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Head men’s basketball coach Fred Hill Jr. is under investigation following an incident at Thursday’s baseball game, while star guard Mike Rosario mulls leaving the program.

Senator praises passage of new SAFRA law

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Budget plan slashes $3.6M in EOF funds

BY REENA DIAMANTE

BY DEVIN SIKORSKI

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ACTING ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

As the first person in his family to go to college and then law school, the challenge many University students face of affording higher education hits home for New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. Menendez, D-New Jersey, said the two factors that contributed to this achievement were his mother, who knew that an education was important to become successful, and student financial aid, including federal Pell Grants and Perkins loans. With this personal experience on his belt, Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone, DN.J, joined supporters on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus yesterday in celebration of the new Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. “I certainly wouldn’t be standing here as a United States senator without that education,” Menendez said. “We want that to be a birthright for all our citizens in the days ahead. What we see in each and every one you is the possibility of being the next inventor of the next great idea that will change the world.”

Despite President Barack Obama signing the largest college financial aid legislation ever into law two weeks ago, one University program is feeling the effects of the statewide budget crunch in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget cuts will reduce the amount of funding statewide for the Educational Opportunity Fund by 8.7 percent, which equates to more than $3.6 million dollars, according to statistics provided by the University Office of Budget and Resource Studies. This would reduce the amount of funding for EOF statewide to $37.6 million from $41.2 million. Vice President of University Budgeting Nancy S. Winterbauer said the University understands the tough fiscal situation the governor is dealing with, but is still concerned about the cuts to EOF. “[EOF is] a program that is so critical in providing access to students who might otherwise not be able to attend college,” she said, via email correspondence. “We hope that as the budget season progresses, Trenton policymakers will realize that EOF funding is a wise investment in access to higher education.” EOF provides low-income residents who are capable of obtaining a college degree with the opportunity to receive a high-quality college education through financial, personal and academic assistance, according to the program’s Web site. There are close to 2,600 students involved in the EOF program, according to Office of Budget and Resource Studies statistics. Edward Manning, the associate dean of EOF in the School of Arts and Sciences, said although it is unclear what part of EOF will be cut, many students who are enrolled at the University are more vulnerable than prospective students. “If there is a cut in direct aid to students, then it means students will have to borrow more, assuming they can,” he said. “This means students who

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Sen. Robert Menendez celebrates the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act yesterday in front of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus.

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REPORT PROJECTS NJ REVENUE SHORTFALL AT $250M Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal might have left some without hope for New Jersey’s economic forecast, but it does not end there. New Jersey revenue collections are likely to come up $250 million short through June 2011, according to a nonpartisan report prepared by the Office of Legislative Services to be released today, The Star-Ledger reports. “Years of revenue growth have evaporated,” according the report cited in The Star-Ledger article. “The period of economic recovery required to produce earlier collection levels is uncertain.”

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The OLS estimated that starting July 1, revenue would be $167.7 million lower than the $28.3 billion Christie proposed in his budget address last month, according to the article. The report projects revenue for the fiscal year ending this June at $27.6 billion, $81.7 million less than Christie projected. Some Democrats think this forecast can make the proposed budget results worse. “I know that the governor’s dealing with a very difficult budget, but accurate information is ver y important,” New

Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said in the article. “We don’t want to live in wonderland.” New Jersey State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said the administration would not update its estimates nor adjust its proposal. “It’s real money, it’s significant, but it is a relatively small differential,” SidamonEristoff said in the article. The Assembly Budget Committee, yesterday, kicked off nearly two months of hearings. Christie and the Legislature must agree on a budget by June 30.

Activists plan camp out for more state funding BY NEIL P. KYPERS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Tent State University hopes to increase civic activism in the community and kicks off its first day, in hopes of increasing student involvement, on Rutgers Day. Tent State, which intentionally begins on Rutgers Day, April 24, and ends on April 30, began in 2003 with a group of students who wanted to respond to the major funding cuts at the University. “They chose to create a state where people could come together and create a democratically run, free University,” said Jordan Bucey, a former out-of-state University student who now attends Middlesex County College due to tuition cost. “The reason why it’s called Tent State is to model after tent cities where homeless people live.” The tents are a representation of how much debt students accumulate over the course of going to college. They symbolize how college debt puts students

into poor financial situations after obtaining a degree. In its inception, the event caused some issues with the University, said Bucey, who intends to return to the University next semester. Now the University provides electricity and trashcans, and keeps Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus open so people can use the bathrooms. “If we want this to really be effective, both sides need to work together,” she said. “You need to realize that if we all care about education, we are all on the same side.” The event hosts an array of activities from a legislative tent to free art and live band performances outside Scott Hall every night, Bucey said. John Aspray, an organizer and a student running the legislative tent, said the legislative tent would offer students a chance to call their legislators about the budget cuts as well as register to vote.

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Local band “Chocolate Bread” performs at the “Oxfest Rock for Haiti” benefit concert Monday in the Busch Campus Center. All proceeds will benefit the Oxfam America Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.

Undergraduate students with 60 or greater degree credits can register for Fall 2010 classes tonight from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


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Business stows student belongings A fledgling storage service offers additional space to the U. community BY ANDREW SMITH CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Students may be wrapping up their final exams and getting started on summer plans in just five weeks, but they will still have one last problem to solve for the school year — how to get all their belongings home. New Jersey Institute of Technology alumnus Michael Amigashie and NJIT student Elijah Armah star ted University Storage, a studentrun business venture, to help on-campus students with moving in at school and moving out to return home at the start and end of each semester. University Storage CEO Amigashie said the idea came to fruition when the duo won a business competition in 2008 held by the winner of the fourth season of “The Apprentice,” Randal Pinkett. Their first-place prize was $5,000 and the opportunity to consult with Pinkett for any issue the team faced with the business. University Storage began offering service in 2008 to NJIT, Rutgers–Newark, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Seton Hall University and Montclair University. University Storage also began working with the University Center at Easton Avenue, and as of this year, has expanded its presence, with the intention of growing more.

“There’s a great possibility of us expanding beyond New Jersey, but as of now we want to have a really big market share here,” Amigashie said. “We really want to establish ourselves here in New Jersey.” University Storage representatives met with Residence Life to discuss potential inclusion in the University’s New Student Orientation, which would allow more students to gain familiarity with the service.

“You don’t have to travel to pick up your stuff. It makes things easier for students.” BARBARA BEKOE University Storage Lead Campus Representative

Students shared their opinions regarding the fledgling company’s presence on campus. “I’m probably not going to use it, but if there’s someone who has a lot of stuff, it will definitely be useful for them,” said Samantha Mitchell, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. Shaili Jha, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, agreed. “I think it’s a really good idea, especially for those of us like me who live really far away,” Jha said.

