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Expert talks RUSA presidential candidates detail platforms privacy threat amidst digital culture age By Sabrina Szteinbaum Associate News Editor
Private industries are collecting information from citizens at a rate that outpaces privacy laws, believes Katherine Stern. Stern, senior counsel at the Constitution Project’s Rule of Law Program, said as of 2014, one third of the world is online and that number could rise to two thirds by 2020. Alec Walen, undergraduate director of the Program in Criminal Justice at Rutgers, introduced Stern, who spoke yesterday at an event, entitled “C.J. Colloquium: Secure in our Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects: Rebooting the Fourth Amendment for the Digital Age.” Constitution Project’s Rule of Law Program helps find solutions to the most difficult modern constitutional challenges. The event, which took place at the Livingston Student Center, was sponsored by the Program in Criminal Justice and the Evangelides Fund of the Department of Political Science. “What are the implications of this digital culture?” Stern asked. “In the context of privacy, who owns people’s personal information?” Along with government surveillance, including GPS tracking, fingerprint and voice recognition, smart dust and surveillance drones, the private industry collects “personally identifiable information” to target consumers. Smart dust, according to CNN. com, are tiny sensors that would monitor everything on Earth. “We want to know what you want before you know you want it,” Stern said, quoting a Google representative. She said people click “accept” all the time without knowing what they are agreeing to, which leads to this superficial feeling of notice and consent. Stern spoke about the National Security Agency’s telephone records program, questioning whether or not the government should continue collecting people’s telephone metadata. “Say you were running for office and the government for some reason somebody wanted to expose the fact that you called a suicide hotline several time in the last year, that would absolutely end your campaign,” she said. These are the types of things to worry about when the government is allowed to collect intimate, daily conversations and have the freedom to analyze these conversations. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about this on Jan. 17 and said he was willing to give up the bulk collection program without See THREAT on Page 5
Kristine Baffo, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, plans to focus on student input. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / PHOTO EDITOR
Samuel Clark, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, aims to integrate more student groups into RUSA. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / PHOTO EDITOR
Baffo backs affordability
Clark favors inclusiveness
By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
Kristine Baffo said she wanted to bring more focus on shared governance, textbook costs and public safety to the Rutgers University Student Assembly. Baffo, School of Arts and Sciences senator at-large, is running for president of RUSA in its elections next week. She hopes to expand student input on the ad-
ministration of the University and RUSA itself. “We named our [political] party the Alliance of Scarlet Knights because we want students to ask us about their concerns,” she said. Baffo, a political science major in her third year at Rutgers, joined RUSA at the request of former President John Connelly. She ser ved a year as a Douglass See BAFFO on Page 4
By VAISHALI GAUBA News Editor
Samuel Clark sees the Rutgers University Student Assembly as a means to bridge the gap between Rutgers administration and students. The School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and history is running for RUSA president this year. Clark, who has been involved with RUSA since his first year
at Rutgers, became the student af fairs chair of RUSA as a sophomore. Clark said his peers motivated him to run for the position. Although his party, Scarlet Knights United, started campaigning later than his counterpart, he feels confident about the position. Clark’s major goal is to integrate more student groups with RUSA in See CLARK on Page 4
Panelists share ideas to prevent deportation By Carley Ens Staff Writer
Children gather to celebrate National Hope of Day at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. DAPHNE ALVA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RWJ hosts National Child Abuse Prevention lecture By Nick Siwek Staff Writer
People who experience six or more negative childhood experiences are likely to die 20 years earlier than people without as many experiences, said Christine Citera, a community education specialist at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital observed the National Child Abuse Prevention Month
yesterday with a candlelight vigil following a lecture on child abuse. Parents or guardians with substance abuse problems, domestic violence disputes or mental illnesses are at a higher risk of abusing their children, Citera said. Child abuse can be classified in four different categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. See LECTURE on Page 6
Fourteen years ago, Ana Bonilla, along with her mother and brother, were forced to come to the United States after the sudden death of their father. Bonilla, an undocumented citizen, said her mother was an unskilled worker unable to find employment in their home country of Mexico. Left with two small children, she saw the United States as the only hope for a bright future. According to figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 2012, President Barack Obama removed 1.4 million people during his 42 months in office. The overwhelming majority of those deported and currently imprisoned are people of Latino descent. Daniel Goldstein, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers, presented a lecture entitled “Undocumented Afraid: Stopping Obama’s Deportation Machine” in the Alexander Librar y on the College Avenue campus yesterday. Five panelists from different groups around the state discussed
reasons for stopping his “deportation machine” during the event, which was sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies. Miriam Milagros, an undocumented immigrant and activist against deportation, sang passionately about the hardships she both faces and watches each day in her community. “Listen, friend and brother, uniting our hands, do not let go anymore,” she sang in Spanish. “All of the countries united, we will not be destroyed.” Many people in Mexico are essentially forced to migrate to the U.S., Bonilla said. “As an organization, we unite with others to take action,” said Milagros, who participated in civil disobedience in Washington, D.C., with 104 others. “The suffering is very large and we wish for the community to listen.” Bonilla is now a volunteer for Wind of the Spirit, a Morristown-based organization that organizes people against deportation and aids those who have been separated from their families. See DEPORTATION on Page 5
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University Career Services offers 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. The TA Project and the School of Communication and Information present “Diversity in the Classroom” at 11 a.m. at the School of Communication and Information building on the College Avenue campus.
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 for participants.
Sunday, April 6
Mason Gross School of the Ar ts presents “HELIX! New Music Ensemble” at 2 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on the Douglass campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors, and $5 for students.
METRO CALENDAR Thursday, April 3
New Brunswick High School presents its production of “In the Heights” at 7 p.m. at 100 Somerset St. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students, $1 for senior citizens and free for children under 3 years old. Vince Ector “Organatomy” Band performs at Makeda restaurant at 8 p.m. at 338 George St. There is a $5 cover charge. Art Garfunkel performs at the N.J. State Theatre at 8 p.m. at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets range from $35 to $75.
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Beata Kowalska (left) professor at Jagiellonian University and Beth Baron, co-director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the City Univeristy of New York, share views about women and religion in the Middle East yesterday on Douglass campus. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Experts shed light on women, uprisings in Middle East By Lin Lan Contributing Writer
Nearly a century after the formation of The Society of the Muslim Brothers, or the Muslim Brotherhood, Western countries still generally stereotype Middle Eastern countries for unfair treatment of women without examining their own mistakes. The Arab Spring, a grassroots movement for democracy and human rights, has been demonized, while social progress remains unclear. Two professors gave a panel presentation on “Women, Religion and the Uprisings in the Middle East” to shed light on this controversy yesterday at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass campus. Sponsored by the Rutgers Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, each professor took a different approach in analyzing problems. Beata Kowalska, a professor at Jagiellonian University in Poland, centered her presentation on the
struggle Jordanian women face for equality in citizenship. “Feminist sisterhood and feminist solidarity [are crucial] in times of huge conservative backlash and religious waves all over the world,” Kowalska said. Only a Jordanian male may pass on his citizenship to his children. A foreign wife can obtain citizenship after three years of marriage if she is an Arab and after five years if she is not. “The marriage of Jordanian women to Palestinian men is seen as disloyalty to the nation,” she said. Such policies are supported by religious tradition. Kowalska cited section 33 of the Quran, which says “call them by the names of their fathers.” This becomes a serious political problem when there are 84,711 Jordanian women married to non-Jordanian men. The result is thousands of lives destabilized by fear. The children of these families are always under threat of being expelled from school.
