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Despite a combined 34 points from forwards Dane Miller and Jonathan Mitchell, the Rutgers men’s basketball team could not handle Louisville, falling 76-60 on the road.
RUSA sets agenda for comprehensive reform BY JOHN S. CLYDE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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Members of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia wait behind a curtain for hip-hop artist Jay-Z to appear at last week’s filming of a special pre-game teaser for Super Bowl XLIV.
U. orchestra mashes up with Jay-Z BY JOVELLE TAMAYO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The millions of viewers who tuned in to CBS’ pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLIV last night had the oppor tunity to watch the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia in a promotional teaser with hip-hop artist Jay-Z.
Sixty-five graduate and undergraduate students from the University orchestras, led by Maestro Kynan Johns, filmed the video Feb. 2 at the Capitale Event Space in New York. “The opportunity for Rutgers to get its name out there for everyone to read, see and hear was something we couldn’t resist,” Johns said. “I think it’s important for us, espe-
cially those in classical music, to diverge and to do different things.” The two-minute teaser featured Jay-Z and Rihanna’s “Run This Town” mashed-up with a prerecorded orchestral version of “Posthumus Zone” and the “NFL on CBS” theme, arranged by composer Helmut Vonlichten.
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When President Richard L. McCormick and top administrators attended a Rutgers University Student Assembly forum in November, campus council leaders stood up one after the other and repeated common concerns they received through campuswide surveys they conducted. Administrators will return to RUSA on Feb. 25 to present a response that will include things they can do, cannot do because of cost and could do if students are willing to pay additional fees. “For the last couple of months, we have been working within the administration to come up with responses to literally every single thing that was raised, whether it’s libraries, dining halls, transportation, academic programs or public safety,” McCormick said. The most common concern raised at the forum was transportation, but McCormick said additional funds would be needed to add buses. Administrators will present a list of possible changes and their cost per student to RUSA. “The priority routes were the B, the LX and the express routes [REXL and REXB],” said Jack Molenaar, director of Transportation and Parking Services. The B route, which added a bus at the beginning of this semester, is the
only route that has to meet a 20-minute class change need, Molenaar said. Molenaar estimates it would cost $544,000 to improve those three routes. Full-time students pay $127.50 per year for the transportation fee, Molenaar said. “To increase bus service on those three routes and cover our other costs [such as a scheduled increase in the University’s bus contract], the proposed fee would increase … to [an estimated] $154.25,” he said. RUSA Chair Werner Born said students would consider an increase in the transportation fee if it would lead to substantial improvements. Improving weekend ser vice, which includes two buses on three routes by adding a bus to each route, could cost an estimated $265,000, Molenaar said. Adding a bus would change the frequency from 18 minutes to 12 minutes. “At a price like that … it will really depend on what the specifics are, but I know six minutes off of the wait time is a pretty big [change],” Born said. RUSA also asked for increased library hours, improved access to computers, more cleanliness in classrooms and more parking. Students wanting libraries to stay open later on all campuses got their wish, McCormick said. But the administration does not plan on opening libraries 24 hours every day.
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‘Bear’ tears up stage at Cook Campus Center concert BY AYMANN ISMAIL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Daily Targum writer Aymann Ismail sits down with Minus the Bear drummer Erin Tate and keyboard-player Alex Rose to discuss the band’s rituals and future aspirations. Aymann Ismail: How did your band get started? Erin Tate: David and Corey had met at a bar [and] just discussed playing music together. I had been really good friends with Jake. … We were all in other bands at the time and just kind of started doing this as a full-time thing once our other bands disintegrated. AI: Was it really hard? ET: On a scale of one to 10, I’m going nine, whatever that means.
AI: A lot of people have been asking — where did the name Minus the Bear come from? Alex Rose: It’s a closely guarded secret that no one will ever know about, no matter how hard you try to research it. AI: What is the songwriting process? ET: Sometimes, it’s just Dave and I just banging out skeleton structures of songs, sometimes it’s all five of us — it just kind of depends on who is around. It’s really different all the time actually. AR: It will start from a riff and then, you know, eventually everyone will kind of build our own thing around it. AI: So you guys start with sweet riffs and just start jamming to it?
INDEX METRO Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital gave uninsured kids their smiles back, offering free dental services.
OPINIONS Philanthropist Alberto Vilar is jailed for his decision to take money from investors and donate it to operas around the world.
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Indie rock band Minus the Bear from Seattle, Wash., performs at the Cook Campus Center Saturday. The band members discuss their rituals before a performance, their songwriting process, greatest moments and future aspirations in an interview.
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Researcher minimizes energ y usage for Google BY DEVIN SIKORSKI CONTRIBUTING WRITER
A University professor is one of four researchers to receive a $250,000 grant to participate in groundbreaking research for Google Inc., helping the company reduce mass amounts of energy consumption. Google announced Wednesday that it is granting Ricardo Bianchini, a professor of computer science, funding for his research study, “Data-Centric Approach to Energy Proportionality.” Google funded the research study to create hardware that consumes less power, since Google’s large servers still consume large amounts of energy even when in an idle state, Bianchini said. This high consumption comes with high costs, so Google is working to figure out ways to save money, he said.
“Google has very large data centers that consume mass amounts of energy,” Bianchini said. “We’re trying to create hardware that consume less energy and make the servers more energy proportional.” Department of Computer Science Chair Michael Littman said the grant is important as Google has the largest data clusters in the world. “The recognition Ricardo and his team are getting from the community and the interest they’ve received from Google is extraordinary,” Littman said. “I’m hoping Ricardo and his team take advantage of this particular grant so they can work closely with Google.” Littman said applying for and receiving the grant from Google is not easy, because the process is highly competitive. The grant is the first round of the Google Focused Research
Awards, which are issued to research studies that incorporate the interests of both Google and the community, according to a Google Inc. press release.
“We’re trying to create hardware that consume less energy and make the servers more energy proportional.” RICARDO BIANCHINI University professor
The awards are issued in accordance with the company’s four key interests for research — energy efficiency, machine learning, privacy and information gath-
ering with mobile phones, according to the release. Google spokeswoman Emily Wood said this grant differs from those given previously. “We’ve done a lot of work with universities in the past, issuing smaller one-year grants. However, now we are issuing larger grants for longer periods of time,” Wood said. The research grant included $1 million that is split evenly between a team of professors at the University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. Fred Chong, another key investigator in the study and a professor of computer science at UCSB, said the research study focused less on microprocessors and more on the disk, memory and network hardware. “We’re focusing on how to manage these other elements, designing hardware that is struc-
tured better and that works more efficiently,” Chong said. The team would like to build machines that use much less power when in an idle state, rather than the 50 percent they currently use, he said. Thomas Wenisch, assistant professor of computer sciences at the University of Michigan, and Sudhanva Gurumurthi, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Virginia, are co-investigators working closely with Bianchini and Chong. “As we identify more research studies that are of the same interest as Google, we will issue more grants,” Wood said. “Google feels that more research is needed in these areas, and, as progress is made, we hope that everybody in the community will benefit from it in the future.”
ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHES FUND IN MEMORY OF LATE PROFESSOR A memorial service honoring University Professor Abdelfattah Zebib will be held Thursday at 12 p.m. in the Biomedical Engineering Building on Busch campus. Zebib died from a long battle with cancer on Dec. 10, 2009. He was 63. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is establishing the Abdel Zebib Memorial Fund, which will support activities relating to his scholarly interests, particularly seminars and student research, according to a press release.
Zebib came to the University in 1977 after completing his postdoctoral and doctoral work at the University of Colorado, according to the release. He was a distinguished researcher in fluid mechanics, a field to which he made many contributions. He was a Fellow of American Physical Society — a distinction bestowed on only a select few. As an academic, he wrote and lectured extensively and guided the research of a large number of doctoral students, according to the release.
Zebib also brought his talents to administrative positions. He was the chairman of his department from 1989 to 2000 and was deputy dean of the School of Engineering from 2000 to 2008, according to the release. The Computer Laboratory for Analysis and Design on Busch campus was dedicated to Zebib in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the department and his leadership and vision over many years, according to the release. — Neil Kypers
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Dan Farella and Vincent Smith, top, perform at a Haiti benefit concert Friday night at Crossroads Theatre. Proceeds from the event went to Doctors Without Borders. Gene Lantigua, bottom, plays guitar while participants paint to the music.
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RUSA: U. works to improve lighting on campus pathways continued from front The University provided additional funding to extend the hours of Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus and the Librar y of Science and Medicine on Busch campus until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. The University extended the hours of the Douglass Library and the Kilmer Library on the Livingston campus by two hours until 2 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. “The students need and want [increased hours] … and we try to be responsive whenever we can,” said Judith Gardner, head of University Libraries Access and Interlibrary Services. “I think it’s great. I hope that students make use of the increased hours.” The Office of Information Technology is adding computer labs to the new residence halls on Busch and Livingston, McCormick said. Computers in the Douglass librar y will be upgraded to have swipe access to printers by this semester. Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning Antonio Calcado said the University is stepping up patrols of restrooms in the heavily used classrooms, like the Allison Road Classroom Building and Science and Engineering Resource Center on Busch campus. Shaival Shah, president of the Busch Campus Council, said he noticed some improvements to the SERC bathrooms, but the engineering building is still dirty. The administration acknowledges that cleaner dishes are needed in the Busch Dining Hall and the dishwashing machine was replaced, McCormick said. But in response to calls for increased dining hours, the administration will say no. “At present, the dining halls operate 17 hours continuously. No change in operation is currently planned,” McCormick said. Upcoming transformations to the College Avenue and Livingston campuses will change the feel of the New Brunswick campus, he said. But the College Avenue Greening Project was scaled
back from plans, which called for a portion of the street to be confined to buses and emergency vehicles. “I’m sort of deflated by [the street remaining two-ways], because where I started was a vision for a pedestrian College Avenue without vehicular traffic,” McCormick said. The Greening Project will now include a major landscape architecture renovation, he said. “We will replace the ugly bus stop in front of the College Avenue Gym, we will get rid of the parking meters on College Avenue … and it will look a whole lot better, but the basic transportation aspects will not be changed,” McCormick said. Phase one of the project will span from Senior Street to Bishop Place, and as a result of the changes to the plans there will be no long-term shut down to College Avenue, McCormick said. There may be days when motorists have to take a detour, but much of the work will take place during off-peak hours. “The project is going forward right now,” McCormick said. “And you’ll actually see it underway visibly by April, and it should be substantially completed by the beginning of the next academic year.” The Greening Project will not disrupt parking for students, but projects on Livingston and Bush campuses could create a parking shortage. “The University’s position is that we do have enough parking [right now]. There’s never a time when students cannot find a parking space in the student lots at Livingston,” McCormick said. But the University will lose many spaces on the Livingston and Busch campuses as a result of building new residence halls. “We’re going to need to build parking decks,” McCormick said. “We have to replace lost parking, and there will probably be a gap. There will probably be a severalyear period when parking spaces are lost [because of the residence halls], and we haven’t caught up.” But McCormick said he is committed to fixing it. “We have a consultant who’s trying to figure out where the traffic impacts are going to be and what the parking demand is,” Molenaar said.
BEAR: Band plans to play at upcoming music festivals continued from front AR: We just have a pile of sweet riffs and we just kind of make them into real things. AI: Do you guys have any preshow rituals? ET: Sometimes we will do one of the hands in and we will sing a little song. AI: Whom would you call your influences?
F E B RUA RY 8 , 2 0 1 0 ET: Led Zeppelin, RJD2, R. Kelly. AR: A little Dream, a little Pink Floyd. ET: Steely Dan — it’s all over the map really. AI: What is the best band moment you guys have shared? AR: Opening for the Foo Fighters would be the highlight for me. Those guys were ver y nice. AI: What is the new music going to sound like? [What is] the future for Minus the Bear? AR: Pop-ier. I think it’s groovy-er. It’s more energetic.
ET: There is kind of the recording feel, then you would see us live and there was this kind of different feel, and I think we really strived to get more of that energy from the live performance. AI: One student question: “Has the music scene changed since you guys were starting up until right now?” AR: Yeah, they invented the Internet. ET: Nobody buys records anymore. AR: You need to have a YouTube channel these days.
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JAY-Z: Orchestra performs
held as a tribute to all the networks that covered football, including CBS. Smith worked with the music producers from those networks, continued from front such as the Vonlichten brothers, Members from the orchesto arrange the network football tra and the band E.S. theme music to suit the marchPosthumus appeared alongside ing band. Jay-Z in the video, which Franz Vonlichten, who played flashed game clips featuring guitar behind the orchestra durthe Indianapolis Colts and New ing the teaser, contacted Smith Orleans Saints. because he wanted a local group, “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime expeSmith said. rience,” School of Ar ts and “It’s funny that the orchestra Sciences sophostrives for this more Cristopher highbrow classi“It’s funny that the cal Basso said. “It’s posture, an excellent which they reach, orchestra strives for oppor tunity that yet they are seen this highbrow Rutgers has given playing with Jayus as students There’s the classical posture ... Z. and par t of the irony. I love it,” music school.” he said. yet they are seen In the producDean of Mason playing with Jay-Z.” Gross George tion atmosphere, the orchestra Stauffer played a TIM SMITH interacted with significant role in Rutgers Athletic Bands professionals and the orchestra’s Director experienced the involvement in the behind-theteaser, Johns said. scenes progression of a televiThe nine-hour session, sion spot, complete with several which took students out of takes and pyrotechnics. classes, was something that “With [Jay-Z] there in the conneeded faculty support, Johns ductor’s position, having him said. Stauffer negotiated with interacting with our musicians, CBS to ensure the orchestra they got into it, there was the received proper credit. energy level,” Johns said. “I think “Many of our students are they did our school proud.” involved with professional The orchestra got the oppororchestras, professional theatre tunity through Tim Smith, direcor dance groups, or galleries,” tor of Rutgers Athletic Bands. Stauffer said. “This [opportuniThe NFL invited Smith, a ty] is just an example of the Mason Gross School of the Arts many professional opportunities professor, and the University you have here at New marching band two years ago to Brunswick, in close proximity to perform at an annual dinner New York or Philadelphia.”
