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THE DAILY TARGUM

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The Rutgers men’s basketball team lost its third straight game to Seton Hall 76-70 at the Prudential Center. Jeremy Hazell scored a game-high 25 points for the Pirates.

CARD Act swipes in new credit regulations BY COLLEEN ROACHE CORRESPONDENT

It may be that the fine print is a little too small or the shoes on the shelf are a little too cool or the tuition is a little too high, but whatever the reason, college-age young adults often fall victim to credit trouble. New regulations that went into effect Monday will make it a little harder for that to happen. “The new rules are an unprecedented step in my administration’s ongoing efforts to strengthen consumer protections and enact meaningful financial reform,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “These new rules don’t absolve con-

sumers of their obligation to pay their bills, but they finally level the playing field so that every family and small business using a credit card has the information they need to make responsible financial decisions.” Provisions in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act regarding people under the age of 21 now prohibit young people from obtaining a credit card without a co-signer over the age of 21, unless they demonstrate they are financially able to make payments, said Jared Bernstein, senior economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, in a conference call.

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The CARD Act prohibits people under 21 years old from applying for credit cards without a co-signer over the age of 21. The new law aims to protect youth from piling up unnecessary debt.

Student steers youth toward green efforts U. study projects PERSON OF THE WEEK delayed recession recovery in 2010 BY NEIL KYPERS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Being a full-time student can feel like a full-time job. But for one University student, balancing school and an internship pays off in more ways than one. As a New Jersey Public Research Interest Group Student Chapters intern,

School of Arts and Sciences junior Annabel Pollioni works with other interns to educate local children in grades K through 12 on how to better ser ve the environment in their community.

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“[We] look up local schools like Nor th Br unswick, Edison, Milltown, and … of fer the oppor tunity to … teach the students about energy ef ficiency and community involvement,” said Pollioni, an

intern with Energy Ser vice Corp, one of NJPIRG’s many initiatives. Pollioni, a Toms River, N.J. native, previously attended school in California and had her first experience with NJPIRG through a neighboring school, Berkley.

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INDEX UNIVERSITY Two award-winning filmmakers share their secrets behind fusing art and science through documentary films.

OPINIONS A court allows the case of a Facebook villain to go through as the question of free speech once again arises.

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Visiting saxophone player Mike Smith fills the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus with classic sounds last night at Rutgers Jazz Ensemble’s “A Tribute to the Great Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderly.”

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Two University faculty members believe the worst part of the recession is over, but economic woes may still loom. James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Professor Joseph Seneca contributed to a report on the topic, entitled “Y2K+ 10: A New Decade Unfolds.” “The report is part of our on-going analysis of national and state economic conditions and the implications of these for employment, income and state policies,” they said in a joint statement via e-mail correspondence. Their research follows the economy from the growth that marked the beginning of the 21st century to the recession that concluded its first decade. In the study, they assert the lessons learned and changes made from the “Great Recession” pale in comparison to those of the Great Depression, according to a news release. Although their research indicates that the worst part of the recession ended in 2009, it also suggests shockwaves may still be felt during the economy’s recovery, and effects will continue to infiltrate colleges and universities, where students are forced to contend with budget cuts and tuition increases. The researchers believe the recession will have several repercussions for students. “Labor market conditions are directly affected by the state of the economy, thus affecting job prospects for students in the immediate future,” Seneca and Hughes said. “The harsh recession

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Group adds up plans to explore term bill fees BY RINAL SHAH CORRESPONDENT

When the University publishes term bills each semester, some students glance over the amount due but never really question where their money ONLINE @ actually goes. For those students, the Livingston DAILYTARGUM.COM Campus Council is forming a special committee that will be in charge of investigating term bill fees. SPORTS . . . . . . BACK

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“I think that is a great idea, because it is important for students to discuss exactly what they are paying for,” said Winiris De Moya, president of the council. De Moya feels the potential committee will be enlightening to many students who are unaware of the concrete breakdown of the term bill fee. The committee will be comprised of five students, who will meet once a week to discuss their common con-

cerns with the term bill, De Moya said. At the moment, it is still in its beginning phases. Students are sometimes unaware of what they are exactly paying for, besides their education, she said. This committee will allow for some clarification. The University was unavailable for comment about fees on student term bills at press time, but the Student Accounting Financial Services Web site

provides explanations to the different fees charged on the term bill. The Web site also lists the eight separate sections on the University term bills that contribute to one semester’s total charges. Each fee ranges from the more substantial amounts charged for tuition and housing to the smaller costs such as the school and computer fees.

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WOMEN’S RIGHTS LEADERS TO ASSEMBLE FOR WORLDWIDE PANEL

Filmmakers reveal tricks, techniques to students

Women from all over the globe will meet in the Hunter College Assembly Hall in New York City to discuss the past, present and future of the human rights movement for women. The event will host a panel discussion exploring topics such as sexual and reproductive rights and gender-based violence, according to a University Media Relations press release. It will also honor international women’s rights leader Charlotte Bunch with a documentary featuring her life and work. Bunch worked with the Gender Equality Architecture Reform campaign to urge the United Nations General Assembly to establish a woman’s rights and gender equality agency, according to the release. The group will have power and resources equivalent to those of UNICEF or the World Health Organization. The Center for Women’s Global Leadership at the University, founded by Bunch in 1990, is organizing the symposium to mark its 20th anniversary. — Gillian Eigo

Emmy award-winning documentar y filmmakers Peter Schnall and Kevin Bachar paid a visit to the University Monday to share their experiences as big-time filmmakers. The filmmakers gave a presentation with clips from some of the films they have produced over the last 20 years, about ever ything from honeybees to ocean expeditions at “Science for the Screen,” in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The event was postponed from Feb. 10 due to inclement weather and is par t of the Writers House Master Class series, which allows students to discuss the creative process of filmmaking with professional and award-winning filmmakers. The filmmakers described some of the techniques they used to make their films. “As filmmakers, we tr y to bring science to life,” Schnall said. “The science is the stor y. The enter tainment factor is how we take that stor y and turn it into a visual moment.” He has made more than 100 documentary films for television networks, including National Geographic, the Discover y Channel and PBS.

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Creating an engaging and One of the best par ts of informative documentar y that being a filmmaker is traveling people will enjoy is one of the into other people’s worlds and most impor tant par ts of being a watching events unfold naturalfilmmaker, Schnall said. ly as they happen, Schnall said. “That’s where we employ “It’s a real treat and a real the crafts and the tricks and gift to be able to live with peotrades of our documentar y ple and journey with people and work … finding great charac- to explore places and see ters, finding great stories, and things that most people don’t weaving them into [films] that get a chance to see,” he said. are both dramatic and will keep Another challenge in makthe audience involved in the ing documentaries is not havjourney, in the ing a script or a exploration, in large budget like the discover y,” “The entertainment most feature films, he said. Schnall said. factor is how When on a “In a narrative shoot, Schnall we take that story film … they have a and his crew scripted stor y, and and turn it will often follow they can create the a scientist or stor y they want into team of and the atmosresearchers a visual moment.” phere they want who ser ve as and lighting they PETER SCHNALL the “characters” want, and in the Documentary Filmmaker of the film. setting they want,” “As you’re he said. “We have following those to live in that set‘characters,’ you’re going to have ting, we have to wait for the moments where they’re going to light, and we have to wait for stop and explain the scientific the events to unfold.” process, because they’re people After the presentation, stuwho care passionately about dents were able to ask the filmsomething,” said Dena Seidel, makers questions about their who organized the event and has jobs and the films they made. edited, written and produced Bachar suggested that studocumentaries for network dents interested in pursuing a television. She also teaches career in film should start with “Digital Stor ytelling” at an internship and work their the University. way up.

