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Viral video raises $1K for Dance Marathon Sophie Nieto-Munoz staff writer

When it comes to fundraising money, things that generally come to mind are canning, bake sales or posting excessively on social media to raise awareness. But Anthony Mollica raised more than $500 under very different circumstances. The School of Arts and Sciences junior woke up Wednesday with money pouring into his Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) fundraising page, and he said he looked at the names and did not know who the donors were. Mollica, a captain for the Dancer Relations Team of RUDM, told his friends about all these donations and that is when he found out — an old video of him dancing had ended up on the front page of Reddit. Reddit, known as “the front page of the internet,” is one of the web’s biggest sites, an online social media community where users post and vote on content. The more

“upvotes” content receives, the more likely the post will move to the front page, where the most popular links are shown. Mollica’s video was upvoted nearly 25,000 times, which is how it landed on the front page — for the whole internet to watch. The 32-second video, titled “Anthony’s Fundraising Video,” is an edited clip of him shaking his hips and making awkward and funny faces. Although this video blew up just this week, the video has been on his Facebook for a year, he said. “I actually was filming a segment for a TV show for RU-tv and I was waiting for the director in the control room to hit record. Little did I know, he was recording. He then decided to make this funny video on his own time afterward, and we shared it on Facebook last March,” Mollica said. He said his friends went back to his old Facebook content and just started liking old posts, and

School of Arts and Sciences junior Anthony Mollica says a video of him dancing was posted to Reddit without his permission and used to promote his Dance Marathon fundraising page. He has raised over $1,000 so far. KIRA HERZOG / NEWS EDITOR the video happened to resurface. He used that opportunity to link his RUDM fundraising link and raise money. His family and friends reacted, giving the post more than 100 likes and donating money to him. But then, there was a plot twist, he said. “I wake up … to a bunch of emails that I was given donations and I looked at the names and

had no idea who they were,” he said. “At first I was confused and I thought it was my friends joking around and donating money under fake names.” Mollica, who has never used Reddit, said it felt cool to be on the front page of the site because people are donating to his page, but since he has no idea who posted the video to the site or Youtube, he feels a bit uncomfortable.

Upcoming RUSA election will use party-like system Nicholas Simon staff writer

From March 22 to March 24, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) will hold its annual spring elections. The elections will give undergraduates the opportunity to vote for student representatives who will decide what the assembly will focus on next year, said Anish Patel, the head of the RUSA Elections Committee. “(Elected students) will set the agenda for what issues RUSA is going to tackle,” the School of Arts and Sciences senior said. “What they want to advocate for, what they want to lobby the administration for, what they want to lobby the state government for — all of those things are decided by this election.” Election results will be announced on March 30, with a swearing in ceremony slated for April 6 and the first official meeting of the new body to be held on April 13, according to the 2017 Elections Guidelines. Students can vote for candidates online on the getINVOLVED website using any internet-connected device, Patel said. There are currently 39 positions available. In order to run for any of these positions, students have to be enrolled

full-time for the 2017 Spring and Fall semesters, maintain above a 2.5 GPA and cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation, according to the guidelines. Patel said there are requirements that are specific to the various RUSA positions as well. Students seeking a position can campaign as part of a “ticket,” which is defined by the guidelines as a “grouping of candidates under a unified banner.” As of now, there are two tickets campaigning — Rutgers Rise and Knights for Change Both tickets are advocating for the prevention of sexual violence, increased college affordability and the de-stigmatization of issues surrounding mental health, according to the Rutgers Rise and Knights for Change websites. Evan Covello, a presidential candidate for Rutgers Rise and a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said Rutgers Rise’s platform varied from Knights for Change’s in several ways. Rutgers Rise, unlike Knights for Change, plans to address the student organization funding crisis, advocate for a University holiday on Election Day, get a student vote on the University Board of Governors and demand that the University test the water supply for lead, Covello said.

“I wish it was just something for my friends and I to enjoy and not this whole internet thing,” he said. “I wish people would just donate and not make memes and other edits of my video. I don’t like that people are now profiting off of mine and my friend’s work.” But people are donating to Mollica. He said before the video went See video on Page 4

U. supercomputer not fully functioning after coolant leak Nikhilesh De correspondent

Covello said having members with these credentials makes Rutgers Rise better suited to address issues that appear on both tickets’ platforms, like college af fordability. “A lot of the teams throughout each year in RUSA elections say that they want to address (issues like) college affordability,” Covello said. “But the difference is not all

Rutgers University’s new supercomputer has been in a state of partial operation since January when a seal burst, leaking coolant and preventing the system from working as designed. The cooling system broke about two months ago, forcing the shutdown of the complete Caliburn supercomputer, said Manish Parashar, a distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science. The computer itself did not break, only the cooling system in the facility the computer is located in. “On one of the cold mornings in January, one of the seals for the cooling system broke, causing the coolant to leak,” he said. “So the cooling in the system was not sufficient to create the right environment, so we shut down Caliburn until (University Facilities) was able to fix it.” The computer was shut down to prevent damage from excessive heat. The system has been online since last June, though it only

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The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) candidates have divided into two tickets — Rutgers Rise and Knights for Change — for its elections, which will take place March 22 to March 24. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Covello, RUSA’s current vice president, said he thought Rutgers Rise candidates had more experience than Knights for Change candidates as well. Covello’s running mates include vice presidential candidate Christie Schweighardt, a School of Arts and Sciences junior and RUSA’s current chief of staff, and candidate for treasurer Shannon Chang, a Rutgers Business School junior and RUSA’s current treasurer.

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Rutgers alumnus speaks about entrepreneurial success

Brian Selander graduated from Rutgers and used his degree to create Whistle Sports Networks, which has captured more than 270 million fans. He now works as the capital entrepreneur in residence at SeventySix Capital. courtesy of Brian Selander

