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U. Alumna seeks to create pluralist society By Erin Walsh Correspondent
Working as an activist in Israel, Rutgers alumna Shira Pruce witnessed women get arrested and have rocks and chairs thrown at them while they were praying in what many consider the countr y’s most sacred Jewish historical site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Pruce graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2004 before moving to Israel, where she works as the director of public relations for the feminist organization Women of the Wall, which advocates freedom of religion for women at the holy site. Although the Western Wall is a public sphere, it has always been
divided between men and women with many restrictions on women’s religious rights. At the Western Wall, a par tition separates men and women from praying together, which is where Pruce saw footage of men throwing chairs at the Women of the Wall, which was meeting for its monthly prayer. She said the cour ts confirmed the organization’s beliefs by granting women religious freedoms last April. This cour t ruling allowed women to openly pray in groups and choose to wear prayer shawls, which they were never able to do before without facing opposition, detainment or even violence. The ruling was a step for ward for the organization, which has See ALUMNA on Page 4
Katzenbach bus stop relocated after accident By Vaishali Gauba News Editor
After a Rutgers student was hit by a car near the Katzenbach bus stop on Douglass campus Saturday night, the Rutgers Department of Transportation Ser vices implemented the move to shift the bus stop 90 feet away from its original location towards the crosswalk. As of noon yesterday, the old bus stop has been covered with yellow tape and a snow fence across the front lawn of the old bus stop. A bus stop sign has been placed at the temporary stop to ensure students are aware of the location. While the resolution to renovate the bus stop was passed in fall
2013, Jamila White, president of the Douglass Governing Council, received an email on Feb. 4 from Jacquelyn Litt, dean of the Douglass Residential College, that Rutgers had plans for the site, according to a previous article published in The Daily Targum. Jack Molenaar, director of the Rutgers Department of Transportation Ser vices, said a meeting with the DGC was held on Tuesday night to agree to move the location so renovation can begin. The renovated bus stop will include a NextBus screen and a security camera. He said construction for the new bus stop should be completed this semester.
The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings placed Rutgers at 91 out of 100 ranked colleges. Last year, it was ranked 81. GRAPHIC BY ADAM ISMAIL
Rutgers sees drop in academic rankings By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
Rutgers has dropped in an international ranking of university academics. Times Higher Education released a repor t on March 5 with the results of a sur vey of more than 10,000 scholars that asked which universities have the best academic reputation. Rutgers was tied with ten other institutions for 91 out of 100 ranked colleges, according to the repor t. It tied for 81 in 2013 on the same study after increasing from 91 in 2012, and 71 in 2011. Princeton, the only other New Jersey university on the list, ranked seventh, the same as the previous study. In an ar ticle by The Star-Ledger, Phil Baty, the editor of the rankings, said the drop in public university rankings was worr y-
ing. He attributed some of the dif ference to funding cuts in public education. “This is a worr y, as it could lead to a downward spiral, with fewer international scholars wanting to join the institutions,” he said in the ar ticle. “Missed oppor tunities for global collaboration would lead to further decline.” In an email statement, E.J. Miranda, director of University Media Relations, quoted Cour tney McAnuf f, vice president of Enrollment Management, who said rankings often fluctuate year to year. Rutgers is expecting a rise in reputation from several recent moves, including its merger with the University of Medicine and Dentistr y of New Jersey and its entr y into the academic consortium of the Big Ten. “The Strategic Plan [is] a bold
and comprehensive blueprint that will propel Rutgers to the ranks of the nation’s premier public universities,” he said. Christopher Molloy, senior vice president of the Of fice of Research and Economic Development, said Rutgers is ranked in the top 30 universities in terms of research funds. Last year, the University received $750 million in research funds, he said. About $250 million of the funds came from the integration with UMDNJ. He was not surprised the top 10 universities in the sur vey were in the United States, which he considers the leader in research. “We have academic freedom and peer-reviewed research journals. … It’s somewhat unique, as opposed to management by the government,” he said. See rankings on Page 5
Salt from snow may affect quality of tap water for NJ residents By Nikhilesh De Staff Writer
The salt in drinking water could potentially affect people with high blood pressure. FILE PHOTO / EDWIN GANO / NOVEMBER 2013
New Jersey residents may taste salty water coming out of their taps, said the New Jersey American Water Company in a press release on its website. Lisa Galloway Evrard, senior program coordinator for the water resources program for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, said the salt accumulated on the roads from this winter’s snow has a tendency to flow into the local water ways. This could increase the salinity of drinking water, potentially affecting people with high blood pressure and also leaving a salty taste.
“New Jersey [residents] may experience a mild salty taste to the water for a short period of time,” according to the press release. “Our customers’ drinking water continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards.” According to the official website of New Jersey, with a higher amount of salt on the roads, there would be a greater threat to the environment and people with hypertension. A combined total of 61 inches of snow fell over the course of 14 storms, said Dianne Gravatt, director of Environmental Ser vices and Grounds at Rutgers University. Each of these storms required de-icing to ensure safe travel. The constant temperature flux in New Jersey also led to several
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freezing and thawing cycles, requiring multiple applications of salt and other ice-melting materials to roads. A vegetable brine solution is often used to pre-treat roads and other hard sur faces before snowfall, she said. This makes it easier to clear roads by preventing snow and ice from bonding to the sur faces. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s website, a brine solution may last for several days on a road, depending on traffic. Road salt, also known as sodium chloride, may be used in conjunction with liquid calcium See salt on Page 5
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March 13, 2014
CAMPUS CALENDAR Thursday, March 13
Douglass Residential College presents a film screening of “Girl Rising” at 100 George St. at 6 p.m. The screening is free and open to ever yone. The Rutgers Tech Store holds “Appy hour” at 55 Rockafeller Road at 6:30 p.m. on Livingston campus. The event is free and open to current students. Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatr y present the “Mindfulness Meditation” workshop at 12 p.m. at the Douglass Campus Center. Admission is free for ever yone. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy hosts the screening of “A Community of Gardeners: film showing” at 5:30 p.m. at Civic Square on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free for ever yone.
Friday, March 21
The Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics presents “Ready to Run™: Campaign Training for Women” at 11 a.m. at the Douglass Campus Center. There is an early bird ticket rate of $150, and general ticket for $175.
METRO CALENDAR Thursday, March 13
Comedian and owner of the Stress Factor y Comedy Club per forms at 90 Church St. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for patrons 16 and over with a two-menu item minimum purchase.
