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Police charge city resident for Billy McCaw’s murder BY VAISHALI GAUBA NEWS EDITOR

The investigation of Billy McCaw’s Feb. 15 murder has led authorities to a New Brunswick resident, who was charged yesterday with beating the 22-year-old former Rutgers student to death. Timothy Puskas, 38, who lived on Plum Street, was already in custody at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick for an unrelated case since March 21, according to a press release from Andrew C. Carey, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department. Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz set bail yesterday at $5 million on the murder charge. “I hope that the family and friends of William McCaw have at least some sense of relief knowing that the murderer has been charged and is behind bars,” Carey said in the press release. University President Robert L. Barchi also sent an email last evening to inform the Rutgers community about the progress on the murder that shook the University and New Brunswick community. The death of McCaw, a Kean University student whose body was found in the backyard of a

house on Har twell Street, also brought to light significant loopholes that exist in Rutgers’ safety system and within the New Brunswick Police Depar tment and Rutgers University Police Depar tment. The incident yielded some progress: a new Neighborhood Police Team will patrol the fifth and sixth wards of New Brunswick and an expanded crime notification system will keep the Rutgers community aware of any crimes that are brought to the attention of the University. Yet safety continues to concern students, parents and faculty. Jacqui Klein, a Middletown, N.J. resident whose daughter attends Rutgers, approached Gov. Chris Christie last week at a Town Hall meeting in South River, after she failed to hear feedback from the administration in response to a letter she penned after McCaw’s death. “I talked to Christie as a parent, and he spoke to me as a parent,” Klein said. After her encounter with Christie, she received a phone call from New Jersey acting Attorney General John Hoffman, which was followed by the formation of the Neighborhood Police Team. SEE MURDER ON PAGE 6

Police investigate the scene where a man was hit by an NJ Transit train. Four other individuals were injured at the scene of the incident. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR


An adult male was killed at approximately 5 p.m. yesterday while leaning into the path of a New Jersey Transit train near the New Brunswick station, said William Smith, an NJ Transit spokesperson, to The Daily Targum. The impact of the collision caused the victim’s body to hit four others on the platform, Smith said. Three were taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and one refused medical service.

Smith said eyewitness accounts say that the man was not on the track, rather leaning into the train’s path. Approximately 300 people were traveling on this train heading toward New York Penn Station. No one on the train was injured. Service for the Northeast Corridor was temporarily suspended and has now resumed, Smith said. Customers might have experienced 15 to 30 minute delays after the incident. Smith said authorities are continuing to investigate this incident. Jill Tice, a New Brunswick resident, said she came to the platform immediately after the train struck. She saw

Pharmacy student earns praise for musical success BY CARLEY ENS STAFF WRITER

Although she lacks any kind of formal training, 22-year-old Grace Lee never had to fight her way into the music industry. Rather, the industry found her, thanks to her Macbook webcam and her natural ability to belt out high notes. Lee was a first-year in her residence hall at Rutgers when she recorded her first YouTube video — a cover of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” she said. Now in her fourth year in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and residing in the Livingston apartments with three roommates, Lee has garnered attention for her YouTube covers. Her most recent video, a cover of the track “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen,” has over 4.5 million views on YouTube. One of those viewers happened to be a Ryan Seacrest representative, who informed her that her video would be entered into a contest for the best rendition of the track. After watching “Frozen” with her mother in their home in Edgewater, N.J., over winter break, Lee learned

the song and filmed herself singing it that night. VH1 first recognized Lee’s video in January when they named it the No. 1 YouTube cover of the Oscar-winning song. “It’s very exciting for me, especially since I’m such a huge fan of Disney,” she said. Lee has also covered “Reflection” from “Mulan,” other Disney tracks, Mariah Carey and Adele. She recently appeared on Good Morning America, where she helped lead a Disney sing-along and sang part of “Let it Go.” She believes the best part of her appearance was sharing the outdoor stage with so many talented young girls with big dreams and big hearts. The anchors of ABC’s Eyewitness News at four and local news stations interviewed Lee, a self-proclaimed adventure seeker. “Having unplanned events come up can be hectic yet fun at the same time,” Lee said. “I’m always open to new ideas and I sometimes like to do things spontaneously.” While these were her first television appearances, Lee is no stranger to the spotlight. SEE SUCCESS ON PAGE 4

a trail of blood across the track and a cellphone lying on the platform. Later, emergency workers brought two men on stretchers past her, she said. She believes the deceased person probably leaned too close to the end of the platform and fell or was accidentally pushed in. Tice said her friend jumped in front of a train two years ago. She is concerned about the safety of the New Brunswick platform. “The platform’s not very wide,” she said. A previous version of this story ran online yesterday.

Designer gives fashion lecture on 3-D printing BY JULIA HERNANDEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Panelists hold an open forum to discuss legalization of the sale and possession of marijuana. SHIRLEY YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Panelists, student discuss legalization of marijuana BY SABRINA SZTEINBAUM ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Politics has polarized the issue of marijuana legalization and created two stark sides on an issue that, in actuality, has a strong middle ground, said Steven Liga, part-time lecturer in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. New Jersey Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, has submitted a bill for introduction on Monday that

would legalize the sale and possession of marijuana, according to The bill, which would allow people to grow their own marijuana, follows the lead of Colorado, which legalized the possession and sale of the drug for recreational use on Jan. 1. Scuteri believes smoking marijuana should be as accessible to adults as drinking a beer, according to SEE


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The relationship between design and mathematical modeling led fashion designer Francis Bitonti to develop 3-D printed fashion. At the Rutgers Student Center last night, Bitonti discussed 3-D printing as part of Geek Week at the University. Bitonti does not consider his designs art, but more as manufacturing pieces. In trying to find a contemporary language for design, he was able to utilize digital technologies for everyday items. “I’m not trying to make precious one-of-a-kind objects that people put on a pedestal,” Bitonti said. Rather, his creations are meant for everyday use. With 3-D printing, he has created fashion items, furniture and even a bicycle rack. He tries to create a new language for manufacturing, one that can revolutionize mass production. The design process for his manufacturing pieces happens digitally with minimal human contact. SEE PRINTING ON PAGE 5

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CAMPUS CALENDAR Wednesday, March 26

Journalists for Human Rights Rutgers University Chapter presents the “Behind the Gates: Guantanamo in the Media” discussion at 7:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free for everyone. The Department of Religion, New Brunswick hosts “Buddhists, Brahmins Buddhist-Brahmins & the ‘Obviousness’ of Categories” at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free for everyone.

Thursday, March 27

Women Organizing Against Harassment hosts a coffee house to benefit Women Aware, a domestic violence shelter in New Brunswick. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at New Jersey Commuters Lounge in the Douglass Campus Center. Admission is $5. The School of Communication and Information hosts “The New Minstrels: Telling the Stories That Need to Be Told” at 11 a.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free and open to the public. The Tyler Clementi Center presents “Transforming Transgender Beyond American Borders” at 4:30 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free for everyone.

METRO CALENDAR Wednesday, March 26

The Stress Factory Comedy Club hosts “The 4th Annual March Madness Comedy Competition” at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and there is a two menu item minimum purchase.

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Guitarist Matt Wong performs at Dragonfly Music and Coffee Café at 8 p.m. at 14 East Main St., Somerville, N.J. The performance is free for everyone.

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In March 7th’s article, “Richard Edwards talks safety, athletic budget,” Sherif Ibrahim should have been quoted saying the Office of Distinguished Fellowships doesn’t just benefit students. Yesterday’s article, “Students raise public support to advocate for GMO labels,” should have stated that both NJPIRG Student Chapters and the NJPIRG Citizen Lobby are working on an education campaign about GMO labeling and on the Stop & Shop campaign. Only NJPIRG Citizen Lobby is working on the State Assembly bill for GMO labeling. In yesterday’s article, “Fund helps families affected by cancer,” David Pal should have been titled as the organization’s president.

