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After three grueling weeks of training camp, the Targum offers you a one-stop shop for all of the news and notes you missed during the summer as the Scarlet Knights prepare for kickoff Sept. 7 against Cincinnati.

Candidate strives to be alternative in election BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Chris Daggett, a former head of the Department of Environmental Protection, discusses some of the major issues for the upcoming gubernatorial election on Tuesday, Nov. 3 with our Associate News Editor Mary Diduch. Mar y Diduch: How is your campaign going so far? Chris Daggett: It’s going quite well. I’m finding that there are people across New Jersey that feel as I do, which is that they agree that it doesn’t matter who’s in Trenton, Republicans or Democrats, nothing changes, same old, same old, and people are tired of it … And you may have seen that recently the Sierra Club endorsed me, and that was the first time in its more than 100-year history that they’ve endorsed an Independent for governor. MD: And how do you think that will play into your campaign and your goals as governor? CD: I think it will be very helpful. I have a long background in environmental protection, so I think the Sierra Club’s endorsement is an acknowledgement [of that], and I plan to continue that very strong approach to environmental protection that I’ve had for a long time. MD: What are some of the ways you would make New Jersey greener? CD: It goes with … the operating of the department [of environmental protection]. You have to have the

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Thomas Peoples, right an elected democratic committeeman for 4th Ward, District 5, discusses the need for wards at a July 14 public forum. Mayor Jim Cahill addressed the need to evaluate all possible alternatives for representation.

New group files petition for city unification BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Empower Our Neighborhoods is no longer the only group seeking to change the structure of New Brunswick’s City Council. A new group, Unite New Br unswick, announced yesterday they have submitted a peti-

tion to the city clerk on Aug. 24 with 1,000 signatures to add another question to the Nov. 3 ballot to increase the city council from five to seven members, all elected at-large. This question dif fers from EON’s, asking voters to choose a system where six wards elect one representative each, in addition

to electing three representatives at-large. “The idea and the sentiment from a lot of residents is that [New Brunswick has] grown so much under this system,” said Kyle Kirkpatrick, a member of Unite New Brunswick’s Committee of Petitioners. “The town has been revitalized, crime has dropped

[and] the unemployment rate is the lowest in New Jersey. It’s quite literally the fastest-growing urban center in New Jersey.” He said the idea behind UNB is to keep the progress going and not switch to a system that could promote division.

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Hundreds call local hotel home BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT

Nearly 500 University students will call the Crowne Plaza Hotel their residence this fall due to an on-campus housing shortage.

Located in Somerset, more than four miles from College Avenue classrooms, students were placed in the hotel because a larger percentage of continuing students requesting housing, said Executive Director of Residence Life Joan Carbone.

In April, 1,300 students had yet to receive on-campus housing after the selection process. Since then, those students have either signed up for hotel residency or decided to com-

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Route 18 to generate millions BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT

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After years of construction and $200 million dollars, Route 18 is complete and expected to generate hundreds of jobs, expediate travel and connect the University and the city of New Brunswick.

The familiar sight of orange cones and congested lanes on Route 18 may be a thing of the past. Gov. Jon S. Corzine praised the project’s completion in an Aug. 19 press release for augmenting economic revitalization, creating more than 600 jobs and advancing commercial opportunities for business. “Today we mark the completion of Route 18, a major transportation artery that not only provides access to downtown New Brunswick and Rutgers, but regional hospitals, major corporations, local businesses and residential communities,” Corzine said.

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INDEX UNIVERSITY The New Brunwsick campuses were renovated during summer break with new updates and accommodations for students.

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Intramural sports offer more options for students BY JP MESTANZA STAFF WRITTER

With classes, new rooming situations and the typical backto-school festivities under way, it won’t be long until the typical study sessions become the norm for most students. After a long day of classes, Kelly Carroll, a Cook College senior, has one piece of advice: Play intramural sports. “We want to coordinate what the students want,” Carroll said. As one of only 18 student intramural directors, he is part of a team in charge of the day-today operations of the intramurals program: training the referees, creating cer tain league schedules and making sure ever ything runs smoothly on game day. “We are the first people [participants] come in contact with on game day,” Carroll said. The three most popular sports, known as the Big Three, are flag football, basketball and soccer, both indoor and outdoor. This year, partly due because of budget cuts and the popularity of the sports, flag football and outdoor soccer will run their leagues con-currently and have their seasons extended. The program will also offer a Friday and Sunday afternoon league in both sports on some campuses. “Longer seasons, more oppor tunities to play, more choices,” says Paul Fischbach, associate director of recreation, who is in charge of the program. “Prior to every year, we look to add a new wrinkle that we think students would enjoy.” The program has had their share of star-power in the past. NFL linebacker Gar y Brackett, WNBA star Cappie Pondexter and former Jets quar terback Ray Lucas all played intramurals during their time on the Banks. But being on the cusp of joining a professional league is not a requirement to play intramurals. Cook College senior Jesse Brown played flag football, basketball, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee during his time at the University. “You definitely meet a lot of good friends on the court. Competing makes you bond more easily,” he said. “Some of

my best friends I met on the team; it kind of just happens through competition.” Brown said his teams placed second on almost all of the leagues, but it was the relationships he made that had the most lasting effect. “Lots of people will make their first true friendships playing intramural sports at school,” Fischbach said. Intramurals are open to anyone with school identification. Faculty, staf f, graduate and undergraduate students, including alumni with gym memberships, are all invited to participate. For students with time commitment concerns, there are oneday tournaments that are good substitutes if a student is just looking to compete.

Carroll said the tournaments are used to see what’s popular and could segue into a league in the future. Another big part of the program is the special events, which include kickball and dodgeball tournaments, a trivia bowl, “The Price is Right” night and even a rock, paper, scissors tournament. Fischbach said the idea behind the special events involves activities that would get a college kid to come out and participate in something that is good, clean fun. The intramurals calendar is already up and interested participants can sign-up on-line or in-person. Interested students with no team can sign-up as a free agent and will be placed on a team by the start of a particular season.

PHOTOS BY ANDREW HOWARD/ PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

A wide variety of athletic options are available when students get involved with intramurals. The Big Three, denoted by their name as the most popular sports, are flag football, basketball and soccer. Above, the club sport rugby team competes against The College of New Jersey.


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Hundreds of students combed through the tables of more than 300 student organizations, 55 fraternities and sororities and academic departments yesterday at the annual fall involvement fair. Held in Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus, the fair ran from 2 to 6 p.m.

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University gets facelift over summer break BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT

COLLEGE AVENUE CAMPUS Students returning to the University’s New Brunswick campus this fall will find things just a little different than they were at the close of the Spring 2009 semester. One change awaiting those who wander down Senior Street on the College Avenue campus is the opening of the new Student Counseling Center. Director of the Center Jill Richards urges any students who need emotional support of any kind to call the center. “We also have relationships with local hospitals and practitioners … if we can’t help, we will find the right person who can,” she said. “We are available all day, every day … students who call after hours [with an emergency] will be directed to another urgent care facility.” Richards said the new facility will offer a full range of emotional support, including urgent care services, one-on-one counseling, group counseling, support groups and medical practitioners who can prescribe psychiatric medicines to those students who require them. Although the center was not open at press time, Richards said it will be open soon. “I’m just waiting for the Certificate of Occupancy, and then we are going to move right in,” Richards said. Anyone interested in taking a tour of the new facility is encouraged to attend the opening ceremony for the center on Sept. 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

“The whole community is invited to the opening ceremony,” Richards said. “President McCormick will be there and we will have refreshments, tours of the building and it gives people a chance to meet some of the staff.” Another project taking place near the College Avenue campus is not yet complete, but expectations are high, said E.J. Miranda, the director of University Media Relations. “The work on the Institute of Health Sciences is ongoing. We expect it to be done by summer 2010,” Miranda said. The new Institute of Health Sciences will be located directly next to the Nursing Center, near the New Brunswick train station on the corner of George Street and Somerset Street. Minor changes in parking permits also await the College Avenue campus students. “The Zone A parking pass, which is a commuter pass, used to only get access to the parking deck and Lot 26. Faculty was forced to park in Lot 30 and had no access to the deck. Now both students and faculty can choose between the deck and the lots,” said Jack Molenaar, director of Transportation Services. BUSCH CAMPUS The most immediately noticeable of changes on Busch campus is the opening of the University Visitor Center on Campus Road. The Visitor Center will provide an easily accessible location for prospective students and other visitors to the University to be introduced to the campus, according to the University Facilities and Capital Planning Web site.

“On the Busch campus, we have the Visitor Center opening up, and we are in the second year of a three-year classroom renovation project, which has been worked on all summer. There’s also the new [residence halls], which should be completed by fall 2011,” Miranda said. Busch campus remains relatively untouched by changes to bus routes and parking permits, with one small exception. “The REXB and the REXL no longer have to go on New Street [in New Brunswick], so it’s a more direct route,” Molenaar said. He said commuters to Busch campus would have Lot 67 available. “This lot is closer than it used to be; it used to be a resident lot, now it’s a commuter lot,” Molenaar said. “Commuters still have the stadium lot available to them, too. We started that last January.” LIVINGSTON CAMPUS Livingston campus has been under construction for some time, creating improvements and additions such as new residence halls and a renovated student center. Work is ongoing on both of these projects. “The new [residence halls] at the Livingston campus are due to be completed by Fall 2012 … The Livingston Student Center has had a lot of work done,” Miranda said. “There was renovation and expansion. What the students see, going in to this fall semester, will be a new front entrance … the convenience store has been dramatically expanded, and the food court and restrooms have been completely refurbished.”

He said all parts of the student center most used by students will be open this semester and the rest of the facility will be opened some time this year. The solar farm, installed on Livingston campus in spring 2009, is up and running, Miranda said. The solar farm is now providing 10 percent of the power supply to the campus. COOK/DOUGLASS CAMPUS Changes at Cook/Douglass campus primarily involve parking and transpor tation. The campuses are now divided in terms of parking. “Commuters used to buy a C/D pass for the Cook and Douglass campuses. Now it’s either ‘C’ or ‘D’ for Cook or Douglass. ‘D’ costs more because of the parking deck [on Nichol Avenue],” Molenaar said. The goal of the Department of Transportation Ser vices is to keep “surface permits,” which cover ground-level parking lots, cheaper than deck permits, such as those one would get at Douglass or Zone A at the College Avenue campus, Molenaar said. “Last year, all of those permits were $170.00. Now the C [Cook], B [Busch], and L [Livingston] permits are $160.50, and the deck zones are $256.80,” he said. There have been some modifications to the bus routes as well. Route 18 North is now accessible from Commercial Avenue, which was prevented last semester by construction. “The F route no longer goes through downtown New Brunswick … The EE will now

run in the same direction, as all the other bus routes instead of opposite like it was last semester, and it won’t go on Route 18 at all. It will always be on George Street,” Molenaar said. These changes come as welcome news to students. “Driving through downtown New Brunswick with the construction has been absolutely dreadful. I commute to work by bus and even the drivers dread it. The detours change daily without warning so that you cannot avoid getting jammed up. I’m sick of the traffic due to construction,” said Douglass College senior Angel Orsini in reference to traffic before Route 18 was complete. Molenaar pointed out that one change in the transportation system affects all of the above campuses. “On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the buses will continue to run all night long. There will no longer be a need to call the Knight Mover,” Molenaar said. In his observations last semester, he said he noticed students were walking to bus stops. “They were still walking up to College Avenue to call the Knight Mover, and it just didn’t make any sense,” he said. This semester, the Knight Mover will still be in operation from Sunday through Wednesday, Molenaar said. On those nights, students in need of a ride back to their residence halls after hours can call (732) 932RIDE and the Knight Mover will pick them up.

DAN BRACAGLIA/ ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

The solar farm on Livingston campus is fully functional this semester and producing 10 percent of the campus’ energy.

RAMON DOMPOR/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Open and ready for visitors, the highly anticipated Visitor Center on Busch campus will offer potential students a friendly and accessible environment to get to know the University.

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ELECTION: Daggett proposes stabilizing state taxes continued from front department properly staffed, and you have to have the department running more efficiently ... you have to make the DEP make decisions in a more timely and efficient fashion … we’ve got to get a way — a longterm, permanent way — to fund the open space efforts in New Jersey of saving land and buying property that we will protect … [and] then you have to include efforts at air pollution and water pollution control. Our storm water run-offs are a big issue. So it’s part of a large agenda on the environmental side. MD: Clearly the environment is a big priority for you, but what about finding funding for public universities? CD: The first priority in New Jersey is getting on top of the state budget. The budget is structurally unsound and it is a problem that was created by Democrats and Republicans for the last 15 years at least … and the only way to deal with that is to get on top of the cost of government. We can no longer overtax people to make up for those budget shortfalls, [and] we can’t do it on the backs of state workers by trying to fire state workers or whatever it happens to be … and only until we get on top of the cost of government that is driving up our taxes every year are we going to ultimately get the kind of money to make investments in open space education and whatever else we have to do … And on the higher [education] side, New Jersey is the only state in the nation that has disinvested in higher education … so one of the things that I would like to do by freeing up some money is investing in higher education again. MD: A lot of people, because of the high taxes, high costs of living and lack of available jobs and internships, leave New Jersey and go to New York and Pennsylvania.

How would you help create more jobs here? CD: The first thing is you’ve got to demonstrate to the people who might be interested in coming to New Jersey that we’re starting to get on top of the cost of government and keeping taxes at least stable. Forget about cutting them now; the idea that Chris Christie is going to cut taxes across the board and shave the property tax is nonsense. He cannot do that without figuring out how to deal with the costs of government and so far, he’s been unwilling to talk about what costs of government he’s after … [and] you have to index the tax system in New Jersey against neighboring states. MD: But do you believe in raising taxes? C D : What I’m saying is you’ve got to stabilize the whole process and then eventually you want to CHRIS cut the DAGGETT taxes. I’m not saying I’m not going to cut taxes — I’m going to cut taxes — but you can’t do that until you get on top of the costs of government, and that’s going to take at least a year or two years … We’ve got to figure out how to stop spending and make New Jersey more affordable. Come with me on the campaign trail one day and you’ll see how angry people are at both parties because they think that it is very unaffordable to live in New Jersey, and they don’t see anything that either party is doing to make it more affordable. MD: Is this what led you to run as an Independent candidate, the anger of the middle-class citizen? CD: Several things led me to run … I have a doctorate in education. I spent eight years in government corresponding to Tom Kane’s two terms as governor — I

U NIVERSITY was his deputy chief of staff — and then I went off and I ran the Environmental Protection Agency and then the Department of Environmental Protection. For the last 20 years [I’ve] been in the private sector. I’m running as an Independent because I find that it doesn’t matter who’s in Trenton, Republican or Democrat, nothing changes. It’s the same thing every year. They’re all worried about the next election, special interests or party ideology, and the last thing they think about is how best to serve the people of New Jersey … The whole system needs to be shaken up, and I think that neither Republican nor Democrat is willing or able to do that, so it’s going to take somebody who’s independent of all the parties, of all the special interests to shake up the system and do what’s right … and as you may know, I’m the only Independent that has ever qualified for matching funds, so therefore, I have to participate in the debate. MD: How were you able to raise the matching funds? CD: I did it through individuals … [The other parties] raised all this special interest money. Meanwhile I went to individuals around the country, mostly from New Jersey but some people from out of state. It’s not special interest, it’s not party-based; it’s based on people wanting to see someone do the right thing. MD: Is there anything else you want Rutgers University students to know about your campaign? CD: The main thing is that I came out of the world of higher education because I have a doctorate in higher education … It’s a ver y high priority for me to restore the commitment to higher education. Note: The Daily Targum printed an interview with Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie last April and Gov. Jon S. Corzine has yet to respond to requests for an interview.

