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Inside Beat travels through the past decade to bring you the highlights of the entertainment victories of Rutgers and New Brunswick.

City builds gateway to affordable housing BY NEIL KYPERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Students show support for Haiti victims Tuesday night at the Haiti Candlelight Vigil in front of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus, organized by the Haitian Association at Rutgers University.

Groups shed light on Haiti disaster BY CATHERINE CARRERA STAFF WRITER

The sounds of “La Dessalinienne,” the national anthem of Haiti, echoed through the corridor of Brower

Commons on the College Avenue campus Tuesday night as University students came together for a candlelight vigil in honor of Haiti. After hearing about the deadly earthquake on Jan. 12, organiza-

tions part of the United Black Council held meetings and arranged events to help raise donations for those in need in


City council members unanimously approved a resolution to add an additional 38 new units of affordable housing to the Gateway Building now underway downtown. New Brunswick Development Corporation and developer of the residential portion, Pennrose Properties, are seeking tax-exempt financing for the new units through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage and Finance Agency. “To me, a mixture of socioeconomic programs creates vitality in any neighborhood and this building is big enough to be its own neighborhood,” said City Council President Elizabeth Garlatti. Under the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority awarded the project a $27 million dollar tax credit. This is the first project since the program’s establishment in 2007 that is seeking funds. “This multifaceted building will be mixed-use, mixed-income and directly connected to mass transit. There is no better example of urban smart growth in the state of New Jersey,” said Devco President Christopher Paladino, in a New Brunswick City Hall press release.

The Gateway Building, which will be located at the foot of College Avenue and Somerset Street is going to house shops, residential units and a 657 space public parking garage, according to the release. The affordable housing units are being built to open up commuter opportunities downtown. The N.J. Department of Transportation approved a $14 million Local Aid Infrastructure Grant to help fund the parking and access improvements to the train station, according to the release. “I am very excited because it’s a transit village so that means that it gives people easy access to public transportation and therefore a way to get to jobs that are potentially not in New Brunswick,” Garlatti said. People will now be able to afford to live in a transit location, which will make internships for students and full-time jobs out of New Brunswick much easier to get to. Along with increased transportation opportunities for future residents, the lower income opens doors for many different types of tenants. “I think it diversifies the kind of people that can live there, and I think it’s a great thing,” Garlatti said.




Panel pours out proposals on safe drinking habits BY MICKEY HENNESSEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rutgers Alliance for Sustainable Risk Reduction held its monthly meeting at the

University Inn on Douglass Campus yesterday and proposed ideas on how to reduce dangerous drinking on campus, help students transition to off-campus living and create an online landlord rating system.

Director of the Center for Communication and Health Issues Lea Stewart said the University is concerned about unsafe alcohol consumption and will focus on this topic for many of their initiatives this year.

“We are not anti-drinking, we are interested in keeping people safe and abiding by the laws of New Jersey and also to protect


SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE NAMES RENOWNED SCHOLAR AS DEAN Esteemed criminal justice scholar Todd Clear was appointed earlier this month as the new dean of the School of Criminal Justice at the Rutgers University-Newark campus. Clear, who was a former School of Criminal Justice faculty member for 18 years, will be returning in March after leaving in 1996, said University President Richard L. McCormick in an e-mail. The Hoboken resident is set to replace Acting Dean Bonita Veysey, who has been serving since June 2009, while the University searched through candidates, McCormick said. Veysey will return to her regular position in the faculty.

Bill orders fast food to display calorie counts

“Todd Clear is a well-respected criminologist and an academic leader of vision and character,” McCormick said. “He has been part of the School of Criminal Justice’s distinguished history and will provide purposeful and exciting leadership in strengthening its future.” After leaving the University, Clear became the associate dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University and a distinguished professor at John Jay College, according to a University press release. Clear has also written 12 books and is the founding editor of the journal “Criminology and Public Policy.”

He is now involved in studies such as religion and crime, the criminological implications of place and the concept of community justice, according to his Web site. “Rutgers School of Criminal Justice has been a leading institution in the field for more than three decades, and I am excited about this opportunity to return to the university to build on the school’s long tradition of excellence,” Clear said in a statement.

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INDEX METRO Former Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a bill extending the waiting period for citizens to change a form of government.


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A teacher attempts to save his job after a religious blunder causes his school to put him on trial.

BY AMBIKA SUBRAMANYAM New Jersey residents should notice a change in some their favorite fast food and restaurant chains within the next year, with caloric information printed on all menu boards and printed menus. Former Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a bill in his last hours in office Monday that mandates all


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The University community samples free coffees, teas and snacks from around the world at last night’s first coffeehouse of a new Student Life series called “Taste and Educate.” The event, held in The Cove in the Busch Campus Center, also featured educational facts about the offered goods.



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PANEL: U. to implement new ‘Good Samaritan’ policy continued from front those who are not in the categor y of dangerous drinkers,” Stewart said. RASRR works to collect data on dangerous drinking and its consequences on the campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, design programs and interventions and build coalitions that would help reduce dangerous drinking situations, she said. Regarding off-campus fraternity and sorority parties, Busch campus Dean of Students

FOOD: Nutrition labels have effect on eating habits continued from front restaurants with more than 20 locations nationwide to include total calorie counts of each food and drink item they offer on their menus. The bill’s main goal is to enable restaurant patrons to make completely educated decisions about the food they eat. More than half of an average American’s food budget is spent eating in restaurant and fast food chains, according to the proposed version of the bill. Fast food and chain restaurants already make nutritional information available on the Internet or if a consumer specifically asks for it according to the bill. More than 50 percent of

HAITI: Group to collect food, clothing to aid victims continued from front Haiti, said Haitian Association at Rutgers University President Aleph Pantaleon. “It was second nature to run to the aid of my countr y, whether it be by donations or by lighting a candle and singing a song in the honor of Haiti,” said Douglass College senior Joana Bernard. The ceremony included various performances such as singing, spoken word and other tributes as attendees held candles and blue and red balloons for those who have suffered in the aftermath of the tragedy. “The candlelight vigil was a perfect representation of the quote in the center of the Haitian flag, ‘L’Union fait la force,’ which means, ‘Unity creates power,’” said Bernard, president of the Liberated Gospel Choir. She said the University community formed a united front to bring power to the cause and those who have lost loved ones or are still unable to locate their family members. Bernard and other students in attendance shared stories of how their families and friends have been affected by the earthquake. “The tragedy that’s happened in Haiti has impacted all of us, even if you’re not from Haiti,” said School of Arts and Sciences junior Andrew Jones. “This can happen to anyone’s countr y. As students, we can take this moment and come together as one.” Pantaleon, a Rutgers College senior, said he’s looking to reach out to organizations from all demographics in the community. The United Black Council will



Michael Stillwagon proposed the idea of moving greek parties from off-campus to on-campus sites. He said these events would follow University guidelines and have licensed bartenders to ensure that participation is conducted in a safe way. Stillwagon also said the implementation of a new “Good Samaritan” policy intends to ensure students will seek medical attention without fear of being kicked out of the University. For example, as long as someone is unconscious, the caller will not be sanctioned in that way. “First go-around they get a pass,” he said. “Instead of road blocking all alcohol program-

ming, we want to engage in a conversation with students on how to do it effectively.” The group has been in operation since May 2009 and is funded by a state grant. The board is composed of members representing Rober t Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital, Rutgers University Police Depar tment and New Br unswick Police Depar tment as well as University Student Af fairs, Residence Life, Health Ser vices and Emergency Ser vices. The group recently focused its efforts on taking a closer look at the off-campus student population, which according to RASRR,

is estimated to be 55 percent of the University student body. The organization also suggested holding an orientation for students living off-campus. “When new students come in, they get an orientation. When parents drop their kids off, they get an orientation, but when we lose children to the streets of New Brunswick — they get nothing,” said Laura Tittel, preventionist from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Middlesex County, Inc. NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. CEO and Executive Director Steven G. Liga spoke on introducing an online landlord rating system.