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March 13, 2014
Author explores history of broadway musical By Julia Hernandez Contributing Writer
Ten years ago, Alisa Solomon decided to explore “Fiddler on the Roof,” a stor y she said tells of a centur y-long cultural transformation. Solomon, an author, theatre critic, journalism scholar and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism gave a lecture at the Douglass Campus Center yes-
terday entitled “Fiddler’s Fortunes: The Mighty Afterlife of a Broadway Musical.” The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, with funding through an endowed gift from The Karma Foundation, hosted Solomon. Sharon Matlofsky Karmazin, a 1967 Douglass College graduate, established The Karma Foundation in 1996 in honor of her father, Abram Matlofsky. She also established the Abram
Alisa Solomon, a professor at Columbia University, speaks at the Douglass Campus Center. KARL HOEMPLER
Matlofsky Memorial Program, which along with The Karma Foundation aims to further the development and enrichment of Jewish life. Karen Small, associate director of the Bildner Center, oversees community outreach programs. In conjunction with the Abram Matlofsky Memorial Program, this event aims at connecting Rutgers University with the community while also exploring Jewish histor y and culture. “[Abram Matlofsky] loved ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and would have greatly enjoyed this program,” Small said. “Fiddler on the Roof” hit Broadway in 1964 and is one of the longest running musicals on Broadway. With music and lyrics by Jerr y Bock and Sheldon Harnick and the book by Joseph Stein, the musical was adapted from Sholem Aleichem’s stories about Tevye the Dair yman. It was then adapted into a 1971 film directed by Norman Jewison. The center was excited to hear about the most recent book from Solomon, who has her Ph.D. in Dra-
maturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale University. “The Center sponsors visiting scholars who teach and contribute to the intellectual life of the University,” Small said. At the lecture, Solomon discussed the making of the musical and how it came to fruition. She said it not only reflects Jewish culture in Eastern Europe, but that it is relatable to everyone regardless of culture. Solomon, the director of the arts and culture concentration in the M.A. program at the Columbia Journalism School, is also the author of the award winning book “Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender,” a reporter for The Village Voice for two decades and a contributor to numerous publications such as The New York Times. “[It] is rather all-consuming,” she said, “[but] I’m proud that many of my students … are doing productive and important work out in the world and I’m gratified when readers find my writing meaningful.” An important factor to note in “Fiddler’s” groundbreaking sta-
tus, Solomon said, was that this was the first time “[a] public work [called] forth the old country with affection” rather than seeing it mocked or parodied. Solomon hoped the audience feels inspired to think more about cultural transformation. “I hope they will be spurred to think about the ways the transformation of Sholem Aleichems’ stories about Tevye into Fiddler on the Roof and beyond trace a tale of Jewish-American adaptation,” she said. Yael Zerubavel, founding director of the Bildner Center, believes that passing on tradition through generations is one of the most important things about “Fiddler on the Roof’s” influence. “Inter-generational … [that is] the big thing about tradition,” Zerubavel said. This event was an “inter-generational transmission of memor y” with a variety of generations in attendance, said Zerubavel. The broad age range of the audience in attendance reflected the musical’s impact across generations. “It is much more than a musical,” Solomon said.
Professor sheds light on issue of technological disparity Studying technological interactions in poor countries is key to comprehending the digital divide, said Paula Chakravartty, an associate professor from New York University. As part of the Senior Scholars Speaker Series, the Department of Journalism and Media Studies welcomed Chakravartty last night in the School of Communication and Information on the College Avenue campus. Chakravartty, a part of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture and Communication, researches how society can think about the technological disparity between different economic levels. The “Global South,” which refers to developing countries, was the focus of Chakravartty’s firsttime visit to the University. “The collapse of the very coherence of the term ‘third world’
as a geopolitical category and the rise of regional, if not global, powers challenges our assumption about the axes of political, economic and cultural power,” Chakravartty said. She gave a presentation titled “Digital Inclusion in the Global South: Politics and Anti-Politics,” about the depoliticization or anti-politics of regions in the Global South where efforts of development of the poor in countries like India have failed. People have politically and academically changed the way they talk about the disparities of the world, reflecting growth and change at the global level. Technology has been used in both politics and academic circles, Chakravartty said, to explain the revolutionary social transformations that have taken place in various parts of the world such as Egypt and Tunisia.
The social and political uprisings of the Global South were unprecedented and evocative nature, Chakravartty said. They
“The collapse of ... ‘third world’ as a geopolitical category ... challenges our assumption about the axes of political, economic and cultural power.” PAULA CHAKRAVARTTY Associate Professor at New York University
showed a time where power met its opposite. But her research presents a shift in focus. Nothing about technology makes it cause for revolution, she said. A greater,
broader perspective is essential to understand how technology affects the world. Chakravartty’s research focuses specifically on the conditions of India and Brazil and the efforts of what has been dubbed “digital inclusion.” She stressed the importance of how technology can affect various regions in var ying ways. Understanding these differences is essential to any sort of humanitarian effort for digital solidarity, such as the One Laptop per Child initiative that designs cheap laptops for children in developing countries, she said. Many of these efforts are based on models that have repeatedly shown a lack of effectiveness, she said. This, Chakravartty emphasized, is a clear reason for the urgent need of research that
locates the dramatic technological shifts and expanded media culture within a historically meaningful and political-economic context. Chakravartty’s specialty spans the fields of comparative political economy of media industries as well as social movements and global governance. The School of Communication and Information is interested in global media and scholarship that goes beyond the United States, said Deepa Kumar, an associate professor of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies and organizer of the event. Chakravartty’s writings have been published in a number of journals, including American Quarterly, Political Communication and the International Journal of Communication, Media, Culture and Society.
March 13, 2014
Women cannot bring Torah to Western Wall unless Rabbi permits
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been working to achieve freedom of religion at the public space for 25 years now, according to the Women of the Wall’s website. Pruce believes more work needs to be done because women are still denied the use of any of the hundreds of Torah scrolls made available to men at the Wall. The Torah scrolls are Jewish texts used in prayer containing the histor y and tradition of Judaism. Women are not even allowed to bring in their own Torah scrolls unless they receive permission from the Rabbi, who she considers extremely Or thodox. “In 1967, the government essentially handed the keys to all the holy places to the ultra-Orthodox political parties,” she said. “In ultra-Orthodox society, they subscribe to extreme gender roles which are not true reflections of the rest of the Israeli people.” In addition to being denied access to these sacred texts, women are also prevented from praying with men. Women of the Wall seeks to build a third section to the wall, where both men and women can pray together, according to their website. Pruce’s goal is to create a pluralist society similar to the one she experienced while part of
Women hold a handmade hupah for the Women of the Wall to be used as a table cover for the Torah. COURTESY OF SHIRA PRUCE Rutgers Hillel, a diverse Jewish community on campus. According to an article on New Jersey Jewish News, Pruce began working in Hillel during the chaos of 9/11, when Pruce
“In ultra-Orthodox society, they subscribe to extreme gender roles which are not true reflections of the rest of the Israeli people.” SHIRA PRUCE Director of Public Relations for Women of the Wall
witnessed blame placed on Israel for the tragedy. She became active on campus, educating others about Zionism, the national movement of Jews that supports the creation of a Jewish homeland in the territor y of Israel, and what it is like being a Jewish student on campus.
Andrew Getraer, executive director of Rutgers Hillel, said in the same article that Pruce epitomizes Rutgers Hillel-student leadership and a Zionist success story. “Shira is a source of great pride to Rutgers Hillel and to me personally. We have alumni who have become leaders in many Jewish organizations and causes, left, right and center,” he said in the article. She was also involved in promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and feminist activities. Pruce was a lifelong member of Highland Park Conservative Temple and holds a certificate from the Institute for Women’s Leadership at the University. She finds working with so many different groups of people to be rewarding. “We are a lot of dif ferent people from a lot of dif ferent backgrounds working toward one specific goal,” she said. “We’re ver y lucky to have so many great social activists in Israel working toward such great change.”