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M LARGEST PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS GROUP GRADUATED IN TOP 5 PERCENT With the coming of the new school year, the University will also be welcoming 90 Presidential Scholars from throughout the state who are a part of the class of 2013. This class will include the largest number of Presidential Scholars to ever enroll at the University, according to a University press release. This group of scholars is comprised of first-year students who graduated in the top 5 percent of their high school class with a combined SAT verbal and math score of 1500 or higher. “The largest group of Presidential Scholars to date reflects the growing number of high-achieving New Jersey students who are applying to and enrolling at Rutgers,” said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment management. “The profile of our first-year students continues to rise as these students and their families consider the benefits, both economic and academic, of staying in New Jersey and attending their state university.” Of this class, 11 students ranked first in their graduating classes and five ranked second. Students were considered for the scholarship by completing an essay demonstrating their potential contribution to the University community, according to the release. The Class of 2013 Rutgers Presidential Scholars come from 63 New Jersey communities and another six scholars are from out-of-state. The Presidential Scholars program awards full tuition and honors program admission. — Heather Brookhart

ROUTE: Highway to create jobs, revenue for state continued from front “For that reason, Route 18 is a shining example of how public works projects can stimulate our economy through investment and job creation for our citizens.” The project is estimated to generate $90 million in income for workers and add an estimated $115.7 million to the state’s gross domestic product, according to a press release from the governor’s office. More than 80,000 cars travel on the highway headed for downtown New Brunswick each day. The project eliminated the traffic lights on Commercial Avenue and New Street, built new outer roadways to separate local traffic from the expressway traffic, added new pedestrian crossings, revamped and extended Boyd Park and raised noise walls to buffer several residential areas, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Web site. The planning period of the $200 million multiple-stage project began in 1999 when the Community Partnering Team met with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, according to the Web site. It continued through March 2001 and 2002 when Public Information Centers led to numerous items being integrated into the reconstruction, according to NJDOT’s Web site. Construction began in 2005. The project is a success, said Bill Near y, executive Director of Keep Middlesex Moving, a nonprofit transportation management association. “It came in on time and on budget. That’s pretty impressive,” Neary said. “It has reduced the commuter traffic coming into the city, especially in the morning. In the afternoons it’s better, but in the mornings it’s substantily better.” Neary said the construction has reduced his commute from South Brunswick to New Brunswick significantly. “It’s probably 15 minutes less than it’s ever been,” Neary said. Neary listed some of the additional improvements made to Route 18. “The park access is better, the bike path along the river is

nicer, the access for businesses is improved. Restaurants can now have boat access, so people can ride to New Brunswick on a boat and go to the restaurants and theatres,” Near y said. “On top of ever ything else, aesthetically, it looks pretty good.” The constr uction had improved the traffic situation, said Jim Halpert, who worked on Route 18 in New Brunswick for three-and-a-half years as an ironworker and shop steward. “When they took the lights out at Commercial Avenue and New Street, they saved a lot of time,” Halper t said. “They came in on time and under budget. From a construction point of view, it’s a success. No companies went under. No one got killed. Traffic is flowing.” Halpert is still baffled by the position of the pedestrian bridge by Carpenter Road. “Who is going to use that bridge? There are maybe 14 or 16 homes back there.” Marcia Halpert, who grew up in New Brunswick and has lived in the area for more than 40 years, said her commute from Spotswood to New Brunswick is shorter due to construction. “I think its cut down the time it takes for us to get where we live now in Spotswood to New Brunswick,” Halpert said. “It used to take us 35 minutes and now it’s down to 18.” Rutgers College senior Ben Major considered the construction an improvement. “I was gone for a year and by the time I came back I noticed that they had really streamlined it and cleaned it up. Traffic moves very nicely,” Major said. “The placement of the light up by Rutgers village, where the sound walls are as soon as you come off Route 1 when you are driving into New Brunswick, I think that really backs things up.” A New Brunswick city spokesperson could not be reached for comment as of press time.


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Livingston ‘renaissance’ begins with student center BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT

Students on the Livingston campus will begin the fall semester with an improved student center that is now back and better than ever. The center, which was closed for renovation from May 13 through August 28, features a completely rebuilt front entrance and expanded rooms and lounges. “All of the parts most often used by the students will be open this semester, and the rest will be open some time this year,” said Director of Media Relations E. J. Miranda. The facility is home to Dunkin’ Donuts, Sbarro’s, the Rock Café, a convenience store, a commuter lounge, an ATM machine, copy machines and the offices for the Community Police and various student organizations, according to the University Student Life’s Web site. “The convenience store has been dramatically expanded, and the food court and restrooms have been completely refurbished,” Miranda said. During the 2008-2009 school year, students on the Livingston campus experienced inconveniences such as redirected bus routes, power outages and water issues. In March 2009, University administration held a town hall meeting to address student concerns. At the meeting, University President Richard L. McCormick stated he recognized the inconvenience the construction caused but thought the transformation of the campus would be worthwhile. “It is certainly the case that over [the] years, the Livingston campus has been neglected. We can’t undo that history, but we can surely change the future,” McCormick said at the meeting. Josh Slavin, former president of the Livingston Campus Council, is ver y pleased with the progress of the campus’ improvements. “Livingston is experiencing a renaissance right now, and the

freshmen moving onto that campus are lucky to be part of a new, stronger community,” said Slavin, a student representative on the Board of Trustees. “It’s a shame that they will still have to live with an amount of ongoing construction as the student center nears com-

pletion, but I think they’ll enjoy the completed first half of the LSC, the new fountain, beautiful walkway and improved living conditions.” Slavin, a Livingston College senior, credits University administration, the Livingston Campus Council and the Board of

Trustees for Livingston campus’ improved appearance and optimistic outlook for the future. “Livingston campus has more to offer its residents than ever and will only be improving,” he said. Raysa Vargas, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year stu-

dent, has yet to go inside the new center, but has noticed the changes. “It looks a lot different,” she said. “I saw it in my sophomore year of high school, and it looks a lot better now … I’d go there more because it’s nicer.”

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HOTELS: New housing will not be complete until 2011 continued from front mute, Carbone said. Students were also allocated rooms as other students with housing cancelled their plans. “We had a good number of continuing students request cancellations due to economic hardship,” Carbone said. “We didn’t get as many [first-year students] students asking for housing. We believe that it’s because of the economy.” During the spring semester, the Board of Governors approved a $272 million plan to build two new dormitories for 2,000 students in Piscataway with hopes of ending the housing shortage. Carbone said the project is not only costly but takes time to develop. “The project we’re building over in Livingston is 1,500 beds in apartment form. It’s a huge project and it takes a long time to actually get out of the ground,” Carbone said. The new Busch campus residence hall should be completed in 2011 while the new Livingston residence hall will be completed in 2012, Carbone said. The hotel housing assignments are permanent for the year, Carbone said. Continuing students have agreed to pay for housing for fall and spring semesters, as well as winter break. “The Crowne Plaza students signed in there as a permanent opportunity. Most of them want to stay there,” Carbone said. “They are all continuing students.” Carbone said students staying at the hotel are charged the same price as Stonier residence hall, which is a room with a bath, but for a longer period of time. “Because they are paying for the entire winter break — because they can stay there for the entire winter break — it is actually more,” Carbone said. “The Stonier daily rate is $29.45 per day — a semester total of $3,357 for 114 days — and the Crowne Plaza daily is $29.42 per day — a semester total of $3,825 for 130 days.” Carbone said measuring the overall cost of the arrangement is difficult.

“Though housing will lose a little money by paying for busing, the University gains some money because we have extra students here. In a way, it’s one hand washing the other,” Carbone said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Rajeev Dave said he is satisfied with the arrangement, aside from the long waits for the shuttle bus. “At first I was a little disappointed, but now that I’ve seen it, the facility is decent,” Dave said. “Everything is alright with me except for the commute.” Dave does not have a car and the majority of his classes are on Livingston, so he will have to take the shuttle bus to the College Avenue campus and then catch the L or LX. The shuttle buses come every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m., Carbone said. Students can park at the hotel for free but must obtain University parking permits to park in University lots, Carbone said. University students and residence life staff are using 272 of the hotel’s 440 rooms, the hotel’s General Manager Dan Williams said. Some rooms are used as social or study lounges. Students can use RU Express at the hotel’s restaurant and in the hotel’s store, Carbone said. While students have access to tennis courts, basketball courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a whirlpool, weight and exercise rooms, and maid service, they cannot get room service, Williams said. The University is renting sections of the hotel separate from regular patrons, Carbone said. Resident Assistant Karan Grover said University Resident Life staff worked hard to create a college atmosphere. “We’ve got a very Rutgers spiritorientated staff here,” said Grover, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy fifth-year student. “All the [resident assistants] are really excited to be here. I can see some people being upset that it seems they’re so far away from that college feel, but we’re doing everything we can to make it a good experience.” Welcome boards in the hotel’s halls and on the room’s doors greeted students on their first day at the hotel. Grover said there are multiple benefits to living at the hotel. “If I was in a normal resident’s shoes and I was able to choose

U NIVERSITY between the Crowne Plaza and the dorms, now that I’ve seen the Crowne Plaza I think I might actually choose the Crowne Plaza,” Grover said.

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M The hotel had a complimentary Sunday afternoon barbecue for students. Williams said the hotel is looking forward to the year ahead.

“We want students to feel welcome and feel like they’re home. We’ll tr y to make them as comfor table as we can,” Williams said.

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Happy Fall Semester! Classes begin. Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) and the six Rutgers University Bookstores operated by Barnes and Noble College Booksellers are partnering on a two-week donation drive to raise money for New Jersey food banks, emergency food pantries and other organizations that help feed the hungr y across the state. Year-to-date donations to RAH approach $100,000. Until the 13th customers will be asked at checkout if they would like to make a $1 donation to RAH. Payments will be accepted in any form being used at checkout, including cash, check, debit, credit or RU Express. Kicking off After Hours at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at 6 p.m., the N Result will provide live music and free refreshments will be available. A museum staff member will be giving free tours of the new exhibition, Blocks of Color. With food and music, the atmosphere is more casual, so people can experience art in a different, less academic manner. The museum store will be offering 10 percent off. Other Art After Hours events will include a poetry night, an evening of dance and lots more music starting at the same time every Wednesday. For more detailed information, contact Rebecca Brenowitz at brenowit@rci.rutgers.edu. Register for any of more than 300 recreation classes or workshops beginning at 12 p.m. at the College Avenue Gym. Topics include aquatics, dance, fitness, martial arts, racquet sports, personal enrichment, body/mind/spirit, yoga and outdoor trips. You may register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some classes are open to the public but most require RU affiliation. Contact Megan Leigh at recclass@rci.rutgers.edu for more information.

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The NJ Film Festival will kick off its annual festivities at 7 p.m. in Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. The first night will show “Long Live Rock,” “Little Criminals,” “The Last Bastions of Rock” and “We Enjoy Yourself” for $8 to $10. For more information call 732-932-8482 or visit www.njfilmfest.com. Come out to the Gardens every Friday between May 1 and October 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. and shop at the Farmers Market on Ryders Lane near Cook campus. The market provides a variety of products grown and produced locally, such as buffalo meat, cheese, vegetables, poultry and baked goods from around New Jersey. For more information check out www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/farmmarket.htm. The objectives of Responsible Drinking Happy Hour in the Cook Café at 59 Biel Road. on Cook campus are to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom, to build a foundation for a learning community and to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. The event begins at 4 and goes until 7 p.m. For more information call Joan Bankole-Jones at (732) 932-8990.

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The Rutgers Historical walking tour, which takes about an hour, explores the origins of Rutgers, its traditions and architectural points of interests. The area includes some of the University’s oldest buildings. There is no charge for individuals for the regularly scheduled tours and a nominal fee for groups of 10 or more. Historical tours are offered by appointment every Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Reservations should be made by 10 a.m. on the Thursday prior to the tour you wish to attend. For more information, call Campus Information Services at (732) 932-9342 x2619. For general Rutgers Information, please call (732) 932-info (4636).

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Daniel Kurtzer will hold the S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Ambassador Kurtzer served as the US Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005) and as the US Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001).

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Bookstores see virtual competition U-WIRE For years there was only one way to buy a textbook: The bookstore. But as students, parents, faculty and even legislators balk at the ever-increasing price of traditional textbooks, new vendors are eagerly attempting to break into the market and provide students more options. “It seems that the whole textbook industr y is in a state of great turbulence,” said Steven Bell, an associate university librarian for research and instructional ser vices at Temple University Libraries. “It seems to be one of the hottest areas in higher education.” Bell, who frequently blogs about text book prices, said new players enter the market seemingly every day. Used bookstores have been a stalwart presence on many campuses, but students can now rent books or purchase an eTextbook, carr ying it around on a handheld devise, such as an iPhone. There also are openaccess textbook Web sites that allow professors to change textbooks to their own specifications and then provide free access for students online. Bell said the primary reason for the changing textbook landscape is price. While traditional sales still dominate, companies like CourseSmar t, which sells eTextbooks, are seeing rapid growth. Between 2008 and 2009, sales increased 600 percent, said Frank Lyman, the executive vice president of CourseSmart. Students can either download an eTextbook or access it online and save on average of about 50 percent — typically a

savings of $50 to $60 per book, he said. While numerous University of Iowa students had heard of eTextbooks, only a few had actually purchased the digital versions. Some said they wouldn’t because it would be more difficult to study. Jules Pratt, a sophomore at the U. Iowa, said her human biology book is the first time she’s had the opportunity to go digital. The $50 price tag enticed her, she said, and she grabbed the last one from the campus bookstore’s stack. But the communications major said she only went digital because it’s a class for non-majors. “It’s something I know I wouldn’t have to rely on,” she said. Jamie Grant, a junior at the same school, said he preferred a hard copy and didn’t want to lug around his laptop ever ywhere. But one of the perks of eTextbooks, L yman said, is that students can do ever ything they could with a regular book yet also electronically search the document and copy and paste large swaths of text directly into their notes. “We try and bring the best of both worlds,” he said. Students could theoretically copy the whole book into a new document and share it, but much of the formatting would be lost, Lyman said. For students who think of skimping a bit more and sharing copies, Lyman said there were measures in place to prevent more than one person using the textbooks at one time. The text can be downloaded to only one computer or be accessed online by one user at a time. Richard Stratton, an economics professor at the University

of Akron, has used another option called Flat World Knowledge, an open-access textbook provider, textbooks for two semesters of his microeconomics class. He said while the online medium had definite perks, most of his students found that reading digital textbook was more difficult than traditional texts. His students said there were more distractions, such as constantly checking Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. Eric Frank, founder and chief marketing officer of Flat World Knowledge, said eTextbooks are just “the first act.” “It’s an attempt to take the same product, put it online and add a little bit more functionality,” he said, noting that even though eTextbooks were cheaper, he still didn’t think they were reasonably priced. Flat World Knowledge, which has published textbooks being used in 400 college classrooms, provides open-source textbooks - meaning anyone can use them online for free and alter the content for their own specific needs. If a professor wanted to reorder a textbook to fit the syllabus or delete something confusing, they could. The for-profit company plans to make its money by printing on-demand, providing PDFs and creating audio recordings of the textbook for a price. About 65 percent of students end up placing an order for some form of the textbook, he said. “Even if you offer a free textbook online … given a reasonably priced alternative, a significantly large number of students will buy those other versions,” he said.


