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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas speaks at student center Kira Herzog news editor

School of Arts and Sciences Senate Leader Christopher Markosian is working toward making Rutgers the first Big Ten school to recognize Election Day as a University holiday. FLICKR

Three years after earning the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, Jose Antonio Vargas publicly identified himself as an undocumented immigrant. Vargas first shared his story in a New York Times Magazine essay entitled “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” in 2011. In the piece, he spoke about coming to terms with his identity after learning, at 16-years-old, that his green card had been fabricated. Now, at 34, Vargas is a high-profile advocate and champion for both undocumented and LGBTQIA communities. “I’ve come out of the closet twice,” he said in front of the crowd in the

College Avenue Student Center on Wednesday afternoon. But despite possessing one of the most prestigious honors in journalism, Vargas remains at risk of being detained or deported due to his undocumented status. He recently moved out of his Los Angeles apartment to keep the permanent records from revealing his address, he said. He told The Daily Targum it is absolutely crucial for students to learn about immigration and take the issue into their own hands — particularly in the current political climate. “When I was arrested in Texas three years ago, I was detained for eight hours. Eight hours and then they released me. Now, I mean it might take weeks,” he said. “I’m prepared for that I’m just scared for

my family. My grandmother, who’s 78, she’s a U.S. citizen and she keeps telling me that maybe I’ve done enough and it’s time for me to go back to the Philippines.” Vargas said it has been 23 years since he last saw his mother. “I never planned on becoming a journalist,” Vargas said. “The only reason I became a journalist was because — you know how when you write a stor y you get a byline that says ‘by Jose Antonio Vargas’ — I thought that maybe, if I can’t be here legally because I don’t have papers, what if my name is on the paper?” Vargas’s appearance on Wednesday was part of the University’s fourth annual “Access Week” and See journalist on Page 5

Student aims to cancel classes on election day Chloe Dopico Associate News Editor

About 59 percent of eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 24 voted in the 2016 national election, according to Statistic Brain. One School of Arts and Sciences junior hopes to change this statistic by implementing a University holiday for national election day. Christopher Markosian, a School of Arts and Sciences Senate leader at-large, said he believes there are many reasons individuals between 18 and 24 did not vote in this past election, including time constraints, voting in inconvenient polling places and being out of town.

“All of these reasons apply to University students who, at the time of election, most likely do not reside at their permanent home addresses,” he said. In order to fix this issue, Markosian and School of Arts and Sciences sophomore and Senate Leader Julie Serrano proposed an amendment to the University academic calendar to designate any election day as a University holiday, with no classes held that day, Markosian said. He said the cancellation of classes would encourage students to vote and emphasize the importance of election day. See election on Page 5

Jose Antonio Vargas gave a keynote speech in the College Avenue Student Center as part of Access Week, an annual speaker series organized by Student Affairs. Vargas is an award-winning journalist, social activist and undocumented immigrant. KIRA HERZOG

Business School issues apology for barring students from career fair Nikhilesh De correspondent

Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei sent a statement to The Daily Targum apologizing for the dismissal of almost 40 students at the career fair last Friday for not meeting the dress code. Julian Perez

Rutgers Business School (RBS) Dean Lei Lei apologized on behalf of the school’s administration on Wednesday for turning away students at their career fair last Friday. The Office of Career Management will help students contact recruiters if they were unable to meet with them last week, she said in a statement to The Daily Targum. “We regret that the actions at last week’s career fair adversely affected some of our students and cast a

shadow over the success we have achieved in helping our students secure more meaningful internships and jobs,” she said. Rutgers Business School Director of Communications and Marketing Daniel Stoll said the school’s administrators will be revising the dress code guidelines, and that they would likely take in student input during this process. A petition asked Business School Director Eugene Gentile to apologize to students, as well as for the school to revise its dress code.

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“Navy is the most popular color on Wall Street for suits. It is ver y unfortunate that students were turned away from the career fair for committing the crime of being fashionable,” according to the petition. “... RBS needs to recognize navy as appropriate business attire because the whole world already does.” Read the full statement below: The administration at Rutgers Business School apologizes to the students who were turned away See fair on Page 4

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Students share best post-midnight food spots at Rutgers

Students named Easton Avenue as the top location for late-night meals. Hansel ‘n Griddle, Wings Over Rutgers and Nirvanis Indian Kitchen are all popular among Rutgers students. JASON YE

Anushtha Mittal contributing writer

Restaurants adjacent to the College Avenue campus on Easton Avenue have become the most popular places for Rutgers students to satisfy their hunger past midnight. Suharsh Mandhare, a Rutgers Business School senior, said he and his friends prefer the latenight food on Easton to takeout from the Rutgers dining halls. “Since I have a car, sometimes we will just go to Taco Bell right down on Easton Avenue to pick up some food for everyone and have that,” he said. Nirvanis is a good place to eat, and there are also tasty options for wings on Easton, Mandhare said. He said late-night food choices can also depend on alcohol consumption.

“Sometimes I have classes late and sometimes I am just busy and I don’t have time to get food before the dining hall closes,” said Tanvi Mankame, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. Places on the College Avenue campus and on Easton Avenue are the most popular for food after hours, she said. “Rutgers community needs a late night place. There is only one Indian place here and they love the food, so why not stay open late? I have been doing that for nine years,” said Niraj Jivani, owner of Nirvanis Indian Kitchen located on Easton Avenue. Students study at night. They get hungry. There are a number of hospital members working at different hospitals late at night who want food. When people drink,



