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Hall of Fame announces five U. alumni as new members By Sabrina Szteinbaum Correspondent

Five distinguished alumni, including a two-time Tony Award-winning playwright and the chief financial officer of Goldman Sachs, are set to become members of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Association in May. Rutgers annually honors and recognizes five notable alumni who have achieved above and beyond in their professional lives, according to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni’s website. The association plans to host a gala on May 3 at the Heldrich Hotel in downtown New Brunswick to celebrate the five honorees, according to the website. Two-time Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Joseph DiPietro graduated from Rutgers College in 1984, and his work has since appeared on Broadway and on the international stage. His most recent play, “Clever Little Lies,” debuted at the George Street Playhouse this fall, according to an article in The Daily Targum. Sheri McCoy, who graduated from the Rutgers Business School in 1988, is the chief executive officer and director of Avon Products, Inc., according to the Hall’s website. Fortune magazine named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” McCoy served a 30year tenure at Johnson & Johnson and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Daniel Reda, a 1965 graduate from the School of Engineering, now works as a mechanical engineer, according to the press release. He has contributed to state-of-the-art re-entry physics and aerodynamic measurement methodologies. According to the website, Reda received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA’s highest form of recognition. His work helped with the success of the Galileo mission to Jupiter. The fourth honoree is Harvey Schwartz, chief financial officer of Goldman Sachs and leader in the financial industry, who graduated from Livingston College in 1987. Schwartz volunteers for the Rutgers on Wall Street Initiative, which helps connect Rutgers students with alumni executives. Rosemarie Truglio graduated from Douglass College in 1983 and is the senior vice president of curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” according to the website. A leader in the child and developmental psychology fields, Truglio worked on educational research and now hosts an externship program to open up career opportunities to Rutgers students.

Jorge Schement, far right, the vice president for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at the University, speaks at the Rutgers University Student Assembly meeting yesterday at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. Schement, who began in his office in July, highlighted the diversity of Rutgers’ staff and students. DAPHNE ALVA

Diversity office head outlines strategy By Vaishali Gauba Correspondent

When Jorge Schement went to a conference hosted by the Big Ten last fall, he sat with officials from other universities and told them he was keen to learn from them. They

replied, “We thought you came to teach us.” Schement, vice president for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers, realized at that moment that the fellow participants of the conference meant teaching about Rutgers’ diversity.

Schement, who assumed his position on July 1, 2013 when the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion office was founded, highlighted the University’s diversity at the Rutgers University Student Assembly meeting held last night at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus.

He said the definition of diversity at Rutgers comes from its community. The single most common feature that all students, staff and faculty at the University mention about Rutgers is its diversity. See STRATEGY on Page 4

Rutgers students begin bus courtesy campaign By Katie Park Correspondent

Santiago Garcia, who drives the A bus between the College Avenue and Busch campuses, often witnesses students quick to step on board his bus before others have stepped off. During the night shift he used to work, Garcia witnessed other violations of bus etiquette. “People [were] acting wild and jumping all around and going crazy,” he said. To alleviate this problem, the Rutgers University Student Assembly is in the preliminary stages of developing its bus courtesy campaign, said Ian Wolf, the public relations chair of RUSA. Wolf, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said the idea to implement the campaign sprung from student responses to a question about the quality of transportation services on RUSA’s “What’s On Your Mind?” survey, administered in November of 2013. “The survey is how RUSA, the student government, can gauge a

pulse of what the students at the University want to see their student government fix,” he said. Many students indicated the desire to see more students become aware of bus etiquette, such as how to wait for people to properly get off the bus before boarding. Students have also complained about others placing their belongings on open seats despite a shortage of seats, said Jake Nieman, the university affairs chair for RUSA. Having students stand because backpacks occupy open seats is not only inconsiderate, but also unsafe, Nieman said. “To one person that seems like just one seat, but on a bigger scale, it can get frustrating for students who have to ride the buses all the time,” said Nieman, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Nieman is a commuter student who totes a 30-pound backpack on certain days. “When you’ve got a backpack with a laptop and textbooks, it can See CAMPAIGN on Page 4

From left to right: Dorothy Le, senior transporation planner for Rutgers, Jake Schuhardt, student organizer for NJPIRG, and Brian Wahler, mayor of Piscataway, speak at the NJPIRG event yesterday at the Rutgers Business School on Livingston campus. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

University, mayor promise transportation changes By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor

The mayor of Piscataway and a Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services official promised further collaboration and innovation yesterday at an event hosted by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group’s Rutgers chapter.

NJPIRG, a lobbying and advocacy organization, also released the results of their transportation survey titled, “A New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation” at the event, held at the See CHANGES on Page 4

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The Language Institute, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research and the TA Project present “Intro to MS Photo Story 3” at 9:45 a.m. at the Language Laboratory Building on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free for everyone. University Career Services presents “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Career and Internship Fair” at 10 a.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free for everyone. The Collaborative, Environmental House, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rutgers/Canterbury House and Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries present “Destiny’s Bridge: Preview Screening and Discussion with the Director” at 3 p.m. at 640 Bartholomew Road Modular Building on Busch campus. Admission is free for everyone.

Saturday, Feb. 8

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers hosts a “Masquerade Ball for Students” at 7 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. Ticket prices are to be announced.

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Monday, Feb. 10

Rutgers Center for Global Education presents “Spring 2014 Study Abroad Information Sessions” at 8 p.m. at the Douglass Campus Center. Admission is free for everyone.


New Brunswick Groove Fusion perform at Destination Dogs at 10 p.m. at 101 Paterson St., New Brunswick. There is no cover charge.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Edward J. Bloustein School, Voorhees Transportation Center and NJ Bike and Walk Coalition present “2014 New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit” at 8 a.m. at 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. Tickets are priced at $50.

Sunday, Feb. 9

The New Jersey State Theatre presents “Music of the Beatles: Classical Mystery Tour with the NJSO” at 3 p.m. at 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. Tickets range from $20 to $88.

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Friday, Feb. 7

The New Jersey State Theatre presents the musical “Memphis” at 7 p.m. at 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. Repeat performances are held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $75.


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Saturday, Feb. 9

Mason Gross School of the Arts presents “Opera at Rutgers: Bernstein’s ‘Candide’” at 2 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for senior citizens, Rutgers alumni and employees and $15 for the general public.



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Alcohol company holds multimedia competition By Katie Park Correspondent

A leader in the U.S. spirits and wine industry is inviting students to submit creative projects promoting responsible drinking as part of a contest to win a 10-week paid internship in New York City. Pernod Ricard is sponsoring the contest as a part of the national movement against binge drinking and drunk driving. The challenge is open to students at various colleges and universities in the New York area. Kelsey Leveille, the talent acquisition manager for PR-USA, said the purpose of the challenge is to promote responsible drinking. The event, sponsored by the makers of Absolut Vodka, Kahlúa and Jameson Irish Whisky, is asking for submissions from students 21 years old or older, said Diane Castelnuovo-Tedesco, owner of Fraîche PR. They can submit videos, posters, web creations, poems or pictures. “[Pernod Ricard] tried not to make it too prescriptive so people could use their creativity, and I think they don’t want to limit students at all,” she said. The winner of the challenge would receive a 10-week paid internship at Pernod Ricard’s New York City headquarters, Castelnuovo-Tedesco said. During the internship, the student would bring their project to life, receive mentorship and career counseling, gain recognition in the company’s internal newsletter and earn the potential for course credit through his or her university, according to the French-American Entrepreneurship Award website. Students can enter individually or in pairs and must send in their submissions by Feb. 28, according to the website. “I think what’s really going to be hard is being creative on a topic that can be somewhat very black and white,” Leveille said. Once the winner of the Pernod Ricard USA Student Challenge makes their project a reality, she said they would present their