“A lot of the stuff we bring here isn’t stuff we need at home, and it’s a good way to keep stuff here. If the costs are targeted towards students, I think it’s something people will take advantage of.” Barbara Bekoe, lead campus representative of University Storage, said the company has many advantages over standard storage ser vices, such as lower prices. “With other ser vices, you would have to be the one to go in [and] … pick your things up,” she said. “You don’t have to travel to pick up your stuff. It makes things easier for students.” Unlike other companies that have monthly fees, University Storage charges students a flat rate for the summer months, Bekoe said. The standard rate for a student is $159.84, which pays for four 22 x 22 x 22-inch boxes, duct tape and four months of storage space, she said. The boxes are shipped and taken away for free and may be delivered back at a later date, if necessary, for $7 per box. Typically, storage is for items like books, supplies and other items a student may not want to transport themselves, Bekoe said. Larger items may be stored, but furniture is not usually accommodated. University Storage can be reached through its Web site, www.myustrorage.com, on Facebook, on Twitter or by phone at (877)-207-6344.


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Sen. Robert Menendez says the legislation will grant an additional 11,000 Pell Grants to NJ students. It increases maximum scholarships to $5,550 this year and expands the direct student loan program.

LAW: Act adds $36 billion to college Pell Grant program continued from front SAFRA, which is part of the health care reform bill, will secure billions of dollars for aid to college students at a time when tuition costs and debts are at their highest. The new act will inject $36 billion into the Pell Grant program and an additional 11,000 New Jersey students will receive the grants, Menendez said. The maximum scholarship a student can be awarded annually will increase to $5,550 this year. By 2017, it will grow to $5,975. With the scholarship increase, minority-serving institutions and college access grants, New Jersey students alone will have access to a quarter of a billion dollars over the next 10 years, he said. The reform Menendez and Pallone worked to pass expands the direct student loan program, Menendez said. It removes the huge costs associated with the student loans middlemen, he said. “It eliminates the subsidies of big banks and private lenders and reinvest these savings into

education programs that make college more affordable,” he said. Not only will the act dramatically raise the amount of money students can receive, it will reduce the nation’s debt, Menendez said. Reforming the program will reduce the federal deficit by $8 billion. The law is passed at a time when the University needs it the most. University President Richard L. McCormick said there are difficult choices that need to be made as the state operating support is going down. A reduction of 15 percent is proposed for next year. “Rutgers is not a rich kid’s school,” he said. “Eighty percent of students are on some kind of financial aid. Thirty percent of them receive federal Pell Grant. About 100 percent work at some point in time to pay their bills.” Rutgers University Student Assembly President Werner Born, who spoke at the event, expressed gratitude for Menendez and Pallone’s work. “We have been shown that our great nation cares that every student is given an equal opportunity at higher education to pursue studies beyond what is simply written in a textbook and discover things in a lab that are still unknown,” said Born, a

School of Engineering senior. Menendez described the rally along with general advocacy for the act as “democracy succeeding.” “What we celebrate today is not just Congressman Pallone’s or my own ability to make this happen — it’s your ability to participate and make it happen,” he said. New Jersey Public Interest Research Group member Samuel Obergh, who rallied for the bill on the steps of Capitol Hill alongside Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, joined his peers yesterday on the steps of Brower Commons to further show his support. “We were bringing more attention to this bill being passed and it was up for a vote,” said Obergh, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Among the many student supporters, John Aspray, RUSA Legislative Affairs Committee chair, was thankful for Menendez and Pallone’s efforts. “The only way I’d be here is through financial aid,” Aspray, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said. “Students need to be more active in pushing student friendly legislation, since the debt burden is higher for students than it’s ever been before.”

300 people during the live performances at night, she said. The event is no longer just for include live music performances students but open to anyone who wants to be a part of it, even the continued from front homeless, she said. David Colaco, a School of Arts “Basically the goal is getting and Sciences sophomore, was at students to call their legislator last year’s Tent State and enjoyed and get involved,” said Aspray, a the events. He looks forward to School of Arts and Sciences junattending again. ior. “We really are political and “It’s a good means for people to want to bring people together to get involved in the community on a support higher education, and lower level,” Colaco said. “As that’s part of the message of opposed to a rally which would Tent State.” bring in like-minded people to show The event’s purpose is to their power, Tent State is less based make people realize they do have on that … and you can get more a voice and that everyone can open-minded people [involved].” make a difference, Bucey said. Matt Kosinski, a School of “We register people to vote Arts and Sciences sophomore and encourage students that they who spent a night at Tent State do have a voice and apathy is a last year, hopes to attend all myth — there is no such thing as week this year. He sees the apathy,” she said. “If you’re not event as a good doing something way to bond with … you’re part of “It’s the place fellow students. the problem.” But Kosinski One part of the for [participants] believes most peoevent offers the ple do not attend opportunity to be to voice for the activism involved in a town their concerns.” aspect. hall meeting, “I understand Bucey said. JORDAN BUCEY they come from a Anyone working Student Activist socio-political sort the event will be of thing … [but] in allowed to come terms of reaching that goal, it up with ideas for the week. doesn’t get the job done,” he said. “That’s where we make the Yet Aspray said it is important to decision on cleanups, what worknote that many of the students who shops we are going to have, any attend go on to be involved in polichanges in where tents are going tics at the University or in the city. to be and any gripes people The event acts as a recruitment have,” she said. “It’s the place for hub for political activism, he said. them to voice their concerns.” “Tent State organizers in the Everything at the event is past have r un high school free, Bucey said. The only cost is internship projects, were active a $5 tent rental fee. in the Democrats for Change “Anyone can come set up a campaign, were active in the tent. All they have to do is come to ward campaign, and I later went our staff tent and register,” Bucey on to join [Rutgers University said. “We have our own security Student Assembly] and the so we like to keep the place safe Legislative Affairs committee,” and know who is sleeping [where he said. “Tent State lasts a in case of emergency].” week, but [organizers] are The student turnout at last involved in the community all year’s event included about 200 year round.” people in tents and around 250 to


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Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget could result in large cuts to EOF funds, possibly resulting in less student grants and programs.