Kowalska recounts the heartache of one woman who had not seen her son because he was denied reentrance into the countr y after visiting Egypt. She had not seen him for eight years and hopes to see him before she dies. There are two opposing forces at work: socioeconomic and political changes brought on by Western influence against the traditions of tribal and religious law, Kowalska said. Unfortunately, women do not play as much of a role in the Muslim Brotherhood either, she said. “The biggest problem is economic dependence,” she said. Political participation is difficult given the stigma against working women. Yet, Kowalska is optimistic because women represent 65 percent of university students in Jordan. Regardless of outside opinion on this policy, religion and the Muslim Brotherhood actually win much public sympathy in Jordan through hosting mass wedding ceremonies that make
them integral to communities, Kowalska said. What many Americans do not understand is that the Muslim Brotherhood was a reactionar y group formed to fight American and British Christian missionaries, said Beth Baron, co-director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the City University of New York. Baron had a mission to deconstruct the Western view of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. Her book, “The Orphan Scandal,” detailed the stor y of a Muslim orphan beaten in a Swedish orphanage in the 1930s in an attempt to conver t the child from Islam to Christianity. This ser ved as a rallying point for Muslim Brotherhood suppor ters. Baron believes the Muslim Brotherhood is not a terrorist organization, and the British and Americans should be looking at their connections with it. Taking advantage of British occupation, both the Brit-
ish and Americans promoted Western rhetoric and religious conversion thinly veiled under social ser vice projects, Baron said. Hassan al-Banna, founder of the brotherhood, copied these conversion tactics by setting up schools and hospitals to win back Muslim believers. Whereas Egyptian state schools had previously excluded religion, Western missionar y schools taught religion and actually appealed to Muslim believers. Saffo Papantonopoulou, a recently accepted student for the graduate program in the Rutgers Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, criticized the American public for its lack of accountability. “Many of these groups are recipients of U.S. aid money,” she said. “When American tax dollars are playing this role, people have a responsibility to inform themselves and think critically.” The panel speakers echoed this sentiment.
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Baffo wants to see student petitions, letter to Board of Governors for tuition decrease
Clark aims to incorporate increased student involvement in RUSA
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senator before running for her current position. Her party’s platform includes three major goals: giving students more options for shared governance, reducing textbook costs and protecting students both on and off-campus. She wants to have more shared governance between students and administration in every section of the University. “If a student wants to get involved with Career Services and have an input on jobs … they should be able to sit on a board,” she said. Baffo wants students to be able to have more voting capabilities on administrative boards. Her ultimate goal is to have a voting student member of the Board of Governors. Quality of life is a big deal as well. She wants to work with the administration from Rutgers Residence
Life on housing issues and improve transportation quality by putting WiFi on buses. As a member of United Black Council at Rutgers, she wants to carry out their campaign for improving tuition equity for students. She would like to see more student petitions and letters to the Board of Governors asking for a tuition decrease. Inside RUSA, she plans to establish a sustainability committee that will work with the University to form major environmental initiatives. To connect with students, she would like to use newsletters to stay in touch with students and have a “meet the candidates day” after the election. She commended Pavel Sokolov, the current president, for his work connecting RUSA with administration and would like to continue his improvements. “It’s been easier to get a lot of projects done,” she said.
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order to allow students to develop a closer relationship with student government. “I want to get more student involvement from greek life, cultural groups, women leadership groups and philanthropy groups to better represent the Rutgers community,” he said. Clark is also an advocate for safety in and around the campus in light of the recent murder of a former Rutgers student. “I want to continue to pursue the public safety initiative and work closely with [Rutgers University Police Depar tment] and [New Brunswick Police Depar tment],” he said. Other projects that Clark aims to pursue include working for better lighting on the Cook and
Douglass campuses, work with RU Dining Ser vices to incorporate a student representative on the committee that looks after dining hall menus and textbook and tuition affordability.
“We have less than a month left for this semester, but I would definitely want to get as much work done as possible.” Samuel Clark RUSA Presidential Candidate
If elected president, Clark wants to look for more involvement from student speakers such as those from the Rutgers University Debate Union, who debated Condoleezza
Rice’s invitation at the last RUSA meeting. He said while he is in favor of speakers from administration, he would like to see students articulately argue on various issues, maybe once a semester. Clark currently works closely with organizations like Rutgers Student Union and New Jersey United States, organizations that work to increase student par ticipation in Board of Governors meetings. He said current RUSA president, Pavel Sokolov, has done an excellent job, and he wishes to work closely with his team if elected. Clark believes his counterpart Kristine Baffo is a great candidate, and he has a strong feeling it will be a good race. If elected, Clark said he would thank ever yone who suppor ted him and touch base with RUSA’s advisor so he can star t working toward his position as soon as possible. “We have less than a month left for this semester, but I would definitely want to get as much work done as possible.”
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DEPORTATION Forty-five states plan to directly ask Obama to stop deportation Saturday outside of Essex County Hall of Records in Newark. Bhanu Jayarangan, a School of “We didn’t come here to see Mickey Mouse,” she said. “We Arts and Sciences junior, came came here to work and to better to the event as a requirement for her class but learned more than ourselves.” Jorge Torres of Unidad Latina she expected. “I think it’s important to put en Accion said the media covers the facts to the immigration story and to be policies, but more conscious has not exposed the truth about “We cannot be blind and of the issue,” deportation. cover our eyes and say she said. Giancarlo Deportathis is not happening right Tello, a memtions are hapnow in our backyard.” ber of the pening behind New Jersey the scenes at a GIANCARLO TELLO Development, time when TorMember of DREAM Act Coalition Relief, and res said many Education for thought reform Alien Minors was near. Act Coalition, “The commuled the audinity has decided to organize and take direct ac- ence in chanting “I believe that we will win.” tion,” he said. “We cannot be blind and cover After a number of local protests, Torres said the next major our eyes and say this is not happening right now in our backaction will be on a national scale. Forty-five states plan to directly yard,” Tello said. “This is happenask Obama to stop deportation, ing now and it is going to happen and a rally will be taking place this to everyone.” continued from front
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blocking the NSA or the FBI from accessing the information they need. She questioned the government’s motive for being so willing to give up this program. She suggested that maybe doing so is the best option so that they can keep collecting other data that people still do not know they are collecting. Walen said Stern addressed whether repor ts of the “death of privacy” have been somewhat exaggerated. Stern posed the question of what the downsides are from
moving from one third of the world being online to two thirds, from one-twelfth of our day spent online, to eight-twelfths. “Is it going to reach a boiling point where it’s starting to feel like we’re all hooked up to machines,” she said. Addressing the issue of privacy, Stern said what needs to be figured out is how to give individuals the privacy they need. “Privacy is something that is ver y diverse and individual, ever yone has a dif ferent level of need for it,” she said. “Privacy ultimately is about the expression of individuality and of choice.”
WRITER WINTERSON Acclaimed novelist, essayist, short story writer and TV writer Jeanette Winterson reads at the Writers at Rutgers series. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Christine Citera, a community education specialist at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, speaks at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. DAPHNE ALBA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Citera explained that physical abuse is defined as a non-accidental physical injur y to a child. Sexual abuse is the sexual exploitation of a child, which can include physical touching as well as taking pornographic pictures of a child or showing pornography to a child.
One in four females and one in six males are sexually abused. Making it the most common form of child abuse, up to 40 percent. Emotional abuse is exceptionally difficult to prove, Citera said. It is defined as verbal abuse used to attack a child as well as the lack of a supportive environment for a child. Such abuse starts to wear down a child’s sense of self-worth.