creation on a platform at a responsible day drinking event in the spring that would feature guest speakers on the importance of drinking in moderation. Binge drinking occurs less frequently but encourages heavier drinking, said Marsha Bates, a professor in the Department of Psychology. “People don’t necessarily make a decision to drink heavily before they go out, but once you start drinking, it increases your risk-taking behavior and impairs your ability to make good decisions,” she said. Because of classes and other responsibilities, students do not drink everyday but instead drink heavily on a smaller number of days, she said. “In a college environment, a lot of the drinking is around social events — it’s about having fun,” she said. The classic situation of a binge episode for a male is five or more drinks in two hours, she said, and for a female it is two or more drinks in two hours. Bates advises students to set standards for themselves if they plan to drink. “One good thing is to not drink on an empty stomach, so you’ll keep your blood alcohol level, relatively speaking, somewhat lower,” she said. She said another tip is to drink a glass of water between two alcoholic drinks. “The difficulty with that is that once an individual starts drinking they forget about maybe some of the conscious goals and objectives [they] have and just start going with more of [their] feelings in the moment,” she said. Rutgers students have also been involved with the campaign against drunk driving. Peter Kharmandarian, School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, created “Drive Safe,” a device created to prevent drunken people from using their phones or starting their cars. According to the Rutgers University Police Department’s “Safety Matters” report, 730 minors were charged with possession of alcohol from 2010 to 2012.

WAVVES MAKES WAVES Top: Modern Chemistry performed at the Rutgers University Pro-

gramming Association’s spring concert, held yesterday at the Livingston Student Center. Bottom: Sydney Siervta, a member of Echosmith, also performed at the event alongside rock band Wavves from San Diego, Calif. TIANFANG YU


TUESDAY 2/4 Her : 8pm, 11pm I Frankenstein 8:30pm, 11:30pm Frozen 11:45pm Frozen: Sing Along 9:00pm

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STRATEGY Schement says he comes from an immigrant Mexican family, learned English as second language continued from front

“You give us our definition of diversity,” he said. “You come to us with your definition of who you are and over time, [you] change us.” He said the concept of a social contract is new at Rutgers. This social contract accepts students for who they are and gives them an equal opportunity to speak up and share their ideas. Schement comes from an immigrant Mexican family and learned English as a second language, he said in an interview with The Daily Targum. His personal background played a fundamental role in promoting diversity as a professional. With having spent paramount time at Rutgers from 1987 to 1996 and again from 2008 to present date, Schement said he has seen the University undergo a major change in all forms, particularly diversity. “[The change in diversity] was dramatic. It was like it happened in one flash, like it’s a different place in just one flash,” he said. “From my experience, I have more occasions to speak Spanish than I did in the early ‘80s.” The Institutional Diversity and Inclusion office, which came as an outgrowth of the Office of Diversity and Equity on campus, has various units that aim to advocate diversity at levels ranging from undergraduate

and graduate students, alumni and faculty. Delia Pitts, associate vice president for the office, said these units included committees like SciWomen, which focuses on the advancement of women in the fields of Science, Technology and Engineering. Other units include the Center for Race and Ethnicity that explores the relationship between academics and people from different races and ethnicities, Pitts said.

“We can’t have diversity without everybody.We only have diversity if we are inclusive, if we are fair.” JORGE SCHEMENT Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Schement said in spite of having a status as a leader in diversity, the challenges of recruiting a more diverse faculty stands before the University and subgroups in the office work specifically toward the achievement of this goal. “We are recognized as leaders, but leaders have an obligation to lead to greater accomplishments,” he said. “We do a very good job in this field, but

we should always be striving to do better.” At the meeting, Schement said diversity is not only limited to culture and ethnicity but also includes socioeconomic factors. “We can’t have diversity without everybody,” he said. “We only have diversity if we are inclusive, if we are fair.” To this, Justin Habler, a class of 2014 RUSA representative of the College Avenue campus, asked Schement what was being done to provide cost accessibility to those who lack the resources for college education. The solution to the issue of soaring college education costs is increased participation of state governments, Schement said. A hike in tuition prices compensates for this lack of involvement. Pitts was excited to hear about the Strategic Plan that was approved at the Board of Governors meeting on Monday, she said. One of the pillars of the 5-year plan is to support and pursue diversity. Pitts said including the foundational element of diversity in the Strategic Plan reflects its importance in Rutgers’ vision and goals. It is Rutgers’ privilege to be able to celebrate its rich diversity, but it also must be able to retain its image that sets it apart as a place constituted by the talents and the identity of everyone who comes to the campus, Schement said. “Rutgers isn’t for some of you — it’s for all of you,” he said. “If you want to see the future of United States, all you have to do is walk down College Avenue.”

Ian Wolf, public relations chair of the Rutgers University Student Assembly and a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, asks a question at the RUSA meeting yesterday. DAPHNE ALVA

CAMPAIGN Rutgers Department of Transportation is considering weekend letter buses, WiFi on buses continued from front

be really tough — it can be really tough to fight the urge to put it on the seat next to you,” he said. The public relations arm of RUSA is working with the Department of Transportation Services at the University to put out instructions on how to properly get on and off the bus to increase efficiency. DOTS is also considering a series of changes, including weatherproofing bus stops and NextBus stations, reverting

back to letter buses on the weekends and incorporating WiFi on the buses, Wolf said. RUSA has been working on several issues with transportation ser vices — bus etiquette is just one of the more narrowly focused topics, he said. “I see it as systematic — if we can teach students to be more effective and efficient in the ways they’re getting to class, transportation ser vices can help with the more macro level in getting people there,” he said. RUSA has tentative plans to post handouts and flyers on

all of the buses and NextBus stations in the coming months to teach current students how to properly get on and off buses, said Ariana Blake, a RUSA member. Blake, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said students entering the University in the fall of 2014 may learn of the campaign at their orientation from a brief video. “We are hoping that it has a big impact on next year’s class,” she said. RUSA faces some challenges in implementing the campaign, such as how receptive students will be to the project, Wolf said. “Making sure people know we’re doing it for ever yone and that we’re all in this together will be a challenge, but I think we can make it work,” Nieman said.

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Rutgers Business School building on Livingston campus. Dorothy Le, senior transportation planner for the University, said Rutgers had the largest university-based transit system in the nation. “RUDOTS is committed to giving the University the best possible solutions for transportation, which includes transit, walking, bicycling and other alternatives,” she said. She said the RUDOTS has begun a new initiative to encourage bicycling for students, called BikeRU. They are hosting a week of activities in April to spread awareness of biking as a safe and efficient method of transportation. Brain Wahler, mayor of Piscataway, said his town has made plans to accommodate transportation innovations in the future. Wahler has traveled the Rutgers buses since he was eight years old, and said the issue of transportation was near and dear to him. “At that time, they used to have to send out smoke signals to let you know the bus was coming,” he said. He works closely with Jack Molenaar, the director of RUDOTS, to encourage students to use mass transit systems. Wahler said the U.S. Conference of Mayors had recently formed a task force for mayors of university towns, and the organization hoped to foster a better relationship with university communities and university transit systems. He said public officials are often accused of not thinking to the future in their transportation planning. Piscataway has made several moves to ensure that was not the case for that town. “One of the things that we did with the town department of transportation is we had all the utilities out in the center put to the sides, so if we ever put a rapid transit system on Route 18, it wouldn’t stand in the way,” he said. He said they also built pedestrian bridges high enough for buses to accommodate a future rapid transit system, even though they have no immediate plans to put in such a system.

