The Daily Targum 2016-02-01

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Protest supports New Brunswick resident CAMILO MONTOYA-GALVEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Frustrated with recent removal raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, protesters gathered in the heart of New Brunswick and demanded the release of German Nieto-Cruz, an undocumented city resident. About 60 people came to the intersection of George Street and Livingston Avenue on Jan. 30 to participate in the protest organized by various local immigrant and humanitarian groups. Family members, city residents and students joined in solidarity with Nieto-Cruz, who was detained at their Newark office. “We want (the agency) to know that we are aware of the case, that are watching the case, that we are very upset that they were here in New Brunswick and that they conducted the raid in the manner that they did,” said Ellen Whitt, one of the event’s organizers. During the protest, participants made clear their discontent with the immigration office’s presence in the city and in all of New Jersey.

“Rutgers students should care about this because this is our community. These are the people that live around here and this is an issue that’s absolutely relevant to everybody,” said Samantha Melisi, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Posters, some of which read, “no human being is illegal,” were displayed at onlookers while the demonstrators appealed for Nieto-Cruz’s return home. Nieto-Cruz, a 21-year-old Mexican native, was arrested on Jan. 5 when immigration agents entered his home and accused him of being affiliated with a gang, said Francisco Nieto, Nieto-Cruz’s brother. Nieto was present at the house when his brother was taken into custody. The officials entered through the backdoor of the house even after being told there was no one inside by the name of “Rodriguez” — the last name of the person they were reportedly looking for, said Anel Nieto, Nieto-Cruz’s niece. “When I turned around, they were coming in from the back door. SEE RESIDENT ON PAGE 4

The 148th editorial board was caucused in Saturday night. For the next two months, the paper will focus efforts on preparing for the upcoming referendum, the results of which will determine whether the paper will continue to receive student funding. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Daily Targum’s 148th board launches referendum campaign NIKHILESH DE NEWS EDITOR

On Jan. 30, 2016, The Daily Targum’s 148th editorial board was formally voted in after 13 continuous hours of caucus. Two days later, it is launching its referendum campaign




the paper will strive to prove they should say “yes.” Dan Corey, acting editor-in-chief of the Targum and a Rutgers Business School sophomore, welcomes the opportunity SEE REFERENDUM ON PAGE 5

Speakers selected for next Mark Conference lectures

Study finds sleep, grades impacted by texting in bed Keeping your grades up might mean putting your cell phone down. A new study published by Xue Ming, a professor in the Department of Neurology at the New Jersey Medical School, explores the effects of using electronic devices such as cell phones and computers before going to sleep. “(The study found that) exposure to light in the evenings delays circadian rhythm, the biologic clock for sleep and wake cycle, (causing) one (to) sleep later,” Ming said. The paper, published on Jan. 13 in the “Journal of Child Neurology,” found that students who spent more time instant messaging after they turned off the lights reportedly slept less, were more sleepy during the day and performed worse academically. Ambient illumination, including computer or other illuminated screens, affects a person’s circadian rhythm. Adolescents should limit their use of electronics at night, especially after all the lights are out, Ming said. “Messaging before lights out was not associated with higher rates of daytime sleepiness or poorer academic

to ask the students of Rutgers University to continue putting their trust in the paper. Every three years, Rutgers students vote whether the $10.75 fee on their term bills will remain during a two-week period called “referendum.” For the next 64 days,

A new bill proposed by Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone of the Sixth Congressional District will aim to curb drug abuse by residents of New Jersey. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JULIAN PEREZ

Congressman proposes drug help bill for addicts KATIE PARK CORRESPONDENT

Connor was once a student at Rutgers, then he was homeless for a spell after falling prey to an all-consuming heroin addiction. Justin Wolfe, too, was a student, pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Temple University, until he overdosed in his parents’ home with four bags of heroin packed in the pockets of his jeans. Connor, whose last name was retracted for privacy, struggled with a heroin addiction in 2014, according to a previous article in The Daily Targum. And Wolfe, who was the

21-year-old son of a family who resides in Voorhees, New Jersey, died from his addiction in 2012, according to, a website created in his memory. In the years since Connor and Justin’s deaths, heroin use only spiked. There could be a sign reading “Welcome to Herointown” if all of the heroin addicts in New Jersey were sent to live in one place, according to in December 2015. The town’s population would be around 128,000 people — considerably larger than New Brunswick’s population, which hangs around SEE ADDICTS ON PAGE 4

Students and other members of the University community will soon listen to a neuroscientist, a poet and the founder of a non-profit organization, along with more than a dozen other speakers at the Mark Leadership Conference. Rutgers is set to hold its fourth Mark Conference, a day devoted to leadership, surprises, inspiration and connection, on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in the Livingston Student Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Robyn Ginese, director of Leadership and Experiential Learning. “The Mark Conference is a student-driven, innovative event that showcases a diverse array of speakers that rose to the occasion and made their mark on society

in a variety of different ways,” Ginese said. Each year, 15 to 20 different speakers take the stage and ignite a spark in the audience. This year’s lineup includes Carvens Lissaint, a Haitian-American international award-winning poet, actor, singer and playwright, Wise Young, founding director of the W.M Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists and Sir Jose Bright, founder of the Teboho Trust in South Africa. The conference inspires students to become leaders and to pursue their passions, said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Felicia McGinty in an email. Students can get leadership experience by becoming an Ignite SEE LECTURES ON PAGE 5

Cathy Bao-Bean, was a speaker at the 2015 Mark Conference. The event aims to help students learn from different guests. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


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Campus Calendar MONDAY 2/1 The Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey and the Department of Genetics presents “Department of Genetics Research Seminar with Michael L. Gatza, Ph.D.” at 12 p.m. at the Life Sciences Building on Busch campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Rutgers University Student Centers presents “Hot Stuff in a Cup!” from 12 to 3 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. University Career Services presents “Get Ahead Successful Career Tips” at 1 p.m. at the Gateway Transit Village located at 100 Somerset St. on the College Avenue campus. The event is free and open to the public. University Career Services presents “How to ... Build Professional Relationships (International Undergraduate & Graduate Students) at 4:30 p.m. at the Gateway Transit Village located at 100 Somerset St. on the College Avenue campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Rutgers University—Camden and the Department of Africana Studies presents “Silent March in Protest of Anti-Black Racism and Violence” from 12 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers– Camden. The event is free and open to the public, and is followed by a production of Dr. Robert Miller’s original play, Running Late. TUESDAY 2/2 The Department of Germanic, Russian and Eastern European Languages and Literatures presents “Empire on the Post-Soviet Screen Spring 2016 Film Series” at 5 p.m. at Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers presents “Art After Hours: First Tuesdays” at 5 p.m. at Voorhees Hall and the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology presents “Accordion-style genome dynamics: engineering novel biodegradation pathways in bacteria” at 11:30 a.m. at the Marine Sciences Building on Cook campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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Mounted patrol students assist Rutgers police department CHRISTINE LEE

