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The Rutgers wrestling team, unbeaten in its last 13 matches travels to Bethlehem, Pa., Saturday seeking to snap a 35-match losing streak against No. 7 Lehigh.

Obama lends support to ease college debt

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The Infinite Precision step group performs at the “So You Think You Can Step” step show, hosted by Mu Zeta Wednesday at the Lucy Stone Hall Auditorium on Livingston campus.

Help may soon be on the way for University students worried about their mounting student debt as President Barack Obama announced plans this week to help alleviate the burden of student loans and make college more affordable. The Obama administration’s proposals would call for an increase in funding for Pell Grants, major investments in the nation’s community college system, a restructured federal loan repayment plan to help lighten student debt and the permanent creation of a $2,500 tax credit on student tuition. “Overall, this constitutes the biggest investment in higher education since the GI Bill,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a teleconference. The hallmarks of the president’s plans include proposals that would reduce

Students rush toward greek life STAFF WRITER

Despite the recent hazing scandal, interest in greek life at the University reached an all-time high this past week with more students rushing to join a sorority or fraternity than ever before. So far, about 260 women have registered and participated in the process of joining a sorority, but this number only encompasses the six chapters who participated in rush this past weekend, said Assistant Dean for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Amy Vojta.

INDEX METRO Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital recently received national accreditation for its breast health program.

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Although Rush Week has not yet come to a close for fraternities, 400 men have already indicated interest, and the number grows everyday, she said. Vojta said it is difficult for the OFSA to predict how many students will ultimately register, because they are still sorting through women who are interested in coed special interest groups like Mu Beta Psi, an honorary music fraternity. Many women have also shown interest in Phi Sigma Sigma, a new sorority that will recruit later in the month, she said.

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While New Jersey Books had to change its location for the city to begin construction for the multi-use commercial and residential Gateway project, employees say it was for the best. The bookstore moved from its Somerset Street location to 37 Easton Ave. late last semester, after being forced out due to eminent domain, said store manager Tom Stenstrom. “It’s great. We have more space, and people aren’t jammed down a side aisle,” Stenstrom said.

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra will hit the airwaves alongside hiphop artist Jay-Z in a two-minute teaser scheduled to air around 6 p.m. Sunday, before Super Bowl XLIV on CBS. The teaser, which will air as a part of the network’s pre-game program, features 65 students from University orchestras led by Maestro Kynan Johns, members of the music group E.S. Posthumus and Jay-Z. Support from Mason Gross Dean George B. Stauffer and the connections of Scarlet Knights Marching Band Director Tim Smith made the opportunity possible. Stauffer negotiated with CBS-TV to make sure the University is properly credited when the teaser airs, Johns said. “The opportunity to record with a Grammy-winning artist such as JayZ does not come along everyday,” Stauffer said. “From what I understand, those involved [with the shoot] were impressed with the professionalism and talent of those at Mason Gross and Rutgers. One couldn’t be happier.” — Jovelle Tamayo

The store is open for business, but construction on the building is not complete, he said. The second floor is still in a planning phase and may possibly include a coffee bar and area for people to sit and read, he said. The transition was tough — several legal hang-ups delayed the move, and the store was unable to open in time for the fall semester, according to a press release from the company, said Tom Ammirato, who helped the store move. Though there were delays, the new store is now open with rows of

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The new NJ Books store located at 37 Easton Ave. has two floors, but owners say more construction is underway, including a café and a place for students to read.

U. professor becomes first Muslim superior court judge BY ASRAA MUSTUFA

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JAY-Z TO JAM WITH RUTGERS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

“I would not be surprised if we hit about 1,000 people by the end of the semester,” Vojta said. The University holds 72 chapters of greek organizations, and as of Dec. 2009, a headcount of 2,048 students are involved in greek life, Vojta said. The number is expected to increase with the large amount of interest. “Greek life is kind of a cycle — it ebbs and flows,” she said. “We’re really seeing the numbers go up again, which is terrific because they’ve been flat for a long time.”

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monthly payments and shorten the repayment period for student loans. College graduates would be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all their debt will be forgiven after 20 years or 10 if a student decides to choose a career in public service like teaching, policing or nonprofit work, Duncan said. “We are trying to remove all the financial impediments to bringing great talent into the public sector, and we are particularly focused on bringing the next generation of great teachers into our country’s classrooms,” he said. Duncan said as the baby boomer generation retires, there would be more than one million new teachers in the nation’s schools in the next five to eight years. Under the president’s education proposals, annual maximum Pell Grants — which

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A University political science professor became the first Muslim ever to be appointed to the Superior Court in New Jersey on Jan. 27 when he was sworn in to the Family Division of the Court in Somerset County.

Hany Mawla, 36, is also the youngest to be appointed to the Superior Court in the state, said Hesham Mahmoud, media chair of the New Jersey chapter of the AmericanArab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Mawla was a partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis in Woodbridge, where he specialized in family law.

