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Rowing team Rutgers mourns death of ‘go-getter’ student strokes into 150th year of competition By Alexandra R. Meier Editor-in-chief
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Although Rutgers is often remembered for hosting the first college football game, one student sport is five years older than the football team itself. The Rutgers Men’s Crew Team is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, head coach Steve Wagner said. It was one of the first 10 crew teams in the countr y and is older than Princeton University’s rowing team. New Brunswick had several rowing teams in the 1800s. Rutgers Men’s Crew Team began with competing against local teams before moving onto other collegiate teams. According to the team’s website, the team at the time held six-mile races along the Raritan River with six-oared boats. In 1870, Rutgers hosted its first intercollegiate competition against Harvard, the topranked amateur team at the time. The program has since expanded and fostered individual as well as team development, Wagner said. “Over the years, Rutgers has had very successful crews with a number of people going onto the Olympics,” he said. Two of the most famous members include Chuck Logg and Tom Price, who won gold medals for their per formance at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. According to the website, the two trained together for only three months before proceeding to qualifying rounds. The team bested the field by only three seconds in the final round, winning the gold. Others have become part of the national team and ser ved as coaches for the national and Olympic teams. In 2003, the entire team was invited to the Henley Royal Regatta, an international rowing competition in England and was selected for finals. The current men’s team has 42 members who train six days a week. The women’s team, also about 47 members, began as a club in 1974 and became varsity in 1977. Wagner said crew is unique because it is a team sport with no individual statistics. “You can’t measure who hit a home run [or] scored a goal,” he said. “It attracts a certain type of individual who works hard for the common good.” Brendan Striano, a captain of the team, started rowing in high school. He agreed that the sport is team-centered. Each member has to depend and synchronize with the whole. They have team-building exercisSee TEAM on Page 4
Santa Pumpura, a Rutgers Business School student, died on March 21 in a car accident on New Jersey Turnpike. FACEBOOK
Santa Pumpura will be remembered for her Brooklyn attitude and Russian determination, said Billy Bussiere, a Rutgers Business School senior. The 21-year-old finance major from the Rutgers Business School died on March 21. Pumpura and her friend Halim Habib were changing her car’s tire on the shoulder of the New Jersey Turnpike when a car struck them both, according to nj.com. Pumpura was pronounced dead an hour later at University Hospital in Newark. Habib, a School Of Environmental And Biological Sciences senior, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. His friend Sherif Ibrahim, a graduate student, said Habib is out of the hospital and recovering. Pumpura’s life was shaped by her go-getter attitude. With career goals in mind, an 18-year-old Pumpura left her motherland of Latvia in 2011 to attend college in the United States.
In her student blog, Pumpura described the transition as both scar y and exhilarating. “I knew that my dream is to enroll in Har vard, so I figured to tr y,” it read. She enrolled at Fulton-Montgomer y Community College in Johnstown, N.Y. After two years, Pumpura transferred to Rutgers, having developed her characteristic accent: Latvian, with a hint of Brooklyn. Her friend Amy Axelrod, a Rutgers Business School junior, said English was one of Pumpura’s four languages, which she learned by watching Cartoon Network. America’s cultural and linguistic differences never made Pumpura lose her focus, and she consistently aced her courses. Axelrod remembered how Pumpura was considering a career in quantitative finance and began to voluntarily attend graduate student classes to learn more about the field. “I feel like there wasn’t a single second where she wasn’t doing See STUDENT on Page 5
U. dedicates center for unity of retired faculty By Sabrina Szteinbaum Associate News Editor
The Retired Faculty Association of Rutgers University hosts a mix of educational and enrichment programming, including one program that introduced retirees to cuisines from different countries, said Todd Hunt, executive director of the RFA. “You walk away from teaching, and you’ve been organizing courses and lessons and material and information, and then it’s kind of hard to just walk about and say ‘now I can work in my garden 100 percent of the time,’” he said. Hunt, former acting dean of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, retired in the 1998, said the RFA was put together in 1999. Brent Ruben, executive director of the University Center for Organizational Development and Leadership, asked Hunt to outline a plan for an association of retired faculty the very week Hunt retired. Although he needed a few months of breathing time to settle as a retired professor, Hunt had the association up and running by the spring of 1999. Aside from the RFA, other organizations for retired faculty include the Silver Knights: Rutgers Staff Retirees Association, the AAUP Emeriti Assembly of Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Retired Faculty Association, RFA’s partner organization according to the RFA website.
A new space for representatives of all of these organizations to come together and collaborate opened on Route 1 in New Brunswick two weeks ago, Hunt said. The center is housed in the Rutgers University Human Resources building. “When you’re hired by Rutgers, you go to human resources to fill out forms that have to do with your retirement plan and all sorts of things,” he said. “When you retire, you go to human resources for workshops on how to retire, what things have to be done when you retire.” The Retired Faculty and Staff Association is an overarching umbrella organization for the different retiree groups on all of the Rutgers campuses, including the Silver Knights and the AAUP Assembly, according to Rutgers Today. The organizations all have different meeting places. The Silver Knights meet in the dining hall facilities, and the AAUP Assembly has a house on Stone Street. Though the center was dedicated two weeks ago, Hunt said the different retiree associations have been meeting in it since last October. Hunt said today, representatives from all of the retiree organizations plan to meet at the center to collaborate and talk about programming. Ruben, a professor in the Communication Department, said via an email correspondence that retired faculty and staff are a significant reSee FACULTY on Page 4
Student United Way members play with children at an Eastern Service Workers Association event. COURTESY OF JIANNA SIMS
Group launches challenge to live on minimum wage By Julia Hernandez Contributing Writer
The minimum wage is intended to cover the living expenses for a family in New Jersey. But for students trying to live on minimum wage, it barely covers the cost of a meal swipe. Although they have only collaborated for a few months, the 16 members of the Student United Way of Rutgers have decided to take their service to the next level. Beginning tomorrow, members will start an eight-day challenge in which they will try to survive on minimum wage. The SUW of Rutgers is a newly-established, community-oriented
student organization that gained official status in December 2013. It is the first of its kind in New Jersey. Having learned the statistics and witnessed the effects of living off minimum wage, the students of SUW decided to raise awareness about the issue. During the eight days, each member can spend up to $10 a day. Each day, they must log their expenses, and at the end of the eight days, the members will come together and discuss their individual experiences. Jianna Sims, president of SUW, said this project is a way for the
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The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University presents “Cosmopolitanism, World Literature and the Internationalization of Modern Chinese Literature,” a lecture by Professor Wang Ning of Tsinghua University, at 4:30 p.m. at Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. The Tyler Clementi Center, the Institute for Women’s Leadership and Women, Media & Tech present “The Perils and Promise of Growing Up Digital: A Youth Perspective” at 6 p.m. at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy present “Jewish Ar t and the Struggle of Tradition in Modernity,” a lecture by Richard I. Cohen, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Campus Center.