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they need a place to sober up and opening late at night serves that purpose, he said. A lot of students who live on other campuses like Busch, Livingston and Cook/Douglass do not have easy access to the College Avenue restaurants late at night, Jivani said. They have difficulty getting delivery services. “The biggest request is delivery at night. A lot of people cannot make it out here. We have our

local patrons that go to the bars on Easton Avenue, George Street and students from College Avenue who can walk over. But the dorms are far. You need delivery,” he said. Between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., restaurants can receive hundreds of customers and lines out the door, Jivani said. Staying open late is a good way to lure in customers coming from the bars, said Lakovos Hatzidimitriou, a

shift manager at Hansel ‘n Griddle on Easton Avenue. “All the bars in New Brunswick are open ‘till 2 a.m., which means that the period between 2 and 3 a.m., people are leaving the bars, giving them some place to go and get food,” he said. Hansel ‘n Griddle sometimes stays open even later than 3 a.m., Hatzidimitriou said. Students work late, study late and stay up later than they would normally at home, he said. It affords students the flexibility to be able to order pretty much anytime. The restaurants can get fairly crowded late at night, but it depends on the day. Weekends are busier than weekdays, Hatzidimitriou said. Some of the busiest hours are between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., dinner between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and the bar rush, which is anywhere between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., he said. Restaurants are incentivized to stay open late for profits, he said. Staying open late helps to capitalize on the market and the location they are in, said Nick Santaniello, a cook at Wings Over Rutgers on Easton Avenue. “We are open till 3 o’clock on Fridays and Saturdays because people go out on those nights obviously. People can order instore, people can pick up or have it delivered to them. They can order online, use Grubhub, or call in by phone and order,” he said. “We have a whole system set up for that.”

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Study shows income inequality at Rutgers Christian Zapata contributing writer

When considering “the 1 percent” it is easy to imagine fast cars, big houses and extravagant Gatsby-themed parties. But in reality, it could be the student who sits three rows ahead of you in class. As described by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the 1 percent is the small group of Americans collectively earning 85 percent of the total income growth. In other words, it is 25 times the national average for the remaining 99 percent of Americans, according to Forbes. New information reports the population of students in the 1 percent outweighs the bottom 60 percent at 38 universities, including five Ivy League schools throughout the country, according to The New York Times. The study published by The Equal Opportunity Project aims to restore confidence in the American dream of higher education by surveying the economic diversity of educational institutions across the country and

ranking them by the percentage of students in the 1 percent. Among these schools, Rutgers ranks 547 out of over 1,000, according to The New York Times. The finding that 1.3 percent of Rutgers’ student body has members in the 1 percent can be attributed to an economically diverse community of students created by Rutgers, said Thomas J. Prusa, professor in the Department of Economics. Comparatively, Rutgers has set itself apart as an extremely diverse institution, attracting students from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds has become its strong point throughout the years, Prusa said. Meeting the needs of different educational backgrounds has become a challenge for instructors, but one that the University continues to strive towards. The empirical evidence that college creates value in lifetime income is overwhelming, thereby setting the standard that many lower income students have of being first-generation college graduates, Prusa said. Rutgers is a state school and does a very

The New York Times reported that 1.3 percent of the student population at Rutgers University belongs to the top 1 percent, a small group of Americans that collectively earns 85 percent of the country’s total income growth. GRAPHIC BY MAHA HADAYA good job at servicing a range of financial situations. Even though Rutgers provides equal opportunities for all of its students, the data shows very little discrepancy among overall success of students based on their financial background, according to The New York Times. Students of lower income

attending Ivy League schools performed up to par with their wealthier classmates. “An interesting question to look at is how this affects people’s choices,” said Barry Sopher, an undergraduate program director for the Department of Economics. “Given that students in the 1 percent aren’t limited by choice of schools many things come into question, such family legacy as a factor of choice.” Sopher said the application process exists for a reason, and the University can help influence student distribution. The state is responsible for aiding students with lower income households via financial aid programs. He said he believes Rutgers is a good value for all students, especially in the Department of Economics. The real issue for students of lower income comes in finding balance between work lives and maintaining focus in school, Sopher said. Too many students are balancing full-time jobs with rigorous course loads, cutting corners in their education as a result.

These struggles are unique to the population of Rutgers students living underneath the 1 percent and present a different perspective of student life. Aside from classes, chores and taking care of her dog, comes financial responsibility, said Mariah Rice, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “I pay for my term bill, sign my own loans, my rent, utilities and pretty much ever ything else except for car insurance. I also need to maintain a steady job just to keep up, and often find myself taken away from schoolwork and other daily activities,” she said. Rice said she often finds herself stressed out, but that it is just a part of her daily life. She recommends evaluating circumstances before committing fulltime to anything. “I don’t consider myself at disadvantage, having to worr y about finances forces me to constantly adapt and move for ward. It pushes me to work harder similarly to students on scholarships,” Rice said.

fair Around 40 students were barred entry from career fair on Feb. 10 for dress code violations to meet with employers in the future. As a top public business school from the Feb. 10 job fair because in the Northeast, we take great of a dress code policy. After a meeting with the pride in our students, both acadeans on Tuesday Feb. 14, the demically and professionally. We regret that the Office of Caactions at last reer Manageweek’s career ment in New fair adversely Brunswick “We regret that the affected some and Newark actions at last week’s of our stucontacted the career fair adversely dents and cast affected stua shadow over dents to assist affected some of our the success we them in reconstudents ...” have achieved necting with Lei Lei in helping our recruiters. In Dean of Rutgers Business School students seaddition, the cure meaningdeans at Rutful internships gers Business and jobs. School are Our career management proscheduled to meet with the affected students next week. A re- cess is not perfect, and we look view of the dress code is already forward to working with our reunder way and will be revised to cruiters and students to further ensure that it does not exclude improve our practices, including students from opportunities the dress code guidelines. continued from front

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Rutgers joins Big Data Alliance in N.J. Kimberly Peterman contributing writer

Big Data Alliance unites nine higher education institutions in New Jersey with government and industry partners to increase the state’s prominence in the growing field of big data analytics. In 2013, while helping develop the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for Economic Development at Rutgers University and associate director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), began looking at what other states were doing with big data. She said she realized that in order to gain prominence in the field, institutions within New Jersey would need to start working together. To facilitate this, she began collaborating with other institutions within New Jersey to form the Big Data Alliance. Big data refers to the collection, storage and analysis of large volumes of data, according to Forbes. It is becoming a staple in many fields including finance, retail, information technology and more. The field is expected to grow very quickly in the next several years, according to Forbes. The Big Data Alliance is a consortium of nine institutions, including Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey


Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rowan University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stockton University, Princeton University and Rutgers University. These schools are sharing their expertise in building educational programs around advanced computation, data analytics and big data. “The purpose is to pool our resources so that the sum can be greater than the parts, because we all have strengths in different areas whether it’s technology, whether it’s educational programs, whether it’s expertise,” Brennan-Tonetta said. “By pooling these resources together these academic institutions have greater access to resources and industry and the state has access to these resources.” In this pooling of resources, Rutgers is considered the primary processing power. As the home of Caliburn, the state’s most powerful computing system, Rutgers provides those from other institutions in the Big Data Alliance the ability to power through large swaths of data more quickly. Rutgers students and faculty have access to the workshops, classes and technology at these other institutions. The Big Data Alliance is also working with industr y partners to build internship programs, Brennan-Tonetta said. Those in charge of the Alliance also hope that this will lead to increase funding for all the

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for Economic Development at Rutgers, worked with other institutions in the state to form the Big Data Alliance, which aims to increase the state’s prominence in the field of big data. institutions involved. The hope, Brennan-Tonetta said, is that the combined resources will allow the Big Data Alliance, the institutions involved and the state government to have stronger grant applications get more funding. More funding will allow these institutions to continue to

students, which is why it gained so much suppor t. “Based on the results of the poll 59 percent of eligible voters between 18, 24 voted completed by Rutgers students, 95 percent of respondents stated in 2016 national election that they would be more likely to vote if no classes were in session charge must be issued for investiga- on presidential election day,” Marcontinued from front tion by the Rutgers University Sen- kosian said. Markosian said they reached “Members of the Rutgers com- ate Executive Committee and then munity would be able to act and the Senate’s Academic Standards, out the several universities that reflect on the importance of vot- Regulation and Advising Commit- did not hold classes on 2016 ing, allowing for a larger voter tee (ASRAC) for investigation and election day and were providturnout among the population,” development of a report, Markosian ed testimonials regarding how he said. “This would enable stu- said. After that, it would then be vot- beneficial having the day of f was to the student body in redents to travel to their home dis- ed on by the entire Senate. Responses from University gards to voting. tricts to cast their vote, cultivate a Serrano said that they have tradition of voting and represent of ficials have been mixed, Serbeen struggling to get the Senall beliefs and ideas of our diverse rano said. “Some officials love the idea ate Executive Committee to student body.” Rutgers School of Business and agree that such a holiday is agree to charge this issue to the Senate’s junior and academic Rutgers Unistandards. versity Stu“Members of the Rutgers community would be able to “We encourdent Assembly (RUSA) Vice act and reflect on the importance of voting, allowing age students to email the President Evan for a larger voter turnout among the population.” Chair of the Covello said Senate, Peter students have christopher markosian Gillett, about hectic class School of Arts and Sciences Senate Leader this to encourschedules and age him to some do not hear it in Execregister at polling locations near campus. Hav- necessary. Others have argued utive Committee. We have been ing election day categorized as that the issue is not a priority to working extremely hard on this a national holiday gives students the University at the moment, charge, including meeting with the opportunity to go to polls and refusing to address the charge,” influential Senate members to garner support as well as putting she said. have their voices heard. Despite mixed reviews from countless hours into writing the If Rutgers made Election Day a University holiday, they University of ficials, Covello final report. We have gained the would be the first school in the said an over whelming major- support of numerous members Big Ten to do so, Covello said. ity of the student body sup- of the Senate as well as a large This could be a way for Rutgers ports the idea. A lot of barriers portion of the student populato be a leader for encouraging prevent students from being tion. Yet without Chairperson able to vote and declaring Gillett agreeing to hear it in Excivic engagement. In order for election day to be election day as a University ecutive Committee, the charge considered a University holiday, the holiday will make it easier for will go nowhere,” she said.

expand programs and over students more training with the Big Data Alliance. Specifically, Rutgers associates have been working with the others on the Industr y-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) grant program, according to the Rutgers School of Engineering.


Still, the results of this collaboration will not be seen for at least another year. “It’s taken a while to really get it up and running, but this year I feel we’ve really hit our stride and I really feel like we’ll being seeing great things in the next year,” Brennan-Tonetta said.

which provides statistics from unbiased and reliable sources. In an exclusive interview with U.S. Census data shows the Targum, Vargas said journalhave largely failed to report immigration has gone ists on immigration with proper emphasis on facts and contexts. down in last year “We’ve never really told the whole story of this country to itself. From Native Americans to continued from front African-Americans, we like to say the “America Converges Here” that this country was built by immiinitiative. The lecture was preced- grants — when we say that, who do ed by a screening of his film “Doc- we leave behind? We leave behind umented” on Monday night at the Native Americans and black people, right like they weren’t immigrants, Rutgers Cinema. Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, the vice one group was wiped out by genochancellor of Undergraduate Aca- cide and the other was forced to demic Affairs, told the Targum that come here and build the country,” the goal of hosting “Access Week” Vargas said. “So insisting on the is to open the door for new conversa- complexity of our own story, now more than ever tions on campus. is of utmost “Converimportance.” gence is about “So insisting on the Complex asking: What complexity of our own conversations are the kinds story, now more than ever are central to of conversais of utmost importance.” progress, and tions and what Rutgers stuare the issues jose antonio vargas dents are crethat we need Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist ating unique to talk about to conversations move forward through the at a university,” Sifuentes-Jáuregui said. “There protests, walkouts and sit-ins that are about 450 undocumented stu- they have initiated over the last dents in the Rutgers system and few months, Vargas said. In a direct address, Vargas bringing Jose Antonio Vargas, someone who has been talking so expressed solidarity with the esmuch about undocumented stu- timated 450 undocumented students, brings this facet of our stu- dents attending Rutgers. “You are not alone,” he said. dent body into the foreground.” Recently, Vargas launched the “You are never alone. Whatever Define America project, which you’re going through, somebody aims to counter misinformation else has already gone through and change the conversation sur- it, somebody else has survived rounding immigration. The site it and somebody else has tranincludes a “Facts Matter” page, scended it.”


