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Student Assembly charges 2 members with election fraud Bushra Hasan staff writer

The Rutgers University Student Assembly’s (RUSA) elections committee has accused two assembly members of engaging in election fraud, but the committee’s evidence may be limited. The two assembly members who were charged are School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Vladimir Carrasco, who also serves as the public relations chair for RUSA, and School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Jessica Resnick, who serves as the Livingston at-large representative. Carrasco said he was initially confronted about this incident on Feb. 2 by School of Arts and Sciences senior Anish Patel, the head of the elections committee, who claimed he was engaging in “pre-campaigning.” On Feb. 6, both Resnick and Carrasco received a written charge through email accusing them of election fraud. Carrasco said that he found the change in story unsettling, considering this is a serious matter. An excerpt of the letter says, “The Elections Committee has sole jurisdiction over matters of campaigning and candidacy, and has deemed the below actions to be a case of potential election fraud. No formal

The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) reportedly charged two of its members with engaging in “pre-campaigning.” Standing rules give the elections committee jurisdiction over all election-related matters. Nikhilesh De candidacy procedure or qualifications, or endorsements have been adopted, and as such, the below actions convey fraudulent information to student organizations.” The elections committee does indeed have jurisdiction over election matters, as stated in the RUSA standing rules. The RUSA standing rules say, “Election of representatives for

the Professional Schools & Residential Colleges shall be handled by those organizations, unless other wise requested by the Executive Board of an organization, in which case it would be handled by the RUSA Elections Committee.” But there is no documentation regarding how to handle infractions during the elections.

Adeel Ahmed, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, serves as RUSA’s off-campus caucus chair and commuter student association representative. He said, “ ...not only is there no rule in the constitution or the standing rules, the rules they’re governing by are under the assumption that the elections are currently taking place,” which they currently are not.

Carrasco said that if he is not currently a candidate, the elections committee has no jurisdiction over his actions, and cannot judge his campaign because according to the committee, he has no recognized campaign and they are setting a double standard. “If I’m not a candidate, they not only have no right to judge my actions nor See fraud on Page 5

Rutgers faculty joins ‘Academics United’ to support immigrants Nikhilesh De correspondent

Students and faculty gathered in the Fiber Optics building on Feb. 16 to discuss President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban. Participants voiced their demands to Rutgers administrators. Nikhilesh De

Nearly 75 faculty members and students stopped by “Academics United,” an effort to explain the impact of President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban on academia Thursday afternoon in the Fiber Optic Materials Research building on Busch campus. The event was a platform for affected faculty members to discuss their concerns, as well as for the group to share a specific list of demands they have for the Rutgers administration, said Mohsen Ghassemi, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering. The Rutgers event is part of a nationwide movement of University faculty members discussing the impact the travel ban has had on their institutions. “The goal of ‘Academics United’ was to show solidarity with all the people who are affected (by Trump’s executive order), especially all those people in academia

who were affected directly or indirectly,” he said. “This affects not just those who are from these countries, it affects faculty members who cannot send their students to conferences, or who cannot travel outside the country.” The point of the seminar is to add another level of narratives to the dialogue that erupted in the wake of Trump’s travel ban — specifically, those in academia, said Shahab Raji, School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. candidate. Professors and graduate students who are part of the Academics United movement can add their experiences or knowledge to discussions about immigration and similar issues. More than 43,000 faculty members of various institutions signed a petition against the travel ban, calling it “detrimental to the national interests of the United States.” The petition led to the Academics United movement, Raji said. There were 144 Rutgers students impacted by the travel ban, said

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Urmi Otiv, director of the Center for Global Services. Eighty of them are from Iran, 61 are from Iraq, two are from Libya and one is from Syria. The travel ban’s impact goes beyond just the students who are from one of the seven countries, Raji said. “The students will not be able to visit their families or have their families visit them, (which) puts a lot of pressure and will affect their academic performance,” Ghassemi said. Many of the students or faculty members from the seven impacted countries are in the United States for research purposes, and have in the past been part of teams which produce advances in fields like medical research, he said. “This is going to affect everyone — it’s not just a few students from these few countries, it has a negative effect on everyone,” he said. The travel ban can also deter some professors from hiring graduate See immigrants on Page 5


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Alumna uses experience in Marine Corps for LGBT advocacy

Danielle King served in the Marine Corps for three years before attending and receiving her degree from Rutgers. She is currently working to provide higher quality healthcare to underserved communities. RUTGERS.EDU

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The non-profit will aim to limit the spread of HIV while also helping to limit stigmas and bridge the gap of quality A Rutgers alumna and former of care to traditionally underMarine is making strides to help ser ved populations. underserved members of society. Diversity training will be ofFeeling outcasted during fered to companies around Atlanher time in the military for beta on behalf of ing herself led the organization. Danielle King King hopes to advocate for “If we are not striving to lend a hand to those around us to help pull them up then we are also failing.” this nonprofit will the LGBTQIA provide the push community and Danielle King society needs to disabled youth. Rutgers Alumna change the mindShe said her sets people have passion for helptowards those ing others beVerbanas said King is now fo- with HIV and members of the gan long before her first encoun- It was clear to her that she and cation program where she worked others in the group needed a voice with youth to teach them about cused on joining the Center for LGBTQIA community, she said. ters with discrimination. “I believe that each day our King’s desire to help others both in the Marine Corps and in substance abuse, said Patti-Ann Disease Control and Prevention Verbanas, a public relations spe- (CDC) in Atlanta in hopes of es- existence impacts humanity, and began in elementar y school the world. Her service was during the time cialist for the Rutgers School of tablishing a joint non-profit ven- we choose whether it will be a when she befriended a blind ture with her wife, Jahari Shears. catalyst of positivity or negativity,” and deaf classmate, she said. of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Public Health. King is determined to continue The creation of this organiza- King said. “We will use each day Upon returning to the U.S. afThis relationship led her to volunteer her time outside of ter deployment in Afghanistan, advocating for vulnerable commu- tion would be the fulfillment of as an opportunity to inspire the school helping other disabl- King enrolled at Middlesex Coun- nities, she said. She has a passion a lifelong dream to support the broken and dare them to live a life they love.” ty Community College and began for helping others and feels there is LGBTQIA community. ed children. contributing writer

After serving in the Marine Corps for three years, King said she came back energized to do something to help the LGBTQIA community. While serving, she realized she was not the only closeted person in the Marines, and formed a group for them to stick together, she said.

studying public health, she said. She later transferred to Rutgers and received her degree. While at Rutgers, King began working as an HIV counselor at Hyacinth AIDS Foundation. She also joined Health Outreach, Promotion and Education, a peer edu-

no better person to spearhead the effort than herself. “Underprivileged communities are a reflection of the whole community,” King said in an email. “Therefore, if we are not striving to lend a hand to those around us to help pull them up then we are also failing.”


