come to learn that there is, in fact, one saving grace: denim. If you take a look around campus, denim is most definitely this season’s look here at Rutgers. Denim jackets, overalls, pants and dresses are being sported, and the beauty of it is that every person could add their own flair to wear it as they see fit. Denim can be dressed up, made casual and in the case of a jacket, could make adjusting to mother nature a bit more tolerable. M’Laja Rembert, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, is a denim supporter who strutted around campus in a light blue denim jacket paired with the same

shade of light blue jeans and a black top underneath. “It’s hard to choose what to wear right now and denim is just so versatile. It practically goes with anything,” Rembert said. The unpredictable weather is bothersome to busy college students, especially since there isn’t much time in the day to drop everything and have wardrobe changes. Our relatively large university campuses have us walking outside often, so our comfort is super important. For those of us who need to dress to our full potential each day, like Maddie Christenson, a Rutgers Business School senior, being well prepared for any weather situation is crucial. And FYI, she absolutely slayed the simple look of long overalls, a black tank-top and white sneakers, which she accessorized with jewelry to perfection. “In order to get things done I feel like I need to look cute,” she said. “I love denim on denim and I’m so, so glad it’s coming back.” And even if you aren’t the most fashion-forward person to walk the Rutgers streets, denim is renowned as an easy go-to look that

This autumn’s fluctuating weather has left students to fall back on the most classic fashion piece — denim. From jackets to jeans to recently-hip overalls, it is a main trend on campus. SOPHIA COLITTI doesn’t require a certain look, or gender for that matter, to pull off. There are just as many men that could rock a denim jacket just as well as women can — it’s all in the way you work it. Mona Alhaj, a School of Engineering first-year, who threw a long

ripped and washed denim jacket over her striped dress, just gets it. “I love denim. Denim everything all the time,” she said. The denim on denim look is making a comeback from the 90s, which is no surprise in the fashion world. Total Britney and

Justin vibes right there. The saying rings true, everything comes back full circle, and Rutgers students sure know how to navigate the circle fashionably. Reliability is hard to find these days, so it’s safe to say that we appreciate you, denim.


October 12, 2017

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes


Page 9 Eugenia Last

Happy Birthday: Patience will be required when dealing with home, domestic and personal financial matters. Know what you want before you start negotiating. Having a strategy in mind will help you maintain your status quo while being able to build and expand on your interests. Don’t give in to emotional blackmail or let anyone dictate what you can or cannot do. Your numbers are 3, 12, 23, 27, 32, 35, 48.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Emotions will get in the way of making good choices. Refrain from getting angry with someone you love. Take a moment to reevaluate the past and present and you’ll have a clear picture of what you should do next. 2 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Concentrate on the best way to take advantage of a professional opportunity. Use your skills in a variety of ways and superiors will take note. Personal gains can be made and physical improvements should be put into play. 2 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Home should be your safe place and your refuge. Do whatever it takes to clear a space just for your enjoyment. Relaxation is the key to good mental health. Romance is featured and will improve your personal life. 4 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Check out new locations or educational courses that interest you. Making a move or just getting away to see what possibilities are available to you will encourage you to improve your life, your outlook or your relationship with someone you love. 5 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Offer physical help, emotional encouragement and support when needed. Lecturing will only put a wedge between you and someone you love. With patience and kindness, you will eventually be able to work your way to reasonable solutions. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take action if you love someone or you want to bring about positive change at home. Talking will not bring about change, but physical labor will. Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t worry about what others think. Romance is highlighted. 3 stars

Pearls Before Swine

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Keep your emotions tucked away someplace safe. If someone gets you going, you may end up revealing information that will infringe on your privacy and reputation. Listen and observe, but refuse to venture into a self-pitying frame of mind. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Refuse to give more than you get back. Use your intuitive insight to help make the right choice and to ward off anyone who is trying to take advantage of your skills, services and assistance. Personal improvements are favored. 4 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A joint financial deal could have ulterior motives attached to it. Consider the benefits and the hazards of any proposition before you move forward. Protect your cash and your personal identity. A change can be made, but only on your terms. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A commitment can be made if you can find common ground. Arguing over an emotional issue that concerns outside influences will be a waste of time. Reiterate your concerns and propose solutions and walk away if your demands aren’t met. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Form an alliance with someone you enjoy working with. Don’t feel the need to make an impulsive move if it doesn’t appear to be practical. Make adjustments that will ensure that everyone you deal with comes out a winner. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Outbursts will not end well. Try being frank as well as listening to other perspectives on the situation you face. Give and take will be required if you want to resolve matters of concern. Nurture an important relationship. 5 stars

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Universal Crossword ACROSS

63 From that time until this time

1 Kunis of TV and film

64 Arthur of tennis fame

5 Stow cargo

65 Last word said in

9 Debonair

“The Wizard of Oz”

14 App downloader

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15 Words with “barge” or “let”

67 Perceive

16 Chilean range

68 Brain case?

17 TV’s GPS-equipped rides


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2 Lebanon neighbor

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19 How some things are possible

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53 “Grand” wine classification

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60 Narrow inlet

56 Stead

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62 “Be quiet!”