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Alt-right’s passive revolution is upon us


n the era of President Donald J. Trump, a FAHRENHEIT 250 strange warped reality has enveloped us into a world of terrifying execuMERYEM UZUMCU tive orders, fictive events touted as fact and a flow of scandals that just don’t seem to stop. The first few weeks of the administration have been both exhausting and horrifying for all of us who are subject to U.S. government processes, like the court system, being challenged by an administration simply in favor of legitimizing its own power and voice. The processes that sanctify and solidify the U.S. secular, liberal hegemony are being penetrated by an alt-right. The alt-right consolidation of power is not a visible movement that people can pinpoint on the streets. While it’s no longer in the form of a KKK rally, the alt-right has consolidated its power through what seems convincingly similar to a passive revolution. In Neo-Gramscian terms, Cihan Ziya Tugal, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, classifies the passive revolution as an “incorporation of revolutionary movements (the alt-right) in existing systems (U.S. liberal democracy). This transformation mainly consisted of bourgeois empowerment without popular participation and economic loss of privilege for the aristocracy without its total extinction.” A passive revolution is distinct because in this case, the conservative right — from the Tea Party to the pro-life movement — have expanded their networks in civil society. The proliferation of organizations and social networks that regulate everyday life, or civil society, has generated the means for a formidable and politically organized base. Trump’s process of delegitimization of the liberal order made up of institutions, to which people consent, exercises a reinforcement of his own domination. If we consider civil society as an arena of organizational networks that can be mobilized by political society and ultimately the state, the president’s close ties with alt-right organizers, like Bannon, engenders the links between civil society and the state. His rise to power elicits an unlinking of liberal forces and the state and relinks the state with the alt-right political movement, is in line with the traits of a passive revolution. Trump’s presidency has affirmed the conservative right as a whole, particularly in its efforts for generating and supporting organizations that regulate American’s relationships with the economy, society and the state, all in-line with conservative thought. What this entails is a difficult environment for access to abortions and contraceptives, and the expansion of undocumented peoples rights, among other civil liberties. The passive revolution is not yet complete — though we see the process of it unfolding before our eyes. The left must not only learn how to better read the signals and headlines of the minute but read it in unison. With every “so-called judge” comment or executive order that circumvents Congress follows the political impetus for establishing an alt-right hegemony. In interpreting Trump’s rise to power as a state that is day by day becoming more entrenched in the alt-right power bloc, those who oppose must find the common ground to fight its messaging. The mass protests in airports and on the streets become increasingly necessary. Shows like “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) have become an increasingly important stage that not only undermines the administration’s authority through skits and humor but on a certain level displays its horror. “SNL” has been able to cut through and represent the absurdity of the administration in a way that the mainstream media has failed in communicating to the public. In our increasingly dystopian reality, the inverse result has manifested in comedians providing a more apt critique of current politics than the “so called” critics in the newsroom. The “so called” prefix that renders the institution or position in question as fake requires the overwhelming response provoked, which calls into question the “so-called” president’s authority. I am not unable to admit that the alt-right is indeed a well-organized political movement with clear messaging, unity and social activity in its base. What they are able to do that is so extremely fundamental for the left to appropriate is the movement’s convincing promise to offer those living in precarity with a vision for a better future. The movement is not made up of one class of people, but Trump was able to mobilize the movement to its current height of influence by outlining a class struggle and offering the impoverished what the left failed to deliver to people in 2008. On the left, we must find a way to focus on an uplifting class message, one that can unify and offer an alternative to the fascism served daily. Perhaps this is in the form of organizing to reinvigorate the labor movement in solidarity with a myriad of race, sexuality and documented status issues, or perhaps it requires something new. Whatever this possibility entails, it is clear that it needs to happen faster than the alt-right’s notso-passive passive revolution. Meryem Uzumcu is a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior majoring in planning and public policy, Middle Eastern studies and women’s and gender studies. Her column, “Fahrenheit 250,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.



Suit yourself (but only in black) Rutgers Business School’s dress code for career day was impractical


he annual career fairs at the Rutgers Busi- assistance and suits are expensive. The average reness School always attract a plethora of eager tail cost of a suit ranges from $200-$1,000. That’s a college students, dressed for success, for the lot of money, especially for students who attend a opportunity to try and impress potential employees. University with one of the highest in-state tuitions But this year, Rutgers Business School decided that in the nation. If a student already owns a suit that is not in accordance with the dress codes Rutgers “dressing for success” had a different definition. In this year’s career fair flyer, it told male students Business School randomly decided to implement, to wear “clean, polished dark dress shoes,” and wear what are they supposed to do? Rutgers Business School explained that they did, black or dark gray professional suits. This “flyer” is available online but an estimated 40 students were in fact, have a program established that assists stukept out of the career fair because of their choice to dents with paying for business attire, but the only wear either blue shirts, blue suits, the wrong shade information about this program is located in the student handbook. There is no mention of this program of gray or brown shoes. Having a dress code for a career fair is more than online and there is no email associated with it either. understandable. First impressions are incredibly Why offer a resource only to ensure that it is placed in important, and encouraging students, who are pre- the most obscure and inconspicuous place possible? Shouldn’t Rutgers paring to venture out Business School be into the real world, promotto dress appropriate“If Rutgers Business School is not preparing rampantly ing this program if ly is something the these students for the real world, then what they really want to Rutgers Business help out? School prides itself are they preparing them for?” If in the “real on. But it may have world” employtaken it too far. ers had a vendetta Following rules are important, especially for something as official against blue or brown suits, then Rutgers Business as a career fair, where employers are assessing your School’s decision would make sense. But the most every move. But following a rule that bans specific incredulous part is that a Rutgers Business School suit colors, that students have been encouraged to student was quoted saying that a police officer “told wear in Rutgers Business School forums, is utterly (him he) had a nice suit that was too light. He said ridiculous. On top of that, if Rutgers Business School that in the real world, the suit was fine, but in this truly wanted to implement this dress code, it would world, it was too (light).” If Rutgers Business School have made a more conscientious effort to ensure is not preparing these students for the real world, that every student would be aware of this change, then what are they preparing them for? Isn’t the especially if the dress code differed from that of pre- whole point of these career fairs to expose students vious years. When students have worn specific suits to real-world careers so that they have experiences for interviews and career fairs for a few years consec- lined up for after they graduate? If Rutgers Business School implemented this utively, suddenly changing the rules without properdress code because they truly wanted their students ly informing them of the changes is unfair. Rutgers Business School should have also consid- to succeed, they would not have barred students ered the fact that they are speaking to college stu- from the very opportunities they claim they were dents. A majority of college students get no financial helping them obtain. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 148th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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It is necessary for U.S. to keep committment to NATO THE PRINCIPLED MILLENNIAL MICHAEL PIQUERO


