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Volume 76 | Issue 19



February 9, 2011

Men’s volleyball start season with 7-0 record story on page 12


Fire in Robeson disrupts classes

New developments in Hill Hall assault case

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OPINION Police sketch of the suspect from last Monday’s aggravated assault in Hill Hall’s women’s bathroom. According to RUPD, the suspect pulled out an automatic handgun and demanded the victim take her to her vehicle.

Physical Plant exceeds annual budget by $200k How Rutgers uses Facebook to hear the complaints of disgruntled students p. 4


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uring the past three weeks, the presence of the Physical Plant maintenance workers has been crucial to keeping students and faculty safe during the ongoing snow and ice storms. According to Gina Matos, Assistant Director of Facilities, Physical Plant’s annual budget is $30 thousand. The majority of the money is spent during the winter because the rest of the year requires less maintenance. However, spending always goes over the limit. This year $236,105 was spent, much more than the $191 thousand spent in 2009 or the $203,876 spent last year. “Every year we go above budget,” said Matos. “We always find the money.” The money in the budget goes to the 80 employees and six students that are hired. Equipment, such as snow shovels and snow blowers, is also included in the

cost. In addition, the salt that totals 3,319 bags, weighing 50 pounds each, is also included. Comprised of four departments— Custodial, Grounds, Maintenance and Project Management—the Physical Plant, which includes electricians, plumbers, carpenters, custodians and maintenance mechanics, works to keep campus safe. While some students may wish for a snow day, these men and women have been outside shoveling and salting. Rutgers-Newark, a 35- acre campus, situated in an urban area, can be difficult to clean at times. Cars parked on streets, as well as traffic, makes it difficult to plow the roads, and the snowfall makes sidewalks slippery. Streets are further congested due to a lack of space to put cleared snow. After the power outage in Robeson caused by the melting snow on the roof, electricity was restored the next day. Although sidewalks may not be cleared by dawn, they are often cleared in time for afternoon classes.

he basement bathroom in Hill Hall became the scene of an aggravated assault on Jan. 31 after a Black female pulled out a gun on another woman demanding her car keys. There is now increased security in the area around the Hill Hall bathroom as an attempt to deter the assailant or copycats. In new developments, Michael Lattimore, Chief of Rutgers-Newark Police stated that the assailant had approached three other women around the area of the Paul Robeson Campus Center asking for a ride before going to Hill Hall where she assaulted the female individual. The assailant pulled out her gun only at the Hill Hall incident. “She was attempting to get her car after riding with her,” said Lattimore who explained that the gun pulled out on the student at Hill Hall was drawn to her throat. “With the fourth student she pulled a gun out and asked her if she had a car, she did, and put a gun to her throat. She said I want you to take me with you,” stated Lattimore. Students were informed via email through their Pegasus accounts of the incident as a normal “Crime Alert.” The email read, “The student was approached by an unknown female while in the woman’s restroom inside of Hill Hall… The actor engaged the victim in conversation, and then produced a handgun while demanding her car keys. The victim stated that her keys were in a classroom… The victim entered the classroom and reported the incident to the Professor, who notified the Rutgers Police.” In a statement, Steven Diner, Chancellor of Rutgers-Newark stated his sadness after the events of the 31. “First let me express my deep regret and sadness about this incident. I am exceedingly grateful that no one was hurt, and that the situation resolved itself without any violence,” stated Diner. He went on to express his confidence in the Rutgers Newark Public Safety forces and Police Department.

See ASSAULT, Page 2

Egyptian president still in office after two weeks of nationwide protests p. 7


Another ring for Titletown


By Naina Kamath Staff Writer

By Joshua Hoyos News Editor

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By Nadia Kadri Staff Writer

his past Sunday marked Day 13 of Egypt’s revolutionary uprising. The protests that started with a few thousand people on Jan. 25 escalated to a climax on Feb.1, when hundreds of thousands assembled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand the removal of President Hosni Mubarak, and then worsened into violence as Mubarak’s supporters attacked demonstrators. Although President Hosni Mubarak’s regime has made changes and claims to make more, leaders of the Egyptian democracy movement vowed Sunday to continue their pressure for the President’s resignation. The government announced that transitions have begun. The Vice President Omar Suleiman met with two representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, an outlawed Islamist group the Egyptian government has tried to repress as a threat to stability. They met as part of a group of about 50 prominent Egyptians, officials of small, recognized opposition parties and young people who helped start the protest movement. In a statement, Vice President Mr.

Suleiman declared that the meeting produced a “consensus about a path to reform, including the promise to form a committee to recommend constitutional changes by early March.” He restated President Mubarak’s pledge of setting a limit on how many terms a president can serve. But, leaders of the movement, both its youthful members and Brotherhood officials, denounced Mr. Suleiman’s portrayal of the meeting, saying it was “more of a political ploy intended to suggest that some in their ranks were collaborating.” “We did not come out with results,” said Mohamed Morsy, a Brotherhood leader who attended, while others claimed that the Brotherhood had attended only to restate its demands and show openness to dialogue. Despite the movement’s loose leadership, the people have a unified set of demands: President’s resignation, dissolution of one-party rule and redesigning the Constitution. The representatives of Brotherhood and others claimed that Mr. Suleiman gave no ground on any of those demands. To refute Mr. Suleiman’s claims of agreement, a group of doctors, lawyers and other professionals in their early thirties, whose Facebook page provoked the revolt, stepped forward publicly for the first time.

At least three had been released just the night before from three days of legal detention and they promised to keep going. “The government played all the dirty games that they had, and the people persisted,” said Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, a 32-year-old surgeon. “We are betting on the people.” Work week resumed and over 100,000 turned out again on Sunday in Tahrir Square. Some of the young organizers said they were considering more largescale demonstrations in other cities, strikes or acts of civil disobedience like surrounding the state television headquarters. Zyad Elelaiwy, 32, a lawyer, online organizer and member of the umbrella opposition group founded by Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, acknowledged a generational divide in the movement. “Some older leaders, especially from the recognized parties, were tempted to negotiate, but the young organizers determined to hold out for sweeping change,” he said. Mr. ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood, the biggest opposition group, have committed to follow the lead of the young organizers.

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February 9, 2011

News Briefs Students choosing to transfer to other


ewark Liberty International Airport and another 20,000 customers of PSE&G were affected by a power outage on Feb. 7. The outage lasted two hours at the airport and delayed dozens of flights in and out of the airport. 43-year-old man was killed after being struck by a train on Feb. 6. A spokesman for NJ Transit said that an unidentified man crossed the train tracks near Newark’s Penn Station. The accident caused 20-minute delays. he citizens of Southern Sudan have nearly unanimously elected to seperate themselves from Sudan. According to published reports, 98 percent of the nation voted for Southern Sudan’s independence. video that surfaces on YouTube shows New Brunswick police beat a Rutgers University student. The video was taken on Saturday Feb. 5. The New Brunswick police said that they are currently reviewing police cruiser car tapes and stated the man was actively resisting arrest.


even members of the US Naval Academy have been expelled from the academy for possessing and using “spice,” a recreational drug that has yet to be widely used among other college campuses. man was found dead in a burning minivan he tried to keep warm using a propane tank on Sat Feb. 5 according to authorities. The incident occurred on South 10th Street and police responded at around 2 am. eborah Terrell was been named the interim superintendent as a part of a team that will be in place to control Newark schools until a permanent superintendent is named. The deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education will lead the team that will over see the public schools.


reported 111 million people watched last Sunday’s Super Bowl making it the most watched television program in American television history. This surpasses the previous record held by M*A*S*H’s finale which was the most watched program since 1982.


he Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate have passed Governor Robert McDonnell’s higher education bill which will allow for 100,000 new associate and bachelor’s degrees over the next 15 years through financial aid, grants to virtual schools and other educational promoting programs.


exas school districts could face lawsuits if special needs children are refused admission to the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the School for the Deaf because of cuts to the Texas state budget, according to school superintendents. All news briefs come from, and and

Police Blotter Harassment

A person reported to Rutgers Police on Feb. 5, 2011, she was receiving harassing messages from Ashley Carmenatty, an undergraduate student. The incident occurred at 91 Bleeker Street.


A person complained that his vehicle window was smashed and his property was stolen. The robbery occurred at 166 Washington Street and the stolen goods are valued at $300.

Simple Assault

On Feb. 1, Rutgers Police reported to two separate assaults that were both reported while in progress. The first assault occurred at 2:08 am at 155 University Avenue while the second assault took place at 27 Halsey Street.