Neglect is the most prevalent type of child abuse, she said. Neglect includes the inappropriate dress of a child, lack of medical attention and visits, hunger, malnourishment and lack of resources. Emotional neglect is also a form of neglectful abuse. Neglect makes up 78 percent of child abuse in America. “Poverty is also a big factor in neglect,” Citera said. Five preventive factors in regards to child abuse exist: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. In the state of New Jersey, everyone is a mandated reporter of child abuse. “Everyone needs to report a case of abuse or neglect,” she said. Citera also discussed how New Jersey is vulnerable to human trafficking because of its proximity to metropolitan cities like New York and Philadelphia. Its many highway rest stops also make it advantageous to traffickers. Super Bowl 2014 caused a market for human sex trafficking — 16 minors were rescued in New Jersey around the time the Super Bowl was hosted. Forty-eight traffickers were arrested in the same time span, but according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, many traffickers were deterred by New Jersey’s preventative measures against it. Military zones and places where unattached, single men reside are other high-risk trafficking areas. She said human trafficking is a huge problem, even in the United States. Red flags of trafficking are brands, tattoos, seemingly scripted stories from young teens and significant others that are sufficiently older than their counterparts. An estimated 10,000 prostitutes were trafficked into Miami in 2010. Traffickers take advantage of vulnerable teenagers like those who suffer from poverty or have run away from their families. Traffickers often use the Internet to target these types of teenagers and offer them money and housing. They operate like organized crime and keep all of the money. “You can consider it modern day slavery,” Citera said. If a person is under the age of 18, prosecutors do not need proof of persuasion into commercial sex acts. Michelle Phillips, pediatric resident at RWJ’s Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, noted that the lecture was informative and helpful. “It is very eye opening to see how prevalent child abuse is, even right here in New Brunswick,” Phillips said. “It was very useful to go over signs of child abuse and what to do if we suspect a child is a victim of abuse.” Diana Starace, coalition coordinator at Safe Kids Middlesex County, directed the events. She said this is the fifth or sixth year she has conducted the event, and it is the first year a lecture was held before the vigil. The song “Alyssa Lies” by country music artist Jason Michael Carroll played at the candlelight vigil. Starace highlighted the significance of the song. “The song talks about knowing that things are going on and not doing anything about it,” Starace said. “That is why things like this happens and kids die, so we are all citizens here, and it is our obligation to speak up.”
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Water director wins top state award By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
AMALGAMATING ART Vera Hinsey, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, presents her project at the REVEAL show at the Zimmerli Art Library. SHIRLEY YU / STAFF PHOTOGRPAHER
City council addresses water, police authority By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
The New Brunswick City Council discussed water quality and traffic quality issues at its meeting yesterday at City Hall on Bayard Street. It approved multiple reforms and expenses for the water department, including a complete review of the system. Frank Marascia, director of New Brunswick Water Utility, said a comprehensive review of the water department found that the gravity filters needed to be changed, so the department chose to continue the review for $14,300. He said they would make the reports available to the public after they were reviewed. An episode of the pumps overheating led the water department to require emergency funds, he said. They are also planning to change membranes at the treatment plant because they are at the end of their life cycle of 5 to 7 years. Thomas Loughlin, the city administrator, said the city needed to take 4 to 5 million gallons from East Brunswick for part of the winter. “It’s not uncommon for cities to exchange water occasionally,” he said. Marascia said it is not uncommon for city water departments to have occasional emergencies and problems. He said the water department would begin adding potassium chromanganate to the water within the month. They were in the process of researching the appropriate dosage and form. “It’s fed for aesthetic purposes and has nothing to do with disinfection,” he said. He said he would not add anything to the water until it had been thoroughly studied. Danielle Moore, a city resident, asked the council what progress had been made on the prevention of flooding on Joyce Kilmer Avenue. She has noticed a recent decrease in water quality at certain times in the city. Rebecca Escobar, city council president, asked her to call the wa-
ter department if she notices any water quality issues. Loughlin also promised to improve the water and snow situation on Joyce Kilmer Avenue, saying the city would put a lean on the property if necessary. Escobar said she had forgotten to deal with safety issues on the same road. She said she would look into the lack of a curb on the intersection of Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Sandford, where many traffic accidents occur. Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today, expressed his aggravation with a new five-minute time limit on public comments. He asked Kevin Egan, council liaison to the New Brunswick Parking Authority, how he knew that local supermarket Fresh Grocer owed rent to the authority. Egan, vice president of the council, said he did not recall when the city first learned of the rent owed by Fresh Grocer. Negotiations are ongoing on the issue, Escobar said. In response to a question about the change in police jurisdiction, Capt. J.T. Miller said he wanted the Rutgers Police Department to focus on interacting with students. Rutgers officers are allowed to pull students over, but they are not allowed to issue a summons, he said. Escobar said she was not familiar with the lawsuit against Bristol Myers-Squibb, which has been accused of polluting its local site. She denied the city had received a subpoena about the issue. Escobar said some were concerned about the ordinance dealing with snow and ice removal. Residents have only three days to get rid of snow and ice. “I don’t know if we know right now what the time limit is,” she said. The council chose to bring up the discussion again in May. The council also approved several spring events using city property, such as a Rutgers Alumni Reunion Parade on May 17 and an annual Hot Dog Day for Rutgers students on April 23.
Despite controversy surrounding falsified water quality documents during his tenure, New Brunswick Water Utility Director Frank Marascia has recently won a top state award. Marascia, who joined the depar tment in October 2012, received the Harold V. Florence, Jr., Meritorious Operator Award from the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association for his per formance during Hurricane Sandy, according to a press release from the city. The award could be considered a turnaround for the director after the November 2013 fiasco in which licensed operator Edward O’Rourke was found to have falsified impor tant documents surrounding water quality, including data on water turbidity and disinfection, according to a previous ar ticle in The Daily Targum. The director joined the investigation in March 2013 when water in the city appeared turbid, a term that describes the clarity or cloudiness of water, according to The Daily Targum. Marascia began working at the water depar tment only two weeks before Hurricane Sandy struck. According to the press release, Marascia was instrumental in providing clean water to the city’s residents af-
ter the storm flooded the Raritan River. In an email statement, Mike Furrey, trustee of the New Jersey AWWA, made it clear the award was for his work during the storm. “What Frank did was ver y admirable. It took a lot of courage to stand up and do what he did, and we wanted to recognize that. He’s also a superior licensed operator and ver y skilled,” he said in the email. The New Jersey AWWA is an over 1,750-member operation composed of consultants, engi-
neers and licensed operators. Some of its responsibilities include nominating several candidates for its operator award, according to Furrey’s email. This year’s committee chose to send out a message about Marascia’s per formance, he said in the email. He did not comment on the November 2013 controversy. In the press release, Marascia said he was honored to receive the award. “I will continue to work to improve the city’s water utility ser ving the citizens of New Brunswick,” he said.