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the program, Shostack said. “All of our students are first-gencollege students, and they first cut in 40-year NJ history eration also qualify for the program on the basis of financial need,” she said. continued from front Shostack said although are unable to borrow more will be these students come from lowunable to continue school.” income backgrounds, they are Manning said in the 40 years in no way inferior to other stuthe program has been offered in dents at the University. the state, these are the first cuts “These are all students with it has ever received. tremendous potential,” she said. He said the chances these stu“They typically graduate at the dents will continue school are top of their high school classes, unclear, because once they leave but they are considered educathe University, they are considtionally disadvantaged as a result ered to be less of a priority for the of their school districts.” program. He said this is because Senior EOF Counselor of the increasing demand for stuCatrina Diggs, a University EOF dents to receive EOF funds. alumna, said the stereotype that “What we’re having to do is to EOF students are inferior is comprioritize how the grant is distribpletely untrue. uted,” Manning said. “This “By the time [EOF students] means students who leave school graduate, they are on par with are put at the end when the time everybody else,” she said. “I gradcomes for funding again.” uated with a 3.6, so it’s not always Michelle Shostack, assistant about where you start, but about dean for EOF in the School of Arts how you finish.” and Sciences, said The program is students sometimes intended for stu“If [the governor] dents without the do not have a choice to stay in school economic and is going to make because they are social means needcuts, he should take ed to attend a unable to increase their loan debt due like the a closer look at what school to poor economic University, circumstances. Manning said. he is cutting.” “Since parental “The program CATRINA DIGGS support in most is for students who EOF Senior Counselor cases is negligible, are bright and it means increasing capable, but, for the students’ loan debt,” she said. the most part, graduated from “If they can negotiate the loans and high schools and work in commuare able to stay, they are faced with nities where the resources aren’t the decision to either increase their there,” he said. “So when they get debt or leave school.” here, they are a couple steps Manning said although the behind their peers. This program EOF program is facing proposed provides them support and helps budget cuts from the governor, them catch up.” the University has been nothing Diggs said she does not know but supportive over his time whether she would have come to involved in the program. the University without the EOF pro“I’ve been here at Rutgers for gram and feels the support students 23 years, and I can honestly say receive from the program is needed. the support the institution has pro“Students who are coming into vided has been great. I know they EOF come from schools that don’t care very deeply about the proadequately prepare them for colgram,” he said. “But the University lege,” she said. “So, if you don’t is also at a very difficult place. have an EOF counselor to help They are trying to figure out how you navigate the University, it it’s going to provide a quality expemakes college more challenging.” rience, not just for EOF students, Diggs also understands the but for other students as well.” economic situation the state is Shostack agreed with Manning, dealing with. But she thinks the saying there is no denying the fact governor needs to see which prothe state is facing tough economic grams are being cut and make times. But, she stressed how imporbetter decisions. tant the EOF program is to the state. “[The governor] has to use “Educating our students adds more discretion. Programs like to the economy of New Jersey EOF benefit a portion of the popubecause most of our students lation that might otherwise not remain in state and become taxreceive this kind of support,” she payers,” she said. “We know that said. “So, if [the governor] is going earning their degree changes their to make cuts, he should take a earning potential. So, in the long closer look at what he is cutting.” run, it’s a very wise investment.” Manning said EOF recently Shostack also said the benefits started an advocacy campaign for for a family sending their child to the proposed budget cuts, asking college for the first time are visistudents and alumni to send letble at the graduation ceremony. ters to state legislators and the “You see the pride in parent’s governor in opposition to the cuts. eyes. It’s like a family is going to “We know there will be a cut,” college,” she said. he said. “We’re just hoping we There are other requirements can do something to minimize students must meet to qualify for the depth of the cut.”

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Organization to run for community outreach support BY JEFF PRENTKY STAFF WRITER

Hip-hop may bring some to move their feet at Johnson Park this weekend, but beats and break-dancing will not be a part of the mix. The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project, or HIPHOP, is holding its eleventh annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday to benefit the St. John’s Family Health Center, the Promise Clinic in New Brunswick and community outreach sites that attend to the health needs of the underrepresented. University students have participated in the 5K run/walk for the past four years by donating water for the runners, and assisting before and after the run with cleaning, set-up and registration, Susan Giordano, program coordinator for HIPHOP said in an email correspondence. “This event is one of the many events our program promotes to

encourage passion to serve the less fortunate,” said Giordano, who this year expects between 100 and 130 runners. “We look forward to instilling passion in others. In addition, we hope to raise sufficient funds that will enable our program to continue to serve our community.” Sponsored in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association, the 5K run/walk fundraiser will be held in Johnson Park on River Road in Piscataway. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the race begins at 10 a.m. In the past, the event has raised between $4,000 and $6,000 ever y year, HIPHOP Student Director Monica Chugh said. “This program initially appealed to me as a medical student because it kind of was an extension of what I had done at Rutgers previously,” the University alumna said. “This year, we’re looking forward to raising a lot of money and includ-

ing more people outside of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School].” HIPHOP has also worked with University students for the past 10 years on collaborative lecture series, volunteerism and commu-

“This event ... encourage[s] passion to serve the less fortunate.” SUSAN GIORDANO HIPHOP Program Coordinator

nity-student program implementation. HIPHOP reaches more than 800 people each year with its services, which include health prevention education, advocacy and primar y health care, Giordano said. Through HIPHOP, a studentrun community service organiza-

tion at UMDNJ-RWJMS, students in medical and public health fields enhance their health education and communication skills while learning about the social and medical needs of underserved populations in the area, said UMDNJ-RWJMS Spokeswomen Jennifer Forbes, via e-mail correspondence. HIPHOP programs students participate in range from shadowing physicians at St. John’s Clinic, teaching high school students about HIV prevention and attending chemotherapy treatments with cancer patients, she said. These types of programs allow students to engage in a unique ser vice-learning opportunity and gain real-world experience outside the classroom, Forbes said. In addition to the 5K run/walk fundraiser, the students in HIPHOP participate in more than 30 outreach projects in Central New Jersey, including health

fairs, a back-to-school supply drive, an annual volunteer day and an annual youth science education day, she said. Two medical students who recognized the need for such a program founded HIPHOP in 1992 so their peers could make a difference in the community. It has since evolved into an umbrella program with three major initiatives — the Community Health Initiative, the Promise Clinic, which is in par tnership with Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, and the Motivating Ourselves Via Exercise and Nutrition Project, Forbes said. The initiatives promote healthy living practices, provide preventive health education including diabetes and blood pressure screenings, provide access to primary care for an underserved, mostly homeless, population and encourage healthier eating habits and exercise, she said.

MAN TURNS SELF IN FOR SLAPPING FAST FOOD ATTENDANT Rashon East, 34, surrendered himself to South Brunswick police early Monday after crawling through a McDonald’s drive-through window last month and slapping and threatening an employee, according to an article in The Star-Ledger. Police released a security video of the attack, and the New Brunswick resident’s friends, family and children identified him, according to the article.

“Indications are that East’s family, including his own children, saw his images and encouraged him to give up,” Sgt. James Ryan said in the article. East was charged with simple assault and making terrorist threats. His court appearance is scheduled for April 13. The attack happened at 4:30 a.m. on March 28 at a McDonald’s on Route 1 at Sand Hills Road.

East complained of slow service and climbed through the drive-through window to shove the employee against the counter. He then threatened the worker and said he would be waiting for him later before slapping him and walking out with a fish sandwich, which he had ordered and paid for. — Kristine Rosette Enerio


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ith the ever-closing window for unrestricted speech and uncontrolled methods of communication, the Internet has become the last frontier. Yet even that has been threatened in recent times. According to The New York Times, a federal appeals court yesterday ruled that the Federal Communication Commission could not set particular rules in terms of use of the Internet. The decision came after the FCC attempted to regulate the online world with the claims that Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, took it upon itself to slow down traffic to well-known BitTorrent Web sites. Despite some college students’ tendencies to access these torrent sites, we must agree with the decision of striking down the FCC’s farfetched explanation for setting rules regarding the Internet. The FCC stated it simply wanted Internet providers to comply with a “net neutrality,” the principle that all content should be addressed equally by said providers. The problem is that even if this were the case, the FCC has no such authority, therefore should not meddle in a case of company-customer relations. If people want to switch their service provider, they are free to do it — the government must stay out of it. We are not arguing that Internet providers’ decisions to ban certain Web sites are correct. The court’s ruling effectively allows providers to ban sites such as Hulu.com or You Tube, yet it leaves out government’s influence on these companies — something that should be the case if we are to keep the Internet from becoming another of the state’s toys. In addition to keeping the Internet from government control, Comcast’s victory comes after the argument that some users take up significantly more bandwidth than others. If the FCC had its way, then the provider would have to be required to retain this unfair stream of usage and take away from those customers who seldom use their service. Ultimately, while the court’s decision thwarts other companies such as Microsoft and Google, it keeps the virtual playing field a competition instead of a government-controlled forum. We can only agree with this exclusion of the FCC in online spheres, perhaps for the fear of a controlled Internet or maybe the Commission’s inability to actually promoting “an open Internet.” In either case, the FCC has no authority and must remain that way, as Internet providers should be the sole figures responsible for the fair distribution of bandwidth and use of their service.