f all the unconventional promises made by President Donald J. Trump during the campaign season, one in particular stuck out to me, and not in a good way. Trump’s rhetoric on the North American Trade Organization (NATO) baffled nearly any astute observer of international relations. This column is not intended to relitigate past remarks but rather to explain the significance of America’s commitment to European security and the importance of the current dialogue underway between the Trump administration and Western leaders regarding the infamous military alliance. To first understand the importance of NATO, one must retrace their steps all the way to 1949. World War II had recently ended and Europe was left ravaged and war torn. Cities were stripped of their historic glory, monuments were decimated and millions of people were left destitute and impoverished. In short, the post-war European environment was dismal. To make matters worse, a conflict had begun to emerge between the Western nations anchored by America and the Eastern nations by Russia. This conflict would eventually spiral into what is referred

to as the Cold War. The details of how this conflict came to be are inconsequential in regards to this conversation. But the differences between the ideologies, politics and cultures of the two opposing forces made it difficult for anyone to see how the situation could end favorably. The advent of nuclear weaponry only exacerbated the crisis, for most political observers realized that one fatal misstep could realistically precipitate the end of civilization itself. What prevented this disastrous outcome

be an attack on the rest. Providing the most economic and military resources, the United States was the backbone of the alliance and acted as a bulwark against Russian ambitions. Between 1949 and 1991 the only thing that prevented the Russians from storming across the Berlin Wall into Central Europe was the realization that war with Western Europe meant war with the U.S. And that would not have gone smoothly. Fast forward about 42 years later — the Soviet Union collapses, the Western

“Together they support gutting labor unions, the only institution left that empowers working people.” from occurring? How was it that the two world superpowers, brimming with hatred and contempt for each other, never physically fought each other on the battlefield? How did Europe, already weak and vulnerable, resist invasion by Russia that was rivaled to possess the strongest military capability in the world? The short answer is NATO. NATO was a military alliance comprised of all the Western powers intended to repel any Russian aggression on the continental mainland of Europe. NATO operated under the principle of collective action, or in other words, the concept that if any member of NATO was attacked, it would essentially

democratic model wins, and the Cold War ends. Russian aggression is tamed for the first time in a generation. NATO is used in various instances like during the Kosovo War during former President Bill Clinton’s administration, in Iraq and Afghanistan during former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama’s administration’s, and counter-terrorist operations during all three. Why, then, if the track record of NATO has proven to be such a resounding success, has Trump railed against the alliance, famously ridiculing it as “obsolete” and hinting at “rethinking” our involvement with the organization? Well, behind Trump’s flagrant

misstep referring to the alliance as “obsolete” were legitimately recognized grievances. For one, out of 28 countries in the alliance, only five meet the 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on defense spending requirement that was mutually agreed between all member nations.Despite these legitimate qualms about the organization, one must not look further than the Russian invasion of Crimea and its renewed aggressive posture under President Vladimir Putin to see the dangers of a dilapidated alliance. To renege on our agreement would be abandoning our staunchest and most admirable allies. Luckily, it seems as if Trump has back pedaled on his initial statements, perhaps cajoled by the brilliant Secretary of Defense James Mattis who has enthusiastically supported the alliance. Recent signs have pointed to increased defense spending by NATO allies, specifically Germany, which will undoubtedly soothe some of the organizations harshest denouncers. With upcoming talks between the Trump administration and European leaders amid a rapidly changing global environment and a resurgent Russia, one can only hope that reason will prevail and the U.S. will uphold its security agreement with NATO to secure peace for us all. Michael Piquero is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and history. His column, “The Principled Millennial,” runs on alternate Fridays.

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Body positivity takes full form with ‘Pretty Big’ performance

The dance troupe Pretty Big Movement performed at the Douglass Student Center last Monday and inspired the crowd to embrace self-love and self-acceptance as part of the Body Positivity Movement. CASEY AMBROSIO

Brittany Gibson Features Editor

Rutgers contributed to the body positivity movement by hosting a performance by the explosive dance troupe Pretty Big Movement, who embrace inclusivity and self-acceptance. Sponsored by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE)

last Monday night at the Douglass Student Center, Pretty Big Movement performed to hip-hop and ethnic music for a crowd eager to experience firsthand their collective confidence and self-love. Pretty Big Movement is a group that first became popular after they appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” branding themselves as women dancers who defy

stereotypes and are now leaders in the body positivity movement. “(Pretty Big Movement) are a group of women of color, who are full-figured, flexible, fabulous (but also) very personable, who have stories around body image,” said Keywaun Caulk, associate director of SJE. “They have been making this movement big to accept your body and (see it) in a different light.”

