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fore they reached a certain number of credits at the University. Robert Boikess, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, spoke out against giving students more chances to replace failing grades. “Substantial data indicates policies like do-overs negatively impact student performances,” he said. “We know if you are able to get a do-over, you are more likely to mess up.” The policy puts undue emphasis on calculating GPA that would not
Carl Faith, who served the Rutgers community for 35 years as a professor of mathematics, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, of heart failure at Princeton Hospital. Faith, who lived in Princeton since 1960, focused his mathematical research in abstract algebra, Galois theory, ring theory and module theory, according to his website. Born in 1927 and raised in Covington, Ky., Faith was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1945 and graduated with the rank of aviation technician mate, third class, a year later, according to his website. Faith graduated with honors in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Purdue University in 1955. Before he was appointed full professor at Rutgers in 1962, Faith taught at Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and Michigan State University and was a Fulbright-NATO Postdoctoral fellow at Heidelberg University in Germany. In 1968, Faith became a consultant for the National Science Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development in India, according to his website. He lectured in New Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Calcutta and Jaipur. According to his website, he was a
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Martha Cotter, co-chair of the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee, presents a report to the Rutgers University Senate recommending for the University to allow students to retake courses when they receive a D. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Senate changes course policy on retakes By Erin Walsh Staff Writer
The Rutgers University Senate voted Friday to allow students to retake courses they receive a grade of a D in, and although the D would still appear on students’ transcripts, it would no longer figure into their GPA. Martha Cotter, co-chair of the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee, presented a report at the meeting in the Rutgers Student Center on the
College Avenue campus to call for a policy change that would treat a D like an F. As per the old policy, only students who receive an F in a course could retake it for a new grade. Students are now able to replace up to four D’s or F’s. Sam Berman, Rutgers University Student Assembly senator, disagreed with the policy of students only being able to fail a course four times, believing they should have more oppor tunities to retake courses.
“If someone is doing poorly because of a traumatic situation, they’re not going to go to the dean about it,” said Berman, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. “That’s why students should be able to replace up to five or six grades.” According to the committee report, the ASRAC debated not allowing grade replacement. Some committee members thought students should not have this option, while others thought students should only be able to replace grades be-
Student officers patrol campus, assist police By Matt Vitone Contributing Writer
Students across the five Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses take on a dual role as both students and uniformed officers. Community Service Officers are a part of a program headed by Rutgers University Police Department that employs approximately 100 fulltime Rutgers students to help protect and serve the community. CSOs have various responsibilities including patrolling campus, providing security at sporting events and operating the Knight Mover, said Matthew Iozzio, executive aide of the CSOs. “They per form a variety of safety-related ser vices and ser ve as the eyes and ears of the Rutgers Police Depar tment,” said Iozzio, a graduate student in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Patrolling on foot, bike, car and horseback, members of the CSO program are a part of one of the largest student police programs in the country. Unlike police officers, CSOs are not armed and their main role is to observe and report activity on campus. “They’re not going to be apprehending folks,” Iozzio said. “If they see something that may be awry, they stay clear of that. We don’t want them to get involved in any type of altercation.” Although CSOs are not required to be criminal justice majors, many are. Students of various programs of study are members of the force, he said. One advantage of having student officers in uniform is that other students feel more comfortable approaching them. Iozzio said CSOs are more approachable See OFFICERS on Page 5
The fall Involvement Fair experienced heavy traffic and congestion. In response, Student Life plans to split the spring Involvement Fair into three days. KARL Hoempler
Involvement week kicks off with fair By Connie Capone Contributing Writer
This semester marks the first time Rutgers is splitting the Involvement fair into three separate fairs to overcome crowd control problems and provide students with a better overall experience.
Kerri Willson, director of Student Involvement for Rutgers Student Life, said Student Life would organize “Resolve to Get Involved Week” in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus and the Livingston Student Center. “We thought that with three different fairs, we should make a
week about getting involved,” she said. “We want the students to see what the opportunities and experiences are that they can have outside of a classroom.” Willson said this new idea came to fruition when Student Life first
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January 27, 2014
Geology Museum holds 46th annual open house By Katie Park Correspondent
Last Saturday, the 46th anniversar y of the Rutgers Geology Museum’s annual open house brought together various academicians and geology enthusiasts alike. The open house in Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus featured three Rutgers scholars and a professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event also included a mineral sale, a rock and mineral identification activity and a “make and take” rock station for children. “The purpose [of the open house] is to bring science and modern discoveries in geology to the public in a format that’s easily accessible for people who might not have a lot of background in science,” said Lauren Nietzke Adamo, associate director of the Rutgers Geology Museum. Walter Kokola, Rutgers alumnus, said he attended the open house for his 25th time. “I have a background in tectonics and meteors, so anything that touches upon those subjects I come along to see what’s being presented to see if I can learn something new,” he said. Kokola, now a resident of Tucson, Ariz., said during one of the years he attended the open house, the University hosted Robert Ballard, a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, who discovered the remains of the RMS Titanic in 1985. “Rutgers was one of the first places he delivered his initial findings [of finding the RMS Titanic],” he said. Over the last 40 years, the Rutgers Geology Museum has invited more than 250 lecturers, including particularly memorable ones such as Ballard, said Bill Selden, former director of the museum. One of the lectures presented findings from Robert Kopp, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University, who tied much of his research back to the state of New Jersey and its future in the wake of Superstorm Sandy from October 2012. Kopp, the associate director at the Rutgers Energy Institute, said air pollution and environmental degradation is not a recent phenomenon.
The Great Smog of 1952 in London is proof, he said, and the oppressive gray smog that hovers over Beijing today is only a more recent example. “The world has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit from 1850 to 1900, and New Jersey has warmed two degrees Fahrenheit since 1900,” he said, If the world as a whole continues on its path of high emissions trajectory, he said, scientists expect the temperature of the planet to rise by five to nine degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100. Kopp, who has a background in geobiology, said he studied the air bubbles in ice cores, or a sample of core taken from an ice sheet, and the results indicated the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose 40 percent in the last two centuries. In accordance with rising global temperatures, he said the world has also seen rising sea levels. The sea level between New Jersey and New York rose about eight inches — an amount that exposed 80,000 extra people in New York to the wrath of Sandy, he said. Globally, the mean sea level also rose by 8 inches from 1880 to 2009, he said, but such a number is not indicative of the status of the environment everywhere. “We don’t all live at the global mean — we all live somewhere,” he said. Even more than a year after Sandy battered the coasts of the Northeast, reconstruction is ongoing, he said, and various options need to be seriously considered for potential future weather disasters. “It doesn’t make sense to rebuild as quickly as possible and worry about it later,” he said. The three options that he suggested — some of which are currently being implemented — are rebuilding, raising the foundation of a structure, and retreating and razing, he said. Regardless of the method in which homeowners and business owners decide to remake their livelihood, he said considering mortgages and profits are only one side of the issue. Comprehending increasingly more complex weather patterns and working with them is another. “Our science system allows us to understand the challenges before us,” he said.