Lawyer’s advice causes gaffe

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he terms “permanent resident” and “citizen” are often interchangeable in the world of taxes, bank accounts and education, yet when the question of criminal action is raised, their meanings diverge greatly. According to The New York Times, Jose Padilla, a truck driver, Vietnam veteran and Honduras native, has lived legally in the United States for the past 40 years. He now faces deportation for a large amount of marijuana found in his tractor-trailer, after his lawyer told him that he would not face deportation if he pleaded guilty. The fault seems to fall on the lawyer for incorrect legal advice and charges against Padilla make his deportation virtually mandatory. Padilla’s lawyer informed his client that the consequences of pleading guilty would not be deportation since he had been in the country for almost four decades. When the defendant faced the court, he claimed that his plea was based on this faulty legal advice. While the Supreme Court of Kentucky rejected his claim, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7 to 2 to reverse the ruling. The judges said with the ever-increasing excruciating measures taken against non-citizens, legal council was an even bigger crutch than before. Therefore, if Padilla had received erroneous advice, it puts him at a huge disadvantage when facing the court. While we do not argue for criminal activity, it seems that Padilla falls at a disadvantage for two reasons — legal ineptitude and a certain bias against immigrants. For example, if a 19-year-old college student were caught with possession of weed, he would get off with a modest fine and speck on his record. But in Padilla’s case, the man who served in Vietnam gets deported for simply not being a citizen. The gaffe is obvious. The Supreme Court went on to rule that if Mr. Padilla’s claim were correct, then it would be certain his lawyer had not met the constitutional standard. Immigrants’ rights could therefore be further protected under the Sixth Amendment. The decision should be an obvious one. Padilla’s lawyer gave faulty advice that directly affected his client — something that is not grounds for deportation. While Padilla’s criminal activity should by no means be seen as a petty crime, he should be given a fairer trial and chance to explain his situation. And after all, how could we send a man who fought for the United States out of the country and think it is right?

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I have not had time I think I have made it abundantly clear in recent for much else besides class and work, given the weeks that I am far from appropriate, and no, I ceramount of Mario Kart hours I clock. Clearly, my pritainly do not dress like the Amish. I orities are in order. In any case, a am sure I have made some poor fashnearby cherry blossom tree spent its “... not the ones ion choices in my life — there is picafternoon dusting my legs with its petals, welcomingly garnering my that could double as torial proof of a sixteen-year-old me denim jacket and bell bottom clad attention for most of the day. But lace ‘booty shorts.’ hiding somewhere in my mess of a every so often, my distracted eyes room — but come on. 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Conservative ideals: Maximize wealth, take care of rich

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grew up in a very conservative environment as a strongly opinionated, although entirely ignorant, far-right Republican — a situation not specific to any one party or ideology. Nevertheless, I began to label myself as a “moderate” as I learned more about politics, figuring, as many others do, that there are two sides to every story and the truth usually lies in the middle. While such a common sense conclusion seems reasonable enough, it remains far from accurate — at least in politics. There are objective truths, and my studies continually show the conservative platform to be mostly false. I say this not to Conservatives, who obviously will not be convinced, but instead to progressives, who continually give conservative ideology the benefit of the doubt in having some nugget of truth, despite such kindness being rarely reciprocated towards progressive ideas — unless you consider “Neo-Liberal Monarchist” to be a term of endearment. Oftentimes, we are afraid of labeling massive groups of people, like Conservatives, as predominantly incorrect. Of course there are gray areas sometimes, but if someone is wrong, there is nothing wrong with respectfully calling them out. Backed up by logic and facts, and in the spirit of Socrates, it is this type of honesty that I seek to provide in all of my columns starting today. In a March 4 letter to The Daily Targum, the author of “Conservative theory: Provide stable economic climate” tried to paint conservative ideology on economics in a more positive light. He began by defining progressives as people who “see political debates in terms of kindness and fairness,” (how awful?) and decrying the suggestion that conservatives are “purposefully callous.”

To support conrequired. The bigservative economic ger concern is: How theory, he defines do Conser vatives fairness as a subget away with quesjective term and LONNIE AFFRIME tioning fairness by uses the estate tax comparing the as proof. Sadly, while I admire his attempt plight of the needy, feeding ones’ children, to convolute the obvious, the estate tax is with that of the rich, buying a fourth nothing more than “a progressive tax that Porsche? Even if the estate tax was unfair, is supposed to hit wealthier people dispro- why are Conservatives not focusing more portionately.” Moreover, its actual purpose, on the injustice of the poor than a tax that beyond pointlessly agonizing the rich, is as affects less than 2 percent of Americans? Winston Churchill has said: To ensure “a Furthermore, since a large percentage of certain corrective against the development tax revenue comes from the rich, how exactof a race of idle rich.” This is not a tax that ly do Conservatives plan on decreasing our “punishes people who wisely save their debt? In truth, the conservative ideology of money.” Anyone with under cutting taxes while decreas$3.5 million was not taxed ing the debt is simply a lie, “... do the rich really supported only by math that at all in 2009, and those people “hurt” by the estate tax care about money reads more like a fictional are not simply hard worknovel than Ayn Rand. trickling down ers who have a 9 to 5 job Returning to the article, and responsibly use the author next argues to help the middle against the minimum wage coupons. I cannot stand the conser vative tendency to and lower classes ...” saying, “research has dismiss those who are ecoshown that a 10 percent nomically in need as irreincrease in the minimum sponsible or not working hard enough, wage increases teen unemployment by 1 to while the wealthy are lavished with praise 3 percent.” I am sure those 1 to 3 percent — despite causing our economic collapse. of teens would be so much happier workSuch labels are not only shamelessly false, ing at McDonald’s for $3.25 an hour! but they also ironically reek of elitism, an Nonetheless, after working five hours, peradjective used often by Conservatives. haps they will be able to splurge on someMost strained families work very hard just thing, like lunch. to get by and only lack the opportunities The author also writes, “Conservatives freely provided to the rich. believe that the free market does not lend Additionally, the author’s argument that itself to monopolies.” In this case, I hope the estate tax is unfair must imply he is he does not speak for all Conservatives, as against the rich ever being taxed more former President Theodore Roosevelt was than the poor — a “progressive tax.” I do a Republican trustbuster, and the author’s not wish to overtax the wealthy, but having “belief” is so incredibly false that I doubt a progressive tax system is not inherently he could find one legitimate historian or unfair — to those given much, much is economist to back up his statement.

