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U. athletics build success in Big Ten with new facility fundraiser Erica D’Costa Associate News Editor

Over the next few decades, Rutgers will unfold $100 million in new and improved facilities for its athletes. In 2016, the Athletics Department announced the launch of “R Big Ten Build,” a campaign to raise funds for new and improved facilities that would put the University on par with other Big Ten schools. Since its commencement, Rutgers has received several donations to the project, including the most recent $15 million gift from alumni Gary and Barbara Rodkin — the biggest donation the Athletics Department has ever received. The University collaborated with RWJBarnabas Health and has already raised more than $92 million from more than 3,000 donors. It will distribute the funds to create several premier training facilities and centers for athletes around campus, according to the campaign’s website. The first phase of these developments consists of three facilities — a Multisport Training Complex (RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center), the Gar y and Barbara Rodkin Center For Academic Success with tutors and academic support for athletes and an enhanced Football Training Complex at the Hale Center. A livestream of the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center construction can be viewed on the department’s website. The

A mock up image of the new Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center For Academic Success is just 1 of 3 new additions that the University looks to build over the coming decades. FACEBOOK facility will have state-of-the-art locker rooms, practice venues, strength-training and sports medicine suites, coaches’ offices and meeting rooms. The project will include a four-story parking structure connected to the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC). “We are incredibly excited about this project,” said Pat Hobbs, director of Athletics, to Rutgers Today. “The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and the competitiveness of our programs.”

More than 600 student athletes will benefit from the project, and it is expected to cost a total of $115 million, according to Rutgers Today. NJ Advance Media reported that the Rutgers Athletics Department had a $47.3 million deficit — the department’s largest — from 2016-17. In addition, last month The Daily Targum reported that Rutgers Athletics spent $99.2 million, overspending its 2017 operating budget by $2.3 million. Hobbs previously said that the University is demonstrating a

commitment to the Big Ten Conference, the Targum reported. “We have to gain competitiveness now. With an expectation and some certainty around future stream of payments, you can model that financially where it allows us to make investments today that we’ll pay off in the future,” he said. The payments refer to when Rutgers will officially become a full-equity partner in Big Ten revenue shares in the 2020-21 season. As of right now, the University is focused on bringing a ray of new resources to student athletes

Dutta discusses state of research at Rutgers Ryan McAuliffe Contributing Writer

Chancellor Debasish Dutta’s department continued its ongoing Campus Conversations series on Monday with a town hall-style meeting discussing the state of research at Rutgers. “The goal of the Campus Conversations is to bring faculty, staff and students together to have a conversation around the topics we think are critically important for the future of the campus,” Dutta said. The latest conversation sought to engage with faculty and to invite ideas and involvement into the University’s most important functions — education and research. Previous campus conversations focused on the University’s position within the Big Ten and on graduate

education, according to the Office of the Chancellor. “The topic of this evening was research. We are a research university. We are doing reasonably well in research,” Dutta said. Rutgers is focused on both research and education, according to the presentation. This has been the case since 1924, when the University introduced its first graduate education programs. Rutgers began its path as a research organization in 1864, when it was awarded a land-grant by the U.S. government for the purpose of teaching agriculture and engineering in response to the Second Industrial Revolution. The University’s research spending has been steadily increasing See RESEARCH on Page 4

that represent the school on a national stage. “Rutgers Athletics will be in a position to generate a positive cash flow for the University after we receive our full share of Big Ten revenues in 2021. Membership in the Big Ten brings numerous benefits for Rutgers students, faculty and researchers, including shared academic resources and research collaborations with our peer institutions in the Big Ten,’’ said Karen Ayres Smith, a Rutgers spokesperson, in a statement to NJ Advance Media.

CAPS celebrates 1 year of successful group counseling Kelly Kim Staff Writer

Chancellor Debasish Dutta met with faculty, staff and students for the latest installment of the Campus Conversations series that discusses vital topics at Rutgers. CASEY AMBROSIO / FEBRUARY 2018

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The Center for Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its “meso practice” model, a program created to expand discussions of mental health across campus. Also referred to as “community-based counseling,” the meso practice is a marriage between individual and community health at large, said Annmarie Wacha-Montes, assistant director for Community Based Services at CAPS. The See COUNSELING on Page 4

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U. finds psychology, economics to be among most popular majors Sam Leibowitz-Lord Contributing Writer

Psychology and economics remain two of the most popular majors at Rutgers, said Susan Lawrence, vice dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences. “Psychology and economics have been at the top for many years. Computer science has experienced a dramatic increase in majors over the last few years,” Lawrence said. General psychology is a popular major choice for students, according to USA Today. Lawrence added that at Rutgers and around the countr y, general trends have shown a decline in humanities majors and an increase in STEM majors. As shown by the job market, computer science is listed by Glassdoor as the highest-paying field to major in, with electrical and mechanical engineering coming in second and third, respectively. The School of Arts and Sciences has more than 70 majors to choose from, according to the Office of Academic Ser vices website. But, many of these majors are neglected by students, which Lawrence attributes to a lack of information. “One challenge is that students often think that they need to decide on their major before they star t college when they are not yet aware of the full range of majors available here ... ,” she said. “And, even subjects that seem more familiar from high school, like English, histor y and languages, are taught ver y dif ferently at the