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The Geology Museum held its 46th open house Saturday at Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. Along with selling minerals like the one pictured above, the museum featured guest lecturers, a mineral identification session and a rock station for children. MICHELLE KLEJMONT
January 27, 2014
Senate votes to have individual schools decide on withdrawal deadlines for courses
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mean much after Rutgers puts this new rule in place, he said. The senate’s final vote was to keep the number of D’s or F’s that can be replaced at a maximum of four, regardless of the other options discussed. As part of the same report, Cotter, a chemistry professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, presented another recommendation saying students should be barred from registering for classes that they have failed two or more times. “There are students who have failed organic chemistry seven times, finally passing on the eighth time,” she said. “We quickly agreed that allowing the student to continue taking a course without advising is clearly not in the student’s best interest.” The report states that in order for a student to register for a class he or she has failed two or more times, the student must seek ap-
proval from either the instructor of the course or an advisor designated by the course’s department. Upon approval of this recommendation, Cotter said courses that students tend to fail would be considered in setting up a screening process that would not drastically slow down the system during registration. Along with the grade replacement policy, the senate changed the policy on withdrawing from a course with a W. “Engineering students have a month longer to withdraw with a W than [School of Arts and Sciences] students, but they can still be enrolled in the same course,” Cotter said. The senate voted to allow each school at the University determine the deadline to withdrawal from their respective courses with a W, as opposed to leaving withdrawal deadlines the responsibility of the school in which an individual student is enrolled.
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Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi discusses the New Brunswick Campus Report with the senate. The senate changed course policies at Friday’s meeting. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
visiting professor at Centre Reserca Matematica in Barcelona. Faith studied ar t at the Baker-Hunt Foundation in Kentucky, the University of California, Berkeley and the Princeton Ar t Association, according to his website. He authored numerous publications and books, and his hobbies included traveling, multimedia ar t, photography and poetr y. A book of his poems and a memoir of his first nineteen years are accessible at his website, carlfaith.com. Faith is sur vived by his wife, Molly Sullivan, his daughter, Heidi Faith, his four adopted sons, their spouses and eight grandchildren. A memorial will be held at Rutgers in April or May, according to his website.
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More than 300 student organizations have signed up for spring Involvement fair
Iozzio says Rutgers has former student officers in almost every law enforcement department
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decided to split the involvement fair into three different events. “When the room is too crowded, it’s hard to engage in conversation over interests,” she said. Spreading the event throughout different days would disperse crowds and provide a better experience for both the student organizations tabling the events and students at the event to learn about the groups, she said. Monday’s schedule includes the Greek Involvement Fair at the RSC, Willson said. Wednesday and Thursday are part one and part two of the Spring Involvement Fair, featuring student groups and organizations separated by interest. “Preparations for the fair are going well,” Willson said. “Student Life is just working on getting word out and letting students know what’s going on.” Student Life has introduced “Twitter Trivia Tuesday” to allow students to engage with the organizations without having to physically be present at the fair, Willson said. “We will be tweeting from the ‘Get Involved’ Twitter account asking different trivia questions about student organizations on campus, and students can win prizes,” she said. This year, more than 300 student organizations have signed up, which is much more than years past. Willson said she is pleased with the participation this semester. Because it is a planned indoor event, Willson said she is not too concerned about the weather. Yet, she recalled a time when a snowstorm arrived during the involvement fair, which did not cancel the event but affected foot traffic. “Because it is so cold, Student Life will be providing free coffee in the Coffee House of the Livingston Student Center on Wednesday and Thursday,” she said. Willson said student organizations would be hosting performances both Wednesday and Thursday. “Typically, we haven’t included performance pieces during our winter involvement fair because we couldn’t accommodate for it, so this year because we are utilizing the Coffee House, we thought to invite our perfor-
mance groups to display their talents,” she said. Cliff Wang, vice president of the Rutgers Management Consulting Association, said the involvement fairs are important for students to gain interest in different clubs and increase involvement. “When clubs consider that their entire senior member base will be graduating, the drop in numbers of these seasoned members can be alarming,” he said. “As a result, it’s important to make your presence known at these fairs and target eager underclassmen who might not have committed to an organization yet.” Wang, a Rutgers Business School senior, said his organization always gives informational material to students that visit its booth, ranging from brochures about the organization to flyers about the consulting industry. “It is also important to be prepared to answer any questions students might have regarding the organization and how commitment-intensive joining the club might be,” he said. Heidi Nicklaus, a residence hall counselor, said the fair provides an easy access opportunity for students to view the hundreds of organizations offered at Rutgers. “There are uniquely specific groups and there’s essentially something for everybody,” said Nicklaus, a student in the Graduate School of Education. “Besides acquiring specific information about the organizations, students get to meet other students who are passionate about a common interest.” Nicklaus, a member of Scarlet Listeners, a peer counseling, crisis and referral hotline, said the organization would be in attendance at the Spring Involvement Fair on Thursday. She said joining the Scarlet Listeners has provided her with a foundation of counseling skills that she will constantly utilize in her future professional career. “Being involved in a variety of clubs and organizations allowed me to meet new people I never would have met just by walking around campus,” she said. ”I gained leadership experience holding positions, I have worked with diverse individuals, I strengthened my confidence and I have refined my time management skills.”
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because they are students. They help to build a relationship with the police department and the community. Charles Nary, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, is a CSO who works closely with the Rutgers community. He is a part of the CSOs mounted patrol, and he rides horseback on the Cook and Douglass campuses. A typical day on the job for Nary includes patrolling the campus for potential hazards, ensuring building safety and helping people in need, which he said is easier with horses. “The horses make things more approachable,” Nary said. “People come up to us more often, they’ll come up and say ‘oh can we pet the horses,’ and then from there, if they have any questions, it’s easier.” Riding horseback also gives the officers the added benefit of height, allowing the CSOs to get a better sense of their surroundings, Nary said. They can also get into areas with the horses where cars cannot. Nary plans to go to law school following graduation, and said his time with the CSOs has given him insight into how law is enforced in real-world situations. “I thought [the CSOs] were definitely a good opportunity for me to work with law enforcement and learn their perspective on criminal law and see how things are actually enforced,” Nary said. For many CSOs, the program is a stepping stone to a career in law enforcement after graduation, with some alumni working in the FBI and border patrol, among other
places, Iozzio said. “We have [former] CSOs in almost every major law enforcement department,” Iozzio said. “The ones that really do shine and give it their all can get recognized, not just by Rutgers, but pretty much anywhere.” This has been the case for Divya Buttan, a field-training officer for the CSO division. Buttan, a School of Arts and Sciences senior who became a CSO in 2012, said her time with the program has led her to want to pursue a career as a Rutgers police officer after graduation. “Rutgers has been so amazing to me,” Buttan said. “I’d really love to continue to progress to a full-time career here.” One of Buttan’s most memorable experiences as a student officer was during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when she worked in the University’s emergency operation center.