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The Depar tment of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents “Women, Religion and the Uprisings in the Middle East” at 2 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building at 163 Ryders Lane on Douglass campus.
Friday, April 4
University Career Ser vices of fers an internship fair for students interested in careers in agriculture, environment, food and natural resources from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center.
Saturday, April 5
HIPHOP at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School holds its “HIPHOP 5k Fun Run/Walk” at 8:30 a.m. in Piscataway. There is a $15 fee per participants.
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U. organization seeks to increase diabetes outreach By Carley Ens Staff Writer
More than 473,000 New Jersey adults have diabetes, according to Behavioral Risk Factor Sur veillance System data from 2003-2005. The New Jersey Department of Health expects the trend of increasing numbers and rates of people with diabetes to continue unless preventive measures are taken. Fatima Rizvi, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, founded the Rutgers College Diabetes Network last fall and held the first meeting last month. The new community ser vice organization held its second meeting in the Busch Campus Center last night, where new board members were introduced and future plans were discussed. Fansie Connelly, a certified diabetes educator and clinical social worker at St. Peter’s Hospital, spoke about her personal struggles with diabetes, and how she helps others learn to control it. “When you live with diabetes, you never get a break,” said Connelly. “It is with you 24/7.” Connelly found out she had Type 1 diabetes when she was 8 years old, and said she did not know how to properly manage it for a long time. As a first-year student in college, the all-you-can-eat options of the dining hall made it difficult for her to control her diabetes, and she was not careful about
taking insulin. She ended up in the hospital when her blood sugar levels got too high. “Time went on, and I realized that if I controlled it, I was the one who was winning,” said Connelly. Connelly, realizing she wanted to help others living with diabetes, teaches people how managing their diabetes is the best thing they can do for themselves. She said that after going on an insulin pump, it made a huge difference in her life and gave her better control. She also works as an insulin pump trainer. “I thought if I can do this, anyone can,” she said. Rizvi does not have diabetes, but saw the struggle of living with diabetes through a friend of hers who suffered from Type 1 diabetes. Her friend came from California to study at Rutgers, leaving behind the doctor she trusted. As a busy student, she did not have time to go out of her way to prepare proper meals and faced limited options in the dining halls, said Rizvi. “There are times when she just can’t get the right kinds of food,” said Rizvi. She said college tends to be an especially hard time for students with dietar y restrictions, especially when they are expected the take care of themselves. Rizvi was empathetic because as a vegetarian, she finds it difficult to make the right eating choices.
Fatima Rizvi, founder of the Rutgers College Diabetes Network, speaks at the second general meeting of the organization at the Busch Campus Center. DAPHNE ALVA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER When Rizvi’s diabetic friend told her that there was no specific program at Rutgers to help fight diabetes, Rizvi decided to do something about it. She contacted the chair woman of the National College Diabetes Network and created Rutgers CDN from there. Rutgers CDN hopes to spread awareness about diabetes and educate the local community through outreach programs. “Some people just don’t want to talk about it, or they think that their diabetes makes them weaker,” said Rizvi. “We want them to have a safe place.” On April 13, Rutgers CDN will be using interactive displays
to teach children facts about diabetes treatment and prevention at the “Global Health Fair” in the Liberty Science Center. Rutgers CDN will also be setting up presentations at St. Peter’s Hospital in the future, and Rizvi hopes that they will be collaborating with New Brunswick Tomorrow. The organization has about 20 members, and Rizi hopes to gain more members by bringing the issue out into the open. Rizvi encourages anyone interested in a career in healthcare, community service or social work to help with the organization. As the years have passed, healthcare options and tools for
people with diabetes have gotten better, Connelly said. Connelly advises students with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to take advantage of the resources around them as a way to gain power over their diabetes. Kelly Connor, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, joined Rutgers CDN to share her own stories of dealing with Type 1 diabetes and to help others deal with diabetes. Although having diabetes has been hard on her and her family at times, she has found ways to take care of herself and stay healthy. “This is what I have to live with, and I’ve learned to accept it,” said Connor.
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es to coordinate among members, said Striano, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Each boat has eight members that row and a ninth member that steers the boat, called the coxswain. The spor t requires a high amount of strength and endurance. Most team members come to Rutgers without rowing experience, Wagner said. They train almost daily to build up their knowledge of the sport. Striano said the practices, held from 6:45 to 9 in the morning, are exhausting. “They’re pretty high intensity,” he said. “But we don’t have to care about anything else other than practice every week.” Wagner said rowing begins the first week of school to the end of the season in June. The team stops training on the Raritan River in November, but stays in shape
with rowing machines, or ergometers, and an annual visit to a large rowing team in Tampa, Fla. They have competitions about once a week in the spring. So far this year, they visited Philadelphia and Princeton, but the sport brings them all over. Although the organization hosts a spring dinner each year, Wagner said, it chose to expand the dinner this year with 500 alumni and guest speakers such as Logg and silver medalist Fred Borchelt. Striano believes the sport has required him to be well disciplined, a skill that has translated to other aspects of his life. “It sets you up for success in a lot of ways,” he said. He hopes to continue rowing after graduation and follow the path of previous Rutgers rowing alumni. “It’s a big matter of pride to be part of a program with such an illustrious history,” he said.
Rutgers Crew Team rows in 1938 on the Raritan River. COURTESY OF STEVE WAGNER
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source because of their dedication to the success of the University. “The Rutgers Faculty and Staff Retirement Association and Center are vehicles that help to facilitate a strong relationship between the University and the retired faculty/ staff community for the benefit of both groups,” he said. Gustav Friedrich, dean emeritus of SC&I, said he was asked by former University President Richard McCormick to chair an advisory committee in charge of focusing on retired faculty and staff over all of the Rutgers campuses. The committee is in its second year, and Friedrich said although much of its work has centered around the New Brunswick campus, it has been working with Camden recently to ensure their involvement. The center was Hunt’s idea, Friedrich said. He formed the Rutgers Retired Faculty and Staff
Association and donated much of the funds possible for the creation of the center. The center is located in a convenient place and has parking. It is a place where people can come in and host workshops and events. “In terms of the center, I think it’s really an important first step, but what we’re doing is we’re trying to create activities. For example, if retired faculty or staff members want to be involved with various parts of the University, on the website we’ll list possibilities,” Friedrich said. Friedrich is a docent at the Zimmerli Art Museum, and he said there are other places in the University where people are needed. Additionally, he said the council plans to branch out and connect with other organizations for retirees. “We’re hoping to connect not only to all the campuses at Rutgers but connect ourselves to the Big 10 and to the nation in terms of retired faculty and staff organizations,” he said.