Rutgers Police was sent to 91 Bleeker Street on Feb. 3, after an assault was reported. An arrest was made as a result of the police response.

colleges rather than stay at R-N


By Monica De Leon Layout DESIGN editor

uring their time in college, many students feel the need to transfer out of their current school to another, which they feel may benefit their education. Some students are unsatisfied with their school’s education process, while others seek schools specified to their degree. “I want to go to a school dedicated to just teaching film,” said Luis Buno, a 19-year-old sophomore. “I don’t like having to take general classes when I don’t have to.” Buno, who has admitted to failing some of his general education classes, would like to transfer to a film school in New York City. Other students simply want to transfer to another campus of Rutgers. “I believe that New Brunswick has more to offer,” said Patricia Perez, a 19-year-old freshman. The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers has a dedicated school for Communi-

cations majors, which Perez would like to pursue. “I feel like going to New Brunswick will help broaden my horizons and help me achieve my goals,” she said. Before transferring, Perez plans to complete her semester with general educa-

“I feel like going to New Brunswick will help broaden my horizons and help me achieve my goals.” - Patricia Perez

tion classes to ensure that her credits would transfer smoothly. However, not many students know what requirements need to be met when planning to transfer to other schools.

For a Rutgers college-to-college transfer, meaning from one Rutgers campus to another, students would fill out a school-to-school transfer application on the Rutgers admissions website. Before applying, students must ensure that they meet the requirements of the school they want to attend, which are listed with the application. Each school within Rutgers has different requirements, from grade point average (GPA) to credits completed. To transfer between schools, students are required to have completed at least 12 credits, and have a GPA ranging from 2.0 to 2.5, depending on the desired school. For all schools, students must indicate if they are under review for any disciplinary action. If a student is interested in transferring to a college outside Rutgers, they must meet the requirements of the school to which they are applying. According to Eduvina Gonzalez, the Assistant to Dean of Student Affairs, students who have any questions on the process should schedule an appointment with their counselor.

Students satisfied by supermarket shuttle but call for more frequent trips


By Maya Johnson Contributing Writer

reestyle rapping to take their mind off the cold, Rutgers- Newark dormers huddled outside while waiting on the shuttle bus to take them to the grocery store. The shuttle finally arrived after four students waited around 10 minutes on Bleeker Street outside of the Talbott and Woodward dormitories. A couple more students got on once the shuttle arrived. The shuttle ride takes about 20 minutes each way. The ride is full of students chattering and radio music playing. Students Kiki Moise, Princess McGee, and Rachelle Exantus said they talk, dance, and rap to pass the time while waiting for the shuttle. “I like the shuttle,” said sophomore Moise. “It takes me where I need to go and I take it every other week. “The only thing is, I think there should be two because sometimes the bags get confused with so many people riding at one time. The wait is also long sometimes even though we entertain ourselves. It should run all weekend because you don’t know peoples’ schedules.” The shuttle runs two days a week. On


continued from Page 1 The Middle East and the rest of the world are watching to see if rebellion spreads and whether the region will be reshaped by the demands of ordinary citizens. In an interview with National Public Radio on Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton said that she and Vice President Biden held many conversations with Mr. Suleiman about steps toward democracy. “We hear that they are committed to this,” she said, “and when we press on concrete steps and timelines, we are given assurance that that will happen.” At Tahrir Square, people vented anger at reports that US was supporting the idea of a negoti-

ASSAULT continued from Page 1

“I want you to know that in recent months we have redoubled our efforts to provide security in all our university buildings, including installation of additional surveillance cameras throughout the campus.” In a meeting amongst administration and different representatives of student organizations on Feb. 7, Diner reaffirmed his faith and took suggestions and stressed the importance of reporting all events that might make a student uneasy to Rutgers Police. Lattimore underscored that sentiment by saying that all calls to police dispatch are followed up, students can keep their anonymity when they call and those who do not carry a valid Rutgers identification card will be escorted out. “No issue is of greater concern than safety,” said Diner who went on to say that all measure that are being taken to protect students are to ease the anxiety of students but at the same time students must call po-

Wednesday between the hours are 7-11 pm and on Sunday between 12-8 pm. It gives the students the option of being taken to three different food stores in Kearny. It stops first at Shop-rite, then Pathmark, and the last stop is Wal-Mart.

“It takes about thirty minutes each way, I just go back and forth,” said the shuttle driver, who asked to remain anonymous. Three students were dropped off at Shoprite and the remaining stopped at WalMart. At each stop students got on with groceries to be taken back to campus. The driver keeps a tally sheet of how many students she drops off so that no one is left behind.

“The shuttle runs smoothly most of the time, but once last year I waited at WalMart for two hours and the shuttle never came back,” said student Anthony Phillips. “Luckily, an off duty Rutgers police officer was there and gave me rides back to campus. Many students on the ride expressed that they thought it’d be better if there was another shuttle because it can get overcrowded. They also said it would be more convenient if it ran more than two times a week. “I’ve personally never had any problems with the shuttle,” said sophomore Princess McGee. “However, Dormers who don’t live close by have to wait until Wednesday or Sunday to get food, which isn’t convenient if you run out.” Senior Seung Yoo, who has ridden the shuttle since her freshman year and doesn’t have a car, thinks the shuttle is very helpful. She rides it at least three times a month and knows the schedule by heart. “It’d be cool if it ran more often, but I’ve never had any problem waiting,” Said Yoo. Lately the shuttle has been full on Sundays due to the bad weather. “I like the job,” the driver explained. “It would be better if there was another shuttle, but it is up to housing.”

ated transition while President Mubarak remained in power. Yet, many protestors said they were unfazed because they had never relied on Western support. “If the United States supports the revolution, it is good for the United States,” said Islam Lofty, 32, lawyer. “If they do not, it is an Egyptian issue.” In an appearance on ABC News, Vice President. Suleiman insisted that the President would stay in power. He argued, “If he left, other people who have their own agenda will make instability in our country.” He suggests “an Islamic current” is pushing the young people forward. And when asked about progress toward democracy, he asserted that Egypt was not ready, and would not be until “the people here will have the culture of democracy.”

Mr. ElBaradei, negotiator for the protest movement, rejected the VP’s arguments. “We need to abolish the present Constitution and dissolve the current Parliament,” he said in an interview on CNN. “These are all elements of the dictatorship regime, we won’t go to democracy through the dictatorial Constitution.” Meanwhile, protestors have sought to dispel the notion that their movement contains extremism. Christians held a Mass at Tahrir Square while Muslims stood guard, repaying a favor that Christians did for Muslims on Friday. Protestor Omar el Shamy acknowledged, “There is a lot of pressure on us, we are kind of scared. But though they tried to get everyone to hate us because they couldn’t get to work, the people keep coming!”

lice if they suspect anything. Scott Nisley, a sophomore, believes that the campus is safe. “I’ve never felt unsafe here, I know Newark has a bad rep, but I had no idea this happened.”

campus.” He went on to defend the crime alert message by stating that it went out earlier than it normally does when they are sent. According to the police chief, Community Service Officers continued to their patrols of all building on campus and especially the area around the Hill Hall bathroom as an attempt to give a level of comfort to students and faculty who are in the area and will be there for “at least a couple of months.” Marcia Brown, Vice Chancellor of R-N also confirmed that the student who was the victim of the assault is “ok” and added that the university has reached out to her but she is currently unsure if she is willing to return to R-N. Freshman Vern Pagaoa believes that with the campus it is “not as much as unsafe you just have to be aware of your surrounding.” Diner and Lattimore stress that if anyone sees something, that they should contact RUPD.

“I like the shuttle. It takes me where I need to go and I take it every other week.” - Kiki Moise

“If you see something, say something.” - Steven Diner Lattimore confirmed that the assailant was seen on police security tapes in and around the areas of the Robeson Campus Center, Hill Hall and is seen leaving Hill Hall just as RUPD is entering the building. Lattimore also stated that the text message alert system was not implemented because there was “no on going threat to

Zarna Patel, Opinons Editor, contributed to the reporting of this story.