Their first set was a contemporar y hip-hop routine. Members of the troupe showed their master y in dance and dominated the stage in hot pink sequence tops and combat boots. Full of energy and zealous to show off their collective talents — Pretty Big Movement had ever yone’s full attention from the first beat. The second set, which came after a wacking and voguing tutorial, was performed to an ethnic music mix. The group members wore customized Dashiki tops fashioned for their hip-swaying and shaking. The members see themselves filling a visual void in the mainstream that lacks plus-sized female artists, founder and CEO Akira Armstrong said. And with more than 75,000 likes on Facebook, they’ve become role models to many. “It’s really impor tant for ever yone to see physical appearance doesn’t limit (anyone’s) abilities as dancers or ar tists,” said Pretty Big Movement dancer Teese. This is the second annual Body Positivity awareness week happening at the University and is part of a continuous effort to make Rutgers more inclusive, Caulk said. Co-host of the event Cheyenne Davis, who also runs her own body positivity blog, describes the movement as being comfortable with who you are. It’s all-inclusive and grounded in acceptance and healthfulness. “People think healthy is just physically healthy. It’s also psychological and emotional,” School of Arts and Sciences senior Davis said. “(And) it’s not a one-night thing. It’s life long. Self-actualization is body positivity, it’s mental clarity and all of those things combined.” Caulk said that with events like these, all students can feel more than just present on campus. Beyond being a diverse

school, recognizing narratives in the body positivity movement makes the University inclusive. “Inclusion means ever yone is welcome. We don’t just give you a pass to be here, we give you an opportunity to be free here,” she said. The short series of body positivity events on campus will bring awareness to different body sizes, politics and privilege surrounding body shapes and will help deconstruct societal views of body standards, Caulk said. It also puts body positivity on the same platform as other social movements. “A lot of times in college spaces, we don’t talk about body positivity,” Davis said. “For example, (some) Rutgers (students) have a lot of negativity about people that are larger (than) the realms of ‘societal’ normal … You need to see other facets of life, you have to see other perspectives, so you can learn … how to be more inclusive and accepting of others.” After their performances, the members of Pretty Big Movement sat on a panel to share their personal experiences with selflove and professional dancing as well as experiencing discrimination and rejection because of their bodies. Being women of color as well as plus size means they have faced layers of discrimination: Being overweight, being women and being people of color can’t be separated, Caulk said. “It’s very, very intersectional. You can’t just think about one and not the other,” she said. The members of Pretty Big Movement all had unique stories and experiences, but a common theme among them all was that it’s important to share with others the self-acceptance and love that they now have. A sentiment that isn’t dissimilar to that shared by Davis and her blog. “At the end of the day, you shouldn’t do anything alone,” Davis said. “And body positivity is far from solitary.”


February 16, 2017

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes


Page 9 Eugenia Last

Happy Birthday: Stay calm and handle matters with humility and dignity. Your ability to listen, assess and move forward will be your best resource as the year unfolds. There is plenty to gain from quiet and focused pursuits. Don’t feel the need to get involved in joint ventures when you know you can handle matters proficiently on your own. Your numbers are 4, 11, 21, 23, 34, 36, 41.

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Non Sequitur


ARIES (March 21-April 19): Travel and reflection will help you discover the best way to move forward. Don’t sweat the little things when the big picture should be your focus. Seeing is believing. Get started and don’t stop until you finish. 3 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll be tempted to spend on something you don’t need. Be wary of a fast-talking salesperson. Doing something that doesn’t cost much with someone you love will bring you far greater happiness and satisfaction. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Get involved in what’s happening at home, within your family or within groups or organizations you have joined. It’s important to offer suggestions. If you feel passionately about something, do your best to offer suggestions or solutions. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Follow through with your ideas and plans and bring about the changes that will make you feel comfortable. Not everyone will agree with the choices you make, but you have to do what’s best for you. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Work hard and play hard. Interacting with the people you want to collaborate with will help you gain ground personally and professionally. Don’t downplay love and romance. Make it clear how you feel and what your plans are for the future. 5 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Share your thoughts with the people you feel close to and you will come up with workable solutions to any problems you face. Travel and involvement in cultural events or experiences will give you the incentive to improve your lifestyle. 5 stars

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Keep your emotions in check. A little mistake can set off a series of unwanted events. Ease your stress by offering an honest assessment of the situation as well as a solution that will provide equal opportunities to everyone involved. 2 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Keep your message crystal clear. Offer something special and innovative instead of something expensive and you will attract the kinds of people you can actually trust to work alongside you. 4 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can be the instigator behind change if you devote your time to a cause you believe in. Sharing your thoughts and making sure the underdog is taken care of will position you well for advancement. Love is highlighted. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When it comes to work-related matters or your reputation, choose whatever path allows you to maintain your integrity. Being honest will help you avoid being indulgent. Set your standards high and do not budge. 4 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Grasp whatever situation you face before you leap in and take action. You will have a much greater impact if you assess and strategize before you move forward. You have the upper hand, and all you have to do is execute your plan precisely. 2 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Put more thought into the best way to invest in yourself and your skills. You can get ahead if you are honest about what you are capable of doing. Help will be offered if you present a precise picture of your plans. 5 stars

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Knights remain motivated despite low preseason ranking Griffin Whitmer Associate Sports Editor

Entering last season, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team was somewhat of an unknown commodity in the college lacrosse scene. Then, the Scarlet Knights went on to tie a program record in wins, defeat three ranked teams, including perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins twice and finished the season with the No. 16 spot in the country. This season, they are no surprise. Rutgers now sits at No.

18 in Inside Lacrosse’s rankings after starting the season at No. 19 and boast one of the best players in the conference in attacker Jules Heningburg, who last year was named First-Team All-Big Ten after doubling his point total from the previous season with 39 goals and 21 assists. This season, the Knights are still playing with a chip on their shoulders, despite the national recognition, Heningburg said. “I don’t think our mindset’s any different. I think we’re playing with

a chip on our shoulder still,” he said. “Just because it’s kind of how teams view us in general and as far as the locker room goes, losing two big players in (Christian Trasolini) and (Adam Charalambides). I think it’s kind of driving guys to really have to step up again.” Losing Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Scott Bieda to graduation seemed to be a large enough obstacle for Rutgers to overcome this year. But recently, sophomore attacker and reigning Big Ten

Junior attacker Jules Heningburg was named preseason All-Big Ten, but says his team is still playing with a chip on its shoulder. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / MARCH 2016