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Goldman Sachs co-head discusses big data, infrastructure BY CARLEY ENS STAFF WRITER

Global banking corporation Goldman Sachs has risk management, transparency and accuracy right in its mission statement, said Paul Walker, the company’s cohead of technology. “How am I going to make sure that every employee knows that mission?” Walker said. At a lecture yesterday in the Computing Research and Education Building on Busch campus, Walker spoke about the most common challenges with computational complexity faced today in finance. He discussed the ways Goldman Sachs, a leading investment banking, securities and investment management firm, is addressing these issues as well as how universities can prepare employees to deal with them. Manish Parashar, director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, which sponsored the event, said Walker is one of the most interesting and intelligent people he knows. Parashar asked Walker to speak to Rutgers students because of his unique perspective on how different career paths operate in the real world.

“A number of students here are also hired by these industries,” Parashar said. “This gives them a chance to interact with the co-head of a major company.” Walker, a member of the Board of Governors of The New York Academy of Sciences, earned his graduate degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2001, where he has held several different positions, Walker was a physics researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and worked for J.P. Morgan. Goldman Sachs has no single developer, Walker said. “We have 6,500 people around the world writing software everyday,” he said. These employees are also scattered across company locations in the United States, London, Brazil, Tokyo, among others. “Clearly, we need a way to communicate with the people of Goldman Sachs,” Walker said. Walker said he came to Rutgers to challenge students to think about these problems themselves. He discussed five categories of

Lecture explores cultural connotations for ‘love’ BY ERIN WALSH CORRESPONDENT

Tamil, Hindi and English have very different forms of the word “love,” said Subramanian Shankar, professor in the Department of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Shankar analyzed the word in his colloquium, “Love in Three Languages: Translation, Affect and Cross-Cultural Inquiry,” yesterday in the Pane Room of the Alexander Library. Anjali Nerlekar, assistant professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers, said she brought Shankar to the University because of his credentials in translation. Shankar argued translation should be understood as a method and used the ethnography of Margaret Trawick, “Notes on Love in a Tamil Family,” along with a song and dance sequence from the 1960s Masala film, “Guide.” The two texts show love translated across cultures. “Notes on Love in a Tamil Family” is the study of South Indian expressions of love that was written for American readers, while “Guide” is a Hindi production filmed in India. Shankar criticized Trawick’s ethnographic study and her attempts at translating the Tamil words for love. “There is not just a need to understand the branch of a text, but a need to understand the tree of the culture,” Shankar said. Trawick lived with a South Indian family to study and understand

their expressions and meanings of love. Shankar explained that the word “love” in Tamil has many different forms. “In Tamil there is a word for love between brother and sister, one friend to another friend, romantic love or even a love for ice cream,” he said. “In English this is not the case.” Trawick interpreted the different versions of the word “love” in Tamil using English words such as attachment, desire and devotion. Joyce Hanna, a School of Arts and Sciences senior who is working on her own translations, said this is an idea she learned only by attending the colloquium. “From what I’ve studied, I’ve learned and believed that love and emotions are universal,” she said. “He showed me that love cannot always be understood effectively across cultures.” This cultural boundary for emotions is why Shankar chose to analyze the song and dance sequence from “Guide,” one that he feels is difficult to translate cross-culturally. “Guide” tells the story of adultery, lust and romantic love in India during the 1960s, topics that when covered in films brought great anxiety to people during that time, Shankar said. The different forms of love in the film were love for one’s art, love for one’s child and romantic love, similar to the variations of love in Trawick’s studies. “We need to understand what translation is and how it works and the level of cultural knowledge we need to access translation in a different way,” Nerlekar said.

problem solving that Goldman Sachs created to handle computational complexities. The first and foremost of these areas is commonality of purpose. “Interacting with our constituents is very important,” Walker said. Some form of connectivity is needed to tell developers how they should be working, in a fashion that allows them to interact, he said. The company formed social media systems in which senior managers are held accountable for talking to and leading the developers. The technological revolution that has affected other industries is now affecting the industry of finance, Walker said. “Everything we do isn’t powered by technology, but essentially is a technology activity,” Walker said. “Technology is the key to the business of Goldman Sachs at a fundamental level.” Another important aspect of problem solving in the company is managing internal complexity through organization, he said. Most of the problems in the real world, Walker said, involve workflow management software. Goldman Sachs uses platform teams, centralized development and deployment of core architecture while retaining business alignment.

“We think by organizing ourselves in this way we can identify redundant systems, standardize our ‘plant’ and optimize business flows,” Walker said. Along with having a clear commonality of purpose and organizational structure, Goldman Sachs seeks to gain a strong understanding of complex environments. “Developers need to understand markets in which they’re operating and businesses they support, as well as systems and services they write and how they connect to one another,” Walker said. Understanding these markets requires insight, perspective and adaptability, he said. “If we don’t have a grasp on the complexity of our environment, we’re not going to be able to figure out what to do next,” Walker said. “So we are investing a lot of time trying to understand this complexity of reach.” Walker said the reason this understanding is so crucial is because financial services firms have spent decades developing risk management techniques. Historically, the corporation only focused on three main risk categories: market risk, counterparty or credit risk and liquidity risk. With changes in market structure, regulation and computing, a

fourth category was added: operational risk, which measures the risk of damage from something going wrong. “The best [deterrents] for this risk lie in our approach to managing people, procedures, systems and relationships,” Walker said. Marc Gamell, a graduate student in the RDI2, did not understand the title of the seminar, “An Unexpected Driver in Computational Complexity,” before he came to hear Walker speak. He found the lecture unexpectedly fascinating. “I had never thought about these different problems that can happen,” Gamell said. Melissa Romanus, also an RDI2 graduate student, said the seminar made her realize her previous workplaces were not well managed. “I liked what [Walker] said about getting feedback from developers, because a lot of times coders feel disconnect[ed] with their managers,” Romanus said. Walker stressed the importance of teaching future engineers and leaders to operate in this kind of environment. The people causing change need to have the transparent accountability to do it. “If we don’t control the way people develop software, they’re going to get it wrong,” he said.

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SUCCESS Lee is in top 15 of Ryan Seacrest’s contest, her video on YouTube accumulated over 4.5 million views CONTINUED FROM FRONT

The first public performance she remembers is singing in a Christmas concert for her church in kindergarten. At 13, Lee performed in Times Square and was judged by company managers from SM and JYP Entertainment, South Korean entertainment companies. “I won first place, which meant I could meet with the managers of those respective companies and talk about possible future endeavors with them,” she said. Now in the top 15 of the Ryan Seacrest contest, Lee is competing against contestants with over 20 million views on their videos. She is relying on votes from friends, family and her growing fan base, but does not expect to win. “To be honest, I don’t know what my chances are,” she said. “I’m so grateful just to be a part of it.” Lee looks up to Whitney Houston because she never gave up on her music despite her personal struggles. “No one can have the kind of voice she was born with,” Lee said. “To me, she’s a ver y strong woman.” Although Lee is new to the music industr y, she has experienced challenges of her own as

she attempts to simultaneously pursue pharmacy and music. “It’s difficult balancing my two desires: becoming a singer and being a student,” she said. Lee, who is president of her pharmacy class, takes her studies just as seriously as her music. Lee’s father, Jong Lee, said he supports her plan to pursue two entirely different career paths at once. “Nothing comes easy, especially when chasing after two paths, but I think it is ver y possible with the kind of determination and focus that she has,” he said. When it comes to choosing what songs to cover, Lee typically leans toward tracks with a rhythm and blues or Broadway feel, but she also enjoys taking suggestions from fans on her Facebook page. “People often message me asking what I’m doing next,” Lee said. Lee’s supporters motivate her to come up with better material that not only expresses the best of her singing abilities, but also her personality. Other college students with differing career aspirations, including an engineering student who wants to pursue a DJ career, have told Lee that she inspires

them to push harder to pursue both paths rather than sacrificing one for the other. “Even if there are times I’m not always active on YouTube due to either exams or work, I have supporters who tell me that they will always be by my side and will wait until I become famous,” Lee said. Although fame is not her ultimate goal, she could not be more grateful for her fans’ faith in her as well as their patience. The bond she has built with them makes her feel like she has best friends in spirit. Lee is the official national anthem singer at Rutgers basketball games and is set to perform at the Special Olympics in June. Until now, Lee has filmed and edited all of her YouTube videos. She calls herself an amateur with a limited amount of tools and skills for filming. When the right time comes, she hopes to find a team to help her with filmography, lighting and editing for future videos. Having turned down an invite for a private audition for NBC’s “The Voice” and a couple other television competitions, Lee explained that she is focusing on her personal publicity and growth as a musician while still in school. Lee is not sure what the future holds for her, but knows that she wants her singing career to be a part of it. “Most times, I wish I could dedicate 200 percent of my efforts to music,” she said. “After I graduate, I most certainly will.”