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PETITION: At-large elections address all issues continued from front “The mayor is pleased that if the city clerk certifies this new petition, there will be another option for New Brunswick residents to consider on Election Day, and choice is a good thing,” said City Spokesman Bill Bray. “The mayor is also happy that the discussion and debate regarding the form of government that will best ser ve the residents of this city — which other wise would have been provided by the proposed charter study commission — will now continue … it is ver y important that voters examine both of these options, become informed of both of these options’ advantages and disadvantages and choose wisely this November.” With EON’s success in court to have their petition approved, the city’s former idea of creating a Char ter Study Commission to evaluate all types of representation was not allowed to be placed on the ballot this year, but their proposal allows for more debate, said Glenn Fleming, a member of UNB’s Committee of Petitioners. But EON has been tr ying to have this debate for a long time, said EON President Martha Guarnieri. “They’ve just been keeping us in court,” she said. Kirkpatrick said with the atlarge system, citizens have the ability to vote for all of their representatives, not just four

with the ward system, and this allows representatives to be aware of the interests of all. “There’s been a lot of information about wards going out there, some of which we disagree with and think might not be practical or accurate,” he said. “And there’s some information that people don’t know about at-large systems.” Ezra Rufino, a member of UNB’s Committee of Petitioners, said increasing the number of members relieves some of the burden of the individual council members. Guarnieri said there is wide support for the ward question, and ward representation allows specific issues to receive more attention. New Br unswick’s diversity also calls for representatives sensitive to each neighborhood. “With a ward system, you have to be held accountable by the people that you live by or you won’t be re-elected,” she said. The same people run for the at-large system ever y year, said EON member Jordan Bucey. “There’s only been opposition three times in the last decade, and those people lost because they don’t have the money that these people have,” she said. “With this, every neighborhood gets a vote.” Rufino said that is a part of democracy. “It’s really about if the citizens of New Brunswick want to vote someone out of the council, then they will have the option for [new] council members. You’re always presented with the option to get rid of someone or add someone new,” said Rufino, a Rutgers College senior.

U NIVERSITY The city has a 20-day period to confirm the signatures and announce whether the question will be on the ballot. Bennet Zurofsky, a lawyer who has represented EON in the past, does not expect this petition to pass. “I expect the city clerk to apply the law as it has been applied by the two judges,” he said.

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M It is not possible for multiple proceedings regarding a change of government to be pending for the same ballot, Zurofsky said. Since EON has already filed a proceeding for the upcoming election, as on Aug. 10, Judge James P. Hurley r uled that City Clerk Dan Torrisi must honor EON’s peti-

tion to place their question on the ballot. Fleming said if their question is not placed on the November ballot, they would still continue their campaign in future elections. “We’re not a one-time deal … this isn’t something we haphazardly did,” he said. “Whatever we have to do, we will.”

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BY MARY DIDUCH

While the event featured music and food, children and residents also participated in games Books, pens and backpacks and dance contests for cash were given to local New prizes and raffles for iPods, backBr unswick schoolchildren packs, notepads and money. Thursday at Langley Place’s Peoples said for the cash rafannual back-to-school neigh- fles, 50 percent of the total amount borhood barbeque. raised went to the raffle winner Coordinated by the 4th and the other half was donated to Ward, District 5, the block the neighborhood kids. party sought to unite the local Leslie Fine, an Empower Our community, prepare the chil- Neighborhoods member, dren for the upcoming academ- helped bag and distribute the ic year and raise monetar y school supplies, and donate donations for the future. books to the kids. “This is about bringing the “Ever y year, there has been neighborhood together with more and more school supplies community people, officers … that have been donated,” she and helping out some families said. “It’s pretty essential to that need school having a producsupplies and contive year [to] “It’s about people have something necting with the youth of the to write your coming together neighbor hood,” notes in.” said Thomas Fine said the and sharing what Peoples, an event event originated they have coordinator and from those who 4th Ward, District created the with others.” 5 councilman. National Night JORDAN BUCEY The Langley Out Against EON Activist Place block party Crime event, has been running where the organfor about five izers would hold a years, said 4th Ward, District 5 barbeque and distribute school Committeewoman and Event supplies for the children in the Coordinator L yndel Myles. neighborhood before the start of “The Lincoln Park each school year. Association got together and “We have a better chance of decided that this is something talking with [the kids and] helpwe should be doing for the ing them out with difficult situaneighborhood children,” tions if they’re misbehaving in she said. the neighborhoods. It’s just a New Brunswick residents, good thing, a positive thing,” Integrated Packaging Peoples said. Corporation of New Events like this should be Brunswick, 99 Cent Store in happening in the city weekly, Somerset, Delta Soul Food said Empower Our Restaurant, A&E Meat Town Neighborhoods member Supermarket and Los Reyes Jordan Bucey. Supermarket all donated food, “It’s about community,” said money and supplies for the Bucey, a Middlesex County event, Myles said. College junior. “It’s not about Of ficers from the New money; it’s not about any of Brunswick Police Department that. It’s about people coming also donated their time to super- together and sharing what they vise the event, she said. have with others.” ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

BOSTON — The push to name a successor to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy gained momentum yesterday, with state lawmakers scheduling a hearing on whether to allow an appointee to serve until a special election in January. Gov. Deval Patrick also said Monday that Kennedy’s widow, Vicki Kennedy, told him she does not want to be appointed as an interim replacement. “Mrs. Kennedy is not interested in the position,” Patrick said, referring to the interim post. Before he died last week, Kennedy had asked Massachusetts lawmakers to change state law to let the governor name an interim appointee to serve until voters can choose a permanent replacement. Current Massachusetts law does not allow an interim appointee. “This is the only way to ensure that Massachusetts is fully represented,” Patrick said, but cautioned that “I don’t think by any means it is a certainty it will happen.” Patrick said he agreed with Kennedy that the state needs two voices in the Senate during the intervening five months. State law requires a special election between 145 and 160 days after a vacancy; the special election was set for Jan. 19. Patrick said he has heard from top Democrats in Washington, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., both of whom support the change allowing an appointee. Senate Democrats say they need as many votes as they can during the debate on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Patrick, a Democrat and friend of Obama’s, had previously

expressed support for the change. He declined to say whom he might name as interim senator. Lawmakers in the Democratcontrolled Massachusetts House and Senate announced Monday they would hold a hearing Sept. 9 on a bill that would allow the interim appointment. The speedy scheduling of the hearing was the clearest sign yet that lawmakers might change the law. Democrats are facing charges of hypocrisy from critics who point out that just five years ago, Democrats changed the law to block then-Gov. Mitt Romney from naming a fellow Republican to fill the seat if Kerry, the Democrats’ presidential nominee, won his White House campaign. Before that change, the governor was allowed to appoint a nominee until the next general election. As part of the change, Democratic lawmakers also blocked the possibility of Romney naming an interim senator. “Changing the rules in the middle of the game is fundamentally wrong,” said Rep. Brad Jones, the Republican leader in the Massachusetts House. The race to fill Kennedy’s seat is expected to be crowded. The biggest question is whether another Kennedy will jump into the race. While family aides to Vicki Kennedy have said she is not interested in replacing her husband, she has not publicly taken herself out of the running. Kennedy’s nephew and former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II has also been suggested as a possible candidate but has not said whether he is interested in running for the seat held, also held by another uncle, former President John F. Kennedy. Other possible contenders for the seat were also keeping mum on Monday.

On the Democratic side, those include state Attorney General Martha Coakley, who would be the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts. Although Coakley has won statewide election, she would also need to raise money quickly. Several members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation have also been mentioned, including Reps. Stephen L ynch, Michael Capuano and Edward Markey. L ynch, a former steelworker first elected to Congress during a special election to succeed the late Rep. Joseph Moakley of South Boston in 2001, is considered more socially conser vative than Capuano, the former mayor of Somer ville, who holds the same seat in Congress once held by House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. Markey, chairman of the House Select Committee on Global Warming, is the longestser ving member of the Massachusetts delegation. All three have sizable federal campaign war chests, including $1.3 million for Lynch, $1.2 million for Capuano and $2.8 million for Markey as of June 30. One former Democratic member of Congress, Martin Meehan, has also been suggested as a potential candidate. Now chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Meehan has nearly $5 million in his federal account. Potential Republican candidates include former Lt. Gov. Kerr y Healey, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, state Sen. Scott Brown, Cape Cod businessman Jef f Beatty and Chris Egan, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Cooperation and Development.


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Mexico sets example for swine flu Los Cabos prepares for dangerous hurricane THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEXICO CITY— Mexico is preparing for a second wave of swine flu, looking at what worked and what didn’t last spring when it banned everything from dining out to attending school in an effort to control the virus. As the Northern Hemisphere flu season begins, the rest of the world is also studying Mexico’s experience, looking for measures to replicate and costly mistakes to avoid. So what worked? Public awareness; rapid diagnosis, treatment and quarantine; and a near-compulsive outbreak of hand-washing. What didn’t? Travel bans, school closures, overuse of antibiotics and those flimsy paper face masks that tangled hair, slid down necks and hid the beautiful smiles of this gargantuan city. When swine flu first flared up in Mexico in April, the government erred on the side of caution, closing schools and museums, banning public gatherings, playing soccer games to empty stadiums and telling people not to shake hands or kiss one another on the cheek. This bustling city of 18 million became eerily hollow. Mexican health officials say they made the right call. “Since we were the first country affected by the flu, we didn’t know the possible magnitude and severity, so we took measures that we now know can be (focused),” said Dr. Pablo Kuri, the health secretar y’s special influenza adviser. In hindsight, Mexico’s most effective action — one now emulated around the world — was

immediately telling its own citizens when the new virus was detected. Not every country has been so candid when facing an epidemic: China was heavily criticized for its slow response to SARS in 2003, while Argentina refused to declare a national public health emergency when swine flu flared there in July. But Mexico’s openness didn’t come cheap: Economists say the outbreak cost the country billions of dollars, mostly in losses from tourism. “Mexico shared information early and frequently,” said Dr. Jon Andrus at the Pan American Health Organization’s headquarters in Washington. “Mexico did this at great cost to its economy, but it was the right thing to do.” At the height of the epidemic in March, you could hardly make it a block in Mexico City without a masked public health worker, maitre d’, bus driver or store owner squeezing a dollop of antiseptic gel onto your hands. Health experts say hand-washing offered the best defense — while the masks probably did little to stop the virus from spreading. Masks are now advised only for health care workers and people who are already infected. Fear also left behind a cleaner city: Crews now regularly scrub subways and buses, park benches and offices — something almost unheard of before the epidemic. “Clearly, millions of Mexicanos wore masks this spring everywhere they went, but H1N1 continued to spread,” said Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. “It now seems clear that the best personal protections are regular hand-washing, avoid-

ing crowded places, and — when it is available — vaccination.” Many Mexicans wait until they suffer full-blown symptoms before going to a doctor, if at all. Often, people self-diagnose and go to a pharmacy to treat themselves since few drugs require a prescription. Since April, however, certain anti-flu drugs are distributed only at hospitals. Millions of uniformed Mexican children were greeted with a dash of anti-bacterial gel as they returned to school last Monday. Classes were postponed until midSeptember in southern Chiapas state because of an uptick in swine flu cases in the past month. Chiapas has had 3,400 swine flu cases to date, the most in the country. Schools nationwide are checking for possible signs of swine flu among children and teachers and are sending home anyone who seems sick. They also have added new curriculum guidelines to ensure children learn about personal hygiene and basic sanitation. But this time, schools will be closed only if so many sick children or teachers get sick that education is compromised. Plans are already under way to continue lessons at home. “We aren’t going to panic, but we are being more careful here this year,” said Cecilia McGregor, spokeswoman for Colegio Ciudad de Mexico, a 1,100-student private school in Mexico City. Janitors are required to wash doorknobs every two hours, she said, and an on-campus doctor was performing checks. Despite all the precautions, Mexico’s health advisers say the most important lesson they have learned about swine flu is that in most cases, it’s fairly mild.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS CABOS, Mexico — Extremely dangerous Hur ricane Jimena roared toward Mexico’s resor t-studded Baja California Peninsula yesterday, prompting emergency workers to set up makeshift shelters and chasing away an inter national finance conference. Jimena is just shor t of Categor y 5 status — the top danger rating for a hurricane — and could rake the harsh desert region fringed with picturesque beaches and fishing villages as a major storm by Tuesday evening, forecasters said. Heavy bands of intermittent rain moved across the resort town of Los Cabos on Monday evening. Workers at the Cabo San Lucas marina nailed sheets of plywood on storefront windows while fishermen secured their boats ahead of Jimena, which was packing winds near 155 mph. Hotels and restaurants gathered up umbrellas, tables, chairs, and anything else that might be blown away. At least 10,000 families were ordered to evacuate their homes in low-lying areas and shantytowns, said Apolinar Ledezma, the municipal public safety director. The government said it would send out 200 military personnel and dozens of police in trucks to help people reach dozens of shelters. Authorities warned that those who refuse to evacuate would be forced to do so. “We are going to start by inviting people to leave ... the moment will come when we will have to make it obligatory,” said Garibaldo Romero, interior secretary for the municipal government. After official hurricane warnings were broadcast, organizers of an international financial meeting scheduled for Cabo San Lucas this week decided to move their conference — including more than 170 representatives from 54 countries — to Mexico City. “The meeting has been planned for two months and the meteorological conditions, by their ver y nature, are unpredictable,” said Anthony Gooch, spokesman for the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, sponsored by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Brenda Munoz, who lost her home to a 2001 hurricane, was taking no chances. “I remember when Hurricane Juliette hit with a lot of intensity. It flattened our home,” Munoz said in the vacation town of Cabo San Lucas. This time, she said, “We’re already prepared with food and everything so it won’t catch us off guard.” As rain started falling yesterday morning, Mitch Williams of Orange County, Calif., waited at the airport to fly home from his vacation. “The hurricane can do a lot of damage if it hits at that strength,” he said. Williams said poorer residents who live in shacks are not well prepared. “It will wipe them out,” he said. His advice for tourists was simple: “Get out.”

But on Cabos’ famous beaches, some tourists were doing just the opposite, jumping into the Pacific to play in the hurricane’s big waves. The local hotel association estimated that 7,000 tourists were left in Los Cabos. Hotels had a 25 percent occupancy rate, according to the association. Although city officials shut down the port, lifeguard Roman Dominguez with the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department said there’s no feasible way to close a beach. “We struggle a lot with surfers,” he said. “They’re looking for waves.” Lifeguards perched in a tower looked on Monday as two women, one with her boogie board, another on a surfboard, paddled into pounding surf under cloudy skies. Clay Hurst, 52, a fencing contractor from Malibu, Calif., and Ben Saltzman, 28, an emergency medical technician from Pacific Palisades, Calif., emerged from a swim in the 10-to-12-foot waves and pounding surf. “We are waiting anxiously, wanting to be right in the middle of it,” said Hurst, who said he has never seen a hurricane as powerful as Jimena. “We were advised to leave, but we want to be here,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be in one ... a real bad one.” Saltzman echoed his friend’s enthusiasm: “It’s an adrenaline rush,” he said. But Cabos San Lucas fishing boat captain Eleazar Unzon, a 30year veteran of these waters, was more cautious. “This is causing a lot of fear and concern,” said Unzon, 58, as he and helpers pulled the 33-foot fishing boat “Alejandra” onto a trailer. “We’re getting the boat out of the water before it hits, so we can rest easy at home.” Unzon acknowledged that big storms do have some benefits — he notes that they bring in the “big fish” coveted by sports fishermen such as marlin — but said, “I’m not going to expose my livelihood.” Tim Donnelly, 57, a boat captain originally from Washington, D.C., sat dockside after tying down the 105-foot, two-masted wooden schooner “Sunderland,” saying he expected the 140-year-old wooden boat to ride out the storm. “We’ve never been hit by a storm of this category,” he said. “I’ll be shocked if we don’t have any problems.” Farther south, Jimena kicked up surf along Mexico’s mainland western coast and generated strong winds that bent and uprooted trees in the resort town of Zihuatanejo. Authorities in other mainland towns were setting up shelters as a preventive measure. By Monday afternoon, Jimena was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph and was moving northwest near 10 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. It was centered about 305 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. Hurricanes reach Category 5 at 156 mph. Farther out in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Kevin weakened to a tropical depression with top winds of 35 mph. It was centered 845 miles west-southwest of the Baja peninsula’s southern tip.