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Rutgers alumnus and SeventySix Capital Entrepreneur in Residence Brian Selander spoke to Rutgers students this past Wednesday about entrepreneurship among younger generations with unique ideas. Selander graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers before earning his master’s in applied psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and then completing the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University, according to his LinkedIn. In response to an article published in Forbes written by a sports marketing executive and part-time lecturer at Rutgers, Selander discussed his experience in entrepreneurship and the importance of fresh ideas coming from young motivated individuals. Channeling his math skills early on, he would purchase and redistribute large quantities of candy to his classmates for profit, Selander said. This inclination for business led him to a career working in politics as one of the first employees running a presidential campaign along with

helping his best friend become an elected governor. Having Rutgers’ support to work while being a full-time student granted him the opportunity to serve as press secretary to Sen. Bob Smith (D-N.J.) and allowed him to accumulate four years of experience before even having graduated, he said. He was recruited by Smith to assist in political work because of his accomplishments as a reporter for Courier News, a local Central Jersey publication, Selander said. After his work with the congressman, he was persuaded to venture into business by one of the founders of Nexel. The result was four years of development leading to the first professional sports network launched to ser ve new generations of fans. Whistle Sports Networks pooled over 270 million fans and followers across multiple digital platforms and was one of five sports business journal nominees for “Best in Digital Sports Media,” alongside ESPN, NBC Sports, Turner Sports and the NFL, according to his site. Four years into the process he decided to try something new in

order to be closer to family and began working with SeventySix Capital, a venture firm investor in Whistle Sports Network. Their open-minded approach to young ideas paired with the experience of older counterparts fit the mold for what Selander looked to accomplish, he said. “The secrets thus far have been to be around good people. At SeventySix Capital we only invest in nice and smart people which is actually kind of strange in the venture world, that we put as much focus into who we’re investing in as opposed to what,” Selander said. Looking to only work with others that exemplified this positive attitude led him to a partnership with a former student at the University of Pennsylvania who was a founding member of YouTube Sports, he said. By nature of being a helpful person, he was able to recruit Julie Kikla along with all her YouTube personalities such as Dude Perfect and Brodie Smith to help launch the company, Selander said. In way of a trickle-down effect, each member trusted the next ultimately putting the company in a position to be successful.

“Enemies last forever, people who go out of their way to make them wind up with a lot of baggage long term. It usually doesn’t cost you a lot to be nice or helpful long term and I think that mindset helps,” he said. For students looking to pursue their interests in entrepreneurship, it is almost always better to choose the challenger brand over the dominant brand, Selander said. Challenger brands offer the most opportunity to get the best titles and experience faster while lacking the pressure of competing in a dominant brand. “In sports you find masses of people waiting to fill a position that is already taken and will not expire for years. Life expectancy is far greater than what it used to (be), but it is also easier now than ever to start your own company,” he said. It is an easier approach to find something as it is and make it a little bit better than to try and build something to meet an unmet need, Selander said. “Change has accelerated, walls have fallen, the barrier of entry now to build something is close to nothing, and your capacity to be a

thought(ful) leader as a teenager is incredible,” he said. At the end of the day companies pivot, but founders remain, Selander said. The person building the company and the team around them are fundamental as the idea might change but the goal should persist all throughout. Jason Belzer, a global sports business leader currently working at GAME, Inc., said the high energy approach presented by Selander is vital, and that it is important to understand that 95 percent of building relationships is that first impression makes all the difference. The enthusiasm and energy brought by individuals like Selander are most important when working in environments where the risk of failure is so high, Belzer said. Unless you are enthusiastic about the work you produce you will have difficulty finding success. “A lot of being an entrepreneur is about having perseverance. The reality is if you want to be successful as an entrepreneur you have to fail as much as possible,” he said. “The more you fail the more you’re learning and the closer you are to getting to success.”

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Founder of $2.4M company speaks at U. Nikhilesh De

including how some did not succeed in the way others had. His failures did not stand in the way of Before starting classes at the his later successes, which is one University of Pennsylvania, Da- lesson he hoped guests would vid Zhao made $2.4 million as the take away from the night. He said it is important that peofounder and chief executive officer of NXTFactor, a media conglomer- ple who want to launch a venture start immediately. ate based in New York City. “Rather than say ‘I have an idea’ On March 8, Zhao spoke to the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Society and not take action, if you really (RES) in the Red Lion Café on the have an idea and you really want College Avenue campus about his to do it, start it,” Zhao said. “Startpast successes and failures, provid- ing it could just be making a webing advice and answering questions site, or a survey and sending it to your friends and asking if they during the hour-long meeting. like it.” The RES Unlike most invited him college stubecause his ex“The amazing thing is dents in the perience comthere’s a lot of people United States, bined with the taking gap years, whether Zhao did not fact that he is still attending for military purposes or go to college enter the a university traveling or starting their or workforce immakes him reown businesses.” mediately aflatable to Rutter graduating gers students david zhao high school. who are trying Chief Executive Officer of NXTFactor Instead, he to launch their took two years own projects, off to focus said Abhisek on creating his own businesses, Vyas, president of the society. “What we’re trying to do is cre- which helped him more when he ate entrepreneurs and help them did begin taking classes. Zhao said he can apply his (succeed),” the School of Arts and Sciences sophomore said. “RES is coursework to actual lessons he a community of doers, that’s what has learned from his businesses, which makes it easier to underwe are in a nutshell.” The event was designed as a stand what he is earning. “The amazing thing is there’s question-and-answer panel rather than a traditional lecture to en- a lot of people taking gap years, sure guests would be able to get whether for military purposes or as much as possible out of the ex- traveling or starting their own businesses,” he said. “I really enperience, he said. During the evening, Zhao joy the experience of taking the spoke about his various projects, same classes.” correspondent

David Zhao, the founder of NXTFactor, spoke about the techniques behind launching successful businesses at the College Avenue Student Center before spring break. NIKHILISH DE His roommate is 18, but the nearly 5-year gap in their ages has not prevented them from trying to launch their own real-estate venture, Zhao said. Taking some time off to work on his own projects has also given Zhao some perspective on his role at school, he said. “I don’t feel a disconnect (from my peers) but it’s actually a good thing that I came in with more experience and have a wider scope of looking at things, and I’m not stuck

in ‘grades are everything,’” he said. “Especially at (the University of Pennsylvania) – it’s (a) very competitive environment … and me being able to say ‘I don’t have to compete with all you guys, I can do my own thing,’ that’s kind of nice.” Another advantage to taking a gap year is that people are generally not committed to any one field or program prior to entering college, he said. “Second advantage is a lot of students have an idea (and) it’s

a perfect time to take some time off and focus on what they’re doing and give it 100 percent,” Zhao said. Students can benefit from dedicating all of their time toward a venture they are passionate about instead of tr ying to succeed in a field they have no interest in, he said. For those students already at Rutgers, the RES exists to help them gain the skill sets they need to work on their own ventures or become successful interns, Vyas said. Any student can join the organization, regardless of their background. “We’re industr y-agnostic in the sense that no matter what kind of student you are, what kind of major you have, you’re welcome in our community,” he said. The group has grown dramatically over the last semester, with an executive board of two people jumping to 25 within a few months. Vyas said he hopes to establish the organization more permanently at Rutgers. “The goal is to make upper administration at Rutgers realize that entrepreneurship is important and we really want to establish a presence with a building or physical location,” Vyas said. “We have some people that are championing us, but really it’s through events like this that you really get recognition.” Zhao’s talk – the third event in a series hosted by the RES – saw around 50 attendees. Vyas said the first event they held saw 35 guests, and the second had about 45. “It’s okay to live a different life,” Zhao said. “Use your own judgment of an eventful life, try something, (just) don’t be afraid of failure.”