CSOs assisted in evacuating Rutgers students before the storm hit, and Buttan said she helped with efforts on the College Avenue campus. “It was an amazing opportunity because it helped me learn about what law enforcement does in times of crisis,” Buttan said. “The students were really grateful that there were law enforcement officials helping out with this serious disaster.” As a field-training officer, Buttan super vises about five people, and said she has learned leadership skills during her time as a CSO. “It helped me better my communication skills and dealing with people,” she said. “It’s taught me how to manage stressful situations and effectively become a supervisor.” The CSO program plans to start their next hiring process in February, an opportunity Buttan said is for anyone who is passionate about serving their community. “[The CSOs] are almost like a family since we’ve been through so many things together,” Buttan said. “It’s an amazing experience.”
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U. ranks first in chemistry funding Professor discusses climate predictions By Tiffany Zhu
The National Science Foundation has ranked Rutgers number one for research funding in chemistry in its 2013 nation-wide federal funding data. The ranking data that NSF collects tracks federal, state, industry, foundation and institutional funding sources. Rutgers received $38.8 million in chemistry research funding in 2013, with the second-place ranking awarded to California Institute of Technology. The data is based on research dollars spent in a given fiscal year from different universities all across the country, said Roger Jones, chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The numbers for the federal funding received by all universities can be viewed on NSF’s Webcaspar website. Jones helps to arrange budgets and connections with the NSF for the members of faculty that needed funding. The NSF data only considers the New Brunswick campus. A news article released by Chemical and Engineering News reveals different numbers due to the inclusion of the Newark and Camden campuses, but the rankings still turn out the same. Most of the listed money is grant funding from federal agencies like NSF, or the National Institutes of Health, Jones said. “We actually get a lot of money from the NIH because we’ve had a biological focus for a long time,” Jones said.
Jones associates the funding from the NIH with the strength of their structural biology research group. Connections to the biological sciences began in the 1970s, Jones said, and since then, they have only been building in strength. According to a Rutgers Today news release, Rutgers is not the only university to have made progress in chemical biology. Other universities have also delved into chemical biology, using tools and research techniques
“It’s been a priority in the department for a long time to support faculty as much as we can.” ROBERT JONES Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
normally associated with chemistry to answer biological questions, according to the release. These questions range from drug development to genetically related conditions. The release said Rutgers currently holds the top position in chemistry research in New Jersey because of connections with its many chemical and pharmaceutical companies. The University’s research funding attracts and supports high-quality faculty and students. Jones said all University faculty benefits from this funding since the chemistry faculty is greatly
involved with other departments. The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology faculty at Rutgers has founded many centers and institutes around the University while also playing major roles in them. Some of these centers and institutes include the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, according to the news release. According to the release, this funding is also very helpful in training students for jobs in the state and increasing opportunities for collaboration with New Jersey businesses. In the news release, Jones said their research contributes to knowledge that helps cure diseases and create materials and alternate energy resources to enhance the New Jersey economy and quality of life. He said being on top of the funding list for the last two years was rewarding. The ranking affirms their approach to collaborative and multidisciplinary research. Funding management is an important function of the department staff, he said. Most of the help is given in regards to the budget and the bureaucratic steps. “It’s been a priority in the department for a long time to support faculty as much as we can,” he said. “The faculty has to do the science and write the science, but we can help them. Nobody can write the science for you.”
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“The first step is to come up with a simple model, and then tune the parameters so it can adjust to all the changes that occur,” Manabe said. Manabe said decades ago, computer-processing power was not developed enough to run proper experiments when determining the effects of different variables in models. “We could not afford … to change one or two parameters at a time,” Manabe said. “We would alter half a dozen parameters at a time, but you learn nothing from that.” Today computers can analyze models at a faster rate and produce clearer results, he said. Global climate models with increasing accuracy have shown a clear trend in the climate change, Manabe said. Climate models have a remarkable consensus about the validity of global warming, Manabe said. But the more convincing evidence comes from obser vation of changes in the world. Areas such as China, the Middle East, southern Europe and Australia have experienced frequent droughts, he said.
Climate prediction has come a long way since scientists developed the first climate model in the 1950s, and the models are steadily becoming more reliable. Syukuro Manabe, senior meteorologist at The Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University, gave a seminar on Cook Campus Friday giving an overview of the development of climate models over the past 60 years, their accuracy in simulating real-world phenomena and the climate effects these models have shown. Manabe began the seminar with a summary of the first successful climate model, developed by Norman Phillips in 1956. “This study inspired not only me, but so many others, as this famous experiment really was the beginning of climate modeling,” Manabe said. Over the next several decades, Manabe worked with others in the field to develop general circulation models, which attempted to simulate and predict global climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s “People website, general are starving to circulation models are current- “If you wait for a model to death, living in camps ly the most adbecome perfect to do your refugee and causvanced tools for experiment, you will die ing uprisings depicting the global climate before it is completed.” due to these droughts,” and its changes he said. due to greenSYUKURO MANABE According house gases in Senior Meterologist at The Program in to the United the atmosphere. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at States Drought M a n a b e Princeton University Monitor, most and his colof California leagues began developing successful gener- is experiencing a level of exal circulation models in the treme drought, and Manabe 1960s. He said the success of expects the drought problem climate prediction comes from to spread. Other impacts of the changan array of climate models with ing climate include agricultural var ying complexities. “Use whatever model suits failure, but Manabe has an opyour purpose. If you ask a simple por tunistic outlook on agriculquestion, you don’t need to use ture’s ability to adapt. “There may be ways to exthe most complicated model to ploit the changes. Some plants get the answer,” Manabe said. This advice applies to more may be more productive in the than just climate modeling, rising temperature or carbon dioxide levels,” Manabe said. he said. “Nature is infinitely compli- “Developments in biotechnology cated. If you wait for a model to may allow agriculture to adjust become perfect to do your experi- to these changes.” The discussion of global ment, you will die before it is comwarming has become a politipleted,” Manabe said. While the models in use to- cal one, Manabe said, but the day cannot be perfect, he said climate models that have been they are fairly accurate. The developed agree almost unanmost important problem in cli- imously that there has been a mate modeling is the issue of global change and it has had an impact on the planet. cloud feedback. “The best approach is to be Manabe said clouds could exhibit two effects that complicate pragmatic,” Manabe said. “Adapclimate models: the reflecting tation can go a long way.” Arielle Alpert, a graduate of sunlight and the absorption of heat. These occurrences de- student in Rutgers Universipend on cloud formations and ty’s atmospheric science procause temperature changes that gram, praised Manabe for his research. are unpredictable. Alpert said Manabe’s work Eighty percent of errors in climate modeling are due to cloud directly related to her field disturbances, Manabe said. In of research, and the seminar older days, models were designed was a great opportunity to to ignore clouds, but these were hear him share the results of his work. inaccurate simulations.