The School of Arts and Sciences has more than 70 available majors for students to choose from, many of which go unnoticed. At schools across the country, less students are majoring in humanities and more are pursuing STEM majors. THE DAILY TARGUM / MAY 2017 college level and may appeal to dif ferent students when they tr y them here.” Lawrence said that the School of Arts and Sciences core curriculum

to them. She encourages students to attend one of the many major fairs held by Academic Services. The next one will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at the Busch

School of Ar ts and Sciences, Rutgers has enough combinations of majors and minors in order for students to tailor their education to their needs,

“Psychology and economics have been at the top for many years.” Susan Lawrence Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences

is designed to allow students to take a wide variety of classes in order to find a field of study that appeals

Student Center. While individualized majors are no longer of fered at the

Lawrence said. The University offers courses specifically designed to help

students find the right combination. The new Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences 1.5-credit course helps sophomores and juniors make connections between what they enjoy studying, their own sense of purpose and the wide range of career options available to graduates, she said. “The rapid rate of change in the world today, including the world of work, requires students to be determined, adaptable and highly skilled in multiple areas,” Lawrence said.

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Research Rutgers totaled a budget of more than $628 M. spent on research in 2015 continued from front since 1985, and although spending stalled slightly in the late 2000s, it has been on the rise again. Dr. Robert J. Heffernan, executive director for the Office of Institutional Research and Strategic Planning, stressed that the 1990s were an important time for research growth. Rutgers’ total research spending lands in the middle compared to its Big Ten counterparts, according to the office. Rutgers spent more than $628 million in total on research in 2015, $323 million of which was the result of federal funding. Rutgers was in the top five Big Ten schools with regard to the number of members in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2015, according to the Office of the Chancellor. There are 39 members of the Rutgers faculty in this organization. The Office of the Chancellor called the Na-

tional Academy, “... the nation’s top experts to advise the federal government on critical issues.” Dr. Prabhas Moghe, vice chancellor of Research and Innovation, seemed encouraged by the school’s current performance. He said that research has been steadily growing for years. The total research expenditures at Rutgers are more than the research expenditures of all other New Jersey universities combined. “That’s something that we are proud of,” Moghe said. Despite this optimism, Moghe also saw the need to improve certain areas in the future. “We’re doing extremely well in life sciences, but we have to grow our footprint in defense and other non-medical science fields,” he said. Dutta agreed, stating that there are many opportunities to grow in the engineering and computer sciences field. “It’s interesting that we fall in the middle of all the Big Ten schools in price ranges and re-

Dr. Prabhas Moghe, vice chancellor of Research and Innovation, said the University’s research has grown steadily over the years and that Rutgers has exceeded the research expenditure of all other New Jersey colleges combined. CASEY AMBROSIO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FEBRUARY 2018 search, that we’re always in the middle, that we have room to grow but don’t want to fall below,” said Kassandra Scheese, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. The meeting itself did not appear to have much appeal to the student body. “The people interested in this are research leaders,” Moghe said. “They are people that are leading research centers, they are the depar tment chairs or they are institution leaders

who are interested in policies ... In the future we could host talks that may be of interest to the students.” Scheese was one of the only students to attend. “I really think (the campus conversations) are a good idea,” she said. “A lot of people give great feedback, they’re really engaged and willing to participate.” She also praised the town hall atmosphere that allowed students, faculty and staff to

discuss matters of importance to the University. This is the purpose of the Campus Conversations series, as outlined by the chancellor. “Thus far we haven’t had this kind of a forum, and I want to be more transparent and I want to be more inclusive with the faculty, staff and students,” Dutta said. The next campus conversation will be in April on a topic which has not yet been disclosed, according to the Office of the Chancellor.

counseling Informal drop-in sessions through “Let’s Talk” met 206 times last year continued from front program is a more inclusive, more diversified approach to mental health and wellness. One of the meso practice’s initiatives, “Let’s Talk,” has been successful, Wacha-Montes said. The informal, drop-in sessions had 206 meetings last semester. The initiative had 101 sessions in total throughout the previous academic year. The program is looking to broaden its reach into other departments for the future, she said. “Let’s Talk” hours will continue to be offered, and the

These counselors are located in centers around campus, like the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Wacha-Montes said. They provide familiar spaces for individuals to address specific concerns about their communities. She said a drop-in period each week allows students to engage in more relaxed dialogue, while workshops and inter vention programs of fer a more intensive atmosphere. What began as two community-based counselors in January 2017 has extended to five, with another soon to be hired, Wacha-Montes said.

“With Valentine’s Day this month, people often think about love toward a partner, family or friend. However, it might be that self-love and self-compassion is missing in one’s thoughts.” Annmarie Wacha-Montes Assistant Director for Community Based Services at CAPS

community-based counselors are cultivating new innovations to improve the student experience, Wacha-Montes said. One of their many priorities is the diffusion of information about self-care and mental well-being. She said that the meso practice pushes for more comfortable and personalized support. “There are students who choose not to access our mental health ser vices,” Wacha-Montes said in an email. “The reasons range from negative beliefs related to mental health and treatment, to lack of convenience and time or even lack of trust in the system.” She said that community-based counseling lets CAPS meet students where they are physically, culturally, academically and experientially.

These counselors have insight and experience with their respective communities. Richard Carlson, community-based counselor for the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, said that his interests in performance and visual arts help him connect with Mason Gross School of the Arts students. Members of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) also worked closely with CAPS and the meso practice. Christie Schweighardt, vice president of RUSA and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy senior, said she collaborated with CAPS in developing the hiring process for community-based counselors, as well as other initiatives.