Frank Marascia (center) accepts the Harold V. Florence, Jr., Meritorious Operator Award from Mark Tompeck (left) and John Alston. COURTESY OF JENNIFER BRADSHAW
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Court erases campaign donation limit WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruling yesterday erasing a long-standing limit on campaign donations will allow a small number of very wealthy donors to give even more than is currently the case, according to students of the complex campaign finance system, and could strengthen the establishment in both parties. While Republicans cheered the ruling on philosophical grounds and Democrats criticized it, there was a general agreement that the decision itself was unlikely to benefit one party over another. “This is not a decision that advantages one party over the other. It advantages wealthy people over everybody else,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. On a 5-4 ruling, the court struck down a limitation on the amount any donor may give to candidates, committees and political action committees combined. Only 646 out of millions of donors in the election cycle of 2011-2012 gave the now-defunct legal maximum, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. For the current election cycle, the limit is $123,200, broken down as $48,600 to all candidates combined and $74,600 to all party committees and political action committees in total. The ruling will “mean there will be much greater emphasis by the campaigns and the parties on those donors with the biggest checkbooks who can make those very large contributions,” said Bob Biersack, who works for the CRP and is a 30-year veteran of the Federal Election Commission. “Whether that’s good or bad depends on your perspective on how this whole system should work, but it absolutely means that the small number of people who can give at those levels” will be asked to give more, he added. The ruling leaves unchanged a parallel system in which individuals donate unlimited amounts,
sometimes undisclosed, to certain outside groups. Biersack said the same small group of 646 donors gave a total of about $93.4 million in the last campaign. Their largesse will still be avidly sought, as Republican presidential hopefuls recently demonstrated by travelling to Las Vegas to meet with casino magnate and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson. In the realm of limited donations, Cleta Mitchell, an election lawyer for Republicans, said the court’s ruling means that various party committees and candidates no longer will have to vie for money from the same contributors. The law permits a donor to contribute $5,200 for the primar y and general election combined to any candidate, and if they did so, could donate only to nine office-seekers before reaching the $48,600 limit to all federal office-seekers. Similarly, while Republicans and Democrats in Washington each maintain a national party committee, a Senate campaign committee and a House campaign committee, a donor could give the maximum allowable amount to only two of the three without violating the overall limitation the court discarded. Now, Mitchell said, “the donors get to choose obviously, but the committees don’t have to feel like they’re pinching another party’s donors.” In all, she described the ruling as “a positive for the parties.” Fred Malek, a veteran Republican fundraiser, said the ruling seems most likely to help individual candidates “and will tend to widen the number of well-financed and competitive races.” The court’s ruling also means that donors will be able to give $10,000 a year to as many state party committees as they want, so-called joint committees, in which a lawmaker can now solicit funds simultaneously for their own campaign, their own political
action committee, their party and for an unlimited number of other candidates without donors exceeding the old limits. Biersack cited House Speaker John Boehner’s fundraising efforts as an example, said he would now be able to use a joint fundraising committee for hundreds of Republican House candidates simultaneously, greatly expanding their ability to receive funds. In theory, this ability could once more allow parties and their leaders to assert more discipline over rank-and-file lawmakers, who have become increasingly beholden to outside groups in recent years. Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and a campaign finance attorney, said the court’s ruling will be a boon to state parties, which he said have been neglected previously because donors hit the overall spending limit before they could distribute funds lower on the political food chain. “We have lots of optimism that this new decision would enable people who want to support us to do so,” he said. Under the court’s ruling, a donor could donate the maximum $10,000 a year to each of their party’s 50 state committees, or a total of $1 million over a two-year election campaign — and still donate to candidates as well as national party committees and political action committees. Matt Canter, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, called the ruling a “win for national party committees” and said it will “greatly enhance our ability to raise resources to support our voter contact and field program ... in states across the countr y.” He referred to a new field project to boost turnout in certain states with key Senate races this year. – The Associated Press
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University athletes present to lawmakers WASHINGTON — Northwestern University athletes trying to unionize presented their case to lawmakers Wednesday after a federal agency said they have the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers. “Health and safety of athletes is the concern, especially to reduce the risk of brain trauma,” said Ramogi Huma, president of the National Colleges Players Association, an advocacy group. Added former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, co-founder of the association: “We’re up here raising awareness.” Even though the issue is not directly before lawmakers, “Congress is an important part of the chess board,” Colter said after meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Brown said, “the right to fair treatment is why all workers, no matter the job or venue, should have the opportunity to unionize.” “College athletes dedicate the same hours to their support as fulltime employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker,” Brown said in a statement. Colter, Huma and Tim Waters, national policy director of the United Steelworkers union, were trying to drum up support during their time on Capitol Hill yesterday and today. The Steelworkers are underwriting and financing the effort. “We’re up here to let the leadership know what’s going on, basically getting information out,” Huma said. The visits came a week after the Chicago-region director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern’s football players on scholarships are employees of the
university under the National Labor Relations Act and therefore have the right to vote to unionize. Northwestern, based in Evanston, Ill., has said it will appeal the ruling. It has until April 9 to do so. The full NLRB has yet to weigh in on the finding. Stacey Osburn, director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said in a statement that Huma’s concern was “unwarranted.” A Northwestern official has said that the students were not employees and that unionization and collective bargaining were not the appropriate methods to address their concerns. “The law is fairly clear and consistent with Northwestern’s position, so the NCAA has made no contacts with anyone in Congress attempting to ban the unionization of student-athletes,” Osburn said. Colter, however, called the decision a “strong ruling” and predicted it “will be hard to overturn.” The NLRB does not have jurisdiction over public universities, so the push to unionize athletes has been primarily targeted toward private schools such as Northwestern. Rep. George Miller of California, the top Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said after a meeting with the Northwestern group that “what they’ve drawn up here is a list of concerns that they have as athletes in Division I schools where there is clearly an imbalance in the relationship. And they’re seeking the right to form a union for the purposes of putting some balance back in that relationship.” – The Associated Press
April 3, 2014
North Korea opens to first tourist marathon TOKYO — Runners of the world, unite! For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap. Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometer run. The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North’s ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off. Earlier this year, North Korea’s government announced a plan to create special trade and tourism zones across the country and unveiled its first luxury ski resort, aimed largely at luring ski enthusiasts from abroad. Under the watch of young leader Kim Jong Un, the North has also been giving sports in general a higher profile. Simple recreational sports facilities, such as outdoor basketball courts and roller skating rinks, have been popping up lately in Pyongyang and some other cities. Much of North Korea remains off-limits to foreigners, but Pyongyang, with its broad avenues and ubiquitous monuments, is a showcase city and more accessible than other places in the secretive and isolated country. “I think a lot of the attraction is the ‘Pyongyang’ part rather than the ‘marathon’ part,” said Simon Cockerell, a Beijing-based agent for the Kor yo Tours travel agency. “A lot of the people going along to take part are interested in simply doing something a bit unusual, something that would cause a bit of cognitive dissonance in friends of theirs when they tell them they ran a marathon in North Korea.” Known officially as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, the race is sanctioned as a bronze label event by the International Association of Athletics Federations and has been held annually for 27 years. The generally flat, full-marathon course entails four loops around the center of the city of 2.5 million. The race starts at the 70,000seat Kim Il Sung Stadium and moves on past the Monument to Chinese Soldiers to the Kim Il Sung University area. After that, the runners cross a bridge over the Taedong River to the east side of the city and wind their way along the river bank to the stadium. Spectators back in the stadium will be treated to soccer games, volleyball and martial arts exhibitions while they wait for the runners to return. Cockerell said nearly 200 foreigners have signed up for the
event, which coincides with commemorations of the April 15 birthday of North Korea’s first leader, Kim Il Sung. That is an unusually large number, though the North’s famous mass games are also often a big draw. As a practical matter, aspiring runners had to apply through agencies familiar with the North Korean bureaucracy in order to get the proper visas. Cockerell said most are joining packaged group tours to see the sights while they are in Pyongyang. In the past, the main race has been restricted to a select group of elite runners. Recreational jogging isn’t a par t of ordinar y Nor th Korean life, but past events have included races for local students and junior runners. – The Associated Press
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rom April 6 to April 8, the Rutgers RUSA already has. He has some refreshing and University Student Assembly will hold practical new ideas, and we think it will be interestelections for the upcoming 2014-2015 ing to see how they play out. One recent practice academic year. Voting is open to all under- he wants to expand is hosting the Rutgers Univergraduate students enrolled at Rutgers New sity Debate Union at RUSA meetings to give preBr unswick, and we highly encourage you all sentations of major issues on campus. The Debate to educate yourselves on the candidates and Union presented arguments for and against the their platforms and par ticipate in the elec- controversial decision of the Board of Governors tions. We’ve done some research of our own, to invite Condoleezza Rice as a commencement and as an editorial board, we endorse Sam speaker this year at last week’s RUSA meeting, and they were very well received. There were so many Clark for president of RUSA. As students who pay a lot of money to go to this more students at that meeting than there usually University, we definitely have a right to be heard. are. The RUDU presentation helped both voting RUSA serves as an organized group that represents members of RUSA and non-voting student attendthe student body, so it’s obviously extremely im- ees understand the issue at hand before it was discussed and voted on. portant that we pay attention We think this kind of colto who is a part of RUSA and participate in elections if we “He has some refreshing and laboration with a student organization such as RUDU is truly want to be represented. practical new ideas, and we an excellent way for RUSA One of the things we like so think it will be interesting to to facilitate a more open and much about Clark is his goal accessible relationship with of making RUSA more inclusee how they play out.” the rest of the student body. sive for different student orClark understands that acganizations around campus. cessibility goes beyond just Many of Clark’s goals are very specific. For example, he wants to have a stu- having open meetings — students should actually dent representative serve on the Menu Committee be able to understand what RUSA does and what for RU Dining Services — the position is not a new goes on at meetings. This kind of functional and one, but there’s currently no one filling it. It might productive transparency will only help build a renot seem like a big deal, but when you consider his lationship with the student body and serve RUSA’s overall vision for student involvement around cam- purpose of building bridges between its constitupus, this kind of attention to detail is critical. Also, ents and the University administration. We wish Clark and ever yone else running for dining services is a great example of something that directly affects student life on campus, so it a position in RUSA the best of luck in the upcommakes sense to have a student representative in ing elections. Whatever the outcome, we really there. He also regards public safety as a top prior- hope the new president does as excellent of a ity. His experience working with both the Rutgers job as we think current president Pavel Sokolov Police Department and the New Brunswick Police has been doing this year. At The Daily Targum, Department will translate well into a comprehen- we have always appreciated Sokolov’s accessisive approach to safety — not just on campus, but bility. There was a good flow of communication between him and our news team, and that is the also in the surrounding areas. Many of the ideas Clark plans to develop as kind of outreach we hope RUSA will expand on in president aren’t just about expanding on practices the years to come.