Marissa Small, a Douglass College senior, enjoyed how the filmmakers talked about the entire process of documentar y filmmaking, from choosing their topics to pursuing those topics. “Just being there, that’s what I imagine a [documentar y] filmmaker’s life would be,” Small said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Lauren Felton said she enjoyed how the filmmakers linked film and art. “I go to a lot of these events but there aren’t a lot of events that focus on the connection between science and ar t, so I thought that was really interesting,” she said. Schnall said he has been in love with film since high school and eventually decided to pursue a career in it. “I just felt that documentaries were the way to go in terms of being able to make the films that I want, sort of journey into people’s worlds and to watch things unfold in a very natural sort of way,” he said. “You make the story as it is unfolding in front of you.” The Writers House provides a medium for students to experiment with 21st century multimedia projects such as documentar y filmmaking, multimedia composition and Web design. It is an undergraduate learning community where students can develop all their creative pieces.


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PROSECUTOR MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST BLACK WOMAN NJ ATTORNEY GENERAL Former Essex County prosecutor Paula Dow was sworn in yesterday as New Jersey’s state attorney general, making her the first black woman to hold the position. In new her role, Dow said she would continue her fight against corruption and criminal gangs as she goes about her duties, according to an article in the Star-Ledger. “I will do all that I can to protect the residents of New Jersey,” Dow said in the article. “Justice will ring out from these corridors and these halls to every corner and byway of the state.” Gov. Chris Christie nominated the Democrat in December. She received the final approval on Monday from the Senate, according to the article. The process was more expedient in comparison to her two-year wait in 2003 for her approval to become county prosecutor. Christie, who oversaw Dow during his days as U.S. attorney, said he looked forward to her work as the state attorney general. “The days of me giving advice to Paula Dow are over,” he said in the article. “I just intend to sit down the street in the governor’s office and watch her work.” As state attorney general, Dow will be responsible for the Department of Law and Public Safety. The department has been struggling through the employment turnover in regard to its lawyers, according to the article. “I look forward to improving the morale of a department that has suffered for the past five to 10 years,” Dow said. — Kristine Rosette Enerio

CREDIT: Law still allows on-campus bank-hosted events continued from front Submission of financial information that indicates an independent means of repaying debt is required for the latter group, according to the text of the legislation. “For too long, credit card companies have had free rein to employ misleading and unfair practices that hit consumers with unreasonable costs, often in ways that were shady and very difficult for people to sort out, and they’ve had a specific, tough impact, in many cases, on younger Americans,” Bernstein said. Recent financial troubles across the country prompted the introduction of the legislation, he said. “One of the reasons we got into this mess is because consumers, as well as businesses, often took on far more debt than they could viably ser vice,” Bernstein said. Consumer protection legislation like the CARD Act is especially vital for young people, who often get into trouble with money, he said. Statistical evidence shows that reckless use of credit cards spikes among college-age students and tends to decline among young adults in their early twenties. Bernstein said there are two reasons why it is unfortunate when young people get in over their heads with credit cards. “First of all, it’s tougher to get your career started on a good foot if you’re carrying a large, pressing debt burden, but secondly, you can do considerable damage to your credit score … so we think it is particularly important to make sure these consumer protections reach younger people,” he said. Under the legislation, people under 21 who have a card and would like to increase the credit limit must also get their co-signers’ approval to do so, he said. Card issuers at universities and alumni organizations are also required to disclose agreements regarding marketing and distribution of credit cards to students, Bernstein said. Schools often make a profit from deals with card companies, and now, in an effort to increase transparency, such companies will have to make the details of their agreements known, he said.

The law also makes it illegal for companies to distribute free gifts in exchange for signing up for a card on a college campus, but banks will still be able to sponsor events at universities, Bernstein said. Even so, transparency will be key if such action is taken. Credit reporting agencies are also no longer permitted to provide credit histories of those under 21 to card companies, unless the consumer directs them to, which will reduce preapproved offers the companies send to students, he said. All cardholders, regardless of age, will now receive notice 45 days in advance of a company enacting increased rates or fees, Bernstein said. Cardholder Eric Clark thinks the new law is a good idea. “A lot of people don’t understand the full concept of credit cards, how you still have to pay it and don’t realize that if you pay the minimum, you still owe more the next time that you have to pay,” said Clark, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. “It ruins them for later on.” Clark, who has a credit card for which his mother co-signs, said he only uses the card for emergencies. Maria DeJesus, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, has a credit card and pays the bill herself each month. She said having someone co-sign for a young person should not be necessary. “People under the age of 21 should be able to handle that responsibility, and they should be able to make the decision [of whether to get a credit card] for themselves,” she said. Although she blames companies that often target younger people, DeJesus also said it is the responsibility of cardholders to make themselves aware of details when they sign up for a credit card. Regardless of who is at fault, it is important that both parties make an effort to be cautious. “The idea here is to help make sure that responsible practices dominate, especially with younger people, because the costs of getting this wrong are really quite high,” Bernstein said. Those who believe their rights as consumers as outlined in the CARD Act have been violated can direct complaints to the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at www.helpwithmybank.gov.


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Going knots over midterms? Decompress for less with a free massage from The Somerset School of Massage at 7:30 p.m. at The Cove in the Busch Campus Center. Learn how to reduce stress with proven relaxation techniques. Remember: Massage therapists only have so many hands! First come, first relieved. Donate a meal swipe at any University dining hall from now until March 1 and help sick and injured children receive medical care. The RUSA-sponsored meal swipe donation program will help raise money for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, a nonprofit non-political organization dedicated to providing free medical care for children from all over the Middle East who cannot receive care locally. A Dance Marathon information table will be set up at the Busch Campus Center from noon to 3 p.m. in order to answer any student inquiries. There will also be a Dance Marathon Bar and Karaoke Night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sliders Bar and Grill in New Brunswick. All ages are welcome to enter. You must be 21 to drink.

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“Crossroads: Migration, Language and Literature in Africa” is a conference designed to foster transdisciplinary understanding of the complex interplay between language, literature and migration, and the varied patterns of language and literary movement, formation and practice arising from contemporary and historical migration within and to Africa. The conference begins at 6:30 p.m. and will end Saturday, Feb. 27 at 12 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Contact Renee DeLancey at rdelance@rci.rutgers.edu or (732)-445-6638 for more information. Need a tune up? Want to de-stress, relax and explore culture? “Sacred Sounds” is back! Come join the Rutgers Bhakti Club for an evening of musical meditations, exotic drumming and dance all with world-famous kirtan bands As Kindred Spirits and Mayapuris. “Sacred Sounds” will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. RSVP at www.bhakticlub.org. A Dance Marathon blood drive will take place in the MultiPurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dance Marathon’s Pep Rally will also take place at the College Avenue Gym from 9 to 11 p.m., where the emcees, guest DJ and winner of Spirit Week will be announced.