In a move to expand its reach, CAPS will continue to offer its “Let’s Talk” program as communitybased counselors work to create new innovations that improve the student experience. THE DAILY TARGUM / OCTOBER 2017

“These programs have shifted the focus from waiting for students to come to the counseling centers to going out into the community and connecting with students in the spaces where they feel most comfortable,” she said in an email. Schweighardt said that the meso program and its counselors remove a lot of the barriers that some students experience when looking for help. The program

tackles issues like students being afraid to call or visit a center for help. She said that seeking help at such a large university can be a challenge because sometimes people put academics and other aspects of their lives above their own mental health. Fanteema Barnes-Watson, the community-based counselor for the School of Engineering and the Rutgers Business School, said

she has embedded introductory classes within her department with mental-health statistics and campus resources to normalize the conversation surrounding mental health. “With Valentine’s Day this month, people often think about love toward a partner, family or friend. However, it might be that self-love and self-compassion is missing in one’s thoughts,” Wacha-Montes said.


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New publication may have wrong intentions


f you are familiar with Rutgers University’s politically conservative BRITTANY GIBSON organizations, you may have heard of their grievances with the University in general for being too liberal and having overtly Left-leaning biases or agendas. They have worked to share their worries with an active (and sometimes offensive) Facebook presence, but their latest Right-wing passion project is to revive The Centurion, a self-proclaimed conservative news outlet on campus. I fully support the idea of clearly labeled partisan writing, and people on all ends of the political spectrum should actively aim to use their freedom of the press to share their ideas. But if some conservatives on campus truly believe and are upset with others allegedly taking sides, creating an explicitly one-sided publication will not help their end goal, especially not one without a clear mission statement beyond creating controversy. The remaking of The Centurion makes me believe that these conservative groups on campus are not concerned with whether the University is actually taking sides, but instead whether everyone else takes their side. The Centurion was started by James O’Keefe in 2004, while he was still a Rutgers student, according to an article from The Daily Targum from 2006. It is obvious, though, that O’Keefe still does not feel like he made enough of a conservative impact on the Banks as a student, given his visit to campus last fall. The Centurion was regularly printed then and the Rutgers College Republicans (RCR) — now different from the Rutgers Republicans organization, Rutgers Young Americans for Liberty and Rutgers Conservative Union — had more than 400 members, according to the article. A student and spokesperson for Tent State University (an activism group on campus at the time) said, “When you think about The Centurion, as a student, you think aggression, conflict, antics, disruption, reaction. I don’t think that makes them have any credibility with the majority of the students.” Sound familiar? The Centurion called student protestors “hippies,” had a “Liberal of the Month” faux-award and, as you may already know and laughed at, called to have Lucky Charms (yes, the cereal) banned from Brower Commons for racial stereotyping. And unsettlingly, they had a satirical “Affirmative Action Bake Sale,” selling baked goods at


“... if some conservatives on campus truly believe and are upset with others allegedly taking sides, creating an explicitly one-sided publication will not help their end goal ...” different prices depending on your perceived race. The editor in chief at the time compared The Centurion to South Park. He also said that he was looking for the publication to serve a purpose other than “just pissing people off, because (The Centurion writers) like to make liberals angry.” Needless to say, The Centurion died a few years later. Revived again in 2013, The Centurion restarted with a bit of a PR-facelift. Chairman of RCR, told the Targum, “We want to restart The Centurion to add a balance to the campus dialogue that often tilts to the left. We want to show that conser vatism is alive and well at Rutgers.” This is by no means a bad idea, and there are still many conser vative-leaning students in New Brunswick. The Targum article even sites how they found training and funding from the Leadership Institute and the Collegiate Network, but the article also inter viewed students who said that an explicitly political paper is not what they are looking for. They just want something in the middle. The Centurion Twitter has not been updated since 2010, and I doubt any of the people around now even know what that account’s password is. Its first website domain name ( is now available to buy online. And it took the publication months from when it started its new website to post an article. The Centurion’s production lacks any direction, mission or purpose besides trying to upset students, which will inevitably cause the paper to fail — again. And if in a few years after it restarts, I look forward to reading about it in other University publications. Brittany Gibson is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in art history and journalism and media studies and minoring in French. Her column, “What’s On My Mind,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.



#MeToo entails positive societal change Care must be taken to prevent demonization of entire groups