“It’s awesome to see somebody with roots at Rutgers achieve that high status,” said Chris Keating, a Rutgers College alumnus who took Mawla’s class last spring semester. Mawla ser ved as chairman and commissioner to the New Jersey ArabAmerican Heritage Commission, which former Gov. Jon S. Corzine

established in 2008 within the Department of State. He was also a commissioner to the New Jersey Commission on Civil Rights. Mawla is also a member of the New Jersey Supreme Cour t Standing Committee on Minority

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NJPIRG commencement welcomes new members BY JOHN CONNELLY

NJPIRG plans to take on many large-scale projects this semester, such as a Green Expo to show The University’s chapter of what can be done every day to the New Jersey Public Interest alleviate global warming and to Research Group launched its showcase the work of local green first event of the semester businesses, students, professors Wednesday with nearly 150 peo- and politicians. ple in attendance. “We have the solutions — we Interns from each of NJPIRG’s need to make sure that we are initiatives disseminated informa- actually using the solutions,” said tion about projects planned for School of Arts and Sciences this semester. sophomore Kate Speakers repreHubschmitt, who “Clearly, our sented a variety has worked with of issues, includfor four health care system NJPIRG ing global warmsemesters. ing solutions, Other projects isn’t functioning Energy Ser vice include lobbying to the extent that Corps, water lawmakers to watch, higher encourage Pell it should be.” education and Grant funding, DAVID LYNCH health care. informing students School of Arts and Sciences “We are here of problems in the sophomore for obvious reacurrent health care sons. If you are system, holding here tonight, you clean-up days and are no longer oblivious … it is reaching out to New Brunswick’s amazing what NJPIRG does,” Latino community as part of the said College Avenue Campus Hunger and Homelessness Dean Matt Matsuda, whose Initiative, School of Arts and band, The Deans of Love, opened Sciences first-year student Tania the event. Tabora said. This semester, the She first became interested in University’s chapter collected NJPIRG because the organization more than 1,200 interest cards allowed her to go door to door and added nearly 100 interns to and let people know about the its various initiatives, said Sarah services available in the area. Clader, University NJPIRG camSome students attended the paign coordinator. kickoff because they wanted to CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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NJPIRG interns describe future projects planned for the upcoming semester to nearly 150 people Wednesday at their first event of the semester. The goal was to have 400 students in attendance. give back to the community and thought NJPIRG would be the best organization to provide this opportunity. Others, such as Livingston College senior Alan Gibson, came with a specific cause in mind. “We came for the Haiti relief section because we have an event that we are working on that [NJPIRG] will hopefully help us out with,” said Gibson, a member of the Haitian Association at Rutgers University.

School of Arts and Sciences sophomore David Lynch came because he was interested in issues related to health care. “It’s immediately relevant to students, who are going to be off of their parents’ health plans in a few years,” he said. “It is an issue of national importance as well. Clearly, our health care system isn’t functioning to the extent that it should be.” Some at the kickoff said they expected more students to show up.

The goal was to have 400 people attend, said Mansi Patel, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. Annabel Pollioni, an intern for NJPIRG’s Energy Corps, said the event was a success. “Now we have students who are willing and ready to volunteer with us … and then they can network and make more friends and bring them to us,” she said. “It just is an awesome way to see students getting involved.”


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AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY U. STUDENT AS TRAIN ACCIDENT VICTIM New Jersey Transit authorities identified Erik Carmelia, 21, of Eastampton, N.J., as the person who was struck and killed by a train Feb. 1, said NJTransit Spokesman Dan Stessel. “According to several witnesses, [Carmelia] came off the eastbound platform and was subsequently struck by a locomotive that was traveling eastbound on track one,” Stessel said. “According to witnesses, he jumped down off the platform onto [the track].” The incident occurred during rush hour at 4:15 p.m. and resulted in suspended and delayed service on the Northeast Corridor line. — Neil Kypers

DEBT: Obama sets aside $173 billion for student aid continued from front provide need-based grants to low-income students — would increase from $5,350 to $5,710 by next year, and by a rate of 1 percent above inflation each year for the next decade, Duncan said. The president’s budget will also set aside $500 million to help develop online courses that would be free for students to take and for credit at many colleges and universities across the nation. Finally, Obama will work to make the $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent, which was instituted this year through the economic stimulus package, said U.S. Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman. The education changes reflect the Obama administration’s ideology that a strong education system will help provide a stronger economy, Duncan said. “We are convinced we have to educate our way to a better economy,” he said. “At a time when most government spending is being frozen due to tough economic times, the president is investing in education. He sees it as the key to our economic future.” In 10 years, almost all American jobs will require a college degree or at least a professional certification, Duncan said. As a result, the president plans to improve college completion rates and hopes to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

To achieve this goal, he said an additional 10 million students will need to graduate from community or four-year institutions with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and $173 billion in loans, grants and tax credits have been set aside in the budget to help aid the process, Duncan said. “That’s enough to help three out of five college students across the country,” he said. The president’s education investment would be paid for through the passage of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which would stop subsidizing banks for providing student loans, Shireman said. “This bill would basically fund our entire early education agenda and our entire education agenda,” Duncan said. “We can do all of this and support these subsidies without going back to taxpayers for an additional dime and without raising the national debt at all.” The legislation passed through the House of Representatives last summer and awaits a vote in the Senate. School of Arts and Sciences junior Steve Deon said he supports the plan in theory, but worries the president’s education plan could lead to an even larger budget deficit in the future. “I think this proposal gives students a break, so that once you start making money in the real world, it all doesn’t go toward repaying student loans,” Deon said. “However, it might cause problems down the road if we have a big national budget deficit to deal with.”