“The idea of the Web site is to have landlords advertise and now get ratings,” he said. Tittel said the system would contribute to safer and healthier housing and in turn provide free advertising for landlords. At the meeting RASRR also discussed the possibility of conducting a large post-Rutgersfest community service event. Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies Associate Research Professor Valerie Johnson talked about shortening its online survey process to ensure they receive more accurate and reliable data. The panel, during the first week of March, is scheduled to meet again.

Americans have reported that seeing a nutrition label on a packaged food item has caused them to change their mind about eating it. A large number of American citizens would like nutritional information more readily available to them, according to the bill. A similar law has been enforced in New York for the past year and a half, said Br yan Bollinger, a doctorate candidate at Stanford University. So far, there has been a 6 percent decrease in number of calories consumed due to the postings. But University Nutritionist Peggy Policastro thinks the law in New York has not been extremely effective in cutting down the number of calories consumed, and she does not expect any significant changes in New Jersey either. Most people know the food they are eating is not good for

them, said Policastro, who works closely with the dining halls on campus. “Do you think that when students go to Grease Trucks, they

Annie Lumbres, a supervisor at Saladworks in New Brunswick, hopes that nutritional information posting will encourage students to make healthier choices. “Maybe students will want healthier options and will eat foods with less calories and more nutritional value,” Lumbres said. Cook College senior Diane Jagelavicius thinks the idea of providing caloric information will be ver y beneficial since most people do not realize what they are eating. “Sometimes you think you’re being healthy by ordering a salad without realizing that salad has over 1,000 calories,” she said. But Jagelavicius does not think the nutritional information will always affect her food choices. “I’ll think about it to an extent, but if I really like something, I’ll get it,” she said.

Policastro also believes when people eat at restaurants, they usually stop thinking about calories and nutrition as they are out for enjoyment. Some people think the fewer calories a food has, the less tasty it will be, she said. People want to eat good food when they are eating in restaurants. The popular belief that college students gain 15 pounds in their first year is usually not true, Policastro said. The reason for weight gain in college is usually because of three things: lack of activity, overeating at buffet-style dining halls and a bad sleep cycle that leads to late-night eating, she said. This law is a step in the right direction and will hopefully lead to more good things, Policastro said. “Extra knowledge can never hurt,” she said. “But knowledge does not change behavior.”

also be hosting a benefit concert on Friday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. All proceeds collected will be given to the Yele Haiti Foundation. The group will be collecting toiletries, bottled water, food and new or gently used clothing, Bernard said. Pantaleon said the association tabled Tuesday for donations on all campuses and raised $2,087. “This has helped some of us to get together, respect our culture and know who we are,” said Nadine Toussint, a Union County College junior. “Haiti has never been recognized this much, and to see all the effort, it’s just amazing.”

“Sometimes you think you’re being healthy by ordering a salad.” DIANE JAGELAVICIUS Cook College senior

don’t know that they are probably consuming an entire day’s worth of calories?” she said. Students eat at fast food chains and order take-out food because they like it, not because they do not realize that they are eating poorly, Policastro said.



Students gather around the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus to watch as various groups perform spoken word, songs and other dedications in honor of the Haiti vicitms. The Haitian Association at Rutgers University raised $2,087.



CITY: Building to include

ernment wants to know that the council is aware of the project,” Patterson said. new University bookstore With the council’s approval, these new additions to the project continued from front are one step closer to completion. “It got site plan approval a litGlenn Patterson, director of tle less than a year ago, and they Planning, Community and are about to start construction in Economic Development, said the a few weeks or so,” he said. city is trying to provide housing Construction at the site of the that is affordable to its residents. new building has begun, “What we are trying to do is although none of the major struchave housing in New Brunswick tural work is scheduled to begin that is affordable to a very wide until February, according to the spectrum of incomes and we are release. able to try to do “They have that in this one “I think it started some of p r o j e c t , ” utility work, Patterson said. diversifies the kind the which is a lot of This addition of people that can p r e p a r a t i o n of affordable [where] you don’t housing adds to live there.” see a lot coming other programs out of the ground,” aimed at providELIZABETH GARLATTI Patterson said. ing housing downCity Council President The Gateway town, he said. project will link “There is a New Brunswick and the rental component to the project, University to a major transit which is why it’s called an 80-20 hub. The building will be 58,000 project where 20 percent of the square feet and will include a units are set aside for low and new University bookstore along moderate income renters,” with of fice space, a parking Patterson said. deck and 192 housing units, The other units in the buildwhich include the 38 affordable ing will be priced at market housing units. rate, and the condominiums The project is scheduled to be will be priced at what is known completed under a two-year conas work force housing, making struction schedule. the units relatively inexpensive, “This is a great opportunity Patterson said. to broaden the housing options The council passed a resoluin the project so that this new tion of need last night to be sent gateway to downtown New to the New Jersey Housing and Br unswick, and Rutgers Mortgage and Finance Agency, a University will also ser ve as a necessary part of the process to home to all income levels in get the financing, according to our diverse city,” New the release. Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill “This is a type of financing said in the release. that they are trying to get and The next meeting of the city one of the steps in the process is council is scheduled for Feb. 3 the city council has to have a … and is open to the public. meeting because the state gov-



The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children will discuss plans for this semester in a general body meeting at 8 p.m. in Room 116 of the Busch Campus Center. New members are always welcome. Food will be served. For more information contact Maya Furman


Sponsored by Rutgers University Student Life, a Broadway Piano Karaoke Coffeehouse will be held next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Cove at the Busch Campus Center. Sing your favorite show tune with piano accompaniment by signing up for this free event. Send your show stopping number to Include your name, the song, and if you’re bringing the sheet music by Jan 25. No professional experience necessary! Food and drink provided while supplies last.



Welcome to the first Responsible Drinking Happy Hour! This event will take place at the Cook Campus Center Cafe and Merle V. Adams room from 4 p.m. to 7 pm. Responsible Drinking Happy Hour seeks to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom as well as build a foundation for the learning community. Come and enjoy an evening of good, free food, music, fun and company. Come meet old friends and make new ones. As usual, don’t forget to bring friends along and IDs.