Grace Lee, a fourth year pharmacy student, is the official national anthem singer at Rutgers basketball games, and will perform at the Special Olympics in June. COURTESY OF GRACE LEE

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New Jersey presents most restrictive medical marijuana program out of 20 states

Bitonti creates fashion items, furniture, bicycle racks using 3-D printing technology


In light of this controversial topic, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Middlesex County, Inc. and the Bloustein School co-sponsored the 2014 Policy Forum yesterday entitled “Marijuana: A Complicated Issue. Let’s Talk.” Liga, executive director and CEO of NCADD, introduced the event and explained that the purpose of the event was to open up a dialogue rather than convince students of one persuasion or another. “When it comes to any kind of marijuana policy, people have a lot of opinions on that. … Often, those opinions are based on sound bytes you might have heard, not a lot of factual information,” he said. The current policies stifle discussion and lack credibility, and he hopes students will start to understand the issue does not have to be black or white — a middle ground exists. Before the panelists spoke, Liga conducted a survey of the audience via the use of clickers to understand what the students in the room thought about the legalization of marijuana. Forty-four percent of students who answered thought marijuana should be decriminalized, according to the survey. Sixty-eight percent of students who answered agreed marijuana use would increase if made legal. David Buch, chief medical officer and clinical psychiatrist at Carrier Clinic, said students should approach this issue in a scientific, rather than emotional way. Marijuana is the most common illicit abused drug, and studies have shown most teenagers think marijuana is safe. Buch said people believe that marijuana use does not cause major withdrawal symptoms, but people once made the same argument about cocaine. He talked about medical uses for marijuana, stating that it can help with pain, has anti-nausea properties, prevents weight loss in cancer and AIDS patients, along with various other medical advantages. One of the areas of controversy regarding marijuana is its characterization as a “gateway drug.” Buch noted that marijuana could precipitate psychosis, panic and depression to those who are predisposed. It can act as a trigger. He said more research is needed to understand the long-term impacts of marijuana. Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey Inc. and a registered nurse, said he endorses the legalization of marijuana. He thinks the medicinal marijuana program in New Jersey has been dysfunctional and a failure. “There are just so many patients that could be helped in New Jersey that we’ve endorsed legalization,” he said. New Jersey has the most restrictive medical marijuana program of the 20 states that have such programs. With its legalization, the state would earn enormous tax benefits. Wolski worked in the prison system and saw people in maximum-security prisons for non-violent marijuana offenses. Many lost student loans and have been

evicted from their houses for a single marijuana offense, consequences that murderers and rapists do not always face. “The consequences for marijuana offenses in our current system is quite severe, and is it working,” he said. The legalization of marijuana would actually make it more difficult for teenagers to get their hands on, at least as difficult as it is for those who are underage to buy cigarettes, Wolski said. Frank Greenagel, the recovery counselor at both Rutgers-New Brunswick and Newark campuses oversees recovery housing and coordinates student and alumni activities. He said marijuana does not need to be legalized, but instead decriminalized. He thinks marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, but it would still be a “revenue loser.” A marijuana tax would be revenue negative, he said. In terms of the state budget, the amount it would bring in would be insignificant. Marijuana dissolves in fat, and white blood cells under the influence of marijuana act “all chill and laid-back.” If a student gets bronchitis and has marijuana, they will be sick for much longer than their counterpart who does not smoke marijuana. One issue to think about is driving, Greenagel noted. Marijuana slows reflexes, and if users smoke marijuana and drive, they are more likely to get into accidents. Greenagel mentioned the marketing machine in America. McDonald’s makes money off the people who buy Big Macs everyday, and marijuana sellers will make money off of the 19-year-old who is getting high three times per day. He predicts that America would see more arrests with the legalization of marijuana, which will lead to hiring more police officers. “The economics are not good here,” Greenagel said. A chemical engineering student at Rutgers, who chose to remain anonymous, was the last panelist to speak. He discussed how he spent his entire life feeling socially ostracized, but marijuana let him connect with other people and feel comfortable in himself when he started smoking at 14. “I chased that all the way into very bad places,” he said. The student, who is bipolar, said he soon became dependent upon the drug — he once smoked for a week straight without sleeping. He ended up spending a year in rehabilitation, moved to Maine and everything was working out, until he started smoking again. “It was about four months I was out there using and smoking and what happened is I got caught with a possession charge and a reckless driving charge in a manic episode, and I was taken to jail,” he said. He found himself homeless in Maine after he got out of jail, and got drunk and high, continuing to smoke for another four months after that. “I just couldn’t get enough weed and couldn’t get enough alcohol to make me feel right. … And that was when I decided to get sober,” he said. “Because of smoking marijuana, I lost years of my life.”


Although he is far into his design career, he still feels most comfortable when drawing on a computer or with algorithms. Technology’s strong role in his design process is apparent in his experience with designing Dita Von Teese’s 3-D printed dress. The dress, which was created in collaboration with designer Michael Schmidt, was designed in a way to show what 3-D printing could do for fashion. “Everything was done over Skype. I didn’t meet Michael until one hour before the unveiling [of the dress],” Bitonti said. In Bitonti’s case, the Von Teese dress was a collaboration of many people from many disciplines. Schmidt creates wardrobes, jewelry and interior designs. Shapeways, a 3-D printing marketplace, and Ace Hotel also played a part in the creation of the dress. His innovations with 3-D printing can be traced back all the way to his days studying architecture in school. Despite his transition from architect to designer using manufacturing practices, his did not lose the message of intertwining disciplines.

Playing around with an algorithm inspired Bitonti to use 3-D printing. It led him to design a 3-D printed gown and open Francis Bitonti Studios. He entered into a field that was nonexistent before him. This sense of innovation and creativity with technology is what pushes Bitonti to create

“I think too often at Rutgers do we view things inside a box ” ANNA CHEN School of Arts and Sciences Sophomore

manufactured pieces for everyday use. Brian MacDonald, director of New Student Orientation and Family Programs, said the lecture was student-driven. “3-D printing is a huge technology on the horizon, and we have several clubs on campus dedicated to that technology,” MacDonald said. Anna Chen, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, invited Bitonti to come to Rutgers after she saw a 3-D-printed gown he designed for Von Teese.

“I had been interested in 3-D printing, learned a lot about it and found the famous dress he made for Dita von Teese,” Chen said. “I just knew I had to meet him at some point so I took this oppor tunity to invite him to Rutgers.” The intersection of technology and design has a strong interdisciplinary nature. This interdisciplinary nature of Bitonti’s work is what inspired Chen to invite him. “I think too often at Rutgers do we view things inside a box,” Chen said. “With the [School of Engineering], [School of Ar ts and Sciences], Mason Gross, pharmacy and business schools separated, I don’t think people understand that these disciplines are all able to collaborate.” Geek Week also shares a multidisciplinary nature. Clubs such as Makerspace allowed students to experience new technologies such as 3-D printing. “3-D printing is a fairly new technology, and I’m really happy that the Makerspace is able to provide an outlet for students to pursue this interest,” Chen said. Just as Bitonti sought out his interests by creating new technologies, the clubs involved in Geek Week and throughout the University have the ability to create oppor tunities for students. This sense of groundbreaking is what Chen wants those in attendance to take from his lecture. “I hope students are inspired to push boundaries,” Chen said.