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Marc Lamont Hill speaks at U. for ‘Access Week’ Chloe Dopico Associate News Editor

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill visited Rutgers as part of “Access Week” to discuss the role of diversity in a university setting. He initially approached the stage to the song “P.I.M.P.” by 50 Cent before commencing his hour-long lecture. Hill is an award-winning journalist, author, activist, professor and political commentator for CNN. He frequently travels to universities across the country to discuss ways to promote diversity in college environments, he said. “The question is, is this thing working right? I am going around the country and around the world and universities everywhere and I have yet to find a place that says this thing is working right. And the thing that continues to nudge at us and nag us is the question of diversity. So I want to talk this afternoon about how we can think about diversity and how we can get the kind of environment,” he said. Hill began his speech by stating that diversity is beneficial to everyone at an institution, not just the minority communities it appears to revolve around. “What we fail to recognize either in our empirical analysis of the data or in our cultural practices and rituals is the fact that the diversified institution, diversified university is a benefit to the university itself … We benefit from having women in the room, we benefit from having (transgender individuals) in the room, we benefit from having queer folk in the room,” he said. Hill said data suggest heterogeneous groups reach conclusions

more quickly than people of the same sort, which acts as proof that diversity is beneficial to everyone. Homogeneous groups take longer to come to conclusions, whereas a group with diversity can arrive at a more dynamic conclusion to come up with more innovative conclusions, he said. “They arrive at things they otherwise would not if they didn’t have people from different traditions from different worlds that have different experiences,” he said. Hill elaborated on the stereotypes minorities face. He said even when they are perceived as positive, stereotypes are still detrimental. To provide an example, Hill discussed a student he taught who was of Cambodian descent and was labeled as advanced at math

“I was incredibly grateful, not just for the invitation but for the institutional commitment (by Rutgers) for diversity and inclusion. ” Marc lamont hill CNN Political Commentator

because of her race, despite not being good at the subject. “The assumption that the stereotype, as long as it’s ‘positive,’ would be one that wouldn’t cause any harm or damage is somewhat short sighted because (first) it (loses sight) of the fact that she’s not good at math because you

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill visited Rutgers on Thursday to discuss diversity in the university setting. He gave his presentation in the College Avenue Student Center Multipurpose Room in front of more than 150 attendees. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR can’t assume it … Second, if she fails at math or just average at math she’s going to get a different look from the teacher like ‘oh you should be doing much better, you’re clearly not putting the effort in’ or even if you do well, it wouldn’t be attributed to your talents,” Hill said. Hill went on to discuss gender diversity and said it holds equal importance to racial diversity in university settings. It does not matter if a university is 60 percent women if all of those women are only in fields deemed appropriate by the patriarchy, as opposed occupying science and technology-based fields, Hill said. Situations like that indicate an institutional and structural problem. Hill said there exists a “hidden curriculum,” a conditioning for consumerism. This kind of “hidden curriculum” happens when institutions pay attention to one area to appear inclusive, but neglect other areas. This kind of conditioning occurs when there are prayer

rooms in schools but nothing to accommodate Muslim students, or when the media covers events in France but will not report on bombings in Lebanon, Hill said. “The whole village of Nigerian girls were missing and we had to fight to get it on TV. A whole group of Mexican teenagers, college students actually, went missing ... We still looking for them. White folk go missing (and) the people at colleges (are) going to send a message about whose body matters, whose lives matter. That’s why black folks have to scream our lives matter. Black lives matter,” he said. The Black Lives Matter movement, Hill said, is not meant to imply that any lives supersede each other. “The reason we were jacked (about) All Lives Matter is not because we don’t think all lives matter, it’s because of the timing of the introduction. If black folks were hanging from trees (and) you said ‘hey all lives matter,’ if we

Feminist Art Project hosts exhibit in N.Y.C. Kelly Kim contributing writer

The Rutgers branch of The Feminist Art Project is hosting an exhibit titled “Crossroads: Art + Native Feminists” at the College Art Association Conference in New York City from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18. As an initiative with an expansive transcontinental and international standing, The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) celebrates “The Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women of the visual arts, art history and art practice, past and present,” according to TFAP’s website. TFAP was created in 2005 amidst several other historic anniversaries, such as the Women’s Caucus for Art and the National Museum for Women in Art, said Connie Tell, director of TFAP’s Rutgers chapter, via email. TFAP was introduced to Rutgers in 2006 and has since contributed to the over 3,500 events, talks and resources seen on the website calendar, Tell said. TFAP’s primary goal is not only to highlight the presence of women across distinct societal realms through visual works, but also to

publicize more marginalized artists who are typically excluded from mainstream feminism. “TFAP’S mission is to establish equality and visibility for all women and transgender artists and scholars who are underrepresented and unrecognized in art history and the contemporary art world,” Tell said. The New York City exhibit is addressing the historically “underrepresented and unrecognized,” Tell said. These three days will be focused on Native American feminists and their transferral of sentiment and observation into visuals through the medium of art. “The visual language of art and culture affects us as living beings at our most instinctual level, before we can even process in our brains what is going on we are having a gut reaction. In our bodies on a physical level it is the most effective medium for embodying and conveying messages,” said artist and co-organizer of the exhibit Maria Hupfield in an email. One panel will include Native American artists conveying their own experiences with the varied nuances of capturing

The exhibit, “Crossroads: Art + Native Feminists,” explores the role of marginalized and underrepresented women in art history. It will be on display from Feb. 16 to Feb.18. Wikimedia Commons Native American culture in film and theater. “Land recovery, self-determination and social relations based in respect and inherent dignity of all living beings from non-human to human, are a few examples that fluidly move across and between traditional and contemporary practices today,” Tell said. This exhibit will have other panels focusing on the identity of participating artists as artists who

are divorced from their native heritage. They will focus on ways to advance movements and ideas to disassemble the patriarchal aftermath of colonial structure and violence, Tell said. TFAP is utilizing art as a universal equalizer and holding panels that are can be relevant for every artist as well as Native American feminists. Discussions of ways to defy, empower and reform are contextually addressed to Native

are picking cotton and you said ‘Wait let me help, all lives matter,’ if we were getting locked up … and committed, if you said ‘We have to stop this because all lives matter’ when our leaders are assassinated, (if you) said ‘No don’t kill them, all lives matter’ … (The timing) makes me question your attention because there’s a whole lotta lives that didn’t seem to matter when they were banned from the country two weeks ago. All lives matter would have come in handy right about then,” he said. Hill finished off the lecture by taking questions from the crowd. “I was incredibly grateful, not just for the invitation but for the institutional commitment (by Rutgers) for diversity and inclusion. I’m sure we have long way to go but, all institutions do, but having only committed to thinking through questions and issues of diversity is incredibly important. Recognizing the significance of it, not reducing it to a day or a moment or workshop, is incredibly significant,” Hill said.