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Artificial barriers prompt Internet’s ‘mid-life crisis’ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Goofy videos weren’t on the minds of Len Kleinrock and his team at UCLA when they began tests 40 years ago on what would become the Internet. Neither was social networking, for that matter, nor were most of the other easy-touse applications that have drawn more than a billion people online. Instead the researchers sought to create an open network for freely exchanging information, an openness that ultimately spurred the innovation that would later spawn the likes of YouTube, Facebook and the World Wide Web. There’s still plenty of room for innovation today, yet the openness fostering it may be eroding. While the Internet is more widely available and faster than ever, artificial barriers threaten to constrict its growth. Call it a mid-life crisis. A variety of factors are to blame. Spam and hacking attacks force network operators to erect security firewalls. Authoritarian regimes block access to many sites and services within their borders. And commercial considerations spur policies that can thwart rivals, particularly on mobile devices like the iPhone. “There is more freedom for the typical Internet user to play, to communicate, to shop — more opportunities than ever before,” said Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor and co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. “On the worrisome side, there are some

longer-term trends that are making it much more possible (for information) to be controlled.” Few were paying attention back on Sept. 2, 1969, when about 20 people gathered in Kleinrock’s lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, to watch as two bulky computers passed meaningless test data through a 15-foot gray cable. That was the beginning of the fledgling Arpanet network. Stanford Research Institute joined a month later, and UC Santa Barbara and the University of Utah did by year’s end. The 1970s brought e-mail and the TCP/IP communications protocols, which allowed multiple networks to connect — and formed the Internet. The ’80s gave birth to an addressing system with suffixes like “.com” and “.org” in widespread use today. The Internet didn’t become a household word until the ’90s, though, after a British physicist, Tim Berners-Lee, invented the Web, a subset of the Internet that makes it easier to link resources across disparate locations. Meanwhile, service providers like America Online connected millions of people for the first time. That early obscurity helped the Internet blossom, free from regulatory and commercial constraints that might discourage or even prohibit experimentation. “For most of the Internet’s history, no one had heard of it,” Zittrain said. “That gave it time to prove itself functionally and to kind of take root.” Even the U.S. government, which funded much of the

Internet’s early development as a military project, largely left it alone, allowing its engineers to promote their ideal of an open network. When Berners-Lee, working at a European physics lab, invented the Web in 1990, he could release it to the world without having to seek permission or contend with security firewalls that today treat unknown types of Internet traffic as suspect. Even the free flow of pornography led to innovations in Internet credit card payments, online video and other technologies used in the mainstream today. “Allow that open access, and a thousand flowers bloom,” said Kleinrock, a UCLA professor since 1963. “One thing about the Internet you can predict is you will be surprised by applications you did not expect.” That idealism is eroding. An ongoing dispute between Google and Apple underscores one such barrier. Like some other mobile devices that connect to the Internet, the iPhone restricts the software that can run on it. Only applications Apple has vetted are allowed. Apple recently blocked the Google Voice communications application, saying it overrides the iPhone’s built-in interface. Skeptics, however, suggest the move thwarts Google’s potentially competing phone services. On desktop computers, some Internet access providers have erected barriers to curb bandwidth-gobbling file-sharing services used by their subscribers. Comcast Corp. got rebuked by Federal Communications

Commission last year for blocking or delaying some forms of filesharing; Comcast ultimately agreed to stop that. The episode galvanized calls for the government to require “net neutrality,” which essentially means that a service provider could not favor certain forms of data traffic over others. But that wouldn’t be a new rule as much as a return to the principles that drove the network Kleinrock and his colleagues began building 40 years ago. Even if service providers don’t actively interfere with traffic, they can discourage consumers’ unfettered use of the Internet with caps on monthly data usage. Some access providers are testing drastically lower limits that could mean extra charges for watching just a few DVD-quality movies online. “You are less likely to tr y things out,” said Vint Cerf, Google’s chief Internet evangelist and one of the Internet’s founding fathers. “No one wants a surprise bill at the end of the month.” Dave Farber, a former chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission, said systems are far more powerful when software developers and consumers alike can simply try things out. Farber has unlocked an older iPhone using a warrantee-voiding technique known as jail-breaking, allowing the phone to run software that Apple hasn’t approved. By doing that, he could watch video before Apple supported it in the most recent version of the iPhone, and he changed the screen display when the phone is

idle to give him a summary of appointments and e-mails. While Apple insists its reviews are necessary to protect children and consumer privacy and to avoid degrading phone performance, other phone developers are trying to preserve the type of openness found on desktop computers. Google’s Android system, for instance, allows anyone to write and distribute software without permission. Yet even on the desktop, other barriers get in the way. Steve Crocker, an Internet pioneer who now heads the startup Shinkuro Inc., said his company has had a tough time building technology that helps people in different companies collaborate because of security firewalls that are ubiquitous on the Internet. Simply put, firewalls are designed to block incoming connections, making direct interactions between users challenging, if not impossible. No one’s suggesting the removal of all barriers, of course. Security firewalls and spam filters became crucial as the Internet grew and attracted malicious behavior, much as traffic lights eventually had to be erected as cars flooded the roads. Removing those barriers could create larger problems. And many barriers throughout history eventually fell away — often under pressure. Early on, AOL was notorious for discouraging users from venturing from its gated community onto the broader Web. The company gradually opened the doors as its subscribers complained or fled. Today, the company is rebuilding its business around that open Internet.


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‘Business as usual’ while wildfires threaten California THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — The air quality turned hazardous, a brownish mushroom cloud billowed in the distance, and a gauze of gray smoke draped the Hollywood sign. But in downtown Los Angeles, the show went on. “Fire is fire. We’re so used to it,” said Iona Willis, who was outside power walking on a stifling yesterday morning despite the smoke in the air and 90-degree temperatures “Everything goes on as usual.” She was not alone. Dozens of cyclists congregated at an inter-

section and joggers passed on the sidewalks. A group of German tourists seemed too preoccupied photographing the Disney Concert Hall to notice the smoke from the fires 15 miles north of downtown. “It’s kind of becoming a tradition now in SoCal to have fires,” said Garo Megerdichian, 50, who works downtown and said he never thought twice about staying in California even when a fire last fall narrowly missed his Orange County home. The vicious wildfire raging through the Angeles National Forest blaze threatened about 12,000 homes and left two firefighters dead over the weekend.

It also kicked up gigantic clouds of smoke, including a grimy tuft of cloud swirling behind the Hollywood sign. But ask many residents of Southern California about the wildfires, and you’ll get a similar response: They’re becoming a way of life, just like earthquakes and drought. This late-summer spate of fires were not being fanned by up the powerful Santa Ana winds that typically kick up in October. The largest of the fires in the Angeles National Forest was being fueled by extremely dry chaparral that hasn’t burned in more than 40 years.

The torching of flammable brush in the forest is helping create smoky conditions that have only exacerbated air-quality woes in a city long known for its brutal smog. Officials classified the air as hazardous over the weekend in the foothill communities of north Los Angeles County, where the air quality index on Sunday registered nearly four times the level considered unhealthy. An on-shore breeze helped lower those readings on Monday, said Sam Atwood of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. But many area schools canceled gym class and after-school sports, and one district called off classes.

Andrew Helm said he was keeping the air conditioner on to help his asthmatic wife breathe through the night at their Burbank home. “It’s worse than usual. This one seems a lot bigger and a lot more encroaching,” said Helm, 40. “We’re close enough for a nice little apocalyptic plume.” Still, many Los Angeles residents were braving the ashy air downtown. Floyd Harrelson was one of a handful of people protesting a labor contract amid a cluster of downtown skyscrapers. He pointed out a thin layer of haze that obscured a high-rise building just across the street.

Flight 93 memorial will cost $9.5 M THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH — The federal government will pay about $9.5 million to acquire land so the Flight 93 National Memorial can be built by the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said yesterday. With the National Park Ser vice reaching agreements with eight landowners, construction is expected to start in November, Salazar said. Salazar called the site where the plane crashed, near Shanksville in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, hallowed ground and said the nation was “eternally grateful for the heroes of Flight 93.” United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was diverted by hijackers with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol. The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit. All 33 passengers and seven crew members died. The agreements cover nearly 1,400 acres and include the actual impact site. That site sits on a 275-acre parcel owned by quarry business Svonavec Inc. The company and the government agreed in January to allow a court to decide the property’s worth. Salazar said the $9.5 million includes the Svonavec site. It also covers relocating a scrap metal and recycling business owned by Anthony Kordell and about 950 acres owned by Families of Flight 93, which has been acquiring land and fundraising for the memorial. Lisa Linden, a spokeswoman for the family group, said it was “tremendously relieved” that the core land acquisition had been completed. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., also welcomed the announcement. He brought Salazar together with landowners in June in hopes of avoiding the government using eminent domain to acquire the lands. “The landowners deserve our deepest thanks for their cooperation and the sacrifices they have made to allow for construction of the memorial to honor the passengers and crew of Flight 93, who gave their lives to save countless others on September 11,” Specter said in a statement.


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New apartments offer additional off-campus housing BY MARGARET YU STAFF WRITER

Students struggling to find off-campus housing near the College Avenue campus may not have to look much further as new apartment complexes are scheduled to open up to students today. In March, the city of New Brunswick approved a project for three new apartment complexes at 75-81 Easton Ave., 15 Union St. and 32 Union St., which will house a total of 123 students, said City Spokesman Bill Bray. The apartment projects moved forward because the city recognized the need for housing close to the campus, and the building plan is to market them to college students by providing new amenities the old houses could not offer, Bray said. The houses near campus are not suitable for college students — but instead families — and students need a different style of housing that will be able to handle the academic and social lives of college residents, he said. “This new housing can handle the stresses of college students,” Bray said. Bray said 75-81 Easton Ave., the old home of the co-ed fraternity Alpha Delta Epsilon, will become a four-stor y building complex housing 58 people. The fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon used to reside at 15 Union St. The location will now be three stories tall with 15 twobedroom units and 12 one-bedroom units with no kitchens. Complete and ready for students to lease, 32 Union St. will house a total of 32 people in studio-style apartments. “Thirty-two Union St. is a three-story building with 34 studio apartments and underground and rear parking, for a total of 32 parking spots,” Bray said. Daniel Emanuel, a new resident of the complex, said he found the apartments through advertisements on apartment search engines. He said water and air conditioning will be provided in the rent, with electricity and Internet on separate bills.

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The new apartment complex at 32 Union St. houses 32 people and contains underground and rear parking spaces. This is the only of the three studio apartment projects in the city that is currently complete and ready for student use. “The location is so close to the campus and the kitchen is wellfurnished, which makes it worth the price,” said Emanuel, a School of Engineering sophomore who leased the apartment for 12 months. According to the online listing for the apartments at 32 Union St., rent for two people is $550 each, totaling to $1,110 and $915 for one person. As a transfer student, Emanuel initially signed up for on-campus housing and was put on the waiting list. He later decided to search for off-campus housing in order to secure a residence near campus. “I thought my chances of getting on-campus housing were slim to none by being put on the wait list, so I chose to try my luck

at off-campus housing as well,” he said. The University provides housing for 14,000 students, which includes 500 students housed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, said Assistant Director for Resident Life Administration Bill O’Brien. Around 10,600 continuing students signed up for on-campus housing through the lottery process, on top of the 5,000 incoming first-year students who are expecting housing as well, O’Brien said. Since these numbers are above the University’s capacity to provide housing, a wait list formed in June consisting of about 400 people. As of last Wednesday, there were still 50 students waiting to hear their fates for housing for this fall semester, O’Brien said.

“We are trying our best to find housing for students before the semester begins,” he said. Many students are opting to live in off-campus housing because of the on-campus shortage, but some still struggle to find quality housing that fits their budgets as well. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Marie Pace initially signed up for on-campus housing, but then cancelled her contract in August. “On-campus housing is very expensive, and as I am paying for my own education, it worked out better to commute,” Pace said. The building contractors asked for use variances and were given permission by the city to build the complexes taller, with different parking standards, and new amenities such as air condi-

tioning and Internet that will all cater more toward the needs of college students, Bray said. “This allows the private sector to build new housing near the campus, which is a way to help students who are looking to live near campus,” Bray said. The old housing on 75-81 Easton Ave. was knocked down about three weeks ago, which allowed for Developer Rodney Moskowitz to build an apartment complex of 14 bedroom units with 14 parking spaces, washer and dryer facilities and available bicycle storage, he said. Although the city has given approval several months ago, Bray highlighted that investors in the project are able to set their own timeline, and the city does not provide a deadline for the project.

Assemblyman helps local students go back to school BY ARIEL NAGI CORRESPONDENT

While parents and children in New Brunswick are busy preparing to head back to school, some parents may have a harder time affording school supplies this year. That is why local Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, D-17, organized a backpack drive to donate over 100 backpacks filled with supplies to schools in New Brunswick and Franklin Township. “The backpack drive brings various businesses, school communities and community organizations together to help children who come from financially disadvantaged families,” Chivukula said. The backpacks will contain

six notebooks each, along with basic school supplies such as pens and pencils, crayons or markers, rulers, glue sticks, pencil cases, scissors and folders, said Legislative Aide Ryan Lemanski, a University alumnus. This is the second annual backpack drive with donations from Office Depot in Franklin Township, Lemanski said. This year, backpacks will be donated to fifth graders at Livingston Elementary School in New Brunswick and third graders in Pine Grove School and Elizabeth Avenue School in Franklin Township, he said. Senior Legislative Aide David Hoover said 75 of the backpacks will go to the fifth graders at Livingston Elementar y School and 105 will go to the third graders at Pine Grove School and Elizabeth Avenue School.

He said the program provides the backpacks to children in the most need, which is determined by children eligible for the federal school lunch program.

“In these tough economic times, I believe that every bit of help adds up.” UPENDRA CHIVUKULA Assemblyman

With so much of a family’s paycheck being devoted to rent and food, they do not have much disposable income for the purchase of school supplies, Hoover said. Last year, 85 backpacks were donated, according to a press

release. This year, the number increased to 150. Chivukula said the backpack drive will help parents and students who struggle each year to buy school supplies. “I saw several students exhibit tremendous excitement in participating in this program,” Chivukula said. “In these tough economic times, I believe that every bit of help adds up.” The goal of the program is to provide students with the fundamentals that are essential to their education, Hoover said. This begins with having the proper school supplies so students can work better. Helping students succeed in their studies will also help create stronger communities and make New Jersey schools more competitive, Hoover said. The schools

are chosen in conjunction with local superintendents. Last year, the superintendents were only able to provide backpacks to schools in Franklin Township, but this year they were able to expand the program into New Brunswick with the help of more donations, he said. They received a tremendous response from local churches, senior citizen organizations, local businesses, hospitals and individuals and Chivukula would eventually like to aid ever y school in his district with the continuous help of the community, Hoover said. “It puts the concept of ‘it takes the village to raise children’ into action because of the collaborative effort involved,” Chivukula said.


