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The Rutgers wrestling team puts its 10-match unbeaten streak on the line against No. 19 Virginia tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

RUSA election brings back old controversy BY CHRIS ZAWISTOWSKI STAFF WRITER

Rutgers University Student Assembly Treasurer Yousef Saleh was elected vice-chair of RUSA last night after a hotly contested debate rekindled tensions over the organization’s decision last semester to

allow the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund to have rights to the meal sign-away program. While the debate was heated, both sides apologized at the end of the meeting and called for unity moving forward.




Rutgers College graduate Lisa Vignuolo swears in as Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Wednesday in New Brunswick. She credits her success as a lawyer to her father’s influence and support.

Alumna takes seat on superior court BY AMBIKA SUBRAMANYAM STAFF WRITER

A University alumna attained her childhood dream Wednesday afternoon when she was sworn in as a Middlesex County Superior Court Judge. Former Gov. Jon S. Corzine appointed Judge Lisa Vignuolo, the daughter of prominent lawyer Anthony Vignuolo. Her father, a partner of a local law firm, was one of her main inspirations, she said. “I loved watching my father in court as a child,” said Lisa Vignuolo, a Rutgers College and Seton Hall University School of Law graduate.

She has been working at the same practice as her father — Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl PC — where she was a senior par tner before being appointed. “I wanted to work and serve in the same place my grandparents chose to raise their families,” Lisa Vignuolo said. “I have been incredibly lucky to work with such a great group of professionals, [and retiring from the practice] is the bittersweet part of this process.” Anthony Vignuolo said his daughter always had the desire to be a judge. “In elementary school … when all the other students dressed up

as policemen, firefighters and doctors … Lisa dressed as a municipal court judge,” he said. She also worked as the Prosecutor for the Borough of Milltown, as well as the Public Prosecutor for Milltown and Car teret. While Lisa Vignuolo was incredibly dedicated to her work at the firm, she was equally as dedicated to the field of law itself, Judge Phillip Lewis Paley said. She completed the Joseph Halpern American Inn of Cour t, which is designed to improve SEE COURT



Latino students protest for immigrant rights

INDEX UNIVERSITY Open mic night gives amateur comedians a chance to show off their humor.


OPINIONS An unarmed man robs a bank after deciding that he hates being poor. See if he stole a dart or laurel this week. UNIVERSITY . . . . . . . 3


Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty Kimani Fowlin, center, guides participants Deborah Carr, left, and Julie Roth in the free Fusion Dance sample class held Thursday at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus.


Organizations under the umbrella of the Latino Student Council protest to raise awareness about the New Jersey In-State Tuition Act. Students plan to hold more events during the semester to support passage of the bill.

Chants of “No justice, no peace,” filled the streets last night as students marched in support of legislation to allow children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at the University. Students from the Latino Student Council, which is made up of various Latino organizations on campus, marched, equipped with picket signs and a megaphone, from the Center for Latino Arts and Culture down College Avenue and George Street.

The protest was organized to raise support for the New Jersey In-State Tuition Act, which never reached the state Senate floor earlier this month. Christian Estevez, a representative from the Latino Action Network, came to show support for the students. “We’re doing this because we tried to do it at the state [level] through legislation, and the state Senate declined to even bring it up for a vote,” Estevez said. “The students realize now that the only way to get equal education for all immigrant students is by demanding it.”


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LEGENDARY AUTHOR J.D. SALINGER DIES AT 91 Renowned author J.D. Salinger died Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., according to an article in The New York Times. He was 91 years old. Salinger’s literary representative Harold Ober Associates, Inc. said the death was from natural causes, according to the article. “Despite having broken his hip in May, his health had been excel-

lent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death,” the agency said in the ar ticle. Author of the acclaimed literary classic “The Catcher in the Rye,” Salinger became a best-selling author after the book was published in 1951, according to the article. The

novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, became America’s bestknown literar y truant since Huckleberry Finn. Salinger is also the author of many other works, including “Nine Stories,” “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”

Shortly after the books were published, Salinger left his Manhattan home in 1953 — and literary career along with it — and moved to a 90acre compound on a wooded hillside in Cornish, N.H, where he lived in seclusion for more than 50 years, according to the article. — Ariel Nagi


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Comedians deliver laughs at ‘Open Mic Knight’ BY SHANE BRENNAN STAFF WRITER


School of Arts and Sciences junior Dina Hashem demurely tells racy jokes as part of her ironic act during the Rutgers University Programming Association’s first “Open Mic Knight.”

Twelve amateur stand-up comedians from the University community ser ved up a full course of comedy at the first-ever “Comic Open Mic Knight.” The Rutgers University Programming Association hosted the free event at The Cove in the Busch Campus Center. “We’re glad to be hosting this [event]. Open mics allow comedians to artistically improve their skills,” Vice President of Entertainment for RUPA Pete Iwanowski said. The crowd of 60 students witnessed comedians poke fun at numerous aspects of college life, such as roommates, girlfriends, parents, alcohol and Halloween costumes. Comedian Nick Marinelli found the evening enjoyable and felt a good vibe. “Me and a couple of the performers tonight have become friends in a couple of comedy circuits and would like to see more chances for students to show their stuf f,” said Marinelli, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Yet other comedians who performed felt the audience was too spread out and far from the stage, making it difficult for the laughs to ignite.

“Laughter is contagious. It really is. The audience should be closer [to the stage],” said performer Pavan Katepalli, a University alumnus. While the comedians all had funny routines, the audience’s proximity made performing difficult, said Katepalli, who has been doing stand-up comedy for about six years. Despite the tough crowd, Katepalli said he liked his routine of telling jokes about fraternities, bars and Facebook — topics the audience could relate to. “I was just here to practice and have fun,” he said. One of the highlights of the night was a performance by the only female entertainer, Dina Hashem, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Hashem used the free opportunity to prepare for the New Jersey Comedy Festival — a statewide, collegiate stand-up comedy competition with a $1,000 grand prize. “The finals are this weekend, so I thought, ‘Oh, I should practice,’” she said. Hashem first started comedy in October when she entered the New Jersey Comedy Festival on a whim and won with her ironic act of delivering promiscuous jokes quietly and innocently.