American artists, but can also be assumed by every artist wishing to create change. When Rutgers TFAP is not preparing for an event, it organizes and develops tools to expand the Center for Women in the Arts. It hosts visiting artists, updates archives and runs several smaller-scale art exhibits, according to its website. TFAP has expanded its audience to the general public and also offers educational resources for children and adults. The resources are free and include lesson plans, suggested reading lists and a list of leadership organizations youth can become involved with, according to the website. Through a number of public exhibits and accessible learning material, TFAP is disseminating its belief of recognizing women who have pushed political, intellectual, and aesthetic boundaries. Hupfield said programs such as The Feminist Art Project are extremely important. “We live in a society based on two genders where the power structure favors one side. Half of the population benefits and is placed in a position of privilege on the backs of the other. Indigenous Feminists teach us that this power structure is based on settler colonialism. Organizations like TFAP are essential hubs of interconnectivity, support and for gathering to imagine a space of radical transformation for future possibilities,” she said.


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U. professors explain SCOTUS nomination Adityaa Shukla

of Political Science, said that this nomination on its own will alter the Supreme Court’s dynamic. “It will clearly provide a fifth On Thursday, the Judiciary Committee announced the hear- member to the Supreme Court, ing date for President Donald J. which is currently divided equalTrump’s Supreme Court nomi- ly on most issues 4 and 4 ... Gorsuch is a prodigy of Justice Kennee, Neil Gorsuch. At 49-years-old, Gorsuch is the nedy making him (Kennedy) feel youngest Supreme Court nom- like he could retire knowing his inee in 25 years. If confirmed, seat is in good hands and open up he will be the only Protestant another position on the Supreme serving on the Court, amidst five Court,” Bronner said. Heumann said if this were the Catholic and three Jewish judges. “Well in the short run, proba- case, another spot on the Subly not very much (will change) preme Cour t would be available because he’s replacing (former) and another appointment would occur, and Justice Scalia it could lead and he’s very “People should always to a shift in Scalia-like without some care because it is through the Supreme Cour t’s politiof the rhetorithese government cal leaning. cal flourishes officials that their voices “It seems ... the crucial that in part, thing for the are heard.” he’s mostly in alignment of line with Scalthe court will milton heumann be the next Distinguished Professor in the Department of ia. Can things change? Yes, nomination,” Political Science many issues said Milton like Roe v. Heumann, a distinguished professor in the Wade, Citizens United might be brought up again. This could imDepartment of Political Science. Scalia was on the liberal side of pact voting rights, impact down the court, occasionally, like in the the road any host of civil liberties Fourth Amendment search and issues in the University,” Bronner said. seizure cases, Heumann said. He also said it could have an Because the two judges have similar outlooks, Huemann said impact on future controversies that the next appointment for the over immigration in relation to court is crucial. With the next ap- the Muslim communities and pointment, the majority ideology Arab countries. “I think that the divide (pohas the potential to change. Conversely, Stephen Bronner, larization) in (the) countr y a professor in the Department remains unchanged because

the divide is already so deep ... Those who suppor t Gorsuch will suppor t Gorsuch and those who oppose him will oppose him,” Bronner said. The interpreters of the law can have an impact on civil liberties, regulation, businesses and any number of issues for generations to come, Bronner said.

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Nearly 75 Rutgers faculty members were present at ‘Academics United’ event

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This scenario is reminiscent of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) my campaign but are also engaging presidential campaign and the in a purely political witch hunt,” Car- Democratic National Convention’s (DNC) secret discouragerasco said. Ahmed is also a potential candi- ment of the senator to run for president against former Secdate on Carrasco’s ticket. “They can’t do anything to us un- retar y of State Hillar y Clinton, til we sign the Declaration of Intent he said. The New York Times wrote that (to Run). By not letting us camwhile officials paign, they’re at the DNC taking away our insisted they First Amendwere neutral ment rights,” in the presihe said. “The election guidelines dential race, Ahmed also haven’t been presented, they mocked noted a docSanders and ument that let alone approved.” attempted to is pending to throw the cambe presented, jessica resnick paign in secret. which details School of Arts and Sciences First-Year In May of a new set of last year, Sandrules to be ers’s Campaign followed by Manager Jeff the elections Weaver said he committee. He said there are guidelines for could “have a long conversation how the committee is supposed just about (former Chairperson to address problems with can- of the DNC) Debbie Wasserman didates or potential candidates. Schultz and how she’s been throw“The election guidelines hav- ing shade at the Sanders campaign en’t been presented, let alone ap- since the beginning,” according to a New York Times article. proved,” Resnick said. The elections committee has Ahmed added that even within that document, there is no punish- not made a decision as to Carrasco and Resnick’s ruling. ment for pre-campaigning. continued from front

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia approximately a year ago left a vacancy in the Supreme Court, which President Donald J. Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill. Gorsuch’s hearing is set to begin on March 20. REUTERS

continued from front student candidates from one of the seven nations, Raji said. Many professors fund their students using grants and may be wary of funding a student who might be barred from entering the country a year later. If the ban is reinstated and expanded to other nations, even more potential students would lose oppor tunities, Ghassemi said. “The fear is it’s not going to be limited to these 144 students, it could include more (people),” he said. Researchers may also choose not to collaborate with American institutions. Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies Deepa Kumar said some graduate students or researchers are boycotting the U.S. due to the travel ban. Kumar, who is also the vice-president of the Rutgers chapter of the American Association of University Professors – American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), said academics should join the movement to take society from those who would ban members based on a religious or ethnic background.