“When I came to Rutgers (I) heard there was a mounted patrol unit, and I did indeed see the officers riding around Cook. Mounted atop their fourI knew several officers through legged co-workers, two officers the Rutgers Equestrian Team,” dressed in uniforms patrol the Strzelczyk said. “When I heard Cook and Douglass Campuses. that I could get paid to ride horsRutgers Mounted Patrol bees around campus, I was sold, longs to the Public Safety Departbeing a long-time horse lover ment, but is a unique program and rider.” unto itself. People who work there The unit’s goals are to patrol these campuses as student keep the community safe by security on horseback. patrolling campus and being The unit assists the student the eyes on the ground for the body and acts to deter potenpolice depar tment. tial criminal activity, said BaiThe unit ley Kimmel, also aids the president members of of Mounted “When I heard that I could get paid to ride horses the Rutgers Patrol and a around campus, I was sold, being a long-time c o m m u n i t y, School of Envihorse lover and rider.” as well as ronmental and visitors by Biological Sciproviding diences senior. ANN STRZELCZYK rections. Be“Because School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Senior cause of their horses are visibility, the more apm e m b e r s proachable, The club has monthly meetings also ser ve as a sor t of public we are a good public relation asset between the students (and) to discuss any issues with horses relations unit for the Rutgers residents and the Rutgers Public and to talk about fundraising and University Police Depar tment, expansion of the program. Kim- Strzelczyk said. Safety Department,” she said. Mounted Patrol is different Rutgers Mounted Patrol mel has monthly meetings with originated with the Rutgers her supervisors along with her from other public safety proMounted Police and was then partner, Jayde Hirniak, a School grams because it links the use of adopted by students who rode of Arts and Sciences senior, to horses with public safety, Kimmel their own horses around cam- keep the communication between said. The unit is unique due to the wider variety of students’ majors, mounted patrol and CSO. pus, Kimmel said. The club has 16 mounted ranging from animal science to Now the club has three horses: criminal justice. Norman, Hoss and Austin, who patrol of ficers. As a mounted patrol memAnn Strzelczyk, a School of are owned by the Public Safety Department and live on the farms Environmental and Biological ber, this job entails not only Sciences senior, also shared being able to work with people on George H. Cook campus. “I first heard about the her experience as a member of but also understanding animal care and being comfortable mounted patrol program as a Mounted Patrol. CONTRIBUTING WRITER

incoming freshman at accepted students’ day,” Kimmel said. “As we are the only student-run mounted patrol of its kind in the countr y I was ver y intrigued and wanted to learn more. I was hired my second semester, freshman year.” Mounted patrol is under the Community Service Officer (CSO) program in the Public Safety Department. In order to be a mounted patrol officer, you have to be a CSO, which allows you to work closely with the students and police, Kimmel said.




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Jayde Hirniac, a School of Arts and Sciences senior (left) and Alexandria Newman, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences first-year (right) are members of the Rutgers Mounted Patrol unit. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER interacting with horses. Because mounted patrol is a subset of the CSO program, the unit holds all the same values as other CSOs, Kimmel said. The program also helps the police interact with the community in a positive way since some students hold negative thoughts toward them. Seeing officers on horseback makes people curious and draws them in more than an officer in a police car, Strzelczyk said. Mounted Patrol officers allow people to pet the horses

and answer questions about the program while providing a police presence to make people feel safe. Many do not realize that the members are students, and that the unit is an entirely student-run club, and the unit never stops tr ying to find ways to better ser ve the community, she said. “If we help people feel safe on campus and put smiles on their faces, there’s nothing more we can ask for,” Strzelczyk said.

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RESIDENT Nieto-Cruz was arrested in raid searcing for man named ‘Rodriguez,’ family says CONTINUED FROM FRONT

They told me and my dad to get on the ground. Then I started to cry,” she said. After asking the males of the house if they had tattoos and handcuffing Nieto-Cruz and his father Antonino, the agents questioned the 21-year-old and then escorted him out of the house, said Maria Aguilar, Nieto-Cruz’s sister-in-law. “They took him away just like that,” she said. In the weeks that have elapsed, the whole family is still experiencing the void that Nieto-Cruz’s absence has left. They remain certain that their beloved German

is innocent and that his arrest was unjust and unwarranted. “What they did to us was an injustice and we feel discriminated. They took him away because of his long hair and his tattoos,” Francisco Nieto said. Nieto-Cruz came to the United States as a child and attended middle school in New Brunswick and high school in Piscataway. He never got into trouble and has always been a good family member, said his mother, Ema Nieto. He benefited from President Barack Obama’s executive actions in 2012, which allowed him to obtain a driver’s license and a work permit that he utilized to work at a tire shop in Edison. His Deferred

New Brunswick residents rallied in support of German Nieto-Cruz on Jan. 30. Nieto-Cruz was detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency earlier this month. LOUIS KANG


Action for Childhood Arrivals status was valid at the time of the raid, Ema Nieto said. The legality of Nieto-Cruz’s arrest was scrutinized by Teresa Vivar, director of Lazos America Unida, one of the groups that sponsored the protest. His deferred action status protected him from persecution, especially when taking into consideration the absence of a warrant, she said. “There is a lot of injustice around this case … because he had (a deferred action status),” Vivar said. “To justify the way how their agents behaved during the raid, they said that German is guilty of being part of a gang and that he is a criminal, even though German has no criminal record.” Vivar, who studied at Rutgers, also wanted to illustrate the importance of this case to students and to reach out to them about social justice in New Brunswick. “I think it is also important that students realize that New Brunswick is confronting issues that they are reading in books,” she said. “They are teaching you about social justice, they are teaching you about discrimination, they are teaching you about culture, but we are right here.” Students and undocumented community members, such as Nieto-Cruz, have more in common than they might think, Vivar said. “I was a Rutgers student as well, and the thing that we have in common with undocumented immigrants is that we have to work so hard to have money to pay for meals and basic things,” she said. “Students and community members, we are all in the same boat, we are not different from each other.”