While she was also nervous to perform, the low energy of the crowd was intimidating. “[When the] crowd energy is not high, it does make it harder,” Hashem said. Regardless, she appreciated the opportunity to perform. “I like open mics because they give amateur comics a chance. I don’t have a lot of experience and have done only around five shows,” Hashem said. “I like being a female comic — people expect me to not be funny, and it works to my advantage.” Audience member Vsevolod Kuznetsov, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was initially skeptical about the evening. “Some of the comedians were surprisingly funny,” Kuznetsov said. “I thought about going up there, but I didn’t want to embarrass the other performers. The coffee wasn’t bad either.” RUPA intends to hold another “Open Mic Knight” this semester, as last night’s turnout was a success, said Chris Sangiovanni, the RUPA entertainment committee chair. “At a lot of the [RUPA] events, there’s not a great turnout. … We got more than expected,” Sangiovanni said. — Mary Diduch contributed to this article.


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Sponsored by University Student Life, the “Broadway Piano Karaoke Coffeehouse” will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. in The Cove at the Busch Campus Center. Sing your favorite show tune with piano accompaniment by signing up for this free event. No professional experience necessary! Food and drink provided while supplies last.


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


Several Toyota cars including the 2009 and 2010 Corolla, Venza, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe are being recalled, due to the risk of accelerator pedals becoming stuck in the mats.


Toyota recalls 1.09M cars ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. said yesterday it will recall an additional 1.09 million vehicles in the United States over problems with gas pedals and floor mats — a fresh blow to the world’s top automaker as it struggles to salvage its safety reputation. The new recall would affect five models — 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe, Toyota said. The announcement came just a day after Toyota said it would suspend U.S. sales of eight models — including the Camr y, America’s top-selling car — to fix faulty gas pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning. Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models, affecting 2.3 million vehicles. In late 2009, Toyota recalled 4.2 million vehicles over concerns that floor mats could bend across gas pedals, causing sudden acceleration.

RIGHTS: NJ governor opposes in-state tuition act continued from front Gov. Chris Christie said he will not suppor t the legislation, and Estevez said it would be nearly impossible for it to pass with the new administration in of fice. The march is an annual event, and this year, members of the council thought it was appropriate to dedicate it to this cause, said Monica Washington, Rutgers Union Estudiantil Puertorriquena president. Council Political Chair Braulio Salas said although the state did not pass the legislation, the organization wants University President Richard L. McCormick to pass a version of it here.

The sales suspension in the U.S. — Toyota’s biggest market — could endanger the company’s fledgling earnings recover y. Toyota only returned to the black for the July-September quarter with net income of 21.8 billion yen ($241 million) after three straight losing quarters. Investors continued to dump shares in the global auto giant Yesterday. Toyota dropped 3.9 percent to 3,560 yen even as the benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average gained 1.6 percent to close at 10,414.29. Toyota tumbled 4.3 percent Wednesday. “It is still uncertain how this recall problem will affect Toyota’s profits. But investors are worried it could really pressure the company’s overall earnings,” said Masatoshi Sato, market analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co. Ltd. Fitch Ratings warned Yesterday the massive recalls and sales suspension could dent Toyota’s recovery, especially in the vital U.S. market. Fitch placed Toyota’s credit rating of ‘A+’ on watch negative, meaning the rating could be downgraded. That could increase

the interest rate Toyota pays on any debt. “The recalls and sales and production suspension cast a negative light on Toyota’s reputation for quality, just as the company emerges from an unprecedented downturn in the auto industry,” Fitch said in a statement. Toyota spokesman Hideaki Homma said Toyota decided to recall more vehicles due to the risk of accelerator pedals becoming stuck in the mats. Toyota said in a statement it will fix or replace the accelerator pedals for the recalled vehicles to avoid the risk of floor mat entrapment. The company said it will replace floor mats as well for the latest recalled vehicles. In March of 2007, Toyota started getting reports of gas pedals being slow to rise after being depressed for acceleration. Engineers fixed the problem in the Tundra pickup early in 2008. But troubles persisted in other models, eventually leading to last week’s recall and the plans to suspend sales and shut down of six factories while Toyota tries to fix the problems.

“The bill got shot down recently, and as students of Rutgers University, we refuse to let that happen. We refuse to let this issue die,” said Salas, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. It is unfair for students whose parents came to the United States to be discriminated against because of a choice they did not make for themselves, he said. “It’s disenfranchising …” Salas said. “We as students are trying to bring this issue to the forefront, back into the minds and hearts of Rutgers students and on the front desk of President McCormick.” Suppor ting organizations chalked the area surrounding Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus, and the council is collecting signatures for a petition the members plan to present to McCormick, Salas said. Council members

also intend to continue holding programs on the issue throughout the year. The organizations supported the march because its members believe in equal opportunity, Washington said. “We thought this was the proper cause to march for, because it represents [our belief that] everyone should be entitled to a higher education,” Washington said. “We shouldn’t stop someone from achieving their best potential … ” The Latino community wants McCormick to know that its members are united, said Washington, a Livingston College senior. Still, the effort represents a fight for all undocumented students, regardless of nationality. “Everybody deserves a better education, not just those born to American citizens,” she said.

Join the second event of the “Taste and Educate” series at 7:30 p.m. in The Cove at the Busch Campus Center. Sample mini pies and cheesecakes of all varieties courtesy of New Brunswick’s own Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory and learn all about his pie-making process during this event, sponsored by University Student Life. Supplies are limited — first come, first served. Majoring in PRE-MED? Want to meet other pre-med students on campus? Need advice for the road to med school? Then stop by Phi Delta Epsilon’s mixer on Feb. 3 from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Room 120 of the Busch Campus Center. Come get to know the members of PhiDE and learn more about our international medical fraternity with a mini-presentation. Dress is casual and FOOD will be served! News editors from The Daily Targum will hold a writer’s meeting for current and prospective writers at 9 p.m. in the S-Lounge on the fourth floor of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. They will assign stories and answer questions about writing articles. No previous writing experience is required, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.


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


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus is presenting its fourth annual “Celebration of Stor ytelling” for preschool audiences. Starting at 10 a.m., the Maia String Quartet will tell stories and perform classical music. The celebration will continue the next morning at 10 a.m. with a storytelling performance by nationally acclaimed storyteller Beth Horner, who will then hold a teacher workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Early registration for this free event is recommended. Anyone interested should call 732-932-7237 ext. 615 to reserve a space in any of the programs.