The first Leadership breakfast meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Cook Campus Center. The Leadership Breakfast meeting provides an opportunity for Cook student leaders and staff to discuss issues such as student welfare, safety matters, transportation, housing, campus center and construction projects pertinent to Cook campus. Come with your suggestions and help maintain Cook campus. Love Stinks, Have a Drink of True Blood, the drink of choice on HBO’s hit series, True Blood at 7:30 p.m. in the Cove of the Busch Campus Center. Enjoy a relaxing evening of Valentine’s crafts, chocolates and True Blood while supplies last. Single or taken, spend some time with your favorite vampires.

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Business and sciences unite in new master’s program BY COLLEEN ROACHE CORRESPONDENT

Students interested in business and science may often feel they have to choose between the two, but they will now be able to pursue both as the new Master of Business and Science degree program launches at the University. The program, approved by the New Jersey Presidents’ Council last month, integrates business with the sciences and technology, said David Finegold, a pioneer of the program and dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations. Graduates of the program will earn a degree that is a combination of an M.B.A. and an M.S.

“The hope is to train a new generation of leaders that can bridge the traditional [doctor of philosophy] and [sciences] route,” Finegold said. Finegold joined the University faculty four years ago from the Keck Graduate Institute in California, which was among the first universities in the nation to of fer a program that combined business and science. After helping Keck build the dual curriculum, Finegold brought his knowledge to the University. “When I came to Rutgers, I saw an opportunity,” he said. “We had all of the pieces that we needed for this kind of degree, but we hadn’t connected them.”

A certificate program and a few courses are currently available, but the University is prepar-

“Our hope is actually that a lot of the graduates from this program will be creating their own jobs.” DAVID FINEGOLD School of Management and Labor Relations Dean

ing to admit its first class this fall, Finegold said. A program like this will give students an advan-

tage, especially in today’s difficult job market. Amgen, a top biotechnology company, hired about 20 percent of the first five classes who graduated from the Keck program, Finegold said. “Our hope is actually that a lot of the graduates from this program will be creating their own jobs,” he said. Deborah Silver, director of the new program, said research shows the effectiveness of these programs, according to a University press release. “New Jersey regional businesses were surveyed to determine their perceptions and demand for a Master of Business and Science degree program,” Silver said. “The feedback was

over whelmingly positive. The survey confirmed that businesses see value in the degree.” Enmanuel Martinez, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore who is on a pre-business track, said the program seems like one he would be interested in considering after graduation. “There’s probably going to be a lot of career opportunities and a chance to learn more about the business world and also get a science perspective,” he said. The mixture of the two different fields would lead to an advantage in the job market, Martinez said. Students interested in applying to the program can find out more by visiting the program’s Web site at

U. PROVIDES ANOTHER ROUND OF SWINE FLU VACCINES University health officials will offer free vaccinations against swine flu at a clinic from noon to 7 p.m. today in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. “In the past, influenza pandemics have come in waves of 10 to 12 weeks,” said University Spokesman E.J. Miranda. “Therefore, officials of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services warn that a third wave of the infection may occur this winter.” University Health Services had contact with about 1,100 students in the fall semester for influenza-like illness, Miranda said.

Testing was not recommended or available to specifically identify illnesses as H1N1 and was not routinely per formed except for patients who were hospitalized, he said. To date, health officials administered more than 6,700 doses in New Brunswick during more than a dozen clinics, beginning in October, across the New Brunswick campuses, Miranda said. “The demand for vaccine has been about what was expected, but a number of factors have caused less than optimal participation,” he said.

The initial lack of availability may have played a role as the University had 1,200 doses to distribute on Oct. 21. “By the time it was available, the number of infections had star ted to decline, which may have given people a false sense of security,” Miranda said. By December, University Health Officials said they had received an ample supply of vaccines to serve the New Brunswick campuses. — John S. Clyde



HONOR SOCIETY OFFERS FREE TAX HELP Members of Beta Alpha Psi, the Rutgers Business School’s accounting and finance honors society, will volunteer to help taxpayers file online at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, according to a library press release. Sponsored by the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, the free aid will be Fridays and Saturdays from Feb. 5 through April 10 and by appointment only, according to the release. Those who wish to utilize the service should bring their W-2 forms, Social Security cards, tax forms, records of expenses to be declared and a copy of the previous year’s returns, if possible.

Beta Alpha Psi is a highly selective organization that focuses on academic excellence, leadership, community service and social networking, according to the release. Members must maintain high academic standards while exhibiting leadership and performing acts of community service on campus and around New Brunswick, such as tutoring and working with literacy programs and other nonprofit groups, according to the release. Call the library at 732-745-5108 ext. 25 or stop by the main desk to schedule an appointment. — Mary Diduch

GLOBAL RECYCLING BATTLE COMMENCES AT U. Ready, set, recycle! RecycleMania, a 10-week collegiate competition aimed at waste reduction, began Monday, and colleges worldwide joined the go-green competition in an ef for t to boost college students’ awareness about their schools’ recycling programs and to foster environmentally friendly habits in students.

The competition provides a catalyst for universities to educate students on recycling and waste reduction, a RecycleMania representative said. For three consecutive years, the University won the firstplace Gorilla prize, awarded to the university with the highest amount of total recyclables collected in the 10-week period.


School of Arts and Sciences senior Kaity Au adds her newspapers to the growing amount of recyclable goods needed to bring the University to victory.

But the University can do better, said Dianne Gravatt, director for environmental services and grounds. “Each person produces roughly five pounds of waste a week,” she said. “Rutgers University recycles about 67 percent of the waste produced here … but we should really be able to recycle, at minimum, 70 percent.” The competition’s other categories include the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of recyclables total, the least amount of trash per capita and the highest recycling rate. Awards are given to top performing schools in each categor y, but RecycleMania also awards a champion prize to three schools that excel overall. Gravatt hopes that this year the University will be on that champion’s list, with particular improvement in waste reduction points. Some University students said they felt the program is useful and helping the environment is important. “A competition is a good way of getting people fired up about helping the environment,” said Nora Stasio, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. Past competitions have generated increasing amounts of recyclables, with last year’s competition the highest ever at 69.4 million pounds. Gravatt is ver y proud of how the program has grown since its inception as a competition five years ago, she said. RecycleMania will start posting reports and rankings on Friday Jan. 29 on its Web site, — Kirsten Nuber

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Bill delays municipality alterations BY ARIEL NAGI ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR


Employees at Chipotle Mexican Grill, located at 387 George St., prepare burritos at a pre-opening fundraiser last night for the New Brunswick Education Foundation, where 100 percent of proceeds will go to K-12 schools.