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Student athletes deserve to realize market value FRONTLINES GREG JOHNSON
or many years, the pay-for-play issue in major college spor ts was a no-brainer to me. A full-ride scholarship — a free education — is an invaluable experience. A college degree is something so many bright Americans struggle to afford, let alone attain. So the idea of athletes getting any kind of compensation beyond a free opportunity to pursue a degree was silly to me. Not long after coming to Rutgers, I started to realize that student athletes are in a situation the rest of us cannot truly relate to. Universities recruit them to operate within the NCAA — a fully commercialized, multi-billion dollar industry that regulates players to the point of exploitation. All television revenue, ticket and jersey sales, likeness promotions and other sources of income go to the NCAA, the schools, the coaches, the event staffs and everyone else involved in the business — except for the athletes creating the value. Last year, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament generated $1.15 billion in television ads, well beyond the revenue generated by the NFL and NBA playoffs, according to ESPN. Despite devoting 40 to 60 hours per week to their sport most of the year — more than many full-time jobs — Division I football players aren’t considered employees and lack basic economic rights under the NCAA’s cartel restrictions. That’s what former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is pushing to change in his fight for unionization of the
College Athletes Players Association. He lectively hauling in tons of money for their wants better medical insurance and academ- schools should be no different. NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr ic support for players, and rightfully so. The NCAA’s exploitative marketing comes found in his 24-page ruling that Northwestin exchange for a scholarship incidental to ern’s football team generated approximately the industry, and it requires far more time $235 million in revenues from 2003 to 2012. A spent playing a major sport than studying typical training camp day entails mandatory for classes. Colter testified that advisors kept meetings, film sessions and practices from him from pursuing a dream of becoming a 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sorry, but that is a job, doctor in favor of easier classes to cater to his not an extra-curricular activity. Imagine you’re an English scholar. You football schedule. That’s not putting someone in a position to succeed academically if write a novel that becomes a best seller, but have to forfeit any profit to the school bethey aren’t going professional athletically. Yet somehow, universities paint a picture of cause you’re already taken care of with paid expenses. student athletes Or what being primarily if you’re students. They “There is no evidence to suggest that talented find it appropriathletes being compensated a fairer engineerate to use them market value would compromise ing student as a vehicle for who builds institutional proan educational mission.” something motion during as innovasporting events that have nothing to do with education. The tive as Facebook in a dorm room, but couldn’t reality is, they care almost exclusively about reap any benefits, because they were told the a football player’s talent and marketability college experience is enough? The NCAA tags student-athletes with the — nothing more, nothing less. The “student label of “amateur,” but it’s more of an excuse athlete” is a false concept. The National Labor Relations Board’s de- to control the distribution of billions of dolcision last week to uphold CAPA’s petition lars than an institutional ideal. The notion carries few short-term ramifications, as the that college athletes should play strictly for NLRB only affects private schools. But it’s the love of the game is laughable. If so, why beginning to expose the bigger fundamental give them a scholarship at all? Oh, right, schools need athletes enrolled for revenue issue here. In response to the ruling, Northwestern and institutional advancement. To be clear, student athletes do not need appealed and wrote in a statement that it believes its student athletes “are not employees, salaries or monthly paychecks, even though but students.” That’s nonsense. Since when the NCAA runs just like any other profesare money and education mutually exclusive? sional sports league. They should simply There is no other student on scholarship be allowed to operate within the free market at any university told they can’t be paid while like anyone else in America. Schools can pay receiving an education, and athletes col- what they want, and athletes should be able
to sign endorsements for their own likeness and image. It’s fairly simple. There is no evidence to suggest that athletes being compensated a fairer market value would compromise an educational mission. Ivy League schools don’t award athletic scholarships, but that doesn’t mean their players love the game more than those in the Big Ten. And athletes in the Big Ten aren’t compromised academically by virtue of their scholarship. Why would going beyond an arbitrarily capped number be any different? The NCAA and misinformed fans have a myriad of excuses and unanswered questions, as if they are impossible to solve. There isn’t enough money. College athletics will crumble. Athletes already have it great as is. How much will ever yone be paid? None of those scare tactics is suf ficient justification for restricting only one class of people in a booming industr y that, oddly enough, has no problem making challenging business decisions with ever yone else involved. Coaches and athletic directors can negotiate million-dollar contracts, billions are available for installing state-of-the-ar t facilities, but the whole enterprise hinges on maintaining an arbitrar y benefit to the student-athletes. Please, that’s ridiculous. Billion-dollar industries don’t collapse when their employees receive more than their expenses. Sometimes life isn’t fair, but the business the NCAA is conducting is unethical. Greg Johnson is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in journalism and media studies with a minor in psychology. He is the sports editor of The Daily Targum.
Problems with greek life reflect larger societal issues QUEER TIMES JEREMY LAMASTER
’m a fraternity brother. My home chapter (Penn State University) is part of one of the largest fraternity councils in the countr y. I danced for our fraternity in a 46-hour dance marathon that raised more than $9 million for pediatric cancer research. Our chapter has donated thousands to HIV/AIDS research. I am dumbfounded by the ability of greek organizations being able to organize and carr y out massive philanthropic initiatives — but I was also part of greek life at Penn State when a first-year student went missing and was later found dead after attending a rush event. I had several close friends experience severe emotional, physical and sexual abuse while participating in greek life. I was even there when widespread hate mail and death threats were made against black student groups and black letter organizations while our fraternity council stood by in near silence. Throughout these debates around greek life, whether here at The Daily Targum, at VICE or the Huffington Post, the polarization
really glosses over larger structural issues. having a “Mexican” themed costume social.) I There are pros and cons to greek life, but get it. Socials are for fostering community and what I hope surfaces from this debate is the service projects mobilize these communities realization that greek life does not exist in a for a greater good. But do the ends justify the vacuum. It reflects larger cultural norms and means? If we have to employ racism, sexism or homophobia to bring individuals together systems of oppression. I decided to take a step back from greek life and mobilize them for change, is it really servafter a string of incidents that really conflicted ing a greater good? Yet, motions or moves to “trim the fat” and do with my principles and ethics. The first was a fundraiser for breast cancer that sold tanks away with greek life will not solve the problem. and jerseys that read “I Heart Boobies” and In fact, as previous authors have mentioned, greek life “Feel Your Boohas been inbies.” Aside from strumental pushing faulty “If we have to employ racism, sexism for minority medical advice, I or homophobia to bring individuals students — found the premtogether and mobilize them for change, especially ise of the camis it really serving a greater good?” women, paign distasteful. racial miMy grandmother norities, lost both of her breasts to cancer. The objectification and and sexual minorities. The ability for these fragmentation of women’s bodies served to marginalized identities to foster communities further alienate survivors who had lost their has been a source of strength. By zeroing in breasts, but it was hard to find greek students on white, masculinist fraternities and their related abuses, we miss the potential and opto oppose the philanthropy. The second was when a sorority we part- portunity greek life holds. If we are concerned nered with for philanthropy wanted to have a about sexual violence, drug and alcohol abuse, “Cowboys vs. Indians” costume social. I did homophobia and racism, I think we need to not find much support from fellow greek life recognize the ways in hegemonic masculinity members in opposing the idea of romanticiz- motivates these behaviors, and fault does not ing or memorializing genocide. (Ironically, the necessarily lie in the structure greek organizasame sorority was suspended last year after tions. Pinpointing fraternities as the source is