The advent of mass transit systems is even more relevant in light of recent inclement weather, he said. Piscataway would like to get more cars off the road when snow hits. Piscataway’s immediate objective for transportation includes the “complete streets” idea, which focuses on adding sidewalks and bicycle lanes to streets. He said the town recently awarded a contract to a developer to add sidewalks and bicycle lanes to Hoes Lane West and plans to incorporate this infrastructure to River Road. “By this spring, there’ll be official bike lanes going to and from the halls on campus,” he said. “They can just have a leisurely walk … from Livingston and Busch campus on sidewalks to local restaurants and businesses.” The program would also contribute to the town’s health and wellness campaign, he said. Jake Schuhardt, a student organizer for NJPIRG, said the new program would help first-year students with the daunting task of navigating the transportation system at Rutgers. Today’s young people want different things in their transportation systems than the previous generations, said Schuhardt, a School of Arts and Sciences firstyear student. Data show young people cut their driving a dramatic 23 percent between 2001 and 2013, he said. Universities are especially progressive in their transportation reform. “Efforts at reducing driving yielded positive results for students, staff and their communities,” he said. NJPIRG’s report recommended programs like free transit services, programs to promote bicycle use, ride sharing and car sharing initiatives. It mentions specific programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others, for its innovations in transportation. Le said RUDOTS has currently focused on its bicycle program but would consider other innovations from the report in the future. “We want to optimize usage of the bus system,” she said.

Students crowd into a bus outside Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. JENNIFER HAN

On The

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USDA plans to restore forests, prevent fires HELENA, Mont. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday it will spend $30 million this year on forest restoration projects in 12 states to reduce the threat of wildfires, protect water quality and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species. The first 13 projects will be the start of a multi-year initiative to improve the health of forests and watersheds on public and private lands, Agriculture Undersecretary Robert Bonnie said. With longer fire seasons in recent years burning more areas, and beetle outbreaks devastating more than 40 million acres of forests in the West, the pace and scale of restoration need to be increased, he said. The work must extend to helping private landowners thin their trees, remove brush, protect habitat and improve watersheds along their properties, Bonnie said. “If we only worked on our national forests, it wouldn’t be enough to address this problem,” he said. Money to work with private landowners will come from the farm bill Congress passed this week, and the Forest Service will use its own funds to work on adjacent public lands. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, a nonprofit that has filed several lawsuits to block logging projects in national forests in the Northern Rockies, was skeptical about the plan. Logging won’t help reduce wildfire risks or protect watersheds because areas thinned of trees allow the wind to blow through more easily, which could spread flames more quickly, executive director Mike Garrity said.

The money would be better used by helping landowners in wildland-urban interface areas remove trees and other fuels around their homes, he said. “If they are going to go out and log around the forests, that’s a complete waste of money and it’s corporate welfare for the timber industry,” Garrity said. Helena National Forest Supervisor Bill Avey said infrastructure protection is the first priority. Officials don’t plan to thin or log every acre, but will identify areas with the highest probability of fire moving through to get rid of the heavy fuels, he said. One of the first projects will be an $865,000 restoration of the watershed that provides most of the drinking water for Montana’s capital city of Helena. City of ficials have feared a wildfire could spread quickly through the surrounding forest, which is littered with dead trees from a mountain pine beetle infestation. That would threaten the water supply system, and later, sediment from the burned landscape could taint the water, Helena National Forest of ficials said. Another project will involve reducing forest fuels over 30,000 acres in parts of California’s San Bernardino and Riverside counties that were devastated by wildfires in 2003. the agriculture department’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service will be run the initiative, called the Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership. — The Associated Press

RANDOLPH, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who is

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HEROIN HELP Top: Tyler, 22, who recently got out of a rehab program for heroin addiction, shows the faded track marks on his arm on Feb. 5, 2014 in Burlington, Vt. Bottom: A mural is viewed in downtown Burlington. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recently devoted his entire State of the State speech to the scourge of heroin. Heroin and other opiates have begun to devastate many communities in the Northeast and Midwest, leading to a surge in fatal overdoses in a number of states. As prescription painkillers, such as the synthetic opiate OxyContin, become increasingly expensive and regulated, more and more Americans are turning to heroin to fight pain or to get high. Heroin, which has experienced a surge in production in places such as Afghanistan and parts of Central America, has a relatively inexpensive street price and provides a more powerful affect on the user. GETTY IMAGES

Actors mourn Hoffman’s death

IN BRIEF SPOTSWOOD, N.J. — A central New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with exposing himself to children in a grocer y store. The Middlesex County prosecutor’s of fice says 44-year-old Ronald P. Jakubowski of Sayreville is charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and lewdness. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney. The prosecutor’s office says an off-duty loss prevention officer obser ved Jakubowski allegedly following children around a Spotswood grocer y store and exposing himself to three girls under the age of 13 on two occasions. The officer contacted police and Jakubowski was arrested in his vehicle outside the store at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday. He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick. Bail has not been set.


raising her three siblings after their parents were killed during Superstorm Sandy is getting some help from a television show. The NBC home improvement show George to the Rescue has made repairs to the home of the Everett family in Randolph. Fifty-four-year-old Richard Everett and his 48-year-old wife, Elizabeth, were killed and their two sons were injured when a large tree fell on their pickup truck on Oct. 29, 2012 as they drove home during the storm. Twenty-year-old Zoe, a college sophomore, is raising her siblings — 18 year-old Talia, 15-year-old Theo and 12-yearold Pierce. Zoe’s eighth grade teacher reached out to the show. Show host George Oliphant tells The Daily Record that the renovations are meant “to help springboard them moving for ward.” — The Associated Press

NEW YORK — While three of four people arrested amid the investigation of the Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death were arraigned on drug charges, the New York theater community mourned the actor with a dimming of Broadway’s marquee lights and a candlelight vigil. The vigil Wednesday night was held outside the 90-seat home of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, where Hoffman had long been a member. And at 7:45 p.m., Broadway’s lights turned off for a minute. “We come together tonight in a spirit of terrible mourning and incredible loss,” the Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest and LAByrinth member, told the crowd of about 200 people who stood in a chilly drizzle. “But we also come together to celebrate a remarkable life.” “Courage was his forte, always,” said playwright and actor Eric Bogosian, a longtime LAByrinth collaborator. “Phil set his bar on the highest rung, on a rung above the highest rung. He

pushed himself relentlessly until finally his efforts virtually redefined the very endeavor we call acting. That’s what he wanted. He wanted to rock the world.” As Broadway lamented, the criminal justice system quickly acted with arrests that came just days into the high-profile case, reflecting the attention and urgency it has attracted. At least one of those arrested during the probe into Hoffman’s suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor’s cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman’s death, told police he had seen Hoffman at the lower Manhattan apartment building where they were arrested on Tuesday and he believed that’s where Hoffman got the heroin, the officials said. In searches of two apartments in the building, police found hundreds of packets of heroin in one of them, according to a criminal complaint.

But prosecutors declined to pursue charges against one of the four, saying there was no evidence that he had control of the drugs or the apartment in which they were found, and two of the others were charged only with a misdemeanor charge of possessing cocaine, not heroin. Only one, jazz musician Robert Vineberg, was facing a felony charge of heroin possession with intent to sell. Lawyers for the three people charged vigorously denied their clients had any role in Hoffman’s death and suggested they were being swept up in a maelstrom of attention surrounding the actor’s demise. “This case and the charges against Mr. Vineberg have absolutely nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. ... We’re hoping the (district attorney) will not use Mr. Vineberg as a scapegoat,” said his lawyer, Edward Kratt, who declined to say whether Vineberg knew Hoffman. — The Associated Press

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PRAYER POWER U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton yesterday in Washington, D.C. During Obama’s sixth prayer breakfast, which has been held for 62 years, the president emphasized religious freedom. GETTY IMAGES

Insurers request care extension The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president’s decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul, industry and government officials said yesterday. Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson said yesterday that the administration might let policyholders keep that coverage for as long as an additional three years, stressing that no decision has been made. Policymakers are waiting to see what rate hikes health insurers plan for the insurance exchanges that are key to the overhaul’s coverage expansions. “The administration is entertaining a range of options to ensure that this individual market has stability to it, and that would be one thing that they could do,” he said. Avalere Health is a consulting firm, but Mendelson said his company was not advising the administration on exchange policy. He said he has had informal discussions with administration officials about the extension, but he didn’t identify them. Health and Human Services spokesman Joanne Peters confirmed that the issue is under discussion, saying: “We are continuing to examine all sorts of ways to provide consumers with more choices and to smooth the transition as we implement the law. No decisions have been made.” Aetna Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini also told analysts during a conference call yesterday to discuss quarterly earnings that he had heard the plans might be extended. Aetna is the nation’s third-largest health insurer and has about 135,000 paid customers so far through the exchanges.