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something that had to do with making connections for a career in the future, or going to international business student meetings,” she said. Pumpura’s perfectionism was also outwardly visible — she always dressed to impress. Her friend Sohan Sheth, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, recalled a time when Pumpura pushed her car out of the snow while wearing high heels. Despite her personal ambitions, Pumpura allotted a great deal of her time to cultivating meaningful friendships. “Not many people really go out of their way to tr y to get to know you. ... Balancing all of that with her schoolwork and her career goals — I don’t know where she found enough hours in the day,” Sheth said. “I know so many people who will just miss her so much.” Pumpura’s outgoing personality guaranteed a good time, whether she was discussing her dream of owning a tiger or spontaneously participating in New York City’s annual “No Pants Subway Ride.”
“[She was] no nonsense, but at the same time, she can have the best time in the world,” Bussiere said. Axelrod pointed out that loyalty was one of Pumpura’s defining traits. Whenever Axelrod had a problem, Pumpura was all-ears. And when the conversation turned to Pumpura, she was straightfor ward, never sugarcoating anything. Bussiere remembered how even those who just met her would open up to her with their problems, and she could give them a spot-on solution. To honor Pumpura’s life, Bussiere and Axelrod organized a memorial ser vice that took place last Wednesday outside Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. They distributed wristbands and accepted donations to give to her parents. Bussiere said her father plans to purchase a flowerbed or wreath that will be placed on her grave so her friends can be a part of her ceremony. “The world truly lost a good person ... maybe she was too good of a person to be here,” Axelrod said.
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members to gain a better understanding of the poverty’s impact on the surrounding community. “These are daily situations of people living in New Brunswick. … I think having the experience will get [the members] to understand where people are coming from in the community, from a different perspective,” said Sims, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Chris Kumar, income cochair of SUW, agreed. He said although the group has spent time with low-income families in New Brunswick, understanding the struggle of living of f of minimum wage is still hard to grasp. What makes this experience even more personal for the members is how each one plans to play a different, more specialized role. The 16 members split into eight groups. Their roles include: a person with a long commute, a couple managing their money together, a single parent with one child, a person who relies heavily on medication, a person with two kids living off food stamps and a person who received a parking ticket. Kumar said the group expects to go into negative dollars as the week progresses. A meal swipe alone is a little more than two-thirds of the entire day’s allotted spending. “I think as a group we said, ‘nothing is going to stop us from eating or limiting our-
selves of necessities,’” said Kumar, a Rutgers Business School first-year student. The federal minimum wage is $7.25. In November 2013, 60 percent of New Jersey voters approved a ballot question that raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25, effective this past Januar y. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In remembrance of Santa Pumpura, a Rutgers Business School junior killed on the New Jersey Turnpike, her friends and parents gathered for a memorial service held last Wednesday outside Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / PHOTO EDITOR
Living Wage Calculator, which calculates cost of living for low-income families, the living wage in Middlesex County is $12.54 per hour for one adult and can be as high as $35.21 for one adult with three children. For one adult living in Middlesex County, the annual income before taxes to afford expenses is estimated at $26,090, far more than the New Jersey’s minimum wage of $17,160 per year, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator. This includes monthly expenses for food, medical, housing, transportation and other needs. Kumar is in the group of people who own a pet. Not only will
he log his personal expenses, but also his dog’s. Examples of expenses would be food, toys and putting money aside for an annual vet check-up. Evie Duver t, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore, is one of two members acting as smokers. She is a non-smoker, but wanted to understand the experiences of smokers she knew who spend money on cigarettes. She was concerned to see how hard it is for someone who is a smoker to balance out the necessities, Duvert said. For her, the biggest challenge will be prioritizing how much to spend on what.
“After learning the facts, I actually think this is a widespread issue that should be talked about,” she said. “It affects our community and it is a ver y relevant issue.” Not only does SUW hope to gain insight into what effects the New Brunswick community, but they also hope this project will give them more visibility as a new organization. “We are hoping this gets our name out there and that this is a good learning experience for ever yone,” Sims said. The group plans to track their progress throughout the week and share their individual experiences on their Facebook page.
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Anxiety grows after fatal police shootings ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A day after hundreds of people clashed with Albuquerque riot officers over police shootings, Gov. Susana Martinez said yesterday that she understands the public’s frustration but called on protesters to remain calm while federal officials investigate. Mayor Richard Berry said yesterday that one officer twisted his knee but no protesters were hurt during the 12-hour demonstration on Sunday, despite the use of tear gas on the crowd. Four people were arrested in the melee, Police Chief Gorden Eden said yesterday. Berry said officials monitoring events from an emergency operations center decided to use the gas after some people walked onto Interstate 25, endangering themselves. Eden says people laid down on the highway. On Sunday, protesters marching back and forth between downtown and the University of New Mexico blocked traffic, tried to topple street signs and called for the police chief and other city officials to resign, authorities said. Martinez watched the protests on television. “Albuquerque is going through a tough time, and they’ll figure it out through the investigation,” the governor said. “We want that to be thorough. We want confidence in the investigation, but I just don’t want to see anyone harmed.” This protest and another last week were in response to the 37 shootings Albuquerque police have been involved in since 2010, 23 of them fatal. The outrage bubbled over recently with the release of a video showing officers fatally shooting 38-yearold James Boyd, a homeless camper, as he appeared to be preparing to surrender on March 16. Ten days later, officers killed another man after they say he shot at them. On Friday, the FBI confirmed it had opened a criminal investi-
gation into the Boyd shooting. And the U.S. Justice Department has been investigating the Police Department for more than a year, looking into complaints of civil rights violations and allegations of excessive use of force. Protesters took to the streets in the early afternoon and stayed out late Sunday after authorities declared an unlawful assembly. Justin Elder, 24, followed the protest as a passenger in a car and held a sign that read, “APD: Dressed To Kill.” “That’s what this police force is about,” Elder said. Albuquerque police in riot gear and New Mexico State Police followed the marchers, and protesters shouted epithets at officers. At one point, a protester climbed a tall street sign on the city’s historic Route 66 and unsuccessfully tried to bring it down. Others tried to get on Interstate 25. Another protester, Alexander Siderits, 23, said he was participating because he was “fed up” with how police treat citizens. “It has reached a boiling point,” he said, “and people just can’t take it anymore.” Berry, the mayor, says his office has been inundated with calls from outraged residents, and the city website was hit with a “robust” cyberattack. A YouTube video emerged last week threatening retaliation for the shooting of Boyd in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. The video, which bore the logo of the computer hacking collective Anonymous, warned of a cyberattack on city websites and called for the protest. Albuquerque police said their site had been breached early Sunday afternoon, but it was back online by that evening. Police spokesman Simon Drobik said Sunday that investigators had not uncovered the source of the hack. – The Associated Press
SOLDIER SPECTACLE An Afghan National Army soldier looks out from a rocky overlook as soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division patrol below. GETTY IMAGES
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Apple, Samsung spark court war over patents SAN JOSE, Calif. — The world’s two leading smartphone makers were back in federal court yesterday accusing each other of stealing ideas and features. The trial in Silicon Valley, which got under way with jur y selection, marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung. If Apple prevails in the current case, the cost to Samsung could reach $2 billion. Apple’s costs, if it loses the litigation, were expected to be about $6 million. Whatever the outcome, it could be the consumer who ends up paying the ultimate price. Experts say the litigation could lead to more expensive smartphones and devices and slow the overall pace of mobile innovation. “The most direct effect of this patent fight on consumers would be if the judge blocked one of these popular phones from the market,” said Rutgers Law School professor Michael A. Carrier. Carrier said patent litigation costs businesses time and money. “What’s even more worrisome for the effect on innovation is the impact on small innovators,” said Carrier. “Apple and Samsung can afford this litigation. The next upstart cannot.” In the case in U.S. District Court, Apple is accusing Samsung of infringing on five patents on newer devices, including Galaxy smartphones and tablets. In a counterclaim, Samsung says Apple stole two of its ideas to use on iPhones and iPads.