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All interested photographers are welcome to attend the Daily Targum photographers meeting in Room 410 of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The meeting will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. We will be holding a weekly photographers meeting to discuss important housekeeping business, assign events and facilitate several workshopping activities. Pizza will be served.

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YOUTH: Intern aims to get energy directors in schools continued from front “Since I didn’t go to [California] Berkley, I couldn’t join PIRG to go and be one of the student teachers and teach students about sex education or help guide them to … college,” she said. “That was my initial experience with PIRG.” When she transferred to the University, Pollioni signed up to join the organization when she saw participants tabling to promote NJPRIG. An internship for credits was her first role with NJPIRG, which provided her with the necessary training and techniques to help educate students around the state. “I was never told I would be doing K through 12 education and that I needed to learn a lesson plan,” she said. “I was presented with what I could do, and then I chose how I could mold it to benefit me and how I would enjoy it.” This responsibility allowed her to earn a paid internship the next semester. “Everyone was trained on the lesson, and we had just one really big day of teaching, and we had nine volunteers with us,” she said. “We go there when classes started, and we taught 273 students in one day. Two students … would teach a class of 25 students at a time.” With such a large undertaking, Pollioni said for any student who wishes to get their message out, it is important to have an organization’s support behind them. “One of my really big goals is to get energy efficiency directors in every school district in the state … I wouldn’t be able to reach that goal … if I didn’t have a program behind me that was already nationally accredited,” she said. While reaching out to students and communities, one of Pollioni’s concerns is balancing both school and her internship, but she has learned ways to effectively manage her time. “There are so many other people working with you, you don’t have to handle it alone,” she said. “The amount of responsibility gets spread out, so if you can’t do something, there is always someone there that can help you or take it over for you.” NJPRIG Campus Organizer Sarah Clader said interns like Pollioni keep the organization running strong. “Interns are really the backbone of the campaign. They take a leadership role in the campaign … and come up with a vision for the campaign,” said Clader, a Rutgers alumna. While she has not worked closely with Pollioni this semester, Clader said Pollioni has come a long way with the organization, interning with several other NJPRIG campaigns including New Jersey Community Water Watch. Clader said being a part of NJPIRG is a way for people to take their hopes and ideas about change and actually put it to work. “The cool thing is that being an intern is an opportunity to take social problems you learn about in the classrooms and learn the skills to make a difference,” she said. Nathan Rausch, a former NJPIRG Water Watch intern, said volunteering for the organization is a good opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the community. “It’s fulfilling to be able to help out your community and environment at the same time,” said Rausch, a Cook College senior. “It makes you feel like you’re doing something, not just for yourself, but for everyone.”

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FEES: U. campus charges support facilities, programs continued from front “The school fee funds supplemental costs unique and particular to the enhancement programs of an undergraduate or graduate school at Rutgers,” according to the Web site. These fees consist of charges such as the School of Business fee, the “law librar y fee” at the law schools in Camden and Newark and the “conser vator y fee” at the Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, according to the Web site. “The campus fee is charged to all full-time and part-time students on a particular regional campus … in order to support student enhancement programs, ser vices and facilities which complement and support the academic experience,” according to the Web site. Such programs and ser vices include health ser vices, recreation centers, student

centers, student events, buses and athletics. “The course fee includes course-related expenses such as supplies and equipment that are required for the course (excluding books), which is required of all students registered for the course of instruction,” according to the Web site. Course-related fees cover costs of things like chemistry kits, theater tickets for theatre appreciation courses and labrelated fees. “Course fees, tuition and fee charges are charged exclusively by and collected exclusively by the Of fice of Student Accounting and not directly by any other office, department or individual on campus,” according to the Web site. Some students, like School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year Lindsey Rizkall, think the committee could work to benefit students. “Personally I do not look specifically at what each fee is and probably should be more aware, especially in knowing what the course fees are,” she said.

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their report is that the economy has improved after a dismal periworst part of recession over od, but the outlook — especially for employment — remains dim, Seneca and Hughes said. continued from front Sunne Kuo, a School of Arts has significantly reduced New and Sciences junior, is disheartJersey state tax revenues ened by the idea that his educaresulting in reductions of state tion will not help him with the appropriations to job search in a the University.” bad economy. “Prices keep going They also “I feel that an caution against education up and it’s not fair, isn’t what it now the reduction in was state appropriabecause I can never wor th before,” he tions, which “Even after run away from it.” said. could have a you graduate, no negative impact one is guaranAMAL ELSWEDY on the ser vices teed work.” School of Arts and Sciences provided by the Seneca and junior University and Hughes said tr yresult in ing to maintain increased tuition. that the current stage of economThe recession has been a ic stability will create new chalcause of stress for Amal lenges for policy makers. Elswedy, a School of Arts and “Now, after stabilizing the Sciences junior. economy, the policy challenge “Prices keep going up and is to continue to suppor t the it’s not fair, because I can never economic recover y as needed run away from it,” she said. “I but do so without bringing on pay my own bills and my own the problems of large federal tuition. … It’s harder to live no deficits such as higher interest matter what now.” rates and inflation,” they said. The most important concept “It is now a tricky path for for students to take away from public policy.”

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Ga. to defend state voter registration policy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA — Georgia plans to sue the Obama administration after the Justice Department for the third time blocked the state’s efforts to check the citizenship of newly registering voters. Georgia Secretar y of State Brian Kemp accused the feds of “playing politics” with Georgia’s election process. Kemp said yesterday the state would ask the U.S. District Cour t in the District of Columbia to clear the state’s system of using Social Security numbers and driver’s license data to confirm whether prospective voters are U.S. citizens. Under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, Georgia and other states with a histor y of discriminator y voting practices

must preclear any changes to election rules with the Justice Department or through the federal courts. “The state of Georgia will no longer watch the Obama Justice Department play politics with our election processes and protections,” Kemp said in a statement released yesterday. Kemp said the state will also ask the court to clear a separate law which passed last year in Georgia requiring newly registering voters to provide proof of citizenship. It has yet to take effect because it needs federal approval. Kemp said he’s asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat, to appoint a special assistant attorney general to represent the state. A spokesman for Baker said he was taking Kemp’s request under advisement.

“As always the attorney general will base his decision on how to best protect the interests of the people of Georgia,” Russ Willard said. “Political considerations will play no role in his decision.” On Monday Baker appeared before a legislative appropriations panel and said hiring pricey outside counsel exacerbates the state’s budget crunch. Republican-led Georgia was able to push through most of the voting changes it sought under the Bush administration, such as the state’s law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID to cast an in-person ballot. But the Democratic Obama administration has thrown up roadblocks. Implemented in 2007, the state’s voter verification system had checked new voters against

information in databases held by the Georgia Department of Driver Services or Social Security Administration. After a challenge was filed by voting rights groups in the weeks leading up to the 2008 elections, a federal three-judge panel said the state must seek Justice Department preclearance under the Voting Rights Act. The Justice Depar tment’s Civil Rights Division rejected the checks in May and October of last year. In a letter yesterday, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said Georgia had not submitted any information persuading officials in Washington to change their mind. A spokesman at the Justice Depar tment did not immediately retur n a phone call seeking comment.