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As one of his last acts in office, former Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a bill that would require a 10-year waiting period on petitions to change the way a municipal government operates. Empower Our Neighborhoods member Charlie Kratovil said the bill is unfair to voters. “It would be a step in the wrong direction because it would restrict the rights of voters rather than expand it,” said Kratovil, a University alumnus. The previous law allowed petitions to be filed for changes to a form of government with waiting periods ranging from two, three and four years depending on the circumstances, according to an article on The bill received approval by the state Senate earlier this month and was sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, and State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union, according to the article. It passed by a 2115 vote in the Senate Jan. 7, and passed the 80-member Assembly by a 41-34 vote, according to the article. EON filed a petition to add questions to the November 2008 ballot to change the form of government from an at-large system

to a ward-based system, electing nine total members with three council members elected atlarge and six members elected by wards. Unite New Brunswick, the local organization who opposed EON’s efforts to change the size of the city’s government last year, supported the bill. UNB member Glen Fleming said although 10 years might seem like a long time to stick to the same form of government, he thinks it’s a period of time vital to knowing what types of government would work best for the city. “It would add to stability in government. It would allow that form of government to be in place for 10 years … to see if it works out or doesn’t work,” Fleming said. “We just all have to work within the system and tr y to make this city a better place.” Kratovil said the new law affects residents on a statewide level. “It’s not just Empower Our Neighborhoods or people in New Brunswick who are going to fight to have this changed,” he said. UNB member Kyle Kirkpatrick said a guaranteed 10year waiting period would give elected officials a good amount of time to tackle the needs of their municipalities. “I understand the desire for a waiting period,” Kirkpatrick said.

“It’s a tractor for what elected officials are supposed to be doing. It gives them a while to do what they’re supposed to do, which is govern.” He said for many people, 10 years might seem like a long time but for elected officials, it is just the right amount of time to govern the city efficiently. “For any city, it’s important that our elected officials and our people are making it better and governing it correctly,” Kirkpatrick said. Rutgers College senior Steve Jordan said the new law does not seem like a provision that will affect larger issues in government, but instead more local issues. The law is a good way to ensure that if a particular form works, it will be guaranteed that the plan stay intact for at least 10 years, he said. “If something is important enough, it’s likely to last for more than [a few] years,” Jordan said. “It makes sense that people won’t have to constantly campaign about something new.” Despite EON’s efforts to veto the bill, Kratovil said he is unsure what measures the organization is going to take. “I honestly don’t know what the next step is now,” he said. “That’s something we’re going to have to look at closely.”



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eligion has been a major part of human development for ages, as it has beneficially contributed to cultural renaissances and moments of great historical importance. Its place, however, has been violently challenged during the past two centuries. One could make the case for it being a major player in some of the world’s greatest conflicts. Never theless, it has remained as an acting contributor to causes both good and bad. In recent news, a company contracted by the U.S. armed forces has produced weapons with references to passages from the Bible. This raised some eyebrows as the question of religion within governmental institution of the modern world was asked once again. According to an ABC News report, thousands of gun sights meant to be used by the U.S. militar y in Iraq and Afghanistan had secret Bible references inscribed on them. Capt. Geraldine Carey, a spokesman for the Marine Corps, said, “We are aware of the issue and are concerned with how this may be perceived.” While perhaps this matter should not have escalated as much as it did, it raises the question of division between church and state, and that has been an ongoing process for years on end. “In God We Trust” and “under God” may have a major role in that debate. However, in the case of the gun sights, international conflicts play tremendous roles in how this matter should be addressed. These guns are used in a conflict that many view as a fight between America and the Middle East, as well as a fight between two dominant religions. With the addition of these religious acts of violence, the entire basis of the war comes under fire. The fear of it being called a “holy war” places the actions of the American government under extreme scrutiny. In additional reports by ABC News, it has been made clear that the maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a contract with the American militar y forces worth $660 million and a production number of 800,000 sights. The problem once again falls within the militar y’s hands, as their rules specifically prohibit the use of any religiously oriented forces in the region of Iraq or Afghanistan. This was put into effect in order to prevent critics of the war from calling it a religious “crusade.” This may hold some truth in it due to the citation of an excerpt from Second Corinthians 4:6 and another one from the book of John. Trijicon confirmed that the inscriptions were in fact biblical references, and Tom Munson, director of sales at the Michigan-based company, said that the messages “have always been there” and that there was nothing illegal about them. As reported by a multitude of news sources, no matter what the case is, this has quickly become an issue, and perhaps reasonably so. Another religiously charged expression of opinion and belief has become, over the past year and a half, a conflict between a schoolteacher and the town at which he teaches. As reported by The New York Times, Mr. Freshwater, an eighth-grade public school science teacher, was ordered to remove a Bible from his desk. After he refused, his position as a teacher was quickly endangered as an entire tale of his burning a cross on students’ arms. The case against him began in June 2008 and is set to finish this Friday. In this case of the Scopes trial, albeit reversed, Mr. Freshwater faces the entire Board of Education and the town of Mount Vernon. A lawyer for the B.O.E. told media, “We see this as a basic issue about students having a constitutional right to be free from religious indoctrination in the public school.” While that may be the case, there is no proof that the teacher forcefully indoctrinated his classes with ideas of creationism and religious beliefs. In fact, Freshwater gave students a choice to call evolution a “theor y” instead of fact. “I ruffled some feathers,” he said. This is often true of such cases, as the public will always find something to dispute — the question is how far will they choose to take it. This debacle of religious customs has sparked an entire movement in the town. Students were seen wearing T-shir ts with “I suppor t Mr. Freshwater — God” on the front. It is doubtful that he meant for such pointless support to appear. While the town fights through this, only one loss is a given. The teacher who stayed after class and helped students with homework and personal affairs stands the chance of being fired and perhaps never being hired by a school again. While religion must remain outside of schools and even the militar y, a certain tension will always be apparent. The public will always be offended by a religion that does not fit their own standards or views, and a war between two ver y different countries could always become a matter of religion. After all, there must be a line to be drawn for or by religion itself in order to retain a certain level of respect.

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Schiano still on the rise Commentary D