Faculty at Rutgers-Newark have voted unanimously to rescind the invitation of former Secretar y of State Condoleezza Rice to the 2014 commencement. The faculty of Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-New Brunswick met yesterday to vote at the Smith Hall building in Rutgers-Newark. Rice’s invitation, as well as the honorar y degree paired with her speech, has sparked ongoing concerns that Rutgers has invited a controversial political figure to speak. More than 100 members of the Rutgers-Newark faculty approved the resolution. The Rutgers-Newark resolution is nearly identical to the resolution to the one passed by faculty in New Brunswick, according to an ar ticle in The Star-Ledger. Howard Franklin, a Rutgers-Newark English professor, introduced the resolution in Newark to continue to raise awareness about Rice’s speech, according to the article. “This is not good for Rutgers,” Franklin said in the ar ticle. “What we’re doing is awarding an honorar y degree and having a commencement speech from someone who is a war criminal.”
She is going to receive an honorar y Rutgers Doctor of Laws degree and $35,000 honorarium for being a commencement speaker. Her role in the Iraq war and her approval of controversial prisoner interrogation techniques have led some to call her a war criminal, according to the nj.com article. “Her main accomplishment for leading or misleading the American people into the … war,” Franklin said in an interview with The Daily Targum. “And I don’t know what other significant accomplishments she has.” He compared the situation to inviting a data-falsifying scientist as a commencement speaker. “[If] the result of her experiment was a disaster, costing the lives of many people, she would not be considered as a candidate for commencement speaker,” he said in the inter view. Rutgers professors would welcome Rice to campus for a policy debate, but not to honor her at commencement, he said in the nj.com article. Last week, Rutgers President Rober t L. Barchi sent the campus a letter acknowledging the controversy over Rice’s selection, according to the ar ticle. He said she would still speak at the May 18 ceremony in Piscataway. Alexandra R. Meier contributed to this story.
MOVIE MADNESS Students gathered in the Graduate Student Lounge for “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” organized by the Rutgers University Programming Association. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
March 13, 2014
Rankings saw division in three categories: reputation in teaching, research, overall ranking
New Jersey Department of Transportation can store more than 16,000 tons of salt in its facilities
good a reputation,” she said. She transferred to Rutgers from a small private school to He attributed the rankings to get more social and academic insuf ficient marketing of Rut- oppor tunities. Her old college gers and said it keeps a gener- was also twice as expensive. “I came here because I knew ally local focus. Har vard University it had a good reputation,” she placed first on the list, fol- said. “My friends talk highly lowed by the Massachusetts about Rutgers.” Omer Baldo, School of Ar ts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. and Sciences first-year student, University of Tokyo came to the University because was the first international uni- of its top-rated computer science program. versity on the list at 11. He said Rutgers was a generOther prominent international universities included the Im- ally good school that was having an “of f” perial College year. A resiLondon and of West the Swiss Fed“For people who just hear dent Orange, N.J., eral Institute about it in the news, it’s he was one of Technology at Zurich. not as good a reputation.” of the few in his class to atThe data tend the Uniwere dividEMILY-KATE MITCHELL versity. Many ed into three School of Arts and Sciences Junior classmates dif ferent secof his were tions: repimpressed to utation in hear he was teaching, reputation in research and overall accepted here. He thinks spor ts at the Uniranking. Times Higher Educaversity have a big impact on tion withheld Rutgers’ results. Emily-Kate Mitchell, a School Rutgers’ reputation. The more of Ar ts and Sciences junior, prominent the games, the more said the University was con- people from out-of-state hear sidered fairly prestigious with about Rutgers. “I’ve met a lot of out-ofhigh-quality academics. But she believes Rutgers’ state students who think Rutreputation varied depending on gers is good,” he said. “With in-state [people], because it’s who was talking. “For people who just hear here, we don’t really realize about it in the news, it’s not as how good it is.” continued from front
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chloride or a brine solution to enhance its ef fectiveness, according to the website. An unspecified chemical freeze point suppressant is also used to prevent ice buildup. Salt products were not excessively used, but due to the lack of liquid precipitation and relatively minor snowmelts, a large amount has remained on road shoulders and the ground, Gravatt said. Roads have a white tint at the moment due to this leftover salt, which increases its chances to flow into the waterways. University Facilities combines road salt with cinders or sand to dilute it. This allows them to cover a greater area with less salt, which became important with the recent salt shortage in New Jersey.
NJDOT can store more than 160,000 tons of salt in its facilities, according its website. These facilities were emptied several times over the last winter. Spring rains will carr y the accumulated salt into storm water basins, Evrard said. The eventual destination for these basins is local rivers and lakes, implying that local wildlife could be at risk. “Salt-contaminated runoff from roadways can damage nearby trees and shrubs,” she said. “It can also harm or kill aquatic life, including fish, amphibians and aquatic plants.” New Jersey’s of ficial website said young fish specifically were at risk of dying due to increased chloride levels caused by road salt dissolving in water.
Chloride levels have exceeded the benchmarks set by the Environmental Protection Agency in the past, according to the website. The extent of the impact to roadside vegetation in those situations has not been determined. According to the press release, the state would be using more of its groundwater storage facilities to supply water to its customers for the time being. It will also tr y to avoid surface water supplies until the sodium and chloride that dissolved in them is flushed out. Road salt also has corrosive properties, Evrard said. Salty water may damage metal pipes. Ice melting products may damage the undercarriage areas of cars, Gravatt said. People should wash their cars after storms to minimize the damage road salt and other solutions may cause. According to the website, bridges and electrical fixtures may also be negatively impacted. The cost of repairing infrastructure in the state has been as high as $8 million in the past.