U NIVERSITY GREEK: Hazing incident does not affect recruitment continued from front Interfraternity Council President Michael Locke said the greek community has been cooperating with the University more than ever. “When incoming [first-year students] came over the summer … greek life ran a couple of sessions with them,” said Locke, a Rutgers College senior. “We were able to speak with a number of incoming [students] before they even got on campus and explain to them what greek life is really all about.” Greek presence at the summer student orientation was a large factor of why the response was so great, Vojta said. “The challenge for any involvement or any product is keeping yourself out there in people’s

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M minds. I think in this year they were able to do that better than they have in the past,” she said. Locke also attributes the success to the recruitment officers this year. Recruitment chairs began their efforts as early as May of last year, said Panhellenic President Kaitlin Tynan. They used new marketing techniques to attract students to recruitment events. “Many of [the] marketing efforts are ones the [greek] councils have never used before,” Tynan said. “Coupled with the [recruitment] officers’ hard work and dedication, we have been able to have a very successful year.” With all the hard work placed into informing students about greek life, Locke was afraid last week’s hazing incident would affect recruitment. “We all just assumed the worst,” he said of the greek

councils. “[We thought] all our hard work was going to be for nothing, and parents were going to be calling up their kids and telling them not to join a fraternity.” But Locke said Dean of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs JoAnn Arnholt encouraged them to keep pushing in the same direction they were going. “Because of what we did over the summer with the incoming freshmen — how they actually saw that greek life is more than just parties from the get-go — is a really big reason for [the response],” he said. Ultimately, Vojta said she and OFSA were very satisfied with this year’s turnout. “It’s really gratifying for us in terms of seeing the work that the student officers have done,” she said. “They’re just really proud of the work that they’ve done. They’re excited about it, so we’re happy for them.”

CHAPTER: Bookstore promotes more staff members continued from front

The new NJ Books store on Easton Avenue includes University memorabilia like T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and stuffed animals. The store also offers special discounts for students.

University apparel, including Tshirts and hooded sweatshirts, mugs, glasses, books, writing supplies and more staff. “We try to have as many people available [to] help you find what you need so you can be on your way and we can help the next student,” Stenstrom said. The bookstore sells products, but it also offers deals to students as well, said School of Engineering sophomore Parth Parikh. “I like the buybacks they offer, and the prices are good,” Parikh said. Since the move, some students are unfamiliar with the new location. “Honestly, I don’t even know where [NJ Books] is anymore,” said Brandon Thurman, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. But the staff is not worried, and they feel their efforts to promote the new location aren’t being wasted, Stenstrom said. “Some students are surprised when they go to our old location and they find a hole in the ground,” Stenstrom said. “We put ads in [The Daily] Targum, tried to get the word out and really we are just right around the corner from where the old building was. People are finding the place okay now.”

mind that is capable of grasping the big picture.” Mawla said he and Davis devised the “Islamic Law and Jurisprudence” course at the University after Sept. 11, 2001, with the help of Abed Awad, an attorney who teaches at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. “After 9/11, [Davis] and I agreed that there needed to be an apolitical response to it, that the issues and the problems that led to 9/11 had to be addressed outside of politics,” Mawla said. Rutgers College alumna Sana Siddiqi took Mawla’s class in 2002 when it was first offered. “I … think it’s great to see a Muslim-American as a judge. It shows that the concept of equality, liberty and justice are guaranteed for all, regardless of faith,” she said. Mayor Domenick Stampone of Haledon, N.J., was a law school classmate and close friend of

Mawla’s. He said Mawla’s new role is a great moment for Arabs and Muslims, but his appointment is entirely merit-based. “We’re getting a community that’s seeing one of their own appointed as a judge, and the legal community is getting a terrific lawyer who’s going to be a terrific judge,” Stampone said. “Hany is young, but he comes with an incredible wealth of experience.” Mawla said his involvement in Arab, Muslim and minority concerns is important to him because Arabs have called New Jersey home since 1870, and yet, in his view, they are not featured as prominently in the conversation in the state. He said law is a good way to give his community a voice. “For me, it was an opportunity to make sure Arabs and Muslims are more a part of the political and civic discourse that occurs in the state,” Mawla said.

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JUDGE: Professor creates new class at U. after Sept. 11 continued from front Concerns and the Seton Hall University School of Law Dean’s Diversity Council. Political science Professor Eric Davis said as chairman of the Arab-American Heritage Commission, Mawla created links with other heritage commissions. These include the New Jersey Amistad Commission, which ensures integration of the history and contributions of AfricanAmericans in public schools and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. “It shows the extent to which he is committed to the larger society, not just his own,” said Davis, who Mawla described as a longtime mentor. “He has a ver y expansive


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Asian-American newspaper Native Tongue is having a general interest meeting from 8:3011 p.m. in Room 201 A and B of the Livingston Student Center. Activities will include food, drinks, Taboo and Lost and Found.

Journalist and nonfiction writer Philip Gourevitch first visited Rwanda in 1995, a little under a year after the genocide that resulted in the deaths of more than 800,000. He turned that experience into an award-winning book. Gourevitch shared his experiences with the University Wednesday night when he read and discussed excerpts from his novels in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus as part of the “Writers at Rutgers Reading Series.” The author wrote “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families,” a novel on the Rwandan genocide that relays the stories of Rwandan citizens who were involved in the genocide. “[Gourevitch’s] courage and creativity have shown that nonfiction can be a powerful agent for

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Come support ShockWave and the OrphanSporks as they compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella against groups across the Mid-Atlantic. The competition will start at 8 p.m. in Hickman Hall Room 138 on Cook/Douglass campus. Tickets are $10 for student and $15 general admission. Buy tickets at the door or at http://www.varsityvocals.com/ac appella-events.html.

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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 Storytelling” 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 stor yteller 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 732-9327237 ext. 615 to reserve a space in any of the programs.

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“ C r o s s r o a d s : 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 rdelance@rci.rutgers.edu or 732-4456638 for more information.

