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Joe Biden, the 47th vice president of the United States, spoke to University students about preventing sexual assault as part of the “It’s On Us” rally, sponsored by the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA). Biden’s appearance was proceeded by a series of speeches from survivors and advocates. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR
Joe Biden calls Rutgers to action at ‘It’s On Us’ rally 47th U.S. vice president drew 2,000 students to College Avenue Alexandra Dematos editor-in-chief
The gymnasium was colored red Tuesday afternoon as members of the University community gathered to welcome former Vice President Joe Biden to campus for the “It’s On Us” rally. Biden abruptly shocked students across campus two weeks ago when he announced that he would be visiting Rutgers to speak out against sexual violence and assault. More than 2,000 students stood in a line wrapped around the College Avenue Student Center and were allowed inside the gymnasium for the rally. The growing “It’s On Us” movement was launched in 2014 following the recommendations of the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault. Biden started the campaign with former President Barack Obama. “I care a lot about this. People wonder if my passion is a consequence of my mother being abused, or my sister or daughter ... it’s not,” he said. “It’s because of my father. My dad was a gentle, honorable man ... He said the greatest sin of all was the abuse of power. And then he’d say the cardinal sin
was for a man to raise his hand to a woman or child. Sexual assault is not about sex. It’s about power.” Biden took the time to express his disgust with the recent allegations of sexual assault against mega-producer Har vey Weinstein, though he did not comment on the University’s decision to keep the $100,000 donation to the school from the Weinstein Family Foundation. He said Weinstein deserves more than losing his company. “(He is) a man who had the power to make or break the career of a number of very talented actors,” he said. “But because of the bravery of so many courageous women speaking up, putting their careers still at risk to save other women, this disgusting behavior, at least on the part of Harvey Weinstein, has been brought to an abrupt and justifiable end.” But Biden has been a known fighter of sexual violence for decades, and his work did not just start with the “It’s On Us” campaign. He said it was because of men like Weinstein that he first introduced the Violence See vice
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Several survivors stepped up to tell their stories, push for action Kira Herzog News editor
In the final hour before former Vice President Joe Biden’s highly anticipated appearance at Rutgers, a series of sexual assault survivors stepped up to the podium to share their stories. The speakers were comprised of both current and former Rutgers students, many of whom had sought help in one capacity or another from the University’s Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA). One survivor, whose last name has been omitted, began by recounting her first day on campus at Rutgers. “When my mom said goodbye to me during move-in day two years ago, she told me ‘no matter what, make sure you surround yourself with people you trust and people who keep you safe’. I’m sure she was just being motherly in saying this,” Summer said. “I’m sure she didn’t know that on that same night, I would be raped.” After that day, Summer said she found herself fighting — through an invasive medical examination, friends questioning the validity of her story, police interrogations and a
school investigation where she was forced to come face to face with her attacker — only to be told that there was not enough evidence behind her claim. “I fought to appeal that decision and then, just when I had done all of the fighting I thought I could do. After months of being blamed, being called a liar and being beat down over and over again, I was gang-raped at a fraternity party. This time by three or four men whose faces I never saw,” she said. It takes an immense amount of courage to speak about these types of incidents, whether to a friend, a police officer or to the world, Summer said. Nothing about the process is easy, but it is incredibly important. Summer’s experiences prompted her to help other survivors. During her time at Rutgers, she helped create a chapter of No More, an organization that works to reduce stigma and spark dialogue around sexual violence, while encouraging funding, advocacy and prevention. “What we need to talk about is, not just what happens to assailants and attackers, but what happens to victims,” said Cassandra Grod, a
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Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization returns to campus Ryan Stiesi Staff Writer
Twenty-million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorder Organization. At Rutgers, the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) is back after a period of inactivity last year, said Holly Chok, the organization’s president and School of Arts and Sciences junior. “We are looking to promote awareness about eating disorders, advocate for resources, let students know about the resources available on campus and destigmatize it in general,” Chok said. Chok said that it was difficult to get the organization active again, and the process included sending a lot of emails and a lot of waiting, but the group was able to make a return at the involvement fair this fall. “It’s a bit of a process because you have to have three members who will definitely be in the e-board. Then you also need to have at least 10 members who will guarantee that they will be there,” said Prachi Biswal, the organization’s treasurer and a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Chok said that the goal of the organization is not to directly provide therapy, but rather to point students and people in the right direction toward receiving help. Biswal reiterated that concept, and said people get the wrong idea when they see eating disorders in their name — many thinking that their meetings resemble Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, which it really is not. “We don’t have the authority or the qualifications to provide therapy or anything. We just want to promote awareness, we want people to know what are myths and what are facts. I think that’s a big challenge,” she said. In order to begin its fight against mental health stigma, the group has some events planned for this semester. Chok said they plan to participate in the Central New Jersey National Eating Disorder Association walk in Belle Mead. So far the organization has raised more than $300 and plans to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the walk. Both Chok and Biswal also said that representatives from Aerie will attend their meeting on Oct. 24 to talk more about body positivity. “They came on campus a few weeks ago with the pop-up shop and everything, it was great. So we spoke to some of the organizers of that event and then they reached out to us and said we would love to collaborate,” Biswal said.
The primary goals of the Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization (REDO) are to push for better resources, erase stigmas and raise awareness of eating disorders on campus. FACEBOOK The meeting is open to anyone who wants to come, Biswal said. She also said that the organization frequently posts about body positivity and new resources for mental health services on social media sites like Facebook. Spreading awareness and promoting resources is what REDO is really focused on. “In the end, it all comes down to loving yourself, learning to accept yourself as who you are and learning to accept others for who they are,” Biswal said.
Chok noted that there are many misconceptions about eating disorders, which make destigmatizing it more difficult. “There are so many different types of eating disorders, there are ones that don’t even have a label to them and people don’t know what they are,” Chok said. She said that a common misconception is believing that people with eating disorders are thin and have to be previously diagnosed with an eating disorder in
order to have one. Another misconception she comes across is people thinking that eating disorders do not affect men, Chok said. “People think that eating disorders don’t affect boys too, and that’s why one of our big goals is to recruit guys. Because it happens but often in different ways,” she said. Biswal said that the organization has plans to continue growing and to continue fighting against mental health stigma.
She said that she wants the organization to be there for any group that works to take down mental health stigmas and that she hopes to see more people talking openly about eating disorders and mental health in the future. “We want Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization to be a part of every major Rutgers milestone,” Biswal said. “This year I want the organization to have its own dance team at the dance marathon.”