New Jersey experienced a total of 61 inches of snowfall over the course of 14 storms this winter. FILE PHOTO / YINGJIE HU / FEBRUARY 2013
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March 13, 2014
Chinese satellite images capture potential Malaysia Airlines debris
HARLEM EXPLOSION Two buildings collapsed yesterday in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 50 people injured and three dead. GETTY IMAGES
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Satellite images on a Chinese government website show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam, near the plane’s original flight path, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with 239 people aboard early Saturday. The Xinhua repor t said the images from around 11 a.m. on Sunday appear to show “three suspected floating objects” of var ying sizes, the largest about 24 meters (79 feet) by 22 meters (72 feet). The report includes coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia. The images originally were posted on a national defense technology website. No other governments have confirmed the Xinhua report, which did not say when Chinese officials became aware of the images and associated them with the missing plane. The search for the plane, which left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing before disappearing early Saturday, has encompassed 35,800 square miles (92,600 square kilometers) of Southeast Asia and on Wednesday expanded toward India. Two-thirds of the passengers on the flight were Chinese, and
the Chinese government has put increasing pressure on Malaysian officials to solve the mystery of the plane’s disappearance. Also, it was revealed yesterday that the last message from the cockpit of the missing flight was routine. “All right, good night,” was the signoff transmitted to air traffic controllers five days ago. Then the Boeing 777 vanished as it cruised over the South China Sea toward Vietnam, and nothing has been seen or heard of the jetliner since. Those final words were picked up by controllers and relayed in Beijing to anguished relatives of some of the people aboard Flight MH370. The new Chinese reports of the satellite images came after several days of sometimes confusing and conflicting statements from Malaysian officials. Earlier yesterday, the Malaysian military officially disclosed why it was searching on both sides of country: A review of military radar records showed what might have been the plane turning back and crossing westward into the Strait of Malacca. That would conflict with the latest images on the Chinese website. For now, authorities said the international search effort would stay focused on the South China Sea and the strait leading toward the Andaman Sea. Chinese impatience has grown. “There’s too much information and confusion right now. It is ver y hard for us to decide whether a given piece of information is accurate,” Chinese Foreign Ministr y spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing. “We will not give it up as long as there’s still a shred of hope.” “We have nothing to hide,” said Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. “There is only confusion if you want to see confusion.” Flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screens at 1:30 a.m. Saturday at an altitude of about 35,000 feet (10,660 meters) above the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and southern Vietnam. It sent no distress signals or any indication it was experiencing problems. The amount of time needed to find aircraft that go down over the ocean can vary widely. Planes that crash into relatively shallow areas, like the waters off Vietnam where the Malaysian jet is missing, are far easier to locate and recover than those that plunge deep into undersea canyons or mountain ranges. By contrast, much of the Gulf of Thailand is less than 300 feet (91 meters) deep. The Malaysian government said it had asked India to join in the search near the Andaman Sea, suggesting the jetliner might have reached those waters after crossing into the Strait of Malacca, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the flight’s lastknown coordinates. Malaysian officials met in Beijing with several hundred
Chinese relatives of passengers to explain the search and investigation, and to relay the last transmission that Malaysian air traffic controllers received before the plane entered Vietnamese airspace, according to a participant in the meeting. Aviation officials in Vietnam said they never heard from the plane. Its sudden disappearance led to initial speculation of a catastrophic incident that caused it to disintegrate. Another possibility is that it continued to fly despite a failure of its electrical systems, which could have knocked out communications, including transponders that enable the plane to be identified by commercial radar. Authorities have not ruled out any possible cause, including mechanical failure, pilot error, sabotage and terrorism, and they are waiting to find any wreckage or debris to determine what went wrong. In June 2013, Boeing issued a safety alert to Boeing 777 operators, telling them to inspect for corrosion and cracks in the crown fuselage around a satellite antenna. The alert says one airline found a 16-inch crack in one plane, then checked other 777s and found more cracking. “Cracks in the fuselage skin that are not found and repaired can propagate to the point where the fuselage skin structure cannot sustain limit load,” Boeing said. “When the fuselage skin cannot sustain limit load, this can result in possible rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity.” Two U.S. Federal Aviation Administration technical experts and a regional representative are in Kuala Lumpur as part of an NTSB team supporting the investigation. Experts in air traffic control and radar are providing technical help, the board said. Hishammuddin described the multinational search as unprecedented. Some 43 ships and 39 aircraft from at least eight nations were scouring an area to the east and west of Peninsular Malaysia. “It’s not something that is easy. We are looking at so many vessels and aircraft, so many countries to coordinate, and a vast area for us to search,” he told a news conference. “But we will never give up. This we owe to the families of those on board.” Confusion over whether the plane had been seen flying west prompted speculation that dif ferent arms of the government might have dif ferent opinions about its location, or even that authorities were holding back information. Earlier in the week, Malaysia’s head of civil aviation, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, was asked why the Strait of Malacca was being searched and replied, “There are things I can tell you, and things I can’t,” suggesting that the government wasn’t being completely transparent. — The Associated Press
March 13, 2014
A vacant lot and house currently located at 17 Mine St., where the New Brunswick Planning Board intends to construct an apartment building. YINGJIE HU
The building will provide 57 apartments for New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Rutgers students. COURTESY OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES, LLC.
Apartment building to replace abandoned lot By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
The New Brunswick Planning Board heard a proposal Tuesday night that could drastically change the character of Mine Street. The Construction Management Associates, LLC. asked the board for permission to build a four-story apartment building on the uninhabited lot and house at 17 Mine St. Thomas Kelso, who represented the company for the hearing, said the plan was consistent with the redevelopment of the College Avenue campus and was intended to provide housing for Rutgers and New Brunswick Theological Seminar y students. “It provides much-needed safe, state-of-the-art housing,” he said. But many residents objected to the project, leading the board to delay their decision until their next meeting on April 8. The building would include 57 apartments with 70 bedrooms intended to prevent large gatherings that could cause trouble for the neighborhood, said Stephen Schoch, architect for the project. According to nj.com, the site would cost around $10 million. The city approved the initial project in December, Kelso said. The company requested variances that would allow them to build an underground parking garage with only 43 spaces, far less than the required 106 spaces, Schoch said. They also asked to raise the height of the fence around a proposed electrical transformer to 6 feet to improve the view. Schoch outlined the details of the project, which included studios and one-bedrooms on each floor. Theological Seminary students would have access to 10 first-floor apartments with a separate entrance. The H-shaped ground floor would allow each apartment to have windows, some into two small courtyards, he said. The top floor would be T-shaped to prevent the building from casting a heavy shadow.
“To prevent a large shadow … we’re manipulating the mass and developing as best we can,” he said. Schoch said the final building would be more than 53,000 square feet. Edward Bogan, the project engineer, said the original lot is about 21,000 square feet. As New Brunswick requires new buildings to compensate for increased rain flow, Bogan designed a piping system that would move water on the roof directly into the storm drain. Mine Street residents are concerned about the project. One such resident, David Drinkwater, said he was disappointed in the construction. “If you look down the street you see porches, views — it’s all ver y nice,” said Drinkwater, a retired professor emeritus of music. “[The new construction] doesn’t fit in with any of the other architecture.” At the meeting, Schoch addressed aesthetic concerns by saying the developer would consider design schemes to enhance the structure of the building. Varying materials and colors would brighten the residence, he said. They would also provide articulation, or varying widths and sizes, to break up the large impression of the building. But he warned the building was not meant to mimic the surrounding neighborhood. “We can put local design standards and guidelines, but the federal design of Old Queens is not appropriate for the building,” he said. Mitchell Broder, owner of the company, said the building would have modern amenities lacking in other properties. The apartments would include modern kitchen appliances, granite countertops and abundant closet space. They would also provide professionally designed common areas and a lobby. Drinkwater said the architecture would never be able to blend in with the community. “The façade’s okay, but it doesn’t belong on my street,” he said. The neighborhood houses have a wide histor y. Drink-
water’s was first built in 1722, although the remains of that home had been obliterated by the 1980s. The house across the street had been standing since 1880, while other residences came from the 19th and 20th century. Many of the homes were student-occupied. “Only three owners occupy their homes on this block,” he said. He also expressed concerns about the two-entrance design that would separate the mostly white theological students with
more diverse Rutgers students. It is almost like cutting of f the undergraduates, he said. Jennifer O’Neill, whose house is located close to the proposed site, lives with her husband and young stepson. She recognizes the importance of replacing the dilapidated homes, but wants any new construction to be harmonious with the rest of the neighborhood. The apar tments would add about 140 people to the 200-person street, said O’Neill, a former new student recruiter for Douglass College.
Charles Olivo, who performed a traffic study for the project, said public transportation would provide alternatives for residents. He said the additional population would generate 49 trips per hour, well below the 100 trips recommended by engineering manuals. O’Neill was doubtful the study reflected the needs of students. “Students may not take their cars to class … but they may want to bring their cars to use them for other things,” she said. “They’ll have visitors, friends, stores to visit and jobs.”