Aetna Chief Financial Officer Shawn Guertin said in an interview after the call that there have been discussions about whether the plans should be extended again, but he didn’t have any more details. Individual policyholders were hit with a wave of cancellation notices last year because their coverage was less robust than what is required under the law, and many states allowed insurance companies to simply cancel them This became one of the most politically explosive issues in the transition to a new health insurance system under Obama’s law, which ultimately aims to cover millions of uninsured people. The wave of cancellation notices — at least 4.7 million of them — hit just when the new website was experiencing some of its worst technical problems, and it undercut the president’s well-publicized promise that if you liked your plan you could keep it. The law included a complicated scheme called “grandfathering” to try to deliver on Obama’s pledge. It was intended to shield policies in force at the time of the law’s 2010 enactment from many new requirements, provided the policies themselves changed little. But insurers considered it impractical. And many of the cancelled individual policies would not have been eligible for relief anyway, since they were purchased after the law’s passage. The predicament of millions of Americans who had cancelled policies and a hard time getting new ones because of the dysfunctional government website put the administration in an even more uncomfortable position. At first the White House went into damage-control mode, arguing that many of the cancelled plans were “junk” insurance and

consumers would be better off with the broader coverage available through the health care law’s new insurance markets. But soon Obama was forced to reverse course, urging insurers and state regulators to allow policyholders to keep their existing plans for an additional year. Most states complied with the request. Now the administration is considering adding more time to the extension to avoid another wave of problems if rates on the exchanges climb too high and people are left without affordable coverage. Health insurers are supposed to submit by May the rates they want to charge for coverage they sell on the exchanges next year. The exchange coverage just started last month, so that doesn’t give insurers a lot of time to figure out what sort of claims will come from this new coverage. They need to understand this before they set premiums for the next year. That means insurers may lean toward higher rate increases in 2015, to make sure they collect enough money in case medical claims come in higher than expected. Mendelson said the administration understands this and is considering ways to promote rate stability. It could wind up extending the coverage for just another year or not all. “If you’re trying to craft policy, you have to see first what’s going to happen in this market before you can respond,” he said. It’s unclear whether policyholders will find any relief if they are allowed to stay with their extended policies. Insurers in several states where extensions were allowed for 2014 have said they planned to hike the cost of those plans. ­— The Associated Press

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Dance group performs Korean pop music for University By Sabrina Restivo Contributing Writer

Members of HARU aim to bring new sounds to campus with their Korean pop dance team. HARU: K-pop Dance Cover Club members gather every Friday at the Red Lion Café on the College Avenue campus to devote their time and energy to dancing to their favorite Korean songs. Comprised of dancers with diverse backgrounds and ethnicites, HARU does not require technical dance skills or experience to join. The club welcomes students who wish to learn about this music genre while embracing the most peculiar aspects of Korean pop culture. Swati Patel, president of the club, emphasizes the importance of HARU as a multi-ethic group whose purpose is to harmonize the diverse qualities of each member. “We try to blend different individuals while preserving their personalities. Each member is identified with the group as an essential part of its unity,” said Patel, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Only four students were members of the club when it was founded in 2011. Since then, the group has gained popularity by using its Facebook page to upload vid-

eo performances of its members, and the group has expanded to 13, Patel said. K-pop combines various music styles such as hip-hop, rhythm and blues and dance-pop. The genre involves well-synchronized movements. The choreography matches the song’s lyrics while reflecting its main concept. Other K-pop dance groups produced by Korean record labels inspire the club. S.M. Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment are the largest Korean pop music labels, known as the “big three,” Patel said. Timothy Zhen Wei Ho, a general member of the club, said the club members must select a song, analyze its content and reproduce the artists’ choreography. “K-pop involves more performing than dancing skills. The judges evaluate the performers’ attitude, the quality of movement and facial expression,” said Ho, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Moreover, the group must reflect the artist’s personal style and movement while still encouraging originality. An effective portrayal of a single or multiple characters requires precision, coordination and a good ear, he said. “K-pop is a lifestyle,” he said. K-pop has dramatic fashion to attract the young audience’s at-

tention. Their hairstyles, colorful outfits and cosmetic products enhance the group’s social impact among consumers as well, Ho said. HARU’s song choices are not solely based on their personal tastes but also the listeners’ expectations, Patel said. The club attempts to surprise the listeners by adding a striking quality to its choreography. “SHINee, a South Korean R&B boy group, inspires the concept we embody as a group. All of us have grown up with SHINee since its debut,” Patel said. “Before HARU was made, we separately loved the band and watched them climbing the ladder of success until they became respectful idols.” They have also covered songs such as “I Am the Best” by the South Korean girl group 2NE1 and “I Don’t Need a Man” by the Chinese-Korean girl group Miss A, she said. Sophia Chao, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior, watches the selected music video and learns and teaches the choreography, while the president and a few other members support her. “K-pop is just different. I was a fan of Big Bang, a popular South Korean boy band since 2006, and afterwards, I became something more. HARU was able to create

HARU, the Rutgers K-pop dance club, meets every Friday in the Red Lion Café on the College Avenue campus to practice music from their favorite idols. COURTESY OF TIMOTHY ZHEN WEI HO such an unbreakable bond among its members,” Chao said. As a team, they have performed at dance contests such as the 2012 and 2013 New York K-pop Festival, earning third place both years, Patel said. In September 2013, they participated in the Los Angeles K-pop Dance Festival after auditioning online. Although they did not win, the judge selected them as finalists. Patel said the members’ lack of experience and individual traits be-

came the most challenging aspect of performing as a team. Yet they have succeeded in turning the discrepancy within the group into a strength. “We did not know there were so many people who loved K-pop music like us. Now, we are trying to inspire our HARU new members to never give up on what they are passionate about,” Patel said. “I must admit that in 2011, we were an ordinary dance team. In 2014, we are a family.”


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WEEK IN REVIEW: Laurels and Darts BETTER BUS STOP After students presented a bill for a safer and more accessible bus stop, the University announced this week that the Katzenbach bus stop will be moved to a better location near the crosswalk at Ryder’s Lane. The quality of the bus stop itself apparently isn’t going to change much, but we can still give the University this laurel for responding to student concerns and taking steps to make our campus safer.

SLOW SNOW DAY We dedicated an entire editorial last week to the administration’s delayed handling of that crazy blizzard during the first few days of the semester, but apparently the message didn’t get through. This week we had a storm that was just as bad, and again, the University took its sweet time letting us know that classes were cancelled. We’re more than happy to give them this dart for continuing to disregard the safety of its own students and staff members.

CRAPPY CHRISTIE — AGAIN Surprise, surprise — this was another terrible week for Gov. Chris Christie. New information suggests Christie may have actually known about the lane closures the so vehemently denied having any connection with — and just in case this whole Bridgegate scandal wasn’t ridiculous enough, we also found out that he’s been using Hurricane Sandy relief funds for unrelated projects. Here goes yet another dart to our deceitful governor.