Ashley Diaz, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said students should care about this nomination because it can stunt the process for women’s rights. “The appointment can overturn the procedures of liberal ideologies such as the right to abortion and access to contraceptives. (Gorsuch) plans to overturn the women’s rights movement by limiting their access

The graduate students who hosted the Rutgers seminar hope to start a dialogue with the University’s administration, said Ph.D. candidate Sonia Razavi. The group has certain demands for Rutgers officials, including creating long-term contracts for graduate students, explaining to current students how the executive order and future executive orders may impact their legal status and others. These demands would help international students, particularly those from one of the seven countries banned, feel more safe and secure at Rutgers, Raji said. They also hope to encourage other students or faculty members who are scared of being deported or barred from the nation to speak up and join, Razavi said. “Rutgers is a community. You shouldn’t feel abandoned, you’re part of this community,” she said. “We feel people are hiding, but they’re here.” Any international students who are unsure of their rights or status can speak to the Center for Global Services, Otiv said. “We are here to pursue our dreams,” Ghassemi said. “Our presence here is beneficial to this country.”

to healthcare. Thus, he is willing to lower the quality of life for women in the 21st century,” she said. Heumann said students should pay attention to the Supreme Court because they are the people who represent them. “People should always care because it is through these government officials that their voices are heard,” he said.

CRIME Feb. 17 NEWARK — Already in the litigation process for his murder trial, Rahdi Richardson admitted to killing his cellmate, pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge under an agreement that he will spend an additional two decades in prison. The Prosecutor’s Office had charged Rahdi Richardson with murder after his cellmate, Desmond Sanders, was found beaten and strangled on Sept. 1, 2013. Richardson agreed to a sentence of 29 years in prison. Feb. 17 TRENTON — Adam Woolf, 23, has been charged with lewdness and child endangerment for an incident on Feb. 7 at Mercer County Community College. Woolf, a registered sex of fender and a former student at the college, allegedly tried to make several children under the age of 13 take showers in front of him. Woolf allegedly approached the children after their swim class in the building and told them he was a maintenance worker. Mercer County Community College security of ficers identified and confronted Woolf at the pool and called the police. Woolf is being held in Mercer County Correction Center and is expected to have a cour t appearance in March.


OPInions

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February 17, 2017

Wall Street takes over Trump administration

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icture this — the president of the POLICY OVER POLITICS United States walks into the Oval Office, to sign two executive orCONNOR O’BRIEN ders. He sits at his desk, a staffer to his right and a former president of Goldman Sachs to his left glancing over his shoulder. The president signs an executive order to roll back protections against excessive risk-taking on Wall Street, less than a decade removed from a major financial crisis. He then signs another order canceling a requirement that financial advisors put their clients’ interests over their own. He turns to reporters and says of previous reforms “I have so many people, friends of mine that had nice businesses, they can’t borrow money.” There’s a twist to this story: This president is a self-proclaimed populist — his name is President Donald J. Trump. While the world has fixed its attention on Trump’s travel ban and ethics questions, he has initiated an assault on the middle class and begun handing control of the American economy and government back to massive financial institutions, starting with the very scene described above. Trump promised to roll back most of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a set of financial reforms passed in the wake of the Great Recession. The bill has its flaws, but it aims to curtail the recklessness that caused this crisis. It created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which shields the poorest Americans from predatory loans and credit scams. It required the largest banks to enact a plan in case of bankruptcy so regulators can unwind a major firm without taking down the rest of the financial system. It also brought derivatives — the instrument that while important to our economy, played a pivotal role in the 2008 crisis — in more transparent exchanges. The financial crisis hurt average Americans the most. It wiped out retirement and college savings, ripped people from their homes and caused millions to lose their jobs. Twenty million people went on food stamps. The problem of long-term unemployment, which still plagues us today, was triggered by this crisis. Meanwhile, the very people who caused all this carnage are doing better than ever. This is emblematic of the president’s broader economic agenda, which favors massive corporations and the richest Americans over regular people. Is this any surprise, given his advising team of exGoldman Sachs executives, Wall Street lawyers, union-busting businessmen and billionaire donors? As the saying goes, “personnel is policy,” and if there’s any message sent by Trump’s appointments, its promise to “drain the swamp” was a complete farce. His Chief Economic Advisor is Gary Cohn, the previously mentioned president of Goldman Sachs. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Treasur y Secretar y Steve Mnuchin, and senior advisors Anthony Scaramucci and Dina Habib Powell are all former Goldman Sachs executives. Trump’s pick to head the Securities and Exchange Commission is Jay Clayton, who has spent decades representing Wall Street banks. Yes, he hired Wall Street to regulate itself. On almost every issue, Trump’s proposals would disproportionately benefit the fortunate. He structured his child care plan, for example, as a tax deduction, rather than a tax credit, meaning the Americans who need help the most will not get it. His tax plan gives trillions in breaks to the richest Americans — those least likely to spend it in a meaningful way — while doing next to nothing for middle-class and poor Americans. Even his floated proposal to get Mexico to pay for a border wall — a 20 percent tax on imported goods — is a regressive tax that places the overwhelming burden of the cost on middle-class and poor Americans. Trump ran a campaign against “the establishment.” He slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the primaries for his wife’s employment at Goldman. Last fall, he went hard after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for making paid speeches to big banks. But now that he’s in charge, Trump is not only putting Wall Street executives in charge of the federal government but is also pushing policies that benefit them at the expense of average Americans. Trump may have used different rhetoric than past Republican presidential nominees, but he is a continuation of the party’s antiworker, anti-middle class agenda. His appointments support massive deregulation of the same industry whose greed and recklessness just caused a worldwide recession. Together they support gutting labor unions, the only institution left that empowers working people. They support giving massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans while leaving the rest of us out to dry. Other day-to-day questions of truth and ethics all deserve our attention. But this Wall Street takeover of the American economy and its government is not getting nearly enough. Democrats need to turn their attention to this issue and expose the president for the fraud that he is before it’s too late. Connor O’Brien is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in economics with a minor in history. His column, “Policy Over Politics,” runs on alternate Thursdays.

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ROAD BLOCK TO CLASSES

The Rutgers Student Center’s Lion’s Lounge becomes the home for a freestyle break dancing troupe every Monday and Friday night at 8 p.m. Break dancers from the Bboy Student Organization gather here to practice their skills while getting advice from peers. The meetings include break dancers comparing notes about dance moves, which is made easier by the fact that dancers of all different skill-levels attend the meetings. The organization even offers workshops for beginners where members of the club teach them the core fundamentals of break dancing. We laurel the Lion’s Lounge for providing a space for this exciting group to express themselves.