With regard to sexual assault in the legal sense, it is ike geological timescales, it is rarely the case that significant historical and societal chang- generally common for those who have been taken advanes are intelligible during the time they take tage of in this way to stay silent out of embarrassment, place. But it seems as though it is no secret that we fear, confusion or a mix of each. Thankfully, #MeToo and are presently riding the wake of a relatively new and movements like it have seemingly begun to shatter that consequential movement — #MeToo. The #MeToo silence which was itself, at least in a way, perpetuating movement was, at its foundation, created to ensure the cycle of sexual assault in our society by letting abusthat survivors of sexual assault and harassment, es- ers roam free. Now, though, it seems there may be a pecially involving figures of power, know they are new wave of enlightenment rolling in with regard to this not alone in their struggles. By shedding light on issue. Talking openly and publicly about these things this subject — one which was previously largely ig- and the shame that comes along with them on the pernored — society may be able to take steps toward at petrator’s end will hopefully work as an effective deterleast significantly lessening the prevalence of sexu- rent. Those who would have previously committed such al assault in our culture today, but this requires us acts may think twice now that they know the repercussions — being shunned by society. Of course, ideally all to tread carefully. Thousands of women, and some men, took to so- people would have the wherewithal to know that using a position of power, or cial media like Twitany other position, for ter to take part in the sexual reward should movement, posting “The demonization of men in general never be carried out #MeToo if they had — but that is a hope ever experienced is clearly contrary to the goal here and for the future. At this sexual assault. Aswill only result in further societal time, we are forced to suming the vast masettle with the deterjority of such posts disharmony. For this movement to work, rence factor. were true cases men need to be on board ...” Careful treading is that most everyone required of supportwould agree count ers of this movement, as sexual assault or harassment, the sheer number of women feeling though. The demonization of men in general is clearly empowered by this simple gesture was incredible. contrary to the goal here and will only result in further But beyond that, it opened the eyes of many to the societal disharmony. For this movement to work, men truth about the deep-seated culture of the enabling need to be on board, not pushed away. Families need of sexual assault, which is embedded in our society to be educating their children of these matters for the today. If you are skeptical of the existence of this cul- benefit of future generations. Clear communication betural flaw, simply ask a woman if she has ever been tween individuals with regard to sexual will is a must, made to feel uncomfortable as a result of the sexual and a person should never act on their sexual will based actions or advancements of a man. This is not to say on assumed mutual feelings — express consent, not that simply feeling uncomfortable amounts similar- tacit consent, becoming more common will play an ly to actual assault, but after enough times, creepy important role in this movement. But like free speech, come-on’s and objectification can significantly alter there are appropriate times, places and manners to conpeople’s perception of both the opposite sex and of duct oneself sexually. The concept is rather simple — think before you act. the way they view themselves. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 150th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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American political system has many underlying issues KAANOTATIONS KAAN JON BOZTEPE


fter the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, a lot of citizens have begun to more actively question the two-party political system within the United States. The Democrats and Republicans are out for blood, disregarding their main purpose, to ser ve the American people. I write today in hopes to enlighten all readers that reforming the Constitution and the political system of the United States does not mean the end of our countr y. We must first discuss the issues with partisanship, the harm of only backing one view of an issue due to your loyalty to your party and the need for new political parties or a new type of government. Most people believe that these problems just come with democracy and there is no true way to fix any of them. If we do not continue to question our government and hold them to the highest standard, then we cannot reform and continue to modernize. As stated on The Hill, “A recent Pew Research survey found that 36 percent of Republicans thought that liberal policies are ‘a threat to the nation’s well-being.’ 27 percent of Democrats feel the same way about conservatives.” This hostility is what normally leads to the gridlocks that occur

in Congress. The nation has continued to grow partisan, and it is beginning to affect the citizens negatively. Let us consider modern day news. CNN is portrayed as the liberal Democratic news source, while Fox is the conservative Republican news source. Both sharing the same type of headlines, but with very different stories and representations. If the job of the news outlets is to provide citizens with information to keep them informed and aware of what is going on around them, then how can we have two completely different narratives rather than

It is also possible and might be useful to change our version of democracy. With a country our size, it could be best for everyone involved. For example, a report from compared Denmark and the United States. Denmark’s citizens average 33-hour work weeks, students are paid to attend college and it is ranked number one for overall business. As for the United States, citizens work an average of 47 hours a week, students pay an average of $31,000 for tuition yearly and the country is ranked 18th for business. Yes, you can

“The question that must be asked is if America is ready for such drastic change. Only time will tell ...” similar premises of the headline news? It seems that in the past there were more centrist Republicans and Democrats. These lawmakers were integral in finding the balance between the Left and Right wings of politics. The issue now is that the Republicans have now moved further Right and are more conservative, and the Democrats have moved more Left and are more liberal. American politicians should support all religions and their freedoms and work for the good of all Americans regardless of their beliefs.

say, “But Denmark is a smaller country it cannot be comparable,” but let’s first look at some of the advantages of Denmark’s democratic socialism versus the United States capitalist democracy. For starters, the rate of employment in Denmark is at 72.8 percent versus the United States 67 percent. This also includes lesser work hours than the United States, and five weeks paid vacation versus the United States maximum of 16 days. Additionally, since all are covered for healthcare in Denmark, each household normally pays

$4,400 a year. Compare that to the United States, whose households on average pay $10,000 or more depending on their insurance a year. Denmark also saves more for retirement, new parents get a full year of paid time off after having a child and new fathers get four weeks off after the birth of their child, while the American parents receive nothing. I specifically chose Denmark to close off my argument because there is one reason that it can sustain this lifestyle — higher taxes. But, Denmark was ranked the third happiest country in the world compared to the United States at 15th, and I believe that the social safety net for people of Denmark plays a large role in that. The return of higher taxes for people of Denmark is a narrowing of the income gap between the rich and poor, lower poverty, unemployment, education prices, free healthcare with no premiums or insurances and what seems like less stress. The question that must be asked is if America is ready for such drastic change. Only time will tell, but I firmly believe that if we decided to add a few of these ideas into our government system, we could see real improvement for the coming together in politics and best interest for Americans. Kaan Jon Boztepe is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore double majoring in philosophy and history. His column, “Kaanotations,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.

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February 14, 2018

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Stay local with these sweet New Brunswick-based date night spots ABIGAIL LYON CORRESPONDENT

Each February, rosy scents of seasons past return to pervade the February air. And there are dinner plans to be made, because of course, on Valentine’s Day you’re encouraged to cave in to consumerism. People expect you to soar past your standard rendezvous of Netflix, chill and a stringy pepperoni pizza with your lover. But it can be oh-so-tricky to lock down the perfect V-Day dinner date, especially if dishing out serious dollars rightfully swipes away your romantic mood. Fortunately, New Brunswick has a diverse set of eateries, some pricier than others, where you can properly romance your honey.