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REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE A New Jersey teen made the news recently for a lawsuit she filed against her parents for refusing to pay for her college tuition. But it turns out she moved out on her own accord, because she didn’t want to put up with their house rules. There was no abuse involved, and as we all know, parents are not legally responsible their children once they turn 18. We dart the unnecessary attention that this lawsuit is receiving — it’s such a petty case, and we’re surprised it even made it to the court at all.
APP APPRECIATION We’ve had a pretty brutal winter, and now that all the snow is finally melting away, we still have to deal with the unfortunate aftermath: potholes. But there is some relief for those who have been struggling with them. Wansoo Im, a Rutgers alumnus, created an awesome app called MapplerK to map potholes around the state. We laurel Im for creating a community-based app that allows people to report damaged areas and possibly help others avoid a little bit of pothole-induced road rage.
Can’t-trust-him christie A statewide poll revealed that Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings are at an all-time low — but an even newer national poll confirmed that he’s on a downward spiral across the country after his involvement in some of the worst gubernatorial scandals in recent history. This is yet another dart going to Christie. It’s unfortunate that our state is stuck with a governor who turned out to be more corrupt than we ever expected.
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Biased attack on greek life ignores its positive impacts COMMENTARY MIKE ROWE
fter reading the March 11 column, “Do universities need to reconsider value of greek life?” I felt the need to respond to its blatant butchering of ever y statistic presented. Please bear with me as I, the completely sober fraternity brother (hard to believe right?), systematically dissect the column. To begin, it quotes the National Institutes of Health by saying “alcohol takes 1,825 student lives annually.” It then goes on to tr y to relate the amount of deaths to fraternity and sorority members without giving any statistics that directly correlate deaths due to the providing of alcohol by fraternities. Now yes, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Abuse says fraternities and sororities drink more, but that does not mean that more people die because of them. These statistics are separate and poorly related. The column does not provide any more connecting statistics about greek-related drinking habits. In fact, it quotes an “old but still reputable” Har vard study (emphasis on
“old”). This Har vard study, called the College Alcohol Study, began in 1993 and ended in 2001 (Kiewra). I, a senior, was a year old in 1993. The author is judging my fraternity experience on people who went to college over 20 years ago. Let’s move on to the column’s “fraternity expert,” Caitlin Flanagan, from The Atlantic. This “bombshell” was on the Colbert Report on March 3. I typed into Google, “Caitlin Flanagan Colbert
hol by mentioning the Washington State Alpha Kappa Lambda incident, had to be included in the NIAA study. That means they are 21 out of the 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 that are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol each year (College Drinking). The other “troubling feature” of greek life mentioned in the column, the racial homogeneity that plagues some fraternities and sororities, is something that
“The Rutgers greek community is the largest community in terms of greek organizations in the country. We have … very well diversified social fraternities and sororities. No racial homogeneity here!” Report,” for the video. Flanagan says she is not entirely opposed to greek life, also mentioning the leadership training, mentoring and “millions of hours of community ser vice” for worthy causes. The column mentions that Flanagan’s report cites 21 counts of “severe falls from off or out of buildings,” which are fraternity residences. These 21 counts, which the author implies are due to alco-
I must comment on: The Rutgers greek community is the largest community in terms of greek organizations in the countr y. We have African-American, Asian-Interest, Latino, South Asian, multicultural, professional and ver y well diversified social fraternities and sororities. No racial homogeneity here! My last remarks will comment on the author’s theories of fraternities creating
pipelines of power and future, and in his biased opinion, evil presidents. It’s true. We are successful members of society. With that being said, the author calls himself a “journalist” and a histor y and political science major. For your viewing pleasure, here are a few fraternity brothers that may be more relatable: 1. Nobel prize-winning author, William Faulkner. 2. American radio and television personality, Dick Clark. 3. First man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. 4. And for the ladies, I present to you Katie Couric, news anchor and talk show host. Do you like sports? Pick a team. I also present John F. Kennedy, brother of Phi Kappa Theta, Woodrow Wilson, brother of Phi Kappa Psi, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, brother of Alpha Delta Phi. Just in case you don’t know, these are all presidents. I offer an open invitation to Mr. Socialist to go through recruitment. We offer anyone the chance to ride the “pipelines to privilege and power.” Mike Rowe is a School of Arts and Sciences senior.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Open letter to Robert L. Barchi regarding choice of speaker We are writing to express our dismay to your March 7 email, President Barchi, regarding the invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deliver this year’s commencement speech. You justify the invitation by stating that Rice “is one of the most influential intellectual and political figures of the last 50 years.” Rice has certainly been influential, but you neglected to say one word about what her influence was about. If Rice had a major role in some humanitarian efforts, in the development of a new vaccine or in the nation’s cultural life, one suspects you would have mentioned it. In this case, however, you are totally silent. We can only conclude that you are not comfortable with what Rice’s influence actually wrought. In the absence of any mention of the disastrous Iraq war, the misleading claims that led to it and the Bush administration’s use of torture, what your email is in effect saying is that a person’s social standing and political influence are sufficient grounds for awarding an honorary degree and extending an invitation to deliver a commence-
ment address. Your position implies that we should not consider what a public figure has actually done with her power when we select her as a role model and invite her to lecture our graduating students about their futures, their dreams and the service one hopes they will render to society. The thought that the president of the University might believe this is disheartening. But if you do not, if you agree that an institution such as ours should uphold deeper values, then the question is: What in the world, President Barchi, were you and the Board of Governors thinking when you chose Condoleezza Rice to symbolize those values? Your message also invokes the topic of free speech and academic freedom. This argument is entirely beside the point — to insinuate that the ongoing protests against your decision are akin to an attack on either of those principles suggests an astonishing lack of understanding of both. You state that free speech and academic freedom “cannot insist on consensus or popularity.” You are absolutely right, and Rice would be welcome — even by critics like ourselves — to visit Rutgers and give a talk or participate in a debate. But the commencement and the awarding of an honorary degree are a totally different matter. A commencement speech, in particular, does imply both consensus and popularity, and in
fact “insists” on it in the most solemn fashion, before students who are in no position to respond. This is why imposing a controversial figure like Rice on our graduates, during the happiest and most consensual moment of their association with Rutgers, is a blatant manipulation and a profoundly immoral act. We are proud members of this great University and have been for many years. We feel that the decision dishonored Rutgers by inviting and honoring Rice. We will continue to fight this decision, and we very much hope that it will be rescinded. Rudolph Bell is a distinguished professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. François Cornilliat is a distinguished professor of French at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Uri Eisenzweig is a distinguished professor of French and comparative literature at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Opinions on Rice leave out important facts In response to the faculty’s recent ap-
peal to rescind the school’s invitation to Condoleezza Rice, and the subsequent “opinions” on the matter, I have another point of view. Certainly the students of the college I attended — and loved — deser ve the opportunity to make their own informed decision on the matter. Not surprisingly, the inconvenient facts are omitted from the opinion. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported its belief that weapons of mass destruction were still in Iraq, and countries in the European Union supported this report. When ideologues tr y to indoctrinate college students, they should not assume all of them are docile idiots awaiting their daily dose of propaganda while devoid of any independent curiosity. The inherent condescension in telling a stor y while omitting and/or lying about the facts seems offensive and naïve in this day and age, when the abundance of easily-accessible information renders the lies impotent in a matter of seconds. Finally, if the facts had to be skewed in order to fit the ideologue’s agenda, she or he could not have had much faith in his or her own opinion to begin with. Linda Rolle College alumna.