video After making Reddit’s front page, Mollica raised well over $1K toward Dance Marathon continued from front viral, he was at about $585. All day Wednesday he was receiving donations and has now reached $1179. “My goal was $1000 and Reddit helped me surpass that,” he said. “It’s amazing to see people supporting a cause they may know little or nothing about. I feel so grateful for all of the donors. It’s all For The Kids and it’s really cool.” Mollica said he is happy and humbled that the video helped him get to where he is and people are donating and has raised his new goal to a “very ambitious $5,000.” Ben Peraria, who edited the video and originally posted it to Facebook last year, said although he is happy Mollica was able to raise money for children, it was illegally taken from his Facebook, uploaded to Youtube and then monetized. Peraria, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, has put in a copyright claim ordering the video be taken down, but the person who uploaded the video refuses to take it down or demonetize it, he said. “I love that Anthony became a meme and that it helped raise money for his cause, but I refuse to allow others to illegally profit off of my work,” he said.

He said as a content creator, nothing is worse than having hard work be taken illegally and profit on it. “What this person did is clearly infringing on copyright law, and the fact that he or she is using the charity as reasoning for why it’s okay is disheartening,” Peraria said. But he thinks good came out of it. He said he is glad that a random goofy video he made more than a year ago helped raise money for a great cause, he just wishes it happened in a different and legal way. Since the post has gone viral, the video has since been taken off of Reddit and YouTube due to copyright infringement, the sites say. “For our sake and getting the true recognition it deserves, I want it taken down,” Mollica said. “Ben has the rights to it and that’s the way it should be.” He loves the exposure the video has given RUDM and said he hopes people are interested in getting more involved, but not at the expense of losing the rights to the video. “Thank you to everyone who donated,” he said. “And whoever posted this, please tell me who you are.”

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Caliburn first became operational less than 1 year ago

RUSA’s upcoming election involves 2 tickets — Knights for Change, Rutgers Rise of specified knowledge needed to address and solve various platof them have always had experi- form issues, Carrasco said. On its website, the group ence lobbying (and) … actually fighting for students (and) testi- claims that RUSA has previously fying before senate committees.” failed to “unite the student body Vladimir Carrasco, a presi- and represent the diversity of isdential candidate for Knights for sues that are urgent.” Carrasco said he and the memChange and a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said leader- bers of Knights for Change could ship experience could be gained solve this problem. “95 percent of our team conthrough other organizations besists of individuals who identisides RUSA. “Experience doing nothing (in fy as a member of a racial and ethnic miRUSA) has no nority. This value … (and) is what sets to make the us apar t,” he allegation that my team lacks “Voting is one of the most said. “We believe that by experience, it important ways to let electing those would be to your voice be heard.” who have exdisregard the perienced opvalidity of other vladimir carrasco pression, we student organiPresidential Candidate for RUSA change the zations, a point status quo for which should minorities. be noted by the Our team recvoters,” Carrasognizes the co said in an email. “We have members from intersectionality of these isRutgers NO MORE, SCREAM sues, which is what grants us Theatre and Trained Crisis re- a new perspective and vision in sponse advocates to lead our fight our approach to RUSA.” Carrasco and Covello both against sexual violence. We also have members of Rutgers One and said it was important for stuIDIA who are experienced activist dents to vote in the upcomin lobbying legislators through ing election. “Voting is one of the most imthe authorship of policies.” Involvement in student organi- portant ways to let your voice be zations is conducive to the kind heard,” Carrasco said. continued from front

continued from front became accessible to the general University community at the beginning of this semester. “Caliburn has been operational since June 2016 and was being tested, benchmarked and tuned,” he said. “We worked with early users during Fall 2016 to evaluate different usage modes before it was made available more generally to the Rutgers and (New Jersey) researchers.” There are two parts to the Caliburn system, he said. The first part is the actual supercomputer, but the other part is a data center which provides power and cooling so as to create the proper environment for the machine. While the system has not been repaired yet, parts of the supercomputer were relocated to another facility, allowing users to access part of the machine’s services, he said. “What we (did) in a week was to get this temporary solution up and running by moving part of the system. That was a shortterm thing,” he said. “The longterm is really a process where Rutgers Facilities points out what the problem and solution is, figures out the cost and fixes it.” The system is under warranty and insurance, so facilities personnel are working with the

In January, a coolant leak forced the new Rutgers supercomputer into partial operation. Facilities workers have not yet managed to fully fix the problem. RUTGERS.EDU computer’s original vendors at no additional cost to the University, he said. Once the facility is repaired, researchers will test Caliburn and ensure ever ything is working as designed before they fully start the system up again, he said. Ever y component in the system has already been tested individually, he said. The computer itself has shown no signs of damage or other issues, meaning once the facility is fixed, the system can be made operational immediately. Some of the repairs have already been completed. The team will make sure they understand why coolant leaked before they can spin the machine up again, he said.

Once they have determined the cause and made sure it cannot happen again, they will perform a full integrity check of the supercomputer. Parashar anticipates the system will fully operational within a few weeks, at which point they will resume normal operations. Even though the system is only partially online, users have still been taking advantage of it, he said. Those working on projects have still been accessing the system through the computer’s web portal. “I think the response on using the system has been great,” Parashar said. “Even the partial system that we’ve got online has been heavily used and we hope to get the entire system online very very soon.”


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Conservative solution to college tuition