Score delicious food at Stage Left Steak

If you’re looking for a steak dinner someplace elegant, Stage Left Steak is a staple. The eatery settled in Hub City 26 years ago and offers a scrumptious selection of steaks. You can cut into a filet as mignon as your sweetie’s heart and sip on a glass of wine from the

steakhouse’s award-winning cellar. What more could you need?

Explore the cuisine at Catherine Lombardi

Italy epitomizes romance, but you can’t hit up Puglia in a pinch. This is where Catherine Lombardi’s comes in. The eatery immerses guests into a gorgeous culinary environment, with an emphasis on fresh seafood, and endless options at that. Veg-heads can dine on an excellent eggplant rollatini. To set the stage for a perfect Valentine’s Day, the restaurant has a picturesque fireplace to warm you into a loving mood.

Dine at Due Mari

For a white-linen, dimly-lit dinner, make sure Due Mari is on your list. Sure, it’s Italian fare like Catherine Lombardi, but it has its own flair and an irresistible cocktail selection.

Stop by Destination Dogs

As romantic as it’d be to visit Paris for the holiday, you have class tomorrow morning, remember? So grab your honey and allow Destination Dogs to

Although Due Mari is one of the more expensive restaurants in New Brunswick, there’s nothing wrong with splurging on a special occasion for great food and romantic scenery. DUEMARINJ.COM take your taste buds on a satisfying journey instead. This well-reviewed New Brunswick restaurant ser ves up gourmet sausages inspired by different parts of the world at Stuff Yer Face prices. Combine that with a cocktail in a comfortably cool atmosphere, and you’ve got yourself a hot diggity date.

When in doubt, Stuff Yer Face

Maybe you want to catch dinner, but you’re not feeling fancy. There’s nothing wrong with biting at a ‘boli with your babe this Valentine’s Day. Stuff has delighted the stomachs of Rutgers students for years upon years, and it’s a mainstay of uber casual New Brunswick

dining, which is pretty romantic. It’s never too late to snag two seats for a romantic dinner of your choice on the loving holiday. New Brunswick has a rich selection of restaurants with cuisine from all over, ready to make your day extra sweet. But you should certainly remember that Valentine’s dinner is nothing without someone you love.

Netflix’n’chill funny, romantic movies for Valentine’s Day ELIZABETH LEOCE CORRESPONDENT

We all know Valentine’s Day is technically dedicated to embracing your significant other.

And because of all of the cheesy, romantic connotation that surrounds the holiday, some people would rather go without celebrating — especially single people — but surely these romantic

films will make you enjoy the day a little bit more. Although cuffing season is over, this is the one day you shouldn’t have the couch to yourself. From cliché heart-wrenchers to girl-gang classics, check out some of these movies perfect for Valentine’s Day that will make you feel all the feels.


We’ll never let go … of our love for “Titanic.” The 1997 film, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, returned to select theaters this past December in celebration of the movie’s 20th anniversary and is still one of the most romantic movies of all time. Not only is DiCaprio everyone’s favorite heartthrob, the movie captures something so touching in the short amount of time that the ship has left. Rose, the 100-year-old woman who portrays the main character when she is older, tells her story of how it all went down. A line that struck people’s hearts is when Rose said, “A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.”

“The Notebook”

Another cliché that often comes to mind during Valentine’s Day is any Nicholas Sparks movie. Although many people often find these types of love unrealistic, Sparks captures people’s hearts every time and is a classic romance writer that never seems to go away. The story of Noah and Allie takes place in the comfort of their North Carolina town, where they cross paths and eventually fall in love. It is not a Nicholas Sparks movie

without heartbreak, recovery and sacrifice, though. This is for the females who are looking for a movie to cry about with their Galentines. Don’t forget the tissues.

“Lady and the Tramp”

Especially appealing to those with ODD (Obsessive Disney Disorder), there’s no better way to have a corny V-Day than with this animated classic. “Lady and the Tramp” tells the story of a female Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a male stray named Tramp. When the two dogs meet, they embark on an adventure that requires sacrifice and compassion. This movie is one of Disney’s first true love stories that captures different dogs who come from different backgrounds and learn to accept each other for who they are.


If this year’s celebration is more of a Galentine’s Day for you, then gather up your girls for this star-studded, laugh-out-loud comedy. When competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid threatens their friendship, the ladies have to overcome their personal problems and let go of their past. On this journey, one of the bridesmaids, who is a pastry chef, finds love as she struggles with her friendships and family, which not only makes it a romance movie, but a comedy that makes everyone laugh.

“The Princess Bride”

Not many would think to recommend this one for Valentine’s Day, but “The Princess Bride” is

definitely a must-see if you are interested in a movie on the lighter side. This romantic-comedy fantasy tells the story of a farmer named Westley, who must rescue his true Princess Buttercup from Prince Humperdinck. Although this movie is a true bedtime story, it instills a romantic mood that will make everyone want to look for their prince.