There will be lane closures on Route 18 when the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will install construction signs along the highway in both directions from East Brunswick to the Memorial Parkway. The lane closures will mark the beginning of a $3.69 million federally funded “Adaptive Traffic Signal System” that is projected to finish by the Fall 2017 semester. The lane closures will cause delays on Wednesday, Feb. 22. We dart these lane closures for creating traveling delays for students trying to get to and from class.

TAKE DOWN DISCRIMINATION

Livingston Residence Life organized “HAIRitage,” a threeday conference featuring workshops and presentations to celebrate Black Histor y Month. The conference includes demonstrations and screenings that focus on what hair means to the black and Afro-Latino communities. “HAIRitage” focused on how hair, and other factors such as socio-economic status, influence black identity. We laurel Livingston Residence Life for finding a creative way to celebrate the diversity at Rutgers.

On Monday night, an anti-Muslim flyer was posted on the wall of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. The flyer read, “Imagine a Muslim-Free America.” The flyer was attributed at the bottom with American Vanguard, which is a white supremacy group that claims “America is under attack.” The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) responded to the report of the offensive flyer and removed it, but it was not deemed to be a crime. We dart whoever put up this flyer for marginalizing a group and making the Muslim community feel unwelcome.

SISTERS GO CAMPING The Omega Phi Chi sorority held a retreat last weekend for female leaders. The goal of the retreat was to support and empower Rutgers women and promote solutions for prominent social issues. This aligns with Omega Phi Chi’s overall goal to promote unity among all women. The retreat gave members of the sorority the chance to connect and learn with other women leaders. We laurel Omega Phi Chi for creating this opportunity for women to build stronger relationships with each other.

CELEBRATING BLACK “HAIRITAGE”

SHELTERING STUDENTS Rutgers University has stated that it does not plan to reinstall the bus shelter that used to stand at the Scott Hall bus stop. The University usually only provides shelters for bus stops when there are no other options for students to be covered from the elements. Rutgers did not find it necessar y to place a shelter there because of the stores that are around the Yard Apar tments. We dar t the University for not replacing the shelter and inconveniencing both the students and the store ownersthe swastika for disrupting the safe and welcoming atmosphere that Rutgers hopes to create.

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February 17, 2017

Murphy is man of real policies with no grandstanding COMMENTARY Sandeep Patankar

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n his most recent and final State of the State Address on Jan. 10, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) focused on the opioid epidemic that plagues our state and many others. The issue is very close to Christie’s heart, as he personally has lost friends to opioid addiction and seen many others struggle through addiction and survive. He has decided as of Feb. 8 that during his last year in office, he will launch a $1 million anti-addiction public awareness campaign targeting New Jersey’s youth through the use of advertisements in television and other media. While combating opioid abuse is an issue for which Christie definitely deserves bipartisan support, it is questionable whether his prescribed course of action is enough to deal with the extremely complicated issue of opioid abuse. Public awareness by itself is not going to prevent drug addiction or to treat those who are already addicted. Some, such as NJ Spotlight reporter Lilo Stanton and many Democratic members of our state legislature, believe that Christie’s opioid awareness campaign is nothing more than a cynical attempt to restore his legacy after a scandal-ridden second term and a governorship that has had muted or

even negative effects on our state’s economy, schools and residents. In fact, Christie’s current plans for an anti-opioid advertisement campaign seems markedly similar to his “Stronger than the Storm” advertisement campaign from 2013, which promoted New Jersey’s tourism industry but also raised Christie’s profile in the year of his re-election campaign. He then proceeded to win re-election by a landslide, in large part because the people of the state

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy is above such petty and selfish grandstanding. Murphy has stated again and again that he cares more about taking actions that will benefit the people of this state, especially the next generation of New Jerseyans, than he does about winning future elections. He has decided that if he is elected, he will pursue much more expansive policies that will prevent people from becoming addicted to

“In fact, Christie’s current plans for an anti-opioid advertisement campaign seems markedly similar to his ‘Stronger than the Storm’ advertisement campaign from 2013, which promoted New Jersey’s tourism industry but also raised Christie’s profile in the year of his re-election campaign.” believed he had done a great job leading the state through the crises during and after Superstorm Sandy. Advertising campaigns like these, especially in gubernatorial election years, are partisan grandstanding of the highest order. They achieve very little but increase the governor’s popularity regardless. When Christie’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno is the frontrunner in the Republican gubernatorial primary later this year, it is not unreasonable to suspect the current anti-opioid campaign will be used for a similar purpose.

opioids while treating those who are already addicted. His is a multifaceted approach, including six major policy actions. With the cooperation of our state’s legislature and executive, anything is possible. The first is the use of state, federal, and private-sector resources to increase access to drug treatment facilities. There are currently not enough drug treatment beds in New Jersey to meet the needs of our residents, which results in many addicts not receiving help until after they have been arrested. The second policy action is to require New Jersey-based

health insurers to cover Medication-Assisted Treatment, a comprehensive and effective outpatient treatment regimen that includes medication, counseling and support from the addict’s family and friends. The third is to establish a seven-day limit on initial opiate prescriptions, as opioids can become addictive after just a few days and reducing the initial prescription size can prevent overdoses. The fourth is to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to reduce the cost of Narcan, a life-saving drug which has the ability to reverse overdoses so that it can be available to emergency responders statewide. The fifth is a public awareness campaign about opioid addiction prevention, which Murphy will create and maintain with the help of schools and community centers. The sixth and final facet of Murphy’s plan to attack opioid abuse is to expand support systems for those who overdose by relying on recovery experts who are former addicts themselves to help others who are struggling. Murphy understands that there are no simple solutions to problems like the opioid epidemic. For this issue and many others that Christie has failed to solve or actually made worse, Murphy will take the time to understand the issues and then take thoughtful steps to rectify them. He is New Jersey’s way forward, and he will be a governor who has our back. Sandeep Patankar is a School of Arts and Sciences junior.