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Salt-contaminated runoff from roadways can damage nearby trees and shrubs. ... It can also harm or kill aquatic life, including fish, amphibians and aquatic plants.
- Lisa Galloway Evrard, senior program coordinator for water resources program for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, on the increased salinity of drinking water. See story on FRONT.
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March 13, 2014 Stephan Pastis
Today’s Birthday (03/13/14). Focus on your joy this year. Play with partners, family and friends, as creativity abounds. Sort, organize and strengthen infrastructure at home and work. Schedule a vacation to take advantage of high romance this summer. After August, a career boost amps the activity level. Healthy exercise, diet and rest practices keep it balanced. Partnership remains key. Grow your heart. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries ( March 21-April 19) — Today is an 8 — Now the fun really begins. Find alternative solutions to a problem, and hidden value appears as a side effect. Your holdings quietly grow. Invite guests to celebrate. Use what you’ve been saving, and get creative. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — An amazing development solves a problem at home. It involves teamwork and collaboration. Check out an interesting suggestion from a brilliant friend. Apply this inspiration to beautify and add elegance to your surroundings. Use quality ingredients. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is an 8 — There’s more work coming in. The very idea you were looking for shows up, from far away. Accept a creative challenge. Plan to travel light. A barrier gets overcome. If you say you’re worth it, others agree. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — A brilliant solution to a romantic dilemma appears. Ask deep questions. Improve your comfort level by getting your concerns addressed. Intuition inspires your creativity. Venture farther out. Dive into action and results get profitable. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — You’re on a roll, personally and professionally. Take notes, to remember what worked best. Heed the intuition that arises in contemplative silence and meditation. Remain obsessed with a passion project. Let others bring food. Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Friends offer good advice and apply their technical perfectionism to your project. Find a generous, thoughtful way to express thanks. Consider someone’s fantastic scheme. Share your talents, and research solutions. An institution may be involved.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Accept a creative challenge. Collaboration adds fun and value to the project. Iron out disagreements by finding the common vision. Love finds a way. Allow change to occur naturally. Amuse yourself, and others want to play along. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You’re especially attractive and charismatic. Ask for what you want. It could get playfully romantic. Cherish a loved one. Consider an unusual suggestion. Accept encouragement. Gather strength and inspiration from someone else’s talent and brilliant ideas. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Clean up and fix something at home that’s broken. Listen carefully to family, and discover a new resource. Nestle into the coziness and get lost in fascinating studies... or travel straight to the source. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Look at a situation from another perspective. Make a fabulous discovery. Abrupt decisions may need revision. Learn from expert group members. Capture brilliant ideas and find ways to apply them to build shared resources. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Work in partnership and the profit increases all around. Follow intuition about which direction to take a project. Your heart knows the way. Passion and discipline grow your money tree. Tend it with enthusiasm. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Invent a brilliant solution to a persistent problem. You’re especially creative now. It’s a good time to launch or push forward. Balance work with play, and get plenty of exercise and rest. Serve yourself.
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Judge’s fourth foul limited Rutgers’ frontcourt depth down stretch against USF
Knights are ready to play after restricted to indoor practices
Moore sent a block on Brock out of bounds with 53 seconds remaining. After USF (12-20, 3-16) re-gathered, Kone partially blocked Rudd’s interior jumper. Then center Chris Perry’s layup was off and the offensive rebound shifted off the rim to Rutgers. “We didn’t want to have to worry about a guy getting to the rim or worry about a shot blocker,” said head coach Eddie Jordan postgame. “They got to the rim too much for my taste. They got too many layups. But when it was time to get some stops, we shrunk the floor with team coverage and got some key rebounds.” Unfortunately for Judge, his fourth personal foul with 8:33 left drained Rutgers’ post depth for the three minutes he left the game. Jack reentered for the Knights with 8:56 left, putting a for ward with 15 points and nine rebounds on the floor for Rutgers at the time. When Jack returned, he burned his third personal foul with 7:54 remaining. “Just being physical and staying out of foul trouble because I knew Wally was already out,” Jack said of his late-game worries. The difference came when Rutgers developed an 8-0 run through smart decisions with the ball and control of transition. Junior guard Myles Mack, who scored 16, capped the run with a swift, deep 3-pointer at the top of the arc with 16:16 left in the game.
the Cal State Northridge Invitational, Rutgers bounced back to In order to ensure Rutgers post five runs on seven hits, destays fresh, Nelson has imple- spite dropping a 7-5 contest to Cal mented live hitting situations. State Northridge. “The idea is that we’re trying “We put them in counts rangto put them in game situations so ing from 0-1, 0-2, and 2-0, and 3-0, they’re used to it,” Nelson said. and 3-2, you know, just to get them “You’re walking into a situation looking for pitches when they’re that you’ve practiced over and ahead in the count and just swingover again.” ing at the pitch that they want,” Despite the challenges of being Nelson said. “And when they’re restricted to indoors, the Knights behind in the count, challenging have been able to be exposed to them to foul off pitches until they in-game situations through inter- get a good one.” squad scrimmages. While the Knights look to “We didn’t establish conhave games this sistency in batweekend, so we “It’s dangerous to go out ting through just did a lot of lineup, the with that long of a layoff. the scrimmaging main concern so we can stay But yet, on the other hand, is if they can maybe it’s a good thing. get their monsharp with the pitchers and Maybe they got refreshed.” ey’s worth with just keep our the six games timing with the scheduled. Jay Nelson hitting,” said “First tourHead Coach senior catcher nament, we Emma Woo. “I came out realthink it’s defily strong and, nitely good that last weekend we were able to scrimmage as was kind of crazy with all of the opposed to just taking regular weather delays and things like batting practice so we don’t lose that,” said junior pitcher Alyssa the game-like mentality Landrith. “We didn’t finish how The friendly competition incit- we intended to.” ed in the scrimmaging is someAfter having the sour taste thing Nelson hopes will keep the linger for two weeks, Rutgers team hungry and on its toes when will look to eliminate the misit returns to action. takes that dropped the team to “We wanted to get that team under .500. spirit flowing again,” Nelson said. “It’s dangerous to go out with “They had fun and were spirited that long of a layoff,” Nelson said. in doing it and challenging and “But yet, on the other hand, mayworking hard.” be it’s a good thing. Maybe they After mustering just five hits got refreshed and they’re ready to in a 2-0 loss to Portland State at go again.”
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Senior forward Wally Judge struggles against a USF defender. Judge fouled out of the game with five minutes left. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Rutgers’ frontcourt continued to take advantage of offensive touches. Jack, who only had seven field goal attempts all game, opened the run with a midrange shot. Judge scored the next three. Ultimately, Jack still ended with 18 points. Rutgers entered halftime with a 40-37 lead, surviving the Bulls’ 24-12 paint domination. “Me, Kadeem and the guys always talk about confidence and just staying together,” Mack said. “We stayed together throughout the first half.” When the tempo accelerated and USF forced Rutgers into careless basketball in the first half, the Knights flinched. Brock stole the ball from Judge, hurling the ball to the speedy and strong Rudd. Rudd’s charismatic dunk slid USF to only a 37-35 deficit with 1:54 left in the first half.