“10 Things I Hate About You”

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to date a bad boy — or to change one? This modern-day take on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” tells the story of Kat and Patrick (played by Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, respectively), who embark on a high school romance that first starts when Kat’s father insists on allowing Bianca, her younger sister, to date only if Kat finds a boyfriend. Everyone knows Kat is antisocial, rebellious and unimpressed by her male peers, but she soon starts to fall for an unlikely suitor whose intentions are unclear. If you do not believe in fate, this movie is the perfect example of the phrase, “love is worth fighting for.” While there’s definitely a pressure to go out, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy sitting down with your friends or special someone and “Netflix and chill.” Whether you watch a romance or a comedy, Valentine’s Day should be a day where you appreciate and spend time with the people you love.


February 14, 2018

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes


Page 9 Eugenia Last

Happy Birthday: Put more muscle behind what you do. Think and take action and you will accomplish your goals. Wit, intellect and knowing when to say “no” will be the combination that leads to greater opportunities and personal and professional success. Don’t doubt what you can accomplish when all you need to do is stay focused and keep moving forward. Your numbers are 4, 15, 23, 28, 35, 41, 44.

Over The Hedge

T. Lewis and M. Fry

Non Sequitur


Pearls Before Swine

Stephan Pastis

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You can dominate in your field if you are cognizant of what’s going on around you and know your limitations mentally, physically and financially. Change should begin within, not by trying to alter what others do or think. 4 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Socialize, network and learn all the ins and outs of something that interests you in order to find the best way to achieve your goal. Your ideas are good and will bring about positive change if you go through the right channels. 5 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Put your energy to good use. Refuse to let emotions take over and lead you into battle against someone you could really use on your team. Nurture relationships and offer incentives that will ensure future benefits and success. 2 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take the road less traveled. Look for peace of mind and tranquility, not anger and resentment. How you handle situations that affect your home and family will make a difference to the outcome. Positive thoughts and support are encouraged. 2 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take ownership of whatever you do. Stand up and be counted and do your best to bring about positive change. Getting angry about things you don’t like and actually doing something to make your life better are not the same thing. 5 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A passionate approach to life will help you bring about positive changes. Use your knowledge and let past experience help you pick and choose what’s best for you. Don’t let manipulative individuals test your patience or fuel your anger. 4 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take action and do your part to cut back on expenses by searching for a cheaper way to live. Monitor your expenses and be reluctant to offer a cash donation when hands-on help will be cheaper and more effective. 3 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Put your energy to good use. Instead of getting involved in something that benefits someone else, focus on figuring out how you can best keep moving forward. A slow but steady pace is your best objective. 3 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Put more energy into personal accomplishments. Activities geared toward better health through exercise and proper diet will encourage positive change and the courage to reach your goals. A change in your personal finances looks promising. 3 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Stand up and be counted. Do what you can for the underdog and show what you have to offer to those in a position of power. Navigate your way to success and you will outmaneuver any competition you meet along the way. 3 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Money matters, taxes, health issues and settlements should all be looked at carefully. Don’t let anger get in the way of doing the right thing. Be willing to compromise in order to cut your losses and move on. 3 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Channel your energy into something that will encourage you to learn. Take care of important documents, but don’t share personal information with others. Refuse to let someone else take care of your affairs. 3 stars

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Universal Crossword ACROSS

63 Notice from afar

1 Breakfast fodder

64 Smell or fragrance

5 Biblical hymn

65 Boundaries

10 Handy things? 14 Vaccine type


15 Open courtyards

1 Countless years

16 In ___ of (rather than)

2 Enlarge

17 Jot down

3 Concert take

18 Court conflict

4 Most aerodynamic

19 North Pole explorer

5 Quality that evokes pity

20 Golden parachutes and such

6 Scatter about

23 Famous

7 Suffix with “parliament”

24 Life of ___ (ease)

8 Deceiver

25 French caps

9 Liquor type

28 Prefix with “fall”

10 Even though

30 Latin I word

11 Qatar currency

31 Mind other’s business

12 Country legend Haggard

33 Mother of all

13 Foamy

36 Vibrant shade

21 Noisy breaker-upper

40 Employ

22 Curtain kin

41 No longer confined

25 Hindi title

43 Adjective for Pete?

42 Ready, willing and ___

26 Tall Aussie runners

44 Most pleasant

43 Transmitted

27 Make a top 10 list

45 Plastic ___ Band

44 Some chamber compositions

28 Vatican VIP

46 Young pig (var.)

46 Tossed over the shoulder

29 Clark or Rogers

47 Traditional wisdoms

49 Life form

31 One way to be free

48 Open an aspirin bottle

51 Brand-new Mr. and Mrs.

32 Certain Greek letters

49 Ancient Greek council

57 Shamu, for one

33 German river to the North Sea

50 ___ a happy 17-Across

58 Piano exercise

34 Chevy model

52 Slob’s creation

59 Soothing plant

35 Sheep matriarchs

53 Psych finale?

60 Common ship wood

37 Funeral song

54 Agenda

61 Farm storage buildings

38 Ely of “Tarzan” fame

55 Forte, musically

62 Old France

39 English or Latin

56 Snakelike fishes

Yesterday’s Solution

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February 14, 2018 swimming and diving Big ten championships, today, 10 a.m.