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TRAIN TRAGEDY Authorities say witnesses to yesterday’s incident claim the man killed by the train was leaning toward the train’s path. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

MURDER Barchi thanked Rutgers community for their cooperation, patience in murder investigation CONTINUED FROM FRONT

Felicia McGinty, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, told Klein that the University had addressed those they thought were touched by McCaw’s death. Klein’s daughter Jenna Klein, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior, star ted an online petition to advocate for improvement in the University’s safety mechanism. The petition had 2,874 signatures as of yesterday and still remains open. Jacqui Klein said while she is grateful that Rutgers and New Brunswick have taken a step forwards in the right direction, more needs to be done. She and many other parents and students seek to urge the University to further increase off-campus security by making changes to their website that would reveal information about these sites. She said these links to the properties should not be posted unless landlords do not have basic security requirements. Jacqui Klein is also concerned with Rutgers’ involvement in the Big Ten Conference because exponentially more visitors will have access to the campus, and Rutgers adminis-

tration needs to be pro-active with such issues. For failure in the disclosure of maps of police jurisdiction of off-campus areas, Charlie Kratovil, editor-in-chief of New Brunswick Today, filed a lawsuit in Februar y against the University and the city of New Brunswick. On March 14, City Clerk Daniel Torrisi handed over the 1996 and 2004 agreements between the Rutgers University and New Brunswick police departments, which appear to include the maps. Kratovil said he finds it hard to believe no maps existed before 1996. He also said the maps from 2004 and those that reflect the changes made in RUPD’s jurisdiction on Dec. 6, 2013 were exactly the same. The current jurisdiction includes two blocks of Hamilton Street, a place majorly frequented by Rutgers students, but no jurisdiction exists for Easton Avenue or off-campus areas of Cook and Douglass campuses such as Ryders Lane or George Street, which are predominant thoroughfares for Rutgers students. “RUPD is not allowed to pull people anywhere on these areas,” Kratovil said. “As a result, there is less police presence outside of the campus.” The Neighborhood Police Team will be patrolling the neighborhoods during the evening and early morning hours, according to a NBPD press release. The assigned officers will be visible in the neighborhoods interacting with the students and residents, providing protection, assistance and information. Officers also plan to encourage students to share their concerns by engaging in dialogue and providing firsthand feedback, which the officers can use to better ser ve the residents. McCaw’s father, Bob McCaw, said he is happy to hear Rutgers is stepping up efforts to notify its campuses about crimes, according to an article. Barchi thanked the community for their cooperation and patience during the ongoing investigation that has now charged Puskas. “Although we have not been privy to each and ever y detail of this investigation, we promised that we would keep the community apprised of any developments in this matter,” Barchi said in the email. “It is our hope that by sharing this information that we will add to the community’s sense of safety.”

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Restaurant moves to ‘BurgerFi’ city with all-natural ingredients BY JENNY LIN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Iceberg lettuce buns, Mexican soda and concrete ice cream. These ingredients are only a few of the options at BurgerFi, which opened its first New Jersey location two weeks ago on George Street and serves a twist on the traditional burgers-andfries model. BurgerFi, which stands for “BurgerFication of the Nation,” began in Florida and is one of the fastest-growing franchises, with 63 stores currently opened in the United States. The restaurant prides itself in using all-natural, free-range beef with no chemicals or additives. It serves all-natural Angus burgers, hot dogs, hand-cut French fries and frozen custards in a fast-casual environment. The restaurant has a modern urban setting with chairs made from recycled Coke bottles and the tables of compressed recycled wood. With wine bottles on display and menu items listed on flat screens, customers will be sure to find something they like. In the competitive burger market, BurgerFi tries to differentiate itself from the competition by offering unique, all-natural menu items and a wide range of gourmet toppings. The most popular burger is the “Breakfast All Day Burger,” also known as the “BAD” burger. In the natural Angus burger, American cheese, hickory bacon drizzled with maple syrup, fried egg, hash browns, grilled diced onions and ketchup are nestled in between a soft potato bun. The patty was juicy and the fried egg was perfectly cooked. The bacon added a crunchiness that contrasted with the softness of the bun and hash browns. In addition, the sweetness from the maple syrup complemented the tanginess of the ketchup. This burger is a must-try at your next BurgerFi visit. BurgerFi also offers classic cheeseburgers with double patties, double American cheese, lettuce, tomato and BurgerFi sauce. Vegetarian options like the VegeFi Burger are also available. This crispy quinoa burger is served on a multigrain bun with white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and a mayo-based BurgerFi sauce. For those who want to get creative, BurgerFi also offers the option to “Build Your Best Burger.” Customers can choose from single, double or triple stacks. Then, customers can choose from a selection of free toppings including garlic aioli, neon relish, jalapeño peppers, grilled diced onions, lettuce and tomatoes. They can also indulge in additional toppings such as fried egg, bleu cheese, salt and vinegar potato chips and BurgerFi chili. Customers can add up to two BurgerFi toppings for free on any burger. All burger buns at BurgerFi are branded with the company logo using a hot iron as a guarantee of an all-natural BurgerFi burger.

Aside from their famous burgers, BurgerFi also ser ves hot dogs. The Chicago Style Dog is an all-natural dog topped with mustard, neon relish, diced onions, tomato, sport peppers, celer y salt and a pickle spear ser ved on a poppy seed bun. There is also a 100-percent Wagyu Kobe Beef Dog ser ved with various toppings. Customers can order any burger or hot dog “Green Style,” in which iceberg lettuce replaces the bun. I ordered a Kobe beef dog with BurgerFi chili. The dog was split down the middle, grilled, topped with beef chili and served on a toasted bun. The Kobe beef was tender and juicy. But the chili was unappealing to the eye and slightly bland. The lightly charred interior of the dog provided a smoky flavor that enhanced the chili. To accompany their sandwiches, BurgerFi offers authentic soft drinks from Mexico. Director of Operations Robert Wisniewski noted unlike soft drinks in the United States, which are made with corn syrup, BurgerFi’s imported Coke, Fanta and Sprite are made with cane sugar. There are also two Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. Each machine features over 100 different Coca-Cola beverages. Using a touchscreen interface, customers can mix different flavors of Coca-Coca products to create one drink. What’s a burger without the fries? BurgerFi calls their sides “accessories.” Fresh hand-cut fries can be ser ved with toppings like salt and vinegar, Parmesan cheese and herbs, chili and cheese sauce and hot Cajun spices. The Parmesan cheese and herb fries I ordered were fried to perfection, crispy yet tender and generously seasoned. In addition to French fries, BurgerFi fries up crispy, oversized onion rings. These onion rings are unlike anything I have ever seen before. You know the ones with thin bits of onion that pull out of the crust in the first bite. But these were huge, hand-cut and dunked in freshly made batter, and they were good. The onion was tender and the flavor was not overpowering. Those who want the best of both worlds can order the “Cr y & Fries,” which includes both onion rings and fries, and if you really want to indulge, you can request two onion rings to act as a bun for your BurgerFi burger. BurgerFi stays true to their word about ser ving all-natural products with fresh ingredients. BurgerFi does not own freezers in any of its locations. In addition, burgers are never cooked in a microwave oven, Wisniewski said. To accompany my meal, I tried the strawberry milkshake. Topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, this frozen custard had real chunks of strawberries. The beverage was creamy but not too sweet.