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Event ‘gives kids a smile’ at no cost to uninsured families BY SPRUHA MAGODIA STAFF WRITER
Children had their faces painted, made arts and crafts and were enter tained by a clown as they waited to receive free dental care Friday at the Ambulator y Ser vices Dental Suite at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “Give Kids a Smile Day,” funded by the American Dental Association, of fered xrays, exams, tooth cleaning, fluoride wash, sealants and fillings at no cost to uninsured children, said dental hygienist L ynn Tobin. She said pediatric dentists were also on hand to perform root canals if needed. “We do whatever we can. Over 100 children were booked to come,” she said. The program, now in its eighth year, is a part of the ADA’s initiative to bring more attention to tooth decay — the number one childhood disease, according to a RWJUH press release. Tobin said the state of the economy is one of the reasons why the one-day program is so important. “It’s a tough world — some have medical care but no dental care,” she said. Representatives from federally funded programs like NJ
Family Care and Medicaid were available at the hospital to advise parents on how they can attain insurance even with low income. Field health coordinator Lucy Car valho, a NJ Family Care representative, said she was there to make the parents understand how important it is to have insurance. “We are here to help the kids. So many kids don’t have insurance,” Carvalho said. She said there are many different state programs which help out residents under 18 years old, and it’s especially important for little children to have insurance because their immune system is not as strong and they are constantly interacting with other kids. NJ Family Care provides health coverage for uninsured children and managed care for families depending on their situation, but it does not assist those without legal residential status. “Even though the program is doing a really great thing, I wish immigration status did not matter because a lot of immigrants are not going to have health care either,” said School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore Amanda Gallear. She said the event would be better if it were done purely for the sake of giving all kids health
As part of a program funded by the American Dental Association, dental hygienist Hillary Keil conducts a cleaning and check-up for 11-year-old Zaurber Badieu at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
care, regardless of their parents’ legal residential status. “It’s a wonderful event. I just wish it could’ve helped more children,” Gallear said. The hospital also has the New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program — or Charity Care — that helps
provide health coverage for students who are supporting themselves independently outside of their household. “I have Rutgers students here that qualify for Charity Care as well,” Tobin said. Tobin said other institutions in the state hold similar programs
such as Middlesex County College and pediatric offices. “A lot of people don’t realize that there is always an option,” Car valho said. “But today we had 16 applications and seven people asked for more information. Four people even applied for insurance.”
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CALENDAR FEBRUARY The Stress Factory is hosting an Open Mic Night star ting at 8 p.m. Comedians must bring a minimum of five guests, and there is a $5 cover charge and two item minimum per person. Past guest performers have included Rich Vos, Vinnie Brand, Bonnie McFarlane, Jim Florentine and others. The Stress Factory is located at 90 Church St. in New Brunswick, and doors open at 7 p.m.
President’s Day is Family Day at the State Theatre located on 11 Livingston Ave. Sponsored by momslikeme.com, there will be three presentations of Fan Yang’s “Gazillion Bubble Show” Stage Spectacular at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets for the show range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased by calling 732-246-SHOW (7469), ext. 545. On the same day, there were be free sing-alongs, stor ytelling sessions and performances of “Al Grout: Comedy, Magic & Juggling” throughout the day. There will be a "Make a BubblePrint T-shirt" workshop at 3 p.m. and free balloon animals and face painting all day long.
The Brain Injur y Association of New Jersey will offer a free educational session, “Brain Injury Basics for Families” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital on the second floor’s classroom in the EMS Building. The program will provide a presentation and forum for questions for family members of people who have sustained brain injuries. Attendees can learn common effects of brain injury, strategies and tips for caregivers, and what resources are available. Peggy DiTommaso, who volunteered her time as a Brain Injur y Association of New Jersey Affiliated support group leader for more than 20 years, will facilitate the session. To register for a session call 732-745-0200 or register online at www.bianj.org/braininjury-basics.
The Delfields, an indie-pop group, will play at New Brunswick’s The Court Tavern at 10 p.m. in the upstairs section of the bar. The Delfields describe their music as ethereal and melodious, driven by strong rhythm and instrumentals. The Court Tavern is located at 124 Church St. Visit myspace.com/thedelfields to preview the band.
Seen by millions around the world, Le Grand Cirque is coming to the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick. The opening performance is Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m., and other performances are at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Le Grand Cirque features more than 50 world-class acrobats, jugglers, clowns and high-wire artists from around the world. Tickets range from $32 to $52. Visit statetheatrenj.org for more information.
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PISCATAWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES TWO OFFICERS The Piscataway Police Department promoted Richard Ivone to chief of police and Lt. Scott Cartmell to captain last Tuesday at a township council meeting. Ivone, a University alumnus, graduated from the West Point Leadership and Command Program, the FBI National Academy and the University’s Public Sector Labor Relations Certification program, according to a Piscataway Township press release. Ivone, who has 30 years of experience at the Department, is also a certified physical fitness instructor and a defensive tactics instructor.
While serving as captain of the patrol division, Ivone supervised a 60-person uniform division and a 40-member team which performed all Criminal and Juvenile Investigations, and oversaw the Vice Department, Community Policing activities, Internal Training, the Police Records and the Emergency Services Unit, according to the release. He also handled all Internal Af fairs Investigations and ser ved as the media relations officer. Cartmell, a Penn State University alumnus, is spending his 22nd year with the Piscataway Police
Department. He worked in the Patrol, General Investigations and Traffic sections and supervised the Special Victims Unit, Community Policing, Training, Service and Records sections, according to the release. “Piscataway is very fortunate to have an outstanding police department. These two particular officers, Chief Ivone and Capt. Cartmell, are prime examples of the caliber of professionalism we have in our police department,” Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler said in a statement. — Heather Brookhart
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he fall of philanthropist Alberto Vilar began 10 years ago when his series of financial successes came to an abrupt halt. The opera-lover money manager — who cheated his clients out of $40 million according to the Associated Press — donated as much as $225 million to opera houses. At his high points, Vilar, who was estimated to be worth $950 million, was abandoned by the organizations that he so valiantly fiscally suppor ted. The Metropolitan Opera took his name off the grand tier and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London eradicated his surname from its Floral Hall. Vilar, 69, was convicted in November 2008, after three years of house arrest. Despite his artistic inclinations and philanthropic decisions, Vilar should have considered the legal aspect of his actions. His 14,000 clients — ranging from popular actors to debt-ridden bourgeois — had their money stolen by a man who decided that the arts deserved the money more. They may very well have deserved these massive donations, but the legal consequences far outweigh Vilar’s good intentions. The man, who was basically running a Ponzi scheme, was foiled only by the financial wall that he hit in the beginning of the new millennium when his technology stocks suddenly fell in value. The reason for his financial donations and illicit activities may very well be unknown. Vilar said that there were only five victims in the fraud and that chances of their recovery were high. Despite these supposed means, the law stays firm. It must be obeyed and while Vilar’s actions may have seemed noble and clearly philanthropic, in this time and age, there are plenty of crooks who might easily pull a similar heist. A major actor in the Vilar’s case was an 89-year-old doctor who appeared in the courthouse as a victim left in dire straits after he trusted Vilar with his money. He claimed to be in debt due to the money that he had invested and had not gotten back. Perhaps that was the case, but the question remains: why trust Vilar with your money? And while Vilar committed a crime, the prosecutor’s claims that the investments banker had no remorse for his actions, forcing Vilar to come out with a statement. “I don’t know where the government gets the idea I am not responsible or remorseful,” he said. “I deeply regret any inconvenience that our 14,000 clients might have suffered.” Money has been an asset with which people can hardly part — even those who are better endowed than others. And those who choose to steal from the rich must learn that those with the most money, sadly, care the most about their money. Alberto Vilar, while supported by those still invested in art rather than money, should have employed methods more suitable to today’s world of fiscally obsessed citizens.