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Rutgers colloqium will examine struggles of LGBT veterans Brielle Diskin
Lee said one of the panelists attending the event, Jennifer Long, was an officer in the U.S. Army for The Office of Graduate Student many years and won the Gold Star Life and the Office of Veteran and award for her service in AfghaniMilitary Programs and Services stan. She did so while transitioning (OVMPS) are holding a colloqui- from male to female. “If she can be a good soldier and um to discuss the experiences of LGBTQ veterans and active ser- win awards under those circumstances, I think that’s a good sugvice members today. The event will commence at gestion that transgender individu8:30 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. in als are appropriate to serve in the the College Avenue Student Cen- military,” Lee said. The event is being held at the ter multipurpose room, according same time the United States Deto the agenda. This is the third of a four-part se- partment of Defense is reviewing ries, said Ann Treadaway, director its policy on transgender service of the OVMPS. The first parts of members, she said. “So this event is taking place the series were both held at Rutduring a time where there is a lot gers—Newark. “It is really hard to just have of confusion about what the polone event that really covers the icy is and what it is going to be,” entire reference of the repeal of Treadaway said. Greathouse said that there will ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ and what’s happening with the transgender be panelists explaining the arguments being used to justify a ban ban,” Treadaway said. At the OMVPS, the goal is not just on transgender service members to serve veteran and military stu- and then talk to attendees who are in the military. dents and their Lee said dependents but transgender to educate the “This event is taking serve campus complace during a time where people with honor in munity about that population, there is a lot of confusion the military. “As a unishe said. about what the policy is versity, it’s A 2011 poll important for from Pew Reand what it is going to us to provide search Center be.” education and revealed that information only 33 percent anne treadaway about importof people between the ages Director of the Office of Veteran and Military ant issues and Programs and Services I think this is of 18 and 29 an important iswere related to sue,” Lee said. or knew someThere has been a lot of hostilone who had served in the military. Treadaway said that people tend ity recently regarding this topic, to forget that, technically, the Unit- Greathouse said. Students need ed States is still actively deploying to get the sense of how to support people in positions who are service members overseas. “We really just want students to fighting for this country and at walk away having a deeper appreci- the same time being told they are ation for the challenges and what is not wanted. There is a lot of misunderstandproblematic about this presidential directive as it affects real people. ing within the general population, People who are very loyal to the not just students, Lee said. The military and for whom the presi- better the population is informed, dent has no right to say otherwise,” the more they can know about said Maren Greathouse, director it, and the more they can inform others so that misinformation is of the Tyler Clementi Center. Previously, the OVMPS held a not perpetuated. “Come out and support people, diversity and inclusion symposium on transgender health issues, Lee support their fears,” Greathouse said. Given the recent events relat- said. “Even if they’re not trans-idened to the status of transgender mil- tified or queer-identified or service itary individuals, this is a relevant members, these are your fellow topic that people need should know peers and they deserve as much support as anyone else.” more about. Staff Writer
The third of a four-part series of events discussing the experiences of LGBTQ veterans and active service members will focus on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the potential “Transgender Ban” in the United States military. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JEFFREY GOMEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
VICE PRESIDENT Biden praised Rutgers for refusing to waver in its commitment to Title IX continued from front Against Women Act (VAWA) in the United States Congress on June 20, 1990, as then-senator of Delaware. “When I wrote the legislation I provided funding for shelters, women’s shelters,” Biden said. “I was accused of setting up nothing more than indoctrination centers for feminists.”
Following University President Robert L. Barchi’s commitment to enforcing Title IX rules and regulations after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rolled back sexual assault protections, Biden praised Rutgers as a whole for fighting to put an end to sexual violence. Referring to the Department of Education, Biden said, “They didn’t confuse your chancellor. They didn’t confuse this university.
When this guidance was revoked, (Barchi) said ‘our commitment will not waver.’” Biden left with a challenge for Rutgers students. He said the current generation has already changed the culture of the United States, but must continue to do so. “I promise you, if you keep at this when your daughter is dropped off at a college campus in her freshman year, your first thought as a parent will not be, ‘is she going to be safe?’ Look what your generation has already taken in. You are the most progressive, tolerant, decent and well-educated generation in history,” he said. “That’s just a fact.”
October 13, 2017
survivors After 3 students performed spoken word poetry, individuals told their own stories of survival continued from front Rutgers alumna. “We need to talk about the grueling aftermath of fighting our demons every day just to get out of bed and perform life’s daily functions.” After being sexually assaulted during her first year at Rutgers, Grod told the crowd that she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. In the aftermath of the abuse, she said she had a difficult time reclaiming herself and her body. She found herself facing a legal system and a culture where the brunt of the blame was placed squarely on her. But in certain pockets of the University, she also found vital sources of support. “It is people like us in this room — survivors, advocates and allies
— it is programs like the VPVA and people in positions of great authority like Joe Biden that scream to the Donald Trumps ... that they cannot sweep this under the rug,” Grod said, to roaring applause. VPVA created and organized the “Turn the Campus Purple” campaign to show solidarity with victims of sexual violence. The week of events culminated to a candlelight vigil on the steps of Brower Commons on Tuesday as well as tonight’s “It’s On Us Rally.” The office provides a wide range of counseling, advice and legal help for survivors. The University has worked to enhance the VPVA over the last few decades, while also putting money, time and effort into researching the impact of sexual
assault and violence on campus. Violence Against Women Act, of millions of Americans, they According to a press release, which revolutionized the ways would be judged,” Biden said. “It The White House recently used sexual assault and dating violence wasn’t easy for these women to Rutgers as a model for how oth- were spoken about and handled come forward and testify but they did because they wanted to stop er institutions should handle on college campuses. He also encouraged wom- what was happening so it wouldn’t sexual assault. In his speech, Biden praised en to come for ward and share happen to someone else.” At Rutgers, ever y single the University for the extensive their experiences to a nationwork it has done, but also noted al audience, which created student has the capability to change the the importance culture that of keeping surrounds the conversat“We will succeed in this fight when not a single woman sexual asion moving. sault, Biden “All of the who is abused or raped ever asks herself said, whether men and wom‘what did I do.’” by helping en who have a friend find come forward joe biden the resourcas victims, Former Vice President of the United States es she needs, thank you. dissuading Thank you others from for speaking out because every time you do a dialogue in the 1990s that speaking about women in degrading ways or simply listenit takes courage,” Biden told the was unprecedented. “I was convinced that if I could ing to sur vivors when they crowd. “Every time these young women come out of the shadows rip the band-aid off the scab and share their stories. “We will succeed in this and seek help and the more we force others to look at it, they know about these acts, the more would be forced to act. So I went fight when not a single woman to some very brave women that I who is abused or raped ever we can do to prevent them.” During his time as a senator, knew and I warned them that, if asks herself ‘what did I do,’” Biden famously introduced the they spoke of these things in front Biden said.
