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Rutgers signs deal to offer bachelor’s at county college By Adam Uzialko Staff Writer
“To me, that sounds like holding people back in a modern day form of slavery,” Garcia said. Garcia said he did not want to overextend or exaggerate the idea, but people having to incur debt to live did not seem fair to him. He said it is unfair that society provides social services when employers could pay an honest wage rate.
Students can now earn a bachelor’s degree from the University without ever stepping foot on a Rutgers campus. The University recently unveiled an agreement with the County College of Morris that allows students with associate’s degrees to earn a Rutgers baccalaureate on CCM’s campus. Dwight Smith, vice president of Academic Affairs at CCM, said the deal was negotiated during the past year and mirrors similar agreements the University maintains with other county colleges across the state. “I think what’s exciting to people in Morris County is that students can take their associate’s degree courses, obtain an associate’s degree, transfer to Rutgers-Newark within five different programs and take those courses here at the Randolph campus,” Smith said. The five majors included initially will be psychology, journalism, crimi-
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Briana Trafuoci, an employee at the restaurant Barndoore, earns above minimum wage for her work. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Wage increase affects businesses, workers By Danielle Gonzalez Staff Writer
Recent wage increases are making a big difference in the lives of New Brunswick workers and doing little detriment to businesses, according to New Brunswick small business owners and wage increase advocates. New Jersey residents voted to increase the minimum wage from
$7.25 to $8.25 per hour and to automatically adjust the minimum wage over time in relation to the current cost of living during November’s general elections. Craig Garcia, an organizer at New Labor, a non-profit community organization that promotes the education, advocacy and organization of low-wage workers, said the minimum wage increase is great, but it still is not a living wage.
“Causing anyone to have a minimum wage rate where, by rule, they have to incur some level of debt just to fulfill their basic needs,” Garcia said. “That’s a form of slaver y.” If works do not receive enough money to meet their basic needs, he said they are getting less money than they need to live, which means they are being forced to incur debt.
Illusionist talks club history By Adam Uzialko Staff Writer
Steve Bagienski uses magic as a tool to connect people and create entertainment for his audience. Bagienski is a co-founder of The Magician and Illusionist Society, a University club dedicated to the honing and performance of sleight of hand, deceptive illusions and psychological tricker y. He is a professional magician and Rutgers graduate. “I feel like [magic] is a really good tool to connect with other people,” Bagienski said. “I focus more on close-up magic rather than pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat stage magic, because with closeup magic, there’s a much bigger opportunity to interact with people and connect with them.” Bagienski described close-up magic as something done next to the person spectating as opposed to performed for a large crowd. The effect, he said, is a lot more back-and-forth interaction between the performer and the audience. “[Magic] is a tool to do what you want with,” he said. “You can use it as a tool to connect with people. You can use it as a tool to inspire other people or a tool to entertain people. It’s a really versatile art form.”
Bagienski said he now performs at a number of venues like weddings, parties or even on the street. Typically, he showcases his tricks at restaurants, moving from table to table while patrons wait for their orders to arrive. When he was a graduate student, he did not know anyone else with an interest in magic, but it was not long until he met Malachy Quinn through the juggling club, Bagienski said. Quinn practiced yo-yoing and started juggling to sharpen his skills. When Bagienski first met him, it set the stage for MIS. Some time later, Quinn said he reconnected with Bagienski and brought along a new magician named Ibrahim Ahmed. Ahmed said Quinn approached him after a performance on Livingston campus to ask about establishing an organization for magic, which he had thought about as well. “If we created something for magicians, we could just come up with ideas, practice and work on them,” he said. “[It would help us] be better performers and better entertainers in general.” After the three students spent time together and showed each other a trick or two, they decided the organization needed a name, he said.
“Me, Steve and Ibrahim — who was our senior in terms of magic — decided to make a magician’s club: The Magician and Illusionist Society,” Quinn said. The name is a collaboration of all three co-founders initials: Malachy, Ibrahim, and Steve. Between the times Quinn met Bagienski and when MIS was founded, Quinn had run Rutgers Yo-Yo Dojo. He gained valuable insight into how to organize and administrate a club, he said. He became president of MIS and Bagienski was his vice president. They became heavily invested in the structure and operations of the club, Quinn said. “After we all taught each other and all got better, we would all perform at the same time,” Quinn said. Ever ybody had his or her own individual type of talents, Ahmed said. Bagienski and Quinn excelled at some aspects of magic, while Ahmed was better at doing others. “People started coming to learn about hypnosis, mind reading and psychology in general,” he said. Ahmed said people who had different approaches to magic could bounce ideas off one another and learn new techniques they may See Illusionist on Page 5
Top: Steve Bagienski, a Rutgers alumnus and magician, burns a coin in a deck of cards to reveal the participant’s chosen card. Bottom: The burnt hole shows the card. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
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The Rutgers British Studies Center presents “Dealing with Downton Abbey: Media, Architecture, and Class in Britain” at 4:30 p.m. at Alexander Library in the Pane Room. Admission is free for everyone.
Friday, Jan. 24
Rutgers Digital Classroom ser vices of fers “Intro to Macs” workshop at 1 p.m. at Tillet Hall on Livingston Campus. Admission is free for ever yone. The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies presents the New Jersey Film Festival at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue Campus. The festival runs on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 at the same time. Admission is $10 general admission and $9 for students and senior citizens . The Rutgers Theater Company performs “You Can’t Take it with You” at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater on Douglass Campus. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors, and $15 for students with valid ID.
Sunday, Jan. 26
The Jane Zimmerli Art Museum presents “Meiji Photographs: A Historic Friendship between Japan and Rutgers” at 12 p.m. in Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Admission is free for Rutgers students, faculty and staff and $6 for the general public.
METRO CALENDAR Friday, Jan. 24
The band moe. per forms at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theater 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. Tickets are $30-$35.