Off-shore drilling needs government regulations Letter AJAY KUMAR

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resident Barack Obama announced plans to open parts of the American coastline to offshore oil drilling, from Delaware to Texas and Northern Alaska, but excluding areas of Florida and environmentally sensitive areas such as Bristol Bay in Alaska. The plan has drawn criticism and ire from environmentalists on the left and childish obstructionists on the right, who are committed to oppose Obama even when they agree with the left. Both groups must look beyond their narrow interests and focus on the bigger picture. The United States cannot continue to finance repressive dictatorships and monarchies in the Middle East who sponsor terror, like Saudi Arabia, Libya and Yemen. It is morally unacceptable that the United States bankrolls such regimes with money, weaponry and diplomatic support, while overlooking its own atrocities and abuse of human rights. But beyond that, the United States has every right to utilize its natural offshore oil resources the same way Norway and Brazil do. By some estimates, the potential reserve could yield between 4.5 and 22 billion barrels of oil and 13 to 95 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. While this is not enough to solve the energy needs of the United States, it can be part of a larger strategy combined with nuclear energy to develop a long-term plan for alternative energy. Within 10 to 15 years, we could produce as many as one million barrels a day. One thing we must keep in mind is that the goal of this venture should be benefiting the

American people. If offshore drilling were used for the common good, it could enrich the United States and benefit the American people as a whole. This is the goal we must strive for. This should not be a gift to Big Oil, as it is shaping up to be. Obama has proposed what essentially amounts to welfare for the wealthy by allowing the oil corporations to place bids for newly opened areas and returning a certain amount of royalties to the government. The bulk of the profits will go to the companies and the American people will get their table scraps. There is only one way to prevent this. We must set up a government-owned oil company or a government-sanctioned agency like Norway, Brazil and other oilproducing countries have. In other nations, all oil is public property and while oil extraction is contracted out, oil revenue belongs entirely to the government. A government-owned oil company in the United States would generate massive revenue that could be used for the public good by providing funding for education, health care, infrastructure and other important programs, as well as reducing the deficit and paying down the national debt. In this model, the American people would benefit, instead of the moneyed elites. In the meanwhile, the government could also use the revenue to fund research and development of alternative fuel and green energy sources. If done correctly, offshore oil drilling can prove to be great for the United States and the American people. Ajay Kumar is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science and history.

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Lastly he says, “the best way government can help a poor person is to provide a stable economic climate for them to find a job.” Precisely! And Conservatives did that so well during the eight years of former President George W. Bush’s administration, which led right into our current economic climate. Just like you know who to call when ghosts come around, it is also just as obvious who to call when you are looking to ruin — I mean stabilize — the economy. The idea of lowering taxes to help the economy — what is called Reaganomics or trickle-down economics — existed before former President Ronald Reagan. He was merely successful in justifying it through the rhetoric of money trickling down to those in need. Regardless, even if this theory did work (it does not), do the rich really care about money trickling down to help the middle and lower classes, or only that we think it does? Also, if Conservatives really cared about helping those in need, why would they begin by crafting a theory around helping themselves and only figure out some good talking points years later? In the end, the fundamental difference between conservative and progressive economic theory is that Conservatives begin by asking how to maximize the wealth and happiness of the rich, while progressives begin by asking how to maximize the wealth and happiness of everyone — with a focus on those in need. Does this make economic conservatives bad? No. They could be the other option — ignorant. Lonnie Affrime is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy. He welcomes feedback at laffrime@eden.rutgers.edu.


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Today's birthday (4/7/10). Conditions in your life call for a lot more self-assertiveness. You will continue to have responsibilities to others, but independent work becomes a powerful tool in meeting outside demands. Balance passion with partnership duties. 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 — You'll have more control if you can identify opportunities and allow an associate to present them. Less immediate credit and more success works for you. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — You find yourself thrust into a philosophical argument. The easiest way may not be the best way. Remember your commitments. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — As you participate in family or social events, notice how natural it feels. You've come a long way, baby. Relax and enjoy the ride. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 5 — Pay close attention to significant relationships. Your karma is in the balance today. Heal old emotional wounds with compassion. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Use your impulsiveness to move a project forward, but don't paint yourself into a corner. Consolidate your own position. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — This could be a stressful day. Accept the challenge to transform gloom into gentle spring sunshine. Everyone benefits from your effort.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 5 — Bend to your partner's wishes, but don't break. The feelings you tend to suppress should be expressed, either now or in the near future. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Don't plan on being the center of attention now. Instead, imagine clever solutions for intellectual or logical problems. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — To maintain your creative edge, listen to your heart. If that gets confusing, make a list of pros and cons. You need to make a decision. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Work within your emotional comfort zone to avoid associates who challenge your authority. There's no need to be on the cutting edge today. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Decisions made today will impact your life for a long time. You want to be practical, but imaginative, independent actions are your nature. Strive for a balance. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Do your best today to manage the group. Distress can arise when members take off in myriad directions. Get everyone's cell number.

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DOWNHILL: Rosario considers transfer from team continued from back think at this time of year, when you’re not in the Tournament and you’re watching it, you’re particularly frustrated. Hopefully we’ll get together Monday, we’ll talk about it and make some sense of it.” The Star-Ledger reported Rosario is considering a transfer to Florida, Southern California and Michigan State, while an anonymous source said North Carolina is also an option. Rosario averaged 24 points in two games at Chapel Hill, N.C., the last two years. He was the team’s leading scorer in his first two seasons, averaging 16.4 points per game. During the season, Hurley said he did not think Rosario’s competitiveness would allow him to sit out a season, per NCAA transfer regulations. He echoed that sentiment yesterday. “I only had the chance to talk to him briefly and I don’t want to infer anything from the conversation, I just know I need to sit down and talk to him,” Hurley said. “I still feel pretty much the same way. I don’t think Mike would respond real well to not playing basketball for a year. We just need to talk.” The Star-Ledger reported Rosario told Hill that staying with the Knights would hinder

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track and field team added another dynamic athlete to its squad Tuesday, as Corey Crawford signed a national letter of intent to become a Scarlet Knight. Crawford is the No. 1 long jumper in the state of New Jersey and also holds All-American honors after finishing fourth place at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships.