FUNDING THE FUTURE This week, the final version of the University’s Strategic Plan for the next five years was approved. The plan includes steps the administration hopes to take to improve the quality of education and overall experience at Rutgers. It’s been 20 years since the University put its last strategic plan together, so this laurel goes to the Board of Governors for finally voting on a new plan for the future of Rutgers

STUPENDOUS SPEAKER At the Board of Governor’s meeting, it was also announced that this year’s commencement speaker is scheduled to be former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. As the second woman and first African-American woman in her position, Rice is an example of someone overcoming the challenges of being a minority in the political arena. This laurel goes to Rutgers for securing a woman with such a powerful career position to speak at commencement.

SLIPPERY SIDEWALKS We don’t have any control over the weather, but the state of the roads and sidewalks these days is pretty inexcusable. Apparently, there’s a salt shortage in the entire New York/New Jersey area, which might help to explain the fact that practically our entire campus has been converted into an ice skating rink. The fact that even the walking conditions outside are still so unsafe deserves a dart.





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Why Jobs killed innovation instead of progressing it COMMENTARY PHILIP RIPPERGER


he fable of Steve Jobs is now ubiquitous in American culture. Most people know about his orphaned upbringing, his endearment for electronics and his innovate spirit. Disciples regale the masses with tales of his courage, dropping out of college and “finding himself” (through rebellious scholastic enthusiasm as well as the hallucinogenic drugs he consumed). He then created one of the most illustrious corporations in the world with Apple, which he subsequently mutinied. Later, he purchased what would become the biggest animation studio ever, Pixar, which he promptly left, returning as CEO and prodigal son of the original brand. Apple was in utter disarray upon his return, yet Jobs was able to right the ship and steer them to great heights. This is the folklore of the 21st century, inspiring millions to follow in his ingenious footsteps. But should it be? Education is creeping down the list of American priorities. Test scores have declined steadily, far behind the top achieving Shanghai, India and Japan particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, Job’s chosen field. When PISA (a global standardized test) was administered in 2012, U.S. students scored below average in math and science and only slightly above average in reading. This may stem from institutional faults,

with the U.S. tied for 37th in the world in education spending as a percentage of GDP. The most important institution for nurturing development is failing, leaving us with a dearth of homegrown employees in positions that require higher education. Regrettably, each subsequent degree achieved is doing less for student’s earning potential once they graduate. Thus, we are left with 20-something-year-old graduates with less skills and less opportunity than we had in the past — certainly not a recipe for success.

Jobs implored the maxim, “Stay hungr y, stay foolish,” upon Stanford’s 2005 graduates, yet many people only recall the latter. Theoretically, any person could be his successor, if only they truly stay hungr y. Jobs was an extremely resourceful person with a perfectionist attitude, surrounded by extremely talented technicians. One would also need a revolutionar y idea in order to emulate Jobs. However, ideas that approach the cultural significance of Apple or Pixar are few and far between. Therefore, instead of

“[Jobs’] mechanical and creative ability is vastly beyond the scope of most of today’s youth, due both to a lack of opportunities and students squandering opportunities.” In the aftermath of Jobs’ autobiographical book and movie he has gained widespread lionization that was previously reserved for tech geeks and creative types. He is now thought of in terms of the fortuitous position in which he landed. However, his story is extremely unique and should be more of a cautionary tale than one of encouragement. He may not have attended all of his classes, but his desire for knowledge and creation never left him behind. This is atypical for a college dropout and should inform students with similar ambitions that you must have a strong sense of self-motivation to succeed in the job market without the institutional backing or technical training provided by a degree.

embodying Jobs, why not model yourself after Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple? Jobs didn’t create his original products. Wozniak, nicknamed Woz, engineered the first two Apple computers nearly singlehandedly, as Jobs had little electronic facility. Woz didn’t instill his creative vision throughout the masses like Jobs, but he accomplished a great deal more. Without Woz, there would have been no Macintosh, no Macbook, no iPod and certainly no iPhone. He kickstarted the physical creation, for which he should be revered. His mechanical and creative ability is vastly beyond the scope of the most of today’s youth, due both to a lack of opportunities and students squan-

dering opportunities. American schools have become incubators of apathy, with learning outside of the classroom nearly non-existent. Maybe this is because people see Jobs, who failed miserably at traditional education, only to follow another path that leads to ludicrous success but don’t recognize that Woz’s contributions are essential and necessar y. While Jobs didn’t need the classroom to find success, Woz, the more reticent of the two, would’ve floundered without it. Rather than encourage education, like Jobs intended, his message has instead inspired us into apathy. Jobs should posthumously edit his Stanford speech to, “Stay hungr y, stay educated,” because there would be no Apple without both Jobs and Woz, the combination of inspiration and execution. Jobs also encouraged those Stanford graduates almost nine years ago to “Find what you love,” because, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” — the hidden moral to the Steve Jobs fable. Many studies of the workplace have found that employee productivity increases when they enjoy their job, so Jobs may be right here. You could stay foolish, like Jobs when he dropped out of Reed college with, “trust that it would be okay,” a luxur y many can’t afford. Or you can discover what you love and pursue it wholeheartedly. This is what both Woz and Jobs did, and look how they ended up. Philip Ripperger is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore.


Spiritual retreat offers uplifting experience It’s time to reflect. Whether you have been at Rutgers for one semester or eight, think back at all of the weekends you have spent here in New Brunswick. I know that I have enjoyed a couple great ones. But how many do you wish you could forget? How many of them can you not even remember? Whatever the ratio of happy to hazy weekends you have had, there is an opportunity for all Rutgers students to experience a weekend that they will always remember. Each semester, the Catholic Student Association at Rutgers puts on a retreat to Camp Tecumseh in Pittstown, N.J. This semester, the retreat will be from Feb. 21-23. This retreat is just the unforgettable experience I mentioned. It is a time of friendship, recreation, bonfires and introspection that a busy college schedule does not allow. For me, however, the hardest part was saying yes. As a Catholic who went to mass when it was convenient, attended public school and had never been on a retreat before, a weekend spent singing praise hymns with strangers didn’t sound quite as attractive as hanging with some

friends. Looking back, I only wish I took my leap of faith sooner. The CSA retreat is one of a few opportunities each year to remove yourself from the concrete jungle of Livingston and the blustery walks from building to building on Cook. Imagine stepping away from constantly being on the go for one weekend. Imagine leaving your cluttered room to spend an hour just to yourself outdoors. Retreat was able to refresh my approach to relationships and schoolwork. Transportation is provided. Signing up is simple. The only thing you have to do is take the leap of faith and say yes. Say yes to meeting other Catholic students. Say yes to renewing your faith and your mind. Say yes to one unforgettable weekend at the Catholic Student Associations spring retreat: “Reckless Love.” Henry Grabbe is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science and philosophy and minoring in music.

Activism should not be criticized I find the recent sentiments in a Jan. 31 letter to the editor, “Israel should not

be the only target of boycotts,” troubling. Who is to say that people involved with the International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel aren’t involved in other boycotts and causes as well? I, personally, am involved in myriad causes, and I boycott an endless number of companies and entities for various reasons. I’m a human rights activist, period. I stand up against any form of injustice, inequality or oppression that exists, as do many of my colleagues. According to Human Rights Watch’s 2013 world report, serious violations of international human rights have occurred in Israel/Palestine, and I believe this fact warrants the increased attention and pressure it’s receiving. I do happen to feel particularly passionate about this issue because I’ve been to Palestine personally and have stayed in a refugee camp. I was able to see first-hand the conditions the people are forced to live, in as well as the daily harassment and violence perpetrated against them. I, myself, was subject to this harassment as well.  Now, even if there are individuals that solely focus on boycotting Israel, is there a problem with that? There are obviously many world issues deserving of attention, and there always will be. Does that mean we have to focus on being proactive to re-

solve every single one of them? That’s likely not feasible for the average person. Does that mean that we should be apathetic and ignore them all to remain fair and balanced so nobody feels like they’re being singled out? Should the world turn a blind eye while allowing Israel to continue committing its crimes and abusing human rights without consequence? Even if the U.N. condemns them, who is holding them accountable as the U.S. uses its veto vote to cancel out the rest of the world? It becomes our responsibility as members of humanity to hold them accountable. But, as I’ve pointed out earlier, the case isn’t that people boycotting Israel are focusing solely on that individual situation. The majority of everyone involved in the BDS movement also support other causes and boycotts as well. There’s no need to flatter oneself into believing the world is only thinking about Israel. It may just seem that way, because the more that a racist ideology gets implemented, the more the entity implementing that ideology will teeter itself toward the brink of it’s own collapse. Christopher Gant is a computer technician who graduated from PC AGE with a degree in networking engineering in 2010.