“Crossroads: Migration, Language and Literature in Africa” is a conference designed to foster transdisciplinary understanding of the complex interplay between language, literature and migration, and of the varied patterns of language and literary movement, formation and practice arising from contemporary and historical migration within and to Africa. The conference begins at 6:30 p.m. and will end Saturday, Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Contact Renee DeLancey at or 732-445-6638 for more information.

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U. TO PAY OFF $102 MILLION STADIUM DEBT WITH CONCERT PROMOTERS The University is requesting proposals from promoters in hopes of hosting large concer ts at Rutgers Stadium to pay of f some of the $102 million debt resulting from its expansion. “As you can imagine, we were ultrafocused on one thing, which was ser vicing the debt,” said Athletic Director Tim Pernetti. “Not only have we generated the highest amount of revenue that football ticket sales have ever generated at Rutgers — which is a testament to our fans and a lot of other things — but we’ve successfully ser viced the debt and we feel ver y good about it.” Pernetti said providing ser vices for fans while also being mindful of financial matters — particularly the debt on the football stadium — is an annual challenge for the Athletics Department.

Similarly, there has been talk of hosting other events at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, according to The Star-Ledger. The athletic department made efforts to cooperate with football fans in terms of ticket prices, even though the economic climate was dire, Pernetti said. “What we did was … listen to a lot of the things fans were telling us and in the process we tried to create different opportunities for fans to experience Rutgers football,” he said. “I think it was a good marriage, and we got some things done that really helped us put tickets in their hands on their terms and also get them in our stadium.” Season ticket options were made available but there were also more wallet-friendly miniseason ticket plans and single-game options for fans to choose from, Pernetti said. — John Clyde and Heather Brookhart


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COURT: Judge aspires to hurdle new challenges, skills continued from front the skills of lawyers, and continues working with the program to help new lawyers as they begin practicing, Paley said. Not ever y lawyer dedicates themselves so fully to the profession while still maintaining a great family life, he said. “One of Lisa’s greatest skills is maintaining a great balance in life, something many other pro-

RUSA: Daily Targum letter ignites heated public debate continued from front During the debate, RUSA College Avenue Council Representative Avi Scher said Saleh posted lewd derogatory comments toward those against the PCRF decision on his Facebook wall, calling them “paranoid xenof—-.” After The Daily Targum ran a letter on Dec. 7, 2009 critical of RUSA’s meal swipe decision titled “Targum, RUSA: get your facts straight,” Saleh also posted words stating he would like to take a full page advertisement out in the Targum and write: “F—- you dumba— and all the other people trying to pass off rooster entrails as a smoking gun that PCRF funds terrorists.” Citing the posts, Scher questioned how his strong opinions would affect his ability to work with the diverse student group. “These opinions were on the fringe, and they don’t represent the whole RUSA body … I posted those [comments] on my personal Facebook,” Saleh said. “I stand by this position that I felt there was some racism involved, and I am the only Palestinian member


fessionals can only dream of,” Paley said. Anthony Vignuolo said his daughter can rely on the support of both her biological family as well as the professional family they have developed in the community. “I would be nowhere without the skills and support of the people in this room,” Lisa Vignuolo said. Judge Glenn Berman, who said he has no doubt Lisa Vignuolo will be a fair, honorable judge, swore her into office while her husband and two young children held the Bible.

Berman said Lisa Vignuolo is the per fect blend of her mother’s dignity and compassion, and her father’s great skills as a lawyer. “To be a great judge … my advice is to just be yourself,” Berman said. Lisa Vignuolo said she hopes to be as great a lawyer as her father and is eager to take on this new challenge in her career. “Today I stand on the shoulders of my parents ... without [them], I would be nowhere,” she said. “I’m excited to use my love of the law to ser ve my community.”

on this body, and I felt very victimized by this.” Saleh said RUSA does not have the authority to tell whether or not an organization has terrorist ties. “That is the job of the FBI — and they have not determined — and there are no links between the PCRF and terrorism, so this is [not a issue],” he said. The exchange led to debate among representatives about who would be the best candidate for the position. Ben West, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and former RUSA member, said it is inappropriate to use a Facebook post to show how a person feels about such a controversial topic. “I think ever yone has a ver y dif ferent opinion on this issue, and for a sensitive issue like this, you need to take a step back and keep the student body and trust at mind, and the people who bought this divisive issue to the floor didn’t,” West said. But Scher and many others in the assembly disagreed. “At this point, I think there is a general consensus out there that Facebook is public,” Scher said, noting that employers, insurance companies and even general public scour the Web

site often to find out information on registered users. Three candidates, Saleh, Recording Secretar y Meet Shah and Legislative Af fairs Chair John Aspray, all vied for the vice-chair position. After a preliminary vote failed to give any one candidate the necessary majority for election, Shah was eliminated from contention. Saleh won the second ballot, 14 to 12. Still emotional after the intense debate, Saleh originally conceded the victory to Aspray, giving no reason for the decision. But, after a brief recess, Saleh decided to accept the vicechair post, apologizing for his controversial remarks and thanking his supporters. “I do apologize for the way [the comments] were phrased,” Saleh said. “I feel … as a U.S. citizen … I have freedom of speech, and I didn’t say that in my capacity as RUSA treasurer, I said that in my capacity as Yousef J. Saleh … not that that doesn’t excuse me from using the F-bomb, so I would like to ask for you guys to accept my apology.” Saleh and Scher later hugged, apologizing to one another for their actions during the meeting. “We are looking forward to working together in the future,” Scher said.