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New shop serves up healthy dessert options BY HEATHER BROOKHART METRO EDITOR

A new kind of frozen treat has landed in New Brunswick this week with the opening of Fruity Yogurt at 38 Easton Ave. The self-ser ve frozen yogurt shop with its bright green tiling and orange décor held its grand opening on Wednesday. The store has several varieties of yogurt in flavors like mango, pomegranate, cookies and cream, and green tea; four flavors will change ever y week. There are more than 30 toppings including fresh fruit like mango, pineapple, blueberry, kiwi, granola, brownie dough, cookie dough and more. The frozen yogurt desserts are weighed and cost 43 cents per ounce. Other items also paint the menu, such as b..ubble tea, smoothies and slushies. Smoothies can be self-serve, customers can choose the flavor of yogurt or soft serve ice cream and fresh fruit and other toppings are then blended for them. Their shaved ice slushies are Hawaii shaved ice with fruit toppings and other toppings like red bean and mochi. Though the store has only been open for a few days, some customers have already become regulars. Graduate student Hadi Halim said he’s been to Fruity Yogurt four times since their opening.

“I like the yogurt,” Halim said. “Obviously there’s no other place where you can get yogurt here, right?” He said he liked that they carried pomegranate flavored frozen yogurt, which is something he’s never seen before, and their prices are a little cheaper than other stores. School of Arts and Sciences senior Sasha Chenet said she liked that the shop had a healthy selection. “I like the health options,” Chenet said. “When we ordered tea the first time, they asked us if we wanted it light or with more sugar.” Hadi said he and Chenet have already established themselves as regular customers. “If you compare this with other places, I think this place tastes better. They say they use natural juice, I think that’s why,” Halim said. Owner Jenny Chen said she has many interests, but her passion for frozen yogurt led her to establish the Fr uity Yogurt franchise. She worked as a piano teacher in the early 1990s at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton and later went into the real estate business. Chen founded Dynasty Realtors in Somerset County and was a realty owner for 11 years until her husband’s job transferred him to California. While in California, she became acquaint-

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Employee Luis Madrigal, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, demonstrates Fruity Yogurt’s self-serve machines. The shop’s yogurt contains less than 20 calories per ounce. ed with the frozen yogurt fad on the West Coast. “I loved it so much I went at least three times per day,” Chen said. Determined to create her own yogurt shop, Chen began experimenting with frozen yogurt at home but found it just didn’t turn out the same. She started going to cooking school and worked as a cooking teacher at a community college. “At the school, most of the people were owners or were going to be owners. I thought that might be something I could do,” she said. She spent a year preparing for opening her own business and went to three different cooking schools in Taiwan and Japan.

She also spent time with a master of the shaved ice and ice cream business, Paul Chen, who gave her advice and conducted one-on-one training for a week. “He told me to make it good, you must make it different from other people,” she said. He told her she was making the yogurt almost the same way as ice cream and this wasn’t right, she said. Together they tried out many different recipes until she came up with her own. She said Chen helped train many successful ice cream and shaved ice franchises. “He is the one that made me change my whole direction,” she said.

Chen returned to New Jersey and opened up the first Fr uity Yogur t location at a plaza in Hillsborough. This month she plans to open another store on Nassau Street in Princeton and is looking to expand the franchise to North Jersey and nationwide. Chen said she creates her frozen yogurt by using all natural ingredients and cultured yogurt. Most of the products do not have milk added and are less than 20 calories per ounce. Chen said the self-ser ve aspect of the store also sets Fruity Yogurt apart, as customers can take as little or as much as they want.


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oday the start of a new school year begins. This can be exciting or painstaking for students depending on a few factors. For some students, a new school year means a new start and a chance to have a year full of personal, professional and academic successes. Others may find the start of the school year stressful and a reminder of the many tasks they need to complete to either finish school or get into a major, or they just feel the pressure of getting passing grades in difficult classes. Students at the University may have many concerns about how to face the possible issues a school year can throw at them, but there are ways to deal and things you can do to ensure you make the most out of your year. Keeping up with work in all classes can be a concern for students, especially as the syllabi are handed out during this first week. The many due dates on the syllabi filled with papers, quizzes, midterms and finals can be very overwhelming. The best way to keep on top of things in class is to actually go to every class. This may sound simple but it is the best way to keep up with material and refresh your memory on past notes and subject matter. You should also make sure the professor knows who you are no matter how big the class is. Also, as tempting as it is to sit way in the back of a lecture hall and catch up on sleep or do work for another class, students should try to sit toward the front and pay attention to what the professor is saying. As convenient as laptops can be for taking neater notes and having notes for all classes organized in one place, the instant Internet connection can be a distraction. The temptation of checking Facebook and Twitter and the option of playing games can be distracting for you and the other students sitting around you in class. It can be best just to go back to the old fashioned way of note taking with a paper and pen. And making a friend in class to share notes and review with can be another way to be sure you keep up with the class material. Students should also get involved in extracurricular activities. The student involvement fair was held yesterday, and hopefully students took advantage of it. Joining clubs and taking non-credit classes at the University are good ways for students to open new doors for themselves this year. In getting involved with a club or a recreational class you have opportunities that you wouldn’t get just by going to class and hanging out in your dorm. You have the chance to meet new people and make friends who share similar interests as you. Another advantage is the real world experience that some clubs and groups offer you. You can acquire skills not offered in classes. Many clubs and organizations are student-run, giving you the opportunity to be put in leadership positions. The opportunity to obtain good communication, management and organizational skills is out there. You also get networking skills by planning events and meeting with other people or groups. Getting involved is a good way to ensure you have a busy but fun-filled year and guarantees that you will meet new people. By filling your schedule with classes, studying and getting involved, you will also have to be sure you stay organized and keep to a routine to stay on top of your game this year. By doing that you can also avoid another concern for many students, gaining the “freshmen 15” no matter what year you are going into. Sticking to a schedule can help you keep up with healthy habits, like eating breakfast every morning. Many students have a lot of meal swipes at their disposal, so they should take advantage of them by eating their three meals a day or even trying five smaller meals to keep up their energy so they can do all the things they are taking on. The dining halls also offer many food options, so you can choose to eat healthier if you wish. Students should also utilize the free gym use that they have on every campus with their RUID. Trying to stick to all these pointers will help you in doing the most important task of the school year, avoiding the RU Screw. Many students are hit with the RU Screw throughout the year through no fault of their own, but sometimes if you are lucky you can stop it before it happens to you. Checking your e-mail and paying attention to alerts on your Eden account can keep you posted and aware if there are any changes with parking, your classes or the University in general. Getting an adviser for specific departments and not just a general adviser will also help you more with classes, especially those dealing with your major. Another way to avoid the RU Screw, or if you are struck with one, is to use your voice. Make sure you speak up and let someone know when there is a problem. Call, e-mail or write a letter to a person or department that is giving you issues. Go to forums and question and answer sessions that will allow you to speak up if there are problems. Show initiative and possibly have your problem fixed. These are just a few of the ways students can try to make the new school year a good one. By staying organized, going to class and getting involved, you will make sure you make the most out of what the University has to offer.

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oday marks the matics department to offer beginning of another 63 sections of Algebra or school year on the BRIAN CANARES the English department to Banks. First-year students, have 70 sections of “Basic you will soon learn the deeply-rooted history of Composition.” These classes should be kept at an Rutgers University. For two centuries, it has given absolute minimum. They should be left to students birth to great minds, ranging from Paul Robeson to who have shown greater ability in one subject, but Milton Friedman. In addition, it has paved the way not the other. If one individual can easily compute for countless aspiring cultural artists, such as Mario derivatives but has difficulty writing an essay on Batali and James Gandolfini. However, when you “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” then the circumstances see the number of remedial courses, the wonderful can be understandable. Even if there are a few studesk art in Alexander, or the thermostat in Van dents who are weak in both writing and math, should Dyke 211, you will wonder how this institution ever there be so many under-100 level courses? We are a produced such remarkable individuals. This will not big university, but we are a university nonetheless. truly come into perspective until you have walked As Rutgers cuts backs on acceptances, it also needs on to the EE bus around 4 p.m. The University was to start instilling a higher bar for its applicants. once a beacon for pride, history and excellence. It By placing higher qualifications for individuwas a place that did not need to associate with the als, it will effectively reduce the need for these parIvy League to know its greatness, ticular classes. An increased as it could give our southbound standard does not necessarily “The academic rivals a beat-down in both the mean SAT scores and grade field and the classroom. Today, it point average. The application powerhouse that once willingly accepts the status quo itself needs to be more demandstood on the Raritan and increasingly becomes coning for its prospective students. tent with the prospects of mediWhen I applied to Rutgers, the River crumbles before ocrity. The academic powerhouse process consisted of checking off that once stood on the Raritan my race and writing a short blurb our very eyes.” River crumbles before our very on my optional statement. What eyes. Nevertheless, with changes kind of message are you sending in attitude and priority, we can once again restore its as a “public ivy” if you ask for nothing more? By academic integrity. expecting more from high school graduates, it will While it may be easier to blame the adminisinherently garner more respect. Combined with tration, it’s important to understand the University’s the economic incentives, more of the “best and the circumstances. It is undeniable that the University brightest” will show a willingness to attend has fallen on financial hardships, especially in the Rutgers. Furthermore, as the focus shifts from last few years. Budget cuts seemed to have plagued these remedial courses, the University can begin to professors, students and Scott Hall’s bathrooms. look at hiring and keeping full-time professors. The Trenton seems to be more interested in funding the finances used to fund the enormous amount of University’s athletic endeavors, as opposed to its teacher assistant-taught classrooms can be transacademic ones. Politics dictate the college’s every ferred. Algebra and “Basic Composition” can be left move; therefore, the Rutgers community suffers, as to the community colleges, where students can its interests are not truly realized. Everyone can take them before applying to a university. This understand the difficult position of the college. keeps the school from over-stretching its resources However, my criticism lies in the way the University and limiting its focus. compensates for its misfortunes. Through its strugThis is not a remedy to Rutgers’ budget probgle to battle with financial shortcomings, it sacrilems. However, it is a way for the University to deal fices its level of academic standards. with the financial crisis without sacrificing its acaFirst, the University needs to stop accepting so demic integrity. While it does provide a solution to a many unprepared students. Currently, our willingfew of the school’s problems, only financial shrewdness to overcome the budget shortfall and the econess can save it. Cuts need to be made, but not at nomic disposition of students has created a serious the expense of education. So first-year students, predicament. Not only does it suffer from housing while I will be glad to see you in “Nature of Politics shortages, but it has lowered its academics by its 101,” there needs to be less of you. very nature. This decline can be seen by the types of courses offered at the University. While I fully underBrian is a Rutgers College senior majoring in hisstand that many students have their own strengths tory and political science. He welcomes feedback at and weaknesses, there is no reason for the mathebcanares@eden.rutgers.edu.

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n behalf of The Daily Targum, welcome back! This is an exciting time for all of us, and that showed yesterday at the Involvement Fair. The level of enthusiasm at the fair from organization leaders and interested students was outstanding. Student groups have been working hard throughout the summer to plan events and create opportunities for students to get involved and develop skills outside of the classroom. It is through these experiences that students will develop the skills needed to compete in today’s job market. No matter what your interests are, I encourage you to get involved and explore the many opportunities that Rutgers has to offer. The Targum is committed to providing students with as much information about these opportunities as possible and will publish an issue dedicated to student involvement on Sept. 14. We are inviting all student organizations to send us one paragraph about their organization and how to get involved. In addition to those published in the print edition all submissions will be posted on dailytargum.com. Organizations are always looking for new members and for students to step up into leadership positions. When I transferred to

Rutgers in January 2008, I walked into the editorial office, located just off of College Avenue at 26 Mine St. in New Brunswick, and left with my first story assignment. Over the next few weeks, editors worked with me to improve my writing and I quickly advanced. About a year after transferring I was elected to the top position on the editorial staff. Getting involved with the Targum is simple and a lot of fun. Any student can write for us at any time during the semester. Just drop by the office between 6 and 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday to start getting involved. In November, the Targum will begin training staff members for editor positions, and staff members will elect a new editorial board in February. The skills that Targum teaches are highly marketable and extremely beneficial when interviewing for any job. Students can learn how to write news, sports, entertainment and opinions articles, take professional quality photographs, design graphics, copy edit, edit videos or manage a Web site. This semester the Targum launched a completely redesigned Web site, which has many new features to help serve the Rutgers community. Student organizations will be able to post events directly to a calendar on dailytargum.com and some of these events will be posted in the print edition of the Targum each week. We’re also strengthening our commitment to improving

multimedia aspects of the Web site, adding blogs, live streaming events, games and database information. In addition, readers will now be able to purchase reprints of photos and pages from our Web site at photos.dailytargum.com. Non-NCAA sports photos can also be reprinted on T-shirts, mugs, playing cards and mouse pads. The Targum is among the most prestigious newspapers in the country and is looking to continue its success this year. Last semester the Targum won numerous local and national awards for excellence in student journalism. These awards included placing first in the Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention Best of Show award category for fouryear daily newspapers. The newspaper won this award for its coverage of the 2008 presidential election in which staff writers and photographers covered the election onsite in Chicago, Ill. and Phoenix, Ariz. In order for us to continue to improve we need your help. Please send us your story ideas and suggestions. We’ve added comment forms to dailytargum.com to make it easier for you to reach us. But you can always email me at eic@dailytargum.com. John S. Clyde is the Editor-inChief of The Daily Targum and a School of Arts and Sciences senior.

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would like to direct this to University President Richard L. McCormick since I know it is his mission to enhance the student experience at Rutgers University. Each semester, a large number of students seem to have problems with the Of fice of Financial Aid and the Student Accounting Office. When the Financial Aid Of fice sends award letters to students, student accounting takes far longer to see this and apply those awards to term bills. I’ve dealt with this problem for three semesters and I am still wondering how our University manages to function with this ser vice. It takes a fair amount of effort to get the two offices to meet in the middle and realize exactly how much a student needs to pay on a timely matter. As someone who lives far from the New Brunswick campus, it is ver y difficult to do this in person. After speaking to a number of different accounting officials, it seems they expect a physical visit to a campus. Also, it seems our phone network cannot handle the influx of calls from other students with problems as well. At this point I am at a loss, which is why I contacted you

personally about this matter. When a student cannot confirm attendance online, cannot speak to an of ficial by phone and would be highly inconvenienced by making a visit to a campus, especially with the systems put in place so students don’t have to, I feel the system needs to be reevaluated. The only way to realistically improve student accounting and financial aid, thus improving the overall student experience, is to either merge the two offices together, have a computer system created that both offices can use and instantly have information available or at least have a phone system in place so students can easily get in touch with an official. I and a number of students simply don’t understand how this system, although both offices have the same goals, can be so decentralized and slow with the advent of technology; it takes days if not weeks for information to be transferred between the offices, even though they are less than 100 feet away from each other. Can we please see an effort to streamline and change these systems for the sake of the students? Thank you. Jalil Farid is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in pre-business.


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Today’s Birthday (09/01/09) This year, sorting out the facts is even more important than getting the job done. A big project takes longer than a year; it could take your whole career. They need you to stay on track. If they do finish this year, it’ll be because of you. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 6 — A brainstorming session turns up great but insubstantial ideas. Don’t throw them out. At least one will work. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — A person set in his ways has an unusual request. No point arguing. It’s easier to just provide what’s desired. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — Rules and regulations complicate the project. You and your friends don’t give up, and you do win the prize. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 7 — You’re anxious to get started, but you aren‘t quite sure where to go. Don’t react emotionally; think it over. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Listen to a technical type. Don’t waste your time on something you know you’re not going to do. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — If you can keep them on schedule, they’ll be much more efficient. Show them how that happens and gain their support.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — You’re fascinated by a person you can’t really understand. Are you sure you want to go that way? Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — You have a knack for initially finding the hard way to do things. But you do learn the lesson, thankfully. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Money’s burning a hole in your pocket. You can afford a couple of treats, but don’t pig out. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — New technology is great, except for the learning cur ve. That’s where you make mistakes, but you’ll figure it out. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — When you’re doing research, you don’t need anyone to show you how. You’ll set up the protocol for them to follow. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Ask your friends to help you figure out what needs to be done. They’re in a better position to see than you are.