Lecture explores U.S roots in global context Christina Gaudino Correspondent
Just a day after Columbus Day, when Americans found themselves embroiled in a debate about which historical figures to memorialize, guest lecturer Dr. Hakim Williams of Gettysburg College spoke to about 40 students, staff and faculty members to share some food for thought about the indigenous suffering upon which American hegemony is built. On Tuesday evening in the Academic Building on the College Avenue campus, the Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) invited Williams to present a talk entitled “International Solidarity: A Journey of Self, Nation and Earth.” “Since the personal and the political often have a sort of dialectical relationship … I will enter this talk there and meander it to my conclusion,” Williams said as he began his presentation. His speech was a self-proclaimed admixture of autobiography, translational identity formation, immigration, American liberation and internationalism. Williams began with his childhood in Port of Spain, the capital of the Caribbean nation Trinidad and Tobago. When his mother moved to America to work, Williams became the man of the house at 9 years old, he said. He was tasked with caring for an ailing grandmother and a younger brother. “‘Out’ became my mantra,” he said. “Out of Laventille, out of poverty, out of Trinidad, out of my very own shy and closeted queer skin.” Ten years later, he and his brothers would join his mother in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where Williams attended college and became aware of his “colonial education,” he said. “Being on this land, now having so much privilege, I have had to understand and interrogate the histories of indigenous folk here and much of their contemporary flight,” Williams said.
Decolonization entails a twopart process: unveiling and naming the structured violence behind the logic of coloniality and disconnecting from its repressive epistemologies, Williams said. America, he argued, has not yet fully liberated herself. “Part of America’s liberation involves some intrapsychic work that is far from over,” Williams said. “And trauma, when not possessed or sublimated, lives in and weakens the body, showing its head in strange, unhealthy ways until we confront it.” He said that the United States is a nation founded on native genocide, slaver y and the penetration of and meddling in many territories. He cited police brutality, mass shootings, the fact that the U.S. houses 25 percent of the world’s prisoners despite only comprising 5 percent of the world population and increasing drug addiction and obesity rates. “This empire is self-cannibalizing because it has not possessed its traumas,” Williams said. He also expressed concern for the movement toward reinforced borders, stating that nationalism is a threat to the sustainable and just internationalism which he envisions. “How do we create radical alternatives if we are using the very foundations of slavery, colonialism, imperialism and indentureship?” he asked. He said the audience needs to understand that “their own liberation (is) bounded with that of others.” Williams appealed to the example of Paul Robeson, one of Rutgers’ most esteemed alumni and the namesake of Rutgers’ African-American cultural center, which is recognized as the first in the nation on a college campus. Robeson, he said, was not only involved in the civil rights movement but was also a devoted internationalist who spoke out against fascism and imperialism despite being blacklisted in the McCarthy era. Williams said Robeson acted as an ally not out of guilt, but out of
Guest lecturer Hakim Williams ran students through an admixture of autobiography, identity formation, immigration and American liberation this past Tuesday. ERIN KEANE responsibility. He urged students to do the same. “This kind of allyship in furtherance of solidarity is what we need now,” Williams said. The event is part of the Center’s Project #RUAllyship, an initiative meant to unite the campus community around areas of social justice, diversity and community building, said Keywuan Caulk,
the assistant director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities. Caulk noted that the topic of international solidarity is particularly relevant because of the University’s global reach and added that many students and staff are connected to places, people and cultures outside of the United States.
“I hope that our community gains a sense of urgency to expand our worldview, engagement and movements to a global perspective,” he said. The month-long Project #RUAllyship series seeks to coordinate opportunities for students, faculty and administrators to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of others and to raise awareness of the individual and collective injustices plaguing society, according to the website. In addition to William’s lecture, this month’s Project #RUAllyship campaign also includes a “Voices of LGBTQ Veteran and Active Service Colloquium,” taking place today from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center. There are several more lectures and training events taking place throughout the month to facilitate mutual understanding on campus, including a workshop on how to organize a public policy campaign to effect community change. “Working from an intersectional and intercultural understanding of oppression, the entire campus community will be challenged (this month) to examine stereotypes and prejudice,” Caulk said.