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January 23, 2014
Fraternity fundraises $14,000 for charity excursion to Jamaica By Connie Capone Contributing Writer
The Delta Upsilon Fraternity raised well more than their previous record of $8,000 last semester for the Global Service Initiative with their meal swipes fundraising program. Delta Upsilon President, Cosimo Laterza, announced that at the close of the fall semester they raised $14,810, shattering their goal of $10,000. Laterza, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior, said he was proud that his fraternity could team up and achieve such a feat, while redefining the stereotypical “frat guy” mold. The Global Service Initiative is a charitable organization created by the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, said Kamran Khaliq, vice president of recruitment. “The GSI uses fundraised amounts to purchase building supplies which allows brothers to engage in direct service to communities in need,” he said. Khaliq, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said his brothers have been to New Orleans and most recently Jamaica, and plan to continue to participate in these philanthropic events upon the success of their meal swipes program. The brothers of Delta Upsilon collected meal swipes from stu-
The Delta Upsilon Fraternity raised $14,000 with the meal swipes program, breaking a record for the most raised by any Delta Upsilon chapter internationally. COURTESY OF KAMRAN KHALIQ dents at the dining halls on each campus at specific times during the week, said Khaliq. “Every brother in the fraternity put hours of dedication into ensuring that we exceeded our initial goal of raising $10,000,” he said. “We, the Rutgers chapter, wanted to raise more than any Delta Upsilon chapter previously has for this cause.” The fraternity has fundraised for many events and organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, the Children’s Miracle
Network, Dance Marathon and H.E.A.R.T. 9/11. He said all of the money raised this time went strictly toward the cost of building supplies and equipment for the school buildings in Jamaica. Matthew Lucciola, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said he and Corey Hort, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, had applied for the program through the Rutgers University Student Assembly to gain their support. Lucciola, the exiting vice president of philanthropy, said
The brothers visited a school in Jamaica last year to help build infrastructure in the area. They hope to return this year to work on a dining pavilion. Delta Upsilon created Global Service Initiative, which they hope to expand with their new funds. COURTESY OF KAMRAN KHALIQ
in his pitch, he discussed what their success so important to him, the Global Ser vice Initiative he said. Because they raised even does and how they planned to help build schools in the sur- more than what they had initially rounding areas of Negril, Jamai- expected, he said the extra monca. Their future plans include ey would provide funding to a more work there because he is second project. This new project is in the works and should lead to passionate about the people. “The GSI gives children hope,” further development. “This means the world to he said. “The educational system in Jamaica is very different from me,” Lucciola said. “And because we have the one here.” worked with The money the Minister raised went toward the dining “We, the Rutgers chapter, of Education Jamaica, pavilion because wanted to raise more than in it has one of the any Delta Upsilon chapter the leftover money will highest success previously has for this be used for rates of getcause.” something ting kids into new, being high school, Kamran KhaliQ whatever he and would hopeVice President of Recruitment decides necfully work to for Delta Upsilon essar y.” improve JamaiAccording ca’s 30 percent to Khaliq, this unemployment fundraising success is just anrate, Lucciola said. “The kids are so grateful other achievement for the Rutbecause they know what we’re gers Delta Upsilon chapter this year. For the second consecutive doing for them,” he said. Lucciola said since they have year, the chapter won the Four set the bar high, the future looks Star Chapter Excellence Award, bright as they hope to break their and initiated the most members own records and amplify their into the greek honors society Gamma Sigma Alpha. presence on campus. “I’m extremely fortunate to be “The plan now is to continue to raise money for the Global a part of a fraternity that has conService Initiative. Corey Hort, the sistently excelled in every way new vice president of Philanthro- possible,” he said. “In just three py, has some great ideas that will short years, we have won awards be unfolding in the upcoming se- that fraternities often need years to work towards. We have a provmester,” he said. Lucciola’s commitment to the en track record in setting goals, GSI has made the prospect of and exceeding them.”
January 23, 2014
Off-campus programs offer 97 courses, host 750 undergraduate students continued from front
nal justice, graphic design and public and non-profit administration, he said. Those programs would open to the public in the fall of 2014 and Rutgers tuition would apply. “Rutgers faculty will be teaching the courses,” Smith said. “Rutgers-Newark will [provide] a staff member, and we are working on final arrangements to provide a space for that person to advise students who might be interested in pursuing the five programs of study.” Joe Walsh, manager of Academic Programs, is one such staff member at Brookdale Community College in Middletown, N.J. His responsibilities include advising students interested in the program as well as acting as an intermediary between the two schools. “My duties and the duties of other managers are to provide on-site academic advising and coordinate all the actions between Rutgers and the community college,” he said. Walsh said he feels integrated into Brookdale’s operations, and he spends more time at the county college despite being a Rutgers employee. Similarly, students enrolled in the program are considered Rutgers students despite never having to visit a Rutgers campus. Since its inception in 1998, the Brookdale agreement has expanded from around two programs to 10, and coordination between the colleges has grown and evolved over time, Walsh said. For example, Walsh said when the agreement first launched, students at Brookdale could not use WebReg or Degree Navigator — now they can. He is still working to bridge the gap between off-campus students and the main Rutgers campuses. Walsh said the progress was due in part to 2008 legislation that provided a uniform protocol for transfers within the state of New Jersey because it eliminated confusion surrounding general education requirements. Barbara Fiorella, vice president for Degree Completion Programs at Rutgers, said the state-wide transfer law improved coordination between all colleges by establishing a general outline that, if followed, required
four-year universities to bring in transfers as juniors. The result, she said, was that all colleges in the state were now on the same page academically, and it makes off-campus programs like the ones at Brookdale and CCM run smoother. To establish the agreements, Rutgers and the community college sign a Memorandum of Understanding, under which individual departments install separate articulation agreements, Fiorella said. “[Articulation agreements] are added on ad hoc basis,” she said. “So, it’s an evolution.” As of fall 2013, the off-campus programs offer 97 face-to-face courses, host 750 undergraduate students and graduated 143 students last year from January to October, according to data obtained from the University’s Division of Continuing Studies. “We’re providing access to people that cannot come to one of the three main campuses of Rutgers,” she said. “These people are working, they have families — so we are bringing to them what they need instead of them having to come to us. It’s very rewarding.” Richard Novak, vice president for Continuing Studies and Distance Education at Rutgers, said the program expands accessibility by making college more affordable and removing long commutes from the equation. “We are making it possible for students in [New Jersey] to receive a Rutgers degree and save money by staying close to home,” he said via email. Novak said CCM marks the fifth agreement to be put in place. He said the University is in discussion with other colleges that could not yet be named, but that several more partnerships, perhaps three to five, could be expected in the next five years. “We believe we are helping to carry out the Rutgers University mission to serve the state of [New Jersey], and we believe we provide students with a high quality educational experience,” he said. The signing ceremony was snowed out in December and has been rescheduled for Feb. 27, 2014. Rutgers-Newark programs should launch at CCM in fall 2014.
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not have employed before. For example, Ahmed said Bagienski and Quinn were more into card tricks and close-up magic, but his specialty was psychological magic. “Just as a computer can be hacked, there are a lot of things you can do to hack the human brain,” Ahmed said. While there are many differ-
ent approaches to magic, all three of MIS’s co-founders think similarly about their art. Quinn said magic is a universal language in which dreams can be translated into reality. He quoted William Bernbach by saying, “An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” Ahmed said it is not about the magic or the performer, but the connections it creates among
people. “People become friends just like that,” he said. “Magic is not about yourself, it’s not about me tr ying to show off what I can do.” Bagienski agreed and suggested that magic may have far-reaching implications. “I [want to] inspire people to live better lives and inspire them to enjoy life more and appreciate it more,” Bagienski said. “[Connecting with people] is a great thing in itself, but if we can become a happier society in general and put smiles on peoples’ faces, that would be really meaningful to me.”
CROONING IN THE COLD From right to left: Brian Curry, Steve Shimchick and Jeff Petescia, members of Cold Weather Company, perform at a coffeehouse hosted by the Rutgers University Programming Association at the Livingston Student Center yesterday. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
January 23, 2014
WORKERS Petracca says Barndoore pays all of its employees above minimum wage continued from front
“Although it is nice to see the increase, you cannot support a family on those wages,” he said. “I know many people that tr y to do that, so it gets quite difficult.” But Garcia said there are some good things about the minimum wage increase. For example, the minimum wage has indexing that adjusts each year to inflation. “I look for ward to seeing it increase ever y year with inflation,” he said. “That was certainly the hallmark of this minimum wage increase.” Garcia said policymakers should increase the minimum wage to a level where no one has to live with debt. That does not mean someone who wastes their money on things they do not need, but someone who wants to provide for the basic health and needs of their family without incurring any debt. Even with the increase, many workers are still making what is considered below-poverty wages, he said. But since they were already making poverty wages before the increase, they are using the new money for their daily needs. “That dollar increase means a lot more that they can provide for their family,” he said. “But even more that they can contribute to the local economy.” He said workers could use that money to buy healthier food for their family and clothing for their children, pay for doctor appointments and generally provide more for their families. “More money in their pockets, more money for their fami-
ly, the more resources they will have, but it will also be positive to the local economy,” Garcia said. “They will be able to spend that money and circulate it at a time when more money in the economy is definitely something that we need.” Garcia said a wage increase would raise the amount of money circulated into local businesses, which will in turn increase employment opportunities. Joseph Petracca, owner
“The cost of living has gone up incredibly. It is not the same as it was 10 years ago. It had to be done.” Amada Leroux Manager of Sanctuary
of Barndoore, a restaurant on Easton Avenue, said he feels the minimum wage increase is good. Barndoore does not pay their employees just the bare minimum wage, Petracca said. They pay ever y employee above minimum wage. “We feel that if they work hard, they deser ve their wages,” he said. Because Barndoore pays all of its employees above the minimum wage, the minimum wage increase has not affected them, he said. Petracca said he does not know of any other local business
in New Brunswick that has been greatly affected either. “But in all honesty, paying someone an extra 75 cents or a dollar is not going to break your business,” he said. “If your business is going to be bad, it’s going to be bad no matter what.” The minimum wage increase was necessar y, said Amanda Leroux, manager of Sanctuar y, a restaurant located on Easton Avenue. “The cost of living has gone up incredibly,” Leroux said. “It is not the same as it was 10 years ago. It had to be done.” She said she has not noticed a change in her business or employees since the minimum wage increase. “We tr y to keep it pretty friendly around here,” she said. Jimmy’s Grill & Specialties, located on Easton Avenue, is a family business owned by Jimmy Kassouf and his brother. Kassouf said their family has noticed a change in business but not because of the minimum wage increase. “We are a family business, so we mostly cover ever ything ourselves,” he said. “We don’t have that many employees.” It is the extra expenses of owning a business that are af fecting their business, Kassouf said. “There are too many expenses, he said. “Expenses like insurance and liabilities.” Business is not what it used to be — it is kind of slow, Kassouf said. He has seen this especially in his other business, Jimmy’s Food Truck. He said he used to have employees, but ever since the grease trucks were forced to move from their original location, the trucks have become a one-man operation. “Life is expensive,” he said.