access to evidenced-based treatment and recovery support is much needed in light of the toll this epidemic has taken on our Nearly 128,000 New Jersey residents use heroin, young people in New Jersey,” according to she said. Forty percent of opiate admissions for treatment involved CONTINUED FROM FRONT Pallone’s press release. persons aged 25 or younger, acThe act would require a variety cording to a 2014 report from the 60,000 mark, according to of medical professionals — physi- the Governor’s Council on Alcothe most recent census data cians, first responders and phar- holism and Drug Abuse, Connor knew the ins and outs from 2014. “Herointown” would macists — to better recognize be considered the fourth-largest and treat addiction and overdose. of drug treatment. Naloxone, or narcan, a nasal spray He was admitted to treatment city in the state. In response to the drug epi- drug that helps reverse the ef- centers but he felt “out of control,” demic in New Jersey that not only fects of an opioid overdose, would he said, according to the previous article in The Daily Targum. He covers heroin but also opioid and also be made more affordable. The act would also offer med- declined help until he felt he had prescription drug abuse, Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of ication-assisted treatment using no choice. “(A heroin high) was pretty the Sixth Congressional District buprenorphine, a federally reguannounced possible legislation in lated treatment with a history of much the exact same feeling late January that would provide treating opioid abuse disorders I was getting from painkillers, but for a much $500 million annually to “This epidemic affects families from all walks of life cheaper price. fund treatment and unfortunately, has become personal for too many I told myself I wasn’t going programs for New Jersey families that have been impacted by to do it ver y New Jersey addiction or lost loved ones to an overdose.” often … but residents sufthe fact that it fering from FRANK PALLONE JR. was so much substance adDemocratic Representative of the Sixth Congressional District cheaper — it dictions. wasn’t long “This epbefore that was all I was doing,” idemic affects families from and syringe exchange programs. With $15 million in grant mon- he said. all walks of life and unfortuConnor’s battle with his heronately, has become personal ey to fund the syringe-exchange for too many New Jersey fam- programs, people addicted to in addiction was fierce. And Jake ilies that have been impacted heroin would be allowed to trade Novak, a School of Arts and Sciby addiction or lost loved ones in dirty needles in exchange for ences first-year, knows the drug to an overdose,” Pallone said sterile needles, lowering the epidemic in New Jersey is on the at a press conference held chance for HIV/AIDS and Hepa- rise, so he commended Pallone on the act. at the Damon House, a re- titis C transmission. Lisa Laitman, director of the “I don’t know all the ins and habilitation center located in Alcohol and Drug Assistance Pro- outs, but I do think this is a good New Brunswick. The legislation, which is for- gram (ADAP) at Rutgers, said she idea,” he said. Roland Lucas, another School mally titled the Heroin and Pre- commended Pallone’s efforts to scription Drug Abuse Preven- curb substance abuse in New Jer- of Arts and Sciences first-year stution and Reduction Act, has four sey, according to the press release. dent, agreed with Novak. “His particular focus in “Help those who can’t help prongs — substance abuse prevention, response, access and New Jersey on providing themselves,” he said. life-long recover y, according to adolescents and young adult

A new study found that texting before bed prevented students from falling asleep, which later affected their grades. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

BED Not using electronics for hour before bed helps students sleep better, Cai says CONTINUED FROM FRONT

performance,” the study says. Danielle Cai, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore, turns off her cell phone and computer before going to sleep. She has maintained this habit since high school. She averages about eight hours of sleep every night, sleeping before 11 p.m. and waking up at around 7 or 8 a.m., she said. “I know that technology radiation is bad for you, so that’s why I do this,” she said. Cell phones emit radio-frequency energy, which produces heat that is absorbed by surrounding tissue, according to the National Cancer Institute. While cell phone use does not directly correlate to an increased risk of cancer, cell phones have other effects. “Blue light” emitted from smartphones disrupts the body’s production of melatonin, a neurochemical that aids with sleep, according to a study published by Michigan State University in 2014. In contrast, Dylan Oelkers, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, uses his phone every night before he goes to sleep for about 30 minutes. He has not noticed any significant effects on his sleep schedule, Oelkers said. A study conducted in 2011 published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that abstaining from phone use for about one hour before bed facilitates sleep. Oelkers’s usual bedtime is at midnight, even on days that he has an early class on another campus. On those days, he wakes up at around 7 a.m., and on days that he does not have a class until noon, he goes to

sleep at 2 a.m. and wakes at 10 a.m., he said. He does not think his electronic use affects his academic performance. Oelkers is a computer science major who spends hours on programming work before he turns the lights out. On days he does not have as much work, he will watch YouTube videos for less time than he would have spent on his academic work. TIME Magazine called this effect of sleep deprivation a “cellphone hangover.” “Smartphones are almost perfectly designed to disrupt sleep,” said Russel Johnson, an assistant professor of management at Michigan State University. Even if a person is not mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and is using an electronic reader or iPad to read a novel, the effects can still be detrimental, he said. Brigham and Women’s Hospital found in 2014 that light-emitting electronic readers impact “overall health, alertness and the circadian clock.” “Participants reading a (light emitting) eBook took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock and reduced next-morning alertness than when reading a printed book,” said Anne-Marie Chang, a corresponding author of the “Journal of Child Neurology.” The best bet at maintaining a healthy sleep cycle is to not use any electronics before sleeping, Cai said. “(Shutting off electronics is) just a habit,” Cai said. “I don’t like to have technology near me when I’m going to sleep, especially because I read books before I go to sleep.”

CRIME JAN. 31 NEWARK — Ashley Jones, 23, and Jarrell Marshall, 28, were killed in a shooting at Clinton Place homes last Saturday night. Their three children, ages 1, 3 and 4 were in the apartment during the double homicide and were taken to University Hospital initially. Jones and Marshall were pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. and, according to authorities, family members and the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency took custody of the children. No arrests

have been made yet. Their two deaths bring the total number of homicides in Newark for 2016 up to 10. JAN. 32 PATERSON — A 23-yearold was suffered a wounded foot after a shooting on 17th Avenue. The man then drove to a home on Park Avenue for medical help, Detective Lt. Patrick Murray said. The shooting was a result of an altercation between the wounded man and an unknown suspect, who fled the scene by foot.

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The Daily Targum could not exist without Rutgers community, Corey says

Besides talks, conference will feature events like laser tag, balloon pits, Ginese says


to tell students why they should vote for the paper. “Referendum tells us to keep our priorities in check.” Corey said. The Targum was founded on Jan. 29, 1869, and was subsidized by the University until 1980. In the late 1970s, funding was withheld from the paper due to school officials disagreeing with coverage. After a multi-year push, the Targum gained financial independence from Rutgers. While it still depended on fees from student term bills to exist, its members had the editorial freedom to criticize or praise Rutgers. “Our business model is shaky, it’s not consistent with most other newspapers,” Corey said. “It’s unique because unlike most college newspapers, we’re not funded by the schools and we don’t write specifically for the institution’s benefit.” Past volumes of the Targum have been used as resources to catalogue the school’s history. The details that appear in print today will continue to be used by archivists in the future. The Targum has traditionally been a part of Rutgers history. It recorded the first college football game in 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton University. That same year, it suggested scarlet as the school color. While most universities focus on their own public relations, its school newspaper is typically supposed to remain neutral. The Targum is no exception to this standard, except it has the ability to actually remain so, Corey said. The Targum’s mission is to report events and parts of Rutgers that show it clearly as its own institution. In the past, students have accused writers of being biased, of being inaccurate and of misrepresenting their sources. “We combat that by doing a better job internally when training our writers,” Corey said. Often people have accused the paper of serving their own interests and not the University’s. Moving forward, the paper will try to incorporate more diverse groups into its pages, Corey said. With between five and seven news articles per day in a school with 30,000 undergraduate students, this will be challenging. “People (should) realize that writing for the Targum is a thankless job. Journalism in general is a thankless job, and that’s how it should be,” he said. “We’re here to spread news, and the news can be anything.” Students who join the Targum gain invaluable real-world experience, Corey said. They learn how to write for a newspaper, and for many, this is their first time doing so. This experience includes writing, editing, designing, as well as multimedia production. Every year, a new editorial board is given the chance to run the paper, and every board has different members. “The Targum is a revolving door. People come, people go, but the door is never shut,” Corey said. The Targum could not exist without the Rutgers community, Corey said. Students appear

in articles or provide leads, and through that, they allow the paper to serve its function. Because it serves Rutgers and only Rutgers, the paper can recognize more local groups than any other printed service, he said. Students can see themselves in the Targum and bring the paper home to their families and friends, Corey said. By the same token, any student who wants to join the Targum can, whether they want to write, take pictures, design graphics or make videos. Every member of the editorial staff is a student, and without them, the paper would not be able to operate. “We’re not an aloof, elitist organization, and we don’t want to remain mysterious,” Corey said. “We’re students, we’re writers and designers, editors and photographers, and we all come from Rutgers.”