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t is no secret that schools tend to frown upon anything weapon related being brought into classrooms by students. Two boys were suspended from Wilson Elementary School in Sayreville, N.J., in Sept. 2003, for just pretending to shoot each other with their fingers. After tragedies like the shootings at Columbine and Virginia Tech, it is not surprising that schools want to make sure that there is nothing that could potentially harm or promote harm to students. Is there such a thing as too much precaution? According to MSNBC, Patrick Timoney, a 9-year-old student at PS 52 in Staten Island, N.Y., was innocently playing with LEGOs in his school’s cafeteria when he was taken to the principal’s office being threatened with suspension. The LEGO causing the freak-out was a two-inch plastic toy gun that one of the LEGO men was holding. The school has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to toy guns. Timoney’s mother, Laura Timoney, 44, was not pleased with the way the school handled the situation. “You don’t traumatize a child who loved to go to school, who wanted to be early every day to school, you don’t make him cry, you don’t make him fill out statements,” she told WNBC, holding back tears. “You don’t do it.” Timoney’s father is a retired police officer and has dealt with people using imitation weapons to threaten others and commit crimes. He feels that a twoinch LEGO gun is a completely different situation. The school has defended its choice to suspend the child because of their policy and ultimately, it is the principal’s choice. If there is a feeling of concern they are allowed to take action. When dealing with possible acts of violence there is a reason to make decisions quickly to prevent students from getting hurt. In this case there was no danger presented to anyone here. The school went overboard with their punishment for Timoney. He was playing by himself and — unless the game involved pretending to shoot every student in the cafeteria — there was no need to put him in the awkward position he now faces. He is 9 years old and probably didn’t even understand why he was getting yelled at. The school should have just taken the toy away and not given it back. The child deserved a slap on the hand, not a full-blown suspension from school. His actions did not call for any form of harsh punishment, but the principal decided to act with “concern” and blow the situation out of proportion. School administrations should really take each case like this case-by-case and really think before they inflict any type of punishment onto a child.
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Big government serves its purpose
passers who seek to step hese are the core onto our proper ty? Who principles of the Tea will maintain records of Party Patriots — who owns what property? “constitutionally limited govWho will protect our propernment,” “fiscal responsierty from foreign threats? bility” and “free markets” — In the realm of intangible, a group that calls itself “the intellectual property, who official grassroots American BEN WEST will define what intellectual movement.” This conservaproperty is and protect it tive group hopes to ensure from those who seek to steal our innovative ideas that public policy is made in a manner that is conbefore we can market them ourselves? It is sistent with these principles. They claim that once through law enforcement officers, court judges, these core principles are instilled into our policyfederal agencies and militar y forces that these making process, public policies will go on to protect property rights are protected, and these ser vices individual liberty. come with hefty price tags. Sunstein and Holmes According to the Tea Party Patriots, we live in a reveal that the cost of operating our system of juscountry where big government — which costs big tice, monitoring government officials and probucks — is sucking away our personal incomes, tecting property rights from both domestic and preventing us from using the money we worked foreign threats costs billions of dollars ever y hard to earn to pursue the happiness we would like year. Our basic right to private property would to privately seek. Furthermore, it is using the therefore be meaningless unless taxes were money that it takes from us on various spending levied to enable government to take on all of programs, which inevitably violate our personal and these colossal tasks. economic liberty. Even if protection of our personWe must force the government to al property were promised to us in a accept these core values in order to “The Tea Party constitution, it would be meaningsave our country, claims the Tea if government did not enforce Party. A limited government that is activists ... assume less it. This was undoubtedly proven fiscally responsible and respects the freedom of the marketplace will not that our liberties are true in the real life experiences of whose proper ty and lives violate our personal liberties, distort best protected when those were taken from them as their govour economic pursuits and will conernment stood idly by, such as in sequently cost less. the government Bosnia and Rwanda. The experiAt face value, these core princidoes nothing ...” ence of African-Americans in our ples seem very commendable. Who own countr y provides us with doesn’t want lower taxes and more another illustrative case study. The freedom to make personal and ecoUnited States boasts a relatively high level of nomic decisions? But this conservative philosoproperty ownership, and this high level of properphy seems to be founded on one core fallacy. It is ty ownership owes a great deal of credit to affirfounded on the false assumption that our rights mative government action. This government are secured to us through inexpensive governaction, however, has historically benefited whites ment inaction rather than costly government much more than blacks. action. The Tea Party activists seem to assume After World War II, whites reaped the benefits that our liberties are best protected when the govof the GI Bill, which allowed them to own properernment does nothing and that we are economity for the first time, and once they owned propercally successful when the government plays no ty, they and their families benefited from tax role in the markets at all. rebates for property ownership. Blacks, on the I, however, have come to realize that these other hand, did not benefit from the GI Bill nearly assumptions are wrong after a thorough reading of as much because they were prevented from doing works such as “The Cost of Rights” by Cass so by discriminatory state governments, especialSunstein and Stephen Holmes. Sunstein and ly in the South. Furthermore, banks engaged in Holmes reveal that, in reality, all rights require govredlining and real estate developers created ernment enforcement, which is quite costly. restrictive covenants, ensuring that even the What would a right to property be without government enforcement, for example? Who would protect us from corrupt police forces or tresSEE WEST ON PAGE 11
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Education for all Partisanship plagues politics Letter STEPHAN LISZEWSKI
y preventing the children of illegal immigrants from entering public colleges, we are doing a disser vice to ourselves as a nation. Education empowers people. Penalizing the children for the misdeeds of their parents is wrong and counterproductive. Education equips an individual to be functioning members of society, to get a job, to start a business and to enrich our communities. I think a person should be granted in-state tuition if he wishes to establish permanent residence of that state to help solidify them as future contributor to that state. By neglecting to educate the children of illegal immigrants, we can create a generational crisis — a generation of uneducated — therefore more likely to be unproductive adults that have never reached their full potential to contribute to American culture. America is constantly being reshaped by immigration and reacting to the dif ferent backgrounds those immigrants bring with them. Traditionally, we have seamless-