Faith in economy sees sharp downturn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The stock market fell sharply yesterday after a surprising drop in consumer confidence reminded investors of the fragility of the economic recovery. The Dow Jones industrials fell 100 points. Interest rates also fell in the bond market as investors moved money out of stocks and into the safety of Treasurys. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index fell to 46 in February from 56.5 last month. That was well below the forecast of economists polled by Thomson Reuters. They expected a reading of 55. Not only did the index fall sharply, it is far from indicating strength in the economy. A reading above 90 means the economy is on solid footing. Consumers are vital to a strong, sustained economic recovery because their spending accounts for more than two-thirds of all economic activity. The confidence numbers came as investors were already rethinking the more optimistic assessment they had of the economy last week. Stocks had rallied for four straight days on upbeat earnings news, including some from retailers, and on improving housing and manufacturing numbers. That rally has ended this week in response to a growing pile of disappointing consumer news, including retail earnings reports. While Home Depot Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Macy’s Inc. and Target Corp. all reported better-than-expected earnings yesterday, the companies indicated that sales growth is lagging. That’s a sign that consumers are still too hesitant about the economy and their own job security to spend freely. “Consumers are still just very confused,” said J. Garrett Stevens, CEO of FaithShares, which manages exchange-traded funds. Economic reports remain mixed, which is typical for this point in a recovery and add to uncertainty among investors, he said. “Until we get more consistently positive trends, it’s like to be choppy like this,” Stevens said. The Dow fell 100.97, or 1 percent, to 10,292.41 after being up

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low. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasur y note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 3.69 percent from 3.80 percent late Monday. Investors will get fur ther insight into potential interest rate changes when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress on Wednesday and Thursday.

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A modest increase in sales and cost-cutting helped Home Depot’s profit top expectations. The home improvement retailer also raised its dividend and outlook, evidence it is confident about the strength of an eventual recover y. Competitor Lowe’s Corp. on Monday also raised its outlook, but had a cautious tone about growth. Like Home Depot, Sears Holdings said falling expenses and a slight boost in sales helped

its profit surpass forecasts. Macy’s and Target also reported upbeat quarterly earnings. A repor t on home prices showed that the housing market continues its slow recover y. The Standard & Poor’s/CaseShiller 20-city home price index rose 0.3 percent from November to December. Home prices’ rate of decline from a year earlier also improved. That measure fell 3.1 percent. Economists had forecast a yearover-year drop of 3.2 percent, compared with a decline of 5.3 percent in November. “Case-Shiller shows some of this continuing bottoming effect in housing prices,” said Michael Strauss, chief economist at Commonfund. “It shows the weakest link in the economy is no longer a drag on the economy.” Overseas markets mostly fell after disappointing economic repor ts from Germany showed that Europe’s largest economy has been hurt by the mounting debt problems in countries like Greece. Germany’s DAX index fell 1.5 percent and France’s CAC-40 dropped 1.3 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.7 percent. Japan’s Nikkei stock average fell 0.5 percent.


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erhaps if clearer laws regarding the Internet existed, then conflicts between students and school administration, such as in the case of Katherine Evans, would not have been as spectacular. But the fact remains that in this day and age, there are still no clear-cut rules to regulate free speech online and even fewer to control how much power a school’s administration might have over its pupils, especially past the final school bell. The truth is: Free speech must extend to new media such as the Internet, and schools should not attempt to interfere with something outside their schoolyard. In the case of Evans, the South Florida teenager was suspended for creating a Facebook group that acted as a forum for Evans’ schoolmates to express feelings, bad or good, of their English teacher Sarah Phelps. After the school suspended Evans for three days and gave her a spec on her other wise fine honors transcript, she attempted to sue her now former principal for a violation of her First Amendment rights. Now, according to the New York Times, Evans has been allowed to finally continue with her case and seek a “nominal fee” for her troubles. Facebook — a relatively new Web site to some courts and judges at least — does not fall under any specific laws that prohibit its users from creating any group or “fan page” they want. Some of the only rules governing it are those the owners of the site present to its users prior to signing up for a Facebook page. This of course raises a point where free speech may gain a damaging cause. And the few rules that govern users’ online comments and actions, in regards to libel or physical or mental damage to users, are Web sites’ regulations and perhaps federal and state governments. But even this comes into question at times, because anyone can do anything online — the Internet is hardly conquerable in a day. Freedom of speech, however, remains sacred, especially when it comes to a harmless display of discussion that just happens to be seen by a school administrator. The judge’s decision to continue Evans’s case therefore is valid, as First Amendment rights should extend to online, non-threatening writings. Evans simply created a group called “Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I’ve ever met!” and opened the forum for a fair discussion on part of her classmates. While Evans had a fight to pick with her teacher, many others responded negatively to the group, and she took it down. But the problem persisted as the Pembroke Pines Charter High School suspended Evans for creating the group in the first place and for “bullying/cyber bullying harassment toward a staff member.” Following this, the school stripped Evans of several of her advanced placement classes and put her in lower-level courses, which affected her high school transcript and chances of getting into a desired university. And what did Evans do wrong? How is the online expression of thoughts, or even providing the methods for others to express opinions, wrong? This is no different from talking about a teacher while in a circle of friends. Teachers should perhaps already be used to this sort of criticism, as ever y good instructor has had his or her share of conflicting students, but even that brings about a sort of constructive criticism to the teacher. Evans did not provide harmful or false information about Phelps that should have been deemed illegal by the school or any other authority. The Internet has in fact become just another forum for free speech, one no different from public discussions. “This is an important victor y both for Ms. Evans and Internet free speech,” said Maria Kayanan, Evans’s lawyer. “Because it upholds the principle that the right to freedom of speech and expression in America does not depend on the technology used to convey opinions and ideas.” And that is the argument. The Internet is simply another medium for free speech — one that is developing the quickest. Therefore, limiting it could constitute an infringement on Evans’ and many others’ rights of expression. Understandably, Phelps wanted respect, deserved or not, but the First Amendment remains far above her desires. Perhaps it is harder to control constitutionally insured rights in smaller sectors of the country, but even when it comes to school, the cornerstone of our development, students’ rights must be protected. Evans’ case should not have even come outside the district, because the school must have realized that it was in the wrong — not the student. Unless of course the administration wanted the spotlight to fall on them. Far from being solely a civil liberties case, the argument rests on the law that backs the student. With the development of new technology, and with its acceleration, certain aspects of civil rights will be lagging behind. And in cases such as this, the school should have simply regarded the matter as an open forum — something surely taught by the many histor y or social sciences instructors at the school. As long as no maligned and false arguments were brought into question, then Evans should have had ever y right to discuss a figure that so closely affected her grades and thus, perhaps, life — especially outside the confines of the school.