TUMULTY’S PUB, IGUANA MUSIC TUNES INTO GOOD CAUSE In an attempt to provide supplementary support for those going hungry this winter, Tumulty’s Pub and Iguana Music have teamed up again to benefit Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick. The fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Tumulty’s Pub on George Street, will feature live entertainment from Iguana Music, a community of musicians from long-time area bands, according to a press release. “An eclectic selection of music is planned and will include rock, alternative, country and folk songs with a wide variety of instrumentation,” according to the release. Musicians from bands such as Lesser Fred, Bread & Circus, Love Gas, The Royal We, Amethyst and more will be on hand to perform, according to the event’s Facebook page. Elijah’s Promise will be collecting a $10 donation, as well as canned goods to ease the overwhelming demand due to the economic downturn. Tumulty’s Pub will be accepting donations via check or canned goods in advance for those who are unable to attend. — Lauren Caruso

ANTHROPOLOGIST UNCOVERS LOVE, MARRIAGE IN NEPAL Attendees of this year’s Institute for Research on Women Distinguished Lecture Series learned about love letters, literacy and marriage in a social context yesterday as Professor Laura Ahearn discussed her fieldwork, according to an IRW press release. Hosted at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass campus, the series focused on the importance of using language to analyze social and historical contexts, according to the release. Ahearn, a linguistic and socio-cultural anthropologist, discussed her book, “Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters and Social Change in Nepal.” Her book explores arranged marriages and love letters written in the country, with an emphasis on issues of gender and kinship, according to the release. According to the anthropology department’s Web site, Ahearn served as a Peace Corps volunteer for several years in the early ’80s. She is also in the process of finishing a linguistic anthropology textbook for Blackwell Textbooks. She provided examples of grammatical expressions of agency from her own experiences and others’ fieldwork. These examples ranged from Western Samoa and their spoken discourses, to the written discourses in Nepali love letters, according to the release. The Institute for Research on Women, a part of the School of Art and Sciences, focuses on women and gender issues and sponsors this event annually to provide presentations and lecturers from well-known professors and scholars. — Avani Vyas



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iramax Studios shut its doors yesterday after years of turmoil as its parent company, Disney, let it spiral into a non-profitable business. This day had been expected ever since the transaction between the Weinstein Company and Disney took place, as it marked a decline in Miramax’s stature and image. The studio that launched Quentin Tarantino’s highly lauded career also produced iconic films such as “The English Patient,” “Good Will Hunting” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” The independent art-house studio became an important player in the 1990s with the assistance of works such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Life is Beautiful,” starring Roberto Benigni. In typical Miramax fashion — straying from a Hollywood-inspired ending — it closed its doors and with it took 80 jobs. Despite this nostalgic result, the Weinstein brothers’ film will live on as samples of brilliance, so rare in America’s contemporar y cinema. Uncertainty though falls upon the making of six films that may die with Miramax. According to The Guardian, John Madden’s “The Debt and Last Night,” starring Keira Knightley, now faces hard times. Nevertheless, the stor y of the Weinstein brothers remains as one of two scrappy New Yorkers with exceptional eyes for talent, and their bullying of the giants of filmmaking with movies worth their Oscar wins and nominations. The Daily Targum gives a laurel to Miramax Studios for their 30year reign as artists among businessmen. *




The man who settled into a life of peace and seclusion after years of exceptional writing and highly acclaimed works died Wednesday. J.D. Salinger, author of several masterpieces of American literature died of natural causes at his home in Cornish, N.H., according to his literar y representative. For more than 50 years, the author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” the collection “Nine Stories” and “Franny and Zooey,” had lived in isolation away from the fame and praise that his works brought onto him. After the immense success of his books, Salinger — who as a young man yearned for attention — quickly became sick of seeing himself on the dust jackets of his works. He also requested his agent to burn all of his fan mail. Famous for not wanting to be famous, Salinger became an iconic post-World War II writer, influencing the likes of Philip Roth and John Updike. Holden Caulfield, America’s bestknown truant, successfully captured the youth’s distrust of society and became a part of ever y young man’s entrance into the adult world. With nothing “phony” or “lousy” to speak of J.D. Salinger, The Daily Targum gives him a laurel for his contribution to the world of literature. *





With the national debt at $12.4 trillion, it is hardly the time to be borrowing additional amounts of money. According to The New York Times, the Senate voted on raising the nation’s debt limit by $1.9 trillion to reach a number of $14.3 trillion. The needed 60 votes were reached but with none to spare, as 40 senators opposed this massive increase in borrowing limit. The Republicans stood united against the nation borrowing any more money — former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., being one. The Democrats seem intent on continuing President Barack Obama’s indoctrinated idea of borrowing money to get out of debt and recession. While they stood behind their leader, the Democrats sought to vote in two pieces of legislation in order to seem committed to controlling their fiscal resources. One of them was the pay-go law, which would mandate that Congress offset its health care spending and tax cuts — hardly an easy task for a body that has been adamant about throwing money into the wind with bailouts for the biggest criminals in the countr y. For their careless spending and now additional debt roof, The Daily Targum gives a dart to the Democratic Party. *







A man from the small town of Erie, Penn., decided that he was “sick of being poor” as he took a bus to Meadville, where he robbed a bank with nothing more than his words. He called a taxi for the ride back. Cameron Minniefield walked into the bank Tuesday afternoon with a blue scarf over his face and told the teller to give him money, according to, a local online newspaper. The man was witnessed sitting in the Meadville Public Librar y prior to the robber y, just watching the bank. In an attempt to discard his clothes, he went back to the same librar y, changed and took the taxi he had called. In addition to this act of scantily planned robber y, Minniefield had been involved in another bank robber y and was in fact on probation for it. In reaction to this act of stupidity on the part of the robber and lack of protection on part of the bank, The Daily Targum gives them a dart.