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social change,” English professor Carolyn Williams said. To conduct his research, Gourevitch visited prisons in Rwanda, which were just large rooms filled with people, he said. “I was basically pushed inside a room filled with thousands of accused murderers, and not one guard. But the prisoners were surprisingly courteous,” he said. While the accused killers showed him around their prison and spoke to him politely, not one of the thousands admitted to killing a single person, Gourevitch said. “I talked to and interviewed both groups of Rwandans — the Hutus and the people they persecuted, the Tutsis,” Gourevitch said. “These people weren’t just killed by unknown members of the military. They were killed by their own neighbors, doctors, priests and friends.” The Rwandan genocide did not receive much attention from governments or the media, he said.

“Rwanda is out of the world’s political and economic interests. … It’s a small country that often falls out of the conscience of journalists as well,” Gourevitch said. Gourevitch felt the mass killing had to be understood, so he investigated how people were living in the aftermath of the genocide. The Rwandan army began bringing the hundreds of thousands of people who fled the country home from the refugee camps set up in neighboring countries in the fall of 1996, and more than 600,000 people returned to the country over the span of two or three days, he said. Gourevitch was curious to see how people would respond upon their return to Rwanda, he said. One woman Gourevitch spoke with told him that her entire family — her husband, children and grandchildren — were killed by her own neighbor, and she was left to die, Gourevitch said. Her family’s murderer had just returned to his home, and when she confronted him, he told her

he was not responsible for his actions and asked her to pardon him, Gourevitch said. Once he admitted his actions — which included the murders of more than 70 people — the man was sentenced to 11 years in prison and then released, Gourevitch said. The author also discussed his third and most recent novel, “The Ballad of Abu Ghraib,” which contains interviews with military personnel who were accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners of war. “Basically everyone has seen the pictures that were printed everywhere, with Lynndie England holding a leash around a naked prisoner’s neck,” Gourevitch said. After interviews with England, Gourevitch realized the story was not exactly the same story many Americans may know, he said. “One of the interesting things about [Gourevitch’s] work is that it investigates that ethical use of evidence and how things aren’t always really as they seem,” Williams said.


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Hospital breast health program helps women fight cancer BY CASSANDRA SPERBER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 12.7 percent of women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital strives to provide these women with the best care available through its large program devoted to breast health, verified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers said certified breast health specialist Margie McDonald. “We have comprehensive breast services,” McDonald said. “Once you’re in the system, you’re taken care of from beginning to end.” The program works to not only maintain breast health in women, but also to help women fighting

against breast cancer, said Dr. Thomas Kearney, an associate professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “This is a big thing for the research hospital,” said Mary DeMeo, a breast cancer survivor. “Hopefully they will be the ones to find the cure. After what I’ve been through, I never want anyone to have to go through it again.” RWJUH strives to take care of general breast problems, but takes cancer especially seriously, Kearney said. Out of about 75 hospitals in New Jersey, only one-third have accredited cancer programs, and RWJUH is one of only four with an accredited breast program, he said. This is a rare honor for the hospital, and it takes a variety of sources and staff members to make it possible, Kearney said.

In order to receive a national accreditation like such, the medical center must fulfill 27 standards, he said. Designated leader-

“After what I’ve been through, I never want anyone to have to go through it again.” MARY DEMEO Breast cancer survivor

ship, educational ser vices and cancer services are a few of the many requirements. “This is a wonderful achievement for the hospital to earn

because it validates what we’re already doing,” McDonald said. With the accreditation, women can now seek comfort in knowing they are getting the top care available to them, Kearney said. RWJUH features experienced surgeons in the oncology department as well as support services available to all, McDonald said. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the UMDNJ-RWJMS are two separate centers but have worked together to gain the national accreditation, Kearney said. The two are connected, but different. An accreditation is given by the NAPBC only to hospitals that not only fulfill criteria but provide women with the best options for breast care, he said. “Twenty years ago, women would go to any hospital for

breast services, but now with the accreditation women know they are selecting a hospital with the best available treatment,” Kearney said. RWJUH is one of only 105 breast care centers available in the countr y, according to a RWJUH press release. UMDNJRWJMS is closely affiliated to the hospital and is one of the leading medical schools in the country. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the only National Cancer Institute in the state, according to the release. The institute works with other research hospitals in New Jersey and focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating patients with all types of cancer. “The goal of our program is to navigate women to the services they need to get and stay healthy,” McDonald said.

CONCERT, MEDITATION COLLABORATE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HAITI To help the relief effort in Haiti, the New Br unswick Collaborative Arts Organization will host a music benefit concer t Friday at the Crossroads Theatre Company at 7 Livingston Ave. downtown. Scheduled performers include Natural Breakdown, Hey Bulldog, Silent Knight, Black Circle Symphony, WUPA,

The Mike Montrey Band and others, according to a New Brunswick City Market press release. The proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that helps medical needs in third world countries, according to the release. These funds will help rebuild two hospitals and one clinic the earthquake destroyed.

In addition to the concert, which will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., there will be a yoga and mediation session, an art show and a silent auction, according to the release. Guests can also bring non-perishable food items or other items to donate to the Salvation Army, according to the release. Tickets for the event are $12 to $20 and can be reser ved online at

www.colab-ar ts.org/music-benefitfor-haiti. CoLAB Arts, based in New Brunswick, aims to cultivate a community of hip, inspiring and mindful artists, audiences and critics, according to its Web site. — Mary Diduch