January 27, 2014
Physics faculty member assists Weather Channel show By Andrew Rodriguez Staff Writer
Demonstrating physics concepts to make a living and receive recognition is an opportunity for those with the insight to make physics visually appealing and conceptually simple. David Maiullo, a laboratory support specialist in the Department of Physics, spent a week during this winter break filming demonstrations for The Weather Channel’s second season of “The Strangest Weather on Earth.” His demonstrations describe strange weather phenomena that occur in the world. He said he considers many of the demonstrations to be visually striking and engaging. The team filmed at the Physics Lecture Hall on Busch Campus with British television production company Pioneer Productions, Maiullo said. According to their website, the company had also filmed for other The Weather Channel shows such as “Deadliest Tornadoes” and “Lost at Sea.” Kate Dart, a series director in Pioneer Productions, said the show illustrates the scientific principles behind strange weather phenomena. Their role is to ask scientists to create easy-to-understand demonstrations of exciting weather phenomena, she said. “[Maiullo’s] role in filming is to create fantastic weather chaos for us,” she said.
Ashley Gandham, an assistant to Maiullo, said the most worthwhile part about contributing to the show is how accessible it makes the concepts of physics. “You don’t have to be a nuclear physicist or rocket scientist to understand physics,” said Gandham, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “What I love is that David explains it in a way that the average everyday viewer can see.” The film experience was especially enriching for her because of Maiullo’s tendency to give everyone a chance to weigh in on brainstorming, she said. “We were doing bioluminescence of underwater creatures, and I had already studied about that during my time at a lab,” she said. “He had a director talk to me about it, which was a good experience.” Amongst the demonstrations they did, a more memorable one involved a 55-gallon drum of water and a bottle of liquid nitrogen, she said. Immersing the bottle of liquid nitrogen in the drum of water resulted in a large explosion that was a blast for the filming crew. “Anything we try here you generally shouldn’t try at home, but it still drives the point home,” she said. “Dave has a book filled with physics demos that you can try safely at home.” Maiullo considers the demonstrations to be considerably do-ityourself, but a wide variety of apparatus are necessary — nobody sports a spare 55-gallon drum in their basement.
David Maiullo, a laboratory support specialist for the Department of Chemistry, helped to demonstrate the connection between weather and physics by filming experiments for the Weather Channel show “The Strangest Weather on Earth.” ISMELKA GOMEZ / MARCH 2013 / TOP LEFT PHOTO / WILLY MELLOT / FEBRUARY 2013
He also considers the filming to be a good extension of the types of projects he gets involved in. Every year, Maiullo goes to about 40 schools and gives physics lectures similar to the “Rutgers Faraday Christmas Children’s Lecture” series that he hosts here at the University. He said lectures like these aim to reach all ages and show physics in a fun, easy manner. “That’s one of the ways [the producers of these shows] found me,” he said. “My name is all over the place for these physics demon-
strations. I’m one of the lucky people in the world that gets to make a living playing with toys.” Maiullo said this is about his seventh show. He also contributed to shows such as “Humanly Impossible: Beyond Bizzare,” “Hell Roads” and “Dark Matters: Twisted But True.” “The first season [of Strangest Weather] rated well, so we’re making more content this time around,” she said. “Each episode features 10 or 12 stories and each story begins with a piece of us-
er-generated content — this content is usually something you see uploaded on YouTube.” The first season included explanations of interesting phenomena, such as the infamous “double rainbow” and of mammatus clouds — the cloud formations that draped New York skies in 2009. Dart said the second season of “The Strangest Weather on Earth” is going to be 8 episodes long, with episodes airing at one hour each. It is expected to air sometime during the fall of 2014.
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n Thursday, Jan. 23, The Daily Targum published a commentar y written by Colleen M. Jolly titled, “Can Hillel’s funding be put to better use elsewhere?” In her attempt to give the Rutgers community “something to think about,” Jolly and her piece garnered a wave of backlash from not only our Jewish
readers, but from many throughout the entire Rutgers community. We, as a publication, received perhaps just as much criticism for publishing the piece. The piece was originally published it for a number reasons — The Daily Targum does not practice censorship and hopes to create conversation about issues on campus. Looking back, elements in this piece relay discriminator y undertones that do not reflect the values and goals of our organization. These elements, which I personally find distasteful and irrelevant, greatly overshadow any
sort of argument the author was tr ying to make. Further, many of the statements that were presented as facts were entirely unfounded. For example, Jolly implies that Rutgers Hillel is a University-affiliated organization — when in fact, they independently, privately own the new property and paid rent for the old one. She fails to mention that the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County paid for its use of the Douglass Campus Center just as any organization that is not affiliated with the University would. The commentar y
should not have been published, and I apologize to ever yone it offended. Looking forward, we are going to reevaluate what is appropriate to publish in the Opinions section. This goes beyond adamantly rejecting pieces that are hateful. Our Opinions section serves to better the Rutgers community, and Jolly’s piece did not do that. With a new editorial board on the horizon, now is the time for change. Enrico C. Cabredo is a School of Arts and Sciences senior and the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Targum.