February 9, 2011

Small fire at Robeson cancels classes, leaves dorms with no heat


By Joshua Hoyos News editor

water seepage at the Paul Robeson Campus Center led to an electrical outage and canceled classes at Robeson and Hill and Smith Halls and also left Woodward Hall and Talbott Apartments with no heat for the night. At around 3:50 p.m. the lights went out at Robeson, Hill and Smith after the seepage affected a boiler room thus knocking out power. In less than an hour, students were informed that classes were canceled at Smith and Hill Halls. The email distributed to students’ Pegasus accounts read in part, “As a result of this evening classes in those buildings are CANCELED, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.” The email also stated that the power outages occurred because of water seepage in the central power plant in Robeson Campus Center. PSE&G was

cited as working with Rutgers personnel to repair the damage. Students were stunned by the power outage as it affected their classes and activities. “As a suite, we told each other that we couldn’t open the windows and

that we had to conserve heat,” said Michael Guinta, a freshman, History major. The damages of the power outage affected other buildings, including Woodward and Talbott Halls, which were left with no heat on a night when the tem-

perature dropped to 35 degrees at nightfall. Angie Bonilla, the Assistant Director at the Office of Housing and Residence Life, confirmed the incident and said that Physical Plant contacted Housing when the incident occurred. “I received a call from Physical Plant advising us that there was a problem in the Central Heat Plant on campus and that PSEG and others were on campus working on the issue,” said Bonilla. “They did not know when the issues would be resolved.” Those who do reside in the residence halls displayed their disappointment by the events as it affected their everyday lives. “It was annoying that I am paying to go to school, and I couldn’t have heat,” said Guinta.


Dalai Lama to visit Newark


By Joshua Hoyos News Editor

is Holiness, the Dalai Lama will deliver the keynote speech at the scheduled Newark Peace Education Summit that will take place May 13-15, 2010. The summit is convened by the Tibet House and the Drew Katz Foundation. The Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights is one of the participating organizations. All events will take place at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Newark is honored to host leaders who dedicated themselves to the cause of peace, and have now offered to join with courageous leaders from our community in perusing practical, lasting strategies to curb violence in Newark and in communities around the world,” said Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Other speakers include Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams, Deepak Chopra and Aldo Civico, assistant professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Rutgers-Newark campus and Clement Price, who is a professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at R-N.

Should students expect to make up for multiple snow days?


By Nadia Kadri Staff writer

he lovely months of February and March may bring more snow, which may bring more snow days. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, along with Farmers’ Almanac, the annual North American long-range weather predictor periodicals that have been in continuous publication since 1792 and 1818 respectively, have declared that we are in for quite a snowy winter. As if falling and slipping, as well as shoveling large amounts of snow haven’t already given us those assumptions. The Farmers tell us that for February, not only will Cupid try to shoot us down, but it will be “much colder, a stormy wintry mix, for the beginning, colder, fair and windy mid-Feb, and stormy with snow towards the end.” March will start off stormy and then

clear up with temperatures possibly reaching 70°F in many areas. We’ll have some fine, fair and dry times until mid-end of March when things get “unsettling,” with rain and wet snow and the gradual clearing of it all by March 31. The Farmers went on to tell us that they won’t be fooling us in April because it will be initially pleasant, like an unrecognized April Fool’s Joke, and then once again, “unsettling, rainy then fair.” Along with the farmers, meteorologists from AccuWeather, Weather Underground and The Weather Channel have come to similar conclusions. Although nothing beats the bliss of finding out your class is cancelled, we must ask: are we going to add make up days to our calendars? If yes, then when? And will it bother the Class of 2011, who is supposed to be packed up by May and running away with their diplomas? If the snow continues, will students be ready for it?

It is rare for R-U to close campus, even with bad weather. The University has already cancelled day classes, cancelled evening classes, had a snow day, and even an electrical fire that cancelled classes in Hill and Smith Halls, (which didn’t have to do with weather, or did it?). It is clear that we’ve already broken a few commandments early in the spring semester. When asked about R-N’s current snow day policy, Vice Chancellor. Gary Roth said: “If classes are cancelled a single time, the decision on how to make up the missed work is left to the discretion of the individual instructors.” He went on to explain that if classes cancel for a second time, the campus designates an official make-time to hold them. “This is the case already for Wednesday evening classes that were cancelled one week because of snow and then the next week, classes in Smith and Hill Halls had to be cancelled because of a power

outage. The classes in Smith and Hill Halls will have a designated make-up time,” Roth said. He went to on indicate that no make up day has been selected yet because they are waiting to see if it will be necessary. For many R-N students who were under the notion that their Spring Break would be shortened, Mr. Roth assured, “It is unlikely that we would ever use the Spring break for such purposes. More likely is a Friday afternoon because few classes are scheduled then, or perhaps the first reading day at the end of the semester.” It is relieving to know that Mother Nature’s terror may not ruin our semester after all. Now, all we can do is hope for better weather and a quick winter! For more information on policies and questions, check out the University Policy Library at or call 732932-7434.

Robeson Art Gallery highlights R-N professors’ work


By Dana Kandic Staff writer

As an artist, Thomasos has been inspired by specific architectures all over the word. Slave boats, prisons, and burial sites inspired some of her pieces. “My work comes from very political

rom November through February, students at the Newark Campus of Rutgers University had the opportunity to observe art professors’ work at the As I Do exhibit at the Paul Robeson Gallery. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Denyse Thomasos gave a lecture to students about the beginning of her art career and her inspirations as an artist. Thomasos began the lecture with a brief history of her past. She was born in Trinidad and grew up in Toronto, Canada. While in Toronto, Thomasos explained to her audience that while growing up, she did not engage with the rest of the children at school. Her parents were concerned for her well being until she discovered her love for art. Thomasos found and discovered her love for art through figure drawing. She said she really responded to the line and the gesture of the art form. “My education was a daydream until I found figure drawing,” Thomasos said. Figure drawing ultimately introduced her to the world of painting. After living in a place where she felt she did not fit in, Thomasos took her passion for art and fled from Canada. Photo by Dana Kandic “I need to go where I could grow,” places,” Thomasos explained, “In particuThomasos told her listeners. lar I look at prisons and structures that have And that is exactly what she did. Thomasos received a full scholarship confined people of color. My work is arto Yale University. Soon after graduation chitectural and very abstract. So in terms her art career began. Thomasos has had nu- of the process, I recreate that psychology. “ Thomasos was traveling the world, merous solo art exhibitions from New York and learning a little more with each new to Toronto. country.

“It was a way for me to see these research items up close and engage with the community, the culture and the people,” Thomasos noted. She was visiting and exploring places

of confinement like jails, prisons and super jails that were set in rural areas of the country and housed 2,000 to 5,000 prisoners. The architecture and the psychology of these buildings became her main inspiration for her art. Thomasos visited and photographed prisons and hand made houses and huts in Africa, China, India and


“It was for me now to come back and translate that to my work,” said Thomasos. Students took a strong notice of Thomasos amazing ability to translate places into images. “I think its interesting that just because she takes images of these photos, of these places images it doesn’t mean that her work is going to be completely reflective of the photos,” noted Theresa Silva, a student of Rutgers-Newark. “I like how her personality really comes out of it.” Many students were intrigued by her work, even calling it a, “psychological trip.” “She likes to say how she’s interested in structure and the psychology of prisons but if you listen to her speak about her family and other social issues that seem to strike her,” said Helianna Taveras, a senior at Rutgers-Newark, “Its more about the isolation of the individual and how isolation can occur in very crowded places.” Thomasos advocates living an exciting life within the realm of art and exploration. “For young artists, I tell them to really focus more on creating a wonderful life for themselves and also having a way of interpreting that through their medium,” Thomasos encouraged. As an artist, she is living a life full of color, adventure and fulfillment. With the struggles she dealt with as a child to finding her passion for art, Thomasos wouldn’t change anything for the world. ”I have had the most magical life I can imagine,” Thomasos said, “Every dream I have dreamt has come true.”