October 13, 2017
Minorities do not need to be representatives WAIT, WAS THAT RACIST? ANJALI SHAH
istorically, the representation of South Asians in the media has been dismal. Growing up, my only role model was Princess Jasmine, simply because her skin color had the slightest resemblance to my own Indian skin. But that sob story about brown identity has been told time and time again, with no real results until very recently. This year seems to be the eruption of South Asian talent, as Hasan Minhaj took the stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Priyanka Chopra’s breaks out into Hollywood with “Quantico” and, most recently, Riz Ahmed becomes the first South Asian to win an Emmy Award for acting. However, with this forthcoming of representation, there has been controversy as to whether all of the representation is purely positive and progressive. In 2012, Mindy Kaling became the first South Asian actress to headline — act, edit and write — her own TV show “The Mindy Project,” which follows her alter-ego Mindy Lahiri, an OB-GYN who gallivants around New York City. It may be progressive in theory, but the show has been openly criticized for never truly highlighting race issues. Mindy Lahiri dates many men, all of them being white, and beyond being visibly Indian, her race is not the focus. Three years later, Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series “Master of None” premiered, starring Ansari as Dev, a fictionalized version of Ansari himself, living as a semi-struggling actor in New York City. Diverting from “The Mindy Project’s” non-racial stance, Ansari acknowledges his race boldly, addressing race relations for Indians in a way that has never been done before. A standout episode is “Indians on TV,” where Dev faces prejudice in the acting industry because of his race. Both “The Mindy Project” and “Master of None” are incredibly progressive. Being at the forefront of a TV show as a brown man or woman is prolific, regardless of whether one chooses to emphasize or de-emphasize one’s identity. Notably, Kaling reveals in an interview with the Paley Center for Media: “I try not to rely on or deny the fact that I’m Indian. You turn on the show, and you know that I’m Indian … And it comes up in the show sometimes, but as much as it organically would.” This relates to the two notable roles that Kaling and Ansari have portrayed on screen — Kelly Kapoor in “The Office” and Tom Haverford in “Parks and Recreation,” respectively — who are ridiculous characters with eccentric qualities who just happen to be Indian. While Ansari’s approach in “Master of None” is more racially focused than Kaling’s, and even his portrayal of Tom Haverford, it should not delegitimize “The Mindy Project” in any way. And even though “Master of None” is decidedly more progressive, involving many POC creators such as Alan Yang and Lena Waithe, it still has suffered the wrath of many women of color — and Twitter users enraged on their behalf — because the women that Dev pursues tend to be white. To address the backlash, Ansari replied in a tweet, “No ethnic requirements on any casting. We just cast the best people.” This tweet, of course, ignited even more backlash regarding Ansari’s tone-deaf words. So, regardless of Ansari’s wish to tackle race, even his attempts were not lauded as enough. A pressing question to address becomes this: are we watching the show because there is a POC starring in it? Or are we watching the show because it is enjoyable? I’m assuming the latter. At the end of the day, isn’t it better that we have nuanced, dynamic portrayals of South Asians in the media in comparison to the vapid, empty stereotypes that have been prevalent until now, ranging from Raj in “The Big Bang Theory” to Apu in “The Simpsons”? Should we be harshly demanding these already-progressive creators to push for even more progress? It becomes ridiculously unfair to ask every minority to take on the role of Martin Luther King Jr. and speak for their race when all they want to pursue is their own creative talents. Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn and Kumail Nanjiani’s sole purpose shouldn’t be to represent, but rather to create. They never asked to be the first. They never asked to be defined by the qualifier “brown” or “Indian.” Yes, it becomes easy to dissect everything as a matter of race or gender or general injustice, but sometimes we need to let these artists simply promote diversity rather than calling upon them to be our martyrs. In a way, when we force shows such as “The Mindy Project” and “Master of None” to be shows that have non-white leads rather than leads that happen to be non-white, we, in turn, view them solely through a racial lens. Ultimately, we fail in our quest to normalize South Asian representation in the media. Progress is real, but it takes time. Hasan Minhaj’s comedy special on Netflix entitled “Homecoming King” is funny — but his identity is often a punchline. Yet, when he graced the stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and his identity as a brown man was no longer center stage, his comedic talent was. Change happens and diversity is an ongoing quest, but it is never the duty of an industry leader to be entirely representative of their race, sexuality or their gender — that is far too great of a burden. Their duty is to do their job the best they can, everything else is secondary. Anjali Shah is a Rutgers Business School first-year, double majoring in finance and political science. Her column, “Wait, Was that Racist?”, runs on alternate Fridays.
WEEK IN REVIEW: Laurels and Darts TAKE A BREATH WITH SJE
GET OUR RIGHTS BACK
The Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) has been advertising their Breathing Room, which they have deemed as an open space where students can speak to one another about real-life, ever yday issues. The students also work together to come up with solutions to the problems brought up. The Breathing Room allows students to hear different perspectives on world issues. We laurel SJE for providing a space where students can collaborate.
The Office of Graduate Student Life and the Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services (OVMPS) are hosting a colloquium today to speak to students about LGBTQ veterans’ and active service members’ experiences within the military. In August, President Donald J. Trump directed the military to ban transgender people from serving. Speakers at the panel discussed the confusion around the policy and how it affected their lives. We dart the policy that, if enacted, may take away transgender people’s right and ability to serve their country.
STRIDES FOR SURVIVORS The Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) has dedicated a week to “Turn the Campus Purple.” One of the events for the week was a candlelight vigil, where students were encouraged to share poems, songs and stories about their own experiences with sexual violence. The vigil was meant for the survivors of domestic violence. Over 20 percent of females and 5 percent of males experienced sexual assault. We dart the environment that fosters the need to even hold events such as this.
DANCE FOR PUERTO RICO The Rutgers Salsa Club hosted “Hope After Maria” to raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The event was a block party that featured dancing. Rutgers Salsa Club partnered with ConPRmetidos for the event. ConPRmetidos aims to foster personal, social and economic development in Puerto Rico. There was no monetary goal for the night, as group members encouraged participants that “anything helps.” We laurel Rutgers Salsa Club for their hard work in fundraising for such a pressing cause.
NEW HORIZONS FOR NURSING SCHOOL Rutgers—Camden recently opened its brand new Nursing and Science Building, which will allow students to get hands-on experience in the facility’s new laboratories, as well as garner hospital, outpatient and home care skills in a realistic setting. The building, as part of a merger between Rutgers—New Brunswick and the Camden School of Nursing, was paid for in part by a loan and grant program approved by New Jersey voters in 2012. We laurel Rutgers for expanding upon students’ opportunities to build the skills necessary for success in their future careers.
STOP THE EPIDEMIC As a result of the state’s opioid crisis, New Jersey has seen a recent spike in drug-related deaths. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be up to 50 times more powerful than other opioids, is used as a lacing agent in batches of heroin. The drug was to blame for only a few dozen deaths a couple of years ago, but last year alone this number rose to almost 900. We dart New Brunswick and the rest of the state’s growing opioid crisis.
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October 13, 2017
Opinions Page 7
Despite rankings, college experience is what you make of it KAANOTATIONS KAAN JON BOZTEPE
ollege is what you make of it. College rankings play a crucial role in why incoming first-years choose the institution they do. Many websites that have collegiate statistics, such as U.S. News, use an unknown algorithm to formulate their school rankings. Essentially, these rankings have become more of a popularity rating rather than a ranking based on the educational foundations of the colleges. U.S. News actually began their rankings in 1988 by asking college presidents what they thought about other schools, causing these ratings to be biased. This caused a lot of criticism which made U.S. News revamp their ranking system. The system change created new categories to be a part of each school’s background information, most of the information being subjective. The subjects can include the total number of students, alumni, student to professor ratio and so forth, but the “scientific formula” is actually slanted and plenty of rankings are based on small categories which can make small unheard-of schools have a higher rating than say, Rutgers, for example. The reason? Rutgers is a very large and multifaceted institution that offers multitudes of
departments, faculty members and students. To break this down, websites, such as U.S. News, do not, by any sense, rank the quality of education or the number of students that receive jobs upon graduation. The rankings can of course still be used as a resource but most definitely should not be the main factor used to choose a certain institution. The websites allow you to see the number of people attending the
like attending whichever institution one is interested in. There is no undeviating way to define the quality of a college, as it depends on what exactly the student is studying, what type of classroom they prefer and the amount of student engagement that they are able to achieve in a class. But, these reviews caused schools to worry about these rankings. If the ranking of one of the schools
“The system change created new categories to be a part of each school’s background information, most of the information being subjective.”