59 TV’s container ship or

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October 12, 2017

SEASON 5k race kicks off championship competition for Knights in their fall season continued from back “We’re going in really determined. We know there’s going to be a lot of tough competition with Manhattan and Fordham,” Mauer said. “They both want it as much as we do. It’s going to come down to who really wants it more.” Mauer realizes the importance in besting both Fordham and Manhattan this weekend, as they are

both prominent programs in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region. A victory this weekend would likely propel the Knights even further in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings, the next of which will be released on Oct. 16. “We’re really confident especially after the Paul Short Run. A lot of us had PRs and dropped a minute or more from the last race we had,” she said. “It just shows

how much our workouts are paying off. We’re going into championship season confident.” Fellow sophomore Emma Bergman placed 16th overall in last year’s championship 5-kilometer. The second-year runner shared her thoughts on the team’s development since the Paul Short Run at the end of September. “We’re really confident for the coming races. Paul Short really showed just how much our workouts have been helping us in our improvements so far,” Bergman said. “We’ve been going hard in our workouts. We’re just going to keep attacking these courses and try to stay together as a pack,

pushing our limits and passing our boundaries.” Bergman, who was also on the team when Rutgers was regionally ranked last season, expressed similar sentiments on her team’s recent USTFCCCA ranking. “We were really excited to see we made it into the regional rankings. We just want to keep improving and see what we can do,” she said. “If we could maybe get into the top-ten that would be awesome. ‘Keep moving up’ is the goal.” Bergman’s strategy for Friday in the Bronx remained relatively conservative, but the sophomore is determined her team’s rigorous

preparation will help spring them to another team title before they head into Big Ten and NCAA championship races later this season. “We’re going to just work on attacking the course really hard. It’s a really hilly course and we’ve been focusing on those kinds of workouts,” she said. “We’re going to tr y to stick together as a pack and put as many girls up front as we can. Keep moving up, focusing, and tr y to come out on top.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s cross country and track and field teams, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

Sophomore Emma Bergman showed confidence in the team heading into this weekend’s championship competiton. JEFFREY GOMEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017

weekend Rutgers hosts 2 conference foes over weekend, looking for 1st Big Ten win continued from back Sharkey. Sharkey also managed to accumulate 1,006 career assists which put her only 78 assists away from No. 10 Jennifer DelGais’s 1,082 on the Rutgers’ all-time leaderboard. From the beginning of the season to this week’s upcoming matches, Cieslik and Sharkey have both been in the Big Ten rankings for service aces and assists, respectively. Cieslik ranks third, averaging 0.41 aces per set, while Sharkey sits at 12th with an average of 7.81 assists per set. Looking at this week’s Big Ten opponents, Michigan fumbled in its last two matches, having logged a pair of losses to Iowa and No. 6 Minnesota, which left it for the first time this season. The Wolverines have dropped out of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) coaches poll, but they are still receiving votes in the poll and sit 36th nationally in the latest NCAA RPI.

Michigan has yet to win an away match, but in past seasons they have held a 3-0 all-time record over the Knights. No. 10 Michigan State has had a stellar conference season, having only lost to No. 4 Nebraska. The Spartans stand 13th in the NCAA RPI and 10th in the AVCA coaches poll. Individually, Michigan State’s Alyssa Garvelink is currently eighth in the nation and second in the Big Ten with an average of 1.58 blocks per set. Additionally, the Spartans’ head coach Cathy George has accumulated 609 career wins, which places her 19th nationally out of all active Division I coaches. George is one of three current Big Ten coaches that have recorded more than 600 wins. On Friday, Rutgers will take on Michigan before playing against Michigan State the following day at the College Avenue Gymnasium. For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