Rutgers prepares for Big Ten Championships in Ohio Ian Quinn Staff Writer

The Rutgers swimming and diving team will travel to Columbus, Ohio this week for the Big Ten Championships hosted by Ohio State. The Championships will be held from Feb. 14-17 at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. This will end up being the last meet of what has been an eventful, and ultimately successful, season for the Scarlet Knights. Co-head coach Jon Maccoll is looking forward to the event and hopes it will be a strong cap on his first season as head coach. He certainly has high expectations for his team in the event. “My expectations are that everyone is going to work hard and swim for each other,” Maccoll said. “We’ve really tried to develop a culture to swim for each other and for the name on the front and not on the back. And luckily for us the team has happily adopted this selfless attitude.” In last year’s Big Ten Championships, Rutgers finished ninth in the event, which was the Knights’ best performance in the tournament since joining the Big Ten in 2014. The event was certainly successful last year, as three school records were broken last year. Then-sophomore Vera Koprivova, a Czech Republic native,

finished fifth overall in the 200yard backstroke, breaking the school record in the event. Meanwhile, then-sophomore Francesca Stoppa eclipsed two school records as well. The Italian native first tapped the wall with a time of 1:56.20 in the 200-yard butterfly, before proceeding to a mark of 53.16 in the 100-yard butterfly, smashing two school records on the same day. The now-juniors are hoping to have performances just as impressive as their efforts last year in the event. Another impressive performance from Rutgers last year came in the 400-yard freestyle relay. In the event, Koprivova, then-senior Meghan Kiely, then-freshman Alexandra Fabugais-Inaba and then-junior Clare Lawlor set a mark of 3:24.97, breaking yet another school record in the process. The Knights improved on their previous efforts by placing ninth in the event overall after placing 10th the previous year, en route to breaking four school records in the process. Maccoll certainly hopes to improve yet again in the event. “We definitely want to finish at least eighth this year,” Maccoll said. “Every year we’ve been in the Big Ten we have improved every single year, so we want to continue to improve. Our end goal

Co-head coach Frederick Woodruff will be at the helm of the Rutgers swimming and diving team at the Big Ten Championships for the first time this week. THE DAILY TARGUM / DECEMBER 2015 is to climb into being one of the top three teams in the Big Ten.” Rutgers is coming off two weeks of preparation after its 186167 win over Nebraska in the final home meet of the year. The Knights will also be bidding farewell to four seniors this week, as Thomasin Lee, Larissa Neilan, Karli Rymer and Addison Walkowiak will compete in their last events. It has been a tumultuous and challenging season for Rutgers to

say the least, after former head coach Petra Martin was relieved of her duties after allegations of abuse toward the student athletes came out against her. Maccoll and co-head coach Fred Woodruff had to step up midseason to take the reigns as head coaches of the team. And despite the change of leadership early in the season, the team has not only endured, but thrived this season. “It’s really a testament to their character how well they

have performed this season,” Maccoll said about their performance. “They really work for each other and they really do it for the sport and not for themselves. They’ve really been amazing this season and have clearly shown their resilience and character despite all the struggles this season.” For updates on the Rutgers swimming and diving team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

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Thriller Sanders’s 30 points lifts Rutgers to its first victory of February continued from back Rutgers (13-15, 3-12) looked dead in the water before that shot. It couldn’t buy a bucket from behind the arc and Scottie Lindsey made three straight from deep to give Northwestern a double-digit lead. But Sanders worked his magic once again, scoring 16 points from that point on, accounting for more than half of his 30. And as

the team pulled away in overtime, the students at the RAC began chanting his name. The entire crowd joined in. “That’s what you work for. That’s what you dream of,” Sanders said. “It’s been nothing but love for me here. I love this place.” With senior guard Mike Williams and sophomore for ward Eugene Omoruyi back and at full strength, there seemed to be a new energy within the team.

This wasn’t the same group that got blown out at home by Indiana. It wasn’t the same team that couldn’t put up a fight on the road against Nebraska. It was the team that fans may have thought disappeared as the season comes to a close. The Knights stormed back and looked like a veteran team closing out a win. After Omoruyi missed his first three free throws and Sanders missed his first, they went on to make 12 straight. When Rutgers was down 56-50 with less than a minute remaining, Sanders was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. He needed to make all three to give the Knights a chance to force overtime. He made all three.

Head coach Steve Pikiell encourages his team’s hustle from the sidelines. Rutgers ended its longest losing streak of the season on Tuesday night. DAN MORREALE

Momentum Knights need to win out if they want to gain confidence for Big Ten Tournament continued from back The Badgers have four players averaging more than 9 points per game, and two players who average double figures in points. Cayla McMorris averages 13.6 points per game, while also grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game, and teammate Marsha Howard averages 11.9 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. Wisconsin also has an outside shooting threat in Suzanne Gilreath, who averages 9.3 points per game, while shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. She’s not afraid to let it fly from 3-point land, as she has attempted 174 3-pointers thus far. Comparably, the Knight with the most attempted 3-pointers comes from sophomore guard Ciani Cryor, who has shot 86 on the year. Last season, when Rutgers was 6-24 on the year and 3-12 in Big Ten games, it played Wisconsin three times and lost the series 1-2. In the first game it squared off against the Badgers, it won 68-52 in Piscataway. But, the next two games against Wisconsin were losses, as it dropped a game in Madison 53-41, and then later in the season

during the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, 61-55. That last game was the Knights’ last game of the season, as they were bounced out of the Big Ten tournament in the first round. With just three games remaining on the season before the Big Ten Tournament, it is clear that Rutgers needs to finish strong and win out to gain momentum heading into the tournament, which is again in Indianapolis. This team is way better than it was last season, so it is fully expected that the Knights can march into Madison and leave with a statement win. Look for Scaife to shoulder the load as usual, and if she gets going early on in the game, look for Rutgers to run away with it. As long as it can defend the 3-ball and use its bigs to secure rebounds, this should be an easy victory for the Knights on the road. Rutgers finishes its season at home against Iowa for Senior Night and then on the road at Northwestern before hitting the road again for the Big Ten Tournament. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