Teen idols need adjustment


t is no secret that chiltoday who is not so focused dren today retain a lot on the subject. These innofrom what they see in vators, who are not sticking pop culture. Not only do to the formula of singing they pay attention to what about naughty things, do they see, they usually tr y to exist in pop culture today. imitate it. Thus, the basis The music industr y is for the new Lifetime origiwhere the biggest dif ferMEGAN DIGUILIO nal movie “The Pregnancy ence is today. Sure, we still Pact.” Let us not forget the have those who like to sing stor y of the group of girls from Massachusetts about “Birthday Sex,” and anyone who has not who all decided it would be a really smart idea to looked up the lyrics to Ke$ha’s new song “Blah get pregnant together. This was during the whole Blah Blah” would be appalled by how utterly Bristol Palin, Jamie L ynn Spears sending each ridiculous it is. Still, the standouts in the indusother baby baskets to celebrate teenage pregtr y today are those who tr y to be about talent and nancy thing. “The Pregnancy Pact” is not legitimate songwriting, rather than bumping and Lifetime’s only made-for-television movie about grinding onstage to dance beats. teens, sex and babies. Anyone who has been I remember growing up when the popular bored on a Saturday afternoon knows that on a ar tists among teens at the time were the likes of good day they can see about five movies in a row Britney, Christina, N*SYNC and the other bildealing with the subject — each one a little bit lion boy bands that tried to make it. The lyrics cheesier than the last but all these people were spewing at mildly entertaining. But I shouldthe time were not at all appro“Poor Miley Cyrus n’t just rag on Lifetime. It does priate for a girl of 12 to be show a lot more than your ever ysinging, but my friends and I did could be a good role day teen sleeping with her footit anyway. I am sure my parents model for the girls that were not thrilled that I was ball star boyfriend who ultimately ends up screwing her over in singing about being “a slave” for look up to her if she the end but ultimately she presomeone and how I would like vails and is still able to manage to be “rubbed the right way” just uses her head.” school, work and being a single because I was in fact a “Genie in mom — super realistic. a Bottle.” O-Town’s “Liquid MTV is also guilty of showing the youth of the Dreams” was one big sexual innuendo. And who world the “glamorous” life of a teen mom on their cannot forget the room filled with students at a reality shows “16 and Pregnant,” along with the middle school dance spitting out ever y line to follow-up series “Teen Mom.” This show has “What’s Your Fantasy,” by Ludacris. All were been my new obsession, along with many others ver y inappropriate, but it was what was popular whose hearts have been invaded by little Bentley, at the time. Sophia, Leah and baby Carly. On the other hand, Southern sweethear t Taylor Swift tops the you find yourself wanting to slap the lot of the char ts nowadays with her songs about parents for their sheer disregard for the fact that teardrops on her guitar and the hardships of they are parents. I could go on for an entire colbeing that cruel age of 15. The Jonas Brothers umn about “Teen Mom,” and how I find it a good have also captured the hear ts of the youth of and bad show at the same time because it does America. They are most well-known for their not show success — it does show hardship — but catchy pop songs and their chastity rings. Yes, it still shows teens that teenage pregnancy can be we make fun of how corny and sugar y-sweet cool, because then MTV will give you your own their songs can be, but I would honestly rather show. The question that needs to be asked is, a child look up to a person with talent, who “Why?” Why are teens and even pre-teens today relies on it more than wearing skimpy outfits to so obsessed with sex? distract audiences from their lack of it. Skipping The truth is sex is ever ywhere. It’s in magaover the high school musical crew, the ones zine ads, in songs, on television and in movies. who send naked pictures to their boyfriends and Most businesses rely on the old motto that “sex the infamous Hannah Montana, as much as it sells,” and they do not care who they are selling pains me to admit it, most of the ar tists Disney the sex to. It is almost a breath of fresh air when SEE DIGUILIO ON PAGE 9 you come across a role model for these teens


QUOTE OF THE DAY “The finals are this weekend, so I thought, ‘Oh, I should practice.’” Dina Hashem, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and participant in the first-ever “Comic Open Mic Knight,” before her performance STORY IN UNIVERSITY

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President employs aggressive politics

DIGUILIO continued from page 8 is pushing out these days are rather talented kids. Poor Miley Cyrus could be a good role model for the girls that look up to her if she just uses her head. Her songs are about positive subjects, and they are easy for young girls to

relate to, but she is so fixated on being seen as a sex icon, or just attractive in general, that she is falling down a slipper y slope. She should show girls that it is OK to not prance around in tiny shorts or dance on poles at award shows. She should stick to singing inspirational ballads like “The Climb,” which is a well-written song. Instead, she feels she has to break the good girl Disney

J A N UA RY 2 9 , 2 0 1 0 mold and sexy dance on ice cream car ts while singing “Party in the USA.” It is those types of slips that will cause teens to fall into that hole of sex, being the only way to be accepted in society today. This generation of teens is already too far gone to be helped completely, but there is hope. Little changes will hopefully turn things around for the youth of America. We need

more Taylor Swifts and Jonas Brothers in the world to sing about love bugs and love stories, to maybe distract from the crazy sexual tension that kids are putting on themselves. Once more positive role models are available, some change can finally occur. Megan DiGuilio is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in journalism and media studies.



atching the presidential address Wednesday night, I saw quite a different President Barack Obama than the one that I have been following for the past few years. It seems that the burdens of the executive branch have not only changed the color of his hair but also his personality. I could not spot the pragmatic, soft-spoken Obama; there was only a similar figure that was quite aggressive and bold, one who spoke plainly about the problems he had with this government. There has been a lot of praise directed at Obama’s first State of the Union address. Some comment on how he was assertive, how he focused on the domestic problems more than issues of foreign policy and how he gave olive branches to the Republicans for tax cuts for the middle class. He showed support for nuclear energy, offshore drilling and — starting in 2011 — a decrease in the deficit. But a few minutes later in the speech, his tone changed from assertive to aggressive. He attacked the Republicans for their lack of compromise and their complete denial to any legislation adding, “Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.” While this seemed justified to many viewers, pundits and analysts, I find it odd to insult the opposition party and then expect bi-partisan legislation to be passed through Congress — even if a few branches were extended. The tone continued to turn more aggressive when he moved onto the third branch of our government and attacked the Supreme Court for reversing the decision of the ban to allow corporations and unions run ads for and against candidates in a federal election. The comment seemed quite out of place and just felt like a jab to an opponent who could not hit you back. Obama completed the trifecta of attacks by bellowing that he was going to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy about gays in the military, while staring at the generals and admirals attending the address. Quite insulting! It seemed as though Obama wanted to embarrass them and guilt them into falling in line with his viewpoints without the decency of a debate. To many people this Obama seemed assertive and bold, and they liked this change. I hope that this boldness sustains and he accomplishes more this year than last. But I certainly hope that this aggressive behavior is not perceived as arrogance and backfires on Obama in a few weeks. To me these remarks seemed like cheap political shots (in an otherwise remarkable speech) at people who could not speak back — not even Rep. Joe Wilson, RS.C., this time. Lets hope that these statements are not misinterpreted or taken to heart and block any progress this country may need in order to improve. Tabish Talib is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore.


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BATTLE: Big East Player of the Year test for N’Diaye continued from back


Senior forward Myia McCurdy averaged seven rebounds per game in her last four contests — well above her season average of four.