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February 9, 2011

Egypt still crying out for freedom


longer there! “They were down in the street, calling with microphones, threatening us to either hand it over or they’re coming up!” reports my aunt in Cairo. In response to the vulgar criminals, local residents—mostly the men of each apartment building in a given block— formed pacts with any household weapons such as knives, pipes, or long wooden bricks to protect their streets and communities. Meanwhile, the army repeatedly pleaded that the citizens adhere to the cur-

By Sarah Saleh Contributor

fter Mubarak’s Saturday announcements, the citizens’ demands did not cease, nor did the criminals’ mischief subside. Unresponsive to any announcements—or anything really—, the criminals swept through Alexandria’s police stations in angry herds, killing off all the sheriffs and burning down the stations. In fear, Police officers and fire enforcement in Alexandria and parts of Cairo were being forced out of their stations, facing the choice of either dying or fleeing for their lives. “They came in, tied them [sheriffs] up, and blew them up…if it weren’t for civilians warning me to leave, I would have been in ashes by now. I quickly changed to civilian clothing and left the station. When I looked back I saw destruction…” reported my uncle, a police colonel on a phone call from Alexandria, on landline. With prisoners now freed from holding jail cells and the absence of law enforcement, the chances of destruction Picture from Al Jazeera are only getting bigger by the minute. This unrest led to a new national curfew, this time at 4 PM, approximately at few, which would allow them to catch the criminals in a timely manner. sundown. With the curfew in placed, the army Reports from Arabic news channels as well as my own family overseas, suggest was able to arrest a large number of prisonthat the perpetrators (the criminals and the ers by Saturday night and is still working to escapees) got as far as raping women, steal- restore the peace. By Sunday morning, thousands of ing personal belongings, and threatening to young men, led by the Islamic activist and kill the residence if they were not to hand preacher, Amr Khaled, went out in the over their possessions. streets in all parts of Egypt to donate blood People all over Egypt are calling into the local news stations, crying in terror, ask- to hospitals, protect national treasures, and ing for help because police stations are no protect personal properties from destruction. Amr Khaled created a hotline for all

young men to call and join his efforts in restoring the peace to the Egyptian street. On a terrorizing note however, inmates were let loose from a jail in the Valley of Natroon near Alexandria by perpetrators on Saturday night leading to Sunday morning. The perpetrators attacked the gates with heavy machinery, and fired at the officers with guns and rifles that they have obtained from police stations earlier in the day. They forced the inmates out of their cells, giving them civilian clothes to aid them in their escape. The vast and organized attack on the jail left the jail officers under fire, calling for army help, and wondering at how those savages could have led such a strategic attack. Some even believe that those organized criminals are working for someone’s interest to destroy the county. More protests and demonstrations were held today in Cairo and a huge one in Suez, demanding that Mubarak leaves the rule and gives place for democratic voting to take place. “I don’t think that the Egyptian people want to see, what is a very clear effort to obtain political and economic rights, turn into a new form of oppression, suppression, violence, or letting lose criminal elements. That’s not what they are in the streets protesting for” says Secretary of State Hilary Clinto As more reports come in throughout the oncoming days, an atmosphere of terror has galvanized the country. It is a cry for help that is loud enough for the entire world to hear. This is the price civilians must eventually pay for demanding freedom, when the demand comes thirty years too late.

Facebook blows up with complaints


By Naina Kamath Staff Writer

t seems as if students no longer complain to their professors, or even to their friends, about the weather that has ruined our region this season. While public transport has been off schedule, roads have been slick and sidewalks transformed into skating rinks, students have found a new venue for their venting: Facebook. Over the past week, the Rutgers University Newark fan page has not been feeling the love of its fans. Students have been typing out a stream of comments, ranging from angry to accusing to downright depressed, in relation to the storm and Rutgers’ ability to keep the community safe. Many felt the pain (literally) due to the neglect of campus maintenance involving salting stairs and keeping sidewalks ice free. “As I walked down the stairs I slid and fell down the whole flight and ended up bruised and bleeding from the fall,” said Tasnuva Huda. “Ironically, the snow on the

stairs sort of cushioned my fall.” Students who commute to college were also enraged. NJ Transit trains and buses were either running on weekend schedules or cancelled entirely, which made getting to class a hassle. Since attendance was still being

Other students are just pleading that the university actually hear them and understand that they feel unsafe. . “I hope someone from Rutgers Newark is truly reading this,” said Katherine Carpenter, to which the administration sent a reassuring reply, proving that they are in fact taking our comments into consideration. So what’s with this new trend of spamming Facebook when we’re feeling down? The answer is simple: it’s easy, convenient, and there is a whole group of people to listen (1,050 people on the Rutgers University Newark page, to be exact). What you type will most likely be followed with comments and ‘likes’, making you feel like your opinion is being heard and agreed with. This is especially useful when these conditions leave us stranded in solidarity for hours on end. Social network complaining is necessary! For anyone who isn’t already a fan, navigate to to see more snow-related comments and to get in on the conversation.

“I got dressed and went to class where less than half of the students showed up” - Alexa Marie

counted, despite the statewide school delays and closures, students felt that Rutgers was being unfair. Students who trekked their way to campus only to find it resembled a skating rink left their stories strewed across the site. “I got dressed and went to class where less than half of the students showed up,” commented Alexa Marie.

What makes a great professor?


By Farbod Rajaei Staff writer

n February, Rutgers Newark will come out with last semester’s professor evaluation forms. Assuming the simplified hypothetical scenario that the data reveals excellent professors as well one not excellent ones from the perspective of students, what then makes an “excellent” professor for undergraduates? Below are some indicators of professors that do well for undergrads, in my humble opinion. Indicator Number One: The Professor Defines Roles. I’ve been asking professors, what is the role of a professor? I never seem to get a satisfactory answer. A good professor is likely to explicitly define what the role of a professor is in the beginning of the semester. Ambiguity of roles tends to create friction. If professors know what is expected of themselves, they are more likely to attain those goals as opposed to not having

tangible expectations. Does the professor want to be a teacher? Professors do not automatically equate to teachers. In addition to beginning to answer “what is the role of a professor,” the professor should also begin answering the question, “What is the role of a student?” When professors do not explicitly state what they expect from students in the classroom, they should not be surprised that students did not meet their expectations. How should a student know what is expected from them if it is not explicitly stated? Students should just know through social osmosis? I hope not. State what is obvious repeatedly. Make the obvious less elusive. On a fundamental simplified level, the role of teacher and student are intertwined. If a role of a teacher is to teach and a role of a student is to learn, then another role of teacher and student is to switch roles.

A role of a teacher is to learn. A role of a student is to teach. One of the major roles of a teacher, who may or may not be a professor as well, is to the have the student become the teacher, the teacher become the student; to have the student not only teach the teacher some material (new or otherwise) but to empower the student to become his/her own teacher. Any good teacher will constantly remind the student that my job is to teach you that you don’t need me. The previous statement may be a counterintuitive to most. Indicator Number Two: Emails Syllabus ASAP. Assuming that a role of professors is to catalyze the learning process, then it would follow logically that the professor would take such steps. One way is to send the syllabus along with book titles two weeks in advance of the first day of class. In today’s times, there is no excuse to email or electronically notify students of the syl-

labus as soon as it is available. As soon as the professor has chosen the books for the class, the students should know shortly after. This spells bad news for bookstores that are getting smashed by online book selling sites. Since one of the sources of revenue for Rutgers are book sales through its official bookstore, one can see future contention and conflict between students’ interests and Rutgers’ interests. In at least some cases, the interests of student are not aligned with the school’s interests. As Mark Twain put it, “I don’t let school [an institution] get in the way of my education.” Come back next week as I present more indicators of excellent professors. Just to hook you in, here is the next one. Indicator Number Three: Professor has Emotional Baggage Taken Care Of.


February 9 2011

A change of address:

From dorming to commuting By Monica De Leon Layout Design editor


hen students imagine what college life may be like, they think about entering the real world, living away from home and becoming an adult. The idea of dorming at school is so appealing many consider it to be the true college experience. And while it is, the life of a commuter is just as exciting. It’s just how you approach the situation. I stayed in a dorm my freshman year of college. I’ll admit I had a lot of fun. I got to meet many people and not having to deal with my parents’ rules and curfews was pretty awesome. I stayed out as long as I wanted, hung out with my floormates all the time and made many memories I will carry with me for a while. Halfway through my sophomore year I made the decision to become a commuter student. A lot of my friends told me I would regret my choice. Dorming was the best way to experience college, why would I trade that in to stay home? Now into my senior year, I don’t regret becoming a commuter. Although I do miss the craziness of

the dorms, commuting has its perks. I get to go home and relax instead of staying at school, which is a big deal for me. As nice as the dorms are, it’s never quite like home, and I love the comfort of my full-sized bed and being able to eat my mom’s homecooked meals, as opposed to my not so good cooking or ordering out. Also, being able to escape the campus after the day is over feels a lot more relaxing than simply going home every weekend. However, being a commuter isn’t all grand. While students that

After enduring traffic, comes the task of finding parking. Luckily for me, I come before 10 a.m. on most days so I don’t have a hard time finding a spot. But when I’m late, it’s no fun. Doesn’t help my road rage much, either. Overall, I don’t mind being a commuter. I still have the ability to meet with friends and hangout often because I live close to school. And, as lame as it sounds, I like being at home. Meeting people on campus can be hard for a commuter, because once classes are over the majority of students tend to go their own way. However, that is not the case for all. Others may take similar courses and see each other throughout the day. As a dormer, my biggest issue is calming the urge to socialize all the time. It’s easy to get distracted and lose track of time while playing Xbox with my neighbors. Overall, I prefer dorming to commuting any day. Living closer to campus and away from family is just what I needed, at least for one semester. The transition from commuting to dorming was also pretty smooth. My advice to anyone looking to make the transition is to learn time management. It is definitely needed to help balance fun and schoolwork.