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Commentary ignores positive goals of many religious organizations Last Thursday’s Daily Targum published a commentary that questioned Hillel’s use of its funds. This piece was factually inaccurate and perpetuated Jewish stereotypes about money in a revolting way. As members of the Alliance to Advance Interfaith Collaboration at Rutgers University, we are writing in response to this hateful piece. The Interfaith Alliance promotes collaboration between particular university-recognized campus chaplains who officially represent their faith communities on the New Brunswick-Piscataway Campus of Rutgers University. Our members are committed to respecting the diversity of beliefs and practices present at the University and work together to enrich the spiritual well-being of students, faculty and staff. We also support each other in times of crisis. When the New York Police Department was singling out Muslims on campus to monitor, we wrote a joint letter to this very newspaper. So now, when a commentary printed in the Targum uses a nasty Jewish stereotype that “pro-Israel parties are good at getting money into funds,” we call out that anti-Semitism and say that our campus paper should not be printing bigoted language like that — even in the context of commentary or opinion. As Rutgers University-recognized chaplains, we are all privately funded. All our organizations raise their own money to pay for their facilities, staff and programming they provide to Rutgers students. Hillel is no different than the rest of us in this regard. We all raise money and use it to further the missions of each of our organizations. It is not the mission of any of our chaplaincies to pay for streetlights in New Brunswick or build residences for Rutgers alumni, as the author suggests. Diversity at Rutgers is a value we cherish. Rutgers has a large Jewish community, which is part of that diversity. The commentary suggested Jewish students don’t belong on a “historically reformed Dutch college” campus. What about us? We’re Muslim and Catholic and other denominations of Christianity. Don’t we all have a place here? Each of our recognized chaplaincies offers community, prayer, selfless acts of community service and a welcom-
ing environment to any Rutgers student. We work together on interfaith dialogues and joint programs. We offer counseling to students in need, and, believe it or not, we actually get along with one another. To answer the author of the commentary, “As a non-Jewish person, does the Jewish nature make you feel welcome?” the answer is yes: We all have been welcomed into Hillel, and we and our students will be welcomed there once the new building is completed. As members of the Interfaith Alliance, we are most concerned that this author singled out Hillel for attack. When the Catholic Center built its building a few years ago, there was no commentary in the Targum decrying it. When Chabad House built an addition to its building that opened this past fall, the Targum did not print a commentary against it. When the University used its own funds to provide meditation spaces in student centers, in response to the need for Muslim prayer space on campus, there was no outcry. Hillel has a right to use its own funds for its mission: to benefit Jewish students on campus. Rather than printing hateful language against one of our university’s chaplaincies, we expect that in the future, the Targum would write about the positive activities all our chaplaincies provide to the diverse Rutgers population. This letter was written and submitted by members of the Alliance to Advance Interfaith Collaboration at Rutgers University: Rev. Gregory Bezilla, Rev. Peter Cebulka, Imam Moutaz Charaf, Br. Joseph Donovan, Rabbi Esther Reed, Rabbi Heath Watenmaker and Rabbi Akiva Dovid Weiss.
Commentary should be tolerant and sensitive I found Colleen Jolly’s commentary published last Thursday to be both very poorly written and incredibly offensive. Her commentary relies on many blatant lies and distortions of the truth. For one thing, Hillel is privately funded, and its donors have the right to donate to whatever cause they choose to. For another, the problems she sees in the city of New Brunswick are not the responsibility of Hillel. They are the responsibility of New Brunswick’s municipal government. Finally, while it is true that the Rutgers Hillel is
a center for Jewish life, it welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life. To write a complete rebuttal of everything Jolly wrote would take too many column inches that I’m sure The Daily Targum’s Opinions Editor cannot afford. That brings me to my last point. It is the responsibility of the Targum’s editors to make sure that what is being written in the Opinions section is based in fact. Furthermore, it is also of utmost importance to make sure that highly offensive and bigoted content is not given a platform. Yes, it was Jolly’s mistake to write such a distasteful commentary, but it was the Targum’s failure that it was printed at all. Michael Guggenheim is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in modern Hebrew.
Author of commentary uneducated about Hillel Last Thursday, I read one of the most factually inaccurate, as well as plain meanest and rudest pieces of commentary I’ve ever come across in The Daily Targum — which says a lot. Colleen Jolly, who authored the commentary piece “Can Hillel’s Funding be Put to a Better use Elsewhere?” not only managed to mix up the idea of public and private funds but also found space for hurtful anti-Semitic remarks in the small-word limit. I guess the Targum’s commenting rules of conduct — stated on the website — doesn’t apply to pieces in print, because Jolly violated both number four, “Be Truthful,” and number five, “Be Nice.” To start with, there is absolutely no reason that Hillel would donate their hard earned money, the money that will go to creating a wonderful building where all students will be welcome, to the city of New Brunswick. That would be a discrepancy of private funds for public use. If Jolly took one second to look up anything about the politics of her future “less-cool Williamsburg,” she would see that the reason this city is falling apart is because New Brunswick politics and public policy is rife with corruption and exploitation. If she wished to address the deplorable state of her home city, she should have started by talking to the right people instead of spewing ignorance towards a group that has nothing to do with her complaints.
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One of the parts of this article that bothers me immensely — and there are several — is “If you know anything about Israel, you can conclude that pro-Israel parties are good at getting money …” Jolly is insinuating the age-old incorrect stereotype of Jewish people being greedy and conniving. In reality, the Jewish religion focuses on giving back to the community and helping others before helping oneself. For example, the new Hillel building will host countless community service projects — just like the old building did, provide a welcoming space for all students and create a community focused on caring. Her comments are ignorant, anti-Semitic and downright hurtful. I wonder what Targum’s editorial board was thinking when they decided to publish this article. I like to think that I attend a university where all groups — regardless of religion, creed, sexual orientation or any other identification — are welcome to express themselves without having to read blasphemous articles. Unfortunately, I thought wrong. I hope that in the future, Targum articles are held to higher standards — standards that don’t allow hateful and poorly written commentaries. Sarah Beth Kaye is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in planning and public policy and English.
Students’ needs must be met, not ignored When I attended Rutgers College 40 years ago, the Rutgers Hillel “building” was a second-floor walkup on George Street, midway between the Rutgers and Douglass College. Religious services were sometimes held in the rabbi’s home due to a lack of space. There was no Jewish presence on the main campus. It does my heart good to finally see the needs of Jewish students being properly addressed with a new Hillel building. Colleen Jolly is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” trying to veil her anti-Semitism, as bigots often do. If she feels so strongly about the urban renewal of New Brunswick, let her personally raise funds for the purpose — I would applaud the effort. My response to her commentary will be to increase my contribution to Rutgers Hillel. Ira Jacobs is a Rutgers College class of 1973 alumnus.