id the new generaWhen the NCAA released tion of Rutgers footits first four-year cycle on ball fans forget the the Academic Progress Rate state of the program a in 2008, Rutgers was one of decade ago? You know, schools out of the 119 in MATT SUGAM six when that 33-year-old first the Football Bowl time head coach took over a Subdivision to rank in the joke of a football program and talked about winARP’s top 10 percent all four years. The other ning a national championship. schools? Duke, Stanford, Rice, Navy and Air Nine years ago, when Greg Schiano took Force. Some good company to be in. Schiano is not over a 3-8 team, people would have put you in a going to let his football team tarnish the Knights’ padded room if you told them this program reputation as a public Ivy. If anything, he’ll have would be going to its fifth straight bowl game by them reinforce it. the end of the decade. Even after his first four When Schiano first took over he had to sell seasons — when the Scarlet Knights went a recruits on his vision to make Rutgers a nationcombined 12-34 — things looked pretty grim for al power. While some recruits didn’t buy into it, the Schiano. others did, and that vision has now begun to But in year five, Schiano got the program over come into fruition. Now along with his vision, the hump and into the Insight Bowl — just the Schiano can sell the fact to both players and second bowl game in school histor y and its first their parents that they are going to a problemsince 1978. free program with great academics and that And the Knights have gone bowling ever since. their kid is going to get a degree from a topDespite being in what some notch university. would call a “toilet bowl,” RU won a As for the players looking for “To build a football bowl game for the fourth year in a a stepping stone to the NFL, row defeating Central Florida 45done that too. Eight program out of nothing Schiano’s 24 in the St. Petersburg Bowl. players from 2007-2008 team So it wasn’t the Meineke Car takes time ... And to do were on an NFL roster going Care Bowl. Big deal. In the grand into training camp. The it the right way, like scheme of things, what bowl game “Knights in the NFL” bit, which a team goes to is lost within a few runs during each game at the Schiano has, is even years, unless it’s a Bowl stadium, has the potential to get harder.” Championship Series bowl. long enough over the next five Often overlooked is how to 10 years that it will have to Schiano not only built something move to halftime. out of nothing, but did so the right way. He’s But when it comes down to it, this program is made the blueprint of how to build and run a just scratching the surface of its full potential. In football program. “Field of Dreams,” Ray Kinsella hears a voice, “If Say what you will about the F.A.M.I.L.Y. you build it, they will come.” Well Schiano has built acronym, but that is what Schiano has made this it, and they are coming. program. A family. And a good one at that. New Jersey is a hotbed for top football recruits Something that goes unnoticed is how clean that used to go to the Penn States and USCs of this program has been under Schiano. There are the world before Schiano took over. Schiano has no players holding up gas stations like at also entrenched himself in Florida, another Tennessee. Players haven’t gotten in brawls in hotbed for recruits. Then there is what he likes to residence halls like at Michigan State. A player call, “the state of Rutgers,” as Schiano is now isn’t getting a DUI the same week as his team’s plucking kids from Jersey’s neighboring states of conference championship game like at Florida Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware, while also (all of which happened within the final month of spreading south to Mar yland. the regular season). The point is that Schiano has just begun to show Then there are the academics. us this program’s full potential. To build a football “When I got here they told me this time was program out of nothing takes time — years and academic time,” Schiano said in reference to the years of time. And to do it the right way, like bowl season in his post-game press conference for Schiano has, is even harder. He just pulled in the the West Virginia game. “I said all the time was SEE SUGAM ON PAGE 11 academic time.”

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Matt Sugam is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in journalism and media studies and sociology.



take pride in more than the fact that I’m a Rutgers student, I am also the child of those famed “Jewish settlers” in Israel, and I may have sat next to you in a class or two. I was born in Ariel, Israel, the countr y’s largest settlement, with a population over 18,000. My parents helped build the city with their own two hands and saw it flourish from barren land to a cosmopolitan city. The media prefers to portray people like my parents as violent extremists. Yet neither they nor any other settler I have met, have ever ascribed to such a philosophy. I support the peace process and the idea of a Palestinian homeland. I equally believe in the right for a Jewish homeland. I do not support the vandalism of mosques, nor do the overwhelming majority of settlers. The people who do are a minority group of extremists. Perhaps they can establish friendship with the Islam-phobic Swiss and French governments. Regardless of these facts, the media thrives on extremism, not peaceful acts. That is why most people did

Win Afghanistan war Letter DONALD A. MOSKOWITZ


resident Barack Obama and many of his followers have dwelled on the past and attempted to blame former President George W. Bush for the countr y’s ills. The Obama administration has been in charge for almost a year and should have made more progress toward solving our problems, especially with a Democratically-controlled Congress since 2006. It is the easy way out to blame others for problems. Bush could have blamed former President Bill Clinton for decimating our militar y, but he did not. Bush was castigated for the Iraq war, but it was former Secretar y of Defense Donald Rumsfeld who promoted the “shock and awe” war of Iraq


Eventual peace requires diplomacy

SUGAM best recruiting class in school history, a feat he will likely top in the near future. And those freshmen have already had a major impact. The Football Writers Association of American named quarterback Tom Savage and defensive tackle Scott Vallone to the 2009 freshman All-American team. Freshman linebacker Steve Beauharnais made his third start of the season in the bowl game and had seven tackles and two sacks. Freshman wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was the MVP of the bowl game with 144 total yards and three touchdowns. And the Savage to Sanu connection will rewrite the record books that former quarterback Mike Teel and wide receiver Kenny Britt just rewrote themselves. The best is yet to come for this program. I strongly believe this program will be playing a BCS game within the next three years. If not, I’ll be the first to point the finger at whoever is to blame. But until then, sit back and enjoy where this program has come from and where it’s still going. After all, Terry Shea and 0-11 wasn’t all that long ago.

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with 125,000 troops — Rumsfeld originally requested 75,000 troops — when Gen. Eric Shinseki said we needed 250,000 troops to subdue the Iraqi militar y and t h e countr yside. The general was correct and the result was the militar y mess in Iraq. Gen. David Petraeus finally got enough troops into Iraq to do the job. President Obama has now added 30,000 troops in Afghanistan to tr y to decimate the Taliban and al-Qaida. We are in Afghanistan and have to win the war, or we risk emboldenment and potential attacks of ter rorists throughout the world. I am pleased to see that Obama is showing some leadership. Donald A. Moskowitz is a resident of Londonderry, N.H.

not hear about the rabbis and hear about in the media, which settlers who donated Korans to the US government demanded the vandalized mosque, or the that Israelis cease. I cannot group of European rabbis who imagine any Americans content condemned the minaret ban with such restriction imposed in Switzerland. on their hometowns. If you have not realized by In 2000, Ehud Barak offered now, Israeli settlers are people Yasser Arafat a majority control too. Their demonization in the of the West Bank. Arafat rejectforeign press is nothing short ed the offer. Peace talks involve of slander. They are people with compromise from both parties, children and no matter how playgrounds who much one side “They are people live in the West may disagree with children and with the other. Bank, not an angr y mob with Past Israeliplaygrounds who pitchforks perpetPalestinian negoually on their way tiations prove live in the West to a Palestinian that the latter Bank, not an angry party is far from village. Some are families who interested in mob ...” have moved to working together Israel from with their conAmerica and have found a nice cept of peace akin to a list of home or a neighborhood that stubborn demands. they liked. Perhaps they wanted Historians recall that the to be located near a school Palestinians “never miss an which best suited their child. opportunity to miss an opportuniContrar y to popular belief, it ty.” This addition is no less true was not their goal to “snatch up of the current political situation. land before time r uns out.” The current American adminisThey wanted a house with a gar- tration is eager to resolve the conden and maybe even a swing flict and is the best partner the set, a rarity in the tiny countr y Palestinians have had in quite of Israel. Then their children some time. Palestinian Prime grew up and wanted to live Minister Salam Fayyad, who nearby, so the grandparents some hoped would bring some could be around the kids. This clarity to the Palestinian side, is is the type of natural growth we too busy burning settlement

products to sit through meetings with Israeli officials. Inciting antiIsraeli sentiments will not only delay peace, but is also a violation of the Oslo accords. In June 2009, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly announced his support for a two-state solution. He then managed to maintain calm amongst right wing parties in his government when calling for an eight-month settlement building moratorium. He has the ears and the respect of the countries top politicians and works closely with Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and internationally respected diplomat. Netanyahu has been able to maintain a wide calm on an issue so deeply contested. Yet, the Palestinians still refuse to seize the opportunity for peace. The attitude exhibited by Palestinian leadership and their demurral to return to the negotiation table is the barrier for peace. Peace doesn’t come about when refusing to talk and compromise with others, yet Palestinian leadership sits idly by when the opportunity is at their doorstep and deny their people the peace — and state — for which they so eagerly await. Hod Klein is a Rutgers College senior majoring in Jewish Studies and philosophy.