“As nice as the dorms are, it’s never quite like home” dorm have the luxury of walking to class, I have to deal with traffic on my bad days. And with campus being in the middle of a busy city, it can get pretty frustrating at times. I live about 10-15 minutes away; when there’s traffic it can take me up to 45 minutes to get here.


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Damara McLean Management, Senior

“I feel bad because I want to get involved and help. But all I can do is watch it happen on TV.”

From commuting to dorming


By Zarna Patel opinionS editor

here is nothing better then commuting 45 minutes to school only to find out that your class has been cancelled. Oh wait, yes there is. It is walking across the street, finding out your class was cancelled, and then walking back across the street to get under the covers of a still warm bed. Sure I miss my parents, siblings, and my mom’s cooking, but that treacherous 45 minute commute to school and another 45 minutes back was too stressful and time consuming. My first week at University Square was actually fine. My roommates were welcoming and it was nice being able to relax in an almost homey environment for the hours in between classes. Living at home does not mean that those who commute prefer to leave important tasks such as cooking, cleaning and laundry to their par-

ents. I already do all of those things at home, so completing domestic tasks as well as finding time to relax and create a homework schedule was not difficult. Asserting my independence has never really been an issue,

“Meeting people on campus can be hard for a commuter” The transition from commuting to dorming was very easy. Catching buses and trains was stressful; I have not encountered an issue while dorming that was just as stressful. It’s also much easier to connect with people and engage in activities while dorming. Certain commitments, like staying late to work on a

project, are difficult because public transportation tends to slow down during the later hours. Commuting may also become unsafe after the sun goes down. Meeting people on campus can be hard for a commuter, because once classes are over the majority of students tend to go their own way. However, that is not the case for all. Others may take similar courses and see each other throughout the day. As a dormer, my biggest issue is calming the urge to socialize all the time. It’s easy to get distracted and lose track of time while playing Xbox with my neighbors. Overall, I prefer dorming to commuting any day. Living closer to campus and away from family is just what I needed, at least for one semester. The transition from commuting to dorming was also pretty smooth. My advice to anyone looking to make the transition is to learn time management. It is definitely needed to help balance fun and schoolwork.

General expenses unnecessarily high


By Naina Kamath Staff writer

he complaints about how college textbooks are so expensive have been heard time and time again. As students, there is not much we can do about this issue. We just have to pay for what we need and be quiet about it. However, the difference in costs of books for different majors is something that has triggered a lot of frustration. I’m sure that most people have noticed the significantly higher prices of science or math textbooks as opposed to those required for English or anthropology.

“They are young people and are going to be the future of the country. They need to have a say in the system of government, and they should have elections.”

Ronaldo Vasquez Political Science, Freshman

“My ex-girlfriend’s family is there right now and they are suffering a lot. The people don’t want the president and he’s going to eventually have to step down. He should step down immediately.”

evolving, and new research is constantly being churned out. Textbooks need to be updated with this new information, which is the reason that editions come out almost every year. In addition to this, science and math textbooks require a lot more diagrams, pictures and illustrations to put a point across, which also hikes up the price. In essence, when you purchase these textbooks, you are Joshua Villahermosa paying for the continual effort Undecided, Sophomore that is being put into them. Af“All people should have the choice to overthrow their ter all, you don’t see a new edigovernment if they are unsatisfied with it.” tion of Shakespeare coming out From MIT Libraries News every year. quirement. College Having a broader knowledge majors in these fields hopefully know the of the world is always a good thing costs of their books in this day and age, but what is not when they start out, okay is that students are still required expecting them to to buy non-major related books at make up a hefty part exorbitant prices, and this money is of their college ex- not going to help them in their field of study. penses. “(Those subjects’ books) What is not rational is that general shouldn’t cost as much,” says Meliseducation require- sa Hernandez, an Accounting major. ments force students She poses a rational solution, stating who are not majoring that the prices of different majors’ in the fields of math, books “should be evened out.” With the ability to rent books medicine or science to still take these now or even use eReaders, such as Amy Colon subjects, and pay the the Nook or the Kindle, the amount Criminal Justice, Senior we pay for our books is slightly deprice for them. “The president should listen to the people. By hiding According to Degree Naviga- creasing. All we can hope for is that out he’s making his country worse.” in the future we won’t have to pay tor, more than a fourth of the classes over $100 for that biology book! taken during an undergraduate course are towards the general education re-

“What is not rational is that general education requirements force students who are not majoring in the fields of math, medicine or science to still take these subjects, and pay the price for them” I’m not going to preach that this is irrational, because there are reasons for this. The world of science is ever

Palak Rajput Management and MIS, Junior



February 9, 2011

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Superbowl from USquare It’s just Dorm rocks yellow for football party American Idol:

not the same without Simon By Naina Kamath



eason 10 of American Idol is underway. Contestants are auditioning, audiences are attentive, but the feeling just isn’t the same. There is one simple reason for the difference this year: Simon Cowell no longer around. After being a judge on the show for 9 years, Simon made his presence known; note that I didn’t use the word ‘liked’. There were many who hated this judge for his cruelty, irrationality and downright rude manner. Yet there were the millions of viewers who adored Simon for just these reasons: his ability to tell the truth when no-one else wanted to, to question the rest of the judging panel, and to provide some amusing comic relief. As with all media affairs, there are a few speculations as to why Simon Cowell ended his time with American Idol. In an interview with the show’s host Ryan Seacrest, Cowell hinted that he was moving on to bigger things, such as bringing the British Hit X Factor to American television.

By Cortney Coulanges



esidential Students at the Newark Campus of Rutgers University celebrated Superbowl XLV on Sunday and it’s safe to say everyone wanted a team wearing yellow to win. Residents filled the multipurpose room of University Square and celebrated as the green and yellow Green Bay Packers defeated the black and yellow Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. The University Square Residential Assistants hosted the party and provided food and drinks for all residents who wanted to revel in the festivities. Amos Boyman, an RA at University Square, was excited by the game and the party. “It was a good turnout,” Boyman, 22, from Trenton, NJ. “I had money on Green Bay. I won some money. God is good!” Boyman wasn’t the only person at the party thanking God Green Bay. His friend, Chris Perez, was also excited the Packers took

home the Lombardi trophy. “I won some money,” Perez, 21 of Jersey City, NJ said. “I got myself seventy dollars!”

But with all the festivities going on in the multipurpose room, there weren’t any Steelers fans around. “All the Steelers fans left,” Perez said. “As soon as the game ended they all went back upstairs.” Resident Yolanda Aguilera was rooting for the Steelers, not because she liked Wiz Khlalifa song “Black and Yellow” but because they beat the team she was rooting for all season. “I was rooting for them,” Aguilera, 19, of Newark, NJ said. “They beat the Jets and that’s the team I wanted to win. If they were going to beat the Jets then they had to beat the Packers too.” Unfortunately for Aguilera, the Steelers didn’t come out on top, but for the Packers, Perez and Boyman, they all went home with a little extra money in their pockets.

‘Buried’ actually pretty deep Reynolds impresses in claustrophobic thriller By Kelvin Pau

T “I think you gotta know when it’s time to go,” said Cowell about his departure from American Idol. “I’ve always wanted to bring this other show over here. At one point I was going to both shows but you can’t be on TV too much. I genuinely thought people would be sick and tired of me,” he continued, once again revealing his humorous side. Some believe that Cowell just wanted to move on to better things and not simply be a judge on a talent show. “Cowell ultimately left because he aspired to do more than serve as onair “talent” for America’s biggest show,” blogged Richard Rushfield, an avid Idol follower for The Daily Beast. “He wanted to control and produce his own TV enterprise instead.” All of this is well and good, but where does that leave us Idol viewers? The only original judge is Randy Jackson, and even though American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe says that “there are no roles to fill” and “there’s no one else like Simon”, Randy seems to be working hard to fill Simon’s shoes as the ‘tough guy’. Jennifer Lopez, although a successful singer and actress, does not compare to Paula, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is only after the pretty girls who audition (and if you haven’t noticed that, I don’t know what show you’re watching). However, despite the departure of Simon Cowell, American Idol ratings have gone up. A drop in audience viewership after the first episode is normal; this year, 5% of audiences did not tune in to the second episode of the season, whereas last year this number was a whopping 14%. It’s obvious that many in America, and in other countries around the world, are still interested in the talent that Idol has to offer, not just who is judging it. Either way, we miss you Simon!