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January 27, 2014 WOMEN’S TRACK RUTH FINISHES 0.12 SECONDS SHY OF SCHOOL RECORD
Senior nearly breaks school record in her first 500m dash By Garrett Stepien Contributing Writer
Before the first gun sounded and the runners took off from the starting line Friday in Boston, head coach James Robinson stood in a cramped hotel room as his team huddled before him. “I just told them, ‘Listen, this is what we’re using to see who we’re going to put in what events next weekend,’” Robinson said. “We need to go out there and qualify for more ECAC qualifiers and put up some more season-best times. We have to roll, this is the transition to the championship season.” In a marquee matchup with athletes from all collegiate lev-
els and several Olympians, the Rutgers women’s track and field team saw promising improvement at the Terrier Classic hosted by Boston University, with three topthree finishes and six ECAC qualifying times. Senior Asha Ruth, thrown into the fire by racing the first 500-meter dash of her life, showed why she has been named AAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week twice this winter. In a heated race, Ruth’s time of 1:12.54 inched out Fordham’s Titi Fagade by .31 seconds for first place. Ruth missed the school record in the event by 0.12 seconds, despite never competing in the race before.
“She actually came off the race and said, ‘Man, I want to run it one more time. I know I can break that thing, easy,’” Robinson said. Ruth now holds wins in the 200-meter, 300-meter, 400-meter and the 500-meter dashes all in this winter season. Before Friday’s race, Ruth said Thursday she viewed the race like any other event. “I’m just going to go out there and run it like my 400 and that last 100. I’m just going to go for it,” Ruth said. “You can’t really think much about it, you just go out there and do it.” Ruth anchored a 4x400 relay team of fellow seniors Corr yn Hurrington, Tylia Gillon
and Ekene Ugboaja to a thirdplace finish with a season-best 3:43.98 time, good for an ECAC qualifier. Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights in the field events was freshman Br yanna Grant, who earned a third-place finish in the triple jump with an ECAC qualifying distance of 12.01m. Rounding out the notable finishes for Rutgers were ECAC-qualifying results by seniors Tylia Gillon in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.58 seconds and senior Ekene Ugboaja with a time of 55.88 in the 400-meter dash. Both placed ninth in their respective events.
Sophomore distance runner Paige Senatore ran a personal-best and ECAC qualifying time in the 3000-meter with a 9:57.80 finish. As the Knights prepare for the Metropolitan Championships, Robinson is comfortable with where the team is and how it has utilized its time leading up to the championships. “The meet went very well, overall,” Robinson said. “We needed to take advantage of the competition, take advantage of the nice facility, and I think they went out and did that.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
MEN’S TRACK 4X400 RELAY TEAM CONTINUES STRONG PERFORMANCE
Rutgers works on individual times at Terrier Invite By Lou Petrella Staff Writer
The Rutgers men’s track and field team competed in its first competition after the winter recess Saturday at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University. The meet featured participants from well more than 100 schools, with others running either unattached or with sponsors. The Scarlet Knights’ 4x400 relay team highlighted the event with another dominant performance. Senior sprinter Corey Caidenhead led Rutgers, which finished second but was the top
temple Officials wave off technical foul on Stringer that would have given Temple five FTs continued from back said. “I just started doing something — defensive rebounds or getting a steal, and all of that contributed to helping me click and start scoring.” But Stringer’s emotions also nearly cost the Knights. After junior point guard Syessence Davis fouled guard Rateska Brown from 3-point territor y with 4.7 seconds left, Stringer sprung off the bench and swung her arms in frustration. She initially received a technical foul that would have given Temple (10-9, 4-4) a total of five free throws down by 6 points. Then the officials discussed the call and waved it off.
collegiate team in the race. The first-place team ran independently. Before the meet, head coach Mike Mulqueen said that the team had yet to put together its best 4x400 relay team. But this pairing produced the best results of the season, beating the previous best 4x400 time by close to three seconds. This meet was unique in the sense that there are no team stats. “Our goal was to get better qualifying marks for the meets down the road,” Mulqueen said. “It was every man for themselves.” Caidenhead, sophomores Kyle Holder and Rajee Dunbar and junior D’Andre Jordan finished with a time
of 3:13.58, which was good enough to capture an IC4A-qualifying mark. The Knights finished the invitational with three IC4A qualifying marks overall. Caidenhead captured another with his thirdplace finish in the 500m, which was also the top collegiate mark out of 63 competitors. Jordan took home the third with a ninth-place finish in the 400m. Sophomore jumper Ryan North took fourth place in the high jump with a height of 2.00m for his best mark of the indoor season. North stressed the importance of preparing during the week so he can perform at his best during the competitions.
“I wasn’t expressing anything other than to myself,” Stringer said. “I don’t know what it was. It really didn’t matter at that particular point. [The official] just said, ‘I’m sorr y. I didn’t realize [what happened].’” Arguably none of it would have been possible without sophomore guard Briyonta Canty’s critical spark off the bench. With the Knights trailing, 3428, with 15:05 left, Canty scored 8 of Rutgers’ next 12 points. She swiped a heads-up steal off a Temple inbound and converted a layup for the lead. Then she gave Rutgers another lead a minute later with a 3-pointer to finish with 13 points. The Knights took command soon after. “I was just staying focused and giving my teammates what they needed — energy,” Canty said. “We needed to keep the intensity up, keep attacking and playing ‘D.’” Little materialized offensively for Rutgers in the early stages.
The 1,304 fans in attendance seemed to have an effect on the Knights’ sloppy half-court offense, which committed 11 turnovers and shot just 33.3 percent in the first half. Temple guard Feyonda Fitzgerald poured in 11 first-period points, while center Taylor Robinson controlled the paint and contributed to sophomore for ward Rachel Hollivay’s early foul trouble. “I figured that that game was probably going to be an 8or 10-point game at the most,” Stringer said. “Temple is a very solid basketball team. … They’re fighters, they’re never out of it. As long as you can shoot it at the 3-point range and then they drive as much as they do, that’s always a concern. We knew that we had to play for 40 minutes.”
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“You have to make sure you stay organized and on top of everything because you have meets almost every weekend now,” North said. “We need to focus during the week so we can have a clear head for the weekend.” The trio of freshmen pole vaulters also competed. Nicholas Eckett led it with a 12th-place finish. Nicholas Patterson and Sean McEvoy finished 13th and 17th, respectively. Another freshman — jumper Brennan Crowle — cleared 1.85m in the high jump, which placed him 19th at the meet. Like North, Crowle discussed how adapting to the sea-
son is difficult both physically and mentally. “[The start of the season] is also very different mentally because you know you have to start producing results,” Crowle said. “You need to perform on the weekends now, so your focus is on that during the week of practice and preparation.” After meets on three straight weekends, the Knights will travel back to the Armory for the Metropolitan Championships on Friday in the Bronx. For updates on the Rutgers men’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
RETURN Strong showing helps team prepare for AAC Championships in three weeks continued from back Moser placed first in the 50 and 200 freestyle, while Guinee added a first-place finish in the 200yard butterfly. Sophomore Morgan Pfaff and freshman Rachel Stoddard also performed strongly. Pfaff captured a first-place finish in the 400 individual medley, and Stoddard placed second in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. With three weeks until the conference championships, having such a strong team performance could calm some ner ves. “We just need to trust our training, relax and just have fun and get each other psyched up,” Leberfinger said.