like is ignoring a burning house to attend to a kitchen pot boiling over. I do no want to minimize the ways in which greek life serves as a pressure cooker for abusive manifestations of masculinity, but we need to be mindful of the ways in which racism, sexism and homophobia operate outside of and feed into greek life. How are socials with racist themes connected to liberal or progressive satirical racism? In what ways do capitalist ploys appropriate breast cancer research for “sex sells” campaigns? What can we do about heterosexism in greek life when it is maintained by larger norm of ironic homosexuality (“bromance”)? At the end of the day, satirical, ironic or profitable racism, sexism and homophobia are still racism, sexism and homophobia. Can greek life be practiced and implemented in a way that does not conform to larger systems of oppression? Maybe. I think what we’re left with is to seriously consider are two things. First, do we dismantle the system or reform it from within? And second, is greek life simply a microcosm of U.S. culture? Does reforming or dismantling greek life require reforming or dismantling U.S. culture? Jeremy LaMaster is a graduate student in the department of women’s and gender Studies. His column, “Queer Times,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
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Today’s Birthday (04/03/14). Life seems especially sweet this year. Both solar and lunar eclipses launch your partnership (4/15) and prosperity (4/29) to new levels this month. Barriers resolve. Your creativity thrives. Beautify your home and throw parties this spring. Summer fun leads to autumn romance. You’re clear about what’s important. Savor love with your dearest ones. Soak it in. 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 — There’s plenty to do close to home. Solve a domestic puzzle. Re-affirm a commitment to a partnership or project. Hold onto what you have. Present practical data, and talk it over. Listening is more powerful than speaking. Respect others. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Apply discipline to your communications for the next few days. Get your message out. Test it on your friends first, and use their feedback for modifications. Money’s coming in, and easily goes back out. Don’t fund a fantasy. Spend on practical necessities. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — You’re in the spotlight today and tomorrow. Use your power responsibly. Discuss financial implications, and negotiate a win-win. Hold out for what’s right. Friends contribute their expertise and experience. Learn something new. A hunch could get profitable. Accept the applause. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Today and tomorrow favor contemplation, study and quiet productivity. Remain obsessed with details. Present or collect expert testimony. Listen to partners, and take notes. Your assessment nails it. Prepare documents. Reassurance arrives from far away. Ask for more and get it. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Study the situation. Do the homework you’ve been avoiding. Let go of obligations that you can delegate. How much control do you really need? Good news presents new options. Talk it over with the related parties. Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — Make plans for major changes at home. Today and tomorrow are good for testing ideas. Gather feedback, and take notes. Talk it over with the ones affected. Use your own good judgment. Avoid stepping on toes, or it could get awkward. Keep a wide view.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 10 — Things fall into place today and tomorrow. An old dream could be newly possible. Plan an adventure. Study options and strategies. Travel conditions improve. Let your partner do the talking, despite your charm. Notice any barriers or limitations. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — The next few days favor financial planning. The more care you take with details, the better you look. Find ways to save. Collaborate and share resources with a partner. Provide great service, and earn respect. Opposites attract. Stay true to your heart. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — Review instructions, confirm reservations, and listen to suggestions. You and a partner can stir things up today and tomorrow. It could even get romantic. Stay flexible with changes or temporary confusion. Delegate or reschedule if needed. Get an expert opinion. Share responsibilities. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — It gets busy today and tomorrow. A new project demands attention. Work more and increase profits. It may require compromise. Postpone a trip, and meet virtually rather than in person. Search for practical data, and share it. Record thoughts and feelings in your journal. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — New assignments keep coming in. You’re motivated by the money. Keep your head down and focus. Get your friends involved. Make more time for fun today and tomorrow. Play with family and friends, and practical solutions arise in the process. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Today and tomorrow are good for making changes at home. Invest in efficiency. Clean up a mess. Get partners involved, and test new structures. Make material improvements. Challenge authority to get to the truth.
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match Knights hold South Florida to 31.2-percent shooting, make WNIT title game continued from back
Sophomore goalkeeper Jake Anderson earned his first career start after an injury. Anderson saved seven shots on goal for Rutgers. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
GOALIE Anderson saves seven shots on goal for Rutgers in first career start continued from back
The Red Storm then tied it up and exchanged goals with the Knights But the win would not have been before a shot through a clutter of possible without some help from the Rutgers players slipped into the net, giving St. John’s their first lead since underclassmen. Sophomore attacker Scott Bieda 10:38 in the first quarter. The action in the second quarter was crucial for the Knights, scoring three goals and adding three assists started quickly, with St John’s scoring two fast goals before Trasolini to lead the team in points. Freshman attacker Christian Tra- responded with a goal six seconds solini also contributed with a team- later on an assist from junior faceoff high four goals, none of which were specialist Joe Nardella, all happening more vital than his two goals in the exactly one minute into the quarter. The Red Storm responded, fourth quarter to give Rutgers a 13though, outscoring Rutgers, 5-2 in 12 lead. But sophomore goalkeeper Jake the quarter. The Knights started the game Anderson’s contributions may have full of intensity, eager to put St. had the largest impact. With starting sophomore goal- John’s on their back foot early on. keeper Kris Alleyne injured, Ander- But Rutgers was perhaps a bit too son got his first career start and per- energized, with midfielder Rich Rambo being called for a penalty formed well, making seven saves. The Flemington, N.J., native less than five seconds in. St. John’s scored on the ensuing was bombarded by his teammates man advantage, following the but the Knights final whistle as soon settled into the team cele“St. John’s is a talented match. brated its imteam and their attack is theBehind some portant victory. “Give [Anvery talented ... but we did strong defensive plays, which inderson] a lot a great job of containing cluded two hard of credit,” said head coach Brian and getting a great win.” hits from sophomore defender Brecht. “We alBranford Rogways felt that as BRIAN BRECHT ers, the Knights a coaching staff Head Coach scored five un… that we have answered goals two very good to lead 5-1 at the goalies that are competing every day and making end of the first. Rutgers ended its two-game the rest of the guys better and injuries are a part of the game. You slump in conference play while efdon’t want injuries to happen, but fectively terminating St. John’s fourit is a contact sport and when Kris game winning streak. Entering the game, Brecht said [Alleyne] couldn’t go tonight, Jake he had full confidence that his senior certainly stepped up.” Following Trasolini’s two goals, a class would pull out the victory and goal from Terranova put the Knights was not disappointed. “St. John’s is a talented team and up 14-12 in the fourth. Thanks to some strong defense, their attack is very talented so we’re which included a stop on a penalty not going to stop them from getting theirs,” Brecht said. “… But we did kill, Rutgers saw out the game. Rutgers jumped out to an early a great job containing and getting a great win tonight.” 9-6 lead in the third quarter. But St. John’s high-powered For updates on the Rutgers men’s offense quickly countered with a 3-1 run of its own, making it 10-9, lacrosse team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter. Knights with 8:46 remaining.