Above: Briana Trafuoci is an employee at Barndoore on Easton Avenue in New Brunswick. Joseph Petracca, the owner, says all employees at the restaurant are paid above minimum wage. Bottom: Gapino Perez prepares food for the restaurant. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
January 23, 2014
New Brunswick man sues NFL over Super Bowl ticket prices
The Super Bowl is scheduled to take place Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J. Football fan Josh Finkelman bought two tickets for the Super Bowl for $2,000 each, a price he argues is prohibitively expensive, and is now suing the National Football League to make tickets more available to the public. GETTY IMAGES
By Katie Park Correspondent
Each year, thousands of enthusiastic football fans purchase coveted Super Bowl tickets that can range from several hundreds to thousands of dollars. This year, Josh Finkelman, a resident of New Brunswick, sued the National Football League over the sky-high prices of their tickets for the biggest game of the year. Bruce Nagel, Finkelman’s attorney, said Finkelman bought two Super Bowl XLVIII tickets for $2,000 each — a price steeper than the standard $800 to $1,500. The cost is only increasing — tickets are now being sold for $4,200, he said. Nagel said Finkelman argues the NFL violated a provision of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act by only making one percent of their approximately 80,000 tickets available to the general public through a lotter y. “This is a violation of New Jersey law,” he said. Statute 56:8-35.1 states it is against the law for an individual who has access to tickets before the release to the general public to withhold an amount exceeding five percent, according to the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs website. Nagel claims the NFL does not make 95 percent of the tickets available to the public for the upcoming game. Joanna Hunter, spokesperson for the NFL, said ever y ticket the NFL distributes is sold at face value. “Seventy-five percent of tickets are distributed to the teams, including 35 percent to the two participating teams,” she said. “Teams hold lotteries among their fans. They also retain tickets for their sponsors.” 6.2 percent of the tickets are also split between the host teams, with the remaining 28 teams sharing 33.6 percent from the total, distributing 1.2
percent per team. The league itself retains 25.2 percent, selling the tickets to media members, media partners and sponsors, Hunter said. The lotter y, administered by the NFL, accepts entries for each year’s Super Bowl from Feb. 1 to June 1. Several hundred lucky winners of the lotter y are offered the opportunity to buy two tickets at a discounted price, according to the NFL website. For the 48th Super Bowl, 30,000 people entered the lotter y and the league doubled the
number of winners to 1,000. The price of a winner’s ticket also
“We can never fulfill all the requests for tickets.” Joanna Hunter Spokesperson for the National Football League
dropped from $600 to $500, according to The Star-Ledger. The tickets given to the hosts of the Super Bowl and the two
teams playing in the game are not included in the lotter y count, according to the same article. New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, Statute 56:8-37 states that any person that is guilty of any violations of the act is also guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. Nagel declined to comment on what a crime of the fourth degree would entail for the NFL. Despite the complaints being brought against the NFL, the organization remains confident that its policies are compliant with all applicable laws, Hunter said.
“The Super Bowl is one of the world’s most popular events, and we would like for as many fans as possible to attend,” she said. “We can never fulfill all the requests for tickets. The NFL’s Super Bowl ticket distribution process has been in existence for years and is well documented.” The lawsuit is still being argued in court, Nagel said. It should most likely not have an impact on ticket allocation or sales for the game on Feb. 2, though he hopes it makes a difference in ticket allocation for future Super Bowls.
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January 23, 2014
Obama addresses sexual assault WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama shone a light yesterday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence. A White House report highlights a stunning prevalence of rape on college campuses, with 1 in 5 female students assaulted while only 1 in 8 student victims report it. “No one is more at risk of being raped or sexually assaulted than women at our nation’s colleges and universities,” said the report by the White House Council on Women and Girls. Nearly 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped in their lifetimes, according to the report. It chronicled the devastating effects, including depression, substance abuse and a wide range of physical ailments such as chronic pain and diabetes. The report said campus sexual assaults are fueled by drinking and drug use that can incapacitate victims, often at student parties at the hands of someone they know. Perpetrators often are serial offenders. One study cited by the report found that 7 percent of college men admitted to attempting rape, and 63 percent of those men admitted to multiple offenses, averaging six rapes each. Obama, who has overseen a military that has grappled with its own crisis of sexual assaults, spoke out against the crime as “an affront on our basic decency and humanity.” He then signed a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes. Obama said he was speaking out as president and a father of two daughters, and that men
must express outrage to stop the crime. “We need to encourage young people, men and women, to realize that sexual assault is simply unacceptable,” Obama said. “And they’re going to have to summon the bravery to stand up and say so, especially when the social pressure to keep quiet or to go along can be very intense.” Obama gave the task force, comprised of administration officials, 90 days to come up with recommendations for colleges to prevent and respond to the crime, increase public awareness of each school’s track record and
“We need to encourage young people, men and women, to realize that sexual assault is simply unacceptable.” BARACK OBAMA President of the United States
enhance coordination among federal agencies to hold schools accountable if they don’t confront the problem. Records obtained by The Associated Press under the federal Freedom of Information Act illustrate a continuing problem for colleges in investigating crime. The documents include anonymous complaints sent to the Education Department, often alleging universities haven’t accurately reported on-campus crime or appropriately punished assailants as required under federal law. A former Amherst College student, Angie Epifano, has accused the school of trivializing her report of being raped in a dorm room in 2011 by an
Hungarian lawmaker bashes ambassador BUDAPEST, Hungary — A Hungarian lawmaker from Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s governing Fidesz party sharply criticized the incoming U.S. ambassador yesterday, accusing her of being ignorant of local politics and having biased views, like some of her predecessors. During her confirmation hearing last week in the U.S. Senate, Colleen Bell, a producer of the soap opera “The Bold And The Beautiful,” repeated concerns from the U.S. government, the European Union and others about the “state of checks and balances in Hungary and the independence of some key institutions.” In an open letter published in the daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet, lawmaker Gergely Gulyas said Hungarians were fed up with “the double standard applied to the center-right government” and urged Bell to get informed before talking about democracy in Hungary. “We are always ready to talk about democracy with our Amer-
ican friends,” Gulyas wrote. “For this, however, the due knowledge, understanding and objective assessment of the facts is an indispensable condition.” Gulyas also said the positions of some of the U.S. ambassadors in Hungary had made them seem more like “Hungary’s post-communist, liberal politicians” than diplomats representing “the world’s greatest power committed to the ideals of freedom.” On Monday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi was less blunt but asked that Bell work not “from scripts written in advance by others but to from her own judgment.” Bell said that once in Budapest she would address Hungary’s “governance issues.” “This is not always an easy conversation to have, but it’s a necessary one,” Bell told the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. — The Associated Press