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Anyway, working at the n my favorite book, Targum has and will continue “The Catcher in the to define my college “experiRye,” Holden Caulfield ence.” I honestly do not know said, “What I was really hangwhere I’d be right now if I had ing around for, I was trying to not joined the newspaper. feel some kind of a good-by. I Over time, the Targum kids mean I have left schools and became not just my co-workplaces I didn’t even know I ADRIENNE VOGT ers, but also my friends; that was leaving. I hate that. I will happen if you spend up to don’t care if it is a sad good10 or more hours with people in one day. Through by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to thick and thin, we made it through every day as a know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.” team, and you guys helped me out more than you will With less than one semester left at the University, ever know. I am so grateful to have met each and that pretty much sums up how I feel right now. every one of you. I admire your strength and passion. Don’t get me wrong — I am beyond ecstatic to get I will miss the constant laughter and ridiculousness. I away from this school. I have been ready to graduate don’t want to call out specific people, because invarisince about my second semester as a first-year student. ably someone will be missed, but I truly love you guys And as a lifelong resident of Central Jersey — born in — I hope you know who you are. New Brunswick — I am rather sick of this area. I think I have grown tremendously during the Not unlike a lot of students, I am sure, I have past two years. I have learned how to take criticism experienced the “RU Screw” at one point or another, — though not necessarily accept it. I will probably and sometimes I feel like no one at the University’s always be an introverted person, but if you get to administration cares or is truly helpful. There are know me and listen to my inconsistent ramblings, I too many people, we misuse our money and bureausincerely apologize for how annoyingcracy rules — end of story. ly loud I am. I used to be scared to But I’m sure, after graduation in “If I can give you state my opinion and overly nervous May, I actually will miss this crazy place. about outward appearances, but then I have been racking my mind, trying to dear readers one I just stopped caring about what othremember some of the best and worst experiences of the past four years. iota of advice ... be ers thought of me. And, you know what? It’s amazing! I suggest you try it Nothing gigantic really stood out. yourself and stay sometime. If I can give you dear readI finally realized it was the little ers one iota of advice — even though moments that meant the most to me: true to what you it may be cliché — be yourself and watching marathons of “Project believe in.” stay true to what you believe in. Find Runway” with my suitemates, some a few friends you can trust and don’t guy sitting next to me on the bus ranlet anyone talk down to you. Be feisty. domly offering me a piece of gum, And for the love of God, people, use Spell Check. walking through the fall foliage of Voorhees Mall on As I embark into “the real world” — whatever the College Avenue campus on a quiet early mornthat may be — I am extremely scared yet giddily ing, Soul Food Night at the dining halls, some kid excited, as I imagine many of my peers feel the same bringing a squirrel into my art history class one day, right now. Even with the 16 percent unemployment Rice Krispies Treats at Hansel ’N Griddle, hearing rate for recent college grads and my not-so-injournalism great Bob Woodward when he came to demand journalism and media studies degree, I am speak at the University, basking in my favorite art determined to be successful. And believe me, I am pieces while I worked at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli fierce when I want to be, so you all better watch out. Art Museum, and I’m sure the list can go on. Thanks for reading, because now I think I And I cannot forget The Daily Targum. Oh have my good bye. Well, “at least we put this matTargum, how I will miss you. As copy editor for the ter to bed.” past year and as an assistant for a semester before And “That’s what she said.” (Sorry, I had to do it.) that, I have learned things about the English language that no one should ever really need to know. Adrienne Vogt is the outgoing copy editor. She is I remember the first time I walked up to the little a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in office at 26 Mine St., not knowing what to expect. It journalism and media studies with a minor in art was daunting, confusing and congested at first, but I history and planning and public policy. Ummm ... soon developed comfort in the routine. 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f you spent any time on the Cook campus lately, you may have noticed that the Foran Conservation Garden is undergoing a face-lift. In case you were wondering where and what is the garden, it is located between Foran Hall and the Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall on the Cook campus and contains a sculpture known as “the Birdcage,” but which the artist had named “Spiral Field.” The garden is part of a courtyard, which also has several in-progress rain gardens. Rain gardens serve to recharge rainwater to underground aquifers and keep students from having to walk through puddles. Currently, students and others are creating their own footpaths on their way up from the bus and elsewhere, this is packing down the soil, damaging our new trees and the allimportant switch grass — which we are researching as a raw material for biofuels — and harms other native plant and wild life. A team of students, led by Priscilla Hayes of Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group at Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station and two student coordinators, are working to make the whole courtyard into a garden room which will scream “Stop, Appreciate and Respect” the moment you walk in. We are planning new paths and planting native New Jersey plants in the garden for their biological, ecological and environmental impor tance. The project is intended to beautify the space by holding several events throughout the semester, to educate on the importance of maintaining and respecting con-

ser vation gardens and native plants, and to raise awareness about the project. Starting with a garden party and ending with a planting event on Rutgers Day on April 24, the project will allow students to volunteer and be awarded community service for helping out during the many events scheduled. This is a great opportunity for biology, ecology, entomology, environmental, plant science, animal science and landscape architecture majors and students to earn extra credit for volunteering as well — pending your teacher’s approval. As well as the need for volunteers at the events, we are trying very hard to get the word out about the project and getting donations for plants, newspaper for mulch, soil, gardening tools and compost. Many drop-off bins will be placed around campus and at local eateries, such as the Dudley Café in the Food Science Building on Cook campus, for our composting event which will be open all semester to reduce organic waste while promoting on-campus composting. Great composting items include coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit waste eggshells, among many other items. If you are interested in getting involved around campus, please consider volunteering for the Foran Conservation Garden effort. If you cannot commit to volunteering, you can still help out by composting and spreading the word around campus. Contact Student Coordinator Justin Steele at jssteele@eden.rutgers.edu, for more information about getting involved. Justin Steele is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior majoring in biological science.

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et involved! That is the advice I have been hearing since I was an eighth grader going to what would be my future high school’s open house. At the University, I attended Leadership Quest this past summer, and the program got me used to the idea of college and motivated me to be even more active in school. However, when I arrived here, I was so over whelmed that all I decided to do was concentrate on my schoolwork. This probably sounds like the mentality a lot of you reading this had when you first arrived at the University or even when you get back on campus each school year. But when I returned for the second semester, I decided I was going to get involved and heed the great advice that made my four years of high school ones to remember. I decided the best way to get involved was to join one of the organizations connected to me directly: The College Avenue Council.

I wanted to join an organization that has an impact on the student body and on the University. I quickly discovered Rutgers University Student Assembly and knew that this student government would be great for me and, likewise, I great for it. I attended a meeting, gave a speech and was elected as a member of the council. As a council, we are planning to host a town hall meeting soon, inviting all students on this campus to speak their minds to the University’s administrators in attendance. We are also trying to see what we can do about having more frequent cleaning in several of the campus’s restroom facilities. I challenge not only the College Avenue residents but also the collective student body of the University to get involved in any organization. Accept this challenge and see for yourself that being an active student in your school truly enhances the experience you gain from being here. Wilfredo Benitez, Jr. is a School of Arts and Sciences firstyear student on the College Avenue campus.