Speaker. Every year, eight students are trained to be Ignite Speakers to tell their story. Ignite Speakers are trained extensively on skills like public speaking, stor y telling and slide design, Ginese said. “(The Ignite Speakers) work hard to master for the Mark Stage,” she said. “They have five minutes to inspire others while they talk about their mark.” The Ignite experience is a favorite at the Mark Conference. The audience’s response to the vulnerability and presence of the Ignite Speakers is “magical,” she said. While the attendees at the Mark Conference are primarily Rutgers students, the event has become so popular that other nearby institutions have started purchasing tickets as well. Students at Rutgers should take

advantage of the full experience, Ginese said. The conference has many surprises in store including laser tag, balloon pits and the speaker sessions. “I encourage strongly students to attend, you will be inspired,” McGinty said in an email. The early-bird tickets for Rutgers students are $20 while supplies last. Students can also get involved with the Mark Conference by applying to be Mark Captains. The applications will go live at the conference. “(The Mark Captain) is a leadership position in its own right,” Ginese said. “Students learn event planning, strategic planning, peer management, marketing and promotion, details and logistics, creative problem-solving and how to critically think out of the box.” The purpose of the conference is to encourage students to think critically about the mark they will leave on the world around them.

According to the website, the Mark Conference is a leadership development program that is “imaginative, innovative and intentionally designed.” “We think its important to empower students now and help them realize that life and purpose don’t first start after graduation,” she said. “We want to celebrate the mark and legacy the students will leave, and empower them to realize it now.” The conference is a student led and initiated event, McGinty said. “It highlights the fact that students can be agents of change on campus, in the nation and across the globe,” she said. Anybody could find something for them at the event, Ginese said. Attendees would just need to ensure they take full advantage of the offerings. “Be present in every way. Engage with each other, meet someone new, introduce yourself to a speaker, go to the energizers and cheer for your favorite speaker,” Ginese said. “(The Mark Conference) is a full day of leadership, surprises, inspiration and connection.”


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Dance Marathon keeps us moving to same beat


n the early 1970s, the fraternity brothers of Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) began sponsoring Rutgers University Dance Marathon. In PAUL CLEMENS bringing the competition to campus, they drew on a tradition that extended as far back as Medieval England. During the 1920s, dance marathons became popular in the United States as endurance tests with prizes for the last couples standing. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, they offered luckless young people food, shelter and a chimerical promise of a cash reward in spectacles of humiliation often cynically manipulated by their promoters. Horace McCoy’s 1935 novel, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” and the 1969 Sydney Pollack film adaptation of the novel, starring Jane Fonda, captured the grizzly underside of these contests. More recently, that story has been updated by Rutgers Professor of Dance Julia Ritter’s production of “Marathon Dancing: Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense,” which carried these tales of desperation forward to the financial collapse of 2007 and 2008. In contrast, college students organized dance marathons for charity. The ZBT marathon, which began in 1971, was among the first nationwide. In addition to the long history of dance marathons, ZBT’s initiative drew on a more recent tradition of fraternity-sponsored fundraising contests, such as the Alpha Phi Omega “Ugly Man on Campus” charity drives of the 1950s and 1960s (Alpha Phi Omega is a service fraternity and ZBT a social fraternity). Rutgers’ first dance marathon also came at a moment when the traditional dances that had cemented student culture for almost a century — soph hop, junior and senior prom and, at Rutgers, the Ag barn hop and the military ball — were floundering as the student population grew too large for such collective events and the counterculture politics of the era mocked the campus life of the past. Couples entered the early marathons sponsored by particular fraternities or dorms (the latter, as often from Douglass as Rutgers College). Dancers paid an entry fee, and their sponsors worked to raise additional money, mostly during the three-day spring weekend that the marathon spanned. They danced on the hardwood of the College Avenue Gymnasium and slept there during time-outs. The winners were well-rewarded with a trip to the Caribbean or to Europe. Rutgers College radio, WRSU, broadcasted the dances and played the music, and the Targum reported that 1970s Rutgers students amazingly seemed to know the steps to the Bunny Hop and the cha-cha. The Rutgers Glee Club appeared periodically, once performing under legendary director F. Austin “Soup” Walter, a rousing rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” The first marathon attracted merely a dozen couples and raised only a few thousand dollars. The dance performances were stolen by a gay couple, a story not reported by the newspaper — gay liberation had begun at Rutgers two years earlier when black activist Lionel Cuffie helped found the Rutgers Gay Alliance. By 1976, the Marathon was making more than $40,000 for the American Cancer Society, and the Targum reported almost double that amount by the end of the decade. Then trouble set in. Campus leaders questioned whether a disproportionate amount of the money given to the American Cancer Society was going to things other than research and patient care. Both participation and fundraising lagged in the late 1970s. Many of the dorms ended their sponsorships, while the fraternities remained committed, and ZBT began to work with Project Hope (and later the National Multiple Sclerosis Society) rather than the American Cancer Society, the marathon was clearly sputtering. Added to its troubles was a dispute with the University about an external sponsorship from a national beer company. By the later 1980s, the Marathon was dead, having run out of steam just as the weary dancers did chasing elusive hopes in the 1930s. Only to be reborn. In 1999, after a couple of years of failed attempts, students with fraternities and now sororities leading the way, launched a new dance marathon targeted at fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In its second year, fundraising topped $100,000. Last spring, 2015, the Rutgers University Dance Marathon raised almost $700,000 for the Embrace Kids Foundation. The new marathon was, in fact, a year-round event, with various fundraising drives initiated in both fall and spring semesters. Dancers neither competed nor danced until they dropped. Currently they sign-up for a 12-hour shift, and their prize is getting to meet some of the children the dance is helping. Nationwide, hundreds of universities and high schools sponsor similar dance marathons, including many of Rutgers peer institutions in the Big Ten. Today, the New Brunswick campuses alone of Rutgers are as big as a small city, and few common events tie people together in a real community. The dance marathon, then and now, is a remarkable student-led effort to compensate for that fragmentation of a common culture.


Paul G. E. Clemens is a professor of history and author of “Rutgers since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey.” He will alternate the column, “Past Imperfect” with Benjamin Justice, chair of the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Administration in the Graduate School of Education, and Carla Yanni, a professor in the Department of Art History. Their column runs on alternate Mondays.