In an entirely different scenario, with his team up 5 with less than a minute left in overtime, he had the opportunity to put the game away with two more from the charity stripe. He did. “We made our free throws,” head coach Steve Pikiell said. “I get a million emails a week about

with more than half of their points coming from center Dererk Pardon and forward Aaron Falzon. “I thought Falzon came in and gave them good looks,” Pikiell said. “Pardon is a good player. I was very concerned with him in the post, but they’ve got a lot of perimeter guys that can shoot it too ... I felt comfortable and Shaq

“He was confident and he had a little swagger tonight and that’s how I want him to play.” STEVE PIKIELL Head Coach

free throw shooting, so I hope for one night I won’t get that. We made them down the stretch.” And while fans will remember his tremendous offensive takeover, Pikiell always has his attention somewhere else. The team defensive effort on the night was nothing short of spectacular, especially after the first half. “To heck with the offense, I thought his defense was spectacular the whole night,” Pikiell said. “... He was confident and he had a little swagger tonight and that’s how I want him to play.” Pikiell benched senior forward and captain Deshawn Freeman -one of his best defenders -- in what he called a coach’s decision. He said he wanted some new energy out on the court. His big men delivered. Not enough can be said about the energy and effort of Omoruyi, junior center Shaq Doorson and senior forward Candido Sa. In the first half, the Wildcats shot 55.6 percent from the field,

and Candido said they can guard him one-on-one in the post. I thought we did a great job in the second half.” In the second half and overtime, Northwestern shot 23.5 percent. Pardon scored just 2 points and Falzon was held scoreless. After dropping seven straight games, Tuesday night’s win was one that Rutgers desperately needed. The Knights no longer sit in last place in the conference and earned a big confidence boost heading into the final three games of the regular season and ultimately the Big Ten Tournament. “I’m happy and proud for our guys,” Pikiell said. “We’ve had a tough stretch. We’ve gotten through injuries, we’ve gotten through a lot of different things. These guys were awesome.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow @GriffinWhitmer and @TargumSports on Twitter.

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SPORTS wednesday, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Quote of the Day

“That’s what you work for. That’s what you dream of ... It’s been nothing but love for me here. I love this place. ” — Junior guard Corey Sanders after the crowd chanted his name at the foul line


men’s basketball RUTGERS 67, northwestern 58

Knights snap 7-game skid in OT thriller Griffin Whitmer Correspondent

“I didn’t understand how open I was. I shot the ball. God let it go in. Overtime,” junior guard Corey Sanders said. When Sanders spoke about his game-tying shot with six seconds, he still sounded like he was in disbelief at how much space he had. After all, he had just scored 7 straight points to bring his team within 3, and in his three years at Rutgers, he has always been the guy to take the shot in a big-moment. Everyone in the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) knew he would be shooting a 3-pointer. But that is who Sanders is. When the Scarlet Knights need a hero, he steps up. He did it against Illinois as a freshman. He did it against Nebraska as a sophomore. He did it against No. 15 Seton Hall, Wisconsin and No. 4 Michigan State this season. He takes over games and no matter what the opposing coach draws up, there are times when he just can’t be stopped. With his team down 45-35 to Northwestern and just less than 10 minutes left, Sanders hit a seemingly routine jump shot. But that shot was so much more, as it sparked a 32-13 run that left the RAC chanting his name and the Wildcats walking off the floor in shock. Junior guard Corey Sanders shoots 1 of his game leading 22 shots in Rutgers’ 9-point win over Northwestern Tuesday night. Sanders scored 30 points off of 50-percent shooting from the field. Dan MORREALE

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RU looks for momentum before Big Tens Matthew Howe Staff Writer

On Wednesday, the Rutgers women’s basketball team will travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights come into this road battle 18-9 on the season and 6-7 in conference play. On the other hand, the Badgers are one of the Big Ten’s worst teams, holding a 9-17 overall record and a mere 2-11 mark in Big Ten games. Rutgers is just 2-6 over the last month, but during that time frame it has played four ranked teams — all in the Big Ten. This will be its first game against an unranked opponent since Feb. 1. Wisconsin has beaten two Big Ten teams, Northwestern and Illinois. While the Knights have yet to play Northwestern, they handed Illinois a 76-37 beatdown earlier this season at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC). Wisconsin beat Illinois in a tighter game, 70-61. Fifth-year senior Tyler Scaife continues to shoulder the load for Rutgers, averaging 19.2 points per game. The next highest scorer on the roster is junior forward Stasha Carey, who comes in averaging just 7.3 points per game. Fifth-year senior guard Tyler Scaife has slowed down a bit in the past five games for Rutgers, reaching her average of 19.2 points per game and 44.5-percent shooting clip just once in that span. GARRETT STEFFE / FEBRUARY 2018 NBA SCORES

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JON MACCOLL, co-head coach of the swimming and diving team, announced the hiring of 18time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA Division II National Champion Katia Alyabyeva to Rutgers’ coaching staff this week.

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knights schedule


Atlanta Milwaukee






Big Ten Championships

at Wisconsin

vs. Texas

at Miami

Today, 10 a.m., Columbus, Ohio

Tonight, 8 p.m., Madison, Wis.

Tomorrow, 6 p.m., Puerto Vallarta, Mex.

Friday, 7 p.m., Coral Gables, Fla.

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