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men’s head basketball coaching vacancy Tuesday, with the hiring of former Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell. The two parties reached a seven-year contract agreement, while Purnell’s salary is still not determined. DePaul’s previous head coach, Jerry Wainwright was fired on Jan.11 after leading the Blue Demons to just seven wins while going winless in conference play. Purnell holds a 13890 record in seven years with Clemson, but was just 50-62 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

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basketball coach Jim Boeheim earned the Naismith college coach of the year award yesterday, making him the fourth Big East coach to win the award. The three other finalists were New Mexico’s Steve Alford, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Frank Martin of Kansas State. The Orange started the year unranked, but worked their way up to a No. 1 NCAA tournament ranking behind the team’s 30-5 season record. The team lost in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual National runner-up, Butler.

his chances at the NBA. When asked, Hurley instead focused on the McDonald’s AllAmerican’s development. “I think he leveled off this year as a player,” Hurley said. Rosario’s departure would make him the ninth player to leave Rutgers during Hill’s tenure, but Gannet New Jersey reported Rosario could stay if there is a coaching change. If he does leave, the Jersey City native would join this season’s transfers in classmates Gregory Echenique and Patrick Jackson. The New Jersey Newsroom reported that center Brian Okam and forward Tomasz Kokosinski are also exploring their options, unhappy with their situations at Rutgers. Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com also reported 6foot-8 St. Benedict’s for ward Gilvydas Biruta, a Rutgers commitment, called Athletic Director Tim Pernetti requesting a release from his Letter of Intent. If Rosario, Okam and Kokosinsi transfer it would leave the Knights with seven players on their roster. Guard Muhamed Hasani returned to his native Kosovo during the season and did not return to the team. “There’s difficult things going on, I don’t know that that means he’s going to transfer,” Hurley said. “I need to sit down with him and we need to talk. That’s probably the best way I can describe the situation with him.”

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Experienced squad leads Knights to fourth place BY JOE MALONEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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Freshman second baseman Steve Nyisztor stole two bases and scored twice yesterday in the Knights’ 10-2 victory over Princeton. He went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in one run.

Senior battles back from early hole BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ STAFF WRITER

From the very start of the Rutgers baseball team’s home battle against instate rival Princeton, left handed pitcher KNIGHT Dennis NOTEBOOK H i l l already dug a bit of a hole. Before his start yesterday, the southpaw was 0-4 on the season with a 9.27 ERA and from the top half of the first other disappointing performance seemed on tap. After three Tiger hits, accompanied by a walk and an error by right fielder Michael Lang, the Scarlet Knights quickly found themselves facing a 2-0 deficit. But Hill slowly worked his way back into control, eventually snagging his first victory while striking out five in the process and allowing only one earned run. After a forgettable first, the fifthyear senior did not allow a Tiger base runner to advance past second base for the rest of his seven inning outing –– sending his team to victory, and putting the first win in his record column. “The first win is the hardest, it’s true, but it feels very good,” Hill said. “One win right now is very good.”

Following another two hits and a walk in the second, the lefty went 12-3 in the third and continued to work ahead of hitters. Hill then shut the door upon his exit in the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts. Though his nine hits and three walks are some things that are sure to be addressed, Hill can now look up at the season ahead of him. “[Now] I know that I can do it, instead of working off of the negatives from before I’ve got a positive to rebound from,” he said.

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Nyisztor just kept on trucking around the bases yesterday against the Tigers, thanks to his three hit performance from the plate. “I was relaxed and feeling good,” said Nyiszter of his day. “It’s a lot easier when everybody else is hitting too because everyone really came to play today.” The freshman started his arduous day on the base paths with a hustle play at first, breaking up a would-be double play and in the process breaking open the game for the Knights. He later stole second to put himself in scoring position and after advancing to third on an error at shortstop returned to his seat on the dugout after a bases loaded walk to seven-hitter freshman Jeff Melillo. This only marked the beginning of Nyisztor’s busy day on the diamond.

“I felt good on the base paths, I was feeling aggressive,” Nyiszter said. He proved that the very next inning as he lined one up the middle and scooted on to second on a passed ball a few pitches later. His second and final steal of the game came after an RBI single to left. He was later plated after a throwing error from second to third got by the Tigers’ third basemen Matt Conner. Nyisztor’s 3-for-4 showing kept his name atop the team in batting average at .383, but the second baseman reiterated the fact that the team’s success is more important than his own. “I really don’t like to worry about stats, as long as we’re winning everything’s fine,” said Nyiszter. “I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing and as long as we keep winning I’ll be happy.”

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sophomore Ryan Kapp came into the game to replace junior Michael Lang in right field and finished the 1-for-2 from the plate with a single to left. Although it did not appear to be injury-related, Lang was seen stretching his hamstring on the Rutgers side. The junior went 2-for-3 during his time in the game and kicked off the 10-2 route with a solo home run to left field from the leadoff spot.

Junior Chris Frame finished with a five-over par 147 and senior James Arbes turned in a 149 to MEN’S GOLF p a c e RUTGERS 596 t h e Rutgers FOURTH PLACE men’s g o l f team to a fourth-place finish out of 11 teams Monday afternoon at the Kings Creek Countr y Club. The Scarlet Knights were outdueled by first place Mar yland (579), followed by Penn (581), and Delaware rounding out the top three with a 584. Rutgers finished up with a total of 596. The 6,480-yard course located in Rehoboth Beach, Del., is scored as a par 71 course. Frame battled the course and completed both rounds shooting 72 and 75 respectively, good enough for eighth best in a 69-player field. Following up that effort was Arbes whose focus in the second round

resulted in a 72, one over par, to help guide the team into fourth place. The rest of the Scarlet Knights squad was full of seniors. Ben Bershad provided a 152 (75-77) good enough for 17th in the field. Captain Jordan Gibbs carded a 154 (7381) for 24th while Jimmy Hilaire finished with a 156 (8175) for 27th. The combined effort of the team’s upperclassmen provided the Knights with another good showing in invitational play. However, the spotlight was stolen by Delaware junior Justin Mar tinson, who captured two University of Delaware records with his 133 (67-66) on the course as he finished nine-under par and eight strokes ahead of his teammate Greg Matthias and Mar yland’s John Popeck. The Knights, led by head coach Jason Bataille, return to the links this weekend, April 1011 in the Princeton Invitational. The Knights won this invitational last year and Arbes earned individual medalist honors.

BOUND BROOK LINEBACKER MARKS FIRST RUTGERS FOOTBALL COMMIT The Rutgers football team also standout high received its first commitment school wrestlers. f o r Campolattano was recentFOOTBALL t h e ly at one of the Knights’ 15 class of 2011 in linebacker spring practices, joining a Andrew Campolattano, number of other top according to Rivals.com. The prospects that made it out so Bound Brook High far this season. School product Widely considtold head coach ered to be a strong Greg Schiano of year in New Jersey his decision while recruiting, the visiting yesterday Knights will hope afternoon. the Bound Brook, Campolattano, N.J., native can a 6-foot-2, 215start a flurr y of pounder, is a twocommitments from ANDREW spor t star and CAMPOLATTANO within the state. recently won his Neptune, N.J., third consecutive r unning back state title in wrestling. He Charles Davis, Long joins a list of many Scarlet Branch, N.J., athlete Miles Knights with a wrestling Shuler and Jersey City tailbackground, including sen- back Savon Huggins were ior defensive end Alex all present at previous pracSilvestro. Former Knights tices and are considered Ramel Meekins, Jack top prospects. Corcoran, Kevin Malast and William Beckford were — Steven Miller

SENIOR: Law pitches inning in return from injury continued from back The bullpen held up its end of the bargain, pitching two shutout innings — one apiece from sophomore Charlie Law and junior Sean Campbell. For Law, this was his first action since the opening series of the season against Miami. Law pitched two innings against the Hurricanes and gave up six runs, but only two were earned, while he struck out four batters. “It’s been nice to go out there and get some competition,” Law said. “I haven’t really seen any of that in a long time. It was good to get back out there and get a feel for it again.” The 6-foot-8 right-hander spent the last couple of months

rehabbing a shoulder injur y and the recover y process has been tricky, he said. “There was some trial and error and a lot of hard work,” said Law of the lengthy process back to the mound. “Our trainer Rob [Piacentini] did a great job getting me ready and it just felt so good to be back out there.” He’s right back at it tonight for the Knights in New York, N.Y., with Rutgers doing battle with Ivy League school Columbia. The Lions shocked the Knights at Bainton Field last season with a 9-1 victor y. Rutgers looks to avenge that loss this time around. “I don’t know if [revenge] is the right word,” Hill said. “We are going over there hoping to just play our game and hope [senior starter] Kyle Bradley can pitch well and we’ll see what happens.”