Laying down law on prison reforms President Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles


alief Browder was 16 years old when he was confinement do to your mind?” articulates the results arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. of experiments conducted for insights into its effects. He was sent to Rikers Island, where he await- Since a true simulation of solitary confinement transed for his right to due process, and was released gresses ethical boundaries, experiments of sensory two years later without having ever stood trial. Af- deprivation were the closest to solitary confinement. ter Browder was released without charges, he went They demonstrated some effects of solitary confinethrough the motions of regaining a sense of normal- ment as hallucinations and the inability to “think cy in his life. He worked to pick up the pieces of his clearly” for an extended period of time. The expershattered life, broken from violence at the hands of iments were expected to last six weeks, but none inmates and guards, by integrating himself into so- of the subjects could last for more than seven days. ciety and picking up where he left off in his trajecto- Considering the degree of effect that solitary conry halted at an age that was far too young. Browder finement has on the psychologically healthy adults, if completed a successful semester at the Bronx Com- solitary confinement could be banned at all, it should be banned for juveniles. munity College, but he committed suicide at age 22. President Obama’s efforts in regard to the prison This anecdote was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s op-ed to the Washington Post, serv- system is desperately needed, but his actions deviate from the pattern he exhibiting as a point of departure ed for most of his two presto explain his recent impleidential terms. Democrats mentation of prison reforms and progressives, including that include the eradication “He was sent to Rikers Island, a sizable portion of the U.S. of solitary confinement where he awaited for his right to black demographic, supfor juveniles. Browder ported his ascension into ofwas jailed at age 16 and due process, and was released fice. For numerous citizens, shoved into prison without two years later without having the commencement of his the trial he was promised ever stood trial.” term heralded a significant to have. Aside from the alchange of race relations in most-arbitrary detention the country, but his policies and unreasonable length for the black community of imprisonment, he spent a great duration of time in solitary confinement that have been minimal. It appears that he avoided issues mandated him to be in a small, barren room, isolated critical and closely tied to the black population. Prison reform is not only important to a black population for 23 hours per day. There are very few experiences that are equally targeted by severe biases, it is important to the naas excruciating as being put in a small room with tion as a whole. The President will leave a legacy widely recognized nowhere to go, limited space to move and nothing to stimulate the mind. Individuals in solitary confine- for his work around health care, but a last-minute, ment are kept in a cell that’s about 80 square feet powerful focus on prison reform can still be viable (smaller than a horse stable), and the cell includes in the dwindling months of his term. He has touched a bed, sink and toilet. Food is delivered through a upon the subject a few times before and pardoned a slot in a door, and inmates are allowed one hour of total of 200 inmates for non-violent drug offenses, but exercise. Solitary confinement is an intense meth- that is not equivalent to the degree of the reforms he od of punishment, and the possibility of thieving has just passed that affects 10,000 federal inmates. It a backpack, as in Browder’s case, doesn’t warrant is essential for him to continue these reforms, espeits application. A PBS article, “What does solitary cially since we don’t know who his successor will be. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 148th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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The Daily Targum needs your help to preserve U. tradition ON THE FRONTLINES DAN COREY


utgers—New Brunswick is being faced with the possibility of becoming the only Big Ten school without a student newspaper within the coming year. But before brushing this off, let’s take a minute to reflect on why the Targum is needed on campus. Targum is the reason why Rutgers changed its colors from orange to scarlet. Targum covered the first intercollegiate football game ever, in which the Rutgers Queensmen beat the Princeton Tigers, 6-4. And now the paper is under the threat of extinction not even two years after Rutgers entered the Big Ten Conference. Targum ser ves a major role as the only consistent record of Rutgers histor y that the University has in its possession. For his book, “Rutgers since 1945,” University historian Paul Clemens consulted Alexander Librar y’s Targum archive as reference. Maintaining the second-oldest college newspaper in the United States and preser ving its legacy can be daunting. Dedicating a large portion of your college life to creating a daily newspaper will always be a challenge, but luckily our new editorial board — who’s first official day on the job was last night — is up for the challenge.

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Zika virus spreads across Americas, impacts children


February 1, 2016

Biotechnology club aims to teach, spur discussion HARSHEL PATEL AND PRAGYA HOODA



Women in some South and Central American countries are being warned against having children due to the Zika virus, according to the New York Times. Virus infection in pregnant women is suspected to be linked to microcephaly or a small skull and underdeveloped brain in children, said Clifton Lacy, director of the Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security and a research professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Zika virus is from a family of viruses that includes West Nile, Dengue and Yellow Fever. The virus is named after the forest in Uganda where it was first discovered, he said in an email. Only 20 to 25 percent of infected people show symptoms such as fatigue, skin rash, muscle and joint aches and conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye.” Areas with an increased number of cases of microcephaly also had an increased incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a progressive paralysis that patients usually recover from, Lacy said. “The symptoms last only two to

A student organization aims to bring together students from various fields to discuss topics in biotechnology. Designer Genes is a biotechnology organization for people majoring in all life sciences. These include animal science, genetics, biology and biotechnology, said Peter Carman, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior and president of Designer Genes. The club helps students understand the intricacies of science they will be involved with in the future, such as reading articles, discussing ethics and meeting other professionals. Members also get advice on classes and teachers from their peers, he said. “I came in contact with the Designer Genes club and met people that are part of my major even before I took the classes,” he said. “I liked the way it was run, it was very relaxed and there was no minimum hour or service requirement.” Designer Genes helps put its members in contact with professionals in biotechnological fields

Nearly 1 out of 4 of patients infected with the Zika virus actually show symptoms. More than 30 people have already brought the virus to the U.S. SUSMITA PARUCHURI / DESIGN EDITOR seven days. The virus is detected in the blood for only a few days, and most people are free of a circulating virus in about a week,” he said. The virus can be transmitted through blood transfusion or a bite from a mosquito that has the virus from an infected person, he said. These species of mosquitoes are found throughout the Americas, including parts of the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. The CDC has issued a travel alert to the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Cape Verde, Samoa and Mexico. More than 30 people have already brought the disease back with them to the United States, he said. There is no vaccine or specific treatment available to prevent infection. Those infected by the Zika virus are treated with rest, fluids and acetaminophen, Lacy said.

People in areas where mosquitoes are common should be aware of the virus’s threat, he said. Insect repellent, long sleeved clothing and physical barriers such as doors and window screens can prevent bites, he said. Efforts are underway to develop better diagnostic tests, vaccines and antiviral medication, he said. Steps are also being taken to remove breeding sites, share accurate and timely information about the disease and reduce contact between mosquitoes and people. The World Health Organization will hold an emergency committee in Geneva to discuss whether the situation should be declared a public health emergency, he said. “Fortunately, the most vulnerable areas in the U.S. have air conditioning and mosquito control programs,” he said. “The primary form of prevention of the disease is protection against mosquito bites.”

and helps students learn interview skills and improve their resumes, he said. At some meetings, students choose topics in biotechnology and familiarize themselves with those topics. Most recently they discussed genetically modified organisms. They later debate those topics and discuss various ethical issues, he said. Additionally, Designer Genes holds events throughout the semester and are currently working on co-sponsoring one with the Bioethics Club, which focuses on the policies of science and gene editing. There will be professional speakers to discuss scientific issues with the community. In the past, there have been speakers from places in the industry such as Amersham Biosciences, Merck, Skanska Pharmaceutical Group and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, according to the group’s Facebook page. “We hope that this event will increase the awareness about the implications of recent development of genes editing,” he said. The Designer Genes biotechnology club is open to help others and involves anyone that comes out to the meetings.