ollege tuition has been growing at a CONSERVATIVE HOT CORNER tremendous rate for the past several decades. Average tuition DANIEL MACLANE rates from 1995 to 2015 at private national universities have grown 179 percent, 226 percent for out-of-state tuition at public universities, and 296 percent for in-state tuition. The national student loan debt currently sits at $1.48 trillion and growing. This has propelled calls for tuition-free public college from Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). Clearly, there is a problem that needs to be addressed, but is taxpayer funded college really the solution? As P.J. O’Rourke said, “If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.” Although he refers to healthcare in this quote, the same principle can be applied to college. The problems with rising tuition costs stem from the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). The government passed this act in order to help low and moderate income households receive student loans by granting them government insured loans regardless of their financial situation. Looking at this from a purely economical standpoint, the government artificially inflated the demand for college education by creating these subsidized loans. With the increased demand, universities were incentivized to raise tuitions and, since 1978, the average price of college tuition has skyrocketed 1,120 percent, according to Bloomberg, and has vastly outpaced the rate of inflation. Also, every time the amount of government subsidies are increased, it causes tuition rates to increase even more and colleges are able to exploit the financial aid increase. Andrew Gillen, researcher at Inside Higher Ed, wrote in 2012 that “Because competition among colleges is based on their relative standing, those colleges that exploit the opportunity to raise tuition when financial aid is increased will be able to improve relative to those that do not by hiring better professors, offering more aid to attract meritorious students, building state-of-theart laboratories, etc. To avoid falling behind, even those colleges that initially resisted are forced to follow suit and raise tuition.” To sum it up, increasing the amount of financial aid creates a snowball effect that causes tuitions throughout the nation to rise. So, we can all agree that rising college tuition costs are a problem — but if government intervening in the payment process created the problem, why would more government be the solution as Sanders and many Democrats have proposed? Maybe it’s the idea that we have not done enough and just more government would prevent these problems. The way I see it, the real solution should be the privatization of the loans and even encouraging universities to grant their own loans. Government subsidized loans incentivize universities to just focus on giving their students a degree and not focusing on their success upon graduation since they have no financial stake in the student’s future success. This type of loan is already being tried at major universities such as Purdue. Purdue has begun offering income-share agreements. Instead of requiring a specific amount to be repaid, the student will agree to pay a percentage of their future earnings to the university in order to repay their debt. Purdue will better encourage future alumni help in their career success. Another solution is the privatization of loans. If a private third party, not the government or the university, grants loans the company would need some type of assurances that the loan will be repaid since there is no collateral requirement as there is in a car loan or mortgage. This could mean a private contract drawn up between the student and the third party. Since the company is taking a risk with no governmental subsidization, they could potentially dictate specific terms of the contract, including the study of certain majors and the maintenance of an above average GPA. This would then have two effects — it would decrease the demand for college, which would drive tuition rates down, and it would also increase the percentage of college graduates being employed after graduation. For example, a student planning to major in architecture, which has a 13.9 percent unemployment rate for recent college graduates, would be less likely to receive a loan than a student who is planning to major in engineering which has a 7.5 percent recent college graduate unemployment rate. Although, with this plan, students might have less flexibility with choosing their field of study, but that is not a strong enough argument to burden the taxpayers with the cost of college. Typically, the government creates more problems than it solves, as is clearly evident with the current student loan debt crisis. Let’s take the situation that the government has created and allow the private sector and universities to chart their own course for the academic and financial success of future generations. Daniel MacLane is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science. His column, “Conservative Hot Corner,” runs on alternate Mondays.



Some secrets should be shared Those with AIDS that have sex, donate blood must disclose disease


ince its earliest-known case in 1959, HIV/ precautions when engaging in sexual activity or doAIDS has killed about 39 million people. And nating bodily fluids. The problem with this law is that it tries too hard although this disease is universally known, not many people know exactly what HIV actually to be inclusive and politically correct. Making it a is. HIV is a virus that can lead to the infection that felony for those infected with a serious disease to is called AIDS. AIDS, which is an acronym for ac- have unprotected sex without telling their partner quired immunodeficiency syndrome, is the actual about their disease is not an attempt to stigmatize condition that is developed after HIV causes damage those who are infected. It is merely recognition of to the immune system. But despite a large majority the severity of the disease and an attempt to make of people who are unaware of the true definition and those who do carry the infection take responsidifference between HIV and AIDS, it is no secret bility for their own health. In fact, it is ridiculous that this disease is dangerous. With AIDS being the how certain lawmakers pick and choose when eighth leading cause of death for people between they want to be “politically correct.” How is it that the ages of 25 and 34, the gravity of its detrimental people were not so concerned about stigmatizing certain groups when gay men were not allowed effects are not lost on anyone. to donate blood if And yet, despite they had sexual the obvious severiintercourse in the ty of HIV/AIDS, it past year? This law seems as though the “The lawmakers behind this law feel that was blatantly disSenate is attempting by decriminalizing these acts, the stigma criminatory as it to dampen the gravibehind HIV and those who have HIV will assumed that all ty of this disease. be reduced.” gay men have HIV/ State lawmakers AIDS or that they have proposed a were the only ones new law that would to target with the reduce the criminalization of those people who have sexual intercourse infection. Meanwhile, lawmakers trying to decrimwithout protection and refuse to disclose that they inalize those who do not disclose their disease is are infected. Instead of this act being a felony, it not “fighting stigmatization,” but rather putting would only be considered a misdemeanor. But this lives at risk. If you continue to make this a felony, it would not be the only downgrade. This would also will make those with HIV/AIDS more careful about translate to those people with HIV/AIDS that donate alerting their sexual partners or blood or semen blood or semen without alerting the blood or semen banks about their condition. The lifetime cost of living with HIV/AIDS is about bank of their condition. The lawmakers behind this law feel that by de- $379,000, and about 30 percent of people living with criminalizing these acts, the stigma behind HIV HIV/AIDS are not insured. If the mere fact that havand those who have HIV will be reduced. Sen. Scott ing unprotected sex with someone who has HIV/ Wiener (D-Calif.), who is a prominent supporter AIDS spreads a deadly disease is not enough to for this law, said that, “When you criminalize HIV make lawmakers take the condition seriously, then or stigmatize people who have HIV it encourages perhaps the aspect of money will. And perhaps once people not to get tested, to stay in the shadows, lawmakers realize that although you should not be not to be open about their status, not to seek treat- discriminated against for having AIDS, you should ment.” Wiener is far off in his assertion. There is a not be able to knowingly spread it, forcing someone difference between stigmatizing people with HIV, into this lifetime of debt and pain unknowingly with and ensuring that they are taking safe and honest little to no punishment. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 149th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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March 20, 2017

Modern media needs people like Rachel Maddow ALTERNATE OPINIONS SOPHIA SAMUEL


n Tuesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow offered a surging viewership her legendary, crooked smile as she expressed, “For the record, the First Amendment gives us the right to publish this return. It is not illegally published. Nor are we fake. Pinch me, I’m real.” In a sardonically savvy, Maddow-esque manner, she raised her arm — cloaked in that signature black blazer — and pinched it. Maddow was, of course, referencing President Donald J. Trump’s 2005 tax returns, two pages of which were surreptitiously delivered to the mailbox of investigative journalist David Cay Johnston. Johnston, in return, handed over the pages to MSNBC for an exclusive “Trump Tax Reveal” on “The Rachel Maddow Show” (TRMS). As any frequent spectator of TRMS is familiar with, Maddow opened her show in her true fashion — by supplying the audience an exhaustive preface for the reveal, a more or less tribute to why Americans care about Trump’s taxes. Yet, journalists, reporters and viewers were not in the least pleased. Some nudged her to “get on with it,” while others viciously chided her for hyping a rather unrevealing and skimpy two-page 1040.