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The diving team was also successful. Senior Nicole Scott led the way with two wins. The Toronto, Canada, native placed first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives with scores of 263.70 and 302.00, respectively. Freshman diver Rebecca Gross placed second in both events to cap off a strong showing for the diving team. “We’ve been really working on the details and the kind of things that were missing a little bit last year [on dives],” Scott said. “I’m really confident about the stuf f that we’re doing.” For updates on the Rutgers swimming and diving team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
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January 27, 2014
KNIGHT NOTEBOOK HUSKIES HOLD MACK SCORELESS IN FIRST HALF
Senior Alexis Gunzelman led Rutgers with 9.725 on the beam, an event Knights struggled in Friday against Brown. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO / FEBRUARY 2012
RU escapes with home win despite beam woes By Justin Lesko Staff Writer
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In its poorest outing to date, the No. 18 Rutgers gymnastics team snuck a win out to continue its perfect season. An uncharacteristically weak performance on the balance beam led to a team score of 193.025 to Brown University’s 190.625. The Scarlet Knights (6-0) came short of a 195 score for the first time this season. “You can’t struggle as bad as we did on beam and expect to put up a 195,” said head coach Louis Levine. “Really it comes down to that one event. We hit beam, and we’re still at 195. We don’t hit beam, and that’s what happens.” In their third event, the Knights scored a 46.85 on the beam. Senior Alexis Gunzelman led the team with a 9.725, but no other gymnast earned higher than a 9.525. “It was just an off day. Beam is maybe our best event this year, definitely one of them,” Levine said. “Unfortunately, mentally we got a bit out of whack on beam and weren’t able to come back from it, but we’ll work on it this week.” In the same rotation, the Bears scored a 48.150 on the floor to bring the team score within less than a point entering the final event. “After beam, we knew we had to pick it up. But floor is one of our best events, so we just wanted to go out there and have fun,” said junior Anastasia Halbig. The Knights earned a teamhigh 48.925 in the event, with the Bears tallying a 47.475 on the beam. Junior Luisa Leal led Rutgers with a meet-high 9.925, while Gunzelman received a 9.85. “We need good scores,” Gunzelman said. “We’re going to bounce back from it and still
said. “Anyone who played basketball or any sport knows that the high-ankle sprain is very painful. It is one of the severest ones you can have. That’s the toughness everyone needs to see. He gutted it out.” Daniels was not an outside threat for the rest of the game. He made only one shot upon returning in his 7-point, 3-for-7 shooting night. Rutgers’ offense had difficulties of its own as junior guard Myles Mack scored only 6. His first points came off a 3-pointer with 12:43 left as guard Ryan Boatright locked him down and prevented his dribble.
But UConn led almost the entire game. Rutgers only led when an 8-0 run to start the second half made it 44-41. The difference between the teams is UConn’s offensive versatility, which allowed it to control the speed. “They’ve got two 3-point shooters with some size [Daniels and wing Niels Gif fey],” Jordan said. “They … were tall and they made shots and they’re playing the guard position — guard, small for ward. So they open it up because they’ve got shooters, they’ve got guys in the paint and they’ve
Junior guard Jerome Seagears receives heavy attention from UConn’s defense. Seagears led the Knights in scoring with forward Kadeem Jack with 19 points each. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
UConn limits Mack’s offense By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
The Rutgers men’s basketball team got exactly what it wanted from junior guard Jerome Seagears, but not what it expected out of junior guard Myles Mack on Saturday against Connecticut. Not starting since Dec. 4 against George Washington, Seagears scored 19 points off the bench in 30 minutes. But Mack’s 6 total points and 0 first-half points limited the Scarlet Knights’ offense in UConn’s 82-71 victory at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Guard Ryan Boatright locked Mack down, as the St. Anthony (N.J.) High School product shot 2-for-9. He shot 2-for-7 from 3-point land, as Boatright blocked his dribbling lanes. Seagears’ playing time diminished since taking a bench role. He played 24 minutes or more in all but one of eight games he started this year. He only surpassed that mark in four games since. But Seagears helps Mack on the floor, said head coach Eddie Jordan. “What Jerome does, it allows Myles to not be so point guardish-like because [senior forward] J.J. [Moore] doesn’t really initiate the offense, although he’s getting better,” Jordan said
GROOVE Daniels shocks head coach by returning quickly with high ankle sprain versus RU continued from back Napier scored 11 of UConn’s next 13 points in the next four minutes to give UConn the 67-59 lead. He scored from everywhere with free throws, two midrange jumpers, a jump shot in the paint, a layup and another free throw in that order.
postgame. “But it allows Myles to not have to organize us as much as he has to when J.J. is on the floor.” Mack and Seagears consistently hitting shots in the same game is a rare occurrence, though. In the six games Seagears eclipsed double-figure scoring, Mack stayed in single figures. But if Mack and Seagears do not take away from each other on the court, consistency is their issue. Seagears said coming of f the bench does not hurt his consistency. “I don’t really think of it as anything anymore,” Seagears said. “I just try to go out there and play ball and do what I can to help my team.”
Jack recorded 19 points and 11 rebounds against Connecticut. He did so mostly playing out of position at center. Senior forward Wally Judge played 10 scoreless minutes before fouling out, forcing Jack to shift positions. On paper, the 6-foot-9 Jack needed to oppose 7-foot Connecticut center Amida Brimah. Luckily for Jack, that often was not the case. “It didn’t make it that difficult this game because [Brimah]
“If you have a great player like that, you open the floor up and let him do his thing,” Jordan said. “When he’s got it cooking, it’s a hard thing to guard because he’s a good passer, he sees the floor, he’s unselfish yet he’s an assassin.” Napier’s job got tougher when UConn forward DeAndre Daniels was carried to the bench with his ankle raised with about four minutes left in the first half. Daniels returned in the second half, which shocked UConn head coach Kevin Ollie. “I was very surprised since it was a high-ankle sprain,” Ollie
didn’t play that much in the second half,” Jack said. “So I kind of had to shift and move to the five, but it wasn’t that bad because [for ward Phillip Nolan is 6-foot-10].” Brimah played only seven second-half minutes, while Nolan played 11. Brimah posted 10 points and eight boards, while Nolan had 4 points and one rebound. But UConn still dominated the paint, outscoring Rutgers, 34-12, in that area.