acquaintance. She said school counselors questioned whether she was really raped, refused her request to change dorms, discouraged her from pressing charges and had police take her to a psychiatric ward. She withdrew from Amherst while her alleged attacker graduated. Among the federal laws requiring colleges to address sexual assault are: Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination in education; the renewed Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law last year with new provisions on college sexual assault; and the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to publicly report their crime statistics every year. The Education Department has investigated and fined several schools for not accurately reporting crimes. Most notably was a 2006 case at Eastern Michigan University, in which the government eventually fined the school a then-record $357,000 for not revealing a student had been sexual assaulted and murdered in her dorm room. Violent crime can be underreported on college campuses, advocates say, because of a university’s public-image incentive to keep figures low, or because crimes can occur off campus and instead investigated by local police. Other times, schools put such suspects before a campus court whose proceedings are largely secret and not subjected to judicial review. — The Associated Press
WOMEN WALK Pro-choice activist and intern of Feminist Majority Foundation Jade Reindl, left, holds a sign as marchers of the annual March for Life arrive in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 22, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Pro-life activists from all around the country gathered in Washington for the event to protest the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 that helped to legalize abortion in the United States. GETTY IMAGES
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o it turned out that a lot of us spent the first day of the semester snowed out of class. Frankly, we were initially pretty shocked that classes were even cancelled — it’s more than we’ve gotten used to expecting from Rutgers. After all, this is a university that remained open with no announcements of closing up until the day before Hurricane Sandy wrecked New Jersey last year. Just last month, we applauded Rutgers for publishing the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Preparedness Task Force Report. The report detailed the University’s response to Hurricane Sandy and outlined precautionary measures that it would take to ensure more organized and efficient management for any future emergencies. But for all its promises to remain vigilant in such a comprehensive, 275-page post-Sandy report, Rutgers’ handling of this week’s blizzard was still inadequate. First of all, why wait until noon to announce that campus would not be closed until after 3 p.m., when the weather was already extremely dangerous? Over half of the students at Rutgers University are commuters who live off campus, and for those who had to wait until 3 p.m. to go home, the driving conditions were more than treacherous. The official announcement that classes were to be cancelled at 3 p.m. didn’t go up online until around 12:30 p.m., and it took way too long for everyone to find out. We’ve brought this up before, and we’re going to bring it up again: The system of communication that the University currently has in place is woefully lacking. When we sign up to receive emergency text alerts, we should get them. Email just isn’t an efficient way to communicate important, time-sensitive information — it’s 2014, and there’s no excuse for the University not to have caught on to this by now. Not everyone has a smartphone to access their email all the time, and even for those who do, emails can very easily get lost or filtered into a spam folder.
Even if you did get to read the email right away, it was still pretty unclear as to what time classes were cancelled and what time they would resume again because the terminology was so confusing. The email read, “President Robert Barchi has ordered the cancellation of all classes on Rutgers campuses at the end of 4th period today and to resume tomorrow… at the beginning of third period.” How many of us actually know what time class periods begin and end? When we’re looking for important updates in the middle of a snowstorm, the last thing anyone needs to deal with is unclear language. It’s poor communication at the administrative level that could easily be avoided. Overall, we’re going to give Rutgers a C minus on this one. We were one of the last schools to close in the area. The College of New Jersey and Middlesex County College, for example, closed hours earlier. We all knew this snowstorm was coming, and the University told us that it would be more organized after its slow response to Sandy. The fact that people were even a little surprised when classes were cancelled on Tuesday afternoon, even though we were clearly in the middle of a polar vortex-level blizzard, is a mark of the University’s reputation for stubbornly remaining open even in severe weather conditions, and the issues with communication are practically unforgivable. It’s the 21st century, and an institution with as many resources as Rutgers should have figured out a more efficient system by now. While we appreciate that President Barchi cancelled classes, we would like to expect more than just the bare minimum when it comes to the University’s safety standards. The administration rarely takes much caution when it comes to dangerous weather conditions, and as we’ve already seen so much snow this winter, we really wonder what it’s going to take for them to finally realize that we’re all better off safe than sorry.
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Avoiding procrastination not as difficult as it seems FOURTH WAVE DANNIELLE ROMOLEREUX
onsidering that every semester I tell myself that I will work on assignments as soon as I receive them but tend to leave them off, I realize the dangers of procrastination. Procrastination is a bad habit that we cannot seem to break off, but have you ever thought about why we do it? Or how we can avoid making the same mistakes we made during finals last semester? Coincidentally enough, I came across the topic of procrastination while I was watching TEDxTalks videos on YouTube to distract myself from completing my homework. In the video, Vik Nithy, a young entrepreneur, discussed why we procrastinate. After watching, I decided to look into the topic myself, and it was no surprise there was sufficient research on procrastination.
I found a paper by Wendelien Van Eerde entitled “Procrastination: Self-regulation in Initiating Aversive Goals” that discussed the reason why we put off both important and unimportant tasks. He offers a different form of studying procrastination that looks at work motivation. Van Eerde defines procrastination as “the avoidance of the implementation of an intention.” Yet defining procrastination becomes a challenge in itself because procrastination “is an intra-individual process, something that depends on internal norms of what is late, when to start and so on.” In other words, we all have different standards when it comes to procrastination. Regardless of the standards we have for procrastination, our reasoning for doing so remains the same. Avoidance plays a major part in this. For instance, Van Eerde explains that we tend to avoid certain assignment because we find them threatening or altogether unattractive and unpleasing. Instead of doing our work, we distract ourselves with actions or tasks that grant
us short-term pleasure. In my case, this involves another episode of “Parks and Recreation.” In his study, “Does Procrastination Mediate the Relationship between Optimism and Subsequent Stress?,” Todd Jackson found that students who procrastinate are more inclined to perform poorly in their academics and experience a higher stress than those who do not. Jackson also came to the conclusion that it is those students who are optimistic that tend not to procrastinate — in addition, he noticed that these students were feeling less overwhelmed at the end of the semester. In other words, if I would have started my research paper when it was assigned, I would not find myself losing sleep or feeling rushed to meet my deadline. Van Eerde warns us of “planning fallacy,” in which individuals tend to be over optimistic about the time we have to complete a task. Therefore, we have to be realistic about setting goals for how to approach our exam period. Of course, the solution is easier said than done, and oftentimes, it
might seem like it is too late to plan an efficient study method. I found the acronym SMART while searching ways to be more productive and end my procrastination habit. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound goals. Being as specific as possible with your schedule for the next few days will help you measure the workload effectively. Setting achievable and relevant goals will guide you in staying on track on the work that needs to be done for the time goals you have placed on yourself. Like Van Eerde reminds us that procrastination is a lost “should-want” conflict, so instead of satisfying our wants in the short term, we should realize that in the long run starting an assignment would result in a less stressful week of finals. Dannielle Romolereux is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and women’s and gender studies and minoring in French. Her column, “Fourth Wave,” normally runs on alternate Wednesdays.