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Pearls Before Swine

February 7, 2014 Stephan Pastis

Today’s Birthday (02/07/14). Planning really works this year. Capture creative ideas. To increase your income, turn up the fun while remaining true to your dreams. Your enthusiasm’s contagious. Domestic improvements in springtime set the stage for a new romantic phase around the eclipse (6/10). Apply discipline to health practices for rewards that look and feel good. Build partnerships with love. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries ( March 21-April 19) — Today is a 9 — You’ll concentrate well today and tomorrow. Schedule carefully. Run options past your own personal set of rules. There’s an unexpected bonus. You perceive the answer, see what the real costs are. Anticipate some confusion. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Proceed with caution. Wait for later to make a deal. Good scheduling leads to more fun. Make money and don’t spend it today and tomorrow. Keep your head down and chip away. Work out a creative compromise. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — Save up your money for a bigger item. There may be less than you thought. Today and tomorrow call for high energy. You’re gaining a distinct advantage. Find what you need far away. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Maintain your independence. Talk in generalities at first. Slow down and consider options. Contemplate the developing situation. Listen to someone who disagrees with you. Enforce the rules. Watch out for surprises for the next two days. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Don’t get intimidated. Schedule meetings for today and tomorrow. You could organize a team to help you do it all. Anticipate a little resistance, and sweeten the pot. Make sure you know what’s required. You gain clarity. Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Take on new responsibilities today and tomorrow. Private action gets more accomplished than public. Stand outside a controversy as much as possible. Practice makes perfect in the coming phase. Anticipate delays, and relax in the down time.

Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Don’t react without thinking. Put in the research today and tomorrow. Plan your next vacation. A conflict or disagreement could put a kink in things. Hold out for what you really want (respectfully). Take a philosophical view. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Pesky regulations interfere with the plan. For the next two days, study money. Prepare for the negotiation phase. Count the money, and consider the consequences. Arrange for priorities. Keep your feet on the ground. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — An older person provides support. You have something they can use, too. Share resources to mutual benefit. You’ll have more help today and tomorrow. You don’t have to save everything you get. Spend time with someone attractive. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — The next two days hold high-powered action. Work out details. Make do with what you have. A controversy could erupt when someone disagrees with the direction. Don’t get cocky. Money’s still tight. Quiet productivity shreds your inbox. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Today and tomorrow overflow with creativity and passion. Use existing materials. Stay on top of the supply chain. Get into a luxuriously lovely phase. Review, revise and reform. Tweak away. You’re getting into a cuddly mood. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — An old enemy changes tunes. You’re good at solving problems, too. Focus on home today and tomorrow. Find out what’s needed at home and build it. Save time to play with family and friends.

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Injuries change Knights’ demeanor for DC meet By Justin Lesko Staff Writer

Uncertainty surrounds the Rutgers gymnastics team as Sunday in Washington, D.C., it attempts to bounce back from its first loss of the season. Junior Luisa Leal landed on her back coming off the uneven bars last Saturday at Texas Woman’s, keeping her out for the team’s remaining three events. Junior Emma Hoffman was also injured, taking Leal’s place on floor exercise. “Hopefully, we can get a little healthier than we are at the moment. We have the depth and we’ll put people up there,” said head coach Louis Levine. “It doesn’t matter who’s competing, you have to hit your routines. If you hit your routines, it doesn’t matter if it’s your top-eight kids or your bottom-eight kids.” Leal has not been healthy for a complete season since her freshman year when she earned EAGL Rookie of the Year. The Cali, Columbia native broke her foot and sprained her neck last year, missing the first two meets of the season. She also missed all but two meets in 2012 with a heart condition. Hoffman’s injury comes after being named EAGL Specialist of the Week for her performance on

the bars Jan. 24 against Brown. She was injured performing outside of the uneven bars for the first time in her collegiate career. The Scarlet Knights fell out of the top 25 for the first time this season following their loss against Texas Woman’s. They also fell from the top spot in the EAGL. NC State took the lead with an average score of 194.640 to Rutgers’ 194.410. Senior co-captain Jenna Zito, who is familiar with injuries, commented on the recent adversity. “We definitely have had two of our off-meets in the past two weeks, so we want to focus on coming together as a team more,” Zito said. “I think we had really great energy coming off the meets in Ohio [the weekend of January 17], so I’d like to get back to that. We’re really going to focus on coming together and really doing it for each other.” Sophomore Jenna Williams praised the team for finishing the meet but noted the team’s demeanor in practice has changed. “We’re just coming into the gym and concentrating every practice like it’s a meet, so every routine that we do in practice has to be like we’re competing, and we have to do every single skill and every routine like it will be our last routine,” Williams said. She believes the team needs to make a change in order to reach their tournament goals.

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REMATCH Knights easily defeated Manhattan last year, 15-6, in home opener continued from back

Senior Asha Ruth has posted two record times for the Knights this season in the 300m and 4x400m relays. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR / JANUARY 2013


Knights progress this year after winning Metropolitan Championships continued from back Athlete of the Week honors in the first week. More progression came with the collective team accomplishment of the first Metropolitan Championship since 2010 — which the Scarlet Knights won by an impressive margin. But this week inside the Bubble on Busch campus, complacency has been nonexistent. “Some kids doubled and tripled, and a couple like Asha quadrupled. … Some kids are tired, you can imagine,” said head coach James Robinson. “The kids are mainly going to focus on one event [this weekend] and that’s it.” Ruth and fellow seniors Tylia Gillon, Corryn Hurrington and Ekene Ugboaja, for instance, will be limited

to running the 4x400 relay in Boston, in addition to running the same event tomorrow at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the NYC Armory. Despite the small workload to fully heal the team before its trek to Boston, Robinson guaranteed the goal of constant improvement down the stretch into the AAC and ECAC championships remains the same. “They realize we’re hitting the stretch run here for a championship season. … I think they recognize that the time is running out for those who have not achieved their qualifying standards, and time is of the essence,” Robinson said. “For those who have, they’re trying to sharpen. I think the reality has sunk in that this is it. Regardless of what direction you’re going in, this is it.”

Knight Note: Sophomore sprinter Alayna Famble will be sidelined for this weekend with a strained quad. Famble, who aided a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay for the Knights at the New Year’s Invitational and Rutgers Invitational earlier in the season, has not participated in an event since Jan. 11.

first game in there … and it creates a nice home field advantage in a big stadium like that and it’s a great atmosphere to play in.” The Knights easily defeated Manhattan last year, holding the Jaspers to just one goal during the first half in a 15-6 victory. Senior attacker Nick DePaolera led the way with a career-high five goals in the matchup. Senior midfielder Steve DiGiovanni and sophomore attacker Nick Kilkowski also contributed multigoal games. The Knights return every single player who registered a point against the Jaspers last year.

seeding RU produces inconsistent results despite balanced offensive attack continued from back SMU and Connecticut have elite or respectable seasons so far. USF, Rutgers, Houston, Temple and Central Florida form the bottom caliber. Rutgers’ next four-game stretch that begins with USF could potentially turn into a fivegame losing streak. What could prevent a Knights victor y is USF’s balanced attack, which is what helped the Bulls

195.25, while the Colonials season-high score of 193.4 put them in third place. It was the first time since 1978 and only the second time in program history that Rutgers topped George Washington. The Colonials have dominated the Knights with an 18-2 record between the programs.