WEST continued from page 10 blacks who owned proper ty owned the worst property that was available. State governments, banks and real estate developers who engaged in these discriminator y actions went unchecked by law enforcement officers and judicial officials. This is why whites today tend to own better property and more property than blacks in the United States. Whites were affirmatively protected and even subsidized by their government, while the government took a big step back from doing the same for blacks — resulting in the inequalities that we see today. The necessity of government enforcement to make rights real holds true not only for property rights, but also for rights to assemble on public property in order to practice free speech, the right to freely practice one’s religion and the right to vote and be civically engaged. The government must maintain and make accessible the public property upon which we seek to freely speak; public officials must ensure that the instrumentalities of government are not overtaken by religious zealots to abuse other religious groups; and government officials must make sure that polling locations are accessible to all those who have a right to vote. These rights all have costs. They are not rights for the government to step back to uphold individual liberty, but for the government to affirmatively work to ensure that individual liberties are protected. The Tea Party is also incorrect when it calls for the government to remove itself from the marketplace completely. The marketplace simply cannot exist without the government. Even if we are to concede the necessity of government action to affect the laws of supply and demand through fiscal and monetary policy, which has undoubtedly made
ly assimilated many cultures into the American identity. Fortunately, we as Americans are so welcoming; we have to be. In countries where it is mandatory to serve in the army, a sense of unity is established through the collective experience. In America, we rely on our education system to bring about an indoctrination, which can bond our country together. In last Monday’s letter, “Instate tuition for all,” the author states that nine states “get around” federal law — as if federal law set the definition for what is right and wrong. Instead of being underhanded, these nine states enacted legislation on what they believed was morally just, and they will in the future serve as an interesting trial to the success of these programs. That “illegal” status hovering above someone’s head is a nonissue, just a legal term that is more quickly remedied as a person realizes their potential through education. After all the debate, protesting and politicking are done, we can’t forget what makes this nation so great: our future generations. Stephan Liszewski is a Rutgers College sophomore majoring in history and English.
America’s one of the most prosperous economies in the world, the government must provide law enforcement to make the existence of the markets possible. Without government law enforcement, criminal violence would be the means by which to seek profit. This is why capitalists do not invest in poor countries where the government cannot enforce the law; the risk would be too excessive because little, ineffectual governments cannot protect property or investments. The government also reduces risk in the marketplace by monitoring and preventing fraud, another form of law enforcement. The Federal Trade Commission spent $31 million in 1996 investigating unfair and deceptive practices, and the Securities and Trade Commission spent $58 billion to ensure that information about publicly traded companies, if available to investors, would prevent fraud and harmful business practices from being excessively rampant. Both of these services made investors more willing to invest in the American markets by reducing the risk of doing so. If anything, these government-spending programs enhance rather than restrict our economic liberty and prosperity. For rights to truly be meaningful, they must be enforced. Rights enforcement has great costs. Similarly, the existence of the free market that conservative groups like the Tea Party so proudly espouse requires a government that is, at the ver y least, taking actions to reduce risks that result from foreign threats, piracy, terrorism, fraud and unfair business practices. While the exact activities that we ask the government to engage in and the appropriate costs of those activities are always up for debate, lampooning government action itself is misguided. Our rights and the free markets presume a competent, well-funded and strong government. Ben West is a Rutgers College senior majoring in political science.
Letter AJAY KUMAR
en. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., in a remarkable example of blatant corruption and irresponsibility, froze all nominations last Friday morning on all of President Barack Obama’s current nominations awaiting confirmation of the U.S. Senate. This effectively makes it impossible to confirm 70 fully qualified individuals for various positions, including the State Department and the Pentagon, without 60 votes to get cloture. All the nominations will remain in limbo and the positions will be unfilled, hindering the function of these agencies. He did this because he didn’t get two earmarks that he wanted, which would have sent billions of dollars back to his home state. One of them was a $40 billion contract for mid-air refueling tankers that would have been built in Alabama; the other was $45 million earmarked for an explosives testing lab for the FBI. After railing angrily against excessive pork barrel spending and the rising deficit, the fact that the Republican Party now sees fit to deny the filling of critical nominations for a purpose as petty and hypocritical as filling Alabama with pork and earmarks is nothing
short of despicable. This action by Shelby is unprecedented; never before has a single senator for such selfish purposes frozen the running of the government in order to get his spending. He is in effect holding the government hostage by paralyzing its function, and by denying the U.S. State Department and Pentagon the positions they need, he is compromising the safety and security of the country and increasing the likelihood of terrorist attack. I would even call it bordering on treason and undermining the functioning of our democracy where a single person is able to impose his corrupt will on the entire country. This is the first time in history something like this has happened, and since the Republican Party has lost power they have more than doubled the number of filibusters used. By the end of this year it has been projected that the Republicans will have used 152 filibusters — more than any other point in history. The Senate has continuously been unable, unwilling and incapable of passing the bills that have already been passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The fault lies with how the Senate is set up — when a super majority is required in order to pass even the simplest legislation and when an opposing party is willing to filibuster.
There are only two real solutions to this institutional problem. One is to abolish the Senate entirely; it is after all an undemocratic institution that rests on disproportional representation by giving the voters of certain states excessive power over the rest of the country. This would leave us only with the House, which is a majority and a much more representative organization that better reflects the will of the people. Unfortunately, this probably will not happen during our lifetimes. The other possibility is what is known as the “nuclear option,” where the filibuster would either be removed as a legislative tool entirely or amended so that it would require many more votes to carry out and procedural filibuster removed. The entire system and functioning of democratic government cannot be frozen because a single senator seeks to fill his state’s coffers. The American people want their government to take action. Only the masochistic — also known as libertarians — desire a government so hamstrung and paralyzed that it is unable to get anything done. It is time for the Obama administration to bring an end to this era of corruption, partisanship and incompetence in Washington. Ajay Kumar is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science and history.