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Rutgers basketball opponents announced BY KYLE FRANKO AND SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITORS

The Rutgers men’s basketball team announced that its Big East schedule for the 2009-10 season. There have been no dates set for the games, but the Scarlet Knights will face DePaul, Georgetown and in-state rival Seton Hall home and away. Rutgers will also face Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. They will travel to Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, South Florida and West Virginia. The non-conference schedule is yet to be finalized, but the Knights will compete in the Legends Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. They will face UMass on Nov. 27 and then either Michigan State or Florida the next night. Rutgers finished last season 11-21 overall, 2-16 in the Big East and were eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament by Notre Dame. The Rutgers women’s basketball team has yet another brutal non-conference schedule for the 2009-10 season and will, yet again, take place in both the Jimmy V Classic and Maggie Dixon Classic. The Knights host Florida in the Jimmy V Classic at the RAC just six days before heading to Madison Square Garden for the Maggie Dixon Classic against Tennessee. Other key games for the then newly inducted Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer include the season opener against Stanford, a game at Georgia, the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands and hosted games against Southern California, Mississippi State and Texas.

NOVEMBER: 15 Stanford 17 Kean 19 Boston College 22 at Georgia 26-28 at Paradise Jam, Virgin Islands 26 vs. Southern California 27 vs. Mississippi State 28 vs. Texas

DECEMBER: 3 Temple 5 at Princeton 7 Florida (Jimmy V Classic) 10 Prairie View A&M 13 vs. Tennessee (Maggie Dixon) 20 Central Connecticut State 30 at George Washington

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Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer (right) will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame alongside Michael Jordan, John Stockton, David Robinson and Jerry Sloane. Stringer has over 800 career wins.

Knights announce captains BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Three seniors for the Rutgers football team will take the field with a litFOOTBALL tle extra in their step because center Ryan Blaszczyk, linebacker Ryan D’Imperio and cornerback Devin McCourty have been named team captains for the 2009 season. The Scarlet Knights voted their three teammates as team captains before the team’s second scrimmage. “It’s an honor, it really is,” Blaszczyk said. “It’s voted on by the team and it’s just a dream come true.” Blaszczyk, going into his third year as a starter, is the lone offensive captain for the Scarlet Knights this season. “You have to give your best effort and enthusiasm every day at practice,” Blaszczyk said. “You have to lead by example and sometimes you have to be vocal.” D’Imperio, on the Bednarik Award Watch List, was second on the team last season in tackles and sacks with 93 and 5.5, respectively. “It feels good. I put a lot of work into it and have been working as hard as I can as a leader. Being voted by the other players is the best part about this,” D’Imperio said. “I just have to go out there and lead and teach what I’ve been taught the last four years and everything I’ve learned on my own and help the younger kids.” McCourty, whose brother Jason was one of four defensive captains last season, had 57 tackles and an interception last season in his second year as a starter. “Devin’s a great leader,” Blaszczyk said. “He’s been here just as long as I have as a five-year guy. It’s just so special to be captain.” — This story originally appeared on TargumBlog at www.dailytargum.com

2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The upcoming ceremony is not the first time the coach has received high honors — in 2001, Stringer was honored as a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Still, after the announcement was made in April, the upcoming ceremony has been ever present in Stringer’s mind. “There hasn’t been a day I haven’t thought about it. I just don’t have the words to express, I’m just paralyzed,” she said. “I mean, what would you say?” A small town girl from the Keystone State, Stringer said that, growing up, she could have never envisioned being bestowed such an enormous honor. “Who would have thought that a girl who grew up in a coal mining town in Pennsylvania would ever be on this stage?” she said. “How unlikely is that?”


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Goal surrendered late leads to draw with Stony Brook BY CHRIS MELCHIORRE CORRESPONDENT

For a moment, try ignoring a few of the final stats in the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s match against Stony Brook. Tr y WOMEN’S SOCCER p a y i n g STONY BROOK 1 a t t e n tion to RUTGERS 1 the 28 shots the Scarlet Knights took compared to the two taken by Stony Brook. Focus on the fact that, including this game, RU still hasn’t allowed a single corner kick to any opponent through three matches. In fact, look just about anywhere on the stat sheet and you’ll probably keep coming to the same conclusion: This game was a blowout. But — oh yeah — the first shot that Stony Brook took — in the 87th minute — went in; thirteen of Rutgers’ 14 shots on goal were saved by Stony Brook goalie Marisa Viola. When the final second ticked off the clock in the match’s second overtime, the score was tied 1-1 — a cold reality that negated all of those other stats into meaningless numbers as the No. 22 Knights tied unranked Stony Brook 1-1. “We certainly dominated at times, but I give [Stony Brook] a lot of credit,” said Rutgers head coach Glenn Crooks. “They came here to win. For them the tie was fantastic; they celebrated that, for us, we have a lot of work to do as a team.” The tie marks the first time since 2005 that the knights failed

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Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins got a rare start in place of All-American Erin Guthrie, but gave up an 87th minute goal that allowed Stony Brook to earn a 1-1 draw. to win its first three matches of the season. The Knights are now 2-0-1 after winning their first two games against UMBC and Fordham by a combined score of 7-0. After the

dominant performances turned in by the Knights in those games, the tie is a step backwards in what Crooks saw as an otherwise productive opening week.

“We took a step forward in terms of how we control the game the way we like,” Crooks said after Friday’s 4-0 win over UMBC. “We kept the ball much better than

[against Fordham], and there were fewer unforced errors.” The first two games saw a host of freshmen and formerly injured players begin to mesh nicely with the core group largely responsible for last year’s run to the Sweet 16. Senior for ward Caycie Gusman and redshirt freshman midfielder Stefanee Pace, both of whom are returning this season from ACL injuries, lead the team with two goals each. Another player responsible for that early success, goalkeeper Erin Guthrie, did not play against Stony Brook. The decision to sit the preseason All-American was one that Crooks said was meant to reward backup redshirt freshman goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins’ strong play in training this summer and to keep her game ready, not because of any injur y to Guthrie. Simpkins’ miscue in the 87th minute was far from being the lone reason for Sunday’s result. Crooks recognizes that par t of the trouble against Stony Brook is the bulls-eye that the team’s national ranking brings with it. There’s no denying that the ranking makes the Knights a par ticularly marked team in the eyes of schools like Stony Brook. But Crooks sees the root of his team’s problems on Sunday as lying a little bit closer to home. “I think it’s about us,” he said after the tie. “It’s about the commitment to improving everyday and improving ever y game. I think we had done that up to this point but [Sunday] we took a step backwards.”


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Targum football beat writer Sam Hellman chats with the No. 1 wideout about taking on his new role, mentoring the younger players on the roster and helping Jabu Lovelace transition from quarterback to wide receiver ...

Sam Hellman: How’s your summer going? Tim Brown: Oh man, it’s going great. It feels good to be going out here working every day. Time is clicking and we just have to keep working hard. SAM HELLMAN/ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

SH: Have things changed for you since Tiquan [Underwood] and Kenny [Britt] left? TB: Yeah, but I just keep on coming out and showing the guys that I can be a leader. SH: Have you had to make any on the field adjustments? TB: Not really. My job is to catch the football and that’s what I’ve always done. SH: Has the transition from a big play guy to an every down receiver been a tough one? TB: Not at all. I’ve been playing football all my life. I’m just happy that I’m out there playing and showing the coaches that I can be a No. 1 guy. SH: What are your thoughts on some of the younger guys like Sanu and Cooper? TB: All of those receivers are coming along well. They’re not making it easy on the defense. Those guys want to play and they’re working hard to get their spot on the field. SH: Have you seen Kenny or Ti on TV? TB: Oh man, yeah. Those are my boys. It’s good to see those guys competing on the next level. I’m so happy for them. SH: Did you see Kenny’s touchdown? TB: Yeah I saw it. That’s Kenny Britt. He’s a wild guy. I’m just happy for him. SH: Have you given Jabu any pointers in the last few days at receiver? TB: Oh yeah man. Jabu is a funny guy, but he is also one of the hardest workers on this team. Coming off the injury you never thought he would be able to play like he’s playing now. Jabu has been here for a long time and he’s going to be alright. SH: Do you think he can be a threat at receiver if things don’t pan out? TB: We have to teach him a little bit, you know. It’s going to be a long way before he can try to come over and be a receiver, but he can help us out. SH: He’s going to have to get used to not wearing that green jersey. TB: Oh yeah. We’re going to have to get him some gloves out here too. He’s just Jabu, and Jabu is Jabu. He can play anywhere on the field. He’s smart and he’s aggressive and a great guy.

After a year on the sidelines with a broken leg, senior Jabu Lovelace is working his way back into a quarterback role and transitioning into a wide receiver at the same time.


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RU hopes undefeated preseason translates to opener with the U-17 national team and as a freshman as South Carolina so he has experience.” But continuing their run of good preseason form won’t be easy for the Knights with the difficult road opener waiting. Towson beat RU last season at Yurcak Field 2-1. Yet Reasso still feels confident ahead of the opener. “If you saw the game last year, I felt like we were the better team even though we lost the game, and hopefully this team won’t do that,” said the head coach, who enters his 29th season at Rutgers. “It will be difficult with the first game on the road, but fortunately for us we’ve been on the road twice already so it won’t be our first time. It’s a tough game, but I think our guys are capable of going in and winning it.”

BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

With three preseason games under its belt, the Rutgers men’s soccer MEN’S SOCCER t e a m will now RUTGERS AT turn its TOWSON, attenTODAY, 4 P.M. tion to Towson as they travel to Maryland in the season opener for both teams. The Scarlet Knights enter today’s game on the heels of a strong preseason that saw them win twice and draw once. “I’m pleased [with the preseason],” head coach Bob Reasso said. “The guys have been training really hard and when we put different guys in our level doesn’t drop much; we stay pretty consistent.” Rutgers opened the preseason with a 3-0 road win against Delaware. Sophomore forward Ibrahim Kamara scored twice after sophomore defender Andrew Cuevas opened the scoring. Kamara is a key player for the Knights after the departure of Dilly Duka and his team-leading eight goals. “He has to score goals,” Reasso said of the North Brunswick native. “I think he’s capable of scoring goals. He’s been ver y dangerous and I thought he should have had a goal [against Fairleigh Dickinson], but he’s coming along. The biggest thing from

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Sophomore midfielder David MacVane scored the lone goal for the Scarlet Knights in their 1-0 preseason victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. RU opens the season today against Towson. this year compared to last is that he’s fit.” They followed the strong showing at Delaware with a 0-0 draw at Lehigh before wrapping up the preseason with a 1-0 home win against Fairleigh Dickinson

on a David MacVane strike. The sophomore’s goal came just 14 minutes into the match. MacVane, a University of South Carolina transfer, will be asked to be an influential figure in the Knights’ midfield.

“I think he’s a wonderful player,” Reasso said. “We’ve only seen one home game, and I don’t think that’s even a whisper of what he’s capable of doing. When he was fresh early in camp he was tremendous. He was a starter

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Rutgers has inauspicious start to 2009 campaign Scarlet Knights fall to West Chester for first time since 1994, drop first two contests of regular season BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

With an 11-0 record against West Chester since 1994 and a two goal FIELD HOCKEY l e a d WEST CHESTER 5 over the Golden RUTGERS 4 Rams entering the second half, it appeared the Rutgers field hockey team was in good shape to pick up its first win of the season. But a late two-goal outburst by West Chester tied the game at four apiece with three minutes remaining and a breakaway chance in the second over time period was all the Golden Rams needed to slip the dagger in and take a 5-4 victor y. As the opposition rushed the field in celebration, the Scarlet Knights were left wondering what went wrong. It wasn’t the number of shots — the Knights held a 23-21 advantage in the categor y — nor was it the number of scoring chances. Rutgers was able to get 14 of their shots on goal and was awarded seven penalty corner opportunities. For Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou, the problem lay in some of the smaller details. “I don’t think we controlled the play as much as we should

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Junior midfielder Jenna Bull scored for the Scarlet Knights in their 5-4 double overtime loss to West Chester. It was RU’s first loss to the Golden Rams since 1994, and the defeat dropped them to 0-2 on the young season. have, so we gave them opportunities that kept them in the game,” Tchou said. “The plays

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Freshman Shanice Beasley won the preseason battle for the starting goalkeeper spot and has played well despite two defeats.

that [should have] occurred were little hustle plays, like getting back for defense and little things that need to occur that were not occurring.” The Knights star ted the game of f strong after junior midfielder Jenna Bull moved the ball down the field and rifled a shot past the West Chester goalkeeper. As one of the captains of a young RU squad, Bull emphasized the team’s need to bounce back. “I think it’s the same thing that our coaches said that we all discussed at the end of the game. It’s important that we definitely learn from this game and Friday’s game and move on,” she said. “I mean, it’s no doubt that we have a lot of heart.” When the Golden Rams got on the board late in the first half, Rutgers responded immediately after senior for ward Brittany Bybel buried a shot with less than a minute remaining. Senior forward Jessika Hoh helped add to the lead in the second half with her second goal of the season, but it proved to be

the last score of the afternoon for the Knights. The team unleashed an offensive barrage of eight shots in the first overtime’s period but was unable to find the back of the goal. By the time RU hit the second overtime period, there just wasn’t enough gas left in the tank. “[Small mistakes] turn into going into overtime and us being a little bit fatigued from a whole game of playing a little bit too much end-to-end,” Tchou said. “We had a lot of opportunities, but we kept having to switch people in and out of the game to get in fresh legs.” With the West Chester game coming on the heels of a hardfought 3-2 loss at the hands of Drexel, Tchou said the most important thing for the team is to move forward. “We have to look at it and just accept where we are right now. We have to look at the game and how we react to certain situations during the game and learn from it and just experience it,” she said. “We have to keep getting ever yone experience out

there so they know to make the right choices when it matters, like overtime.” The two losses did not come without some bright spots, especially in goal. Both of Rutgers goalkeepers’ this year are freshmen, and so far it has been Shanice Beasley who has got the nod as the starter. Beasley shone in her first game, stringing together eight saves in her first contest against the Dragons and put up nine more in the West Chester match. “I am not going to lie, I was nervous and it was hard,” Beasley said after the first loss. “Even with a solid effort, getting three goals scored against me is disappointing, but it gives me a solid base going into [West Chester] that I can do this and put together a good game again.” With the first two games under its belt, the team is hitting the road for its next five games in the pursuit of its first victory. “We’re playing with heart,” Tchou said. “But we’re not always playing with the purpose we need to.”