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Horoscopes / LINDA C. BLACK Today's Birthday (1/21/2010) As you seek greater power in career or social activities this year, also seek greater spiritual depth and understanding. Brute-force methods may have worked in the past, but now you discover social or spiritual avenues to lead others with greater sensitivity and skill. 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 7 — You've reached the balance point with work and responsibilities. Now it's time to pursue social activities with flair. Join the party! Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — It may be hard to get through to an older person now. Don't worry. You'll get another chance. Follow through on social plans. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — Give a female permission to carry your message today. You don't need to be the bearer of news. You just need it to be delivered. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Cultivate a relationship with your favorite person today. Spend extra time together and let yourself be carried away. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — You have your marching orders. Don't be afraid to start out early and work hard all day. A female begs you to take a break for supper. Follow her instructions to the letter. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Exert yourself to push aside an obstacle at work. Challenge yourself to move up a rung on the career ladder. A female provides support. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Connect with a

female who has a special connection to private information. Don't expect her to reveal her sources. Just accept the data gracefully. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — If you collaborate with a much older person, you'll love the results. Both of you feel vindicated when the news gets out. Feel free to pat each other on the back. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 5 — Get down to business early and stick to it. Most of the day is spent clearing up mistakes and trying to grasp what seems like an ancient concept. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — A woman presents a compelling argument. It's unique and yet practical. It's hard to imagine anything working better than that. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — Relationships have been tough lately. Today you get a handle on how to communicate your ideas reasonably, without seeming boring. Get exercise later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Share the stage with a female who knows her lines perfectly. Even if you adlib, she can handle the banter. Who knows where the play will take you?

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Freshman guard Erica Wheeler saw her playing time increase over break, and scored 12 points in a career-high 26 minutes against DePaul.

SPARK: Guard continues

know we have to step up and come into that role.” While the ability is there, to adjust to role on offense the consistency is not always on point. continued from back Despite earning two starts — in 12 points, a rebound, a block playing 26 minutes against and a steal. Head coach C. Vivian Pittsburgh and 22 against Stringer is pleased with her abiliSyracuse — Wheeler managed ty to help RU open up the floor. only two points in each game, “Erica’s got a pure shot,” shooting a combined 2-of-16 in Stringer said. “Erica can open it the pair. up and [she] is sure about where Out of the starting lineup she is on the floor. Now, she against Cincinnati, Wheeler ignitmight do a lot of other things but ed in the first half, leading all you’ve got a pure shooter, and scorers with eight points in 10 you’ve got [senior guard Brittany minutes in the opening period off Ray] and you’ve got [sophomore the bench. She did not score for forward April Sykes] so it’s going the rest of the game. to open up.” “Erica is a freshman, and Though Stringer has often chidErica pays more attention to ed her in the postgame about underErica,” Stringer said after RU’s standing and executing the team’s win over the Bearcats. “I know plays, Wheeler continually shows how Erica performs when [the flashes of the pure athletic ability game is on the line]. … Right that makes her so dangerous. now, she’s not ready. … But Wheeler posted 13 points — a she’s going to be okay, she’s just career high — against the a typical freshman.” Colonials. She A year ago, averages just sophomore guard “We still go hard under four points Nikki Speed found per game this year in a similar and play like it’s the herself and is shooting 41 position — she ... championship, percent from joined the Scarlet three-point range. as a highly that’s my mentality.” Knights The Knights’ touted McDonald’s lengthy layoff over All-American ERICA WHEELER break has been a who brought Freshman guard major help to high expectations her development. to RU. “Erica’s a great shooter but in Speed said she understands the beginning she really didn’t the pressure Wheeler is under, take her shot,” said Ray, the but acknowledges the freshman team’s leading scorer. “She’s has been carrying herself well. been putting up a lot of shots this “E’s stepping up to the two,” break but she knows her role and Speed said. “Coach Stringer said she knows when and when not to we need more people shooting take that shot now, and I think the ball and we need more scorbeing aware of that helps her a liters and E stepped right up. [As a tle bit and helps her offense flow point guard] she isn’t really sure a little bit better.” where everybody is supposed to Wheeler saw her workload be [on the floor]. That’s someincrease dramatically over winthing she’ll learn gradually and ter break, playing 18 minutes she’s doing well. Little by little, against Central Connecticut, 20 she’s getting it.” against George Washington and But with the brunt of Big East 26 versus DePaul. play coming up, Wheeler and the But Wheeler is not shying Knights are ready to dig in as away from the spotlight as her they prepare to take on some of role continues to increase. the top competition in the nation. “Coach told us that we need to “We still go hard and play like step up because there’s only nine it’s the NCAA championship, of us and B-Ray can’t play the that’s my mentality,” Wheeler whole 40 minutes because she’s said. “Play hard, play every game getting old,” Wheeler joked. “We like it’s your last game.”



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Book looks at ‘season between the seasons’ BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Most Rutgers fans know Bobby Deren as the knowledgeable sportswriter on, DRAFT SEASON but after the release of “Draft Season: Four Months on the Clock,” they will start to know him as an author. Deren, a Scarlet Knights football and basketball repor ter for since 2006, spent last of fseason following four football players through the entire NFL Draft process for what he calls “the first to explore the season between the seasons.” “I’ve covered the NFL Combine for a few years with Rivals and I also did a bunch of articles on professional players training for the Combine and I saw the immensity of work and preparation,” Deren said. “I just thought it was a remarkable story because a lot of people don’t realize how much these players go through. “It’s not just ‘I’m done with college, I’m going to go to the NFL.’ It’s a whole season within itself. It gives the people a behind the scenes look at the draft in a way that I hadn’t ever seen before.” Deren follows four college players — Michigan’s Morgan Trent, South Carolina’s Kenny McKinley, Nebraska’s L ydon Mur tha and Florida Atlantic’s Frantz Joseph — from the end of their college careers to draft day.