Although the contents of the form were admittedly lackluster in the context of its cacophonous, clamorous ballyhoo, what is more critical are the extraneous components not explicitly written on the pages. Namely, 2005 was a noteworthy year for Trump: Melania was attempting to gain citizenship and Trump was entering a murky partnership with a company that had ties to Russia. As Maddow explained, these are all reasons to be suspicious as to why, considering everything else that occurred that year, 2005’s 1040 was “extra stellar.”

understands the foundational significance of her lead-ins, and doesn’t conjecture that her audience is well-versed in the subject. As a journalist, Maddow is never complacent or remiss — as narratives, hers are never perfunctory or without reason. Maddow has expended years building this individualized legacy of inclusion, a tour de force in its own right. Her zany hand gestures, trendy pixie cut and self-effacing swagger are what comfort her viewers and what establish connection between anchor and audience. Every day, TRMS

“Maddow knows that stories take time and details take some coaxing and priming before falling into logical order.” However, aside from her tax segment is another point that deserves attention: Maddow may very well be an artist unappreciated in her time. Yes, her viewership is swelling, but how much does the program’s high view count translate to high esteem for its host? After all, at the first sign of a seeming let-down, the audience was quick to point fingers at the messenger, yet slow to grasp the gravity of the greater narrative the messenger was pursuing. Maddow boasts a reporting strategy that is distinguished for its roughly 20-minute, comprehensive intros. She explains, “I definitely feel like, hey, if you’re new, let me meet you where you are.” She

manifests Maddow’s acute awareness that the rapport with her viewership demands trust and broad-mindedness — this confidence and cooperation needs to stem from both sides. Before viewers deem her tax reveal a humiliating flop, they must trust that it is just one sliver of a larger account Maddow is indefatigably chasing. Maddow knows that stories take time and details take some coaxing and priming before falling into logical order. To her, the courier of the message is of less consequence than the message itself. When she treks those famed painstaking lengths to construct a specific narrative, she doesn’t do so to appease her fancy, but rather to

satisfy a very real obligation to her audience — an obligation that never dares take for granted the unshakeable power of facts, context, hindsight and foresight. Maddow’s ears mute out the cacophonous clamor and her eyes stay fixed on the future. She does all this in a profession that habitually preferences the here and the now, and that too often flirts with instantly gratifying narratives instead of intellectually challenging ones. Maddow is a diamond in the rough, and the media and the public ought to know that. It is also worth mentioning that she is a Stanford and Oxford-educated journalist. So, yeah, she knows what she’s doing. Dr. Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, reckons that “when all the pieces are in place, all the sections connected to one another, the puzzle complete, she will have given us the picture we must see.” While we wait for that day to arrive, the pieces will inevitably shift and the stories will inevitably change. But Maddow will always be there to usher us to the finish line, ensuring that everyone reaches it. She will remain the artist among artists in her craft – narration will continue to be her prowess, candor her mainstay, spunk her flair, inclusiveness her constant and patience her virtue. Sophia Samuel is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in public policy and economics. Her column, “Alternative Opinions,” runs on alternate Mondays.

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March 20, 2017

U. club hosts series of events for brain awareness week Madhuri Bhupathiraju science editor

In the midst of midterms and assignment deadlines, stress and anxiety are no strangers to college students. An organization dedicated to the workings of the brain is hosting events aimed to help students learn more about how to properly take care of their brain health. Rutgers Building Research Advocacy and Innovation in Neuroscience (BRAIN) is an organization aiming to make neuroscience more accessible to the student population. The club stands on the three big pillars of research, advocacy and innovation, said Michael Rallo, president of Rutgers BRAIN and a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “We recognize that research is what drives our knowledge of science forward,” he said “For advocacy, we know that we need to be the ones that stand up for our science as well as individuals who are affected by neuroscience. And innovation is taking creativity and new ideas into neuroscience and promoting that among our general body.” Brain Awareness Week (BAW), March 13 through 19, is a campaign founded by the Dana Foundation, a national organization focused on increasing public awareness of brain research. In an effort to reach out to the student body, Rutgers BRAIN is celebrating brain awareness

week at the University with a series of events. The organization is hoping to bring in people who normally do not consider themselves directly affiliated with neuroscience or psychology. “It can be a student interested in art whose fascinated with how creative an art mind has to be, or a student interested in sports who finds it amazing that brain health is also incorporated in physical training. Knowing about the brain can be shared in all kinds of disciplines,” said Neha Narayanan, treasurer of BRAIN and a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Neuroscience is not only meant for students thinking about medical school or graduate school in the field, she said. In the past, the organization has tabled at various campuses while busting any neuroscience myths that students had during BAW, said Ankita Veta, the outreach coordinator for BRAIN and a School of Arts and Sciences junior. This year the club has planned a three-day affair. The group is kicking the week off with BrainFest held on Tuesday, March 21. BrainFest is a collaboration between BRAIN and Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), said Veta. BrainFest started as an idea meant to educate those who were not directly related to neuroscience and was presented to RUPA during their Pitch campaign, Veta said. It is really about breaking

E-board members of RU BRAIN hope to bring in students of all disciplines to raise awareness of neuroscience and mental health. BRAIN and the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) created BrainFest after a winning presentation during RUPA’s pitch campaign. COURTESY OF RUTGERS BRAIN down the stereotype that neuroscience is this scary thing, because events like this show how everyone is affected by it. Especially for students, who are constantly stressed out about exams or experiencing feelings of anxiety over an upcoming performance or assessment, there is






focus on mental health because students are constantly affected by it, she said. “BrainFest has morphed into something different than what we originally proposed because we’ve been working with RUPA and we chose the best aspects of the event to make it more accessible,” Veta said. “RUPA has the resources to reach out to students that we might not have been able to. With our combined efforts its become this really fun and interactive event.” The event will consist of various booths, some hosted by other organizations, where people can walk around and interact with exhibits related to neuroscience and mental health, Veta said. It also includes breakout sessions of yoga and meditation workshops to include a multifaceted approach at neuroscience and show people that it is not an elusive topic, Rallo said. To create a cohesive event, the fest will have live music and “brain” food served to attendees, Veta said. Wednesday, March 22, brings about Brain Blast — a day dedicated to allowing student researchers to present the work they have done related to neuroscience. “It could be anything in neuroscience or even another field as long as they can make that connection to neuroscience,” Rallo said. “Honestly, I think the more interesting ones will be when someone can take something you wouldn’t initially look at and think ‘that’s neuroscience,’ but then make some kind of connection.” The idea that someone could be doing research in the arts and humanities and somehow pull a connection towards neuroscience could be really interesting, he said. On Thursday the week will finish with Brain Talks, a panel event.