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Lucas replaces Pernetti in booth BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Athletic Director Tim Pernetti may have bitten off more than he can chew when he hired his former quarterback to replace him as the color announcer for the Rutgers Football Radio Network on game days. Ray Lucas, a quarterback on the Rutgers football team from 1992-95, joked that, along with his analysis of current Scarlet Knights football, he may let a secret or two out into the open about Pernetti, his ex-starting tight end. “If the money’s right, I will let it go,” Lucas joked. Pernetti announced Aug. 7 that Lucas will join play-by-play man Chris Carlin and sideline reporter Anthony Fucilli on 1450 AM, WCTC. “Honestly, it’s like coming home,” Lucas said. “My birthday was yesterday so it’s almost like a late birthday present … I’m looking forward to it a lot, you know, just getting back into the swing of things at my alma mater. It’s going to be good. It’s good for me. It’s good for RU. I can’t wait.” After retiring from football, Lucas spent time with SportsNet New York as an in-studio analyst for various New York Jets programs and as an analyst for the station’s Big East Football PreGame Show last season. In a statement, Pernetti said that Lucas’s past work with SNY was critical in his hiring. “We are thrilled to bring Ray back to Rutgers as a part of our

radio broadcast team,” Pernetti said. “He has a terrific understanding of the game and a great foundation in television with his work on SNY. We are excited to have a professional with his talents joining our radio crew.” Lucas added that he is not concerned about his transition from a studio to the broadcast booth because of the people surrounding him. “I don’t understand why [Chris Carlin] is not on CBS or something like that, so I’m lucky

“This is 2009 and Rutgers is going in the right direction, and to be a part of that is a blessing.” RAY LUCAS Former Rutgers quarterback

to have him too,” Lucas said. “He makes the job much easier for me. When you‘ve got a guy with his credentials and his enthusiasm, it’s really easy.” Lucas described himself as someone that is going to give honest analysis. “I call it the way I see it, and I think that’s what everybody at Rutgers wants and everybody, everywhere wants – somebody to tell the truth and not sugarcoat anything,” he said. During his career with the Scarlet Knights, Lucas threw for 5,896 yards – ranking fifth in

RU histor y – and made 43 touchdowns, trailing only Mike Teel and Ryan Har t in the record books. “You never really think about calling games when you’re playing it,” he said. “You’re not looking at it from the media side of things.” During his NFL tenure, Lucas played for the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. He started three times for the Jets in 1990 while starter Vinny Testaverde was injured. He threw for just over 3,000 career yards, and logged 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. But, for Lucas, perhaps the most exciting part of taking over the position now is the direction the program is heading. “When you get somebody fresh like Tim [Pernetti], who’s young and energetic, it’s a new way to think and it’s something new to Rutgers. I think that’s fantastic,” Lucas said. “Greg Schiano is the best thing Rutgers has ever seen since they went 110 back in the day. This is 2009 and Rutgers is going in the right direction, and to be a part of that is a blessing. “It ‘s just going to be really fun for me. I don’t look at it as a job, you know, I want to see every Rutgers game anyway. Usually, wherever I was, Rutgers was on, no matter what. Now I get to go and watch every game.” — This story originally appeared on TargumBlog at www.dailytargum.com.

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Redshirt freshman Tim Wright has emerged from an inexperience reciever class to earn a place on the two-deep.

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Coming into this season, the wide receiver position beyond senior Tim Brown is uncertain. T h e FOOTBALL e m e r gence of redshirt freshman Tim Wright, among others, has solidified the position. Despite Wright’s impressive performance in camp, head coach Greg Schiano is not yet ready to name him a starter. “I don’t think Timmy [Wright] is better or worse,” Schiano said. “They’re all kind of in a pot and we mix them up ... I think they’re a young group that every day is making a little bit of progress.” Although true freshman Mohamed Sanu has been named the starter, Wright cracked the two-deep alongside junior Mason Robinson. “When I go out there, I know it’s good to focus on getting into the starting lineup, but I just go out there and do what I’m coached to do,” Wright said. “If you execute and do what you’re coached to do, at the end of the day you wish you can get the starting spot.” Wright is more focused on continuing to make the transition to college athletics rather than on being a starter. “I have always been a hard worker, but it’s just a little more than high school,” he said. “But if you have the mental strength to tough it out and don’t let anybody outwork you, you can get through

it. It’s a lot more physical. In high school, you have blown coverage, but here everyone is on top of what they are supposed to do. You have to make the play at the right time.” His hard work and focus have continued to pay off in both blocking and red zone situation. “I take a lot of pride in blocking,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what size you are; if you are focused on being in the right place at the right time and have good position you can make that block to bust the running back through. In the red zone, you have to be focused on executing your job and having six points in your vision all the times.” Wright acknowledged Brown for providing assistance to make the transition to college football easier. “He’s been a good leader,” Wright said. “In the summer, we’ve been doing a lot of drills on Saturdays and on our spare time without the coaches. He’s showing the leadership characteristics that we can all trust.” Even with an inexperienced quarterback at the helm, whether it’s freshman Tom Savage or senior Dom Natale, Wright is confident that chemistry will not be an issue. “It took a few weeks to get down timing, but right now it’s all good with both of them,” he said. — This story originally appeared on TargumBlog at www.dailytargum.com.


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Former women’s basketball forward Heather Zurich has signed a professional contract with AutocadAmazone of the Netherlands for the upcoming season. “It means so much to me to have the chance to continue my basketball career,” Zurich said in a statement. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. I am excited by both the opportunity

to play and also the anticipation of living overseas.” Zurich averaged 5.5 points per game as a senior and was a consistent starter under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. She played in 122 career games.

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in the FIBA U-19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand and led the team in scoring. Rosario showcased his offensive skills with a 54-point performance in a 90-89 win over France. Rosario’s play over the summer earned him a call up to Puerto Rico’s Senior National Team. Sophomore forward Gregory Echenique competed for Venezuela in FIBA Americas Championships while junior guard Mike Coburn helped lead Jamaica to the gold medal in the Caribbean Championships.

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Junior captain Caitlin Saxton was named to the AllTournament team for her team-best 36 kills and 28 digs.

KNIGHTS DROP THREE IN WYOMING TOURNAMENT The Rutgers women’s volleyball team began its season last week out west in the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic. The Scarlet Knights looked to improve on a two-win VOLLEYBALL campaign a year ago, but lost all three games in the tournament. The Knights opened up the tournament with a double-header against Wyoming and Idaho State and dropped both matches with a score of 3-0. RU managed to win a pair of sets in its finale against South Dakota State, but the Knights dropped the fifth and deciding set 15-12. The tournament marked the inaugural meeting between RU and its three opponents. At the tournament’s conclusion, the Knights’ junior captain Caitlin Saxton was named to the 2009 UniWyo Cowgirl Classic AllTournament Team for her team-best 36 kills and 28 digs. RU retakes the court this weekend for the Delaware Invitational, meeting up with Army, Princeton and host Delaware. — Bill Domke

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country and track and field athlete Simon Gordonov was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He is the first Rutgers student to ever receive the honor. Gordonov, a senior, was named for his stellar combination of prowess on the track and diligence with academics. The senior holds a 4.0 GPA as a biomedical engineering major. In addition to the academics, Gordonov is recognized as a consistent performer of both the cross-country and track and field teams and was awarded the Glen Kuryla Award in his freshman year as the team’s most outstanding freshman. The scholarship is presented to college students entering their junior or senior years and covers expenses for tuition, books, room and board and other fees up to $7,500 a year. In selecting the recipients, students are scrutinized based on academic performance and are expected to pursue advanced degrees. Gordonov plans on taking a year off from academics upon graduation in order to pursue a fulltime research experience in the country or overseas before continuing his studies. The senior will apply to many MD and PhD

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cross country team was named to the All-Academic Team for its outstanding academic achievements by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This marks the second year in a row the Knights have achieved the honor.

Cumulatively, the Knights averaged a 3.03 GPA for the 2008-09 academic year, while finishing their season with a third place finish in IC4A Championship play and fifth place in the Big East Championships.

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Chandler’s dismissal a sign of bigger problems I Fully t may only be summer, but the winter circus that is Rutgers men’s basketball is already back in town. The latest news out of the Louis Brown Athletic Center: Junior guard Corey Chandler has been dismissed from the team for a violation of athletic department policy. It really comes as no surprise. Just look at Chandler’s history and it was almost inevitable. Chandler, while a talented player, has struggled with disciplinary problems throughout his college career. He was suspended at the beginning of last season for a preseason game because of a violation of team rules and became a major distraction when he nearly left the program at the tail end of the season. After playing just five minutes in an embarrassing 30-point loss to Syracuse, Chandler set off a myriad of rumors by posting on his Facebook page that he wanted to leave the school. In the end, he remained at Rutgers, but played just 29 minutes the rest of the year. Chandler is the third player to leave the program in the last nine months, with both freshman forward Christian Morris and sophomore for ward Earl Pettis transferring. This is a problem that points to a team in turmoil. Chandler’s relationship with head coach Fred Hill Jr. was always rocky from the time he stepped on campus, but the fact that they could never get on the

Franko KYLE FRANKO same page outlines a bigger problem with the program. Let’s be honest: Chandler isn’t the first player that Hill has struggled to deal with. JR Inman, who graduated last year, regressed in each year he spent under Hill. Maybe Inman felt betrayed by the way the University let Hill’s predecessor Gary Waters go, but some of the blame has to fall on Inman’s shoulders because he just never took to Hill and never fully applied himself. But how can a player who was a viable scoring option as a freshman on a team that went to the National Invitational Tournament not figure into your future plans? By the time he was a senior Inman was rendered obsolete. Chandler was headed down the same path. He showed promise as a freshman out of East Side High School in Newark, in particular, against North Carolina at the RAC, where he was the only player that didn’t look scared. But save for that game, he really wasn’t productive. Maybe Hill never utilized him properly after Mike Rosario came in as a McDonald’s All-American and Chandler was relegated to the bench. Maybe he did it to himself with the disciplinar y

issues. It was probably a combination of both and as it ends up Chandler is nothing more than a kid with a ton of talent that just couldn’t put it all together. Now the Scarlet Knights have an even bigger problem because Chandler, despite his issues with Hill, had an excellent chance of starting this season at point guard. He traveled with the team on its trip to Spain and played with the East Coast All-Stars on its tour of Europe. RU has brought in James Beatty, a point guard from Miami Dade Junior College, but he has never played Division I ball and doesn’t know the system. That’s not to say Beatty won’t learn the system, but does he really make this team better than they were with Anthony Farmer running the show? Mike Coburn is also an option, but Hill has said before he sees him more as a two guard, and Rosario is not a point guard, leaving the job squarely on Beatty’s shoulders. But the bottom line is that Chandler’s dismissal puts this team in a tough spot. They’ve won just 32 games under Hill — that’s just over 10 wins per season. And that puts Hill in a precarious position because his job without a doubt is on the line this year. Athletic Director Tim Pernetti knows that his first big move in charge may come when he has to make a decision regarding Hill’s future. He could fire him now, but won’t. Not because he doesn’t

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Corey Chandler’s dismissal from the program this summer is just one sign that the Rutgers men’s basketball team is in turmoil. have the guts; it’s just too close to the season to bring in a new coach and brand new staff. It is Hill’s first season with all of “his players,” or guys he recruited, and despite his shortcomings as a head coach, he will see the year out. But if there isn’t any improvement, the next time the circus

comes to town, the clowns are leaving with Fred Hill and his band of entertainers. — Kyle Franko accepts comments and criticism at kjfranko@eden.rutgers.edu. This column originally appeared on TargumBlog at www.dailytargum.com.


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hen the word first broke on Epiphanny Prince’s decision to skip her senior season with the Rutgers women’s basketball team to play professionally, shock did not begin to emphasize my feelings as someone who’s actively covered her since the start of her sophomore year. But then the facts began to sink in and the decision simply made sense. She definitely has the talent, scoring 19.5 points per game in the best conference in women’s basketball; she’s only a handful of credits away — 10 to be precise — from a degree after factoring in summer and winter courses and she’s already a lock for a top pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Between the loss of center Kia Vaughn and for wards Heather Zurich and Brooklyn Pope, it seemed unlikely that Prince would be able to grab championship gold in her senior year, and the chance to play for money was too enticing to ignore. Prince, one of the first women’s basketball players to leave school early to play professionally, simply said that she knows the decision is the right one. “I’m not really concerned with being the first person to do this,” she told the New York Times. “This is the right decision for me and my family.”

LEAVE: Prince opts to play in Europe over Piscataway continued from back Chandler becomes the third player to leave the program in the last nine months. Freshman for ward Christian Morris transferred in December and sophomore for ward Earl Pettis followed suit in May. Without Chandler the Scarlet Knights are stretched thin in the backcourt. Chandler was expected to compete for the starting spot at point guard, but that job will probably fall to junior college transfer James Beatty. Mike Coburn will also get a look at that spot. On Sunday Chandler announced that he will continue his college career at Binghamton, a school that has a reputation for taking troubled players. He will have to sit out the upcoming season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining. Binghamton qualified for the NCAA tournament last season by winning the America East Conference, but was eliminated by Duke in the first round. They also beat Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in nonconference play.

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Ephinanny Prince chose to forgo her senior season at Rutgers to pursue a professional career abroad. Prince is not eligible for the WNBA draft until 2010. Prince will find success overseas and even more when she returns to play in the WNBA. It is a smart move for her and her family. The only people that it hurts are, obviously, the 2009-10 Scarlet Knights, who now have yet another question to answer in how they will replace their best player. The bottom line is that no one person can replace a natural superstar like Epiphanny Prince, but jun-

ior Khadijah Rushdan is going to have to try. Rushdan is the only player left on the roster with the ability to take over a game on all levels and she will only get better with a full college season under her belt, but replacing Prince is almost unfair to ask of her. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer’s hopes of a championship in her 39th season are now shattered, as the team has to rely on so much unproven talent.

Sophomore guard Nikki Speed almost has to start alongside Rushdan and senior Brittany Ray in the backcourt unless Stringer wants to play a freshman right off the bat, and more pressure will be placed on sophomore April Sykes and seniors Rashidat Junaid and Myia McCurdy to put up stronger offensive numbers. But here’s the biggest problem with that notion: With the exception of Rushdan and Ray,

none of these players have any sort of experience. Sure, Sykes, Speed, McCurdy and Rushdan played minutes last year and in some cases, the year before, but so few of those minutes were in critical situations. And in replacing the leading scorer on a team that didn’t score too much to begin with one season ago — and the already-departed Vaughn — just where exactly is the offense to come from? Furthermore, unless Stringer makes any late additions to the squad, the Knights enter the 2009-10 season with just 10 active players after being heavily crippled in the postseason two years ago Prince’s decision to leave the program marks the third player to leave the Knights early in the last season after freshmen Jasmine Dixon and Pope both transferred, but this one simply cannot be blamed on the coach set for Hall of Fame induction in September. It would have taken a lot of magic to deter Prince from such a logical path. Panic mode? No, not yet. But a team expected to compete that has trouble scoring points and has to master the vaunted 55-press to be successful has a ton of work to do to become a serious contender in an alwaysimproving Big East. The loss of Prince drops the Knights from a top-10 team potentially out of the top 25. But if anyone can find a way to respond to such a crippling loss, it’s C. Vivian Stringer, so the season isn’t lost yet. — Sam Hellman accepts comments and criticism at sthellman@gmail.com. This column originally appeared on TargumBlog at www.dailytargum.com

Junior guard Epiphanny Prince left the women’s basketball team to pursue a professional career overseas. Prince sets a precedent by becoming the first female basketball player to forgo her senior season for a professional career abroad. “I’m not really concerned with being the first person to do this,” Prince told the New York Times in June. “This is the right decision for me and my family.” Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker left Tennessee with a year of eligibility remaining, but unlike Prince, Parker met WNBA eligibility requirements. WNBA rules state that an athlete has to complete her senior season or be 22 years of age to qualify. Prince will be eligible in the 2010 draft and is a good bet to be a top-10 pick. Prince, a New York City native, averaged 19.5 points per game and was a unanimous AllBig East selection last season.

M UCH LIKE PRINCE , MEN ?S soccer midfielder Dilly Duka has left the University to pursue a career abroad after competing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Duka, a native of Montville, will represent the United States, who was drawn into Group C with Germany, Cameroon and South Korea. The tournament will take place in Egypt. The United States will open group play against Germany on Sept. 26 and the ESPN family of

After scoring eight goals as a sophomore, midfielder Dilly Duka chose to leave Rutgers to pursue a professional career overseas following the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Duka will represent the United States team as they compete in Group C against Germany, Cameroon and South Korea. networks (read ESPN Classic) will televise the competition. “We are very excited for Dilly to get this great opportunity,”

head coach Bob Reasso said in a statement. “It is an opportunity he has earned and we think he will do very well.”