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but we’re moving forward,” Hill said. “We believe, and these kids future unclear after loss to Hall are very good. It takes time in the Big East, the best basketball conference in America.” continued from back So here are the dilemmas that The head coach and his staff will — if they have not already — will have an end-of-year discussion with run through the minds of everythe athletic director before roundone close to the program: ing off another impressive recruitWith a young team losing all ing class, while the players will be but one player that has shown somewhere on campus wondering continual improvement and what could have been had eight or chemistry over the course of winnine games not gotten away from ning the most Big East games in them over the course of the winter. Hill’s tenure, is it justifiable to Said athletic director, Tim relieve the current coaching staff Pernetti, has yet to publicly of its duties and start anew with a announce anything talented roster in one way or the the ever-competi“We have some other. Why should tive Big East? Or he? Openly admitHill done shortcomings; we has ting he is more enough this seathan dissatisfied son — even after a have had a few with the progresfrantic comeback setbacks but we’re was not enough to sion of the men’s basketball proSeton moving forward.” overcome gram in Hill’s Hall — to keep fourth season himself on the end FRED HILL JR. would be counterof RU’s bench? Head Coach productive and Does yestergive off the image day’s 76-70 loss to that Hill is nothing more than a the Pirates mean any more than lame duck coach. the others? If Hill salvages two But coming out with a vote of more Big East games — home confidence has typically proven to against DePaul or Seton Hall, or mean the man in charge is anything even on the road at ranked but confident in his coach’s abilities. Pittsburgh — what does that So Pernetti has done neither, mean for the RU men’s basketball offering nothing more than the team’s future? usual “We will give it a full evaluaThink about it. No answer is tion at the end of the season, just an easy one. like we will with every other sport” By the time the third week of to anyone that poses the question. March rolls around, don’t expect It’s the smart thing to do, no that to change. matter his true feelings on the matter. — Matthew Stein accepts “We have some shortcomcomments and criticisms at steinings; we have had a few setbacks, ma@eden.rutgers.edu

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The men’s basketball Big East Tournament is just two weeks away and it’s already shaping up to be one BIG EAST MIDWEEK of the biggest dogfights in recent memory. Though another six-overtime affair is unlikely, seven teams in the middle of the pack are within two games of each other, while two or three spots in the NCAA Tournament are still up for grabs. The last two weeks of the season is when teams add the last few “quality wins” to their respective résumés and Connecticut did just that Monday against West Virginia.

with his harsh words after an embarrassing home loss to Cincinnati, likely makes UConn the seventh Big East team to go to the big dance. Barring anything crazy in the following weeks or in the Big East Tournament, Syracuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Louisville, Georgetown and Connecticut are all destined for March Madness.

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the pack. Five teams — Marquette, Notre Dame, South Florida, Seton Hall and Cincinnati — are still technically on the bubble. Some of the five though, are in better position than the others.

MARQUETTE (17-9, 8-6) IS THE HUSKIES (17-11, 7-8) were all but out of the tournament before easily dispatching Rutgers Saturday and then taking out WVU 73-62. Guard Kemba Walker scored 21 points, mostly on free throws, to lead the Huskies. Head coach Jim Calhoun’s return to the court after leaving for health reasons, combined

likely safe, winning six of its last seven and holding quality wins over Michigan, Georgetown and Connecticut; but, road games at St. John’s and Seton Hall this week give the Golden Eagles a chance to slip up.

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sensation Lance Stephenson faltering in Cincinnati and Scarlet Knight’s Dane Miller passing him as the leading contender for Big East Freshman of the Year, the Bearcats (15-11, 6-8) are in trouble. Stephenson averaged 7.5 points per game in the ’Cats’ last five games, leading to four losses and a likely National Invitational Tournament bid. But Cincy still has games against West Virginia, Villanova and Georgetown and could jump back into the mix with a few upsets.

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place in the conference, Notre Dame is still in the mix, but a simply terrible late Januar y and Februar y might be the difference between the NCAA and the NIT. Star for ward Luke Harangody is beat up and the Fighting Irish have ugly losses to RU, Seton Hall and St. John’s smudging the rest of their Big East play. The Irish have Pittsburgh and Connecticut at home and Georgetown and Marquette on the road to close out the regular season.

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Guard Kemba Walker and UConn made their path to the National Tournament easier after upsetting No. 7 West Virginia.

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he Rutgers wrestling team remained at No. 22 in the final NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll of the season, released Tuesday, following a formidable defeat at the hands of No.7 Lehigh. The loss marked the Scarlet Knights’ first defeat in nearly two months, as they boast a 14-11 record in 2010.

FORMER RUTGERS cornerback Devin McCourty saw his 2010 NFL draft stock soar even higher this past week, as ESPN’s NFL Draft lead analyst Mel Kiper Jr. rated the RU alum as the No. 31 athlete in this year’s draft. McCourty attempts to raise his draft stock further beginning on March 2 at the NFL Combine as he plans on participating in every skill challenge offered. THE PHILADELPHIA Eagles released long-time franchise running back Brian Westbrook on Tuesday. The 5-foot-10 running back had a down year in 2009 due mainly to a concussion suffered on Oct. 26 when his head collided with the knee of Washington Redskins’ linebacker London Fletcher. Westbrook leaves the Eagles with the franchise record in yards from scrimmage with 9,785 and although he recently turned 30, Eagles head coach Andy Reid thinks he will play next season. AFTER

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Injury-riddled Younger endures, captures Big East title BY TYLER BARTO STAFF WRITER

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Junior runner Aaron Younger persevered through multiple injuries to capture the Big East Title in the 500-meter event.

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To prevent further injur y: View Aaron Younger’s career from a wider scope. The junior 500-meter runn e r , MEN’S TRACK whose time with the Rutgers men’s track and field team began in the most adverse of circumstances, can finally begin to breathe. The 2010 indoor track season has been a fruitful one for Younger, who set a schoolrecord Sunday in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:01:44 at the Big East Championships. “Someone who has really surprised me this year is Aaron Younger,” said head coach Mike Mulqueen earlier in the year. “He’s had to overcome some injuries and now he’s finally living up to what everyone thought he would be.” Mulqueen aired on the side of caution, adding, “Knock on wood.” The Franklinville, N.J., native also anchored the second-place-finishing 4x400 relay at the championships and clocked in at a facility-record time at Navy’s Wesley A. Brown Field House. “Aaron is an animal,” said teammate Adam Bergo. “He’s impossible to stop once he starts going. He’s a really good athlete, the fastest in the 500.” But to truly appreciate the significance of Younger’s many impressive feats this season, some medical precautions must be taken into account. “I get shin splints ver y easily,” said Younger, whose injur y histor y dates all the way back to middle school. “I had to pull

back, miss practices and skip meets. Now I am able to do anything and ever ything.” As a freshman, Younger qualified early in the indoor season for the Big East and IC4A Championships. But a stress fracture derailed his chances of living up to the expectations that teammates believed he could achieve. He was forced to use a medical redshirt. “People always told me that I could set a record in the 500 when I was a freshman,” the junior said, “but the shin splints were very painful.” After rehabbing extensively prior to the spring campaign, the then-freshman began preparing for the Penn Relays when the injur y bug bit Younger yet again. This time a case of MRSA, a type of staph infection, forced a hole in the side of his knee and prevented Younger from participating in the storied track meet. To prevent further injur y: View Aaron Younger’s comeback attempt. “The main thing is staying healthy,” Younger said. “It’s motivation for me.” Younger, an inspired sophomore, witnessed the uninvited return of his shin splints. By running through the pain and receiving treatment, he once again qualified for the Big East Championships, only to suffer an ill-timed pulled hamstring during preliminaries. A distraught Younger never fully recovered for the spring campaign and endured another medical redshirt, adding insult to injury. A pain-riddled past, including torn MCL, PCL, and cartilage in his meniscus stemming from a

high school football injur y, puts Younger’s accomplishments during the 2010 indoor season into clearer perspective. In a year’s time, the fragile, unlucky runner became a Rutgers record-holder and the fastest man in the Big East. “I was really surprised,” said Younger of his facility-best time in the 500-meter at Navy. “I wasn’t thinking about it, just about winning the race. At the Big East, I was gunning for the school record. My teammate Steve Swern held the record and I finally got it this year.” Swern, if anyone, can truly appreciate the great lengths Younger endured to reach the pinnacle of Big East success. A fellow 500-meter runner, Swern practices with Younger daily and anchored the 4x400 relay until a healthy Younger took the reins. “We’ve learned a lot from each other,” Swern said. “He’s the anchor now. I used to be the anchor.” Younger looked at the move through a broader lens. “I guess it’s the change of the guard,” he said. “Steve has a proven track record. He did things I hadn’t done yet. I definitely feel he’s passing the torch to me.” Younger’s re-emergence into the Northeast’s track limelight helped propel the Scarlet Knights to 68 points last weekend and leapfrog two places from last year’s finish at the Big East Championships. His importance to an experienced squad, however, can hardly be defined as physical. “What he brings to the team is so real, so emotional,” Bergo said. “His will to win is amazing.” To prevent further injury: View Aaron Younger’s finest hour.