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Pearls Before Swine

DIVERSIONS Stephan Pastis


Page 9 Nancy Black

Today’s Birthday (02/01/16). Collaborate for change this year. Spring eclipses (3/8, 3/23) provide a lucrative surge and direction changes. A financial growth phase shifts toward two years of travels and studies (after 9/9). Autumn eclipses (9/1, 9/16) incite a windfall to your shared and personal accounts. Contributions return multiplied. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Over The Hedge

Non Sequitur


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Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is an 8 — Stay focused to expand your territory. Imagine a project completed. Resist the urge to splurge. A hidden danger could arise. If it goes against your grain, turn it down. Lies are revealed. Notice your dreams. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Move quickly to grab an opportunity. You can make it happen together. Someone interesting has your attention. Hold on to your money. Good things are worth waiting for. Commit to an inspiring future. Make a bold declaration. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 9 — Put energy into work today, despite chaos. Provide excellent service. There’s an opportunity to advance. The more you learn the better you look. Track sales closely. Verify the investment of time and money before compromising. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Tap hidden assets. Make the changes you’ve been contemplating. Don’t run away from it, despite strong impulse. Don’t get talked out of what you want. Say what you’ve been holding back. Take bold action. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Focus on family interactions. Find ways to support each other. Work interferes with play. Try and try again. Dig deeper for a solution. Find a hidden treasure. No splurging. Enjoy simple comfort foods together. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Clean up messes. Others want fast action, but you’d better slow down or risk an accident. Accept another’s generosity graciously. Provide leadership. Take decisive action. Send someone else ahead. Following through pays well.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Work takes precedence. Increasing productivity gives you more time off afterwards. Avoid gossip or controversy. Don’t gamble or rely upon fantasy. Pay bills. Explore streets you seldom visit. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Full speed ahead to meet a deadline. A rush job preempts scheduled programming. Work quickly, but carefully. Avoid provoking jealousies. The neighborhood provides what you need. Friends keep you headed in the right direction. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — A roadblock or unexpected expense stalls the action. Stick to the truth. Don’t jump to conclusions. Pay bills before buying treats. Take it slow and easy. Practice frugality. You won’t have to defer gratification forever. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Assume responsibility. Address an uncomfortable situation head on. Begin a fresh page. Emotions could run high. Stand in compassion, for yourself and others. Listen to another view. Judge not. Get much needed rest. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Old assumptions are challenged. Strike out in a new direction. Make a creative plan. Get tools and supplies together. Do the jobs that pay best first. Peace and quiet soothes short tempers. Apply artistic touches. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Teamwork leads to victory. Concentrate intently. Expand in the direction of least resistance. Toss out the superfluous. Consult with experts, friends and family. Children have a fresh perspective. Bring a dream image into your external environment.

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WIN Knights defeat team that started their skid despite slow start to contest against Cornhuskers CONTINUED FROM FRONT

elbow to give Rutgers its first lead of the afternoon. Four lead changes later, the Knights found themselves tied, 40-40, after three periods of play. Then they scored 25 fourth-quarter points to run away with a 10-point win. “You know I thought today the game was going to be won by the team with the most energy,” said Nebraska head coach Connie Yori. “And I believe it was won by the team that had the most energy.” Scaife finished with a teamhigh 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting after opening 0-for-3 from the field to start. Missing a few open looks early on did not dissuade the junior, who displayed her polished mid-range game, knocking down jumpers from baseline to baseline as the contest wore on. “Well, you know I’m ver y confident and I get buckets,” Scaife said. “If I keep shooting, the ball is eventually gonna fall. I got into a nice rhythm and the rest was histor y.” Rutgers had four players reach double figures in points

to compliment Scaife and senior wing Kahleah Copper, who entered the game averaging 16.6 points per contest. Sophomore guard Shrita Parker posted a career-high 14 points off the bench and senior guard Briyona Canty scored 11 points, dished seven assists and pulled down seven rebounds to help the backcourt generate 35 points in total. Senior center Rachel Hollivay kept the Knights in the game with eight first half points, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots to pull within four blocks of Sue Wicks’ school record (293). “I think that (Hollivay) is generating much more confidence because she is taking balanced shots,” Stringer said postgame. “But she’s exposing herself to us a lot more.” Stingy defense allowed the the home team to force the Huskers to turn it over 20 times and had it not been for some shoddy foul shooting by Rutgers down the stretch (7-of-13 for the game), the contest may have never been close. The Knights will look to continue the positivity on the road

SPARK Shrita Parker reinvigorated Rutgers at crucial time, sinking back-to-back 3s to tie game at 22 CONTINUED FROM FRONT

“We need all our players to be at the highest levels,” Stringer said. “I was hoping we’d be able to substitute and get people to score. If we can get three more people off the bench to give us that rotation that we need, we’ll be alright.” ***

It was once again a slow start that befuddled Rutgers early in the game. It trailed 20-8 after the end of the first quarter, only shooting 4-for-13 from the field, while Nebraska shot 9-for-13. But the Knights got off to a much quicker start to begin the second period, going on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 20-16.

Senior guard Briyona Canty pulls up for a jumper in Saturday’s game against Nebraska. Canty played all 40 minutes in the win. ACHINT RAINCE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

against Minnesota Thursday night on the road where their luck has been limited. With eight games left on the schedule, Rutgers needs a run to get into the thick of the NCAA Tournament conversation. In order to do that, Stringer believes her starters must execute more consistently.

“Shrita is supposed to be a big plus,” Stringer said. “So I don’t need any of the other — so to speak — players in this movie to take a ‘B’ role. They still need to step up.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, ​@KevinPXavier and​ follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

Senior forward Rachel Hollivay attacks the basket in win against Nebraska. Hollivay contributed 12 points and five blocks. ACHINT RAINCE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Back-to-back three pointers from Parker tied the game at 2222 with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter, sending the crowd of 2,815 at the Rutgers Athletic Center to its feet. After Nebraska regained the lead with five straight points of their own, Scaife hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute of the half to reduce Rutgers’ deficit to one, 27-26, heading into the break. The Knights outscored Nebraska 18-7 in the second quarter to get back into the game. Rutgers took its first lead of the game on a Scaife jumper on the first possession of the third quarter, as it went on top 28-27. She continued to stay hot during the third period, making four of her seven shots while shooting ef fectively both on drives to the rim and outside jumpers. The Knights’ defensive intensity also started to pick up after the first quarter, seemingly as a result of the spark in the offense. They gave up only 36 points for the remainder of the game, holding a team averaging 75.4 points per game to 56 points. Canty played all 40 minutes of the game, and sensed an increase in the team’s defensive energy once the second quarter began. “We just knew we had to play D,” Canty said. “We had to lock in, focus up. That’s really it.” Senior center Rachel Hollivay leads the Big Ten in blocked shots this season, providing a stabilizing force inside for the Knights. She added five more blocks in this game, along with scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds. Her offensive rebounds were crucial in sparking Rutgers’ runs on the other end of the floor. Her fourth block of the game with just over a minute to go

sealed the victory, getting the ball back for her team. Hollivay’s teammates and coaches sense the improvement in her all-around game and are encouraging her to become more aggressive on of fense. “I think Rachel is star ting to generate much more confidence because she’s taking more balanced shots,” Stringer said. “It’s good to see her hitting inside shots, but she can get better and it’s a work in progress.” The team echoed Stringer’s sentiment, saying they believe Hollivay can be an effective scorer if she sticks with it and stays confident. “Rachel can do it. She can score. You just gotta keep pushing her and telling her, ‘You’re good. You got it,’” Canty said. The Knights went to a bigger lineup to star t the game, pairing Hollivay with fellow senior center Ariel Butts from the outset, who finished with five rebounds. They had to deal with talented Nebraska freshman forward Jessica Shepard, who is already an eight-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week award winner. She dropped 23 points and grabbed four rebounds, making it her 12th game this season with at least 20 points. But all in all, Hollivay, Butts and freshmen Victoria Harris and Desiree Keeling combined to give Rutgers a solid inside presence. “Rutgers has the luxury of having some bigger kids. Not every team has as many big kids as Rutgers does,” said Nebraska head coach Connie Yori. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow @Mike_OSully2 and @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.