Freshman guard Tyler Scaife finished with a team-high 22 points, while sophomore guard Briyona Canty contributed a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Defensively the Knights held USF (23-14) to 31.2 percent shooting from the field, including just 5-of-20 from long range. Rutgers also won the battle on the glass with a 44-35 rebounding advantage. Following several first-half lead changes, the Knights brought a 30-28 lead into halftime and did not trail again. After the Bulls hit a 3-pointer to cut their deficit to 40-39 with 10:24 remaining, Rutgers went on a 12-5 run to retain control of the game. USF guard Courtney Williams converted a layup with 2:48 left to make it 53-51, Rutgers, before the Knights clamped down defensively and held the Bulls to just one point the rest of the way. Junior wing Betnijah Laney gave Rutgers its first lead at 8-6 on a fast break layup with 16:16 left in the first half. Four more lead changes and several tie scores ensued before the Knights seized control in the second half. Rutgers’ victory comes after a 1-1 season split with the Bulls. The Knights’ loss came in Rutgers’ regular-season finale March 3 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
Sophomore guard Briyona Canty was one of four Knights to finish in double figures last night, finishing with 12 points and 12 boards. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FILE PHOTO / MARCH 2014
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Junior outfielder Joe D’Annunzio said the pitchers kept the game close and Rutgers was unable to support them offensively. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FILE PHOTO
Fleming fails to pitch past three innings as Baxter relieves him in fourth frame continued from back especially in the last four innings. Our bats were sloppy and we didn’t get guys on base to put more pressure on them.” Four runs were not enough to suppor t the pitching staf f that allowed six runs on five hits and six base-on-balls. The Knights also left 10 runners on base of fensively. The fact that the pitching staf f lost their accuracy on the mound did not aid Rutgers. “These guys have been out there before. We just really didn’t have command and got sloppy,” Litterio said. “The whole game — not just the two guys on the mound pitching, but the guys in the field — ever ything we tried to do today wasn’t working.” After another early departure from freshman lefthander Ryan Fleming, redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter found himself having to make up innings again in a long-relief role. Fleming pitched fine in his fifth star t of the season following his outing that ended early last Friday after being struck in the head with a batted ball. The first two innings saw Fleming allow one earned run, but the Churchville, Pa., native struggled with command through his first two innings, forfeiting four walks. Fleming collected two outs after allowing a single to star t the third inning, and then Rutgers surrendered its 4-1 lead. Two walks, a wild pitch and a triple tied Iona with the Knights. Baxter ultimately earned the losing decision, but allowed only three hits and two runs in five in-
nings of relief. Baxter did not share the sentiments that he had quality innings. His four th loss of the season left a bitter taste in his mouth. “I was able to get ahead early, but other than that ever ything was pretty frustrating,” Baxter said struggling to find words in his disappointment. “I just really don’t know what to say thinking back about that game.” Although Baxter was frustrated with his per formance, it was only his second-career relief appearance at Rutgers and is a new role for him altogether. Pitching last Friday against the Huskies helped established good experience for the Waterford, N.J., native. “I’ve never really relieved before in my life,” Baxter said. “But, [pitching last week against UConn] really helped me to be more mentally prepared later in the game and help me do my job.” While Rutgers has typically per formed better on offense this season, and the team shares Litterio’s disappointment — it comes down to something much simpler. It could have just been an of f day for the Knights, said junior outfielder Joe D’Annunzio. “Obviously hitting’s not something easy to do. Our pitchers kept us in the game and our hitters didn’t get to the of fense,” D’Annunzio said. “It’s just tough to hit ever y day.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.
April 3, 2014 MEN’S TRACK & FIELD COLONIAL RELAYS, TODAY
Knights hope for better weather in Virginia relays By Lou Petrella Staff Writer
The Rutgers men’s track and field team travels back to Virginia for the second-straight weekend as they prepare to compete in the Colonial Relays on the campus of William and Mar y tomorrow and Saturday. The events will be held at Walter J. Zable stadium in Williamsburg, Va.
The Scarlet Knights won the competition at this venue last season thanks to victories in the 100m, 4x200 meter relay, 800m, 400m and various other top three finishes. That was last season, though. This year’s roster is much different and filled with freshmen learning the ropes of outdoor Division I track. Freshman pole-vaulter Sean McEvoy said that the constant
traveling is the most difficult aspect of the transition so far. “The toughest part about [transitioning from the indoor to outdoor season] is probably traveling farther than we did during the winter months,” McEvoy said. Head coach Mike Mulqueen sees how hard the freshmen are training and believes it is a product of the work ethic of some of the veterans on the squad.
“The freshmen are working really hard from watching how hard some of the upperclassmen have been working,” Mulqueen said. “This is a team that almost won the Big East Championship last spring, and some of those guys are back, so they set a good example.” Sophomore jumper Ryan North is in his second season with the team, but still says it isn’t easy transitioning to outdoor track.
Sophomore jumper Ryan North said that the most difficult part of transitioning from the indoor to outdoor season is dealing with variables such as weather and differing track surfaces. ENRICO CABREDO / FILE PHOTO / JANUARY 2013
“The biggest adjustment from indoor to outdoors are the small variables such as weather, the different tracks and the focus is on getting good outdoor marks,” North said. Rutgers started off the season with some impressive marks in the field at their opening meet of the season, but had a bit of a drop off last week in Virginia. Mulqueen feels that last weekend’s poor weather could have been the reason for weaker marks, but insists that the effort being put forth is very strong. “I thought we competed really hard last weekend,” Mulqueen said. “Unfor tunately, there was a lot of rain and poor weather but the ef for t was there. When the weather is as inclement as that, all we can do is go out and compete as hard as we can and get out of there healthy.” One of the biggest issues the team has faced thus far has been the issue of weather, both during meets and in practice. This week was the first time that the middle-distance runners practiced outside, and the second time the field athletes have trained outdoors as well. This makes it difficult to adjust during the weekends when the team has to compete not only against other squads, but also against the outdoor elements. Mulqueen says the Colonial Relays come at a per fect time because of the setup of the competition. Since the meet is split over two days, it allows some of the runners to par ticipate in multiple races that they normally would not be able to in single-day meets. “It’s a great meet for us,” Mulqueen said. “We can have [runners] run in individual events on Friday, and then come back and compete in relays on Saturday. It helps with getting them fit for real outdoor races.” For more updates on the Rutgers men’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
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he Houston Cougars have reportedly hired former college basketball coach Kelvin Sampson to replace previous head coach James Dickey, according to sources close to ESPN. This will be the four th Division I head-coaching stop for Sampson, who previously coached at Washington State, Oklahoma, and Indiana. In his most recent college tenure, Sampson was let go by Indiana after being caught by the NCAA making illegal phone calls to recruits. Since then, Sampson, 58, has worked as an NBA assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and currently the Houston Rockets. He is expected to take over as coach of the Cougars following the Rockets’ game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Sophomore Lindsey Kayati said that the team has worked hard to obtain a good conference record. A victory against the Huskies would push Rutgers to a 3-1 record in conference play. SHIRLEY YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / MARCH 2014
RU aims to improve AAC record against UConn By Nick Jannarone Staff Writer
The Rutgers tennis team will travel today to face the struggling Connecticut Huskies. The Huskies (5-10, 0-3) have won three of their last five, but have yet to put together a consistent run to solidify their AAC tournament seed. Their struggles have been in conference play as they have yet to beat an AAC opponent. The Scarlet Knights (11-4, 2-1) have won eight of their last nine matches. Sophomore Lindsey Kayati knows that Rutgers’ record is a product of its work ethic during the week. “I think the key to our success has been that we work really hard in practice, and we’re
always supporting each other and tr ying to help each other get better,” Kayati said. Another victor y would give the Knights a promising 3-1 record in conference play. That may prove to pay dividends in tiebreakers when being seeded for the conference tournament in mid-April. Last season, the Knights pulled out a tough victor y over UConn and Kayati wants to have that same feeling of satisfaction. “Seeing that it’s a conference match tomorrow, it’s really important that we get that win,” Kayati said. “I remember last year’s match against them was a tough and competitive match. It ended with a win for us so we’re really excited to play them again this year to tr y and win like last season.”
The success that the Knights have had recently can be attributed to how the players react to their matches. “Whether we win or lose, I know the entire team can take something away from each match,” said senior co-captain Stefania Balasa. “Sometimes, it’s something that we can work on to better ourselves and other times, it’s realizing certain things that work in each match.” As a leader of the team, Balasa has implemented this mindset into the rest of the Knights and it has shown with their impressive play lately. With just a handful of matches left, there is an emphasis on not changing anything that has been working for the past few weeks. Freshman Farris Cunningham is not familiar with
the histor y that Rutgers has with UConn but believes that the team should focus on looking for ward. “We never look back to past matches,” Cunningham said. “We want to take on each team with a fresh set of eyes and excitement.” Although she feels like each match should be attacked with the same sort of intense mentality, Cunningham knows that conference victories mean more in the end. “We treat all of our matches the same,” Cunningham said. “That being said, we know that conference wins always feel a little sweeter than most victories.” For more updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Supreme Cour t announced yesterday it would not review Jerr y Sandusky’s 45-count child molestation case, according to ESPN. Additional legal avenues will be available to Sandusky. Sandusky’s complaint listed that his defense team was rushed to the trial and that Sandusky’s decision not to testify was referred to improperly by the prosecution. The appeal also referenced that the judge at trial should have instructed the jur y about the length of time that it took for the abuse to be repor ted as well as weighing `evidence of character versus other evidence. Sandusky is able to file another appeal and take the case to a federal cour t. Redskins announced yesterday that the club has signed DeSean Jackson, according to ESPN. The deal is wor th $24 million over a three-year period. The wide receiver was released from the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday for his attitude and suspected gang af filiation rather than his on-field production. Jackson set a career record in 2013 in yards with 1,332 on 82 receptions and scored nine touchdowns.
signed two new players yesterday in cornerback Dimitri Patterson and wide receiver Jacoby Ford, according to ESPN. Both players are considered to be ‘back-up’ options for the Jets as they missed out on other signings earlier this of fseason in cornerback Vontae Davis and most recently wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Patterson spent last season with the Miami Dolphins, star ting four games but missing the last 10 with a groin injur y. Patterson was released by Miami in March and has repor tedly signed a deal with New York wor th $3 million over one year. Ford, meanwhile, has also had his injur y concerns with the Oakland Raiders, missing the entire 2012 season due to foot surger y. The details of his contract have yet to be announced.