But Judge played effectively when Rutgers fed him the ball. Judge scored with pinpoint accuracy in the first half, recording 10 points, 3-for-3 field goal shooting and 4-for-4 free throw shooting. But Judge still only received three field goal attempts in 17 minutes that period. Jack only got two first-half attempts, shooting 1-for-2 with 14 points. Judge and the Knights still survived, though, now able to test their chances against a Louisville team that beat them Feb. 16, 102-54. “It’s a national stage. It’s a great challenge,” Jordan said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to play with a lot of confidence, to show people where we are.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
win Rutgers uses doubles play to recapture momentum after slow start continued from back ningham with sophomore Gina Li were able to salvage the doubles point by winning the next two matches. “After the first doubles loss, we brought more energy to the matches and were able to pull out two victories to earn the doubles point and really give us the momentum,” Bucca said. It became clear to the Knights that they needed to step their game up after the slow start. They did just that by not only winning the doubles point, but also winning five of six singles matches. “We started off a little slow,” said senior Vanessa Petrini. “But we picked up our energy. Delaware played well but we overpowered them and played more strategically.” Losing to Delaware last season added motivation for Rutgers. “We were really hungr y to win,” Zein said. “We won a decisive match against a team we lost to last year. We came out and played exactly how we wanted to.” It was a total team win from top to bottom, as the entire match was a metaphor for the entire season.
The Knights started a little slow, much like the team’s 3-3 start, but came storming back to win the next two doubles matches and five of six singles matches. The victory also pushed their home record to an impressive 3-0. Rutgers has played 70 percent of its matches on the road, but when it has been lucky enough to play on its own court, the Knights have taken advantage. Next up on the Rutgers schedule includes a three-match trip to New Orleans over spring break. The matchups include foes Southern, Southeastern Louisiana and Tulane. The trip provides unique challenges for the Knights besides the travel itself. “It’s a totally different dynamic,” Bucca said. “We’ve been unlucky enough to have to stay inside up here because of the lousy weather, but down there, we’ll be playing outside. Going from playing inside all season to going outside is big challenge that we’ll have to adjust to. We’ll just see what happens, but I know how confident the girls are so I’m not worried at all.” For updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
March 13, 2014 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK PRATT TOPS PRO DAY IN VERTICAL JUMP, 3-CONE, 60-YARD SHUTTLE
Coleman sits out premier events after impressive Combine By Greg Johnson Sports Editor
With scouts from 25 NFL teams on hand inside the Bubble yesterday for the Rutgers football team’s pro day, Brandon Coleman did not offer much. Coleman, the only former Scarlet Knight projected to be selected in next month’s NFL Draft, opted to just participate in positional workouts. Seventeen other Knights vying for NFL roster spots tested in various drills. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound wide receiver forewent pro day’s main events — the vertical jump and the 40-yard dash — because he had a little more to showcase. At February’s NFL Scouting Combine, Coleman ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash and leaped a 32.5-inch vertical, easing concerns about a surgically repaired knee that hampered him much of last season. “I talked it over with my agent and my family and we felt as though that I did well at the Combine, so I didn’t have to redo anything,” he said. Coleman, projected by most scouts to be a second- or third-
round draft pick, looked sharp running a variety of routes and catching passes from quarterback Chas Dodd. He said he feels healthier now than he did all of last season, when offseason knee surgery limited Coleman’s production. The Accokeek, Md., native tied Rutgers’ receiving record with 20 career scores, but suffered career lows in yards (538) and touchdowns (four). “I just feel my stride is back and I’ve got a lot more power in my legs now,” Coleman said. “I’m running a lot smoother.” Compared to performing in Indianapolis, which he called “mentally and physically exhausting,” Coleman felt little stress inside the Bubble. “The combine was much more emotional than this. This was very calm, it’s kind of like a practice,” Coleman said. “This is my turf and I’ve been out here running around for four years now, and so I’m familiar with this whole area. This was nothing compared to the Combine as far as anxiety.”
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Quron Pratt perhaps made the biggest impression. The wideout and special teams returner ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and also led all participants in the vertical jump (34.5 inches), 3-cone (6.75 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (11.39 seconds), according to Rutgers Athletic Communications. “I think I did very well. I just remembered all my techniques, just going over the day before all the little things that I needed to know for the drills,” Pratt said. “Getting to work with Chas helped a lot over the past couple days, so I felt confident.” Although he was not invited to the NFL Combine and might not get drafted, Pratt’s versatility could land him a slot at the next level. Pratt, named team MVP at Rutgers’ awards banquet Dec. 15, hauled in a career-high 516 receiving yards in 13 games this season. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown Sept. 14 against Eastern Michigan. Head coach Kyle Flood said Pratt, as well as free safety Jeremy Deering, defensive end Marcus Thompson and tight end Paul Carrezola provide invaluable versatility.
Brandon Coleman participated only in positional workouts in yesterday’s pro day, running routes and catching passes. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
Deering, who played both wide receiver and running back earlier in his Rutgers career, led pro day in the 40-yard dash (4.33 seconds) and broad jump (10’6). “They can play on the Big Four [kickoff, kickoff return, punt, punt return] special teams guys,” Flood said. “In a sala-
ry-cap league, that is a huge, huge priority for those [General Managers] as they’re getting to the selection process.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
KNIGHT NOTEBOOK RUDD SCORES 22 IN USF’S LOSS
RU advances in AACs despite guard’s high scoring By Sean Stewart Correspondent
MEMPHIS — Following the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s 72-68 victory over South Florida last night, the Scarlet Knights finished the year 3-0 against the Bulls for the season. While the Knights proved they have USF’s number this season, the same could be said for Bulls forward Victor Rudd. USF’s leading scorer once again put up huge numbers against Rutgers, collecting 22 points to lead his team. He also had a game-high 15 foul shot attempts, but only converted 10. Rudd was able to force his way into the paint at will, daring the Knights to tr y and stop him, which often led to trips to the foul line. Against Rutgers on March 1, Rudd posted a game-high 26 points, including shooting 4-of-7 from 3-point range, but came up short on USF’s final possession. The same was true for Rudd in this game, as he failed to provide when it counted most. Despite USF’s loss, Bulls’ head coach Stan Heath had nothing but praise for his star.
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“These two guys [Rudd and guard Martino Brock] gave 100 percent and really worked hard and tried to make plays for our basketball team,” Heath said. Though Rutgers was victorious, the Knights collected only six offensive rebounds. In their two previous games against the Bulls, Rutgers collected 10 and 13 rebounds in the offensive end. The Knights shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, which may have caused the low total. But Rutgers finished the game shooting 47.4 percent, a drastic drop off in the second half that helped the Bulls find themselves back in the match. But senior forward J.J. Moore’s offensive rebound on junior forward Kadeem Jack’s second missed foul shot attempt with the Knights lead at just two sealed the victory. “[Moore’s] an energetic guy and plays the passing lanes and he brings a lot of energy for us,” said junior guard Myles Mack. “We needed him in the second half and he brought it for us.”