Optimism key to overcoming challenges for future THE DETOUR SABRI RAFI
topping to smell the roses is sometimes a rather difficult task when there are no roses around you to gander at. Accelerating past the eccentricities of daily life often has now become a norm, only soon to realize that you now constantly crashing toward that brick wall which we call “reality.” Unrelenting and unyielding, it soon becomes an immovable force that we awkwardly gawk at until we all come to that universal sudden realization. Life is tough. That hand that you were holding onto has loosened its grip; the silver spoons around you seem a bit more wooden. With ever y crash into that cold wall, it seems to get a bit harder, and it takes slightly longer to get back up. Outside the comfort of our daily school and home rituals, the rest of the world seems to engulf you into realm of senseless beating and unforgiving hardships. Controlling the realities of the world is often like moving against the thick of an insurmountable hurricane. We can’t change facts that life presents us, or the
unprecedented situations that it bestows When did optimism become a delicacy on us. All we can do is follow that con- only enjoyed by the few and the mighty? stant drone of a reminder that tells us to Life is tough. But it is not impossible. The keep moving along. Complaining doesn’t deep struggle that we must all endure for help. Moaning gets tiring. The only one success and even more importantly, perthat can help is you is yourself. Accepting sonal growth, is difficult. But the sweet the reality of the daily situation seems sensation of overcoming the cur veballs like swallowing that disgusting cough that are thrown in our direction is one of medicine that we all had stuffed down life’s greatest treasures. Because those our throats as children. But only as adults cur veballs will never stop being flung do we finally realize its importance. The 100 miles per hour, each with deadly precision tr ying sooner that to shatter we accept our beloved the reality “Being optimistic about the challenges dreams. You of problems that occur in our daily lives is can cower in that befear at ever y moan our one of the first keys to accepting obstacle that ever yday and persevering through them.” you face. But lives, the at ever y corsooner we ner, there can learn to grow as individuals past those walls that will be another reigning tower that chalkeep us from our dreams. Having said lenges your morals or your intellect. So you will have to fall. You will have this, it seems that optimism and acceptance of reality are mutually exclusive. to fall down hard. And when life knocks However, this is the exact opposite, as you down, you will have to get back up. If it knocks you down again, you have to one cannot truly exist without the other. When I hear people say that they have rise up again, until your conquer those given up their dreams because of the demons that keep you from your personrigors of schoolwork, that failing grade al goals. Nobody cares about the perfect in that organic chemistr y class, or that student or seemingly perfect human bepersonal distraction that keeps your ing. They are boring and unexciting as thoughts amuck, it truly is depressing. can be. We as a society value those that
have been to the brink of defeat, only to rise up stronger because it. But to do so, you have to believe not only in your abilities as a person, but also your ability to keep a positive mindset. Being optimistic about the challenges that occur in our daily lives is one of the first keys to accepting and persevering through them. Those walls will be up at on ever y corner of ever y street of ever y city. Sure, you may keep a cynical attitude and opt for a generally safe bubble as you come tumbling down and it might certainly take you far. But life is short and the moments fly by quickly. As a young preschooler, with the entire world set in front of us, we all wrote down our dreams and our goals that we planned to achieve one day. Blink twice, and now those days are here, with those opportunities knocking on the door faster than you can breathe. Take it in stride; take it in quick, and most of all take it in happily. Because these days won’t last forever and no one truly has the time to be angr y at the slightest hitch on this ever-so bumpy road. Before you blink again, take it all in, make it count, and most importantly, make it memorable. Sabri Rafi is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. His column, “The Detour,” normally runs on alternate Mondays.
Can Hillel’s funding be put to better use elsewhere? COMMENTARY COLLEEN M. JOLLY From my understanding, Hillel is at $12 million of their $18 million goal for their new building. The addition of the new Hillel building would be the second Jewish building on a historically reformed Dutch college that began its roots in theology. As a student of Rutgers, and a resident of New Brunswick, I find myself considering what $18 million means. This is a success of great ardor, but I also fear the demographics do not fit this proposal.
Either way, it’s hard not to mention how badly the city of New Brunswick could really use $18 million. The lights on the streets are at 50 percent productivity and — in thinking about our future — it is also hard to dismiss what that $18 million could do in creating residences for Rutgers alumni. With a train station minutes from New York City, I began to see New Brunswick not just as a home to a state university, but a more metropolitan suburb in which I often consider taking up permanent residence. It is a long way of f, but you could potentially see New Brunswick as a lesscool Williamsburg.
If you know anything about Israel, you can conclude that pro-Israel parties are good at getting money into funds, i.e. the purchases of Jewish National Fund and modern-day Palestine. On Dec. 2, the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, a federally and privately funded agency, raised $400,000 at a telefund held at the Douglass Campus Center. I am not 100 percent sure where this money is going, but seeing that they used a University building my only guess would be to the University, or specifically to the proposed Hillel building. This building is to be named after Eva and Arie Halpern.
So I ask you, the reader, if the building for Hillel, seemingly self-funded besides the $3 million dollars gifted (assuming from Rutgers federal endowment) raises any eyebrows. Is the building impractical? As a non-Jewish person, does the Jewish nature make you feel welcome? Do you expect this building to benefit ever yone? I ask that we, the students of Rutgers, re-evaluate the resourcefulness of these presented charitable offerings. This is just something to think about. Colleen M. Jolly is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in planning and public policy.
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Today’s Birthday (01/23/14). Follow your higher purpose this year. Meditate and listen for it. Financial success rises as you tune your career to what you love and are good at. Fun with friends and family feeds your spirit. Experiment with fitness and diet. Balance freedom and responsibility, inspiring the kids. The 6/10 eclipse brings a new romantic phase. Savor love. 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 — Communication unlocks a door to team prosperity. Make a financial decision together. Exercise gets your blood pumping into your brain, for clear thinking. Imagine the project completed, and positive results. Do the paperwork. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Build partnership today and tomorrow. Use words more than action. You’re gaining status. Listen to feedback. Accept encouragement. An efficient plan grows your game faster. Logic meets desire. It’s possible to express both. Declare your love. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Refocus on work today and tomorrow. You can borrow what you need. Have faith in your vision, and don’t worry about details yet. Get in action, and things line up. Fix something before it breaks. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Accept a fun challenge if it pays well. Don’t jump to hasty conclusions. Increase efficiency by reviewing the plan. Creativity and passion come easily today and tomorrow. Get a brilliant scholar to help you see all the angles. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Plan a home project with your partner, then jump into action today and tomorrow. Encourage imagination. Consider ways to re-purpose, or give things away and free up space. The gentle approach works best. Convey your deepest feelings. Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Others ask your advice. You can learn what you need today and tomorrow. Read up on new developments. Get a brilliant idea in writing. Meditate before taking action. Quick thinking is required and available.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Learn from a risk-taker. Push to advance. Today and tomorrow prove good for business, as you use that silver tongue. There’s money coming, but also going. Send invoices. Accept an intellectual challenge, and give it your full attention. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You’re extra hot today and tomorrow. Stick to the budget. It’s easy to push forward now. Listen carefully, and follow a hunch. Use your superpowers to create fun and magic for your close people. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Retreat from the world today and tomorrow. Connect with people remotely. Help make a decision. Copy the itinerary. Ask for more, please. Something new arrives in the mail. Watch out for holes in your pockets. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 9 — Let yourself get drawn outside your safety zone. It could get intense. Check public opinion today and tomorrow. Consult an expert. Confess to the family. Follow an enthusiastic suggestion. Celebrate your accomplishments. Accept congratulations. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — You’ll be tested for the next couple of days. Focus on the job, and respect authority. It comes back to you. Share your news. Don’t spend impulsively. Request a favor from someone who owes you. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Coach your team to victory. Take the bus and save today and tomorrow. Get intensely involved in your research. Shift a household arrangement. It’s too early to start a project. Wait for your partner.