All four players worked out at TEST Sports Performance in Martinsville, N.J. “TEST and Rivals ran some combines together in the past and I became friends with their owner (Brian Martin),” Deren said. “I just saw the excellent job he did two years ago with [first round draft picks] Joe Flacco and Ryan Clady and [former Scarlet Knight] Eric Foster.” TEST Sports Performance is a training facility devoted to preparing football players for the rigors of the NFL Combine and individual workouts. Former Rutgers star and Indianapolis Colt Foster prepared for the NFL with TEST and Rutgers senior defensive end George Johnson is doing the same on his quest to play at the next level. Deren said he chose Trent, McKinley, Murtha and Joseph based on their personalities and differing backgrounds. “I spent six weeks with them at TEST getting to know them and from there, I went with them all to the NFL Combine, visited them in their homes, went to their Pro Days and even watched the draft with Frantz,” Deren said. “You get four different perspectives of the draft from four completely different people that are all united in the same goal.” Since the completion of his book, all four players got shots at the NFL and two are still going strong with NFL teams. Trent, a cornerback, went in the sixth round to the Cincinnati Bengals and made it to the playoffs as a rookie. The Denver Broncos drafted McKinley in the

fifth round and used him as a wideout and kick returner. Mur tha, an of fensive lineman, went in the seventh round to Detroit, but the Lions cut him before the Dolphins picked him up and placed him on injured reser ve. Joseph had a brief stint with the Raiders before signing to play in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos. “For this book to have worked, I would need to become friends with them,” Deren said. “The only way these guys were going to open up with me was if they trusted me and through that, I’m still good friends with all of them.” One of the topics Deren explores is the relationship that Joseph built with RU’s Foster. “Frantz went to Florida Atlantic where no player had ever been drafted,” he said. “He didn’t have friends in the pros like the other guys and Foster sort of became that guy.” Deren’s first New Jersey book signing is Saturday at TEST Sports Performance and he has a signing at Scarlet Fever Feb. 2 from 5-7 p.m. before the men’s basketball game against St. John’s. “From 9:30 to 10 a.m., you can watch the players at TEST train before my signing and George Johnson will be there,” Deren said. Deren, 33, also has events planned in Miami during the Super Bowl as well as Cincinnati. For more information or to purchase the book for $13.95, log on to


Rutgers sportswriter Bobby Deren follows the path of four college players to the NFL Draft in his new book ‘Draft Season.’



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SURPRISES: Knights outrebounded 52-28 in loss continued from back four th-ranked team, sophomore guard Mike Rosario was curiously absent. Rosario, ineffective yet again (three points,

1-of-8 shooting), sat for a long stretch in the second half, making way at the 16:30 mark before retur ning with 7:59 remaining. Rosario declined to speak with the media after the game. “I feel like through the game we gave up,” Miller said. “We can’t get better and we can’t


improve if we give up in games. … In high school, I went to a place where you have to play hard until the game is over, no matter what the score is, you have to play until the games over.” N’Diaye had 12 points before fouling out and junior guard James Beatty added 10 for the Knights (9-9, 0-6).


Sophomore guard Mike Rosario, white, continued his shooting slump, going one-for-eight from the field and scoring only three points.

Jersey boys lead ’Nova to victory over Knights BY MATTHEW STEIN SPORTS EDITOR


ost in the whirlwind of the Fred Hill/Jay W r i g h t , Rutgers/Villanova saga was a minor, yet subtly intriguing KNIGHT subplot. NOTEBOOK A l l three of New Jersey’s high school powerhouses — St Benedict’s, St. Patrick’s and St. Anthony — were well represented at the Louis Brown Athletic Center last night. As indicated by the 94-68 final score, those cherished recruits that eluded the Scarlet Knights got the better of them. “One of the things Villanova has going for them is they have the program rolling,” said head coach Fred Hill Jr. “When you’ve experienced that type of success that filters through to the new guys. When Mike Nardi goes from St. Patrick’s to Villanova, it’s easy for Corey Fisher to follow. It’s easy for Stokes and Cheek to follow.” While Dominic Cheek — RU sophomore guard Mike Rosario’s teammate at St. Anthony, who was serenaded at the RAC during a game last season in an attempt at swaying him towards a commitment to Rutgers — was relatively quiet off the bench until garbage time, it was a pair of Coreys that led the Villanova charge. Corey Fisher of St. Patrick’s and Corey Stokes of St. Benedict’s combined for 18 points in the first half and finished at a 12-for-20 shooting clip

— a combined 31-point effort to lead the Villanova charge. And when Wright decided to play a team of freshmen to close the game, Cheek went off and ended up leading Villanova with 17 points. Overall, the three Jersey products combined for 48 points.



against Villanova, senior center Hamady N’Diaye now sits just five away from second place in the program’s all-time record books. Aided by a distinct height advantage over the Wildcat’s four-guard offense, N’Diaye had a number of emphatic swats, but the Dakar, Senegal native was left susceptible to quick moves and passes, and Villanova exploited those weaknesses to the tune of 46 points in the paint. James Bailey, who represented the Knights from 1975-79 and has his uniform hanging from the RAC’s rafters, had 304 swats during his career. Roy Hinson is RU’s all-time leader with 355 rejections.



basketball player Epiphanny Prince, who departed after three years to play professionally overseas this offseason, was in attendance. She received a very mild ovation when announced over the loudspeaker late in the first half. Also present were former Villanova star and New Jersey Nets guard Kerry Kittles, former Rutgers athletics director Robert E. Mulcahy, former Knights linebacker Kevin Malast and exmen’s basketball player Marquis Webb — who got a considerably louder ovation than Prince when introduced in the second half.



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McCourty, Brown deserve more respect Hell’s Kitchen SAM HELLMAN


utgers baseball head coach and former Montclair State head coach Fred Hill Sr. will be honored next month by Montclair. The Montclair State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced plans to retire his jersey, No. 24, in a Feb. 13 ceremony at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J., beginning at 5:30 p.m. The number will be the university’s third to be retired, with Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Carol Blazejowski (12) and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Sam Mills (62) as the only others to receive such an honor. “There’s no one more deserving of this honor than Coach Hill, “ said current MSU head baseball coach Norm Schoenig. “For all that he has done, not only at Montclair State but the influence he has had on the many players and coaches in collegiate baseball throughout his career.”



Dominick Russo and junior Billy Ashnault remain in the latest Intermat individual rankings, the Web site announced Wednesday. Heavyweight Russo stays at No. 9 and Ashnault is listed as No. 20 in the 133 lb. class. Russo’s 15 pins are the highest in the EIWA conference, and Ashnault has a 19-7 record in his first year with the Knights.



basketball team’s game against Marquette this Saturday is “Take a Grandparent to the Game,” in which any child can get in free with an accompanying grandparent. The game begins at 2 p.m. at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.



head coach Jim Calhoun’s illness that caused a medical leave is not career ending, UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway announced Wednesday during a pregame news conference. It was also announced that the leave of absence had nothing to do with current contract negotiations. Originally thought to be a recurring health issue, rumors that Calhoun’s medical problems were a heart complication or a third bout of cancer were quickly dispelled.