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Today's birthday (2/8/10). Your habit of overworking catches up with you. During the next few months you'll benefit from scheduled rest breaks — on a daily basis, if possible. Allow ideas to grow naturally. In this way you reach your goals through minor sacrifices while sticking to your values. 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 an 8 — Your goal is to move forward with a group decision. Others have different plans. Expect a power play backstage, with the outcome resolved in the final act. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Concepts that bubble to the surface require the use of your many talents. Don't be shy about sharing ideas with the new kid on the block. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — You get lots of ideas about artistic touches in practical situations. There's no limit to your creative imagination. Try a new recipe for dinner tonight. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — The love you feel needs to be out where others can share it. Just say what you've been holding in. Responses provide pleasant surprises. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — You want to achieve success and you're willing to do the work. Unpack your thoughts so you can see all the possibilities. Then choose. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — You started the creative flow yesterday. Now take it with you to school or work. Apply your unique perspective to traditional methodologies.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — A female sparks your imagination with creative ways to show off a design or product. Sleep on it and make your final decision later. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Someone wants to go in a new direction. Think before you do. Your gut tells you to stay on your plotted course. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Although you wish you were on vacation today, you discover that careful attention to the feelings of others allows you to get through the day unscathed. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — See? That investment in romance paid off! Now spend time preparing delicious rewards for everyone you invite to the party. You can keep the surprise a secret. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Everything will be perfect today if you can find a way to say exactly what you mean the first time. This is no easy task, and there are no do-overs. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — You awaken with passion, or maybe you had a sensational dream. Tell your partner or closest friend in order to get practical feedback about where to go with those wild feelings.
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Grady hurdles to new RU 60-meter record BY TYLER BARTO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
In a weekend devoid of relevancy for the Rutgers men’s track and field MEN’S TRACK team, Kyle Grady had no problem stealing the spotlight. But that was part of the plan. The senior 60-meter hurdler, unbeaten during the winter season, broke the school record in the event with a time of 7.86 seconds Friday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in the Bronx. Grady eclipsed the previous school mark of 7.91 seconds in the men’s final consolation. The time was also an NCAA provisional qualifier. The East Brunswick native placed ninth earlier in the 60meter hurdles championship at 7.96 seconds. “Kyle has been tearing it up lately,” said sophomore standout Adam Bergo. “He’s been doing really well and helping the team. He’s shown a lot of improvement in his time here.” In a year with many returning athletes and the presence of few freshmen, Grady has been a constant for the Knights’ program throughout the season, winning each of his previous five races this winter. “I’ve just been training hard, listening to [head coach Mike Mulqueen’s] advice,” Grady said. “I just focus on the little stuff, like lifting and technique.” Grady’s feat went largely unnoticed, however, as many of his team-
mates remained at RU for additional training and technique adjustments. “The plan [was] to compete at a national meet with really tough competition from around the country so that we can put up big marks before the Big East [Championships],” said Bergo, one of only a handful of Scarlet Knights to make the trip to the Armory meet. The plan was executed to precision, as Bergo — the reigning Big East indoor champion in the high jump — placed first in the event’s championship with a meet-best mark of 2.14 meters. Bergo was a highly productive member of RU’s program since he stepped onto campus, representing the Knights at the NCAA Championships as a freshman. “Bergo’s just consistent,” Grady said. “He just does it. He’s the kind of athlete you want on your team because you know you can count on him.” The team hailing from College Station, though, captured the meet’s attention. Texas A&M (99) seized the men’s team title , besting national powers LSU (77) and Oklahoma (68) in the process. With the Big East and IC4A Championships just two and three weeks away respectively, RU hopes they continue to prepare according to plan. “Our coaches tell us we’re a championship-caliber team,” Grady said. “We’re going to go, compete hard and see how ever ything falls. The goal is to win.”
Only seven compete as team gets snowed in BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Rutgers head women’s track and field coach James Robinson had one WOMEN’S TRACK goal written into the agenda for his 35-athlete roster this past weekend; but only seven Scarlet Knights accomplished the feat. Due to the inclement weather caused by snow showers that covered much of the tri-state area Friday night and into Saturday, the full team could not make the trip to New Haven, Conn., for the competition at the Yale Invitational. With the Big East Championships rapidly approaching, the team needed a quality meet to use as a stepping stone, but unfortunately they did not take the step together. “I think for the seven people who went, we saw really good performances and they’re in a good place for themselves individually,” Robinson said of his athletes. “It’s hard for the team because we didn’t get a chance to compete as a team this weekend.” Although much of the team could not make the trip, the seven athletes in attendance still made noise. Freshman Brittni Rodriquez qualified in the 60-meter dash, tying her personal best time of 7.79 seconds to finish fourth overall. Junior Pavielli Vega finished second in the 200-meter event with a time of 25.26 seconds, which also ties her season best and is a Big East qualifier.
However, stand-out for the Knights was junior Jamie Walker, who finished third in the 200-meter event with a run of 25.49 seconds and first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.65 seconds. Both of these marks earned Big East qualifiers, with the victory in the 60-meter dash also earning an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference bid. An injury she sustained during the team’s first meet this season hampered Walker all season, but clearly had no effect this weekend. “We’ve been trying to get her back healthy the last couple weeks so she definitely had a great time,” Robinson said. But without the entire team behind him, it was tough for Robinson to find many more positives. That is not to say the athletes who went did not perform well, but in an event intended to bolster the team’s confidence while riding the victory at the Metropolitan Championship two weekends ago, many would find it impossible to measure where their team stands. “I feel ver y good about where they are in their training and I think they should all expect to perform at the best at the Big East Championships,” Robinson said. Robison and the rest of his staff plan on looking for another meet to compete in next weekend and hope to take a step forward as a team in order to maintain their confidence and to continue making improvements before the conference championships in two weeks.
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Freshman Miller’s four slams stand out in losing effort BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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Senior center Hamady N’Diaye, right, banged his head and left Saturday’s game early. He did not have a block in the contest.
KNIGHTS: Rutgers’ run not enough for Louisville Cards continued from back “I think it’s a step forward for our guys on the road, because in some games it’s been over before it started. Again, down 17, we never quit and we cut it to 11 at the half.” RU even landed a few body blows of its own. An 11-2 run after intermission cut an 11-point Louisville halftime lead to 47-43 with 16:23 remaining. “We felt like we had a chance,” said freshman for ward Dane Miller, who finished with 17 points. “We were right there. We just missed a couple opportunities where we had a chance to get back in the game.” But Smith answered with one of his four three-pointers, making sure the Knights wouldn’t get any closer and Louisville would walk away with a game it couldn’t afford to lose. “Going in, this was our trap game,” said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, whose team won its second straight game. “There’s always a [trap] game mentally, and we talked about it all week. The coaches said we had some wars that have taken a lot out of us and this was our game that was very similar to what can happen in the Big East. You have to come through that trap and play good enough defense to get a [win] and get out.” Junior for ward Jonathan Mitchell also finished with 17 points for RU (11-12, 2-9), which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Ten of Mitchell’s points came in the second half including a pair of three-pointers during the Knights’ 11-2 run that brought them within four. “Louisville’s a good team and they play hard and they play tough,” he said. “We knew coming in it would be a tough game and we played in spurts tonight. We got it back to four and that shows that we can play with anybody.” Sophomore guard Mike Rosario didn’t quite match his career-high 33 points set Tuesday against St. John’s and finished with 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting. He hit just one of his eight three-point attempts.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There were moments Saturday afternoon when the Louisville crowd found itself sayi n g , “Who’s KNIGHT that guy?” NOTEBOOK By the end of the game, they all knew that guy was Dane Miller. The freshman forward threw down four first-half slam dunks, the last one a one-handed tomahawk where he even added a little pose for the camera. “I was efficient,” said Miller, who finished tied with a gamehigh 17 points. “This was my first time playing in Louisville so I was really excited.” Miller’s play continues to be a bright spot for the Rutgers men’s basketball team. He scored 26 points twice this season during Big East play. “I definitely feel like my confidence is growing with each game,” Miller said. “I’m just
coming out trying to play and have fun.” Miller scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, helping keep the Scarlet Knights in a game where they fell behind by 17. “Dane’s one of the most improved [players],” said junior for ward Jonathan Mitchell, who also had 17 points. “He’s still a freshman and he’s still going to have his bumps in the road, but he’s growing and that’s what you want to see from a freshman.” Head coach Fred Hill Jr. compared him to Hamady N’Diaye when the senior center arrived four seasons ago. “I’ve watched Dane from day one continue to get better and better,” Hill said. “In some respects he’s starting at a much different level than [N’Diaye], but he has that same passion and enthusiasm for the game. I think the sky is the limit for the type of player Dane can be here and he continues to get better everyday.”