October 12, 2017

Page 11 MEN’S GOLF

RU wins 3rd place in West Virginia event Stephan Zatz Contributing Writer

The Rutgers men’s golf team finished up play in Bridgeport, West Virginia on Tuesday at The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational. As a team, the Knights finished third out of the 16-team field to secure their highest finish of the season as they continue to improve each week. Rutgers shot an 868 (4-over-par) in the three-round tournament at Pete Dye Golf Club. The first round was impressive for the Knights, racking up the top team total, as they shot a 282 (6-under-par) but then faltered in the second round with a disappointing score of 298 (10-over-par). Rutgers did bounce back in the final round on Tuesday with a solid score of 288, which was good enough for par and the third-place finish. But without that disappointing second round, the Knights, perhaps, could have finished even higher on the leaderboard, as they finished just two strokes behind second-place West Virginia and just 4 strokes back of the champion, Bowling Green. Individually, senior captain Matt Holuta was the star in Bridgeport, tying for third overall, as he shot a 213 (3-under-par)

through the three-round tournament. Holuta hovered close to par throughout the first two rounds with a 71 (1-under-par) and 76 (4-over-par). The senior then was locked in for the final round as he shot a masterful 66 (6-under-par), which included an impressive six birdies, to assure his topthree finish. In addition to Holuta, sophomore Tony Jiang and freshman Christopher Gotterup both finished tied for 10th overall, after shooting par through the three rounds. Oliver Whatley, who was coming of f his individual victor y at the Janney Invitational, was less impressive this time around, finishing tied for 43rd. Toks Pedro, who had notched two consecutive top-10 finishes in the team’s first two tournaments, didn’t have his A-game in Bridgeport either, as he finished tied for 66th. Even with the sub-par play of those two stars, Rutgers still found its way to a top-three finish, which goes to show just how deep this team is. All in all, it was quite an impressive tournament for the Knights. For updates on the Rutgers men’s golf team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

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Quote of the Day

“We’re really confident especially after the Paul Short Run. A lot of us had PRs and dropped a minute or more from the last race we had.” — Sophomore runner Stephanie Mauer

Thursday, OCTOBER 12, 2017



Rutgers opens championship season in N.Y. Kevin Stapleton Staff Writer

The Rutgers women’s cross country team will start off the championship portion of its season on Friday with participation in the Metropolitan Championship 5-kilometer race hosted by Fordham at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York. The Scarlet Knights will look to earn their third championship since 2014. The team’s last victory at the Metropolitan race came in 2015. Rutgers will face notable competition including last year’s champion Fordham, Manhattan and the USTFCCCA Northeast Region’s No. 3 team Columbia, which had previously earned four consecutive Metropolitan titles from 2010-2013. At last season’s Metropolitan 5-kilometer, the Knights placed third behind champion Fordham (41) and runner-up Manhattan (62) with 77 team points overall. Expectations for this year’s race are high, especially as Rutgers progresses toward the Big Ten Championship at the end of the month. Sophomore Stephanie Mauer, who last year placed 28th in the race and has already posted two personal-records (PRs) this season, felt confident about her squad’s chances heading into the Bronx on Friday. See season on Page 10

Sophomore Stephanie Mauer has gotten off to a strong start this season, already logging two personal-records (PRs) this season, and she looks ahead to the Metropolitan Championships. JEFFREY GOMEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017


Knights host Big Ten rivals over weekend Alex Fabugais-Inaba Staff Writer

This time around the Rutgers volleyball team will return home to the College Avenue Gymnasium to play against Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend. The Scarlet Knights (5-13, 0-6) have lost their past six conference matches in straight sets but have been looking for the small wins during the matches to help them improve as the season moves forward. As a team, Rutgers achieved Big Ten highs this season, including eight team blocks and 37 total digs in the match against Maryland, as well as five service aces during the Ohio State match. At Maryland, middle blocker Stasa Miljevic and freshman opposite hitter Kamila Cieslik both contributed four blocks each and individual Big Ten highs, while Cieslik’s 11 digs also tied her individual Big Ten high for this season. At Ohio State, the Knights’ five service aces came from Miljevic’s two aces, in addition to Cieslik, junior outside hitter Sahbria McLetchie and sophomore setter Megan Freshman opposite hitter Kamila Cieslik had four blocks in the team’s match against Maryland and will look to build on that when the Knights host Michigan and Michigan State this weekend. PATRICK CHEN / SEPTEMBER 2017 knights schedule



junior goalkeeper, was named to the Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s National Top 100 this week. The 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate ranked 11th on the mid-season list. She ranks tops in the Big Ten with a .34 goals against average.

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Metropolitan Championships

Metropolitan Championships

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Tomorrow, All Day, Bronx, NY.

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