REBOUND: Ray not fazed by increased workload continued from back yet again need big numbers from her in the nation’s capital. The senior guard averages 10.5 points per game in her last four games, lower than her previous season average of 17 and shot only 1for-11 from the floor against UConn. Ray said her increased workload this season has not been taking a toll. “I feel fine. You go in day-in, day-out, ever y game, you’ve got two, three bodies coming at you and you tr y and do your

best to help your teammates,” she said. “It can be frustrating, but it’s a game, you have to play and you have to let it go, and keep working.” The Hoyas (17-3), meanwhile, are 6-1 in conference, with their only Big East loss coming at the hands of Marquette — a team RU dispatched last week thanks in part to the efforts of Rushdan. “We can’t sit here and dwell,” Rushdan said after UConn. “We’ve got nine, 10 games left to focus on, and we have some really good teams that are coming up so I think its just best for us to go in and take what we can, learn from the mistakes and try to continue to get better with that.”

It hasn’t always been easy to stay upbeat. He admits that it’s difficult not to let the frustration seep in. “Everything is not going to go your way,” N’Diaye said. “You have to learn how to deal with it with a big smile, and even when I’m mad I try to smile with it — you know smile it off.” That’s the attitude that impresses his teammates the most. “He keeps everybody’s spirits up,” Mitchell said. “His energy, his enthusiasm and his passion are all at an all-time high.” N’Diaye takes his energy against Notre Dame (15-6, 4-4) and its All-American center Luke Harangody Saturday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Harangody, the Big East’s reigning Player of the Year, leads the league in scoring with 24.5 points per game. He adds 9.9 rebounds to boot, making him one of the most difficult matchups in the nation. Not that N’Diaye is backing down. He never has against Harangody. N’Diaye limited Harangody to just seven points when the teams met in the opening round of the Big East Tournament. Prior to that, Harangody scored 20 in a game played in South Bend, Ind., but he needed 25 shots to get his 20 points. “He’s one of the best players I’ve been going against, and I’ve been really successful,” N’Diaye said. “His game has changed a lot. Every year I have to find something new that I have to do to be able to stop him. The main thing is being aggressive with him.”


Senior Hamady N’Diaye faces reigning Big East Player of the Year Luke Harangody Saturday night at the RAC. That doesn’t mean N’Diaye won’t get help. He expects the Scarlet Knights (9-11, 0-8) to throw a bevy of defenders — whether it’s Mitchell or freshmen Austin Johnson and Brian Okam — at Harangody. But it’s still a good bet the giants will be one-on-one with each other.

“[N’Diaye] said it earlier — we have to do it a fourth time,” Mitchell said. “We have to shut him down one more time and H is really accepting the challenge, and he can’t wait for it.” And who knows, maybe N’Diaye will finally get something to smile about after a game.



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SHOW: Knights look to extend winning streak to 11 continued from back “I wasn’t able to wrestle at the RAC last year because I was redshirting. But I love putting on a show for a big crowd and Friday night won’t be any different. I’m just going to feed off the crowd’s energy and give it my all.” Redshirt freshman Dan Rinaldi has the toughest test of his first season ahead of him, when he goes head-to-head with top-five ranked Christopher Henrich. Rinaldi has dropped only four matches in dual meet play so far this season. “This is going to be a great test for me to see where I’m at,” he said. “[As a team] we have come close against a lot of ranked opponents earlier in the year, but this would be a great time for us to break out.” While Virginia has wrestlers receiving national accolades, RU’s lineup does not contain any slouches either. Four of the starting 10 grapplers already have 20 wins under their belt this year and transfers Daryl Cocozzo and Billy Ashnault look to reach that plateau within the confines of the RAC. “This will be my first time wrestling [at the RAC] but I’ll be ready to go,” Ashnault said. Last season, RU traveled to Charlottesville and knocked off the Cavaliers with a 28-15 victory. Although the UV lineup is much improved, redshirt junior D.J. Russo does not see Friday night yielding any different result. “I understand that teams change from year to year, but I

couldn’t see it being such a big change that [Friday night] isn’t winnable for us,” the No. 9 heavyweight in the country said. “We beat them last year convincingly, and we are a much better team than we were last year also. I like our chances.” No matter the results from the match, the Knights must put them on the back burner quickly with the Navy Midshipmen coming to the College Ave Gym tomorrow night. Navy (5-1) presents a challenge of their own, having just upset No. 7 Maryland this past week. “We have had back-to-back matches before but never against opponents of this caliber,” Goodale said. “Whether we win or lose [Friday], we have to turn around and battle hard again on Saturday. Navy is on the same level as us right now and is a hot team. Our guys need to rebound and go at it both days.” Goodale expects the atmosphere at the RAC to be at fever pitch as the Knights look to extend their unbeaten streak at 11. That mark would match the school record set by the squad from 1992-93. “I’m really looking forward to seeing our student body come out and support us,” he said. “I want to see this ‘RAC PAC’ that I have been hearing so much about. I have been here three years and haven’t seen them. Let’s see some fans come out and cheer on our guys while their wrestle their tails off.” Tonight’s showdown begins at 6:30 p.m. Students will be admitted for free with their RUID and the first 100 fans receive a free Tshirt courtesy of the Rutgers marketing department.


Busy stretch starts at ’Cuse BY TYLER DONOHUE STAFF WRITER

When the Rutgers tennis team wrapped up its fall campaign in late October, the team knew it TENNIS had a little more RUTGERS AT t h a n SYRACUSE, three SUNDAY, 10 A.M. months to prepare for a physically demanding spring season. Time is up. The Scarlet Knights, led by head coach Ben Bucca, get back into the swing of things Sunday when they head north to face a formidable Syracuse team. The match against the Orange is just the first of 20 that await RU in the upcoming months. Senior co-captains Katherine Arlak and Caitlin Baker are the foundation of a largely experienced roster. The Knights return eight of nine players from a 2009 season that saw RU finish 16-5. “Overall we’re not much different from last year except that we’ve improved through training and practice,” Arlak said. “Everyone wants to do well after all the work we’ve put. Each member of this team is focused on having a great season.” Her coach couldn’t agree more. “There is a true desire within this team to fulfill the hopes they’ve had,” Bucca said. “There is no misunderstanding as to what the expectations are this spring.” Junior Amy Zhang has lived up to the expectations bestowed upon her when she arrived on the Banks in 2007 as a top recruit. The highly-touted Texan is the team’s number one singles player and was an All-Big East honoree a year ago. ITA scholar-athlete Christine Tran also returns for her senior season. Tran came up big during the 2009 Big East tournament, besting UConn in both singles and doubles matches. Freshman Michelle Green is the only newcomer to the squad, but even she understands how


Junior Amy Zhang is Rutgers’ No. 1 singles player after a stellar sophomore campaign. The Knights open against Syracuse. pivotal it is for the team to build momentum early. “It’s important that we get off to a good start and play well from the beginning,” Green said. “That can really set the ground work for the rest of the season.” Bucca — entering his sixth season at the helm — knows the spring season favors teams built for the long haul. “It’s one of the longest seasons in college sports today,” Bucca said. “You want to be peaking in the later part of March as Big East competition really gets underway.”