“I think we have a lot of goals Freshman of the Year Adam Charalambides and preseason that we need to strive for,” EdelAll-Conference midfielder Chris- mann said. “Of course we want tian Trasolini suffered injuries to make another appearance in prior to the season opener against the Big Ten Championships. We St. John’s and will both be out for really just gotta focus on the little things.” the season. And despite their preseaThose injuries will be very difficult for the Knights to overcome, son ranking, the Knights were but head coach Brian Brecht said pegged to finish four th with that as the team has improved Ohio State. The only team over the years, there are other picked to finish below them was Michigan. players that will Only the help the team top four teams maintain a level “I don’t think our make the conof consistency. mindset’s any different. ference tourna“We’ve got I think we’re playing ment at the end some great of the season older guys with a chip on our and although that have been shoulder still.” Rutgers made through a lot the championfor our proJULES HENINGBURG ship game last gram as we’ve Junior Attacker year, coaches gotten to this from the conpoint,” he said. ference don’t “We have a couple of guys that are injured necessarily believe that the that aren’t available for us this Knights can accomplish that year that were a big part of this feat again. Heningburg mentioned those program last year.” Brecht also said he won’t let preseason polls as something that those injuries change his expecta- has made the team even more motivated this season. tions for the team. “(In) the Big Ten, we were “The expectations, the standards and our goals all stay ranked to finish fourth, tied for fourth after beating a couple of the same.” Another missing piece of last those team that are above us,” year’s team was goalie Kris Al- he said. “The (national) polls in leyne, who graduated. Alleyne general, some of them we’re not wasn’t the one who started even ranked.” After dominating St. John’s the season, though, as it was then-sophomore Max Edelmann by a scoreline of 16-8, Rutgers who started the Knights’ first has some confidence heading three games between the pipes into a matchup with Army on Saturday. But according to Henbefore getting injured. Edelmann said that he has ingburg, there will always be learned to never take anything added motivation this season. “That chip’s still on our shoulfor granted after losing his whole season last year. He too, ders for sure.” though, echoed the sentiment For updates on the Rutthat as a team, Rutgers has not changed its mindset or expecta- gers men’s lacrosse team, follow tions and that the goals remain @griffinwhitmer and @TargumSports on Twitter. this same.

February 16, 2017

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PURDUE RU unable to assuage its 6-game losing streak, dropping another to Boilermakers continued from back taking a 26-20 lead at halftime. They improved their 26.7 percent mark from the first quarter to 42 percent in the second. One of the ways Purdue was able to turn the tide in the second quarter was with offensive rebounding. Holding a 12-6 advantage, the Boilermakers were able to limit the Knights from grabbing rebounds and getting out in transition. On the other hand, Rutgers really struggled to find a rhythm on offense. The Knights shot just 27.5 percent from the field in the first half, often due to them chewing up unnecessar y time off the shot clock leading to poor decisions. The most prominent storyline in Big Ten play for Rutgers has been the third quarter. The Knights have been getting outscored by wide margins nearly every time they take the floor for the second half. “I can give you a bunch of philosophical BS if you want me to, or I can tell you the truth,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “It’s a mental thing.” Purdue outscored them 16-10 in the third quarter and although that is not a dominating scoreline, it gave the Boilermakers a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter which seemed to be insurmountable for Rutgers. The fourth quarter went back and forth, but Purdue always

had an answer any time Rutgers tried to put together any sort of a run. Stringer was once against visibly distraught at her team’s performance and 26 games into the season, with just four games remaining in the regular season, she still can not seem to figure out the issue with this team. “This is the only team I know that I haven’t been able to figure this one out for my life,” she said. Junior guard Shrita Parker paced the Knights with 11 points, but was the only Rutgers player in double-figures and was just 25 percent from the field and 1-7 from three point range. She is the primary scorer for the team and will have to put up better numbers night in and night out to produce wins. “(I need to) hit shots and be a leader and be more effective defensively,” she said when asked how she could improve her game with limited time left in the season. This is the seventh consecutive game that Rutgers has lost, though a trip to last-place Wisconsin on Saturday could help turn things around. Sanders has been the catalyst for this offense, as well as the leader on the defensive end of the floor. At 6-20, the Knights are not in contention for a postseason tournament, but still have four remaining games to prove themselves as a team.

REPEAT Rutgers walks into meet against Lehigh after 18-15 win in last year’s meeting continued from back white line against No. 11 Lehigh Friday in a rematch from last year’s affair. On a night heroically won by heavyweight Billy Smith, Rutgers topped then-No. 7 Lehigh at home to the tune of 18-15. Smith, who has since graduated, has proved the deciding factor

in the Knights’ last two victories over the Mountain Hawks, which spells a great deal of significance for the latter half of Rutgers’ lineup this weekend. A notably front-loaded team, sporting ranked wrestlers in its first seven slots, the Knights will need to see bonus-point wins from grapplers like freshman 197-pounder Matthew Correnti

“We just need to be better, offensively, defensively,” Sanders said. “I feel like we got so much potential but we holding back. I feel like we need to improve ever y game, stay focused, keep tr ying to learn, stay positive going for ward.” Sanders has strung together some quality games on defense, but the offensive output by the Knights has been nothing short of disappointing over the last five games. During that 0-5 stretch, Rutgers is averaging just under 47 points per game, while opponents

are averaging 64.8 points per game. A 17-point difference in conference play is not ideal to say the least and for Stringer, there is nothing complicated about her team’s recent struggles. “At the end of the day, the name of the game is to put the ball in the basket,” she said. “And we don’t do such a good job of that.” While trying to think of what the issue is with this team, Stringer struggled to think of anything other than pure shooting percentage in regards to what is holding Rutgers back.

As the season winds down, the Knights have just one home game remaining, as they will host No. 12 Ohio State in their season finale. Rutgers will try to close out the season on a high note but for now, there is only one thing Stringer’s mind keeps reverting to. “The proof is in the pudding,” she said. “We cannot shoot. Period.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow @griffinwhitmer and @TargumSports on Twitter.