The panel will consist of a variety of professionals including a scientist, a clinician and even a lawyer who will come in to talk about how different aspects of the field come together to create neuroscience, said Narayanan. The professionals will talk about how neuroscience has affected their jobs and their roles in society, Rallo said. This year, BRAIN is aiming to put more focus into mental health, Veta said. The club is planning on bringing in representatives from Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (HOPE) and the Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) from within the Rutgers Health Services to table at BrainFest. “In doing so, we’re hoping that not only will students be more aware of what happens to their brains but will also know what resources are available on campus so they can act on this knowledge and take care of their brains better,” she said. Rallo also emphasizes that the week’s events, and neuroscience in general, are meant for ever yone. He wants people to appreciate their brains and learn how to take better care of them. “Neuroscience is everybody’s field because we all have brains and it’s kind of the one thing that makes us human,” he said. Future generations are expected to live longer and longer lives, but people will still incur damages to the brain in the form of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, he said. “So we want to bring awareness to that and bring awareness to brain research so that we can go on to hopefully cure these ailments and allow people not only to live longer lives but to live longer and more productive lives,” he said.


March 20, 2017

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes


Page 9 Eugenia Last

Happy Birthday: Travel, learning and partnerships should be your priority. Express your thoughts and pick up whatever knowledge, experience or skills you require to reach your goals. Change is favored and should be based on your relationship with someone you consider your counterpart. Personal changes will help to improve your standard of living. Romance is highlighted. Your numbers are 3, 8, 23, 28, 30, 34, 46.

Over The Hedge

T. Lewis and M. Fry

Non Sequitur


Pearls Before Swine

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sign up for something that captures your attention. The experience you gain and the skills and information you have acquired through the years will encourage you to send out your resume. Personal improvements and romance are encouraged. 5 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Watch your step when dealing with others. Not everyone will be on the same page, making it difficult to bring about the changes you want at home or at work. Overreacting will put a wedge between you and someone you love. 2 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Dig up pertinent information regarding your investments, a pending deal or issues concerning your health. A couple of adjustments will put you in a favorable position to make a move. Do the work and you will gain respect and rewards. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Use your imagination when dealing with matters that will influence partnerships or your home environment. It’s important to feel comfortable and at ease in your surroundings if you want to accomplish your goals. Do what needs to be done. 4 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Do what you can to help others, but don’t let anyone take you for granted. Work alongside someone instead of taking on their responsibilities. Be a mentor, not a controller. The greatest satisfaction will come from shared success. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be productive and pointed about how you go about your day. Giving in to laziness or meddling in other people’s affairs will result in a lack of success. Don’t pass up an opportunity to get ahead at work. Networking will be fruitful. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Remain calm no matter what transpires today. Someone will test your patience, and temptation will lead to situations that could be costly. Partnerships will need to be handled with diplomacy and compassion if you want to keep the peace. 3 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t share secrets or agree to changes you don’t agree with. Look for a way to move forward alone if you can’t come to terms with the choices you have. Insecurity will lead to impulsive decisions and regret. 3 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Experience will be the key to getting ahead. Live and learn as you forge into new territory. Express your feelings and engage in talks that will make you reconsider the best way to move forward. Personal improvements will lead to compliments. 3 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Get it together. Use discipline and willingness to bring about change and you will excel. Trust in your ability to set the foundation for improvement in your life as well as in your community. Be ready to fight for your rights. 4 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Stop thinking about all the things you have to accomplish and just start doing them. Taking action will bring the results you are looking for and should encourage you to take on new projects that inspire you to do even more. 5 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll face limitations and frustrations if you are unrealistic or unable to face facts. Honesty and self-assessment will encourage you to do what it takes to improve your skills, knowledge and future. Don’t sit back when you should be moving forward. 2 stars

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Universal Crossword ACROSS 1 Brickbat

68 Person owing allegiance to a feudal lord

5 Spoken aloud

69 Pressing requirement?

9 Song’s opening bars

70 Day-care charges

14 One way to offer a greeting

71 ___ off (slackened)

15 Italian capital

72 “Cheese it, the ___!”

16 City VIP

73 Proofer’s editorial mark

17 Word with “go bragh!”


18 State of prolonged

1 Cuss


2 Pre-pupal insect

19 Type of mill

3 Birdlike

20 What the pirate written out

4 All-around good guy

of a will did?

5 Marine predator

23 Dressing choice

6 It’s pitched over your head

24 Hound

7 Bullets, e.g.

25 Like Falstaff, body-wise

8 Be educated

28 “___ I win, tails you lose”

9 Throw figurative mud at

32 Storm into, militarily

10 Indian bread

34 Car speed, briefly

11 Font features

43 Feeling of boredom

37 The most productive thoughts

12 Fishy delicacy

48 Fled to be wed

39 Computer symbol

13 Hockey legend Bobby

49 “Have a nice ___!”

40 Pirate’s facial grooming aid?

21 “... all snug in ___ beds”

51 Beginning stages

44 Constellation bear

22 Mai ___ cocktail

54 Reduced to the simplest form

45 More than want

26 More than like

56 Moron

46 Behold

27 Finding it difficult to relax

57 Type of rich cake

47 Like marble and some cheese

29 “Without further” ending

58 Cast off from the body,

50 Apt “notes” anagram

30 Like morning grass

52 Maryland winter hrs.

31 Overfills

60 More than large

53 Chem class, often

33 Relative of “i.e.”

61 Infamous emperor

55 Bring together

34 Gray-violet

62 Sink like a rock

59 What a pirate gives his

35 Fiery funeral wood stacks

63 Egg containers


Yesterday’s Solution

as perspiration

36 Shows uncertainty

64 Beer relative

64 Be rowdy and disruptive

38 Blast, as a baseball

65 Spy org.

66 Like withered land

41 Blacklist

67 Ireland, to some

42 Earlier, earlier

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HONORS Knights finish in 19th place at NCAA Championships with score of 24.5 continued from back But the team does not stop with Ashnault and Theobold and

if the weekend taught Rutgers wrestling fans anything, it is that there still a divide from the few at the top and the rest.