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LTC’s take on Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ opens this weekend

Livingston Theatre Companies’ first show of the semester is its take on the Broadway thriller Green Day’s “American Idiot.” The rock opera evokes images of 90s grunge and rebellion. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR

Annalisa DeSeno Contributing Writer

The Livingston Theatre Company (LTC) is producing their second main stage production of the 2016-2017 season with Green Day’s “American Idiot.” Entirely student run, this rock opera steps out of LTC’s typically classic musical theatre style and tells a story of drugs, family, war and love through Green Day’s infamous album. A talented ensemble of high-energy singer-dancers in 90s grunge outfits and dark guy-liner aids in their storytelling. In a full spectacle of lights and rock n’ roll, the audience is overcome with an unquenchable urge to jump, dance

and whip their hair around along with the performers. Alexandra Ambriano, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, is playing the female lead “Whatshername” in the production. “It’s not your typical musical theatre show,” Ambriano said. “It’s going to challenge your previous beliefs of what musical theatre should be. Go in with an open mind, join the ride with us, feel all the vibes and just have a good time.” The story revolves around three men who are facing difficult challenges in their lives. The writers of the show were able to take Green Day’s album and transform it to tell stories surrounding an unwanted pregnancy, a battlefield disaster and heroin. The darker

themes successfully compliment the fun, upbeat music that not only inform the audience but entertains them as well. “I hope it opens people’s minds and raises awareness on serious issues such as heroin abuse,” Ambriano said. “It literally tears you away from the people that you’re close to.” A multi-level platform set decorated with ladders, chains and spray-paint graffiti in a myriad of color immerses the audience in a world that mimics an abandoned skate park. The run-down decor of the room gives a feeling of nostalgia to that of a child-like rebellion. A live rock band takes the stage and continually provides the fantastic music for the other

performers throughout the night, with little dialogue in between songs. Every member of the band is a full-time Rutgers student and brings effortless justice to Green Day’s music. “American Idiot” is not a show for tired eyes. Between intense dancing, acrobatics and intricate still moments, there is always something to look at. Even the ensemble character’s personalities shined through in their movements and choices, showing true strength in the company’s acting techniques. Green Day’s entire concept album is featured, from the classic rock anthems to the heart-wrenching ballads. In addition to a few new numbers written exclusively for the musical, all of the “American

Idiot” favorites were performed including “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and a rendition of “21 Guns” that leaves the audience with chills. LTC has successfully made the dirty side of life look fun, exciting and appealing. Green Day’s political stance was made evident with the release of “American Idiot” in 2004, and is just as powerful today. “Whatever side you’re on, it’s about people being frustrated and fed up with the way things are and advocating for change,” Ambriano said. “Let out your inner rebel child.” The Livingston Theatre Company’s Green Day’s “American Idiot” will run from Feb. 16 until Feb. 19 at the Livingston Student Center’s main room.

Sounds of Chris Gold Organ Quartet soothes Ale House Kai Kiernan Contribtuting Writer

On the bottom floor of the Garden State Ale House Wednesday night, a dozen people sat at the bar to share a great evening with the Chris Gold Organ Quartet as part of the New Brunswick Jazz Project show series. It was a night filled with solos, impromptu arrangements, a surprise vocalist and some jaw-dropping organ. Gold introduced the band and thanked everyone for coming before warning the crowd that tonight’s set was going to be full of love songs. Gold and trumpeter Tom Killacky split the melody, and they were accompanied by organist William Gorman and drummer Vincent Evangelista. The upbeat love songs soon turned into solos, and the bar guests enjoyed the music as they talked and ate.

When they played “Easy to Love” by Cole Porter, the quartet brought up a surprise vocalist. It was a great example of the diversity of sound in the group. The song started off with just the organ and vocals, and it felt almost churchy. The drums joined, and with it came an entire change of feeling. The song picked up, and after the verse, Gold came out of the gate. The song was relatively upbeat, and if you watched closely you saw the organist playing the walking bass line with his feet while his hands were flying through chords. If you have trouble rubbing your belly and tapping your head, I would like to challenge you to imagine what type of coordination that took. In addition to being amazed by the organ, Gold also wowed the crowd with his flute playing for a song called “Waves” by Jobim. Gold played the flute wonderfully, but sadly that was

the only song that the flute was pulled out for. In addition to being talented musicians, the Chris Gold Organ Quartet was able to create an easy-going atmosphere. Ever yone relaxed into the lax mood by either enjoying the bar or listening to the music and paying attention to just how wonderful the musicianship was: A norm for the New Brunswick Jazz Project. “(The New Brunswick Jazz Project) is really great. Great musicians from all over … can come to New Brunswick and play thanks to them,” Gold said. But in addition to pulling great musicians from outside into New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Jazz project also is a platform for raising local musicians. “I really got introduced to (the project) through playing at jam sessions during freshman year. I played and they liked me, so I was asked to play for them,” Gold said.

The Chris Gold Organ Quartet soothed the crowd at the Garden State Ale House with love songs as part of The New Brunswick Jazz Project. FACEBOOK But as wonderful as Chris’s group is, they are also still students who are only getting better. They’re one of

the many gems to be found in New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Jazz Project is the place to find them.


DIVERSIONS

February 17, 2017

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes

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Page 9 Eugenia Last

Happy Birthday: Stay grounded. If you let your emotions take over, you will tend to overreact and make poor choices. Look at each situation you face as the year unfolds and you will find the best solutions. Time is on your side and taking positive and progressive steps toward a better future will bring you closer to the life you desire. Your numbers are 1, 9, 15, 29, 36, 40, 48.

Over The Hedge

T. Lewis and M. Fry

Non Sequitur

Wiley

Pearls Before Swine

Stephan Pastis

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Emotional issues will surface if you are dealing with outside influences or people who don’t see things the same way you do. Work independently to avoid interference. Stability will result from knowing what you are doing. 3 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Partnerships and getting together with people who make you think will help you come to terms with what you want to do next. Revisit a creative dream or plan you want to pursue. Don’t let laziness take over. Get started. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A creative approach to life, learning and self-awareness will help you make adjustments to the way you do business. You don’t have to agree with everything others say, do or offer. Just strive for personal perfection. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Listen carefully, but don’t get trapped in someone’s ploy to coerce you into a heated debate. It’s OK to live life your way if you let others have the same privilege. Do your own thing and expand your skills, talents and prospects. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be generous with others, and forge ahead with optimism. Set your sights high and pry open doors that can help you launch into something new and exciting. Intelligence and charm will lead to victory. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It’s your hard work that will help you reach your goals. Don’t let anyone deter you from finishing what you start or tempt you to get involved in something that isn’t on your agenda. Avoid indulgent people. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Education and searching for information that can help you revitalize your life, goals and current position are favored. Refuse to let what others are doing throw you off guard or push you in a costly direction. 5 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ll have to stand up to anyone who tries to take advantage of you. Don’t get involved with people who just want to take advantage of your skills, knowledge and experience. Move forward alone. 4 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Partnership problems will surface if you let your emotions interfere with what needs to be done. Travel if necessary. A face-to-face conversation will allow you to send a positive message. Personal improvements are favored. 2 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t second-guess what you should be doing. Follow your heart and do what feels right. Added discipline will help you overcome any emotional or physical challenges you face. Choose love and peace over disharmony and discord. 2 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When it comes to business and dealing with clients, peers or superiors, don’t let your emotions take over. It’s best to be frank but also willing to compromise if necessary. Don’t burn bridges. Tact and diplomacy are favored. 4 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A joint venture or new investment will give you a sense of accomplishment. Financial gains using innovative ideas will pay off. Don’t be afraid to adopt change if it’s a result of someone or something unusual. 5 stars