institution, application deadlines, prices of tuition, room and board and the gender distribution. So, to receive some common background information, these types of websites can actually be beneficial, but the rankings mean nothing for whichever major you are considering studying. Better ways to understand the feel of the institution is to look for reviews published by students for students to get a real, firsthand experience view of what it’s really
falls down the pecking order of rankings, it can actually affect the number of applicants that apply to that school, which in turn hurts the value and income of said school. This is actually a big reason that many schools now offer free application fees instead of the standard $70 applications. The more people who apply, the higher the chance of the rating rising. The rankings are also biased, as some students go to schools for a specific major,
such as Rutgers for philosophy. Rutgers’ Department of Philosophy has been in the top three best philosophy schools in the world for over five years now, yet Rutgers ranks as 69th best in the nation. Essentially, these rankings manipulate data for the primary purpose to inflate the universities that support the rankings versus those who do not. Sadly, this causes some colleges to distort their information to receive more views and applications. This is unfortunate to students who have spent hours researching the schools they would like to apply to. So, to those who have siblings, friends, cousins or whomever else that is planning to apply to a school, let them know they should research their schools and make sure the information has well known and trusted sources. Of course, there will be websites that could seem to be good and bad so I suggest you take some of the information with a grain of salt. In the end, it really comes down to the major studied, the class size, the lifestyle one is looking for and the price tag. College is truly what you make of it, and as long as you use all the resources the college provides and do your best, you will be on the right path of success. Kaan Jon Boztepe is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore double majoring in philosophy and history. His column, “Kaanotations,” runs on alternate Fridays.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
‘Going Grey’ experiments with new emotional drive, sound Brittany Gibson Features Editor
The Front Bottoms, New Jersey’s most popular folk-punk band, released its fourth, fulllength album on Friday, Oct. 13. “Going Grey” mixes TFB’s musical experimentation with frontman Brian Sella’s “wacky” lyrics and emotional authenticity. “(Going Grey) is about me kind of growing and becoming like an adult and everything: from the name of the album, ‘Going Grey,’ to the everything basically, ‘Vacation Town’ exactly, ‘Everyone But You’ is also a good example lyrically,” Sella said. “But that’s just that the art has always kind of reflected my life. It’s not like I really plan it that way, but you know I’m getting older. I have a lot of grey hair (and) that’s what it comes down to.” Die-hard Front Bottoms fans may be shocked to see the musical direction of the new album. As a whole, it is nothing like anything else released by the Jersey-based band, and it’s the farthest departure from their demo albums. Fans nostalgic for the rough, unpolished feel of “I Hate My Friends” or “Brothers Can’t Be Friends” will have to realign their expectations. Instead Sella, drummer Matt Uychich, bassist Tom Warren and renaissance man Ciarian O’Donnell on keys, trumpet and guitar built upon the more refined recording tactics that came with their major label debut “Back on Top” from 2015. “I think I would be doing our fans a disservice if I was to not at least get a little bit freaky,” Sella said. “If they don’t like it, (then) I think our fans at least know, ‘okay well, this is just an experiment. There’s gonna be more songs. There’s gonna be songs that I love … It’s an experiment.’ You have
“Going Grey” is The Front Bottoms’ fourth, full-length album and greatly experiments with its established sound. INSTAGRAM to challenge people, you have to push people. And I’m fortunate enough that the people that seem to listen to The Front Bottoms seem to appreciate that.” The Front Bottoms team aimed to ease fans into the transition with its choice of singles, “Raining” and “Vacation Town,” which are indicative to the themes of the album and, when they stand alone, are closest to the more recognizable TFB sound. The music video for “Vacation Town” creates a visual definition for the “Going Grey” struggle Sella expresses in the album. There’s literally a battle between two people playing out a Jekyll and Hyde situation for growing up and transitioning from the pseudo-adulthood of your early twenties to full responsibility.
“I think that in terms of the title (of the album), it’s kind of just coming to terms with the fact there’s no choice (about growing up). It’s neither good nor bad, happy or sad. It’s just what happens,” Sella said in acceptance. “I do have a lot of grey hair, and that just kind of summed it all up for me … It can neither be happy or bad, good or sad, kind of like in the one line of ‘Everyone But You’: ‘it doesn’t get worse, it doesn’t get better, you just get old, and it lasts for ever.’ That’s kind of the vibe: the world doesn’t stop turning … it’s just life and that’s just kind of how it shook out.” This acceptance is juxtaposed throughout the whole album with the overall “pop-ier” and synthetically happy feel of the accompanying music. From the opening track, “You Used To Say (Holy F***),” which relies heavily on drum and bass to pull listeners into the album and then sprinkles in an angelic synth riff — this is not a typical pop-punk album by any standard. Even songs like “Everyone But You” that lyrically represent the struggle of making the mental transition to adulthood, as Brian said, has a head-bopping beat and sing-songy, anthem-styled chorus that distracts from the struggle Sella sings about, or at best masks it. Fans and press have been critical of The Front Bottoms abandoning its noise from the basement aesthetic in their last full length, which usually matches Sella’s self-revealing lyrics with an edgier sound more similar in hit tracks from their self-titled album, like “The Beers” and “Twin Size Mattress,” the latter of which is usually the band’s encore song during live shows. However, Sella isn’t worried. “I think the fans are gonna love ‘em. I think there’s no doubt. I think The Front Bottoms fans are very accepting of music, and they
really do understand,” he said. “When I was younger and a band that I loved put out a song that was a little freaky, I would get pissed off and I would be a little bit like ‘what the hell is this about.’ I didn’t sign up for this. But then I would go back after a couple of years and re-listen to the album and re-listen to a song and I would fall in love with it. So it really is just like a personal interpretation of the music.” The band will find out how their fans feel on Oct. 13 and when their tour begins on Oct. 19, starting with a sold-out show in Boston, Massachusetts at House of Blues. Sella said the band is going to focus more on the performative aspect of playing on this tour. The band is thinking of using projections to show The Front Bottoms backstage and heading out to the main stage so audiences can feel the excitement build as the members get closer to the stage. Sella even hinted at some costume changes. “I find out what my favorite (song) is when we go on tour and get to play them live because that’s for me really when the songs become what they are. When we can get up in front of a couple of hundred kids and see the reaction and that kind of affects the way we play them,” Sella said. The frontman also said that the more experimental songs will make more sense when played live. You’ll see a better visual of where the more refined sounds in more experimental songs come from, and Sella said more musicians have been invited to be part of their set, which should give further insight into the new musical components on “Going Grey.” “When we played basements at Rutgers, we would go into it with the same mentality. There would be five drunk kids there, and by the end of the show we just wanted to make sure those individuals had fun. And that’s what we try to do even though some of these shows