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Title in sight after win over Hall continues dominance BY TYLER DONOHUE CORRESPONDENT

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Junior Amy Zhang beat her No. 1 singles opponent 6-0, 6-0 and earned her sixth-straight win in doubles with Jen Holzberg.

Wondering which Rutgers sports program will be the next to bring a Big East title to the Banks? T h e TENNIS Rutgers RUTGERS 6 tennis team is SETON HALL 1 looking m o r e and more like a viable candidate to do so with every win it collects. The Scarlet Knights brushed aside intrastate rival Seton Hall 6-1 yesterday in South Orange, earning Rutgers its fifth consecutive conference victory. The Knights (11-5, 51) are 8-2 since Feb. 25 and now stand firmly among the conference’s hottest teams. Rutgers entered the road contest knowing it was the heavy favorite — and they certainly played like one. The Knights dominated throughout the afternoon as they pounded the Pirates early and often. Seton Hall (5-9,0-4) could not keep up with Rutgers from the start. The Knights rolled through doubles play with little challenge. Sophomore Jen Holzberg, who teamed up with junior Amy Zhang for their sixth-straight win as a pair, believes her team set the tone early. “We knew that we could win this match,” Holzberg said.

“Coming out strong and proving ourselves right away was important and that got us going.” The Knights success in pairs carried over into singles play, where Zhang laid the hammer down by double-bagling her opponent 6-0, 6-0. But Rutgers’ No. 1 player was not the only one to dominate. Holzberg cruised to her eleventh win of the season with a 61, 6-3 decision, while sophomore Maryana Milchutskey (6-1, 6-4) and senior Caitlin Baker (6-1, 6-0) also eased their way to victory. Sophomore Leonora Slatnick refused to lose once more, earning a 6-3, 6-2 win. The Austin, Tx. product has not lost since February and has been an X-factor for the Knights. “She’s improved a lot and just keeps getting better,” Holzberg said. “We’re very confident when Leo’s playing in a match because of how she’s been doing.” Teammates should believe in Slatnick. The Knights have been at their best during her streak, which has seemingly helped jump-start the group. Slatnick said she is not the only member of the team inspiring others. “It helps when you watch your teammates and see them doing well,” she said. “At one point during the match I looked over at Jen [Holzberg] and saw she was

playing great — that definitely motivated me.” Head coach Ben Bucca’s squad is firmly positioning itself for a high seed in the Big East postseason tournament — which begins April 22 in South Bend, Ind. The Knights’ sixth win on the road provides another example of the team’s mental fortitude according to captain Caitlin Baker, who picked up a victory in doubles play. “We’ve matured a lot as players this season when it comes to mentally preparing for matches,” Baker said. “Our mental toughness is what keeps us going. Every single one of us can find a way to grind out a win, even if it’s ugly.” Now that the Knights have shredded through much of the conference, they face a tough task in the last two road matches of the season. Rutgers travels to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on Big East foes DePaul and Marquette. DePaul is currently ranked No. 21 in the nation and Rutgers could make some noise on Saturday by knocking off the Blue Demons. “We know Marquette and DePaul are going to be a lot tougher than some of the teams we’ve faced recently,” Slatnick said. “But I think we’re ready and it helps that we’ve picked up some big wins in the Big East.”

Hawks provide break from Big East grind BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

Ever ybody needs a vacation from time to time, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team included. The WOMEN’S LACROSSE Scarlet Knights MONMOUTH AT played RUTGERS, back-toTONIGHT, 8 P.M. b a c k B i g East conference games — splitting the pair — and will face five consecutive conference opponents to close out the year and determine their postseason fate. Tonight, though, Rutgers is granted a reprieve from Big East action when they face intrastate Northeast Conference foe Monmouth at home on the RU Turf Field. But make no mistake — the Knights are not sleeping on the Hawks. “It’s definitely different than having a Big East game, but Monmouth is a good team,” said head coach Laura BrandSias. “We’ve seen them on tape and they have some great players on their team, so we have to look at it as if it were a Big East game and the girls have to prepare like it is a Big East game because it does matter. They’re a team in our region and regional wins and losses make an impact on your postseason play, so this is a big game for us.” Senior Brooke Cantwell earned Big East Weekly Honor Roll recognition after posting three goals and a career-high three assists Saturday against Connecticut, marking the second time this season the attack received conference accolades.

In addition to Cantwell, Rutgers’ scoring statistics are up across the board this season, something the senior attributes to more cohesion on the field. “I think it’s being more comfortable and ever yone is playing their role,” Cantwell said. “Ever yone has their strengths and we’re really playing to each other’s strengths, which is helping us, and I think overall our shot percentage is higher, which is something we focused on throughout the fall and the preseason.” The Hawks began their season in the exact opposite fashion of the Knights — while Rutgers won its first five games, Monmouth dropped a quintet to kick off the year. While the Hawks bounced back to a 5-7 record, they lost their last two leading into tonight and histor y is not on their side against the Knights. Rutgers (7-3, 1-2) boasts a per fect 7-0 all-time record against Monmouth, including an 11-5 romp last season. And perhaps it is only fitting that the Knights’ two leading scorers this year — Cantwell and junior midfielder Marlena Welsh — torched the Hawks for six goals last season. The Knights downed one instate opponent — then No. 9 Princeton — already this year. A win over the Hawks tonight would push them to 2-0 in Garden State contests this season. “A little break is definitely good, it gives us time to regroup ourselves,” Cantwell said. “We definitely can’t look past them, which we’ve been told ever y day, but it’s nice to have a little break and not worr y about [the Big East] so much.”

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Junior centerfielder Jennifer Meinheit had three of the Knights’ six hits last weekend in their trip to Notre Dame. The team hit .125 in South Bend while Meinheit is 5-for-13 in her last four games.