With the Knights only qualifying seven out of a possible 10 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships, falling short of its goal of a maximum 10, a “quality over quantity” dynamic proved the best scenario for the team. If those on the fringes of All-America status could just finish off a few shots, they could join Ashnault and Theobold on the

Junior 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault became the first wrestler in Rutgers history to earn All-America honors three times. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017

podium and have their hands raised on Saturday. But of the five remaining, that wasn’t the narrative played out in St. Louis. The first to take the mat over the weekend was junior 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio, whose season had seen a resurgence in the weeks leading up to the national championships. Though DelVecchio fell to No. 3 Kaid Brock in the first round, he bounced back with three consecutive consolation decisions, including a 4-3 win over No. 12 Josh Alber, before dropping his final match of the season to No. 7 Eric Montoya of Nebraska. At 157 pounds, sophomore John Van Brill, coming in at No. 13, saw an uninspired performance not fitting with the rest of his season this weekend. Van Brill, who burst into the starting spot at the 157-pound weight class with multiple wins over ranked opponents, was unable to fend off the unranked Ryan Langenderfer of Illinois in the first round before being eliminated completely in the consolation rounds. Another of a similar mold this season was sophomore 174-pounder Jordan Pagano, who took the spot at his weight class through a string of extra-point wins in the latter half of the season.

But Pagano’s season was cut unceremoniously short, losing a season rematch to No. 6 Ryan Preisch of Lehigh. Junior 184-pounder Nicholas Gravina, whose end of the season was marred by shoulder complications, fought his way to a 3-2 record over the weekend. After losing out to No. 3 Sammy Brooks, Gravina nabbed a fall over No. 13 Br yce Carr before dropping from the competition with a defeat to No. 7 Br yce Dudley. And at 197 pounds, freshman Matthew Correnti received a less-than-warm introduction to national competition, as he fell to No. 2 Brett Pfarr in the first round, 11-3, before losing in the consolation bracket. It was a common trend for Rutgers among the relative successes of Theobold and Ashnault, whose weekend performances proved historic and unprecedented for Rutgers wrestling. With Theobold making way, Ashnault lays claim to the top spot among the Knights’ ranks. For now, it remains to be seen who will join him. For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow @jon_ spilletti and @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.

RECORDS Koprivova breaks 200-backstroke record to add to team tallies this season continued from back The junior Walkowiak finished the 1-meter dive in first place just a few weeks ago at the Zone A Diving Championships in Christiansburg, Virginia. In the final event of her career, Black closed the second day of competition by claiming her second straight Honorable Mention All-American in the 3-meter dive. Black received the honor after producing 15th and 16th place finishes in the preliminary and consolation rounds, respectively. “It’s definitely a crazy experience,” Black said. “I’m very glad for the opportunity and I’m very fortunate to have gotten this far.” Two Rutgers atheletes made their debuts in the NCAA Championships this year, as Koprivova and Byrne each made the trip for the first time in their careers. Black, Stoppa and Walkowiak represented the Knights in last year’s championships. Byrne, a sophomore, capped her debut in the final day of competition, where she put up a 29th place finish with a 225.15 score in the platform dive. Koprivova, who along with Stoppa is an international sophomore for Rutgers, produced another school record for the University in the 200 backstroke. She broke her program record of 1:53.94 at the 2017 Big Ten Championships with a 1:53.74 time this past weekend, good for 31st place. “I am very happy with how I did,” Koprivova said. “I’m very happy I was able to improve my personal best and set a school record. To be honest I didn’t expect that and seeing the time on the board was a very nice feeling.”

The Knights left Indianapolis with an Honorable Mention All-American and another broken school record to cap their improved and impressive 20162017 season. In last year’s championships run, after Black secured another Honorable Mention All-American for Rutgers after a two-year gap, Stoppa produced a then-school record in the 200 butterfly while just being a freshman. Additionally, Walkowiak placed 23rd and 25th in her dives during her second straight trip to nationals. “I think it was really nice for me. It was just a good way to send me off. I’m very excited that I did so well and am happy that I had gotten through the season and did so well,” Black said. Added with Black, the Knights said farewell to its senior swimmers Chantel Asselin, Barbra Brottman, Meghan Kiely and Rachel Stoddard. The 2016-2017 season had many highlights from this year’s athletes, as Rutgers sent both the most swimmers to the NCAA’s since 2008 and the most divers since 1993, when head diving coach Fred Woodruff joined Rutgers. The team moved up to ninth in the Big Ten conference this year and broke five program records. Rutgers will already be headed back into the practice pool at the Rutgers Aquatic Center to begin preparations for next season. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Martin said. “The grind doesn’t change, it just needs to keep on going. In our sport, there is no time off.” For updates on the Rutgers swimming and diving team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

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No. 5 Rutgers claims Meistrell Cup with win over Princeton Griffin Whitmer

He made headlines with his spectacular goal against Penn State last year, but he is no one-hit wonder, as it is something he does The Cup is coming home. And for the first time since every play and it helped cause 1955, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse multiple turnovers against Princeton and led to a fourth quarter team in 8-0. With an undefeated week with goal for the Knights. Mullins and senior attacker wins against both No. 15 Princeton and at NJIT, the No. 5 Scarlet Connor Murphy get in on the acKnights have continued their un- tion and make sure there are no defeated start to the 2017 cam- easy clears for their opponents. “I think we just take pride in the paign with Big Ten play in sight. For the first time since 2005, ride,” Heningburg said. “I know Rutgers was able to take down I came here and that was a big the Tigers and claim the Meistrell thing for me. Just bringing KierCup as its own. The Knights used an along and Murph and they just a combination of slick ball move- bought into the culture of riding. ment and clutch defense to take Coaches always encourage us to down Princeton (5-2) 16-11 on a ride hard so I think that’s what bitter cold Wednesday night at we’re doing and we’re getting the ball back.” High Point Solutions Stadium. That late goal proved to be “This is a great win for our program, for our alumni,” said vital, as the game got a little too head coach Brian Brecht. “We’ve close for comfort when Princebeen playing this game 95 years. ton made it a one-goal game with To have the Tots Meistrell Cup 11:13 left in the game thanks to back on the Banks ... Our players Austin Sims. But Max Edelmann, the junior earned it tonight.” The Meistrell Cup is named in between the pipes, once again for Harland “Tots” Meistrell, who proved that he was born with the restarted the lacrosse programs clutch gene, making four saves at both Rutgers and Princeton in the fourth quarter including a back in 1920. The two teams have huge save on a shot by Sims that played 95 times since, though would’ve made it a 12-11 game. Inthe Knights have only won it 30 stead, Heningburg fired in a shot times. The Tigers have been the for the transition goal that helped dominant team in recent mem- put the game away. “Our deory, having fense stayed won 28 of the all night,” last 29 meet“We’ve been playing this calm Edelmann ing between game 95 years. To have said. “We let them going in a couple of the Tots Meistrell Cup into Wednesday night. back on the Banks ... Our goals and I it was reDespite the players earned it tonight.” think ally important lengthy streak, for us to stay Rutgers is on Brian Brecht calm and push track for a hisHead coach in transition.” toric season In Rutgers’ and gave Princprevious game eton a taste against Stony Brook, Edelmann of revenge. Having a resurgence of sort for only faced 12 shots, saving 8 of the Knights was junior attacker them. Against the Tigers, he Jules Heningburg. He had 2 goals faced more than twice as many, and 5 assists, establishing himself as 25 shots on goal were fired in as an elite passer by threading the his direction. While more shots create more needle multiple times to freshman attacker Kieran Mullins, who had scoring opportunities for the other team, Edelmann wants to his third straight hat trick. I think it’s always been there see more shots, as he is aware of but I’ve just been working with how dangerous the Knights are coach a little bit more,” he said. on the fast break and is confident “(I’m) keeping my head up more.” he can make saves and push the Heningburg went into this sea- ball in transition. “I love getting more shots on son as the only proven attacker on the team and many people expect- me,” he said. “It’s an exciting ed him to be a high-volume scor- game, it’s an exciting environer for Rutgers. Instead, he has ment. Having the shots on me, it stepped back his goal count and creates a lot more opportunities established himself as the main in the game, pushing transition and getting goals.” distributer for this team. Including the victory over the The Tewaarton Award finalist often draws double teams and Highlanders (0-8) on Friday night, instead of forcing shots, he drops Edelmann remains undefeated in passes into the middle for Mull- his career as a starter, combining ins and other players who find his 3-0 record from last year with themselves with point-blank scor- his 8-0 mark this year for a perfect 11-0 career. ing opportunities. In that game against NJIT, it “The ball movement and the spacing we have (was great),” was not all smooth sailing for RutBrecht said. “Jules does a great gers, as the Highlanders hung job of quarterbacking and be- around for much of the game, ing aware of his surroundings taking advantage of the fatigued so it’s only natural that he finds Knights, who were playing their 3rd game in 7 days and second the guys.” Heningburg has also gained game in just three days. Rutgers was able to overcome himself a reputation as one of the most relentless players in the this, though, as sophomore Casey country for the effort he gives Rose and freshman Kieran Mulpressuring the opposing teams’ lins each scored three goals to goalies and defenders when they push the Knights past NJIT by a score of 10-6. are trying to clear the ball. Associate Sports Editor