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Hamstring injury in senior season almost ended Eze’s pursuit of pro career
Rutgers holds UCF to dismal 25 percent shooting from field as eight Knights score
continued from back He then morphed into a star striker, tallying a team-high of 16 goals and 37 points over the last two seasons. As a junior, Eze netted four game-winning goals and was a Second Team All-Big East selection. He also earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week on Oct. 1, 2012. But Eze’s dream nearly came to an abrupt halt. He suffered a severe hamstring injury Sept. 20 against Southern Methodist that kept him out of significant action for nearly a month. Rutgers dropped three of the next four games, including SMU. Eze tried returning Oct. 5 against Cincinnati before exiting after 35 minutes when his hamstring flared up again at halftime. Head coach Dan Donigan stayed conser vative with his top scorer, resting Eze for three more games as the Knights continued to slide in the AAC standings. After rounding back into form in the last three regular season games, Eze redeemed his lost time. He carried the Knights to an AAC Tournament first-round win Nov. 8 against Cincinnati with four second-half goals. Despite missing six games, the senior finished the campaign with eight goals and four assists. “It was a frustrating season, but I had the support from my coaches and players telling me that I was going to be able to come back and they still needed me,” Eze said. “So I focused in the training room, tr ying to get healthy. I knew, in my head, from the time I sat out I had to make up for that. I was working hard to come back and put up some goals and help the team win.” Eze said at the time he would give his hamstring a few weeks to heal a bit more, but insisted he felt good and did not need any serious procedure. Now Eze must prove to Toronto FC he is capable of succeeding as a professional. The forward’s trademark attributes include breakaway speed and beating defenders one-on-one off the dribble. Scouting reports on the Reds’ scouting website cite that while Eze is “capable of single-handedly winning a game,” he must “improve tactically” and “learn to deal with physicality at next level.” But as the first player drafted in Donigan’s four years at Rutgers, Eze finally has a chance to live out his dream. “Like most players getting drafted, he now must make the most of this chance,” Donigan said in a statement. “Kene had a significant impact in the college game, but the MLS is a tremendous league with great talent and our staff knows he is up to the challenge. Kene has earned this opportunity, and he realizes it is only an opportunity, so he will go to go to Toronto and prove his value to [head coach] Ryan Nelsen and his staff.”
continued from back Coming out of halftime with a 10-point cushion, the Knights (144, 5-2) broke the game open with a 13-2 spurt to start the second period. Laney recorded the first two buckets of the run. UCF (8-10, 1-6) continued to reel with porous shooting, five minutes later finding itself in a 30-point hole. Rutgers was twice as efficient as UCF from the field, shooting
50 percent. UCF, meanwhile, made just 14-of-56 attempts overall and 2-of-15 from three. Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper and freshman point guard Tyler Scaife led the Knights in scoring for the third straight game, combining for 29 points. Scaife also registered six rebounds and five assists as she continues to soar in her rookie campaign. Six other Knights chipped in points to validate the complete effort. Rutgers received only 1 point off the bench in its two-game losing streak. With five road victories, the Knights seek a sixth win away from the RAC for the first time since the 2011 season Saturday at Temple.
Freshman point guard Tyler Scaife recorded 13 points, six boards and five assists in Rutgers’ 69-48 win last night at UCF. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOOGRAPHER / FILE PHOTO / JANUARY 2014
January 23, 2014 WRESTLING TRANSITION WRESTLING HELPS SMITH GET PINS
Extra training helps heavyweight By Tyler Karalewich Staff Writer
With classes being cancelled and University activities halted because of a winter weather advisor y, Billy Smith took full advantage of an open mat Tuesday morning to work on his grappling. The sophomore heavyweight worked with Rutgers assistant wrestling coach John Leonardis to help improve his already impressive season. This extra work helped toward building his confidence in match-
es and further developing his skills, Smith said. “I had a clear mind, like I tr y to do [for ever y match],” Smith said after a match-winning pin Jan. 3 against Columbia. “Me and Coach [Leonardis] go out ever y day and work on little tiny things, and when it comes to matches, he expects me to use the right techniques. The pressure wasn’t really there, it was just another day.” The type of wrestling and takedown that produced the pin is something that the Wantage, N.J., native was practic-
Heavyweight Billy Smith has won nine of his last 10 matches. The sophomore has won six decisions in a row. ENRICO CABREDO / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / FILE PHOTO / MARCH 2013
ing, according to head coach Scott Goodale. “He went to his No. 1 attack and ended up getting a great lift,” Goodale said. “It’s a transition type of move. Transition wrestling is something that he has been working on a lot. Good for him for having it work out.” That extra work Smith put in before the match not only helped the Scarlet Knights’ team win against Lions, but also gave Smith his sixth win in seven matches. As the weather gets colder, Smith is heating up and now has won nine of his last 10 decisions dating back to Dec. 5 at the Las Vegas Invitational. During the winning streak, Smith collected three wins by fall and two major decisions to help the Scarlet Knights collect bonus points. The only loss during the hot streak for Smith came at the hands of NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski, who at the time was the No. 3 wrestler at heavyweight. Smith’s recent success gave his teammates’ faith whenever he takes the mat. “It came down to the last match, and I have all the confidence in the world in Billy Smith,” said freshman 141-pounder Tyson Dippery after Smith’s walkoff win. “He got the pin and the win for us, and I knew he could get it done.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports. Eric LeGrand was 60 credits away from graduation when he suffered his paralyzing injury in 2010. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR / SEPTEMBER 2013
LeGrand completes labor studies degree By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
Eric LeGrand has continued to inspire fans around the country with steady progress in his fight against paralysis. He received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2012 ESPYS and most recently had his No. 52 jersey retired at the Rutgers football team’s home opener Sept. 14. Now LeGrand has one more accomplishment to add to his perseverance. The former defensive tackle confirmed on Twitter yesterday that he completed his degree at the University. “Thank you for the congratulations on finishing my degree at Rutgers,” LeGrand tweeted. “Definitely has been a journey since I got hurt but I did it #noexcuses.” Several prominent people congratulated LeGrand, including head coach Kyle Flood and former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti. “Congrats to my friend @ericlegrand52 on finishing your college degree. So proud. So inspired,” Pernetti tweeted. “#bELieve.”
LeGrand was 60 credits shy of graduation when he suffered his life-threatening injury in 2010. He steadily worked toward a degree in labor studies since January 2011. He now looks to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. He is currently partnered with IMG College as a color analyst for Rutgers football games. “Now it’s time for me to take the next step,” LeGrand told ScarletReport.com. “We’ll see where I can go with my broadcasting. What’s the next step for me now? Maybe I’ll be working with big networks. I’m going to keep working to get to the big time.” In his recovery from paralysis, he also continues to promote Team LeGrand, which supports stem cell research for a cure. “Team LeGrand has been great,” LeGrand told ScarletReport.com. “It’s amazing. We’ve just got to keep on going now, keep on pushing. The next stage is planning an event. Hopefully we’ll have an event planned for the spring. We’re tr ying to bring in a lot of money. That’s the next big thing to happen.”
January 23, 2014
Page 17 MEN’S TRACK
SWIMMING & DIVING BIG TEN OPPONENTS GIVE KNIGHTS EXPERIENCE
RU uses losses as motivation By Sean Stewart
“We were swimming against some top-25 programs and we competed well,” Spiniello said. “We did a lot of season-best times and really raised our level of competition. Obviously you want to come away with a victory but overall it was a very productive trip up to Chicago and it gives us a little test of the Big Ten competition next year.” Strong performances from sophomore Joanna Wu, senior Mary Moser and junior Greta Leberfinger serve as promising results moving forward. Both Wu and Moser posted three top-10 finishes on the day, highlighted by Wu’s first-place finish in the 200yard backstroke. Leberfinger also had a strong showing on the day, finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.56.