are pretty big, a couple thousands people coming. We still try to make sure every individual has a good time (and) they can kind of come on vacation when they come see us play. And we can take them to another place. Just like Jimmy Buffet,” Sella said with a laugh. Sella’s excitement for the album and tour was tangible, but “Going Grey” isn’t the only artistic work that Sella and his original bandmate Uychich have been planning for this year. Sometime during the break between the U.S. and International tour, The Front Bottoms will be hosting its holiday show Champagne Jam, and it will be happening closer to the University this year. “Hell Yeah! Champagne Jam is such a passion project for me and Matt. We love it so much. It’s just another opportunity to put on another show … We’re gonna try and do it in Asbury Park this year,” Sella said. “We’re working out all the details of it. Obviously, it’s like a total sh*t show until like the day of the show when everything kind of comes together.” Webster Hall hosted the indoor festival twice before, but the famous venue closed this August for renovation after being bought by AEG and the owners of the Barclays Center. This year’s show will likely happen at Convention Hall. “(The Webster Hall set up is) essential to the vibe and the aesthetic of Champagne Jam. You want to have a comedy stage, and acoustic stage, a smaller stage and then a big main stage so that people can move around an get excited. That’s always my favorite type of show, where I feel like if I’m an audience member I have a little bit of control of what I want to see and where I want to walk. We’ll get some hot dog carts in there,” Sella said. He first mused with the idea of hosting the show at Convention Hall after visiting an underground wrestling match there with his girlfriend. Sella said he fell in love with the space and size of the venue. “I’m gonna try and work that out, but we’re absolutely doing Champagne Jam and it’s going to be just as fun as always,” he said. Sella also said he’s working on a new art enterprise, called Screwball Enterprises — a project open to a direction, plan and even an idea of what it should be. “Your guess is as good as mine. I don’t know. Maybe — I have literally no idea, but I have the name and I’m going to start repping that, and slowly but surely it’ll come together, like all of my art… And it will be what it was always meant to be,” Sella said. In the meantime, “Going Grey” will be released and ready for interpretation and to put it all together, The Front Bottoms’ tour will be stopping near campus twice, at Starland Ballroom and Terminal 5 in Manhattan. “No matter what the departure is, it’s still The Front Bottoms,” Sella said.
October 13, 2017
Mark Tatulli Horoscopes
Page 9 Eugenia Last
Happy Birthday: Remain levelheaded and manage your responsibilities carefully. Only take on what you can handle and promise what you can deliver. Rely on your insight and ability to take the road less traveled in order to come up with what serves you well mentally, emotionally and financially. Know your boundaries and your capabilities. Make peace of mind your goal. Your numbers are 6, 17, 20, 22, 26, 32, 47.
Over The Hedge
T. Lewis and M. Fry
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Getting out with friends will do you good. The information you gather will give you better insight into new possibilities. Discover how you can best use your skills to improve your income. If you love someone, tell them. 5 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t go overboard in order to impress someone at work. It’s important to be true to yourself and to stay focused on what you can achieve for your own benefit, not someone else’s. Refuse to let an emotional incident influence your productivity. 2 stars
Pearls Before Swine
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Pour your energy into something you love to do. Overreacting will set you back and lead to regret. Don’t waste time trying to figure out what someone else is going to do when you should be concentrating on your next move. 4 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Look at the logistics of any situation you face. Overreacting or taking on too much will be your downfall. A physical effort will bring good results. Don’t make a move based on emotions. Wait until you feel less fragile. 2 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Downtime will do you good. Visit a spa or club that encourages you to relax and enjoy life. Once relaxed, you will find it much easier to come up with ideas and solutions that will bring about positive change. 4 stars
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You don’t have to overspend to impress someone, and if you feel like you do, you should reconsider the connection. Offering intelligent advice and encouragement is all that’s required to keep your relationship on solid ground. 5 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put a limit on your spending, entertainment and indulgences. Living within your means and focusing on saving will result in peace of mind. Romance doesn’t have to cost money if you cozy up at home with someone you love. 3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Partnerships are best handled carefully. It’s in your best interest to avoid someone who might be trying to coerce you into something questionable. Don’t feel pressured to make a hasty decision or an unorthodox move. Do what’s best for you. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): An emotional situation will escalate if you overreact or make promises you cannot keep. You don’t have to give in to keep the peace, you just need to choose your words carefully and be sympathetic to others’ opinions. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Good fortune can be yours if you use the experience you have gained in order to get things done and forge ahead. Your progress will be regarded highly by others, but don’t jeopardize your health trying to make an impression. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Too much of anything will turn into trouble. If you are too giving or agreeable, it will end up costing you. Avoid making impulse purchases or investing in something you know little about. Don’t give in to unreasonable demands. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Put everything you’ve got into living up to your promises and your responsibilities. Knowing what’s expected of you and being honest about what you can do will help build a stronger relationship with a peer or your boss. 3 stars
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56 Freeze, as a window pane
6 Some preliminary tests
57 Bro’s sib
11 Didn’t straphang
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14 Old theater name
59 Very small
15 Sports venue
16 School fund-raising grp.
1 “Oh no, stupid me!”
17 Long, drawn-out NBC
2 Tokyo, once
3 Romanian coin
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5 National songs
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8 Certain bill
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31 “For what ___ worth ...”