Arlak acknowledges that the grind of the lengthy season can wear down the players at times, but the Knights have done their best to prepare for the challenge. “It’s definitely tougher than our fall season. You see more injuries and fatigue,” she said. “But you’ve got to push through it. We’ve worked a lot on getting stronger, especially with long distance running and plyometrics. Conditioning has been an important part of the offseason and we hope it pays off.”

Knights grip for rumble in Bronx BY TYLER BARTO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With sights set at preparing for the looming IC4A and Big East Championships, no one c o u l d MEN’S TRACK blame the Rutgers men’s track team for faltering this weekend at the Metropolitan Championships. An emotional letdown after such a strong team performance last weekend in Annapolis, Md., seems almost understandable. After all, sometimes it is better to pick your battles. Aaron Younger doesn’t see it that way. “[Head coach Mike Mulqueen] tells us that you could be a world record holder, but if you walk into a meet and expect to win just because you are there, you’re going to lose,” said the junior, who set a facilityrecord at Navy last weekend by posting a time of 1:02.95 in the 500-meter run. “I was really excited when I found out that I had gotten the facility record. I actually didn’t know what [the record time] was

until after the announcer said that I had broken it.” Along with Younger’s impressive outing at the Naval Academy, seniors Kyle Grady and Nii-Amon Robertson captured first in the 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, respectively. Last weekend’s coming-out party catapulted the Scarlet Knights to a total of nine firstplace finishes, as well as 14 IC4A and Big East qualifying times. “I would say Aaron Younger has been the most pleasant surprise this season,” Mulqueen said. “He’s had some injuries over the past few seasons. Now he’s finally living up to what everyone thought he would be.” If history is any indication, the Knights should continue their recent run of success at the Armor y in the Bronx. The Knights took the meet last season with a total score of 134 points, besting 13 other competing schools in the process. “Our seniors have really stepped up as leaders. Kyle Grady has yet to lose a race this season. Then you have guys like Nii-Amon in the 400 and Steve

Swern who have done well,” Mulqueen said. For a team with the right mixture of experience and youth, the impor tance of the Metropolitan Championships this weekend is twofold. “We were able to win the [Metropolitan Championships] last year and I feel our team is just as good, if not better than last year…I’m just tr ying to stay focused and think about the next task ahead of me,” Younger said. “In this case it’s winning the Championships and beating our rival, Seton Hall.” The Pirates come off of an underwhelming performance last Friday at the Great Dane Invitational in New York, placing 12th out of 26 squads. Leading the way for the Pirates was junior Nick Frimpong, who won the triple jump with a tr y of 14.95 meters, and 500-meter sprinter Kamar Ellis. “We have really high hopes this year,” standout sophomore jumper Adam Bergo said. “I feel that we have a good shot at taking the Big East championship.”



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Third straight win within reach on road BY JOSH GLATT STAFF WRITER


he prestigious Churchill Scholarship was awarded to men’s track and cross country senior Simon Gordonov. Boasting a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Gordonov looks forward to continuing his studies at England’s University of Cambridge where he hopes to study medicine.

THE BIG EAST Conference announced the pre-season men’s lacrosse rankings Wednesday, with Rutgers taking fifth in the poll. The Scarlet Knights finished 4-11 last season but hope to improve that mark this year with the help of pre-season All-Big East senior midfielder Justin Pennington. THE NCAA MEN’S basketball teams will participate in Coaches vs. Cancer this weekend. Coaches will dress in suits and sneakers. CHAD OCHOCINCO OF the Cincinnati Bengals is once again lobbying to be the kicker for his team, this time for the AFC squad in the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl wide receiver kicked off in practice Thursday, hoping to convince the coaches to allow him to do so in the game this weekend. In the pre-season, Ochocinco kicked in place of Bengals kicker Shane Graham, converting an extra point that gave his team a 7-6 win.

The Rutgers gymnastics team travels to Maryland tomorrow to par ticiGYMNASTICS pate in its third RUTGERS AT meet in MARYLAND, seven SATURDAY, 4 P.M. days. After scoring their first two victories of the season against Pennsylvania and Temple, the Scarlet Knights are at .500 for the first time this season, standing at 2-2. In Maryland the Knights face three tough opponents — Mar yland, West Virginia and Denver. The continued struggle for the team is that it is facing competition that is fully funded. However, head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton does not shy away from scheduling teams that possess superior resources. “I make the schedule with the future in mind,” Chollet-Norton said earlier this season. “Bigger than winning every meet is getting high scores every meet.” At tomorrow’s meet in College Park, Md., RU faces three schools that enjoy vastly greater resources, but Chollet-Norton is not deterred by the challenge. She said she will enter the meet with perspective, recognizing where her team fits in the field. “At Mar yland we are going to be going against all fully funded teams,” Chollet-Norton said. “We know where our place is so we really needed to get two meets under our belts going [to Mar yland].” This mentality is echoed by her athletes who recognize that there are meets where some opponents might be out of their league, but they must still compete for the bigger picture.