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TRIP Knights look to avenge loss to Wildcats at home earlier this season continued from back Northwestern won 7 of its first 9 conference games, remaining in the hunt for the regular season conference title it never won and peaking at No. 25 in the Associated Press (AP) poll, the first time it was named since 2009. Barring a monumental collapse by a program who has seen a few in its day, the Wildcats will finally be among the 68 teams named on Selection Sunday. That’s where Rutgers comes in. The Knights are playing for little more than pride and development in the final stretch of the regular season, with a bid to any postseason tournaments needing a historic run through the Big Ten Tournament to achieve. Becoming the owner of the longest NCAA Tournament drought in the conference, which would happen if Northwestern gets the bid, would surely be a hit to that pride. Winning the contest in Welsh-Ryan Arena this Saturday wouldn’t completely crush the Wildcats dreams, but it would add serious steam to an improbable skid. The Wildcats are on their worst stretch of the season since receiving a spot in the AP Poll, dropping three of their last four contests, including a bad loss to Illinois at home. Yes, the win in that stretch was a signature upset of No. 10 Wisconsin in Madison, but it would not be enough to salvage a season-ending skid with two losses to the Illini and one to the Knights — the two worst

teams in the conference — mixed in. Most will point towards a home game against Rutgers as the antidote, but if the first meeting of the season between the sides is to be taken into account, it might be more closely contested than expected. Northwestern emerged victorious in that contest at the

Rutgers opens season with 3-game set in Miami for 2nd consecutive year

“I think we’ve got a lot of hitting, and a lot of depth offensively,” said sophomore outfielder Luke

if he returns, he wouldn’t be at full strength. On the offensive end, the Knights have steadily improved in their shooting since that meeting a month ago, reaching a height in the first half of their last outing. Rutgers was on fire in the opening 20 minutes against No. 16 Purdue on Tuesday, shooting at a 6-for-11 clip from downtown en route to a 40 percent night. It didn’t matter in the end as the Boilermakers blew out the Knights with their height and talent, but it was a glimpse at what Rutgers could do when it heats up.

Despite being down by doubledigits, the Knights played hard defense until the final buzzer sounded in West Lafayette, showing the desire they’ve become known for under Pikiell. Saturday is a must-win game for Northwestern — the same can’t be said for Rutgers. But with history on the line and a chance to crash the Wildcats’ party, expect an atmosphere you’d expect in March in Evanston. For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow @briannnnf and @TargumSports on Twitter.

Head coach Steve Pikiell’s 13 wins have nearly doubled last season’s total of seven, but the Knights are still hungry to compete and win more Big Ten games as his first season on the Banks comes to a close. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / JANUARY 2017

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Rutgers Athletic Center on Jan. 12, defeating the Knights by nine, but it came on the second worst shooting day of the season for the hosts. Despite the 31.9 percent clip, Rutgers kept the game close by locking down Bryant McIntosh (6 points, four assists, two rebounds) in one of his worst performances of the season. Vic Law and Scottie Lindsey picked up the slack with 23 and 14 points, respectively, but the Wildcats will likely be without the latter on Saturday. Lindsey has missed the last four games with mononucleosis and, even

Bowerbank. “I think our pitching – we’ve got a lot of young guys, but I think a bunch of them will step up.” Bowerbank, who hit .301 in 83 at-bats last season, looks

to be the starting left fielder in an outfield that will also see fellow sophomore Jawuan Harris in center and senior Tom Marcinczyk in right. Sophomore Mike Martinez and redshirt freshman Tommy Genuario will also vie for some playing time and at bats throughout the season. Like most of his teammates, Bowerbank has raved about all of the opportunities the new Fred

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Serafino Brito is slated to be Rutgers’ Saturday starter this year. He finished 5-6 last year with a 5.09 ERA. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / APRIL 2016

Hill Training Complex, also known as the “castle,” has provided. “The castle has been great,” Bowerbank said. “It’s given all us hitters the opportunity to see live at bats before the season, as well as for the pitchers to be able to see live batters and work on live in-game situations.” Around the infield, expect Rutgers to mix and match at almost every position. With juniors Milo Freeman and Kyle Walker at third, senior Gaby Rosa and freshman Kevin Welsh at shortstop, Welsh and sophomore Carmen Sclafani at second and seniors Mike Carter and Christian Campbell at first — there is enough interchange that guarantees plenty of playing time for each. As for catcher, it’s a three-way race between sophomore Nick Matera, junior Chris Folinusz and sophomore Tyler McNamara, with Matera to get the first shot behind the plate. Among those players coming back to the Knights will also be sophomore right-handed pitcher Serafino Brito, who looks to be Litterio’s starter Saturday, right behind Friday starter, junior righthanded pitcher John O’Reilly. Brito, who made 18 appearances as a freshman last season, 10 of them as a starter, has already shown great control walking only 10 hitters in 58 1/3 innings as a rookie but is always looking for areas to improve on.

“Mostly I’ve been working on my off-speed command,” Brito said. “That’s where I feel I struggled the most last year, I wasn’t able to locate my off-speed (pitches) as well as I would have liked to.” The starting spot on Sunday is still up for grabs with Campbell, sophomores Dante Scafidi and James Torres on the right side and freshman Eric Reardon on the left side. Regardless, Litterio is happy about the arms he has both in the rotation and in his bullpen. “We are getting more and more talented every year and that has to do with the assistant coaches going out and getting these guys,” Litterio said to ScarletKnights.com. “With them maturing and knowing what to expect, we are not going out there looking to throw the ball as hard as possible. We want to command the strike zone and have a plan on the mound. It is not always about strikeouts, but also forcing the type of contact we want.” Overall, this Rutgers team is hungry to begin the season and is warning the competition not underestimate them. “I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people this year,” Bowerbank said. For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.