RU hopes bats come alive at home BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT

Six weeks and 29 games into the 2010 season, the Rutgers softball team finally gets a home game today SOFTBALL against Hofstra. HOFSTRA AT After RUTGERS, playing TODAY, 3 P.M. in nine different states and four tournaments, the friendly confines of the Rutgers Softball Complex represent a sight for sore eyes, fresh off a two-game skid against Notre Dame. “We’re looking forward to a week at home,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “It’s just not so much pressure on the girls. They get to sleep at home and live a regular schedule without worrying about traveling.” The Scarlet Knights have a 3 p.m. double-header on tap against the Pride (21-6), who already have

wins over Big East foes Connecticut, St. John’s and South Florida. “It’s going to be really exciting to finally get to do it in front of a home crowd,” said freshman shortstop Ashley Bragg after the team’s sweep of Princeton. “We got a taste of that [against Princeton] and I’m really looking forward to my first home game.” Three Rutgers starters on the infield are set for their first home game. Catcher Kaci Madden will likely start one of the two games and second baseman Jennifer Harabedian also gets her first two home games. Hofstra will likely use ace Olivia Galati — who boasts a 13-2 record and 1.11 ERA — in the first game and Erin Wade in the second. For the Scarlet Knights, senior Nicole Lindley and sophomore Holly Johnson are the likely starters after they pitched one game apiece in the last 10 days. Lindley and Johnson both came

up on the short end of 8-0 losses to Notre Dame last weekend and have a combined 10-13 record so far this season. On the offensive side of the ball, Rutgers combined for just six hits in the double-header against the Fighting Irish, but junior centerfielder Jennifer Meinheit supplied three of them. Meinheit, from Anaheim Hills, Calif., is slowly building her average — improving to fourth on the team while hitting .240. In her last four games, Meinheit is 5-for-13 with three runs. With the exception of Meinheit, however, the Scarlet Knights combined to hit just .125 against Notre Dame. “I’d really like to see us stay within ourselves when we hit,” Nelson said on where he’d like to see Rutgers improve during the home stretch. “We need to go the other way a little bit better. That isn’t all of our hitters, but it’s something we can improve.”


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HEADED DOWNHILL Athletic Department investigates Hill Jr., while leading-scorer Rosario speaks with high school coach and considers leaving Rutgers BY STEVEN MILLER

Following the Rutgers baseball team’s 9-8 victory over Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon, the Panther coaching staff argued a call — whether junior Michael Lang touched first base on the play that ended the game and completed the comeback for the Scarlet Knights. The confrontation between coaches from both sides turned sour and head men’s basketball coach Fred Hill Jr., whose father Fred is the longtime baseball coach, joined Rutgers’ side and became a part of the huddle. The Daily Targum and reporters from other publications witnessed the fourthyear coach arguing with Pittsburgh coach Joe Jordano, but what was said — and whether profanities were used — cannot be determined. According to a report from Gannet New Jersey, Hill used profanities. The two sides eventually separated and Hill was not in plain sight for the remaining two games of the series. The Rutgers athletic department began an investigation into the matter to determine whether disciplinary action is necessary. Athletic Director Tim Pernetti issued the following statement: “We are actively investigating the incident involving the head men’s basketball coach that took place at our baseball game last Thursday on campus. The reports and eyewitness accounts are very concerning.” Pernetti recently met with Hill about his future as coach of the team and whether he would stay on while still under contract. Pernetti came to the decision to keep Hill as coach, but would be forced to pay him the $1.56 million buyout that would be owed to Hill for the final three years of his deal. According to a report from Gannet New Jersey, the buyout figure reached $1.8 million on Monday, but if there is cause for termination relating to conduct, the University would not owe him that money. — Staff Report

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Guard Mike Rosario spoke with high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. yesterday as he considers leaving the Rutgers basketball team while frustration with the program reaches its peak.

Already the lone member remaining from the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s heralded 2008 recruiting class, guard Mike Rosario could be the next one out. The St. Anthony product spoke with high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. Monday and again yesterday morning and will meet with him again Sunday night or Monday, when Hurley returns from a coaching clinic in Dublin, to discuss his future plans. Rosario joined the Scarlet Knights and preached of wanting to be the player to turn the program around. Two losing seasons later, frustration is at its peak. “Sometimes I just think this is what losing does,” Hurley said. “They’re still not winning and when you’re always playing and you’re not winning then you’re not happy — and you shouldn’t be. I need to talk to him and see where things are.” A day after Duke and St. Benedict’s Prep product Lance Thomas took home the NCAA Championship, Hurley discussed Rosario’s possible frustration of watching March Madness from the television. Three of Rosario’s teammates on St. Anthony’s 2008 unbeaten, National Championship team — Travon Woodall (Pittsburgh), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) and Dominic Cheek (Villanova) — got a taste of the Tournament this year. The last time Rutgers reached the postseason was the 2006 National Invitational Tournament, when the team made a firstround exit. Head coach Fred Hill Jr. took over the program after the season and compiled a 47-77 record in his first four seasons. “It’s hard when you’re going to be a junior and you want to get to the Tournament — that’s the goal for every kid,” said Hurley, who was recently named a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame’s upcoming induction class. “I

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First-inning eruption gives senior first win of year BY A.J. JANKOWSKI ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

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Junior outfielder Michael Lang got the scoring started with a leadoff home run over the left field fence. The long ball was Lang’s sixth of the season.

When the Rutgers baseball team took the field against Princeton yesterday in Piscataway the question was not if it would come out with a BASEBALL win. The question PRINCETON 2 was by how many. The answer RUTGERS 10 came in the form of a 10-2 win that may have been much more had the starting lineup played the entire game. “We don’t treat these games any differently than our Big East games,” said outfielder Michael Lang. “You just got to play it like ever y other game and you can’t take any of these teams lightly. Anything can happen on any given day.” A total of 18 players saw the field in some capacity as the Scarlet Knights (1511) coasted to the win thanks to a sevenrun first inning. With four games in the next five days, several players got half of the game off with only outfielders Pat Biserta and Jarred Jimenez, and shortstop Dan Betteridge playing the full nine innings. “We wanted to get a couple at-bats for guys that don’t usually get a chance to get out there,” said head coach Fred Hill Sr. “You never know when an injur y is going to come up or in the middle of the game when you need a pinch hitter, so I was ver y pleased that we were able to get some guys into the ball game.” The Tigers (7-16) scored their only two runs off of senior starter Dennis Hill in

the opening frame. The lefty won his first game of the year after pitching seven innings and throwing 91 pitches. “After that first inning I thought he really settled down,” Coach Hill said. “He came back to throw six innings of shutout baseball, so I was ver y encouraged by that.” The Knights erased that deficit immediately by putting a seven-spot on the board in the first inning courtesy of two home runs and a Princeton error that would have resulted in the inning’s third out. The first homer came via the leadof f hitter, Lang. The junior turned on an inside fastball from star ter Kevin Link and cranked the pitch into left field, almost hitting the parked cars in the adjacent lot. “You go in not thinking about hitting a home run,” said Lang of his sixth long ball of the year. “I’m just tr ying to go out and get a hit. He put a pitch right down the middle so I was fortunate to get under it and hit it out.” Link (1-2) was tagged with the loss for Princeton after lasting only the first inning and giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned because of the error. Rutgers put three more runs on the board off of reliever Matt Grabowski in the fourth inning when junior Biserta’s double scored Lang from second and freshman Steve Nyisztor brought home Biserta with a single of his own. The first-year second baseman reached home later in the inning.

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