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the Knights, N’Diaye went up to
block a shot and came down holding his head with four minutes remaining in the game. N’Diaye stayed down for several minutes before being helped off the floor by a trainer. He did not return to the game. Hill said after the game that N’Diaye banged his head and that he would be checked out once the team arrived back in New Jersey. The senior center finished with 10 points and seven rebounds but failed to record a blocked shot.
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weren’t paying attention to their coach when the game went to the under eight media timeout in the first half, you can excuse them. Muhammad Ali, the Greatest of All-Time, was honored during the timeout. Ali is a Louisville native and fought five times at Freedom Hall. He received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 19,775 for the duration of the timeout. “I like Muhammad Ali. Our players did not see him fight but they know him,” said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. “He is the most recognized athlete in the world.”
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RU SNAPS THREE-GAME SKID AT USF It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but in the WOMEN’S BASKETBALL midst RUTGERS 60 of a threeUSF 52 g a m e losing slide the Rutgers women’s basketball team finally walked away with a win. The Scarlet Knights slugged it out with South Florida for a grueling 40 minutes marred with turnovers and missed shots, but eventually came out on top 60-52. RU struggled to find an answer to USF center Jessica Lawson, who tore the Knights apart on the inside. Lawson scored a career-high 33 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Sophomore guard Khadijah Rushdan continued to spark the RU offense scoring 17 points.
Though she did not completely pull out of her recent slump — shooting 4-for-11 from the floor — things looked slightly better for senior guard Brittany Ray. Ray finished with 12 points, the first time in the past four games the guard scored in double figures. While her shots did not fall often, Ray nailed several key buckets down the stretch in the second half that helped keep the Knights alive. Rushdan drove hard to the basket for the layup with just over 11 minutes to play, giving RU its first lead since the opening minutes of the contest. RU (13-10, 5-4) shot only 28 percent in the first half — marking the third time in the past four games the Knights scored 20 points or fewer in the opening period. — Steven Williamson
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Freshman Jenna Zito continued to impress in numerous events, leading RU on beam with a score of 9.650.
PITT: Knights place distant third behind Panthers, Cyclones continued from back In her first meet back, Seebadri showed the form that made her loss the last two seasons so critical. Seebardi’s score of 9.650 led the Knights and while also earning her a top-10 finish. “It was neat to have her back,” Chollet-Norton said. “We didn’t have a great set on bars, and she was able to bring it back for us.” Senior Laura Sevarino led the Knights on vault with a 9.725. It was her season-high and placed her in the top-10. Freshman Jenna Zito and sophomore Danae Johnson did not fall far behind her with scores of 9.700 and 9.650, respectively. Freshman
Nicole Romano also achieved an impressive performance, finishing with a career high 9.625. Sevarino helped lead RU in floor exercises, tying with junior Kiah Banfield with a 9.725. The two tied for eighth place. Zito continued her trend of leading the Knights in one or more events, pacing RU in beam with a score of 9.650. Junior Leigh Heinbaugh was not far behind, posting a strong 9.550. Zito had yet another impressive all-around per formance that led the team. Her score of 38.350 placed her fourth overall. “We scored a 189 and we are disappointed because we have such high standards now,” Chollet-Norton said. “We had four points of mistakes so I think we can be a 192-193 team going for ward.”
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Knights dominate in home opener BY TYLER DONOHUE STAFF WRITER
he true snowpocalypse never reached New Brunswick, but the weather did just enough damage to throw a wrench in the Rutgers athletic schedule over the weekend. The Rutgers swimming and diving team cancelled its event and the No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team did not get a chance to put its 12-game unbeaten streak on the line against No. 7 Lehigh. Both Rutgers and Lehigh hope to reschedule the event, but have yet to find the time.
THE BIG EAST Conference honored two Rutgers athletes Friday by naming them scholarathletes. The conference’s Academic Affairs Committee selected senior women’s soccer goalkeeper Erin Guthrie and junior men’s track athlete Jeremy Pennino as two of 32 winners in the conference. One male and one female athlete are chosen from each Big East institution and awarded $2,000 toward their graduate studies. THE PRO FOOTBALL Hall of Fame called upon seven former players to join them in Canton, Ohio. Among them was longtime San Francisco 49er Jerry Rice and all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, both of whom were chosen in only their first year of eligibility. Also receiving the prestigious honor was Redskins guard Russ Grim, linebacker Rickey Jackson, Broncos’ running back Floyd Little and Vikings’ defensive tackle John Randle. Lions’ cornerback Dick LeBeau was voted in as the senior nominee. He made three Pro Bowls from 1965-67. Former Bills wide receiver Andre Reed did not get a call from the hall and will have to wait for another year.