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ccording to the Associated Press, a man dropped his pants and assaulted several crew members on a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. He claimed to have taken a double dose of medical marijuana cookies. Kinman Chan, a San Francisco resident, wrecked havoc as he screamed and ran through the pathways of the airplane, all while the crew tried to restrain him. Although Chan has a legal medical marijuana card and a legitimate condition — one on which authorities declined to comment — the incident begs the question of why he took double his normal dose. This may be the first of many incidents that come out of direct contact with newly approved marijuana laws, and it does nothing more than hurt the marijuana legalization movement. Chan obviously acted in a manner that is unacceptable in most public places — let alone airplanes. He told authorities that he ate the cookies while waiting to board the plane in Philadelphia, and while he had a normal dose prescribed, Chan decided to double it. As information continues to emerge, the situation seems direr for Chan by the day. And while there is a perhaps reason for his lunacy, The Daily Targum gives a dart to the man who ate an abnormally large dose of marijuana cookies before a five-hour cross-continental flight. *

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A new court would be put in ince Athletic Director — women’s basketball head Tim Pernetti came coach C. Vivian Stringer’s out with his plans for name should appear somethe “renaissance of the where on that court. Club RAC” I have been trying to seating along with luxury decide whether I am for it. boxes and dining are also in As a sports guy and part of the plans. When entering the sports media I’m all in MATT SUGAM the RAC there would also — but as a student of the be a retail store and a Hall University and a resident of of Fame area — although the men’s basketball the Garden State, I am in limbo. team doesn’t have much to put in there in from the As much as I love the idea, I am just not sure of last two decades. the timing. And the benefits aren’t just for the basketball When Pernetti first came in, some thought he’d teams and their fans. The plan will benefit 19 of devote much of his time and efforts to football. Not the 24 sports at the University. There will be a crazy idea considering he played tight end from improvements to locker rooms, training rooms 1989-1993 for the Scarlet Knights. Pernetti has and weight rooms — all important tools when it shown he’s about more than just football and is lookcomes to recruiting. There would also be new ing to have successful men’s basketball and coaching offices for many of the sports. Olympic sports program. Unfortunately, there is also the bad. Pernetti does not need to be all that hands-on Despite it helping 19 of 24 sports, it is only helpwith the football program anyway. Head coach Greg ing two come game day: the basketball programs. Schiano has shown he has got a pretty good handle The women deser ve it, with two Final Fours on the revival of that program. in the past decade, including an So without digressing further, I appearance in the national title will start with the good. “... we’re in an game. Nevertheless, the fact of the Despite being an intimidating is they just do not draw a place to play when the fans want it to economic recession matter big enough crowd, which is an be, anyone who has been to the Louis Brown Athletic Center knows and it has affected issue for women’s basketball in general. The only sellouts occur it is a dump. I like to call it a glorified corporations when UConn or Tennessee come high school gym. Obviously it has a to town. media center and more seats along just like the The men have surprisingly had with concessions that outdo any high average citizen.” some good fan showings this seaschool gymnasium, but aside from son despite their struggles. Some that, it offers nothing special. of that has been due to opposing You walk in and you see the court. teams’ fans coming, but Pernetti has done a good That’s about it. There is not much to see aside from job with various promotions. the banners in the rafters. The tough economic times have led to highYou can have an arena like that and it doesn’t er ticket sales as well. Despite struggling to matter. Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium make ends meet, people want enter tainment. makes the RAC look state of the art. But the one You can’t beat two promenade tickets, two hottime that I walked around the Blue Devils’ 70-yeardogs and two sodas for $20, which is the old stadium I realized it did not matter at all. “Valentine’s Couple’s Special” for the upcoming Without a game even going on I felt the ambiance. Georgetown game. But that came down to the history on that court that Aside from the crowds, it is tough to argue that has become part of that building. the men deserve upgrades. The RAC just does not have that coming from They have not made the NCAA tournament the men’s basketball team — making a run to the since 1991. They have not won an NCAA tournaNational Invitational Tournament Final in the ment game since 1980. They have not ranked in 2003-2004 season for their top moment doesn’t do the top 25 since 1979, which is the longest active it for me. The 1976 team that went undefeated streak for a major college basketball program. before falling in the Final Four to Michigan actuMy other issue is where this money going to ally played at the Barn due to the RAC opening come from. Pernetti said a lot of the funding the next season. The renovation would include a new scoreSEE SUGAM ON PAGE 9 board, and one with a video screen would be nice.

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he Daily Targum’s Wednesday editorial, “Think outside the Fox,” did not accurately represent the Fox News Channel or the talking heads that have primetime shows on the number-one-rated news channel in America. First of all, Sean Hannity and the other commentators from 8 p.m. to midnight — including the 5 p.m. slot of Glenn Beck — are not news, nor do they claim to be. These commentators, from Glenn Beck to Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity to Greta Van Susteren are all paid large sums of money to comment on the news, not deliver it. Periodically throughout their shows are news updates — the same way MSNBC has news updates through their arduous lineup of low-rated leftwing commentators. Calling for Americans to put down the remote and read a newspaper does not mean they will be free of conservative commentary, as most of the commentators on Fox also hold columnist positions for a profusion of newspapers. Perhaps the headline of the editorial should have been “Think the way of MSNBC” since there was no proclamation to stop watching Keith Olbermann’s crumbling television hour or the tingly feeling running up Chris Matthews’ leg. FNC is never absent from any coverage that is unfavorable for Republicans; rather, they offer a liberal, moderate and conservative perspective on every political report. Pick any day, any hour and any news story, and I guarantee you that when the news is on, there is always a plethora of diverse opinion. The difference between FNC and the other 24-hour news stations is that FNC allows for Conservatives to voice their perception of a story, while the other media outlets do not. At the very least, FNC claims to be “fair and balanced,” while The New York Times and their liberal editorial board’s motto is, “All the news that’s fit to print.” Funny, I think the public should have access to all news, not only the news that the editors at The New York Times think will boost readership. For instance, in September FNC broke the story of Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe exposing the federally-funded ACORN giving advice to a pimp and prostitute on how to set up an underage brothel with the help of taxpayer dollars. It took The New York Times 10 days to cover this story that made international headlines. Yet, after O’Keefe was arrested for illegally entering the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., it took The New York Times just minutes to post the story on the homepage of its Web site and front page of its newspaper. The Targum also did not cover the ACORN story, yet found the need to publish an article about O’Keefe’s arrest the day after he was taken into custody. Additionally, the Targum reported that O’ Keefe and his crew tried to manipulate telephones, claims that were premature and have been found to be untrue. It seems that the Targum does not have a problem with political commentary or lack of reporting. Aaron Marcus is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student majoring in political science and history.