George Washington currently sits in seventh out of eight teams in the EAGL with a 193.4 score average.

Despite the relative ease to which Rutgers won last season, head coach Brian Brecht warned that his team cannot be complacent. “I think right now I look at our schedule and I see 15 games that are either 50/50 pushes or reaches in my honest opinion,” Brecht said. “So we take no one for granted. … We’re going to have to show up for 60 minutes. We do not have any games where we can just roll out the balls and this one on Saturday is certainly not going to be any different.” Another change the Knights will face against the Jaspers comes at the defensive end. Defender Ed Bartleson, who played a large role in the team’s backline, graduated and leaves a gap to fill. But promising freshman defender Chris Groel is pegged to make major contributions and sophomore Kris Alleyne, the reigning Big East Goalkeeper of the Year, returns with more experience.

With the return of senior captains Andrew Parrilla and Nicholas Contino, the Knights’ defense should be stronger than last season. “Everything is coming together pretty well,” Parrilla said. “We’re getting better every single day with each other and that’s what we want to continue to do … but we still have a long way from where we want to be.” A strong preseason and a new year have the Knights very optimistic entering the season, but despite that spirits are high, the team still feels they have plenty to prove. “We are not ranked as high as our kids would like to be, so if they want to prove that that’s not who they are then it starts with each and every game that we have,” Brecht said. “We have 15 games starting with Manhattan, and that is the only thing we’ve been focused on for the last week and a half.”

to the NCAA Tournament two years ago. Six Bulls average between 6.9 and 14.5 points per game, and none average more than 15. Forward Victor Rudd leads the team in scoring with that number. Rutgers’ running of fense can merit itself to a balanced attack, since there is less emphasis on getting the ball to a top scorer than in a halfcour t of fense. One issue is that’s given Rutgers inconsistent scoring results. Senior wing J.J. Moore scored a career-high 27 points against Houston, but Memphis held him to only eight. Rutgers also took eight minutes to score its second field goal of the game.

Rutgers last made the NCAA Tournament in 1991. USF broke a 20-year NCAA Tournament drought in 2012. The Knights have yet to find their groove as head coach Eddie Jordan attempts to return them to glory. They will extend their drought to 23 years this season barring a late-season run. But Rutgers can still get something out of this season with a run to join the more respectable tier in the AAC. That begins with a victory in Tampa.

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Sports Pendulum

February 7, 2014

What do you think was the Rutgers football team’s biggest problem in maintaining its recruiting class? Fast Facts SOURCES: SCARLETKNIGHTS.COM, RIVALS.COM, NJ.COM

• Thirteen high school prospects, including five four-star recruits, withdrew verbal commitments to Rutgers

• Athletic Director Julie Hermann gave head coach Kyle Flood a vote

of confidence Dec. 8 amid speculation of his job security

• Flood fired former defensive coordinator Dave Cohen on Dec. 3, just a day after the Knights’ regular-season finale against South Florida

Campus Talk

BY sean stewart, lauren green Drashtant Patel, Sophomore

Joy Stoffers

“Losing five of six games because no one wants to be on a losing program and wants to be a part of a winning team.”

“I think that Flood not being a stable head coach is the biggest issue because if I were being recruited I would automatically want to know the head coach was guaranteed to be there. ”


Kathryn Lebidine, Junior

Robert Dunn, Senior

“The bullying is a big issue because it creates a bad atmosphere for the team so it scares recruits away.”

“I think it has to do more with [Gov.] Chris Christie saying that he was angry that the last head coach was the highest paid employee in New Jersey so they definitely cut down on the state’s funding for that activity.”


mum on Flood’s status for several weeks. She finally gave him a vote of confidence the day after Rutgers clinched a bowl game in the season finale against South Florida, but media pressure likely played a significant role in that. Flood also left doubt in recruits when taking two months to search for a new defensive coordinator before finally promoting interim coach Joe Rossi. It also took the Knights nearly two weeks — only a few days before National Signing Day — to hire a new offensive coordinator after Ron Prince left for the NFL. Still, most of Rutgers’ 13 decommits were gone before the coordinator vacancies. Flood has insisted the youth movement within the program leaves room for optimism — reason to keep faith in the Knights. He has noted teams coming off bad seasons that found themselves in the national championship picture the next year. But until Flood establishes his own stability and track record of success at Rutgers, recruits have every reason to be skeptical.

ONLINE RESPONSE total votes: 80


head coach Kyle Flood. From top to bottom, the program lacked accountability and stability. This was supposed to make recruits feel confident in their verbal commitments? The dominoes fell in mid-November when allegations of Cohen’s bullying added another black eye to an athletic department still reeling from former head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice’s abuse scandal in April. Rutgers allowed a season-worst 619 total yards to Cincinnati the morning after broke the news on Cohen. Fourstar quarterback Tyler Wiegers — the Knights’ top high school prospect — withdrew his verbal commitment the day after that. All of these factors contributed to what hurt the Knights the most — Flood possibly finding himself on the hot seat in terms of job security. It’s understandably difficult for recruits to sign a letter of intent and commit to four years somewhere lacking stability at the top and a clear vision for the future. It did not help that Athletic Director Julie Hermann remained


Were you surprised by the excessive number of high school decommits from Rutgers football with the Big Ten on the horizon? You shouldn’t have been. Recruits like to know the direction a program is moving in, a multitude of issues this past season clouded the future of the Scarlet Knights. It started soon after Rutgers’ pivotal conference loss Oct. 24 at Louisville, which thwarted nearly all hope the Knights had of making a BCS bowl for the first time in school history. Save for a last-minute touchdown on 4th down to survive 2-10 Temple on Nov. 2, Rutgers completely fell apart midseason. The Knights lost five of six games — three by at least 24 points. Here was a 4-1 team, seen as a favorite to win the AAC after coming up four points short of the Sugar Bowl last season, looking lifeless in all phases of the game. Outside perception swirled that players were not giving their full effort. Fans started pointing fingers at junior quarterback Gary Nova, former defensive coordinator Dave Cohen and even


Flood’s job security left doubts in recruits

12.5 % 13.8% Kyle Flood

Dave Cohen possibly controversy being on the hot seat

17.5 %

instability with maintaining assistant coaches

56.3 %

losing 5 of 6 games

Total: 80 votes


February 7, 2014



Time off gives edge against Lehigh By Tyler Karalewich Correspondent

Senior Mary Moser had two first-place finishes the last time RU faced Georgetown. The Knights will honor six seniors Saturday. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / NOVEMBER 2013