he first few seconds of Buried clue you in to how this is not a typical Hollywood thriller. Starting with a shot of complete darkness, after a few seconds of struggling, truck driver Paul Conroy, played by Ryan Reynolds, finally manages to free himself from his restraints and flick on a lighter. This will serve as the pretty much the only source of illumination for most of the movie. For an hour and thirty minutes, the camera will watch this man as he frantically attempts to escape his premature burial in a coffin that seems to grow smaller by the minute. Paul will do the only thing that he can, which is to use the phone provided to him to make phone calls to potential rescuers, and the people who put him in the box in the first place. Starring only Ryan Reynolds, also known as that weird guy who shows up in those comedies you thought looked okay but never bothered to check out, this film would seem to have a problem right from the start. But Reynolds pulls it off, doing a great job convincing you that he really is trapped in this horribly claustrophobic box, and he wants nothing more than to get the hell out of it. He successfully portrays the gamut of emotions you’d expect from an everyman trapped in a situation completely out of his depth and you really end up feeling for him. The plot’s pretty much covered already, but what’s interesting is that indie director Rodrigo Cortes doesn’t go for the straight out

“pull you on the edge of your seats for 1 and a half hours” suspense. Although this type of material would seem to lend itself well to the predictable thriller aspect of intense suspense nonstop (and indeed some critics seem to have mistakenly thought that this was the case here), Cortes takes a slower, more measured pace with the direction. He focuses carefully on Reynold’s feelings and his face as he phones various others, watching his reaction calmly. This creates a more cerebral effect, as this film seems less concerned with how he gets out than his reactions in the coffin, on the struggle of a desperate man to stay alive. This doesn’t mean the film is slow, however,

because the last thirty minutes are the most intense thirty minutes I’ve experienced from any movie released in 2010. Disappointingly, this movie does ramp up the tension with some artificial spooks halfway through, you’ll know them when you see them. Although Buried isn’t the cookie cutter Bourne knock off that people like to think of when they hear the term “thrillers” it is a skillfully directed, well-acted movie with which persistence and patience with the more difficult sections of the film are rewarded near the end. If you have interest in survival horror, unconventional thrillers, or films that aren’t afraid to take some chances, check out Buried.

Netflix a worthy investment for even the cheapest of student budgets By Steven Albano



nce upon a time, Blockbuster and other video rental outlets offered the only way to get movies cheaply for date nights, movie marathons, or other informal viewing sessions. But now a new company controls personal entertainment for many. For just eight dollars a month, Netflix allows for unlimited streaming of its available Internet media. For just two more dollars, you are also get an unlimited supply of a single DVD of your choice mailed to you. However, is this price worth it for a college

student? Is the quality of the available movie and television shows good enough to warrant signing up? Janet McIntyre, a resident at University Square believes that the pricing for Netflix is incredible, “I thought it was at least twenty dollars a month; it’s a really good deal at eight. I’d pay up to 25 dollars a month.” Enzo Domingo, another student at Rutgers Newarks, agreed that he would pay more for the service, “I think 15 dollars would be the most I’d pay for it.” Ahmed Faridudden, a finance major, said that price was not an issue, “My roommate has a television, so I don’t need it. It’s definitely not a financial decision.”

However, the quality of the movies seems to be questionable as Eric Kozlowski noted, “They don’t have good movies. Everything is B-rated.” McIntyre also added that for television shows they do not have every season available, “They have two seasons of Dexter.” Dexter has finished with its fifth season. One of the benefits of Netflix is its flexibility. You can watch it on any computer, through your PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360, and many other devices. Accounts can also be shared, as both Kozlowski and McIntyre stated that they do not pay for the service but their fathers do.

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February 9, 2011

Chic Stranger:

The beauty of dressing down By Patricia Serrantonio



et me just say, that for the first time in my life, I was vying for jeans and a band t-shirt this past weekend, location: Dublin, Ireland. Not to make the general claim that Dublin is incapable of dressing up, but upon my short trip, I noticed mostly that people were just hanging out, not as worried about their wardrobe, but succeeding anyway. Undoubtedly, this added to the charm of the iconic city and welcoming attitude from the townsfolk. This had me thinking about the typical t-shirt and just how crucial it really is. T-shirts are just as important to any outfit, dressy or not. From buttons to varying necklines, they can be tucked in, ripped, designed, or be just a plain old Hanes paired with almost anything. And of course a shirt with a huge dose of wit upon it will brighten a friends day. Either way, they’re truly universal and flexible with the ability to be worn to work and of course, to class. Even Fashion’s Night Out prides itself on the specific signature t-shirt redesigned every year; for Vogue’s previous September issue paired the tee’s with big, dramatically

MUSIC Cruch Calhoun brings back ‘True Hip Hop Essence’ By Luis Mercado



ip Hop in New Jersey is missing that true Hip Hop essence that it was once made up. Cruch Calhoun brings back its true essence in his mixtape titled Passion of the Cruch. This compliation is made for the true hip hop fan who needs someone to prove that New Jersey isn’t all about “Riding that Wave,” or “Sexy Walkin’.” The compilation opens up with an intense intro titled The Passion. Immediately after listening to the introduction, it took me back to a time back in 2003/2004 where this genre of Rap dominated air waves and album sales. The Passion had me thinking of the first track of Cam’ron’s Purple Haze album after hearing it for the first time. The sixth track titled “So Good” is the best track on the mixtape for Calhoun. This song brings him out of the hardcore rap element for a minute to give his audience a smooth, commercial type track that is catered to the ladies. His style and the music make a good blend that leaves me wondering how it would sound if he made more tracks like this. The seventh track of the mixtape “D.E.A.D. (Don’t Ever Again Do)” is an interesting concept which has him explain what trends he feels should stop in society. He touches subjects from “lying about getting shot” and “going to jail ‘cuz Gucci Mane do it,” to “treating your man better than your kid.” I see this song carrying on a marketing campaign in the future as this song gains in popularity. Calhoun closes out the mixtape with the a titled “The Last Supper.” This track features six different rappers, all taking turns showing their respective skills on the microphone. This song took



alentines Day is a day that brings a great deal of stress to the masses. This especially applies to men. In our attempt to get it right we usually fail miserably. We walk a tightrope in which we have to make sure we show enough thought and consideration for our dates but we don’t want to move too fast too soon and come across the wrong way. There are severe ramifications to be faced by any man that takes this day for granted. Below are a few basics that may help make your Valentine’s Day a little less stressful and more enjoyable for the both of you. Hygiene Mouthwash and dental floss are keys to this date especially if you are going out to

Astrology identity crisis resolved By Euney Kim

T me back to a time where one of the best posse cuts of all time was released, “Banned For TV.” Not one of the artists disappointed, and all came together to make this track stand out, and bring the mixtape full circle. Cruch Calhoun is a very talented artist who has potential. Although his audience is for the hardcore rap fan, I believe if he would take more chances with his music and crossover a bit with different sounds, he has the potential to be another prominent artist in New Jersey. The Passion of the Cruch is worth the listen for the true hardcore rap fan, who especially enjoyed the music around 2003. The mixtape could be found on

Don’t Forget: A Valentine’s Checklist By Patrick Baselice

flared maxi skirts, stunning. As for good old band t-shirts (and all other favorite graphic tee’s) they never get old. Even paired with pearls or ripped boyfriends jeans, there’s nothing more fun then reviving the true rock n’ roll by wearing some Led Zepplin below your blazer. Ask your guy friends, I’m sure some of them are wearing them too. If you’ve recently visited Urban Outfitters, they have a wide array of books and the one that caught my eye was the book overflowing with t-shirt iron-on designs. They seemed easily applicable and full of variety. They apply perfectly to anything cotton, and even organic shirts. If you’re looking for an idea to spice up your old t-shirts, iron-on pictures, sayings, and other designs like suns, letters, city names, and flowers, are definitely entertaining for a rainy day and can make a good gift too. Plus, your closet is always refreshed and old favorites are revived! From wild solids to beads and patterns, the use for t-shirts are not just casual, but easy and affordable and fun. So let’s be like the Irish and not neglect this custom accessory, for they are blank canvases as we attempt new things, and pair them with, well, everything!