South Florida guard Victor Rudd drops in a wide-open layup at the FedEx Forum. Rutgers again had difficulty containing Rudd but still came out on top. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
The Knights finished with four different players scoring in double
figures, demonstrating the team’s growth with others stepping up in crucial moments. Junior guard Malick Kone could have made it five Rutgers players in double figures, but finished just short with eight points in 22 minutes off the bench. Kone totaled a combined nine points in the Knights’ previous two meetings against the Bulls. Although Kone finished shy of double-digits, the Conakry, Guin-
ea native was 4-of-6 from the field and provided valuable minutes on the defensive end. Rutgers had control for long stretches of the game in the second half and part of it was due to Kone’s defense, including some lockdown defending at times on Rudd. In total, the Knights did not allow a single 3-pointer in the game, though USF only shot four because of its success getting in the paint.
With everyone starting to give larger contributions down the stretch, the Knights’ morale is high heading into Louisville. “Me, Kadeem and the guys always talk about confidence and just standing together,” Mack said. “We stayed together throughout the first half, second half the confidence level of staying together went down a little bit but we fought through it.”
Rutgers by nearly three points at 192.490 and 192.460, respectively. Regional qualifying scores determine which 36 schools qualify for the six NCAA regional competitions held in early April. The Knights are currently ranked 32nd with a RQS of 195.200 for the team and rank between 29th and 33rd on individual apparatuses. They sit in third place in the EAGL behind North Carolina State and New Hampshire.
Head coach Louis Levine believes no major adjustments need to be made. “Don’t change what we’re doing,” Levine said. “We’ve just got to keep training hard. … We’re not going to change a lot, we’re just going to fine tune the small things and that’s the difference between those 194s and 195s and the 196s.” Those small things include hops on landings, straight legs, pointed toes and bobbles known as balance checks on beam.
In a sport where placements are often decided by tenths or hundredths of a point, even the smallest details add up to costly deductions. Freshman Claire Jones earned EAGL Rookie of the Week honors for the second-straight week after a solid beam routine for the second week in a row and a career-high 9.900 score on floor exercise last weekend. Despite the record-breaking scores from the past two meets,
Levine knows that Rutgers has yet to put out its best. “I don’t know if anyone had their best routine. I know they had some of their best scores [but] I don’t know if they’ve actually had their best routine,” Levine said. “And that’s what we really are going for — I want to see ever ybody put together their best routines. When you put together your best routine at the best time, we’ll get our best results.”
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Quote of the Day “When it was time to get some stops, we shrunk the floor with team coverage and got some key rebounds.” — Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan on last night’s win
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MEN’S BASKETBALL RUTGERS 72, SOUTH FLORIDA 68 (AAC TOURNAMENT)
Knights extend season despite foul issues SOFTBALL
By Josh Bakan
RU returns in Florida tournament
MEMPHIS — When senior forward Wally Judge heard the whistle on South Florida forward Victor Rudd’s layup, he instantly knew he had fouled out. Judge removed his headband for what was possibly the final time after leaving the game last night against South Florida. If the last-seeded Bulls defeated the Rutgers men’s basketball team in the first round of the AAC Tournament, Judge had to sit for the final 5:04 of it. Rutgers led only 59-58 as Rudd held two free throws. Rudd missed the first and screamed like he found a dead body. He missed the second, too, allowing Rutgers to hold onto a 72-68 victory at the FedEx Forum. Judge’s career and seventh-seeded Rutgers’ (12-20, 4-13) season expanded another 40 minutes for this afternoon against second-seeded Louisville (26-5, 15-3). Judge developed some momentum entering the game with a 15-point, 10-rebound performance. Rudd and guard Martino Brock played swift basketball in the final minute to disintegrate Rutgers’ lead to two. But intentional fouls prevented the comeback. The Knights banded together in the post when Judge’s fifth personal drained their frontcourt depth. As Rutgers led, 65-62, with a minute remaining, junior forward Kadeem Jack, senior wing J.J. Moore and junior wing Malick Kone crowded the paint. See ISSUES On Page 14
By Garrett Stepien Staff Writer
It sure has been a while for the Rutgers softball team. After a two-week hiatus, the Scarlet Knights (5-7) return to action tomorrow as they head to Clearwater, Fla., for a weekend slate of six games. The Knights will faceoff against a slew of neighboring programs from the Northeast. To kickoff the action, Rutgers will face Penn State and St. Joe’s tomorrow before a Saturday doubleheader against Buffalo and Central Connecticut. Rounding up the eventful weekend, the Knights will face Quinnipiac and UMass. In the meantime, Rutgers has not stepped on a softball field in what seems like forever. The home opener doubleheader scheduled Wednesday against Hampton was cancelled due to poor field conditions leftover from the snow, relegating the team to practice within the confines of the Bubble. But head coach Jay Nelson has made sure that his team stays on top of its game.
Junior forward Kadeem Jack flushes down a dunk last night at the FedEx Forum in the first round of the AAC Tournament, where the Knights prevailed 72-68.
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GYMNASTICS KNIGHTS COMPETE IN QUAD MEET TOMORROW, 7 P.M.
Rutgers aims to improve RQS in final quad meet By Lauren Green Contributing Writer
Coming off its second straight record-breaking weekend after a program-best 196.225 score, the Rutgers gymnastics team looks to carry that momentum into its final meet of the regular season. The Scarlet Knights travel tomorrow to face conference foes North Carolina, and ECAC rivals William & Mary and Brown in their final meet before the EAGL championships. Rutgers faced Brown in a dual meet on Jan. 24, scoring a 193.025 to Brown’s 190.625. The Knights struggled on balance beam and finished with their lowest total for the season with a 46.850. Since then, Rutgers has scored at least a 47.925 on beam and at least a 49.000 in its last three meets. Senior Alexis Gunzelman scored a 39.175 in the all-around competition at that meet.
She has topped that mark three times. Gunzelman said that last weekend’s team score helped moved the Knights in the right direction. “I think it’s said every weekend, we still have little things to work on but this is the right direction. This is where we need to go,” Gunzelman said. “We need to just keep on hitting the numbers like we hit in the gym this past weekend and we’ll get to regionals like we want to [and] we’ll win EAGL like we want to.” Sophomore Katie Stebick, who has been consistent on floor exercise for Rutgers, hopes her team can move their hot streak going forward. “We’re very excited. There’s a lot of momentum and we just can’t wait to carry that momentum into these next couple of weeks,” Stebick said. See MEET On Page 15
Singles play highlights win after slow start By Nick Jannarone Contributing Writer
Senior Alexis Gunzelman scored a 38.700 last weekend in the all-around. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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A fourth-straight victory propelled the Rutgers tennis team to a 7-3 record on the season. The Scarlet Knights (7-3) outlasted Delaware by a score of 6-1 yesterday at the East Brunswick Racquet Club. Things did not look optimistic early for the Knights as they got off to a poor start by losing their first doubles match. “We really started off slow and lacked energy in doubles,” said head coach Ben Bucca. Fortunately for Rutgers, the pairings of junior Lindsay Balsamo with sophomore Mariam Zein and freshman Farris Cun-
junior attacker, scored two goals and had an assist in Rutgers’ 19-7 loss yesterday to Penn State. She has now netted three goals and has two assists, totaling five points on the season.
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