SUGAM continued from page 8 would come from private donations from individuals or corporations. Once again, we’re in an economic recession and it has affected corporations just like the average citizen. So I do not see corporations dumping money to put their name in the stadium of a program that is not going to get too much recognition.

As for individuals, that typically comes from two places — wealthy boosters or former players that play professionally. The donation by two anonymous individuals that led to the construction of the Rutgers Stadium’s $5 million recruitment lounge were likely from one of the two. Wealthy boosters wouldn’t mind donating to a football program on the rise. Neither would former players that are now in the NFL and have more disposable money than they know what to do

F E B RUA RY 5 , 2 0 1 0 with. Why not give Schiano a nice thank you? Stringer has sent countless players to the WNBA, but they don’t get big enough paychecks to fork over a lot of dough. As for the men’s side, the last player to make it to the NBA was shooting guard Quincy Douby. Now Douby can’t even make an NBA roster. So I am torn. The ambition and enthusiasm of the 39-year-old athletic director that has a vision for what he wants for University athletics excites me for the future of this institution’s

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sports program. But I just don’t know if the “renaissance of the RAC” is really feasible right now. And considering how much criticism the football stadium expansion took for a team that has proven they are on the path to success — and not stuck in a ditch on the side of the road like the men’s basketball program — I can only imagine the backlash for the renovation. Matt Sugam is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in journalism and media studies.


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Junior forward Jonathan Mitchell averages 13.9 points per game in the Big East and scored 17 in the Knights win over St. Johns. N’Diaye has 321 blocked shots in his RU career, putting him 34 rejections behind Roy Hinson for the schools all-time record. Hinson set the record from 1979-83. N’Diaye’s nine blocks against St. John’s moved him past Herve Lamizana for second on the

school’s list for blocks in a season. N’Diaye’s 108 swats this year trail only Hinson’s 144 in the 1982-83 season. “That’s a goal. You never know, but I really hope so,” N’Diaye said of breaking the school’s block record. “I’m just going to keep going for it.”

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for the Knights is sophomore Trevor Melde. At the Midlands, Melde upset takes on familiar foe in Rey Lehigh’s Seth Ciasulli in the round of 16 in the 141-pound continued from back bracket by an 8-6 decision. comes just one week after the The DePaul Catholic product Midshipman defeated Rey the had a roller coaster-type weekprevious week. end, being called for a defensive However, Rey had the pin in his match against upper hand on Russo during Virginia and then bouncing winter break when the two back to score a major decision met in the quar ter finals of the in the win over Navy. Midlands Tournament. “I had to put [the pin] behind Russo lost by a 7-2 decision. me right away and get back in the “Steele is a lot closer to my right mindset,” he said. “It was a body weight and questionable call, people in my own but you can’t weight I tend to keep thinking “I have faith in have a better time about it.” every single person with,” he said. Melde holds a “It’s a little harder 21-6 individual in this lineup that to figure out a mark and is 15-3 they can knock strategy against in dual meets. someone who is “[Melde] just off a ranked guy. bigger than me has to finish,” [like Rey]. They We are that good.” Goodale said. tend to wrestle “When he doesn’t D.J. RUSSO slower and I don’t finish it costs Junior Heavyweight do real well in himself major slow paced matchdecisions, and es. I’m going to [against Virginia] have to wrestle smart.” it cost him the entire match. Since the Russo-Rey tilt does You’ve got to finish and he did not come until the end of the against Navy.” match, for it to have a relevant Whether it is Melde who impact on the dual meet many sparks the Knights, someone RU grapplers have to win matchhas got to make a statement es in which — on paper — they early and then the rest of the are the underdogs. lineup will follow suit. “We are going to have to win a “When there is a big win couple matches that we aren’t and the ball gets rolling, it’s supposed to — on paper,” Russo contagious,” Goodale said. “If said. “And that happens all the we can get that going, we will time in this sport. I have faith in have an opportunity. We cerevery single person in this lineup tainly believe we can do it. that they can knock off a ranked There are a bunch of guys in guy. We are that good.” that [locker] room that know One wrestler who can cerwe can do it and that’s more tainly get the ball rolling early than half the battle.”