April 3, 2014 SOFTBALL RUTGERS-VILLANOVA, TODAY, 2:30 P.M.
Outfielders try to continue streaky hitting against Villanova By Garrett Stepien Staff Writer
Looking at the résumé of a team that holds a 10-17 record and is winless in conference play, a win would normally seem to be a given on paper. But Rutgers softball head coach Jay Nelson doesn’t have that mindset. While winless in Big East play and seven games under .500, Villanova poses a threat to the Scarlet Knights (14-10, 1-2) today in Pennsylvania with its solid pitching. The Wildcats are coming of f a two-game sweep over Marist on Tuesday, where pitchers Kate Poppe, Kaity Sitzman and Jordan Prutzer combined to let up just two runs the whole day. “The challenge at Villanova is their pitching is ver y good,” Nelson said. “They don’t hit a whole lot, but they don’t have to if they shut the other team down. We’ll be working to get a few runs and hopefully keep them down.” Rutgers comes into today’s games on fire at the plate but will be tested by a deep Villanova pitching staff. Fresh off a 13-hit, 12-run offensive assault at Seton Hall — the most runs in a game by the team since a 15-6 win over Boston College last year — Rutgers looks to establish some consistency at the plate. The Knights shelled a weaker Seton Hall pitching staff but split last week’s doubleheader against a strong Hofstra arson of pitchers. The Pride outscored and outhit Rutgers, 14-4 and 1610, respectively.
While the run totals have been up and down, the Knights have been solid in terms of batting average. Collectively, they are hitting an AAC-best .300 on the season. A big reason for that rank has been the trio of outfielders in the first three slots of the lineup with senior outfielder Loren Williams leading off, followed by junior outfielders Chandler Howard and Jackie Bates behind her. Howard, who is riding an 11game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 with an RBI at Seton Hall, catapulted herself to the top of the AAC in batting with a .397 average. “Chandler Howard has always been a battler,” Nelson said. “When I recruited her, that’s one of the thing that caught my eye. No matter the situation, she’s in there. She’s gonna make contact, she’s gonna do something good.” Complementing Howard in the three-spot has been fellow junior outfielder Jackie Bates, who has heated up as of late. The three-hitter has used a string of multi-hit games to propel her average to .387 and her slugging percentage to .640 on the season. Bates attributed her recent success, including her 3-for-5 performance against the Pirates where she smacked two doubles and drove in three runs, to simply taking each at bat one pitch at a time. “I’ve noticed a lot recently that I’ve been getting behind in the count — like 0-2 counts, 1-2 counts — and with a lot of hitters, that can screw with your head,” Bates said. “But when you kind of recognize the different patterns the pitchers are
Junior outfielder Chandler Howard rides an 11-game hitting streak into today’s doubleheader at Villanova. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / ONLINE EDITOR / MARCH 2014 tr ying, which I’ve actually been tr ying to do a lot this year, it really helps.” Meanwhile, Williams, who has cooled off in a sense since her days of batting over .400 earlier in the season, grabbed three hits at Seton Hall for her eighth multi-hit game of the season. Nelson said that he thinks Williams is starting to heat up, and the senior outfielder feels the same. “It happens. You’re really hot at one moment and then you lose that, but you just need to work through and keep doing what you’ve been doing, and it’ll eventually come back around,” Williams said. “I’m just really
tr ying to focus on seeing the ball all the way in and making sure that I’m not overthinking ever ything. Just making sure that I’m relaxed, calm and reacting to what I see.” As for pitching, while Nelson is not 100 percent certain on a set rotation, he alluded to who he may use. Nelson will see if junior lefthander Alyssa Landrith is good to start one of the two games after tossing her 10th complete game of the season Tuesday at Seton Hall. Aside from the ace of the staff, Nelson said the team may look to use sophomore righthander Dresden Mad-
dox and a pair of freshmen righthanders in Shayla Sweeney and Aubrie Levine. Whoever takes the mound will look to mesh with a clean defensive performance and continued dominance at the plate. Williams thinks that as long as Rutgers plays its game, ––the team will be able to take care of business. “All we can do is go out there and play our game,” Williams said. “As long as we do that and execute when we need to, I think we’ll be fine.” For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow @ TargumSports on Twitter.
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MEN’S LACROSSE RUTGERS 16, ST. JOHN’S 13
All-around issues hinder RU at Iona By Tyler Karalewich Associate Sports Editor
For the Rutgers baseball team, the same issues arose yesterday that have been facing them all season. While the Scarlet Knights of fense has produced time and time again, their pitching staf f has been inconsistent. The Knights dropped the second game of their midweek series at Iona, 6-4, after beating the Gaels (4-13) on Tuesday, 7-5, at home. Rutgers (10-14) had a chance to tie it up in the top of the ninth after junior outfielder Vinny Zarrillo worked a full-count walk. But with two outs already for warded from the Knights, all they had was the unlikely shot at coming back. While the pitching staf f saw its own share of struggles, the of fense did not produce according to head coach Joe Litterio. Although Rutgers collected nine hits, scoring four runs, the quality of their atbats was dissatisfactor y for Litterio. “We played on a really big field, and that doesn’t help us too much. But we hit too many balls in the air that weren’t going anywhere,” Litterio said. “Yes, nine hits and four runs is good, but I’m ver y disappointed at the fact that we didn’t have quality at-bats throughout the game,
The Knights celebrate their first win against St. John’s since the current senior class came to Rutgers last night at High Point Solutions Stadium. Terranova, who scored three goals, said the team exacted revenge against the Red Storm. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Goalie saves game in first start
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By Sean Stewart Correspondent
When two teams are evenly matched, the team with the greatest desire to win often comes out on top. Trailing by one entering the four th quar ter of its Big East clash against St. John’s, underneath the lights of High Point Solutions Stadium, the Rut-
gers men’s lacrosse team showed that desire, willing its way to a 16-13 victor y. The win was the Scarlet Knights’ (7-4, 2-2) first victory versus the Red Storm (6-4, 2-1) by their senior class. For senior midfielder Anthony Terranova, the win was a long time coming. Terranova said the victory exacted some revenge and should help the team’s confi-
dence moving forward into the final stretches of the season. The seniors certainly played their part in the victory. Terranova scored three goals while attacker Scott Klimchak and midfielder Nick DePaolera added two each. See GOALIE on Page 15
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RUTGERS 62, SOUTH FLORIDA 52
Knights advance to first NIT title match By Greg Johnson Sports Editor
For the first time is program history, the Rutgers women’s basketball team is on the cusp of a WNIT Championship.
Head coach Joe Litterio said he was not satisfied with the quality of at-bats. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FILE PHOTO
A tightly contested match much of the way, the Scarlet Knights pulled away late from South Florida to seize a 62-52 win in the semifinals last night in Tampa. The Knights will play at UTEP on Saturday afternoon in El Paso, Texas, to decide the champion of the 64-team tournament.
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ASHA RUTH, senior sprinter and jumper , will compete in the Colonial Relays in Virginia this weekend. Ruth won the long jump title and was a member of the first place 4X100 sprint medley team last spring.
Rutgers (27-9) produced its most offensively efficient outing of the tournament, shooting 49 percent from the field. Four players reached double figures. See MATCH on Page 15
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