RU pushes for AAC spots in last meet By Sean Stewart

“Mentally we just have to keep our confidence up because that’s really important,” Moser As if senior day was not said. “Physically we’ve done enough motivation, spots on the all the work already throughRutgers swimming and diving out the first few months of the teams conference champion- season, so now it’s more prepaship roster could also be decid- ration on concentrating on the little details.” ed this Saturday. Some of those details include The Scarlet Knights (7-4-1) face two former Big East rivals sharpening up their starts and in Georgetown (3-10) and Prov- turns. Given how close races can idence (4-7) at the RU Aquatics get, minor details could be the Center in the final regular season difference between first and second place. meet of the season. Since the season is winding With everything that is at down, the stake in this final Knights have quad meet, head to tacoach Phil Spin“You can definitely tell begun per down their iello is expectthat we’re more excited w o r k o u t s . ing impressive performances. at practice. We’re not as Practices have fo“I would re- worn down as we were at primarily cused on speed ally like to see our times con- the beginning of the year.” work and are much shorter, tinue to drop ALLYSON PERROTTI allowing the as they have Senior Swim Captain team to rest up throughout Janfor the conferuar y and get us ence champireally ready to onships. go both physiSince the team will be in cally and mentally for the AAC meet in a couple of weeks,” Spin- the middle of its taper come iello said. “There are still a few Saturday’s meet, time drops spots to be earned on our AAC are expected for most of Championship team. So we’re the swimmers. Since practices are shortgoing to need to swim to our capability … and also come out er and endurance work is over, many teams might tend to drop with a couple victories.” The Knights faced George- off in intensity. But for the Knights, shorter town earlier in the season Nov. 9, beating the Hoyas, 251-97. Senior practices are as intense, if not Mary Moser and sophomore Jo- higher, than earlier in the season. With more rest and the anna Wu’s strong performances AAC championships a couple led the way. Both had a few first-place fin- of weeks away, practices are as ishes and were members of the lively as ever. “You can definitely tell that winning 200-medley relay team. Rutgers has not faced Provi- we’re more excited at practice,” dence this season but should be said senior swim captain Allyson familiar with the Friars from their Perrotti. “We’re not as worn down as we were at the beginning of the time in the Big East. The last time both teams year … and it’s exciting. That’s met was during last year’s Big why we love swimming and you East Championships, where the can definitely see the energy getKnights finished fifth and the Fri- ting higher as we prepare for the conference meet.” ars finished 10th. While past results are sure to For updates on the Rutgers favor the Knights, the added pressure the final meet entails will re- swimming and diving team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter. quire a strong mindset. Staff Writer

A three-match stretch against three ranked opponents is not exactly the easiest way to wrap up the last part of a team’s schedule on the road. For the Rutgers wrestling team, the difficult stretch, where it grappled then-No. 17 Iowa State and then-No. 3 Cornell, will come to a close when it wrestles No. 23 Lehigh (7-5, 3-2) tomorrow in Bethlehem, Pa. The Scarlet Knights’ (9-4, 6-1) tough schedule is exactly what they asked for as it will help them entering the postseason, according to assistant coach John Leonardis. “We’re in great shape and we have a great gameplan for each guy,” Leonardis said. “I believe in these guys come tournament time. We still have a ways to get there, but we are moving in a great direction right now.” The Knights will also look to carry over their success against the Mountain Hawks. Last season, Rutgers was able to win its dual-meet against Lehigh for the first time in 63 years. The win last year gives the Knights confidence entering this season’s dual and allows senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave to put the match in a simple perspective. “We are definitely trying to build on the match from last year, and we beat them,” the Toms River, N.J., native said. “We definitely want to come out, have a good match and get two in a row against them.” The matchup against one of the top-25 teams in the USA Today Division I coaches poll seems

Senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave said the Knights built on their win last season against No. 23 Lehigh. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / JANUARY 2014

easier than a year ago or even more likely accomplished than dual competition against other ranked opponents this season. For starters, last season Rutgers had less than a week to prepare for the Mountain Hawks. Also, it had a packed schedule in January with four matches in 12 days. Thirteen days stood between the Knights’ last match against the Big Red and the match against Lehigh tomorrow. The time off provides Rutgers with an advantage heading into its match against Lehigh, according to junior 165-pounder Nick Visicaro. “A tough loss against Cornell will only make us better. We had some time off that gave us a chance to rest, some time to prepare and train, and get our head straight while working on our technique,” the Long Branch, N.J., native said. “This time off really let us rejuvenate ourselves, but also gives us the extra push to get better and we will be going into this match fairly confident because of that.”

With the EIWA Conference Championships slated for early March, each match leading up to it is important for both individual records and the team’s dual-meet record. While Rutgers will face as many as five ranked wrestlers Saturday in the Leeman-Turner Arena, according to AWN/InterMat/W.I.N. rankings, the team knows it must take advantage of the opportunity to take down ranked opponents entering the conference tournament. “Last year was last year. We just want to focus on what we are doing this year. It’s been a couple of matches since we got a win, so we are going to tr y and get one,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “There are 10 individual wars and they are huge matchups, so we need to win them. It’s a tough task, though, but we approach it with the idea that these matches are to determine seeding for the EIWA Championships in three weeks. We have to focus on us.”


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Quote of the Day “If you hit your routines, it doesn’t matter if it’s your top-eight kids or your bottom-eight kids.” — Rutgers head gymnastics coach Louis Levine on dealing with injuries

FRIDAY, february 7, 2014




Tournament seeding stays in team’s focus By Josh Bakan Sports Editor

Senior attacker Nick DePaolera scored a career-high five goals in the Knights’ opener last season against Manhattan. RU returns 97 percent of its offensive production from last year’s team. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2013

Knights face rematch in opener By Sean Stewart Staff Writer

The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team’s regular season campaign starts identical to how last year began, playing host to Manhattan. The Scarlet Knights were set to start the season in their new home at High Point Solutions Stadium, but because of weather condi-

tions will face off at the RU Turf Field at the stadium complex. Despite the last minute change, the Knights remain upbeat about playing the rest of their home games at High Point Solutions Stadium. The change in facility was made in order to enhance the fans experience and help in recruiting, but the switch in scenery will also

provide the team a fresh new start following last year’s 2-13 campaign. “We’re real excited about [playing at High Point Solutions Stadium],” said senior attacker Scott Klimchak. “It’s a big venue and everyone’s real excited to get in there and play the

Thanks to Memphis, the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s momentum vanished. The Scarlet Knights suffered their most lopsided loss of the season Tuesday with the Tigers’ 101-69 defeat, which included a 31-5 deficit. That loss came after arguably Rutgers’ most complete game of the season in a victor y Saturday against Houston and last Wednesday’s loss to Temple, which consisted of good stretches for the Knights. With a poor record entering the final stretch before the AAC Tournament, the Knights (9-14, 3-7) need to get running, literally and figuratively. South Florida (12-11, 3-7), which averages an AAC-worst 66.6 points per game, operates a slow pace. Rutgers likes to run but only occasionally does so rhythmically. If South Florida controls its match tomorrow night against Rutgers in Tampa, that would reflect poorly on the Knights. Six teams receive a first-round bye in next month’s AAC Tournament. USF holds the sixth seed, and Rutgers has the seventh. The Knights could use this victory to position themselves for that bye, since their schedule gets no easier after. After USF, Rutgers hosts a Southern Methodist team that beat it, 70-56, in Dallas. Then Rutgers hosts No. 24 Memphis and visits No. 14 Louisville. The AAC shaped itself into a two-tier league. Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, See SEEDING on Page 13

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RU seeks shot at second championship By Garrett Stepien Contributing Writer

One week after claiming the Metropolitan Championships title at the NYC Armory in the Bronx, the Rutgers women’s track and field team returns to action today in the Valentine’s Invitational.

Edmonton NY Rangers

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Colorado Philadelphia

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Calgary NY Islanders

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Winnipeg Washington

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Buffalo Ottawa

Up until this point, there has been a constant progression within the team, starting with senior Asha Ruth. Ruth posted school records in the 300m and as a part of the 4x400m relay team to go along with her AAC Women’s Track and Field See SHOT on Page 13

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pulled down at least six rebounds for the Rutgers women’s basketball team for the fifth straight game Tuesday against Cincinnati. The sophomore forward also blocked six shots.

Senior forward J.J. Moore dropped off against Memphis from previous results. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / JANUARY 2014

KNIGHTs schedule



Vancouver Montreal

The meet, hosted by Boston University, will be held for the first time in two years after a blizzard canceled the event entirely last year. For the Scarlet Knights, it will be a test of how the performance has affected the team’s approach and mentality in meets entering the second half of the indoor season.





at Valentine’s Invitational

vs. FDU

vs. Manhattan

vs. Georgetown/ Providence

Today, 1 p.m., East Brunswick Racquet Club

Tomorrow, 1 p.m., RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex

Today, Boston

Tomorrow, 2 p.m., RU Aquatic Center

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