Jur y selection could be challenging because the federal courthouse in San Jose is just a 15-minute drive from the Cupertino headquarters of Apple. Most prospective jurors said they were at least somewhat familiar with the dispute, including many who work for companies affiliated with either Samsung or Apple. Some locals had strong opinions. “Neither company has been a par ticular favorite of mine. Both have been bullies with their patent libraries,” said prospective juror Armen Hamstra, a LinkedIn software engineer and patent holder who was not immediately excused from the jur y pool despite requests from attorneys. The two tech giants have battled in litigation around the world. Less than two years ago, a federal jury in the same court found Samsung was infringing on Apple patents. Samsung was ordered to pay about $900 million but is appealing and has been allowed to continue selling products using the technology. Throughout three years of litigation, Samsung’s global market share has grown. One of ever y three smartphones sold last year was a Samsung, now the market leader. Apple, with its typically higher priced iPhones, was second, with about 15 percent of the market. Experts say the case underscores a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented. – The Associated Press
Search for MH370 jet remains unsuccessful PERTH, Australia — Although it has been slow, difficult and frustrating so far, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is nowhere near the point of being scaled back, Australia’s prime minister pledged yesterday. The three-week hunt for Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the Boeing 777, which vanished March 8 with 239 people bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Ten planes and 11 ships found no sign of the missing plane in the search zone in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) west of Australia, officials said. The search area has evolved as experts analyzed Flight 370’s limited radar and satellite data, moving from the seas off Vietnam, to the waters west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then to several areas west of Australia. The search zone is now 254,000 square kilometers (98,000 square miles), about a 2½-hour flight from Perth. Items recovered so far were discovered to be flotsam unrelated to the Malaysian plane. Several orange-colored objects spotted by plane Sunday turned out to be fishing equipment. Those leading the effort remain undaunted, with Prime
Minister Tony Abbott saying officials are “well, well short” of any point where they would scale back the hunt. In fact, he said the intensity and magnitude of operations “is increasing, not decreasing.” “I’m certainly not putting a time limit on it. ... We can keep searching for quite some time to come,” Abbott said at RAAF Pearce, the Perth military base coordinating the operation. “We owe it to the families, we owe it to ever yone that travels by air. We owe it to the anxious governments of the countries who had people on that aircraft. We owe it to the wider world which has been transfixed by this myster y for three weeks now,” he said. “If this mystery is solvable, we will solve it,” Abbott said. Yesterday, former Australian defense chief Angus Houston began his role of heading the new Joint Agency Coordination Center, which will oversee communication with international agencies involved in the search. Houston said today the plan was for 10 ships and 10 planes to return to the search area, despite deteriorating weather. – The Associated Press
FISHING FOR FOG A fisherman tries to catch fish as the Auckland Harbour Bridge is covered in a blanket of fog on April 1 in Auckland, New Zealand. Fog covered the city today resulting in flight cancellations and reduced visibility on roads. GETTY IMAGES
BUTTERFLY BLISS Butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in the Natural History Museum’s
‘Sensational Butterflies’ outdoor butterfly house on March 31 in London, England. The temporary attraction on the East Lawn of the Natural History Museum houses hundreds of free-flying, rare butterflies. GETTY IMAGES
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It’s time to stop victimizing rapists Rape culture perpetuates misinformation about sexual assault
t’s the year 2014, and sex should not be taboo again in the media — just think of the responses to the anymore. Most people are all about pushing the recent stories of Dylan Farrow, Daisy Coleman and envelope when it comes to discussing sexuality — the Steubenville rape case. The victim herself said she was sexually assaulted, but as progressive as this generation likes to think it is, the discussions surrounding rape and sexual abuse and she asked Gilbert to stop more than once — so are still unbelievably backward. At best, a relatively we find ourselves looking at yet another example of small minority advocates for the victims and survivors his word against hers, and his clearly won. It’s the of sexual abuse, and at worst, we still find ourselves classic case of “he said, she said” that plagues every surrounded by a rape culture that promotes victim case of rape and sexual abuse covered by the media. In blaming and slut shaming whenever a case comes into every case, the perpetrator and the victim are assigned black and white archetypes: the drunken slut and the the media spotlight. Last week, 21-year-old Parker Gilbert was found hapless guy who was led on. We can’t continue to let not guilty on all counts of aggravated sexual assault our judgment of issues as serious as sexual assault be and criminal trespass against a fellow student at Dart- guided by these stereotypes that simply do not exist. There is no formulaic apmouth University. The proseproach to dealing with cases cution claimed that the victim “Sexual assault is not just a of rape, and it’s problematic was drunk when Gilbert enthat we keep viewing it like tered her room and raped her, physical violation — it’s a is. One thing is consisand that she told him to stop psychologically traumatizing there tently clear: Our society has multiple times. But according experience with incredibly an unacceptable tendency to to her roommate, when she blame the victim, as patently was asked to testify on the indamaging consequences.” ridiculous as this is. It is terricident, she said that they “had fyingly easy for rapists to get sex,” which the defense took to mean that it was consensual and Gilbert had not done away with their crimes, even when we think there is anything wrong. This was apparently the “clincher” to a sense of hyperawareness about the issue. Sexual the jury that led them to the conclusion that the entire assault is not just a physical violation — it’s an emosituation was just a harmless case of “drunken, awk- tionally and psychologically traumatizing experience ward college sex” and not rape. And after the trial was with incredibly damaging consequences. There are over, Gilbert’s attorney said, “We are relieved that this multiple reasons as to why a victim might not report assault or even come to terms with the very fact that nightmare is over for Parker Gilbert and his family.” A girl complained that Gilbert raped her — but not they were violated. The defense in this case claimed only does he get off completely clean, he also gets that the complainant didn’t immediately report the sympathy from the jury and from the media for being incident as rape, which diminished the credibility of put through a trial that tarnishes his reputation. Yet her case. But so many complexities surround the trauthe other side of the story is almost completely left ma of being sexually assaulted that are completely igout of the picture. And this is not an isolated incident. nored. Rape culture has most of our society disturbingThe general attitude toward victims and perpetrators ly misinformed about what sexual assault is and how it of rape somehow seems to make excuses for the at- should be dealt with, and it is everyone’s responsibility tacker. It’s absolutely disgusting to us that this kind of to diminish the generalizations made when dealing mentality even exists, and yet it proves itself again and with this issue. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 146th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.