Rutgers rounds out its non-conference slate with a road contest at Delaware on Saturday, giving the Knights over a week of rest between games. After that, Rutgers opens Big Ten play

at Johns Hopkins. While Delaware represents a trap game for the Knights, they very well could have a perfect 9-0 record heading into a brutal conference schedule.

“(I’m) very proud of all these guys,” said Brecht. For updates on the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, follow @griffinwhitmer and @TargumSports on Twitter.

Freshman attacker Kieran Mullins scored 7 goals in the Knights’ two games this week, putting him in the team lead with 19 on the season. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / MARCH 2017

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“The grind doesn’t change, it just needs to keep on going. In our sport, there is no time off.” — Head swimming and diving coach Petra Martin on transitioning to next season

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017



Theobold, Ashnault earn All-American honors Jon Spilletti Sports Editor

It seemed a season of familiarity. Anthony Ashnault led the team out onto the mats in early November as he had done in years past. Ken Theobold and Nicholas Gravina, never too far behind, provided lessons in stability and security. For the most part, it was theirs to lose, and they were the ones backing Ashnault into the season’s end. For some, familiarity brings unmet expectations and stagnancy. The NCAA Championships came to a close Saturday and the Rutgers wrestling team awarded two wrestlers All-American status in Ashnault and Theobold, the first time the Scarlet Knights have achieved that feat in back-to-back seasons. But Rutgers walked into St. Louis with more on its plate, especially in the way of Ashnault, who had sights set on first place after doing the same at the Big Ten Championships. The junior 141-pounder, fresh off of a string of wins in the opening few rounds, came up short against No. 1 Dean Heil and No. 2 Kevin Jack, falling all the way to sixth place on the weekend, two spots back from his finish at last year’s event.

But the topsy-turvy lifestyle of collegiate wrestling manifested itself when fifth-year senior 149-pounder Theobold clinched a seventh-place finish, capping off a five-year career on the Banks snatching the elusive All-American berth. Theobold closed his career and the Knights’ season with his signature cradle pin, downing South Dakota State’s Alex Kocer Saturday afternoon to take his spot on the podium. Speaking with, Theobold reveled in the fact that he was able to end his time on the mat in a circular fashion. “It’s something I’ve done throughout my whole career,” Theobold said. “I pin a lot of guys that way and I’m happy I can end my career that way with my signature pin. I’m really proud and excited, so I’m just going to enjoy this moment and embrace it.” Aside from a sentimental finish, Theobold enjoyed a 4-2 weekend, which included a second-round upset over No. 2 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State Ashnault and Theobold were the fifth and sixth All-Americans under head coach Scott Goodale, with Ashnault achieving All-America status for the third time in three years of eligibility. See HONORS on Page 10

Senior 149-pounder Ken Theobold closed out his career with an All-American berth at the NCAA Championships. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017


RU closes season with slew of records Coby Green Staff Writer

The Rutgers swimming and diving team wrapped up its season over spring break, as multiple athletes hit the road for the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Scarlet Knights sent divers Alyssa Black, Rachel Byrne and Addison Walkowiak, and swimmers Vera Koprivova and Francesca Stoppa to represent the University at the NCAA’s. This was the most student athletes the University has ever sent to the NCAA Championships since 2006. “We had a strong meet,” said head coach Petra Martin. “We had a little bit of ups and down, but we had a lot of good stuff happening. It’s another great building block into the direction we are heading and what we are building as a program.” In the first day of championship action, Rutgers were represented by just Black on the boards, as Walkowiak did not compete because of injury. Black finished the 1-meter dive with a score of 241.80, placing 41st in the field. Senior diver Alyssa Black competed in the final meet of her collegiate career at the 2017 NCAA Championships and finished off her Scarlet Knight career with Honorable Mention All-American honors. THE DAILY TARGUM / OCTOBER 2015 NBA SCORES

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Brooklyn Dallas

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Philadelphia Boston

105 99

Phoenix Detroit

95 112

Indiana Toronto

91 116

Minnesota New Orleans

109 123

Portland Miami

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sophomore swimmer, made a splash at her debut at the NCAA Championships, breaking her own school record in the 200-backstroke with a time of 1:53.74, which was good for a 31st-place finish. Koprivova also competed in the 100-backstroke.

See RECORDS on Page 10





vs. Rider

at Indiana

at USC Upstate

at Delaware

Tomorrow, 3 p.m., Bainton Field

Friday, 5 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Friday, 6 p.m., Spartanburg, S.C.

Saturday, 1 p.m., Newark, Del.

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