The BurgerFi Cheeseburger combines all natural, free-range beef, cheese, bacon, tomatoes and lettuce. Customers can wash it down with a Mexican soft drink or craft beer. JENNY LIN BurgerFi’s frozen custards are made with cream, cane sugar, eggs and natural flavors. Customers can also opt for Frozen Concretes. “Concrete is custard and topping layered on top of each other, slightly packed so that when you turn it upside down, it doesn’t fall out,” said cashier Janet Estrada. I tried the Tropical Freeze Concrete. This consists of vanilla cus-

tard, caramel, mango and coconut. The texture of frozen concrete is similar to ice cream but much thicker. The bits of coconuts and mango chunks were a refreshing contrast to the heavy meal. BurgerFi also offers a great selection of craft beer and wine. Craft beer selection varies by region and season. The wine menu includes Hogue Chardonnay, Rex Goliath Merlot and Robert

Mondavi Pinot Grigio available by the glass or bottle. BurgerFi of fers their food at af fordable prices. The BurgerFi Burger is $5.57 and a regular por tion of fries is $2.97, and the ser vice was friendly and attentive. BurgerFi’s large array of sandwich and desser t toppings will please even the pickiest customer.


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In the midst of all the speculation surrounding espite recent concerns about government sur veillance and the fear the plane’s disappearance, many seem to have disthat “someone is always watching,” regarded the necessity of logical reasoning and it seems even Big Brother has lost track of plausible explanations. A journalist’s responsibility an entire Boeing 777 jet plane and all of its is to report the truth, not just to report what makes an interesting headline. It’s especially important to 239 passengers. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight uphold journalistic integrity in situations such as 370 has the entire world scrambling to find answers this one, where it is all too easy to cave to sensato questions being drawn from complete specula- tionalism. After all, it’s far more interesting to make tion. The whole situation is being analyzed from ev- comparisons to television shows like “LOST” and ery possible angle despite a lack of actual informa- discuss elaborate conspiracy theories than it is to tion. Panelists, experts and news anchors engage in consider it was probably a fire or some mechanical conversations about possible causes of this disaster issue that took the plane down. People are inherently curious, and with airon every major news outlet from here to Japan, but plane-related disasters being as rare as they are, it a solid conclusion has yet to be drawn. was inevitable that this tragThere seems to be disedy would turn into a media crepancies among the spectacle. But more probfacts and developments in “There seems to be a lematic than its presence this case and the media’s discrepancy between the in everyday conversation is coverage of it. The comfacts and developments the fact that this guesswork munication with ongoing is spinning into actual news search efforts is lacking, in this case and the media’s stories. For instance, the and it shows. In the near coverage of it.” news that two passengers two weeks since the plane on board the airplane were first went off the radar, the traveling on stolen passports majority of news reports and media coverage have been speculative. For quickly confirmed the suspicion for many that this two weeks straight, everyone from pilots and was the result of a terrorist attack. But people have mechanical engineers, to terrorism experts and been known to travel on stolen passports all the conspiracy theorists have gone onto every major time — and in fact, the more important question to news outlet to provide their commentary on what ask here is why it’s so easy for people to use stolen “might” have happened. These weeks have been passports in the first place. On a more positive note, many countries are extremely stressful and worrying for the friends and families of those who were on the plane, but working together in the search for the plane and even two weeks later we still know very little any survivors. Whatever happened to Flight 370 about what actually happened or where the wreck- and its 239 passengers is tragic, but the intrigue age might be. Early this week, Malaysia Airlines surrounding its disappearance is turning more into told family members of those on the plane, “we a source of entertainment than genuine concern. have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that We should be worried about the lack of information MH370 has been lost and that none of those on- and look for objective and reasonable news, instead of trying to find the most dramatic story. board survived.”

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NSA spying programs violate constitutional rights LEGALIZING LIFE MATTHEW BOYER


ust over 25 years ago, citizens of East Germany were subject to unethical spying by their own government. The Stasi, who were the official state police for the Soviet Union, spied on anyone they deemed a threat to the par ty and therefore the state. These innocent people were often ar tists, those in religious circles or outright rebels. The realities of such authoritarian practices are illustrated in the 2006 German film “Das Leben Der Anderen.” Since then, such practices were generally deemed unacceptable by any government. Today, the National Security Agency is doing just that. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is subject to the NSA’s global surveillance today, similarly to the spying she experienced in East Germany as a child. The NSA PRISM program enables the agency’s global collection of data across the Internet via tech companies such as Google and Apple. The agency is able to collect a plethora of data on a daily basis including credit card payments, smartphone application data, private phone conversations, emails, browsing history, social network presence and online gaming records. The records from this vast data mining program are

stored in the agency’s Utah Data Center, which is upwards of 1 million square feet. Such practices are considered unconstitutional under the privacy and warrant rights in the Fourth Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, yet little has been done to change said practices. These realities were found true thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden, although he was not the first. Many others were trailblazers for Snowden, including William Binney, Kirk Wiebe, Russell Tice and Thomas Andrews Drake. Whistleblow-

libertarian right who embrace all liberties do not support the practices of the NSA. It is officials in our government who work together behind closed doors, yet bicker like children on cable news, who support the agency. These people are the progressives — those who believe in more government intervention. Unfortunately, this is across party lines. It is those in Congress like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John McCain and Lindsey Graham who defend the agency’s unlawful practices. These are the same politicians that send us to war,

“Although officials state less than 30 percent of American’s data is collected, how can such claims be trusted if the American people would not know about their practices without whistleblowers like Snowden?” ers such as Drake were charged under the Espionage Act, prompting Snowden to leave the country following his own leaking of information to the public. This issue may very well be a game changer in the next presidential election. A recent USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll found that 70 percent of Americans now believe they should not have to sacrifice freedom for security. The NSA is not a result of solely the Bush or Obama administrations — it is a result of the progressives in our federal government. Those on the far left who embrace civil liberties and those on the

force us to buy health care and support marijuana prohibition. The data collected by the NSA on a global scale is not as narrow and specific as agency officials would like you to believe. Although officials state less than 30 percent of Americans’ data is collected, how can such claims be trusted if the American people would not know about their practices without whistleblowers like Snowden? The Stasi used the surveillance of their citizens for political means under the auspices of national security — a lousy justification to erode freedom that us Americans are quite accustomed to. The Boston

Marathon Bombings are a prime example of how the data collection should have worked in our favor yet clearly failed to do so. Additionally, when the IRS is reluctant to provide conservative nonprofits with their tax-exempt status, one can assume that such “national security” tools are also used for political games. There is hope for change regarding the agency’s policies since pressure is building across the globe to end this encroachment of privacy. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, recently filed a lawsuit against the president over the agency’s spying. Now, the Obama is calling on Congress to limit the agency’s reach. Interestingly enough, he has no problem using executive power where he sees fit. There is currently an online petition to bring truth to all the practices of the NSA in hopes to one day end government surveillance. You can go online at and join the right side of history. Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Occupy Wall Street NYC, the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, Writers Guild of American, Bitcoin Foundation, Campaign for Liberty, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Reddit and Upworthy are just a few of the many organizations, people and businesses who defend our right to privacy. Stand with us. Matthew Boyer is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in German. His column, “Legalizing Life,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Commencement is not the appropriate venue for speech from Rice We write to reply to University President Robert L. Barchi’s March 7 defense of the decision to grant an honorary degree to Condoleezza Rice and to invite her to give the commencement address at the Rutgers Commencement in May. At the outset, we wish to record our concern that this decision was made in secret, outside of the traditional Rutgers procedures for selecting commencement speakers. Instead of soliciting nominations, the University community was simply informed last November that there was no need to make any suggestions because the decision on who would speak at commencement had already been made. We are concerned that the decision was made in a way that essentially denied free speech and open discourse to the University community. It could not have come as a surprise that the selection of Rice as our commencement speaker and the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree would create considerable controversy among students, faculty and alumni, and result in considerable undesirable attention for Rutgers. Surely we have had enough bad publicity for a while.