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Crushing loss in past as St. John’s visits RAC BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

Make no mistake, the last one hurt. Sure, the Rutgers women’s basketWOMEN’S BASKETBALL ball team lost before this season, but never in the fashion it did Sunday against Syracuse. A 31-point blowout loss at home to an unranked team. A sloppy game from start to finish. A performance that had both senior Brittany Ray and sophomore Khadijah Rushdan scratching their heads, wondering where the effort went. “It’s not like we haven’t been down by 20 points before and come back to make it a game, or win it,” Rushdan said. “It was disappointing for ever yone to hang their heads and not give ef for t because that is something you can control. You can have a night where you are not hitting shots, but you can control effort.” The Scarlet Knights experienced their fair share of heartbreaks this season, including a narrow defeat at the hands of thenNo. 16 Georgia and a loss on a last second three by then-No. 13 Texas — both of those games were in the span of six days. And while it’s true that the Knights were on the wrong side of a 40-point blowout against Connecticut, the No. 1 Huskies are undisputedly better than every other team in the sport, bar none. But this one was different. Toward the end, there were no traces of the Knights’ usual fire. Down by double digits in the final minutes, as they were most of the game, it appeared as if the fight simply left them. Some stared at the floor. Others stared at the scoreboard, maybe disbelieving the numbers they saw — maybe hoping that the clock would finally reach zero. It was a performance that left head coach C. Vivian Stringer, usually verbose, nearly speechless. “To have that kind of a game — and it’s not to slight

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Sophomore guard Khadijah Rushdan and the Scarlet Knights look to rebound after their 31-point loss to Syracuse Sunday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center when No. 18 St. John’s comes to town. The team needs a win to stay over the .500 mark in conference play.

Syracuse, by any stretch of the imagination — you don’t play like that,” Stringer said. “There were no answers. It is amazing because you can do anything if you give great effort.” Stringer called the Knights’ (15-12, 7-6) loss to Syracuse a must-win game, which only makes tonight’s game against No. 18 St. John’s (21-5, 9-4) all the more critical. The Red Storm have only one fluke loss on their résumé — a 10-point

defeat at the hands of Cincinnati on the road — and will certainly not be a pushover by any stretch of the imagination, especially for a team that continues to tr y and impress the NCAA selection committee. While for ward Da’Shena Stevens and guard Shenneika Smith pace St. John’s in scoring, the Red Storm does not need to run their offense directly through either — six other players average around seven points per

game this season. That makes the Johnnies, who shoot 36 percent from three-point range as a team, a formidable scoring machine. For comparison’s sake, the Orange shoot 34 percent from downtown this season — and dropped 11 three-point baskets on RU last game. The question remains, was last game an aberration? The Knights hope so, because with three games to play the wins need to come starting tonight.

A team can win by playing strong defense. It can win by burying their opponent in points. But it cannot win without heart. The Knights lost their heart last game against Syracuse. Tonight, they see if they can find it again. “When you’ve got people that are giving up, you can’t do anything,” Rushdan said. “Like coach Stringer said, when you’ve got people who are willing to fight and willing to give effort, you can overcome anything.”

Knights open season against Temple for second year BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

In the season-opener against Temple last year, the Rutgers women’s WOMEN’S LACROSSE lacr osse team made a bold statement. The Scarlet Knights scored a season-high 16 goals; Brooke Cantwell and then-freshman Annie McGinley scored four goals each, and then-junior attack Meghan Flanagan tied a single-game RU record with seven assists. But that was a year ago. Armed with 10 incoming players — including a brand-new goalkeeping corps — the Knights try and make history repeat itself this afternoon in their seasonopener against the Owls. “I think we’re a completely different team than we were at this point last year,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “We have a lot of the same players but the style of playing, the pace of playing and the amount of people we plan on playing in the game is completely different.” Those same players bring a bevy of experience to this year’s

squad. The Knights bring back nearly 80 percent of their goal scoring from last season as well as a stalwart defensive front. While practice for the spring season has only been in full force for the last few weeks, BrandSias, entering her eighth year with the Knights, said the team has made big strides. “I think we’ve come a really long way,” Brand-Sias said. “You don’t expect to be 100 percent ready … it’s a long season but I think we’re in a good spot to have a good start tomorrow.” For Cantwell and the other five seniors, tomorrow’s game marks the beginning of the end of a four-year journey. The attack, in her first season as a team captain along with second-year captains Faith Richards and Emily Penn, led RU with 32 goals last year. Cantwell’s 38 points earned her a place on the 2010 preseason All-Big East squad. “It’s a little bittersweet knowing it’s our last season but this preseason so far has been great,” Cantwell said. “Everything seems to be clicking a lot earlier this year.”

For others, the game is the first step in their career as Scarlet Knights. The team fields two freshman goalkeepers in Lily Kalata and Aimee Chotikul, who will be thrown into the fire this year out of necessity as the Knights do not have any returning players at the position. “It’s a tough spot for freshmen to be put in and be tested but we definitely have the right group to put them in it,” Brand-Sias said. “Both freshmen right now are really showing us they’re ready to compete.” Starting the season strong is key for the Knights, whose schedule intensifies dramatically after today’s game with back-toback contests against top-Ivy League competitors in Cornell and Princeton. But the Owls are first on tap, as the Knights can finally view the results of their winter work. “We finally get to do something other than play against each other every day,” Brand-Sias said. “We’re really looking for ward to it.”

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Brooke Cantwell, right, tied for a team-high four goals last year against Temple. She was named to the All-Big East preseason


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Anxious Knights sputter from starting block BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

NEWARK — The assist-toturnover ratios were almost complete opposites, and the Rutgers KNIGHT NOTEBOOK men’s basketball team’s stat-line was not nearly as pretty.

In the Scarlet Knights’ 76-70 loss to Seton Hall last night, RU turned the ball over 16 times, while assisting on nine baskets. The Pirates were much more careful, only giving the ball up six times during the contest while dishing out 19 helpers. “We were too hyped for the game,” said freshman forward

Dane Miller. “In the first half, they were more composed. But we lost because of what we did, not what they did. We came out too hyped.” Although the Knights played a cleaner second half, only giving the ball up four times, the firsthalf deficit proved too great to overcome. SHU scored 16 points off of the Knights’ 12 turnovers in the first period. Many of those came out of the Pirates’ full-court defensive pressure. “We were actually prepared [for the pressure] but we didn’t deal with it the way we were supposed to,” said sophomore guard Mike Rosario. “Coach [Fred Hill Jr.] told us before the game the pressure was going to come, but we just tried to rush and throw the ball up court — things that we normally don’t do. When you do that, that’s what leads to easy baskets for the other team.”