eat and drink. Cologne shows you care but too much cologne shows you are oblivious to excess. Whatever you plan on wearing that night, iron your clothes or send them to the cleaners for pressing and make sure you have your shoes shined. If she thinks you don’t care about yourself the date won’t even reach dessert. Conversation This is not a normal date; it is one you want her to remember. The best way to do that is to make her feel relevant and appreciated. Do not spend the whole time talking about yourself and instead focus on her. Make her laugh its better than making her cry. Card The card is something that your date will hold onto for a long time. It is a reminder of the amount of thought you put into the date. Do not buy the card from the dollar store. Do not print it off the Internet. This card may

last longer than your relationship. Do not just put your name on the card. These are rookie mistakes that should be avoided. As hard a concept as it is for most men to understand, the left side of the card is meant to be written on. Flowers As impressive as you may think you are by bringing a woman roses, it may be wise to first find out what are her favorite flowers. To help save money you can buy flowers from a supermarket. I know most people think that a florist has better flowers but the truth is that they get their flowers from the same distributors. Why pay more when you don’t have to? Meal For many college students their budget doesn’t meet the inflated prices restaurants set on that day. There are alternatives that can save you some money as well as help you show that you care. Couples can go out the night before when restaurants are less crowded and menus are set to normal prices. Another alternative is to prepare the meal yourself. It shows how much you really care and saves you a great deal of money for entertainment. Entertainment A lot of couples go out to the movies for Valentine’s Day but I strongly advise against it. If you were in high school it would be cute, now it comes across as cheap. Broadway shows offer discounts to college students. Museums are also free if you want to do something completely different. If the weather permits take a train ride to New York and walk around and enjoy the sights. Final Advice Don’t be afraid to ask for help because as you will learn Valentine’s Day is much more than a one-man operation. That is why people pay concierge services for help. She doesn’t expect you to be perfect, just considerate to


here has been a lot of talk on horoscopes for the past couple weeks after an astronomer announced that the zodiac signs have changed. The social media flooded with outbursts such as, “I’m a Capricorn now? No! I am an Aquarius through and through, forever and ever. No one can tell me otherwise!” For those who find themselves to be having an identity crisis over this, fear not! Everything will be explained now. Zodiac signs were originally calculated more than 3000 years ago by ancient Babylonians observing the sun’s position in relation to the constellations. However, astronomer Parke Kunkle says that a change was expected since the Earth and Sun are slowly but surely moving all the time. The Earth shifted 23 degrees since the initial calculations were made 3000 years ago and because our position has changed, the sun’s path now passes through 13 constellations; the 13th one being Ophiuchus, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17. Although this may seem like news to most, all of this has been known by astronomers for centuries. You can hop onto the internet and Google this stuff and you will find links on it published years ago. This not-so-new discovery was hyped up probably because of today’s social media’s tendencies to spread anything like wildfire through mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. So here is the good news for the lost souls not knowing “who they are” anymore: You can still be whatever zodiac sign you originally were before you learned of any kind of changes because there are two branches of astrology: Eastern and Western. The Eastern one, also known as “Sidereal,” bases zodiac signs on the sun’s position in relation to the constellations so if you never felt like the zodiac sign you thought you were defined you well, this is your chance to advocate that you are a different one. The Western one, also known as “Tropical,” bases the signs on seasons, which don’t change, so it upholds the 12 zodiac signs we are used to. So for example, if you were a Pisces and you feel that Pisces defines you, then you can keep being a Pisces by following the western tradition. To sum it all up in as few words as possible: Relax, you are who you want to be.

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February 9, 2011


Observer Creative Space: In Fear of Deportation or His Psalm 23 Part….? Michael Osei-Fosu

For Emily Silverstein Amy Patel Theres a sign of peace in your eyes Its hypnotizing The glare has got me seeing rainbow colors Tye die where did you go? You hurt me and now it’s me and a broken soul Hoping to catch a glimpse of that smile in the sky I watch as a plane flies by And I remember how you made me want to soar high above the world Gazing down catching a few frowns How quickly we imagined them turned upside down You made me want to let loose and save the world as I conquered the seas Seas of tears Seas of blood Seas how I wish I could see the magic you have brought to me Motivation is the only magic I envision And it is in a transparent file with your name written On top of reality is where you and I went Flying high without weed We were hippies without planting seeds Just had our hearts of gold We were seen dancing on top of veggie hot dogs Although I wasn’t so into soy You made me realize the joy There really is in being innocent and pure With your fun loving laughter I quickly fell right after There it was you and I Silent dreamers quickly floating by Brought down once in a while with thunderstorms But quickly we ran home and dreamed some more Sure we got hurt but there was always someone watching after We covered up our cuts with smiles that quickly grew With the reality that the news is something we could paint over with laughter We didn’t run away from problems we just dreamed big and learned to brighten the world one person at a time Surely that will catch up to the rythems of hate oh how I despise And put an extra beat Knock you off your feet Get you up out of your house In to a shelter feeding the ones without a place to call home All I’m going to say is you amaze me And even with you gone I carry you in my heart like a song The beat perfect and toned beautifully Carrying me to a new sanctuary Of peace I can only see in the brightness of the world of dreamers Heaven sent

Le Canada is his haven, he shall not worry; it makes him to sleep in a comfortable home. It leads him into company-built houses. It restores his hope despite the past outbreak of SARS; it leads him in the path of healthcare for its name’s sake. Yea, even though immigration issues bother him he’ll fear no deportation; for le Canada is with him, its citizenship and immigration laws protect him. It offers an alternative path to citizenship in the presence of his enemies; she stamps his visa with a seal, his tears are over. Surely long life and prosperity await him if he is not declared illegal; and he shall live in Canada as long as he lives.

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February 9, 2011

Green Bay wins a SuperBowl, and Titletown earns a new king. By Shashwat Dave Staff Writer


hen Aaron Rodgers was named starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, he arguably had the biggest shoes to fill of any backup QB; those of Brett Favre. But any and all doubts were erased Sunday night as Aaron Rodgers not only lead the underdog Packers past Big Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers but also clinched the NFL Super Bowl MVP award. The game began on a slow note, with the two teams exchanging a couple of punts, until Rodgers connected with Jordie Nelson for a 29 yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead, 3:44 remaining in the first half. Just 24 seconds after that drive, Nick Collins picked off Roethlisberger, for a 37 yard interception return, increasing the Packers lead to 14-0. Pittsburgh managed to kick a field goal in the second quarter and cut the Packer’s lead to 14-3, until Rodgers retaliated with a 21 yard pass to Greg Jennings to make the game 21-3. In the closing seconds of the first half, the Steelers managed to squeeze in a touchdown and made the game 21-10 before the intermission. After the intermission, the Steelers managed to spring to life and closed to within four points, with a score of 21-17, thanks to a Rashard Mendenhall eight yard run. The Packers could not post up any points in the second half, until midway through the fourth, Rodgers connected with Jennings again for an eight yard touchdown, increasing their lead to 28-17. Within five minutes, Pittsburgh had struck back with a 25 yard pass by Roethlisberger connecting with Mike Wallace for a 25 yard touchdown. The Steelers followed up with a two -point conversion and were trailing by a field goal, in what was promising to be a nail-biting finish to this much anticipated game. The Packers had a chance to close

the game out with a little more than two minutes remaining in the game, but were restricted to only a field goal, making the score 31-26. Roethelisberger moved the ball down the field quite aptly in the last couple of minutes of the game, but failed to convert on a fourth down drive, and the Packers held off the Steelers 31-26. The Steelers hardly looked like the Super Bowl Championship team they were two years ago, and trailed the Packers throughout the game. Their number one ranked defense crumbled against Rodger’s offensive flair, as he picked up three touchdown passes, a

league leading 109.3 passer rating and the NFL Super Bowl MVP trophy, a feat his predecessor Brett Favre never achieved. The Packers defense, lead by Clay Matthews, was quite effective, forcing four turnovers and one ensuing touchdown. The victory marked the 13th NFL Championship for the Green Bay Packers; nine NFL Championships (before the Super Bowl era) and their fourth Super Bowl.

Despite slips, Raiders still in playoff hunt



By Thomas Hahn Managing Editor

fter a week in which the Scarlet Raiders went 1-1, they remain in fourth place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s North Division. If the season was to end today, the Raiders would not be eligible for play in the conference tournament.

Hussein Abdelmaksoud brought in 16 rebounds versus William Paterson.