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Private schools nurture racial segregation, inequality THE CHAMPAGNE SOCIALIST JOSE SANCHEZ
sobering study on school segregation was released last week reminded the public just how far this republic has fallen from the egalitarian hopes of the Great Society and civil rights revolution of the 1960s. Created by the Civil Rights Project out of the University of California at Los Angeles, the study found that the most racially segregated schools in America were not in the former Confederacy or the Big Empty out west, but right in the reliably blue state of New York. As the authors say: “ … in 2009, black and Latino students in the state had the highest concentration in intensely-segregated public schools,” which is defined as having less than one in 10 students being white. These divisions translate into, “the lowest exposure to white students, and the most uneven distribution with white students across schools” in the state. And at the center of this trend is New York City, which is sobering indeed seeing how it is arguably the most heterogeneous place on the planet. So, what happened in the some 50-odd years between now and the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education? The answer is simple: Reagan’s counterrevolution. Indeed,
the UCLA study’s authors make an explicit connection between Reagan’s election and New York’s backpedalling from the goal of an equitable and integrated public school system. The steps down this regressive path are named as “accountability systems, school choice, and charter schools,” i.e., a more “market-oriented framework.” This framework inaugurated by the conser vative counterrevolution in post-1968 America is to blame for the deepening apartheid in our schools, and even our neighborhoods and private lives. And what a devious design it is indeed. Af-
space for three charters run by Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy. After an acrimonious series of rallies and statements back and forth between the two sides of the debate, centrist Democrats like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Republicans at Albany had come to a deal that sought to preser ve and expand the city’s charters. The deal even went so far as to ban the charging of rents on charters, despite the fact that they are often housed within public school buildings. And though, clothed by their proponents in the rhetoric and symbols of the civil
“This is contrary to our republic’s founding values of freedom and equality. No child’s future advantages and disadvantages should be able to be simply bought by their parents, an accident of birth.” ter the overthrow of Jim Crow and its de jure racism, conser vatives devised ways of keeping apartheid alive through more private means after the legal equality of people of color was secured. And what better example to illustrate this fact than charter schools? Peddled by “school choice”-ers, both conser vative and liberal alike, these de-unionized, publicly funded yet privately-run chimeras are at the cutting edge of a free market fundamentalist education agenda. New York City mayor and progressive rising star Bill de Blasio recently got into a tussle with charter proponents at city hall and Albany over cleaving out public
rights movement, the reality of these institutions complicates that narrative. According to the Civil Rights Project study, charters take the city’s segregation to an “extreme” with less than a tenth of them considered multiracial and with white enrollment at 14.5 percent. The Project considers seven out of 10 of these schools, concentrated in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx, to be “apartheid schools” in which less than 1 percent are white and another 90 percent are “intensely segregated.” This creeping privatization of public education isn’t only occurring in our biggest city, but is also playing out in metros
and suburbs, towns and hamlets across the nation. So, what can we do to reverse this trend and reinvigorate our sense of community and equity? Let’s ban private schools. If the children of all our republic’s parents and families were invested in our schools, then there would definitely be a shift in priorities as to where resources ought to go and what institutions we would place greater value upon. If the futures of the elite’s children were actually at stake in our conversation on what to do for public schools — stagnant or declining graduation rates, crumbling infrastructure, creeping re-segregation, underser ved students — then we must enable them from being able to opt out of our schools. And of course, this would be rather disruptive and numerous other kinks would have to be worked out. This all would mean a forcible redistribution of resources between and within school districts and a major step to do this would be to abolish the funding of schools by local property taxes. This is a recipe for apartheid. That regressive taxing scheme means that if you live in a poor neighborhood, you get a poor school. And this is contrar y to our republic’s founding values of freedom and equality. No child’s future advantages and disadvantages should be able to be simply bought by their parents, an accident of birth. José Sanchez is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in history and political science. His column, “The Champagne Socialist,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.
Victims of sexual abuse require stronger support system COMMENTARY JE’DA PINCKNEY Trigger warning: This column contains references to sexual abuse.
exual abuse has life altering affects and is harmful to ever yone. Men, women and children who have been sexually violated are drastically distor ted emotionally, psychologically and symbolically. Sexual abuse should not be happening in our society, and no one deser ves to be violated — there is no excuse. In order to help deal with this epidemic, there should be more af fordable and ef fective trauma counseling in elementar y through high schools, universities and all work environments. The statute of limitations for sexual abuse should also be removed from the law. If there is not a statute of limitations for murder, then there should not be one for sexual abuse either. According to a 2011 New York Times ar ticle, one in ever y five women in the U.S. claim to be victims of sexual assault. One in seven men repor ted severe violence from an intimate par tner, and one in 71 men have been raped. A large percentage of victims have not repor ted
their abuse due to fear. There is also a propor tion of sexual maltreatment that occurs when mental incapability and a mental or physical handicap is present. Children are prominent targets for sexual predators, because of their cerebral immaturity and innocence. Sexual abuse is usually overlooked in society, and the damage it is doing to people today is irreversible. The interpretation of sexual maltreatment is viewed dif ferently in
leaking into the next generation. There are many long-term consequences that are paired with sexual abuse like narcissism, generational cruelty, psychological damage, unwanted pregnancy and promiscuity, to name the few. Premature sexual experiences are more likely to be harmful. As a matter of fact, sexual interaction between adults and young people, including children, occurs regularly, including rape. Studies have shown
“As a victim of sexual abuse, I think it’s unacceptable for the legal system to put a time limit on coming forward and accusing the perpetrator, because the trauma sexual abuse victims face often keeps them silent. various par ts of the globe. Some societies take sexual abuse more seriously than others. Susanne Babbel published a repor t in which substance abuse was cited as a factor in at least 70 percent of all repor ted cases of child maltreatment in 2005. This repor t also concluded that adults with substance abuse problems are 2.7 times more likely to perpetuate abusive behavior toward their own children. The abuse rate is rising, and the suf fering from this malevolence is
that sexual abuse in men and women can af fect their psychological mindset and their sexual histor y. According to an ar ticle by Catherine McCall, the recorded ef fects that women experience after sexual abuse are low sexual desire, chronic sexual pain, compulsive sexual behavior, high-risk sexual activity and sexually transmitted infections. Men who experience sexual abuse are subjected to erectile dysfunction, issues climaxing and decreased sexual appetite, to name a few.