sold-out crowd of 8,006 for “blackout night.” The crowd consistently rumbled the RAC, but Jordan wishes the team gave it more. “I’d like to see them more excited and happier,” Jordan said. “For us to get that 3-point lead and expand it and get some cushion and get some exciting plays, we’ve just got to get some runs of exciting plays. We just don’t have enough.” The RAC’s largest attendance this year was previously 7,663 Jan. 4 against Louisville.
going to come out strong and people are going to be surprised.” Leal tumbled forward upon landing on the uneven bars, earning a 9.3. Halbig and junior Emma Hoffman reached career highs in the event, with a 9.8 and 9.85, respectively. Gunzelman also reached the 9.8 mark. “Falls happen and I think that no matter who it is, we need to be able to go there and pick up what our team misses,” Gunzelman said. “We’re a team here and this is a unit. We need to be able to focus on that and we need to be able to recover for ever ybody.” Gunzelman finished with the top all-around score of the meet at a season-high 39.175. It was the first time this season she scored better overall than co-captain Leal, who earned a 38.625. The Knights wore black uniforms in front of a loud crowd at the Livingston Recreation Gym. They beat New Hampshire in their home opener, but this was the first home meet with students on campus. “It’s always really fun competing in front of your crowd,” Gunzelman said. “They’re always behind you, always cheering for you. We have a team of 18 girls, but when we have the home crowd it’s almost like we have a team of a thousand more people.” Athletic Director Julie Hermann attended the match and acknowledged the team’s performance this season. “They’re making Rutgers incredibly proud being nationally ranked, and they’re setting a tone for the whole [athletic] department,” Hermann said. For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
got two dynamic guards — one exceptional.” The offensive versatility spelled Rutgers’ downfall, leading to yet another loss in which it stayed close before an opponent’s late run. “I think we’re close,” said senior forward J.J. Moore. “We’re a good, competitive team. We just look to try to get wins out there to compete at all levels.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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Quote of the Day “When he’s got it cooking, it’s a hard thing to guard because ... he’s unselfish, yet he’s an assassin.” — Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan on Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier
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Rutgers wins in return to home pool
Pressure ‘D’ propels RU to win at Temple By Greg Johnson
By Sean Stewart
Associate Sports Editor
PHILADELPHIA — Early in the second half Saturday at McGonigle Hall, C. Vivian Stringer agitatedly clapped her hands, clenched her fists and yelled words of encouragement. The frustrated head coach urged the Rutgers women’s basketball team, which matched a season-low 22 first-half points against Temple, to get its act together. The Scarlet Knights were out of sync offensively and getting sliced man-to-man defensively. Then Stringer switched to zone defense and her trademark “55” half-man, half-zone full-court press. Rutgers generated its first two-possession lead with 8:37 left and pulled ahead by as many as 15 before settling for a 74-68 win. “It was enough to throw [Temple] offrhythm,” Stringer said. “In particular the ‘55,’ I thought that they really got after it. It was good to see. It’s encouraging, really encouraging.” Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper, playing in her hometown for the first time since high school, came alive late. She erupted for a team-high 18 points in the second half with several crisp slashes to the hoop. Junior wing Betnijah Laney, who was born in Philadelphia, added 24 points and 10 rebounds to help Rutgers (15-4, 6-2) avoid its third upset defeat. Copper estimated about 50 friends and family members attended the game but insisted she never felt anxious, despite tallying just 2 points in the opening 20 minutes. “I was calm the entire time, but I just had to really let it flow and relax,” Copper
It was all smiles for the Rutgers swimming and diving team following its meet Saturday afternoon at the RU Aquatics Center. Despite going winless in their last two road contests, the Scarlet Knights hardly looked like a team lacking in confidence. The Knights dominated their races and dives, winning 11 of the 16 events on the day and collecting wins against Fordham (6-3), 169-128, and Rider (1-8-1), 211-79. Following their tough road meets against nationally ranked opposition, the Knights (7-4-1) appeared to shift into another gear as two quality programs challenged them. With the AAC Championships less than a month away, adding a couple victories is exactly what head coach Phil Spiniello hoped for. “You always want to come away with some wins and we came away with two today, which is great to add to our dual meet record,” Spiniello said. “We also had really good season times, lowered some of our best season times, which is great. And we have some momentum going into the AAC Championship meets, which is the goal.” Junior Greta Leberfinger and sophomore Joanna Wu led the Knights, finishing with two individual wins along with being part of the first-place 200-medley relay team. Wu claimed first in the 100 and 200 backstroke by nearly three seconds in both races, while Leberfinger won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Some strong performances from both their seniors and underclassmen also helped the Knights. Seniors Mar y Moser and Brittany Guinee both won individually for the team.
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier drives through Rutgers’ defense en route to his 26-point performance Saturday against Rutgers. Napier scored 11 of 13 UConn points in one second-half stretch in Rutgers’ loss. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Napier finds groove to defeat Knights
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By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
It could not have been so easy for the Rutgers men’s basketball team as junior guard Jerome Seagears simply outplayed one of the nation’s top backcourts. But as Seagears’ buckets kept falling in his 19-point performance Saturday against Connecticut at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Scarlet Knights’ fantasy became reality. Seagears had his way offensively, UConn guard Shabazz Napier shot 2-for-10 at one point and Rutgers had a chance of getting over the hump to finish a complete performance against a good team. But as Napier woke up for 26 points, he ultimately awoke Rutgers from its dream in UConn’s 82-71 victory. That gave Rutgers (812, 2-5) its fifth loss in six games.
Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper scored 20 points in Rutgers’ 74-68 road win. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
“This is one of those nights where we had to almost play a perfect game,” said head coach Eddie Jordan postgame. “They’re a good team with a great player, and when a great player opens the floor up like that and a great player does his thing, it’s ver y frustrating and the frustration got to us a little bit.” Before Napier went of f, UConn (16-4, 4-3) set up its of fense through screens. The Knights contained him, thanks to quick rotation and Seagears’ tenacious defense when the Huskies set picks on him. Then Napier’s shots kept falling. Junior forward Kadeem Jack’s free throws brought UConn’s lead to only 54-53 with 11:33 remaining in regulation. See GROOVE on Page 15
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Junior Greta Leberfinger led the team with two first-place finishes. EDWIN GANO / FILE PHOTO / NOVEMBER 2013
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