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Scarlet Knights skid into South Florida BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

Stuck on a three game losing skid, a look at the schedule shows that the Rutgers women’s WOMEN’S BASKETBALL basketball passed through the worst of the storm. The Scarlet Knights saw four teams in the top-five rankings this season, including two in their past three games in No. 1 Connecticut and No. 3 Notre Dame. While the game against Connecticut was out of reach for most of the way, resulting in a 37-point blowout loss, the Knights had legitimate chances at beating the Fighting Irish as well as No. 18 Georgetown, leading to more thoughts of what could have been. With only eight games remaining in the regular season, the Knights need to start winning if they want to keep their hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid alive. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer knows it will not be easy. “We’re just trying to recover, and I’m trying to keep my sanity right now,” Stringer said after Monday’s loss to the Irish. “So I just back, everything and everybody off of me, everything and everybody off this team, and see if we can’t somehow get our confidence, somehow play better in the Big East and steal an opportunity to play in the NCAA’s. And I don’t know if that’s possible.” Possible? Without a doubt. Easy? Not so much. But if RU (12-10, 4-4) is serious about its postseason aspirations, games like tomorrow’s contest against South Florida is a must win. The Bulls (13-8, 4-4) sport an identical conference record to the Knights this season. Once considered an easy win in the Big East, USF dashed that theory against RU last season, upending the Knights 59-56 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Combine that element with RU’s streaky play this season and it is clear the team has a tough game on its hands. With senior guard Brittany Ray mired in a 3-for-31 shooting slump, the pressure is on her young supporting cast to pick up the slack. But the team’s under-

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Senior guard Brittany Ray, right, is stuck in the middle of a 3-for-31 shooting slump in her past three games. Ray scored 12 points on 5-for-18 shooting in Rutgers’ 59-56 loss against the Bulls last year. classmen continue to struggle in their own right. Sophomore for ward April Sykes logged 24 minutes against the Irish but had little to show for it, missing all 10 of her shot attempts from the floor. Despite scoring 16 points against the Hoyas and 18 against Notre Dame, sophomore guard Khadijah Rushdan turned the ball over six times in each of the past two games. Though she was riding a hot streak over winter break, fresh-

man guard Erica Wheeler’s shot fell flat as conference play wore on. Stringer said she is confident that her team’s younger corps will come into its own. “[Former Knight] Matee Ajavon lives for this day,” Stringer said. “[Former Knight] Essence Carson lives for this day. These young people, while they will come to life for that day, are thrown into this mess, this fire. And they’re struggling for their lives.”

Championship tune-up on board BY KEVIN O’ROURKE STAFF WRITER

Rutgers diving coach Fred Woodruff does not have any illusions as to the importance of Saturday’s Drexel Diving Invitational. “The DIVING m e e t t h i s DREXEL weekend INVITATIONAL, is kind of SATURDAY, 10 A.M. like a little tuneup,” said the 18-th year coach. “It doesn’t really mean much, but it’s good for all of us, not just to dive, but to dive in competition. It’s good for them. Hopefully, we’ll be ready.” Drexel welcomes George Mason and Rider to Philadelphia along with the Scarlet Knights, as each club looks to gain momentum heading into their respective conference championships. Larger things loom for the Knights, with the Big East Championships a week away and the season-ending NCAA Zone

Diving Championships coming in mid-March. Never theless, each diver enters the season’s final stretch in a different place and with a different outlook. Senior Erin Saunders struggled earlier in the year despite posting several victories in both the one and three-meter dives but is improving, Woodruff said. Saunders comes off a pair of second-place finishes in the Swimming World College Conference Carnival, where she got the chance to go toe-to-toe with Minnesota’s Kelci Bryant, a former Olympian. “It was good for Erin to dive in that,” Woodruff said. “Diving against some of the best is always helpful in terms of getting ready to dive in a big meet.” Already the owner of two top10 finishes at last year’s Big East Championships and a ninth place showing on the one-meter board at the Zone Championships, Saunders looks to add to her impressive resume.

Woodruff added that Saunders is well-suited to focus on the meet at hand. “[Being it’s her last college meet, it] is playing in her mind a little bit and I’m hoping that we can put that aside and just compete,” he said. “She’s doing a lot of things better than she was back [earlier in the season] so we definitely have made some progress.” For junior Jen Betz, health is the main concern. Hamstring injuries hampered Saunders’ fellow Pennsylvania native throughout the course of the season. “I just hope her body holds up,” Woodruff said. “I’m hoping she’ll feel good that weekend and be able to compete well.” Saturday’s event will likely be of the greatest use to freshman Katie Kearney, who is consistently progressing in her first year on the Banks. “I just told her … to compete and do the best you can and don’t worry about where you end up,” Woodruff said.

The question now is how long will those struggles continue? With games remaining against No. 11 West Virginia and No. 25 St. John’s, RU needs to find the answer sooner than later. “It’s hard. We work so hard and we put so much in and sometimes we come up short, but we can’t let it carry on to the next practice or the next game and keep being upset about the last game,” said sophomore forward Chelsey Lee. “We’re just trying to regroup and rebuild.”

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team defeated Farleigh Dickinson yesterday by a score of 7-0. First singles player Amy Zhang led the way earning a 60, 6-0 victory. The Scarlet Knights improved their record to 1-1 after falling to Syracuse last week. RU’s next match is Sunday afternoon when the team hosts Georgetown. For full coverage see Monday’s edition of The Daily Targum.

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poll selected the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team to finish sixth in the conference this season. The Scarlet Knights sit two points behind Louisville in a stacked conference dominated by powerhouses Georgetown, Syracuse and Notre Dame — all three of whom advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. Only the top four teams at the end of the season are eligible to play in the Big East Tournament.