In the last eight years only two universities, the Air University (the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command) and Southern Methodist University (the home of the Bush Presidential Complex), have awarded honorary degrees to Rice, despite her prominence. The letter sent to the University community does not explain the reasons for what is an almost singular action by Rutgers. Many people believe that her selection at this time is part of a broader political agenda and will tarnish the image of Rutgers. The over whelming majority of the objections are regarding her selection as the commencement speaker and the recipient of an Honorar y Doctor of Laws degree, not to her appearance at Rutgers. The greatest recognition any university can confer on an individual is an honorar y degree — “a degree for the sake of the honor.” The bar for such recognition is, rightly, ver y high. Honorar y degrees are awarded to individuals not simply because they have an inspiring life stor y, have held high office, or have had many achievements — but also because they ser ve as moral exemplars. Every member of the faculty welcomes the opportunity for discourse, dialog, debate and the free exchange of ideas. A commencement speech does not provide any of those opportunities. But Barchi writes: “Yet, we cannot protect free speech or aca-

demic freedom by denying others the right to an opposing view, or by excluding those with whom we may disagree.” No one is seeking to exclude Rice. Rutgers can be spared two more months of agonizing controversy over whether we should present Rice as a role model for our students and, in the words of the “Guidelines on Honorary Degrees,” officially state that her accomplishments “support the ideals of Rutgers and serve as an example to our students, our alumni, and society.” Rutgers would be spared still more damaging publicity if we could convince the Board of Governors to rescind her invitation to be the Commencement speaker and instead to organize a major forum/teaching event on recent American history to which she and other distinguished speakers could be invited to educate our students and faculty. The Executive Committee of the New Brunswick Faculty Council.

Rand Paul reasonable replacement for Rice I’d like to propose my own solution to the recent controversy aroused by the decision to have former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice deliver this year’s

commencement address: invite Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, to deliver it instead. Paul not only opposes the Iraq war, but he opposes it so much he recently introduced a bill in the Senate that would repeal what started it in the first place. The open letter to President Robert L. Barchi that several professors recently wrote decried, among other things, Rice’s lack of humanitarian accomplishments. Senator Paul is well known for his charitable work. He regularly returns to his ophthalmology practice in Bowling Green, Ky., to perform free eye operations for patients unable to afford them. This is admittedly not on the level of developing a new vaccine that will save millions from death, but it is certainly evidence of a dedication to his fellow man that will inspire our graduates, particularly those heading toward the medical field. He has also been engaged in an active fight on behalf of minorities, advocating for the repeal of mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which disproportionally affect them. Inviting Senator Paul to deliver the 2014 commencement address would send a clear message about the University’s commitment to humanitarian and civic engagement that all members of the Rutgers community can be in favor of. Ben Kusnetz is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student majoring in political science.


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Pearls Before Swine

March 26, 2014 Stephan Pastis

Today’s Birthday (03/26/14). Fun and happiness are the game this year. Keep studying communication arts and techniques, as you advance a dream (and grow your nest egg). Big changes beautify your home over spring, leading into a late summer surge of creativity and profitable career opportunities. Upgrade your brand after October. Play inspiring games with talented people. Express your love. 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 a 6 -- Use your wits to gain a prize. Clever communications go far. Get friends enlisted, and it takes off. Support comes from your partner. Study the inner mechanisms. Travel virtually instead of actually. Confirm your insights with facts. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Use brains over brawn. Protect your good reputation. Others are impressed. Your wit and creativity scores you new fans. Collaboration builds skills all around... the more, the merrier. You discover an underlying truth. Friends provide answers. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- An adventure has caught your fantasy. Make optimistic plans. Keep track of your earnings. You understand your elders better. Others admire your work. You surprise everyone. Talk is cheap. Make the most of what comes your way. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- The two of you see the path you want to follow. Share in envisioning the future. A technical breakthrough lights the road. Go back to a place you enjoyed. Good news comes from far away. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Someone’s feeling generous. Good news arrives from far away. You’re in the spotlight. Okay, you can go shopping now, without touching savings. Pay back a favor. Work out a misunderstanding, and issue a correction. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Today is an 8 -- Let your imagination wander freely. You can solve the puzzle. Do what it takes. Share the load with partners who have the necessary expertise. Check out an interesting suggestion. Make a loving pact. Words come easily.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Aim for innovation, in your creative approach. This invention takes work and financial backing. Ask for more and get an encouraging response. Update your technology. Prepare to use what you’ve learned. Listen to a joyful song. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- A new understanding arises at home. You can find what you’re looking for. Check your local outlet. Let people know what you need. Your sweetheart believes in you. Love finds a way. Express your feelings aloud. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Accept encouragement on your latest adventure. Make repairs and keep gear in working order. Invest in newer technology. Friends offer excellent suggestions, and keep you balanced. Inspiration comes in the strangest places! Write up the idea immediately. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Get help building your dream. Confer with your team, and share information. Curiosity leads to answers. Keep asking interesting questions. Use what you’re learning. Discover a fringe benefit. Try a new angle, and results get profitable. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Today is an 8 -- Let your partner do the talking. Help with the script, maybe. Keep it practical. Check out your ideas with friends before a big push. Discuss the minutia. Define your focus. A little surprise would be nice. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Make a shrewd move. Keep an important appointment. You’re very creative now. Follow your heart. Plan ahead. It all seems clear, seen with new eyes. You understand a piece of a mystery. Share what you’ve learned.

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Sbrilli’s hat trick in Knights’ win against Cornell proved crucial in victory

Experience going against top-ranked teams aids in games moving forward

CONTINUED FROM BACK momentum going. Rutgers has scored a combined 18 goals in its past two victories after netting only 14 during its three-game losing streak. Sbrilli, who scored a hat trick in the Knights’ win Saturday against Cornell, spoke on the other factors that will be crucial to a Rutgers victor y. “They’re ver y strong on defense, so we have to come out strong and do what we do best and put ever ything we do in practice onto the field,” Sbrilli said.

The Knights’ intensity level, a factor that always needs improvement according to BrandSias, has increased in the past two games. “Ever yone is star ting to recognize the benefit of having constant energy and being prepared to play,” BrandSias said. A victor y today would give the Knights a wealth of confidence entering its most important portion of the season, Big East conference play. For updates on the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.

SPRING Jacobs moves back to safety after playing most of 2013 season at linebacker CONTINUED FROM BACK Small adjustments and getting acclimated to playing college football will make this year easier for the underclassmen, Barnwell said. “[The game experience] will help a lot. I finally got the atmosphere of the stadium and played, so I got used to the speed of the game and got used to it,” Barnwell said. “I’m more comfortable. I learned the technique in real-life situations against someone in a different jersey. That definitely helps a lot going into this season.” With the strong safety position locked up with third-year starter Lorenzo Waters coming back for his final year of eligibility, there is still a vacancy at the free safety position. Sophomore Davon Jacobs is among those competing for the spot. Jacobs played the majority of last season at outside linebacker, and now has converted back to the original position he was recruited for. The opportunity arose after he had a conversation with the coaches. “I feel like it’s not that hard because I learned safety in my redshirt freshman year. I also played safety in high school,” Jacobs said. “I was asked in the offseason what position I wanted to play: linebacker or safety. I told my coaches I wanted to play safety, but if they need me at linebacker, I’ll play linebacker.”

While more additions and players stepping up in the secondary are necessary, the addition of new defensive coordinator Joe Rossi has the defense fired up and excited. The secondary is especially thrilled for the new chances and mindset presented by the different regime. Under Rossi, more opportunities for big plays are possible, said Barnwell. “I love coach Rossi because he brings a whole new energy to the defense and a whole new attitude,” Barnwell said. “It’s really aggressive and we go for the ball, attack the ball and are always swarming. He has an emphasis on swarming. Our defense is definitely taking a turn.” While it may seem like a daunting task to have such a young secondary, Waters does not see an issue. The Accokeek, Md., native thinks last year’s game experience will improve the youth at defensive back. “It was rough on them last year, being thrown into the fire like that,” Waters said. “But now it’s helped us a lot now that they can just go in, since they are used to the speed of the game, and they know what to expect now heading into the season.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.

Sophomore cornerback Nadir Barnwell said he enjoys playing in Joe Rossi’s defense because of the aggression they play with. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FILE PHOTO / DECEMBER 2013

CONTINUED FROM BACK “When coach told me I got the star t, I was pretty pumped. I wanted to go out there and throw strikes and help my team,” Rosa said. “I knew my team was going to help me out with the bats because we swing it a lot. I was just tr ying to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters.” Another success the Knights can look toward is their offensive production they have produced all season.