Boston Celtics for ward Rasheed Wallace $35,000 for publicly criticizing of ficials in Monday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. “[The officials] don’t like tough defense on [Dirk Nowitzki], so, of course, I get a whole lot of [expletive] calls,” Wallace said after the game in which foul trouble limited his minutes. “That’s how the story goes, I’m not worried about it. We’ll see them again.”


here’s no point in talking about left tackle Anthony Davis. He’s a monster with three years of experience in a BCS Conference and, despite off-the-field questions with his two suspensions, he appears to be more of a lock than Kenny Britt was last year. But beyond Davis, no Rutgers football player is getting any more hype than the four that went in the sixth and seventh round last season. Cornerback Devin McCourty and wide receiver Tim Brown, however, are both more than that and deserve to hear their names called before 95 percent of Radio City Music Hall empties out. McCourty’s stock is on the rise after a stellar senior season and will certainly get drafted at some point over the weekend. But McCourty is still highly under valued on most experts’ draft boards. The highest anyone with legitimacy predicts McCourty to go is in the mid-third round, but he has second round value. McCourty is ever ything a coach should want in an NFL player and whichever team snags him has a steal of an athlete. He’s no Darrelle Revis in terms of his cover skills — yet — but he shut down Pitt’s Jonathan Baldwin and he’s a freak of an athlete. He offers immense value on special teams, returning a kickoff for a touchdown last season and blocking a school record seven kicks in his career. There are zero questions about the kid’s personal background, an increasingly important attribute in an age where sports media does all it can to mirror TMZ, and he even has the family connection. His twin brother, Jason, was the second of six Scarlet Knights to get drafted last season, going in the sixth round to the Tennessee Titans where he enjoyed moderate success, start-


Despite a strong senior campaign, cornerback Devin McCourty (21) is listed at a mid-third round pick at best. McCourty will follow his twin brother Jason to the NFL at the draft this spring. ing two games as a rookie. And if Jason’s 4.32 40-yard dash time at RU’s pro day last season is any indication, watch out for Devin once the workouts start. Brown is set to test the NFL waters with even more of a chip on his shoulder than McCourty, continually hearing nothing but knocks on his 5-foot-8, 165-pound frame. And that isn’t fair. His size has yet to be a detriment to him, always popping right up after each bone-crushing

hit. In fact, the only injury Brown suffered in his last two seasons came when his own player fell on his leg at a weird angle. Certainly, hits from the likes of Brian Dawkins and Kerry Rhodes are different from anything the Miami native experienced before, but you can’t rule out Brown before seeing what he can do in live action. His blazing speed is enough to intrigue Raiders’ owner Al Davis, but he also has great hands and a school record 20 career touchdowns.

Brown will draw the inevitable off-the-field questions because he nearly left the team with personal issues between his sophomore and junior seasons. But head coach Greg Schiano said he did everything right to fight his way back onto the team and he went on to haul in 16 touchdowns and more than 1,700 yards since then. — Sam Hellman can be reached for comments or criticism at



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NO SURPRISES Miller’s game-high 26 points not enough as Villanova trounces Rutgers at home for seventh straight loss BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

One Philadelphia journalist covering last night’s Rutgers-Villanova men’s basketball game turned to the other and said, MEN’S BASKETBALL “Can we go VILLANOVA 94 home now?” That was at RUTGERS 68 halftime — when the Wildcats led by 22. Villanova scored early and often, showing off its full arsenal of weapons, cruising to an easy 94-68 victory over the Scarlet Knights at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. “For any team — Rutgers, whoever it is — it’s unacceptable not to be tough on the court,” said an embarrassed Hamady N’Diaye as he held back tears. “Once you step on the court, you have to bring everything that you have and we didn’t bring it as a team tonight. That’s horrible.” The 22-point halftime deficit facing RU practically sums up its season and time under head coach Fred Hill Jr. — out-manned, out-muscled and out-played by a superior Big East team. The 94 points were the most allowed to a conference opponent under Hill. In prior games, the Knights crawled back to make things interesting, but not last night — and not against a Villanova team that got points from 10 of the 11 players that appeared. “I think we have to start playing the first half like we play the second,” said Hill, whose team was outrebounded 52-28 and gave up 23 on the offensive glass. “It seems to be a trend with this team. I wish I had an answer for it. We let them get us on

the glass. It’s not something we’re good at and we have to get better at it. … We gave up 23 for the game and I think we had five of f missed free throws, which is totally inexcusable.” The lead ballooned to as much as 32 in the second half after Corey Stokes buried one of his four three pointers with 16:35 remaining. Stokes, a Bayonne native, led the Villanova (17-1, 6-0) assault with 16 points while fellow guard Corey Fisher, a St. Patrick’s product, added 15. Dominic Cheek, a Jersey City native, led the ’Cats in scoring with 17, most of which came in the game’s final five minutes. ’Nova hardly needed a contribution from the Big East’s fourth leading scorer, Scottie Reynolds. The senior guard got a well-deser ved break from scoring finishing with nine points in 28 minutes. “We were playing ever ybody before because we didn’t really have a rotation,” said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “We need to play these guys. We’re starting to get the rotation down and the guys are starting to get comfortable. For us to be a good team coming down [the stretch], we have to play 11 guys.” For the Knights, Dane Miller continued to show his offensive game, connecting on 10-of-19 shooting en route to his game-high 26 points — tying his career-high set earlier this month in a loss at Providence. The freshman forward scored nine straight points over a three-minute stretch to bring RU within 17 with just under eight minutes to play. While Miller was showcasing his of fensive skills against the nation’s



Guard Corey Fisher, left, and the Wildcats had their way with the Rutgers defense the entire game. Fisher finished with 15 points as Villanova shot an even 50 percent from the floor as a team.

Wheeler Knights face top competition at weekend meet emerging as spark plug for offense BY KEVIN O’ROURKE STAFF WRITER


Off the court, she’s the short guard with the big smile. But come game time, freshman WOMEN’S BASKETBALL E r i c a Wheeler means business. And after a quiet start to the season, the 5-foot-7 Miami native is finally coming into her own as a Scarlet Knight. The sweet-shooting Wheeler scored in double figures in two games over break, and is beginning to make an impact on the stat sheet. “I’m getting my confidence up and I realize that my team really needs me so that really drives me,” Wheeler said. “I have to step up and step into my role. I’ve been doing well and I’m looking to continue to play well.” Wheeler played a career-high 26 minutes against DePaul and turned



Senior swimmer Hailey Weniger placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle event in Rutgers’ previous meet against Maryland. The Knights return to action this weekend at the Rutgers Aquatic Center.

For at least one weekend, the eyes of the college swimming world will descend on Piscataway. T h e SWIMMING & DIVING R u t g e r s s w i m COLLEGE CONF. ming and CARNIVAL, diving TONIGHT, 6:30 P.M. t e a m plays host to the Swimming World Magazine College Conference Carnival beginning Friday at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. “It’s a big, enter taining event,” said head coach Chuck Warner. “It’s really a great show. We’re going to have clown diving and a lot of different things that go on. Last year, it was seen by about 2,500 people on live Internet TV, and I think this year will be much better.” Warner said his team is excited at the prospect of performing in front of a packed house in a charged atmosphere. Six former Olympians will be on hand as special guests and to call the action on Swimming World TV. “I think our girls love it,” Warner said. “Last year we did a great job at it and I think that just makes it that much more exciting.”


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