13 Leather strap for punishments
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October 13, 2017
win Rutgers hopes Saturday’s game will silence issues surrounding depth continued from back especially hampering the Knights secondary, one of the strongest units coming into the season. With converted defensive backs Jawuan Harris and Rashad Blunt slotting into positions due to massive depth issues, the group will certainly have its struggles against a receiving core that has proved fruitful this season for Illinois. Though most of the Illini’s touchdowns have come via the rush, Mike Dudek has had an impactful season, catching 19 passes for 215 yards, the most of any receiver for either side this Saturday. Though Illinois focused primarily on the run in its 24-7 win over Rutgers last season, the defensive backs know they will be vulnerable going into the weekend and are hoping to quash any semblance of a repeat of last year. “We definitely missed an opportunity last year. That was definitely a winnable game for us,” said junior cornerback Isaiah Wharton, at the beginning of the week. “Definitely going into this week of preparation, we have a chip on our shoulder.” Wharton remains one of two original starters in the secondary eligible for Saturday’s game,
as Blessuan Austin and Saquan Hampton are out with injuries. Uncertainty is prevalent as the team goes into the Illinois affair, and nowhere is that more evident than with the quarterback position. Though the starter still has not been announced, offensive coordinator Jerry Kill maintains that issues at the position have in part been a product of deficiencies in other areas. “I think we haven’t had a lot of weapons,” Kill said. “We have a running back, but on the outside we’ve had injuries and things of that nature ... You gotta have playmakers.” Part of the reason Rutgers has struggled on the offense has been the loss of fifth-year senior wide receiver Janarion Grant to injur y, though he is slated to return against the Illini on Saturday. Still, Grant’s absence hardly explains the fact that Knights wide receivers accounted for zero receptions in the blowout loss to Ohio State. There is shared blame in that statistic, and many fans are waiting to see whether a change at quarterback or something of the like will do well in reversing the many poor statistics that have come out of the first five games.
season Despite conceding in 56th minute, RU holds on to defeat NJIT in 2-1 contest continued from back The Highlanders came out with a little jump to their step, looking to chase the Knights and not fall too far behind, taking their first shot of the match nearly 50 minutes in. In the 56th minute, NJIT midfielder Danny Cordiero scored the only goal of the match for the Highlanders, who couldn’t catch up to Rutgers, ultimately falling 2-1 in Piscataway. “It’s a great win,” Hackett said. “After a rough start, now we are back on track and trying to go on a
run in the last three to four games of the season, so we’ve got to keep it going.” With the win, the Knights now have their sights set on winning their first Big Ten match of the season, something they haven’t done since 2015 as well. Rutgers will travel up to Evanston, Illinois, this Sunday to face off against conference rival Northwestern (4-9-0, 0-5-0) at noon. With just four matches remaining in the regular season, two of which are Big Ten, the Knights need every win they can get as tournament season approaches.
Senior forward Ryan Peterson converted from the penalty spot in the 30th minute Wednesday for the first goal of the game. PATRICK CHEN / OCTOBER 2017
Right now for Ash, the decision to move one way or the other is not dominated by any factor but the present, despite calls to move swiftly forward. One game at a time, the here and now — they’re
tired notions, but that doesn’t make them any less fair. “We’re always — ever y day we’re working to the future,” Ash said. “What we’ll do each week is do what’s in the best
interest of our program at that particular moment.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Head coach Chris Ash goes into an Illinois fixture that Rutgers was unable to come away with a win in last year, dropping the game 24-7. DECLAN INTINDOLA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / SEPTEMBER 2017
“We’re going to have to stick to our routine,” Peterson said. “Stay team strong from the bench players all the way to the starting 11. We know we have a job to do, so we’ve got to go and do it.” The Wildcats are coming into this weekend’s matchup hot and ready, currently riding a twomatch win streak. Both teams are fighting to not face the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament next month. Rutgers and Northwestern have met four times in the past three years and are currently tied 2-2 in the series. “This is a vital game for us going on the road going up against Northwestern, who is down near the bottom of the conference with us,” Donigan said. “So hopefully we walk away with a positive result there.” In 2014, the Wildcats came into Yurcak Field and handled the Knights with ease, taking the first bout with a 2-0 victory. A year later, Rutgers served Northwestern a taste of its own medicine, going into the Wildcats’ den and snatching a 4-2 win on the road, tying the series. Just two weeks later, the Knights handled business again, defeating Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, ending the Wildcats’ season. Last season, Northwestern took back bragging rights, as it handed Rutgers yet another loss in its rough 2016 season, as well as evening the series at two matches apiece. “We’re just going to recover, have some good practice, keep it going and hopefully get a win,” Hackett said. For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
event Rutgers finishes out of top-5 position for 1st time so far this season continued from back competition. She shot 81 in each of the later rounds and fell down to a tie for 34th place with 234 (72-81-81). She was able to make up for Rutgers’ struggles on the short holes though, with a solid performance on the par-5 holes and shooting one-under par for the tournament. Co-captain junior Ashleigh Greenham was one of four competitors in the tournament to shoot an eagle. Her overall performance did not reflect her success in the first two competitions of the fall season and she placed a tie for 38th with a score of 236 (81-79-76). Like Allsebrook, fellow freshman Lori Char competed once again for the Knights, her second tournament
in a row. She rounded out the team with a tie for 49th place, shooting a score of 243 (82-84-77). With only one more tournament scheduled for the fall season, the Scarlet Knights head down the East Coast to Macon, Georgia to play in the Idle Invitational. The fall finale will be hosted by Mercer University. Williams told ScarletKnights. com that she is looking to cap off the midseason mark with a positive performance. “We are looking forward to two weeks at home to practice and prepare for a strong finish in our final event of the fall season,” she said. For updates on the Rutgers women’s golf team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Junior Ashleigh Greenham fell a bit in the competition, tying for 38th place with an overall score of 236. THE DAILY TARGUM / APRIL 2015
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RU opens up championship season with Metropolitan meet Nick Bove Staff Writer
The Rutgers men’s cross country team returns to action this Friday with a trip back to Van Cortlandt Park. While the Knights have ran here before and ran well, Van Cortlandt is a challenge, and the competition will be much more fierce. After a week off Rutgers has to be ready for competition this weekend. From here on out it is the championship season. After the Metropolitan Cross Country Championships, the Knights have the Big Ten Championships, the Mid-Atlantic Championships, the NCAA Championships and lastly the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. These are the only remaining meets for Rutgers this season. Rutgers has visited Van Cortlandt Park once already this season. Fordham hosted its Invitational in early September, and the Knights were placed second out of five teams. Regardless of the overall result, it was crucial that Rutgers got experience on a course that they would visit later in the season. “That is easily one of the toughest courses I’ve ever ran,” said sophomore Cole Pschunder. The Van Cortlandt course has gained notoriety over the