Freshman outfielder Mike Carter was a part of the hitting barrage that was able to reach base all spring break. The experience going against top teams, such as No. 7 Louisville and No. 3 Virginia Tech, prepares Carter for games moving forward. “Going through the season a little bit more, we start to see more pitchers. When we see more pitchers, we start to get more comfortable at the plate,” Carter said. “Moving on down the road, I think we will be all right. We were able to beat the No. 7 team, so we gained some confidence. Moving forward into other games, we feel we can beat other teams moving into conference play.” The performances from Rosa and Carter, who both rebounded

from a tough loss the day before in the victory against Louisville, kept Litterio optimistic for games moving forward. After a bad outing, or dif ficult loss, it is beneficial to know the Knights can bounce back. “It was a difficult loss the day before. We could have made a few plays here or there, and it would have been a different stor y,” Litterio said. “[For Carter] to lead the game off with a triple, just like Gaby, they set the tone early. They were able to change our play, the way we know we can.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.

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Five quarterbacks split equal reps to begin spring practice BY GREG JOHNSON SPORTS EDITOR

With Senior Gary Nova

officially competing to win back the starting quarterback job, the Rutgers football team is already feeling the disadvantages of doling reps to five players at the position. Redshirt freshman Chris Laviano, sophomore Blake Rankin, junior Mike Bimonte and redshirt freshman walk-on Devin Ray evenly split reps with Nova yesterday on the first day of spring practice. Head coach Kyle Flood has made clear that whoever becomes the starter must protect the football above all else. None of the candidates made a strong early impression, as sporadic timing with receivers led to several interceptions. “I didn’t think we were particularly accurate throwing the football at any of the spots at quarterback,” Flood said. “When you have that many quarterbacks under center, the cadence is going to be different. Not everybody’s cadence is exactly the same, even though we’re using the same counts.”

The plan is for all five quarterbacks to take equal reps through the third practice Saturday before the coaching staff makes “preliminary decisions” on narrowing the distribution of snaps, Flood said. With 28 career star ts, Nova is the only quar terback on the roster with collegiate game experience. For the first spring session, Flood admitted communication issues are normal. But although a starter might not be named until training camp, the second-year head coach insists the competition ultimately cannot compromise continuity on offense. “I don’t want to overreact to [the first practice], but I don’t want to live in denial of it, either. It wasn’t good enough,” Flood said. “If we’re going to star t really making progress as an of fense, we’re going to have to star t limiting the reps that ever ybody takes. I don’t think you can have a football team where you rep five quar terbacks.” No quarterbacks will be made available to the media until after the seventh spring

practice, according to Rutgers Athletic Communications.





Brandon Coleman and Quron Pratt, third-year sophomore Ruhann Peele is listed as a starting wide receiver alongside junior Leonte Carroo in the Scarlet Knights’ initial spring depth chart. Peele hauled in a modest 28 catches for 281 yards and a touchdown last season in just four starts, but he remains one of Rutgers’ more physically gifted athletes. In addition to playing receiver, the Linden, N.J., native saw time at cornerback last year in the Knights’ thin secondar y hampered with injuries and inexperience. He played both sides of the ball both Nov. 30 at UConn and snagged an interception Nov. 16 against Cincinnati. But Peele is back to play strictly on offense, where his role as a receiver is expected to expand to playing the outside. He exclusively played the slot position last season. “My biggest goal right now is understanding the playbook more so I don’t have to think

Senior Gary Nova, competing to start at quarterback, will not be available to the media until after the seventh spring practice. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / NOVEMBER 2013

when I’m out there and I can just play to my highest level,” Peele said. “There’s a lot of rotation. I just want to know it all because there’s no set position. Everybody is rotating a little, so I’m really excited for that and I’m just trying to learn every position and just know it confidently.”

Senior Kevin Snyder


switch with sophomore Steve Longa from WILL (weakside linebacker) to MIKE (middle linebacker) this season. Flood said Monday in his prespring news conference that the coaching staff, which includes a new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, determined after studying film of last season that the new spots are where both players will be most productive. Longa racked up a team-high 123 tackles last year — the most for Rutgers at middle linebacker since Gar y Brackett in 2002. But with his superior speed, he could benefit from playing on the outside and dropping back more into pass coverage on slot receivers. Snyder’s shift places a bigger emphasis on stopping the run and calling out defensive formations. “I think it’s a good move. I have no problems playing either position, and I think Steve could say the same,” Snyder said. “There really wasn’t much talk about it, there was not really much of a transition phase. I started looking at the MIKE and he started looking at the WILL stuff, and we just kind of changed.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.

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March 26, 2014 MEN’S LACROSSE


Depth gives RU chance at ranking BY SEAN STEWART CORRESPONDENT

Freshman Claire Jones competed on the balance beam in all 12 meets this season and scored a 9.85 at the EAGL Championship. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Gymnasts focus on mentality on beam BY LAUREN GREEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In gymnastics, the balance beam requires a different mentality than the other three events. Gymnasts flip, jump and spin on an apparatus that is four feet off the ground and is just four inches wide. It is the event that is considered the most psychologically straining, according to Rutgers head gymnastics coach Louis Levine. “Of all the events, I think beam is the most mental, because you have the most time to think up there,” Levine said. “Vault is over like this and bars, once you’re up there, it’s nonstop and floor, you’re with your music. [On] beam you’re up there on your own.” Sophomore Jenna Williams, who earned Second Team All-Balance Beam honors this season, says that the emotion that comes from doing the beam is her biggest challenge. “The mental side of it [is the hardest],” Williams said. “You physically can do everything on the beam. You do it in practice every day. In competition you get nerves [so] you have to rely on your confidence and knowing you can do it.” The Scarlet Knights scored a 49.100 on balance beam Saturday at the EAGL Championships. It was the fourth time that Rutgers hit the 49.000 mark this season and tied a season high. Freshman Claire Jones explained the difficulty of having to hit above a 49.000 to finish in the top three. “To come in third place, we had to have a 49.200. On beam, that’s extremely hard to get,” Jones said. “That means all your girls have to go 9.800 or better and that’s hard on beam. Beam is four inches [wide]. You have four inches to land flips on. You mess up a little bit and you’re done. Floor or vault you can bring it back on but if you’re a little bit off on four inches, you’re off.” Assistant coach Kera Bolen, Rutgers’ beam coach, says that controlling the nerves is the biggest challenge in coaching beam but finds ways in practice to give the Knights a meet-like atmosphere. “We do a lot of pressure sets in the gym,” Bolen said. “We give them scenarios. We’re up last on beam

and you have to get a 9.8 to win the meet [or] you have to stick this dismount to qualify for regionals.” Six gymnasts compete with five of those scores counting, which gives a bit of a cushion if there is a mistake in a routine. For Williams, who earned EAGL Specialist of the Week honors following a 9.875 on March 1 against Cornell, knowing that her score may have to count helps her to bounce back from a fall. “I’ve fallen this season and I get up and I finish strong and hit the rest of my routine perfectly, because they may need to count my score,” Williams said. “If someone else falls, they’re going to need my score to count so I [need] to get as high of a score as I can. Knowing that I’m doing it for my team [is] what helps me.” The acrobatic skills — back handsprings, layouts, tucks and aerials — look like they would be the most challenging skills. For Jones, it is actually her simplest skill that creates the biggest challenge. “My most difficult skill would be my full turn because it’s the easiest,” Jones said. “Sometimes I just forget that it’s a part of my routine and sometimes I fall on it at practice. … It’s the easiest skill, but it’s the hardest because it’s the easiest. You want to look over it because you’ve done it so many times but you still have to focus in on it because nerves can get the best of you.” Jones has been in the beam lineup consistently, competing in all 12 meets this season. She scored a career-high 9.875 on March 1 against Cornell and earned EAGL Rookie of the Week Honors. The Gaffney, S.C., native has impressed Bolen this season. “Claire is just a kid who enjoys competing,” Bolen said of Jones’ beam performance this season. “I knew she was going to be a rock on beam, because she loves beam and she’s not intimidated by competition. Every time she competes, right before she salutes, she says, ‘I’m excited, I’m ready for this.’ So she’s the one who reassures me that she’s going to hit her beam routine.” For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