ovak Djokovic may have to buy a bigger trophy case. The No. 1 ranked player in the world continued his success from 2015 in the first major of the year, defeating No. 2 Andy Murray in the final of the Australian Open, 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3). The sixth win of Djokovic’s career at the Aussie Open was his 11th Grand Slam title, tying him with Rod Lader and BjÖrn Borg for fifth most all-time. He’s six away from reaching Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 17 major championships. The title is Djokovic’s third consecutive Grand Slam title. The Serbian finished last year with wins at Wimbledon and the US Open. Happy to reach another achievement and adding to his resume for the title of greatest tennis player of all time, Djokovic won’t allow himself to be satisfied. “I can’t allow myself to relax and enjoy,” Djokovic said. “Of course I want to enjoy, and I will, but it’s not going to go more than few days. After that I already thinking about how can I continue on playing well throughout the rest of the season each tournament.”


helsea center back John Terry told reporters the club is not renewing his current contract, which expires this June, following his team’s 5-1 thrashing of MK Dons in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The 35-year old defender, who has spent all 18 years of his professional career with the Blues, said he doesn’t plan on hanging up his boots quite yet, though. Terry plans on continuing his career away from England and the Premier League, saying he couldn’t bring himself to play for a rival club. “It’s not going to be a fairytale ending -- I’m not going to retire at Chelsea,” he said. “Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.”


ary Bettman extended his contract as the commissioner of the National Hockey League through 2022, he announced in his state-of-theleague news conference Saturday. The leader of the league since 1993, Bettman has overseen the expansion of the NHL from 24 franchises to 30. Bettman was also influential in the introduction of the 3-on-3 overtime format that was showcased at Sunday night’s All-Star festivities. Bettman’s tenure with the league wasn’t completely smooth. The league has had three separate labor-related work stoppages under the Queens, New York, native, resulting in the lack of a season in 2004/05 and a shortened season in both 1994/95 and 2012/13.


alvin Johnson is retiring from the game of football. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Johnson told his family and close friends before this past season that it would be his last. The three-time AllPro wide receiver has followed through with that decision, informing the Detroit Lions that he plans to retire. In nine professional seasons, Johnson compiled 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns.

February 1, 2016


Knights dominate in dual victories over Terps, Tigers ERIC MULLIN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

As Billy Smith got set and went to his knees in the center of the mat, the entire Rutgers wrestling team was on their feet, urging the 2,047 fans in attendance at the Rutgers Athletic Center to do the same. Just moments after the whistle blew to begin the second portion of the match’s overtime period, Smith was able to escape the grasp of Maryland’s Dawson Peck, settling the 5-5 tie and sending those at the RAC into a frenzy. The atmosphere was that of a dual meet that hung in the balance of the outcome of the heavyweight match. But the reality was that Smith had just capped off a 30-3 rout over Maryland for the Scarlet Knights. For a team that said it was itching to get back on the mat following a 12-day break, the Knights exhibited that eagerness with their energy and performance in two dominating dual-meet victories over the weekend. After cruising to their third conference win of the season against Maryland (4-10, 1-6) on Friday night, the No. 12 Knights (13-3, 3-2) continued their recent dominance over Princeton (4-6) with a 28-6 win on Sunday. “You get stagnant, and you want to compete and you want to put your hands on somebody else,” said head coach Scott Goodale after Rutgers’ victory over Maryland. “I was worried about it. Every now and then it’s really good to have a break and get healthy ... But its tough to go down there ... and go through just practices (every day) ... I thought our guys really ... were rested and ready to go and fired up for the match.”

Heavyweight Billy Smith picked up a thrilling overtime win against Maryland. With two wins over the weekend the senior moved to 13-3 in dual meets this season. THE DAILY TARGUM / NOVEMBER 2015 Coming off their first loss to an unranked opponent of the season in their previous match against Minnesota, Rutgers left no doubt on the mat against the Terrapins. Holding a 4-3 advantage after the first two individual matches, the Knights reeled off victories in the final eight bouts capped off by Smith’s thrilling overtime 8-5 decision win. The atmosphere for Smith’s match was unusual for the final individual bout of a blowout, but it didn’t surprise the grapplers in scarlet and black, who take pride

in competing in front of their fans at the RAC. “Nothing beats Rutgers’ crowds, I’ve always said that,” Smith said. “It’s a shame that it took a little bit to get in some of those smaller guys, winning the tight matches. I’d like to see the fans get into it a little sooner. But the fans are the greatest, every time you hear that ‘R-U’ you take pride in it, and you’re glad to wear the ‘R’ on your chest.” After just one day off, the Knights traveled about 20 minutes south to visit an old rival in

Princeton, where they put on a similar display to Friday night. Sophomore 184-pounder Nicholas Gravina began the day with an upset, 7-1 decision win over No. 19 Abram Ayala. After dropping the next decision, Rutgers blitzed the Tigers in taking the next seven bouts. A pin fall from redshirt 133-pounder Anthony Giraldo and a major decision from sophomore 141-pounder Anthony Ashnualt were key contributors for the Knights in putting up 28 points on the scoreboard.

Rutgers’ 28-6 win over Princeton marked their 20th consecutive win over their intrastate rival. In total, the Knights took 17 of the 20 individual bouts and collected seven bonus points along the way in their dual meets against Maryland and Princeton. With their win over Maryland, Rutgers surpassed their conference win total of two from their inaugural season last year. While Rutgers had an impressive showing this weekend after a long break, they are aware that this past weekend was just the beginning of the toughest stretch of their schedule. In the following two weekends, the Knights will have two matches over the span of three days yet again. This Friday and Sunday, Rutgers will face Wisconsin and Michigan, respectively, at the RAC. The following weekend, the Knights will face both Indiana and Purdue on the road with just one day separating the matches. So while the Rutgers wrestling team has enjoyed a lot of success this year, they don’t plan on letting off the gas pedal anytime soon. “It says something about how far we’ve come, but we still have a long way to go,” said junior 157-pounder Richie Lewis said after the Knights win over Mar yland. “This is the first year that we’re really rolling hard and we just want to continue to do it year-in and year-out with new recruits and a great coaching staff. It’s this year and we’re focusing on this year, and when it’s next year we’re focusing on next year.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow @EricMullin_ and @TargumSports on Twitter.