Head coach Mike Mulqueen leads his team into championship season, starting with the Metropolitan Championships coming up this weekend. THE DAILY TARGUM / APRIL 2015 years as one of the toughest courses in the tri-state area. Not many other courses can instill fear and be recognized as easily as Van Cortlandt. The course begins in a wide open field that then funnels over
two hundred runners onto a small and barely navigable path. The trail is covered in old railroad ties that force unsuspecting runners to the ground further complicating an already chaotic scene. Van
Cortlandt is a great test for the Knights. If they can impress here, they can gain confidence and momentum heading into the championship half of the season. “I want to win the Metro Championship. I really believe
if we can push the pack forward and get our top guys in there, and maybe Cole (Pschunder) can finish first, we can have a real shot at this thing,” said freshman Patrick Walsh. Walsh shares the same sentiments as his teammates. They know they’re capable of winning this Friday. They have the strategy, the talent, the rest and the experience at Van Cortlandt to seal a victory for Rutgers. The schedule only tightens up after Friday, so a good showing is needed here. The average time for this team last time they were at Van Cortlandt was 26:45. If the team wants to accomplish its goals and get a win here they will each need to knock at least a minute off their times. It is easier said than done but the Knights have only been in four races this year. A balanced schedule of extra practice and rest could have them all geared up and ready to go in the Bronx. The team remains focused going into the meet. They are excited yet reserved. Rested and ready for the challenges that lie ahead. “Our main goal right now is to win Mets,” Walsh said. For updates on the Rutgers men’s cross country and track and field teams, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
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FOOTBALL RUTGERS-ILLINOIS, TOMORROW, NOON
Rutgers wins 1st home match of season vs. NJIT
Knights place 7th in Edean Ihlanfeldt event
After capturing its first home win of the season, the Rutgers men’s soccer team hopes to get another first this weekend. The Scarlet Knights (3-9-1, 0-6-0) defeated NJIT (7-5-2, 2-1-0) on Wednesday night, winning their first match at Yurcak Field this season. Rutgers hasn’t won at home since October of 2015. The Knights and Highlanders are now tied 3-3 in their interstate rivalry series after this week’s match. “We’re happy,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “Anytime you can get a win is great. Our first half went pretty well to get those 2 goals and then our second half game got away from us for a little bit, but that’s par for the course in a game like this, so give credit to NJIT.” Rutgers came out of the gates very aggressive, out-shooting NJIT 9-0 in the first half, showing a whopping display of both offense and defense from the team. The aggression by the offense and lock-down play by the defense paid off in a big way. In the 30th minute, senior forward Ryan Peterson was fouled inside the goalie box, setting himself up for a quick one-on-one penalty kick with the Highlanders goalie. Peterson shot the ball into the bottom right corner and scored Rutgers a 1-0 lead. “It’s a great team result and you can’t ask for anything more,” Peterson said. “Scoring a goal is always great, especially when it’s at home.” The Knights were poised to go on a run, as just a few minutes later, junior forward Miles Hackett scored the second goal of the match, giving them a 2-0 lead. Rutgers and NJIT went into the halftime locker rooms with completely different emotions about the first half.
The Rutgers women’s golf team finished in seventh place with a team total of 920 (305312-303) at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Oct. 10 and 11. After coming off of three top-five finishes to start the 2017 fall tournament schedule, the Scarlet Knights hit a slight hiccup and lost their momentum. The host, Washington, took first place in the team competition, edging Colorado by 2 strokes. The Huskies were led by Karen Miyamoto and Julianne Alvarez who took fourth and fifth place with scores of 216 and 217, respectively. Rutgers had the worst score overall on the par-3 holes at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. On the short holes, it was 23 strokes over par. Co-captain Emily Mills stayed near the top of the standings for most of the competition. She slipped down a few spots with her last round performance and finished tied for 16th place with an overall score of 225 (73-74-78). On the par-3 holes, she held the best performance at 2-over par for the Knights. Freshman Harriet Allsebrook was once again given the opportunity to travel with the team and compete. She made the most of it with a 26th-place finish with a score of 229 (7978-72). After a dismal first day performance of 79 and 78, she bounced back to shoot an even score of 72 in round three. Head coach Kari Williams spoke to ScarletKnights.com about the consistent play from her two freshman competitors. “Our freshmen showed promise today,” Williams said. “Harriet bounced back with a solid round of even par and after a tough start, Lori finished her final seven holes at two under.” Senior Tatum Jackson started to fall off the pace a bit in the second and third rounds of
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Offensive coordinator Jerry Kill says the quarterback decision will be based on the offensive weapons at hand. JEFFREY GOMEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / SEPTEMBER 2017
RU emerges out of bye week seeking 2nd win Jon Spilletti Sports Editor
Junior forward Miles Hackett scored the deciding goal versus NJIT on Wednesday. PATRICK CHEN / OCTOBER 2017
Looking back on the Rutgers football team so far this year and last year, it seems as if it has hit most of the checkpoints and themes of 2016 in 2017. Stumbling through two tune-up nonconference games before hitting Big Ten play has been a consistent theme, with the team actually faring better last year than it did this year. The extent of 2016’s shortcomings was a first-quarter deficit to Howard, though this campaign played host to a terrible defeat to Eastern Michigan. Blowout losses have come and gone for Rutgers through these last couple of years, and the Knights have found themselves squandering close affairs with Big Ten opponents in Iowa last year and Nebraska only a few weeks back. What Rutgers is missing is a second win.
Open on Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, where the Knights (1-4, 0-2) will do battle with the Fighting Illini (2-3, 0-2) in a contest of cellar squads looking to move up. There are very few points in the schedule where Rutgers has a shot at cutting its losses and finally playing a solid consecutive four quarters. Coming off of a bye week, Saturday at noon remains as good an opportunity as ever. “(The bye week) couldn’t have come at a better time,” said head coach Chris Ash. “Much needed rest and recovery for a lot of players. We needed some time to continue to develop our fundamentals, work with some of our younger players and get them some more reps and continue to develop them and to help them continue to grow and improve in what we’re doing.” As has been noted throughout the week, the bye week came amid a string of injuries
freshman forward, was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 freshman midseason with teammate and midfielder Alexa Ferreira. Ali has 5 goals and four assists on the season while Ferreira has a goal of her own to go along with two assists.
Senior Emily Mills paced her side, tying for 16th place with a score of 225. THE DAILY TARGUM / APRIL 2015
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WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
at Michigan State
vs. Ohio State
Today, 4 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Today, 1:30 p.m., Bronx, N.Y.
Today, 2 p.m., Bronx, N.Y.
Tonight, 7 p.m., College Avenue Gym
Tomorrow, noon, Champaign, Ill.
Sunday, 1 p.m., Yurcak Field