“It gives me so much pride that I can go into a meet and just swim really fast and swim against all these top swimmers,” Wu said. “It was just awesome just to be able to go in, swim and show them that Rutgers has what it takes to be in the Big Ten.” Senior captain Nicole Scott also held her own in the diving portion of the meet, placing third in the 1-meter dive and fourth in the 3-meter dive. While the Toronto native has won most of her dives this season, Scott believes the tough competition will only help her prepare for the AAC Championships. “We put everything we had into it, and I think that all of us were happy with how we did,” Scott said. “Obviously there are a lot of strong people competing at that meet, but I think that’s how you get better by competing against strong teams like that.” Conference rival Louisville is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation. Southern Methodist, another AAC opponent, has been in and out of the rankings throughout the season. With success at the AAC Championships the ultimate goal, getting a taste of what it takes to compete against a top-25 caliber school could prove invaluable. “Just racing and diving against an elite level of competition like that against top-ranked programs helps you learn how to mentally prepare for that,” Spiniello said. “I think the goal of that trip, which was accomplished, was to prepare for the AAC championship meet next month.”
Sophomore Joanna Wu posted three top-10 finishes at the quad meet, including a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke.
For updates on the Rutgers swimming and diving team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Normally being swept in a quad meet is considered a bad loss. For the Rutgers swimming and diving team, the defeats serve as motivation. The Scarlet Knights faced off against two top-25 opponents in Michigan and Notre Dame along with future Big Ten opponent Northwestern Jan. 11 in Evanston, Ill. Michigan defeated the Knights 219-81 against Michigan, Notre Dame handed them a 206-94 loss and Northwestern captured a 198.5-101.5. For a team hoping to one day join the ranks among the elite swimming programs in the nation, head coach Phil Spiniello believes the Knights can hold their heads high.
Junior decathlete Mike Fritz said it was a great experience to bond with his younger teammates over the winter recess. ENRICO CABREDO / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / JANUARY 2013
Rookies use break to prepare for lofty goals By Louis Petrella Staff Writer
While most Rutgers students relaxed over break, the men’s track and field team took advantage of the time off to improve itself on and off the track. On the track, the Scarlet Knights emphasized getting the younger players used to competing in indoor meets. Many freshmen competed in the Rutgers Invitational on Jan. 10-11, which was the Knights’ second meet of the indoor season. Described as a tune-up meet, many underclassmen stepped up with strong performances at the competition. Freshman distance runner Brendan Jaeger placed first in the 800m. Freshman hurdler Brennan Crowle took second place in the 60m hurdles and tied for third in the high jump. Crowle said the key to performing well at meets was changing the type of workouts done during the week. “We did a lot of technique work [over break],” Crowle said. “We’ll have days where we do technique work, and then we’ll have days where we do some type of running work out along with that. Leading up to meets we also focus on jumping to prepare us.” Fellow freshman pole vaulter Nick Patterson finished the meet tied for second place in the event. He explained that although there was some time off over break, it was often difficult to stay focused on practicing. “It is tough because your mind is in the mindset of, ‘It’s break, I can relax,’” Patterson said. “It’s hard because there is a lot of down time. During the semester, I like it because it is always busy and I can work well under pressure.” The older leaders on the team recognize how hard the younger
players have been working since the start of the season. “Once we got to sit down and talk to the freshmen, it was cool to see that they were so dedicated because that is something that I can respect as an athlete,” said junior jumper Corey Crawford. “They’re out here working hard ever y day, and we can see they are putting a lot of work in.” With only a handful of seniors and some players injured, the youth understands it must step up and perform. “We have very big expectations,” said freshman pole vaulter Sean McEvoy. “I think we’re a very talented group, so most of our expectations are pretty high.” Several players used the break as an opportunity to strengthen their bonds off the track. Since most Rutgers freshmen live on campus, some of the older players allowed younger players to move into their houses over break. With practices starting at 8 a.m. to as late as 2 or 3 in the afternoon, most players spent their evenings with each other relaxing and preparing for the next day’s activities. Junior decathlete Mike Fritz said it was a great experience to bond with his younger teammates over the break. “I feel we got a lot closer because the upperclassmen really have to look after the freshmen,” Fritz said. “It’s a lot of fun getting to know all of them better since you are with them 24/7 for three weeks.” The Knights hope to carry the positive camaraderie into their upcoming meets in Boston and New York over the next two weekends, respectively. For more updates on the Rutgers men’s track & field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / NOVEMBER 2013
January 23, 2014 GYMNASTICS
WOMEN’S TRACK KNIGHTS COMPETE IN MARQUEE TERRIER CLASSIC
BU serves as challenge for Rutgers By Garrett Stepien Contributing Writer
Entering its fourth meet of the winter, the Rutgers women’s track and field team will travel to Boston on Saturday for the Terrier Classic. Head coach James Robinson was clear about his desire to see the team improve all-around in each individual event before next week’s Metropolitan Championships at the NYC Armor y and the ECAC Championships one month from now. “This week we’re going to focus more on individual events,” Robinson said. “Ever yone is competing. We have about 20 ladies competing, we have some people coming back from injur y. Some people are still getting in shape. Right now, we’re looking for ever yone to continue to build and get better each week.” The Scarlet Knights will be exposed to track and field athletes of all collegiate levels, in addition to a few Olympians. The open competition, Robinson described, is what makes the Terrier Classic such a marquee event and a key building block at the midway point in the season. One Scarlet Knight looking for ward to improving her routine in the midst of the highly competitive atmosphere is senior Asha Ruth. The captain and two-time AAC Athlete of the Week will test her versatility by running the 500m for the first time in her life. Robinson discussed the reasoning for Ruth’s exposure to
Senior Asha Ruth will run the 500-meter dash for the Knights for the first time in her college career.
Junior Luisa Leal has recovered from a heart disease, broken foot and sprained neck to help lead Rutgers.
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the new event, noting she will run it along with 4x400 relay shortly after. “With an athlete of her caliber, we’re always looking to challenge her,” Robinson said. “We know it’s a huge challenge to her, but we feel she can contend to break a school record, based on how she’s running.” At the end of the meet, Robinson hopes to have Ruth, along with a high number of other
Scarlet Knights, atop the podium in Boston. Knight Note: Freshman Nicole Nicholas, a member of the 4x400 relay team that took first in Jan. 11’s Rutgers Invitational, is questionable for the meet and will receive fur ther evaluation later on in the week. Sophomore sprinter Alayna Famble and freshman Drew Andrews will be inactive.