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HOME After 16-8 victory over St. John’s, Knights welcome Army to kick off home slate continued from back starting the first three games last year before an injury kept him out for the remainder of the season. While there were some goals that he wishes he hadn’t let in against St. John’s, he saw improvement in the team and feels that they are well-prepared for Army on Saturday. “I think everything’s starting to click and I think were gonna use that momentum into Army,” he said. “We need to keep the ball off the ground, we gotta be strong on the defensive side.” Brecht echoed his sentiments regarding the St. John’s game. There will be little margin for error against the very tough Army squad. The Black Knights will be playing with some extra confidence after a blowout in their season opener and the Knights will have to be ready to withstand that effort. “We’re not gonna be able to leave goals on the table, we’re not gonna be able to let soft goals in with one second left in the half,” Brecht said. While Rutgers is establishing it self as a team, it will need to have matured plenty in order to defend its home turf against the Black Knights. Being ranked to start the season adds a unique challenge for the Knights as well. As Rutgers continues to play unranked nonconference teams, there is a massive target on its back as it tries to out point

just about ever y nonconference opponent on their schedule. “Army is relentless in their efforts all over the field,” Brecht

said. “Offensively, defensively, ground ball play, transition. They’re gonna be physical, they’re gonna be well coached, they’re gonna be hungry.” The game is set to start at 2:30 p.m. and marks the home opener for the Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium. Rutgers was undefeated at home last season, going 7-0 with

victories over ranked opponents Penn State and Johns Hopkins. The Knights will look to repeat that feat this year, hosting three ranked opponents including two top-10 teams, No. 10 Brown and No. 2 Maryland. Playing in front of their home crowd and putting on their white jerseys is something special and something they take pride in, Brecht said.

“(It means a lot) to put on those white jerseys with the pride we have to represent Rutgers,” he said. “I think our guys know it’s gonna be a step up and we’re gonna have to do things (differently).” For updates on the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, follow @grif finwhitmer and @TargumSports on Twitter

Junior goalkeeper Max Edelmann hopes to have better success this season, as he only started the first three games last year before succumbing to an injury that kept him out for the remainder of the season. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2016


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With a week to prepare following a 16-8 season-opening victory against St. John’s, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team is set to take on Army in its home opener on Saturday. The No. 18 Scarlet Knights (1-0) will be facing a much tougher challenge in the Black Knights (1-0), who are coming off a dominant 9-2 victory over UMass and are receiving votes in national polls. “We (need to) come prepared to understand our opponent, work on some of the things we need to do to clean up our set and systems that we play out of,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “There’s no doubt it’s gonna be a step up in class as far as the intensity of the game.” Against St. John’s, the starting attacking unit put up 12 points, led by junior Jules Heningburg who netted 4 goals. He credited the strong attacking effort to the midfield, who Brecht is letting play more freely this season. With Christian Trasolini out for the season, different guys will have to step up in that area of the field. Against the Red Storm, sophomore Casey Rose and juniors Christian Scarpello and Christian Mazzone combined for six points, with five of those being goals. “They get stops and they come down on the offensive end,” Heningburg said of them. “Coach is letting them play a little more offense this year, trying to (keep them on the field) a little bit longer. And now they’re just getting their chances and converting them.” Junior goalkeeper Max Edelmann is readjusting to become the full-time starter after

After a long and restful offseason that quickly turned into a hectic preseason filled with batting practices, ground balls, base running drills and the unveiling of a brand new training facility, the Rutgers baseball team is finally back in action as it gets ready to go on the road for its season opener to take on a familiar foe in No. 18 Miami. Just like last season, the Scarlet Knights will open their season under the sun for a three-game series against the Hurricanes. Unlike last season Rutgers will be going into Miami with a preseason’s worth of training in its new state-of-the-art indoor training facility, the Fred Hill Training Complex, under its belt. With a new training facility — fully equipped with six batting cages, a full infield turf and bullpen mounds — and an experienced roster and fourth-year head coach Joe Litterio at the helm, fans have a lot to be excited for this season. “Practices have been going better than they ever have at this point in the year,” Litterio said to ScarletKnights.com. “With the new facility, we have been able to do a lot more in preparation for games. That’s the biggest thing. We have been focusing on the fundamentals and ever ything that goes along with that, but game-wise, we are more prepared.” The Knights, who finished 27-28-0 last season, are bringing back 22 players while welcoming seven newcomers. The mixture of both experienced and unseasoned players has players excited for the upcoming season.

Sophomore Corey Sanders leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring but only put forth a 7-point performance against Purdue. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / JANUARY 2017

Rutgers continues road trip against Northwestern

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The Rutgers men’s basketball team hasn’t made an appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament since 1991, a 25-year drought going on its 26th. Despite the signs of progress during their first year under head coach Steve Pikiell, nothing short of a Big Ten Tournament title would suffice for the Scarlet Knights to reach the pinnacle of college basketball. But as long as the streak has lasted, it is far from the longest among Rutgers’ conference peers. Northwestern (19-7, 8-5), who the Knights (13-14, 2-12) face Saturday in Evanston, is one of the five current Division I programs to never reach the Big Dance, coming up short each and every year since 1939. In chasing the peak of college basketball came a plethora of valleys for the Wildcats.

Junior attacker Jules Heningburg looks to increase his goal tally against Army. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

Six consecutive seasons of going 2-16 in Big Ten play with a winless 0-18 campaign as the exclamation mark of a 6-114 record over a seven year period during the 1980s, the lowest record in the program’s history. Fast forward to the current decade, one split between Bill Carmody and current coach Chris Collins at the helm, and the Wildcats are on a fast track to an ascension to the program’s peak. This season is set to be the first time Wildcat fans will end up saying is the year. Northwestern is all but guaranteed to break the drought in what is promising to be the greatest year in program history. The Wildcats are 19-7 through 26 games, two wins short of setting a team record in singleseason wins with five chances to go. They beat everyone they should have in their non-conference schedule, falling a possession short at No. 24 Butler and two short against No. 25 Notre Dame in their only non-Big Ten losses. See TRIP on Page 10

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sophomore center fielder, junior right-handed pitcher John O’Reilly and freshman shortstop Kevin Welch were named to the Big Ten Baseball Preseason Honors List. Rutgers opens up its season with a road trip to No. 18 Miami, where they will play a three-game set.

Head coach Joe Litterio will assume the reins for his fourth year starting Friday. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

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Tonight, 7 p.m., Bethlehem, Pa.

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