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Streaks collide in conference showdown Knights go for three in a row against Cards BY ALEX JANKOWSKI CORRESPONDENT

The Rutgers wrestling team has not lost since Dec. 12, 2009, WRESTLING a n d Lehigh RUTGERS AT has a LEHIGH, 3 5 SATURDAY, 1 P.M. game w i n ning streak against the Scarlet Knights. Something has to give. The newly ranked No. 23 Knights (16-4-1, 5-1) head into the little town of Bethlehem, Pa., Saturday afternoon for a conference showdown with the No. 7 Mountain Hawks (11-3-1, 1-0-1). RU looks to reach lucky number 13 in its historic unbeaten streak that stood tall against the likes of Michigan St. and thenNo. 23 Virginia. But Lehigh is a completely different animal. “This is the match of the year for us,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “It’s an unbelievable atmosphere [at the Stabler Arena] and they have some of the most loyal fans in the country. It’s a hard challenge for us, but a good challenge.” Boasting wrestlers from top to bottom — and almost everywhere in between — in the national rankings, Lehigh brings a balanced attack that tests the Knights at every turn. “They don’t have an AllAmerican, but from a dual meet standpoint, from a total team balance, Lehigh has it,” Goodale said. For the past two years, Lehigh has been the cream of the crop in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, a point evident by the dominating 27-6 performance it put on in New Brunswick last season. The program — led by second-year head coach Pat Santoro — competes at the level Goodale

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For the second time in his career, the EIWA named Russo Wrestler of the Week after two solid wins over Jack Danilkowicz of Virginia and No. 6 Scott Steele from Navy. The win over Steele

All of a sudden, the Rutgers men’s basketball team has a pulse. Two straight Big East wins give a glimmer of hope to a MEN’S BASKETBALL season that looked lost one week ago. RUTGERS AT The Scarlet LOUISVILLE, Knights go for SATURDAY, 4 P.M., SNY three in a row Saturday when they visit Louisville. “We have been working extremely hard. We talked about that,” said head coach Fred Hill Jr. “We were going through a very tough stretch, but two of the things I’m most proud of is that they’ve never stopped believing and they’ve never stopped working. I think that the last two games they’ve been rewarded for that.” But Louisville (14-8, 5-4) is desperate and in need of wins. It sits in the middle of the Big East standings and lacks a quality win on its resume. At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the NCAA Selection Committee favored South Florida (15-7, 5-5) and Pittsburgh (16-6, 6-4) over the Cardinals. USF is on a roll, winning four straight conference games led by the dynamic Dominique Jones, while Pitt did a lot of heavy lifting early including a win at Syracuse. That makes a loss to RU (11-11, 2-8) unaf fordable. Still, it doesn’t mean the Knights can’t win this game. This is not the same Louisville team that blew them out the last two seasons. Only two players, Samardo Samuels and Edgar Sosa, average in double figures and the difficult matchups presented by Terrence Williams and Earl Clark moved on to the NBA. The Cardinals lost to Charlotte by 22 and Western Carolina by 7, both at Freedom Hall. RU comes off two games where it got off to a fast start, sparked by the renaissance of sophomore guard Mike Rosario. The Jersey

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Junior D.J. Russo collides with the nation’s No. 5 heavyweight Zach Rey tomorrow afternoon at Lehigh. Russo received EIWA Wrestler of the Week honors last weekend following his two victories. hopes is not far down the road for RU. “They aren’t far away from becoming a signature program and that’s where we want to be,” said the third-year coach. “Not to put them on a pedestal, but they have a national ranking [of

seven]. It’s consistency and they have done it for two straight years now.” The bout that headlines tomorrow’s bill is the heavyweight matchup between No. 9 D.J. Russo of RU and No. 5 Zach Rey.

Flood attracts lineman to RU BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

PASSIAC, N.J. — Though he made it official by faxing his forms in Wednesday morning to h e a d FOOTBALL football coach Greg Schiano, yesterday’s signing ceremony was still a proud day for incoming offensive lineman Jorge Vicioso. Vicioso, a 285-pound lineman from Passaic High School, held his signing ceremony yesterday instead of on National Signing Day, alongside his mother, his principal and his head coach. “It feels great,” said Vicioso, who represents the first Division I scholarship athlete in the last 13 years at Passaic High School. “I’m honored to represent my school in this way, and I can’t wait to get down there. I’m too excited.” Vicioso said that offensive line coach Kyle Flood played a key role in his recruitment. “I got to know coach [Kyle] Flood first, and I’ve seen what he’s done with all of the people around him,” he said. “It just

seemed like a perfect fit and, after seeing a practice, it just seemed like the right fit as a whole.” Schiano said during Wednesday’s press conference that he sees Vicioso at tackle on the next level. His high school coach, Bill Curry, said he can be a solid tackle for Rutgers and sees him gaining at least 30 pounds once the wrestling season ends and strength and conditioning coach Jay Butler gets a hold of him. “I think he’s a perfect fit for Rutgers,” Curry said. “He’s big and he’s got great feet and when he went down to their Big Man camp, he did a great job and I think they saw something in him and that’s the reason why Rutgers looked out for him. “They lost three starters, but they have some good coming in also. Jorge is going to have to work his tail off. I used to tell him last summer, you can be just like [Anthony Davis]. You’re a Jersey guy just like he is and you’ve got size and great feet.” To Vicioso, however, playing football is just something extra. Before he even began his col-

lege search, he was intent on finishing college. “I’m willing to do anything they tell me to do,” he said. “I’ll play any position they ask me to. I’ll play quarterback if that’s what they want. I just want to play and that’s it. “After meeting with coach Flood, he said that I’m going to get a crack at left tackle. Hopefully I will get to get a shot at it as a starter. I’ll do either-or though. I can do tackle or guard or on either side. I can’t play center though. I can’t snap.” And like all other recruits entering Division I schools this season, Vicioso has his sights set high. “I did see that they keep improving and improving and they have a chance to win a National Championship,” Vicioso said. “I’m excited to spend time with the other players. I’ve met a lot of the players. They’re great. They’re cool guys. They’re charismatic and easy to get along with. Those guys hang out together and they have fun. Off the field, they’re great guys.”

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Passaic High School held a ceremony for offensive lineman Jorge Vicioso, seated left, who signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Rutgers football team.


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