The Rutgers women’s track team looks to build off of a number of impressive individual efforts WOMEN’S TRACK from last weekend’s competition and translate them into a successful team effort this weekend at the Metropolitan Championships — the first scoring meet of the year. Finishing ahead of the Scarlet Knights in last year’s championship were Big East rivals St. Johns and Seton Hall and — as head coach James Robinson acknowledged — this weekend poses a lot of challenges. Perhaps the biggest challenge is the competition brought by Seton Hall, who won the event two years in a row. “We’re going to really have to go head-to-head with them [Seton Hall] and break up the scoring between some of the events,” Robinson said. “They’re tough.” Though winning the championship surely presents difficulties, there is one major difference between this year’s team and last year’s – health. The team stumbled into the event last year having lost four key scoring contributors, but this year the team is in full strength. “The main thing is that they feel good and that they’re fresh, and I think they should feel pret-

ty good in what they’re about to do,” Robinson said. Where his team finishes this weekend comes down to how a number of the athletes perform Saturday, as he expects juniors Jamie Walker, Latoshia Bost and Nwamaka Okobi as well as seniors Michelle Gomes and Natalie Clickett to excel at the meet. Okobi looks to win the long jump for the second week in a row. Bost looks for success in the 500-meter event as Gomes looks to win the 200-meter event this week after clinching the 300meter last week. As for Clickett, consistency is her greatest attribute. With a win in the shot-put this week, she will have won the event three out of four times this season. “[Okobi, Bost, Walker, Clickett, Gomes] are huge factors in us trying to win the [Metropolitan] championship,” Robinson said. Though histor y won’t have any effect on the team coming into this year’s event, the Knights have surely kept in mind that they won this championship six years in a row prior to Seton Hall’s back-to-back run the last two years. When asked what the team’s biggest goals are for this weekend, Clickett responded without hesitation. “Getting back the [Metropolitan] Championship,” she said.


Rutgers looks to extend their winning streak to three meets this season after dropping the first two. The Scarlet Knights come off of a home victory Wednesday against Temple. “Winning is nice but getting high scores is most important,” said senior Laura Sevarino after a victory against Temple. In their most recent meet, a 188.550-187.775 win over Temple; the Knights achieved a high score — however they still have work to do as the season goes on. “We have a good beam team, the trouble is that we have freshmen that are going to make mistakes,” Chollet-Norton said. “We

also have a lot of things we can improve on in bars.” The issue is that despite recognizing deficiencies, there was not much time to correct mistakes prior to Mar yland. With the meet on Saturday, the Knights only have one practice to fix errors before returning to competition. “It’s hard because we only have one day and then we have to travel to Maryland,” Chollet-Norton said

after Wednesday’s home win. “We just want to do our best and be presentable in Maryland.” In addition to rushing to make small corrections, Chollet-Norton will rely on her team’s strengths going forward. “Vaulting has been outstanding. It has really improved since last year,” Chollet-Norton said. “We also have a really good floor team that has stepped up for us.”



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THE BIG SHOW Scarlet Knights’ 10-match unbeaten streak on line tonight as they welcome No. 19 Virginia Cavaliers to Louis Brown Athletic Center BY ALEX JANKOWSKI CORRESPONDENT


Last year, Rutgers upset a ranked Rider 18-16 when the team was home at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Scarlet Knights find themselves in a similar situation tonight while no other sports are scheduled as they host No. 19 Virginia.

With no other Rutgers sport slated to compete tonight, the spotlight shines directly on the wrestling team and its bid to topple a ranked opponent WRESTLING for the first time this season. VIRGINIA AT The Scarlet RUTGERS, Knights (14-4-1) TONIGHT, 6:30 P.M. host No. 19 Virginia at the Louis Brown Athletic Center with only one goal in mind — remain unbeaten in 2010. “There is no doubt, from 125-pound all the way to heavyweight, we are going to be tested,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “I expect our guys to feed off of the home crowd advantage and wrestle hard. Virginia is going to go at full speed and we are going to have to answer the call.” The scene could not be set any better. Last season the Knights packed more than 4,000 fans into the RAC when they upended in-state foe Rider 18-16. This year, the challenge set forth is even greater with the Cavaliers (13-4) boasting nationally ranked wrestlers throughout their lineup. “They got some hammers,” Goodale said. “Coach [Steve] Garland is one of the best recruiters in the nation and he has assembled his team to make a statement at the national level this year. It’s a marquee matchup for us against one of the up and coming programs in the country.” Perhaps the biggest bout of the match comes in the form of the 197-pound contest between senior Lamar Brown and Virginia’s Brent Jones, also a senior. Jones is ranked No. 19 nationally and was named as the ACC Wrestler of the Week. He sits at 99 victories in his career at Charlottesville. “I know that I am going to have to step it up against [Jones], but I’m ready to go out there and take it to him,” Brown said.


Hoyas to test Knights’ ability to rebound Battle in post to dominate ND matchup BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

Make no mistake, tomorrow’s game against No. 17 Georgetown is a big one for the Rutgers women’s basketball team. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Take the Scarlet Knights’ records, 12-8 overall and 4-2 in RUTGERS AT conference, out of the equaGEORGETOWN, tion for a minute. Right now, a SATURDAY, 4 P.M. big factor is momentum. Prior to the Knights’ 73-36 drubbing at the hands of No. 1 Connecticut Tuesday, the team was playing its best basketball of the season, sporting key conference wins over DePaul, Pittsburgh and Marquette. Rutgers was 4-1 in the Big East and in 2010. The low post combination of Rashidat Junaid and Myia McCurdy began coming alive. Sophomore guard Khadijah Rushdan played one of the best games of her career against Marquette, and it appeared the team had found a way to produce points aside from leading scorer Brittany Ray, who carried the scoring load all season. Then, UConn happened. But the big question facing the Knights now is how they respond. Is the momentum they built prior to this week gone, or will the team put UConn behind it? “You just have to look at the tape and see what went wrong, fix mistakes then move on to the next game,” Ray said after the UConn. “It’s fortunate that we have other games to play, and we have to make sure we continue to look forward and not dwell on what happened in the past and how bad we lost by.” It took two overtimes for RU to best the Hoyas last year at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Ray’s 16 second-half points keyed last year’s win and the Knights




After scoring a season-low three points on 1-of-11 shooting against Connecticut, senior guard Brittany Ray will lead the Knights tomorrow against Georgetown.

The only time Hamady N’Diaye doesn’t smile is after a loss. Other than that, it’s hard to catch the MEN’S BASKETBALL seven-footer without a toothy ear-toNOTRE DAME AT RUTGERS, ear grin. SATURDAY, 6 P.M. “He smiles in his TV: ESPN2 sleep,” said junior for ward Jonathan Mitchell who lives with N’Diaye. But that grin has been few and far between this season after 40 minutes of basketball. The Rutgers men’s basketball team is in the midst of a nine game losing streak and is the only winless team in the Big East. Still, N’Diaye, true to his reputation, remains upbeat. “As captain I can’t really have any letdowns and we still have 11 games to go,” the senior center said. “I keep believing every game that I’m going to win, and I’m trying to make my teammates believe. Even when young guys have their heads down I have to show them this is not the end of the road and we have to keep fighting.”


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