The top three teams from each division (North and South) are eligible for the tournament. The number two seed in one division plays the number three seed from the other division. The winners of those games play one of the two number

ones. The determination of which team plays which number one is based on record. The winners of those second round games play each other for the NJAC Championship and are automatically eligible for the next round of the post season. Early last week, the Raiders did not help their cause when they took on New Jersey City at home in the Golden Dome. The result was not at all to the liking of the Raiders as they lost by a final score of 67-83. Pedro Burgos, a junior guard, was the only real bright spot in the game. He led all scorers with 26 points. Forward Jeremiah Rivers was able to contribute 19 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes of playing time. The second game of the week, which also took place in the Golden Dome, was against William Paterson. The result of this game was much better for the Raiders and their hopes of making the playoffs. They defeated William Paterson by a score of 56-48. This game, which based on the score, seemed like a defensive struggle, was actually an offensive struggle. William Paterson was under 25 percent field goal shooting for the game, including going 0-8 from behind the arch in the second half. Hussein Abdelmaksoud, a forward had 16 rebounds and 14 points. Those 16 rebounds were nearly double the second highest total and his 14 points were only two off of the game high of 16 points by Gabriel Paul of William Paterson. Despite the fact that the Raiders are only one spot out of the playoffs, it is going to be difficult for the Raiders to get in. Their two remaining games are against Ramapo on the road and against Montclair State at home. Both of those teams have better records than the Raiders. In addition to beating two good teams, the Raiders would also need New Jersey City to lose four of their remaining five games.


By Camilo Brun Sports Editor

aron Rodgers will no longer be compared to Brett Favre. Like Favre, Rodgers tied his former teacher’s single SuperBowl title—and did it in amazing fashion. The Superbowl MVP demonstrated fantastic poise and calm throughout the course of a nail-biting 31-25 win. Perhaps the most impressive attribute throughout the course of his first Superbowl, was Rodgers’ ability to keep his head, when the going got tough. Maybe it had everything to do with

the ordeal he suffered with Brett Favre. Maybe it had to do with the doubt Green Bay fans had with him a year ago. Despite all the negatives Rodgers quietly and calmly took charge. Despite having six nearly perfect throws dropped— Rodgers put his helmet on and kept going. Teammate Donald Driver, a veteran wide receiver for the Packers, told reporters he knew Rodgers would be okay. “I don’t think he ever got down on himself,” Driver said. “I looked at him, and I just told him, ‘Go ahead, do what you do.’

“Nothing changed for Aaron [this season]. I’ve been knowing Aaron since ‘05. And he’s the same guy. Day in and day out. Now he just has a little more swagger about him. That’s what I told him earlier, ‘You’ve always had this cockiness and confidence. Now it’s even bigger.’ I take my hat off to him. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the game.” 304 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions later—Rodgers owned a ring and an MVP—something Favre never managed to do. Rodgers didn’t celebrate alone, in fact he was hardly alone throughout the course of the celebration—surrounded by back-ups Matt Flynn and Graham Harrell the three men laughed into the night. When Rodgers went down with his second concussion early in the season, he headed home, put on a headset and tried to help Flynn while he was in charge. Up until last night Rodgers had always been known as, “Brett Favre’s back-up” the following morning headlines dismissed all the doubt that had been adding up since Rodgers took the field. At 27, Rodgers was given a team, a season, and a game— and he came through. “This is Aaron’s team, this was Aaron’s game to win—we put everything on his shoulders,” explained Mike McCarthy, the Packers head coach, “And he delivered.” ESPN columnist and TV host, Rick Reilly, summed it up best when he explained this entire season was less about Rodgers ability to play and more about his ability to forgive. “In 50 years, when they write Rodgers’ life story, they won’t praise so much his freakish arm,” Reilly stated, “They won’t go on about his grace under pressure, his rifle-scope accuracy or his courage while the land around him burned. No, they’ll write about his unlimited capacity to forgive.” Forgive and forget--- all while winning a Superbowl-- it’s hard to imagine Favre doing that.

R-N Sports


Track and Field looking for more than just Championships


By Kevon Brown Contributor

uilding a championship team is not an overnight process; it takes time, dedication, and more than anything patience. If anyone knew this from the beginning it was Juan Edney, head coach of the men’s and women’s track team here at Rutgers Newark. Established in the fall of 2007, Coach Edney’s goal from the beginning was to create a championship caliber team, using the skills and mentality he learned at Lincoln University under Coach Jones. After four seasons of hard work and building, he finally feels like he has a core group to build on. “The team is now starting to come together,” Edney said, “They all began seeing that they would only get better through hard work and by coming together as a unit working on the same page.” And after four years of laying the foundation, the results are starting to come. “We have people that have been in the system under the last few years that are starting to understand what it takes to compete at this level” Edney continued. Among this group of people is Corey Graves, a sophomore from Oratory Prep right here in Newark, New Jersey who has seen the team transform right in front of him. “After a lot of seniors left last year, we had to take the team over and a new foundation was laid down, a new attitude,” Edney started, “That along with the first years coming in doing a great job and helping us gets better as a team has helped us take leaps in the right direction.” Along with Graves and many of his teammates closing in on ECAC qualifications, one of the many leaps the team has made is Kevon Brown’s provisional qualification in the NCAA Division 3 nationals in the 55 high hurdles. “Kevon qualifying for nationals has motivated me and a lot of my teammates to work harder and aim to make the trip to

Ohio ourselves” Graves explained. With the combination of hard work, great leadership, and unity the Rutgers Newark track team is on the right path, and a bright future lies ahead. “On and off the track, we have been doing things more as a team,” Graves said, “I feel like the upper classmen have done a great job of welcoming in the first years and forming a team first attitude that has brought us all together. The future is looking good so far, but we have to keep moving forward.” Coach Edney, an 11-time all American at Lincoln University knows that they are in the right direction, but knows that the possibilities for his young team are endless. “To build a championship team, you have to have cohesiveness, a non selfishness attitude willing to sacrifice for the good of the team.” Edney said, “Everyone has to be on the same page to form a winning attitude. We have a young team, so with hard work, many great things are to come.”

february 9,2011

Volleyball starts as expected: Perfect By Yaroslav Imshenetsky sports writer


utgers-Newark Men’s Volleyball team started off the season on a very high note, winning all seven of its opening games. Scarlet Raiders opened their season against NJIT in the Golden Dome. Junior right side Kenneth de Groh hit .706 with 13 kills as Rutgers-Newark swept its opponent, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17.

The New Balance Games The team had a fully loaded weekend with The New Balance games at the New York Armory and the Springfield Invitational on Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts. Even with the team separated states away from each other the goals stay the same, qualify for ECACs. The boy’s team was led by sophomore Corey Grave’s qualifying 1:07.76 in the 500m dash. And they finished strong with the efforts of Kevon Brown, Keron Goodridge, Corey Graves, and Curtis Sturdivent’s ECAC qualifying time of 1:32.57 in the men’s 4x200. On the girls side, Sophomore Saymah Nah was on a mission qualifying for ECACs in the 400 (59.70), 200 (26.59) and the 55 meter dash (7.54) to finish off a great weekend. The team will be back at the Armory this Friday for the Fast track Invitational.

Junior Austin Pappas has paced the Raiders with great early performances

The winning streak continued at the Golden Dome Classic, as R-N rolled past NYU and D’Youville winning both games 3-0. In the first game, Junior right side Austin Pappas hammered down a matchhigh 14 kills in the Scarlet Raiders’ 25-18,

25-23, 25-16 win. In the 25-14, 25-18, 2523 win over D’Youville, de Groh had 10 kills and Pappas eight, as the Raiders won in just 55 minutes. To top off the tournament, the balanced Scarlet Raiders took care of Baruch College and the previously unbeaten Stevens, both games ending at a score of 3-1. For the two-day event, Pappas paced the Raiders with 61.5 points on 45 kills, 10 aces, 1 solo block and 11 assisted blocks. De Groh tallied 53.5 points with 44 kills, four aces, a solo block and nine assisted blocks. Marcin Midura had 45 kills, two aces and nine assisted blocks for 51.5 points. 5-0 on the season, Rutgers-Newark then went on to beat Baruch once more, 3-1. The team got 13.5 points from Pappas who collected nine kills, three aces, a solo block and an assisted block to be the only Rutgers-Newark player with double-digit points in a very balanced effort. Zornig registered 23 assists, two kills, an ace and an assisted block. Rutgers-Newark needed the effort to break a 21-21 tie. Midura and de Groh wrapped kills around a Midura ace to give the Raiders the lead for good at 24-21. Pappas pounded down his fourth kill of the frame to finish the match. Scarlet Raiders finished the week with a victory against Princeton, team’s first NCAA Division I test of the season. R-N lost on the first frame for the third time in four games, but managed to pull off a “W” in the next three. Pappas notched a match-high 18.5 points with 16 kills, two aces and an assisted block while Midura had 11 kills, a solo block and three assisted blocks. Now 7-0, the Scarlet Raiders show signs of a great season ahead. They will look to further extend the winning streak against Ramapo College on Tuesday and Penn State on Friday.

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