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Freshman forward Dane Miller scored 16 points in last night’s loss, including an emphatic dunk following a missed Mike Rosario shot.

ROCK: Hazell’s game-high 25 points paces Seton Hall continued from back Gonzalez said. “Obviously we’re not trying to hurt anybody or cause a fight. We didn’t necessarily want an intentional [foul], but bottom line is, we’re not giving up a dunk at the buzzer and that’s what Herb Pope was letting him know.” Rutgers head coach Fred Hill Jr. said he had no problem with the foul “It’s a rivalr y game,” Hill said. “It’s a hard foul, but it’s no big deal. We just move on.” Jeremy Hazell scored a game-high 25 points, while Jordan Theodore had 12 including two free throws with 20.3 second remaining. The Pirates never trailed in the game, winning their third straight over the Scarlet Knights Mike Rosario led RU (14-14, 411) with 17 points. The sophomore guard found his scoring touch, converting six straight points beginning with a three-pointer with 3:26 to play. A conventional three-point play followed on the ensuing possession cutting the lead to 68-63. “I can basically shoot the ball from anywhere on the court without looking at the basket and that’s just how I am,” Rosario said. “I was just trying to get my shot going with a little drive, a little shot here or there and I forced a few, but that’s what great players do.”

A free throw with 2:36 to play brought the Knights within four, but Seton Hall came up with two big plays to seal the victor y. Eugene Har vey picked RU junior guard James Beatty’s pocket and raced in for a layup before Jef f Robinson threw down a fast-break dunk to bring the lead back to eight. “They made two big plays down the stretch and we weren’t able to make one,” Hill said. “Give them credit. Their guys made big plays down the stretch and we came up a little bit short.” Still, Seton Hall (16-10, 7-8) couldn’t make it easy on itself. The Pirates missed three straight front-ends of one-and-one attempts keeping the Knights within striking distance. But the Rutgers couldn’t take advantage, missing several layups on the of fensive end. Eventually, Theodore stepped up and knocked down his free throws. Three other RU players finished in double figures led by Miller’s 16 points. Senior center Hamady N’Diaye finished with 12 and junior for ward Jonathan Mitchell added 11. Har vey and Jef f Robinson both had 10 for the Pirates. Seton Hall used a 16-1 run during a first half stretch to build a 28-10 lead. RU didn’t do much to cut into that advantage — committing 12 turnovers to the Pirates’ one in the half — and went to intermission trailing by 15.

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shooting opportunities was convincing, but RU failed to take advantage. The Knights went to the line 20 times, but converted just 13 of the shots to finish shooting 65 percent from the charity stripe. The Pirates took just nine free throws and made six. The Hall shot 4-of-4 from the line in the first half, and did not see the stripe again until the last minute of action, when desperate RU fouls sent the team into the bonus. The Knights’ numbers were only slightly improved from last game’s 50-percent foul shooting performance. “I just think its concentration,” said junior for ward Jonathan Mitchell. “It’s the end of the year and maybe the focus

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Rutgers’ Hamady N’Diaye challenges Seton Hall’s Jeff Robinson during the Pirates’ 76-70 victory last night at the Prudential Center.

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minutes remaining in the first half, the Knights converted a controversial basket. Miller took a three-pointer from the top of the key that bounced high off the rim before

falling through the basket. As it passed through the net, senior center Hamady N’Diaye pulled on the rim prompting SHU head coach Bobby Gonzalez to call for offensive goaltending. The referees met at midcourt and credited the two-point basket to N’Diaye, who never touched the ball.


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ROLLED AT THE ROCK Seton Hall sends message at Prudential Center as Scarlet Knights struggle to right ship after falling behind in first half BY KYLE FRANKO CORRESPONDENT

NEWARK — Herb Pope and Seton Hall had a message for the Rutgers men’s basketball team. It didn’t matter that there was MEN’S BASKETBALL less than a second to play and the Pirates had last night’s game at The Prudential Center well in hand. Pope committed an intentional foul on Rutgers’ Dane Miller with 0.7 seconds left. Miller made both free throws and the final score finished 76-70 in favor of Seton Hall. But it was the message that was most important. “At the end of the game when you have a big lead you take out your players, your starting five, you don’t want anybody to get hurt,” Pope said. “Guys are tr ying to embarrass people at the end of the game right there. He tried to probably send himself a little message and get ready for the next one. “I didn’t think it was intentional. I just thought I kept him off the ground. I didn’t follow through with my arms. I thought it was just a hard foul. It was a rivalr y game foul. My teammates were juiced because the kid just had a tremendous putback. We know what kind of athlete he is, he [doesn’t have to] showcase it again and tr y to do a trick dunk at the end of the game. That’s embarrassing for us.” Miller refused to comment on the foul after the game. Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez backed Pope all the way. “One-hundred percent, we talk about it, we care about it,”

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Pirate forward Herb Pope, right, and Seton Hall rode a 16-1 run in the first half to build an early lead at the Prudential Center. The Knights battled back to cut the lead to as little as four, but missed opportunities doomed RU down the final stretch.

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The Knights’ loss to Seton Hall last night marked the third-straight time the team fell to the Pirates, dating back to last year.

EWARK — An “L” in the record books is not a new concept. Fred Hill Jr. has grown accustomed to checking those off next to the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s name on his Big East schedule. When the calendar turns to a Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, just another “L” will be inked into the page next to a game against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center. But that “L” carries some hidden meaning. It is just the second conference loss in a row for the Scarlet Knights and their foreverembattled head coach, but it is the third in a row against the Pirates dating back to last year. And if the rumors are true — if Hill’s job is in fact in danger — then losing to RU’s in-state rival was one of the last things on his agenda. “I know you won’t believe me, but when we don’t play Seton Hall I root for them,” Hill said. “When we get out on the court, there would be

Mind of Stein MATTHEW STEIN nothing better than to beat them. It’s our rivals.” Of course, harping on the term “rivalr y” has become a little bit overblown. Hill and Pirates head coach Bobby Gonzalez do not have the best relations — that much is common knowledge. But the games have not been as intense as they once were. Available seats were littered around The Rock’s lower bowl, and the upper-tier was customarily curtained away. Seated in the corner of one of the baskets next to the SHU students, the most intensity mustered was an audible S-T-D chant

whenever a Knights player stepped to the charity stripe. With the exception of some foul calls, Hill and Gonzalez were remarkably subdued. The game itself, while quicklypaced, did not have the feeling of two bitter enemies fighting for New Jersey supremacy. It had all the emotion of a lower-tier Big East game. And in reality, that’s all it was. “I think a rivalry is great, there are two Big East schools in the state of New Jersey, 25 miles apart,” Hill said. “I think it’s going to take off when our programs collectively are really fighting for something. I think it will be meaningful and awesome for this area. I think everyone is moving in that direction.” Barring a miracle run in two weeks to the Big East trophy in Madison Square Garden, Hill’s fourth season at the helm will conclude the same way his previous three have.

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The Daily Targum 2010-02-24