Sophomore guard KK Sanders moves the ball up past halfcourt, scanning for an open pass. She led the offense for much of the night, putting up five assists. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR

and junior heavyweight Razohnn Gross, Smith’s successor. “You can tell how much better he’s gotten,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “From a ride-out situation … I told the other guys, ‘I don’t know if he can ride a bike, but he found a way to ride somebody in overtime.’ He’s getting a lot better. Good for Razohnn.” But Gross, who collected an overtime victory in Rutgers’ 28-6 rout against Northwestern last weekend, is not solely complicit in the Knights’ potential toppling of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania side. Beyond the usual suspects — junior 141-pounder Anthony

Senior 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas looks to to garner mat time against Lehigh after collecting a technical fall against Northwestern. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017

Ashnault, senior 149-pounder Ken Theobold, sophomore 157-pounder John Van Brill and junior 184-pounder Nicholas Gravina — other atheletes will have to put in maximum effort to not only try and scrape out wins but avoid bonus-point losses at all costs. Junior 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio, who will stand toeto-toe with No. 9 Scott Parker of the Mountain Hawks Friday, needs to channel his mat play from the Northwestern meet, says Goodale, to find success on the road. “He’s in this conference where the top seven guys in the country are all from the Big Ten … it’s a really good conference. He’s been up against the best guys in the country, but you can see he’s really starting to wrestle better in the neutral position,” Goodale said. But of course, Rutgers’ fate does not rest solely on the laurels of Gross and DelVecchio, as the aforementioned Ashnault and Theobold, usually safe wins, find taller competition Friday. In fact, No. 6 Ashnault saw his stock rise substantially after both of his past wins against his upcoming opponent, No. 16 Randy Cruz. At last year’s meeting, Ashnault put him away, 9-2, and a year prior, the South Plainfield native earned All-American status with a 3-2 victory over Cruz. Considering Ashnault’s current form — having won 11 consecutive matches and winning 17 of his 23 matches this season with bonus points — he should fare in a similar vein as he has in the past versus Cruz. But the status of “sure things” like Ashnault and the Knights’

favorable past against the Mountain Hawks is so little to rest on. Rutgers is a troubling 1-4 score against ranked opponents this season, with their only win coming against then-No. 12 Illinois at home. With the Knights traveling to Bethlehem, where they have never won, they face another nationally ranked team on the road, a feat it has yet to overcome. Of those four losses, Lehigh has seen the same result in three, dropping dual meets with Cornell, Penn State and Michigan. Rutgers, having crept up the polls recently after a thrashing of Northwestern, seemed to gain some of the momentum lost amid a trying Big Ten slate. The team will see no surprises Friday. The teams have seen each other before. With all the shifting and changing the Knights’ lineup have seen this season, there is a familiarity from last season. The same top performers are still at the top, but Friday, much relies on the supporting cast. Rutgers does not have Billy Smith anymore to grab a meet-winning match, but Goodale is confident in his team’s ability to work through the event, match for match. For now, he’s just focused on the preparation. Anything that happens Friday will ride on that. “We’ll go status quo for the week and prepare and take off tomorrow,” Goodale said. “Try to get as healthy as we can get and get ready for them.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow @jon_spilletti and @TargumSports on Twitter.

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Quote of the Day

“And in my senior year, we’re wrestling in the football stadium with 16,000 (people), so you can see where this program is going.” — Fifth-year senior 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas

THURSDAY, february 16, 2017



Rutgers drops 7th in row vs. Purdue Griffin Whitmer Associate Sports Editor

Looking to end a six-game losing streak, the Rutgers women’s basketball team took on Purdue at the Rutgers Athletic Center Wednesday night. That did not happen. The Boilermakers (16-11, 7-6) rode Ashley Morrissette’s 19-point performance en route to a convincing 55-42 victory over the Scarlet Knights (6-20, 3-10). The Scarlet Knights have been accustomed to fast starts at home, relying on early shot-making and high-pressure defense. Going into the first timeout of the game, just a little over halfway through the first quarter, they were 2-9 from the field. They did, however, limit the Boilermakers to a 1-9 mark from the field with KK Sanders jumping a pass that led to a fast break. The first quarter ended with a 9-9 scoreline and more likely than not some very unhappy coaches. Both teams were shooting under 30 percent from the field while Purdue missed all of its 3-point attempts and went just 1-4 from the free-throw line. The Boilermakers ramped it up in the second quarter, as they nearly doubled their offensive output, putting up 17 points and Junior guard Shrita Parker drives baseline past a defender. Parker contributed 11 points on 25 percent shooting, two rebounds and two assists in Rutgers’ 55-42 loss to Purdue Wednesday night at home. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR

See PURDUE on Page 11


RU seeks repeat over Lehigh at NWCA Series Jon Spilletti Sports Editor

In almost every metric, the Rutgers wrestling team is improving. Since their initial membership in the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights have gone from 2-7 to 5-4 to 6-3 in the conference, breaking through national rankings and knocking off a few ranked foes. To boot, the Rutgers Athletic Center has been anything but a fortress for Rutgers. With a 6-0 record at home this year, a trip to Piscataway has become synonymous with a reflective ride back. Smiles come at a premium for visitors to the RAC. The Knights are not what they were three years ago. “My freshman year, we wrestled at the Barn with a couple hundred fans,” said senior 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas. “And in my senior year, we’re wrestling in the football stadium with 16,000 (people), so you can see where this program is going.” The team isn’t where it was last year either. Walking into a weekend that seems oddly reminiscent of last year’s National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Championships Series, the No. 12 Knights will toe the Head Coach Scott Goodale looks to repeat last year’s result at the NWCA Championships Series with a win over Lehigh Friday. Goodale led his team to a 28-6 rout over Northwestern last weekend. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017

knights schedule



Philadelphia Boston

108 116

Brooklyn Miami

125 129

San Antonio Orlando

107 79

Indiana Cleveland

104 113

Charlotte Toronto

85 90

Dallas Detroit

91 98


sophomore runner, was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. The honor comes on the heels of Brown running a 45.67 400-meter race, a time that is first in the conference this year, second in the country and fourth-fastest in the world.

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Big Ten Champioinships

vs. Northern Illinois/ Ohio

at No. 11 Lehigh

at Miami (Fla.)

Today, All Day, West Lafayette, Ind.

Tomorrow, 10 a.m., Athens, Ohio

Tomorrow, 7 p.m., Bethlehem, Pa.

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

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