It angers me to read the consequences these men, women and children have to face because of others people’s malicious actions. The statute of limitations does not apply to murder, so it shouldn’t in the case of sexual abuse either. Victims, especially minors, do not have the mental capacity to process the abuse until years later. Over this span of time, the abusers are not only “getting away with murder,” but there’s a huge possibility they are violating others. As a victim of sexual abuse, I think it’s unacceptable for the legal system to put a time limit to come for ward and accuse the perpetrator, because the trauma sexual abuse victims face often keeps them silent. Victims feel neither safe nor comfor table divulging that harrowing information. I also believe people should have a more understanding attitude and provide a suppor t system for the abused, because this abuse, if not treated, will cause permanent damage. There is no excuse for sexual maltreatment at all — it ruins lives, and it has to stop. But we can’t change the world unless we change ourselves. Je’da Pinckney is a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore majoring in psychology with minors in women’s and gender studies and sexuality studies.
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Today’s Birthday (04/01/14). This year sparkles with creativity. Happiness is the name of the game. Romance and partnership bloom after the lunar eclipse in Libra (4/15). Finances grow all year, especially blossoming after late spring. Launch a fruitful collaboration into the spotlight this autumn (after the Aries lunar and Scorpio solar eclipses, 10/8 and 10/23). Study what you love, and thrive. 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 7 — The next two days could get quite profitable, although it’s not a good time to expand or risk. Finish a job before going out. A disagreement at home could tangle things. An idea in theory doesn’t work in practice. Review plans and instructions. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — You’re getting stronger and more confident. Inspire, rather than demanding. Listen to a good coach. Today and tomorrow could get active, and fun. Don’t dig into savings. The competition’s fierce. Admit the truth to a critic. It’s not about winning. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Financial success fuels optimism. Nonetheless, slow down and contemplate. Let yourself get retrospective today and tomorrow. Things are getting stirred up at your place. Controversy arises. Keep confidences. Start with organizing closets and workspaces. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — You have more friends than you realized. Together, you share goals to realize a vision. A new trick won’t work. Don’t take financial risks. You’ll be more analytical for the next few days, with help from a technical friend. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Take on new responsibilities today and tomorrow. Consider all possibilities. Choose reality over fantasy. It’s a miserable time to gamble. Stand outside the controversy as much as possible. Obligations interfere with fun. Remember your manners, and ask for assistance. Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 —Your luck’s shifting for the better again. Play ball! Investigate possibilities to take new ground over the next two days. Postpone household projects until after your deadline. An expensive option may not be the best. Fantasy and fact clash. Put agreements in writing.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Don’t let a windfall evaporate, or follow a hunch blindly. There could be a disagreement over style. Keep your eyes open, and research options. Review your reserves over the next two days. Consider the consequences before making a move. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Lean on a gentle partner for the next few days. Keep a treasure hidden, even from friends. Accept an offer of assistance. Work on your assignments. Share results. Be gracious with someone inconsiderate. Consider all possibilities, before choosing direction. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Put your heads together. Start by learning the rules. Don’t advance... simply maintain position. Work goes smoothly today and tomorrow. Re-assure someone who’s flustered. A disappointment could disrupt the action. Profit from meticulous service. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — A barrier diminishes. Use your connections to push forward. It’s not a good time to travel, though. Come up with creative and unusual ideas for style and beauty. Have fun without over-extending. You have less energy than expected. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Neatness counts double for the next couple of days. Take it slow, and review work before finalizing. Personal comfort must be considered. A repair at home or a family situation demands attention. Postpone an outing, and authorize improvements. Don’t expand too rapidly. Easy does it. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Get lost in your studies and work. Prepare your position. There’s a test or deadline ahead, taking precedence. Squirrel away nuts for winter anyway. A little bit here and there adds up. Exercise and nature clear your mind and restore your energy.
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“Coach Farrell has helped me a lot to change my approach,” Carr said. “It has gotten a lot faster and smoother and gives me a lot more momentum to let my hips fly at the end of the throw.” As a comparison, Carr won the same event at last season’s Fred Hardy Invitational with a throw of 59.72 meters, almost 8 meters or close to 25 feet shor ter than this year’s toss. Senior pole vaulter Chris Wycoff also picked up an IC4A qualifying mark at the competition. Wycoff was excited to get back to the track after not being able to participate in the indoor season with the rest of the team. “It is great to be back and finally being able to compete with my teammates,” Wycoff said. “The outdoor season is my favorite season for track and I missed competing. It was strange at first adjusting without having an indoor season to help me prepare.” Wycoff took second place in the pole vault after clearing a distance of 5.10 meters. The senior also won the event in Rich-
from sophomore wing Kahleah Copper and never looked back. The Falcons halted Rutgers’ 15-0 run with 12:10 left to cut the deficit to 40-31, then went on a 9-0 run of their own to bring the game within one possession with 5:52 left. Bowling Green hung around and trailed just 51-48 with 1:47 left, but missed a critical layup with 59 seconds remaining. A jumper from Laney 30 seconds later sealed the Falcons’ fate. Copper led the Knights with 14 points on 53.8 percent shooting from the field, while freshman guard Tyler Scaife shook off a slow start to add 13 points. Defensively, Hollivay controlled the paint with nine rebounds and a game-high four blocks. For Rutgers and South Florida, Wednesday’s semifinal marks the third meeting this season between the two foes. The Knights prevailed in Tampa, 66-53, back on Dec. 28, while the Bulls spoiled Rutgers’ regular-season finale March 3 with a 60-51.
“Traveling with the whole team is great. ... It’s bonding time that we need to be a [championship] team.”
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mond last year, clearing a height of 5 meters. The field athletes continued to impress as freshman thrower Bryan Pearson took fourth in the discus with a throw of 48.61m. The throw was good for Pearson’s second qualifying mark in less than two weeks. Aside from having success on the track, Pearson has used the first few outdoor meets to establish a better relationship with the rest of his teammates. “Traveling with the whole team is great, especially since the field events and track events don’t practice together,” Pearson said. “It’s bonding time that we need to be a championship-contending team at the end of this season.” In the events on the track, the Scarlet Knights had a few strong performances at the 800m distance. Senior middle distance runner Karon Purcell finished fourth in the 800m, while the team of freshmen Sam Habib, Brendan Jaeger, Nick Price and sophomore Jaimin Vekaria took home third in the 4x800 meter relay. Although the opening few weeks of the outdoor season have been hectic for the team, including trips to Florida and Virginia on back-to-back weekends, Carr says that it’s all a part of the Division I experience. “The amount of travel is sometimes difficult to deal with,” Carr said. “But it’s worth it considering traveling is one of my favorite privileges of competing in Division I track.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
continued from back Stepping up to take the role was vital for Rutgers as it preserved some of the other relief pitchers who would be needed later on in the series or upcoming games. “We had an injury in the first inning and luckily enough Kevin Baxter ate up the rest of the innings for us so we didn’t have to use our pen,” Litterio said. “With the rain coming, you are always worried about bringing a kid in, having the rain come and then losing that guy.”
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Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay tallied nine rebounds and four blocks to help the Knights hold off Bowling Green in the WNIT. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FILE PHOTO / MARCH 2014
That loss dropped the Knights to the fourth seed in the AAC Tournament, where it ultimately fell to No. 1 Connecticut in the semifinals. Both teams just missed qualification for the NCAAs, and now their paths come full circle.