Rutgers blown out in ninth straight conference loss BRIAN FONSECA SPORTS EDITOR

The first minutes of the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s meeting with No. 12 Michigan State was filled with inconsistent shooting from both teams. The Scarlet Knights missed five of their first six shots. After hitting three of their first four attempts from the floor, the Spar tans missed four straight shots heading into the first stoppage in play at the under-16 timeout. The talk from Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo during the game’s first break lit a fire under his team and it never looked back. The Spartans shot the Knights out of the gym, hitting six straight threes out of the timeout to pull away en route to a 96-62 blowout. Bryn Forbes led the run for the home side, hitting five straight threes during the onslaught. The last of the bunch proved how hot he and his team were from deep, as he nailed a shot a hand in his face. Facing a ranked team for the third time in its last four contests, Rutgers (6-16, 0-9) couldn’t keep up with its hosts’ unconscious shooting from downtown.

Michigan State was on fire from the initial timeout forward, tying the school record with 17 threes as the Knights suffer their 24th straight Big Ten loss, ninth straight overall. Although they were defeated by at least 20 points for the sixth time in nine conference games, it was not due to a lack of resilience. Rutgers had a response to the Spartan’s 15-6 run out of the under-16 timeout in the first half, going on a 12-3 run of its own following the under-12 timeout to come within seven points. That was the closest it came to recovering the lead. Both teams traded baskets until the halftime horn blew and the Knights went into the locker room down 11 points. Just like the first period, the second half began in equilibrium, with Michigan State leading by 16 at the under-16. But after the initial timeout of the second period, the Spartans caught fire from the floor once again while the Knights went ice cold. Michigan State went on a 24-5 run to pull away from Rutgers for good as the visitors went nearly four minutes without scoring, missing 10 straight shot attempts.

Once the Spartans tied the program record with their 17th three, Izzo cleared his bench and rested his starters, sparing the Knights of yet another historic result. Sophomore Mike Williams led Rutgers with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting. The guard hit his team’s first attempt from the floor, a trey to give the Knights their first — and only — lead at 3-2. Williams’s three followed National Player of the Year candidate Denzel Valentine’s initial basket on the other end of the floor, a fade-away jumper while being guarded by guard Corey Sanders. The 6-foot-2 freshman, who finished right behind Williams with 17 points, was tasked with guarding the long, 6-foot-5 forward throughout most of the first half. Valentine was held to eight points in the opening period, but Forbes’s 18 points resulting from his hot hand and 75 percent shooting from beyond the arc made up for it. A key factor for Rutgers keeping its last two games against then-No. 3 Iowa and Michigan competitive, Jonathan Laurent was a non-factor in East Lansing Sunday. The freshman forward was held scoreless in 16 minutes of action, fouling out with 2:47 remaining in the contest.

Still seeking their first ever Big Ten road win, the Knights hope to end the current 24game skid in conference play in their next contest. Rutgers hosts Illinois, who is 2-6 in Big Ten play, Wednesday at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

If the Knights shoot as efficiently as Forbes and the Spartans did at the Breslin Center Sunday, they’ll be in good shape. For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow @ ​ briannnnf and ​@TargumSports on Twitter.

Sophomore guard Mike Williams led the Knights with 18 points, but his efforts weren’t enough to prevent another blowout loss. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / JANUARY 2016





“Nothing beats Rutgers crowds, I’ve always said that ... the fans are the greatest, every time you hear that ‘R-U,’ you take pride in it and you’re glad to wear the ‘R’ on your chest.” — Senior heavyweight Billy Smith




RU halts skid with win over Cornhuskers KEVIN XAVIER CORRESPONDENT

After 10 minutes at the Rutgers Athletic Center Saturday afternoon, the Rutgers women’s basketball team appeared listless, unable to find a rhythm offensively and too slow to rotate on defense. It seemed the Scarlet Knights were destined to prolong a crippling losing streak at their season’s most crucial point. Then head coach C. Vivian Stringer woke them up. “You don’t wanna know what I said (to the team after the first quarter),” Stringer said. Whatever it was that the Hall of Fame head coach said, it worked. Rutgers (13-9, 4-6) roared back on the strength of balanced scoring and suffocating defense to taste revenge against Nebraska, winning 66-56 at the RAC to snap the Knights four-game losing skid where it started. Just two weeks prior, it was the Cornhuskers (15-6, 6-4) who rallied to win after trailing for most of the game Jan. 15 in Lincoln, sending Rutgers spiraling downward with three more consecutive losses. This time was different. After the Knights fell behind 20-8 to close the first quarter, they battled back to pull within one, heading to the locker room down 27-26. Junior guard Tyler Scaife struck first in the third quarter with a jumper from the Junior guard Tyler Scaife prepares to dribble the ball behind her back as she surveys the court in Rutgers’ fourth conference win over Nebraska on Saturday. Scaife rebounded from a slow start to score a team-high 20 points. ACHINT RAINCE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER



Sophomore provides spark off bench MIKE O’SULLIVAN CORRESPONDENT

Sophomore guard Shrita Parker drives past her defender in Rutgers’ 66-56 win over Nebraska. Parker had a career-high 14 points. ACHINT RAINCE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Rutgers women’s basketball team returned home for its second matchup of the season against Nebraska on Saturday, and it received a better result than the first time around. The Scarlet Knights (13-9, 4-6) saw their losing streak snapped at four games as they overcame an early 12 point deficit to comeback and defeat the Cornhuskers, 66-56. It was the Cornhuskers (15-6, 6-4) who started the four-game slide for the Knights after beating them 65-54 on Jan. 16, and Rutgers knew it was in for a tough game in Piscataway, but came away satisfied. “It’s always good to get off the slide,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “It’s important that we stay in our mind that allows us to, if we have to, be down but to have that fight and find a way to come back.” Senior guard Shrita Parker scored a career-high 14 points, making three shots from three-point range, including a crucial one in the fourth quarter to extend the Knights’ lead to 47-42.

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Boston Orlando

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senior wing, moved into eighth place on the all-time scoring list at Rutgers with 1,626 points. Copper’s seven points against Nebraska on Saturday moved her ahead of Matee Ajavon and she needs 57 more points to crack the top seven.





She scored 13 points in last week’s loss at Ohio State, providing Rutgers with another scoring threat. Parker’s emergence as a scoring option off the bench has aided the Knights in recent games and was a key factor in their victory over Nebraska. “Shrita can shoot it … and we needed her to shoot it because nobody else was really hitting their shot from the outside,” Stringer said. “When you open it up, it makes us more comfortable and we can go into attack mode. Then she feels comfortable in us knowing that we always have her ability to knock down those shots from the outside.” Rutgers shot 50 percent from the field, knocking down 27 of its 54 attempts. It had four players score in double figures: Parker, junior guard Tyler Scaife, senior guard Briyona Canty and senior center Rachel Hollivay. Stringer wanted to see more scoring from other players in the rotation, so she was pleased to see it against Nebraska.





vs. Illinois

at Minnesota

Metropolitan Championships

Wednesday, 7 p.m., The RAC

Thursday, 8 p.m., Minneapolis, Minn.

Thursday, All Day, Friday, 7 p.m., The RAC Bronx, N.Y.

vs. Wisconsin