Winners of four straight games, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team entered last Saturday’s road contest against now-No. 5 Denver in unchartered territor y. Sitting just outside the top 20 according to, a victor y would have vaulted the Scarlet Knights to their first top-20 ranking under third-year head coach Brian Brecht. While the Knights (6-3, 1-1) fell to the Pioneers (7-2, 1-0), 17-11, Rutgers still find itself on the brink of a national ranking. With back-to-back home matchups against Big East opponents Marquette and St. John’s looming at High Point Solutions Stadium, the stage is set for the Knights to break into the national poll. Despite the recognition a national ranking would give to a program that suf fered 12 straight defeats a season ago, Brecht insists being ranked is far from his team’s conscience. “We don’t talk about it. I don’t hear that from the guys,” Brecht said. “I have other things to worry about as far as getting them ready to play, and … we just have to take care of ourselves and we say that a lot.” The fact that Rutgers is in the conversation of being nationally ranked may be surprising to some, and rightfully so. The Knights had an abysmal 2013 season, finishing 2-13 and ending winless in conference play.

But a deeper analysis would suggest their success has been a long time coming. Out of Rutgers’ 13 losses last year, eight of them came by two goals or less. Two of those defeats were one-goal losses against Syracuse, the national championship runners-up and Notre Dame, which was No.1 in the countr y at the time. Add in the return of 97 percent of their offensive production from last year and the Knights’ strong start to the season was almost expected. “It’s definitely exciting that

“We shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes, hurting ourselves. But we feel we can play with anybody. ... We’re a dangerous team.” NICK CONTINO Senior Defender

we’re having a turnaround season, but it comes with the body of work that we’re putting in,” said senior defender Nick Contino. “... I don’t want to say that we’re surprised [by the turnaround]. When we do the things the right way and we work hard of f the field as well, good things happen.” Returning leadership and experience has been important to Rutgers’ success, but the contributions from freshmen, especially in the attack, have played a crucial role. Freshman attacker Connor Murphy stole the limelight sev-

eral times this season for his impressive performance, but another freshman attacker Christian Trasolini has emerged as one of the Knights’ most consistent scoring threats. Trasolini scored a team- and career-high four goals against the Pioneers, earning him a spot on this week’s Big East Weekly Honor Roll. The New Hyde Park, N.Y., native has scored 17 goals this season — second on the team in both goals and total points. Although Trasolini has made an instant impact offensively, his large role on the team has been surprising even to him. “I didn’t really come in thinking that I was going to be this guy who was going to be the second-leading scorer,” Trasolini said. “I just came in and tried working my butt off as best as I could.” With the contributions from Murphy, Trasolini and freshman defender Chris Groel, along with the high number of returning players from last season, the Knights have the depth to be a top-20 program. Now it is about staying consistent, something Rutgers has struggled to do against the two top programs it has faced in No. 8 Virginia and Denver. “We shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes, hurting ourselves,” Contino said. “But we feel we can play with anybody when we play our game … and we’re a dangerous team.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.




QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t want to overreact to [the first practice], but I don’t want to live in denial of it, either. It wasn’t good enough.” — Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood on the spring quarterback competition





RU brings momentum onto road BY CONOR NORDLAND STAFF WRITER

Freshman outfielder Mike Carter has played an integral role in Rutgers’ offensive production this season as the leadoff hitter. He is hitting .274 on the season and is tied for the team lead with 10 walks. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

Youth offers optimism at home BY TYLER KARALEWICH

earned two starts for the Scarlet Knights (8-12, 1-2) en route to the AAC honor roll award for the week. Redshirt freshman lefthander Max Herrmann also earned his second win of the season in a relief appearance against Buffalo. Herrmann threw three innings and only surrendered two hits. The youth on the mound was instrumental in Rutgers’ success. The appearances made an impact on head coach Joe Litterio, who was impressed. “Like I’ve been saying all year, it’s a process with all these young kids pitching. I be-


Aside from its connecting flight being unable to take off, forcing the Rutgers baseball team to take a bus from Louisville, Ky., back to New Brunswick, the spring break road trip was, for the most part, successful. The success started with youth on the mound earning opportunities to collect innings and give the coaching staff a better picture of the rotation and pitching staff. That began with a rookie on the rubber. Freshman righthander Gaby Rosa

lieve we started a freshman in the last seven or eight games,” Litterio said. “It’s a lot of guys we have to get experience in games. It’s still a process, but I think they are starting to find their roles and figure things out.” With a mid-week game today, Rutgers will most likely send more youth to the mound as it hosts Rider at 3 p.m. Facing top competition as a freshman does not affect his performance, Rosa said. The Perth Amboy, N.J., native believes his team has his back when he is on the mound.

Coming off two straight wins, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has regained a sense of confidence as it moves into the heart of its schedule. After dropping three games in a row, the Scarlet Knights (5-4) have fought back to a winning record. The of fense has been more fluid and scored a season-high 10 goals in their comeback win against Cornell. Rutgers’ winning streak will be put to the test today at Hofstra (5-5), which has had an up-and-down season thus far. The Pride features one of the nation’s most talented players in attacker Brittain Altomare, who currently ranks 15th in the country with 42 points this season. “They have a strong attacker [Altomare] that has a lot of their points, so we know we have to shut her down,” said junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli. Altomare has accounted for more than a quarter of Hofstra’s goals this season, so stopping her will be key to the Knights’ success in the contest. Rutgers’ defense has bounced back over the past two games after allowing season highs in goals to Stony Brook and Penn State. Head coach Laura Brand-Sias commented on the importance of a strong team effort on defense in getting a win against the Pride. “We have some matchups we are prepared for, but if our team defense is working well it will make ever ything easier,” Brand-Sias said. The offense must continue to make strides if the Knights want to keep their winning SEE MOMENTUM ON PAGE 13



Spring offers secondary shot to improve BY TYLER KARALEWICH

After former player Lew Toler broke his arm before the Louisville game, sophomore Ian Thomas left to pursue a baseball career and freshman Nadir Barnwell missed a game with suspension, the secondary was in shambles. Following yesterday’s first spring session, the secondary made its first step demonstrating competition in practice. The battle for starting spots in the secondary is vital for head coach Kyle Flood. “I expect a great competition at corner,” Flood said Monday at the pre-spring press


What does a defense, whose secondary allowed a school record 4,056 passing yards this past season, do to improve entering the Big Ten? It aims to makes changes in the back four during spring practice. The Rutgers football team will use this time to improve a secondary that was widely inexperienced a season ago.

conference. “Even though we don’t have as much experience as we would like to have, it’s not that we have a group that doesn’t have any, which is a little bit of what we had last year. I think their opportunity for their learning curve to go up will be high this spring.” Barnwell was a part of the carousel at cornerback and gained valuable experience. The Piscataway native appeared in 12 games for the Scarlet Knights, starting in four. SEE SPRING ON PAGE 13



NY Islanders Carolina

5 4

Los Angeles Washington

5 (SO) 4

Ottawa Florida

2 3

Phoenix Pittsburgh

3 2

Buffalo Montreal

0 2

St. Louis Toronto

5 3


sophomore, was named the AAC Field Athlete of the Week following his first-place javelin throw Friday at the Bulls Invitational. Carr threw 68.42m, 2.58 meters further than the winner last season.

Midfielder Lauren Sbrilli said Rutgers is focused on stopping Hofstra’s top scorer. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER





vs. Rider

at Hofstra

vs. Hofstra

vs. Seton Hall

Today, 3 p.m., Bainton Field

Today, 7 p.m., Hempstead, N.Y.

Tomorrow, 2:30 p.m., RU Softball Complex

Tomorrow, 7 p.m., RAC

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