For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.
For O’Grady, the team’s success One area where the Knights have not struggled all year is at the plate, on offense comes from simplifying and they continued their success things at the plate. “It was tough weather to play this past weekend at Connecticut. in all weekend, Despite bebut I thought we ing outscored “We had an injury in the swung it pretty by the Huskies well,” O’Grady by a combined first inning and luckily said. “We just score of 16-11, enough Kevin Baxter had the mindset Rutgers outhit of not trying to UConn, 18-17. ate up the rest of the do too much and The Knights put the ball in also rank secinnings for us.” play and see what ond in the happens. We did a AAC in hitting joe litterio good job of that.” this season, beHead Coach hind Louisville, For updates with a .281 baton the Rutgers baseball team, folting average. AAC batting average leader Bri- low Tyler Karalewich on Twitter an O’Grady leads Rutgers. The se- @TylerKaralewich. For general nior first baseman is hitting .402 on Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts. the season.
The Rutgers women’s track and field team continued its success with seven top-10 finishes this past weekend at the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Va. In addition to continuing an impressive team effort, the Scarlet Knights received qualifying times for the ECAC championships in the 100m and 200m events by junior Gabrielle Farquharson. Farquharson finished with a time of 12.01 and second-place finish in the 100m, as well as a firstplace finish and time of 24.53 in the 200m event. Both finishes qualified her for the championship meet later this spring. The Knights also succeeded in the 1500m with a ninthplace finish by junior Allison Payenski, third and 10th-place finishes in the 5000m by sophomore Paige Senatore and senior Brianna Deming. The 4x800m relay earned a second-place finish and featured freshmen Kaitlyn Bedard and Ellen Miller, senior Rachel Leeke and junior Payenski with a time of 9:35.41. In the field, second- and eighthplace finishes in the pole vault from juniors Sonya Schement and Colleen McDowell led Rutgers. Schement reached a height of 3.50 meters. The Knights will race Friday at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
April 1, 2014 GYMNASTICS
RU focuses on details of uneven bars event By Lauren Green Contributing Writer
The uneven bars require consistency and precision. Each swing over the bar must stop in a handstand, and each release skill requires catching the bar in exactly the right place and at the right time. There are two release skills required and a gymnast must transition between the high and low bar at least once in her routine. But, like the balance beam, it is difficult to save a skill if it goes off by even the slightest margin. “If you’re just a tiny bit off, there’s a really good chance you’re going to come off the bar,” said freshman Charly Santagado. “Especially on release moves, you have to let go at exactly the same time so that you catch the bar, or else everything is kind of messed up.” Santagado has been the only freshman consistently in the bars lineup and has appeared on the event in all 12 meets this season. She says that her double layout dismount is the most challenging because she only started competing it part way through the season. Assistant coach Umme Salim-Beasley primarily coaches the uneven bars for the Rutgers gymnastics team and said that upgrading Santagado’s dismount was one of several things that the two focused on this season. “What she really focused on this year was being clean and being consistent,” Salim-Beasley said. “She’s got beautiful lines and the judges love the look of her routine because she very clean. We’ve really focused on that and just … making sure she hits her release move every single time and her transition from the high bar to the low bar.” Salim-Beasley was named EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Scarlet Knights to a regional qualifying score of 48.885. Control and timing are integral elements of both competing and staying on the apparatus. “I really like to tell the girls that we want to have controlled aggressiveness,” Salim-Beasley said. “It’s not changing what we do in practice and to feel their swing. That’s one thing I really remind them of is feeling the timing of their swing. Bars is an
event [that’s] all timing. If your timing is a little fast or a little slow, it’s going to make a big difference on when you catch the bar or if you catch the bar at all. I always remind them before they go to be patient and to control their swing.” Junior Emma Hoffman, who missed time earlier in the season with an injury, was adamant about not coming off the bar. “I won’t get off the bar unless I have to. I’ll make up my own routine and keep going and hope that it works out,” Hoffman said. “If something were to happen, you just have to get yourself together and know that your teammates are behind you no matter what. You try your best and life goes on. Breathe and get back on the bar and do the best second half of the routine that you can to get a good score in case we need it.” The Union, N.J., native set a career high on Jan. 24 against Brown when she scored a 9.850 and earned EAGL Specialist of the Week honors on Jan. 28 for her performance. Salim-Beasley knows that Hoffman has been a consistent performer she can count on in her lineup. “Emma’s been our rock this year. She’s hit every single one of her routines,” Salim-Beasley said. “I have complete confidence in her every single time she gets up there. I know that no matter how her warm up goes — and she’s had some shaky warm ups at meets — that she’s going to go up there and hit her routine and show it off.” The consistency on bars — the Knights have scored below a 48.000 in just two meets this season — has been built up through the competition in the gym each day for the six spots on a meet roster. “There’s still a battle in the gym every day for who wants those six spots, and that helps,” said head coach Louis Levine. “When you have just six people, they can get a little complacent, but when you have a seventh, eighth and even a ninth person pushing them, that helps to build the consistency and the level of the whole team.” For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Charly Santagado has been the only freshman consistently in Rutgers’ bars lineup, competing in all 12 meets this season. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / MARCH 2014
April 1, 2014
Page 15 WOMEN’S GOLF
Weather poses threat on green By Ryan Moran Contributing Writer
Seniors Jonathan Renza and Doug Walters consider each other best friends after playing golf together for four years. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO / SEPTEMBER 2012
Seniors share unique relationship at Rutgers By Daniel LoGiudice Contributing Writer
They have played together for four years and in about a month it will be all over. Seniors Jonathan Renza and Doug Walters enter the home stretch of their final season with Rutgers men’s golf team with mixed emotions. They are happy about their accomplishments and the current esteem of the team, but they are saddened by the culmination of their senior season. “It’s definitely bittersweet,” Renza said. “I keep thinking the end of the season is down the road but it’s closer than I think.” Renza and Walters both joined the Scarlet Knights in 2010 as freshmen. Over the past four years, the seniors obser ved a change in the team and themselves. “When I joined the team, it was just five guys and everyone was more on their own,” Walters said. “Now I’ve connected with everyone as a team.” Renza also values the success of the team over individual success. “When I was a freshman, I wanted to win a tournament as an individual,” Renza said. “Around junior year I wanted the team to win more and we did. There was more satisfaction to win as a team.” The Knights won both the Hartford Invitational and Lehigh Invitational during the fall season. The tournament wins left a lasting impact on the seniors.