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An in-depth look at wide receiver competition think he has a pretty good understanding of football as a whole.” Hayes, like many wide receivers, converted from quarterback. As did both DePaola and Sanu, they bring some added understanding to the position.

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Mason Robinson — Because he’s a converted running back, he brings something different to the position. He probably won’t make it as an every down receiver like Sanu or Wright might, but his background as a speedster means there will definitely be plays for him in this offense. He’s listed on the two-deep as a second stringer alongside Wright.

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etween the middle of spring camp and the start of training camp, everything has changed at the receiver position alongside senior Tim Brown. What originally looked like a battle between four redshirt freshmen — Marcus Cooper, Eddie Poole, Keith Stroud and Tim Wright — and a handful of rather inexperienced seniors — Pat Brown, Andrew DePaola and Julian Hayes — has evolved into so much more than that. Junior Mason Robinson has moved from running back to wide receiver and could become a threat at the position. Early enrolled freshman Mohamed Sanu moved from safety to receiver in late spring and has already made a tremendous impact with his touchdown in the Spring Game, and true freshmen Mark Harrison and Aaron Hayward have also thrown their names into the mix. Here’s a look at some of the individuals fighting for the position, starting with ones likely to get the most playing time, with some commentary from senior quarterback Dom Natale.

Mohamed Sanu — This early enrolled freshman is versatile enough to play almost anywhere on the field. As a safety, he was compared to Courtney Greene by head coach Greg Schiano. He also excelled as a quarterback at South Brunswick High School. In fact, Natale thinks he’s still got it. “The other day Mo actually threw a ball through my car window,” he said. “It was pretty impressive. He has a great arm.”

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Mohamed Sanu enrolled in school early as a safety, but because of his athleticism, head coach Greg Schiano moved him to wide reciever where Sanu is penciled in to start the season opener. Don’t worry; Natale’s window was already rolled down. That versatility and athleticism is exactly what makes Sanu one of the favorites for serious playing time this season, along with the fact that he enrolled early to play over the spring. “It helped me out tremendously just in getting the speed of the college game,” Sanu said on enrolling early. “It helped me out getting the concept of the game.” Although he has 15 more practices under his belt than the true freshmen receivers, just three of them came at wide receiver after shifting from safety late in the spring. “It was a little hard for me, but then I got well adjusted to it. It’s just playing ball, something that I love to do,” Sanu said. “I like playing wide receiver. I love playing at Rutgers.” The transition doesn’t faze

Sanu; he just sees it as part of the learning process. “I’ve been with Sanu almost every day since the summer broke,” said senior wide receiver Andrew DePaola. “I’ve been around him a lot, just helping any way I can, but even outside of football, we’re really good friends … He had some miraculous catches out there [Friday] in the corner one-on-one for a touchdown. He’s just a superb athlete and having him anywhere on the field is just great. It almost changes the attitude of the offense when you have a guy like that.” Although Schiano said he doesn’t want to “ordain” Sanu as the next Kenny Britt quite yet, his size — 6’ 2”, 215 pounds — and athleticism are certainly comparable to the freshman that turned heads in 2006. “Mo’s a big guy,” Natale said. “He’s an amazing athlete. He’s got a pretty strong arm. He can catch.

He played safety. When I think about him, I just think big athlete.”

Tim Wright — This redshirt freshman has had a big spring and summer. His size is comparable to Sanu and he has exploded up the depth chart throughout training camp, cracking the twodeep as of yesterday. Julian Hayes — Senior Julian Hayes is Mr. Experience in terms of this position battle with his one career catch for nine yards last season, but his quarterback said that it’s his skills on the court that make him stand out on the gridiron. “Julian’s another guy that’s a great athlete,” Natale said. “He plays basketball all the time over at Werblin [Recreation Center]. He’s just out there jumping around. He’s another guy that’s a heck of an athlete. He played quarterback in high school so I

Marcus Cooper — If it weren’t for his freak injury in the spring, Cooper could be as high as No. 1 on this list. He’s just as tall as Sanu, although 40 pounds lighter, but it’s his toughness that sticks out to his teammates. “He’s a tough kid,” Natale said. “He’s one of those guys where if you ask, ‘Does that hurt?’ even when I’m sure it does, he’d say, ‘No, no, I’m good.’ You can never tell when he’s hurt because he doesn’t let it show.” Schiano said that Cooper would be even further along if it weren’t for his injury, but in the mind of the redshirt freshman, he’s ready to move on. “I think I’m fortunate that I’m able to get back out here,” Cooper said. “It is a big motivation [knowing how wide open the battle is], but as long as the group gets the job done, I can’t complain about it.” The Bottom Line — It’s hard to argue that inexperience won’t hurt this group, but that doesn’t mean they should be written off as a position to suffer growing pains. Did sophomore Tiquan Underwood and Britt, just a true freshman, really have that much experience going into 2006? — This story originally appeared on TargumBlog at www.dailytargum.com.

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Less than a week before the season opener for the Rutgers football team, one of the key position FOOTBALL battles has been settled. Junior cornerback Brandon Bing will line up across from the Bearcats’ senior quarterback Tony Pike and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. “Brandon Bing will be the No. 1 corner opposite Devin [McCourty],” head coach Greg Schiano said. “But David Rowe and Billy Anderson — I consider them starters. They’ve performed well enough; it’s just a relative term. I think Brandon played the best, but David will be our starting nickel back as he was last year.” Battles at quarterback, running back, left guard and weakside linebacker have yet to be decided. “I don’t know how that’s going to play out,” Schiano said of the linebacker battle between junior Antonio Lowery and sophomore Manny Abreu. “We’re still in the evaluation of who plays this [Cincinnati] style of offense better. That will probably dictate [who starts].” Schiano said that he’s chosen the starting quarterback, but will not make the decision public to keep it secret from Cincinnati and reigning Big East Coach of the Year Brian Kelly. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Scott Vallone and senior Blair Bines have also played

FOOTBALL: Walk-on Trahan turning heads at TE continued from back decision making … We practiced a lot, hard and we did well.” Savage appears unlikely to redshirt after putting together an impressive camp. He’s No. 2 on the depth chart, but has seen his fair share of reps with the ones during camp as well. “Tom has a good level of composure for a young guy, more than I expected,” Schiano said. Schiano has also said that it’s “very” possible that three quarterbacks will play against Cincinnati with the third being senior Jabu Lovelace, returning from a serious leg injury that kept him out of the spring.

their way into a battle for a starting spot on the defensive line, despite the fact that Bines entered camp as the starter. Bines missed action while dealing with an ankle injury and Vallone excelled in his stead.

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Januar y and his status for Monday’s game is in question. “Kordell is getting better,” Schiano said. “Right now we’re going to pull the reins back on him and make sure when he comes back hopefully he comes back for good.” In his absence, sophomores Jourdan Brooks and Joe Martinek will line up in the Knights’ backfield. “I think both these two guys are a little different,” Schiano said. “Although they’re both big backs, they can give you a different look.

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cracked the two-deep depth chart, with South Brunswick native Mohamed Sanu earning a starting spot at wide receiver. “I think he’s ready,” Schiano said. “When you play freshmen,

you get freshmen mistakes. Our goal is to limit those and hopefully not let them be fatal freshmen mistakes.” Tom Savage is also in the mix at quarterback and Steve Beauharnais has made impressions at the linebacker spot. “Steve Beauhar nais is going to be a true freshman backing up Damaso [Munoz],” Schiano said. “He doesn’t get to that spot unless he’s ver y talented. He may have a chance to play some.”

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Junior cornerback Brandon Bing will get the nod at cornerback alongside senior Devin McCourty when the Scarlet Knights open their season Sept. 7 against Cincinnati.

Lovelace has been moved to wide receiver, but has still gotten some reps at quarterback in a change-of-pace role. Look for him to see similar action against Cincinnati. Jefferson and Shimko are both out of the running for the starting job. Jefferson, after improving at quarterback, got shifted to tight end because of both the emergence of Savage and the lack of depth at tight end. “He’s getting it,” Schiano said of Jef ferson’s transition. “It’s not easy when you have no experience at the position ever in your life. The advantage he has is he has the quarterback knowledge of the entire offense. That’s his advantage. The disadvantage is he never played anything else. But I

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True freshman quarterback Tom Savage has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart during camp. Head coach Greg Schiano said as many as three quarterbacks could play against Cincinnati.

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surrounding the nationally televised Labor Day game at the newly renovated Rutgers Stadium, neither Schiano nor Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly would have picked their week one opponent. “I’d rather have three preseason games or four before we play,” Kelly said. “If we had our way, Greg and I — and obviously we didn’t have our way on this — we wouldn’t be playing the game, but we understand all the things that go into filling out a schedule.” Before the Knights began their current seven-game winning streak, they lost 13-10 to the Bearcats. “They’ve beaten us. We have to win,” Schiano said. “Before it can become a rivalr y, we have to do our part … It can’t be one-sided, other wise it’s not a rivalr y.”

think technique-wise he’s kind of grasped it quickly.” Shimko has been relegated to the scout team, playing Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike until kickoff. Don’t be surprised if you don’t know the starter come Labor Day, because when Schiano makes his decision, he doesn’t plan on informing Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly. All signs point to no true star ter at running back — Junior Kordell Young may be out of the picture because of continued setbacks with his knee, but other than that, it’s anyone’s guess. Sophomores Joe Martinek and Jourdan Brooks are essential 1 and 1-A at running back, as both put together a series of strong scrimmages behind the experienced offensive line. True freshman De’Antwan “Rocket” Williams, a native of Woodbridge, Va., should also find his fair share of touches at the position as well. Williams represents the closest thing to a homerun back for the Scarlet Knights, as seen by his 75-yard touchdown run in the team’s third scrimmage. “He’s a pretty fast guy,” Schiano said. “He’s obviously getting work for a reason. He still has to learn the little subtleties of the plays but he has a chance.” Outside linebacker battle likely to go beyond week one — Junior Antonio Lowery and sophomore Manny Abreu have been neckand-neck in a battle to replace Kevin Malast since the start of spring camp, and nothing’s changed on that front. “I think it may go longer than [the final week of camp],” Schiano said. “I think those two guys both deserve to play and they’re both making plays … I don’t like to rotate linebackers. I

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De’Antwan Williams, a true freshman from Woodbride, Va., has impressed at camp and could see some time in the opener. think they need to see it, but these two guys have both played in games. Manny’s played a lot in games, so it’s not like he’s never done it. We’ll see.” Texas walk-on impressing at tight end — There’s no question that there is a lack of depth at tight end to start the season. Behind senior Shamar Graves, there is zero playing experience and little college experience at all after sophomore backup Fabian Ruiz moved to defensive end. Coppell, Texas native Tony Trahan, a 6’ 6” freshman walk-on, has seized the opportunity and worked his way into limited action with the first team. Of the three true freshmen tight ends, he appears the most likely for early playing time. “Tony is a talented guy,” Schiano said. “He has very good hands. He has a maturity about him, emotional maturity, that he handles this stuff very well. That

gives him a head start. I think the young tight ends are all good players.” The other two freshmen tight ends, Paul Carrezola and Malcolm Bush, also have chances of playing early, but Carrezola was limited early because of back and hamstring injuries. Sanu will play and play early — Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is only a true freshman by name at this point. He came early in the spring and after 13 impressive practices at safety moved to receiver because of a lack of depth at the position. Since then, he has exploded onto the scene and has all but locked up the starting spot alongside senior Tim Brown. Sanu brings size, speed and the mindset of a former quarterback to the position. He is a lock for significant early playing time and a solid first step in replacing the losses of Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood.


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RU football crash course Quarterback battle still undecided as Knights prep for Cincy opener BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

While the student body — and The Daily Targum staf f — enjoyed its summer vacation, the Rutgers FOOTBALL football team got in three ver y long weeks of training camp. Consider this the abridged version — the SparkNotes version if you will — of all the news and notes from training camp. For more detailed information, check out the dailytargum.com/spor ts/targum blog for a full summer’s wor th of news, notes, features and exclusive inter views. Quarterback battle still undecided — At the end of last semester, senior Dom Natale appeared to be ahead of redshirt freshmen D.C. Jefferson and Steve Shimko after an impressive showing in the Spring Game. Since then, Natale yet again appears to be ahead, but under different circumstances. This time, Natale holds a slight lead in first team reps over true freshman Tom Savage. Natale has “separated himself,” head coach Greg Schiano said, as a game manager and leads the battle for the time being. “It’s just been an overall improvement,” Natale said on how he’s gotten better throughout camp. “There were a lot of reps, a lot of experience in situations and

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Stringer to be inducted into Hall of Fame next Friday Women’s basketball legend to join Michael Jordan, John Stockton, David Robinson BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

The Rutgers men’s basketball team lost another player over the summer when it announced junior guard Corey Chandler had been dismissed from the team for a violation of athletic depar tment policy. Chandler had struggled with disciplinar y issues throughout his two-year stint at the University. He was suspended for the preseason opener against Caldwell College last season and his frustration appeared to boil over when he sparked rumors of a transfer after playing sparingly in an embarrassing 30-point loss at Syracuse. “We wish Corey well as he moves forward,” head coach Fred Hill Jr. said in a statement. “We consider this a family matter and there will be no further comment.” Chandler, a 6-foot-2 guard from East Side High School in Newark, showed promise upon his arrival at Rutgers, averaging 11.9 point per game as a freshman. But he struggled to find playing time after McDonald’s All-American Mike Rosario joined the program last year.

Though she received news of her election to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame WOMEN’S BASKETBALL nearly five months ago, Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer is still struggling to put her feelings into words. The humbling experience of being selected as a member of the 2009 Naismith class — alongside such greats as David Robinson, Jerr y Sloan, John Stockton and Michael Jordan — has left the normally verbose coach speechless — a problem for one working on an acceptance speech. “I still don’t have [the speech] together. I can’t believe this; this is the most difficult speech that I’ve ever even attempted to write,” Stringer said yesterday on a teleconference. “I think I should just stand there and throw up my hands and say ‘thank you’ to ever ybody because there’s nothing else that I can say that can begin to illustrate how I really feel.” Stringer and the rest of the 2009 class are set to be honored at a ceremony next Friday in Springfield, Mass. In addition to the prestige of being inducted into Naismith, the company Stringer is being enshrined with adds another level of humility. “To stand there and have your name in the same sentence as any and all of the people who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, it’s nothing short of earth shattering,” Stringer said. “I might not even say the names just because when you say that you just stop.” “I’ve got tapes of [Jordan] from his college games. You’ve got David Robinson, ‘the Admiral’, John Stockton, who I’ve always admired as the greatest giver of the ball period and Jerr y Sloan, who was just a great player — tough, hard-nosed and gritty,” Stringer said. One look at Stringer’s career, though, and it’s easy to see why she’s earned her spot in Naismith. With a career record of 825-280, Stringer has the third most wins of alltime among women’s basketball coaches and holds the distinction of being the only coach in the NCAA to take three different teams to the Final Four. She is second in wins among active women’s basketball coaches. Her teams have appeared in the NCAA tournament 22 times, winning 41 games overall. Since coming to the Scarlet Knights in 1995, Stringer has won 305 games and has continually led RU to postseason play. In 2007, she took the Knights to their first-ever Final Four contest in University histor y. Last year, the team made the postseason again before exiting in the Sweet Sixteen. It was the fifth straight year that the team made the regional semifinal game. Stringer has also made a splash on the international stage, helping the United States women’s basketball team capture a gold medal as an assistant coach at the

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Senior quarterback Dom Natale has got the majority of reps with the first team throughout training camp and has been commended by head coach Greg Schiano for his presence.

Chandler, Duka, Prince leave Rutgers BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

DAN BRACAGLIA/ ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

Guard Corey Chandler was dismissed from the Rutgers men’s basketball team for a violation of athletic department policy. He became the third player in the last nine months to leave the team.


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