Mother Nature got in the way of the Rutgers tennis team’s bid for a TENNIS second consecFDU 0 utive RUTGERS 7 home victor y Sunday as the biggest snowstorm of the decade forced the cancellation of the Scarlet Knights’ Big East matchup with Georgetown. While the team has to wait until Wednesday’s trip to Lehigh to earn win No. 2, the Knights picked up their first ‘W’ Thursday against visiting Farleigh Dickinson. RU blew away the Black Knights 7-0 in the friendly confines of the Rutgers Tennis Bubble. On the heels of a disheartening season-opening shut out loss at Syracuse, RU looked for positives against FDU. They got off on the right track by taking two of three doubles matches to earn the contest’s first point. “It was great for the team to start good,” said Amy Zhang. “Since a lot of my teammates were watching my match it was important for me to play well. A good beginning to a match can provide motivation for the rest of the team.” Moving onto singles, it was up to Zhang to get the Knights rolling. And she delivered against FDU‘s top singles player. Zhang, a junior, double bageled Elmine Botes 6-0, 6-0 to set the tone. If the Knights needed any additional motivation, they received it from sophomore Jen Holzberg’s gutsy performance. Following a draining first set tiebreak loss, she willed her way to victory by outlasting Julija Korshunova in the final two sets. Holzberg took the match 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-2 before giving her body a rest and grabbing a seat. “It was pretty exhausting. By the third set my legs were definitely getting tired but I was able to stick
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Junior Amy Zhang, above, led the Scarlet Knights to a 7-0 sweep, winning first singles without surrendering a point. She and Jen Holzberg combined to win first team doubles 8-5. with it,” she said. “After losing a tration a handful of times on her Ksenia Chernyshova 6-3, 6-2. tough opening set and coming back way to defeat. Sophomore Leonora Slatnick finto win, it gives me a lot confidence Arlak won 6-2, 6-3 to give the ished off FDU by trouncing Jessica going forward.” Knights their decisive fourth point DeCarlos 6-0, 6-2. Beyond Holzberg, not one of the in the match. However, that did not After putting the final touches team’s singles players required prevent the squad’s other three sin- on the Knight’s first victory of the more than two sets to dismantle gles players from joining in on the spring, Slatnick reflected on what it their opponent. fun and adding to the onslaught. meant for the team to put one in the Senior captain Katherine Arlak Sophomore Maryana win column. used her improving drop shot to Milchutskey defeated Egzona “Losing 7-0 was tough,” she keep FDU’s Julia Prantl on her Morina 6-3, 6-0 and freshman said. “To be able to come back and toes. The physically outmatched Michelle Greene earned her first win by the same score makes us Prantl dropped her racquet in frus- collegiate win by taking down feel much better.”
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Cards hold off Knights at Freedom Hall Hill nears BY KYLE FRANKO
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — You can’t win by knockout every time. Even Muhammad Ali, who was in attendance Saturday afternoon, didn’t knock all MEN’S BASKETBALL his opponents out. So you can count RUTGERS 60 Louisville’s 76-60 LOUISVILLE 76 victor y over the Rutgers men’s basketball team at Freedom Hall a well-earned unanimous decision. “They make shots,” said Rutgers head coach Fred Hill Jr., who watched the Cardinals shoot 54 percent for the game. “I thought we really handled their pressure well. We just couldn’t knock a big shot down when we needed to. We couldn’t get over the hump.” Again, a big early deficit is what doomed the Scarlet Knights. The hot-shooting Jerry Smith and Jared Swophshire helped Louisville run out to a 17-point lead. Smith connected on 5-of-9 three-pointers to lead the Cardinals with 16 points while Swophshire added 13 off the bench. Louisville’s bench outscored RU’s 25-3. “I thought the real difference was they wore us down,” Hill said. “The constant pressure wears you down. I had to play guys 40 minutes, 40 minutes, 37 minutes, 33 minutes, 31 minutes and you look at their minutes, because they have so many bodies, that they can throw at you that they just wear you down.” The Knights, however, finished the fight on their feet, something that hasn’t been the case away from the Louis Brown Athletic Center. “The road is always difficult, and this isn’t a typical 16-point loss,” Hill said. “It was 45-40 — it’s a shot here and a shot there. You’ve got to foul a little at the end, you’ve got to press and gamble to get a layup. This is one of those games where you’re in the game right until the end battling on the road.
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The Rutgers baseball team heads into the 2010 season looking to BASEBALL improve upon last season, when it finished with a 22-31 record and went 8-19 in Big East play. But even if the team only duplicates its performance from a year ago, this Scarlet Knights squad will be a part of histor y. Head coach Fred Hill Sr. enters his 27th year at the helm for the Knights and needs only 20 more victories under his belt to reach a historic 1,000 in his career. “It would be great for this team and great for this program if we could get him [his 1,000th] win this season,” said junior outfielder Michael Lang. “If we weren’t able to get it for him this year then I would be ver y disappointed.” Hill joined the RU staf f in 1984 after spending seven seasons coaching Montclair State. During his time on the Banks, Hill owns 832 victories and his career mark stands at 980-638-9. “I don’t really give any thought at all about it,” Hill said of the milestone. “It just means that we have
Freshman forward Dane Miller (11) threw down four dunks against UofL in a losing effort. He had seven boards and four steals in 37 minutes in RU’s 76-60 loss to the Cardinals.
Pair of powerhouses set pace in Pitt
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The Rutgers Gymnastics team travelled to Pittsburgh to participate in a competitive quadmeet against host GYMNASTICS school Pittsburgh, RUTGERS 189.300 powerhouse Iowa State and Brockport THIRD PLACE as the Scarlet Knights finished third with a score of 189.300, almost six points behind first place Pittsburgh. Prior to the meet, it seemed a foregone conclusion that No. 13 Iowa State would win the contest. Despite a score of 195.125, Pitt edged out the Cyclones with a 195.175 final score. “Pitt just had the meet of their lives,” said head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton. “They were the home team so they had the crowd behind them and were able to choose the rotation.” Chollet-Norton acknowledged that the scoring did not reflect the performance her team put forth. While she did not elaborate, Chollet-Norton also felt that the order set by Pittsburgh was not beneficial to her team’s success. “All I’ll say is it is hard to be first on [beam],” Chollet-Norton. “The scores did not represent what my team did.” It is rare that a competition of no particular significance beyond its intrinsic value to the team has a truly inspirational side to it. Senior Prishani Seebadri returned to competition after two years of suffering serious knee surgeries and constant rehab that put her career in jeopardy.
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Senior Laura Sevarino posted a season-high 9.725 on vault for the Scarlet Knights, who finished third ahead of Brockport.
MIAMI — Who Dat won the Super Bowl? The New Orleans Saints, that’s who. Ain’t kidding. Put away those paper bags SUPER BOWL forever: Drew Brees and the Saints are NFL champions, rallying to upset Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday night in one of pro football’s most thrilling title games. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions, the last a 2-yard slant to Jeremy Shockey for the winning points with 5:42 remaining. The Pro Bowl quarterback was chosen Super Bowl MVP. “We just believed in ourselves and we knew that we had an entire city and maybe an entire countr y behind us,” Brees said. “What can I say? I tried to imagine what this moment would be like for a long time and it’s better than expected.” A surprise onside kick sparked the Saints’ secondhalf comeback. Their 25thranked defense made several key stops, and Tracy Porter’s 74-yard interception
return on a pass from Manning, of all people, clinched it. Manning gave futile chase, but was blocked by a New Orleans defender and fell awkwardly as the cornerback raced by. The four-time NFL MVP forlornly walked to the sideline as the Big Easy celebrations began. Who would have thought the biggest mistake of the game would have come from Manning? An NFL embar rassment for much of their 43 years, the Saints’ football renaissance, led by Brees and coach Sean Payton, climaxed with Shockey's touchdown and Lance Moore’s 2-point conversion catch. The conversion pass originally was ruled incomplete, but Payton challenged the call and won. Porter’s pick, just as dramatic as his interception of Brett Favre’s pass to force overtime in the NFC title game, was the game’s only turnover. It’s one Manning will forever regret.
— The Associated Press