“It was a surreal experience, I was in shock that we won,” Renza said. “I was happy for Doug, too.” Playing golf together and sharing the same experiences for the past four years has forged a strong bond between the seniors. Renza feels their play has benefitted their friendship. “We always try to make each other better,” Renza said. “He’s my best friend on the team.” While their time on the team is coming to an end, the competitive fire still rages in the bellies of Renza and Walters. The seniors have the Princeton Invitational, the Rutherford Intercollegiate and the AAC Championship remaining to win one, or perhaps three, more times. “We’re feeling better and have more confidence getting more reps,” Renza said. “I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.” Renza and Walters also feel they hold a responsibility to their teammates as departing seniors. They want to make sure the program continues to succeed after they leave. “We want to set a good example and be ultimate leaders,” Walters said. “We have pride in leaving the team in a good position to succeed.” Walters said the comraderie of the team will be sorely missed. “It’s been an experience like no other,” Walters said. “I’m really going to miss being around all the guys.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s golf team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.
A key to being a successful golfer is dealing with the adverse conditions that may come at any time. One of those adverse conditions that can affect a golfer’s play every time she steps on to the course is the weather. Sophomore Samantha Moyal can attest to this, as she believes it does not matter. According to her, what does matter is confidence in your game and play. “In order to play in these different conditions, we have to perfect our ability to shape our shots,” Moyal said. “By ‘shaping our shots,’ I mean being able to hit the ball low, high, left or right.” Freshman Taylor Clark believes that forecasts are useful for figuring out the clothing and equipment she will need. Adjusting to the weather is how the great golfers separate themselves from the others. The wind plays a huge role as it can affect how a golfer can approach hitting the ball, how much power is needed to hit the ball and aiming where the golfer wants to hit the ball. Rutgers head women’s golf coach Maura Ballard said the most challenging condition to play in is the wind.
“The worst weather to play golf in, in my opinion, is strong winds,” Ballard said. “The wind not only moves your ball, but it messes with your commitment to a shot as you may try to manipulate the ball mid swing as you feel the wind blowing. It is very difficult to focus on your shot when it’s really windy.” When the Scarlet Knights played in the Kiawah Invitational Tournament in South Carolina from March 2-4, the weather was a factor. It was windy and temperatures were in the 30s. Factors like these affect the team’s preparation for the tournament, but are things the Knights believe they should not focus on. “Any weather condition can be challenging, but it is something out of your control,” Clark said. “Things, such as remaining focused on each shot and keeping a positive attitude are things you can control.” It is up to the golfers to make the best of the situation and perform to the best of their abilities. The golfer’s mindset is vital when facing adverse weather. They must go into the situation with a positive mindset and outlook to succeed and hit the ball the way she wants. For Clark, where she grew up has made dealing with playing conditions easier.
“Learning to play golf while living in Michigan has given me the experience to succeed and to remain focused in many weather conditions,” Clark said. “During Michigan’s golf season, you can experience many different types of weather and course conditions at any time.” The past weather in New Jersey has impacted Rutgers as it still has yet to practice on its own course this semester. With all the snow that New Jersey had the past few months, it took time for it to completely melt. Now that it has melted, coupled with the rain over the past few days, the course is soaked. This leaves the Knights at a disadvantage because they are not getting the hands-on experience to deal with outdoors influences. Instead, they have had to rely on a golf simulator with the conditions already preset. Although both Moyal and Clark agree that the simulator is helpful, they also admit that it is nothing compared to actually being out in the weather. Ballard put it very simply when it came to adjustments in weather conditions. “Experience is the best teacher,” Ballard said. For updates on the Rutgers women’s golf team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RUTGERS 55, BOWLING GREEN 50 (NIT QUARTERFINALS)
Rutgers hosts Iona following weekend split By Tyler Karalewich Associate Sports Editor
Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper led Rutgers with 14 points in the Knights’ win last night at the Stroh Center. The victory sends RU to the semifinals, where it will face South Florida tomorrow in Tampa. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FILE PHOTO / MARCH 2014
Late surge fuels WNIT victory By Greg Johnson
The Scarlet Knights (26-9) advance to the semifinals of the 64-team event, where they will face AAC-rival South Florida (2312) tomorrow night in Tampa. The winner will play in Saturday’s championship at a site yet to be determined. The Falcons (30-5), meanwhile, dropped their first home game at the Stroh Center this year following a previously unbeaten 16-0 mark.
After struggling to secure a lead for the first 24 minutes last night in Ohio, the Rutgers women’s basketball team went on a 15-0 second-half run to pull away from Bowling Green and secure a 55-50 victory in the WNIT quarterfinals.
After a Bowling Green jumper with 17:20 left in the second half made it 29-25, Falcons, sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay scored a layup on an assist from junior wing Betnijah Laney to start Rutgers’ surge. Less than two minutes later, the Knights grabbed their first lead, 31-29, on a jumper
Two midweek games were supposed to present a difficult challenge for the Rutgers baseball team. A pair of games back-to-back on the road against Columbia in New York City and Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., was scheduled before the Scarlet Knights (9-13, 2-3) played 11 out of 12 games in Piscataway. Rutgers comes home to Bainton Field a few days earlier, as the game against Columbia was dropped in favor of a two-game midweek series against Iona. The Knights will face Iona (3-12) today at 3:30 p.m. before traveling Wednesday to New Rochelle. Rutgers is coming off of a difficult weekend in more ways than one. The Knights were tasked with having to tr y and squeeze in three games on Saturday — a continuation of a postponed six-inning game from Friday and a game moved up from Sunday to avoid inclement weather. After freshman lefthander Ryan Fleming went down with an injury after being struck in the head with a line drive, redshirt freshman lefthander Kevin Baxter had to take the workload to finish the innings Fleming otherwise would have pitched. Baxter pitched five innings and allowed only three hits in his outing. Going into a tough, unexpected situation was difficult for Baxter, but an altered mindset made things easier on the mound. “I kind of just try to take my time, as much time as I could,” Baxter said. “I just got out there and tried to stay mentally focused and prepared.” See iona on Page 13
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MEN’S TRACK & FIELD CARR QUALIFIES FOR IC4A WITH 67.32M THROW
RU earns IC4A qualifying marks in field By Lou Petrella
tive meet with a throw of 67.32m at the Fred Hardy Invitational last weekend in Richmond, Va. The throw was Carr’s second longest of his career and also worthy of an IC4A qualifying mark. Carr won the event for the second-straight weekend after throwing a personal best 68.42m at the Bulls Invite in the Rutgers
Even though the outdoor season is only a few weeks old, sophomore thrower Thomas Carr is showing that he’s made major improvements since last season. The AAC’s Field Athlete of the Week won the javelin for the second consecu-
men’s track and field team’s first outdoor event of the season. Like some of the other field athletes on the team, Carr has given a lot of credit to assistant coach Robert Farrell for transforming his technique over the course of the offseason. See marks on Page 13
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head volleyball coach, announced yesterday the addition of Phuong Luong as an assistant on the Knights’ coaching staff. Luong boasts over 20 years of experience, most recently at DePaul.
Head coach Joe Litterio said Kevin Baxter helped preserve Rutgers’ bullpen. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
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Tonight 6 p.m., West Orange, N.J.
Tomorrow, 7 p.m., High Point Solutions Tomorrow, 7 p.m., Tampa, Fla. Stadium