Junior leads Knights with strong scores By Justin Lesko Staff Writer
Often described by head coach Louis Levine as one of the best gymnasts in the country, junior Luisa Leal has lived up to that billing in her first healthy season since her freshman year. Her all-around performance is a key factor in the No. 18 Rutgers gymnastics team’s third 5-0 start in program histor y and first since 1994. Leal currently holds the second highest all-around average in the Northeast region and 20th best in the country, with a 39.200 in Monday’s most recent rankings. She tied for 23rd on the floor, with a 9.875 average. “[Leal brings] confidence and experience. She’s very calm, cool and collected on the outside,” Levine said. “She’ll tell you that she’s a mess inside, but you would never know. She really is our rock.” In the season opener Jan. 11 against New Hampshire, her 9.900 on the floor was the meet’s highest in any event. She also tied for first on the vault and tied for second on the bars. In a quad meet at Kent State, Leal received another 9.900 on the floor, which tied her for first out of 24 gymnasts. Just two days later, she topped her season-high, allaround score at Ohio State with a 39.250 and finished at least tied for second in every event but the beam. While her numbers are impressive on their own, her ability to compete at a high level after major injuries only adds to her performance. The winter following her EAGL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2011, she was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a chronic heart disease. Two surgeries later, she competed again before experiencing
symptoms in the second meet of her sophomore season. Sidelined for the rest of the season after redshirting, Leal’s doctors would not even allow her to condition for the next six months. The following winter she was back in the gym before yet another setback. Before the season began she fell off a balance beam, which led to a broken foot and sprained neck. “Everything that happened with my heart and me breaking my foot, and what happened to my neck has only showed me that every single day I’ve been in the gym has been a day that I have to appreciate,” Leal said. When she speaks of the injuries now, one can hear the determination she used to come back when many others would not have. “After everything that has happened through the injuries, I really appreciate what I’ve did and the time spent in the gym,” she said. “I love what I do and yes, maybe it’s upsetting, but I also appreciate it because it makes me love the sport even more.” It impressed Levine. “It’s a testament to her caliber in gymnastics and constantly being ready to go whenever the time comes,” Levine said. The Cali, Colombia, native has also spent time competing with her national team, with an eye on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “There’s nothing like representing your own country,” she said. “Being on the international team puts a lot of pressure on you because people are relying on you when you’re wearing your country’s colors. Competing for my country has definitely helped me at Rutgers.” For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
January 23, 2014
Page 19 FOOTBALL QUARTERBACK COMPETITION STANDS AHEAD OF RUTGERS
Sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo is the only certainty in Rutgers’ receiving corps. While redshirt freshman Ruhann Peele is Rutgers’ most experienced receiver returning besides Carroo, he might not be listed a starter because of his use in the slot. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / NOVEMBER 2013
Projection of RU’s offensive starters next season By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
The Rutgers football team will not lose much talent on offense, but it faces questions at key positions. For instance, uncertainty at quarterback is not the best way to enter the Big Ten. Rutgers also continues its carousel of new offensive coordinators when it hires one to take over for Ron Prince. Here are The Daily Targum’s projected offensive starters for the 2014 season:
QUARTERBACK: Chris Laviano
Head coach Kyle Flood showed he was ready to make daring decisions ever since he made senior Chas Dodd the starting quarterback last year. Then he fired three assistant coaches Dec. 8, a gutsy move Athletic Director Julie Hermann commended. Laviano winning the job would likely require a combination of a great spring and training camp, senior Gary Nova struggling in that same timeframe and Flood being confident in another daring move. Laviano did not take a snap in his true freshman season, but he is arguably the roster’s most talented quarterback. If Nova’s confidence is shot from getting benched for the season’s final three games, Laviano is the most likely to win a positional battle against him.
RUNNING BACK: P.J. James
James made First-Team AllAAC while missing four games with a lower leg injury. The soph-
omore’s 881 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and 5.7 yards per carry provided an unreplaceable jolt on offense. Justin Goodwin played a solid freshman season with 521 rushing yards off 4.7 yards per carry. But he is a work in progress, especially with blocking.
Burton is a consistent pillar of the offense with strong blocking skills, and is not so bad with taking handoffs and receptions. The only reason Burton would not start is if the Scarlet Knights hire an offensive coordinator with a spread style that does not use fullbacks. Otherwise, Burton began starting toward the end of his redshirt freshman year. It is unlikely he would not win the job for his senior year.
WIDE RECEIVER: LeonCarroo, Ruhann Peele
Carroo is the only obvious starter at wideout, with 478 receiving yards and nine touchdowns off 28 catches last year as a sophomore in 10 games. Peele, entering his sophomore year, played slot last year, so he might not be listed as a starter because of his use in three-wideout sets. On the other hand, senior Quron Pratt was still listed as a starter when he moved to slot when Peele moved completely to cornerback. The competition for the outside spot outside Carroo looks pretty open though. Sophomores Andre Patton, Carlton Agudosi,
Junior left guard Kaleb Johnson’s decision not to declare for the NFL Draft put Rutgers in position to return five who started on the offensive line. SHAWN SMITH / CORRESPONDENT / DECEMBER 2013 Janarion Grant and John Tsimis are viable possibilities.
TIGHT END: Tyler Kroft
Kroft returns as the established starter as Rutgers’ most consistent bailout receiver. The sophomore caught 43 passes for 573 yards — both team leads. The bigger concern will be building depth behind Kroft, since senior Paul Carrezola will be gone. Rutgers had three freshman tight ends this year in Nick Arcidiacono, Matt Flanagan and Taylor Marini. Logan Lister, a three-star recruit according to Rivals, officially committed as an early enrollee and will participate in spring practice. George Behr, a two-star recruit according to Rivals, is a target for commitment.
None have game experience, which makes it an open competition to get on the field in sets with more than one tight end or when Kroft needs a substitute.
OFFENSIVE LINE: LG: Keith Lumpkin, LG: Kaleb Johnson, C: Betim Bujari, RG: Chris Muller, RT: Taj Alexander
Rutgers is set to return five players who started on last year’s offensive line. That became official when Johnson decided to return for his senior season instead of declaring for the NFL. Lumpkin and Johnson provided stability on the left this past year, as both started ever y game. The right side was not as consistent, and Flood
switched the starters around throughout the year. Muller, as a redshirt freshman, took senior Andre Civil’s job at right guard. Then Alexander, as a junior, took over for Civil as starting right tackle. Flood also threw senior Antwan Lowery in the mix often on the right. But Muller was a four-star recruit who just showed some growing pains as a redshirt freshman. Alexander provides experience with 24-career games including 14 starts. Bujari showed consistency at center in the past, but he struggled with several injuries this season and missed four games. He moved to right guard at year’s end. With senior center Dallas Hendrickson’s graduation, Bujari is set to take his spot back.
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MEN’S SOCCER EZE GETS OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY
Senior forward Kene Eze was selected 60th overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday by Toronto FC. Eze compiled 22 goals and eight assists in his three-year career at Rutgers after transferring in 2011 from William Paterson. He said his goal when he came into the program was to play professionally. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / OCTOBER 2013
MLS team drafts Knight in fourth round By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
For Kene Eze, what started out as a dream is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Toronto FC selected the senior forward Tuesday in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft. The professional club team, which
won four consecutive Amway Canadian Championships from 2009-2012, took Eze with the 60th overall pick. The Sayreville, N.J., native said he wanted to continue his career only four days after the Rutgers men’s soccer team’s elimination from the AAC Tournament. “I definitely don’t want to be done playing,” Eze said Nov. 19. “I’m definitely going
to be working hard, talking to the coaches, because the coaches knew my plan when I came to this program was to make it to the next level. I stressed for them to help me, and I’m definitely going to be working hard to get where I want to be at the next level.” Eze transferred from Division III school William Paterson in 2011 with hopes of im-
proving his game at a higher level and gaining national recognition. In his first season for the Scarlet Knights that year, Eze tied for the team lead with six goals in only nine starts as Rutgers made a run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. See ROUND on Page 15
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RUTGERS 69, CENTRAL FLORIDA 48
Rutgers ends two-game losing skid in blowout at UCF By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
A tear y-eyed Betnijah Laney gathered herself together Sunday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center as she pondered the morale of the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
After riding a nine-game winning streak entering last week, the Scarlet Knights suffered consecutive losses. No. 1 Connecticut handed Rutgers its worst home loss of the C. Vivian Stringer era and knocked the Knights out of the AP Top 25. But despite the deflating series of events, Laney refused to get demoralized.
“We are a team that is capable of pulling ourselves together, which I believe that we will do,” the junior wing said Sunday. “We’ve just got to focus on what we want and what we have to do. We know what we have to do. Coach has told us plenty of times … and it’s a just a matter of us executing our plan.”
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scored double figures in 11 straight games for the Rutgers men’s basketball team. The junior guard moved to 35th on Rutgers’ all-time scoring list Tuesday against SMU with 1,049-career points.
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Rutgers proved her right last night in Orlando, seizing its first opportunity at redemption with a convincing 69-48 conference win over Central Florida.
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